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January 7, 1956 

No. I 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL for the WHOLE WORLD 






Published weekly, except the fourth week in 
July jnd the last week in December. 

TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION: $1.50 per year 
in advance. 

Entered as second class matter at Ashland. 

Ohio. Accepted for mailing at special rate 

section 1103. Act of October 3. 1917. 

Authorized September 3. 1928. 


PRUDENTIAL COMMITTEE: J. E, Stook&y, President, 
H. E. Weidenhamer, Vice-Pres.; Rev. Robert Hoffman, Sec'y-Treas. 

EDITOR OF PUBLICATIONS— Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 


Rev. William H. Anderson 
Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 
Rev. Dyoll Belote 
Rev. John Byler 


Rev. L. 0. McCartneysmith, Brethren Doctrine 
Rev. Freeman Ankrum, Church History 
Rev. Edwin Boardman, Church Methods 

CHANGE OP ADDRESS: In ordering change of address always give both old and new addresses. 
RIEMITTANCES: Send all money, business communications, and contributed articles to: 


Items of general Interest 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. One new member was bap- 
tized and received into the Church after the Worship Ser- 
vice on December 11th, 

The Plymouth Chapter No, 41 0,E.S. Women's Organ- 
ization attended the Linwood Worship Services in a body 
the morning of December 11th. A good attendance is re- 

We note that Mrs. Thelma Shanholtz, wife of Brother 
Bruce C. Shanholtz pastor of the Linwood Church, was 
admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital for surgery on 
December 15th. She was able to return home the follow- 
ing Saturday. Let us remember her in our prayers, for a 
full restoration to health. 

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND. We note that a new 
Treble Clef Choir (all girls) has been organized recently 
in the Cumberland Church. 

REN. One new member was received into the church on 
December 18th, by letter. 

BERLIN, PENNA. Brother Charles R. Munson, Profes- 
sor at Ashland Seminary, is the guest speaker for the 
week of prayer services in Berlin, January 2nd to 8th. 

note that the Sunday School has voted to purchase 100 
new hymnals for the Church. 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. The W. M. S, Mission Study 
Book Review was given on a recent Wednesday evening 
in conjunction with the regular Prayer Meeting Service. 
Mrs. Alma Stumf gave the review and all members of 
the Church were invited to the service, 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO, Improvements continue at the 
New Lebanon Church, Brother John T, Byler notes that 
their new drive and parking lot is now ready for use. In 
order to make room for their new addition to the rear of 
the present edifice, it was necessary to relocate their 
parking area further to the rear. This now gives them 
access from the next street, and will enable them to have 
complete "off the street" parking facilities. 

GRATIS, OHIO. The Choir of the Camden Methodist 
Church visited the Gratis Church the evening of Decem- 
ber 21st at which time they presented a program of 
Christmas music. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Dennis and Claire Snell, 
missionaries of the "Air Mail from God Mission in Mex- 
ico," were in charge of the services in the Pleasant Hill 
Church on January 1st. 

Baskets for "shut-ins" were prepared by the Sisterhood 
girls in a special meeting just prior to Christmas. 

Brother William H. Anderson reports attendances on a 
recent Sunday as follows: S. S. — 172; Morning Worship — 
195; Evening— 150. 

(Continued on Page 19) 


Word was received in this office just before Christ- 
mas of the serious illness of DR. W. L DUKER, Rt. 5, 
Goshen, Indiana. As of press time for this issue, we have 
not received any further information. We are urging the 
Brethren to remember, at the throne of grace, this faith- 
ful Elder of the Church. "The effectual, fervent prayer 
of a righteous man availeth much." — W. S. B. 


ON HIS RETURN TRIP, after attending the 
Northern California Conference, Mission Board 
General Secretary Berkshire plans to stop off in 
Phoenix, Arizona. While in this city, he will get in 
touch with a number of Brethren people now living 
there, and briefly survey the area to determine the 
feasibility of establishing a Brethren Church. 

If you know of Brethren people living in Phoenix, 
please send their names (and addresses, if possible) 
to this office by January 14 (when Berkshire leaves 
for California) or as soon after as possible, so that 
he may be reached when he arrives in Phoenix. 

Your cooperation in this initial inquiry may 
result in the building of another Brethren Church. 

Send names to 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Churcli 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio. 

JANUARY 7, 1956 


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flnother Ylew Tear 

ITH STARTLING SPEED the old year of 
1955 has passed into history, and 1956 has 
come to be with us for 366 days. 

There comes a period in the Hfe of every indi- 
vidual when retrospection brings about the 
thought of the "pihng up" of the years of life — 
their accomplishments — their failures. With this 
thought comes the question as to how much 
longer the years will continue to "pile up" for 
one's life. 

It is then that a person begins to adopt a pat- 
tern of living which most certainly includes pre- 
paredness for the life to come, as well as a quick- 
ening of effort and labor to accomplish more per 
hour, per day, per year. One begins to live more 
victoriously than ever before. He begins to see 
the larger picture of service to God and man, and 
of laboring to leave behind some mark — some 
accomplishment — some good — some soul won to 
Christ, that will make his life worthwhile. 

He does this because he knows that in the 
great plan of God, the day will come when God 
will say, "Enough," and the records of this life 
will forever stand as of that moment. 

One is made more conscious of this matter at a 
year's end. 

Time could be spent in seeking to account for 
1955. Time could probably be better spent in plan- 
ning and anticipating 1956. 

We cannot always control the mishaps and 
misfortunes which come to us — but, we can do 
something about how we react to these things. 
A well-ordered life will take the hard days and 
misfortunes in stride. 

Recently we heard of a man, who, after having 
lost an only child in an accident, took to drink, 
eventually losing all he possessed in his refusal 
to face what had happened, and to make proper 
adjustment to it. 

Another man we know who faced a similar 
tragedy, was brought into a saving faith in 
Christ, and an understanding of what it means 
when told, "Underneath are the everlasting 

So, you don't know — this Editor doesn't know 
— what's ahead for 1956. We do know that what- 
ever comes our way — by walking with Him in 
faith believing, we will have illumination for life's 
pathway, strength for the day, and assurance for 
the tomorrow, whether it will be spent here — or 
over there. 

The following words, we think, are so appro- 
priate at this time of year. Certainly they help 
to increase our faith and trust in God as we face 
another new year. 

"Not 'til the loom is silent 
And the spindles cease to fly 
Shall God unroll the canvas 
And explain the reason why 
The dark threads are as needful, 
In the Weaver's skillful hands, 
As the threads of gold and silver 
For the pattern He has planned." 

— W. S. B. 



We are happy to report that Bob and Bea Bischof 
have arrived in the States as of December 17th. Their 
return from Nigeria had been delayed by sickness. We 
rejoice and give thanks unto God that they have been re- 
stored to health and have been given a safe return to 
their homeland for a well-earned furlough. W. S. B. 







Published weekly, except the fourth week in 
July and the last week in December. 

TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION: $1.50 per year 
in advance. 

Entered as second class matter at Ashland. 

Ohio. Accepted for mailing at special rate 

section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917. 

Authorized September 3, 1928. 


PRUDENTIAL COMMITTEE: J. E. Stookey, President, 
H. E. Weidenhamer, Vice-Pres.; Rev. Robert Hoffman, Sec'y-Treas. 

EDITOR OF PUBLICATIONS— Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 


Rev, William H. Anderson 
Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 
Rev. Dyoll Belote 
Rev. John Byler 


Rev. L. O. McCartneysmith, Brethren Doctrine 
Rev. Freeman Ankrum, Church History 
Rev. Edwin Boardman, Church Methods 

CHANGE OP ADDRESS: In ordering change of address always give both old and new addresses. 
RIEMIT^ANCES: Send all money, business communications, and contributed articles to: 


Items of general Interest 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. One new member was bap- 
tized and received into the Church after the Worship Ser- 
vice on December 11th. 

The Plymouth Chapter No. 41 O.E.S. Women's Organ- 
ization attended the Linwood Worship Services in a body 
the morning of December 11th. A good attendance is re- 

We note that Mrs. Thelma Shanholtz, wife of Brother 
Bruce C. Shanholtz pastor of the Linwood Church, was 
admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital for surgery on 
December 15th. She was able to return home the follow- 
ing Saturday. Let us remember her in our prayers, for a 
full restoration to health. 

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND. We note that a new 
Treble Clef Choir (all girls) has been organized recently 
in the Cumberland Church. 

REN. One new member was received into the church on 
December 18th, by letter. 

BERLIN, PENNA. Brother Charles R. Munson, Profes- 
sor at Ashland Seminary, is the guest speaker for the 
week of prayer services in Berlin, January 2nd to 8th. 

note that the Sunday School has voted to purchase 100 
new hymnals for the Church. 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. The W. M. S. Mission Study 
Book Review was given on a recent Wednesday evening 
in conjunction with the regular Prayer Meeting Service. 
Mrs. Alma Stumf gave the review and all members of 
the Church were invited to the service. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Improvements continue at the 
New Lebanon Church. Brother John T. Byler notes that 
their new drive and parking lot is now ready for use. In 
order to make room for their new addition to the rear of 
the present edifice, it was necessary to relocate their 
parking area further to the rear. This now gives them 
access from the next street, and will enable them to have 
complete "off the street" parking facilities. 

GRATIS, OHIO. The Choir of the Camden Methodist 
Church visited the Gratis Church the evening of Decem- 
ber 21st at which time they presented a program of 
Christmas music. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Dennis and Claire Snell, 
missionaries of the "Air Mail from God Mission in Mex- 
ico," were in charge of the services in the Pleasant Hill 
Chui'ch on January 1st. 

Baskets for "shut-ins" were prepared by the Sisterhood 
girls in a special meeting just prior to Christmas. 

Brother William H. Anderson reports attendances on a 
recent Sunday as follows: S. S. — 172; Morning Worship — 
195; Evening— 150. 

(Continued on Page 19) 


Word was received in this office just before Christ- 
mas of the serious illness of DR. W. L DUKER, Rt. 5, 
Goshen, Indiana. As of press time for this issue, we have 
not received any further information. We are urging the 
Brethren to remember, at the throne of grace, this faith- 
ful Elder of the Church. "The effectual, fervent prayer 
of a righteous man availeth much." — W. S. B. 


ON HIS RETURN TRIP, after attending the 
Northern California Conference, Mission Board 
General Secretary Berkshire plans to stop off in 
Phoenix, Arizona. While in this city, he will get in 
touch with a number of Brethren people now living 
there, and briefly survey the area to determine the 
feasibility of establishing a Brethren Church. 

If you know of Brethren people living in Phoenix, 
please send their names (and addresses, if possible) 
to this office by January 14 (when Berkshire leaves 
for California) or as soon after as possible, so that 
he may be reached when he arrives in Phoenix. 

Your cooperation in this initial inquiry may 
result in the building of another Brethren Church. 

Send names to 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio. 

JANUARY 7, 1956 


^ Editor's 
^¥1^ Pulpit 

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flnother Ylew Tear 

WITH STARTLING SPEED the old year of 
1955 has passed into history, and 1956 has 
come to be with us for 366 days. 

There comes a period in the Hfe of every indi- 
vidual when retrospection brings about the 
thought of the "piling up" of the years of life — 
their accomplishments — their failures. With this 
thought comes the question as to how much 
longer the years will continue to "pile up" for 
one's life. 

It is then that a person begins to adopt a pat- 
tern of living which most certainly includes pre- 
paredness for the life to come, as well as a quick- 
ening of effort and labor to accomplish more per 
hour, per day, per year. One begins to live more 
victoriously than ever before. He begins to see 
the larger picture of service to God and man, and 
of laboring to leave behind some mark — some 
accomplishment — some good — some soul won to 
Christ, that will make his life worthwhile. 

He does this because he knows that in the 
great plan of God, the day will come when God 
will say, "Enough," and the records of this life 
will forever stand as of that moment. 

One is made more conscious of this matter at a 
year's end. 

Time could be spent in seeking to account for 
1955. Time could probably be better spent in plan- 
ning and anticipating 1956. 

We cannot always control the mishaps and 
misfortunes which come to us — but, we can do 
something about how we react to these things. 
A well-ordered life will take the hard days and 
misfortunes in stride. 

Recently we heard of a man, who, after having 
lost an only child in an accident, took to drink, 
eventually losing all he possessed in his refusal 
to face what had happened, and to make proper 
adjustment to it. 

Another man we know who faced a similar 
tragedy, was brought into a saving faith in 
Christ, and an understanding of what it means 
when told, "Underneath are the everlasting 

So, you don't know — this Editor doesn't know 
— what's ahead for 1956. We do know that what- 
ever comes our way — by walking with Him in 
faith believing, we will have illumination for life's 
pathway, strength for the day, and assurance for 
the tomorrow, whether it will be spent here — or 
over there. 

The following words, we think, are so appro- 
priate at this time of year. Certainly they help 
to increase our faith and trust in God as we face 
another new year. 

"Not 'til the loom is silent 
And the spindles cease to fly 
Shall God unroll the canvas 
And explain the reason why 
The dark threads are as needful, 
In the Weaver's skillful hands. 
As the threads of gold and silver 
For the pattern He has planned." 

— W. S. B. 



We are happy to report that Bob and Bea Bischof 
have arrived in the States as of December 17th. Their 
return from Nigeria had been delayed by sickness. We 
rejoice and give thanks unto God that they have been re- 
stored to health and have been given a safe return to 
their homeland for a well-earned furlough. W. S. B. 






Rev. John T. Byler 

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light 
unto my pathway." Psalm 119:105. 

riE MESSAGE OF OUR LORD is one that 
has been made available to man in a number 
of ways. It was available to man long before the 
coming of Christ to the earth, through man's con- 
science, through revelations in dreams and vi- 
sions, through the prophecies of men of God, 
through the law which God gave to His people 
through Moses, as well as in still other methods. 

The Greatest method of bringing the message 
of God's purpose and plan for man's salvation, of 
course, was the one in which Christ, Himself, 
came to bring the message in person. He 
revealed God the Father, and made Him known 
to all who would receive Him, in His day. But for 
the future expansion of the work that was begun 
during the time of Jesus' ministry upon earth, 
other means of preaching the Word was essential. 
Jesus called followers to becomes his disciples. 
These were instructed in the program of promot- 
ing the work of the Kingdom, but with Jesus' de- 
parture from the earthly scene, it became neces- 
sary to give to those who were called to be His 
ministers and spokesman, a guidebook or outline 
of procedure. This guidebook or outline of pro- 
cedure, we have in the infallible Word of God — 
the Bible. It is God's Word. It holds the answers 
to the problems of life to all who will follow its 

An article prepared especially for this Publication Day 

instructions. And it is the means whereby Christ 
continues to preach, today, bringing power and 
blessing and help in every kind of difficulty. 

It bears repeating — the Bible is God's Word. 
It is without error if we allow for human error in 
copying and translating. God has inspired the 
writing of each passage. Listen to the witness of 
three men. David, as he lay dying, said: "The 
Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was 
in my tongue." (II Sam. 23:2); Peter reported 
that: "Holy men of God spake as they were 
moved by the Holy Spirit." (II Peter 1:21) ; and 
Paul, in writing of the Scriptures said: "All 
Scripture is given by Inspiration of God." (II 
Tim. 3:16). The Bible not only contains God's 
Word — it IS God's word. We must either accept, 
on the testimony of these writers and others, 
this one fact concerning God's Word, or we nec- 
essarily reject the whole of it. And, since Jesus 
came from God, and made God known to man, 
this Book which was written to make His mis- 
sion and purpose known, is still the way in which 
He preaches to men today. 


He might have used angels; there could have 
been some heavenly message sent to man, but 
the likelihood stands that we would probably have 
misinterpreted the message or perhaps have 
never recognized it as a message from God to us. 
So He used the simple method of words. More 
than 3,000 times we find a "Thus saith the 
Lord" or an expression of like meaning, in the 
Word of God — this Book compiled by some 40 
different writers. 

JANUARY 7, 1956 


Let us assume momentarily, that these writers 
were wrong. If they were, how did they agree to 
be wrong on their message, with its central pur- 
pose — written over a period of centuries — by men 
who had no contact with or knowledge of each 
other? Their agreement is so definite — even 
though their contributions have come throughout 
different generations — that except for a guiding 
hand, the idea of the agreement is impossible. 
That guiding hand was the guiding hand of God, 
and these men were not liars, but God-fearing, 
faithful men. 


In many different passages the Bible refers to 
itself as God's Word. Paul, in writing to the Cor- 
inthians says of it, (I Cor. 14:36) : "What, came 
the Word of God out from you? or came it unto 
you only?" He is known as one of the writers of 
the Book — yet he unhesitatingly indicates his 
belief that he is not responsible for the words he 
has written, but that they were given unto him. 
In Corinthians, again, (II Cor. 4:2) the Scrip- 
tures are spoken of as the Word of God. And in 
Hebrews 4:12, the writer speaks of some of the 
powers and attributes of the Word of God, which 
he is writing, under divine guidance. Many are 
the references of this type to the Bible and no 
one can successfully contradict the claim that the 
Bible makes of itself — that it is the Word of God. 


In one instance in the Scriptures (Luke 24:27) 
we read of the fact that "beginning at Moses and 
all the prophets, He expounded unto them all the 
scriptures the things concerning Himself." The 
very fact that Jesus used the Old Testament writ- 
ings as a means of proving His identity and pur- 
pose, makes His attitude toward the Bible as 
God's Word, certain. And in John 14:26 He re- 
fers to Himself and His teachings, and reminds 
the disciples that the things which He taught will 
be brought to their remembrance by the Holy 
Ghost. Jesus left no doubt in the minds of His 
followers what He thought concerning the Scrip- 
tures. And He counted upon their being used by 
them, and other disciples in the years that fol- 
lowed, as a witness of His work. He knew where 
the Bible came from ; He knew what its function 
and purpose was ; and He counted upon its being 
used to witness of Him and His work to the gen- 

erations that would live after His departure from 
the earthly scene. Christ not only used the 
printed page to preach in the day when He 
walked the earth as a human being, but He ex- 
pected it to be used by His disciples in the gen- 
erations that followed. And today, the Bible still 
is "quick and powerful, and sharper than any 
two-edged sword" accomplishing in the hearts of 
many what the words of men could never accom- 


One of the very interesting prophetic utter- 
ances in the Old Testament is one made by the 
prophet, Ezekiel (26:4-5) when he says "and 
they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break 
down her towers : I will scrape her dust from her, 
and make her like the top of a rock. It shall be 
a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of 
the sea : for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God : 
and it shall become a spoil to the nations." Tliis 
city was a proud one — a city built out upon a 
promontory of rock, and because of its peculiar 
situation, thought by its people to be impreg- 
nable. This prophecy concerning its future was 
something to scoff at, in the light of its fortress- 
like appearance. But the Bible outlived the city, 
and saw its prophecy fulfilled to the letter. Alex- 
ander the Great not only conquered the city, but 
tore it down and destroyed it — scraping it off the 
top of the rocks upon which it was built, and to- 
day the shallow waters of the sea which has en- 
compassed the area are now the fishing grounds 
of men who cast their nets for fish. 

Other remarkable prophecies are contained in 
the Book. Some of them seemed fantastic — others 



seemed utterly impossible to realize. But one 
after the other, these prophetic statements have 
become realit}^ The prophet Isaiah, in his writing 
of the coming of the Messiah (7:14) was bold 
enough to indicate that the Messiah was to be 
born of a Virgin. The idea was not acceptable to 
man's thinking. It was a biological impossibility. 
Yet our beautiful Christmas story and the whole 
program of God's plan of salvation for mankind 
is based upon the fulfillment of this prophecy. 
Prophecied some seven or eight hundred years 
before the time of the birth, the prophecy, never- 
theless, saw its fulfillment in Bethlehem when 
Jesus was born. 

And, speaking of Bethlehem — how did the 
prophet Micah (5:2) know long years — even cen- 
turies — before the wonderful event, that Jesus 
would be born in the insignificant little village of 
Bethlehem ? 

These are only a few of the many such state- 
ments that are called to our attention by the 
Word of God, today, in a continuous effort to 
reach men for God, by the process of preaching 
from the printed page. 


Man always improves upon his work — his in- 
ventions. The cars we are driving today have 
faint resemblance to those of forty or fifty years 
ago. The methods that man has devised for il- 
lumination, for transportation, for communica- 
tion are all so different from their early charac- 
teristics that the newer methods seem hardly to 
have any relationship with their predecessors. 

If this is true of man's work, in general, and 
it is, whether in the field of art, or science, or 
medicine, or invention and industry, why should 
there not be improvement in man's writing of 
the Bible, if the Bible was man's production? The 
Bible was not man's production; his hand wrote 
it, but only under divine guidance and inspiration, 
and it is therefore God's production. And, being 
God's, man is not able to make an}^ improvement 
upon it. It is ours to accept, to believe, to follow, 
and to use in winning others to Christ. 


With many different writers, over a period of 
many centuries, the Bible still contains a unity 
of purpose and plan. There are no conflicts or di- 
vergent points of view in this great Book. While 

the writers never saw each other, they wrote as 
if they had outlined, together, their messages. 
Although they lived in different countries and 
spoke different languages, and their lives covered 
different ages of history — yet, their writings 
dovetail, and the omission of any of the individ- 
ual parts would make the whole incomplete. 

In industry, parts for certain types of machin- 
ery are made in one section of the country, other 
parts in another ai'ea, and still others in a third 
place. But because of good planning, when the 
parts are assembled in an entirely new area, the 
parts, placed in their proper relationships become 
an efficient piece of machinery, or a high-powered 
motor car. The men who made the parts are not 
acquainted with each other, and know little or 
nothing about the other men's work. Likewise, the 
men who assemble these parts are unacquainted 
with the parts miakers, and likely know nothing 
about the process of m.aking the items which they 
assem.ble. Yet, somewhere back the line, before 
the manufacturing began, someone was responsi- 
ble for the means whereby the manufacturing 
and assembling should make a finished product. 

In the case of the Bible, God is the Master 
Mind. It is through His arrangement that the 
Bible has come into being. God has engineered the 
thinking and the planning of the men whose 
hands He has guided in the writing of His Word. 

It is true that He might have chosen another 
way, but He didn't. And the method that He has 
chosen is plain. His Word holds the answers that 
we need for our live^. Let us read the Word reg- 
ularly and learn from it what God would have us 
to do. It is through its pages, that Christ 
preaches to us, today. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. 



Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 


Make checks payable to The Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, and address The Brethren Publishing Company, 524 
College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 

JANUARY 7, 1956 


7<& t*?56 

'^wiicatCan ^a^ OllefUcta, 

AGAIN THE TIME HAS COME for the lifting of the 
Annual offering for the support of Brethren Pub- 
lications. In this issue of The Brethren Evangelist, we 

are endeavoring to present the needs of your Publishing 
Company for 1956. 

We w^ish to thank, sincerely, each of you for your 
generous support this past year. 

By your liberal response to this year's offering, your 
Publication Board will be able to plan and to bring into 
effect an increasingly better and ever more serviceable 
Brethren literature. 

Realizing that the work and progress of a Denom- 
ination revolves around its printed literature, we present 
to you your Publication needs for this year. 

We encourage you to read the pages of this Evange- 
list; also to obtain from your pastor, or in a forthcom- 
ing church service, a copy of the special folder which 
we have printed, telling of the specific needs of your Pub- 
lishing Company. 

May you prayerfully and joyously give of your fullest 
stewardship to this offering that your joy might be full 
and your cup of blessing might overflow. — W. S. B. 




Protect Your Investment 

■"WO YEARS AGO, we were very happy to an- 
nounce that your Publishing Company, which 
had been in debt for so many years, had reached 
that happy state of being "DEBT FREE." We were 
very happy about it. From days when it was neces- 
sary to borrow money to meet the pay-roll; when 
we had no building of our own; when we printed 
on worn-out, out-dated and slow, hand-fed machin- 
ery, to the present debt-free status, was a long, up- 
hill road. 

IT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN! Many were the 
hours of iDrayer, of sacrifice, and of work, which 
brought about the change from the above to the 
pi'esent condition. 

IT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN! First there was 
the vision, planning and erection of the present fine 
publishing house in the early 40's. Then came an 
equipment modernization program which saw the 
change from handfed machinery to modern, auto- 
matic presses, folder, cutter, and a new Intertype 
typesetting machine. As we mentioned above, it was 
a long, up-hill road. But the top was I'eached, when, 
in January 1954 the last mortgage dollar on the 
building was paid off, and your Publishing Com- 
pany belonged to you 100%, debt-free, and without 
any obligations on stock or material. 

when one is out of debt. But that is where we are 
right now. A garden that has been well watered, 
well weeded and cultivated, looks nice and is a joy 
to its keeper. But a garden whose continuing needs 

are neglected will soon show the signs of neglect 
and ruin. 

Likewise with your Publishing Company. Because 
we are "debt-free," the Brethren cannot neglect the 
protection of their investment. Machinery which is 
in daily use eventually reaches a point where it 
needs repairs or replacement. Many Brethren can 
remember the days when the Publishing Company 
found it necessary to appeal to the Denomination 
for special gifts for machinery and equipment. This 
has not been necessary since 1948 as we have been 
able, thi'ough your continued faithfulness in the 
Publication Day offering, and through a better 
financial status of the Company, to purchase needed 
equipment from current funds. 

No one would want us to revert back to the for- 
mer (then necessary) method of special appeals for 
equipment. Nor would we of the Publishing Com- 
pany want to do that. Thus, through a continued 
and increased faithfulness on your part in this 
year's Publication Day offering, you will be helping 
to protect the investment already made in your Pub- 
lishing Company. 

You will be helping us to further stabilize the 
Company in meeting current increased production 
costs and in preparing for the eventual certain day 
when equipment on which your Church literature 
is being printed today will need major replacement. 
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our new Adult Quarterly — 

and one man's testimony 

A YEAR AGO IN OCTOBER, The Brethren Publish- 
ing Company launched its first venture in an im- 
proved system of Brethren Quarterlies by introducing to 
the Brethren a new and enlarged Bible Class Quarterly. 

From a former 48-page opus, to a 68 page work, in- 
cluding cover, this Quarterly was presented to the Breth- 
ren in the October-December 1954 issue. Our faith in the 
Brethren, and our belief that the Brethren desired more 
matei-ials for lesson preparation and class discussion, has 
been vindicated. 

The response to the six quarters since its introduction 
has been gratifying. Except in a few cases, Quarterly or- 
ders have increased. 

As you no doubt know, this Quarterly is being produced 
jointly by the Brethren Publishing Company and the Na- 
tional Sunday School Association of the Brethren Church, 
in the form of a subsidy from the Association. The first 
year, this amounted to $900.00. This year, it is $600.00. 
The subsidy is scheduled to be reduced propoi'tionately 
each year as your increased patronage of the Quarterly 
is reflected in increased sales thereof by the Publishing 
Company. At this point we would like to express our 
appreciation to the National Sunday School Association 
for their assistance and interest in producing this en- 
larged and more helpful Bible Class Quarterly for Breth- 
ren adults. 

Many have been the comments which have come to us 
about the new Bible Class Quarterly. We wish we would 
have room to print them all. We do want to take the 
space, though, and your time, right now to pass on to 
you the testimony of one man about the Quarterly. 

No less a personage in the Brethren Church than the 
President of the Pennsylvania District Laymen's Organ- 
ization, JOHN J. GOLBY, from our Third Church in 
Johnstown, has the following to say: 

"Just a word of commendation for our Brethren Sun- 
day School Quarterly, and proof that others than our own 
Denomination also think it a very fine Quarterly all 

"Every quarter, a E. U. B. friend of mine gets a cur- 
rent Quarterly from me and praises it highly. This quar- 
ter I again gave him a Quarterly and the next day he told 
me that on his way home he had accidentally lost it in 
the neighborhood grocery store. The next day he stopped 
in to inquire about it and the groceryman said, 'Yes, you 
did leave it here but if you can obtain another one, I 
would greatly appreciate your letting me keep this one. 
This is the finest Sunday School Quarterly I've ever got 
hold of.' My friend said he thought it could be arranged; 
and it was." 

This is the kind of testimony we are receiving right 
along, and, as noted in fi-iend Golby's comment, by those 
outside the Brethren Denomination. 

Of course, we know that a Quarterly is no better, no 
richer than its writers. In this, we feel we are very for- 
tunate, for the three Adult Bible Class Quarterly writers 
ai-e men who know their subjects and likewise are in 
touch with God in such a way that their writings speak 
of the deeper spiritual things of the Word. 

The Editor, in preparing the Quarterly by reading the 
material at least three, and sometinaes four times (or 
more), finds increased joy and spiritual nourishment 
through the writings of these Brethren. As we read we 
are conscious of the fact that what we are learning will 
also be soul "food" for Brethren Adult Bible Classes each 
Sunday. (Though absorption of the content of the writ- 
ings is incidental to our reading of the copy, the proofs, 
and in editing, it nevertheless does leave us with a great 
sense of satisfaction that the Brethren are getting the 
type and quality of lesson material which they are in 
this Quarterly.) 

DR. JOHN F. LOCKE, who is pastor of our Mt. Olive 
and Bethlehem Brethren Churches in Virginia, and who 
lives in Maurertown, Virginia, is the longest term writer 
for this Quarterly. Dr. Locke, who began his writings for 
the Bible Class Quarterly with the January-March issue 
in the year 1941, has continued faithfully through the 
years, writing for the department known as "Pi'actical 

REV. SMITH F. ROSE, who is pastor of our Brighton, 
Indiana, Brethren Church, of Howe, Indiana, R. D. 2, and 
who is President of the National Sunday School Associa- 
tion of the Brethren Church, is the writer of our "Verse 
by Verse" comments of the Quarterly. Brother Rose began 
his service with the Quarterly with the January-March 
1952 issue. 

REV. HENRY BATES, pastor of our Church at North 
Manchester, Indiana, is the newest member of our Bible 
Class Writer's Staff, having begun his work with the 
Quarterly with the September-December 1954 issue — at 
the time of the enlarging of the Quarterly. Brother Bates 
writes the "Lesson Background" comments. 

These three writers, having a total of 21 years of ser- 
vice, receive no financial remuneration for their service, 
outside of a small "appreciation" gift each year. 

LY is another service of your Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, using your investment to return to you a better 
Brethren literatui'e at lowest possible cost, YOUR SUP- 
THIS MONTH will enable us to continue this service to 

JANUARY 7, 1956 


our most recent achievement — 
The New, Enlarged 

for I 

rethren Youth 

NEWEST OF THE SERVICES being rendered to the 
Brethren Church by the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany is the New Youth Quarterly for Brethren Young 

This new quarterly has been taking shape for about 
a year, now, and the first edition thereof is already in 
the hands of Brethren Young People. 

If you have not yet seen this new work, look around 
your church, find a copy, and look through it. We believe 
you will like what you find. If you do not find a copy, 
that is, if your Sunday School is not using it, then write 
us for a sample copy. 

This new Youth Quarterly, which we have increased 
in size to that of the Adult Bible Class Quarterly, is de- 
signed for two age groups of young people — Seniors and 
Intermediates. We were faced with the prospects of pro- 
ducing two Quarterlies for our young people, or of com- 
bining the two age levels in the same quarterly. For a 
number of reasons, it was decided to produce a combined 

Here is how it works. Each lesson is given five pages 
of treatment. One page for texts and Bible readings. One 
page for general Verse by Verse discussion. The remain- 
ing three pages are divided equally between discussion 
materials for the Intermediates and for the Senior young 

Both teachers and scholars will find sufficient mate- 
rials for lesson study and class discussion in the new 
Quarterly, "Bible Studies for Brethren Youth." Another 
service of your Brethren Publishing Company. 

Writers for the new Quarterly are well known to the 
Brethren. "Verse by Verse" discussion is written by MISS 

MARGARET E. LOWERY, who is our Brethren Home 
Missionary at Krypton, Kentucky. Intermediate writers 
are MISS MARJORIE LONG, of Orrville, Ohio, who is 
known to/ Brethren Youth Ci'usaders as a writer of their 
Sunday evening worship programs which have appeared 
ill the Brethren Youth Crusader's Program Booklet; and 
MRS. ROBERT HOFFMAN, wife of the pastor of the 
Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church. Senior writers include 
two more minister's wives, MRS. JAMES E. AULT, wife 
of the pastor of the Hagerstown, Maryland, Brethren 
Church; and MRS. ROBERT KEPLINGER, wife of our 
Canton, Ohio, pastor. The third Senior writer is REV. 
ALVIN H. GRUMBLING, pastor of our Bryan, Ohio, 
Brethren Church. 

The Youth Quarterly is under the Editorship of 
REV. CLARENCE S. FAIRBANKS, who is the pastor of 
the Park Street Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. 

This new Quarterly, which we sincerely believe will 
more nearly meet the needs of Brethren young people, 
more so than could the old Youth Quarterly because of 
its limited scope and size, comes to you at less than the 
cost of producing it, as a service of your Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company. As we have so often pointed out, we 
are in business to produce for the Brethren Church a lit- 
erature which will meet the needs of the Church. Your 
increased use of this new Youth Quarterly, and your con- 
tinued liberal giving in the Annual Publication Day Of- 
fering, will enable us to continue our long range program 
of producing a Better Brethren Literature for a Better 
Brethren Church. 


JANUARY 15, 1956 
Goal — Not less than $5,000. 




The cost of your EVANGELIST 

A QUESTION which has often been raised, as the 
Editor has been out visiting among the Conferences, 
has been as to what it actually costs to print the Evan- 
gelist. Recognizing that the subscription price has been 
kept at the very low price of $1.50 per year, we have 
emphasized the fact that the difference in cost must be 
made up through the Publication Day offering, and from 
profits from commercial job work done in our shop. 

Thus the above question has often been raised, and up 
to now, no cost analysis was available, so we were un- 
able to provide a satisfactory answer. (It might be well 
to point out that the objective of the Publication Board is 
not to make a "profit" on the church literature, but rather 
to render a service of getting the literature of the Church 
to the members, making up the deficit through your gifts 
in the Publication Day offering, and through commercial 
job work done in our shop.) This is further evidenced 
when you realize that the present subscription price 
of the Evangelist ($1.50 per year) was established in 
$2.00 per year. The Board has tenaciously held to this 
$1.50 a year price, in spite of increase after increase in 
costs of labor, materials and paper! 

Now, to answer your question. Brethren. At the re- 
quest of the Editor, our Business Manager has figured 
the cost of printing the Evangelist each week, including 
cost of paper, ink, composition (setting type), paging, 
lock-up, printing, folding, trimming, addressing and mail- 

The figure arrived at is the minimum cost of materials 
and labor from the time the copy is taken to the type- 
setter until it arrives at your home. It does not include 
the costs of engravings, etc., nor the time of the editorial 
and proof reading work! 

If the shop time and cost of materials were used as a 
basis of setting the subscription price of The Brethren 
Evangelist, it would cost you $4,50 per year instead of 
the present $1.50. This is basically three times the pres- 
ent price. 

Breaking it down another way, the subscription price 
covers about one-third of the cost of printing your church 
paper. If the entire Publication Day offering could be 
figured to apply to the cost of the Evangelist, it would 
cover about another third, with the remaining third com- 
ing from job work. 

The Editor would be the last to suggest or even hint 
that the Brethren should approximate the cost of the 
Evangelist through a big subscription price raise, but be- 
cause this is your Publishing Company, and because many 
of you asked for this information, we are passing it on 
to you. All the more reason why the Brethren must con- 
tinue to give liberally for the support of the Publication 
Day offering. 

The same situation exists in relation to our Quarterlies. 
From the Editor's desk we see much for which the Breth- 
ren Church should be eternally grateful regarding their 
Church literature. In order to get your literature out to 
you, the Board has consistently held down the prices; the 
Company has "enjoyed" some good years, and has been 
able to meet astronomically increased costs through a 
favorable position in the community regarding job work. 
Installation of time saving, automatic machinery has 
helped your Publishing Company to produce more print- 
ing in the same number of hours, thereby making it pos- 
sible to take on more job work to help meet the increased 
costs of your church literature. Another service of your 
Publishing Company to the Brethren. 






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Favorite Sermons 


brethren Castors 

Rev. R. K. Higgins 


A radio meditation used on "The Brethren 
Voice," regular weekly broadcast from station 
W T R C, Elkhart, Indiana, sponsored by The 
Brethren Church, 3:30-3:45 each Wednesday. 
Rev. R. K. Higgins, pastor. 

VACATION TIME to a pastor is always a very 
wonderful time, and usually leaves some 
very definite impressions upon a relaxed mind. I 
think the one condition that created new 
thoughts to me as I returned from my va- 
cation was that so many people — in all walks 
of life — seem so happy living in sort of a Second 
Hand Way. That is, they seemingly, have no 
First Hand Experience with the real vital issues 
of Life. We are made to think of Job's words in 
the 42nd chapter of his Old Testament book, 
when he said, "I have heard of thee by the hear- 
ing- of the Ear, but now my eyes see thee." For 
this First Hand Experience seems to have evaded 
so many people in our day. 

There is a story of a visitor to the Grand Can- 
yon who looked down into the awesome depths 
and expressed his amazement by saying, 
"Wouldn't this be marvelous done in Techni- 
color?" You see, somehow, we have been condi- 
tioned to prefer Second hand viewing to a First 
Hand Experience. This tendency of living at Sec- 
ond Hand is hard to resist, for it has a constant 
pressure upon all of us. So many of the very con- 
ditions of Life tend to remove us from First 
Hand Experiences. H. G. Wells once said, "Some 
people go through life, fudging, evading and 

side stepping until their first contact with ulti- 
mate reality is when they come face to face with 
Death." Certainly that is true of so many of our 

We must realize that for many of our people, 
life in our great metropolitan areas, cannot fail 
to produce a somewhat distorted view of life. We 
read of youngsters being taken on their first trip 
to the country by Fresh Air Agencies, and such, 
and we are astonished at some of the impressions 
created by their first sight of the Animal World. 
The story is told of one boy who said, "I wish 
our Milk Man kept a cow." And another was 
amazed to find that apples weren't born in the 
pushcart from whence they were sold. A lack of 
First Hand Experience had created a distorted 
view of their world, you see. 

We meet the same tendency among our adults. 
Take our reading for example. There are vast 
numbers of people whose whole mental life is 
served by digests of one sort or another. Every- 
thing they take in has already been chewed, 
something like the life of a cow, chewing some- 
thing already chewed. We have all been taken in 
by this philosophy. We read the shorter articles 
in "Readers Digest," or the shorter digests, such 
as "Quick," or perhaps a book made up of re- 
views of current longer writings. In fact we live 
sort of a Pre-digested Life. Not ever knowing the 
rich pleasure of meeting a full account in the 
original Book — And Milton called Good Books, 
"The Precious Life Blood of Great Spirits." The 
tragedy of it all is this : Second Hand Living pro- 
duces Second rate people. 

ANUARY 7, 1956 


And this is found all too true in the realm of 
religion, for certainly it is here that Job found 
;he importance of a First Hand Experience. For 
t is only that which gives Joy and Power to the 
Christian. Dr. Saddler, who is one of our most 
loted Psychiatrists, has written this, "I would 
[ike to make this recommendation: 'That we call 
a halt to this business of seeking a new religion 
from the pages of psychology, that we call a halt 
to the practice of taking the Heart out of the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ, and peddling it as a Com- 
mercial Mental cure, and that we put forth every 
sffort to call men back to Christ's long neglected 
words by which men found life in days past. Such 
words, as, "Come unto Me all Ye who are Weary 
and Heavy Laden, & I will give you rest." "Cast 
all your Care upon Him for He careth for you." 

There are many tried and tested ways of get- 
ting religion First Hand. Have you tried Prayer? 
For True Prayer makes for each of us a very 
present reality of God, with whom we personally 
^an communicate. Someone has well said, "That 
the decline of any Institution or Individual is in 
direct ratio to the distance which they stray 
from the source of the experience from which it 
first grew." This is all too true of our lives. The 
real glory of religion comes not from the After- 
glow of things many years past, but in our im- 
mediate, direct encounter with God. Such an en- 
counter invariably leads to action. Prayer in its 
highest attainment prompts action. Try it some 
time. Make an Act of Faith. Try out in action 
some of Jesus' wonderful promises, and then you 
will experience this First Hand Religion. 

I suppose the most tragic mistake of so many 
Church people today is the refusal to face the 
fact that Christianity leads us along the Way of 
the Cross. It was necessary for Jesus to ask one 
day of His Disciples, "Can Ye Drink of the Cup 
that I Drink?" And too often in our day, we hear 
the same quick answer, "Yes, I Can" — without 
ever considering the real cost of sacrificial Chris- 
tian living. Or else we see so many sidestep the 
issue entirely. Perhaps we Christians are guilty 
of some mistakes in creating this condition. 

I sincerely believe that we have all tended to 
fit the Gospel of Jesus Christ into a middle class 
set of values, or rather to make it fit our stan- 
dard of living. Now this is not the True way of 
the Gospel at all. It has always been very dis- 
couraging to me to see so many interpreting ordi- 
nary honesty, decency, generosity, and friendli- 
ness, as the best example of Christian Living. 

These virtues are all very fine . . . and certainly 
we look upon them as the inevitable result of 
Christianity's influence. But they are not the 
First result of the Gospel experience. If we think 
so, then we seek to domesticate Christianity — to 
harness it to a carriage of our own making. And 
we have been somewhat successful in making 
religion respectable and attractive in a matter 
of fact sort of way. But the Gospel that Jesus 
taught was a dangerous experience. It separated 
men from the world, and often from his family 
and friends. A First Hand Experience did some- 
thing to the individual and he became forever a 
New Creation. Isn't it sad that so many are will- 
ing to be just like every one else, and never ex- 
perience this vigorous New Life in Christ Jesus? 

Too often we have thought that if only enough 
people would join our Church, — if only enough 
people would live up to the teachings of His Gos- 
pel; then the World could purge itself of War, 
Sin, and Evil. Then we would approach the King- 
dom of God among Men. If only enough of our 
neighbors would become decent, respectable, 
Church-going citizens like us, then we would soon 
see the end of this present age of darkness. But 
truly, friends, there isn't any suggestion of this 
in the Gospels — for the Gospel of Christ is no 
such easy going Philosophy. We must understand 
that there is in Jesus a sense of deep enmity be- 
tween Himself and the World." The Philosophy 
that Jesus would ever be accommodated to the 



Secular World is not a New Testament idea. Jesus 
constantly held up before His followers the choice 
between Himself and the World. He was always 
seeking to impress them that it was impossible 
to embrace both. But oh how many are living in 
that condition today, brought on by the willing- 
ness to live with this Second Hand Experience 
of Faith. 

Just one other idea that has encouraged this 
Second Hand experience of Faith. That is the 
prevalent teaching that Evil Men were respon- 
sible for the Crucifixion of our Lord. We rather 
like to believe that and take much delight in 
thinking that things would have been different if 
we would have been there. How wrong we are. 
For really it was the good and respected citizens 
of Jerusalem and Judea who were responsible for 
that Day on Calvary. Oh, we cannot say that all 
who took part in the Act were above reproach; 
of course they weren't. But I want you to see 
this, that the Crucifixion was essentially the work 
of respectable, law abiding people. And we have 
countless thousands who take pride in that type 
of life today. That is, not realizing that they can 
be that kind of people — honest and respectable, 
and still be a part of the forces which block the 
Love of God among men. For if we would Drink 
of the Cup which Jesus drank, then we would 
have such a sensitiveness to human need that our 
pain would no longer allow us to be the honest, 
respectable, indifferent, lethargic people we have 
grown to be. Job said, "I had heard of thee with 
mine Ear . . . but now I see thee with mine Eye." 
And Faith filled his heart anew. 

Then I want you to remember . . . that Chris- 
tianity will remain only a Beautiful idea until it 
is translated into action by the hands of men. 
They may be Praying Hands, they may be sooth- 
ing Hands . . . they may be Working Hands, but 
they are all the result of that First Hand Expe- 
rience of Faith. The Hymn writer wrote, "Take 
My hands and let them move — At the impulse 
of Thy Love." Those would be the Hands of one 
activated by a First Hand Experience with his 
Lord. For such hands cannot remain idle, but will 
be busy in doing the Lord's Will for them. How 
about you today? Are you content with only a 
Second Hand Experience of Faith? Why not look 
for Him where He may be found — in the House 
of Worship on the Lord's Day? Surely there's a 
task for you. One that will bring Joy to your soul, 
anl peace to your heart. 

Elkhart, Indiana. 

Spiritual fiDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not 
defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, noi 
with the wine which he drank." Daniel 1:8. 

DETERMINED to make his life count, Daniel was 
firm in keeping himself free from all harmful in- 
fluences. His religious ti-aining had given him a clear idea 
of th^ things that break down one's brain, body and char- 
acter instead of building them up. And so when liquoi 
was set before him, he said, "No" — politely, but positively 

Liquor is a liability, and not an asset. History verifies 
this fact, as well as the efficiency experts, the scientists 
the medical profession; and Holy Writ BRANDS it thus 
for all time. 

Above all, liquor is a liability to spiritual life. No mar 
can indulge in strong drink and develop a spiritual life 
I am well aware that there are records of men — even min- 
isters — who have used liquor and have yet become Bible 
exegetes, scholai's, sermonizers; but their example has 
mightily offset their influence among men, socially. It is 
the same with the use of tobaccoj The addict is fully con 
scions that he is going against the judgment of the bull 
of his fellow-men, and that knowledge makes him shj 
away from his fellow-men, and seek to enjoy his weakness 
by himself. And the very fact of the disapproval of his 
fellows does not tend to strengthen his confidence in his 
own powers of resistance to evil. 

One does not have to drink because others do. And i] 
one's friends do not respect him enough to refrain fron 
tempting him to indulge in harmful practices, one hat 
better hunt some new friends. But generally, even world- 
lings will respect one's pi'inciples, even though they them- 
selves are too weak to break an evil habit. One can de- 
cline to take liquor as he would decline tea or coffee 
without offense to good social custom. We must not for- 
get that we need to know HOW to say "No" as well as 
WHEN to say "No." 

Daniel's strong purpose was rooted in religion. And pur 
poses rooted in religion will hold one ti-ue to the pi'in 
ciples of right, truth and righteousness. And the reasoi 
that "so many folks are not able to be true to the faith i; 
that their purposes are not rooted deep in the principles 
and precepts of God's Word. 

ANUARY 7, 1956 




)ear Clayton and Ida: 

November 21, 1955 

I am quite tired, but since our out-going mail leaves 
he station very early in the morning, I'll write to you 

During the past four days I have sweated off 10 of the 
:0 pounds which A. M. M. O. advised me ta lose. Early 
i'riday morning (G:30) saw me catching a lorry (two- 
on Ford truck) from Waka enroute to Yola for a track 
neet. The boys from Waka competed with boys from 
hree other schools. I rode the entire distance (140 miles 
me way) in the back of the lorry, and more dust I've 
lever eaten! In fact, I'm still blowing some from my 
lose. Upon arriving at Yola we discovered it was too 
ate to cross the, river by the ferry (had had a broken 
pring on the way) ; so we canoed across, after dipping 
he water from the leaking canoes. 

The boys told us they knew the way to the school, and 
ifter about an hour of walking (some running) we finallj^ 
•eached the location of the track meet which had already 
)egun. Of course our boys were already played out, but 
;hey entered the events anyway. They consisted of high 
ump, broad jump, pole vault, 100-yard dash, 440 relay, 
120 relay, 880 relay, % mile, 1 mile and shot put. Waka 
lidn't do so badly; they came in fourth in a four- way 
neet. We were spotted 10 points for walking 4 miles 
:rom the river in record time. Fortunately we were able 
;o hitch a ride back to the river and about 9 P. M. we 
3oarded the lorry for home and more dust. Saturday was 
spent recuperating and opening some boxes from home. 

A Notable Day 

Sunday, November 20, will be a day long remembered 
'or the Shanks. The usual services of the morning were 
leld, but with some added attractions (not a very good 
vord). During church service we sang some familiar 
Christmas carols — surely made us feel very much at 
lome. The morning worship service here at Marama is 
rery similar to the Brethren service in the States. Since 
District Meeting will be held here thqi first week of De- 
:;ember, some time was taken discussing plans for its 
preparation. District meeting is the gathering together of 
African delegates from all the C. B. M. stations plus 
missionary representatives from each station. 

After the morning message, which was well given, 
about 60 people took the covenant. Prior to taking the 
covenant this group spent about 3 months (on Saturday 
mornings) in Bible study. They will continue this for 
about two years before the rite of baptism is adminis- 
tered. This was indeed impressive, for here was a group 
of people making their decisions to become Christians and 
to live according to the Christian principles as set forth 
in the New Testament. 

Well, the benediction was given, but this did not con- 
clude the service. There was still an even more serious 
portion of the service to peiform — a baptism. The entire 

congregation proceeded from the church to a nearby dam 
where the baptism was held. This was very beautiful and 

The Baptism 

Appropriate hymns were sung; prayers were given and 
the acting pastor (an ordained African) in very fitting re- 
marks explained the value and need of baptism as set 
forth in the New Testam.ent. Suitable scripture passages 
were read. The candidates were then instructed to kneel 
in the water to make immersion easier. 

I had the privilege of assisting with the baptism. There 
were three of us: Brother Swank, Modu (an African), 
and I. We baptized three at a time. The total number 
was about forty. These were people who had lived up to 
the covenant which they had previously taken. They 
were also accepted for baptism by the board of deacons. 
One thing that impressed me particularly — after each 
group of three were baptized, we had the laying on of 
hands in the water. Then as they went from the water 
and another group came down to the water, the congrega- 
tion sang the chorus of the hymn, "O Happy Day." At 
the completion of the baptism, closing remarks and prayer 
were made by the pastor. To be sure, we went home to a 
very late Sunday dinner (2:30), but we had been spirit- 
ually fed so adequately that physical hunger seemed like 
such a minor detail. This was our first such experience 
here in Nigeria, but we shall remember it for years to 
come. We only wish that all the Brethren could have been 
here to witness it too. 

Will you all include those who took the covenant and 
those who were baptized in your prayer list — also those 
who are laboring with them for the enlargement of God's 
Kingdom ? 

A busy day 

Today was another busy day. The men of the station — 
Swank, Royer and Shank, visited a village about 15 miles 
away. Twelve of the miles were via jeep; the remaining 
three via foot. (I'll be stiff for a month.) We visited the 
village where there is a possibility of beginning a C. R. I. 
(Class in religious instruction) Plans v/ere made, and 
we hope that in the future they will materialize. While at 
the village we walked an additional 5 miles (it seemed 
like 10) looking for fish and geese. We saw both, but it 
was mainly a wild-goose chase. I can't swim well enough 
to catch fish, and I can't even get off the ground, let 
alone trying to fly with the geese. We did, however, see 
the native women fishing — they caught some too. 

They used circular nets and waded the stream, occa- 
sionally catching a fish. Having enough of this we re- 
turned to the jeep. While trekking through the "bush" we 
saw some baboons, but our aim was too poor — yes, we 
missed all of them. Our loot for the day was 6 tired 
legs, plus additional sore muscles, one 4-foot python and 
a large catfish. (The snake and fish were caught by the 
women). I think tomorrow I shall rest. 

Sincerely, Your Missionary, Doc Shank. 



Vraifer l/7leetincj 


It shames me yet when I recall 
A thing I did when I was small. 

My father gave us each three bright 
New cents to take to Sunday school. 
My sister and I put in one 
Apiece, and then we made a pool, 
Like guilty financiers gone mad. 
Of the remaining stolen four. 
And next day, furtively, like thieves 
We spent them at the candy store. 

Four times we did this, and four times 
I waited for God's wrath to fall 
Upon my sinful head. Somehow 
The candy was not sweet at all; 
But still God did not speak, and still 
The very skies were mute. And so — 
He seemed so busy — I so small — 
I thought perhaps He did not know 

Or even did not care. And then 
One day I heard the words, "And will 
A man rob God?" They crashed upon 
My ears and I i-emember still 
The guilt and horror which I felt. 
I knew what God had done for me, 
I knew for whom His Son had died 
That dreadful day on Calvary. 

SPIRIT-FILLED CHRISTIANITY places one's proper- 
ty, into the Lord's hands (Matt. 6:25-34). The tithe 
began before the Mosaic Law (Gen. 14:17-20). This was 
before there was a Hebrew nation. Abraham gave tithes 
to Melchizedek who was a type of Christ (Heb. 7:1-6, 
21, 22). God does not ask any less love, faith, and cheer- 
ful giving of a New Testament Christian (1 Cor. 16:2) 
than from a Jew under the law (Mai. 3:10). Not to tithe 
is to rob God not only of the tithe but also the offering 
which is that given beyond the tithe (Mai. 3:8, 9). There 
is no promise of God in the Bible where He will bless 
the bringing of less than 10 per cent of one's income 
into His services. It is always somewhere between 10 and 
100 per cent! 

"... as My child, dost thou not owe 
To Me more than this tiny tithe? 
I would possess all that is thine, 
Thy tenderest love, the deepest throb 
Of every heart-beat should be Mine, 
Give Me each second of thy time, 
Give Me thy little talent, see 
How I will add to it if thou 
Wilt dedicate it unto Me. 

"Give me that inmost self of thine, 

Thy fresh young strength and vigor, too, 

Thy utter loyalty, thy trust, 

Then wait to see what I will do. 

And, WILL a man rob God? Ah, child. 

Thou wert not only robbing Me, 

But robbing thy poor starveling self 

Of all that I would give to thee." 

— Martha Snell Nicholson. 

God loves a hilarious giver (2 Cor. 9:7). Barnabas gave 
largely (Acts 4:36, 37). A widow gave all (Luke 21:1-4). 
Zealous New Testament Christians often gave all (Acts 
2:44, 45). 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 15, 1956 
Lesson: Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 

GOD IS IMMUTABLE— unchangeable. His Word de 
Clares it. "For I am the LORD, I change not" (Mai 
3:6); "Thou art the^ same, and Thy years shall not fail' 
(Heb. 1:12). Because this is so, His demand for righteous 
ness and holiness has not changed. God has always de- 
manded REPENTANCE of sinful people. The passing 
years and changing times have not altered this. Thos( 
who would long for fellowship with God, and right stand- 
ing before the Almighty, must REPENT. 

REPENTANCE signifies a change of one's mind oi 
purpose. A change of mind which involves both tuminj 
to God, and turning from sin. 

Jesus introduced this subject in today's lesson whei 
some "told Him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate hac 
mingled with their sacrifices." How quick we are to Judg( 
our fellowmen, but oh so slow to condemn ourselves 
Whenever calamity falls upon our friends or neighbor: 
we immediately jump to the conclusion they are suffering 
punishment as a result of sin. However, whenever wi 
undergo a siege of affliction or suffering we call it "th( 
suffering and reproach of the I'ighteous!" 

Those who spake of the Galileans were rebuked b; 
Jesus with these words: "Suppose ye that these Galilean; 
were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suf 
fered such things? I tell you. Nay: but, except ye repent 
ye shall all likewise perish." 

In essence, Jesus said to them: 1. You are sinners a 
much as they. 2. You must repent yourselves, or suffe 
the consequence — you will "perish." Thus Jesus spoke o 
the Universal Sinfulness of Man, necessitating the Uni 
versa! Need of Repentance, in order to escape the Univer 
sal Judgment for Sin. 

Next in our lesson we find Christ setting forth the Paij 
able of the Barren Fig Tree. From the context it is evi 

JANUARY 7, 1956 


dent that Jesus was stressing the need for bearing fruit 
— the fruit of righteousness, holiness, obedience, rever- 
ence, and love. The story was meant to serve as a warn- 
ing to the Nation of Israel, that, unless she changed her 
ways, repented of her sin, and began to produce fruit for 
the glory of God, she would suffer Divine Judgment from 
the hand of God. 

God is still looking for fruit among His people. 

"The Master is seeking a harvest 
In lives He's redeemed by His blood; 

He seeks for the fruit of the Spirit, 
And works that will glorify God. 

Nothing but leaves for the Master, 
Oh, how His loving heart grieves, 

When instead of the fruit He is seeking, 
We offer Him nothing but leaves." 

— Mrs. H. S. Lehman. 

The Jewish Nation would not heed the warning of Jesus 
their Messiah. Realizing their backslidden condition, the 
Master laments over the Holy City of Jerusalem: "O Jer- 
usalem, Jerusalem . . . how often would I have gathered 
thy children together . . . and ye yould not!" 

Earnestly the Saviour had pleaded with His own peo- 
ple to repent of their sin and iniquity — but they would not. 
It was inevitable, therefore, that judgment fell. Because 
God "is longsufering to us-ward, not willing that any 
should perish, but that all should come to repentance," 
He gave them opportunity to come to Him. For 40 years 
He waited. Then came 70 A. D. Titus, the Roman Em- 
peror, marched into Jerusalem — that very city over which 
Jesus had wept tears — and gave orders to the Roman 
soldiers to destroy it. Finally, he set fire to the city and 
left it in ruins! 

Jesus had said: "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise 

What a warning this ought to be to our own day and 
people! God help us to heed the warning of Scripture, for 
except we REPENT, we shall all likewise PERISH! 




Rev. Beekley who is serving as a chaplain in the air 
force was our guest speaker in Sarasota on Sunday, De- 
cember 5th. He brought us an encouraging and inspir- 
ing message. We are indeed fortunate that Sister Beek- 
ley and the two children are making their home in Sara- 
sota while Brother Beekley is serving his Master and 
country in Korea. Her talent and experience in the Lord's 
vineyard makes her a very valuable helper in our work 

here. The Lord is continually blessing us by sending such 
wonderful people to worship with us. Members of the 
Church of the Brethren have been worshiping with us and 
according to their testimony they are receiving rich spir- 
itual blessings and are very happy that thei"e is a place 
of worship for Brethren in Sarasota. 

Are we progressing? Come down to the Sunshine State 
and attend one of our services; then you decide. There 
were fifty-nine present for worship Sunday; seventeen in 
the mid-week service. 

We know that many of you Brethren are praying for 
us and that God is answering your prayers. We need that 
place to worship which the Brethren can call their own. 
Can we encourage you to keep praying? Pray that the 
dream of a Brethren Church in Sarasota may soon be a 

0. C. Lemert. 

H H H 


From November twenty-first to December 4th the 
writer was privileged to hold a two-week revival and 
evangelistic meeting in the Center Chapel Brethren 
Church. We share with Evangelist readers a few of the 
blessings and results of this wonderful experience. 

The Center Chapel folks have worked hard during the 
past ten years or so, and have been truly blessed by the 
Lord. Under the leadership of their fine pastor. Brother 
Austin Gable, these brethren have not only completely 
remodeled their church sanctuary and added a Sunday 
School unit to the building, they have also made quite 
a name for the Brethren Church in this farming com- 
munity. Although not a large church in terms of member- 
ship, Center Chapel is one of the very strongest and 
most active rural churches in the denomination. 

The evangelist found the congregation and community 
well prepared for his coming, the pastor having done 
much of the "groundwork" before the meeting actually 
began. Attendances at the services were good, despite 
ball games, concerts, some bad weather, etc. Three or 
four evenings found the sanctuary almost filled with men 
and women and young people who had come to join in 
these meetings. An unusually large percentage of those 
who attended were present for every service or for all 
but one service. The writer greatly appreciated this loy- 
alty. The pastor and evangelist spent several hours each 
day visiting folks in the area served by this church, and 
in every home we were very cordially received. We were 
especially encouraged by the reception which we received 
in the homes of a number of folks who had never made 
the good confession. As is usually true at such meetings, 
the pastor and evangelist were well taken care of at meal 
times by the good folks of the church — in fact, again as 
is usually the case — too well. The young people of the 
church should be commended for their loyalty to and in- 
terest in these services. Every evening found sevei'al 
pews filled with some of the young people of the congre- 

In bringing the messages from night to night the 
speaker attempted to accomplish two purposes — as led 

(Continued on Page 19) 





Clarence Stogsdill, Director 


THE ONLY REAL SIMILARITY between bricks and 
the material which I am thinking of today is that they 
are both "solid." I'm thinking about the individual young 
people who make up the entire organization of Brethren 

This morning as I walked along the sidewalk of Ash- 
land I passed by the place on the corner of Main and 
Center where workers are now laying concrete blocks for 
the foundation of a new building which will soon grace 
the intersection in the middle of town. As I stopped to ob- 
serve for a few moments my mind explored a vision of 
the new building. Here are these workers down in the 
damp clay beneath the surface of the ground carefully 
and skillfully laying the blocks one-by-one that will even- 
tually support a grand new structure. Passersb5^ in the 
future who have not been in our city for some time will 
remark: "O look at the beautiful new building!" seeing 
only the completed structure. 

But right now the craftsmen are doing only one part 
of the job — not easy, perhaps, except for their skill; not 
dressed in business suits and white collars; not seeing the 
completed building. They only inspect each block as they 
lay it skillfully into place in the mortar on top of other 
blocks, joined at the ends to other blocks. Pei'haps all 
they visualize now is a new wall — then four new walls! 
Then other skilled workmen will begin their jobs, until 
finally the glassworkers and cabinet makers and floor 
and interior experts finish the work. Exciting! It is if 
you visualize it this way. This is the way every building 
goes up. Brick buildings are erected in exactly the same 
way, except for the smaller type "blocks." 


Now the "blocks" to which we refer are the individual 
young people who get their direction from persons who 
know how to mould them, shape them and fit them into a 
larger program which in time will become a great, grand 
building. That is, if each worker does his part with these 
"blocks" and "mortars" them properly fitting them into 
the larger plan. We can see by this that the MOST IM- 
PORTANT part of the program is getting to the individ- 
uals and working with them. A chipped or broken block 
cannot be used in a sturdy building; nor will a marred 
young life contribute much — if anything — to a larger 
youth program. The alert youth worker knows this and 
tries to turn out good units for his larger work. For he 
is not only the mason, but the one who has a strong hand 
in the manufacturing process too. 


We don't want to be fussy about this analogy, so we 
will say that the "walls" of our building are either the 
local group, or the district organization, whichever is the 
stronger — in most cases the former. We might say, too, 

that this means the individuals are joined together in 
making up the walls of BROTHERHOOD, SISTERHOOD, 
SIGNAL LIGHTS and BYC (Sunday evening fellowship). 
When these "walls" have been raised up and joined to- 
gether We have something that begins to look like a build- 
ing. That means that the leaders and workers of each 
organization must have the vision of the importance of 
his (her) work, and be determined to raise up his' part of 
the structure with pride and determination. The projects 
(locally and nationally), must be of a nature that will 
not detract from the one big goal or project, but must be 
coordinated with it. Heretofore we have too much gone 
our separate ways, making such a fuss over the separate 
projects that the individuals have been led to believe that 
they are competing with another project — the NATION- 
AL BYC PROJECT— instead of contributing toward the 
over-all program. Vice versa, the national projects have 
been pushed to the detriment of the projects of Brother- 
hood, Sisterhood, etc. WE MUST GET TOGETHER! The 
national work is not an office for the leaders to come to 
in complaint that its work interferes with their goals — 
and we sincerely hope that if it does, we can do some- 
thing to alter that situation — a sort of "complaint de- 
partment." The national office ought to be thought of as 
a place where the organizations meet or cross or overlap 
their work under the suggestions and coordination of the 
national board. But many times the national board has 
hesitated because of the prejudiced and pre-conceived 
ideas and positive determination of some to "prevent in- 
terference by the national leaders." This is no personal 
complaint — for I personally have no complaints — nor is 
it a criticism; it is an observation! If you ask, "Then why 
doesn't somebody do something?" we reply, somebody 
is, and this article is for the purpose of clarifying the 
whole picture. 


The complete building is not to be another missionary 
board, nor just a once-a-year-General Conference, nor 
just quarterly rallies in the districts. I believe that you 
already have the right picture of the completed building 
if you have followed thus far. However, there is much 
that can and must be done to aid local groups and encour- 
age them which the national organization wants to do. 
But we must be set free from some of our financial re- 
straints, brought about by various ideas: a drain on 
pocket books by other demands; misunderstanding of what 
Brethren Youth would do, given the chance; indifference 
as to the real (small) financial help needed to give the 
program an opportunity — we need not more than fifty 
cents per Brethren per year! 

With proper help there could be printed many helpful 
publications for Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Signal Lights 
and Brethren Youth Crusaders — material which is con- 
stantly being sought by good and sincere youth leaders. 
Everything from "How to get along with youth," tci 
"Your own need of salvation" ought to be in the hands; 
of youth leaders and youth themselves. They will be read- 
ing something — make it good for them! 

sands of youth joined together, resting upon the Chiei 
Cornerstone, where others can "come in and go out,'i 
doing continual service for the Lord! — C. S. i 

JANUARY 7, 1956 



(Continued from Page 2) 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Brother E. J. Black notes that 
a fully automatic gas furnace and air conditioner has 
been installed in the parsonage. 

The Intermediate Church held their first public service 
the evening of December 11th. The group meets regularly 
jevery Sunday morning. 

I NAPPANEE, INDIANA. On Christmas Morning, in- 
istead of having the regular Sunday School and Church 
Services, a special "family service" in honor of the birth- 
day of our Lord, was held from 10:00 until 11:00 A. M. 
The members were urged to come and sit in family 

COUNTY LINE, INDIANA. A note from Brother Her- 
bert Gilmer says, "We were happy to have the Teegarden 
Brethren worship here last Sunday evening (December 
4th). Baptismal service was held at 8:30 and was a 
very impressive service. We were happy to have Rev. 
Edgar Berkshire to baptize 2 from his congregation 

Brother Gilmer, at the same service, baptized four and 
received them into the County Line Church. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Nine were baptized recently and 
received into membership in the Lanark Church. 

LEON, IOWA. Brother Wilbur L. Thomas informs us 
that the work at Leon is coming along fine. He asks for 
the prayers of the Brotherhood for the work at Leon. 

T^e ^^ 

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f^QG^ e'QS^ ""QG^ 

by Helen Jordan 


TT IS THE CALL all over the world today,— SHARE. 

The call is heard over our radios every day. SHARE! 
But do we hear it? We are told in God's Word to "Do 
good unto all men," and our sympathy is stirred by these 
many calls. It seems to me we could SHARE ourselves 
more with these many calls, if we gave from the heart. 
It is so easy to contribute a few coins or dollars and 
feel satisfied. Let us as Christian women add a prayer 
to our gifts. 

Then there is the call to service. Are we willing to 
SHARE our talents, in the service of our Lord? Or are 
we selfish and think first of ourselves, instead of feel- 
ing here is my opportunity to serve my Lord? Rather 
let us say, by the grace of God I will do what I can. 

Sharing from the heart brings joy and lifts burdens, 
and thus we fufill Christ's law of love. 

Mrs. N. Victor Lea+herman, 

Waynesboro, Pa. 


(Continued from Page 17) 

by the Holy Spirit — Revive the enthusiasm of those who 
were already followers of Jesus Christ; and to strive to 
lead the unsaved into a saving knowledge of Him. Among 
the visible results of these services were the first-time 
confessions of nine folks — several of them being young 
married people and the decision of six other young 
married folks to unite with the Center Chapel Church by 
letter or rebaptism. Several others were seriously con- 
sidering these matters and we know that Brother Gable 
will continue to work with them and to encourage them 
in making their decisions for the Lord. A number of the 
brethren told us that the services had been a challenge 
to them, and we trust that being thus challenged will 
lead them into fuller service for the Master. 

On several evenings fine delegations from other Breth- 
ren churches were in attendance. The Denver Brethren 
Church, the College Corner Brethren Church, and the 
North Manchester Brethren Church were represented dur- 
ing these two weeks. Special music was also in abun- 
dance, each evening finding at least one number of spe- 
cial music on the program. The writer takes this oppor- 
tunity to express his thanks to all of the brethren who 
helped in any way with these services; and also to the 
folks at Center Chapel for the fine love offering which 
was given to him on the closing evening. May God's 
spirit continue to rest upon, and work within, this con- 
gregation and their leader. 

Henry Bates. 

^mh to I^PBt 

WAGONER. Mrs. Arobelle Wagoner, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Simeon Morphew, died Nov. 14, 1955 at the age 
of 73 years. She united with the Brethren Church of 
Roann at about the time of her marriage to Mr. Jake 
Wagoner in 1911. Had been living in Knox, Indiana for 
about 30 years, but retained her membership in the Breth- 
ren Church throughout life. Husband preceded her in 
death in 1946. Survived by one sister, one son, and four 

Thomas A. Shannon. 

BOWMAN. Henry Bowman died at the age of 94 years 
on August 4th, 1955, at his home in San Bernandino, 
California. Was married November 11, 1891 to Miss 
Laura Carver, who died in 1918. To this union was born 
two sons, and two daughters. Both sons and one daugh- 
ter also preceded him in death. He united with the 
Brethren Church of Roann at an early age and retained 
his membership in his home church until the time of 
death. Funeral services were held in California, and his 
ashes returned to Roann where a commital service was 
conducted by the pastor August 15, 1955. 

Thomas A. Shannon. 

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ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Brother Freeman Ankrum, 
our Brethren Church History Department writer, informs 
the Editor that he has been invited to become a member 
of the Christian Education Committee of the Church of 
the Brethren. We quote from Brother Ankrum's letter in 
which he quotes from a letter received by him from C. 
Ernest Davis, Chairman of the above Committee: "'I 
have known of your great interest in Brethren History 
and have read with great appreciation the writings that 
have come from your pen. We would be honored if you 
would accept our invitation to be regarded as a full mem- 
ber of the committee.' " 

Brother Ankrum notes that there are five of the Church 
of the Brethren Historians on the Committee; he adds 
also, "I shall be honored to accept the invitation." (Ed. 
Note: We too are glad for the honor which has been ex- 
tended to Brother Ankrum; he has been performing a 
very fine work for the Brethren in making possible, 
through his articles in the Evangelist, the preservation 
of many interesting and important facts relating to 
Brethren Church History.) 

"The specific work of the Committee is the building 
up of a Brethren Historical Library and the addition of 
Brethren materials in the libraries of Brethren Colleges 
and Seminaries." 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. Brother Ralph E. Mills notes 
in his bulletin a comment relative to the special Christ- 
ian emphasis program in their church for the past sev- 
eral months: "Today (Dec. 25th) ends the period of spe- 
cial emphasis in the Church. The attendance for the two 
month period was very encouraging and indicated most 
members and friends were supporting." 

CAMERON, W. VA. The Cameron Church and the local 
Presbyterian Church joined in a New Year's Eve service, 
in the Cameron Church, with the Presbyterian pastor, 
Robert Shaffer, bringing the message. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Improvements at the parson- 
age continue, with the Homemaker's Class providing Ven- 
etian blinds for the downstairs, and a gas heater being 
installed in the spare room. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. The Elkhart Choir presented a 
special program over WSJV-TV the evening of Decem- 
ber 20th. 

BURLINGTON, INDIANA. Brother Floyd Sibert writes 
to the Editor: "Christmas Sunday was a wonderful day 
at Burlington. A baby was consecrated, three young fath- 
ers and a young mother made the Great Confession. Two 
of the young men were baptized and taken into the 
Church 'that same day.' The other young couple is sched- 
uled to receive baptism this coming Saturday. (Jan. 1st). 
This unites these three families of young people in the 
Brethren Church here. The Christmas attendance was 
good. It was 25% higher than last year." 

REN. (While we have mentioned elsewhere that we wish 
it were possible to call attention to all of the fine carol- 
ing activities throughout the denomination, we do want 
to call special attention to the one held by the College 
Corner Brethren. This energetic group did their caroling 
on Christmas morning — leaving the church at 5:00 A. M. 
We would be glad to have a fuller report on how it 
worked out at this early hour, Brother Hanna. — Editor.) 

AKRON, INDIANA. Gordon Hedges was guest speaker 
in the Akron Church on January 1st. 

(Continued on Page 15) 


paign — January 30th through February 12th. — Rev. Hen- 
ry Bates, Pastor-Evangelist. 

This V That 

By the Editor 

We have been impressed, this past holiday season, with 
the information received relative to the many Christmas 
programs given in our Churches. Certainly the lives of 
all who attended these various programs must have been 
spiritually enriched. Many of our church and youth 
groups also went caroling, which we also know brought 
much cheer and good to those who heard them sing. We 
wish it were possible to call attention in our Interesting 
Items to all the fine Christmas programs and Carolings; 
to do so would have meant the listing of almost all of our 
Churches, and for the caroling groups, more than a third. 
All reports indicate, though, that it has been a good sea- 
son for programs and carolings; for that, we are truly 
grateful. W. S. B. 

JANUARY 14, 1956 


IKe Editor's 



LIFE OF A SAINT. Thus we speak of the 
good influence of the Christian. 

We all know them — good, clean cut, stalwart 
Christians — whose lives are a positive testimony 
of the saving grace of our Lord. Of such Paul 
had in mind when he wrote to the Thessalonian 
Christians, "Ye were ensamples to all that be- 
lieved in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you 
sounded out the word of the Lord not only in 
Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place 
your faith to God-ward is spread abroad ; so that 
we need not to speak anything." (I Thess. 1 :7, 
8). Of such, the Church can be proud today. 

All of us should be that kind of Christians day 
by day. Without doubt, the ideal of perfect Chris- 
tian service is in our mind, and we pray day by 
day, and night by night, that we can be, in His 
strength, the stalwart, true, and faithful kind of 
Christian in our ideal. Yet we find that the flesh 
endeavors to assert itself upon us — the will of self 
rears its venomous head, and the good intention 
lies shattered in fragments about our shaking 
feet. Temptations, weaknesses, evil doers, would 
seek to spoil our good influence, our desires to 
serve. Thus do we find value in the words of Peter 
when he said, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as 
strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, 
which war against the soul ; Having your conver- 
sation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas 
they speak against you as evildoers, they may by 
your good works, which they shall behold, glorify 
God in the day of visitation." (I Peter 2:11, 12). 

It should be noted, though, that the only per- 
son who can really destroy our good influence is 
ourselves. All arguments to the contrary, a Chris- 
tian full of grace and of the Spirit of the Lord, 
will rise above all who may speak or do evil 
against him. The scriptures say so, as noted in the 
verses just quoted. 


We should also note that the stalwart, strong, 
true Christian saints are those who, without 
doubt, have mastered great personal temptations, 
weaknesses, or who have suffered much through 
the years, but who have learned to conquer in 
His Name. This avenue is open to all who desire 
such a life. 

A good Christian life will bear good influence 
among men. It must also be borne in mind, that, 
good or bad, we are bearing influence on every- 
one around us. 

A farmer once was walking across the fields 
to the village tavern shortly after a new-fallen- 
snow. After having gone some distance he heard 
his young son, who had in childish play decided to 
follow his father, calling to him, "Daddy, I'm 
walking in your footsteps." This so shocked the 
man that he turned from his intended purpose. 
How much would our lives change if those upon 
whom we bear influence would tell us, "We're 
walking in your footsteps?" 

We scatter seeds with careless hand 

And dream we ne'er shall see them more; 
But for a thousand years 
Their fruit appears 
In weeds that mar the land. 
Or healthful store. 

The deeds we do, the words we say — 
Into still air they seem to fleet. 

We count them ever past; 
But they shall last — 
In the dread judgment they 
And we shall meet. 

-W. S. B. 



refhren Church History 

by Rev. Freeman Ankrum 

Mary Mack Deffenbaugh 

T DO NOT KNOW when I first knew "Aunt" Mary. She 
■^ to me always existed. Alexander Mack Jr., had been 
laid in his grave in the Germantown, Pennsylvania, Cem- 
etery, but forty two years when "Aunt" Mary was born 
in Licking County, Ohio. Her bii-thday was October 29, 
1845. Her parents were John and Mary Woolsey Mack. 
She was named for her mother, Mary. Her father, the 
son of Jacob Mack, who was the grandson of Alexander 
Mack Jr., was born near Masontown, Pennsylvania. Along 
with his father Jacob, he emigrated from the rolling hills 
of southwestern Pennsylvania to the more gentle hills of 
Ohio. They settled in Licking County not far from the 
new National Road which was in progress of construc- 
tion across the state of Ohio. The time of the move from 
Pennsylvania to Ohio likely occurred about 1832. Mary 
Woolsey Mack was also from the Masontown Community 
and of a long line of Woolseys. There are relatives yet 
in that section of the country. Brownsville on the heavily 
traveled Pike was the nearest village to the farms where 
Jacob and his son John settled. They were a couple miles 
to the southwest. 

To the marriage of John and Mary Woolsey Mack, 
were bom five children, namely, George, born December 
10, 1831; Lucinda, bom April 19, 1834; Sarah Ann, bom 
August 7, 1839; Jason (The Author's grandfather) born 
April 30, 1842 and Mary the baby of the family, bom as 
stated above October 29, 1845. Her father John was born 
near Masontown, October 9, 1800. 

While she was not only to me but? to all who knew her 
"Aunt" Mary, she was correctly speaking my "great 
aunt," as she was the sister of my grandfather. 

When the writer was two years of age, his parents 
moved from the village of Glenford, Ohio, where he was 
born to the large Deffenbaugh farm of some 400 acres 
four miles to the east. Here for the space of nearly nine 
years, was the boyhood home of the writer. What a lo- 
cation it was. Space for a boy to run and play, people in- 
terested, in a little lad, and one of the most progressive 
minded people in the entire community to live around. 

It is not possible to mention "Aunt" Mary without men- 
tioning "Uncle" Sam. Samuel Deffenbaugh, like the 
Macks, could trace his lineage back to Fayette County, 
Pennsylvania. There are still numerous relatives there 
carrying the same name. 

Aunt Mary differed from the most of the other Macks 
in that she was small. A large soul and mind in a small 
body. Uncle Sam was large and robust. Both were accus- 
tomed to hard work and toil was no stranger to them. 
While Mary Mack was growing up in the Mack home, 
learning the history of her ancestors and availing her- 
self of the limited education of her day, Samuel Deffen- 
baugh was growing to manhood in the adjoining County 
of Perry some three or four miles to the south east. It 
may have been because of the common interest in the 
matter of Pennsylvania which brought them together. The 
story, if told to the writer has been forgotten, but we do 
know that on March 11, 1866 Samued Deffenbaugh and 
Mary Mack were united in marriage and she came to 
live on the large Deffenbaugh farm. 

The Macks as well as the Deffenbaughs did not leave 
their Dunker religion in Pennsylvania but brought it 
along with them to the new homes in Ohio. In the mat- 
ter of their religious life we find them elected to the of- 
fices of Deacon and Deaconness. These two offices they 
faithfully filled until the Lord called them home from 
this life. Samuel Deffenbaugh and Mary Mack's marriage 
came about just a year following the close of the bloody 
Civil War. While it is true that this section of the coun- 
try escaped the battles, no section of the east could re- 
main entirely aloof. General John Morgan's Raiders were 
reported headed that way, and riflemen guarded the barn 
at the lower house with their old muzzle loader rifles. 
The rumor proved false however. Men were drafted into 
the service much against their will, and the community 
was not permitted to forget by the limitations of the few 
goods purchased that there was a ^yar on hand. 

The Greenwood Dunkard or "Conservative," Church as 
it was later called was on the western edge of the Def- 
fenbaugh farm. Uncle Sam and Aunt Mary were Deacon 
and Deaconness there. Following the regretted division of 
1882, a "Progressive" church was built at "Five Points," 
four miles west of Glenford. The Deffenbaughs trans- 
ferred their membership to this Church, joining the "Pro- 
gressive" element. However when the Beracha "Pro- 
gressive" church was built on the Deffenbaugh farm in 
1898 Uncle Sam still continued, when there was no con- 
flict to attend services in the Greenwood church. 

Samuel and Mary Mack Deffenbaugh were the parents 
of two children. Charles E. was born January 23, 1867. 

JANUARY 14, 1956 


He taught for a few terms in Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio, but spent the most of his life with his father on 
the farm. He was mai-ried twice; first to Minnie Oaks of 
Trotwood, Ohio, whom he met in Ashland College, and 
second to Juanita Huggens of Arkansas. Charles died in 
Ashland, Ohio, April 7, 1934, and is buried in the Good 
Hope Cemetery a couple miles west of the Deffenbaugh 
farm. Just a little over twenty years following the birth 
of Charles, a little daughter came whom they named 
Ethel. She was born October 23, 1887. She, like her broth- 
er Charles, was a student in Ashland College. Here she 
met Charles Tinkey of Ashland and on January 27, 1909 
they were united in marriage in the Deffenbaugh home. 
The ceremony was by her brother Charles, who was a 
Minister. Charles Tinkey died near Ashland, Ohio, March 
7, 1932. They have one son John. Charles Tinkey is buried 
in the Good Hope Cemetery east of Glenford, Ohio. At 
the present writing Ethel, Mrs. Charles Tinkey lives with 
her son, John and wife, near West Salem, Ohio. 

The Deffenbaughs were progressive minded. Charles 
was so far ahead of his time that he was styled "Vision- 
ary," by some. The home was, in its early days, the out- 
standing home of the community. Here came the tele- 
phone, when it was almost an experiment. Here was 
found running water and a bathroom; a thing unheard of 
in most of the country homes of the community. They 
even had a refrigerator, not depending upon the Spring 
House as many did. There was a large fish pond and 
each winter one of the chores was the cutting of ice 
and filling the large Ice House. This was about the only 
one in the community. Water for the house was forced up 
the hill from a free flowing spring just above the fish 
pond, by a Hydraulic Ram to a tank in the attic of the 
large brick house. The pit in which the Ram was located 
was ever the delight of us small boys. The moss, the 
lizards and now and then a gi-een frog looking up at us 
with wide eyes as we looked down were never forgotten. 
The farm was also used as a testing ground for new 
machinery. The first sulky plow to be used in the imme- 
diate community was purchased by the Deffenbaughs and 
was used on this farm. People could not understand how 
it was possible to ride and plow. 

The fish pond had its attractions. Here the small fry 
learned to swim. Here one summer day when they were 
enjoying the cool water, ever minded of Indians of whom 
"Aunt" Mary had told them many stories, "Uncle" Sam 
rushed out of a near by cornfield crying out "Indians! In- 
dians!" The small fry in the pond rushed out of the 
water, seized their clothes and ran the other way as fast 
as their legs would carry them, no doubt breaking their 
best previous records. How "Uncle" Sam laughed and en- 
joyed telling the tale to various audiences. Yes, The 
Author was one of the runners. 

"Aunt" Mary was a great reader, also a great story 
teller. As a Bible story teller she was hard to surpass. 
With us youngsters sitting around her, she told us Bible 
stories such as David and and Goliath, Samson, Noah and 
the Ark until we could as we sat there with wide open 
eyes, ears and mouths almost hear the rain falling on the 
shingle roof of the Ark. 

Their home in those days now so far and at times so 
near possessed many books. Various magazines came into 
it among which, the Author's favorite was The Youth's 

The Home of Samuel and Mary Deffenbaugh 

Companion. There was also a typewriter which was used 
by Mrs. Charles Deffenbaugh and various Ministers who 
came to make their home with the Deffenbaughs while 
they were preaching in the community. The Deffenbaughs 
always supplied a room and the board free to the one 
who was preaching at the Bethel church at "Five Points," 
or later on at the Beracha church. They even built a 
"Prophet's Room," as it were, along by the one which 
had been originally used. A great treat for us small boys 
would be when carefully guided we were permitted to 
visit those rooms where there were so many books and 
papers, along with pencils. 

The large farm and the modern home was the stopping 
place of many visitors. Perhaps few visiting ministers 
missed the home. Thei'e was one who may be remembered 
by some who will read this; he was Dr. McGregor a 
traveling Evangelist who held a Meeting at the Bethel 
Church. Elder James Quinter was not a stranger in the 
home. He was a contemporary of Elder Jacob Mack, an 
Uncle of Mary Mack Deffenbaugh. There could be named 
many who have gone to Glory and some still among the 
living who found the Deffenbaugh home their home. There 
was the young student of sacred memory, John Allen Mil- 
ler who made this his home while he was a student 
preacher in the community. Hardly a summer passed but 
there were visitors from Pennsylvania. Correspondence 
was kept up between the relatives in the old state and the 
new one. 

The Church was the ever love of Aunt Mary and 
Uncle Sam. "Saml," she abbreviated the name. They were 
generous givers when they had the means, and sacrificial 
givers when times had changed. Many a young preacher 
who had the wisdom to listen to Aunt Mary became a 
better preacher and prepared better sermons following 
her constructive criticism. 

The Deffenbaugh home was always an open home, with 
a welcome to all. The large sugar camp where Maple 
sap was boiled in the spring time attracted numerous 
visitors. There was always room for them in the brick 
house just a little ways up the hill. 

Mary Mack Deffenbaugh was proud of her ancestry. 
Could a person have put on paper the many things told 
to those who sat around her, our history would be much 
richer. The Author literally sat at her feet while she took 
time to pour out her marvelous stories and information 



relative to the Mack ancestry. In fact it was a common 
matter and taken for granted until we were awakened later 
while a student in Ashland College, by Dr. J. Allen Miller 
as to its full import. 

It was Aunt Mary who furnished much help and in- 
spiration in the long task of research and the securing 
of materials for the production of "ALEXANDER 
came out in 1943 but unfortunately Aunt Mary did not 
see it, as she had passed on. 

The Author lived in the large brick house at the foot 
of the hill on the Deffenbaugh farm. 

Aunt Mary was a wonderful correspondent. She was as 
good a letter writer as she was story teller. The Author 
corresponded with her up until the time of her death in 
1934. In one of the letters just a few years before her 
death, she wrote to the Author: 

"One of the pictures that hang on memory's wall is of 
a red brick house at the foot of a hill. The door opened 
and a little boy came out and walked across the porch 
and down the steps and trotted along a short lane to a 
hill. Soon a little head bobbed up the hill and a little boy 
was seen with a book under his right arm. He came to 
the house where a woman was standing, perhaps she was 
sweeping as it was early in the moi-ning. She was sur- 
prised to see the book brought back so soon and said 
'Have you read it through ah'eady?' and a little bright 
face looked up with a pleasant smile and said, 'Yes, could 
I get another?' She said 'We will look for another,' and 
when it was found he put it under his arm and trotted 
down the hill. This was often repeated in my lonely 

Upon the philosophy of death she wrote just four years 
before her death, "I have thought since I was four years 
old upon the subject of death, and am still thinking upon 
it. When I was a child, people either walked or rode' on 
horseback, and as my mother was a poor rider, she never 
took me to funerals. But when my sister who was seven 
years older than I, was large enough to walk, she went to 
a funeral and your grandfather and I stayed at a neigh- 
bors and when the family came home, she came to the 
neighbors for us, and I asked her what a funeral was. 
She told me what it was and about the dead, and death. 
I never will forget how I felt when she told me how peo- 
ple were when they were dead, and what death was, and 
what caused it and I studied over it all my life." The 
sister was Sarah Ann Mack who later made her home 
with the Deffenbaughs until her death July 9, 1901. She 
never married. 

Samuel and Mary Mack Deffenbaugh united with the 
church in September 1869 and were baptized together, 
They were charter members of the Bethel Church west 
of Glenford when it was organized in 1883. Samuel Def- 
fenbaugh was a hard worker and busily engaged in the 
operation of his large farm. However not all the ventures 
proved profitable when the rosy promises faded. Just a 
few years before the death of Uncle Sam on the old farm, 
he had undergone an operation for the removal of a leg. 
He recovered from this. The Surgeon in Columbus where 
the operation was performed stated, "Only his clean liv- 
ing made recovery from this operation possible." 


Uncle Sam died on October 17, 1922 at the age of 78 
years, 7 months and 6 days. His funeral was conducted 
by the late Dr. John Allen Miller and Rev. Garrison then 
Pastor at Glenford. Burial was in the Good Hope Ceme- 
tery a couple miles west of the farm. The operation had 
necessitated a large hospital bill. This with additional 
reverses which followed swiftly the passing of Uncle Sam 
caused them to lose the place. So on November 7, 1929, 
they moved to a fami near Shiloh, Ohio. Here they lived 
at the time of the death of Charles Tinkey, the son-in- 
law March 7, 1932. Later on the same month they moved 
into the city of Ashland, Ohio. 

If Aunt Mary complained to the writer, it is not re- 
membered. She was a wonderful correspondent and poured 
out herself in her letters. She had had a long desire to 
see the Mountains. In her old age it was arranged that 
she should visit the Author and family at Oak Hill, West 
Virginia, when I was Pastor of the Brethren Church 
there. My father and mother brought her down in the 
October time of the year when the mountain sides were 
decked in their various colors; a picture the mind of man 
could not describe. She was taken to the overlooking of 
the New River and stood speechless as she drank in the 
beauties from the hands of God. When we felt that it 
was time to return to Oak Hill, she stated, "Oh! Don't 
go." Meals were second to the enjoyment brought Aunt 
Mary in her look at the mountains in all of their beauty. 

From her childhood, she was a great reader. When a 
Bible was read and reread until it was worn out she did 
not burn it as so many would have done to an old book, 
but she buried it. It was the privilege of the Author to 
present her with a Bible a short time before her death, 
as the one she was using was well along in wear. 

In her eighties before she left the old home fann, she 
did her share of the hard work. Morning and night, little 
and frail though she was, she went to the barn to aid in 
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JANUARY 14, 1956 



and Mrs. Robert Bischof 

(Our Missionaries on furlough) 


R. AND MRS. ROBERT BISCHOF, who returned 
from Nigeria on December 17, will soon be making 
the Shively Missionary Home, 1014 Grant Street in Ash- 
land, their headquarters. 

Immediately following their arrival in the States, they 
visited with their families in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 
and in Louisville, Ohio. Bob and Bea both seem to be in 
fine health again, but the Board wants them to have a 
good rest and an opportunity to insure complete recupera- 
tion from their recent illness before they begin any dep- 
utation work. 

It is not likely that they will be scheduled for any 
meetings before March 1. After this time an itinerary will 

be arranged for them so that they can visit a number 
of our churches. Watch this page of the Evangelist to 
learn when they will be in your area. 

An effort will be made to send the Bischofs to your 
church, if you have made a request to have them. To 
save time, strength and expense, they should visit as 
many churches in one distz-ict as possible when they are 
in the area, and not be asked to return numerous times 
to accommodate the convenience of individual churches. 

They have travelled thousands of miles to serve for us 
and, returning, to share their experiences with us. Now, 
let's make our schedules to coincide with theirs. 





TN KEEPING with the Missionary Board's forward look 
and their effort to maintain a progressive program, a 
study is being made of church offerings. Needless to say, 
if we are to make progress in our work, offerings will 
need to increase. 

Churches whose offerings have been sent in will receive 
a letter from the Missionary Board office, listing last 
year's offerings for home missions and this year's; there- 
fore, if any of these churches want to maintain an in- 
crease-in-offering record, or to raise their offering in 

keeping with the expanded program, they may add to the 
amount we have already received. 

Your pastor or church secretary will receive the letter 
for your church. Please ask him about your record. 

Incidentally, we hope churches will establish the cus- 
tom of sending offerings to our office fairly promptly 
after they are taken or at regular intervals throughout 
the year. Such practice, which constitutes a dependable 
income, makes progress in missions possible. 





by Betty Jo Goad, Church Correspondent 

BY THE TIME this article is published, Thanksgiving 
Day will be passed and in some cases, even forgotten, 
until another November rolls around. What a pity that so 
many of us set aside one day out of the entire 365 to 
count our blessings. Did you ever stop to think what it 
would be like if God were to designate just one day out 
of the year, perhaps he would title it "Blessing Day" and 
on that particular day and no other He would bless us in 
some way. But being a just God, even though He sorrows 
over the fact that we give Him so little of our time. He 
continues to bless us day after day. 

We, here at the West Alexandria Brethren Church, 
should fall on our knees, thanking God for the wonder- 
ful way our church is going forward financially and most 
important of all, spiritually. 

New souls are being won over to labor for the Lord 
and now with our redecorating program a thing of the 
past, the future, itself, looks bright. 

Our first big step this past year was the purchase of a 
new electric organ. Next in line was the interior decorat- 
ing and remodeling. It was a great and expensive "step" 
but the people came through by donating their labor and 
money and inside of a few weeks the alterations made 
such a change, you could hardly believe it could be the 
same chui'ch. 

The greatest change was the mode of lighting. At the 
suggestion of our pastor, Rev. H. R. Garland, indirect 
lighting was used the full length of both East and West 
walls. This eliminated the white globed lights hanging 
from the ceiling. 

The two-tone tan walls took on a new look with the 
application of soothing green paint, white paint was used 
on the ceiling and also on the walls above the new lights, 
thus giving the effect of a lower ceiling. 

The rostrum, too, underwent a major change. The pul- 
pit was moved from the center to one side and an altar 
table was placed in front of a new maroon drapery. 

To really do it justice in this story is impossible as 
there are so many things we could point out and describe. 
However, this has touched upon the major improvements. 

Again I say, we West Alexandria Brethren can name 
every day Thanksgiving Day for the blessings we have 


received. We can be proud of the progress our church has 

made since it was organized by a small but God fearing 

group of Brethren people back in 1883. Surely they musti 

have lived by the scripture in which Jesus spoke, "If ye { 

have faith as a grain of mustai'd seed, ye shall say unto 

this mountain. Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall 

remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Mat-i 

thew 17:20). ' 

May we Brethren of today have the same faith which I 

those few kept back in the 1800's, when through many 

discouragements and over hurdles, they continued to build I 

the church I can so proudly write of today. 

Lord, give us strength here in West Alexandria to carry 
on Thy work, realizing that all things which are impos- 
sible with men are possible with God. With the faith of 
a tiny mustard seed, we will continue to move forward,^ 
building a better church for our Brethren of tomorrow, 
for Christ's sake we ask it. Amen. 



JANUARY 15, 1956 
Goal — Not less than $5, 

JANUARY 14, 1956 



(Continued from Page 6) 

the milking. The milk, a pail in each hand was carried 
up to the milk house. One day she told the Author. "Do 
you know. I was coming out of the barn with two buckets 
of milk when an aeroplane went over. I was so anxious 
to see it that I looked up. I was not watching where 
I was going and stumped my toe, falling flat and spilling 
both buckets of milk." No complaint, just seeing the hu- 
morous side of an unpleasant experience. 

For some 64 years she made her home on the Deffen- 
baugh place where she came as a young bride following 
the Civil War. Leaving the place where her active life 
has been spent is never easy, the old church site, the 
place where the children were born; where death had 
come, where walls were covered with memory's unseen 
pictures, but never-the-less there just the same; all these 
things try the faith of an individual. Her faith and her 
love for her Master; the Church with its associates and 
associations, were greater than the reverses which came 
to her in her old age. Rich in goods not made by hands, 
and supported by unseen hands she faced the future with- 
out fear, sustained by an unfaltering trust. 

After she had moved to Ashland with her daughter she 
was seriously ill several times before her passing. One 
time she told the writer of an experience. She said, "I 
wondered if this was death, but it was not." 

Aunt Mary passed from the land of the ephemeral to 
the Eternal in the city of Ashland, Ohio, at her daugh- 
ter's home February 1, 1934, at the age of 88 years, 3 
months and 2 days. Her Pastor, Rev. Dyoll Belote, then 
Pastor of the Ashland Park St. Brethren Church con- 
ducted her last rites in the Lutheran Church east of 
Glenford, Ohio, after which she was buried in the nearby 
Cemetery by the side of her husband. Rev. Belote in his 
obituary wrote in part: 

"For 64 years Sister Deffenbaugh made her home on 
the Deffenbaugh homestead not far from here. For 4% 
years she has made her home with her children in Ash- 
land, Ohio. Upon the removal to Ashland she placed her 
letter with the First Brethren Church of that place, and 
of which I have the honor of being pastor, and has con- 
tinued her faithfulness to her belief and practices which 
has made her loved and respected among all who have 
ever been privileged to meet and call her friend. A great 
many ministers of the Brethren church of my age have 
preached at some time in the Glenford charge, and among 
them all she was held in universal esteem for her wise 
counsel and motherly interest in the welfare of all those 
who were called to the church to serve as its shepherd. 

"Dr. J. Allen Miller said to your speaker on Thursday 
evening as we stood on the steps of his home, 'I want 
you to bear testimony for me to the influence she had in 
my life when as a young man, just starting in the min- 
istry, she took me into her home and for four years was 
a friendly and wise counsellor and a mother to a young 
man who had never known the sympathy and love of an 
own mother. She was a good woman' And I'm sure that 
if the dozen men whom I could name who have served as 

— "—" Pastor of the Glenford Church were present today their 
testimony would be as full and sincere as Dr. Miller's." 
In this cemetery sleeps her father, John and various mem- 
bers of the Mack line. 

■"■""^ Aunt Mary made no claims to perfection. There were 

times when she was not understood and when her efforts 
were misinterpreted and not understood likewise. Yet the 
home in its heyday was always open. The writer doubts 
if there was ever a Sunday service at the Beracha 
Church when there were not numerous visitors in the 
Deffenbaugh home for dinner. It may as well be said 
here even if they had a dozen, and that number was not 
unusual, no one missed attendance at the church service. 
The large picturesque dining room; its Stage Coach Picture 
hanging on the wall; the large suspended oil lamp above the 
dining room table with its glistening glass pendant 
chrystals made a homey scene. "Aunt" Sarah Ann's 
bread, which she baked every Friday was second to none. 
The cakes, pies and cookies were of the best. Sarah Ann 
Mack was the baker of the home. They baked a large 
cookie which they coated with sugar. There was always 
a supply on hand for hungry boys who happened to show 
up at the kitchen door. 

It was Aunt Mary who inspired her son Charles to go 
to Ashland to College when education in those days was 
hard to come by. She also persuaded his first cousin, Lu- 
cinda Mack, and her niece who lived close by to also at- 
tend Ashland with him. She later returned to her home to 
teach a term of school at old Jockey Hollow after which 
she married a young man by the name of Armstrong 
Ankrum. They became the father and mother of the 
Author. It was Aunt Mary who in the course of time by 
her inspiration and influence was instrumental in pre- 
vailing upon the Author to enroll in Ashland College. 
After being under her influence there were no other Col- 
leges even considered. 

Others tread the floors of the old home which still 
stands some distance from the highway. Others till its 
fields but know not the history made within its walls and 
over its rolling acres, yet there are scores today who 
would find themselves much poorer in memory as well as 
numerous other ways, had they not come in contact with 
the occupants of the home of Uncle Sam and Aunt Mary 
Deffenbaugh in the rolling hills of Perry County, Ohio. 

St. James, Maryland. 



Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 


Make checks payable to The Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, and address The Brethren Publishing Company, 524 
College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 




It is under the above caption that we have been writ- 
ing for the "Evangelist" for many years. At this time 
we again take the opportunity of reporting our recent 
trip to our Kentucky churches. Mrs. Grisso and myself 
left North Manchester on October 18th enroute to our 
Training School and Church at Lost Creek where we were 
scheduled for two weeks in speaking for the School and 
in evangelistic effort for the church. This preaching mis- 
sion also included several days at the Rowdy church fif- 
teen miles distant from Lost Creek. 

This was the writer's sixth visit to our work here in 
the mountains of Kentucky, part of which has been in 
revival effort and the other part in the interests of the 
Missionary Board. The folks here have always been an 
exceptionally busy group and doubly interesting to work 
with. At present all the workers are carrying a heavy 
load, in fact too heavy for their own good and perhaps 
too, for the good of the work in general. What I mean 
to say is, there is so much to be done, and too few work- 
ers to do it. It seems that if there could be found some 
real-for-sure dedicated and consecrated young people who 
want to give themselves to a real-for-sure piece of home 
mission work, here is a golden opportunity. 

In all, in this present visit the writer spoke twenty- 
five times at Lost Creek in the Chapel services, in the 
Church services, at Fugates Fork and at Rowdy. There 
could much be said about these various services but I 
will leave that part to another. Only let me say it was 
a great privilege to again labor with my friend and 
brother George E. Drushal, and his family. An evange- 
list always receives a great uplift himself by spending 
some time with these consecrated workers. The interest 
throughout was very good. The students and faculty were 
found in the services each night. Our Brother Kindick, 
a member of the faculty did an excellent job in directing 
the singing during the meeting, and with Ada at the 
piano, that part of the meetings was cared for in a very 
wonderful way. We deeply appreciate their contribution 
to the meetings. In this connection let it be said too that 
the presence of brother and sister Dorman Ronk on the 
campus for the winter is proving an asset to the work 
in many ways. We used them too in the meeting. Brother 
Ronk's work primarily is to look after the construction 
of two buildings, but they seem to come in handy at 
many other jobs. 

We were gloriously surprised to have Brother Herbert 
Gilmer from our County Line, Indiana, church with us 
one night who had brought a truck load of, shall I say 
most everything, for Lost Creek and Krypton. 

If space permitted I would enjoy writing at length con- 
cerning "The Drushals and Fifty years at Lost Creek." 
Only Eternity will reveal the magnitude of what has been 
accomplished in Breathitt County in the past fifty years 
through their ministry. As to the days ahead, to the 
writer it would appear very promising. Indeed the out- 
look is good. Everything connected with the work seems 
to be, perhaps the best ever. THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
OFFERING. There remains yet a great harvest to be 

While on the field we made our home in the "Guest 
Room" in the Wheeler Building and took our meals at 
the Dormitory with students and Teachers. It was a 
great time of fellowship and blessing together. 

Thanks, Brethren for everything. The Lord will repay 
you for it all in His own time and way. Mrs. Grisso joins 
me in saying, Thank you! 

C. C. Grisso. 

H H H 


For the past year we have been worshiping with and 
ministering to the Brethren at Roanoke on each Lord's 
Day. Our arrangement with the Brethren was to the 
effect that at such time they could secure a full time 
pastor to locate on the field, our sei'vice would terminate 
with them. Such arrangements being perfected we closed 
our labors with them in early October. As membership 
goes, Roanoke is not a large church, it is small, but only 
in membership. They have a loyal group, faithful to the 
local work and to the general interests of the church. 
They have a fine group of young folks, and children es- 
pecially, coming on, and we would have every reason to 
believe that through proper care they will move for- 
ward and give a true testimony to our Lord and to the 
Brethren Church in Roanoke. Brother Paul Tinkle is in 
charge at present and comfortably located in their midst. 
May heaven's choicest blessings attend their labors to- 
gether as pastor and people. 

As for ourselves we are happy in "working among the 
Churches" as supply pastor, and evangelist, and as op- 
portunity may come ■ to us from time to time we shall be 
glad to serve the churches in this capacity. We are living 
in our new home in North Manchester, and to our friends, 
remember, our address is North Manchester, Ind. R. No. 2. 

Remaining, Yours Faithfully, In the Blessed Hope. 

C. C. Grisso. 


The two weeks which Rev. Virgil Meyer spent with us 
here in the Waterloo Church were a mountain top of 
spiritual uplift. His messages were directed, largely, to 
the congregation and many have been the expressions of 
joy and blessing by the members. It had been only six 
years since Brother Meyer was Pastor here and everyone 
enjoyed the fellowship with him. Waterloo always loves 

rANUARY 14, 1956 


its Pastors, not only when they are here but after they 
move on to other fields. 

The addition to the church as a result is one by bap^ 
bism and one other came forward but has not decided 
as yet to join this congregation. Brother Gentle had 
gleaned this field rather closely as far as the immediate 
prospects were concerned. 

This church faces a condition which has been experi- 
enced in so many places. When this building was erected 
about forty years ago, it was only about a block from 
the fields of the country. Now, the city has grown beyond 
it some two miles leaving us almost down town. Com- 
mercial interests are coming this way, in fact within one 
block. Then, since the Catholic church has built a large 
school close, a great many of the homes around the 
church have been purchased by Catholic families and our 
immediate field is thereby limited. This fact hurts our 
Sunday School because we cannot draw much from the 
neighborhood. The thing to do, it seems, is to begin an 
expansion program by going out into some unchurched 
community and starting a new work by setting up a Sun- 
day School with the view to making it a nucleus of a sec- 
ond church in Waterloo. 

We have begun a Bible class in the midweek services 
which promises to be a great blessing to the church. 
There were forty-seven present last night, the second 
session. May God lead us, pastor and people, in our work 

Albert T. Ronk. 

H H H 


The last of September we began our fourth year as 
Pastor of the Louisville Brethren Church. The three years 
have been happy years with some progress noted each 

Finances have been good for a small Church, both for 
local work and for denominational needs. With a member- 
ship of only 300 we rank with the ten highest givers, 
at least in some of the offerings. 

I We have made many improvements, the largest being 
the revamping and changing of our Children's depart- 
ment. Three adult classes met on the third floor of the 
Sunday School annex when I came here, but now the en- 
itire 3 floors have been given over to the Children's de- 
partment. The adults were glad to all go into the main 
auditorium in order to give our children the best training 

I $2000.00 alone was spent in making the Nursery and 
'Beginner's department one of the best in the denomina- 
tion. They occupy the main floor of the S. S. annex. In- 
iStead of the smaller children playing in the sand box 
Ithey now enjoy a regular program. The Beginners meet 
on the top floor and the Juniors and Intermediates in the 
ibasement floor. We need more room so that these two 
departments might be separated. 

I The entire building has been repainted at a cost close 
!to $1000.00. $500.00 was spent in enlarging and graveling 
the parking lot. This keeps the cars from the main high- 
way. Other smaller items, too, have been added. This 

improvement has been cared for by quarterly cash days 
and the entire amount is almost met. 

The attendance since 1947 has seen a gradual increase 
in the S. S. and morning woi'ship services. The S. S. at- 
tendance for these years is as follows 112-113-117-121-129- 
134-137-142, and we believe this year we will hit an aver- 
age of 155. If we do, and we have just 3 Sundays yet to 
go, we will have made the highest gain through these 
years. At the beginning of the year our goal was an aver- 
age of 155 for 1955 at both the S. S. and the Church 
morning services. We will not quite make it in the Church 
services. This gain has been made in spite of a loss in the 
first quarter when we had some very stormy Sundays. The 
large increase over a year ago began in the summer 
months, when we started to send out our Mid-Week Bul- 
letins. We have fallen below a year ago only a few times 
since. Some Sundays the increase has been rather large. 

The increase in membership has not been large but it 
has been an increase from 269 to the present membership 
of 302. Along with the increase in attendance, membership 
and financial gifts we have seen some steps forward in the 
spiritual program. 

Our fall revival proved to be a real blessing to the Church 
herself, although only two were received into membership 
by baptism. Many new contacts were made and we believe 
there will be constant additions in the future. We now 
have a prospective list of 65 homes in addition to folks 
within the membership family. These have been secured 
within the year and so will have to be cultivated some 
before we can expect a large addition. 

We certainly did enjoy the presence, sermons and visits 
with Brother and Sister J. F. Burton of Mulvane, Kansas. 
Brother Burton is a good Gospel preacher. He and Mrs. 
Burton were a great help in the visitations made in the 
various homes. The people here appreciated their services 
a great deal. The mid-week attendance was not too large 
but the attendance over the Sundays was higher than in 
former years. Only the future will reveal something of 
the good that was accomplished during these two weeks. 

Our Sunday Evening and prayer meeting attendance is 
not what it ought to be. We hope to make some gains 
here during the year 1956. Pray for the Louisville Breth- 
ren and Pastor as we plan an expansion progi'am for 
more room. 

L. V. King. 


The Lord's work is being carried on in the Ardmore 
Brethren Church. Sunday is always a busy day with Sun- 
day school, morning worship. Junior Church, Youth Cru- 
saders, children's singspiration and the evening worship 
service. Each Wednesday evening is choir rehearsal fol- 
lowed by prayer Meeting and Bible study. 

Our revival meetings were held Nov. 1st to 11th with 
Rev. Woodrow Brant the evangelist. His messages were 
from the book of Revelation and by the quality of his 
sermons it was evident that he spent much time alone 
with God in preparing them. Rev. Brant has a great 
passion for lost souls, and it was so vividly shown in his 

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IBy k T §ilmev 


There are times when I like to be alone — 

Alone with my thoughts and God — 
Where never a list'ning ear can hear, 

And never a foot has trod. 

" Alone and awake to the joys that are mine, 
Alive to the touch of God's hand. 
All care is forgotten and moments are sweet 
In my peaceful hide-away-land. 

Each being should strive to find time alone — 

Alone vidth his thoughts and God — 
Whei-e never a list'ning ear can hear, 

And never a foot has trod. 

— Marie Lay ton Carlson. 

CHRISTIAN WORKERS realize that outward organ- 
ization makes corresponding inward prayerfulness 
necessary. To provide for this God has commanded the 
closet prayer (Matt. 6:6), that we may "draw nigh" to 
Him (Jas. 4:8). The place can be anywhere that we can 
draw near to God (1 Tim. 2:5), and no priest is needed 
but Jesus (1 Tim. 2:8). Places that have become "closets" 
were Abraham's altar (Gen. 12:8), Isaac's field (Gen. 24: 
63), a river crossing (Gen. 32:24-26), a mountain (Ex. 
3:1-4; Luke 6:6), a housetop (Acts 10:9). 

"God keep some silent places for us still 
Apart from those where man forever goes: 
Some altars lit by sunset on a hill. 
Or alcoves in the canyon wall where grows 
The crystal drop of moisture on the fern, 
Where ancient firs bend tenderly above; 
For souls of men must sometimes deeply yearn 
For silence such as this to serve Thy love." 

Bible characters had regular times as well as places 
for private prayer (Dan. 6:10; Psa. 55:17). Jesus fol- 
lowed His "custom" for devotional life (Lu. 4:16). Paul 
was given to "prayei-s day and night" (2 Tim. 1:3). Pri- 
vate prayer is a sure promise of help (Isa. 40:31). Here 
we grov/ in grace. If we pray aloud prayer will mean 
more and we shall be enabled to pray in public. 

The best praying is done in secret (Gen. 32:24). There 
we know what we desire, and ask for it (Gen. 32:11). It 
is there that we may prevail (Gen. 32:24), and receive 
the blessing (Gen. 32:29). We obtain by faith, and con- 
quer by surrender (Heb. 11:6; Psa. 66:18). 

In pi'ivate prayer and fellowship with God, God may 
open our eyes (Isa. 42:7), ears (Isa. 50:5), heart (Acts 
16:14), mouth (Psa. 51:15), the Scriptures (Lu. 24:32), 
Our understanding (Lu. 24:45), and then open doors for 
service (1 Cor. 16:9). 

"Dear God, another day is done 
And I have seen the golden sun 
Swing in the arch from east to west 
And sink behind the pines to rest. 
I thank Thee that Thou gavest me 
The power of sight that I may see 
The tinted glories of Thy skies, 
An earthly glimpse of paradise; 
The power to hear the evening breeze 
Swelling in organ harmonies; 
The power to feel the tender grasp 
Of loving hands in friendship's clasp; 
I thank Thee for these gifts to me. 
But one thing more I ask of Thee; 
From out Thy bounteous, gracious hand 
Give me the power to understand. 
To understand — to sympathize — 
To note the pain in others' eyes; 
To have the power rightly to read 
The kindly motive of each deed. 
And this I humbly ask of Thee 
Because I know Thou lovest me." 




William H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 22, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 14:7-11, 16-24 

"Am I a soldier of the cross — 

A foll'wer of the Lamb? 
And shall I fear to own His cause. 

Or blush to speak His name? 

Must I be carried to the skies 

On flow'ry beds of ease. 
While others fought to win the prize. 

And sailed thro' bloody seas?" 

TSAAC WATTS must have been thinking of discipleshipi 
when he wrote this hymn. The Christian life is a liffi 
of discipline. There are many lessons that need to be! 
learned. Jesus was constantly setting forth for His dis- 
ciples, such as in today's lesson, the requirements of tru( 

Discipleship for the Master demands sincere humility 

It was for this very purpose that Jesus spoke forth th( 
parable in Luke 14:8-11. He that viewed with distaste tht 
proud attitude of those who had gone to "the house o: 
one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread . . . And He pu 
forth a parable . . . when He marked how they chose ou 
the chief rooms." 

Carnal men are constantly seeking out the chief place; 
for themselves — the places of prominence. In his Firs 
Epistle, John called this selfish love for attention "tb 
pride of life," which he said "is not of the Father, bu 
is of the world" (I John 2:16). 

JANUARY 14, 1956 


And what did Christ say concerning those who seek to 
satisfy the selfish desires of the flesh? "Whosoever ex- 
alte th himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth him- 
self shall be exalted" (Luke 14:11). 

The true example of humility was set by our Lord 
Himself. He, "who, being in the form of God," was will- 
ing to take "upon Him the form of a servant (lit. slave), 
. . . humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, 
even the death of the cross" (Phil. 2:6-8). 

Discipleship for the Master also demands strict obedi- 
ence to His call. The second parable that is stated in our 
lesson reveals the flimsy excuses many so-called disciples 
make when the Master calls. 

"I cannot come," said the first man, for "I have bought 
a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it." Like- 
wise the second man said: "I have bought five yoke of 
oxen, and I go to prove them." What kind of business 
man would invest in property or buy cattle sight unseen? 
Yea, these were not reasons, but simply excuses to escape 
the responsibilities of discipleship! 

The third man permitted home-ties to keep him from 
service: "I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot 
come." Hearing this man's excuse Jesus said: "If any man 
come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and 
wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters ... he can- 
not be My disciple" (vs. 26). 

Does this sound cruel and harsh to us coming from the 
lips of the Saviour? Does it seem as though Christ de- 
mands too much of His disciples ? 

Not so! Our Lord is not a Hard Taskmaster, but a 
Loving Lord who longs to give the best to His children. 
He cannot help us, however, until first we are disciplined. 

Recently one of God's children wrote these words out 
of her experience of discipleship: "I can truthfully say 
that God is teaching me the reality of His Word in all my 
experiences. I'm almost sorry when things do go smooth- 
ly because it's in the daily conflicts that I have learned 
to cast myself solely upon Him." 

This is learning the true meaning of discipleship! 

ICatJi t0 Sp0t 

YOCUM. The Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross 
Yocum was deceased at the time of birth on Sunday af- 
ternoon July 31st. The name Sue Ellen had been chosen 
for the baby. Graveside services held Monday afternoon 
August 1 in the presence of the immediate family. The 
pastor conducted the service. The infant is survived by 
her parents, a sister, Mary Lou, her maternal grandpar- 
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sausaman, and her paternal 
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Yocum. 

Thomas A. Shannon. 
* » * 

MOODY. John D. Moody, our good friend and brother 
of Masontown Brethren Church, Sunday School and Lay- 
men's group, died October 6, 1955, aged 71 years and 11 
months. Was born in Morrell, Pa., October 18, 1883. 
Leaves wife and several children, grandchildren and 
great grandchildren. 

Charles Moredock. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of 
Jesus Christ." II Tim. 2:3. 

ANNIE JOHNSON FLINT, the beloved Christian 
poetess, has these beautiful lines, which put most 
beautifully the thought of the text: 

"God has not promised skies always blue, 
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through. 
God has not promised sun without rain, 
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. 

"But God has promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the labor, light for the way; 
Grace for the trial, help from above, 
Unfailing patience, undying love." 

"I don't know how you stand it," one girl said to an- 
other who had experienced successive heartbreaking losses 
and partings. And the latter made sullen reply, "Stand 
it? Why, what else is there to do?" Hardships are part 
of the universal heritage. As the poetess has phrased it 
above: God never promised that life should always be 
pleasant and joyous, that we should always have an easy 

Few, if any, of us escape some hardships, yet some- 
thing of the value we shall receive from these hardships 
depends upon the way we meet them. And we all know 
that there is a great variety in the way people respond 
to their trials; some whine and grumble at their lot. 
Others, like the girl mentioned above, show cour- 
age enough, but it is bitter and resentful. Others 
sense the hand of God in their life, and courage- 
ously accept their hardships, knowing that God will not 
permit trials and temptations to come to us above that 
we are able to bear, but with them will also give the 
grace to endure and overcome. And so the Christian rests 
in hope, and in all his experiences remembers he is God's 
child and the object of His keeping grace. 


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NEEDHAM-SCHULTZ. On Wednesday evening Sep- 
tember 1st Miss Joyce Needham, a member of the Roann 
Brethren Church, and Mr. Harry Schultz of Indianapolis 
were united in marriage in a private ceremony at the 
bride's church. The ceremony was by the pastor. 

MOWRER-SMITHEE. Saturday afternoon October 1st 
Miss Gladys Mowrer of Wabash, Indiana, and Mr. James 
Smithee of Roann, Indiana were married at the Roann 
Brethren Church. Mr. Smithee is a member of the church. 
The ceremony was performed by the pastor. 

Thomas A. Shannon. 




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messages, by his reluctancy in ending the altar call and 
his faithfulness each evening in the prayer room before 
the service. 

Only God knows the complete results of this meeting. 
The visible results were three young children accepting 
Christ as their Saviour (a little child shall lead them) 
and three adults uniting with the church by baptism. 
Since then, including these, Rev. Tinkel has baptized 
nine persons, and seven have been received into the 

On Nov. 13th the fall communion was observed with 
around sixty five attending. Nov. 20th the W. M. S. held 
their public service in the evening. 

We are glad to announce that a new addition is being 
built onto the north side of the church. There will be 
three new class rooms in the basement, a nursery and 
new rest rooms upstairs. 

Sunday, Dec. 4th, Rolf Stolpner was the guest speaker 
in the morning service. Saturday evening, December 3rd, 
Rolf was the speaker at our St. Joseph County Youth 
for Christ Rally which was faithfully attended by a large 
number of our young people along with some of the older 

Preparation is now being made for the annual Christ- 
mas program which will be given the evening of Decem- 
ber 17th. 

The year 1955 is drawing to a close. God is faithful 
and may we all strive to be more faithful to Him as we 
begin a new year. 

Mrs. Marshall Harman, Cor. Secy. 

II . H 


It was a hard decision to make; only ministers can un- 
derstand what it means to be faced with the task of de- 
ciding whether to remain in a pastorate, or to move to 
another. We were faced with this problem this past sum- 
mer. After MUCH prayer; after spending many sleep- 
less nights discussing the problem; after carefully weigh- 
ing each point of advantage and disadvantage; after pay- 
ing a visit to Goshen; we felt that it was the leading of 
the Lord for us to resign the Waterloo pastorate and 
accept the Goshen pastorate. We have learned to put our 
complete trust in the hands of God. Having done this, it 
semed that the pieces of the puzzle fell in their proper 

We closed our pastorate in Wateroo, after almost six 
years of service, with the very best of relationships. We 
shall never forget our stay in that city, and in that 
Church. We had the very best of cooperation from the 
congregation, which we truly appreciated. Since this pas- 
torate was our first full-time pastorate, the people in 
the Waterloo Church were very considerate and very kind, 
for there were many errors made on the part of the 

Pastor. Those people are very patient and very under- 
standing. Credit must be given to that congregation for 
any improvement that was made in our ministry. 

During our stay there, the people made many advance- 
ments in their Church and in their lives. Four of their 
young people are in Ashland College, two of which are 
definitely training for the ministry, another who hasn't 
decided completely, but is leaning toward that direction, 
and the other is in training for teaching. Truly, a wonder- 
ful group of young people. There are many, many won- 
derful things that could be said about the Waterloo peo- 
ple; space does not allow that, therefore let me say that 
we love those people as our very own! 

You can readily see why it was so hard for us to make 
such a decision when the Goshen Church extended a call 
to us. 

On Monday, October 24th, the movers came early to 
move us here. After lunch with the Max Lichtys, we left 
for Goshen, by way of Kansas. We arrived here on Fri- 
day, October 28th, after spending a few days with our 
folks in Fort Scott. 

The people here had our furniture in place, and had re- 
decorated the parsonage from top to bottom. Within a 
very few days, we were in the "swing" of things, and 
have been very busy ever since. And — we are learning 
that the people here are wonderful and are making us 
feel right at home. There is enthusiasm and a willingness 
to work being manifested on all sides. The attendance in 
every service is very good. We are especially thrilled 
with the work of the youth groups. The Intermediate 
Youth Group, under the direction of Lynn Stump and 
Mrs. Robert Miller, has been going ahead in every re- 
spect. Since coming here, a Senior Youth Group has been 
started under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip War- 
ner. Soon after the first of the year, a Junior Youth 
Group will bei started under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. 
John Fry. 

Dr. Joseph Shultz, Field Representative of the Nation- 
al Sunday School Association, spent some time with us 
in November, and the Sunday School here is making some 
definite plans for a better Sunday School. We truly appre- 
ciate the work which Rev. Shultz is doing. 

It is my true conviction that Brethren people, no mat 
ter where they are, are the same, and are the best peo- 
ple in the world! This has been manifested to us in our 
pastorates at North Georgetown, Ohio and in Waterloo 
Iowa, and is being manifested here in Goshen, Indiana 
Pray for us, that the Lord will be able to use us in His 
great plan of spreading the Gospel of Christ. 

Spencer Gentle. 



The church here seems to be off to a good start iti 
operating under the new constitution, patterned from the 
suggested constitution contained in "The Brethren Pas- 
tor's Complete Handbook." On October 19 Brother Rogei 
Stewart was called to the office of deacon, and Sisters 
Hazel Crom, Hattie Gall, and Ethel Aksland to the office 
of deaconess. These were ordained on Sunday, Octobei 
23, by Elders C. Y. Gilmer and Cecil Johnson. 

JANUARY 14, 1956 


A good word is due in behalf of all the officers and 
committees of our church, the Sunday school officiary 
and teaching staff, the morning worship choir, the young 
people's Sunday evening choir, the Christian Endeavor So- 
cieties, and the Woman's Missionary Society. The W. M. 
S. held its public service, December 11, presenting the 
play, "Songs In the Night," written by Mrs. Leslie Lin- 
dower. The same play was given at the recent District 
W. M. S. Rally held at the Lathrop Church. Our Sunday 
School superintendent. Brother Sidney Gall, has been hold- 
ing successful monthly teachers' 7:00 o'clock breakfast 
meetings with lecturers on Sunday school work as guest 
speakers. The Sunday school annex has been paid for, and 
a new film strip projector and screen have been ordered 
through the National Sunday School Assaociation. Man- 
teca is now on the 100 percent subscription list for THE 

C. Y. Gilmer. 




b}' Helen Jordan 


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"Man works from sun to sun, but a woman's work is 
never done." 

NOT LONG SINCE, I arose to face a day of many per- 
plexing problems. I set the coffee-maker, put the eggs 
in the water for soft boil, set the table, poured the or- 
ange juice; everything in readiness for my family's morn- 
ing meal. 

How many times have I done this? After living thirty- 
eight years in the same house, I must have gotten some- 
where near to thirteen thousand, eight hundred and sev- 
enty breakfasts. My thoughts began to tumble and become 
turbulent, as I lash out at the sameness, the monotony. 

Then I stop to reflect upon the countless number of 
times, I've awakened before the rest of the household 
stirs. I had sweet communion with my Father. His words 
ring in my ears. He puts a song in my heart, my step 
becomes light. 

As I polish each copper bottom pan and return them 
in orderly fashion to their rack upon the wall, they look 
new, shining and beautiful. I thank my Father for the new 
day with its boundless opportunities for doing His will, 
just this one day. 

"I have an anchor which keeps the soul, stedfast and 
sure while the billows roll. Fastened to the rock which can- 
not move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love." 

"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expecta- 
tion is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: 
He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my sal- 
vation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my 
refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, 
pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." 
Psalm 62:5-8. 

Mrs. Ralph Smoker, 

New Paris, Indiana. 


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Bates says in his bulletin: "As a result of last week's con- 
gregational meeting and balloting, the Board of Trustees 
were given an almost unanimous vote to go ahead with 
plans to have sketches drawn up for the proposed new 
educational annex to the Church." 

Brother Bates spoke at the opening week of prayer 
service on January 1st. The Monday evening service was 
held in the Brethren Church. 

A 24" bronze altar table cross was presented to the 
Church recently by the Young Married People's Class in 
memory of their late teacher, Arthur A. Arthur. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Special speakers recently were 
two of Waterloo's ministerial students at Ashland; De- 
cember 25th, Marlin McCann; January 1st, Charles Huff. 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. Guest speaker on Decem- 
ber 25th was Rev. V. J. Boehringer. 



The Laymen of the Northern District held their regu- 
lar quarterly meeting in the Elkhart Brethren Church 
Dec. 5, 1955. A fine fellowship supper was prepared and 
served by the ladies of the church after which all retired 
to the sanctuary for the program and business meeting. 

A welcome was extended to the men by Brother Louis 
Berger who led in singing two songs of a Christmas 
theme. Brother Berger also led in devotions. 

Brother Whybrew introduced the speaker of the eve- 
ning Mr. George Cooper wha used as a subject "What a 
Layman expects of his Minister." 

There were 158 men present for the business meeting, 
an offering of $122.00 was received to be applied on the 
Shipshewana fund. The next meeting will be held in the 
Goshen Church on March 5, 1956. The following are the 
new officers elected: President — John Porte, South Bend; 
Vice-President — Glenn Cripe, Warsaw; Sec.-Treas. — Rich- 
ard Bert, Nappanee. 

Everett L. Norris. 

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Items of fjeneral Interest 

GATEWOOD, W. VA. Hays Logan, who was recently 
licensed to preach by the Pennsylvania District. Ministe- 
rial Board, through his home church, the Valley Breth- 
ren, Jones Mills, Penna., has been called to and has ac- 
cepted the pastorate of the Gatewood Church. 

Leona Wallace, Secretary of the Sergeantsville Church, 
writes to the Editor as follows: "The Sergeantsville and 
Calvary Churches in New Jersey have recently called 
Brother George Lindberg to their field. Brother and Sis- 
ter Lindberg and children Richard and Faith Ann, are 
now occupying the parsonage, having begun their service 
with our church on January 1st. 

"On Thursday evening, January 5th, the members and 
friends of both churches gave the Lindbergs a surprise 
"housewarming" and bountiful shower of supplies for 
their home and pantry." 

REN. The Brotherhood of Andrew and Peter held their 
public service the evening of January 8th. The sound 
film, "A Boy and His Bible," was shown as part of the 

BERLIN, PENNA. Brother Lyie Lichtenberger notes 
the organization of a "Leadership Training Class for 
Laymen" which will meet weekly during the Sunday 
School hour until Easter. This Class is for those who are 
not able to attend the regular Monday evening sessions. 
Twenty-one are now registered, and Brother Lichtenberger 
notes they are hoping for at least 34. 

REN. By a shifting of Sunday School Classes, a room has 
been made available for a Nursery Room. It is being 
equipped with suitable furniture, and will be cared for 
by some of the mothers of the Church. 

Brother Elmer M. Keck reads as follows: "A young moth- 
er and her daughter were received into Christian Fellow- 
ship at the morning Worship Service on January 8th. 
Twenty-five have been received into the Valley Brethren 
Church since our coming here. The membership of the 
church has thus increased 43%. 

"The new hymnal, "Great Songs of the Church" Num- 
ber two, were received last week, dedicated and used for 

the first time this morning. We are glad to have new 
song books again." 

School Contest, which will run for the calendar year ol 
1956, is under way at Canton. Points will be given fori 
percentage of enrollment present, visitors and new schol- 
ars. Additional points will be given to each class whichj 
participates in the Cash Days. 

REN. Brother William Fells reports that his injured legJ 
is continually improving. He is now able to stand tcj 
preach. He hopes to have final examination and X-rays | 
on January 20th. 

Brother Fells wishes again to express his thanks to theii 
Brotherhood for prayers in his behalf. He says that theni 
has been a wonderful response. 

(Continued on Page 15) 


paign — January 30th through February 12th. — Rev. Hen 

ry Bates, Pastor-Evangelist. 




Monday, January 30th, 10:00 A. M. 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

Program includes Membership Records, Rol! 
Revision, and Church Finance. To present the lat 
ter, Dr. Shultz, Vice President of Wells Organ 
ization, a Christian fund raising organization, wi] 
be coming from Chicago. 

Ministers are urged to bring a member of thei 
Finance Committee, or some other leading lay 
man from their churches with them to this meet 
ing. Dr. Shultz will speak at 1:00 P. M. 

A pot-luck dinner will be held at noon. 

Horace Huse, Secretary. 

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\NYONE WHO MAY HAVE any doubt about the 
trend and consumption of intoxicating beverages, 
m have all doubts removed by a study of the report of 
le sales of liquor during the week preceding Christmas 

A Correspondent in a leading Ohio newspaper says 
lat "Ohioans spent more money for Christmas liquor in 
le week ending Christmas Eve than in any pre-holiday 
eek in history." The all-time high week's liquor bill was 
.1,426,625.00. THIS WAS 25% HIGHER THAN THE 
^ME WEEK IN 1954. "The Christmas spirit binge," 
i.ys the writer, "also set a record in gallon sales." The 
:act total was not available at the time but a close figure 
ven is 600,000 gallons. Without listing any further 
atistics, we are told that even without the figures of the 
st week of the year 1955, Ohioans had set a new record 
r the entire year. 

Now, we have told you about our own state of Ohio, 
e have been honest with you. What about the state 
>u live in? Have you read your newspapers and learned 
e awful truth about the liquor consumption in your 
ate? Are you ready for the jolt and the shock when 
e figures for the entire nation are released to you later 
|L this year? 

I Church people who voted years ago for repeal of the 
"th amendment, or who did not trouble themselves to 
•te at all at that time; Church people who did not, or 
(tio will not give support to local option efforts; Church 
liople who condone the liquor industry and who may 
ren have the bottle in their homes — can take little com- 
|rt in the fact that this great nation experienced its 
prst year of liquor consumption and drunkenness in its 
story in 1955. 

We were all appalled the day following Christmas to 
|km that the United States had experienced its worst 

Iliday week-end in traffic accidents and deaths. Tons 
paper and ink, hours of radio and television time have 
en spent in warning Americans of the awful tragic toll 
'I our highways. Still, in spite of it all — in spite of the 
ijany safety features built into our automobiles and high- 
■•lys, the traffic toll continues to mount. 

Does it not strike a somber note in your mind to note 
lat the worst holiday week-end traffic toll followed the 

jek in which " spent more money for Christmas 

liuor in the week ending Christmas Eve than in any 
le-holiday week in history?" 


Accident reports do not often show the evidence of 
liquor as a contributing cause, because it is not the dead 
drunk driver who causes the accidents — rather the ones 
who have had a social drink, or two, or three, and who 
by the time "tests" are made, or evidence is being col- 
lected, has sobered to the degree where "it does not ap- 
pear that the driver had been drinking." 

It is the contention of this Editor, that drinking plays a 
far greater part in the cause of highway accidents than 
is ever revealed. Adding to what we have said in the 
paragraph just above this one, is the natural instinct for 
a human being to avoid accident and to want to stay 
alive — which in this day of modern cars with a host of 
safety features for avoiding accidents, makes accidents 
by sane and sober drivers almost a remote possibility! 

For instance — a person using the highway is going 
some place. He is going to be aware of traffic conditions, 
highway conditions, and he is going to use good com- 
mon sense, because he does not want an accident. He is 
going to be alert and responsive, and, through the many 
safety features built into his vehicle, he is going to ne- 
gotiate his journey safely. But cloud his mind with the 
dulling effects of alcohol, make him feel that he is king 
and the world is his — then his caution and judgment is 
gone, and he hurdles that car down the highway endan- 
gering his life and the lives of others. That's drunken 
driving! The safest highway and the most safely built 
car cannot cope with it. 

The same can be said of a husband or wife's conduct 
in their home. Brutal beatings, infidelity, destruction of 
furniture, etc., can be traced to a person's lack of reason- 
ing and feeling of superiority when he or she has liquor 
in their system. How often do we hear the words, follow- 
ing a shooting or beating, "I didn't know what I was 

Considering the growing tragic consequences of our 
rising alcoholic consumption, don't you think it is about 
time the Church took a more positive position regarding 
the presence of this traffic in our communities? As one 
of our good Brethren has noted in his Sunday bulletin: 
"Statistics show that 10,000 people are killed every 6 
months by liquor where only 1 is killed by a mad dog; 
yet we shoot the dog and license the liquor — somehow it 
just doesn't make good sense." 

(In the next in this series, we will list some reasons 
we feel has caused this tremendous upsurge in liquor 
consumption in our land.) — W. S. B. 



oderators Hddress 

1955 mid-West 

district Gonference 

IZev. Cdwivi fifl. Viiterbaugh 

The ^lori 




(Text: Proverbs 29:18) 




GREETINGS to the Brethren Churches of the Midwest 
Disti'ict. Mrs. Puterbaugh and I regret that we can- 
not be with you in person this year, but you can be sure 
that we shall be with you in spirit. We trust that you will 
have an inspiring and challenging conference and that 
you will return to your various churches fired with new 
zeal for the work of the Lord in the year ahead. In my 
absence, Vice-Moderator Stogsdill has kindly agreed to 
read my address to you. 

Far too often, when you ask someone how his church 
is progressing, the person will say something like this: 
"Oh, we're doing fine. We have a grand new building with 
thick carpets, a fine electric organ, indirect lighting and 
padded pews." How much better it would be if we would 
measure the progress of our churches more in terms of 
spiritual advancement such as increases in attendance at 
the midweek meeting, increases in membership, increases 
in the number of tithers, etc. We ought to constantly re- 
mind ourselves that although man looks on the outside, 
God is more concerned about the condition of our hearts, 
our souls, and our minds. 

When Solomon spoke the immortal words: "Where there 
is no vision, the people perish," he was addressing him- 
self to a people who had, under his direction, built a mag- 
nificent temple, which was perhaps the most elaborate 

(The 195.5 Mid-West Conference met at Mulvane, Kan- 
sas, in October.) 

edifice ever constructed. We cannot tell for sure how mit 
it cost, but it apparently cost many millions. One miji 
think that with such a place of worship to inspire th(i 
the Jewish people would never have been able to fori 
God and all His goodness to them. But soon their wors; 
became, for them, a mere formality. They had lost 
glorious vision which God had set before them — the vis 
of a great nation led by God and obedient to His will, aj 
because of her obedience, prosperous and happy, seel 
in the knowledge that God would deliver her from any ; 
all of her enemies. 

The situation in which many of our churches today 
themselves is not materially different from the plighi 
the ancient Hebrews. One of the reasons why many of 
churches both in this district and in other districts 
making so little progress is that they have lost sighi 
the glorious vision which God has set before us of m 
His church ought to be and can be if we will but let 1 
direct her into the paths of service and dedication wl 
He would have us follow. 

I have already mentioned the danger of having too 
terialistic a conception of the church. Along with this ij 
goes the danger of allowing ourselves to become so 
occupied with church machinery and the many detail 
operating the church that our worship, both public 
private, may become a mere formality. 

To be sure, we need officials and leaders, we need ( 
mittees, and we need planning, in order that we ma; 
able to make a systematic approach to the problems 
face, and in order that we may promote the growth 
development of our churches. But we also need to re; 
that people are individuals and no two can be handle* 
exactly the same way. If we are to win souls to C.\ 
and to His church, we must recognize human values 
individual differences. This means that we must lay ; 

A.NUARY 21, 1956 


ar petty prejudices and whims, for they might conceiv- 
bly stand in the way of our winning souls. 

Many years ago our church broke with the Mother 
hurch over the issue of marks of separation. We felt 
lat the matter of separation was a thing of the heart 
ither than an external affair. We did not see the need 
f dressing differently from others in order to prove our- 
jlves Christians. Down through the years our attitudes 
)ward many things have changed considerably. I can re- 
lember when my mother wondered if it would be right 
) cut her hair, yet today there are very few of our good 
sters who do not cut their hair. And I believe that in 
lany cases a woman's hair is more truly her "crowning 
lory" when it is kept at a reasonable length than when 
; is allowed to become so long it is difficult to arrange 
ttractively. So it has been with other customs of our 
eople as well. What once was outlawed or at least 
[■owned upon today is generally approved, or at least ac- 

Of all the districts of our church, I believe the Midwest 
; in the gravest danger of perishing. There are at present 
nly two or three churches in the district which really 
sem to be getting anywhere. Some of the trouble, to be 
are, has come as a result of past mistakes. Other fac- 
ers involved such as drought, grasshopper invasions, and 
le like, we have had no control over, yet, as a result, 
lany of our young people have become discouraged and 
loved away to an area where they could make a decent 

j Since it does not appear likely that for the most part 
[lere will be any considerable influx of population into 
lost of the areas where we have churches, we must be 
ll the more determined to hold our young people. If 
e fail to do this, our churches will surely die. 

In order to hold our young people, we need not com- 
li'omise our position theologically in the least. But we 
leed to be careful lest we confuse the "traditions of men" 
iith the teachings of the Bible. We also need to realize 
|iat while the basic principles taught in the Bible are 
ist as valid today as ever, the application today may in 
;rtain cases have to be quite different from that which 
as appropriate in Bible times. For instance, many of the 
jachings of St. Paul were in respect to specific situations; 
lerefore, we must interpret what he says in the light 
: present day circumstances, always asking ourselves 
hich way will most likely build up our church. There is 
jldom a perfect solution to any problem. We usually will 
ave to weigh alternative against alternative and prayer- 
ally decide which is the better or best way. 

Once we have a vision of a bigger and better church 
ti fire for the Lord, we shall realize the necessity of 
aving certain basic rules to follow in order to accomplish 
lis end. Let us consider briefly a few of the more im- 
brtant ones. 

First of all, we need to realize that the church is a de- 
locracy and should function as such. No one person or 
[ique can be allowed to run it. Nor should the young 
eople be crowded out of positions of leadership just be- 
luse they have had less experience. In fact, it is abso- 
itely imperative that the young people be gradually 
iven positions of leadership, for, if they are not, chaos 
all result when the older hands are no longer able to 
old the responsible positions. 

In the second place, we need to realize that the minis- 
ter is called of God to preach the gospel, and, therefore, 
is not responsible to anyone but God for what he preaches. 
Moreover, the minister deserves the respect of every mem- 
ber, regardless of how any member may feel personally 
towards him. I believe that God will hold any minister ac- 
countable for intentional perversion of the Bible teaching, 
but I think also that God will hold any church member 
accountable who deliberately mistreats a minister of the 

Thirdly, we need to realize that preachers and their 
wives are human beings and have every right to be treated 
as such. They should never be expected to live in sur- 
roundings which are unpleasant, inconvenient or unhealth- 
ful. The parsonage should be as modern and as attractive 
as the people can afford to make it. Too many churches 
think that the preacher ought to be satisfied t© live in a 
place that many members would be ashamed to live in. 
Actually, the minister can hardly be expected to put out 
his best efforts if he is constantly harrassed by leaky 
plumbing, inadequate lighting, or an antiquated heating 

Ministers' salaries are much too low in the Brethren 
Church as a whole and in most of the Midwest churches. 
I believe this is a very unwholesome and undesirable sit- 
uation, for how can a minister do his best work if he is 
constantly worried as to how he will be able to meet all 
his financial obligations? The Brethren Church is making 
an effort to give the ministry financial security in later 
life through the retirement plan, but so poorly paid are 
many of our ministers that they can scarcely spare the 
five percent, or even the three percent for social security. 
Many of our Ministers today are forced to take other jobs 
to supplement their income, or, in some cases, the wives 
work. This should not be, and would not have to be in 
most cases, if our people would tithe as they should. 

In the fourth place, we need to emphasize personal ded- 
ication and devotion to Christ more strongly than denom- 
inational loyalty. I say this advisedly because, although 
the Brethren Church is probably the best expression of 
the teachings of Christ and of the apostles, from my own 
experience I have come to the conclusion that over-empha- 
sis of Brethren ordinances and the distinctive Brethren 

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s:4 Cilk-g.- Av>- . Ashl.ind, Ohio. Phono. 30582 

Contributing Editors; W. 

(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Assistani 


This is a brief message from the Garber Memorial 
Church. We thank you for your support in our program 
of calling a full-time pastor and enlarging the work, 
both in a physical and spiritual sense. 

To date, we can report the following: ' 

1. We have experienced a steady increase in attendance 
and witnessed the spiritual growth of those attending. 

2. Our auxiliary organizations are functioning com- 
mendably: both Junior and Senior Sisterhoods, Boys' 
Brotherhood, Signal Lights, W. M. S. (which has doubled 
its membership since August — now 18 members), a fine 
choir with ten members and a minister of music, and a 
well-organized Sunday school. Now the Laymen are talk- 
ing of organizing. 

3. We are holding mid-week Bible study and prayer 
services, with an average attendance of eight. 

4. We have held one service of dedication for infants. 

5. We have added one new member by letter. 

6. We sanded the floors and finished them with a gym- 
floor finish. The labor and sander were donated by the 
laymen and the finish was paid for from the church 

7. Rent for the parsonage at 232 Sherman Avenue has 
been paid from our treasury since the first of Septem- 
ber. This is $65.00 per month. 

8. A tower public address system for chimes has been 
installed, the money being given by the B, Y. C. We 
are now building a chime record library. , -^. .. 

9. During the last month we watched our building fun( 
grow to the amount of $2,000 in cash and pledges . 
$400.00 cash gift from Mrs. B. F. Zercher; $60Q.OO, a;' 
a loan from Mrs. L, L. Burns, to be repaid by the mem j 
bers and friends of the Garber Memorial Church; $1,00 j 
from the members and friends of the church in cash ol 
pledges to be paid during the coming year. This is fror; 
those who are now attending the services at the Garbe i 
Memorial Church. The money will be used to build a:| 
addition over the present basement room. We will havj 
two Sunday school rooms 9' x 12' and a rostrum 16%' j 
10'. Then the church is to be completely rewired, wit! 
new light fixtures, and a lighted cross above the pulpiii 
ARY 5, 1956. 

10. In August the Laymen's Organization of the Par 
Street Church installed double doors in the front of th 
Church, of the interior type, believing that a vestibul 
was to be added. 

11. In October a new set of exterior doors was irj 
stalled by the Garber laymen, due to a change in plan 
not using the vestibule arrangement, at least for th 
present. The weather was damaging the interior-tyj 
doors, but they will be used in the new addition ar 
will not be a loss to us. 

12. Plans are made for evening preaching services 1 
begin January 8, 1956. 

This is just a resume of our first six months' woi 
with a full-time pastor, and we want again to exprei 
our appreciation for your prayers and financial ar 
moral support. 

— William Fells, Pastor 




(From Harold E. Stacey, with whom Rob Byler works 
on the radio program) 

Dec. 5, 1955 

Dear Mr. Berkshire: 

Another* year is coming to its end and we can truly say 
as the Psalmist, "The Lord is good; his mercy is ever- 
lasting." At this time, we (my associates and I) wish to 
express to you and the Missionary Board our heart-felt 
thanks for your most generous, spontaneous and practical 
help in proclaiming the Word of Life through radio to the 
millions in these southern parts of South America. 

Thousands of souls have been reached with messages 
of the Gospel twice a week throughout this year. Since 
we began this cooperative work, hundreds of souls have 
passed from darkness into light eternal by this means. 

Never before has this world of ours needed the Gosp 
as today. Millions are without Christ, passing into Ete 
nity without the slightest hope of mercy — lost! Whj 
Was it because I did not do my part ? Let this never 1 
so; let me redeem the time while yet there is light. 

What a high privilege w© hold in being "sons of God 
As sons of the Almighty we have been made His ambs 
sadors through the finished work of Christ on the cro; 
Let us all be worthy of this distiction by fulfilling o 
daily duty in making known to all mankind the will 
our Heavenly Father, while there is yet time. 

The Radio — our opportunity 

Radio offers a challenge that no other single effort c ! 
today. Millions of homes are reached simultaneously w;| 
the message of love, backed with sincere prayer of ma! 

ANUARY 21, 1956 


)f the Lord's people every time the programs are on the 
dr. This mass reaching of lost souls has been made pos- 
ible through your most generous kindness all through 
his year. Our sincere prayer to our Heavenly Father is 
hat He may richly reward everyone accordingly. 

Since last writing to you many new happenings have 
aken place here. Something we had all felt impossible 
las taken place: the fall of the Peron regime. A man 
;overed with power and lust has fallen; a government of 
:orruption as never known here before no longer exists. 
Vhen he felt he was almost God, he fell suddenly and 
gnominiously — and his satellites with him. 

We cannot commit ourselves just yet by saying that 
ve enjoy complete freedom, because we don't; but the 
general feeling is that as days go on^ freedom will be re- 
itored to all parties alike. Although some kinds of re- 
;trictions may have to be imposed to preserve order, we 
)ersonalIy feel it is only a matter of time and we shall 
dl be enjoying the fi'eedom we once experienced. 

We all feel grateful for the valuable help that Bob and 
rane Byler have been to the work here. They have cer- 
;ainly done a good job, and we are dependent on them 
'or the future as the activities increase. We are now plan- 
ling, as the Lord may provide the means, to begin a 
■egular weekly children's radio broadcast . . . 

... As I close, we all wish to unite once again and 
;xpress to you all the gratitude in our hearts for your 
nost generous and faithful kindness during 1955, and we 
look forward to 1956, if the Lord tarry, for even greater 

Yours in the Master's glorious service, 

Harold E. Stacey. 

; (Mr. Stacey is a fine Christian business man, the Ex- 
jhange Manager for one of Argentina's largest indus- 
[rial concerns. He is one of the largest supporters of the 
vangelical radio broadcast in which Rob Byler assists.) 



The Christian who begins to tithe will have at 
east six surprises. He will be surprised at : 

1. The amount of money he has for the Lord's 

2. The deepening of his spiritual life in pay- 
ng the tithe. 

3. The ease in meeting his own obligations with 
he nine-tenths. 

4. The ease in going from one-tenth to larger 

5. The preparation this gives to be a faithful 
ind wise steward over the nine-tenths that re- 

6. Himself for not adopting the plan sooner. 
World Service Bulletin. 



(Continued from Page 5) 

doctrines may lead to a mere formal profession without, 
apparently, any real conversion experience. I believe in all 
the Brethren ordinances, and I think that we should in- 
struct our people in them regularly. But we must not 
teach something which is not true — namely, that only 
Brethren can be saved or that only those who are baptized 
liy trine immersion can be sure of heaven. The Bible does 
not warrant such a belief, so we ought not to teach it. 
But this we must teach— that only those who have been 
baptized by the Holy Spirit are saved and are bound for 

The fifth rule we need to follow is to stress steward- 
ship, not only of money, but of time and talents as well. 
We need to stress tithing from an early age. Many 
churches give envelopes to children as soon as they join 
the church, thereby encouraging systematic giving and 
helping the babe in Christ form the habit of tithing, so 
that it will be the natural thing for him to continue doing 
throughout life. If all our churches would follow this plan 
or a similar one, our financial problems would be far less 
and our program could be greatly expanded through the 
additional funds available. 

Lastly, we need to allocate as large a portion as pos- 
sible of our church income to home and foreign missions. 
It has been well said that a mission-minded church is a 
church on fire for the Lord. A number of our young peo- 
ple have recently dedicated their lives to the mission field, 
and we dare not let them down by refusing to furnish the 
funds needed for their preparation, their transportation, 
and their field woi'k. These young missionai'ies are count- 
ing on us, but if we fail them, they will have to turn else- 
where for help. Moreover, others who might be so inclined, 
will likely change their plans if they see that the Breth- 
ren are not going to come through with the necessary 

When we read the Great Commission in the Bible, we 
are reminded that we are not to limit our efforts to the 
confines of our own country. We are to send the gospel 
good news out to the four corners of the world that men 
and women may be saved and thereby reconciled to God. 
When we realize that this is the most important function 
of the church, then we shall begin to catch the vision 
which can and will make possible the bigger and better 
church we all desire. 

In Proverbs 29:18, we read these words: "Where there 
is no vision, the people perish." It is my fervent pi'ayer 
that the people of the Midwest District will catch the 
vision of what God can make of His church before it is 
too late; for if they fail, not only will they lose the bless- 
ing God has in store for them, but souls may perish be- 
cause of their failure. Let us not fail God! Let us catch 
the glorious vision and cling to it! 

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, 

Look full in His wonderful face; 

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim 

In the light of His glory and grace." 

Huntington, Indiana. 



Sunday School Suggestions by Joseph R, Shuitz 

(Sponsored by the National Sunday School Association of the Brethren Church) 


Walter and Wadena Wertz 

Luke 2:52 — "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature 
and in favor with God and man." As our Lord and Master 
stressed in His earthly life the four-fold life, so does our 
Brethren summer camps. 

real uplift for many of our Brethren young people. 
The Brethren Church is realizing and will continue to re- 
alize the importance of our summer camping program. 
Many of our present day leaders in our churches were for- 
mer campers, and it is practically certain that many of 
the future leaders will have had camping experience. 

It was our privilege again to work in our Brethren 
;amps this past summer. June was the month of more in- 
tense preparation for camps and the starting of our 

The first Brethren camp we attended was the Ohio 
Camp ZION near Canton, Ohio. This camp is certainly 
growing under the capable leadership of Bro. John Byler. 
His untiring efforts are realized as you see the camp in 
progress. His able corps of co-workers obtain results. Bro. 
Robert Hoffman served again as Dean in the Junior Camp. 
Two former Penna. Camp Juniata workers were on the 
staff — the Andersons. 

We appreciated hearing Janet King one evening at Ves- 
pers. It was the first we had seen her since she returned 
from Africa. It was kind of Bro. L. V. King to bring 
JanetJ to camp and certainly the youngsters as well as the 
older folk enjoyed hearing her speak. (Campers really en- 
joyed the free time made possible by the new dish 

The following two weeks found us in the Penna. Camp 
JUNIATA. Bro. Lichtenberger and Bro. Brant were Camp 
Deans. This camp had a decrease in enrollment from last 
year, but it was a good camp. The spirit among the camp- 
ers and staff was exceptionally good. Bro. Leathei'man's 
class of counselors and young people was very interest- 
ing. The campers enjoyed Bro. Keek's pictures of Camp 
Juniata; also the travel and educational film shown on 
rainy evenings. 

Surely a high light of the Senior Camp was the fact a 
young man, formerly a Catholic and a camper for several 
years, who helped at the waterfront this year, made his 
confession of Christ as his Savior. He was baptized by 
Bro. Keck in the river in the presence of the campers and 
staff. This fellow is now a student at Ashland College. 

The usual big events included tlie hike, picnic supper, 
candle float, candle light, and the always inspiring vespers 
in the woods. Bro. Jones made his trip to camp to teach ; 
the adult Sunday School lesson and deliver the morning 

It is gratifying to see former campers, now students 
at Ashland, coming back to Camp Juniata to help on the 
staff. Even one of our cooks came back from Ashland! 
The cooks here are our own Brethren women, and we do 
appreciate what these fine women do for our camp. Most 
of them have been with us for years. This means so much; 
in the success of the camp. 

It was back home to wash, iron and repack. Then to«l 
Camp PINNACLES in the South-East District. Brothers! 
Klingensmith and Ludwig have really brought this camps 
a long way. This was a big camp with campers of all agesj 
enjoying the week together here. When we arrived thej 
only place left for us to "bunk" was on the floor. How- 
ever, Wadena had the air mattresS and I had a little pad.j 
The floor was rather hard, but we lived through it and' 
enjoyed our stay and the opportunity to work with these; 
good people. Brother Klingensmith's candle light service! 
was very effective as many made their confession ofJ 
Christ and some went forward for full-time service. 

Our S. S. Board's Field Representative, Dr. Joseph 
Shuitz and his wife, Doris, were on the staff in this camp 
What a difference it makes in a camp when you have 
enough workers! Mr. Swartz, the craft man, surely hac 
the campers, yes and even some of the staff busy making 
bii-d houses, dogs, etc. 

The following week was our District Conference, s( 
some time was spent there. Then the next week we headec 
for the midwest — where we expected a hot welcome fron 
the weatherman. He didn't disappoint us. 

Brothers Burton and Puterbaugh had charge here. Ai 
soon as we arrived we were conscious of the fact tha 
much planning and preparation had been done befor< 
hand. Things moved along very nicely under Dean Burton ' 
whom we have learned to know and love in the Lord 
Wadena and I were on the teaching staff and helped ou 
wherever we could . . . Wadena as camp nurse and your; 
truly in charge of recreation. 

Everyone thought for sure this year we would not hav 
any water trouble, since we saw the picture in the Breth 
ren Youth Magazine of the new well up on the hill. Bu 
wouldn't you know it, the day following the opening o 
camp, we were warned of the water shortage. Result-; 
water for kitchen from the well, but other water had t 
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JANUARY 21, 1956 



Conducted by Ashland Theological Seminary 


This newly formed chorus announced previously in this 
column, made its debut on the college chapel program re- 
cently. The men were very impressive as they presented 
the Christmas story in word and song. All of the men 
have had good voice training in college and now they are 
able to use that talent to good advantage in graduate 


The annual Seminary Christmas party was pronounced 
a success by the enthusiastic audience in attendance. Each 
month the Seminary student body sponsors a party for all 
students on the campus, but the Christmas party is some- 
thing special. Extra decorations, appropriate games, fine 
food and a more elaborate program mark this event as 
outstanding on the school calendar. President Donald Row- 
ser and his committee are to be commended for the work. 


Ashland College sponsors a Christian Emphasis Week 
in each school year. During this special week students get 
an opportunity to hear an outstanding Christian speaker 

and to discuss problems of mutual interest with the guid- 
ance of a fine Christian leader. This year. Dr. Harold 
Kuhn, of Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, will be at 
Ashland to speak and to lead discussions. Dean Flora has 
announced that Dr. Kuhn will speak to the Seminary and 
be available for private conferences. Dr. Kuhn is one of 
the most outstanding Christian men in America. His 
Christian outreach is evidenced by the fact that he spends 
his summers each year working in refugee camps in Ger- 
many. Your institution is proud to brmg men of such cali- 
bre to speak to students. 


It is obvious to most Christians that the need for min- 
isters and missionaries is great in all denominations. Tak- 
ing our lead from Jesus who said, "pray ye for laborers" 
we are urging you to pray earnestly that God will send 
laborers into the white hai-\'est fields. After you have 
prayed, then aid your prayer by seeking out young people 
who may be interested in Christian service. A word from 
you may be the means of helping some young person de- 
cide on his call from God. 


Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 



"Come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, but . . . 
money and without price." Isaiah 55:1. 

HAVE YOU EVER sat down and tried to think of the 
host of great and precious things in life that are 
absolutely free ? Things with which we are perfectly ac- 
quainted, but of whose worth we have given little thought. 
How about fresh air, sunshine, the stars, the sunrises and 
sunsets of the days as they pass, the majesty of the moun- 
tains as they rear their peaks above the clouds, moonlight 
on land and sea, a mother's love, the heart of a friend, 
the laughter of a little child, the deeds of devotion at 
home and abroad; the love of God, the glory of the cross, 
the inner compulsion to goodness. On none of these can 

Wall Street set a price. And all of them will outlast the 
things for which man spends fortunes, only to be disap- 
pointed after he has them and finds how hollow and 
worthless they are. 

And, too, the things for which the world barters its 
coins are those objects which, when they are once ac- 
quired and stored away in hope of retaining for future 
use, and satisfaction in the fact of possession, are found 
to have deteriorated in value and to have lost their luster 
and attraction. It is the invitation to acquire priceless 
things — things that contribute to the prolonging of life, 
indispensible things, without exchange of value. 

Here also may be added the Master's admonition, "Lay 
not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth 
and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through 
and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where 
thieves do not bi-eak through nor steal." 

Here, then, are two suggestions: the placing of su- 
preme values on things that abide (both earthly and heav- 
enly); and the depositing of the soul values of life in the 
vaults of heaven. And forget not that these "w^orth-while 
things" are free. 



News From Our 


From time to time friends throughout the brotherhood 
ask us how we find the work of the pastorate again after 
approximately six years spent in teaching in our semi- 
nary. Our reply to this question is always, "Challenging, 
and rewarding," which we believe to be true of any work 
definitely inspired by, and devoted to, the Lord Jesus 
Christ. We accepted the call to this pastorate because we 
felt that it presented one of the finest challenges in the 
Brotherhood, and because we felt that an active, all-out 
program for the Lord would bring forth wonderful re- 
sults and rewards. In neither of these assumptions have 
we been disappointed. 

Many of the events and signs of progress which have 
come to pass here within the past seven months have 
been reported in the "Interesting Items" column of our 
Brethren Evangelist thi'ough the gracious cooperation and 
help of our good friend and editor, Brother W. S. Ben- 
shoff. We are taking this opportunity, and means, to say 
a little more about the challenges and the rewards about 
which we spoke above. 

While teaching our young men in the seminary this 
writer (as did all of the seminary professors) stressed 
the importance and the effectiveness of plain, Bible 
preaching. In our ministry here we have attempted to 
"practice what we preached" with most encouraging re- 
sults. As the people of Israel discovered in Nehemiah's 
day; as the people of Asia Minor discovered in Paul's 
day; as the people of Germany discovered in Luther's day; 
as the people of England discovered in Wesley's and 
Whitefield's day; as the people of America discovered in 
Moody's day; and as the people of the world are discov- 
ering in Billy Graham's day — so we are discovering in 
North Manchester in our day, that "the Gospel of Christ 
is the power of God unto salvation to every one that 

Seldom does a week go by that we do not hear some- 
body say as they leave the church, "It seems good to 
hear those old-fashioned Bible sermons again," or, in the 
case of visitors who are frequently in our midst, "We 
don't hear that kind of preaching in our church any 
more." We have also been encouraged in this direction by 
the fact that in a college community, where many folks 
seem to feel that the church must present a more-up-to- 
date" or "scholarly" message, this plain presentation of 
Bible truth is appealing to the college students. Despite 
the fact that there are only eight Brethren young people 
enrolled at the college here this year — and the great ma- 
jority of these eight return to their home churches over 
the weekends — we have discovered in speaking to our 
fellow pastors in the city that we have the largest col- 
lege-student attendance of any church in the community 
with the exception of the college church. It is a source 
of real encouragement to the preacher to hear these young 
folks say from time to time, "We like to come to this 

church because you stick to the Bible." We mention these I 
things, not to boast, but rather to add our word of tes- 
timony to that of Brethren preachers through the years, 
that "The Bible, the Whole Bible, and Nothing but the 
Bible," still is the need of the hour. 

Another of our major emphases here during the past 
months has been upon arousing interest in a full-time 
church program for all age groups within the church. 
Pastors and church leaders cannot sit back and lament 
over the inroads which television and outside organiza- 
tions are making into our congregations if those pastors 
and church leaders do not at least try to provide a church 
program which will interest enough people enough of the 
time during the week that these outside interests become 
secondary in the lives of the people. During the past 
few months the program here has been steadily growing 
until it now includes — besides Sunday School and morn- 
ing worship service — a flourishing mid-week prayer and 
Bible study hour, a Children's Bible Hour (meeting at 
the same time as the mid-week service), two active 
Brethren Youth Crusader organizations, monthly "As- 
sistants' Day" in our Sunday School, monthly Sunday 
School Class night in our evening service, a monthly 
after-service evening fellowship hour, and an extensive 
visitation program. Then, in addition to these features we 
have the usual church auxiliaries — W. M. S., Laymen's 
Organization, Junior and Senior Sisterhood, and a num- 
ber of monthly class meetings. As a result of this full 
time program the church has a much greater opportunity 
to be of service and also a much greater opportunity of 
becoming the center, rather than the rim, of the congre- 
gation's life. The response of the brethren here to this 
active program has more than justified any effort and 
planning which have gone into it. The local papers have 
been quite generous in helping to promote and publicize 
this growing program, and frequently outside folks re- 
mark about the fact that "things are really happening 
at The Brethren Church." 

The church of Jesus Christ cannot compete with the 
world in the type of program it offers to men and women, 
but the church can offer men and women something that 
the World cannot give to them. It is upon this principle 
that our full-time program is built. 

This writer has long felt that a congregation that is 
active in denominational matters, and a congregation that 
is "sold" on its denominational program, is usually the 
most active in its own area. Consequently we have, dur- 
ing these past seven months, emphasized Brethren teach- 
ings and practices as they relate to the Scriptural teach- 
ings. Tithing as the beginning of Christian stewardship; 
the confession of faith and acceptance of Christ, rather 
than the "joining the church" emphasis; the regular ex- 
tending of the invitation; an evangelistic appeal in all 
of the services of the church; and an emphasis upon the 
separated life. 

The brethren here have responded to this program in a 
most encouraging fashion. Sunday School attendance is 
fourteen percent higher than the same seven months last 
year; the Morning Worship service is very well attended; 
evening service attendance for this period has averaged 
eightyrsix despite warnings from fellow-pastors in the 
town that evening services do not "take" in North Man- 
chester; and our mid-week service has averaged thirty- 

JANUARY 21, 1956 


five per week over these seven months — the largest mid- 
week service attendance of any of the churches in the 

As we face 1956 we look for even greater accomplish- 
ments in the Lord's work here, including a much-needed 
educational annex. The challenges are great, the rewards 
are great, but the promises of the Master are even 
greater. We solicit the prayers of the brotherhood that 
He might continue to lead and bless us. 

Henry Bates, Pastor. 

n H H 


We have been praying for a revival in our "Hour of 
Power" service each week, and have shared our prayer 
list together which made a large prospect list. This list 
was mimeographed so that anyone in the church could 
have access to the list of names. Earnest prayer is the 
first step toward a successful revival. The first church 
in Acts 2:43 "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doc- 
trine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in 
PRAYERS." This is a perfect plan for us to follow today! 

As an answer to all our prayers there were four con- 
versions and three rededications on the two Sundays prior 
to our meeting. 

We were privileged to have Rev. and Mrs. Harry Richer 
of Peru, Ind. as our Evangelists, November 16-27. They 
have been in Evangelistic work for thirty-five years. They 
brought a lot of challenges, joy and zeal to our people 
through their fine singing and preaching. Special nights 
were observed such as "Precious Promise Night," "Wom- 
en and Girls Night," "Family Night," "Men and Boys' 
Night." On Sunday School Night twenty-five Sunday 
j School officers and teachers came forward for rededica- 
! tion. On Youth Night thirty youth came forward for re- 
' dedication of their lives. 

Rev. Richer preaches the Word with much sincerity and 
fervor. His messages have stirred our hearts to be more 
earnest in our Christian living. Quite a few have shown 
greater interest in worship since the revival. The unsaved 
are hard to reach during a revival, but if the Church 
folk become revived then the unsaved will take notice 
and come to receive Christ as their own. ACTS 2:47, AND 

We were happy for the response of neighboring 
churches with their delegations and special music. This 
warms the hearts of all Christians. Local churches re- 
sponding were the LaPaz Union and Church of God, Pine 
Creek Church of the Brethren and then our Teegarden, 
Tiosa, Ardmore, North Liberty and South Bend Breth- 
ren. Many folk came from the Plymouth area as the 
Richers are well known there. Our own church responded 
nightly with special music also. We are happy for many 
who are willing to use their talents. 

We were privileged to have the Richers stay in our 
home. Much spiritual help came from them. Sixty-four 
calls were made during their presence here and the Rich- 
ers were called away three times for funeral sei-vices. 

Much encouragement and spiritual help came from the 
Richers! Only time and eternity will tell the entire re- 
sults. God promises that if the seed is sown there will 
always be a harvest. We appreciate that other churches 
have been praying for our efforts here. Continue to pray 
as we are expecting great victories this year! 

Herbert Gilmer, Pastor. 


We brethi'en would like to share with you some of the 
many blessings that have been ours recently so that you 
may rejoice with us. God has so wondei-fuUy answered 
prayers and prospered the work in this part of His vine- 

On Nov. 6, the annual homecoming service was held at 
the church. Rev. D. B. Flora was the guest speaker. A 
Men's Gospel Team from the college and seminary sup- 
plied special music which was much appreciated. After 
Rev. Flora's inspiring and challenging morning message 
some sixty brethren gathered in the church basement to 
enjoy a delicious meal and Christian fellowship. Follow- 
ing the meal. Rev. Flora presented some of his colored 
slides of the Holy Land in which he has traveled on sev- 
eral occasions. Seventy were in attendance to benefit from 
this service. This figure represented our peak attendance 
since the reopening of this church in March, 1955. How- 
ever, we were soon to rejoice again over a broken record 
in attendance as around one hundred gathered at the 
church Thursday night, Dec. 22nd., for our Christmas 
program. We are proud of our young people for they put 
on a fine program of recitations and a Christmas play en- 
titled "Following the Star." 

We do not wish that anyone should think that we con- 
sider numbers necessarily an indication of success in the 
work of the Lord. We set forth these numerical figures 
for the purpose of indicating that there are many here in 
Fremont still interested in the Brethren Church, and 
worthy of your prayers. 

The Woman's Missionary Society has been reorgan- 
ized with some eighteen interested ladies. The girls have 
organized into a Sisterhood of Mary and Martha with sev- 
enteen members. A dozen boys have organized and called 
themselves the Christian Scouts. Next on our organiza- 
tional plans is a Laymen's organization which we hope 
to have in the near future. 

The work has been well financed by the brethren here 
because many are consecrated tithers. We appreciate the 
financial help of the Ohio District Mission Board. 

One of the greatest needs at the present, for which we 
request prayer, is that funds may be found to purchase a 
second-hand bus in order that we may reach out to the 
unchurched areas. 

There is a great and needy field here in Fremont, Ohio. 
We rejoice that we have been called to serve here. With 
the prayers of you consecrated brethren behind us, enthu- 
siastic Christians here to help us, and God's constant 
guidance and blessing, we shall build for eternity and 
seek the lost to win. 

Kenneth L. Solomon, Pastor. 



Pr6ii/er ffleetincj 

By e r gtl 



CONCERN FOR SINNERS is not a natural but a spir- 
itual desire instilled by the Holy Spirit for the sal- 
vation of the lost (Psalm 126:5, 6). To be a tender and 
earnest soul winner one is motivated by a holy compas- 
sion engendered by grace (Jude 22, 23). We need to 
be moved by the tragic truth about sin and its punish- 
ment (Matt. 3:10-12). As Christian workers we need to 
realize that there is something for souls to be saved from 
(Matt. 5:22, 29, 30). Imitation of conversion and the 
new birth will not do (Matt. 13:40-42). Without the robe 
of Christ's righteousness one is doomed for "outer dark- 
ness" (Matt. 22:13). 

Not to carry out the great commission (Matt. 28: 19, 
20) is to be guilty of grave disobedience. A Christian is 
to be fruitful (Prov. 11:30; John 15:4, 5). He is to be 
a light, not hid, the salt of the earth, a Spirit-filled wit- 
ness (Matt. 5:13, 14). If following Christ means anything 
He will make us fishers of men (Matt. 4:19). If we are 
not fruit-bearing Christians, it may be that the cares of 
this world are too much with us (Luke 8:14). God expects 
us to sacrifice the associations of dear ones (Luke 14:16), 
and our property, if need be, to win souls for Him (Matt. 
6:21). A multitude of professed Christians will have the 
answer for the unevangelized world (Ezek. 33:7, 8). The 
field is ripe (John 4:35, 36), and God holds us respon- 
sible. Are we proving faithful (Matt. 24:44-46)? Have we 
consecrated ourselves to the work (Rom. 12:1)? 

"A hundred thousand souls a day 
Are passing one by one away 
In Christless guilt and gloom. 
Without one ray of hope or light. 
With future dark as endless night 
They are passing to their doom. 

"The Master's coming draweth near, 
The Son of man will soon appear. 
His kingdom is at hand. 
But ere that glorious day can be 
This Gospel of the Kingdom we 
Must preach in every land. 

"O let us then His coming haste 

let us end this awful waste 

Of souls that never die. 

A thousand million still are lost 

A Saviour's blood has paid the cost 

hear their dying cry. 

"They are passing, passing fast away 

A hundred thousand soulsi a day 

In Christless guilt and gloom. 

Church of Christ, what wilt thou say 

When in the awful judgment day 
They charge thee with their doom?" 

To win others we need to show them that all are lost 
and need a Saviour (Isaiah 53:6; Rom. 3:10, 23), present 
Jesus as Saviour and Lord (John 3:14-18; Acts 16:30, 
31), that there is but one Saviour of the soul (Acts 4:12), 
and explain the death of Christ (John 19; 1 John 1:7; 
Isaiah 53). 

Teach the new convert how to avoid a wasted life (1 
Cor. 3:9-17) by having him to publicly confess Christ 
(Matt. 10:32, 33; Rom. 10:9), be baptized (Acts 2:38) 
and line up with the church (Acts 2:47), work for Jesus 
(Eph. 2:10), worship God (Rev. 19:4, 10), honor the Lord 
with his substance (1 Cor. 16:2), be filled with the Spirit 
(Eph. 5:18), study the Bible (2 Tim. 2:15), win souls 
(Matt. 4:19), pray (1 Thess. 5:17), be happy (1 Thess. 
5:16), and always put Jesus first (Matt. 10; Lu. 14). 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson For January 29, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 15:1-10 

GOD'S CONCERN ought to be our concern. The les- 
son topic states that God is concerned for the sin- 
ner. This clearly implies that we are to manifest the 
same compassion for those who are lost in sin. 

The world should rejoice in the marvellous truth of 
God's undying love for lost humanity. Concern is not 
unusual. It is manifest every day. The mother is con- 
cerned for her child; the husband for his wife; the 
teacher for the pupil. 

What, then, makes God's concern for sinners so 
unique? "But God commendeth His love toward us, in 
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" 
(Rom. 5:8.) 

The wonderful love of God is seen in His concern for 
men who are at enmity with Him. Those who are indif- 
ferent — callous — sacrilegious — abusive! 

Christ's love and concern was shown at His mock trial 
before Pilate and His accusers. It was seen in His atti- 
tude toward those who buffeted Him and spat upon Him. 
It was revealed in His dying words: "Father, forgive 
them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). 

The parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin was 
spoken by Christ because the sanctimonious Scribes and 
Pharisees could not understand why He would conde- 
scend to eat with publicans and sinners. "Of course I eat 
with sinners," Jesus would say to them. "Do you not 
know the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that 
which is lost?" 

Missing in this present generation of weak, vacillating 
Christians is that burning passion for the souls of men! 

JANUARY 21, 1956 


The passion of a David Brainerd, who in a brief three 
or four years of missionary endeavor among the Indians 
of the Hudson River Valley, so manifested the Spirit of 
Christ that he was able to influence Henry Martyn and 
William Carey to go as missionaries to the land of India. 
The passion of a Robert Moffat willing to devote 53 years 
of his life as a servant of God in South Africa; and of 
a David Livingstone who, according to Dr. R. H. Glover, 
travelled 11,000 miles entirely on foot during his first 
four years in Africa in order that he might carry the 
Gospel to those who had not heard! 

If this passage of Scripture reveals nothing else, it 
brings to light this truth: Jesus realized that men are 
interested in a lost sheep, or a lost coin, but care little 
for a lost soul! 

Such is the condemnation of our age — and, most tragic 
of all, even of the church! 


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CLINE-BENNINGTON. Miss Nancy Jean Cline be- 
came the bride of Donald Lee Bennington in a beautiful 
wedding December 25th, 3:30 P. M. in the Sanctuary 
of the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren. The service 
was followed by a reception in the Social Hall. A large 
company of friends and well-wishers were present. The 
service was read by the groom's pastor, the undersigned. 
John F. Locke, Pastor Mr. Olive Brethren Church. 


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be hauled. Layman Peck and Grusch worked feverishly to 
get water from the well, but finally came to the conclu- 
sion there was just not enough water in the well. It will 
be wonderful when the Kansas City, city water system 
is extended to Camp WYANDOTTE. 

The boat ride on Wyandotte Lake was a real thrill. The 
boat had to make two trips to carry all campers and staff. 
Second trip out we encountered a severe rain storm. It 
got so bad the patrol boat had to comel out to see if we 
were O. K. This brought to our attention the Biblical 
illustration of the apostles on the tempestuous sea and 
the Master stilling the waves. All got back to land in 
safety with no ill effects except a wetting. 

Many gave their heart to the Lord in this camp during 
the vesper service which was in charge of Rev. Claude 

The latter part of the week my mother and sister came 
into camp to take us with them on a trip to the Pacific 
coast. We stored our Dodge in Kansas City and went in 
Jean's Plymouth. The Lord gave us a wonderful trip. 
We disliked missing General Conference, but we felt this 
might be the only opportunity for such a trip. On our 
way back we picked up our car and arrived home Sun- 
day evening, August 28, at about 9:30 P. M. just in time 
to start a new school year the next day. 

We praise God for the opportunity we had of serving 
the Lord in this capacity again in our Brethren camps, 
and for the wonderful way He watched over us as we 
traveled the busy highways. 

Our thanks to the brotherhood for helping to make such 
a trip possible through White Gift offerings to the Na- 
tional Sunday School Association. 

As we write this, we have just learned that someone 
else will represent the National S. S. Board in the camps 
next year. We sincerely hope that the few years Wadena 
and I have spent in the summer camps have been profit- 
able to all concerned. 

Yours in His Service, 
Walter and Wadena Wertz, Conemaugh, Penna. 

MAJOOR. Mrs. Gertrude Majoor, member of the Ard- 
more Brethren Church, passed away, Oct. 31, 1955 at home 
after a nine month's illness. Born, Chicago, June 28, 1897. 
Married to Louis H. Majoor, Mar. 4, 1913. Survived by 
husband, two daughters, seven grandchildren. Funeral 
from Church by her pastor, Arthur J. Tinkel. Interment, 
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. 

Mrs. Marshall Harman, Cor. Sec'y. 

SHOWALTER. Wendell Holmes Showalter who died 
Dec. 11, 1955 at the age of 39 years and 9 months as a 
result of a fall from a building in Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brewer Showalter. 
Services held in the Mt. Olive Church by the undersigned, 
assisted by Rev. W. F. Garber of the Mill Creek Church 
of the Brethren. Interment was made in the family lot in 
the Mt. Olive Cemetery. 

- . John F. Locke. 


The Woman's Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church of Goshen, Indiana, adopted the following resolu- 
tions on the death of one of our members, Mrs. Katie 
Gulp, on November 22, 1955. 

Whereas, it pleased an all-wise and merciful God to call 
our sister, co-laborer, and friend from earthly labor to re- 
ward, therefore be it resolved: 

First: That we bow in humble submission to the will 
of Him who doeth all things well. 

Second: That having died in faith believing, we will 
not mourn as those without hope, but will anticipate 
meeting her some day in that happy home in Heaven. 

Third: That we tender her bereaved daughter, Mrs. 
Lee Miller, our heartfelt sympathy, and pray that God's 
sustaining grace may be her comfort in this sad bereave- 

Fourth: That these resolutions be placed on the minutes 
of our Society, and a copy sent to the family, and one to 
our church paper. 





Clarence Stogsdill, Director 


ANYONE who has attempted to lead young people in 
the local church knows that you have to give of 
yourself and yours to keep the youth program going. One 
knows too that in order to give he must have something 
to give; one might ask, "What does it take to be a youth 
worker?" Just as any pi'eacher must have something 
both in his heart and his mind to deliver a sermon to his 
congregation, so the youth worker must have something 
in his mind and heart to give to his young people. In the 
long run, he is attempting to do the same thing with the 
young people — in a modified way — as the preacher is try- 
ing to do with his congregation. He wants them to grow 
into mature spiritual individuals. Obviously, if he does 
not accomplish this end he has not accomplished the 
thing for which the Church exists. This should be the 
purpose — and it should be stated somewhere in writing, 
probably the constitution — of every Christian organiza- 
tion. All other goals are simply means to this end. 

Again, we are thinking about qualifications for youth 
leaders. It has been the custom for so long to take ad- 
vantage of "willing workers" and "elect" them to do all 
of the work of the church, that we feel that this subject 
cannot be overdone. The custom is to select someone of 
the "right age" who has certain social qualifications and 
who will not offend the young people. Of course some of 
these characteristics are important, but the truth is that 
few who live a normal life are actually undesirable for 
the position if their spiritual qualities are good or above 
average. Many times the social type is actually too hilar- 
ious to make a good spiritual leader. 


The youth worker must be emotionally secure so that 
he gives the sense of security to those who are his re- 
sponsibility. Young people are as changeable as the 
weather and actually enjoy their changes in moods from 
time to time, but they want and need someone near who, 
while he is a close friend, does not vacillate and show 
signs of insecurity and moodiness in himself. He must 
show the type of dependability which he is attempting to 
train in them. I can imagine that the Air Force Cadet, no 
matter how frivolous he may seem, desires a settled, sta- 
ble trainer who will cause some of his confidence and 
stability to "i-ub off" on himself during training. Flying 
the plane will someday be his job — in solo !.. 

This emotional stability must be actual, not just super- 
ficial, for even after the parties, the near failures in the 
meetings, the confidence must remain. The goals must be 
kept in mind, and a determination to pursue an elastic 
program which will eventually result in reaching these 
goals. Sudden interruptions and explosions of all types 
must not interfere with the steady, sure pace of the youth 
program. The one who directs such a program must not 
be, cannot be a mere child! 


Whose task is this — the leader's or Christ's? By keep- 
ing in mind that the challenge is of God, and that the 
blessings come from Him, the leader must proceed with 
confidence and good cheer. Blow-ups and temper tantrums 
and lost confidence belong to the realm of the hireling 
who is in charge for some reason other than the call of 
God. If the program fails most certainly it tells some- 
thing about the program, the leaders and the youth. Try 
another approach. Try, try, try under the help and influ- 
ence of the Holy Spirit. There is not just one way to do 
a thing. Get someone — perhaps one or two of the youth — 
to assist you and give you suggestions. 

A spirit of confidence itself will help put across many 
ideas which otherwise would fail. 


There is much good in everyone, especially a young 
person who has not yet fallen into the depths and deg- 
radation of the world. Christ not only came to save for, 
but also to save from. He not only came to save, but to 
show how. His life of more than thirty years would not 
have been so necessary — He could have died as an infant 
to pay the penalty of sin — if God did not mean for us to 
follow His example of living, as well as believe in His 
death. And so We are not only to tell them, but to show 
them. My observation is that young people today are not 
so much rebelling against the previous generation as 
they are mimicking them. 

Give them an opportunity to give their opinions and ex- 
press their doubts without consigning them to the lower 
regions. It probably is their way of "letting off steam," 
and the very act may lessen the pressure and reduce the 
doubts. Along with the big hearts and mouths (of advice) 
today we need more "big ears" that vdll listen un- 
derstandingly to problems. As I look back over the years 
I note that those people who still irritate my thinking are 
those who wanted to "advise" me, instruct me, continu- 
ally instead of understanding me. Those whom I love and 
remember are those who heard me out, even when I was 
wrong (which was most of the time!) 



BUILDING WITH BRICKS and building with young 
people — both are important. We build with bricks to 
house the buildings not made with hands — God's children. 
a brick — then lay it on the shoulder of a young man — 
which will bring the most lasting impression upon the 
community, the church the world? Youth are the most 
tangible, the most pliable substance in the world with 
which to build! We cannot build churches without them! 
To reach our young people today with the Gospel of 
Christ is to guarantee tomorrow to fill those churches 
with capable leaders — and, need we say, followers. 


JANUARY 21, 1956 


•"De^ ""QG^ "'oe^ 

by Helen Jordan 



(Continued from Page 2) 

AT BANFF in the Canadian Rockies are gardens which 
fulfill the dreams of all who love flowers and try 
to grow them to the peak of perfection. Great tall del- 
phinium, pansies four to five inches across — unbelievable 
beauty! Ideal growing conditions — in this case, cool bright 
days and plenty of moisture — cause plants to respond in 
an amazing manner. 

The wise gardener knows that he can't grow shade- 
loving plants in bright sunlight, and nothing is sorrier 
than plants struggling to survive under growing condi- 
tions wholly unsuitable. Even less can we ignore provid- 
ing the climate needed for spiritual growth and flowering. 
Deeds of mercy which fall like "the gentle dew from 
heaven," prayer which keeps us in vital contact with God, 
meeting and working with Christian people, forgiving as 
the Heavenly Father forgives us, worship, reading and 
meditating upon the Word and upon what great souls 
have written, unselfish giving of ourselves and what we 
have, loving as Christ taught us to love one another — 
these are the growing conditions which produce beautiful 
lives. In climate like this grow lives that are like plants 
which push to the top of the wall and tumble over, bring- 
ing fruit and beauty to the neighbors. 

But we can not have luxuriant growth without meeting 
the conditions for it. God through Christ has shown the 
plan for a rich life which can thrive when outward condi- 
tions seem impossible. The climate for spiritual growth is 
provided from within. Let us stop being puny Christians 
and give ourselves a chance to bloom — the fruit will fol- 

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our churches have prepared and sent donations of food 
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the things done by their group: The W. M. S. sent money 
and 92 lbs clothing to Lost Creek, and 37 lbs. to Kryp- 
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The Brethren Builder's Class sent 30 lbs. of candy to Lost 
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WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. Missionaries Dennis and 
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God" in the West Alexandria Church the evening of Jan- 
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The Christian Westei'n Film, "Mr. Texas," was shown 
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FLORA, INDIANA. Brother and Sister C. A. Stewart 
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Brethren's Home, during the absence of the Superinten- 
dent and Matron, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns. 

Brother Stewart was the speaker on Thursday evening, 
January 5th at the Flora Week of Prayer services, which 
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ELKHART, INDIANA. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Olsen, Mis- 
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guests of the Elkhart Brethren the evening of January 
8th, at which time they presented slides, and told of the 
work of the African Inland Mission. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. The Elkhart Salvation Army 
Commander was guest speaker at the Nappanee Laymen's 
Dinner meeting held the evening of January 9th. 

DENVER, INDIANA. The following will be of interest 
to the many friends of Brother and Sister G. L. Maus, 
who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniver- 
sary. Brother Maus writes to the Editor: 

"We received so many congratulation cards, letters, 
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I will hardly find time to answer all of them. 

"There were three hundred people in our home that 
day and many more would have been here, if the roads 
had not been icy. 

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Items of fjeneral Interest 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Brother Bruce C, Shanholtz 
was given a call for another year as Pastor, at a recent 
business meeting. 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND, The average Sunday School 
attendance for 1955 was announced as 141, 

REN. The Parsonage Fund continues to increase with a 
recent Cash Day offering of $200,00, 

The Sisterhood is scheduled to conduct the evening 
service on February 19th, at which time the sound film, 
"The African Prince," is to be shown. 

speakers and special programs continue to fill the pulpit 
of the Third Brethren, Recent speakers were: Rev, W. 
M. Peffer and Rev, Carl Fisher, of Johnstown; the 
sound film, "The Flickering Flame" was shown the eve- 
ning of January 8th, 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO, The W, M. S, and Laymen con- 
ducted the evening service on January 8th, The Steward- 
ship Film, "Stranger in the House" was shown, 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO, Two new members were received 
into the Church on January 15th, 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO, An attendance of 14 is noted 
for the first meeting of the newly organized Young 
Adults Sunday School class. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Brother Alvin H. Grumbling has re- 
ceived a call to continue as Pastor for another year. 

AKRON, INDIANA. Elijah Odokora, a college student 
and native of Africa, presented the message at the morn- 
ing service, January 22nd. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. From the Goshen bulletin we 
learn that Brother W. I. Duker is feeling much better 
and is able to be out of bed for a short time. Let us 
continue to remember him in prayer. 

and Claire Snell are scheduled to conduct services in the 
Brighton church on January 29th, 

MUNCIE, INDIANA, Rev, O, B. Hall, Indiana Temper- 
ance League representative, was speaker the evening of 
January 15th in the Muncie church. 

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paign — January 30th through February 12th. — Rev. Hen- 
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MEXICO, INDIANA. Revival Services— February 6-lS 
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Monday, January 30th, 10:00 A. M. 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

Program includes Membership Records, Roll 
Revision, and Church Finance. To present the lat- 
ter, Dr. Shultz, Vice President of Wells Orgain 
ization, a Christian fund raising organization, will 
be coming from Chicago. 

Ministers are urged to bring a member of their 
Finance Committee, or some other leading lay- 
man from their churches with them to this meet-" 
ing. Dr. Shultz will speak at 1:00 P. M. 

A pot-luck dinner will be held at noon. 

Horace Huse, Secretary. 


The Southern Indiana District Laymen will 
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Evening, February 20th, 1956. We especially urge 
a good attendance, as there will be a special pro! 
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Tlie Wilderness Voice 

JOHN, THE BAPTIST, the forerunner of Jesus 
Christ, was as a "voice of one crying in the 
wilderness." Matt. 3:1-10. His was the voice, the 
;nessage of the Lord God. His message was 
beamed at that generation of people, literally in 
the wilderness of sin. 

People of that day were listening to "voices." 
Yes, voices of politicians, religious leaders, econ- 
omists. They listened to talk of war and peace, 
for it was everywhere. A kind of fear was also 
3n every hand. Discontent, because of oppression 
md high taxes was prevalent. The voices of the 
planners and the "cure-alls" filled the land. 

What matter then that one more voice ap- 
peared? But wait, this "voice" was crying in a 
lifferent tone. What was his message? "Repent 
^e: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." This 
kvas a new angle. Had not the general theme of 
i;he day been selfishness, conceit, smugness, 
"strength within our own hands" policy? This new 
raice was advocating a return to God for peace 
—through confession of sin and a turning from 
ivays of unrighteousness. Small wonder then that 
lohn was considered "odd." 

Nearly 2000 years later, every conceivable voice 
is heard as a dinning babel. Our leaders and our 
planners give visions of greater things to come 
IS a result of man's ingenuity, creativeness and 
productivity. We are "assured," so they say, that 
there can be "no end." At the same time, other 
v^oices are adding their decibels to the din by an- 
nouncing the failure of peace talks — others are 
indicating the constant increase of moral and civil 

What, then, is the answer? Almost, even in the 
religious world, the voice of the Word of God, is 
as a voice crying in the wilderness. 

(Anyone who is tempted to accept all religious 
thought as "gospel truth" should take note that 

in the days of John, The Baptist, his message 
from God was not in harmony with the strong 
organized religion of the day. Even to those who 
were high in the Jewish religious life, the Phar- 
isees and Sadducees (Matt. 3:7), were told by 
John to "bring forth fruits meet for repentance." 
Matt, 3:8. We cannot accept as truth today every 
religious opinion simply because it has a clerical 
blessing upon it!) 

Amidst the blaring tumult of the day let us 
hear the voice of the Word of God as a "sure 
cure" for the ills of our land, "If my people, 
which are called by my name, shall humble them- 
selves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn 
from their wicked ways; then will I hear from 
heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal 
their land." II Chron. 7:14. In this day of many 
voices, let us give heed to the message of the 
Word of the Lord. It won't be the message of the 
world — but it will be that which will bring the 
peace that passeth understanding. It will bring a 
challenge to be as a tree planted by the waters — 
not moved by storms or stress. It will fire us to 
Christian service and witnessing. 

When the noise and the tumult dies, which 
voice do you think will be speaking forth? Yes, 
it will be the voice of the Lord eternal — often ig- 
nored today and shoved aside, but in that day, to 
be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

If the "many voices" today leave you with un- 
rest, doubt and a feeling of insecurity, then open 
the word of the Lord, and from its pages, secure 
for yourself the answers for life's problems. Per- 
mit its message to speak to your heart, pouring 
over you the eternal blessings of a faith that sees 
beyond the babel of time, and which, in this day, 
can chart for you a safe course with Christ as 
the Master of your fate, and the Pilot of your 
Soul.— W. S. B. 



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By L. O. McCartneysmith 

"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." 

SIGNS of the END of the WORLD 



"So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, 
know ye that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand" (Luke 

TN A PREVIOUS DISCUSSION of the Doctrine of The 
■*- Second Coming of Jesus Christ, His conversation with 
His disciples relating to the destruction of the Jewish 
Temple, His second coming, and the end of the world, 
was mentioned. In this conversation His disciples asked 
Him three questions: (1) When shall these things (The 
destruction of the Jewish Temple), be? (2) What shall 
be the sign of Thy Coming? (3) What shall be the sign 
of the end of the world? (In the original Greek in which 
the New Testament was written it is "The end of the 

We are now living in a world governed by human be- 
ings; known to the Jews as "Gentile Government." This 
"Gentile World government," known in the Scripture as 
"The Times of The Gentiles," began as far as the Jews 
are concerned, with the Captivity of Judah and Jerusa- 
lem by Nebuchadnezzar in the year 610 B. C. (See 2 
Chronicles 36:1-21). Since that time Jerusalem has been 
under Gentile Government. Relative to this it is recorded 
in Luke 21:24 by the word of Jesus Christ: "And Jerusa- 
lem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times 
of the Gentiles be fulfilled." At the birth, and during the 
time Jesus Christ was on earth, Jerusalem was ruled by 
Roman Gentile Government. Under this "Gentile Govern- 
ment," one ruler after another has undertaken to estab- 
lish a great "World Empire," beginning with the dynasty 
of Babel, (or confusion), which God has destroyed. 

The most outstanding of these are: (1) The Babylon- 
ian World Empire, which God weighed in the balances 
and found wanting. (2) The dynasty of the Medes and 
Persians. (3) The Grecian World Empire, under direction 
of Alexander the Great. This empire dissolved beneath 
the heel of Roman dictators. (4) The Roman World Em- 
pire, ruled by the Caesars. In fulfillment of Daniel's 
prophecy (Dan. 2:34-35) this world empire was crushed 
by the "Stone" that was cut out without hands, and "be- 

came like the dust of the summer threshing floors, and 
no place was found for it." 

The "dust" or remnants of the old Romaii) Empire, are 
now scattered over the world; and from time to time at- 
tempts have been made to set up from these "remnants"! 
a new Super-world Government. Examples have beem 
seen in Hitler's attempt. In Mussolini's. In the Soviet 
dictatorship. One by one these ungodly empires have risem 
and fallen, because they were not of God. And last, but! 
not least, we now have the remnants of this "dust" as- 
sembling under the name of "The United Nations," un- 
dertaking to "police" the world in its actions. It is inter- 
esting to note that in its organization, God was com- 
pletely left out; according to newspaper reports: because 
there was no indication of a word of Scripture being read; 
not a single verse of praise sung; not a single prayer 
offered for its success. It was said that the Moderator 
asked for a pause for "a moment of meditation," what-j 
ever he meant by that was left unexplained! Neither has 
there gone on record anything about the name of God 
being brought into use in the opening of any of its meet-1 
ings, as far as the writer has observed! 

Relative to these things God has spoken. Six hundred! 
and three years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Gocj 
spoke through His Prophet, Daniel, in these words: "And' 
in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up 
a Kingdom which shall never be destroyed: and the King- 
dom shall not be left to other people, but it shall breal| 
in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall 
stand forever" (Daniel 2:44). This is the Kingdom oi; 
which the Angel Gabriel spoke to Mary, the Mother oj' 
Jesus Christ in the Annunciation : "And the Lord Go( ; 
shall give unto Him the Throne of His Father David 
and He shall reign over the House of Jacob for ever; anc 
of His Kingdom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:32-33) 
Again, we read in Revelation 20:6: "Blessed and holy i; 
he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the 
second death hath no power, but they shall be priests o: 
God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousanc | 

rANUARY 28, 1956 


Christian men and women are now being prepared for 
;his Kingdom; because His people must be a "prepared" 
Deople. He tells us that they must be "ready," and that 
■equires preparation. In speaking of the signs of the 
!nd of the age, or end of the world, Jesus speaks in this 
nanner: "So likewise ye, when y© see these things come 

pass, know ye that the Kingdom of God is at hand" 
Xuke 21:31). 

tVORLD? Just what may we look for that we may know 
he end is nigh? What are thej signs of the end of Gen- 
ile Human Government? We may discern it in both the 
)ld and the New Testament prophecies under the head- 
ng of "In the Last Days" relating to the end of the age, 
>r of human government. These same prophecies are be- 
ng daily fulfilled visibly in the Political, Social, and Re- 
igious phases of human life. These signs, like mile- 
tones along life's highway, unerringly point toward the 
nding of human government, and the establishment of 
The Kingdom that shall have no end." Political fulfill- 
aent is recorded in the world's histories relating to the 
ising and falling of various political kingdoms. 

During the first half of this century great changes 
lave been made in world government; so that the maps 
f almost the entire world have been radically changed, 
empires have been hastily set up, and just as quickly 
alien; leaving some nations practically destitute. These 
rars have greatly shaken and shattered many kingdoms; 
,nd we are now listening to the "rumors" of wai's spoken 
>f by Jesus Christ to His disciples in thesQ words: "And 
e shall hear of wars and rumors wars: see that ye be 
lot troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but 
he end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, 
;nd kindom against kingdom ... all these are the be- 
finning of sorrows" (Matthew 24:6-7). 

1 At this present moment, it seems that the entire world 
f human government is frantically preparing for war. 
lust why, no one seems to understand: but vast armies, 
[lillions of young men, are being "readied" all over the 
/orld. Billions of dollars are being set apart for "De- 
ense." Just who may fire the first gun, or drop the first 
omb, no one knows! Yet almost everyone feels that it 

imminent! Yet there seems to be no visible reason 
3r war! 

Great social signs are to be seen; but perhaps the most 
utstanding fulfillment in prophecy in the phase of society 

the great increase of knowledge. Five hundred and 
lirty-four years before Christ was born, the Prophet 
•aniel, in the last chapter of his prophetic utterance, was 

mmanded: "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, 
tid seal the book, even to( the time of the end; Many 
lall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" 
Daniel 12:4). It would seem that the world has been 
atiently waiting for the fulfillment of this prophecy! even 
hile it passed through what our histories called "The 
ark Ages." Greater progress has been made within the 
ast 100 years in the fields of knowledge than in all of 
s history put together. Means of acquiring knowledge 
ive been greatly multiplied over the ancient systems, 
''ith perhaps a few exceptions even in the time of Christ, 
le world's great teachers had no organized systems of 
lucation, but wandered from place to place and taught 

men wherever a sufficient number could be called to- 
gether. But now we have grade schools, high schools, col- 
leges and universities thi'oughout the civilized world. Ex- 
cellent public libi'aries are also to be found in most coun- 
tries, in practically every large town or city. Daily news- 
papers, magazines, books, and periodicals fill the news 

In the field of communication of knowledge we have 
had within the past 75 years the most outstanding discov- 
eries of the age. The telephone, telegraph, radio, tele- 
vision, telephoto, and postal systems of the world have been 
developed; and we cannot imagine what may be presented 
at any time! In the field of transportation, we have a 
great exhibition of knowledge; the use of steam, elec- 
tricity, gas and gasoline and oil has transformed trans- 
portation. Within the past century we have developed the 
steamship, locomotive, steam engine, gas engines, electric 
motors and lighting; not to say anything about the atom 
which is now being applied to transportation. Steamships 
carrying as many as 2,000 passengers ply the oceans; Air- 
lines crisscross our continent; and paved roads filled 
with thousands of cars roll across what were vast prair- 
ies just a few years ago. Agriculture has completely 
changed. With modern machinery one man may now farm 
more acres than five or six men could farm with horses 
and mules fifty years ago. 

In the field of medical science tremendous strides have 
been accomplished. Only 300 years have passed since the 
circulation of man's blood was discovered, and it has not 
been more than 100 years since the physician's chief rem- 
edy was to bleed the patient for practically all diseases. 
(Some say that this is now applicable to only the pa- 
tient's pocketbook!) Barely 138 years have passed since, 
against the protests of hundreds of people, and behind 
securely locked doors, without any kind of anesthetic, old 
Dr. Ephriam McDowell, performed the first abdominal 
surgery on a woman as she lay strapped to her own 
kitchen table and sang religious hymns to alleviate the 
pain she had to endure! But see what we have today! 
Xrays, Fluroscope, and microscope, enabling us to see 
the present invisible things of the body, and accomplish 
the seemingly impossible through surgery, while we quiet- 
ly sleep with the aid of modern anesthesia, while the sur- 
geon deftly and swiftly operates, removing or repairing 



various organs of the body, grafting new skin, and re- 
l)lacing even damaged eyes! 

the second sign of the end of human government. In 2 
Timothy 3:1-7, the Apostle Paul enumerates more than 
twenty stages of social irreligion to which men have ar- 
rived, of which he informs us constitute times of great 
peril. It is vei-y evident that we are now living within 
the bounds of the fulfillment of these prophecies. 

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times 
shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves 
(Selfishness) covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, dis- 
obedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural 
affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, 
despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high- 
minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; hav- 
ing a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof: 
from such turn away" (2 Timothy 3:1-7). In all the 
world's history, I do not believe that you will find any- 
thing recorded to hold up in comparison with the men and 
women of this age. Never before have people been more 
selfish, treacherous, blasphemers, despisers of good, or 
lovers of pleasure than found in this generation! 

IN THE REALM OF RELIGION we discover many 
signs of the end of this world government. Departure 
from The Faith is the first sign in Christendom. In I 
Timothy 4:1, the Apostle Paul states this great fact con- 
cerning what will transpire during the last days, or "lat- 
ter times": "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in 
the latter times some shall depart from the Faith, giving 
heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils." In a re- 
cent issue of a prominent magazine a report was given 
of twenty-one dignitaries of the Church of England con- 
sisting of 242 pages in which this committee is quoted as 
agreeing that: "Mythological accounts of the Creation in 
Genesis 1 and 2, should cause no objection to evolution- 
ary theory, that the idea of common ancestry for man 
and apes was acceptable and that it impaired no basic 
spiritual concepts. It stated also that it was legitimate to 
accept or reject the reality of miracles, the Resurrection, 
and the Virgin Birth, and . . . you can think what you 
like, and still be a Christian." 

Quoting from a tract sent out by The Wealthy Street 
Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, by Dr. David 
Otis Fuller, who quotes the following from a book written 
by a Professor of Philosophical Theology in a prominent 
university, regarding the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ: 
"Strange, however, is the hold which this doctrine (the 
Virgin Birth) in its more literal form has on countless 
people. Reference to the Virgin Birth is not found in 
Paul's letters, the earliest writings we have. It is not 
found in Mark, the original Gospel. It is not found in the 
Johanine tradition. As a matter of fact, the reference in 
John to the claim by the Jews to the effect that they 
were not born in adultery, could give external evidence to 
a Nazi claim that Jesus was German. Mary, we remember, 
was found pregnant before her engagement to mild Jo- 
seph. Nazareth was hard by a Roman garrison where 
soldiers were German mercenaries. Jesus is also reported 
throughout a continuous part of the history of art, it is 
claimed, to have been a blonde. This is supposedly unnat- 
ural for the Mediterranean countries where this same tra- 
dition started and was continued. Hence Jesus must have 

been the child of a German soldier! . . . Such an interpre- 
tation has been made of his life, and who can deny that 
such a conjecture could not be true?" What outrageous 
blasphemy against the Only Begotten Son of God! Yet 
it is said that this prominent professor is in great de- 
mand as a speaker among various denominations! There 
could be no doubt that such a man has departed from the 
Faith and is giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines 
of devils! 

GOVERNMENT is the return of Jewry to Palestine. Ac- 
cording to God's Holy Word, the return of Israel to his 
own land is one of the most outstanding signs of the end 
of Gentile World Government. As Israel now exists the 
Twelve Tribes are scattered over the world, and very fewi 
Jews now know to what tribe they belong. But God knows,,.' 
and also knows where they are; although there are ll,-.i 
570,800 in the world. Regarding this God spoke by the 
Prophet Ezekiel 587 years before Christ was born: "My 
sheep wandered through all the mountains, and uponj 
every high hill; yea, my flock was scattered upon all the 
face of the earth . . . and as I live, saith the Lord God,, 
surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock be-i 
came meat to every beast of the field, because there was! 
no shepherd, neither did my shepherd search for my flock;') 
but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock'' j 
(Ezekiel 34:5-8). 

The Jews indeed became a prey, and meat to everyi 
beast of the field in Russia, and Germany especially irj 
Germany within recent years. This great persecution be 
gan when Hitler was made Chancellor of Germany, Jam 
30th, 1934. Following this, on March 28th, 1934 the Nazifi 
began a systematic boycott of all Jewish institutions, on 
dering all Jewish places of business clearly labeled ai 
such. Because of this 80,000 Jews left Germany, settlinj 
mostly in Palestine. Then, on October 10th, 1935 Hitler';' 
wrath again fell upon Jews, herding them into campsj 
and three days later fining them $400,000,000.00! Here, ii] 
these same camps on April 19th, 1943 the Nazis held ; 
mass execution of two million Jews with gas! 

As a result of these persecutions, the British Govern 
ment issued its "White Paper" declaring the establish 
ment of a Jewish State Palestine, promising that after 
transitory period of 10 years the establishment of a 
"independent" Palestine in which the Arabs, and Jew 

(Continued on Page 11) 


MT How About 

Your Offerings? 

Give through your local Church, or if this is not po 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasureri 
also please note: 


Make checks payable to The Brethren Publishing Con 
pany, and address The Brethren Publishing Company, 5 
College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 

JANUARY 28, 1956 



524 College Ave, Ashland, Ohio. Phone: 39582 

Contributing Editors; W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistant 


(Taken from Reverend Vanator's letter to Berkshire) 

... I don't know just where I left off in reporting 
>ur progress, but I feel that we are now advancing at a 
[•ather fine rate. With the prospect of more and more 
Brethren locating permanently in Sarasota, and the con- 
tacting of more Church of the Brethren people already in 
)ur territory, the prospects indeed look brighter and 
arighter. This only goes to show us that it is becoming 
more essential for a rapid advance of our building pro- 

We are trusting that we will have the "green light" 
in this program before too long. We have room for only 
1 limited expansion in the Hall, particularly in the most 
important park of the work, namely, the children's divi- 

The need here is for Sunday school rooms, since we 
lave only one room for the children. Our children and 
y^oung people are now of such varied ages — 6 to 14 years 
— that the problem of teaching them in one class be- 
comes increasingly difficult . . . 

The Beekleys have been a great help to us since mov- 
ing to Sarasota. We are sorry to see Eugene leave (as he 
nust on Friday) for his duties in Korea. But we are glad 
;hat Peggy and the boys are remaining with us for the 
>^ear at least. She will take over the making of our bul- 
etins, as she and Gene have been doing already. She is 
a, very great help. The mimeograph will prove of infinite 
^alue to us in the days to come. We feel that we ob- 
tained a real bargain in the machine, which Gene se- 
;ured for us here. 

The last two Sundays our attendance was 66 and 65. 
3ere is the attendance record of our first nine Sundays 
n 1954 compared with the same period in 1955: 

j 1954 

(November 7 11 

November 14 17 

kovember 21 22 

November 28 21 

December 5 20 

December 12 19 

jDecember 19 21 

)ecember 26 30 

January 2 26 

Total 187 
Average 21 


November 6 31 

November 13 34 

November 20 39 

November 27 42 

December 4 59 

December 11 48 

December 18 48 

December 25 66 

January 1 65 

Total 432 
Average 48 

As people from the North visit us (and we have some 
ach week in our services) they seem to have one ques- 
;ion in their minds that we feel is vital to them: "When 

are you going to start building?" Of course, the only 
way we can answer is to say, "Whenever the Missionary 
Board has the money."* 

They usually say, "Better get started. You're going to 
need more room very soon," whereupon they generally 
"up" their contribution to our morning offering. We tell 
them to go back home and raise some money and send it 
lo the Mission Board for our church. This doesn't seem 
to dampen their ardor either. We hope every one goes 
back North with a message that will bring in the needed 

It looks very much as though we are going to need 
more chairs. The iHall has 48 and we have 52. That makes 
a seating capacity of ONLY 100. Notice, please, the word 
"only." We had 33 present at our communion — a very 
wonderful service . . . 

Thanks again for all you and the Board have done for 
the Sarasota work. 

Yours in His service, 


* On the subject of when the Missionary Board has the 
money to build a church at Sarasota, the office reveals 
this information: On this date (January 11, 1956) the 
amount of $4,990 has been received (from $10 Club and 
other gifts) for the Sarasota Church. 

We are appreciative of these gifts, but as you can see, 
much more will be needed before a church building can 
be started. (Missionary Board Office) 



December 17, 1955 

Usa giri-wa giri: 

Clayton, we certainly were glad you found time to an- 
swer our letters. In fact, I gave some instruction to Bob 
and Bea who visited with us a short while enroute to 
Jos. They looked good, but seemed anxious to get home. 
They are good missionaries, and it was very profitable to 
us having them visit with us. 

We have greeted the various people whom you men- 
tioned in your letter. Some of the Africans expressed a 
desire to write to you; they all asked me to salute you. 
By the way, Nvwa has an article in the Gospel Messenger 
which I'm sure you have read. He is a real inspiration, 
both to the Africans and to the missionaries. I only wish 
more of the Brethren could learn to know him. 

Jean, Pindar (our cook) and Andui (our house boy) are 
singing Christmas carols in our living room. Occasionally 
Dennis joins in with his bass voice. Our cook is doing 
very well thus far. He makes a few mistakes every now 

(Continued on Page 10) 



Chairman Moderator L. V. King 

ing Company ^ J. E. Stookey 

Association Willis E. Ronk 

Board Clayton Berkshire 

National S. S. Spencer Gentle 

W. M. S. Mrs. Clarence Fairbanks 

Laymen H. D. Hunter 

Benevolent Board . E. M. Riddle 

Brethren Youth Board 
S. M. M. 

THE 1955 GENERAL CONFERENCE authorized the 
formation of a Co-Ordinated Planning Committee for 
the Brethren Church. Herewith, we are presenting the 
names of the representatives from the various aux- 
iliaries and boards of the Church as effected at the close 
of the Conference. Other groups have yet to present their 

The general purpose of the Committee is to study the 
over-al! program of the church, and to suggest ways 
whereby the entire program of the church might be made 
more effective and fruitful through a better understand- 
ing and united action. 

Because of the great interest manifested, and the gen-j 
uine desire expressed by many for such a Committee,! 
which resulted in its formation last August, the Editor 
has written to the Presidents of our various boards andi 
auxiliaries, asking of them a few words of comment rel- 
ative to their hopes and plans for this Committee. Ar- 
ticles from those who have responded, appear herewith. 

The Brotherhood is anticipating, and is eagerly await-i 
ing the next General Conference of the Brethren Church 
to learn the findings and suggestions of this Committee 
— W. S. B. 



«!• E* 

ated a Co-ordinating Planning Committee, 
we took an advance which has not been equaled 
in recent years for the Brethren church. A Step 
which will mean progress in a broader under- 
standing for the Brethren Church. 

It will be necessary for the churches to accept 
the program and immediately go forward with 
plans to lay a foundation of strength and unifica- 

The Lord has spoken, we should move in and 
possess the land. 

Our lack of Co-ordination in numerous ways 
over the last several years, particularly in Co-or- 
dinating our boards, which is very essential, has 
caused us much grief and a great deal of disap- 

President- Publication Board 

A very important item in the program h 
stewardship, not as a duty, but as a means oJ 
grace, through which we receive joy and ricl 
blessing. The matter of giving, and the I'igh- 
amount, is just as essential to the program, am 
should be incorporated. 

Prayer is very essential, which is in realit.^ 
the backbone of the whole program. Without th 
medium of prayer we would be working in vain 

God moves in mysterious ways, and was sure 
ly moving in the midst of our General Confer 
ence, as was indicated by reports and recommen 
dations of the several Committees, who were a] 
working and thinking along the same trend. 

Co-Ordinating seems to be the watchword o 
the hour. 

JANUARY 28, 1956 


This is the golden opportunity for the Breth- 
ren Church to grasp and to move forward in 

Some of our Church boards have Co-ordinated 
their work and you will find they are very suc- 

In the Publishing Co. we must Co-ordinate our 
plans and program to get the best results. The 
same principle applies to the Church and Broth- 
erhood at large. 

Accept my hearty endorsement of the Co-or- 
dinating Planning Committee and its program. 

Ft. Pierce, Florida. 



TTHE "UNITED APPEAL" seems to be the suc- 
, ■■• cessful appeal for our day. "Everybody bene- 
fits the united way." This idea can obtain for 
The Brethren Church a united point of view. A 
disadvantage of being loosely knitted together in 
bur objectives is that we are as "untied Breth- 
ren." We need to see together the same thing, 
the whole, and not just parts. A combined pro- 
gram will focus and therefor-e unite our efforts. 
An over-all program denominationally will estab- 
lish a budget system in our local congregations. 
The present day home operates on the budget 
basis. So does every concern that knows where 
it is going. The proposed co-ordinating plan is to 
unite our efforts. United effort will mean an 

Presidesit B 

INCREASED effort. The larger denominations 
have followed this plan for years. 

The question arises in the Boys' Brotherhood 
sessions at General Conference each year, "What 
shall be the missionary project for the coming 
year?" The boys usually seek the counsel of the 
secretary of the Missionary Board. But there is 
a detached feeling in that we may be too much on 
our own. The warning on a passenger's ticket is, 
"Not good if detached." In other words, we need 
a united program in which the boys may have a 
part. The united way will create a better church 

Manteca, Calif. 



NATIONAL CONFERENCE is history, but I 
feel that we can still make history if we 
would but heed the suggestions and recommenda- 
tions of our past Moderator, Rev. Brant. All 
thrO'Ugh his moderator's address he said "every 
year, recommendations are made and then for- 
gotten." However, during the 1955 General Con- 
ference, the Brethren Church effected a Co-ordi- 
nating Planning Committe. Surely this will not 
be forgotten. 

I speak for the National W. M. S. when I say 
we were delighted with the new committee and 
immediately appointed Mrs. Clarence Fairbanks 
as our representative. We definitely feel that the 
Brethren Church can profit by such a conmiittee 
and also feel that the committee can be of value 
to our W. M. S. Program. 

We believe that in our W. M. S. organization 
we have the strongest and best auxiliary of our 


Church and so we have thought over our methods 
to see how the whole denomination could use the 
same ideas to get it in a moving spirit. You will 
find the plan we use very similar to the new 
Committee mentioned. 

First, let us think of our college and the dif- 
ferent departments; music, art, homemaking, 
commercial, etc., and the confusion they would 
have if each planned its own activities, con- 
ducted its programs and extensions without the 
unifying head of the president to see that they 
work together and do not interfere with each 
other. Yet, our denominational interests are car- 
ried on with each group pushing its particular 
part without much interest or concern with what 
any other group is trying to do. The Mission 
board wants to establish new churches, send out 
more missionaries etc.; the Publishing House 
wants to install more machines and print larger 



quarterlies; the Benevolent Board tries to im- 
prove the Home and grant larger pensions; the 
College tries to build more buildings and provide 
a better education — but the W. M. S. seems to be 
the only organization that cares what each of the 
others is trying to do. Through our representa- 
tives on these various Boards and through our 
husbands sei-ving on various Boards and commit- 
tees we have a good over-all picture of all of the 
Boards and we are able to plan our program so 
we make a contribution of money and interest to 
the current project of each Board. That is as it 
should be. So as the W. M. S. has information 
concerning most of the Boards and Auxiliaries, 
and pushes forward with great strides, this same 
plan would give new vigor and life to the Breth- 
ren Church. This is what the new Co-ordinating 
Planning Committee could really be. 

We believe that such a Committee should have 
a part and be a real asset in helping to plan the 
General Conference Program. Our present Gener- 
al Conference Executive Committee has asked the 
assistance of the Mission Board, the National 
Sunday School Board and the College to help plan 
the 1956 Conference program. This is as it should 
be. It only shows that a more effective program 
can be worked out with each Board and Auxiliary 
presenting their suggestions and also their prob- 
lems. I am a firm believer in having some out- 
side speakers, and the Co-ordinating Planning 
Committee could be a channel through which 
speakers might be contacted and the Auxiliaries 
have an opportunity to use them on their pro- 
gram. I believe that we have many fine ministers 
in the Brethren Church who can really preach 
the Word, but I feel that ministers need inspira- 
tion, new visions and re-dedication to their work 
as well as the laity. This in part is what our Na- 
tional Conference should be. 

In the last sentence of Rev. Brant's specific 
recommendation, he said, "This committee to be 
charged with the responsibility of studying and 
initiating a forward looking program." In this 
regard, the new Committee can be to the Breth- 
ren Church what the National W. M. S. Execu- 
tive Board is to the Woman's Missionary Society, 
The spirit of the W. M. S. is controlled and influ- 
enced by the vision and Christian living of each 
member of the Executive Board. We spend much 
time in prayer, in planning and in studying of 
how best we can make our work more effective. 
There is need for the leaders of our denomina- 
tion to get together to discuss the problems and 

policies of our church like we discuss the W. M. S. 

I believe that the Co-ordinating Planning Com- 
mittee has a definite place in the future of the 
Brethren Church. Yes, if all the Boards and Aux- 
iliaries are to function harmoniously, and if we 
want to coordinate our National Work — surely 
again I say, there is need for this committee. 

Eph. 2:21 In whom all the building fitly 
framed together groweth unto an holy temple in 
the Lord. 

Kokomo, Indiana. 


(Continued from Page 7) 

and then. Just tonight he forgot to put baking soda in 
a cake which he baked. A few days ago he made the 
same kind of cake for Dennis' birthday, and it was very 
good; so Jean decided to have him bake another one. I' 
suppose it'll get eaten. (Brownies now — not cake) 

District meeting was a memorable occasion, especially* 
the communion service on the closing evening. To be sure 
this service took on new meaning for us. It was a joy\ 
to fellowship with our African Brethren in this sacred 
rite. They seemed to catch more of its reverence and ; 

Jean and I are looking forward to Annual Meeting. We ; 
are anxious to meet all of the missionaries and to be- 
come better acquainted with them and with mission pol- 

From all indications we will be moving to Waka soon 
after Annual Meeting. It will be nicei to get into a larger i 
house where we will be able to unpack our belongings. 
We have unpacked only the very essentials and have 
sent the rest to Waka. Our house here is small — just, 
two small rooms, plus a little kitchen in a separate 
building about 20 feet from the dining room. Clayton, I 
think maybe you stayed in the house where the Swanks 
are now living. We are between Miss Utz's and Goods'. 

With the exception of some minor attacks of malaria, 
we have managed to stay well. Thanks, Ida, for the in- 
formation. Love, Doc. 


Have you given to the 

7 7 


JANUARY 28, 1956 




(Continued from Page 6) 

would share authority in government. During the next 5 
[years 75,000 Jews were permitted to enter Palestine. 
iThese arrangements failed to satisfy either Jews or Arabs 
land attempts to bring Jewish immigrants into Palestine 
lillegally brought on more terrorism, and the entire mat- 
ter was turned over to the United Nations for advice. 
Following this, in May 14th, 1948 as the British evacu- 
ated Palestine, Dr. Chaim Weizmann was elected Provi- 
sional President of Israel. On this same date this new 
[Government was recognized by the United States, and the 
[Free State of Israel was proclaimed, with Jerusalem as 
|its Capitol. Since that time there has been a continuous 
[flow of Jewish immigration into the new home of Israel. 

This is the message God gave the Prophet Ezekiel con- 
icerning the return of Israel to his own land: "Thus saith 
|the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and 
[assemble you out of the countries where you have been 
scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And 
jthey shall come thither, and they shall take away all the 
(detestable things thereof, and all the abominations thereof 
ifrom thence." They are to be converted, because the pro- 
phet continues: "And I will give them one heart, and I 
will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the 
stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart 
of flesh, and they will walk in my statutes and keep my 
ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and 
I will be their God" (Ezekiel 11:17-20). 

the universal preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom. 
"And this gospel of The Kingdom shall be preached in 
'all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then 
(shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14). We are not preach- 
'ing the gospel of the Kingdom today. We are preaching 
the gospel of Salvation by Grace through Faith in the 
I shed blood of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of the Kingdom 
jwill not be preached by Gentiles, but by converted Jews. 
In speaking of the Kingdom blessings the Prophet Isaiah 
I tells us: "And I will set a sign among them, andj I will 
(send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tar- 
ishish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and 
Javin, to the isles afar off that have not heard my fame, 
[neither seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory 
i among the Gentiles. And they shall bring all your breth- 
jren for an offering unto the Lord out of all the nations 
I upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon 
j mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jeru- 
salem" (Isaiah 66:19-20). 

In the Revelation we read about the 144,000 taken out of 
!the twelve tribes of Israel, which stood before the throne 
'with an innumerable host of all kindreds and nations and 
I tongues and cried out: "Salvation to our God which sitteth 
I upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb" (Rev. 7:4-14). 
I These were those who had "come out of great tribuation, 
and had their robes washed in the blood of the Lamb." 
: Following this, we find the story of God's two Witnesses 
I in Rev. 11:3-12, which prophesied 3% years. Doubtless 

these prophecies concerned the Coming King, and condi- 
tions preceding his arrival to set upon the Throne of His 
father David at Jerusalem. The last preaching preceding 
the end of the world will not be done by man, but by 
God's angelic messenger, who shall preach "The Ever- 
lasting Gospel." In his comments on this preaching. Dr. 
C. I. Scofield has this to say, which is worthy of our con- 
sideration: "It is neither the gospel of the Kingdom, nor 
of Grace. Though its burden is judgment, not Salvation, 
it is good news to Israel and to those who, during the 
tribulation, have been saved" (Rev. 7:9-14; Psalm 96:11- 
13; Isaiah 35:4-14). This is the chief message of the 
angel: "Fear God, and give glory unto Him, for the hour 
of judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven 
and earth, and sea, and the fountains of waters" (Rev. 
14:1-7). Perhaps there could be no more fitting conclusion 
to this than the words of Jesus as recorded in Luke 21: 
28: "And when these things begin to come to pass, then 
look, up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption 
draweth nigh." 

Cumberland, Maryland. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev, DyoU Belote 


"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also 
received." I Cor. 15:3. 

T GUESS IT IS HUMAN to want to keep for ourselves 
the finest, the best, the most beautiful and most valu- 
able things in life that come to us. The greatest and the 
finest things in life are given to us to share; and the 
greatest joys in life are in the sharing of those bestowals. 
The artist paints his dream upon a canvas, and finds joy 
in the consciousness that he has made a lasting contribu- 
tion to the beauty and enrichment of the world. The 
physician makes a great discovery for the healing of 
man's physical ills and could be a millionaire almost over 
night if he could sell the formula. But the Hippocratic 
Oath forbids him keeping for his own pleasure or ag- 
grandizement any secret of healing which he may dis- 
cover or acquire. Such secrets are too good to keep to 

And God so loved the world that He could not keep it 
to Himself. In the face of the world's sinfulness and re- 
pulsiveness God saw something worth redeeming and so 
He sent His beloved Son to tell the world of His purpose 
to share that love with men. And Christ came and de- 
clared God's love for men, exemplified that love in His 
own sacrifice on the cross. The "Gospel" (the Good News) 
which Christ came to proclaim is the most wonderful 
blessing that was ever given to men — and it is given to 
us to share. Have we shared this "Gospel" with those who 
have never heard it, or who should hear it and may never 
hear it unless we "share" its blessings with our neighbors 
and loved ones? 



Vrayer IffLeetincj 

IBy G T §tlmev 


Prayer is the incense of a holy heart, 

Rising- to God from bruised and broken things, 

When kindled by the Spirit's burning breath, 
And upward borne by faith's ascending wings. 

Prayer is the ascending vapour which supplies 

The "showers of blessing," and the stream that flows 

Through earth's dry places, till, on every side, 
"The wilderness shall blossom as the rose." 

Prayer is the mightiest force of earth and Heaven; 

Prayer is the very dynamite of God; 
It moves the Hand that all things moves, and turns 

The living wheels that sweep through earth abroad. 

Teach us to pi-ay! Move on our hearts, O Lord, 
Till God's own passion all our being move. 

Teach us, pray in us, till our prayer shall be 
God in us answering to the God above. 

— A. B. Simpson. 

ALL BELONGS TO GOD, and we can have our needs 
supplied if we ask aright (Matt. 7:7-11). James 
explains our powerlessness and poverty (James 4:2). It 
is the neglect of prayer. The early church prayed and 
was ever bearing fruit (Acts 2:47). They prayed and they 
had power with God and men (Acts 4:4; 5:14). The apos- 
tles knew the secret of their resistless power (Acts 6:4). 
The laity had power in life and service (Acts 2:44-47; 
4:32-37; 11:19, 21). They were steadfast in their pray- 
ing (Acts 2:42). God delighted in their praying (Psalm 
50:15). Their strength was renewed from day to day 
(Isaiah 40:31). 

If we ai"e sincere in prayer we shall come to see oui'- 
selves in our weakness, sinfulness, and selfishness (Rom. 
7:18). A life of power has to be preceded by a revelation 
of no power and worth (Isaiah 6:5). Then we are in po- 
sition for God to work through us (Isaiah 6:8, 9). Like 
Moses we need the lesson of the burning bush as to our 
utter unfitness for God's service (Exodus 3:2, 5, 11; 
2:11-15). Job had to see his self-righteousness before he 
could overcome it and could intercede for his friends (Job 
42:5, 6, 10, 12). We need to pray regularly for the search- 
ing of our hearts (Psalm 139:23). 

Through sincei-e prayer our hearts may be cleansed 
from sins secret and known (Psalm 19:12, 13). Thus 
David was cleansed from horrible sins (Psalm 51:2). 
The Holy Spirit then worked in his life in answer to 
prayer (Luke 11:13; Psalm 51:12, 13) for the converting 
of sinners. 

Prayer will hold us up and keep our feet from slip- 
ping (Psalm 17:5). When under pressure we need to pray 
against temptation (Luke 22:40). Gethsemane preceded 
a perfect Calvary (Heb. 5:7). 

An ungovernable tongue needs prayer (James 3:8). 
God can tame it in answer to earnest prayer (Psalm j 
141:3). Prayer will bring the much needed wisdom (James 
1:5). Even infinite wisdom may be had for the asking in 
faith (James 1:6, 7). We may have the joy of know- 
ing God's way and walking therein (Psalm 86:11; 25:4; 
143:10; 119:33). 

Prayer will enlighten God's Word unto us (Psalm 119: 
18). Prayer will bring the Holy Spirit into our lives with 
His fullness and blessed ministry (Luke 11:13). This is 
according to the experience of the first disciples (Acts ! 
1:14). The same experience was repeated shortly (Acts 
2:4). It was soon repeated the third time (Acts 4:31). 
The Samaritan converts experienced the same blessing 
(Acts 8:15, 17). Paul expected the Ephesians to enjoy 
the same benefit (Eph. 1:17; 3:16). Through prayer our 
lives are transformed and conformed into the life of 
Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). 

When facing obstacles the early disciples prayed (Acts 
4:24), and the obstacles were removed (Acts 4:31-33; 
5:14). To fail to pray is to fail (Luke 18:1; Isaiah 40:31). 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 5, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 17:11-19 

TESUS HAD TO TEACH the importance of gratitude to 
^ His followers. It needs to be taught today. The un- 
grateful soul does not realize he owes a debt of thanks 
to God Almighty for His mercy, and love, and grace. A 
debt that can never be fully paid. However, he should 
try, for as Milton has written: "A grateful mind by owing 
owes not, but still pays, at once indebted and discharged." 

"And as He (Jesus) entered into a certain village, there 
met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off 
..." The Old Testament law is very implicit as to the 
disposition of lepers. "And the Lord spake unto Moses, 
saying. Command the children of Isi'ael, that they put 
out of the camp every leper, . . . both male and female 
shall ye put out . . . that they defile not their camps, 
in the midst whereof I dwell" (Num. 5:1-3). Thus the 
awful plight of these ten men. 

"And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Mas- 
ter, have mercy on us." There is one cry which never goes 
unheard by the Lord — the cry of the needy soul! Peter is 
testimony to this fact, for finding himself sinking in the 
water, he cried, "Lord, save me." Then we read: "And 
immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught 
him" (Matt. 14:30-31). 

It was also the experience of the Canaanite woman 
who earnestly beseeched the Lord on behalf of her daugli- 
ter: "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David." 

ANUARY 28, 1956 


esus said to her: "Be it unto thee even as thou wilt" 
:Matt. 15:22, 28). 

The helpless beggar, blind Bartimaeus, cried out unto 
;he Lord in these words: "Jesus, Thou Son of David, have 
nercy on me." Hearing his cry, Jesus said unto him: "Go 
;hy way; thy faith hath made thee whole" (Mark 10: 
17, 52). 

"And it came to pass, that, as they (the ten lepers) 
vent, they were cleansed." You will note the lepers were 
lealed "as they went"— in other words, they were healed 
IS they set forth to obey the command of Christ to "Go 
;how yourselves unto the priests." 

The reason so many prayers go unanswered lies right 
lere. God does not answer because we do not obey! 

Ten new men! How happy they must have been! At 
east they were free from this awful physical affliction 
;hat had plagued them so long! How thankful they were — 
)r were they? Not all of them. There was but one who 
lemonstrated true thanksgiving and gratitude. "And one 
)f them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, 
ind with a loud voice glorified God." 

"Thanksgiving is a basic mood, 


In the over-all perspective 

There is only one objective. 


This seems so hard for us to believe! Could it be pos- 
sible that such ungrateful people really exist in the 
A^orld? Yes indeed — and we need not look far to find 
;hem. If we but examine our own conduct, carefully and 
prayerfully, we will discover there have been times when 
Ne were as guilty of ingratitude as the nine lepers of 
)ur story. 

Remember the time you prayed so earnestly for that 
isick loved one, and the Lord intervened and spared the 
'ife? Did you return to Him in order to thank Him? 
pr, during that dark hour of sorrow and heartache, after 
he passing of that loved one who meant so much to you, 
lo you remember how the Lord became real to you, and 
joured into your aching heart the "Balm of Gilead?" 
[)id you remember to say "thank you. Lord?" 

We conclude this lesson with this quotation from 
Shakespeare, taken from the second part of Henvy VI: 

"God's goodness hath been great to thee. 

Let never day nor night unhallow'd pass, 

But still remember what the Lord hath done." 



Clarence Stogsdill, Director 


DNE OF THE TOPICS which we are thinking about 
this month is WORSHIP. We direct our thoughts to 
'[his noble subject because there are as many ideas and 
i)pinions about the real meaning of worship as there are 
ndividuals who are concerned about God and Eternity. 

To so many, the matter of worship is taken care of by 
"church going." To others, one can "worship" God just 
as sincerely at home as in church. Almost everyone has 
some conception of worship. 

We might throw a little light on the subject of wor- 
ship by looking carefully at the word. Worship is a late 
form of the old English word worthship. This will throw 
light on the subject for both of the above-mentioned 
types. Needless to say, no one can accomplish the art of 
true worship unless he is concerned about it, and defi- 
nitely desires a right relationship with his Makei\ . 

Assuming that the reader has arrived at the place 
where he no longer substitutes things and ideas to wor- 
ship instead of the Lord, we shall proceed with the hope 
that we can contribute to his worship life. This should 
be especially noted by the young person, for he is now 
forming habits which will determine the course of his 
whole future life. It takes both information on how to 
worship and encouragement to achieve this good habit. 


One thing we don't have to worry about here — it is 
natural to worship. Worship is the form of outlet which 
man needs to lighten his burdened soul. Even the so- 
called atheist (meaning, "without God") and the infidel 
seek that outlet: they simply turn the soul to self (in- 
ward devotion) instead of to God (outward focusing of 
the soul's desire). The words of Jesus to Satan, "It is 
written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him 
only shalt thou serve," (Matt. 4:10), seem to indicate 
that man will not be without an object of worship even 
though it may not be God. The command is to turn one's 
devotion to God. 

Is it any wonder that those who fail to give outward 
expression of worship in God's house seem to wither 
away in spirit ? When we look at the true worshipper 
we see a freshness and vitality that can come only 
through giving expression to the soul's desire in overt 
worship. It isn't necessary to ask a spring why it gives 
vent to its unlimited supply of clear waters. And Jesus 
came to supply the believer with just such a spiritual 
spring. The Samaritan woman worshipped, but she "knew 
not what," (John 4:22a). Jesus promised her a spring 
which would flow with Godly worship, (John 4:7-15). 
So it is as natural for the true believer to worship as 
it is for the spring to bubble and flow. 


If the Christian wants to know something about wor- 
ship he must ultimately go to his Bible. He isn't going 
to find the answer to God's will in the exercise of wor- 
ship in every chapter of the Bible, in fact he will find it 
in only a few passages. So we direct the reader to the 
tabernacle as it is described in the Old Testament. The 
tabernacle was built with the form of worship which was 
to be followed in mind; this form in turn suggested the 
spirit of worship which God demands. (Turn to Exodus 
25 and following for the structure of the tabernacle.) 
Since this form of worship is a type and shadow of the 
heavenly realm, the Christian does well to study it care- 

We remember that both Moses and Joshua were told 
on the approach of God's messenger to "get thy shoes 
(Continued on Page 15) 





We have closed the pages of 1955 feeling that we have 
been wonderfully blessed and that much of good has been 
accomplished. But we are sure there are many blessings 
ahead and much work to be done in the New Year that 
is before us. 

Since writing to you last we have installed all new win- 
days in our church. They have added much to the beauty 
and comfort of the building. We have also bought new 
song books for use in our regular services. 

We are much concerned for the Youth of our commun- 
ity so once each month we have a Youth Fun Night at 
which time we have our devotions, refreshments and 
games. To add to the enjoyment of the evening we have 
purchased a shuffle board and ping pong. These are mucn 
enjoyed by all. 

In September we entertained the Northern Laymens' 
Organization and in October, Rev. E. J. Black of Muncie, 
Indiana came to us for a two weeks' revival. While there 
were no new converts we feel that the church was really 
blessed spiritually and we re-dedicated ourselves to our 
service for the Lord. 

On the third Sunday in each month Rev. and Mrs. 
Thomas and others from the church hold services for the 
people in the St. Joseph Co. Infirmary. These meetings 
are at 2:00 P. M. and are much appreciated and enjoyed 
by the residents there. 

In looking ahead for the work of the New Year we are 
purchasing a mimeograph machine for use in the print- 
ing of our church programs and other items. We hope to 
be able to say with Paul, "But this one thing (we) do, 
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching 
forth unto those things which are before." 

I (we) press toward the mark for the prize of the high 
calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:13 and 14. 

Mrs. Ernest Schrader, Cor. Sec'y- 

Financially this church made a very fine record durinji 
our pastorate. The support of missions and benevolencei J 
kept growing higher with every year. At the same time| 
the local treasurers reported unusual balances in curren' 
funds and also the building fund. Spiritually, a lib 
growth was noted. A good number were received into th( 
Church, the exact figure I do not now have. No Paste: 
could ever wish for a more faithful choir. They were a\ 
ways at their post to support the services. Our fellow 
ship in the Church and with other churches of the Mor 
rellville section of the city was deeply appreciated. 

Our leaving the city of Johnstown was for no othe: 
reason, than to accept a smaller church, away from th( 
strain and pull of a big city. We are now within 35 mileij 
of the Riddle homestead and also nearer our own children 
with the exception of one. 

The reception the night before we departed was love j 
ly in every aspect and was well attended. They gave to u 
gifts of appreciation, one, a single new bill, not so oftei 
seen by most of us. Thanks so much — Johnstown Thir( 

The Lord was good to us, for our trip to New Pari 
was made on roads which were clear of ice and snow 
not even rain. 

The New Paris people were ready for us, with 
freshly decorated parsonage and a lighted Christmas trei 
in the window, under which were a bushel of fine apple, 
and 12 qts. of apple butter. Our goods were unloadej 
the next morning and within a few days, we were quit] 
well in order. This Church planned and carried througlj 
a very acceptable reception, featuring Christmas musi 
and some very good musical talent. Seven Brethren mirj 
isters were present, besides four local ministers eac: 
giving a brief word of welcome. In this reception part; 
were four relatives, one being the aged mother of thj 

Christmas services and festivities are now over. We ar 
now settled to a regular schedule, seeking to do that fo 
which we have been called. 

Surely this is an abbreviated report but perhaps it wi 
suffice until a later date. Our prayer is that our entir! 
Church may have a lively and prosperous New Year an! 
be the avenue for the vdnning of many souls to the Lor 

The Riddles— E.M.R. 

New Paris, Indiana. 


(Continued from Page 2) 


A report from the writer is long overdue. The prepa- 
ration, moving and getting settled again has taken our 
time. With all this has been the Christmas season, which 
always calls for extra duties. 

Our Pastorate at The Third Brethren Church in Johns- 
tovim was a very happy one, and we believe it was a suc- 
cessful one. This is one of the best organized churches 
we know and, believe me, these auxiliaries are alive. They 
do not cease their activity during the Summer months. 

NEW PARIS, INDIANA. The Milford and New Par^ 
choirs joined in presenting a Christmas Cantata, pn; 
senting it in each church on succeeding nights. 

One of the aims of the New Paris church for th ' 
new year is to increase Sunday School attendance to 15' 
and to add 10 new members to the Church. 

LOREE, INDIANA. Supply ministers will fill the pu: 
pit of the Loree church while Brother Claud Studebak(i 
and wife are on a Vacation Visit to California. This j 
Brother Studebaker's first visit to California. i 

ANUARY 28, 1956 



(Continued from Page 13) 

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rom off thy feet," signifying the necessity for rever- 
nce in approaching Him. The structure of the taber- 
lacle continues to bear out this idea. 

Sacrifice. As one entered the tabernacle the first thing 
o meet his eye was the altar of burnt sacrifice. This 
mmediately reminded the priest who entered in to do 
upreme sacrifice on atonement day once a year that the 
irst step in true worship is sacrifice. This means more 
han the modern conception of "sacrificing" some pet habit 
ir thing for a period of time, notably the lenten sea- 
on. This sacrifice symbolizes the death of the Son of 
jod on Calvary. The Christian symbolizes that same 
leath by "being crucified with Christ," turning over his 
vhole being to the One who was his Sacrifice. He trusts 
n the spilled blood of his Saviour. 

This structure — the tabernacle — also teaches us that we 
he believers are the priests of God (See I Peter 2:9; 
lev. 1:5, 6). Only the priests of that day could enter 
nto the Holy of Holies, and that only once a year. So 
low only the "priest," the believer in the High Priest, 
las the privilege of "entering in." But we must make the 
'sacrifice" before proceeding further. One cannot read 
he Revelation without becoming conscious of God's fa- 
'^orite title for His Son, The Lamb. John the Baptist was 
he first to ascribe this title to Jesus (John 1:29). 

The Spirit of Worship, The Jews in Jesus' Day had 
Overlooked the significance of the tabernacle in the mat- 
ter of the spirit of worship; they placed too much em- 
phasis on the form. Jesus came to make the Old Testa- 
nent forms live and vibrate with meaning. 

Leaving behind the altar of sacrifice in the tabernacle 
ve next come to two items of furniture: on the right the 
['able of Shewbread; on the left the seven-branch candle- 
Itick. Jesus claims to be both the Bread of Heaven, and 
jhe Light of the world. (Read again John, chapters 1 
[nd 6.) 

There before the priest was the altar of incense bum- 
rvg incessantly before the great veil which separated the 
iIoly Place from the Holy of Holies. Before entering into 
he very presence of God one must bow in reverent 
irayerfulness — the act which is symbolized in the bum- 
ng of incense. Also, he must accept the prayer which 
esus offered for him in the seventeenth chapter of John 

■the prayer which holds good until His return to earth. 

The priest then entered in (once a year) to the Holy 
(f Holies to sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice on the 

'ercy Seat within this holy place. This, of course, sym- 
lolized the sprinkling of Jesus' blood for us on Calvary. 
'^he believer then must accept heartily the sprinkling of 
jesus' blood for him before his worship will be acceptable. 

This done, the priest was ready to return to those 
without the tabernacle and pronounce the benediction of 
rod (Numbers 6:24-26) upon the people. So the Chris- 
ian is now ready for God's benediction; it will not only 
less him, but those with whom he associates! 




by Helen Jordan 


"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: 
and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that 
it may bear more fruit. 

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear) 
fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can 
ye, except ye abide in me." John 15:1, 2 and 4. 

beautiful peach blossoms on my desk. Their delicate 
pink petals and stamens gave promise of rich fruit to 
come. But these blossoms would never bear fruit, they 
and the slender branches to which they clung, were no 
longer a part of the tree which sank its roots into the 
earth for nourishment and then raised its branches to the 
sun and air. These blossoms on my desk were separated 
from the source of life and would soon die, without ever 
bearing fruit. 

So it is with every human soul separated from Christ, 
the source of our life. Acquire all knowledge, amass 
wealth, power and prestige, yet apart from Christ we can 
do nothing. Without the spirit of Christ in our lives we 
are like a vase of plucked blossoms, perhaps fair to see, 
but without power of life. As a blossom severed from the 
vine can never bear fruit, so a man's life cannot be fruit- 
ful without Christ's strength. 


O Christ, abide in us today and fill us with Thy Spirit 
that we may bear rich fruit for Thy Kingdom and be co- 
heirs with Thee of the glory of God. For Jesus' sake. 

Miss Vesta Hoover, 

Meyersdale, Pa. 


Alfie W. Hallman 

I asked the roses as they grew. 

Richer and lovelier in their hue. 

What made their tints so rich and bright. 

They answered: "Looking toward the light." 

Ah, secret dear, said heart of mine, 
God meant my life to be like thine, 
Radiant with Heavenly beauty bright, 
Simply by looking toward the light. 

— Gospel Herald. 

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Items of general Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Thirteen women, nine men 
and two boys were present Thursday evening January 
12th, for Organizational meetings of W. M. S. and Lay- 
men's Organizations. The groups also elected their offi- 
cers for their first year of operation. 

A comparative report reveals attendance on January 
8th of this year as 76 as against 26 last year. 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Brother Bruce C. Shanholtz 
was radio speaker on WTTR Devotional Program on Jan- 
uary 26th. 

Dewey Yoder presented the work of the Gideons in the 
Valley Church the morning of January 22nd. 

Brother David L. Rambsel writes to the Editor, "Just 
a note concerning our work. We're still getting accus- 
tomed to the new field, but the harvest is ripe and there 
is much to be done. In spite of bad weather the church 
service has been averaging 140, Sunday School 130, Sun- 
day evening 66 and Prayer Meeting 20. We observed an 
impressive watchnight candlelight service on New Year's 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Howard Dykstra, of the Ohio 
Temperance League, was guest speaker the evening of 
January 15th. 

The Film, "Missionary to Walker's Garage" was pre- 
sented the evening of January 22nd as a part of the S. 
M. M. Public Service. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. The A Cappella Choir from 
Taylor University presented a Sacred Concert in the New 
Lebanon Church on January 27th. 

The Miami Valley District Laymen's Rally was held 
in the New Lebanon Church the evening of January 
16th. Rev. Clarence Copp of Prescott U. B. Church was 
the evening's speaker. 

GRATIS, OHIO. The Gratis Church was host to a 
Youth For Christ meeting on January 21st. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Two deacons and two deaconesses 
were recently elected: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon H. Wilkins, 
and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin F. Cooperrider. 

(Continued on Page 19) 


JOHN WILLIAM DODSON, for many years an elder 
in the Brethren Church, of Quicksburg, Virginia, passed 
to be with his Lord on January 17, 1956. Our prayers 
and assurance of the eternal hope in Christ Jesus our 
Lord go out to the loved ones who survive. A full Obit- 
uary, presented by Brother John F. Locke, appears on 
page 19 of this issue. 


NOTHING is so disconcerting as to have your Evan- 
gelists arriving late. This is evident from the tone* 
of your correspondence to this office. 

We would advise you that there is nothing that we can; 
do about it from this end. The record of mailing dates; 
is kept by the Editor. If everything goes all right "from 
start to finish" the Evangelist is mailed on Tuesday af- 
ternoon previous to the date appearing on the front 
cover. (Even though Wednesday is assumed to be our 
regular mailing date.) This means that we give Uncle 
Sam FOUR FULL DAYS to deliver the paper to the 
various states by Saturday, the day the paper is dated. 

We feel that even the Wednesday mailing date should 
allow the Post Office sufficient time to deliver the paper 
by its date line in all but the far-distant places — but I 
then, we do not run the Post Office Department. 

The obvious situation, especially for you good Indiana, 
Brethren, is pointed up by recalling to mind the account 
of one church which received three weekly issues in one 
local delivery. Obviously, we cannot control such situa- 
tions from here. We suggest that if you continue to ex- 
perience delay that you speak to your postmaster. Persist! 
in your efforts until you have carried your trouble 
through to your state distribution center (or centers). 
There, we believe, you will find your trouble. 

Thanks to you from Indiana who have taken the timej 
to write us about this difficulty, and, in view of thC] 
present situation, please .allow at least two weeks past) 
dateline for your paper to arrive before writing rela- 
tive to its delay.— W. S. B. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. Revival Services— February 6-1! 
— Rev. Percy C. Miller, Evangelist; Rev. Wayne Swihart 

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T^e Editor's 
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The flrt Of Listening 

HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED how, so often, 
so many people are ready to talk? Have you 
noticed how so few are ready to listen? Yet God, 
our all-wise Maker, has endowed us with one 
mouth, yet two ears. The beauty of such an ar- 
rangement has led many a sage, who, beset with 
the babel of tongues, to remark that God has 
given us two ears and only one mouth, that we 
ihiight hear twice as much as we say. 

All parents are aware of the eagerness of chil- 
dren to want to talk while parents are talking; 
also while parents are giving instruction to their 
children. One happy household we know of, has 
fairly well conquered this tendency on the part 
bf children. The parents have coined, and use, 
the phrase, "You can't learn anything with your 
mouth open." Think about it for a moment. God 
has yet to create a person who can talk and lis- 
ten at the same time. 

"Be still, and know that I am God." Strong, 
sincere words. Yet so challenging that they call 
from us the best in the art of listening. There is 
a time to speak and a time to listen. God give us 
grace to know which is the best time for each. 

The development of the art of listening can be 
valuable in the following areas: Self-improve- 
ment, better understanding of God's will for our 
lives, and a better preparation for service for 

The best example of the Christian's attitude 
toward hearing the Voice of God (listening) is 
that of Samuel. As a boy, Samuel heard the voice 
of the Lord one night. He went to Eh, the Priest, 
for information. He listened as Eli gave instruc- 
tion. Thereupon, when God spoke to Samuel once 
again, Samuel was ready with the answer. The 
memorable words of Samuel, "Speak, Lord, for 
thy servant heareth," have become a monument 
to the fact that we, too, will do well to listen for, 
and to, the Voice of the Lord. 

IN CHURCH. How often, during worship ser- 
vices have we seen people engaging in conversa- 
tion during the prelude, scripture reading, even 
during prayer and the pastor's message. How all 
of us are tempted at times to make comments 
to our neighbor during the services. Common 
courtesy insists that we be quiet while someone 
else is speaking. In Church, of all places, we 
should not only be respectful to the minister, but 
the occasion calls from us a greater reason. The 
reason is reverence toward God. The music, the 
scripture, the prayer, the sermon. All of these are 
more than the mechanics of a church service. 
Brethren, these, when coming to us from conse- 
crated Christian servants, represent to us the 
we are engaged in conversation ourselves, how 
can the message of God reach our hearts? We 
are to that degree, barren in our spiritual lives. 

IN DAILY DEVOTIONS. Bible reading, Prayer 
and Meditation. How often we have heard and 
seen these three given as making up "daily de- 
votions." It is easy to read a portion of scripture. 
It is easy to make a prayer. But then for us to 
take the time to sit and meditate. How hard this 
seems to be for us. Yet how else can we really 
listen to the Voice of God ? 

IN DAILY LIVING. Somewhere some time, in 
the course of the day, God wants to talk to us. He 
has a special message for our hearts for which 
the time was not ripe during morning devotions. 
For our good, and the good of His work, it will 

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OUR THANKS to Brethren of the Benevolent Board, 
and writers, who have cooperated so well with the Edi- 
tor in supplying material and suggestions for this spe- 
cial Benevolent Issue of the Evangelist. W. S. B. 



As the President Views the 

Brethren's Home Interests 

ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO the Brethren's 
Home did not mean much to me. Yes, I am 
sorry to say, I thought it was just another place 
for aged people to go when they no longer could 
provide or care for themselves — just another in- 
stitution, if you please, much like the old county 
home. Such places must be dull and lonesome. 
There surely was not much to interest anyone in 
such places. 

How wrong my ideas of the Brethren's Home 
were. Although I lived within a few miles of our 
Church Home for years I never took the time to 
visit and to see the vast difference between this 
home and just a public institution. 

When I was chosen to become a member of the 
board, I accepted, thinking this was another un- 
interesting job someone must do. Again I was 
wrong. After visiting the Brethren's Home, with 
other members of the board, I soon realized that 
here was something to be proud of and a work 
which I have found to be very interesting. 

Since the Brethren's Home represents so many 
things of interest, I would like to pass on to the 
Brethren people a few of the things that interest 
me and which should be of interest to every 
member of the Brethren faith. 


:,^^.,^^:^p^ ^.r^ 


John R. 




First, let me state that a completely differen 
atmosphere exists at the Brethren's Home thai 
in public institutions, because only Brethren peo 
pie of good standing in the local churches art 
admitted. This accounts for the Christian attitud< 
of the residents and the fellowship enjoyed. 

Secondly, there comes to my mind our duty ai 
Christians to provide for our Brethren. It surel: 
is a privilege instead of a duty to serve our Lore 
by supporting the Home especially when we hav<^ 
such a splendid place towards which we may di 
rect our efforts. Then it is only natural for ever: 
Christian to be interested in the welfare of hii 
fellow man. How better can we express this in^ 
terest than in helping to provide a good Chris 
tian home for our aged? 

If we take a slightly selfish attitude, which wi. 
are inclined to do so often, we obtain a certair; 
amount of self-satisfaction having someone sa:i 
"Well done" when the job is completed. This 
each and everyone may do, because the job ha 
been done so well that the Home now enjoys thi 
highest rating the State of Indiana can give sucl; 
an institution. That position has been attained 
only through constant improvements which hav 
been made possible by the backing of the peopl 
of the Brethren Church. 

Surely this place represents the very heart o 
the Brethren people. How else can the rapii 
growth of resident members be accounted for 
In approximately six years the number of peopl 
residing at the Home has increased almost 5 foL 
(growing from about 5 or 6 in 1950 to approxij 
mately 28 to date). The vast increase in applica^; 
tions clearly show the desirability of living i: 
church homes as compared to public institutions 

Another point of interest is the fact that th 
Brethren's Home cannot be considered just 
place for aged people to go when they cannot car! 
for themselves. Upon visiting the Home, man, 
of the residents are found to be caring for themj 
selves, their rooms and in some cases helpin, 
with meals. These people are not dependent bu 
have given their life earnings to come to th; 

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i^EBRUARY 4, 1956 


Why The BRETHREN Should Have 


John C. Eck, Past Presidenf, 

Benevolent Board of the Brethren Church 

FIRST OF ALL in considering this question we 
need to recall that the Brethren have always 
considered it one of the duties of the Church to 
are for the aged, and in the course of time the 
'Lord led some Brethren, such as John Early 
md his sister Lydia Fox, to set apart some of the 
ord's gift to them for such a Brethren's Home, 
Ud Henry Rinehart of Flora, Indiana. 

I While neither of these Early Brethren saw 
iheir dreams become a reality, nevertheless they 
planted the seed and others watered till the 
Brethren's Home became a reality. 

Second to none is the fact that aged folk are 
nuch more content in a Church operated and 
IJhurch maintained home than in any other simi- 
ar place for caring of aged folk. This is the tes- 
;imony of many who have had the experi- 
mce. Just as recent as January first this year it 
vas my privilege to visit one of the newly built 
md maintained Church Homes in our valley, and 
;he members expressed their thankfulness to be 
ible to be in such a fine fellowship of Church 
'oik and management. 

This fact is also the testimony of any welfare, 
)r Case worker as they have opportunity to 
;ransfer folk from public operated to private 
I!hurch Homes. 

The President's Message 

(Continued from Facing Page) 

Home. Some have no family to care for them in 
time of need. Others come for companionship 
with people their own age. The reasons they 
come are not as important as the fact that they 
3ome, because the Brethren's Home is just what 
it is claimed to be — a part of the Brethren 

Covington, Ohio. 

Many of the Brethren who are receiving as- 
sistance from the superannuated minister's fund 
are missing the fellowship of such associations as 
is found in the Brethren's Home. 

You, as a member of The Brethren Church, 
have your share of the responsibility to support 
the Brethren's Home with your prayers, visits 
and gifts to the Home ; and of those that are not 
residents of the Home, preferring to stay in a 
private home, hoping that some one will be 
willing to care for them when such care is 
needed, and who receive a monthly assistance to 
help care for such work. 

This private home care is becoming more and 
more of a problem for the individual Church to 
try and solve. The Brethren's Home is the an- 
swer, when the Home is not full to capacity as is 
the case at the present time. 

Therefore it is your duty and responsibility as 
a Brethren to help share in this ministry to the 
aged of the Church and it is one that you should 
consider prayerfully, following the command- 
ment: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as Thyself." 

If you are a 10, 15, or 20 per center you will 
want to share a part of your blesssings with your 
aged Brethren. The 10 per-center is found in 
Leviticus 27:30. The Jewish faith require 15% 
to their Temple. If we as Gentile Christians are 
enjoying our inheritance, as born again believers 
in the only way of salvation, through the Re- 
demptive Blood of the Son of God, we should try 
the 20%, which is allowable income tax deduc- 

I am sure after you have perused the pages of 
this official organ of the Brethren Church, you 
will want to have your share in caring for the 
Brethren, whether they be a member of Breth- 
ren's Home family or in some private Home. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. 



The Brethren's Home 


of The Brethren Church 

Rev. C. A. Stewart, Pastor, Flora, Indiana 

AS A RESULT of the foresight of some of our 
earher brethren who saw the need of a home 
to care for the elderly people of the Brethren 
church, we have a very nice and comfortable 
Home located just outside the corporation of 
Flora, Indiana. I believe the Christian church 
shares the same feeling toward those who are 
unable to care for themselves. There are many 
Homes of this kind supported by the various de- 
nominations. In caring of those we believe we 
are rendering a Christian service that is pleasing 
unto our Lord for He said, "Inasmuch as ye have 
done it unto one of the least of these my breth- 
ren, ye have done it unto Me." We believe this 
is applicable in caring for His people whether 
Jew or Gentile today. We also read that His con- 
demnation was upon those who refused to care 
for those in need. 

Many of our churches feel very keenly this re- 
sponsibility but there are those who seem to 
think the responsibility belongs to some one else 
and not to them, but, regardless of how remote 
we may be situated from the Home, the respon- 
sibility still rests upon every member of the 
church. For many years the residents there were 
few, but the situation has changed and the Home 
is now full, and many applications are being 
made, and those wishing to enter must be placed 
on a waiting list. The main building and the three 
cottages are full. This adds up to one thing 
needed, and that is another large building, or a 
wing on the main building. But as it is there is 
a great expense incurred in caring for such an 
institution. The Benevolent Board was forced to 
spend a lot of money on the Home to meet the 
requirement of the State of Indiana for the com- 
fort and safety of the residents. It cost many 
thousands of dollars to meet the demand and to 
get top rating from the State. This could not be 
helped and no complaints should be registered 

against the Board. We have a nice comfortable 
Home, and, we are proud to say to all, "This is 
our Brethren's Home." But this is not all the 
cost ; it takes a lot of money to operate and main- 
tain a Home like this. There must be a Super- 
intendent and Matron, a cook and nurse and man 
and wife to help with the washing and ironing 
and the outside work. It is impossible today to 
get help for their board and a few cents per hour. 
Dependable help is hard to get and they demand 
salaries that compare with wages other places. 
This places a responsibility upon the entire 
church. The Board must meet this expense, but 
they cannot do it unless each one of us contrib- 
utes to this fund. 

We wish it were possible for the entire church 
to visit the Home and meet the residents and the 
fine staff of workers. The Board is to be com- 
mended on having such fine and capable people as 
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns, as Superintendent 
and Matron. The place is kept clean and is a de- 
sirable place to live; the food is good and plen- 
tiful. Let us all get back of the Board and give 
them a good offering. 

Your Offerings? 

Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 


(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 

Make checks payable to L. V. King, Treasurer, and 
address Rev. L. V. King, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, 


FEBEUARY 4, 1956 


The Brethren Church Home 

THE BRETHREN'S HOME, located at Flora, 
Indiana, is the result of the gifts, labors and 
prayers of many people, over a considerable num- 
ber of years. We have now for the people of our 
church, the main building, three cottages, besides 
the small farm and necessary buildings which a 
small farm requires. It is a Home well main- 
tained and of course must comply with the de- 
mands of the Indiana Board of Health. 

Such an institution will never be self-supported. 
The expense is too great, needed labor is high 
and the farm is not large enough to warrant a 
very large income. We were very fortunate for 
a few years, by receiving good gifts from people 
who desired to enter the Home. Through special 
gifts, plus the good offerings once per year from 
the churches and some annuity gifts, we were 
able to build up some resources and also make 
the necessary repairs and add new equipment as 
seemed necessary. There was also the building of 
the three cottages. 

However, the past three years the offerings 
have not been so large, monies from wills have 
been less and the special gifts have likewise not 
been so heavy. Consequently, it has been neces- 
sary to draw upon our resources for the past few 
months. This can only go so far, as some of this 
money is in annuities, and only the interest can 
be used. 


The Super-annuated Minister's fund is now in 
the red. This fund helps with a gift, rightly de- 
served in every case, each month of the year for 

aged ministers and widows of ministers, who 
have labored in the church for years. These folk 
are not living at the Home at Flora but in some 
cases in their own home or with relatives. This 
small amount is greatly appreciated by these wor- 
thy folk. But, listen — at last General Con- 
ference time, it was absolutely necessary for 
the Board to cut $5.00 from each check, every 
month during this year. That amount of $60.00 
per year less means a considerable loss to some 
of these people. 

Remember — that we have a number of minis- 
ters in our beloved church who could not quali- 
fy for the Brethren Minister's Pension Fund, due 
to being past the 65 year limit. No one can come 
to their assistance when they cease their labors 
as some have, except our Board. 

You may now understand why the Board is so 
insistent that our offering this February shall be 
much larger than last year. Also recall that this 
Board functions in a dual capacity: namely for 
the Brethren's Home and the Aged Ministers' 

We have a contract with every person in the 
Home at Flora. Legally and morally, we have a 
promise to keep. It is a moral obligation. What 
will it be for these folk next year, less? or back 
to the amount which they had hitherto been re- 
ceiving ? 

Please, count it a real privilege for service. 
In His name, 

Rev. E. M. Riddle, 

Secretary, Benevolence Board 

New Paris, Indiana. 

FEBRUARY 19, 1956 





Rev. L. V. King, Treasurer, Benevolent Board 

BELOW YOU WILL FIND a graph showing the rela- 
tion between total earnings and expenses per year 
per thousand of dollars since 1936. The increase in ex- 
penditures in the yeai's 1952 and 1953 was due to the 
many improvements made necessary by the State of In- 
diana such as rewiring, replumbing, repainting, repoint- 
ing walls, increase in help and salary, etc. 

Below on the next page you will also find some figures 
which ought to be of interest to every Brethren who has 
had a share in contributing to the Benevolent Fund. They 
will tell you some trends you need to know. 

You will notice under resources that the fund kept in- 
creasing each year until the peak was reached in 1954. 




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Then note the decrease for 1955 and decrease as of Jan. 
1, 1956. 

This decrease of our resources is due to 2 things: 

First, we have not had sufficient receipts for the past 
few years to meet the increased expenditures and we have 
had to draw from these resources. However, if the trend 
continues for the next threS years it will mean that we 
will have no resources left. 

Second, we have not had any large gifts through wills 
and life members the past few years. Since the Home is 
full we are not securing any funds from new life mem- 

Many people have asked why such a large resource 
fund? You can see now what a blessing this has been. 
We could not have met the demands of the State with- 
out these resources. 

However, in being compelled to withdraw from this 
fund, we have been defeating the real purpose of the 
fund, namely the building up of our resources so that we 
would have sufficient to add a wing to the present build- 

The reason for a wing is to make more room for life 
members, increase the hospital facilities and to make bet- 
ter provision to separate the men's and the women's de- 
partments. This increased fund would mean that we would 
not need to come to the Churches and ask for a large 
contribution toward such an addition. 

But now, since we are compelled to use this fund for 
regular running of the Home and Ministers' Fund we will 
be compelled to do one of two things: 

Either, forget the addition OR come to the Churches 
for a large building fund. 

Then too, many of our people forget that these re- 
sources are made up of endowment, the principal of which 
cannot be used; of Annuities; (And the Board does not 
feel it wise to spend this money as long as the annuitant 
is living) and gifts from life members. Here the same 
policy holds as in Annuities. 

Again, there are many people that do not realize that 
this Benevolent Offering is for two separate funds. First, 
the Brethren's Home fund which feeds about 30 people 
3 meals a day, beside wages, clothing, medical expense 
and upkeep. 

Second, the Superannuated Fund which at present min- 
isters to 6 Ministers and their wives, one Minister, and to 
nine Ministers wives (Widows). We have had to reduce 
this amount this past year by $5.00 per month, thus 
breaking the precedent of the past ten years. 

It can be said of those receiving help that none sent 
in any complaint, although we know it has meant a sac- 
rifice on their part. Some return their tithe, others give 
gifts at regular time of offering, and all express grat- 
itude for the gifts. But we just must come back to the 
payment of former years if we are to do justice to these 
worthy servants who now need your help. 


Louisville, Ohio. 



1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 

$ 6,018.41 $10,189.44 $22,639.51 $33,638.97 $42,366.37 

Highest was in 1952— $53,377.16 

EXPENDITURES 1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 

OF TREASURER $ 4,565.50 $ 8,616.93 $16,784.85 $19,852.51 $37,523.19 

Highest was in 1952— $43,554.92 

MINISTER'S 1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 

FUND EXPENDITURES $ 457.84 $1,589.46 $3,399.08 $5,143.70 $7,023.36 

Estimate for 1956— $5,600.00 

SUPERINTENDENT'S 1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 

EXPENSES $ 847.00 $2,742.00 $4,684.00 $5,733.00 $18,828.75 

Highest was in 1954— $20,097.00 




1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 

$4,507.00 $4,638.00 $10,372.00 $25,276.00 $26,583.00 

Highest in 1954— $39,299.00. Jan. 1, 1956— $19,475.00 

1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 

$ 2,719.00 $ 3,387.00 $ 6,950.00 $ 8,913.00 $10,569.00 

Highest in 1953— $11,057.00. This included gift of $1,000.00 


========= \ 

'-pHE OLD YEAR HAS FLED into Eternity 
■■• and the New Year is hei'e again. In behalf 
of the members, we want to thank all our good 
Brethren, Woman's Missionary Societies, Sister- 
hood girls and all who made Christmas possible 
at the Brethren's Home. 

Christmas Eve we presented a devotional pro- 
gram, and then Santa and his helpers presented 
each one with many gifts, sent in from the dif- 
ferent Churches. 

We had a twenty-two pound turkey for our 
Christmas dinner, money was donated for it. All 
members were able to come to the dining room 
but Mrs. Coin, who has been confined to her 
room for several weeks. 

There has been a new member added to our 
list here, Mr. Gilbert Jordon, making twenty-two 

Services are held each Thursday afternoon by 
Rev. Stewart, Pastor of our Flora Church, and 
each Tuesday evening by Rev. Belote, a member 
of the Home. 

We hope many of you folk can visit the Home 
this coming year. We feel that our Brethren 
Churches can be justly proud of our Home at 
Flora. May God Bless everyone. 

Yours in His service, 

Mr. and Mrs. RusseBI Kuns, 

Supt. and Matron. 



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Tiopeka, Kansas, 
December 7, 1955 

Dear Rev. King: 

When the check came I took it out and looked at it and said, 
"Praise the Lord, that will buy groceries for another month." Thanks a 
million. For many years I taught my Church people to contribute to the 
Benevolent Fund. Enjoyed doing so, of course. 

And now, in our retired years we aie enjoying being a recipient 
from that fund. It's sort of a blessed, happy feeling that the Lord cares 
for His own. Praise His Name. 

Had to miss Sunday School and Church Sunday because of a severe 
attack of sinus. First for a long time. But the Doctor gave relief. 

Rev. W. R. Deeter. 


FEBRUARY 4, 1956 



The passengers were assembled on the deck of 
a sinking ship. Life belts were handed around and 
hastily adjusted. One man refused to take his. 

"I'm a fine swimmer," he said; "I'll pick up 
something to hang on to before I get tired." 

"Better take a belt to be on the safe side," ad- 
vised a friend. 

"Not a bit of use," he persisted; "my chances 
are as good as anybody's." 

"Better trust Christ for salvation and come 
into the church!" warned a young Christian, 
speaking to his worldly friend. 

"There is no use," said the other. "I think my 
chances of eternal life are as good as anybody's. 
I am not a great sinner. I've lived decent all my 
life — far more decent than many of your church 
members who are trusting in Christ." 

Well, what about it? When the ship sank the 
good swimmer went down, as did all the others, 
but he never came up. The men with life belts 
who could not swim came up and were saved. 
What of the man who goes down into the grave 
without Christ, trusting in his own goodness? 
Will he come up and be saved? Jesus says of 
those who trust in Him for salvation: "I will 
raise him up at the last day." 

If our own goodness could save us, then Jesus 
need not have come at all. Only the righteousness 
of Christ Jesus can triumph over death and raise 
us up to eternal life* Be on the safe side — take a 
life belt! — Elim Evangel. 


The Bible tells us of a man whose name was 
Asa. It says he was diseased in his feet and the 
"disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease 
he sought not to the Lord, but to physicians," 
and he "slept with his fathers." The Word also 
tells us of a woman who had an affliction for 
twelve years "and had suffered many things of 
many physicians, and had spent all that she had, 
and was nothing better but rather grew worse." 
But when this woman heard of Jesus she sought 
Him out in the crowd and touched His garment 
for she said if she might but touch His clothes 
she would be whole. And the Word says: "And 
straightway . . . she felt in her body that she was 
healed of the plague." God is still saying to His 
people, "I am the Lord that healeth thee." — Sel. 


A young man came to Chicago from a farm 
in Indiana, where he had left his old mother. 
Soon after this. Bob IngersoU spoke at the Audi- 
torium, and the young man was persuaded to go 
to hear him, by a former Indiana schoolmate, who 
had become a great admirer of IngersoU. 

"You'll see how Colonel IngersoU will bowl 
over the doctrines of believers in the Bible," said 
a friend. "It will open your eyes some, I tell you." 

IngersoU was in excellent form, and gave one 
of his usual adroit and ingenious speeches. As 
the friends were leaving, the admirer of IngersoU 
turned to the young man from the farm saying: 

"Wasn't that great? Did you ever hear any- 
thing like it? Didn't he just sweep away every 
stick and stone, every argument and theory of 
the orthodox side? He simply didn't leave any- 
thing of the other side at all — he certainly made 
a clean sweep." - 

"I know one thing he didn't sweep away," said 
the young man from Indiana. 

"What was that?" 

"My old mother's religion." — Selected. 


An infidel had just finished giving an argument 
against Christianity and salvation. He said that if 
anyone cared to argue the point, to come up on 
the platform. A grey haired Christian slowly 
walked up and sat down on the platform bench. 

- "What is your argument?" asked the infidel. 

The elderly man took an orange from his pock- 
et, peeled it and began to eat the fruit, much to 
the wonderment of all. When he completed the 
eating of the orange, he looked intently on the 
infidel and asked, "How did the orange taste 
which I ate?" 

"I do not know; I did not taste it," replied the 
puzzled skeptic. 

"Just so with salvation," replied the believer. 
"You are talking against something you have not 
tasted or experienced. But I have tasted and seen 
that the Lord is good and I advise you to do the 
same." — Nathanael Olson. 



Favorite Sermons 


brethren Castors 

Rev. V\/^ilhur L. Thomas 


OUR SUBJECT today is one that should be 
familiar to all Brethren people but I am in- 
clined to think that it has fallen by the wayside, 
so to speak, for we hear very little said today 
concerning it. 

We as Brethren have always believed and prac- 
ticed the basic teachings of God's word. We be- 
lieve that in order to have Salvation we needed 
to hear the word, believe the word, repent of our 
Sins and turn to God. Then we believe and per- 
haps more strongly than most groups in obedi- 
ence to the revealed will of God; to His com- 

Where there has been a genuine faith and re- 
pentance, obedience follows without any hesi- 
tancy. There is no neglect of the command to 
obey the will of God at the very threshold of 
Salvation, The Blessings of Salvation do not come 
to one who knowingly or willfully refuses obe- 
dience to the will of God. I John 2:3 tells us: 
"And hereby we do know that we know Him, if 
we keep His Commandments." Matthew has writ- 
ten for us the great commission, and in the 28th 
chapter, the 20th verse, Jesus says "teaching 
them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you." In Acts 5:32 we have the 
strong statement that "God gives the Holy Spirit 
to them that obey Him," and in Heb. 5:9 we 
have these words, "And having been made per- 
fect, He (Jesus) became the author of Eternal 
Salvation unto all them that obey Him." Paul 
warns against the Judgments that fall upon 
those who obey not the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 

2 Thess. 1:8, Jesus speaking in John 14:21 says, 
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth 
them, he it is that loveth me, and he that loveth 
me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love 
him, and will manifest myself to him." Obedience 
to the whole will of God then is necessary to 
every sincere disciple. And this obedience must 
begin at the threshold of the new life. 

There are three particular obligations laid 
upon the believer at the very beginning of his 
Christian experience that call for obedience. The 
first is Confession, then Baptism and Confirma- 
tion, or the laying on of hands for the reception 
of the Holy Spirit. Let us notice that these all, 
Faith, Repentance and Obedience, which includes 
Confession, Baptism, and Confirmation, are all 
personal acts of man. They may be described as 
his conversion, God's work accompanies him 
every step of the way. Paul in Rom, 6:17 and 18 
says, "But God be thanked, that ye were the ser- 
vants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart 
that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 
Being then made free from sin, ye became the 
servants of righteousness." And Peter writing in 
1st Peter 1:22, 23 tells us, "seeing ye have puri- 
fied your souls in obeying the truth through the 
Spirit unto unfeigned love of the Brethren, see 
that ye love one another with a pure heart fer- 
vently: being born again, not of corruptible seed, 
but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which 
liveth and abideth forever. These writers tell us 
that we have become a child of God because of 
our obedience to His will as revealed to us, there- 

FEBRUAEY 4, 1956 


by allowing His Grace to be shown in our lives 
by the act of the new birth which is given from 

Then Peter says, "Wherefore gird up the loins 
of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for 
the Grace that is to be brought unto you at the 
revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, 
not fashioning yourselves according to the former 
lusts in your ignorance, but as He which hath 
called you is Holy, so be ye holy in all manner of 
conversation." As obedient children then it be- 
comes necessary for us to study God's Word that 
we might know His will for us. Some of the Com- 
mands that we find are Jas. 4:17, "To him that 
knoweth to do good and doeth it not to him it 
it is sin." Jas: 5:12 says "Swear not," and in the 
sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5:33-37 Jesus says, 
"Swear not." Do you? 

John 13:14 gives us Jesus' command in these 
words, "If I then your Lord and Master, have 
washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one an- 
others feet." Others are "Is any sick among you? 
let him call for the elders of the church." "Love 
thine Enemy." "Whatsoever ye would that men 
do to you, do you even so to them." "Love one 
another." "I beseech you therefore. Brethren, by 
the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies 
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which 
is your reasonable service. And be not conformed 
to this world: but be ye transformed by the re- 
newing of your mind, that ye may prove what is 
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of 
God." "Be ye not unequally yoked together with 
unbelievers." "Wherefore come out from among 
them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and 
touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive 
you." "Grudge not one against another," "Humble 
yourselves in the sight of the Lord." 

There are, so I was told by Bro. I, D. Bowman, 
over six hundred do's and don'ts in God's word 
for us to obey. How many are you obeying to- 
day? Yes, I believe that this subject needs to be 
studied in our churches today. We must be obe- 
dient if we want God's blessings to fall on us. 
May we seek to be better followers of Him who 
said, "Ye are my Friends if ye do whatsoever I 
Command You." 

Leon, Iowa. 

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It was a real privilege for this Pastor to spend two full 
weeks, October 3-16, with Rev. J. E. Berkshire and the 
good people of Teegarden, Indiana, in an Evangelistic 
effort. Brother Berkshire and Brother Metcalf did a splen- 
did job with the music during the meetings. Attendance 
was mighty fine, with a real Spirit of Prayer and Devo- 
tion to Christ and their Church shown in the regularity 
of their presence in every service. 

The weather was real wet throughout the two weeks, 
but did not bother these fine people in the least. Many 
visiting delegations were present from North Liberty, 
County Line, Elkhart, and other Churches in the commun- 
ity. We enjoyed the fine special music from time to time. 

The Pastor was entertained in the home of Mr. and 
Mrs. J. Holland, and certainly was treated like Royalty. 
We enjoyed immensely the noon and evening meals in 
the homes of many of the good members. Each day was 
spenti in calling upon the inactive and unsaved. There was 
one reconsecration and addition to the church. We pray 
that the way was opened for many more. 

This Church is just entering upon a forward looking 
program for the Lord. With the purchase of a Parson- 
age, and a Pastor living upon the field, the future should 
hol(l many blessings for them. The opportunities there are 
of course unlimited — as they are nearly everywhere. These 
good people have taken some very fine steps forward in 
the past year, and under the capable leadership of Rev. 
and Mrs. Berkshire, should continue to grow in the days 

We thank each of them for the wonderful friendship 
and fellowship extended our way during these two weeks 
— the gift for our Services was more than sufficient. May 
God's Blessing abide with them richly in the New Year. 

R. K. Higgins. 


The Loree Church experienced great joy in the Spirit 
through the ministry of our beloved brother, Rev. C. A. 
Stewart as preacher and Mr. Joe Thomas as music direc- 
tor and soloist. Meetings began on Sunday evening, Nov. 
27th and continued over Sunday, December 11th. 

Rev. Stewart is well known in the Brethren church, now 
pastor at Flora, Indiana, but all the years of his pastoral 
life he has also served the church in many evangelistic 
meetings in many of our churches. This was the fourth 
time we had labored together in such meetings, sometimes 



he the evangelist and I the pastor and other times I the 
evangelist and he the pastor. His sermons were excellent 
gospel preaching, and strong appeals were made to the 
unsaved, but the unsaved were conspicuous by their ab- 
sence. Only five different unsaved persons were in at 
tendance, and none of these over three times, and others 
once or twice. 

Our attendance was good, averaging about 125 and 
some nights a house full. The first week was stormy 
weather and one night service could not be held because 
of storm which left us without heat or light. Rev. and 
Mrs. Stewart drove back and forth to their home, a dis- 
tance of 30 miles from Loree, but came in the morning 
and evangelist and pastor and wives were entertained in 
various homes for noonday dinner; and such dinners, I 
mean such wonderful dinners and such delightful visits. 
Rev. Stewart was pastor at Loree for nine years and the 
whole community has words of praise for him. Such rich 
fellowship with good friends of so many years. Of coui'se 
these years have made their ravage of death. The eve- 
ning meal which was light indeed was served at the par- 
sonage and the fellowship with the Stewarts, such a 
charming couple, was a continual joy. 

The Music director, Joe Thomas, is quite well known 
and a popular radio singer of gospel music. His solo 
renditions were superb and his congenial way of directing 
congregational singing was of the highest order. He also 
drove back and forth from Indianapolis, a distance of 
about 70 miles from Loree. His work in the city made 
this necessary. Our people were well pleased with the 
preaching and the singing and have only praise for both 
the preacher and the singer. 

Our field was gleaned of children who are old enough 
to make that good confession of faith, having been re- 
ceived into the church at the close of DVBS, and the un- 
saved did not attend, although many of them were visited 
and they promised to come, but, of course it is rather 
easy to defer, if you have no definite interest. However 
we had a good meeting. 

Visitors from other churches increased our attendance. 
Rev. Sibert, pastor at Burlington, Indiana, and quite a 
number of his congregation attended at different times. 
Joe Thomas had led the singing in their meeting only a 
short time before. Rev. Gable was in a meeting at the 
Center Chapel church during part of the time of our 
meeting, with Rev. Bates as evangelist; otherwise we 
being neighbors would have exchanged visits. We are 
grateful to Rev. Stewart and his congregation at Flora 
for the privilege of having him as our evangelist. The 
day of evangelism is never over, it is the primary task 
of the church. Let us carry it on faithfully. 

Claud Studebaker, Bunker Hill, Indiana. 


THE CHURCH is not to be judged by the frailties or 
failures of its members. The church is to be judged 
for what it can do for a person, and what it offers in 
its ideals, its resources, and not by those who have let 
the church down. — Robert Boyd Munger, in What Jesus 
Says (Fleming H. Revell Co.). 


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BECKONE. Joseph Franklin Beckone greatly loved and 
respected member of the Mt. Olive Brethren Church was 
born April 12, 1868 and departed the earthly life Jan. 
3, 1956, aged 87 years, eight months and twenty-one days. 
As was his custom, he was present in Sunday School, 
and morning and evening services, on the Lord's Day 
preceding his passing to be with the Lord. He had 
helped to rebuild and improve the church some years 
ago, donating his months of labor. Few equal or surpass 
so excellent a record of attendance as was his. It was 
true of him that he was a good) mart and full of the Holy 
Spirit and of faith. His body was laid to rest in the cem- 
etery adjoining the church. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by his pastor, the undersigned. A large company 
of his friends filled the church. 

John F. Locke, Pastor Mt. Olive. 


WALLACE NUTTING tells in his autobiography 
about a certain man who was famed as a collector 
of Bibles. The man's interest was not in the truth which 
could be found in the sacred books. He was concerned 
merely with their monetary value when they were placed 
on the market. He would go home with profanity pour- 
ing from his lips after he had bought a rare copy of the 
Bible. He never opened a single volume to read what was 
written on its pages. Nutting says that even though the 
man once paid $100,000 for a single Bible, "he didn't get 
enough for his money." — From G. Ernest Thomas in 
Spiritual Life in the New Testament (Fleming H. Revell 

A MODERN PARABLE is told about a man who 
dreamed that he attended a convention of the 
devil's advocates in which a discussion was in progress 
concerning the best means by which they could destroy 
the Christian faith. Someone suggested that they spread 
the idea that the Bible is a fable; another proposed that 
they say everywhere that Jesus was nothing more than a 
man; still another suggested that they whisper widely 
that there is no God, no Saviour, and no Heaven. Some 
in the company expressed approval of each of the plans 
as it was proposed. The oldest of the devil's advocates 
waited until the others were finished before he rose to 
address the assembly. "Let us go far and wide across the 
eai'th," he said, "and let us tell men that there is a God. 
We will agree that there is a Saviour, and that there 
is a Heaven. But let us tell every man on the earth that 
there is no need to accept and follow Christ now. Let us 
assure them that tomorrow will be soon enough." Cheers 
greeted the suggestion, for the devil's advocates realized 
that one of their number had found a way by which 
they could bring death to the soul. — From G. Ernest 
Thomas, in Spiritual Life in the New Testament (Flem- 
ing H. Revell Co.). 

FEBRUARY 4, 1956 


524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. Phone: 39582 


Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Sec'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Assistant 


The Bylers 

A RECENT LETTER from Rob and Jane in Buenos 
Aires tells of events taking place during the Christ- 
mas holidays. Although they all enjoyed a fine Christ- 
mas, with the children happy over their gifts, David had 
a return trip to the hospital — this time an appendectomy. 
He has had a bit of trouble lately, evidently caused by 
congested appendix; now he should make rapid strides to 

The other children are quite well. Betsy, the latest 
comer to the Byler household, continues to provide much 
joy to others in the family with her fine disposition and 
sunny spirits. Rob and Jane have been exceedingly busy. 
Their full schedules, along with the excessive heat (sum- 
mer down there), have proved pretty exhausting to them. 
They hope for a brief vacation after Rob returns from 
summer camp at Cordoba the latter part of January. 

The New Headquarters Building 

A property has been purchased in Buenos Aires for 
headquai'ters and possibly for a radio-recording studio at 
a cost of $10,000. The building helps to meet an imme- 
diate need, but will require the expenditure of several 
thousand dollars to adapt it to the future needs of thQ 

missionary program. This property, however, does not 
provide living quarters for the Bylers, which must be 
secured in the immediate future. Approximately $20,000 
will be needed for the two buildings. 

Some gifts had come in from various churches, or- 
ganizations and individuals for this purpose; these funds 
helped to supply part of the pui'chase price. The Nation- 
al W. M. S. has set as its goal providing the funds nec- 
essary for both needs. Such building has been greatly 
needed for some time, and all the workers are jubilant 
at this first step forward. Even though the structure will 
require some remodeling to adapt it to future needs, 
it can be used immediately for some of the work and 
remodeled as the program develops. 

Another MUST in Argentina 

Along with the Bylers' joy over the newly-purchased 
building exists also their gi-eat concern that more North 
American workers shall come to help with the mission pro- 
gram. They are carrying a tremendous load. Almost 
every letter from them brings their appeal and similar 
ones from the Argentine workers for more Brethren mis- 
sionaries from the States. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO 




Charles M. Bieber 

The primary purpose of the Nigerian mission is to win 
men for Christ. To achieve this purpose a mission pro- 
gram has evolved with twin purposes so closely related 
that they are themselves primary: to awaken men and 
women today to the fact of their need for Christ; to 
train for tomorrow men and women who, while them- 
selves living Christian lives, will also be deeply con- 
cerned for the spiritual and material welfare of their 

It is difficult in any case to measure the extent to 
which the Nigerian mission through the years and espe- 
cially at this moment is attaining its purpose. Statis- 
tics may show the number who have been added to the 
church, who are enrolled in the schools or who have been 
helped by the medical department. But statistics cannot 
show the extent to which Christianity has made a dif- 
ference in the lives of individual Christians. They can- 
not show, either, how much the Nigerian Christian is 
concerned for his fellow man, the sincerity and consist- 
ence of his Christian witness (or lack of it) or the ex- 
tent to which his training has been successful in making 
him able to carry on these tasks of the church which 
were earlier carried on by the missionary. 

Yet statistics have value. It is impossible not to see 
enormous growth in the difference, for example, between 
the reports of 1949 and 1954. The facts are that then 
there were four churches among seven mission stations, 
with 814 members; now there are eleven churches among 
ten mission stations, with 1715 members. Then the work 
of the mission was being carried on by thirty-eight mis- 
sionaries; now by sixty-nine. The number of paid African 
religious workers has increased in five years from forty- 
six to ninety-eight, outvillage preaching points from 40 
to 110; enrollment in evangelistic classes from 896 to 
2,954; and weekly listeners to the gospel message from 
3,200 to 6,200. 

In 1949, 133 were baptized into the church. In 1954 
there were 347 baptisms There had been more than 300 
in each of the two preceding years, and it seems appar- 
ent that in 1955 there will be well over 400. The Ni- 
gerian church gave nearly $1,100 in offerings in 1949. 
This past year their gifts amounted to more than $2,700. 
(There is a greater difference here than is easily seen; 
difference in currency exchange rates which shows that 
giving is now four times as much as in 1949.) The 
church of Jesus Christ has taken enormous strides ahead. 

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Prai/er Iffleetincj 


First, somebody told it, 

Then the room wouldn't hold it, 

So the busy tongues rolled it 
Till they got it outside. 

Then the crowd came across it, 

And never once lost it, 
But tossed it and tossed it. 

Till it grew long and wide. 

This lie brought forth others. 

Dark sisters and brothers. 
And fathers and mothers — 

A terrible crew. 

And while headlong they hurried, 

The people they flurried, 
And troubled and worried. 

As lies always do. 

And so evil-bodied, 

This monster lay goaded, 
Till at last it exploded 
In smoke and in shame. 

When from mud and from mire. 

The pieces flew higher. 
And hit the sad liar. 

And killed a good name. 

— Anonymous. 

Some ways of evil speaking are slander (Eom. 3:8), 
tale-bearing (Lev. 19:16; Prov. 11:13; 20:19), and flat- 
tery (Psalm 12:2-4). Some of the results of evil speak- 
ing are the separation of friends (Prov. 17:9; 16:18), 
continual strife (Prov. 26:20, 21), trouble (Prov. 21:23), 
no fellowship with God (Psalm 15:1-3; James 1:26), and 
condemnation at the judgment (Matt. 12:36, 37). Some 
of the causes of evil speaking are hatred (Psalm 41:7), 
idleness (1 Tim. 5:13), and an evil heart (Luke 6:45). 

The remedy is to have a change of heart (James 3:11, 
12), obedience to God in the putting off of such things 
(Eph. 4:29, 31; 1 Peter 2:1), the guarding of one's words 
(Psalm 34:13; 39:1) and of one's thoughts (2 Cor. 10:5; 
Phil. 4:8), the praying for good words (Psalm 141:3) and 
for good thoughts (Phil. 4:6, 7), and being filled with the 
Spirit (Eph. 5:18-20). 

Let those who are spoken against take it patiently, 
imitating the Master's example (1 Peter 2:19-23), mind- 
ing their character, rather than their reputation (1 Peter 
3:16; 2:12), and find comfort in God's Word (Matt. 5:11, 

"When it seems that you have trials 
Almost more than you can bear. 
And you stagger 'neath the burden 

That seems larger than your share; 
There is One whose arm is mighty. 
Go to Him with all your care — 
Say nothing. 

"Like the Master Who reviled not 
When so shamefully reviled. 
Suffer silently reproaches. 
Are you not His own dear child? 
To your losses and your crosses 
Troubled heart, be reconciled — 
Say nothing." 

To believe falsehoods is as sinful as to tell them. Do 
not give false comfort to evil doers in the church lest you 
uphold them in their iniquity and become partakers of 
their evil deeds (1 Cor. 5:11). Thus Paul warns the un- 
wary and unsuspecting against the "good words and fair 
speeches" of those who are living for low ends of their 
own to the destruction of the church (Eom. 16:17, 18). 

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien. 
As to be hated, needs but be seen; 
But seen too oft, familiar v^ith her face. 
We first endure, then pity, then embrace. 

— Pope. 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 12, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 18: 1-14 

HOW THANKFUL we should be to the Gospel Writer, 
Luke. He gives us a glimpse into the personal life 
and teaching ministry of our Lord that is not to be found 
in thql other Gospels. The two parables included in today's 
lesson are a good example of this fact. 

The first is the Parable of the Unjust Judge. Christ's 
reason for giving it ? "That men ought always to pray, 
and not to faint." 

This is a familiar exhortation and is repeated often in 
Scripture. Paul, the Apostle, enjoins the Christians at 
Eome to be "patient in tribulation; continuing instant in 
prayer" (12:12). He exhorts the Church at Ephesus to 
pray "always with all prayer and supplication in the 
Spirit" (6:18). The Philippians were urged to make known 
their requests "in everything by prayer and supplication 
with thanksgiving" (4:6). And to the Colossians, Paul 
wrote: "Continue in prayer" (4:2). 

With these passages in mind it is not necessary to labor 
the point that PEAYEE is absolutely ESSENTIAL for 
continued spiritual growth in the life of the Christian. 
Every true Child of God should know this by experience. 

It is important to note that this is a parable of con- 
trast. In no sense of the word is God to be compared with 
the unjust judge! 


FEBRUARY 4, 1956 


The unjust judge showed neither fear of God, nor con- 
cern for his fellowmen. He was hard-headed and hard- 
hearted. He was completely indifferent to the constant 
pleadings of the widow and her just cause of complaint. 

The widow was persistent in her desire. She knew what 
she wanted, and would not relent until she had her peti- 

Her persistency, in spite of overwhelming odds, is 
meant to remind us that we are not to forsake our hour 
of prayer when obstacles arise. Rather, when we find it 
hardest to pray, that's the time to pray the hardest. 

Although everyone may not agree with him, the words 
of G. Campbell Morgan, the "Prince of Expositors," are 

"Nearly all expositors declare that the parable teaches 
us that we must be importunate ('to urge persistently') 
in prayer. I hold, on the contrary, that it teaches that 
when we are dealing with God there is no need of im- 
portunity . . . Our Lord said, 'And shall not God avenge 
the elect, that cry to Him day and night ... I say unto 
you, that He will avenge them speedily . . . ' 

"God does not require persuading . . . 'Speedily' is the 
word. Quicker than the lightning's flash is the answer of 
God to the cry of His people." 

The parable of the Unjust Judge, then, would teach us 
the result of praying. The parable of the Pharisee and 
the Publican would teach the manner of praying. 

Thus, in these two parables on prayer, we are told the 
following: 1. God does answer prayer. 2. The Christian 
is to pray so that he will not faint. 3. The results re- 
ceived from praying will depend, to a great extent, upon 
the spiritual attitude and condition of the one praying. 

The earnest soul often laments his spiritual weakness. 
Andrew Murray discovered the secret of a powerless 
Christian experience. A secret we all must learn. "Be- 
tween our impotence, and God's Omnipotence, intercession 
is the blessed link." 



Clarence Stogsdill, Director 


HERE are some interesting ideas which I recently 
picked up that had been lying around my office for 
about a year. Sometimes these "picked up" articles 
prove to be of genuine value. I shall not give the article 
in its entirety, due to a lack of space, but I will try to 
condense it so as to set down the main points. The reader 
can go on from there in his own imagination. 


Alert youth workers should be "on their toes" and 
getting ready for the spring and summer seasons right 
now. The success of your summer work will depend part- 
ly on your early preparation. One of the things the 
youth workers recognize as so valuable to every youth 
is the summer youth camp. So much so that most youth 

workers would like to find ways of getting more young 
people into these camps. Also, many of the youth who 
need the camp experience most are either not interested 
or do not have the Where-with-all to make it possible. 

One difficulty with most systems which have been set 
up is that those who already can afford the week of 
camp, or who would be there anyway, take the honors 
and leave the same needy ones behind, thus crystalliz- 
ing the situation that already had been in existence. 

Then, too, young people need to learn things such as 
earning and spending, the value of a dollar spent for the 
Lord, and others, as well as the spiritual training in 
camp itself. They need to come to a genuine apprecia- 
tion of youth camp and how others are contributing to 
their own development — and good times. 

Keeping this in mind, we believe that the WORK- 
YOUR-WAY plan is a good one. 


Early in the year (at least by February) let the spon- 
sor contact several adults who he thinks will take part 
in the program by "hiring" one or more young people. 
They are to provide work (of all kinds) for these young 
people to do as they earn their way to camp. 

These adults agree to provide enough work for the 
young people during the next few months to enable them 
to earn their funds for camp. Tasks might be baby-sit- 
ting, shoveling snow, mowing lawns, washing cars, shop- 
ping, washing windows, and other things. Efficiency at 
the tasks must be insisted upon. 

Depending upon the tasks, 75c to $1.00 per hour — two 
hours or so per week — will enable him to earn his way 
in about 10 to 14 weeks. He might be "tipped" on the 
side for spending money. 


1. Do not pay the young people in cash. If you do, 
they might find it necessary to "borrow" occasionally 
from the fund, and by the time summer comes around 
and camp dates are showing on the calendars, they will 
be without the needed money. The adults instead deposit 
the money for the young people, perhaps with a treas- 
urer who has charge of the handling of funds for the 

2. There must be a method of keeping track of the 
time spent in work and the cash earned. Both the youth 
and the adults should have a record. This will help the 
treasurer keep his records straight, if a treasurer is ap- 
pointed. A good idea is to mimeograph a supply of 
tickets, each with a stub, to give to the young people 
who are working their way to camp. After each task is 
finished, the youth hands ticket and stub to the adult to 
fill out. Tickets and stubs have a place for the name of 
the youth, hours worked, amount of cash earned, and sig- 
nature of the "employer." 

3. Let it be understood that money earned is not to be 
used for purposes other than summer camp. If the work- 
er cannot go to camp when the time comes, or he has 
changed his mind, he may either hold it for another year, 
or give it to someone else who might like to go, but who 
has not joined in the program. There should be some 
agreement on the matter of how much can be earned, and 
whether or not the one working is paying his way for 



the current year, or someone else's way, before entering 
into the contract. Youth sponsor, youth and adult must 

4. The youth should agree, in case they cannot show 
tickets with the adult's signature, to accept the record 
of the one for whom they worked. 

5. The program should be complete — that is, there 
will be no one honored in a special way, or sent to camp 
free of charge for that year. 

With this kind of program, there is something that 
EVERYONE can do to earn his way. Let the sponsor 
make a thorough check before innovating this program 
so that he won't have more workers than there is work 
provided. Also, make sure that this program does not 
degenerate into a PART-TIME-CAMP-WORK-part-time- 
spending-money affair. 


Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

THE gpijQijt^^Jlirij"^ 


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be too late to wait until evening vespers. So at 
the right moment during the day, He wants our 
attention. Is our heart and mind open that we 
might hear His knocking, His still small voice? 
Moses heard the Voice of the Lord, during the 
day, when He turned aside to the burning bush. 
Saul heard God's voice on the Damascus road, 
during the day. So can we. 

"I'll go where you want me to go, dear Lord," 
is a dedication that will mean more to us and our 
Christian service, if, in our worship at Church, in 
daily devotions, and in the daily walk, we are 
alert with our mind's ears, through the art of 
listening, to the Voice of God. — W. S. B. 


"To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an 
hour," Galatians 2:5. 

TN THIS PASSAGE of Scripture Paul was defending his 
ministry to the Gentiles before the members of the 
council at Jerusalem. In it he recounts the opposition 
which was stirred up by those who differed with him as 
to his methods of work. And then he declares that he did 
not allow these detractors to turn him from his stand on 
the matters under discussion for even an hour. 

God has given us winds to sweep the earth and purify 
the air. And he has also given us rocks to steady the 
earth. And the rocks do less harm than the winds. Paul 
took his stand upon his convictions of right, and refused 
to be moved from them. There are times to advance in the 
Christian life, and there are also times to STAND still. 
In the sixth chapter of Ephesians Paul equips the Chris- 
tian soldier with sword and shield, with helmet and spear, 
and when he has him all ready to do battle, he adds, 
"Having done all, to stand. 

"What is it that enables men to stand amid the tempta- 
tions and hardships and uncertainties of life? Is it not 
the conviction of the truth of the Gospel ? Said a careless 
church member, "It does not matter what you believe. I 
feel at home anywhere." And that man was a wanderer 
among the churches, never a worker. IT DOES MAKE 
A DIFFERENCE what you believe — and how strongly 
you believe it! Convictions give strength; because they 
grow roots, and these roots hold thought and emotions 
steady. This, then, is the sure foundation of our faith, 
convictions grounded on the immutable and unchanging 
teachings of God's Holy Word. "Here I stand. God help 
me I cannot do otherwise," declared Martin Luther as he 
stood before the Diet of Worms, with his hand upon the 
Bible. And Luther's convictions have influenced a whole 


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Medical and leprosy work have also kept pace with 
the growth of the church and the mission. No new hos- 
pitals have been built in the past five years. There con- 
tinue to be three. But at Lassa there is an entirely new 
plant; at Garkida there has been an enormous improve- 
ment in facilities and at the leprosarium new buildings 
are in process or in planning. There are five busy dis- 
pensaries now to compare with the two of 1949. Five lep- 
rosy treatment centers have been added to the work of 
the leprosarium which has been such an effective evan- 
gelistic and medical force through the years. And where- 
as there were 17,000 new cases treated in 1949, last year 
there were upwards of 30,000. 

Educational growth has been equally dramatic. In 1949 
there were seven junior-primary schools and one senior 
primary, with an enrollment of just over 2,600. In addi- 
tion, the Waka Training Center is very busy training 
more than one hundred teachers and fifty wives in four 
different schools. — (from the Gospel Messenger) 

FEBRUARY 4, 1966 



July 23. 1874— January 17. 1956 

yeai's an elder in the Brethren church and faithful min- 
ister of the Word, died January 17, 1956. Brother Dod- 
son was born July 23, 1874. The days of his earthly pil- 
grimage being 81 years, five months, and twenty-four 
days. He is survived by his three daughters and two 
sons, and his wife, the former Miss Sallie Keyes, whom 
he married in 1898. 

Elder John W. Dodson was ordained to the Brethren 
ministry in the days of the late Elder P. W. Wiseman, 
whom he later succeeded in the pastorate of the St. 
Luke church, and the late Elder E. B. Shaver, D.D. His 
active ministry extended over a period of some 26 or 
more years. During this time he served as pastor of the 
Liberty church, Quicksburg, Virginia where he lived 
and the Trinity Brethren Church in the Powell's Fort 
Valley as well as the St. Luke church. He was a man 
greatly loved by his parishioners and highly respected by 
those who served with him in the ministry. I have 
served with him in several revival meetings and knew 
him to be a man of sincerity, humility, deeply spiritual 
and faithful in the ministry. 

Funeral services were held in the Dellinger Funeral 
Chapel at Mt. Jackson, Virginia by the undersigned, and 
the Rev. Edward L. Miller of Maurertown, Virginia. His 
body was laid to rest in the Mt. Jackson cemetery. 

John F. Locke, Pastor Bethlehem 
and Mt. Olive churches. 
Maurertown, Va. 


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PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Thirty-nine members of the 
Junior and Senior Sisterhoods engaged in an evening of 
bandage rolling following a pot-luck supper recently. 

Pleasant Hill's "Mitten Tree" project is reported as a 
success. Forty-six pairs were given to Margaret Lowery 
of our Krypton, Kentucky Mission. 

Church were scheduled to furnish the night by night spe- 
cial musical numbers during the recent Evangelistic Ser- 
vices in the North Manchester Church. 

The two Brethren Youth groups held a farewell party 
the evening of January 20th for German exchange stu- 
dent Peter Ehlers who was scheduled to return to his 
home in Germany the last of January. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. From the Elkhart bulletin we 
learn that Dr. W. I. Duker continues to show improve- 
ment at his home, R. D. 5, Goshen, Indiana." 

Six new members were baptized and received in the 
Church on January 8th. 

WARSAW, INDIANA. From the Warsaw Mid-Week 
Reminder we quote: "The Junior Church has completed 
their fine project of purchasing new chairs in graduated 
sizes for their use in Junior Church services. The new 
project is the purchase of the New Testament edition of 
the "Talking Bible" and a portable record playei"." This 
album will be available for the sick of the church and 
for those whose eyesight prevents their reading the 
Bible themselves. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. The W. M. S. presented the pro- 
gram the evening of January 22nd. Miss Ida Arnone, of 
India, student at Goshen College was speaker. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. The Nappanee bulletin re- 
ports that their Sunday School attendance was up an 
average of nine during the final quarter of 1955. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Attorney Melvin Finer, a local 
converted Jew, spoke to the Lanark Laymen the evening 
of January 16th. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Brother A. T. Ronk, the evening 
of January 17th, presented to his laymen pictures and a 
talk on his six months experience in Mexico. 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. Two new members were received 
on January 8th. 

The ^^ 

omen s 

by Helen Jordan 


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BACK IN THE FORTIES a little religious book called 
"Predicament of Modem Man" became a best seller. 
One of the most gripping phrases in the book was a 
memorable characterization of our era as "a cut-flower 

In our culture there is much to be admired. But if we 
as people have not roots, we shall not stand on the stage 
of world history for long. No need to wait a generation 
or so to test that. Just look at individuals who have cut 
themselves off from their spiritual roots. They are wan- 
dering and lost. They are not set deep in the ground of 
reality. They flourish for a time only to die and leave 
nothing behind them, no harvest for their labors, no seed 
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Lovers Of democracy, Talee Ylote! 

ANYONE WHO MAY BE entertaining any 
ideas that Russian Communism is intending 
to accede to so-called western, or Democratic 
ways of living, in the interests of World Peace, 
may well take note of communism's new move in 
Red China. 

A recent dispatch released by the U. S. Infor- 
mation Agency, Washington, D. C. headlines, 
FOR CHINESE CHILDREN." Following is the 
release as it came from USIA: 

"Red China is intensifying its efforts to fill its 
children's minds with officially correct symbols 
of Marx, Lenin and Mao Tse-Tung. 

"The USIA said that the New China News 
Agency has printed a directive ordering all auth- 
ors to provide children this year with at least 
one work which reflects 'the communist spirit,' 

"The Directive, issued by the Union of Chinese 
Writers, explains, 'It is absolutely essential to 
enhance the idealogical and political character of 
the literary works for juveniles and children. 
Such character should be manifested through the 
form of vivid and artistic symbols. There must be 
novels, stories, poems, songs and plays. There 
must also be fairy tales, folklore, scientific and 
imaginative reading matters and sensational 
novels. Works should indoctrinate the juveniles 
and children with the communist spirit.' " 

After studying the above action of the com- 
munists in Red China, we are led, as you no 
doubt are, to ask the question, "Where does that 
leave us, and what is the probable long-run re- 
sult of their efforts?" 

Christianity, pure and undefiled, is the antidote 
for all communistic propaganda. Basically, com- 
munism is Satanically inspired, while Christian- 
ity and Democracy in its truest form, are God- 
centered. Communism defies God and the church. 

seeking to destroy peace, liberty, and the freedom 
mankind enjoys under Christian Democracy. Com- 
munism is Satan's effort to wipe the knowledge 
and worship of God from off the earth. 

Where Christianity abides, communism cannot 
gain ground. Only in those countries where the 
gospel has not gone extensively, or where per- 
verted forms of the true faith have held sway, 
has communism gained ground. 

It has not gained any substantial ground in our 
own country because the basic American demo- 
cratic belief, centered in the Church, has given 
our people something better. Therein, likewise, is 
the danger! 

Every non-Christian is a potential victim of 
communism's subtle propaganda. Such may be- 
long to churches, may even hold high positions 
in churches. Where Christ is not the center of a 
life, then glorification of self, hate and greed take 
over — these being basic elements of communism. 
Any person not instilled in the basic beliefs of 
the Christian faith (which beliefs are the foun- 
dation of Democracy) is open to seed sowing 
whereby the church, God, and liberties and priv- 
ileges are considered non-essential. There is the 

To effectively combat communism's insidious 
doctrine, abroad and at home, we must adhere to, 
live, and propagate our pure Christian faith 
which results in hearts born again in Christ. We 
must take note of the millions of children in our 
land who never go to Sunday School, who, learn- 
ing about democracy, are not being taught the 
Christian faith which backs up and guarantees 
their way of life. We must win them to Christ 
before they becomes slaves of something else. 
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by Rev. Freeman Ankrum 

Nancy Mack Benedict 

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AN ENGLISHMAN who became a believer in the 
Quaker religion, and who more or less became a self- 
appointed Missionary, had much to do with the German 
settlement of Pennsylvania. This is of prime importance 
to the Brethren. The young man in mind, was none other 
than William Penn. He made missionary journeys to Ger- 
many in 1671 and 1677 after he had learned the German 
language. In visiting Germany he learned of the suffer- 
ing of the pious German Christians and the unspeakable 
atrocities inflicted upon them during the long wars and 
religious persecutions. 

Following the establishing of his colony in America 
in 1681 and 1682, Penn returned to the scene of his mis- 
sionary efforts in Germany and reported to his friends, 
of a land where they could be free in body and mind. 
This was indeed the land of opportunity for he promised 
them land for the sum of 10 cents per acre, or if they 
would rather rent, the price for this virgin land would be 
one cent per acre. No wonder the Germans came to 
America and Pennsylvania as fast as sailing ships could 
bring them to the inviting and hospitable shores. 

A Historian writes, "Many died in the crowded vessels, 
and many others were sold into servitude, from three to 
seven years, to pay for their passage: on becoming free, 
each was entitled to 50 acres of ground. Children were 
often separated from their parents as if they had been 
African slaves. The Mennonites were first to protest 
against such practices." 

Some 200,000 Germans alone reached the state before 
the Revolution. Benjamin Franklin is said to have become 
concerned so much that he wrote in 1753 that, "they 
threatened to over power the English." His fears were 
without foundation, for the German people knew the 
meaning of oppression and when the English yoke be- 
came unbearable they helped the colonists throw it off. 
A battalion of German farmers fought all through the 
War of Independence, and won not only the respect of 
General Washington but of the enemy as well. However 
we usually hear of the Hessions and not these loyal citi- 
zens of German extraction. The Hessians were mercen- 
aries sold by the German princes for $30.00 a head to 
fight England's battles with the Colonists. About one 
fourth of those surviving remained in this country after 
the war. There are numerous and substantial citizens in 
the land today who trace their ancestry to these forced 
against their wills to fight for a country in which they 
had no interest. 

There were boundary disputes between Maryland and 
Pennsylvania, and to head off the invading Marylanders, 
Penn urged the German emigrants to "come and occupy 
the lands along the border to prevent the encroachment 
of the Marylanders." Thus Franklin County, then Cum- 
bei'land, was settled in the main by the Germans. 

Waynesboro in Franklin County, lies at the western 
foot of South Mountain. In 1897 it celebrated its cen- 
tennial. Matthew Nead writes of its location and of the 
locality, as it was the apparent focus of the settlers: 
"To diversify and add additional charms to the surround- 
ings, two streams of water of almost equal volume, the 
headwaters of the old Indian creek, the Antietam, born 
of the mountain springs, seek and find channels which 
take course through glen and glade, by brooding mountain 
pass, to their junction farther south. 

"The southeastern portion of the county of Franklin is 
not as well watered as the central and western portions. 
The east and west branches ©f the Antietam and, a few 
miles to the westward, the tributary, Marsh run, are the 
water features of the Waynesboro locality, which were 
potent factors in determining the choice of the early set- 

No wonder, when the Brethren who settled in and 
around Germantown started looking for new lands to in- 
vade from the stand point of missionary endeavor, that 
they looked to this German settled section of the land. 
Alexander Mack, and his three sons, Johann Valentin, 
Johannes and Alexander Jr., had come to Pennsylvania, 
landing at Philadelphia in September 1729. Later, per- 
haps following the death of the Senior Mack in 1735 
Johannes, or John as he was commonly known, felt the 
urge to go to the Antietam section of the state in what 
is now Franklin County, and combat the inroads made 
by the Seventh Day Baptists. There had been keen com- 
petition for the enrolling of the German settlers in the 
various tenets of the Dunker religion as well as the re- 
ligion of the Seventh Day Baptists. 

The year that John Mack came to the beautiful wooded 
and fertile section of Pennsylvania is not known. It may 
be buried somewhere in old musty records awaiting un- 
earthment. This is the way that the Brethren first came 
to this section of the state. The son of the organizer, 
himself, carrying the faith of his father and others of 
like mind. 

This was an attractive section of the state. It was in 
a beautiful and mountain walled fertile valley. Ingress 

FEBRUARY 11, 1956 


from the north was easy, and it was open to the south 
leading to the Potomac and to the Valley of Virginia. It 
was well watered by the Antietam and its branches. Some 
of the most picturesque scenes the Author has viewed 
after traveling in all the states of the Union may be 
found within a few miles of Waynesboro. The old water 
mills, the stone bridges of native lime stone, the clear 
as crystal springs with unpolluted, tree shaded streams, 
make , a picture for the brush of the artist. When the 
tinted leaves of Autumn vie with one another with their 
myriad of colors, the Artist is indeed challenged by the 
Master Architect and great Painter of the Universe! 

Here the early settlers built their brick homes, not 
alone for themselves but for generations yet unborn, who 
should occupy them long after their passing. Here, or 
from here, came forth those whose names have been 
seldom mentioned in History, as for instance Eleanor 
Judkin who in Lexington, Virginia, became the wife of an 
almost unknown Professor of the Virginia Military In- 
stitute. Fame had him in mind, and today he is known 
as one of the greatest soldiers and Generals that Amer- 
ica ever produced, by the name of "Stonewall" Jackson. 

Little is known of the activities of John Mack in and 
around Waynesboro. He is listed as an early settler. Old 
records have been gone through and are still being 
gone througli and are still being searched which may 
throw light upon the days so far away. We are at this 
moment conceinied with his son whom he named Jacob. 
Each generation of Macks found the name Jacob a pop- 
ular one for the boys and the name of Elizabeth as the 
popular name for the girls. When Jacob was born to 
John, we do not know. We know that he was born in 
Franklin County, and perhaps either in Waynesboro or 
nearby. In the year 1786 Jacob is listed as a taxable 
along with his cousin William, son of Alexander Mack, 
Jr. However we have the record of Jacob's family, as 
well as the date of his death which was in 1814. We 
know that on October 16, 1752 he was married to Han- 
nah L. Englehart, who was born July 10, 1735. There 
were born to this marriage, nine children. The eighth is 
the one that concerns us in this article. She was born 
September 20, 1774, dying in April 1874, lacking just a 
few months of reaching the round one hundred years of 
age. She married John Benedict. There are numerous de- 
scendants, both Benedicts and others in and around 

Nancy was the grand daughter of John Mack, and the 
great granddaughter of Alexander Mack, the Organizer 
of the Brethren Church. 

There is one to whom we are much indebted for his 
intei'est and efforts to discover data regarding the old 
Mack home two miles east of Waynesboro where Jacob 
lived and where Nancy was born. This man is John A. 
Mikesell, who purchased the farm in 1942 from Aaron 
Hess who had owned it for 33 years. Mr. Mikesell im- 
mediately started to search the old records; also to per- 
sonally remove the unsightly growth from the private 
cemetery on the farm just a few hundred yards north 
of the barn. This stone-walled cemetery had been per- 
mitted to grow unattended. When the Author and Henry 
Good visited it some years ago, the first time by the 
writer, the underbrush, and briars wei'e so thick that it 
was impossible to penetrate it. This cemetery contains 


the graves of some of the section's most prominent citi- 
zens and early settlers. Among them were names such 
as the Royers, McKensies, Keagys, Stouffers, Macks and 
others. Here John Mack, the son of Alexander Mack and 
father of Jacob and the grandfather of Nancy, is buried. 

With Henry Good, who lives in Waynesboro, and also 
a descendant of Alexander Mack, the writer has visited 
the Mack home and we have been courteously received 
by the owner of the present time. Both are vitally inter- 
ested in our history. We present their pictures in this 
article along with the house as it appears today. There 
are distinct architectural styles in the old place. The 
house stands along the Amsterdam road within sight of 
Shank's Mill. Across the creek is the railroad, and the 
entrance to Needy's cave. Terry Mitchell, of Waynesboro 
states in his Pen Sketches around Waynesboro, "The low 
part of the house seems to be older, although there is a 
section of the stone wall at one place which extends in to 
the high part. It resembles the kitchen built by John 
Wallace, and also the cottage of John Phillip Reed, which 
is about a half mile to the north. There are four dormer 
windows. Hand-made lath, every strip varying in size, 
support the old plaster. A clothes rail runs around the 
wall." The cottage, in old records spoken of as "The 
Mansion House," was built in Colonial times by Jacob 
Mack. The exact date of its building is unknown though 
there are records of its existence as far back as 1770. 
There are stories of Indian fights in and about the com- 
munity. It is not uncommon to pick up arrow heads in 
the fields. The house, built in part like many stone houses 
of the Valley, is heated by fireplaces. There are three. 
The roof is protected with heavy slate, with the rafters 
pinned together. The old barn, between the road and the 
house, bears the date of 1825, and is a typical Pennsyl- 
vania rambling type of structure. It is thought that this 
was built approximately the time the new section of the 
house was built. The small section of the house to the 



right, of course being the older and the original struc- 
ture built by Jacob Mack. 

The house is occupied by John A. Mikesell and his sis- 
ter Bessie, a registered nurse. They have made it one 
of the most restful and beautiful places along the creek. 
A rapidly flowing spring is the feeder for the large pond 
across which the ducks make their paths and which at- 
tracts the eye of the visitor. A Hydraulic Ram cares for 
pumping water from the spring to where it is needed. 
This place must also have been a show place at the time 
when the farm was owned by the Macks in other days. 
It is still known as the Mack Farm. Just a little way 
down the road eastward, is the Old German Baptist Am- 
sterdam Church. However it is not used for church pur- 
poses now but has been remodeled and makes a commo- 
dious dwelling house. To this church the occupants of 
the farm wended their way in other days for worship. 

Here Nancy Mack was born. Here she grew to woman- 
hood, learning the skills so necessary to conduct the af- 
fairs of the thrifty German home. Here she heard the 
stories of her ancestors, and from here she visited the 
grave of her grandfather on the farm. It should be stated 
in shame to those who have no respect for the departed 
that in recent months vandals have entered the walled- 
in cemetery and overturned some of the taller of the 
monuments. Certainly it is an indication of a warped 
mind, if an individual with a tendency like that could 
be said to have a mind. 

Inasmuch as Nancy was almost the youngest of the 
brood of nine, she being the eighth, she must have 
tagged along with her older brothers and sisters as they 
worked in the fields and at the various trades found in 
the self contained homes of the period. There were just 
twenty-one years between Nancy and the firstborn Eliza- 
beth of the Jacob Mack family. However Elizabeth lived 
less than four years. Two other sistei's died young. 

The date of Nancy's marriage to John Benedict is not 
at hand as we write this, but she was su grown woman as 
she was thirty five when her first child was born. Her 
marriage, we know, took place in the house of her birth. 
Its walls must have been crowded as the guests came 
in for the gala occasion. It must have been many years 
ago, for her first son whom she named for her father 

Jacob, was born February 1, 1810. He was married March 
2, 1838 to Susannah Wilt, and they became the parents 
of eleven children. Jacob Benedict died in 1892. The sec- 
ond son whom they named Daniel Mack Benedict, was 
born near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, May 8, 1812 and 
died September 1, 1895. He was united in marriage to 
Eliza Dunkle. They were the parents of nine children. The 
third child of Jacob and Nancy Mack Benedict was 
born June 1, 1815 and was given the name of Elizabeth. 
She married John Secrest. Elizabeth died February 6, 
1890 and is buried in the Welch Run Cemetery of the 
Church of the Brethren, in Franklin County, Pennsyl- 
vania. They were the parents of five children. 

While the records in regard to the activities of this 
woman whose life span was almost one hundred years, 
are not numerous; we can know her in the personages 
of her descendants. Among them we find Missionaries, 
such as Jesse Benedict Emmert who was for sixteen years 
until his health broke, a Missionary to India. "Men of 
the Cloth" were numerous as well as men who have made 
their marks in Industry. Among some of them we may 
name the late John Good Benedict who was a successful 
Banker, and President of the Landis Machine Company 
of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Still active today is Daniel 
Norris Benedict, also of Waynesboro, President of the 
Frick Company, an honored descendant of Nancy. In this 
connection in passing we might mention one who has 
honored Nancy Mack Benedict in an outstanding way; he 
a descendant, in his presenting of Oiler Hall to Jun- 
iata College, at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. We refer to 
Jacob Oiler. To those who may be more interested in 
the names of her descendants, and the records of 
many of them they will be found in the Author's work, 
DANTS, from pages 75 to 113. 

Industry, Religion and all walks of life have their rep- 
resentatives in whose veins flow the blood of this woman 
who was born near the singing creek in what is now 
Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The old farm is rapidly 
being developed, and houses with their customary streets 
have changed the face of the countryside. The Wayne 
Heights Brethren Church, just to the north looks down 
upon the old cemetery, and the fields over which this 
woman, as a child walked and worked, one 
■ ' •• ■ hundred and seventy-five or more years ago. 

In closing the Author desires to express 
through this article sincere thanks to John 
A. Mikesell, who owns the farm and who 
is so vitally interested in securing and pre- 
serving the records of the days of Jacob 
Mack, as connected with the farm, though 
he himself is not of the line. May he be 
successful in the future enough that there 
might be written another chapter in filling 
out the blank pages which must be rich in 

St. James, Maryland. 




FEBRUARY 11, 1956 



524 College Ave., Ashland. Ohio. Phone: 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistant 


On February 14 at the Ashland office, the Missionary 
Board will hold its quarterly meeting. 

Because of the increasing scope of our missionary pro- 
gram — including many areas in this country as well as in 
two foreign countries — quarterly meetings have become 
necessary. Inquiries are sent to members before the 
meeting dates are definitely established to assure a 

Any items of business that should be submitted to the 
board for consideration should reach the office by Feb- 
ruary 13. The Executive Committee convenes on the eve- 
ning of February 13. 

Just in case you have forgotten — or never knew — the 
personnel of the board, here are the members and the 
capacities in which they serve: 

W. E. Ronk, president (Ashland, Ohio) 

E. M. Riddle, first vice-president 

(New Paris, Indiana) 
John Locke, second vice-president 

(Maurertown, Virginia) 
Everett Miller, third vice-president 

(New Paris, Indiana) 

Mrs. D. B. Flora, treasurer (Ashland, Ohio) 

J. Milton Bowman (Falls City, Nebraska) 

John Carnochan, Jr (Hagerstown, Maryland) 

Mrs. A. G. Carpenter (Ashland, Ohio) 

C. Y. Gilmer (Manteca, California) 

John Golby (Johnstown, Pennsylvania) 

Harlan Hollewell (Milledgeville, Illinois) 

J. D. Hamel (South Bend, Indiana) 

George A. Leidy (Conemaugh, Pennsylvania) 

Lester Peck (Falls City, Nebraska) 

Claud Studebaker (Bunker Hill, Indiana) 

D. C. White (Hagerstown, Maryland) 

W. Ray Yount . (Dayton, Ohio) 

W. S. Bell (Life Member) .. (Milledgeville, Illinois) 


Work on the new parsonage is progressing steadily. 
Dorman Ronk, who has charge of the construction, has 
been doing an excellent job of securing the best materials 
at the most reasonable prices; he has also been doing a 
considerable amount of the work himself. He has had as- 
sistance from several of the local workmen, as well as 
from one of the teachers at the Riverside School. 

A short time ago Mr. Phillips and Mr. Forry from 
Marianna, Pennsylvania, spent an entire week helping 
with this building, donating all their labor. Some inter- 
ested business men have provided materials at a good 
discount, because of their concern for the project. 

The Missionary Board is truly grateful for the help 
provided by these, and others who may not have been 

mentioned, for their assistance in this undertaking; par- 
ticularly do they appreciate the wonderful manner in 
which the Ronks (Doi-man, Joan and Bruce) have fit into 
the scheme of things at Lost Creek. Besides his construc- 
tion work, purchasing, etc., Dorman is doing some teach- 
ing of manual training at Riverside Christian Training 
School; Joan is also teaching home economics and per- 
forming other invaluable services to the Christian work 
program at Lost Creek. Even Bnace (just three years 
old) occupies an important place there among the boys. 
We are all so appreciative of every good thing that 
has been done for the work. And to you, Mr. and Mrs. 
Dorman Ronk — our hats are off! 


January 11, 1956 
Waka, Nigeria 
Dear Clayton and Ida: 

While waiting a few minutes for a delayed supper, I'll 
begin writing a letter. Take another look at the letter 
head — yes, we're really living at Waka. We moved on 
January 4, and are living in the house formerly occupied 
by the Shanksters, who have moved into the new house. 

In many ways our house is more than one would expect 
on the mission field. Before long we'll have running 
water and toilet facilities installed in the house at Waka. 
The government has given a grant of money for this 
purpose. We finally have all of our boxes from home un- 
packed and the contents properly stored. It surely is nice, 
living in a large house for a change. I don't bump into 
Jean anj^ more when I move around nor do I rearrange 
the furniture when I open the doors. 

Girls' school began this past Tuesday with 37 enrolled in 
the two classes. They are known as lower five and regu- 
lar five. They are equivalent to the 5th and 6th grades 
at home. 

Since Mrs. Shankster, who was Head Mistress last 
year, has been elected as mission treasurer, Jean is act- 
ing Head Mistress — commonly referred to as H. M. She 
has quite a heavy teaching load with an average of six 
classes (40 minutes) per day (Tuesday through Saturday) 
plus some study periods during the day and at night, 
plus clinic for the girls' school, plus physical education 
after the regular classes. I heard her remark tonight that 
once she gets into the swing of things it will be much 

I am teaching one class a day (arithmetic) in the girls' 
school. Boys' school begins next Monday. My schedule 
isn't complete at the moment, but I suppose I'll be plenty 

We had a very fine Christmas at Marama. All of us 
ate our dinner together at Royers' house and a good 
meal it was. We are all well and are enjoying life at 
Waka. In fact, it's hard to realize we're in Nigeria. 

Love The Shanks 



Pilot Project 

\Y7^ OF THE Main Street Brethren Church here in 
VV Meyersdale have had an unusually wonderful expe- 
rience during the past month, and we would like to share 
it with other Brethren through the Brethren Evangelist. 

During the month of November we held a month of 
intensive Stewardship Education, climaxed by an Every 
Member Canvass. We used Stewardship Lessons in our 
Sunday School in the youth and adult classes. I preached 
stewardship sermons each Sunday. Our Midweek Worship 
topics were on stewardship themes. We used several 
filmstrips and one movie on stewardship in our Sunday 
evening services and meetings of auxiliary organizations. 
Three letters were mailed to the congregation, keeping 
them informed of the month's program as it unfolded. 
Stewardship tracts were enclosed in the letters and in 
the Sunday bulletins. Finally, six teams of visitors were 
carefully selected and trained for the Every Member Can- 
vass on the last Sunday of the month. It was a monu- 
mental task, one which we believe will result in contin- 
uing spiritual benefits for many months, perhaps years, 
to come. 

I should like to explain why we feel that this effort 
has been of such great value to us. In the first place, 
our emphasis was directed throughout the month on the 
basic Christian principle that all we have and are has 
come fi'om God, and that we really do not own anything 
— that it is all His, and we are stewards of a great trust 
that belongs to God. Therefore to be true to our trust 
and to God to Whom belongs everything, we must com- 
mit ourselves and our possessions to Him and use them 
as He directs. Tlius when we come to our Every Mem- 
ber Canvass our appeal was not to the needs of the 


Main Streell 

REVEREND HORACE HUSE has conducted a pilot 
project in stewardship with a month's emphasis 
climaxed by an every-member canvass or enlistment. The 
results have been most gratifying to this point and are 
similar to those experienced by thousands of churches 
that use this approach annually. 

Brther Huse put into action the plans and tools used 
by other denominational bodies and was careful to follow 
the details rather meticulously. We are confident that 
this church has not yet seen half of the results of their 

We commend Brother Huse and the Meyersdale Church 
for his splendid piece of work, and we urge other 
churches to use this effective and systematic approach 
to enlist their people more completely in the Lord's work. 

W. Clayton Berkshire. 

church, but rather to the need of God's steward to C( 
mit himself and his possessions to God, with primary c 
cern for the promotion of His spiritual program in 
world through His Church. This, you can readily comi 
hend, has a tremendous impact upon Christians of 
stages of development, and upon the church as a whi 
It has opened the eyes of many and widened the visi 
of many to the real meaning and scope of Christian St 

A second reason we feel that this program has bj 
so worthwhile is the personal contacts made by our 
itors. As we all know, nothing can take the place of 
personal presentation of the challenge of the Christ 
Gospel. Our canvassers entered about 108 homes, of m< 
bers and fiiends and prospects. This personal contact c 
not be over-estimated in its value. It provided op] 


FEBRUARY 11, 1956 


JSE, Pastor 
•en Church, 

* * * A 4* 

fired our souls with the desire to tell others of its de- 
mands and its benefits. Certainly these three results will 
blossom forth in a real spiritual growth in our church 
and in the lives of our members. 

I believe that the statistical results of our Every- 
Member Canvass also tell a significant story. Out of the 
108 homes contacted, pledges were obtained in 80 of them. 
Thus, roughly 75% of our congregation responded with 
a definite commitment. Since this was the first time an 
effort of this kind has ever been made to get pledges 
in response to presenting the challenge of Christian 
stewardship, it seems a most gratifying response. A total 
of 113 pledges were received (representing husbands, 
wives, children, and others in some families), making an 
annual amoxmt of $6,854.40 pledged for the year. This 
compares very favorably with the amount received in 
offerings ($6,984.28) in 1953 v/ithout any such effort. 

In conclusion, I should like to recommend to all my fel- 
low-ministers and their congregations the experience of a 
month of stewardship emphasis such as ours. I don't 
think that I am exaggerating when I say that its spir- 
itual impact was equal to a week of revival services, and 
accomplished something that preaching alone could never 
have done. I would be glad to share with anyone who 
would be interested information concerning our methods 
and resources in our stewardship program. In fact, I 
believe that consideration should be given to promoting 
a ' month of intensive Christian Stewardship throughout 
the denomination annually. I can think of no more direct 
and challenging method of appealing to our Brethren 
people to commit themselves to God and to His work 

ity for a visual presentation of the work of the 
rch — locally, district-wide, and nationally and inter- 
Lonally. I should mention here that the visitors had 
i-over charts with which to present their story. It 
) gave opportunity for questions and discussion in each 
le. Finally, it led up to the challenge of a personal 
imitment of one's financial support to the work of 
I through our church. 

'he third important result of our month of steward- 
3 emphasis is the value it had for the visitors and 
pastor. We now have twelve members who have been 
ined in presenting the work of the church to their 
ow-members. The pastor has undergone intensive study 
. preparation for this program. And the importance 
I urgency of the challenge in the principle we all had 
n taking for granted, namely, Christian Stewardship, 

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there 
may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, 
saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the win- 
dows of heaven, that there shall not be room enough to 
receive it." Malachi 3:10. 

"Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay 
by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there 
be no gathering when I come." I Corinthians 16:2. 

"He which soweth spai'ingly shall reap also sparingly; 
and he which soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully. 
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let 
him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth 
a cheerful giver." II Corinthians 9:6, 7. 



Sunday School Suggestions by Joseph r. Shuhz 

(Sponsored by the National Sunday School Association of the Brethren Church) 

Rev. Spencer Gentle, 

Young People's Divisional Supt., N. S. S. A. 

TN MOST of our Sunday Schools of today, you will find 
very good Intermediate departments and a very healthy 
High School department. Then, you will find a good class 
of young mai-ried couples, couples who have been mar- 
ried for a few years and have children in the Nursery 
department or Beginners department. 

The Sunday School is very efficient in supplying 
rooms, teachers and materials for the above mentioned 
classes; but a very important group of young people is 
being neglected by most Sunday Schools of today. This 
group is the younger young adults. Young people who 
are just out of High School; young men home fi'om the 
service; college young people who come home during va- 
cation days; young married couples just married; young 
school teachers; and a host of other young people of this 
post High School age. This group feels too old to go 
into the High School class and too young to go into the 
young married couples class which is composed of couples 
who have families. Therefore, we ai'e losing many of 
these people; they either find a Church that has a place 
for them, or they quit attending Sunday School alto- 
gether. Many of them will attend the worship service, 
and even then feel that there is no definite place for 
them in the overall work of the Church. 

Something MUST be done for these neglected Young 
People! A Sunday School class must be organized for 
them! Of course, there are many problems with such an 
endeavor. The teacher must be a person who is vitally 

interested in the needs of such a class. It must be real- 
ized that the attendance will never be steady because 
the college people are not present every Sunday. A pro- 
gram of interest and enthusiasm must be inaugurated, 
but it can be done! In the early days of such a class, 
the attendance will be 3 or 4 perhaps. Then it will jump 
to 15 to 20 for a few Sundays, then back down to just 
a few. This is no reason for discouragement. It is to be 
expected, don't give up the class. The day will come 
when the attendance will be more steady. Let's not lose 
these young people because we do not have the faith to 
help them out! 

One of the most important reasons for not neglecting 
these young people is the fact that many of them have 
trained talents that can oe used in our Sunday School and 
Church work. If we make them feel that they have an 
important place in the church, they will be willing to 
use their talents for the glory of God. We have here, po- 
tential Sunday School teachers, choir members, youth 
leaders and many, many other possibilities. 

But the most important reason of all for beginning 
such a class is that of keeping these young people in our 
Sunday School and Church, giving to them the spiritual 
growth which we all need. 

Every Sunday School in the Brethren Denomination 
should have such a class. Let's not neglect these young 
people any longer, Let's keep them in our churches! 

Goshen, Indiana 




"HEARTS FOR CHRIST"— This is the theme of the 
Northeastern Ohio Brethren Youth Rally to be held in 
the Brethren Church, 490 Bowman St., Mansfield, Ohio, 
on Sunday, Febi-uary 19th, beginning at 2:00 P. M. 

Registration will be from 2:00 to 2:30 P. M. in the 
lower auditorium of the Church. The Inspirational Hour 
will be from 2:30 to 3:30 P. M. with a special treat for 
you. An Indian girl has been secured as our main 
speaker. Her Indian name is PRINCESS WHITE FEATH- 
ER and her English name is RUTH DOUGLAS. She is 

attending a Bible School in Lancaster, Pa., in preparation 
to be a missionary to her own people, the Cherokee In- 

You will be inspired and challenged by her message 
and wonderful Christian testimony. 

The business hour will follow from 3:30 to 4:30 P. M. 
with District President, Ray Aspinall, in charge. 

The recreational period will be at 4:30 to 5:45 P. M. 
A chili supper has been planned for the low cost of 
60c. The supper will be held in nearby St. Johns Park at 
6:15 P. M. Please have your reservations in by Wednes- 
day, February 15th. 

Princess White Feather will be the speaker for the 
evening worship service at 7:30 P. M. 

The age limit is 12 years and older for this Rally. 


FEBRUARY 11, 1956 



Greetings in the name of our Lord! 

Another year has gone by. We are well into a new 
year. By the time you read this one month of the new 
year will either be gone or almost gone. This past year 
has had both its joys and its sorrows for us here at 
Mulvane— our losses and our gains. The Lord has blessed 
us in our work. The Devil also has been trying to get 
a hold. As with any work that is progressing for the 
jLord, Satan is there making the Christian's effort a con- 
istant warfare. But — as with God's people of all ages 
[under Godly leadei'S — we are going forward with Rev. 
J. F. Burton as our leader. 

I All of our Sunday services are very well attended — 
(from our Nursery Class to the Adult Classes at Sunday 
School on into the Worship Sei-vice Sunday morning to 
iour B. Y. C. and Adult C. E. group meetings on Sunday 
[evening on into the evening Worship service. We put a 
[lot of emphasis on the Sunday Evening service due to 
the fact that it seems more difficult to get people to go 
[to Church on a Sunday Evening. 

Prayer meeting and Bible-study on Thursday night are 
1 doing well considering all the competition we have from 
our schools. We have three different groups for our Bible 
Study and Prayer Sei-vice. Mrs. Burton is in charge of 
the Junior group; Brother George Grieve in charge of the 
Young People; and Rev. Burton leader for the Adult 

We have all the Auxiliary organizations of the church 
— W. M. S., Laymen, Jr. and Sr. S. M. M., Jr. and Sr. 
Brotherhood — all working very hard to make their work 
and lives count for the Lord. We have a newly elected 
I Youth Board of which Brother Dwight Bishard is the 
; Chairman. We are looking forward to the time when the 
I Lord will provide us with someone who is capable of 

being our Youth Director. We ask an interest in your 
prayers in this behalf. 

Four were baptized and added to the church following 
our Pre-Easter services. Two more were added at bap- 
tismal services this fall, and one more this past Sunday 
(Jan. 22) making seven for the year and sixty since 
Rev. Burton came. We have several others who are pros- 
pective members and for whom we are earnestly praying. 

Death entered our midst, taking one of our members, 
a few have moved to other communities, but taking all 
into consideration we feel we are progressing very well 
and that the Lord is blessing us more and more each day. 

We are looking forward to a full year with the Lord's 
work. Dr. Joseph Shultz is to be with us in Majch for 
the Sunday School workshop, and Rev. J. Milton Bow- 
man, of Falls City, Nebr. for an Evangelistic meeting 
following Easter. 

We, here at Mulvane were richly blessed the first part 
of October in being host to the Mid-West District Confer- 
ence. These rre always mountain top experiences wher- 
ever they may be held, but to have them at your home 
church where so many more of your own group can at- 
tend these sei-vices, the blessings are even greater. I'm 
sure I speak for all of our members when I say I want 
to take this opportunity of thanking all who made this 
conference the great experience that it was — those who 
came from our General Conference Organizations and 
those who came from the individual churches of the dis- 
trict. You all helped make it the success it was. May 
God richly bless each and everyone. 

Mrs. Olen C. Davis, Corr. Sec'y. 


The past two Sundays, Mr. Hamel baptized 22 people 
and received 3 by letter. 

The High School Young People's Class, under the di- 
rection of A. R. Thompson (formerly Professor of Music 
at Ashland College) has acquired the kitchen which is the 
last available space in our church. This past month the 
class has grown by leaps and bounds by reason of the 
unique way they are using the kitchen. They now have a 
coffee-doughnut hour along with their Sunday School 
lesson, which have proven very successful. 

Miss Lillie Garwood, Secretary to the Pastor. 

FEBRUARY 19, 1956 


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He refused to be a Christian, 

And had no use for the church. 
He said nearly all who belonged 

Were hypocrites — and nothing more. 
It is true — there are such 

Who belong to the church, 
But they can find no better place 

Than this in which to spend their time. 
Here they will hear God's Word, 

And maybe by and by. 
It will work the change desired. 

Again, did not Christ say that 
He alone should be lifted up? 

Look then unto the Saviour, 
And the cross on which He died. 

And not on His sinful followers, 
Who straggle at His side. 

— Clifford J. Boren. 

OFTENTIMES the person who condemns others for 
their faults, fails to see his own (Rom. 14:12). The 
Devil wants us to see the faults of others; the Holy 
Spirit wants us to see our own faults (Matt. 7:1-5). We 
shall not have to answer for the sins of the hypocrites 
in the judgment but for our own (Rom. 14:10-12). The 
Judge of all men saw two classes in the church — the self- 
righteous and critical, and those who turned in sincere 
penitence to Christ for salvation (Luke 18:10-14). Though 
hypocrites may be in the church on earth, they will not 
be in Heaven (Matt. 23:33). To hide behind a hypocrite 
is not to justify but to condemn one's self (Luke 15:16). 

The Pharisees were the spectacular hypocrites of Jesus' 
day. Many are the ways to play the hypocrite today. In 
either case Matthew 23 removes all shams and deceptions. 
Let us see through the eyes of Jesus: — 

The hypocrite may be a great talker (v. 3), great in pub- 
lic prayer (v. 14), a great proselyter (v. 15), great in 
tithing (v. 23), very exacting and particular (v. 24), be 
very careful about outward cleanliness (v. 25), and very 
careful about his outward appearance (v. 27). Let all who 
are critical of the Pharisee see that they measure up to 
all of his good points! His good points are commendable 
if he had only had the right attitude. Let us search our 
own hearts as we follow this study! 

Though the Pharisee was a great talker, he did not 
practice what he preached (v. 3). What he did he did to 
be seen of men (v. 5). He loved honor and exaltation 
(v. 7). He shuts up the Kingdom to those who stumble 
over him (v. 13). He devoured widow's houses and tried 
to cover the sin by making long prayers (v. 14). The 
proselytes he made he coached for Hell (v. 15). He "went 
to seed" on small matters and ignored weighty matters 
(v. 23). He claimed not to be guilty of extortion "as 


other men are" (Luke 18:11), but was "full of extortion" 
(v. 25). He was great for exterior cleanliness (white- 
wash), but within he was foul (unwashed) (vs. 25, 27). 

Hypocrisy is a terrible sin T^Luke 12:1). Of it the Phar- 
isees were very guilty (Matt. 15:7, 8). With it they dis- 
honored their parents (Matt. 15:4-6). They maltreated 
their neighbors (Prov. 11:9; 23:7). Judas connived with 
them, and betrayed his Master with a kiss (Matt. 26:48- 
50). Beware of their leaven! 

The Apostle Peter once erred with pretense (Gal. 2:13). 
Paul opposed him in this matter (Gal. 2:11). David would 
have nothing to do with dissemblers (Psalm 26:4). liet 
love be sincere (Rom. 12:9). 

The hypocrite's hope shall perish (Job 8:13). His pre- 
tense will bring him "greater condemnation" (Matt. 23:14). 
His ultimate portion is Hell (Matt. 24:50, 51). In all his 
deception he has deceived himself and will be greatly 
surprised in the judgment (Isaiah 33:14). Let us have 
heavenly wisdom, which is "without hypocrisy" (James 




William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 19, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 19:1-10 

HOW QUICK WE are to pass by those whom we do 
not consider to be of our own class distinction! For- 
tunately, Jesus Christ is not like that. As He came in 
contact with various classes of people. He stopped to 
help. In this manner the sinful woman of Samaria em- 
braced salvation. Likewise was the proud Pharisee, Nic- 
odemus, brought into right relationship with God. 

Zacchaeus, the publican — a member of those cheating, 
conniving tax collectors — made a right choice for God 
because Christ was interested in his soul, and stopped to 
speak with him. 

Any man brought face to face with the Son of God is 
immediately confronted with the necessity of making im- 
portant decisions. What shall he now do ? Shall he con- 
tinue on in his sinful way along the path of destruction? 
Or, shall he change his direction in life and choose the 
Christ- Way? Such were the decisions which faced Zac- 
chaeus when he met Jesus Christ. He chose to follow j 
Christ. I 

If a man boldly and courageously decides to make the ! 
right decision, he is confronted with barriers that would ' 
hinder his decision. Zacchaeus faced these barriers. What ; 
are they ? 

"He was rich." A man must decide what he is going to 
do with his possessions. He hears the admonition of 
Christ: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His right- 1 
eousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" 
(Matt. 6:33). Now he must decide what he will do. 

FEBRUARY 11, 1956 


Thank God the problem of possessions did not long 
trouble Zacchaeus, for we hear him say to the Master: 
"Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor." 
Would to God all men had the courage to make the right 
decision with regards to that which they possess! 

There was still another barrier aside fi-om his posses- 
sions. There was his past. It was nothing of which he 
could be proud! On the conti-ary, he had been guilty of 
lying, cheating, and robbing. If he was truly repentant 
of his past sins, he must be willing to "bring forth there- 
fore fruit worthy of repentance" (A.S.V. Matt. 3:8). 
Would he be willing to make proper restitution for the 
wrong he had done ? 

How gratifying to hear him say to Jesus: "If I have 
taken anything from any man by false accusation, I re- 
store him four-fold." 

Following this testimony it is no wonder Christ could 
say to the new Zacchaeus: "This day is salvation come 
to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham." 
Who are the children of Abraham? The children of 
Faith, for Paul writing to the Galatians says: "Know ye 
therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the 
children of Abraham" (3:7). 

Every man or woman, boy or girl who meets Jesus, 
is confronted with a choice. Zacchaeus made his choice — 
the right one. He chose to follow Christ. 

"Choose I must, and soon must choose 
Holiness or heaven lose; 
While I choose what heaven hates. 
Closed for me is heaven's gate." 

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve . . . but as 
for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 

■*■ because He talked like incarnate deity; He thought 
like it. He planned like it, He died like it, rising from 
the dead in glorious vindication of it. I believe in Christ 
because He evidences the divinity of His person today by 
bringing new life to those who receive Him. What do we 
think of this Man Jesus ? Well, if you doubt what He says 
about Himself, ask Him to verify it in your own experi- 
ence, surrendering to the truth He has to say about you. 
— Robert Boyd Munger in What Jesus Says (Fleming H. 
Revell Co.). 


HE WHOLE TROUBLE with many Christians today 
is that they are only playing at being Christian. 
They have never really gone in for a holy, dynamic 
Christian life, because they are afraid to pay the price. 
I tremble in my own soul at the shock many will get 
when they face our Lord and discover that the beliefs 
they have cherished, the doctrines they have embraced, 
and the Bible they have said they believed, have landed 
them in hell because their beliefs have never become ac- 
tion, and the Bible has never become practice, and their 
lives have never been made holy. The law at the foot of 
the mount of judgment has to be fulfilled not by us, thank 
heaven, but in us by the Holy Spirit. — Alan Redpath, in 
Victorious Christian Living (Fleming H. Revell Co.). 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

"And he said, Who art thou, Lord?" Acts 9:5. 


[EN EXPERIENCE CONVERSION in different ways. 
That is they experience a different sensation in the 
process. To men like Paul, conversion came like a snap 
shot, so suddenly did it occur. And if this is true, then 
there are others come to the Creator by what might be 
likened to a time-exposure experience. And whether by 
one or the other type of experience, to both alike God 
becomes nearer, clearer, dearer as they grow in grace. 
Paul's sudden and unexpected meeting with his Master 
evicted a natural and spontaneous question, "Who art 
Thou, Lord?" Thou who hast come so unexpectedly and 
suddenly, and who. doth by Thy coming shake my very 
soul ?" 

It would seem better to seek to realize the Lord's 
promise in Matthew 28:20, where He declares "Lo I am 
with you alway." I believe that it is God's wish that we 
should have Him for a constant friend and companion. 
And we may have that companionship. 

We do well to ask ourselves the question, "What is the 
measure of my acquaintance with God ? What is He like 
to me ? Do I feel as close to him as I should ? Would I 
miss my fellowship with Him if it should be broken? 

Some have answered the question of our discussion in 
this manner: "He is to me as the glory of the sunset. I 
see Him in the sunset." Said another, "He is Love. He 
is all that is good and true and beautiful." Again another 
declares: "He is to me an inner grace. I feel His near- 
ness. He is a Presence indescribable-undeniable-ineffable." 
"He is to me a Person. He is like Jesus," says still an- 
other; "He is my heavenly Father. I know He cares." 

The Bible declares that God is a Spirit, and they that 
worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." 
For the finest experience of God's fellowship, therefore, 
we must strive for a spiritual awareness of the presence 
of God by our side. So shall we be strengthened and kept 
in His will. 

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(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 
Make checks payable to L. V. King, Treasurer, and 
address Rev. L. V. King, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, 



Clarence Stogsdill, Director 


T'M FOR THEM! Those delightful people somewhere be- 
tween the ages of five and twenty-five, who either have 
that strenuous time called adolescence to endure, or have 
just rounded the bend on the other side, or are just now 
in its grips. That period when all the world seems out of 
focus — which I still believe it is — and the fads of the day 
take over completely the thinking of the youth so that 
he cannot see the sky for the stars; the time when it is 
easier to know the answers than to search for them; the 
pressures of physical and emotional temptations, and the 
foolish attempts of the former generation to help them 
"understand" themselves: these are just some of the 
characteristics of their lives. 

Is it any wonder that all nations pick youth to fight 
their international battles ? Who else can be so brave, so 
willing, so daring, so able to handle the situation ? Re- 
member, Mr. and Mrs. Doakes, they do win the battles! 
If they were left up to anyone else the battles would be 
lost. But don't forget, too, that if they are capable of 
handling international battles, they also are able to fight 
the battles of their souls. Give them uniforms and equip- 
ment and they will come out victors. 

It has been reported that in World War II it cost 
about $1,600 to kill one enemy, while up to that time it 
convei't him. Now it costs far less than that to bring 
one of our own young people to the feet of the Lord. 
Think about it! You who measure your lives in terms 
of dollars-per-hour at the shop: would you, if you could, 
work two, or three, or four, or five hours to win one 
soul for eternity ? Of course the cost would have to be 
much reduced when it comes to bringing our own to the 


If someone on the street on an icy, slippery day should 
fall within your reach, would you give him a hand? Of 
course you would! You're no heel. Who do I think I'm 
talking to anyway? Well, you were young once; and you 
didn't have it as tough in many ways as the youth of 
today have it, with its "golden opportunities" and all. 
But as they make their attempts at life and slip here 
and there do you give them a hand ? Do you pray for 
them as they tread "icy" streets ? Do you speak encour- 
agingly to them ? Do you offer any assistance to their 
attempts to tackle the battles of life, and their organ- 
ized approach to life? In short, DO YOU HAVE (SHOW) 


Youth today have had no equals. They can sit down and 
figure their course through the next ten or fifteen years 
with cool heads and warm hearts; and most of them will 


even exceed their goals. They can follow you as you 
lecture them on matters which their parents didn't even 
know existed at their age, and after you finish they can 
add a couple more points to the outline of your sermon. 
Not only that; they can find the words you meant to use 
when you came to that mental, "bridge" you wanted to' 

In face of the bold, or should I say stark raving mad, 
world they can descend to their knees and with smooth- 
ness of style and graciousness of manner lift their peti- 
tions to the heavenly Father without a moment's hesita- 
tion, and do it as if to say, "Well, what would you have 
done?" This is what I see in the present generation of 
young people with whom we have to work. 

Oh, true, very true, that some are "black sheep," and 
it seems an impossibility to reach them. But on the other 
hand, I have had some of the most frivolous, the most 
"impossible" young people come to me and thank me for 
a statement in a message, or apologize for certain actions. 
I am humbled by the large number of youth who are not 
stained by the products of the world, and remain clean 
even while rubbing elbows with the slimiest characters of 
the present system. They remind me of the three Hebrew 
children in the court of the Babylonians. 

Even those who fall in the mud are to be given as- 
sistance instead of being trampled upon. What have we 
to offer them ? It is almost a shame to mention the vast- 
ness of "education" offered on sex, the greatest prob- 
lem of the world. If such a program could result in bet- 
ter personalities, it is high time it started to pay off, 
It has been given its chance. But instead it is a "come 
on" for youth which is printed in three letters on the 
covers of every issue of every secular magazine. Mar- 
riage is a state of legal experiment, to be tossed into the 
trash can if found unsatisfactory, and other experiments 
to follow. Under the pretense of "educating," the infor- 
mation is given out to make youth "wiser," burning more 
than ever with desire, hoping more than ever to escape 
consequences. The fall is even more disillusioning than it 
would have been without the information. The design of 
bathing suits for the beach, the arrangements of dance 
halls, and other forms of "recreation" — which, by the way, 
you are an "old fogie" (if my spelling is correct) it 
you don't think it's "nice," or at least see something! 
"wrong with it" — all add to the problem of the modern 
youth. He has been born in its presence; he is taught it 
in schools; his parents either are divorced or give him 
lessons in the "art"; mother and dad make little or nc; 
attempt to do as the Hebrews did who loved their religion 
and instruct their children. 

Yes, I insist that your youth are the best yet. They 
have the biggest job to do — both now and in the future — 
that any generation of youth ever has been challengec 
with, and they have less with which to accomplish it 
They should be sore at us, but they are not. They are toe 
kind. They simply take what we have to offer, adapt ii 
to their needs, and use their imagination for the rest. 

Let's encourage youth with our prayers, a kind word 
and kind deed. See how they will reward us! 

FEBRUARY 11, 1956 


^he ^A/omens /Corner 

""i^G^ <^^OG^ '^<^G^ 

by Helen Jordan 


WHEN I WAS ASKED by our W. M. S. president to 
write an article for the "Evangelist" my first 
thought was, I can't do that. Next the thought came to 
me, why not write on giving thanks; you have so much 
for which to be thankful. 

Every day in the year is a good time to give thanks. 
The majority of the people in the United States of Amer- 
ica make a special effort for thanksgiving the fourth 
Thursday in November. When we take the time to think 
of all our blessings, and really ponder over them, we are 
amazed at the many blessings that are ours. 

My family's latest reason for thanksgiving is the safe 
arrival of our youngest son Gerald from overseas duty 
after traveling by train, boat, bus, plane and car a dis- 
tance of approximately 5,000 miles, the night before the 
plane crash in the west that took 66 lives. 

Like the psalmist of old, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I 
shall not want." 

If I have prompted even a few to be more thankful, 
I'll feel that this article has been very much worthwhile. 

Mrs. Wm. H. Beattie, 

Lanark, 111. 


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GOSHEN, INDIANA. A new Sunday School Class for 
post High School young people is being organized. The 
first session scheduled to be held on February 4th. 

National Brethren Youth- Director was guest speaker on 
January 29th, which was also designated as "Youth Sun- 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Brother J. D. Hamel re- 
ports the receiving of 22 new members by baptism and 
3 by letter recently. 

change Program" is being worked out among area 
churches, including Brethren Churches at Roann, College 
Corner, Huntington and North Manchester. The first 
schedule (for Sunday evening, February 12th) is as fol- 
lows: Rev. Edwin Puterbaugh, of Huntington, at North 
Manchester; Rev. Thomas Shannon, of Roann, at Hunt- 
ington; Rev. Bright Hanna, of College Corner, at Roann; 
and Rev. Bates, of North Manchester, at College Corner. 
It is planned to continue this plan about once every two 

Missionary Societies held their Mission Study Book Re- 
view at the Church on February 2nd. 

^nxh to S?0t 


McAFOOSE. Orris Orlando McAfoose, faithful member 
of the Brush Valley Brethren Church, of Adrian, Penna., 
died at home, Dec. 14, 1955. Had been active in church 
work since 1932. Survived by wife, three sons and three 
daughters. Funeral services held in the church by the 
pastor, assisted by Rev. Paul Naff. Interment in Brush 
Valley Brethren Church Cemetery. 

David L. Rambsel, Pastor. 



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Items of general Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. A "Carry-in" dinner was held 
following the morning service on February 5th. 

Attendance on a recent Sunday was 63 as against 34 
a year ago. 

The frontis of the Sarasota bulletin now carries a line 
drawing of the proposed new church building which is to 
be erected on the lots purchased for that purpose on 
Shade Avenue. 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. The Honorable Theodore 
R. McKeldin, Governor of the free state of Maryland is 
scheduled to speak in the St. James Church the evening 
of March 18th. 

Brother Freeman Ankrum reports that on a recent icy 
Sunday they had 145 in Sunday School and practically a 
full house for preaching services. 

REN. A "Sunday School Church Service" is scheduled 
for March 4th, at which time the Worship Service will 
be held, at 9:30. The Young People's Class will serve 
as the Choir, a flannelgraph story will be told, a twenty 
minute sermon delivered, after which the classes will form 
for their studies. 

The W. M. S. Book Review was held the evening of 
January 29th as an open service. 

REN. A Church fellowship supper was held on February 
12th. Following the meal a film, "Is Your Home Fun?" 
was shown and discussed. Future Fellowship evenings are 
to be scheduled. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. The W. M. S. was in charge 
of the evening worship service on February 5th. 

neth Howard, Ashland Ministerial Student, was special 
speaker in the Valley Church on January 29th. 

A farewell fellowship for Hays Logan, member of the 
Valley Church, recently licensed to preach, and who has 
accepted the Gate wood, W. Va., pastorate, was held the 
evening of January 26th. Brother Logan brought the 
morning message in the Valley Church on February 5th. 

New racks for the recently purchased hymn books have 
been placed on the pew backs; a project of the Valley 

WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. Four new members were 
received recently. Two by baptism and two by letter. 

Dr. James A. DeWeerd, Pastor of the Cadle Taber- 
nacle, Indianapolis, Indiana, was the scheduled speaker 
the evening of February 12th in the West Alexandria 

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CANTON, OHIO. Trinity Brethren. Revival Services- 
March 4-11 — Rev. R. K, Higgins, Evangelist; Rev. Robert 
Keplinger, Pastor. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Services— March 5-18— Rev. 
J. D. Hamel, Evangelist; Rev. Alvin H. Grumbling, Pas- 

Northeastern Ohio District 


Mansfield Brethren Church 

490 Bowman Street, Mansfield, Ohio 

Sunday, February 19th— 2:00 P. M. 


Inquiries are coming in relative to District and General 
Conference dates for the summer of 1956. 

Most Districts follow the pattern of a year ago, with 
the exception of the Ohio District, which has moved its 
conference from June to July. 

INDIANA DISTRICT. June 11th through 14th, at Ship- 
shewana Lake, Indiana. 

SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT. June 22nd through 24th, 
at Oak Hill, W. Va. 

OHIO DISTRICT. July 12th through 15th (Place to be 

PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT. July 16th through 19th, 
at Third Brethren, Johnstown, Penna. 

The General Conference of the Brethren Church meets 
in Ashland, Ohio, August 13th through 19th. 

FEBRUARY 18, 1956 


JHe Editor's 
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SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, we called attention to the 
fact that liquor consumption reached an all-time high 
during the Christmas holiday season. (Brethren Evange- 
list, Jan. 21, 1956). At that time, we promised you that 
we would soon list, what we feel, are the reasons for this 
tremendous, general upsurge in liquor consumption in our 

When a person takes a drink of any alcoholic beverage, 
IN ANY FORM OR AMOUNT, he is endeavoring to 
satiate one or more of the thi-ee basic human drives: 1. 
Gratification of fleshly desires; 2. To be important and 
powerful; and 3. To be socially acceptable. All of these 
can represent dissipation of bodily reserves — a defiling of 
the body — a life that glorifies self instead of God. All of 
which the Christian is warned against. 

There are TWO GENERAL CAUSES for our high 
liquor consumption. First, the effort of distillers, whole- 
salers and retailers to sell the stuff. Second, the poten- 
tial and actual customer's lack of fimi conviction against 
its use. The "sellers" appeal to every conceivable weak- 
ness of the "buyer" in order to create desire. The habit, 
once formed, creates additional desire, until you find 
that people will sacrifice every decent and rightful thing 
to satisfy their craving for drink. Two men died, recently, 
in a drinking spree because, it is believed, they drank the 
anti-freeze solution drained from the radiator of a farm 

In view of the terrible cost and effects of direct and 
accompanying ills caused by our high drinking rate, we 
feel led to list for you what we feel are the main causes. 
We urge you to take each one, and thoughtfully think 
about it and then take a definite resolve as an individual 
and as a church to do something positive about it. 

times, the story writer and the actors makes extra spe- 
cial efforts to portray the use of drinks. So much so that 
we suspect at times that the writer and producer of the 
plays are under special obligation to the liquor interests. 
In other words, we have seen many fine television plays 
which could have been just as effective and complete 
without the drinking scenes, 

The most sinister effect from television drinking scenes, 
though, is the way in which it is done. At no time, is the 
question of whether it is right or wrong to drink ever 
considered. Drinking is assumed to be right and proper. 
To children viewing such a screening, drinking appears 
to be the thing to do. 

WHAT TO DO. Be concerned. Do not permit children 
or young people to view pi-ograms where there is the 
possibility of promiscuous drinking scenes, without proper 
adult supervision being present. When your children are 
viewing programs that do include drinking scenes, at that 
time, point out the evil in it, explaining how the drink- 
ing could have been left out. Write to the sponsor and 
object to his sponsoring of programs where drinking is 

(Our suggestions on what to do, may seem radical to 
some, but then, it's your young people involved, and as 
parents, their welfare should be your personal interest. 
No one else is going to protect them from this potential 
curse in their lives.) 

TELEVISION. Have you ever been watching your tele- 
vision and enjoying a program, only to have a station 
break, and to have the serenity of your living room shat- 
tered with a high powered beer ad ? There is no hour 
of the day which is free from this intrustion. There is 
no assurance that the next station break won't tell you, 
and your neighbors, that you'd better go out and get a 

case of beer, or you'll be dead by morning. We 

feel if beer advertising MUST be on television, it should 
be restricted to hours when the American families are 
not usually gathered around their sets. But then, the 
liquor business has never been known for scruples when 
potential customers are around. 

WHAT TO DO. The so-called "Television code of good 
practice" when obeyed, allows a station two commercials 
during a station break. That is why you usually find a 
soap commercial and a bread commercial, for instance, 
with possibly a note about a coming TV program, as a 
usual diet between programs. When one of these spot 
announcements is a beer ad, take note of the accom- 
panying product also advertised. Write that sponsor and 
tell him you object to his ad being run along side a beer 
ad. Don't forget the power of the printed (written) page. 
Point out the evils of beer drinking to your children as 
(Continued on Page 10) 








Rev. Fran\ W/. Gather 


THIS IS ABOUT the most important question 
that a man can ask. On its answer depends, 
not only our happiness in this world, but our hap- 
piness throughout eternity. 

We might ask, "From what do we want to be 
saved?" The answer is, "Saved from sin." Then 
again we may ask, "What sin?" The Scripture 
tells us that "Sin is the transgression of the 
law." (I John 3:4). I take that to mean the 
transgression of GOD'S LAW. 

Folks have asked the question, "Why did God 
create sin?" We answer, "God did not create sin." 
Sin, like darkness, is the absence of something. 
Darkness is the absence of light — likewise, sin is 
the absence of righteousness. We read in the 
story of creation that the earth was without form 
and void, and that darkness covered the face of 
the deep, so darkness, "like sin" was from the be- 
ginning. God gave man righteousness to overcome 

Another example is, God did not create hate; 
its opposite is love, and the scriptures tell us that 
"God is love." Further, by way of example, is 
life, its opposite being death. God breathed into 
the nostrils of Adam the breath of life, and man 
became a living soul. He did not create death, 
it is just simply the absence of life. Just so is sin 
the absence of righteousness. 

We can commit sin without doing anything, 
just neglect the things we should do. God's Word 
says, (Heb. 2:3) "How shall we escape, if we 
neglect so great salvation?" Doing nothing about 
it can become sin. 

So we have determined that if we want to be 
saved we must do something about it. If we want 
to do right, we must act. We can truly be lost 
without any effort, through the sin of omission. 
Of the two roads marked out for us, one is the 
broad road to destruction. The gate is wide, and 
broad is the road. We can drift along on that 
roadway without effort — plenty of room — just go 
along with the crowd. 

But how about the other road? Matt. 7:14 
says, "Because straight is the gate, and narrow 
is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there 
be that find it." We have to find this road, and 
we have to stay on it, for Rev. 3:5 tells us that 
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed 
in white raiment; and I will not blot out his 
name, out of the book of life." We must decide 
to be overcomers of sin if we expect to be saved." 

The question then remains, "What must I do 
to be saved?" 

To begin with, there are two stages of our sal- 
vation. We are not in heaven when our sins are 
forgiven, and our past sins pardoned — but we are 
on the right road^ As such, we dare not take a 
short cut lest we get off the road and become 
lost. Some times we have a long way to go before 
we realize eternal salvation. Being saved now, 
and being saved in eternity are two different 
things. In one sense, we are on probation — on our 
good behaviour. For example — a man is found 
struggling in the water. There is no way that he 
can save himself. A boat comes along and takes 
him in, and he is saved for the time, but he is 

FEBRUARY 18, 1956 


not on land yet. The captain tells him that he 
must stay on the boat until he lands — if he delib- 
erately jumps over-board, he will surely be lost. 
So it is with us; Mark 13:13 says, "But he that 
shall endure unto the end, the same shall be 

However, when we ask, "What must I do to 
be saved?" we usually are thinking about salva- 
tion in this life, and also in the life to come. 
This was a common question asked of Jesus, by 
persons who realized that they needed salvation. 
Sometimes it is worded in a different way, such 
as when the rich young ruler came to Jesus and 
asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" 
(Luke 18:18). Of course, he had in mind the 
same thing that the Philippian jailor was think- 
ing about in the 16th chapter of Acts when he 
said, "What must I do to be saved?" The answer 
was different in some ways. The rich ruler be- 
lieved that Jesus was what He said He was (so 
we see that he had faith) and he believed. He 
had lived up to the Jewish law, therefore he had 
repented of his sins, and had rendered sacrifice 
for them. Yet he lacked one of the first conditions 
of salvation — he had not loved his neighbor as 
himself. All around him were poor folk who 
needed help; he was indifferent to their need 
which is proof that he was not fully resigned to 
the will of God — ^for God is love. 

There are some fundamental things which we 
must do to be saved. In the first place one must 
hear about salvation before he can become inter- 
ested about it, so the first thing we must do is 
to hear. On the day of Pentecost, the Jews were 
gathered together when the Holy Ghost fell upon 
the disciples. Peter, standing up, said, "Hearken 
to my words." That is the first thing a soul must 
do to be saved — hearken to the words of God. 
Then, when he has given his attention, he must 
believe what the Word of God says about being 

In the case of the multitude that was saved on 
the day of Pentecost, after they had been pricked 
in their hearts and had asked, "Men and brethren 
what shall we do?" Peter answered them, "Re- 
pent, and be baptized every one of you in the 
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, 
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 
Then it says, "They that gladly received his word 
were baptized. And the same day there were 
added unto them about three thousand souls." So 
we see that those Jews were interested enough 

to listen to the Word, and when they heard, they 

Then, after hearing, the next thing was re- 
pentance, which is just as important as to hear, 
for without repentance, we cannot be saved. What 
was the message that John the Baptist brought 
to the Jews when he began to preach? It was 
ANCE. "Behold the lamb of God which taketh 
away the sin of the world" was the burden of 
his sermons to all people everywhere. Then they 
were baptized for the remission of sins. One never 
gets to the place in his life that he does not need 
repentance. Just so long as we make mistakes 
(and that is as long as we live) we need to be 
sorry for sin, and that is what is meant by re- 
pentance. I cannot find a single place where an 
unrepentant sinner was saved. 

I think it would be well for us to think for a 
short time about the prodigal son. To understand 
this parable which Jesus told, it would be well 
for us to understand who the persons He speaks 
of represent. Jesus said a man had two sons. The 
only reasonable way to interpret this is that the 
father represents God, our heavenly Father. The 
son represents a child of God, for he could not 
exactly represent one who had never been born 
again, else he would not be a son of God. In my 
opinion, this son represents a backslider. 

We know that he was a rightful heir to his 
father's estate, as his father did not protest his 
claim when he asked for his inheritance. He wan- 
dered away in "trespasses and sin," but the story 



says that he remembered about his father's 
house, and that he was miserable feeding swine. 
Let us notice what he was doing — feeding swine 
(worldly, despised, filthy) and it says that "he 
came to himself." Then he began to repent of his 
past. That was the first step in his being rein- 
stated in his father's favor. He then had to make 
up his mind to start back home. These steps must 
be taken by everyone, whether a backslider or a 
lost sinner, before he can be made alive. As to the 
status while he was away, the father said of his 
erring son, "For this my son was dead, and is 
alive again." (Luke 15:24). He who was lost in 
trespasses and sin, has now been restored by the 
grace of his father. He had been found, and again 
installed in his father's family. 

Another case of a restored backslider is the 
parable of the lost sheep. We have here the lost 
restored, but he must stay in the fold if he ex- 
pects the protection of the shepherd; this he 
can do if he follows the narrow path Jesus speaks 

I think we should understand just how much 
the things we do have to do with our salvation. 
In Ephesians 2:8, we read, "For by grace are ye 
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; 
it is the gift of God." The things we do cannot 
alone save us, but there are certain things that 
we must do before the grace of God takes over. 
We must obey certain commands of God before 
He will extend His marvelous grace. After we 
have done all that we can to be saved, God's 
grace is still necessary. This is brought out very 
vividly in the raising of Lazarus. Remember, Je- 
sus said, "Take ye away the stone," for He knew 
they were able to do that, then He cried with 
a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth," The people 
were not able to accomplish this, so He did that 
for them. Then Jesus said to them, "Loose him, 
and let him go," for He knew that they could 
do this. 

Then we have another class of believers of 
which Jesus spoke in Matt. 7:21, "Not every one 
that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into 
the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the 
will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will 
say unto me in that day. Lord, Lord, have we 
not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name 
done many wonderful works? And then will I 
profess unto them, 1 never knew you : depart 
from me, ye that work iniquity." Evidently 
these people trusted in their works alone to save 
them. God seemed to let them do good works, but 

they received no reward; evidently because they 
did not give God the glory. 


First: We must hear the story of redemption; 
we must be interested in our soul's salvation. 

Second: We must see in this plan that we are 
sinners, and be humble, acknowledge our sins, and 
be sorry for them. 

Third: We must believe in God's promises of 
redemption through the atoning blood of Jesus 
Christ; we must confess Him before men, not 
just simply in a public service, but in our daily 
way of living. 

Fourth: We must take up our cross and follow 
Him, for if we expect to be where Jesus is, we 
must follow the road that He took to heaven — 
namely, doing the will of His Father who is in 
heaven, for, I repeat His words, "Not everyone 
that saith unto me. Lord, Lord, shall enter into 
heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father 
which is in heaven." 

A blesed thought in regard to this road to 
glory is found in the words of Jesus, "My yoke 
is easy and my burden is light." It is easy if we 
really love Him enough to serve Him. 

Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

(The above sermon was preached from the pul- 
pit of the Brethren Church, 2600 E. 12th St., 
Cheyenne, Wyoming, by Frank W. Garber on the 
evening of January 30, 1955.) 


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Your Offerings? 

Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 


(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 

Make checks payable to L. V. King, Treasurer, and 
address Rev. L. V. King, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, 


FEBEUARY 18, 1956 



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Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Assistant 


Progress on the new parsonage at Lost Creek has been 
reported fi'om time to time through this page. Other im- 
provements have also been made recently at the Riverside 
Christian Training School: A new furnace was installed 
in the girls' dormitory, and other long-needed repairs 
were made. We are happy that such help is being given 
this fine work; but, as you are aware, such improvements 
do cost money. 

Since July 1, of this fiscal year, $11,097.82 has been 
spent on building, repairs, improvements and general 
maintenance; whereas, less than half this amount has 
been received thus far to cover these bills. We are eager 
that the work shall go forward and continue to receive 
mission Board support, but we dare not use all of our 
home mission funds for this work. There are twelve other 
mission pastors dependent on mission funds — some rather 
largely — for their living; besides, we want to build new 
churches in many needy areas. 

We do not want to curtail the Lost Creek work; neither 
do we want to fail our mission pastors. Many churches 
and individuals have expressed a keen interest in the 
Lost Creek program. Let's make that interest real by 
giving, then giving more and MORE. 



January 26, 1956 

Dear Brother Clayton: 

Rob has been in camp in Cordoba since the 13th of the 
month. Before he left, he went to Colon, Rosario and 
Villa Constitucion. There are quite a few matters to be 
cared for in the different churches and he will probably 
report on those when he writes, after his return. 

After a week in the hospital, David was able to come 
home; and he is now beginning to gain back some of the 
weight he had lost. He got along very well through it all, 
but, of course, we had to cancel all our vacation plans; 
now we don't see much chance of getting out of the city 
any more this summer. 

Rob called me from Cordoba Sunday to see how things 
were here and said there are more than 60 enrolled. He 
was very happy with the spirit and especially pleased to 
have the help of Frederich Huegal (author of Bone of 
His Bone, Calvary's Wondrous Cross, and others). He 
is a missionary of the Disciples' group who has spent the 
last 35 years or so in Mexico. He visited Argentina for 
a series of conferences in 1951 and was so well received 
that he is now back to be here until June. We were most 
fortunate to have made his acquaintance then. When he 
arrived this time and his schedule called for two weeks 
in Cordoba, he offered immediately to give some day-time 
classes in our camp. He has a wonderful message and is 

a real spiritual help to those who recognize their need 
for a closer walk with the Lord. 

Rob will be back about a week and then with the fam- 
ily we will go to the Mennonite Family Camp in Bragado. 
Rob and I each have a class and Reverend Huegal is also 
on the program there. That will be about a week. 

The newly-purchased property 

Just before Christmas, Rob was able to get two rooms 
painted in the old house on the recently-purchased prop- 
erty, and we had our first meeting there in the front 
room on December 18. The house is old and was much 
in need of cleaning and repair work, but those two rooms 
are serving for our meetings and for Rob's study tem- 
porarily, until final plans can get under way. Another 
room is occupied by Don Juan Iztueta, who is looking 
after the place and substituting in the meetings during 
Rob's absence. 

Much of the rubbish is getting cleared away, and all 
are convinced that the old place was really a buy. Al- 
though it will take a good bit of remodeling, it looks as 
though most of the building will be usable, and for this 
we are very happy, as it will cut costs quite a bit and 
give us a substantial place. It has basement and an attic, 
which may even prove usable. 

For the children's Christmas program and party (for 
children and their mothers), we had 41 present, and then 
the young people had about 25 for their Christmas meet- 
ing a few days later. Several times the room had been 
full and people were in the hall. But at least we have 
much better ventilation and it is ^ little bigger than our 
living room was. 

It was a real blessing to be able to have the meetings 
there during David's illness, for I never would have got- 
ten ready for them at home. Since the property is just 
around the block from where we now live, Rob has been 
able to spend a good bit of his time there. There is a 
large plot of ground in the back with a garden, an old 
workshop, and a chicken yard. On Rob's last trip he bought 
a dozen young chickens. We've had tomatoes and corn and 
grape jam from the grape arbor last week. 

All this is what we call the "yappa" — the extra that 
is thrown in or the "baker's dozen." We've all been re- 
marking that God's "yappa" is always big. In the attic 
there was quite a lot of old, but very good, furniture- 
wardrobes, cupboards, shelves, mirrors, and many odds 
and ends. Already a number of things have been painted 
up and put into use. There was even a good bed and box 
spring mattress for Don Juan's room. The verse — "unto 
Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all 
that we ask or THINK. , ." keeps coming to mind. The 
land alone is worth the price, and the location is one of 
the very best in Nunez. We are humbled and we are ex- 
ceedingly grateful. Thank you all for your prayers. The 
work ahead will be big, but He is able. 

.Sincerely yours in Him, 

Jane Byler. 



Cheswick, Penna., Brethren Group 
Holds Initial Meeting 

New group under the sponsorship of the 
Pennsylvania District Mission Board 
and the District Board of Evangelists 

THE PENNSYLVANIA BOARD of Evangelists and 
the District Mission Board, have been surveying the 
Cheswick, Pennsylvania area, vi^ith the possibility of start- 
ing a new Brethren church as their objective. In January, 
1956, Rev. N. V. Leatherman, Wayne Heights, Penna., 
Rev. Horace Huse, Meyersdale, Penna., Rev. W. B. Brant, 
Vinco, Penna., and Rev. Ralph Mills, Pittsburgh, Penna., 
visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. McGeary, 1321 
Linden Street, Cheswick, Penna. As a result of this meet- 
ing. Rev. Brant and Rev. Mills were instructed to guide 
future efforts in the area. 

On Thursday evening, January 25, 1956, a group of 
thirteen Brethren and friends gathered in the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. McGeary for the purpose of prayer-study 
and to discuss the possibility of starting a Brethren 
church in the community. Rev. Mills opened the meet- 
ing with prayer which was followed by a hymn, led by 
Mr. Jacob Mackall, member of the Vinco, Penna. church. 
Rev. Mills led the prayer circle and then introduced Rev. 
Brant who led the Bible study which was taken from 
Philemon. After Bible study Rev. Brant gave the closing 

A short business meeting was held. It was decided that 
the future meetings would take place once each month. 
Mr. J. C. Simmermon made the motion that the last Fri- 
day of each month be set aside as our meeting date. 
Mr. William Kline seconded the motion. Therefore, the 
next meeting will be held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. 
McGeary, Friday, February 24, 1956, at eight o'clock. 
A motion was made by Mrs. Melba Simmermon that Mrs. 
Martha McGeary be nominated for Secretary-Treasurer of 

the group. It was seconded and unanimously agreed upon 
that Mrs. McGeary be made Secretary-Treasurer. A nice 
offering was taken at this time. Rev. Brant closed the 
business meeting with a prayer. A short social time was 
enjoyed by all before returning to their respective homes. 
The following persons attended the first meeting: 

Rev. Ralph Mills, Pittsburgh, Penna. 

Rev. W. B. Brant, Vinco, Penna. 

Mr. Jacob Mackall, Vinco, Penna. 

Mr. Clyde Garland, Pittsburgh, Penna. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Simmermon, Arnold, Penna. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Kline, Cheswick, Penna. 

Mrs. John Beerworth, Springdale, Penna. 

Mi's. William Anderson, Cheswick, Penna. 

Martha McGeary, Cheswick, Penna. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. McGeary, Cheswick, Penna. 

Glenn E. McGeary, son of Mr. and Mrs. McGeary, is a 
pre-seminary student at Ashland College. Prayers of the 
many readers of the Evangelist will be greatly appre- 
ciated for the success of this newly organized group. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. Martha H. McGeary, Secy.-Treas. 

(There is a fine group of Brethren in the Cheswick 
area. The Pennsylvania Brethren, through the District 
Mission Board and Board of Evangelists is sponsoring 
the establishing of a new Brethren work in the area. 
Cheswick is located northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsyl- 
vania.— W. S. B.) 



FEBRUARY 18, 1956 




After sixteen months at Carleton we feel that ample 
time and progress call for a second report to our Breth- 
ren throughout the denomination. 

As many of you know and as our first report last year 
stated that we came here the latter part of September in 
1954. We were very happy to be in the service of the 
Lord and were quite sure the Lord had led us to this 
field. At the same time we were somewhat shaky; I, as 
the pastor, had had very little education (we had taken 
the church only until we could see our way back to school) 
and no experience of this kind before. The experience 
brought us nearer to the Lord and since, we have come 
to realize our need of relying upon Him, and as time 
goes by we feel He is revealing to us the need of more 
education. We feel more helpless in ourself, yet, He 
seems to be always opening the way and lightening the 

When we first came here the Sunday morning service 
was the only service in which we conducted for a month 
or so. Since our ai'rival we have reorganized the Breth- 
ren Youth Crusaders, started a Signal Lights group, hold 
Thursday evening prayer meeetings and Bible study; 
also Sunday School Board meetings and started Sunday 
night services. We are one of the very, very few churches 
that have evening services in the entire county. 

When we took our first look at the situation here we 
doubted very much if there could be many unite with 
the church for at least a couple of years. Many of the 
young people had just recently joined under the fine work 
of the Shannons. In case some of you don't know, the 
population here is a little different than it is back east. 
This little town is populated with approximately 250 peo- 
ple. In town we have three churches and one just a short 
distance away in the country. The people as a whole are 
church going people and since people do not come and go 
like they do in the east the chance of making your church 
grow in number is very slim. Putting it all into one state- 
ment there just did not seem to be anyone that we 
might reach. But we were wrong. The work of Rev. Wil- 
liam Thomas in his revival here gave us the first encour- 
agement. Through his work we were all strengthened and 
two souls were saved and added to the church; also two 
rededications. The statistics to date are as follows: eight 
have been baptized but never joined the church (one fam- 
ily of five wished to attend and do but never joined the 
church — another family of three did the same). We hope 
that some or all will join us later. We have also had five 
to be baptized and join the church. One other boy ac- 
cepted Christ in our services but has not yet been bap- 
tized or joined the church. We would like you to please 

notice that out of the fourteen first-time decisions eight 
were children under the age of twelve. Each Sunday we 
include in our worship hour an object lesson, flannelgraph 
lesson or a Bible story for the children and we feel this 
has possibly been the result of some of the decisions. 

We also feel happy to have part in seeing five find 
Christ at camp and 23 rededicate their lives during our 
vesper services. At Falls City this last spring we heldi a 
revival as District Evangelist and was happy to see one 
girl find Christ and three unite with the church. 

But let us not fill our balloon full of air lest some- 
one deflates it. We have our woes. Upon our arrival here 
we found that many had been completely wiped out with 
a terrible hail storm. The Ambassador Quartet could vouch 
for its destruction — they saw it. One of our members had 
to scoop the hail out of his kitchen with a scoop shovel. 
This made things pretty tough going financially for the 
Brethren here at Carleton. This year the drouth has been 
grievous. The people in the east were talking of drouth 
when we were at General Conference but they do not 
know what a drouth is until they see what happened here. 
Except for the farmers thdt have ir'rigation, the crops 
in the fields were almost unrecognizable. A second year 
with many farmers a complete failure! Again this winter 
the moisture has been so little that even with the usual 
spring rains a good crop is doubtful due to lack of sub- 
soil moisture. Brethren we need your prayers. It is a 
serious thing here. 

Let us forget about the crops and look at another 
gloomy picture. We have just lost our high school. This 
is another thing that isn't given much thought elsewhere. 
Did you ever stop to think what the. closing of a school 
means ? Where the child's interest is is where the parent's 
interest is. Do people want to move into a town with no 
school? No! Do people want to move out of town with 
no school? Yes; they do and they are. Again Brethren 
we need your prayers. 

We rejoice that where there is tribulation Satan is 
hinted, and v/here he hangs around there is something 
important going on. For that we feel that the Lord is 
going to undertake. Yes, we have troubles, but we also 
have Him. Pray for us and the Brethren here (for there 
are some faithful ones here) that this church might carry 
on His work. • ' . . 

-■ Claude Stogsdill, Pastor.' 


On February 5th, the North Manchester Brethren 
Church closed its two-week revival and evangelistic meet- 
ing — and what a glorious two weeks it was! Many of the 
brethren here had been looking forward to this meeting 
for several months, and many others had been working 
toward its success for several months also. The Board 
of Deacons of the church had planned and carried out 
an intensive and extensive visitation campaign in con- 
nection with this series of services — and their efforts 
were not in vain; as was also true concerning their ef- 
forts in publicizing the meeting. Despite two snowfalls 
of five and three inches, the attendances were quite en- 
couraging — and especially encouraging was the regularity 
and faithfulness with which a good many of these folks 




attended. Each evening found a number of folks with us 
from other churches in the city, and their comments of 
appreciation for the services were most rewarding. We 
were also well blessed with delegations from other Breth- 
ren churches in the area including the Roann Church, the 
Warsaw Church, and the Dutchtown Church, and the Col- 
lege Corner Church — each with their ministers. 

This was strictly a "local-talent" meeting. The song 
services were led by our good brother "Bud" Hunter, the 
chairman of our Board of Deacons. When, about the mid- 
dle of the second week, it was necessary for "Bud" to 
go out of the state for a week or ten days, another of our 
capable deacons. Brother Frank Robert Conrad, took up 
the reins. The congregational singing was of the highest 
caliber, and added much to the spirit of the services. At 
no time did the services suffer for lack of special music! 
Each evening different members of our youth organ- 
izations brought us numbers on various instruments — 
accordion, piano, baritone horn, trombone, clarinet, violin, 
and others. Also each evening we had at least one special 
vocal number, and on most evenings two and sometimes 
three such numbers. The writer, the pastor of the church, 
brought the messages each evening. 

Our purpose in holding this two week meeting was two- 
fold: First to strive to win the unsaved to the Lord Jesus 
Christ; and secondly, to "revive" the present members of 
the congregation. 

This writer has believed and has preached for some 
time that if we could get all of the church people now in 
our congregations revived it wouldn't be necessary to have 

special evangelistic periods — for the Christian people 
would be active in soul-winning every day of the year. As 
we look back over the results of the two weeks we feel 
that the Lord certainly gave us some degree of success 
in both of our endeavors. Seven folks came forward to 
make the good confession for the first time — seven were 
baptised on the closing day of the services. Two others 
were received into the church by letter — both having pre- 
viously been baptised by trine immersion. Nine adults, 
several of them being Sunday School teachers, also came 
forward when the invitation was extended, to rededicate 
and reconsecrate their lives to the Lord Jesus. This clos- 
ing service of dedication made a deep impression upon 
many of those gathered at the church that night. Other 
results, which cannot be counted, were also forthcoming 
as an outgrowth of these services. Many of the brethren 
told the pastor that they would never be the same after 
having witnessed and felt the working of the Holy Spirit 
during these two weeks. 

We look for a real deepening of the spiritual lives of 
a number of the men and women here, and we know 
that the prayer life of many of them has been strength- 
ened through the working of the Spirit. Our fervent 
prayer is that this enthusiasm and spiritual deepening 
might not quickly disappear, but rather that in the months 
and the years which are ahead that they might grow and 
might result in even greater ingatherings for the King- 
dom of God. Brethren, toward this end we ask your united 

Henry Bates — Pastor, Evangelist. 


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it is eulogized on your screen. Anticipate their coming, 
and turn dowiv your set even changing to another chan- 
nel during station breaks. (We realize this presents a 
problem when you are settled deeply in your easy chair. 
Children are quick to catch on, and a little instruction 
can make them willing servants for this little trick. Where 
tried, it works.) 

We have limited our comment this week to two most 
important factors relating to our rising liquor consump- 
tion, which is a direct danger to your young people. We 
believe the Television is a major contributing cause be- 
cause it brings the drinking evils, less moral teaching 
against them, right into the heart of your home. Every 
beer ad, every drinking scene on your Television screen 
is a direct challenge to parents. 

It's from across the sea, but a recent news note from 
England says that Britains are drinking an average of 
140 points of beer in 1955. This was three pints more 
per person than in 1954. The Brewer's Society, respon- 
sible for the announcement, "surmises that TV-watching 
increased imbibing at home." 

The Devil is having pretty smooth sailing via elec- 
tronics into your home. Every safe-guard of family unity, 

prayer, Bible Study, church attendance, and alcohol edu- 
cation must be used, and is well worth its cost. 

(In the third in this series, we will deal with addition- 
al factors which we feel are adding to our already diffi- 
cult problem.— W. S. B.) 

This V That 

By the Editor 


A few weeks ago we printed some comment on the de- 
lay in the delivery of Evangelists to many Indiana sub- 
scribers. We trust that the situation has improved for 
you good Indiana brethren. An interesting bit of com- 
ment comes from Brother C. Y. Gilmer, a former Indiana 
pastor, now at Manteca, California. Brother Gilmer says, 
"The Evangelist often arrives here on Monday, not later 
than Tuesday. That is much better than at Huntington." 

If there was any place where this Editor thought there 
might be several extra days needed to deliver the paper, 
it would be the Pacific coast, but according to the com- 
ment, six days gets it from "here to there." 

If anyone of you Indiana Brethren have taken the mat- 
ter up with your post office, and have noted improved 
delivery, we would appreciate knowing about it. We're 
sure the Postal Department is as interested in finding the 
"bottleneck" as all of us are. 

FEBRUARY 18, 1956 



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I painted picture of Christ in Gethsemane has been placed 
iin the vestibule of Hillcrest Brethren's new Educational 
j Building in memory of Adam F. Hawker, by Mrs. Clara 
i Hawker and family. 

New, wall-to-wall carpet was recently placed in the 
dining room, living room, sun room, stairs and upstairs 
hall of the parsonage. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. The Missionary Film, "Bar- 
riers Broken" was shown the evening of January 29th. 

Under the direction of Jerome Fleischer, of the Amer- 
ican Association for Jewish Evangelism, a sound-color 
film, "Three Minutes to Twelve" was shown the evening 
of February 5th. 

ert Keplinger reports the reception of two new members, 
by letter, recently. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Smithville Brethren was the 
scheduled host church for the Wayne County Christian 
Endeavor Banquet on February 13th. 

The Smithville Brethren conducted a special service in 
the men's dorm at the Wayne County Home the after- 
noon of January 29th. Brother Robert Hoffman brought 
the message, and music was given by members of the 
Sisterhood, which group also attended the service. 

REN. Brother William Fells, who has been recovering 
from a broken leg, has now been released from the Doc- 
tor's care. Brother Fells is able to perform his pastoral 
duties as well as ever, and he is appreciative of the many 
prayers which have been offered in his behalf. 

Brother Fells informs the Editor that the contractors 
are finished with their work on the new class rooms, and 
that the rooms are soon to be put to use. 

ces, followed by the service of laying on of hands and re- 
ception into church membership, were held on February 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Rev. Russell Snyder, of Hunting- 
ton, Indiana, was guest speaker in the Muncie church the 
evening of January 22nd. 

AKRON, INDIANA. The film, "The Difference," was 
shown the evening of February 5th, as a part of the spe- 
cial emphasis on "Youth Sunday." 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Baptismal services were held the 
evening of February 12th, 

The Goshen church was scheduled to be host to the 
Northern Indiana Youth Rally the evening of February 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. A Special night for Sunday 
School workers, with the Church Board of Education as 
hosts, was held Wednesday evening, February 8th. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Brother H. Francis Berkshire 
notes the beginning of two new B. Y. C. groups on Feb- 
ruary 5th. Junior B. Y. C. for all those in 1st through 

6th grades, and Intermediate B. Y. C. for 7th and 8th 
graders. These new groups, with the regular Sr. B. Y. C, 
now gives Lanark three youth groups meeting regularly 
on Sunday evenings. 

The Senior Sisterhood presented the worship service 
the morning of February 12th. 

Brother Berkshire notes that at the close of each month 
the record attendance for that month will be posted on the 
attendance board. Record for January was 207. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. February 12th was observed as 
W. M. S. Day, with the Morning Worship under the So- 
ciety's leadership. Mi-s. Zatha Weems, of Cedar Falls, was 
the speaker. 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. The improvement of a 
basement room in the parsonage for a Church recreation 
room, a project of the laymen, is nearing completion. 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA. The Carleton Boy Scouts 
and their leaders attended services in the Carleton Breth- 
ren Church, in a body on Sunday, February 5th. 

The Carleton Church was the scheduled meeting place 
for the annual World's Day of Prayer Service on Febru- 
ary 17th. 

CHEYENNE, WYOMING. A card to the Editor from 
Brother Frank W. Garber notes that he planned to enter 
DePaul Hospital, in Cheyenne, the latter part of Janu- 
ary, for major surgery. At this writing, we have not 
heard how he is getting along, but we are urging the 
Brotherhood to remember Brother Garber in prayer. "The 
effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth 

MANTECA, CALIF. Brother C. Y. Gilmer has an- 
nounced a meeting of all Laymen of the Northern Cali- 
fornia District for the purpose of effecting a District Lay- 
men's Organization. The meeting was scheduled for the 
Manteca Church the evening of February 17th, beginning 
with a Banquet at 6:30, followed with a program at 7:30. 
The Conference Committee is L. A. Schmeidt, John H. 
Frey, Steven Hill, and C. Y. Gilmer. ■ 

(We are sorry that the announcement of this very spe- 
cial meeting did not reach us in time to include in an 
earlier issue of the Evangelist; we are glad to give rec- 
ognition in this way to this forward step by the Cali- 
fornia Brethren. Ed.) 

SPECIAL. A note from Chap (1 Lt) E. J. Beekley, 
who is now stationed in Korea, will prove of interest to 
the Brotherhood. 

Brother Beekley, who recently completed 32 months as 
Chaplain at Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, N. Y., left 
January 6th for Korea, and plans to return to the States 
before Christmas. 

Brother Beekley writes, "We have a fine base here 
and about 1000 men. I have a good choir and organist 
and choir director, and my service is broadcast every 
Sunday for the benefit of the base and local missionaries. 
I have choir rehearsal Thursday night, Bible Study Fri- 
day night, Sunday night service and morning devotions 
at 7:45 every morning, so I'm pretty busy, which is all 
right with me." 

Brother Beekley 's family is resident in Sarasota, Flor- 
ida, where they are active in the work of our new Church 
in that city. 


"Prayer Wetdmg 

IBy G. T. ^ilnwr 


We stood, gi'ouped together and gazed upon high 
As the meteorites sparkled and raced 'cross the sky — 
And I thought of the marvelous creative power 
Of the hand that upholds us hour by hour — 
Then I thought how He gave up His glory on high, 
To come down to this earth to suffer and die — 
To victoriously rise from the grave, with all power 
To ascend back to Heaven, where He waits for the hour 
When He shall come again in the clouds of the sky. 
And all His redeemed ones shall meet Him on high — 
Then I thought how His followers asked Him while here, 
When that time would come, when He should appear? 
"No man knoweth," said He — "the day, nor the hour, 
Not even the angels, only the Father" hath power 
To reveal unto us, that day and that hour — 
These thoughts filled my mind, as I still watched the sky 
Where the meteorites blazed their glory on high — 
And I thought — there must be rejoicing in Heaven to- 
Else — why this demonstration revealed to our sight ? 
Perhaps God has spoken the word to His Son 
Saying — "Soon is the time, My will shall be done." 
Perhaps He revealed the day and the hour, 
When all things on earth shall submit to His power — 
"The Bride is now ready" — the angels would sing. 
Oh, how 'round the Throne the glad anthems would ring! 
As the meteorites dashed through the realms of vast 

It seemed I could almost behold His dear face — 
My lips formed a prayer, as I gazed once again, 
"Even so, come quickly. Lord Jesus — Amen." 

—Mrs. Will C. Phinney. 

THE PHENOMENAL DISPLAY of meteorites in the 
sky reminded the poetess of her belief in the sec- 
ond coming of Christ as based on His own personal tes- 
timony of His coming again (John 14:1-3; Matt. 16:27). 
She probably remembered the testimony of the Heavenly 
messengers whose predictions have never failed to come 
to pass (Acts 1:11). There is also the testimony given by 
every New Testament writer (1 Thess. 4:16; Heb. 9:28). 
And many of the Old Testament writers testified to the 
same (Dan. 7:13; Zech. 14). There are 1845 texts in the 
Bible upon this subject. Three hundred and eighteen of 
these are in the New Testament, which is an average of 
every 22nd verse. So we have an abundance of the Word 
of God as a basis of faith on the great subject of 
Christ's return (Rom. 10:17). 

The poetess believes that Christ's second coming will 
be personal (Matt. 24:30; Mark 13:36; 1 Thess 4:16). It 
will be a bodily coming (Acts 1:11; Luke 24:50; John 
14:3). It will be a visible coming (Luke 21:27; 1 John 
3:2; Rev. 1:7). It will be sudden (Matt. 24:27; Luke 


17:23, 24; 1 Thess. 4:16). It will be most unexpected 
(Matt. 24:27-39, 42-44). We may not understand all about 
the "how" of His coming, but we can be living daily in 
readiness for His blessed appearing (1 John 3:3). 

The Lord is coming the second time to receive His 
Church (1 Thess. 4:16, 17; Heb. 9:28), to usher in a new 
age (Acts 3:20, 21; Matt. 25:31), to take His power and 
reign (Luke 1:32-33; 19:11-15), to establish His king- 
dom (Dan. 7:13; 2 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 11:15), to bring 
"peace on earth" (Psalm 72; Rev. 20, 21, 22). When Christ 
was here the first time He was the best Friend mankind 
ever had, which was only a token of what He will do the 
second time. 

He is to come when not expected (Matt. 24:26), when 
Bible signs appear (Matt. 24:32-39). When the Church 
is completed (Acts 15:14-16), when Gentile Times are 
ended (Luke 21:24-27), when "as it was" days are here 
(Matt. 24:37-39). 




William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 26, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 19:12-26 

A STEWARD IS A MAN entrusted with responsibil- 
ity. He, therefore, is under obligation to his mas- 
ter to fulfill his duties to the best of his ability. In this 
sense the Christian is God's steward. Into his hands has 
been placed the solemn responsibility and obligation to 
fulfill his task in life — the task which God has assigned 
him. This requires faithfulness, honesty, and unreserved 
obedience on the part of the steward. 

In order to stress the necessity of being a good stew- 
ard, Jesus gave the Parable of the Pounds. There was, 
however, another purpose for delivering this parable — 
"because they thought that the kingdom of God should 
immediately appear" (Luke 19:11). 

"He said, therefore, A cei'tain nobleman went into a 
far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to re- 
turn." The nobleman is Christ Himself. He dwelt among 
men for three and a half years, manifesting a spotless 
life. He then made clear to His disciples that He musti 
needs go away for a short time. 

Notice that the emphasis of the parable is not upon 
His going away, but His returning. With all that is men- 
tioned in God's Word about the Second Coming of Christ, 
is it not strange that so little is said about it in our 
churches today? Jesus said very emphatically: "I go to 
prepare a place for you. And if I go ... I will come 
again" (John 14:2-3). Very few people have the audacity 
to doubt His going — but, alas, how many there are who 
all too readily doubt His coming again! 

Before leaving on his journey, the nobleman delivered 
a charge to his followers: "Occupy till I come." Williams 

FEBRUARY 18, 1956 


translates this: "Do business" till I come. Emphatic and 
clear is the command. There is no reason for misunder- 
ktanding nor disobeying his words. They were to be busy 
|in his service! 

! At his return the nobleman's first task was to inquire 
into the conduct of his stewards. How had they per- 
formed ? 

They all appeared before him. The faithful were com- 
mended and rewarded. The lazy and indifferent were sore- 
ly reprimanded, and their unfaithfulness condemned. 

I The application of such a parable is obvious to all who 
'would know. The Son of God has returned to heaven 
from whence He came. But He is coming again — SOON! 
When He returns He will requii-e an accounting from all 
His stewards. The Scriptures plainly declare: "For we 

(Christians) must all appear before the judgment-bar of 
Christ, that each may get his pay for what he has done, 
whether it be good or bad" (Wms. II Cor. 5:10). 

When that day shall come, and we His children are 
required to stand before our Saviour, what will we have 
to show for our service here upon earth ? 

"Must I go, and empty-handed. 
Thus my dear Redeemer meet? 
Not one day of service give Him, 
Lay no trophy at His feet? 

Must I go, and empty-handed? 

Must I meet my Saviour so ? 

Not one soul with which to greet Him: 

Must I empty-handed go?" 

June 4, 1875 — Jcanuary 11, 1956 

FRANKLIN BRUCE YODER died at the family home 
in Temple City, California (near Los Angeles) on Janu- 
ary 11, 1956, at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 7 
days. He was born June 4, 1875 at Wooster, Ohio. He was 
the son of Brother Eli Yoder, and a brother of the late 
Charles F. Yoder, veteran Brethren Missionary. Charles 
preceded him in death by 11 months. Brother Yoder leaves 
to mourn his departure, his wife, Grace Moomaw Yoder, 
two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Moses, of Temple 
City, Mrs. H. Victor (Sara) Neher, of Pasadena, Califor- 
nia, at the present in India with her husband doing re- 
search work in the field of cosmic rays; and a son Rob- 
ert M. Yoder, px'esently of El Paso, Texas. There are 
nine grandchildren. Three brothers also survive, Blaine 
Yoder, Lincoln, Neb., Amos Yoder and Lester Yoder, of 
Falls City, Neb. Three sisters, Mrs. Jacob Warren, St. 
Joseph, Missouri, Mrs. Nelson Schock, Morrill, Kans., and 
Miss May Yoder, of Morrill, also survive. 

Frank Yoder graduated from Ashland College in 1901. 
He was married to Grace Moomaw in 1903. He was or- 
dained to the Eldership in the Brethren Church and 
served as pastor of our South Bend, Indiana Church. As 
the result of a severe typhoid fever attack, his health 
suffered very materially, and upon the advice of his 
physician, he gave up the active ministry, and took up 
farming. For a time he lectured on scientific agriculture 
at Purdue University, Indiana. He also supervised and 
operated experimental farms in Iowa for Wallace's Farm- 
er Publishing Company. The well-known Henry A. Wal- 
lace, as a college boy, worked on the Yoder farm dur- 
ing his summer vacations. 

In 1920 Frank moved with his family to California, 
primarily for the sake of his health. He retired from all 
active work in 1928. Until recently, he and his wife, his 
son Robert and wife, held their membership in the Man- 
teca, California, Brethren Church. During my acquaint- 
ance with him, I found him a Christian of devotion, and 
loyalty to the Word of God, self-sacrificing and willing 
to serve in any capacity within his ability. 

The immediate cause of Brother Yoder's death was 
Coronary Thrombosis. Frank was a member of the Breth- 
ren Beran Band of the Northern California Brethren Con- 
ference, and he, with Mrs. Yoder, were liberal supporters 
of the organization, and took active part in teaching and 
counselling in several camps. 

He was laid away in beautiful Forest Lawn Cemetery 
after the funeral services in Temple City, conducted by 
the writer, assisted by Rev. N. W. Jennings, of Pasadena, 
California. "Good-bye, Frank 'till the morning comes." 

J. Wesley Piatt, 1230 E. Yosemite Ave., 
Manteca, California. 

T OFTEN THINK of the little boy I saw sitting outside 

the walls of Versailles. He was holding a little sparrow 
with a broken wing. A kindly lady came along and she 
asked, "Sonny, would you like me to take this sparrow 
home and nurse it back to health ? I promise I will bring 
it back to these gardens when it is healed and let it fly 
free again." 

The little boy thought for a moment. Then he said, 
"If you don't mind. Madam, I will take care of the bird 
myself." He paused momentarily and added, "Because, 
you see, I understand this bird." 

The woman could not quite get what that boy meant 
until he stood up. Then she saw his left leg was in a cast. 
Because he was crippled, he understood the suffering 
bird's problem. 

The God whom I know became incarnate in Jesus Christ 
and came into the world to learn what problems I must 
face in life, so that He can match the strength I may need 
in order to face those problems triumphantly. That is 
why, when I walk with Him, I can have such confidence.— 
Reuben K. Youngdahl, in The Secret of Greatness (F'lem- 
ing H. Revell Co.). 




Clarence Stogsdill, Director 


RECENTLY some things have been running through 
my mind about the way in which most churches 
handle the matter of planning for their youth. When we 
mention the word planning we sometimes wonder what the 
youth worker thinks about, what is his interpretation of 
the word, what are his ideas concerning good planning. 
It has been my experieince that any type of committee 
or board meets to select someone from that group who 
will have to take the burden of the work, make future 
contacts, bear the blame for mistakes, be responsible for 
all phases of carrying out of the "plans" that were made 
at the meeting. The chief idea in the mind of each is to 
escape as much responsibility as is possible by quickly 
nominating someone else to the "honorable office," then 
proceeding with the business of piling the work onto him. 


you be caught doing it. It is strange to me the way in 
which committees and boards feel the responsibility of 
"planning" a "sei-vice" for their youth or their church 
on a night when nothing else will interfere — thus taking 
away the only night for family life the poor members 
up to this moment have free! — and then proceed to set the 
next committee meeting on a random date and time that 
only a handful of members can possibly — or cheerfully 
— be present! Planning is not merely a matter of setting 
dates and times. The meeting usually ends with orders 
from the chairman to the secretary or some "selected" 
person to "carry out" the details. In this manner every 
member of the church or youth group dreads the time 
when he will be "elected" to any position of responsibil- 
ity, and when he is he joins the rest in scheming his 
way free from as much responsibility as possible. Please 
tell me, How can we expect to have a moving, cheerful 
body of workers at this rate? People just don't respond 
well to the idea of being "the goat" — nor should they. 
Let us wise up on some of these things. 


Part of the difficulty lies in the fact that we have a 
false conception of the idea of service. To some people at- 
tending church so many times a week is "service" ren- 
dered to God; to others their service means being an offi- 
cer in the church or Sunday School; some feel that they 
serve God by sitting on committees and boards. May we 
consider a brief clarification of those ideas, please ? Does 
the Church exist for the Church, or to win souls and 
provide spiritual development through worship and Chris- 
tian teaching? I believe you would agree with me that it 
is the latter. True, the teacher and the leader of certain 
phases of church and Sunday School work are rendering 
a service to God. But more specifically it is for the edi- 
fication of those who attend. The "service" of the atten- 
dant is not rendered here; he only is receiving instruction 


and illumination for service that he will render during 
the time he is away from church. The service comes in all 
through the week; worship and edification come on Sun- 

Filling up the calendar is not necessarily doing service 
to God. It proves that someone is busy. But he may even 
be busy retreating from true service, that of meeting and 
bringing sinners to the Lord, helping the poor, visiting 
the aged and sick, etc. In my opinion the less the calen- 
dar is filled with activity, the greater is the opportunity 
to really offer true service to God. 


Now please don't misunderstand me. I know as well as 
the next person that it takes time to hold committee meet- 
ings. Someone is to sit on those committees. The thing 
that I am chafing about is this "having to" sort of com- 
mittee meetings and attendance. It's all in the way we 
set up our organization; the way in which we seek to 
accomplish true service to God. You would think we are 
attempting to slip something over on our Heavenly Father 
by substitution. The Father's "business" is not just being 
busy. It has a point to it, a method and means of accom- 
plishing an end. We get lost in the means and seldom 
reach the end. 

I would suggest that we take care in the setting of 
committee meetings. It is a bad thing to hold a meeting 
after a wonderful worship service. Don't crowd out the 
thoughts and spirit of the service with cares and debates 
about lesser things. The new week is at hand, and the. 
illumination of the day is needed for strength to facei 
coming responsibilities. Better to hold a special meeting i 
some other time than on the Lord's day, a day of rest. 
Recently, after putting in a week of work, three nights 
until after 10:30, I was expected to attend four services 
on Sunday and a committee meeting until 9:45 P. M. 
This after putting in a week of work with a religious 
organization! And if someone were to ask me, "Well, now 
where is your sense of responsibility?" I would reply byl 
saying, "I've been using it all week, and like to lay it I 
aside for worship and fellowship on the Lord's day!"' 
This goes for many others I know, too. If others felt as 
I did they only wanted to get the meeting over with so 
they could relax and meditate on the things of the day. 
Certainly, I would not say we made any plans. I am not 
trying to point out any particular group. I only suggest} 
that I have experienced what I know many of you havej 
experienced. j 

This is the reason we aren't cheerful and eager to winj 
souls to Christ! Even a committee meeting for making! 
plans should be done in a relaxed manner. The members j 
of the committee ought to be made to feel that they are! 
fellowshiping as they make plans. Have meetings at suit-i 
able times, perhaps in someone's home; serve very lighti 
refreshments. Take care of details sufficiently so that no, 
one will bear all of the burden. Try to take as muchj 
dreadfulness away from the next meeting as you can at' 
this meeting. Keep the committee members cheerful and 
enthused and the special services and regular meetings 
(fellowship) will go under their own steam. When th€ 
members of your youth group catch the inspiration anc 
cheerfulness, then others will want to join. NEVEE! 
privilege! i 

FEBRUARY 18, 1956 


nrhe V\/ornen'5 roomer 

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by Helen Jordan 



AM I? and DO I? 

what should my behavior be? Am I truly putting 

"first things" first ? Am I living each day, each hour, each 
minute, as they were my last? Our Saviour admonishes 
in Matthew 6:23: "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God 
and His righteousness;" then giving the promise: "and 
all these things shall be added unto you." 

should He come right now? Am I walking humbly before 
God? Am I humble in spirit, or do I suffer with a bit of 
exalted ego, commonly termed "I think" trouble? Mat- 
thew 23:12 reads: "And whosoever shall exalt himself 
shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall 
be exalted." 

AND HOLY CHRISTIAN LIFE? Matthew 5:8 reads: 
"The pure in heart shall see God." Am I holy in conversa- 
tion? I Peter 1:15 reads: "But as He which hath called 
you is holy, so be ye in all manner of conversation — be- 
cause it is written: be ye holy, for I am holy." Am I 
careful of my conversation? Phil. 1:27 reads: "Only let 
your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ." 
I Tim. 4:12 reads: "Let no man despise thy youth; but 
be thou an example of believers, in word, in conversation, 
in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity." 

looking my own faults and shortcomings? Matthew 7:1 
reads: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." Remembering 
a rather grotesque caricature of a head with huge ears, 
bearing the caption, "Dump here." When listening to 
someone repeating tales or happenings about someone 
else, am I lending an ear to gossip? Only a six-letter 
word, but the heartbreak it can cause! Am I wearing the 
sign, "Dump Here?" Matthew 12:36 reads: "But I say 
to you that every idle word, which if men speak, they 
shall give account concerning this word in a day of 
trial" (0. G.). 

DO I CRITICIZE? Which brings to mind this story 
as told by Dr. J. Timothy Stone: "A man went into a 
barber shop, and as the barber was cutting his hair, he 
began criticizing the taxidermist who stuffed an owl 
standing on a perch in the window. But while his crude 
merriment was at its height relative to the poor workman- 
ship of the taxidermist, the owl jumped down from his 
perch." Yes; the owl was alive! 

and the understanding; believing and knowing that God 
hears and answers. John 15:7 reads: "If ye abide in me, 
and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, 
and it shall be done unto you." 

DO I WITNESS DAILY, in Jerusalem, Judea, Mary- 
land, Iowa, or wherever I may be? 

the unsaved; linking arms with Mr. World? 2 Cor. 6:17 
reads: "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, 
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I 
will receive you." 

AM I FIRM IN THE FAITH "Once for all delivered 
unto the Saints," or am I being "tossed about by every 
wind of doctrine?" Can I say: "My heart is fixed?" 

siderate, forgiving, patient, kind, long-suffering, forbear- 
ing? If I am not, and do not, if my heart is not fixed 
and settled on Thee and with Thee, when Thou hast given 
to me the answers in Thy Word, then dear Saviour, for- 
give me when I pray. And for Jesus' sake, lead me. 

TO LOVE, more ti-uly as Thou dost love, 

TO LIVE, humbly and trustfully, as Thou didst live; 

TO LOOK upward, with my eyes fixed upon Thee, 

THAT I MAY, neither stray nor fall; 

TO PRAY, each day with increased Faith; 

THAT ALWAYS, Thy will, never mine, 

BE DONE, in and through me. 

THIS IS my earnest prayer: 


MY JESUS, Saviour, Redeemer, Friend. 

Mrs. Elizabeth G. McCar+neysmi+h, 

Cumberland, Maryland. 

(This was written Sunday Feb. 6th, 1955, while a pa- 
tient for four months in Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, 



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Class Quarterly, and one-half dozen of the Youth Quar- 
terly for the present quarter." 

The above request came by telephone to the Editor one 
evening recently. This, from a Brethren Sunday School 
that already has a good sized order with us for our 
Brethren Quarterlies, yet one that recognized the grow- 
ing needs for additional literature. Although the Quarter 
is half over, this Sunday School wanted the growing needs 
of their Sunday School met now, rather than to wait for 
the next quarter. 

BY THE WAY. Have you analyzed and studied the 
present needs of your Sunday School for Brethren Sun- 
day School Quarterlies ? Each adult attendant should have 
their own personal copy of the Bible Class Quarterly. 
You should have extra copies for visitors and for poten- 
tial growth. Each Youth, of the ages covered by the Youth 
Quarterly, should also be supplied in the same way as 
for Adults. 

Your literature investment is small in proportion to the 
other operating expenses of your School. Study your needs 
and send your order in now for enough Brethren Quar- 
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I said "Let me walk in the fields." 
He said: "No, walk in the town." 

I said: "There are no flowers there." 
He said : "No flowers, but a crown." 

I said: "But the skies are black; 

There is nothing but noise and din." 
And He wept as He sent me back — 

"There is more," He said; "There is sin." 

I said: "But the air is thick, 

And fogs are veiling the sun." 
He answered: "Yet souls are sick. 

And souls in the dark undone!" 

I said: "I shall miss the light, 

And friends will miss me, they say." 

He answered: "Choose tonight 
If I am to miss you or they." 

I pleaded for time to be given. 

He said: "Is it hard to decide? 
It will not seem so hard in heaven 

To have followed the steps of your Guide." 

I cast one look at the fields, 

Then set my face to the town; 
He said: "My child, do you yield? 

Will you leave the flowers for the crown?" 

Then into His hand went mine; 

And into my heart came He; 
And I walk in a light divine, 

The path I had feared to see. 


February 25, 1956 

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Items of general Interest 

GATEWOOD, W. VA. Brother Hays Logan, has moved 
to Gatewood w^here he has assumed charge of the Gate- 
w^ood Church. 

REN. The Boy Scouts and their leaders worshipped with 
the Wayne Heights Brethren the morning of February 

A Church fellowship, complete with meal and pro- 
gram, was held the evening of February 23rd. 

The S. M. M. held their Public Service the evening of 
February 19th. The sound film, "The African Prince," was 

BRUSH VALLEY, PENNA. Brother David L. Rambsel 
notes that a new mimeograph machine has been given 
to the Church by Miss Bessie Hooks in memory of her 
mother, Mrs. J. Y. Hooks. 

(Continued on Page 6) 


Inquiries are coming in relative to District and General 
Conference dates for the summer of 1956. 

Most Districts follow the pattern of a year ago, with 
the exception of the Ohio District, which has moved its 
conference from June to July. 

(Please note that the dates for the Southeastern Con- 
ference have been corrected. Last week we listed the 
wrong dates. We regret the error.) 

INDIANA DISTRICT. June 11th through 14th, at Ship- 
shewana Lake, Indiana. 

SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT. June 19th through 21st, 
at Oak Hill, W. Va. 

OHIO DISTRICT. July 12th through 15th (Place to be 

PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT. July 16th through 19th, 
at Third Brethren, Johnstown, Penna. 

The General Conference of the Brethren Church meets 
in Ashland, Ohio, August 13th through 19th. 

CANTON, OHIO. Trinity Brethren. Revival Services- 
March 4-11 — Rev. R. K. Higgins, Evangelist; Rev. Robert 
Keplinger, Pastor. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Services— March 5-18— Rev. 
J. D. Hamel, Evangelist; Rev. Alvin H. Grumbling, Pas- 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Revival Services— March 
5-18— Rev. W. E. Thomas, Evangelist; Rev. William H. 
Anderson, Pastor. 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival Services— Beginning Feb- 
ruary 27th — Rev. Thomas A. Shannon, Pastor. 

DUTCHTOWN BRETHREN (Northeast of Warsaw, 
Indiana). Revival Services — March 5-18 — Rev. Henry 
Bates, Evangelist; Rev. George Pontius, Pastor. 

CERRO GORDO, ILLINOIS. Revival meetings— March 
5-14 — Rev. H. R. Garland, Evangelist; Rev. Kenneth 
Mock, Pastor. 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. Revival Services— Begin- 
ning March 11th. Rev. J. Milton Bovraian, Pastor. 


The Northern Indiana District Laymen will 
hold their regular Quarterly meeting March 5, 
1956 at the Brethren Church in Goshen, Indiana. 
The meeting will start at 7 P. M. EASTERN 
STANDARD time. A very interesting program 
has been planned with Dr. Bender, Professor of 
the Goshen College Seminary, as guest speaker. 
His subject will be "Divine Healing." We urge 
your attendance at this special program. 

Please send your reservations to — 

Max Bickel 
634 North Main St. 
Goshen, Indiana. 

Richard A. Best 
Sec'y. Treas. 

FEBRUARY 25, 1956 


T^e Editor's 




rigidly by the Roman Catholic Church, more 
or less rigidly by many Protestant Churches, and 
not recognized as such by other churches. 

The word "Lent" comes from an old Anglo- 
Saxon word which means "the season of length- 
ening of days." This, of course, means that Lent 
occurs in the Spring of the year. Lent, when first 
observed as a religious season, covered just the 
few days preceding Easter, and was a time of 
special instruction for baptismal candidates. Lent 
was gradually extended in length until it encom- 
passed a period of time equal to the number of 
days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted 
of the Devil. In the forty days of Lent now ob- 
served, Sundays are excluded from the count of 
days. Lent through the years, became more uni- 
versal in scope and meaning, and more rigid in 
its discipline. 

The Brethren Church, with its New Testament 
creed, has never made voice on the matter of 
Lenten observance. In fact, until recently, and 
today also, many have not given any emphasis 
to this pre-Easter Lent observance. So much so, 
historically, that, in some cases passively, and in 
others, positively, it was common to say that 
"The Brethren Church did not observe Lent." 

Emphasizing the negative approach of the 
Brethren, and the hesitancy of the Brethren to 
embrace Lenten observance, we can point to the 
fact that Lent was considered too ritualistic — 
that it approached a "works for salvation" as- 
pect — that penitence, as such, should be a year- 
around heart activity and not just confined to a 
40 day period — and that the things of self-denial 
during Lent were of a material or temporal 

This Editor, knowing the past history of the 
Brethren Church toward Lenten observance, has 
watched the trend for the past few years. While 
an accurate picture is not available because we do 

not receive weekly bulletins from all of our 
churches, yet using our weekly inflow of bulletins 
from our churches as a typical cross-section of 
our church life, we feel that we can speak author- 
itively. More than just a few of our churches are 
actively engaged in a Lenten program, or they 
participate in Union Lenten services, or Lent is 
being emphasized in one way or another in 
their present program. Just as many do not par- 
ticipate in such a program, or at least do not 
make mention thereof through their bulletins. 
So, it appears, that, whether to participate, or 
not, while not violating the distinctive doctrines, 
practices and ordinances of the Brethren Church, 
is a matter of local and personal preference. 

It seems to this Editor that the self-denial and 
penitence so earnestly desired during the Lenten 
season is that which, of the Christian, is desired 
by our Lord throughout the entire year — not only 
for 40 days preceding Easter. On the other hand, 
lessons of self-denial and penitence learned dur- 
ing this period, if learned well, can prove valuable 
to the Christian throughout the whole year as 
Christians sincerely desire to live each day in 
Christ and for Him. — W. S. B. 




^^thix^ns xd ^mtii^lm 

^t'ix. ^txnxtn ^. %xh^xt 

DURING LENT, we are visualizing the people 
who were in the community of the Cross at 
the time of the crucial conflict, we are empha- 
sizing how little we differ from them. 

Last week we preached on, "Decisions of Ene- 
mies" from the text, "From that day forth they 
took council together for to put Him to death." 
Today our text is from actions of Disciples, Matt. 

Today I am asking myself, "Which were the 
worse for their decision, those that planned to 
kill Him or those who deliberated to flee, stay 
away, just simply indifferently ignore Him and 
stay away from His House, from His work and 
His people as though it all meant, NOTHING? 

Only two returned: Peter, blundering, cursing, 
weeping in repentance, returned. John: scared, re- 
turned to be beside the Mother of Jesus and to 
receive the commission to care for her. The rest, 
forsook Him and fled. It is far better to return 
and blunder, than to just stay away, ignore, for- 
get, and leave Him there to suffer in shame for 
their sins. Alone! 

Why did the Disciples react this way? They 
probably didn't understand Jesus and what he 
had been trying to tell them. They probably 
didn't understand Discipleship and the way they 
were expected to react. They probably FLED for 

This all makes interesting History but it is far 
more significant when we realize that what was 
true of Disciples then is even more true TODAY, 
after years of teaching, training and experience. 


Although they had a right start, were baptized, 
confessed their sins and were taken into the inner 
circle, they were proceeding with weak knees. 
They weren't sure enough to be counted on when 

the chips were down. They were not there when 
they were most needed and expected. We sing, 
"Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken," but it's a cross 
that weather, work, headaches, and even sleep can 
conquer. We sing, "Must Jesus bear the Cross 
Alone and all the World go Free? No there's a 
Cross for everyone and there's a Cross for Me." 
Yet Jesus goes on much of the time bearing it 
alone. We'd rather be part of the world that goes 
free than to have to undergo the least hardship 
to help make his church a glorious, victorious 
place on Sunday morning. The words seldom get 
off the pages of the Hymn book, as far as we're 

Jesus called the Disciples all to supper; they 
all came. 

Jesus called them to pray with him; part were 
there, and part slept! "Sleep on, the hour is 

Jesus called them to take the cross and follow 
him, "Then, all the Disciples forsook Him and 


If a Social Gospel, Reform, feeding the multi- 
tude, Social Action Committee, etc., had been the 
aim of discipleship, Jesus would not have per- 
mitted the Cross ! I am sure he would have stayed 
and led the crusade or headed up the committee 
for "cleaning up." 

BUT THE CROSS, that purpose was a differ- 
ent thing. We can always find plenty to align 
ourselves against. But he was determined to give 
a positive, super sacrifice on the cross that would 

(A Sermon delivered in The Brethren Church 
at Tucson, Arizona.) 

FEBRUARY 25, 1956 


surmount all social action in a supreme effort of 
positive love and sacrifice to reach right down to 
the roots of all trends that brought on evil. The 
cross he asked us to take up as disciples was not 
a cross of "attainment," not cataloguing of sin 
and virtues, but it was a cross of "following" — 
to whom am I attached? 1 owe it all to "Jesus." 
Follow me. 

I CAN'T HELP BUT RECALL— once upon a 
time, with short announcement, Vv^e had almost 
100 people in the church on V/ednesday night "to 
eat chili." The next Wednesday night at a ser- 
vice that was announced the year around, we had 
less than one-tenth that number for prayer meet- 
ing and Bible Study. I am not against eating in 
the church! But I am against allowing those I 
love to place food before "Faith." I was always 
under the impression that every one in the church 
was so busy on Wednesday night that they 
couldn't possibly get away for prayer. I 
thought that was why the Wednesday night 
service was small. I was forgiving them. 
But alas and alack ... It must be just because 
we serve only spiritual food for the soul on Wed- 
nesday night, while what they really want is 
material food for the belly. 

Jesus said, when the disciples failed in the gar- 
den of prayer, "What, could ye not watch and 
pray with me for one hour?" 

Got a letter from a boy of our Congregation 
who has been traveling with the Boys Choir for 
a couple of months. He was writing from the 
snow bound wonderland in Canada, he wanted to 
know two things; one, "Will I be home in time 
for the School Pie Social," and second, (and this 
touched my heart coming from an 11 year old 
boy), "Will I get home in time for Spring Com- 
munion?" He was one of the first of my members 
that even asked or was concerned when or "if" 
we were having Spring Communion. Have you 
thought about it? Would you be wondering if 
you'd get there if you were traveling in Canada, 
afraid you might not get home in time for Com- 
munion ? 

Warren Anderson of Clyde, California, wrote a 
letter to the President of the United States re- 
cently asking him if he wouldn't see to putting a 
fence up along the Government canal near their 
home ? He reminded him that 34 children had lost 
their lives in that canal because the Government 
hadn't cared enough to protect them. Yes, my 
friends, that was a heart rending letter. It made 

us almost cry for those parents; we certainly 
prayed for their lonely hearts, having lost Joe. 

Do you know as Disciples of Jesus we should 
be building some fences of Faith about "our" 
boys and girls? Some of these days they'll be go- 
ing down the Canal of "Wasted Lives" and it will 
be our fault ! 

What kind of an example are you? Do you 
take your children faithfully and regularly for 
training in God's House ? Or — don't you even send 
them to public school regularly? Do you train 
your children and lead them to pray with sincer- 
ity? Or — don't you even expect them to say 
thank you to friends and neighbors for being good 
to them? Do you let your children choose the 
time and place of their church? Or — don't you 
even believe in telling them which is milk and 
which is liquor or poison? 

VATION. — To cultivate in this civilized age, there 
must be some fences to guide and keep out some 
strays. Fences of Faith must be erected by reg- 
ular. Christian habits of Sunday School Training, 
Prayer, Worship together. Sacrifice to lead our 
children in the right paths; it can't, "just hap- 
pen!" The disciples didn't understand Disciple- 
ship ... "I wonder if some of us do Today?" 


We're living amidst some discouraging trends. 
We do not have active WAR and SUFFERING, 

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ulations are in order for Brother and Sister Cecil Bol- 
ton, Jr., on the arrival of Clara Ann Bolton, 8 lbs. 6 oz., 
on February 8th, in Ohio Valley Hospital, Wheeling, W. 

Sister Bolton, in sending us the announcement of Clara 
Ann's arrival, notes also that Brother Bolton has been 
very ill since the 2nd of February with a high fever, 
diagnosed as a possible blood stream infection. Let us 
remember Brother Bolton in his hour of sickness, at the 
throne of Grace in prayer for his speedy recovery. 

Bible study services are being cared for by Carl Sands, 
and arrangements for worship services are also being 
taken care of on the Cameron-Quiet Dell circuit. 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. Youth Sunday is scheduled 
for February 26th when a special program is to be pre- 

BRYAN, OHIO. Cash Day for the new building pro- 
gram, is scheduled for March 4th, with a goal of $2,000.00 
being set. 

Rev. Van Dyke of Montpelier, is to be the speaker at 
the Bryan Brethren Father and Son banquet on March 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. February 26th is the date for 
the Boys' Brotherhood Public Program. Rev. Robert 
Bischof will show pictures of Africa at this service. 

Brethren was host to the Stark County Ashland College 
Alumni Association at a banquet and program the eve- 
ning of February 10th. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. The W. M. S. Mission Study 
Book Review was held on February 22nd. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Brother R. K. Higgins con- 
ducted devotions at the Elkhart County Farmer's Insti- 
tute, at Pierre Moran Park on February 3rd. 

WARSAW, INDIANA. W. M. S. Group I will present 
Mrs. H. D. Hunter, Indiana District W. M. S. President, 
as the speaker for their Public Service on March 4th. 

W. M. S. Groups I and II are scheduled to hold a joint 
meeting on February 29th for the W. M. S. Mission Study 
Book Review. 

A play, "Aunt Fanny's Miracle," will be presented 
the evening of February 26th by W. M. S. Group II. The 
offering will be applied to the purchase of material for 
baptismal robes, which the group is making for the 

a mimeographed news sheet for North Manchester Breth- 
ren's young people and parents, is currently being printed 
by Brother Henry Bates. 

The proposed plans for North Manchester's new Sun- 
day School addition have been presented to the congre- 
gation for consideration. 

At the baptismal service on February 5th, seven were 
baptised and received into the church. At the same ser- 

vice, two were received on former baptism. Brother 
Bates reports also that nine came forward for rededica- 
tion at the evening service. 

FLORA, INDIANA. The Choir of the Flora Church at- 
tended the Revival Services at Mexico, the evening of 
February 12th, at which time they furnished special 
music for the service. 

REN. The Sisterhood Public Service is scheduled for 
Sunday morning, February 26th. Spsaker is Miss Velma 
Ober, of Elkhart. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Baptismal services were held the 
evening of February 12th. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. A special program was pre- 
sented by the Sisterhood girls as their Public Service 
the evening of February 12th. 

MANTECA, CALIFORNIA. Brother C. Y. Gilmer notes 
that Brother Claud Studebaker, pastor of our Loree, In- 
diana, Church, was guest speaker in the Manteca Church 
on February 12th. 


The wealthy Baron de Rothschild once posed 
as a beggar in the studio of an artist. While the 
artist, Ary Scheffer, was reproducing the likeness 
of the supposed beggar, a friend of the artist 
happened into the studio. So perfectly was Roths- 
child disguised that the visitor thinking him to 
be a real beggar, gave him a coin. Without a word 
of explanation, the pretended beggar put the coin 
in his pocket. Ten years later the gentleman who 
gave the coin received a letter from Rothschild 
and a bank order for 10,000 francs. The letter 
carried the following message: "You one day gave 
a coin to the Baron de Rothschild in the studio of 
Ary Scheffer. He has invested it and today sends 
you the capital which you entrusted to him, to- 
gether with the compounded interest. A good 
action always brings good fortune," On receipt 
of the letter the surprised man sought out the 
financier who proved to him from records what 
he said was true and that under his management 
that one coin had grown into the large sum. 

A beautiful illustration of a blessed truth : "He 
that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the 
Lord: and that which he hath given will He pay 
him again" (Prov. 19:17) said the writer of the 
Proverbs. Jesus said, "Inasmuch as ye have done 
it unto one of the least of these my brethren, 
ye have done it unto me" (Matt. 25:40). How 
blessed it is to give in His name to those of His 
brethren who are in need and to send the Word 
of Life to the multitudes without the gospel. — 

FEBRUARY 25, 1956 



524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. Phone: 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Assistant 

News and Itinerary 

BOB AND BEA have been getting a much-needed rest 
since their return home a few weeks ago. They are 
living in the Missionary Home in Ashland and enjoying 
its comforts tremendously. They have mentioned a num- 
ber of times how much they appreciate the fine living 
quarters provided for them. 

Now they are becoming eager to visit our churches 
and share their news and enthusiasm for the missionary 
work in Nigeria. Bob has been working for some time — 
in conjunction with the office — arranging an itinerary. 
As you recall, in a previous issue of the Brethren Evan- 
gelist (January 14, 1956), we said, "An effort will be 
made to send the Bischofs to your church, if you have 
made a request to have them." Many churches have writ- 
ten in, requesting that they visit their churches. Bob has 
been arranging for these visits and making an effort to 
schedule churches in one area together, in so far as pos- 

There are still a few vacancies on their schedule which 
you may be able to obtain; however, take note of the 
following dates; if you cannot have them in your church. 

perhaps you will be close enough to visit one of the 
churches in your area when they appear there. 

The following is their schedule for March: (April will 
appear later) 

March 4 — (Sunday) Park Street Brethren Church — 


March 5 — enroute to Indiana 

March 6 — open 

March 7 & 8 — New Paris, Indiana 

March 11- — Goshen, Indiana 

March 12-15 — Elgin, Illinois (General Brotherhood 

Board meeting — probably) 

March 16-19 — Roann, Indiana 

March 20 — travel to Pennsylvania 

March 21 & 22 — Second Church Johnstown 

March 23 — open 

March 25 — Johnstown Second A. M.; Parkhill Ev. 

Johnstown P. M. 

March 26 & 27— open 

March 28-30— Vinco 

April 1 — Vinco 



(Not having much recent information from their church 
at the time home mission publicity was put out, we made 
little mention of the Cumberland Church; however, we 
received quite a comprehensive report from them in a 
letter from the pastor since that time. Portions of the 
letter following indicate that progress is being made.) 

. . . Although nothing of a phenomenal nature has 
transpired, the congregation has enjoyed a gradual, 
healthy growth in both interest, attendance and member- 

We have been here about a year and a half, during 
which time we have received by baptism some 24 mem- 
bers (17-%%), including two fine young ministers and 
their wives. Each of these men are now occupying pas- 
torates in the Brethren Church. In addition to these, the 
Congregation has extended the ministerial call to another 
fine young man, who is now serving as our moderator 
and church school superintendent. In all probability he 
will soon enter our seminary. Right now we have two 
fine families from the Church of the Brethren whom we 
are receiving by letter next Lord's Day. One young lady 
will soon be baptized. 

We have organized a youth church, with 23 members; 
it is growing steadily in attendance and interest. A 
young people's organization has been started under the 
name of the "C. F." Club (The letters "C. F." meaning 

"Christ First," in which each member is required to 
pledge himself to put Christ first in his life. We have 
three choirs: the regular church choir, a girls' treble 
clef choir, and the Crusader's choir, composed of youth 
of 8 to 14 years of age. In each Lord's Day evening 
service our youth participate — one reading Scripture, an- 
other offering the evening prayer, another making an- 
nouncements and receiving the offering, another giving 
the benediction. The pastor in this arrangement has noth- 
ing to do except deliver the sermon. This is our way of 
preparing our youth for Christian Service. We have also 
organized a Junior B. Y. C. in addition to other organ- 
izations listed. 

It may be of interest to relate the wonderful response 
we had in our annual Thanksgiving service on November 
24. (We do not enter into union services, but conduct 
our own.) The general theme was, "What Have I To Be 
Thankful For?" The congx-egation was invited to offer 
a testimony in response to the theme. Every adult and 
several children offered a testimony! Such a service is 
not to be forgotten, and it should be a means of bring- 
ing many blessings to the participants. 

On November 27 we had our fall communion service 
with 56 participants. This is not a large number, but it 
is one third of the active membership. 

Most sincerely, 

L. O. McCartneysmith, Minister. 




Conducted by Asliland Tlieological Seminary 



UGH HAS HAPPENED at the Seminary since this 
column last went to press. Several parties have 
been held, a new semester has begun, a new projector 
and screen have been given to the Seminary, and plans 
are being fulfilled for the second half of the fiftieth an- 
niversary celebration. 

Phil and Jean Lersch took us to Europe during a very 
interesting and entertaining fellowship. The Lersch's 
were overseas last summer in a work camp; at the party 
they helped us appreciate their experience by teaching 
us games of many nations. During the evening, Richard 
Kuns, on behalf of the Men's Gospel Team, presented a 
SVE Schoolmaster slide projector and a 60 x 60 screen 
which will be used in a specially constructed classroom. 
Dean Flora accepted the gift on behalf of the Seminary. 

* * * 

At a more recent fellowship the "Sem Wives (wives of 
students) organization held the annual "sweethearts 

party" to which the husbands were invited. Approxi- 
mately fifty enjoyed the covered dish meal and the eve- 
ning of fun and seriousness. Students and faculty alike 
were victims and victors in the games. Professor Ronk 
closed the evening with a brief but pointed meditation. 

Dr. Harold Kuhn of Wilmore, Kentucky, will be the 
"Christian Emphasis Week" speaker this year. This an- 
nual event is a highlight on the Ashland campus. Due 
to illness in the Kuhn family, his coming has been de- 
layed until the week of March 19th. During his time here 
he will speak to Seminary and pre-seminary students and 
will be available for private counselling. His being with 
our group will be a high point in the fiftieth anniver- 

* * ;)! 

Still later in the anniversary year, Rev. J. Ray Klingen- 
smith will bring a series of messages on the theme of 
evangelism. We look forward to his coming. 


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but we do have a lot of worldly indifference and 
a "Cold War on Jesus." For fear of selfish preser- 
vation, or afraid we'll exert ourselves beyond the 
Jones' we're developing a ghastly indifference 
in the presence of our friends, the world and our 
children, — "toward Jesus." 

ONCE AGAIN I have been driven to my knees 
asking God to "Give me Patience." I lose patience 
with my very friends; not for detriment to them 
but for fear they are losing their very souls in 
the very air of, "I can take Christ or leave Him," 
attitude. So many things are needed and waiting 
to be done by His Disciples today and when the 
moment of action, the high period of sacrifice ar- 
rives, all Christ can do is look about and wait! 
WAIT! WAIT! . . . While all the world goes on 
round about. 

"God! Give me Patience, and More, God, have 
greater patience with those I love." 

During the war, a chaplain stumbled into a 
gutted and wrecked Cathedral. Througii great 

bomb holes the early sun's rays were streaming. 
There at the oi'gan, a soldier, torn and battle 
scarred, started to play the unharmed organ. 
"Hear My Prayer" then "Nearer My God to 
Thee" on and on, "Rock of Ages" and finally, "In 
the Cross of Christ I glory, TOWER O'ER THE 
WRECKS OF TIME"— Towering o'er the wrecks 
of time. That's it. Your life will have its ups and 
downs, health and sickness, riches and poverty, 
buying and selling, wars and peace — but don't for- 
get my dear friends, THIS OLD CROSS WILL 
—if you do not fail HIM NOW ... > 

For the rest of the Lenten season, instead of 
Forsaking Him and fleeing in other directions, 
why don't you make your DECISION AS A DIS- 
have Faith, Faith must stand for something! 
Your Faith is being weighed in the balances. Does 
the Cross mean any sacrifice to you ... or isn't 
it worth sacrifice? "The Disciples forsook Him 
and fled." Have you been absent? Return, and 
the Lord will be good to you! 

Tucson, Arizona. 

FEBRUARY 25, 1956 


Young Men's and Boys 
Brotherhood Progran 

Percy C. Miller — Topic Editor 
Month of March 

Topic: Jesus Teaches Confidence in God. 

1. Interpreting the Times — Luke 12:49-56. 

Jesus, knowing- the hopes of the Jews of that time for 
a Messiah who would bring peace and prospei'ity through 
the overthrow of the Roman rule, assured the people that 
His mission was not to accomplish such ends. Rather, 
His mission was to create divisions. The holy against the 
unholy. The truth against untruths. The righteous against 
the unrighteous. These divisions would know no boun- 
daries, for truth would oppose untruths regardless of the 
individuals concerned. Even those of close relationship 
would oppose each other in such matters. 

Do you think such divisions still exist in our society 
today? Do you think they are evident in the daily ex- 
periences of almost every family? 

2. The Faith We Preach— Romans 10:8-13. 

Someone has said that faith is to believe on the Word 
of God what we do not see, and its reward is; to see and 
enjoy what we believe. The faith we preach as individ- 
uals is the faith our lives reveal through our everyday 
living. Therefore, how effective our preaching of faith 
is depends entirely upon how much we live by faith in all 
phases of our lives every day. We are told that whosoever 
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 
Without faith, such promises have no meaning and, 
therefore, no significance to us. 

In what ways do we show our faith (or lack of faith) 
in our everyday life ? 

3. Strive To Enter— Luke 13:22-30. 

Jesus said, "Many will seek to enter, and shall not be 
able." Why? Because they want the spiritual without 
sacrificing the temporal or physical in order to earn such 
blessings. Or, in other words, there are those who want 
salvation but will not live for Jesus Christ. We must re- 
member that Paul says salvation is by grace and is the 
gift of God. James reminds us that "faith without works 
is dead." If we want the joy of salvation we must live 
our lives according to God's Word. 

How can faith and works both be necessary to salva- 


The purpose for which Riverside was founded was to 
reach and save the Lost. When this does not occur it 
brings much concern to the management of the work. 
For some time now, the matter of conversions was al- 
most nothing so far as we could see. Then imagine how 
grateful and thankful we were when converts came to 
the Lord for salvation. Since our last report in the 
Evangelist eleven young folks have come out for the Lord 
and all have been baptized. Our last baptismal service 
saw seven of these eleven go down in the baptismal 
waters for that sacred rite. We now have a baptistry 
in our chapel here, and that is so much better than the 
uncertain creek waters. All these eleven folks were from 
the school, ten of them boarding students. 

We still have unsaved young folks in the school, the 
upper grades, and the high school. May we ask that you 
join us in pi'ayer that these may yet be saved? We here 
are praying for that to come to pass. 

There is a county wide revival meeting being planned 
for the month of March. A very remarkable young man 
is engaged for the speaking. It is hoped that this move- 

ment can reach many of the unsaved, who for the last 
couple of years seem to keep away from the revival 

Building operations, under the direction of Brother 
Dorman Ronk have progressed well. Things are just now 
held up for want of the roofing needed. Two of the 
Brethren from Pa., Daniel L. Forney of Avilla, Pa., and 
"Abe" A. B. Phillips, Marianna, Pa. spent a week in 
helping on the building. Their presence and help gave 
the work a big push, and we all enjoyed their fellowship 
so much. Come again Brethren, your help has meant a 
great deal in the work of the Lord in this section. 

The moi'ning when the temporary roof was being nailed 
down, one of the local men, our Church Clerk, Brother 
G. W. Watts, fell about 12 ft. to the ground. He was se- 
riously hurt, but was taken to Lexington the same day 
by Brother Ronk, operated on, and is now recovering 
very nicely, being able to go about the house quite eas- 

This section has had another peculiar thing never 
known here before. The foxes in the mountains somehow 
have had a rabies epidemic. They come off the hills, bite 
stock, dogs, cats, etc. About twenty folks in Breathitt 
County alone have taken the rabies treatment. Here we 
had our four head of stock vaccinated, as also some pets. 
It seems at this writing to be coming under better con- 
ti-ol. But for awhile folks were afraid to go out nights 
alone, or have the children out alone day time or night 

One of the tragic happenings of this epidemic was 
that the wife of the brother named above, Mrs. Thelma 
Watts, just when her husband was needing her so much, 
was bitten by a mad dog on her way to the post office. 
This dog had contracted the disease in some waJ^ The 



first day she had to have three "shots," then one a day for 
fourteen days. The dog's head was sent to Lexington, 
where it was found that it had the rabies. A nice and 
good thing out of all their trials, is that they have kept 
their faith in God intact. We praise the Lord for that, 
as they have been sorely tried. 

We do know that prayer is the mainstay of the work. 
Without it, the work could not keep going. The Lord 
seems just now to be permitting the work to pass 
through some special testings, and we know that you will 
pray much for it, THAT ONLY THE WILL OF THE 
LORD BE DONE, and that the buildings so much needed 
may not be hindered by the lack of money for their erec- 
tion. Thank you. 

G. E. Drushal. 


New Hymn Racks were placed on the remaining pews 
last week. This was a project of the Laymen and one of 
the Laymen did the work. 

Deacon Hays K. Logan, one of our members who has 
been preaching at Kregar, at a Community church which 
is about five miles from Jones Mills, for the past three 
years, preached a farewell message for us. Many friends 
and relatives came for this special service. There was a 
large number present. Brother Logan was called to the 
Ministry last fall after preaching several years and now 
on Tuesday, February 7th, he and his good wife will 
move to Gatewood, W. Va., to be the pastor of the Breth- 
ren church there. May the Lord greatly bless them in 
this new field of service for their Lord. 

Elmer M. Keck. 


A number of events will take place at Cerro Gordo 
Brethren Church in the next few weeks. On February 
29th and March 1st we will have Dr. Joe Shultz with us 
for a Christian Worker's School. Beginning March 5th 
through the 14th, we will have Rev. H. R. Garland with 
us to hold an Evangelistic Campaign. We know that God 
is going to bless these meetings. We have a goodly num- 
ber of Quartets and other Special Music for the Cam- 
paign. Among the Highlights of the Campaign, we will 
have the Mennonite Chorus from Arthur with us; also 
the Salvation Army Band and Songsters from Decatur. 
We ask your prayers in this effort to win Souls for 


Read your 

Brethren Evangelist 

every week. 

MASON. Edward B. Mason, was born Feb. 1, 1865 
and departed this life Jan. 24, 1956. Funeral services 
conducted by the Pastor on Jan. 27th in the Weller-Won- 
derly Funeral Home, Fremont, Ohio. Mr. Mason has been 
a member of the Brethren Church since 1920. His daugh- 
ter is an active member in the Fremont Brethren Church, 
Fremont, Ohio. 

Kenneth Solomon, Pastor. 

* * m 

DYMOND. Irvin G. Dymond of Fremont, was born 
Jan. 11, 1901 and departed this life Feb. 2, 1956. Funer- 
al service conducted by the undersigned on Feb. 6, 1956. 

Kenneth Solomon, Pastor. 

* * * 

NAUGLE. Henry Naugle, born Aug. 18, 1882 in Paint 
Township, now Windber, Penna. Died Jan. 26, 1956. Sur- 
vived by his wife, the former Jessie Hoover. A son, Mar- 
shall, preceded him iiij death on May 28, 1928 at the age 
of 19 years. Burial in Akron, Ohio on January 30th. 

Mrs. Jessie Naugle. 

* * * 

EUBANKS. Lional A. Eubanks passed away Feb. 4, 
1956 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, follow- 
ing a short illness. He was 49 years of age. Member of 
the West Alexandria Brethren Church and served as Sun- 
day School Superintendent. He was trustee of the Miami 
Valley Brethren Laymen's Association. He was President 
of the local Laymen's Group and teacher of the Men's 
Bible Class. Survived by his wife, Mildred, a son, three 
daughters, and a granddaughter. Services conducted in 
the Brethren Church with the pastor. Rev. H. R. Garland 
in charge, assisted by a former pastor. Rev. Smith F. 
Rose, of Howe, Indiana. Burial in Sugar Grove Cemetery. 

Betty Jo Goad, Corr. Sec. 

THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO and so little time in 
which to .do it! We need to be in dead earnest about 
our main business of winning the world for Christ's King- 

A man engaged in conversation a Communist who had 
put a leaflet in his hand. He advised the Communist, "It 
is no use; you will never get anywhere doing this. At 
best there are but two hundred thousand Communists in 
America, while we Christians number seventy-five mil- 

The Communists replied, "Remember Gideon's band? 
They had only three hundred. Members of my party are 
willing to live on the barest necessities of life. Every 
dime we earn above and beyond our simple needs we turn 
back to our cause; we believe in it with all our hearts." 
Then he went on to say, "We are goings to be victorious, 
and, if you want to know, I will tell you why. We have an 
unshakable faith in our cause. We are even willing to die 
for it. That is more than you are willing to do!" Is it? 
How far will you go to serve your cause ? — Reuben K. 
Youngdahl in The Secret of Greatness (Fleming H. Revell 

FEBRUARY 25, 1956 


Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all 
Galileans, because they suffered such things?" Luke 13:2. 

SOMETIME, SOME WAY, every person suffers. It is 
not patent at all times vi^hy God permits suffering, 
but one thing sure — He always has a reason for permit- 
ting it. Some times men conclude that God is not good 
because suffering comes to them. But the coming of afflic- 
tion is no reason to question God's power, or to attribute 
helplessness to Him in the face of calamity, and suggest 
j possible indifference to Him when misfortune comes to us. 
JNor yet should we attribute suffering to being the result 
!of sin in the life of the sufferer. When the inquisitive, 
I scheming enemies of the Lord sought to catch Him, and 
i questioned Him at the healing of the man born blind as 
I to the cause of the blind man's misfortune, Christ assured 
them there was no sin on the part of the man or his 

i parents. 


j The fate of the Galileans who were killed while they 

: were worshipping, and of the eighteen on whom the tower 

I of Siloam fell, stirred superstitious horror on the part of 

I some who attempted to impute to these victims an un- 

1 wonted degree of criminality. Jesus definitely implied that 

their suffering was not necessarily apportioned according 

to their sinning. 

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus asserts that the 

' Father "maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, 

t and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." Matt. 

5:45. From the Lord's remarks it seems that there is a 

higher realm of divine action in which moral distinctions 

of men are disregarded, so that God's dealings may be so 

i distributed that good may come to bad men and evil come 

to good men. Jesus may have thought it not impossible 

I that some of the good men of Palestine might have been 

' victims of the two calamities mentioned. 

^ A comforting truth remains for all who suffer from 
I any cause, and that is contained in these words of Deu- 
■ teronomy 33:25 "... as thy days, so shall thy strength 
i be." 

*:>:>» Our Poefs Corner « « 


We hurry down Invention Avenue, 
While we push easy buttons on the wall. 
We fashion fierce and fiercer tools of death- 
Do these merit a star on progress' map? 

Are we not shaken, stunned- 
Has conscience flown? 
Left only violence? 

-and rightly so? 

Flasing such brilliance of efficiency. 

Shall we not complement this power with prayer 

For strength to follow Him — our Shield, Our Sight — 

To tablelands of light? 

Annabelle Merrifield. 


A mechanic was called to repair the mechanism 
of a giant telescope. In the noon hour the chief 
astronomer came on the man reading the Bible. 
"What good do you expect from that?" he asked. 
"The Bible is out-of-date. Why, you don't even 
know who wrote it!" 

The mechanic puzzled a moment, then looked 
up: "Don't you make use of the multiplication 
table in your calculations?" 


"Do you know who wrote it?" 

"Why, no, I guess I don't." 

"Then how can you trust the multiplication ta- 
ble when you don't know who wrote it?" 

"We trust it because . . . well, it works," the as- 
tronomer finished testily. 

"Well, I trust the Bible for the same reason — 
it just works." — Sel. 


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TPrayer ffleding 

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upon our complete surrender to Him (Rom. 6:13). We 
must be made free from sin before we can have God's 
life and fruitfulness in us (Rom. 6:22). Thei gi'eat secret 
of blessedness and power is absolute yieldedness unto 
God (Rom. 6:13b). It is to put ourselves at God's dis- 
posal (Gal. 2:20). To give one's self to God as His prop- 
erty is the wisest thing one can do with himself (Rom. 
12:1, 2). 

Absolute surrender will give knowledge of spiritual 
truth (1 John 1:5; John 7:17). Only those whose eye 
is cleared by absolute surrender to God can see His eter- 
nal verities (Matt. 6:22, 23). There can be no power in 
prayer without a surrendered will and life (1 John 3:22). 
John sought to do only those things which are pleasing 
in God's sight. There can be no prevailing prayer without 
a surrendered will and life (Psalm 37:4). Jesus was always 
heard in pi'ayer (John 11:42). This was because He always 
did NOT His own will but the will of the Father (John 
4:34; 6:38; Heb. 10:7). 

Another result of a surrendered will is a heart over- 
flowing with Joy (John 15:10, 11). There is no joy in a 
half-hearted Christian life (Matt. 6:24; Rom. 7:18, 24). A 
compromise religion is very uncomfortable (Isaiah 28:20). 
Again, a surrender of self to Christ will bring Christ to 
us (John 14:21). 

"O Christ, I used to say, 'Help me come to Thee.' 
But can I say it now, when Christ hath come to me ? 
Dear Presence in my soul, where Thou hast found Thy 

rest ! 
Why seek Thee in the skies. Who dwellest in my 


The fact that Christ comes to us now is an assurance 
that He will come for us in the future glad day (1 Thess. 
4:16). He manifests Himself unto us NOW if we are 
fully yielded to Him (John 14:23). And when we see Him 
we are glad (John 20:20). The absolute surrender of will 
and life is the secret of receiving the Holy Ghost (Acts 
5:32). To be surrendered is to be within His will and to 
have our petitions answered (1 John 5:14, 15). The se- 
cret of power for God is the Holy Ghost upon us (Acts 
1:8), and the secret of the Holy Ghost upon us is a 
yielded will and life (Rom. 6:13). 

That reasonable plan — 

How any, ANY man 

(And this means woman, too) 

Might reach Him and be sure: 

If anyone obeys My teaching, he 

It is that loves Me. And for loving Me, 

My Father will love him, that together 

We too, will come, content with nothing less, 
And make our home with him. 
His home! Why, then, God loves my homeliness! 
He wants to come. I take it He'll be here. 
Not just on stated occasions, when I'm dressed; 
Nor tidy for the afternoons. He'll know me best. 
And be most near me, when I make the pies; 
On days the sweep comes; when the baby cries; 
When every room wants cleaning; and the mending, 
The patching and the darning seems unending; 
When all my nerves are frayed to finest edges; 
And when the children seem to have a knack 
Of scribbling on the doors and window ledges, 
Or take my scissors and don't bring them back. 

'Tis then I need a Guide for hand and lip — 
The GIFT of firm yet gracious statesmanship. 
And oh, how glad I am He did not say, — 
"The promise is for those who feel Me near." 
No, 'tis for those who honestly obey 
And honour Him ... So with my heart I will. 
He'll stay if I but love Him . . . and I do, 
So what about it ? Sure ? Why here's the sum — 
I need not grope for Him, because . . . HE'S COME! 

— Fay Inchfawn. 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 4, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 19:37-48 

SAAC WATTS, the song writer, asks the question: 
"Is this vile world a friend to grace, 
To help me on to God?" 


The answer was obvious to Watts — this old, sinful 
world is not friendly to the sacred things of God, or to 
any who dare stand for God! Jesus found this to be so 
when He confronted the world with His claims. 

Our lesson begins with Christ's Triumphal entry into 
Jerusalem. It was the Passover season. The people were 
caught up in the spirit of the hour. The great throngs 
of people that flocked into the Holy City for this holy 
occasion — the Messianic hope that gripped the hearts of 
the faithful — the wonderful miracles that had been per- 
formed by Jesus, especially the miraculous raising of 
Lazarus from the dead — all these brought forth the spon- 
taneous desire on the part of the people to crown Christ 
as their King. 

"The whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice 
and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 
that they had seen; saying. Blessed be the King that 
Cometh in the name of the Lord." 

How wonderful it was! At long last Jesus Christ had 
been recognized as King! But had He? Did they know 

FEBRUARY 25, 1956 


what they were saying? Were they ready to accept 
Him as their Saviour, or did they merely look for an 
earthly Deliverer? 

History confirms the fact that the people were seek- 
ing for someone to deliver them from the bonds of the 
Roman Government. Christ came to set men free from 
the bonds of sin and spiritual darkness I Too few people 

want this! 

Even today we find many who are willing to jump 
on the band-wagon of Christianity simply for selfish 
purposes. This is hardly complimentary to God. In his 
thought-provoking book, The Problem of Pain, C. S. 
Lewis has written: "God is not proud ... It is hardly 
complimentary to God that we should choose Him as an 
alternative to Hell: yet even this He accepts." 

Realizing the true intent and heart (Condition of the 
people of His day, Jesus drew nigh to the City of Jeru- 
salem. Viewing the city with all its wondrous outward 
beauty — with its utter inward selfishness and coldness of 
heart — with its rejection of Him — Jesus "wept over it." 

Then began He to prophesy the result of Jerusalem's 
rejection of truth and subsequent spiritual blindness: "If 
thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the 
things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are 
hid from thine eyes." 

After saying this, Christ spoke of the awful destruc- 
tion that was to come to the city by the hand of Titus 
in 70 A.D. And why must the Holy City be destroyed ? 
"Because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." 

We cannot but think that Jesus of Nazareth passeth 
by once again. Up and down the streets of the cities and 
towns of our great land of America He walks. He comes 
through the means of the Church. Yet many pass by the 
door. He comes through the Godly lives of His children. 
Yet the indifferent give no heed to the testimony of the 

The day of His visitation is drawing to a close. Will 
He be forced to pronounce doom and destruction upon 
this land because we have refused to accept His claims ? 

May it never be said that Christ Jesus visited us, and 
yet we were unaware of the time of His visitation! 


Clarence Stogsdlli, Director 


■*• ■'• gun can fire at a range of seven miles or 
more and hit an army blanket? They do it! 
Wanta know how ? Well, we don't have space here 
to tell all about it, but we can give some of the 
principles involved and, what is more important, 
the persons and instruments that are used in 
making a firing mission on the battle field a suc- 


Near the big gun and its crew is a telephone 
over which a mysterious voice gives data for fir- 
ing on the enemy, and gives complete orders 
which in turn come dowru from the officer in for- 
ward observation. This officer may be in an air- 
plane, on a hill or in a tower where he can ob- 
serve through binoculars the movements of the 
enemy and the effect of fire on them. It takes 
this and more too to make this big gun destroy 
an enemy target. 

There is something near the gun which you 
haven't yet noticed. You might have even stum- 
bled over it or run into it several times in the 
past, but you never gave a thought except for its 

unusual color as to its part in this big operation. 
It is a red and white striped metal pole, about the 
size of a broom handle, somewhere — perhaps with- 
in one hundred feet — within sight of the chief 
gunner. Without this pole — or "aiming stake" as 
it is called — no firing mission could be accom- 
plished. It is just about the most important lit- 
tle object in the whole firing mission. 

The gun, when it is moved into position at first, 
is "laid" — adjusted to a certain compass, or di- 
rection — by an instrument with a compass. After 
this the "aiming stake" is set with the big gun 
still "aimed" in the same direction, and the cross 
hairs of the aiming sight on the gun are care- 
fully lined up against the picture of the aiming 
stake in the lens of the telescope. When an en- 
emy target is sighted by the observation officer, 
information is radioed to a fire-direction center 
from whence data is given to the big gun. The 
gunner immediately turns his sight so many de- 
grees right or left, thus moving his sight off the 
aiming stake. His right hand impetuously twirls 
an adjusting screw which moves the gun right 
or left until the cross hairs of the sight again 
line up against the aiming stake. Woe unto the 
enemy target because of that little aiming stake ! 
The gun is kept constantly on its range by a red 
and white metal pole! 


Just suppose that there was no forward ob- 
server; the radio quit working; the telephone 
was dead; the computer wasn't efficient in his 
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January 1st to February 10th 

(Some of the Churches listed below are on the Budget 
system. Thus their listed gifts represent one-fourth of 
their yearly gift to Brethren Publications.) 

Mrs. Cynthia Blotter, Tiffin, Ohio $ 10.00 

Miscellaneous 10.00 

Mrs. Maude Webb, Goshen, Ind 100.00 

Goshen Brethren, Goshen, Indiana 69.96 

Louisville Brethren, Louisville, Ohio 25.20 

Pleasant Hill Brethren, Pleasant Hill, Ohio . . . 12.72 

Nappanee Brethren, Nappanee, Indiana 100.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Erbaugh, West Milton, Ohio . . 8.50 

Ora E. Jones, Clayton, Ohio 2.00 

Mrs. Verna M. Ullom, Newark, Ohio 1.00 

Miscellaneous 1-00 

J. L. Gillen, Madison, Wis 5.00 

Mrs. A. W. Merrifield, Winnetka, 111 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Needham, Clean, N. Y 5.00 

Mrs. Isabel Puterbaugh, Des Moines, Iowa .... 1.00 

Mabel C. Beachler, Eaton, Ohio 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank P. Ebbert, Jackson, Mich. . . 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. I. E. Metzler, Redstone, Mont 3.00 

Mrs. Audrey Steyer, Kankakee, 111 2.00 

Mrs. H. E. Dague, Scenery Hill, Pa 10.00 

Elkhart Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind 61.15 

Mrs. Joseph J. Delp, Mt. Carroll, 111 2.00 

Mrs. E. E. Otto, Falls Church, Va 1.00 

David S. Hegler, Chillicothe, Ohio 5.00 

Garber Memorial Brethren Church, Ashland, O.. . 3.50 

Mrs. Esther K. Black, Beaver Falls, Pa 15.00 

Mrs. Ida Himiller, Washington Court House, O. 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry G. Dotson, Ashland, Ohio 5.00 

Pittsburgh Brethren Church, Pittsburgh, Pa. . . 18.65 

Mrs. E. A. Juillerat, Portland, Ind 3.50 

Mrs. Tillie Connin, Bryan, Ohio 3.50 

Scott A. Shannon, Hiawatha, Kansas 1.00 

Miscellaneous 1.00 

Mrs. A. T. Wirick, St. Petersburg, Fla 10.00 

Mrs. C. L. Jacobs, Culbertson, Montana 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Fisher, Ft. Myers, Fla. . . . 25.00 

George W. Middleton, Winchester, Va 2.00 

Milford Brethren Church, Milford, Ind 50.00 

Miss Gail Miller, Westminster, Md .50 

Mada D. Turvy, Hollywood, Florida 1.00 

B. F. Buzard, Riviera Beach, Cla 5.00 

Maude Drayer, New Lebanon, Ohio 5.00 

Columbus Brethren Church, Columbus, 10.00 

Lester Myers, Chicago, 111 5.00 

Mrs. Thomas Corner, Fostoria, Ohio 1.00 

Udell Brethren Church, Udell, Iowa 12.00 

Burlington Brethren Church, Burlington, Ind. 40.00 

Doris Lanehart, Saxton, Pa 1.00 

Rev. & Mrs. George J. King, Mt. Pleaasnt, Pa.. . 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. Daniels, Mt. Pleasant, Pa 1.00 

Minnie Sloan, Mulberry, Ind 10.00 

Corinth Brethren Church, Corinth, Ind 46.34 

Denver Brethren Church, Denver, Ind 41.29 

Mr. & Mrs. Chas. B. Lovmiaster, Jr., Ashland, O 5.00 

New Lebanon Brethren Church, New Lebanon, 0. 150.00 

Charles L. Anspach, Mt. Pleasant, Mich 10.00 

Jacob F. Curie, Smithville, Ohio 10.00 

Gretna Brethren Church, Bellefontaine, Ohio . . 92.20 

Fremont Brethren Church, Fremont, Ohio 16.34 

Mexico Brethren Church, Mexico, Ind 20.00 

Fair Haven Brethren Church, West Salem, 0. . . 37.53 

Dessie M. Hollinger, Hagerstown, Md 1.00 

New Paris Brethren Church, New Paris, Ind. . . 129.33 

Mrs. Elsie M. King, East Millsboro, Pa 5.00 

Cameron Brethren Church, Cameron, W. Va 15.00 

Williamstown Brethren Church, Williamstown, O. 127.27 

E. S. Baker, New Florence, Pa 5.00 

Tiosa Brethren Church, Tiosa, Ind 28.00 

Park Street Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 79.25 

County Line Brethren Church, Lapaz, Ind 23.45 

Peru Brethren Church, Peru, Ind 30.00 

Mrs. Estella Sayre, Dallas, Texas 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. D. Stuckman, New Paris, Pa. . . 10.00 
North Liberty Brethren Church, North Liberty, 

Indiana 57.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harlan Jennings, New London, Ohio 15.00 

Glenford Brethren Church, Glenford, Ohio 25.00 

Mrs. L, A. Myers, Sabetha, Kansas 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harland R. Clapper, Canton, Ohio . . 5.00 

Mrs. Nina M. Bishop, Kissimmee, Fla 10.00 

Gatewood Brethren Church, Gatewood, W. Va. . . 2.00 

Roanoke Brethren Church, Roanoke, Ind 24.00 

Vinco Bi-ethren Church, Vinco, Pa 147.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. R. Swihart, Tampa, Fla 8.50 

Newark Brethren Church, Newark, Ohio 10.00 

Firestone Park Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio . . 48.75 

Berlin Brethren Church, Berlin, Pa 171.45 

Gratis Brethren Church, Gratis, Ohio 12.00 

Mrs. Ada F. Kimmel, Gratis, Ohio 5.00 

White Dale Brethren Church, Terra Alta, W. Va. 14.60 

Oak Hill Brethren Church, Oak Hill, W. Va 27.00 

H. A. Duncan, Oak Hill, W. Va 10.00 

College Corner Brethren Church, Wabash, Ind. . . 28.30 

Quiet Dell Brethren Church, Quiet Dell, Pa. . . 2.50 

Mrs. Mary E. Rose, Brownsville, Pa 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. Glenn Grumbling, North Fairfield, O. 5.00 

Mansfield Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio 9.00 

Mrs. Mary Hazlett, Mansfield, Ohio 1.00 

Bryan Brethx-en Church, Bryan, Ohio 200.00 

Mrs. Elmer Amigh, Conemaugh, Pa 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Leidy, Conemaugh, Pa 5.00 

Mrs. Chester A. Myers, Johnstown, Pa 5.00 

Mrs. Arthur W. Stormer, Conemaugh, Pa 3.00 

Mrs. Julia Wertz, Conemaugh, Pa 5.00 

Lois Jean Wertz, Conemaugh, Pa 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Wertz, Conemaugh, Pa. . . 15.00 

Center Chapel Brethren Church, Wabash, Ind.. . 54.30 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Lee, Tiosa, Ind 3.00 

Ardmore Brethren Church, South Bend, Ind 63.00 

Maurertown Brethren Church, Maurertown, Va.. . 23.50 

North Georgetown Brethren, N. Georgetown, O.. 10.00 

Pleasant View Brethren, Vandergrift, Pa 20.00 

Maude M. Pearson, Jones Mills, Pa 5.00 

Katharine Miller, Jones Mills, Pa 10.00 

Oakville Brethren Church, Oakville, Ind 17.25 

Mt. Olivet Brethren Church, Georgetown, Del. . . 22.25 

Total amount to February 10th, 1956 $2,689.13 

FEBRUARY 25, 1956 


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figures; the gun crew was wiped out; but most 
enemy could maneuver at will without fear of 
being seen. There would be no return fire, and 
the enemy would gradually increase in strength 
while allied forces would be weakened and de- 
pleted. The enemy advances! 


I'll tell you why. BRETHREN YOUTH IS THE 
GUN CREW. God is the Forward Observer who 
observes the enemy in action, calling for return 
fire to destroy them. We who try to direct the 
work are in fire-direction center where the data 
is figured to give to the crew. And the aiming 
i bright sign of support and encouragement to 
i keep our sights upon there can be no way of put- 
I ting down the enemies of discouragement, anti- 
youth worldliness. 

We pivot on your steadfast loyalty to Brethren 
\ Youth to take on new projects (not just a nation- 
al B. Y. project, now!) in the labors of the Lord. 
By your faith and trust in us, and your own 
stand we proceed to take action against satan's 
j host. Give your local B. Y. organization a boost; 
! be an aiming stake for their crew. 

j Your youth organizations: Brotherhoods, Sis- 
! terhoods, Signal Lights, B. Y. C. groups, work to- 
I gether in a united front as a big gun crew, each 
I doing its part in the Great Campaign of life. 
j and help— SHOULD FAIL? 

• Think it over! 



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by Helen Jordan 


[APPINESS is a thing that is being sought after by 
a high proportion of both secular and Christian peo- 
ple. In a world so filled with avoidable and unavoidable 
misfortunes, of illness and psychological tangles, of strug- 
gle and poverty, ill-will and sin, the man or woman who 
is to be happy must find ways of coping with the many 
causes of unhappiness by which each of us is assailed. 

Happiness depends partly upon external circumstances 
and partly upon our mental and spiritual attitudes. To 
most men and women certain things such as food and 
shelter, health, love, successful work and respect are in- 
dispensable to our happiness. Only the exceptional man 
can achieve happiness where these things are lacking. 
For, some who have these basic requirements and still 
cannot find themselves we tend to classify as maladjusted. 
Where our external circumstances are not definitely un- 
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provided his interests are directed outward and upward, 
not inward. It is not the nature of most men to be happy 
in a prison and the passions which shut us up in our- 
selves constitute one of the worst kinds of prisons. Among 
such passions are fear, envy, self-pity and seif-admira- 
tion. In all these our desires are centered upon ourselves. 
There is no genuine interest in the world about, but only 
a concern lest it should in some way injure or fail to 
feed our ego. 

The truly happy man or woman is the one who turns his 
or her life completely over to Jesus, the Christ, repent- 
ing of sins and then setting himself objectives for living 
unselfishly for Christ and those about him. We read in 
Romans that none of us liveth to himself, and no man 
dieth to himself. Even the thought of death to the believer 
does not effect his happiness in this life but the problems 
and struggles in the pursuit of happiness here tend only 
to prepare him more effectively for the life beyond. It 
is in a profound union with our Christ and in serving 
Him that we can have true happiness. 

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SARASOTA, FLORIDA. This new Brethren Church re- 
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new members were added to the organization. 

LOST CREEK, KENTUCKY. Brother Henry Bates, of 
our North Manchester, Indiana, Church, was the speaker 
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the Conference. 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Brother Bruce C. Shanholtz 
was guest speaker at the Uniontown Church of God the 
evening of February 15th. 

Brother Shanholtz notes a recent payment of $500,00 
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HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. Brother Freeman Ank- 
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can be appended to this year's Brethren's 
Home and Benevolent Board appeal, has 
come from John R. Johnston, President of the 
Board, and Rev. E. M. Riddle, Secretary. 
The appeal is as follows: 

The Indiana State Board of Health is re- 
quiring a change in the water system at the 
Brethren's Home, and that as soon as pos- 
sible. The cost will be between $1,000.00 
and $1,200.00. This makes an added appeal 
for funds for The Church Home. 

(Brethren, knowing the needs of the 
Home, as outlined in the Evangelist early in 
February can well know what this added ex- 
penditure will mean to the Home budget, 
and can act accordingly — W. S. B.) 

Dates— April 10. 11, 12. 

Special features 

Communion service for ministers and wives 

Coffee hour and fellowship 

Discussion groups 

Time to visit old and new friends 

Inspirational and instructional sessions 

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ftmen! Until — 

worn, yet up-to-date story of the colored 
preacher, who, one Sunday morning was preach- 
ing against the sins of the people. As he went 
through the category — gambling, drinking, smok- 
ing, chewing, card-playing, etc., a dear old col- 
ored mammy in the audience, was punctuating 
his remarks with "Amen, amen, that's right. 
Brother Brown, you tell them." Loud and long 
the preacher expounded, and louder became 
mammy's approving comments. Victory against 
all sin was assured. That is, until the preacher 
in his conscientious adherance to duty, began to 
preach against the sin of gossiping, which inci- 
dentally, was the favorite full time work of the 
amen mammy. She was noticeably silent all of 
a sudden, and no amens came forth. As parson 
Brown continued to preach against gossipping in 
in the midst of a profound silence, the old col- 
ored mammy suddenly burst forth and said, 
"Now, parson, you done quit preaching and now 
you're meddling." 

Christianity has always had its flag wavers. 

That is, people who are always ready to Amen, 
and to wave the flag for the cause of Christ until 
it hits them personally. When a sermon begins 
to crowd a little, and we begin to feel a little 
guilty because the sermon reminds us that we 
have not been as faithful as we should have been, 
then we more or less feel that the reverend has 
quit preaching and is beginning to meddle. 

Any course in salesmanship will train a per- 
son to watch for the point of customer resist- 
ance. That is, the point in the sales appeal when 
the approving and desiring customer begins to 
resist as the cost of the article is announced. At 
that point, desire begins to be o'ershadowed by 
the customer's thought of what it will cost him. 
We all want things, until we learn it is going to 
cost us something. 


It is this realization of cost that causes many 
flag wavers of the Christian faith to drop their 
banners and retreat. How many times have min- 
isters presented messages on winning new souls 
to the Lord and to membership in the church. 
Nods and amens of approval fill the air, for 
would it not be nice to have a lot of new mem- 
bers to help fill the empty pews and to make a 
good showing on the statistical report? Then 
the preacher announces that these new souls will 
be won only through the earnest and personal ef- 
forts of the members of the congregation — that 
if new members are to be obtained, the present 
members will have to go out and visit, teach, and 
bring them in. When he says it is each member's 
personal responsibility, a lot of flags will drop 
and many heads will nod only in slumber. Yes, 
Amen! Until — . 

Likewise, a lot of amen Christians furl their 
flags when the pictures of a glorious advancing 
local or denominational program also includes a 
financial need. We'd like to see our church and 
denomination become bigger and better, with a 
great program of expansion and evangelism. The 
picture looks good until we find that without our 
sacrificial giving, the program will fail. When we 
Brethren baptize, we let our new members leave 
their pocket books in the dressing room, when 
what we should do is ask them to take them 
with them into the baptistry. Baptising the in- 
dividual and his pocketbook, will assure the finan- 
cial success of an otherwise limping church pro- 

Then, too, we amen the needi of workers, and 
laud far and wide the devotion and surrender of 
those who have become missionaries and preach- 
ers and preachers wives. But we drop the flag 
when an appeal for workers comes close to our 
own family. 

Christ went all the way for us. Let us, when 
the call to devotion of self and substance, say 
amen the whole way, not just until it "meddles." 
— W. S. B. 



New TeStHIHent Doctrines BeHeved and practised by People Called Brethren. 

By L. O. McCartneysmith 

"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." 


Theme: "For then shall be Great Tribulation, such as 
was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no 
nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:21). 

TN TWO RECENT ISSUES of this publication, (Sep- 
-^ tember 3, 1955, and January 28, 1956), "The Doctrine 
of The Second Coming of Jesus Christ," and "The Signs 
of The End of The World, or End of Gentile Govern- 
ment," were discussed respectively. 

In the first presentation the fact was established that 
there are two distinctly separate appearances of Jesus 
Christ mentioned in Scripture: (1) His Coming for His 
Bride, the Church; and (2) His Return With His Bride 
(or Queen) to Judge the World in Righteousness. Scrip- 
tural authority relating to these separate events may 
be found in (1) John 14:1-3; Matthew 24:27, 36-46; 1 
Thess. 4:13-18, and (2) Matthew 24:29-31. Matthew 25: 
31-46; Revelation 19:11-16, respectively. 

The New Testament writers clearly delineate these 
two separate appearances. Unprincipled false teachers 
have attempted to set forth the claim of a "spiritual" ap- 
pearance; but it would seem that the Holy Spirit an- 
ticipated that such false claims would be made, and 
caused the New Testament writers to use two Greek 
words, neither of which could be misconstrued. These 
are: (1) The Greek word "Parousia," which means to be 
personally present in bodily form. This word is used 
thirteen times in the New Testament, and in each in- 
stance it means the same thing. This Greek verb is al- 
ways used when referring to the Second Coming of 
Christ for His Bride! (2) The Greek word "Apokalup- 
sis" is used in relating to His Return to Judge The World 
In Righteousness, which always means a Revelation. 

The time elapsing between these two "appearances" 
is estimated by various authorities as being approxi- 
mately seven years. This estimate is founded largely 
upon Daniel's "seventieth week" (See Daniel 9:24-27), 
and also on the Seven Seals of Revelation, chapters, 6 
to 9. The great tribulation spoken of in the Theme at 
the beginning of this treatise is, according to scripture, 
to occur during these seven years. 

That we may better comprehend what the tribulation 
covers, it seems well to define it: 

THE GREAT TRIBULATION is a period of unex- 
ampled trouble predicted in Scripture from Psalm 2:4-6 
to Revelation 7:14, and described in Revelation, chapters 
six to fourteen. It seems to involve the entire world 

(Rev. 3:10), and is spoken of as "the time of Jacob's 
trouble" (See Jeremiah 30:7). 

Its vortex is Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It will 
involve the people of God (Jews) who have returned to 
Palestine in unbelief; also all "believers" who are not 
"ready" when Jesus comes again for His Bride; these, 
together with all living unbelievers who will be left 
when Christ returns, will pass through this Great Trib- 

In duration, it will cover a period of approximately 
seven years, or the "seventieth week" mentioned by 
Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27), and brought before us also in 
Revelation, chapter 6, with the Opening of the Seven 

Elements of greatest intensity of the Tribulation will 
cover the last SVz years of the seven year period, which are; 
(1) The cruel reign of the "beast of the sea" (Rev. 
13:1), who, at the beginning of the 3% years of his 
reign, will break his covenant with the Jews, by virtue 
of which they will have re-established the temple wor- 
ship, (Dan. 9:27); and showing himself in the temple, 
will demand that he be worshipped as God (Matthew 
24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). (2) The active interposition of 
Satan, who, having been thrown out of heaven together 
with all his angels (Rev. 12:7-12) so that he can no 
longer appear before God and make accusation against 
His people, "having great wrath" gives him power to 
the "beast" or world emperor (Rev. 13:4, 5). (3) The 
unprecedented activity of demons (Rev. 9:2-11); and (4) 
The terrible "bowl" of Judgments of Revelation 16th 

Nevertheless the Great Tribulation will be a period 
of Salvation. The "elect" of Israel is shown as being 
sealed for God (Rev. 7:4-8), and with an "innumerable 
multitude" are said to have "come out of great tribula- 
tion" (Scofield). It seems that at this point a very er- 
roneous claim should be refuted. It is claimed by many 
that the Holy Spirit leaves this world when the Church 
is "caught up to meet Christ in the air." If this claim 
be true, just how could there be any tribulation Saints 
born again? Just how could Israel be born again, "a 
nation born in a day?" Just how could there be 144,000 
of the Jews "sealed" as shown in Revelation 7:4-8, or 
just how did the "innumerable" multitude "wash their 
robes in the Blood of the Lamb?" (Rev. 7:14). These 
questions should be sufficient evidence as to the untruth- 
fulness of the above claim. 

Immediately after the Great Tribulation Jesus Christ 
will return with His Bride, the Queen, to judge the 

MARCH 3, 1956 


world in Righteousness, and establish His Kingdom at 
Jerusalem. (We read in Matthew 24:29-31 of this great 
event.) That we might have a better understanding of 
the order of the events that will transpire during this 
Great Tribulation, the Beloved John was invited to 
"Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which 
must be hereafter" (Rev. 4:1). Being transported into 
the heavenly realm John beheld the Throne of God and 
The One who sat thereon, holding a Book, sealed with 
seven seals. An angel called for some one who would 
be worthy to break these seals and release the secrets 
the book held; but no man was found worthy to either 
read the book nor look thereon. But Jesus Christ was 
found worthy, and took the Book and opened the seals 
(Revelation 5:1-14). The events of each of these sealed 
revelations were portrayed in a vision to the Apostle, 
the first four being four different horses, with an equal 
number of varied riders, which we shall view together 
as John saw them: 

(Or the revelation of the first year of the period.) 

Amid the great noise of thunders, John witnessed a 
White Horse, "and he that sat upon him had a bow; 
and a crown was given to him: and he went forth con- 
quering, and to conquer" (Revelation 6:2). 

Many Bible expositors speak of this "bow" as being 
of the type that arrows are propelled from; however, it 
seems more plausible to think of it as a "halo" rather 
than a "bow" used with arrows, inasmuch as no arrows 
are mentioned, and a bow would be entirely useless with- 
out arrows and a quiver to hold them! Practically all 
Biblical artists have portrayed the great ones of Bible 
history with such a "bow" or "halo," including our Lord. 
The color of the horse denotes peace and purity. Appar- 
ently no bloodshed is connected with this rider, inasmuch 
as the rider following is red, which denotes blood. 

Just who this Rider is has been a matter of great con- 
jecture. Roman Victors rode white horses. "Alford and 
Stern portray him as Christianity personified, breaking 
down earthly power and making the kingdoms of this 
world to become the Kingdom of our Lord and Christ." 
(Biederwolf). But nothing is said anywhere about any 
kind of kingdom: neither do Christian men break down 
other kingdoms. We are told that Christ, the Rock, will 
break down kingdoms until they become as the dust of 
summer threshing floors (See Daniel 2:44-45). These 
seem also to forget that Christians are not here on 
earth immediately after the Second Coming of Christ, 
who "catches them up to meet Him in the air!" The 
fallacy of this claim is evident. Some of the Futuristic 
school of thinking, make the image a personifica- 
tion of a false Christ, and see here a picture of the 
Antichrist during the last days proclaiming peace indeed, 
but a false peace; however the rider of the second horse 
is given authority to "take peace from the earth," and 
it does not say that it is a "false peace!" The writer is 
unwilling to positively state that this rider is the Holy 
Spirit. But one fact is certain: if there are to be Tribu- 
lation Saints, the Holy Spirit must convict them of sin, 
and of righteousness, and of judgment. He never fails 
to convict men. He is able to convict even the worst sin- 
ner! Will there ever be a more favorable time to convert 
sinful men than then? 

It seems that just after the Rapture of God's Saints, 
when all sinful, unbelieving and disobedient people are 
left here without a single Christian to guide them to 
Christ, that the work of the Holy Spirit would be es- 
sential. If He should not go forth victoriously, just how 
can there be 144,000 of the "elect" Jews— 12,000 from 
each tribe be "sealed" for God, as shown in Revela- 
tion 7:4-8? And just how could these be "a great mul- 
titude which no man can number" standing before the 
throne, who had "washed their robes in the Blood of the 
Lamb?" It is emphatically stated in Revelation 7:14 that 
"These are they which came out of great tribulation, 
and have washed their robes, and made them white in 
the blood of the Lamb." Just who led them to the Lamb ? 
The only answer is that it was He that has always 
done so! 

(Or the Revelation of the second year) 

Here we see a Red Horse going forth, and the rider 
carries a Great Sword, and has been given authority to 
take peace from the earth, or to make war throughout 
the world; and that they should kill one another. Ex- 
positors are united concerning this horse and his rider: 
it is WAR personified. Practically every nation in the 
world is today feverishly preparing for what most peo- 
ple believe may be the last war. No one seems to under 
stand just why such preparation is being made. But all 
of this preparation will be demoralized when Jesus comes 
for His Bride. All of the Christian commanders will be 
taken away. All the Christian Rulers, statesmen, and 
others will be taken up into the heavens. All govei'n- 
ments will be a chaotic "jumble." All great armies and 

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BERLIN, PENNSYLVANIA. Evangelistic Services- 
March 18-25 — Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, Evangelist, 
Rev. Lyle I. Lichtenberger, Pastor. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Spring Revival— March 12-25 
— Rev. Ivan Sisk, Dayton YFC Director, Evangelist; Rev. 
Jolin T. Byler, Pastor. 

AKRON, INDIANA. Spiritual Emphasis Week— March 
18-25 — Rev. Clarence S. Fairbanks, Speaker; Rev. Ralph 
McFadden, Pastor. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Lenten Services— March 11-16— 
Rev. Virgil E. Meyer, Speaker; Rev. H. Francis Berkshire, 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. The Honorable Theodore R. 
McKeldin, Governor of Maryland, Special Speaker — 
Sunday evening, March 18th — Rev. Freeman Ankrum, 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. Revival Services— Begin- 
ning March 11th. Rev. J. Milton Bowman, Pastor. 

CANTON, OHIO. Trinity Brethren. Revival Services- 
March 4-11 — Rev. R. K. Higgins, Evangelist; Rev. Robert 
Keplinger, Pastor. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Services— March 5-18— Rev. 
J. D. Hamel, Evangelist; Rev. Alvin H. Grumbling, Pas- 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Revival Services— March 
5-18— Rev. W. E. Thomas, Evangelist; Rev. William H. 
Anderson, Pastor. 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival Services— Beginning Feb- 
ruary 27th — Rev. Thomas A. Shannon, Pastor. 

DUTCHTOWN BRETHREN (Northeast of Warsaw, 
Indiana). Revival Services — March 5-18 — Rev. Henry 
Bates, Evangelist; Rev. George Pontius, Pastor. 

CERRO GORDO, ILLINOIS. Revival meetings— March 
5-14 — Rev. H. R. Garland, Evangelist; Rev. Kenneth 

Mock, Pastor. 


The Northern Indiana District Laymen will 
hold their regular Quarterly meeting March 5, 
1956 at the Brethren Church in Goshen, Indiana. 
The meeting will start at 7 P. M. EASTERN 
STANDARD time. A very interesting program 
has been planned with Dr. Bender, Professor of 
the Goshen College Seminary, as guest speaker. 
His subject will be "Divine Healing." We urge 
your attendance at this special program. 

Please send your reservations to — 

Max Bickel 
634 North Main St. 
Goshen, Indiana. 

Richard A. Best 
Sec'y. Treas. 


Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence. 

Prayer is faith laying hold on God's promises. 

Prayer is hope realizing its fruition in antici- 

Prayer is the thirsty soul's cry for the Living 

"Prayer and provender hinder no man's jour- 
ney." — Old Proverb. 

Prayer is a virtue that prevails against all 

Prayer is the Christian's staff by which he is 
helped along his homeward way. 

Prayer is the atmosphere in which all Chris- 
tian virtues grow to perfection. 

Prayer is inspiration climbing the ladder of 
promise to lay hold on Divine realities. 

Prayer is the child taking hold of the hand of 
its Father for strength and guidance. 

Prayer is the believer's outstretched hand and 
upward vision seeking all the fullness of God. 

Prayer is the Divine wand by which we trans- 
mute life's trials, temptations, and drudgeries 
into the gold of character. 

Prayer is a groan, "Ah!" The very cry of dis- 
tress is an involuntary appeal to the invisible 
power whose aid the soul invokes. 

Prayer is the open door by which the individual 
or the church may pass from weakness to 
strength and from struggle to everlasting victory. 
— Bowden. 

FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS I have tried to keep a 
mental list of the excuses that have been offered to 
me for not going to church. During the last nine years, 
I don't think I have( heard a new^ one . . . only repetitions 
of those I heard the first year, vi^ith some novel varia- 
tions. You wouldn't believe some of the excuses that have 
been given by people w^ith perfectly straight faces! Per- 
haps they think that preachers, when they enter the min- 
istry, take a vow to believe everything they hear. 

A pastor in Dayton Beach, Florida, had a good idea. 
In a recent bulletin he ran a check list; across the top 
are the words, "I cannot attend church services because:" 
And then . . . "Please check." Following are some rea- 
sons that a person can check: "Too busy. Must go to the 
movies. Pleasure trip. Company. Have to go fishing. Dis- 
interestedness. Radio and TV program. Need to rest." 
And then there is this instruction across the bottom: 
"Please tear off and mail to God." 

Robert E. Goodrich, Jr., in What's It All About? 

Fleming H. Revell Co.). 

MARCH 3, 1956 



5 24 College Ave, Ashland, Ohio. Phone: 39 582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Auistant 


THE MISSIONARY BOARD, meeting on February 14, 
with eleven members and the general secretary in 
attendance, considered a great many important items, 
which kept them busy until 10:40 P. M. 

I Following are some of the decisions of the Board that 
I may interest Evangelist readers: 

Classroom Building at Lost Creek 

Since the parsonage at Lost Creek should be completed 

I within a few months, the Board is requesting Dorman 

I Ronk to remain and supervise further work (with the 

funds on hand) on the Classroom Building, which has 

I been temporarily halted for lack of funds. Dorman has 

, submitted plans to the Board for completing a portion 

of the building. These plans include the gymnasium and 

showers, several classrooms, office, and living quarters 

(small apartment) for one of the staff members. 

At present $12,533.00 is on hand for the work. That 
amount will not be sufficient to complete the entire 
building, but by careful planning and working, some 
surprising results may be achieved. (Anyone interested 
in adding to this fund may send in additional amounts. 
The Board will spend very carefully every cent desig- 
nated for the project indicated.) 


The work at Krypton has grown appreciably during the 
[ past few years, and it will grow even more when Miss 
I Lowery has more help; however, it is difficult to pro- 
! vide help for her, since there are no adequate quarters 
I in which to house helpers. To relieve this situation, the 
I Board has voted to build a small cement-block house near 
( the one in which Miss Lowery is living for the use of 
i additional workers. 

I Sarasota 

I With the encouraging reports that have been coming 
j from Sarasota, and with their enthusiasm for a church, 
I the Board is eager to proceed with a building as soon 
I as such a move is feasible. At General Conference time 
last summer the Board voted and again in February re- 
iterated its desire to proceed with the building of a 
church at Sarasota as soon as plans are approved and 
funds are available. 

A Ten Dollar Club call was sent out in the fall, from 
which $5,530.00 was received. This is a fine beginning, 
but only a beginning. A number of members have not yet 
responded to this call; and even more is needed. Those of 
you who wish the Board would issue more Ten Dollar 
Club calls — and some have indicated this — please send us 
more than $10 any time. We will be glad to add your 
gifts to this fund. We are limited to making calls only 

when a new church is to be built, but you are not lim- 
ited in the number of times or in the amount you may 
send to one call. Let us repeat: You may give to the Ten 
Dollar Club — any time and any amount, and WE'LL 

A Hammond Organ for Argentina 

Since the work of radio evangelism has had such a 
gratifying reception in Argentina, and since music plays 
such an influential part in the programming, the Board 
voted to avail itself of the splendid opportunity offered 
by Mr. Harold Stacey, (a prominent business man with 
whom Rob works in radio) to purchase a Hammond or- 
gan. Mr. Stacey was able to obtain an import permit 
for shipping such an instrument (considered quite a lux- 
ury item) into Argentina, and agreed to let our Board 
have the permit; hence the Board has promised to use 
the permit in providing a Hammond organ that can be 
used both in broadcasting religious music and in the 
worship services in Buenos Aires. 

A Parsonage at Newark 

With the beginning of a mission work at Newark, 
Ohio, two years ago, the necessity of providing a house 
for the pastor became a considerable item of expense. 
Since rents are quite high in the city, making it neces- 
sary to pay $90.00 per month for a house within a rea- 
sonable distance from the church, the opportunity to buy 
a relatively new house, right next to the church, could 
not be disregarded. When the offer of such a property at 
40 North 26th Street (beside the church) came, and at 
a reasonable price, the Missionary Board authorized the 
purchase of this house for a parsonage. 

This was a wise investment, not only because of its 
proximity to the church, but because the monthly pay- 
ments on the property amount to thirty dollars less than 
the rent that was being paid. 

This semi-bungalow, containing four rooms and bath 
on one floor, is quite adequate for the present pastor; 
and if any pastor in the future requires additional space, 
the second floor can be used for supplementary space. 
It is located in a good section of the city. Owning this 
property for the pastor should give prestige to our work 
in the area. 



Since Bob and Bea Bischof will be doing deputation 
work much of the time after March 1, please direct let- 
ters concerning deputation dates, requests for visits 
from them, etc. to our office: 
524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 




(Continued from Page 5) 

navies will be rudely disorganized and disarmed. It will 
take at least one year for these unsaved ones left to get 
over their astonishment and fear of the loss they have 
had in th6 Godly people who have been taken away. But 
now in the second year of what is left, we can see them 
getting their armies together to begin again the same 
plan they had before Christ came: to make war for su- 
premacy, and the victorious one would declare himself 
"EMPEROR OF THE WORLD." Have we not right now 
a great UNITED NATIONS ? Toward what is it leading ? 
To a One World Government? It would seem so. And so 
will it be after Christ comes! 

; Some have claimed that this rider is the Antichrist 
persecuting Christian people, the Tribulation Saints; but 
this is in error, because it is expressly stated that 
"They should kill one another," and not Christians! 
(Rev. 6:4). (That this war will go on through the open- 
ing of the Third and also part of the Fourth Seals is 
evident, as will later be discussed.) 

: ; (Or The Third Year of Tribulation) 

Here we have a Black Horse, whose Rider has a pair 
of balances in his hand, denoting scarcity, and possible 
rationing, (of which we have learned much). A Voice 
is heard, which declares: "A measure of wheat for a 
penny, and three measures of barley for a penny, and see 
thou hurt not the oil and the wine" (Rev. 6:5-6). In the 
original (Greek) in which the New Testament was writ- 
ten, it reads: "A Chenix of wheat for a Denarius, and 
three chenices of barley for a Denarius; and the oil 
anci the wine thou must not injure." A "Chenix" was a 
measure of about 1 quart, which sufficed for a man's 
daily nourishment, and a "Denarius" was a man's daily 
wage. That's working an entire day for 1 quart of wheat, 
or three quarts of barley. Think on that one! The bal- 
ances denote scarcity, and the color of the horse repre- 
seiits hunger (See Lamentations 4:8-9). •" ' 

(Or the fourth year of tribulation) 

' The color of the horse in this vision is that of a corpse: 
livid, pale, the green pallor of death. And Death, per- 
sonified, is the rider of this "pale" horse; and Hades, 
the Spiritual Prison of the Wicked dead, follows like a 
hearse after him, ready to grasp and retain his victims. 
"And there was given unto them authority over the 
fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with 
hunger, and with death, and with beasts of the earth" 
(Rev. 6:8). 

In the middle of this, the fourth year, the Antichrist, 
called also "the Beast that came up out of the sea," will 

assert himself as Emperor of the World, and will rule 
this entire world, with his Capitol perhaps at Rome, be- 
cause he will actually re-establish the old Roman World 
Empire, whose "dust" is now scattered all over the world. 
Just how much of that "dust" has blown into this coun- 
try is easily seen! That world Empire was smitten on 
the feet shortly after Christ was crucified, and scattered 
over the world, yet as "the dust of summer threshing 
floors" still existing, and waiting to be swept together 
and reformed into an empire again. In the above quo- 
tation from Revelation 6:8, the last phrase showing how 
that people would be killed by "the beasts of the earth" 
will be only a repetition of what was a daily exhibition 
in the theatres of Rome, and other cities ruled by the 
Imperial Roman World Government, during the early 
days of the Church. We are told in Revelation 13:1-18 
how this World Emperor will establish himself, "rising 
up out of the sea having seven heads, and ten horns, 
and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the 
name of blasphemy. 

"These ten horns are explained in Daniel 7:24, and 
also in Revelation 17:12 to be ten kings, or rulers, and 
the entire vision is of the last form of Gentile World 
Power, a confederated ten-kingdom empire covering 
the sphere of authority of ancient Rome. Revelation 
13:1-3 refers to the ten-kingdom empire; and verses 4 
to 10 refer to the Emperor, who is emphatically the 
Beast, who is known in Daniel 7:24-26 as the 'little 
horn,' and the 'desolator' of Daniel 9:27; the 'abomina- 
tion of desolation' of Matthew 24:15; the 'man of sin' or 
2 Thess. 2:4-8; earth's last and most awful tyrant, 
Satan's instrument of wrath and hatred against God and 
His followers. To him Satan gives the power he offered 
Christ" (Schofield). 

He will have a false prophet with a Christ-denying 
church, to support and enforce his decisions. This false 
prophet will be Satanically empowered to perform mir- 
acles, making the Emperor's Image speak, as well as 
giving the same image life (Revelation 13:15). His 
following will be all those "whose names are not writ- 
ten in the Lamb's Book of Life" (Rev. 13:8). His rule 
will be short, only 3% years, from the middle of the 
4th Seal until the end of the 7th Seal, when Jesus Christ, 
scribed in Revelation 19:11-16 arrives with His Bride, the 
Queen, to Judge the world in Righteousness. At this time 
the World Emperor and his false prophet will be bound 
and cast into the lake of fire and brimstone. 

In making a summation of these four seals, Alford 
makes the following striking statement: "All four seals 
are judgments upon the earth; the beating down of 
earthly power, the breaking up of earthly peace, the ex- 
hausting of earthly wealth, arid destruction of earthly 

(To be continued in two weeks) 

••'■■'-■- •• •'•■ Cumberland, Maryland. 

MARCH 3, 1966 




^he Church 

a Liability or an Asset 

Rev. C. A. Stewart 

(A Meditation by Brother Stewart, Pastor of the flora 
Indiana, Brethren Church, appearing first as an article 
in "The Hoosier Democrat," of Flora, in the column, 
"From a Pastor's Viewpoint.") 

what it is able to accomplish. A manufactur- 
ing business is a worthless institution unless it 
can produce something of value to the public. We 
would not tolerate a school that did not and could 
not education our youth. We judge the value of 
the land by the crop it produces. Why not judge 
the church by the same standards? 

Our civilization is second to none, and we are 
proud of it and should be. But where are the 
roots of it and from whence does it receive 
strength to survive ? Make some comparisons and 
any intelligent person can readily see that where 
there are no churches there is little or no civili- 

The first thing our forefathers did when they 
came to this country was tO' establish the church. 
They had deep religious conviction which was 
expressed in every walk of life and was the 
foundation principle upon which our govern- 
ment was founded. That conviction instilled into 
the heart of our people has been the tap root of 

honesty, decency, and right living and thinking. 
It puts value into our property, gives protection 
to our homes and loved ones. Remove the church 
and values drop and security for our homes and 
loved ones is gone, and we have what communism 
wants and is seeking to force upon the entire 

We are on the receiving end of the line for all 
good things and should appreciate it enough to 
support and nourish the one institution from 
whence comes all these good things we have. 

Flora, Indiana. 


Mechanics of Rightness 

The right way is the only way, and the right- 
ness of an attitude or method goes down through 
all its relations. Rightness in mechanics and in 
morals is basically the same thing. We make a 
great error in regarding "moral" as meaning 
"trying to be good." It means trying to be right. 

Unless the parts of a machine are right, power 
cannot be delivered, service cannot be rendered. 

The only kind of precision tliat fits society to- 
gether is moral precision, which is the science of 
right relations. We make no progress as long as 
we deny this. Our motive in this is not the attain- 
ment of some kind of goodness which is apart 
from life itself, but the attainment of inherent 
rightness so that this complex instrument which 
we call society may efficiently function. 

Morality is the mechanics of rightness. — Henry 




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of his western trip, at a recent meeting of the Crusader's 
Class of the Hagerstown Church. 

The W. M. S. Mission Study Book Review was held 
recently. Those participating in the program were dressed 
in the native costumes of the country where the mis- 
sionary they were reviewing had served. 

The Laymen's Annual Father and Son Banquet was 
held the evening of February 13. 

REN. March is being observed as a Month of Evangelism, 
and will conclude with a week of special sei-vices con- 
ducted by Brother J. Ray Klingensmith, of our Wash- 
ington, D. C. Church. 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. Brother Ralph E. Mills re- 
ports the addition of three new members by baptism 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother John T. Byler notes, 
"In a short time we hope to see actual excavation and 
construction on our new building." 

NEWARK, OHIO. "Know Your Churches," a radio 
program sponsored by the Interfaith Department of the 
Newark Area Council of Churches, featured the Newark 
Brethren Church in a half hour broadcast on February 
26th. Pastor W. S. Crick conducted a panel discussion 
in which he was assisted by Brethren Ray C. Aspinall, 
of our Glenford Church and Kenneth W. Hollinger of 
Ziontown Church of the Brethren. 

"Family Night" was observed by Newark Brethren on 
February 24th. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Mansfield Brethren was host to a 
capacity attendance at the Northeastern Ohio Brethren 
Youth Rally held the afternoon and evening of February 

FREMONT, OHIO. Congratulations to Rev. and 
Mrs. Kenneth Solomon, in the arrival of Timothy Lee 
Solomon, 6 lbs., 5 oz., on February 18th, at Samaritan 
Hospital, Ashland, Ohio. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. We note that the Pleasant 
Hill Church is in the midst of a remodelling program. 

The B. Y. C. met February 16th and helped to clean 
the pulpit furniture. Following a supper prepared by the 
mothers, the group spent their time making posters to 
be placed in local business houses announcing the Pleas- 
ant Hill Revival Services. 

cent cash day brought in an offering of $825.19. 

NORTH GEORGETOWN, OHIO. Phil and Jean Lersch 

were guests of the North Georgetown Brethren on 
February 26th, at which time they told the story and 
showed pictures of their work in Europe this past sum- 

Ordination Sei*vices for new deacons and deaconesses 
will be held on March 4th, with Dean Delbert B. Flora, 
of Ashland Theological Seminary, assisting in the ser- 

vice and bringing the morning message. In the evening, 
Brother Flora will present Holy Land pictures pertaining 
to the Easter story. 

Brother Donald Rowser notes the purchase of a new 
film strip and slide projector by the organizations of 
the church. It was dedicated and first used the evening 
of January 22nd. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. The Gideons are scheduled to 
conduct the morning service on March 4th, with the Lay- 
men presenting their public service in the evening. 

On March 11th, Dean Delbert B. Flora, of Ashland 
Theological Seminary will speak at the morning service, 
and present slides of the Holy Land at the evening ser- 

Four new members were received by baptism on Feb- 
ruary 5th. 

Grisso was the guest speaker at a recent Wednesday 
evening service. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Brother Spencer Gentle notes 
that their evening church attendance has been averag- 
ing well over 100 since November 1st. 

Eleven new members were received into the church re- 
cently; 10 by baptism and one by letter. 

We note by the Goshen bulletin that Dr. W. I. Duker 
is on the road to recovery; he being able to attend ser- 
vices in the Goshen church on February 12th. 

Smith F. Rose has been given a call to serve as pastor 
for another year. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. The Martin Luther film is 
scheduled for the South Bend church on March 11th, a 
project of the Laymen's Organization. 

FLORA, INDIANA. Four new members were baptized 
and received into the church on February 5th. 

were received recently. 

CHEYENNE, WYOMING. A card to the Editor from 
Brother Frank W. Garber, notes that Brother Garber re- 
turned home from the hospital on February 11. He was in 
the hospital for 11 days. He says, "I took my first car 
ride yesterday (Feb. 20th) and feel fairly well. I want 
to thank all for their indulgence in prayer for me. Prayer 
changes things. God bless you all." 

Brother Garber also notes that the night before going 
to the hospital he baptized a man and wife, a young 
father and two children, making a total of nine received 
recently into the Cheyenne Church. 

MANTECA, CALIFORNIA. Dr. Claud Studebaker of our 
Loree, Indiana, Church was the speaker at the organ- 
izational meeting of the Northern California District 
Laymen, held in the Manteca Church the evening of 
February 17th. 

jUARCH 3, 1956 

^ "OPINION" ^ 

H. A. Gossard 


SOMEONE SAID, "Religiously one can be too formal 
to be fundamental in observing set patterns." I agree 
ijinsofar as man-set patterns are involved; but when God 
Hsets patterns, I do not agree that they in the least degree 
•should be unobserved. I have no desire to enter into an 
[argument on the question; but I am ready to prove by 
jscripture there is no ground to evade any God-set pat- 
'tern; for if He set it, He set it for us to observe, whether 
! We fully understand the reason for it or not. 

When scripture sets forth an obligation it defends it 
against any refusal without any explanation. Jesus 
washed His disciples' feet, and said in doing it that He 
gave the "Example" that we should follow. Peter refused 
to have Jesus wash his feet; but Jesus said "If I wash 
' you not you have no part with me." Then Peter con- 
sented, even not knowing why Jesus did it . . . Jesus 
said "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt 
know hereafter." When that hereafter will be nobody 
knows; it might be some time upon this earth, or at the 

Everything God asks of us is for a great purpose; and 
no person is wise enough tq/ offer an excuse for refusal. 
God requires of us nothing for which he will not amply 
reward us if we obey His command* If we were to fully 
know why for everything before doing, we would never 
learn many of the necessary acts of life. 

Some of the most essential requirements God makes 
of us, we know little of the deep purpose God has in 
them for our welfare. The essential thing for us is to 
humbly obey and trust God for the reward later. I be- 
lieve one of the most blessed surprises will be rewards 
for things we did that God asked of us, though we did 
not know why God asked them. That song, "Trust And 
Obey," is good advice for us to consider. The pei'son 
who must know God's reason for certain requirements be- 
fore yielding to His will, will seldom come to "the knowl- 
edge of the truth." We learn God's Way by walking in 
it; for it's the road to God's School. 

Not long ago a person, not a member of the church to 
which I belong, asked me "Why does Jesus require that 
we go to church to wash feet, since it's but a matter of 
cleansing the feet?" saying further, "We do that at home 
in a more sanitary way." I said, "Sir, I have little con- 
fidence in my answer being accepted by you; but if you 
will answer my question I think you will have the answer 
to your questions. He asked "What's your question?" Do 
you always know the reason and the result for everything 
you do before doing it? He said "No, but I oft do things 
hoping for results of importance to follow." I replied, 
that is the attitude one should take in things God requires 
of us. He said, "That is true; but I think God should give 
a reason for things He asks of us, then we would comply 
more willingly." I said that's the human attitude because 
of impugnity; man too often mistrusts God's wisdom and 
acts as though he knows more than God. Jesus told Peter 


and the rest of the apostles while washing their feet, 
that they would know why He did it hereafter. It's our 
duty to obey and let the unknown blessing follow. Why 
should we be paid before having served? (!) He asked no 
further explanation, but with a look of conviction upon 
his countenance he said nothing and walked slowly away. 
When one questions God's wisdom in His requirements of 
us, he or she has no answer to their own question. 

» » » 

Our Poet's Corner « 


Man's ingenuity has changet^ the entire world; 
Its boundaries, its speech, its secrets lie revealed; 
Man's power circles the vast regions of the globe 
And yet, God's eternal knowledge is still sealed. 

Man has not fathomed the elemental truths, 

Life and love and birth and death are mysteries still; 

We are but puppets acting on a scenic stage, 

Mere actors moved and controlled by God's great will. 

Man has not rent the veil that holds the singing stars, 
Though silver wings have long since found the speed of 

The sun still shines and rules the universe by day. 
And Luna's chariot still dominates the night. 

Man has not yet learned to control the elements. 
Nor caused the sea to leave its deep hewn, rocky bed. 
Nor found the spark called life that makes men live and 

Nor given breath of life to those we know as dead. 

Who knows how soon or yet how far the hour may be 
When God's own Son shall come to brush the darkened 

And we who live in Him shall understand and see 
Not earthly things — but heavenly glory come to pass ? 

■ ,: • ■■ .■ , Elizabeth L. Sargent. 


February 11 to February 21 

Previous total $2,689.13 

North Georgetown Brethren, N. Georgetown, O.. 47.60 

Brush Valley Brethren, Adrian, Pa 6.00 

Carleton Brethren, Carleton, Nebraska 6.50 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Pa 15.00 

Smithville Brethren, Smithville, Ohio , . 280.00 

Hazel Keiser, Bryan, Ohio 1.50 

Anonymous 10.00 

Calvary Brethren, Pittstown, N. J 8.00 

Roann Brethren, Roann, Indiana 28.88 

Teegarden Brethren, Teegarden, Indiana 29.00 

Mrs. Mahlon W. Werner, Meyersdale, Pa 3.00 

Meyersdale Brethren, Meyersdale, Pa 100.00 

Warsaw Brethren, Warsaw, Indiana 94.40 

Total to Feb. 21st $3,319.01 



er uieding 

]3ij 6. T. Qilmer 


Matt. 6:20 

Let me hold lightly 

Things of this earth; 

Transient treasures, 

What are they worth ? 

Moths can corrupt them, 

Rust can decay; 

All their bright beauty 

Fades in a day. 

Let me hold lightly 

Temporal things — 

I, who am deathless, • 

I, who wear wings! 

Let me hold fast. Lord 

Things of the skies, . 

Quicken my vision. 

Open my eyes! 

Show me Thy riches, 

Glory and grace. 

Boundless as time is, 

Endless as space ... 

Let me hold lightly 

Things that were mine — 

Lord, Thou dost give me 

All that is Thine! 

— Martha Snell Nicholson. 

PHYSICALLY, we are occupied with this world; spir- 
itually, with this world and the next (Luke 19:13). 
In building a life that will never cease we do not want to 
short ourselves (Luke 14:18-20). If we are mindful only 
of earthly treasures we are bankrupt for eternity (Matt. 
16:26). In accumulating on earth we need to keep in mind 
our limited stay here (Heb. 13:14), that life is but a 
vapor (James 4:14; 1:10, 11), and that this present 
world is not friendly to the God of our salvation (1 John 
2:13-17; James 4:4). 

"It is not what we earn that makes us rich 

As riches are really known. 
But how honest we are as we lay our hand 

On what we call our own. 

It is not what we keep that gives us peace 

In an age when peace is rare, 
But how truthful we are as we lay aside 

Our own and the Master's share. 

— Church Chimes. 

We are stewards and not owners (1 Chron. 29:14-16; 
Deut. 8:18; Hag. 2:8; Eccles. 5:19). Stewards have to 
give an accounting of their stewardship (Luke 16:2). It 
is for our good to give or God would not have commanded 

that we be givers (1 Tim. 6:17-19; Heb. 13:16; 2 Cor. 
8:7). Christ gave us an example in giving (2 Cor. 8:9). 
We, in turn, are to be an example to others in giving 
(2 Cor. 9:2). The grace of giving is for the reflex in- 
fluence that it has upon our own selves (Prov. 11:25; 
Isaiah 58:10, 11; Mai. 3:10). It is not to give unless it 
really costs us something (2 Sam. 24:24). We are to 
labor so that we may have something to give (Acts 
20:35; Eph. 4:28). We are to give as we are prospered 
(1 Cor. 16:2; Deut. 16:10, 11). We are to give when we 
appear before the Lord (Deut. 16:16). 

Some of the heavenly treasures are the prepared man- 
sions (John 14:1-3), eternal life (John 6:27), a crown of) 
glory (1 Peter 5:4), the sonship of God and likeness of 
Christ (1 John 3:2), joint heirship with Christ (Rom. , 
8:16-18), the loved ones in Jesus gone before and the 
souls we have won for Him (1 Thess. 2:19, 20). 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 11, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 21:29-36 

would be an appropriate title for the subject of the 
Second Coining of Jesus Christ. Seldom is it taught or 
preacheci in our churches today. How tragic! Especially 
so when we see the prominent place it has in the Word 
of God, and in the teachings of our Lord. It would be- 
hoove us to get back to teaching what's in The Book! 

In His teaching ministry Christ dealt with the past. 
the present, and the future. He spake often of the past 
with reference to the Old Testament Prophets and their 
ministry. He was continually reminding His followers of 
their present duties and responsibilities to God and their 
fellowmen. And He instilled hope within the hearts of 
the faithful by referring to the future glories that 
awaited them. 

In Luke 21, which is our lesson text, Jesus endeavored 
to interpret for His disciples the futui'e events of his- 
tory which were to take place. Some of these events 
have already been fulfilled, such as the destruction of the 
temple and the Holy City of Jerusalem. Some are being 
fulfilled before our very eyes. Some, however, cannot be 
explained in the light of history, and are yet to be ful- 
filled — perhaps in our day! 

Jesus told His followers that definite, clear-cut signs 
would precede His Coming: 

1. Signs in the Earth — "And there shall be signs in the 
sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the 
earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and 
the waves roaring" (vs. 25). 

2. Signs in Men — "Men's hearts failing them for fear, 
and for looking after those things which are coming on 

lARCH 3, 1956 


he earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" 
vs. 26). 

3. Signs in Israel — "Behold the fig tree, and all the 
rees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of 
our own selves that summer is now nigh at hand" (vs. 

Christ said all this would come to pass with certainty, 
,nd then He would appear the second time, for "Heaven 
,nd earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass 

Because He was coming back, our Lord gave emphatic 
nstruction as to the conduct of His people. He said to 
hem (and to us) : 

1. I am coming back, therefore, take heed to your- 
elves, lest your hearts be so loaded down with self- 
ndulgence, and drunkenness, and worldly worries, that 
'e will not be prepared when I do come (vs. 34). 

2. I am coming back, therefore, ever watch and al- 
ways pray, so that ye may be counted worthy, by My 
leavenly Father, to escape the terrible judgment that 
hall fall upon the ungodly (vs. 36). 

Jesus is coming to earth again. What if it were today? 
iloming in power and love to reign, What if it were to- 
I day? 

Coming to claim His chosen Bride, all the redeemed and 
j and purified, 

)ver this whole earth scattered wide. What if it were 

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is coming again! There- 
ore, in the light of this important fact, let us WATCH! 



Clarence Stogsdill, Director 


TT IS NOT TOO EARLY for us to start think- 
ing about our plans for General Conference in 
I^ugust. To some of you in the local churches tliis 
pight seem like rushing the season, sort of like 
j)utting Santa Glaus in the window in October 
[I've seen that happen, too!) But I am not think- 
ing of it in that sense. It won't take you until 
\ugust to make up your mind as to whether or 
lot you will attend Conference, and if you know 
LOW that you will attend, probably you can raise 
jhe "wherewithal" before these six months be- 
ome history. 


As I begin to think about tying together some 

30se ends here and there for General Conference, 

find it necessary to call to mind various inci- 

dents and happenings during the last Confei"- 
ence. I believe that you will agree with me tliat 
our General Conference is the climax of the 
entire church year. It should be the spiritual 
climax, as well as the social climax, the time 
when good Brethren get together to fellov/ship, 
to attend inspirational services, and to take part 
in the business sessions and presentations of 
various boards. Individuals who attend Confej-- 
ence ought to go away with a desire to linger a 
while longer, as many do have that desire each 

But there are some things which need to be 
thought about; things which are not so pleasant 
to the Christians who like to have mountain-top 
experiences. Fortunately, these things are rela- 
tively few in number. Nevertheless, they must be 
mentioned and discussed among sincere groups 
of believers, I do not desire to offend anyone, 
therefore I approach this matter with caution. 

You adults know that there is a great deal of 
time spent each year in preparing the Brethren 
Youth Conference. You know, too, that many 
youth make sacrifices to take part in the ses- 
sions, and some put themselves out a lot just 
to attend, perhaps only for a day or two. You 
know that the lives of young people are easily 
influenced, and affected a great deal by what we 
sometimes think of as "small" things. You know 
that mass psychology holds sway over any group, 
and especially over youth. 

For a couple of years now, at least, we have 
been quite concerned with the attitudes of some 
of our youth at Conference. There seems to be 
a shift in the thinking of some of our people — 
both youth and adults — as to the purpose and 
meaning of youth conference. One or two dis- 
orderly youth can, and often do, change the en- 
tire atmosphere of a gathering of two hundred 
young people. Even though the majority has al- 
ways been opposed to certain behavior of irre- 
sponsible persons, the majority is affected se- 
riously by the minority. If Junior either decides 
for himself that he will attend the youth confer- 
ence which has been laboriously prepared for his 
edification, only for the purpose of having a hi- 
larious time, he can do much damage; or if he 
is "sent" in hopes that "they can do something 
for him up there," he probably will rebell against 
the rules and standards of the conference and 
make a general nuisance of himself. If Susie 
(the name is selected only as a representative 

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New Lebanon, Ohio $ 270.00 

Denver, Ind 41.19 

Loree, Ind 50.00 

North Georgetown, Ohio . . . 70.50 

Gretna, Ohio 153.00 

Carleton, Neb 34.00 

New Paris, Ind 174.82 

Gatewood, W. Va 4.00 

Goshen, Ind 467.66 

Calvary, N. J 10.00 

Tiosa, Ind 51.00 

College Corner, Ind 58.58 

Sarasota, Fla 10.00 

Dutchtown, Ind 25.00 

County Line, Ind 32.80 

Fairhaven, Ohio 56.74 

Fremont, Ohio 19.15 

Milford, Ind 66.39 

Burlington, Ind 61.80 

St. James, Md 61.00 

Wayne Heights, Pa 109.61 

Glenford, Ohio 25.00 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio 37.44 

Cameron, W. Va 40.00 

Flora, Ind 125.00 

Roanoke, Ind 40.00 

Roann, Ind 67.20 

North Liberty, Ind 85.00 

Smithville, Ohio 577.00 

Akron, Ohio 34.80 

Pittsburgh, Pa 114.00 

Mexico, Ind 75.50 

Maurertown, Va 43.24 

Johnstown, First 74.00 

Mulvane, Kan 47.20 

Udell, Iowa 22.43 

Brush Valley, Pa 13.00 

Brighton Chapel, Ind 45.00 

Mt. Olive, Va 61.40 

Quiet Dell, Pa 33.00 

Teegarden, Ind 80.00 

Hagerstown, Md 116.34 

Conemaugh, Pa 81.00 

Bryan, Ohio 324.11 

South Bend, Ind 300.00 

Mt. Olivet, Del 23.00 

Garber Memorial Church 

(Ashland) 5.00 

Johnstown, Second 92.00 

Oak Hill, W. Va 41.00 

Mansfield, Ohio 16.00 

Masontown, Pa 130.10 

Jones Mills, Pa 28.55 

Corinth, Ind 62.81 

Cumberland, Md 27.98 

North Manchester, Ind 216.56 

Nappanee, Ind 300.00 

Muncie, Ind 209.14 

Tucson, Arizona 83.56 

Lanark, 111 164.85 

Milledgeville, 111 388.00 

Center Chapel, Ind 63.48 

Manteca, Calif 18.00 

Lost Creek, Ky 18.66 

Leon, Iowa 15.00 

Huntington, Ind 10.00 

Sergeantsville, N. J 33.50 

Oakville, Ind. 45.59 

Meyersdale, Pa 67.50 

Berlin, Pa 412.25 

Vinco, Pa 310.05 

Morrill, Kan 14.00 

Terra Alta, W. Va 119.00 

Pleasant View, Pa 37.35 

Highland, Pa 21.00 

Canton, Ohio 102.00 

Peru, Ind 30.00 

Warsaw, Ind 154.05 

Louisville, Ohio 151.96 

Gratis, Ohio 37.00 

Williamstown, Ohio 50.87 

West Alexandria, Ohio 32.61 

Johnstown Third 145.65 

Ardmore, Ind 111.00 

Dayton, Ohio 250.00 

Flora W. M. S 15.00 

Glenford W. M. S 10.00 

Individual Gifts 

(No church mentioned) . . 39.00 i 
Elkhart, Ind. (Three 

Quarterly Payments) 413.87 I 

Goshen, Ind. (One Quar- | 

terly Payment) 52.28 i 

Total White Gift Offering $8,815.82 j 

Gifts from same sources i 

last year $7,463.88 ! 

Gifts from same sources ' 

1954 $6,828.65. 

Henry Bates, Treasurer. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith 
to be content." Phil. 4:11. 

met with reverses, and was compelled to find em- 
ployment. While she had been reared in the lap of lux- 
ury she had not been allowed to live in idleness, and so 
her situation brought her to entering the teaching pro- 
fession. And so it wagi that a friend found her engaged 
at her chosen task in a small prairie town. Thinking to 
commisserate her on the seeming incongruity of her sit- 
uation the friend exclaimed, "It's dreadful you're being 
here. How can you endure this dull work and this ugly 
town?" "Oh," the teacher replied, "I like my work and 
I have many friends here." Then after a brief pause she 
added, "You've no idea how beautiful the winter sky is 
above this treeless prairie. There is nothing to hide the 

That young woman had learned the secret which Paulj 
had learned, as set forth in the text of our study. Shej 
was possessed of inner resources, which enabled her to'j 
rise above her circumstances; to forget the things which 
she had once possessed, and to find her satisfaction inj 
the place in which her lot was cast. 

Too many people, when they are cast into adverse cir- 
cumstances and conditions, can see no pleasant or attrac- 
tive surrounding or incident in life for them in any view 
or opinion they are able to grasp. Paul had a "thorn ir 
the flesh," and yet he could assert that even when his 
prayer to be relieved of the burden was not answered at 
he desired, he could declare that he was therein content 
His assurance lay in the divine promise "My grace ii 
sufficient for thee," and that same promise is vouch i 
safed to us today. Contentment is not to be found ii 
having our circumstances adjusted to our likings an( 
wishes, but in "looking up." It is said that if one del] 
scends into a well that is deep enough one can look U] 
and see the stars even when the sun may be shininji 
brightly. So, even when we may seem to have been driver 
to the depths of dense darkness and despair, one ca: 
still look up and see the star of hope which is illumine 
by the promise "My grace is sufficient for thee," and s 
find satisfaction and peace. 

MARCH 3, 1956 



(Continued from Page 13) 

name) decides that she will flirt with some Ash- 
land boys, or detract the attention of Billy (same 
reason), she, too, can turn upside down a section 
of the conference. 

There has been some property damage — 
enough to call to the attention of the youth and 
his parents. We just want to warn you that, 
starting this year, more drastic measures will 
be taken to settle such matters. Perhaps one way 
will be to submit the signature of the youth dele- 
gate to an agreement to pay all damages for 
which he is responsible. The Youth Board has 
authorized the printing of delegate credentials 
which will have to be signed by the pastor, par- 
ent, and church official, in agreement to a pledge 
before being accepted on the conference grounds. 
This will include a delegate fee which heretofore 
has been collected "when we catch" the delegate. 


General Conference is not a glorified nursery, 
or a mass baby sitting offer for youth whose 
parents either have not controlled, or find it dif- 
ficult to control them. Brethren Youth simply 
cannot afford to jeopardize its program in the 
face of such problems. It is much more difficult 
to attempt to control a wayward youth in a large 
gathering than at home, or in the local church. 
We are asking that the local church — and par- 
ents — keep in mind the affect that such youth 
will have on others when they send them to con- 

SMOKING is not only discouraged, but must 
be prohibited. 

DRINKING is unforgivable. 

BAD LANGUAGE cannot be tolerated. 


As you "talk up" conference this year, "talk 
up" the kind of conference which we wish to 
keep, year after year. If a youth cannot be con- 
trolled at home, then he must be discouraged 
from attending conference. He might even find 
that there will be no facilities for him upon ar- 
rival. Remember what we say: BRETHREN 


n^he y\/omens /Corner 

"■^er^ e'oe^ s'oc?* 

b)! Helen Jordan 


"Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace 
of God which hath been given in the churches of Mace- 
donia; how that in much proof of affliction, the abundance 
of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto riches 
of their liberality. For according to their power, they gave 
of their own accord, beseeching us with much entreaty in 
regard of this grace and the fellowship in the ministering 
to the saints." II Corinthians 8:1-4. 

lected is the giving of our money according to our 
power. The Christians of the Macedonian churches gave 
even beyond their power: as did the widow who cast all 
her living into the temple treasury. These early Chris- 
tians were well known for their deep poverty but they 
became rich toward God by their giving. 

One of our goals in the W. M. S. is "definite tithing 
instruction presented." One of our members has made 
the remai'k many times that 10% is the Lord's money, 
and our offering to the Lord's work should go beyond the 

Jesus is not only watching us in our giving; He weighs 
our gifts in the balance of God and puts its value on it 
for the blessing that it is to bring us in eternity. The 
giving of our money is watched over by Christ and must 
be regulated by His word. 

Even more than this; the way to spend the rest of our 
money is a sure test of our Christian character as Jesus 
teaches us in the parable of the talents. Every loving 
gift to God strengthens our faith and our love. 

It is also a blessed privilege to give to the poor and 
needy brethren as the Macedonians did. The money we 
giv away is a source of greater pleasure than that which 
we spend on ourselves. 

Miss Zola E. Saum, 

LMell, Iowa. 

TF ANYBODY says that a Christian is a man from 
whose life the possibility of sin has been eradicated T 
cannot agree with him, nor do I believe that such a doc- 
trine is to be found anywhere in God's Word. No, the pos- 
sibility of sin is with us; we live in the body of sin, and 
we will be with it until we die. But also within us is a 
mightier power: the Spirit of Christ Himself, overcoming 
the power of the flesh. Therefore God asks me His child, 
and each one of us, to step into the audience chamber of 
the King of kings and yield to the knife for the pruning. 
"Every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it," says 
the Lord Jesus, "that it may bring fox'th more fruit" 
(John 15:2). — Alan Redpath, in Victorious Christian Liv- 
ing, (Fleming H. Re veil Co.). 

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Items of general Interest 

Walter C. Davis, retired Superintendent, Johnstown City 
Schools, was guest speaker in the Third Church the morn- 
ing of February 26th. 

The film, "Martin Luther," was shown the evening of 
the 26th. 

The Father and Son banquet was held the evening of 
February 27th. 

Professor Edwin E. Boardman, of Ashland Theological 
Seminary, was guest speaker at both services on March 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. The month of March has been 
set aside as "Church Attendance Month," under the slo- 
gan, "March to Church in March." 

the illness of the pastor, Brother Cecil Bolton, Jr., vis- 
iting ministers have been taking care of the preaching 
services. Messages were brought on February 19th by 
Rev. Earl Slayton of the First Methodist Church in 
Cameron and on February 26th by Rev. Barney Stephens 
of the First Christian Church. Carl Sands has been in 
charge of the services. 

SMITH VILLE, OHIO. "The Harmonettes," a sextette 
from Rittman High School, furnished special music in 
a recent worship service in the Smithville Church. 

Phil and Jean Lersch, of Ashland, are the scheduled 
speakers on March 11th. They will show pictures and tell 
of their work in a Brethren Service Camp in Europe 
last summer. 

We note that Brother Robert Hoffman began his fourth 
year of service with the Smithville Brethren the last of 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Brother L. V. King had the ex- 
perience recently of baptising a boy, the boy's father, 
his great uncle, and his great-great uncle, ranging in 
ages from 8 to 81 years. Also another boy, who will be 
8 in May, and who is now the youngest member of the 
Louisville Church. 

Junior Choir, under the direction of Betty Rowsey Isen- 
hart, celebrated its second anniversary with a special 
service on February 26th. The Choir was started two 

years ago with nineteen children present, ranging in 
ages from five to fourteen. At the present time, the choir 
still averages nineteen at rehearsals. Fifteen of the orig- 
inal voices are still in the Choir, and these were hon- 
ored with the presentation of two year award pins. 

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BERLIN, PENNSYLVANIA. Evangelistic Services- 
March 18-25 — Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, Evangelist, 
Rev. Lyle I. Lichtenberger, Pastor. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Spring Revival— March 12-25 
— Rev. Ivan Sisk, Dayton YFC Director, Evangelist; Rev. 
John T. Byler, Pastor. 

AKRON, INDIANA. Spiritual Emphasis Week— March 
18-25 — Rev. Clarence S. Fairbanks, Speaker; Rev. Ralph 
McFadden, Pastor. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Lenten Services— March 11-16— 
Rev. Virgil E. Meyer, Speaker; Rev. H. Francis Berkshire, 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. The Honorable Theodore R. 
McKeldin, Governor of Maryland, Special Speaker — 
Sunday evening, March 18th — Rev. Freeman Ankrum, 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. Revival Services— Begin- 
ning March 11th. Rev. J. Milton Bowman, Pastor. 


Masontown, Pennsylvania 
March 11th— 7:30 P. M. 

This Rally is for aU young people of the Penn- 
sylvania Churches. A fine, inspirational program 
has been planned, as well as food and fun. 

Please let Mr. Charles Berkshire, Masontown, 
Penna., know how many plan to attend this rally. 

Ida S. Kimmel. 

MARCH 10, 1956 


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go away with mingled thoughts in our 
minds. We are either left uninspired, or we are 
lifted up to higher planes of Christian living and 
service. Our leaving the church after the services 
should be as great a thrill, or greater, than our 
approach to the services, because of the blessings 

The Psalmist said, "I was glad when they said 
unto me, let us go unto the house of the Lord." 
What joy, what happiness centered in the heart 
of the Psalmist as he anticipated the songs, the 
prayers, the messages of the temple worship. 
What supreme happiness should fill our souls, as 
we too, anticipate our attendance at our church's 
services. Much has been written about the prepa- 
ration of our hearts and minds for the church 
services. But what about conditioning ourselves 
to the hours, and days, which follow the ser- 
vices ? 

As we leave the services, as the doors of the 
church close behind us, what are our thoughts, 
our meditations? They can center in several 
things : 

First, On what we have heard. Did we hear 
the Lord speaking to our hearts? Did the music, 
the worship, the message, speak directly to our 
hearts? Did we permit the Holy Spirit to speak 
to our soul in such a way that the problems of 
life and the burdens became easier. Was sin reck- 
oned with and removed through our recommit- 
ment to our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of 
the Living God and the Saviour of our soul? 

^ Second, On the Challenge, or lack of it, in the 
service. Every hour of worship should have its 
challenge. Perhaps even from the most unlikely 
service will come a challenge to some person to 
forsake sin, to dedicate his or her life to full time 
Christian service. A half -frozen young man, many 
years ago stopped in a country church one Sun- 

day evening to get warm. He and the minister, 
because of the storm, were the only ones present. 
Yet out of that service came the young man, hav- 
ing heard the gospel of Christ, having given 
himself to Christ, to become one of the world's 
greatest evangelists of a generation ago. Are our 
hearts open to the challenge of Christian service ? 

Third, On plans for the rest of the day. How 
eagerly we should look forward to attend- 
ing the services in the house of the Lord. How 
we should not wish to rush away as soon as 
the Amen is sounded. Is there not much advan- 
tage in post-service fellowship of the members, 
and visitors? That is, not to talk about all the 
happenings of the past week, nor to discuss the 
plans of the new week, necessarily, BUT, rather 
to talk one with another about the refreshing 
blessings showered upon us by the Holy Spirit in 
the services. 

So, after the service we leave. To a new week 
we gO'. To new trials, to new victories. Yes, it 
is joyous to know as we leave the services that 
we have the full assurance of the words, "He 
walks beside me in the way. What a wonderful 
Saviour." Joy and peace and enthusiasm should 
show on our faces, coupled with a gravity of the 
seriousness of our responsibilities as the gospel 
witnesses to our fellowmen. Joy should show be- 
cause we have a God who never fails. Concern 
should show because of the lost condition of so 
many around us. Then, with joy in our hearts and 
concern in our soul, we should go forth resolved 
to live true to Him and to be a faithful witness 
for Him every hour of the day. 

Yes, it is a joy to go to Church, It is a privi- 
lege we enjoy in this land of ours. It is also a 
joy to go forth, filled with the Spirit of God to 
take our place beside the great host of witnesses 
which our Lord has for Him this day in this 
world of sin. W. S. B. 



Brethren Church History 

by Rev. Freeman Ankrum 

ALEX MACK, the Merchant 

THE THIRD CHILD, there had been a daughter and 
a son, to be born to Rev. Jacob Mack, on Brown's 
Run, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, was born on March 
18, 1834. He was given the old family name of Alexan- 
der. However, all the years of his long life, his name 
was shortened by those who knew him, to Alex, and 
Alex he became to the numerous folk who came to know 
him over a long span of life. Two children were yet to 
be born, a sister and a brother, later making the family 
of Elder Jacob Mack consist of five children. 

The old house is still standing, though remodeled from 
time to time. The old mill, operated by Elder Jacob 
Mack, has gone the way of many things. It was dam- 
aged by flood waters in 1889, and was never rebuilt. 
This year is still spoken of as "the year of the Johns- 
town flood." 

Young Alex's grandfather, also named Jacob had emi- 
grated to Licking County, Ohio before the birth of Alex. 
Alex's father, Jacob, moved into the Mill property and 
took over the operation of the Mill. The move to Ohio 
was some time before the birth of the subject of this 

of Masontown 

article. Even though distance separated them, correspon- 
dence was always kept up between the Ohio and the 
Pennsylvania kin. The line of Alex Mack's ancestry was, 
Alexander Mack, Alexander Mack, Jr., William Mack, 
Jacob Mack, Jacob Mack and Alexander of the article. 

Elder Jacob's wife was formerly Catherine Longan- 
ecker, a family name very prominent in that section of 
the state. It may be stated in this connection, that her 
health failing, she died in 1855 and is buried in the Fair- 
view Church of the Brethren Cemetery near by the 
Church just south of Masontown. 

It would seem that the first trade given consideration, 
and the Macks believed in work, was that of Miller. So 
young Alex shuffled the grain sacks around, lubricated 
the bearings in need, watched the water levels, and gen- 
erally made himself handy around the mill on the Run. 

Wrestling heavy sacks must have been a discouraging 
job for the small lad, for he was never robust. During 
his entire life he never weighed over 135 pounds. He 
was not content to spend his life within sound of the 
whirling mill stones, but aspired to something differ- 
ent. In an old communication he states, "I was bom on 
Brown's Run, a mile from Masontown, March 18, 1834; 
my parents were Jacob Mack, a Dunkard Preacher, and 
Catherine Longanecker. In my youth. I learned the miller's 
trade and ground wheat and com." He states that as a 
boy he learned to chew tobacco, but when he went be- 
fore the County Superintendent, Joshua V. Gibbons, to 
take the examination to teach school he advised the ap- 
plicants to abstain from tobacco. "I quit chewing and 
haven't used tobacco since." Not so much was demanded 
in those days, and his preparation was sufficient for him 
to be granted a certificate. His first term of school was 
taught across the Monongahela River in Greene County, 
starting when Alex was 22 years of age, in 1856. 

For twelve terms we find him in the school room, 
practically all spent in and around Masontown. He had 
as many as 66 pupils in one room. In 1865 we find him 
leaving the school room. This was the closing period of 
the Civil War. He entered another line of work. He had 
received for his highest salary the sum of $28.00 per month. 
Country school teachers, apparently there was a differ- 
ence in pay, received from $18.00 to $20.00 per month. 
He says, "I taught everything from Algebra to Engineer- 
ing." He must have taught a good school or schools, for 

MARCH 10, 1956 


he was able to conduct them without corporal punish- 
ment, so common in those days. 

While he was teaching, he married Elmira Josephine 
Albaugh, March 27, 1862. Rev. James P. Baird, a Cum- 
berland Presbyterian Minister officiated at the ceremony 
at the home of the bride in Masontown. 

In 1865 he started business in Masontown as a Mer- 
chant, on the northwest corner of Main and West Church 
streets. When he started it is unlikely that the streets 
were named, as the place was just a small village, not 
too long before known as Germantown. There was but 
one other store beside the one owned by Mack, and 
Provins, his partner. After two years, Alex bought out 
his partner and conducted the store under his own name 
and in his own way. The building though changed some 
is still being used for a store. It is now occupied by The 
Fair Store, owned and run by Mr. Harry Kaplan. The 
writer for nearly nine years, while Pastor of the Mason- 
town Brethren Church, lived within two blocks of this 
corner and seldom passed without a thought of the little 
man long passed on, who operated his store for fifty 
years on that location. 

Only a couple newspapers were received in Masontown 
in those early days and people gathered in the stores to 
hear the news of the War, which was uppermost in all 
conversations. Alex Mack's home was in the next block 
south from the store, and every morning about four, at 
the latest, early risers would see him wending his way 
to the store building. Here by the light of flickering 
candles he would get things ready for the day. He said 
that this was a good time to get things done. Later on 
his store had an additional attraction when he purchased 
a brass kerosene lamp. The first telephone was also in- 
stalled in his store. The store was usually kept open 
until nine at night, thereby bringing to an end a long 
day. He told how he bought butter and eggs in large 
amounts, taking them in trade from his customers. There 
was little market for them and so he often paid as much 
as five cents a dozen for them and sold them for three. 
One time he could not even sell them for that so he 

lugged 80 dozen to the back yard, and after digging a 
hole buried them there. He stated one time, "I've sold 
everything from needles to a grist mill." 

We are including with this article a picture of the 
store taken about the year 1905. Charles A. Provance, of 
Masontown clerked for him for sixteen years. In front 
of the store may be seen Charles, the tall clerk with 
the little short proprietor and owner standing just below 
him. One of the others in the picture who can be iden- 
tified is Jacob DeBolt, standing by the pole. Charles 
Provance, now in his early eighties has often regaled the 
writer with stories of Alex Mack whom he knew so well 
and intimately. Jacob DeBolt also lives in Masontown, 
and he and the former clerk are faithful members of 
the Masontown Brethren Church. Numerous people have 
spoken to the writer of the enjoyment of going to Alex 
Mack's store in days now long past. There were always 
little things for the kiddies, candy or something attrac- 
tive to them. The blended aroma of spices of the old 
country store is not to be soon forgotten. He adver- 
tised himself as "Alex Mack, Dealer in Yankee Notions." 
When Ohio relatives went for their frequent visits back 
to Masontown, they usually returned with some of his 
unique advertisements, on plates or various objects. 

Alex Mack was one who in his younger days could 
wield a vitriolic pen. Those days were the days when 
the country was torn apart by the strife and dissention 
which precipitated the Civil War. The writer had access 
to one of his old letters written to his cousin, Jonas 
Leckrone, at Brownsville, Ohio, August 1, 1861. It is 
written in a bold hand with numerous flourishes. In it 
he speaks of the work of the Church, the season, Aboli- 
tionists and the high price of goods. We quote from sec- 
tions, as the letter is too long to give in its entirety in 
this article: "... The relations here are as well as 
common except Pa; he has not been able to do much 
for some time, in consequences of a pain in his back; 
he still goes about but not much more. Mary Longaneck- 
er & I went to Uncle 'Jo' Mosers last Saturday and to 
Meeting at the Grove on Sunday; also at singing school 


Masontown, Penna. 



at 3 o'clock at the same place. The new Church is weath- 
er-boarded & ready to cover— the shingles are there. It 
will be much nicer than Fairview. It will be done early 
in October, by the time you'll be here." The Grove 

Church, is no longer standing but the Fairview Church, 
of which Elder Jacob Mack was Pastor, still holds forth 
on the hill south of Masontown. Rev. Albert Haught, has 
been Pastor for a number of years, and is still Pastor. 

As to Politics, Alex Mack was a rabid Democrat, and 
a passage from the same letter to his cousin Jonas Leck- 
rone does not mince words. "... I believe that there 
is no other evil more fully stamped with black damna- 
tion than Abolitionism couched under the name of Re- 
publicanism. I would love to see Aunt Agnes & her sis- 
ter together to talk the subject over, but I have little 
hope that it would do good for they (The Abolitionists) 
are as devoid of reason as a Blackbird is white, or as 
sugar is of salt." . . . "We finished harvesting here yes- 
terday & depend it made me tired. Wheat is very low 
oats will not bring more than lOcs in cash & even at 
that I cant tell who would buy more than 50 bushels. 
In our district last summer for congress the fight was 
on Tariff. High Tariff on iron & then the good times 
will come; Now they have raised the Tariff on every 
thing a poor man wants and lored it to $2 per tun on 
iron So we have GOOD TIMES with a vengeance. Cof- 
fee is 25cts a lb. & that's about a cent a swallow." 

He adds a Postscript to the letter stating, "I will in- 
close in this envelope a letter to S. A. Mack (Sarah Ann 
Mack, who made her home with the Samuel Deffenbaugh 
family. Author) Please give it to her. I have a three cent 
piece left but I don't want the Republicans to get it for 

Alex Mack bought his first bill of goods of any size 
from a supply house in Philadelphia. He and his partner 
were walking down the street when some bright shiny 
red berries met their gaze. They looked good to eat so 
they bought some, filling their pockets a little on the 
order of Benjamin Fi-anklin with his loaves of bread, 
and started to eat. They soon discarded them, for this 
was their first expei'ience with cranberries. 

Charles A. Provance who worked for him sixteen years 
was a faithful and loyal clerk. His faithfulness was ap- 
preciated, and after he had been an employee for five or 
six years when Christmas time came around Alex al- 
ways remembered his clerk. He was given five twenty- 
dollar gold pieces asi a gift. Alex Mack did not wait until 
Christmas time to show his appreciation, but from time 
to time during the year smaller gifts of gold coins were 
given him. 

There wei-e two younger children in Elder Jacob Mack's 
family of his first marriage. One was Nancy who mar- 
ried Mose Fern and lived near Shinston, West Virginia, 
and the other was Jacob, named after his father. He was 
born on Brown's Run, June 27, 1845. The only surviv- 
ing member of this family of Jacob's is Warren Mack 
of 310 West Portland Street, Phoenix, Arizona. The 
writer has visited him twice, in his Arizona home, the 
last time in July 1955. Our time was too short spent 
in this hospitable home to complete our visits, but suf- 
fice it to state that he had many incidents and memories 
of "Uncle Alex," of Masontown where Warren was bom. 
In contrast to the small size of Alex, Jacob, his younger 

1. to r.: Fanny Mack Donahue, Kathryn Mack Wells, 
Warren Mack 

brother, was a huge man over six feet tall, weighing 
more than 200 pounds. He is well remembered in and 
around Masontown where he lived and in Ohio where he 
frequently visited. In as much as there were so many 
Macks named "Jacob," he was distinguished by being 
called "Pennsylvania Jake." He died a victim of Typhoid 
fever December 19, 1898. He is buried at Fairview 
Church of the Brethren. 

Warren Mack, who was born at Masontown, December 
19, 1893, as far aa the writer knows, is the only sur- 
viving grandson of Elder Jacob Mack, the Dunkard 

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Mack, celebrated their Golden Wed- 
ding in Masontown in March 1912. It was a gala occa- 
sion with numerous guests. The little old man was at his 
best, though there remained for him just three years 
more of life. At this time he speaks of his family, 
which was small . . . "We had one child, one grand 
child and one great-grand child — Louis Alexander Phil- 
lippi, Jr., now six months old and the boss of the house- 
hold. He and his parents live with us and we all get 
along in perfect harmony. Our daughter was Catherine 
Lenora, who married William M. Sterling, and is now 
deceased. Her daughter Lillian married Mr. Phillippi." 

The late Dr. E. K. Wells, of Masontown and a friend 
of the writer for a number of years, often spoke of Alex 
Mack. Dr. Wells had married Kathryn Mack, the daugh- 
ter of Jacob Mack, and the niece of Alex Mack. One time 
he told the writer of the occasion when Alex Mack was 
sick and in need of his services. He made the call and 
found the old gentleman in bed with his neck encircled 
by the stiff collar of the day and which he customarily 
wore. The Doctor suggested that he might be more com- 
fortable if he removed the collar and donned a night 
shirt. Dr. Wells stated that Mr. Mack replied, "I never 
owned one of those things." Yet his store when it was 
invoiced a few years afterwards totaled between ninety 
and one hundred thousand dollars. This was told the 
writer by one who aided in the invoicing, Mr. Herbert 
Johnson, then of Masontown. The sad picture is that the 
fortune he had taken so long to build up was soon dissi- 
pated following the death of Alex Mack. 

Though raised in a Dunker home, the son of a Dunkard 
Preacher, who instilled the precepts of the Dunker faith 
in him from his youth up, Alex Mack never affiliated 
(Continued on Page 8) 

MARCH 10, 1956 



524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. Phone: 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Se.'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Assistant 

WASHINGTON calling— 

EVERYBODY LIKES TO HEAR words of gratitude, 
encouraging reports and enthusiastic plans. A letter 
from our church at Washington, embodying all of these 
things, arrived in the office this past week. 

Although most of the information from our mission 
churches comes in quarterly reports, which are rather im- 
personal, occasionally we are happy to receive a personal 
account as well as expressions of gratitude to the denom- 
ination for its support of the program, such as we re- 
ceived in their letter. We • appreciated this fine letter 
and would like to share it with Evangelist readers. 

February 8, 1956 
Reverend W. Clayton Berkshire 
Secretary, Mission Board 
Ashland, Ohio 
Dear Sir: 

This letter is written to tell you of two things: (1) 
That the Washington Brethren Church is almost free of 
indebtedness on their first unit, and that by Easter time 
we plan to celebrate the complete payment of all indebt- 
edness. Then, God willing, we can proceed with plans for 
the upper structure of the church which is so badly 
needed. (2) To thank the Mission Board for their won- 
derful help through the years, and to remind them that 
we have come this far only through their financial aid. 
Each and every member of the church is fully cognizant 
of the fact that, had it not been for the aid rendered us 
by the Mission Board, we could never have come this 
far. We want you to know that this help has not been 
taken for granted, but is sincerely and fully appreciated. 
Many a prayer has gone up from this congregation for 
God to continue to bless and to help our Board who are 
making such a magnificent effort to build churches to 
proclaim the Gospel. 

Last October 1st our debt was approximately $9,500. 
This was the balance after we had made a tremendous 
effort to raise funds. All the church had agreed to pay 
something over and above what they usually paid in on 
building fund day. Each working member, and the house- 
wives, if possible, hoped to pay an, extra $100 during the 

We felt that everyone had made a gigantic effort and 
that the peak had been given. We also knew that each 
building fund day — every four months — we attempted to 
raise $1,500. It would take us over a year and a half to 
be debt free. 

We prayed. We knew what we wished, but we knew 
that without the help of God, it was impossible. Here is 
what happened: Building fund day in October we raised 
$2,500; Building fund day in February we raised $4,500. 

Other plans have been carried out in preparation to 
to the completion of our building. Teacher training classes 
have been held. A new class for young married people 
has been started, with eight members — now 34. Special 
instruction courses held each Tuesday evening for this 
class. Wednesday evening prayer meetings and Bible 
study this past year have been studies on "How to Walk 
by Faith," "What it Means to be a Christian," and 
"The Bigness of Christ." These are my own titles for the 
studies; Reverend Klingensmith probably titles them dif- 
ferently. All these studies are well attended, and the 
discussion periods most heartwarming. 

Do pray for us here in Washington aa we learn the 
walk of Faith. 

In His Service, 

Cecile S. Babcock. 


(An Appeal for "Guided Muscles") 

the Missionary Board's realization that Miss Lowery 
needs help — in order both to safeguard her health and to 
help carry out the growing program there. 

The problems arising in an effort to send this help 
evolve in a sort of house-that-jack-built sequence — but we 
are sure there must be a solution. In order to send either 
temporary or permanent helpers for the work at Krypton, 
additional living quarters are needed; therefore, the Board 
has authorized the building of a small cement-block 
house (about three rooms) to care for the situation. They 
are hoping to recruit some "work-campers" — or other 
qualified volunteers — for most of the construction; but 

when these volunteers are enlisted, they must have places 
in which to stay — while providing permanent housing for 
additional workers at Krypton. (There are no houses to 
rent or even share in the area — nor any motels.) This 
sounds like a difficult situation, but the Board is confi- 
dent of a solution. 


Bulletins, envelopes and other Easter publicity items 
will be mailed to the pastors of all Brethren churches soon. 
Each church will receive as many bulletins as they have 
indicated that they need for these special Sundays. Other 
publicity items and envelopes will be mailed to individual 
members who are EVANGELIST subscribers. 




(Continued from Page 6) 

himself with the church. Some may say why this article? 
The author feels that the family, the belief and the con- 
tacts made on so many lives will justify the space. He 
was an attendant at the Masontown Brethren Church, and 
we are told was generous in his support. We do not care 
to pass judgment upon Alex Mack, but perhaps there 
were some things in need of explanations which did not 
come his way. This was the case of his nephew William 
Mack, of Uniontown who died March 28, 1942 at the age 
of 81 years, 9 months, and 9 days. He had never had 
some matters made clear to him until during his last 
illness when the Author was able to do it and witnessed 
the tears roll down his face as he made a belated con- 
fession and choice. The writer conducted his last service 
in Uniontown. 

During the last years of Alex Mack's life Dr. Martin 
Shively was the Pastor of the Masontown Brethren 
Church. He made a great place for himself in the lives 
of all with whom he came in contact. Many of them 
spoke of those days to the writer while he was living 
there as Pastor of the Brethren Church. Dr. Shively 
spent much time in Alex Mack's store. Here many friend- 
ships were made. Connections that are lovingly spoken of 
today, over forty years this side of that time, are care- 
fully treasured. Easter time, 1915, the little old man was 
unable to go to his store. He was confined to his bed, 
and lingered until July 13, 1915, when he passed from 
this life at the age of 81 years, 3 months and 25 days. 
Dr. Martin Shively in the meantime had closed his Ma- 
sontown Pastorate and had taken up the work of Bursar 
at Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. He was notified and 
came to Masontown to conduct the last rites of his friend 
of the past years. Burial was in the Ross Cemetery just 
across the road from the Brethren Church. A large and 
imposing marker marks the resting place of Alexander 
Mack. Later on his companion moved to Los Angeles, 
California, with her relatives and died there November 
29, 1930. However her body was placed in a mausoleum 
and not brought to Masontown until 1931 where on August 
27, she was placed by the side of her husband in the 
Cemetery. She was past eighty eight years of age at 
the time of her death. 

A hard worker and seldom sick, Alex Mack stated 
that he had lost but one year from work by sickness 
and then said, "I believe if I'd kept on taking medicine 
I'd be in the house yet or dead." Thus we can see crop- 
ping out some of the fire of his younger days. His bus- 
iness thriving, and having efficient help, he took two 
months off in 1907 and leaving the care of the business 
in the hands of his faithful clerk, Charles A. Provance, 
he made a trip to the Pacific Coast. Two nieces, and 
granddaughter accompanied them on the trip. There re- 
main some pictures of this trip which was really an 
adventure and the subject of many conversations during 
his remaining years. 

Interested in the Community as a whole, he was in- 
strumental in organizing the First National Bank of 
Masontown, its first bank. It was organized in one of the 
rooms of his home on South Main Street about the year 

1909. Alex Mack was its first President. The present 
bank in Masontown is a continuation of the Bank. Ma- 
sontown has come a long way from the time it was a 
struggling village in 1865 with two stores, the Ross 
store and the Mack store, to a prosperous community 
today with some 5,000 people within its corporation. 
There are various stores of almost every desci'iption. 

Almost every language may be heard upon the streets 
of Masontown today. Opening the Mines brought in peo- 
ple of many nations. Many who pass down the street 
and look just over the fence may wonder as they notice 
the imposing tomb stone containing the name of ALEX- 
ANDER MACK, just who may he have been? Never the 
less there are numerous people who knew him, admired 
him, and in whose veins flows the same blood. Many 
are growing old and gray, who as children learned of his 
graciousness in the store run by the little bearded man, 
when he placed in their little and sometimes smudgy 
hands the piece of candy or little trinket ever so dear 
to the childish mind. Though he has gone on with nu- 
merous ancestors and friends, truly we may say that 
his memory lingers on. 

St. James, Maryland. 


"The Book of books, the Bible, 

That life divine imparts, 
God's message to all people, 

God's mirror for all hearts; 
The Chart that guides to glory, 

O'er life's deceitful sea. 
And, while I live, the Bible 

My guide to heaven shall be. 

"It speaks the truth so purely. 

It strips the mask from sin. 
It warns of woes that surely 

The guilty soul shut in; 
It tells of free salvation. 

How Jesus died for me. 
And while I live, the Bible 

My guide to heaven shall be." 


MARCH 10, 1956 


» ■«» « 

again this past week, in several important ways, 
most evident at present in the Evangelist you now hold, 
and even more evident as you continue to receive other 
Brethren Publications from time to time. 

If you will feel the quality of the paper on which 
these words are printed, and compare it with that of 
two weeks ago, or any issue before that, you will dis- 
cover a marked difference. The Company has secured 
this bulkier, better quality paper, in order to give more 
body to our Evangelists and other publications. It's a 
little more expensive, but we feel it is worth the differ- 

This is the first issue of The Evangelist to use the new 
paper entirely, as last week's run used up the last of 
the old and some of the new. 

Another significant change is in the manner of stitch- 
ing, or stapling the Evangelists. You will note that this 
Evangelist contains two perfectly formed staples. Last 
week's Evangelist was the first publication to be run 

through our brand new gathering and stapling machine 
— our new stitcher. 

This new piece of equipment, about which we told 
you in January, arrived when last week's Evangelist was 
on the press, and was immediately put into operation 
in time to stitch that issue. Compared with previous 
issues of the Evangelist, which, except for the 20 page 
numbers, contained just one staple, you now have a more 
sturdy paper. 

These two advances, the new paper and double stapling, 
we are glad to pass on to you, our readers, in our con- 
tinued effort to bring to you a constantly improving 
Brethren literature. 

You will be happy to know, too, that the revamped 
heating system in the Publication Company building, 
about which we also told you in January, has been in 
operation for about a month, to everybody's satisfaction. 

Thank you for your continued good-will, patronage 
and support which has helped to make tJiese things pos- 
sible.— W. S. B. 

Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. DyoU Belote 


" If God be for us, who can be against us? . . . 
we are more than conquerors through him that loved 
us." Romans 8:31, 37. 

ARE YOU EVER FEARFUL? Then read the Scrip- 
ture passage from which our text is taken, Romans 
8:28-39. Here we have Paul's tremendous argument in 
which he asserts the security of God's people. 

"If God be for us, who can be against us." Is it not 
true that we underestimate the volume of our resources 
ISOLATION. Paul set his problems in the circle 
of God's redeeming purpose. And so he challenges 
his readers with the query "Who shall sepai-ate us from 
the love of Christ? shall tribuation, or distress, or per- 
secution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" 
And then he breaks forth in his exultant assurance, 
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor 
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present. 

nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other 
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of 
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom. 8:35, 37- 

Maybe some will read these lines whose hearts are 
bowed down with sorrows, or perplexities, or fears. Let 
me urge that you lift up your hearts. The same God 
whom Paul trusted still reigns. The same God who de- 
livered Daniel from the lion's den and the three Hebrew 
lads from the fiery furnace, David from the lion and 
Paul in the shipwreck, is the same God who cares for 
His children today; and we can rest assured that He is 
still "the same yesterday, today and forever," and He 
is still "for us." 



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NEIDERHISER-ULERY. Miss Mary Ann Neiderhiser 
became the bride of James Edward Ulery in a wedding 
at the home of her pastor February 25, 1956. Mrs. Aleda 
and Grace Keck were also present. The double Ring Cer- 
emony was read by the bride's pastor, the undersigned. 
Elmer M. Keck, Pastor Valley Brethren Church. 




THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Brethren Conference 6. To strive harder to do God's will so that the world 
opened in the Stockton Brethren Church on Thursday might see Jesus living in us. 

morning, January 19, 1956, and continued through Sun- ^^ ^^^ ^^^^^ beautiful specials in music. The mes- 

day, January 22, 1956. The meeting was called to order ^^^^^ ^^^.^ soul-touching and inspiring. The challenge 

at 10:20 o'clock by the Moderator, Virgil Ingraham. ^^ ^^ ^^ Christians was great; we must do our best to 

Chuck Levington, Pastor of the Stockton Church, led in meet it. The fellowship and love shown at the conference 

the morning devotions and then extended a hearty wel- gave proof that God was in our midst. 

come to all delegates, guests and speakers attending the mi t.t ^i ^ i-^ • ti ^i ^ <. ^ 

J. Ti J J- HIT i. j-l-J^e Northern Caliiornia Brethren Conference sends 

conference. Responses were made from Manteca and ^. , ,, , , . ,, t^ , , , 

T ,v J „ i.1. -NT i- 1 T\/r- • T> J u greetings to all churches m the Brotherhood and may 

Lathrop, and from the National Missionary Board by ^ , , , ,, tt , , 

„ ^, m ^ Ti 1 1 • God bless you all as He has done us. 
Brother Clayton Berkshire. 

The minutes were read. The differente committees Conference Secretary— Julion L. Hallett, 

were appointed, and the conference was off to a good Conference Moderator — Virgil Ingraham. 

start. The courtesies of conference were extended to our 

guests, including Brother and Sister H. B. Puterbaugh, 'vfi^Ir^k/' 

from Tucson, Arizona, and Brother Clayton Berkshire, «iwltwEis 

who was our guest speaker and evangelist for the con- NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 


The business sessions of this conference were handled 

smoothly and efficiently. CONFERENCE BOARD 

Our conference theme, "Living and Giving the Gospel," ^ y ^., M d t 

was well carried out all during the conference; not only „' ., * y i iV- ' ' ' i\/r j j. 

„ , „ , , . , . . , . , . Cecil Johnson Vice Moderator 

m Brother Berkshire s missionary evangelistic messages, t->i /^ n m 

, ^ , • 4.1, J 4-- A 4- u u u ^.l. A-.e^' I Elmer Gall Treasurer 

but also m the devotions and talks by all the different c. .• -■ • 

Howard Frey Statistician 

^ ■ Julion Hallett Secretary, 

We were glad to welcome the H. B. Puterbaughs to 847 gdythe St., Manteca, Calif. 

our district from Tucson, Arizona; and handed them a Howard Crom 

letter of good will and greetings to be given to their Virgil Ingraham 

home church. Steven Hill 

Among things decided upon at this conference were: Lester Schmiedt 

1. To better organize in this District so we could put 

forth a stronger missionary effort. MloblUJN BOARD 

2. To form a District Brethren Laymen's organization C. Y. Gilmer Chairman 

to develop a closer harmony and fellowship among Stanley Hagstrom Sect.-Treasurer, 

our churches. Austin Road, Manteca, Calif. 

3. To have The Brethren Evangelist in every home so Howard Frey 
as to know what was being done ovei: the brother- Ivan Eubanks 
hood. (Manteca has already subscribed to the Evan- Harlin Lawrance 

gelist 100%. 

. T, , , , ,.,,, , .., ,, , SCHOLARSHIP LEAGUE 

4. To try to cooperate a little closer vnth the general 

brotherhood organization so that all might better Mrs. C. Y. Gilmer 1 yr Chairman 

benefit. Joan Sperry 2 yrs Secretary, 

5. To ask that the National Moderator be sent to each 244 Mosswood Ave., Stockton, Calif. 

district conference in the future in order that he and Frances Schmiedt 3 yrs.. . .Treasurer 

we might know what our churches are doing. Agness Elliott 3 yrs. 


If you hear a kind word spoken 

Of some worthy soul you know, 
It may fill his heart with sunshine 

If you only tell him so. 

If a deed, however humble, 

Helps you on your way to go, 
Seek the one whose hand has helped you. 

Seek him out and tell him so ! 

If your heart is touched and tender 
Toward a sinner, lost and low. 

It might help him to do better 
If you'd only tell him so. 

"Oh, my sisters, Oh, my brothers. 
As o'er life's rough path you go. 

If God's love has saved and kept you. 
Do not fail to tell men so," 

— Author Unknown. 

MARCH 10, 1956 


Sunday School Suggestions by Joseph R. Shuitz 

(Sponsored by the National Sunday School Association of the Brethren Church) 



THE MOST EFFECTIVE UNIT of a church for reach- 
ing and winning lost men is a Sunday school class 
of men, graded by age. Men desire the expressed inter- 
est and fellowship of men, and will respond more quickly 
to a man's invitation. 

Men exert a very great influence on whatever they 
do. Men give a strong and effective type of leadership 
essential to the best church work. Men provide most of 
the mission money. When men are leading, it is much 
easier to get others to follow. The hegemony of dynamic 
churches is composed of men. 

Therefore every Sunday school should: (1) Provide ade- 
quate facilities for men's classes, (2) Enlist a dynamic 
consecrated teacher, (3) Enroll the parents of the chil- 
dren in our Sunday schools who are not enrolled, (4) 
Check the Church roll, visitors list, wedding guests, etc. 
for prospects. 


1. The Vacation Bible school makes disciples.^ — It is 
conservatively estimated that in a typical year approx- 
imately 788,466 pupils attend Vacation schools who are 
not in Sunday school. If the Vacation schools had not 
been held, most of the thousands of children would have 
received no Christian training that year. 

2. The Vacation Bible school leads to the confessions of 
Christ in baptism and to church membership. From the 
churches reporting on this point the vast majority indi- 
cate Confessions of Faith each year. And they believe 
the seeds sown in the school continue to bear fruit 
throughout the year. 

3. The Vacation Bible school provides a "laboratory" 
for leadership training. A benefit equal with that of 
reaching and teaching children is the experience gained 
by select leaders and their assistants. The school might 
well be used in "breaking in" those people who are re- 
luctant to assume responsibility. The whole church gains 
from a Vacation school. 


Studies show that church members enrolled in Sun- 
day school give many times as much per capita for 
church work as do those not in Sunday scohol ... If we 
enroll 125 for every 100 church members, it will mean 
that many unenrolled church members will be brought 
into our Bible-teaching program and will begin a more 
active church life. 

People not in Sunday school have a greater tendency 
to drift away from the church. They stop growing and 

lose intei-est in mission enterprises. Keeping them in a 
vital Bible-study pi'ogram will promote spiritual growth 
and will assure a better informed, more loyal, and more 
prayerful membership. 


Was it missions when Jesus conversed with a woman 
by the well in Sychar? When we pause to consider the 
elements of soul-winning we are forced to conclude that 
it is missions to develop teachers and workers as per- 
sonal soul-winners. 

A commuity of interest must be built around our lost 
neighbors. Being the object of love — the center of a 
community of Christian interest — will cause my neighbor 
to wonder what is missing in his life. Sometimes this 
interest can be increased by continued personal visits. 
At other times the interest is heightened by attendance 
in a friendly Sunday school class. Whatever avenue is 
employed the neighbor must be the recipient of under- 
standingf love. 

It is missions — to enroll men in Sunday schools, to 
conduct a Vacation Bible school, to increase Sunday 
school enrollment, and to develop workers as personal 


Committee Meets In Ashland 

A MEETING of the Co-Ordinating Planning Commit- 
tee was held in Ashland, on February 28th. This 
Committee, you will recall, is an outgrowth of retiring 
Modei'ator W. B. Brant's Moderator's Address to the late 
General Conference of the Brethren Church. 

It is significant to note that a representative was pres- 
ent from every Board and Auxiliary of the Church, with 
the exception of one — and that one was prevented from 
attending only because of his duties in holding a Revival 

The fact of this excellent attendance is surpassed 
only by the intense interest and desire of the assembled 
Brethren to come up with plans and suggestions for 
inter-Board and Auxiliary cooperation in the Brethren 
Church, plus forward looking plans for the advancement 
of the Church and its work. 

Your Committee, Brethren, spent many profitable 
hours together, about which you vidll hear more, from 
time to time. Another meeting of the Committee is 
scheduled for next month. — W. S. B. 



IPrayer Wleeting 


There's something in sharing, 
Just friendly caring, 

That makes the heart lift and sing. 
It's strange how the way 
Is happier all day 

For just such a little thing. 

— Veda Group. 

and wants His children to be successful and prosper- 
ous (Psalm 35:27). In our good wishes and prayers for 
our fellow Christians we think of their health and spirit- 
ual prosperity (3 John 2). God knows that material pros- 
perity will do us no good without our hearts being fully 
set on the Giver (2 Chron. 20:20). If our eyes need to 
be fixed on the Giver, He can take the material gifts 
away (Job 1:21). 

Christ has promised to bring me to Glory, 

To everlasting and blest; 
But the way over which He is leading 

Holds many a trial and test. 
The shadows oft follow the sunshine. 

And thorns so oft cover the rose, 
But 'tis that I might trust in the Giver 

And not in the gift He bestows. 

I'd seek for the fair sheltered bowers, 

The smooth, easy paths for my feet; 
But oft in the storm-shaken mountains 

He leads, 'mid the snow and the sleet. 
Then trembling with fear I draw closer 

To His blessed side for repose. 
And my eyes become fixed on the Giver 

And not on the gift He bestows. 

How blest is His voice in the darkness. 

How precious the touch of His hand. 
When e'en earth's foundations seem crumbling, 

And alone in my sorrow I stand. 
'Tis then His sweet peace like a fountain 

O'er my wounded heart tenderly flows, 
And I long to know only the Giver, 

Thinking not of the gift He bestows. 

Avis B. Christiansen. 

Except for inheritance God's promise of prosperity is 
conditional (Psalm 1:1-3; Josh. 1:8). God is interested in 
our success, but most of all He wants to share HIM- 
SELF with us (John 14:23). His best gift is Himself. 

God would save us from the world's grasping way of 
acquiring (Prov. 11:24, 25). God teaches that the way to 
get is by GIVING (Luke 6:38). 

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. 

It is in loving that we are loved. 

It is in giving that we receive. 

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

— St. Francis of Assisi. 

God teaches us to PAY the price that does NOT cost, 
but PAYS (John 12:24). He teaches us to share with 
Him what He has shared with us— LOVE, HELP, TIME, 
MEANS. We have no right to ask Him to bless us un- 
less we in turn are willing to BE a blessing — in fact. 
He cannot bless except by this condition (Gen. 12:2). 

Upon our world we lift our eyes. 
And lo! the harvest fields are red: 
Filled with the dying and the dead. 

With mother's tears, with children's cries. 

Expendables of earth are these 

Who fought in blood: who fall in flame; 
But we, who bear the Saviour's name. 

Shall we be softly wrapped in ease ? 

Our God has never changed His plan. 
His still the call to go, to pray — 
To heal earth's heartbreak in our day. 

He ever meets man's need with man. 

We dare not then refuse to be 

The life poured out; the corn of wheat: 
Burnt sacrifice, of savour sweet: 


— H. Bruechert. 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 18, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 22:7-23 

GOD "HATH GIVEN unto us all things that pertain 
unto life and godliness, througn the knowledge of 
Him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (II Peter 
1:3). The Lord's Supper, instituted by Christ, may be 
included among the "things that pertain unto life and 
godliness." It was given for our spiritual edification. 

The Communion Service is an ordinance of the church 
because it was instituted by our Lord, and intended to 
be perpetuated by His followers. 

The earthly life of Jesus Christ was drawing to a 
close. The hours were rapidly approaching when He 
would be betrayed and then crucified. Thus it was in the 
closing hours of His earthly ministry that Jesus inaugu- 
rated this memorial supper. 

Looking forward to death, Christ ate the passover 
supper with His beloved disciples. The cup of wine and 
unleaven bread were part of this annual Jewish feast. 
Jesus, however, knowing what would take place upon 


MARCH 10, 1956 


the Cross of Calvary, desired to institute a new and 
different spiritual observance for His followers. 

To this end, after the passover meal had been observed, 
"He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave 
unto them, saying, This is My body which is given for 
you: this do in remembrance of Me." 

The disciples could not understand the meaning of 
their Master's strange words! "My body" — "given for 
you." What did He mean? 

Is it not strange how dull of hearing we become even 
in the midst of the spoken truth! Jesus had repeatedly 
warned His followers that "He must go unto Jerusalem, 
and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests 
and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third 
day" (Matt. 16:21). Still they did not understand! 

One cannot help but wonder if this same condemna- 
tion is ours! Surely the warnings of Scripture are clear 
to our ears, and yet we do not understand (or should it 
be said, we "will not" understand!) We should hear Je- 
sus say to us what He said to the disciples on the road 
to Emmaus: "0 fools^ and slow of heart to believe all 
that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25). 

Next our Lord took the cup of wine, saying, "This cup 
is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for 
you." A new covenant Christ was making with His dis- 
ciples, for "He is the mediator of the new testament 
(covenant)" sealed with His blood. "For it is not pos- 
sible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away 
sins . . . But this man (Christ), after He had offered one 
sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of 
God" (Heb. 10:4, 12). 

Why should Christian people observe the Lord's Sup- 

1. To be obedient to the words of Christ — "This do" 
(Luke 22:19). 

2. To remember Christ's sacrifice for us — "This do in 
remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19). 

3. To look forward to His coming again — "For as 
often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do 
shew the Lord's death till He come" (I Cor. 11:26). 

Jesus said: "If ye know these things, happy are ye if 
ye do them" (John 13:17). 


DR. JAMES V. CLAYPOOL, who is in charge of the 
American Bible Society's Worldwide Bible Reading 
program, reports that 1955 has been the greatest year 
yet in distributing the Bible reading bookmarks. It took 
43 tons of paper occupying 2^/2 freight cars to do the 
Worldwide Bible Reading printing. Eight college students 
took two months of the summer to stuff 172,000 packet 
envelopes which were addressed to ministers in 80-some 
denominations. The filled mail sacks took 4 trucks and 
5 men four hours just to load the sacks and get them to 
the post office. 

Although the Bible Society printed 14,800,000 book- 
marks, nearly three million more than in the previous 
year, so numerous were the requests for the reading lists 
the supply was exhausted before Thanksgiving, the day 
on which the Bible reading program starts. 



February 20th, 1956 

Southern Indiana District Laymen's Association was 
held at the Burlington Brethren Church on Monday Eve- 
ning February 20, 1956. After a very delicious ham din- 
ner the Laymen assembled in the church auditorium for 
the evening program. 

The meeting was opened with an organ prelude by 
Mrs. Russell Rodkey. Brother Lloyd Williams extended 
words of welcome and acted as master of ceremonies. 
The Laymen joined in singing "There is Power in the 
Blood," after which Rev. Sibert of the host church of- 
fered prayer. Frederick Clingenpeel gave the devotions 
from the eighth chapter of Acts, followed by a few 
timely remarks and prayer. A special number was ren- 
dered by the men's quartet, after which the speaker, 
Dennis Snell, missionary from Old Mexico, gave a talk 
on his unusual experience in dealing with the Mexicans 
far back in the mountains; He related that due to the 
hostility and ignorance of the people, it was necessary 
to travel by plane through the canyons, flying so low 
that the natives would be sure to receive literature and 
booklets prepared for them. Through this means many 
of these peoples were and are being Convei-ted to Jesus 
Christ. His talk was most interesting and we believe 
worthy of the support of any and all Missionary minded 
people. Pictures were shown of the country, the people 
and their habits. The Quartet then rendered another 
number, after which the meeting was turned over to 
Brother Russell Rodkey, President of the laymen, for 
the business session. 

The first order of business was reading of Secretary's 
and Treasurer's reports of last meeting, and the roll call, 
accounting for 75 laymen and visitors present. Brother 
Ted Hevel gave a short talk on the laymen's activities, 
stressing the lack of interest of some churches and the 
need for better organization. Offering was then lifted 
in the sum of $54.68. Your Secretary suggested that part 
of this offering be sent to the Brethren Publishing Co. 
to help them in their need. The Layme^i then voted to 
send half to the Publishing Co. and half to Brother Snell 
representing the Air Mail from God Mission, Inc., Los 
Angeles, Calif. Since the next meeting will be joint be- 
tween the northern and southern Districts the North 
Manchester Brethren Church was selected as hosts. This 
meeting to be held May 21, 1956. Also the meeting Mon- 
day Evening, August 27, 1956 will be held in the Oak- 
ville Brethren Church. This meeting changed from the 
regular date August 20th, account of National Conference. 
This concluding the regular business, Brother Rodkey 
thanked the ladies for the delicious dinner and for the in- 
terest of all Laymen. The Laymen then sang "He Lives" 
after which the Benediction was pronounced by Rev. Sibert. 

C. E. Keplinger, Sec'y. 




Clarence Stogsdill, Director 


CAN I DO THIS and be a Christian? That is the 
question which I hear quite often, and no one seems 
to be able to give the answer. Those who think they 
know the answer simply reply by saying "Of course you 
can," or "Absolutely not!" one being as emphatic as the 
other. At first it raises the bristles a little when one gets 
into such discussions, but after a while, when he learns 
that the two sides usually aren't very far apart in con- 
victions, it becomes amusing. The expression isn't heard 
nearly as often nowadays as it once was, a sign that the 
consciences are not bothering people as much as they 
once did. Too bad. It is a sign of weakness. 


The usual approach is loaded with argument. "Is it 
wrong to smoke (dance, play cards) ?" Watch out for 
it. Be ready to parry right or left and take cover. If 
the individual thinks that it is wrong, he probably is 
going to put you on the spot. If he thinks it is not 
wrong, his next question will be, "Well, what is wrong 
with it?" Take a look at the question. The inquirer is 
thinking in negative terms, be he for, or against, the 
issue. Even if he thinks there is nothing wrong with it, 
he still is thinking in negative terms, and in either case, 
you are the one who is on the spot, the one who has to 
answer the questions while he think^ up more. 


Never let yourself be put on the "witness stand" to do 
all of the answering. It is the problem of the inquirer, 
obviously, or he would not have brought up the subject. 
He is going to have to answer the questions for himself. 
Don't let him get away with soothing his conscience at 
your expense. 

Once a young man asked me the question (putting me 
on the spot in regard to predestination): "Do you be- 
lieve what is to be will be?" No matter how I answered 
this question, another would follow with greater force, 
more difficult than the first. So I got off the witness 
stand and put him on it by replying with the question, 
"Well, do you believe that what is to be won't be?" This 
is what Jesus did when he asked the challengers a ques- 
tion in reply to theirs: "The baptism of John, is it from 
heaven, or of men?" 

Another time a man, a worker in a factory, asked me 
if people didn't go to church just because they thought 
they were better than others. I couldn't think of a better 
answer than to ask him a similar question regarding 
his physical being: "When you get home from work to- 
night, will you take a shower because you are dirty, or 
just because you think you are clean?" He gave up. 


BUT, YOU SAY, that doesn't answer our original 
question. I admit it doesn't. But it does help us under- 

stand the type of thinking behind the question, and what 
we must avoid in our answer. For what we really want 
(isn't it?) is to keep his friendship, and win him to a 
deeper fellowship with the Lord. We don't want just to 
win (or do we) ? an argument! 

Let's take the question: Can I do this and be a Chris- 
tian? Now let's translate it into the thought of the in- 
quirer: Can I get away with this and will God overlook 
it ? Am I right ? 

Suppose he asks, "What is wrong with it?" Obviously, 
whether he wants it that way or not, the basic issue is 
not what is wrong, but what is the right thing to do. 
So let's ask him to answer for himself to the best of his 
ability, "What is good and right about it?" What good 
thing is accomplished, in what way are you brought 
closer to the Lord ? We say thisy because we know fel- 
lowship with the Lord to be the best thing for the soul, 
and all things ought to promote that fellowship. Let him 
answer the question. In what way is this thing develop- 
ing my Christian character? It is the liberal thinker who 
insists on being "positive." Then let us be positive! 

I once led a discussioil with young people on the topic 
of "The Christian and Smoking." Obviously, I couldn't 
possibly be in favor of it. But to surprise them, and to 
prevent making the error of setting a glorious mystical 
cloud about the cigarette, and to discourage the use of 
tobacco instead of making the youth determined to go 
out to discover "what was wrong with it" — thus encour- 
aging the habit — I said: "Tomorrow I am going to start 
smoking." They looked shocked. I asked, "What is 
wrong? People in this church smoke don't they?" "Then 
it must be all right. I am going to take it up. But there 
is something you must do first: you must convince me 
that it not only is right to smoke, but you must also 
convince me that it is healthful and good for me." 
After a pause, I said, "All right. Now who can give 
me the first good reason for smoking?" I took a piece 
of paper and made three headings, as follows: 




Without touching the evils of the thing, we proceeded. 
Finally a little boy repeated something which he had 
heard an ADULT say: "It helps to relax your nerves." 
I wrote it down as if accepted. "Anything else?" Noth- 
ing. "Anything questionable about smoking now?" We 
proceeded to mention several things. 

"Now for the evils." They poured them out like water* 
from a fountain. When we got through repeating sev- 
eral times, we added up our columns. The "Good" col- 
umn had only one item: "It relaxes your nerves." Then 
we asked the question: "What is wrong with my nerves?' 
After a long pause, the mental gears grinding, a little 
boy said, "You've been smoking too much!" Our cause; 
was won by beginning with the positive and going as- 
far as we could. The evil was apparent. 


People who argue constantly about "legalism" go^ 
about proving their Christian faith by showing what? 
they do, and what they don't do. They who make great 
claims about the Christian's liberty from the law, go 
about condemning others for what they dio, as if they> 
were lost by deeds. Again, the liberal thinkers boast a. 
freedom from works, and go out to prove it by fallings 

MARCH 10, 1956 


in line with almost anything the world has to offer, for- 
getting that the Scripture says: "Come ye out from 
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord." Now 
as far as I can see, either road takes you to a similar 
destination in yuor relationship to other people: NO 
LOVE FOR THE BRETHREN. And John tells us that 
"we know that we have passed from death unto life, 
because we love the brethren." Can either of the above- 
mentioned groups make that claim ? Well ? What ? 

What Does This Have to Do With Youth? 

PLENTY! It means that if you are confused, so will 
your youth be. It means that we had better set our minds 
on heavenly things, and settle down quickly to training 
our youth— BY EXAMPLE and word— for the task of 
bringing the world to Christ. The spirit of forgiveness 
toward one another is the gospel we are teaching our 
youth. Do you have sins ? So do I ? Do I have faults ? 
So do you! But go now, and "learn what that meaneth." 


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WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. Brother H. R. Garland 
notes recent attendances of 105 for Sunday School, 96 
for morning worship, and 125 at the evening service. 
"The Gospel Mariners" were featured at the evening 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Cash Day is scheduled for 
March 18th. The money to be received will go toward 
their building indebtedness to help fulfill their slogan, 
"Started in '46— Finished in '56." 

WARSAW, INDIANA. A Gospel Team from Ashland 
College will conduct services in the Warsaw Church on 
March 11th. 

28th Union Lenten service, held in the Methodist Church, 
was in charge of Brother Henry Bates, with the Choir 
of the Brethren Church furnishing the special music. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. The Homebuilders Class 
was in charge of the evening service on March 4th, with 
Edmundo Zarrio, of Quito, Ecuador, as guest speaker. 

COUNTY LINE, INDIANA. Brother Herbert Gilmer 
comments on their Teacher's Training Course. He says, 
"Very good interest. The B. Y. C. has been in each ses- 
sion. They are our future teachers." 

Brother Gilmer comments also on their Sunday eve- 
ning services, in which different Sunday School classes 
take charge, "This is a good thing for the whole church." 

Four new members were baptized and received into 
the church recently. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. The Laymen's banquet, with the 
members' wives as guests, was held the evening of March 
7th. Rev. Ira Wilson of Polo, was guest speaker. The 
banquet was served by the Home Economic's Depart- 
ment of the Lanark High School. 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. Brother J. Milton Bow- 
man reports that the Recreation room for the Young 

People, in the parsonage basement, is now completed. He 
says, "It is a splendid job, all of the labor volunteer." 

Coming projects include: Redecorating the inside of 
the Church, putting the second coat of paint on the out- 
side of the Church, bracing the west foundation wall-, 
and reroofing the parsonage. \ 

An "Unusual Birthday Party," for the church was held 
the evening of March 2nd. A covered dish supper was 
followed with a special program. 

MANTECA, CALIF. From the Manteca bulletin we 
learn that 23 were present at the District Laymen's 
Rally Organizational meeting held on February 17th. Six 
from Stockton, five from Lathrop, ten from Manteca, 
and two visitors. Officers elected were L. A. Schmeidt, 
president; Harold Wolf, vice-president; Howard Frey, 
secretary-treasurer. The next Rally is scheduled for the 
Lathrop Church on May 18th. 

The Manteca Church held a special service for the 
public dedication of little children on March 4th. 

LATHROP, CALIF. Dr. Claud Studebaker conducted 
special services in the Lathrop Church, Sunday through 
Wednesday evenings, February 19th through 22nd. 

The Lathrop Church was host to the Berean Institute 
the evening of March 2nd. 

""Oe^ e^SG^ "QG^ 

by Helen Jordan 

"Having then gifts, differing." Romans 12:6. 

A CERTAIN CITY proudly displays signs proclaim- 
ing that it is the baby-buggy capitol of the world. 
This is typical of our day. Individually and nationally, 
we have made fetish of being first in something, of get- 
ting ahead of others. Succesa is often interpreted to mean 
outdistancing those around us — producing the best, sell- 
ing the most, winning the pi'omotions. 

The Christian concept of success goes counter to this. 
Success is not superiority over others. Not all of us are 
given the Talents to be superior. If you have them, you 
cannot honestly take credit for them. They are part of 
your God-given endowment. 

Instead, success is faithfulness in using your abilities 
to further the common good. The measui'e is not how 
many people you serve or how important the service is. 
The measure is how faithfully you use your abilities for 
the welfare of others. 

The successful in life are those who faithfully use their 
abilities to promote good for all. The failures in life are 
those who do not. Which are you — a failure or a success ? 
Success is faithfulness. 

Mrs. Helena Bogue, 

Cerro Gordo, 111. 

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Items of general Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Brother Fred Vanator writes 
us as follows, under the date of Sunday, March 4th: "I 
just could not let the day pass without getting this 'Item' 
off to you for your 'Interesting Items' column. This morn- 
ing brought us our largest attendance yet — Eighty-five. 
Again we had a number of first-time attendants. We had 
a fine service and the people seemed loath to depart 
and stood around that they might have a time of fel- 

"Last Thursday night at the time of the W. M. S. and 
Laymen's group meetings, Mrs. H. B. Richmond, one of 
our winter affiliate members, brought us a check for 
$100.00 from the 'Altruist Class' of the Nappanee, In- 
diana, Sunday School (of which class she is a member) 
same to be used for the purchase of New Song Books. 
How well we appreciate this, and the books will be pur- 
chased at once. 

"We also were told this morning by Brother Wilbur 
Whittle, a visitor from the Goshen, Indiana, Brethren 
Church, that a fine Communion Set is on its way to 
us from the Goshen Church. Our deep appreciation is ex- 
tended to the Altruist Class and the Goshen Church for 
these fine gifts. 

"Last Sunday we received the offering for the Benev- 
olent Board work and it amounted to $52.20. We have 
supported each and every offering for the interests of 
the Brotherhood as they came, ever since we began our 
work here. Our people believe in giving for 'OTHERS' 
and they do it. When we can have our own Church 
Building we feel that the response will be even greater 
than at present. We believe that the effort of our group, 
under the guidance of God, is being rewarded and we 
trust that the Brethren over the Brotherhood will con- 
tinue their prayers in our behalf." 

REN. Brother N. V. Leatherman was the radio devo- 
tions speaker over WAYZ the week of February 20th. 

New hjannals were dedicated at the special "Sunday 
School Worship Service," held on March 4th. A hymn 
sing, using the new hymnals, was held at the evening 

The Men's Bible Class sponsored the showing of the 
sound film, "Stephen, the First Christian Martyr," on 
March 11th. 

REN. March 11th was designated as Assistant's Sunday, 
with all assistant teachers and officers of the Sunday 
School taking charge. As a regular feature, the second 
Sunday of each month will be knoMTi as "Assistant's 

REN. An evening's Singspiration was held on March 4th, 
featuring Richai'd Kuns as song leader, and W. S. Ben- 
shoff as pianist. Special numbers and congregational sing- 
ing of hymns and choruses, with a brief meditation by 
the pastor, Brother William Fells, constituted the pro- 
gram. The offering of the evening went toward the Ohio 
District Sisterhood Goal of buying a filing cabinet for 
our mission at Lost Creek, Kentucky. 


girls of the three Sisterhood Societies met in the par- 
sonage basement on March 12th in a combined meeting 
for bandage rolling. 

The Park Street Brethren Junior Choir were guests on 
the Children's Bible Hour Broadcast over WATG in Ash- 
land, on March 3rd, at which time they presented spe- 
cial music. 

Guest speaker on February 19th was Rolf Stolpner, Ger- 
man Exchange student at Ashland College. 

The Sunday School Cabinet has designated that assis- 
tant teachers should teach on the fifth Sunday of months 

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OUR THANKS to Missionary Board General Secretary 
W. Clayton Berkshire for his help and cooperation in pro- 
viding copy for this special Foreign Missions Offering 
issue of the BRETHREN EVANGELIST. W. S. B. 


Baptismal Service in Nigeria: Jim Bowman, Bob Bis- 
chof and native converts. 


The Nigerian photos in this issue were taken by Leland 
S. Brubaker and those of Argentina were taken by Rob- 
ert O. Byler. 



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Tite Tore Veil 



TN THE PRE-EASTER SEASON we can well turn our 
attention to that verse of scripture which says "And, 
behold, the vail of the temple was rent in twain from 
the top to the bottom." (Matt. 27:51). 

The rending of this veil is of supreme importance to 
the sinner seeking salvation, and to the Christian seek- 
ing forgiveness for sins committed. 

The Old Testament veil represented the separation of 
God and man, brought about by one thing, sin — man's 
disobedience and transgression of the divine law of God. 

Only the sanctified, purified and cleansed priest was per- 
mitted to enter into the Holy of Holies, through the veil, 
and that but once a year. Then only with the blood of 
the sacrificial lamb as an atonement for the sins of the 

Entering the Holy of Holies through the veil and into 
the presence of God was serious business, and not to be 
taken lightly, nor abused. Sin, and the atonement for it, 
was serious business with God, and He insisted that His 
priests be holy and sanctified. We notice that through 
the years the system of sacrifice was abused and cor- 
rupted, both by priests and people, until the Lord cried 
out, "I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not 
smell in your assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offer- 
ings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: 
neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat 
beasts." Amos 5:22, 23. The messages of the prophets 
are full of the lament of the Lord because of the false 
and insincere efforts of a careless, indifferent people in 
their worship of Him. 

At the time of Christ's sojourn on earth, the veil cov- 
ering the Holy of Holies in the temple, was still in evi- 
dence — a symbol of priestly sacrifice for men's sins. 
The Jew knew that the priest took the blood of the 
Paschal lamb and sprinkled it upon the altar in the 
Holy of Holies Inside the veil for his sin. None dared to 
enter, nor dared to make sacrifice for sin save the priest. 

When Christ died upon the cross, and as He cried, 
"It is finished," the veil in the temple was rent in two 
from top to bottom. The death of Christ coincided with 
the hour of passover sacrifice. Was not Christ the Pas- 
chal Lamb of God? Was He not the Passover Lamb 
Himself? He told His disciples the night before, "With 
desire have I desired to eat this passover with you." 
He is referring to the annual passover supper which was 
eaten by the Jews following the slaying of the lamb for 

sacrifice, and which He had annually eaten through the 
years as an obedient Jew. But in speaking to His disciples. 
He knew that even though He wanted greatly to eat this 
particular Passover supper with them, that at the hour 
when it was to be eaten. He, Himself would be hanging 
on Calvary's cross as their (and our) Passover Lamb. 
So He told His disciples, that even though He desired to 
eat this Passover with them before He suffered, yet 
instead, He would be the suffering, dying Lamb upon 
the Cross, and that no matter how much He personally 
desired to eat it with them, He would eat it no more 
"until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." (Luke 22: 

We are not given any enlightenment in the scriptures 
as to how successful the temple sacrifice was at this 
particular time. Certainly it could not have been a nor- 
mal, yearly sacrifice. The fact of Christ on the cross 
would undoubtedly have disturbed the priests and the 
people. Scripture spares us the details, but we can im- 
agine what a shock it must have been to the temple 
priest as he at the appointed hour, as priests had done 
for centuries, stepped to the Holy of Holies, in prepara- 
tion for sprinkling the blood ujion the altar, and, about 
to draw apart the veil, to suddenly see it rip from top 
to bottom, in front of his face. 

The fact that nothing of these actions is recorded in- 
dicate their relative insignificance in view of the great 
fact that at the moment Christ yielded up His life, the 
barrier (the veil) between God and man was ripped 
apart, (literally, "removed.") The Priest who entered 
the Holy of Holies on that day was Christ, the Lamb of 
God, presenting His own Blood as an atonement for 
the sins of men. Do our hearts rejoice because of it? 

The torn veil is important to us in another way. 
Heretofore all approach to God was through the priest. 
The Roman Catholic Church still holds to this theory in 
its system of masses, the priests, the confessional, and 
so on. 

A close examination of the scriptures points out that 
the Christian needs no form of priests, masses, or con- 
fession to men. "Come boldly," says the writer of He- 
brews, (Read Hebrews 4:14-16), "unto the throne of 
grace." The freedom of the Christian believer to enter 
into the eternal Holyf of Holies is irrefutable. The torn 
veil guarantees us the perfect right to come boldly to 
the very throne of God through Jesus Christ, our Medi- 
ator, and eternal High Priest. — W. S. B. 



EDUCATION in Missions 

THE MINISTRY OF JESUS while He was on earth 
gives us the example of how the Church should 
carry on the work of spreading the Gospel message. 
Jesus healed the sick, thus setting the pattern for med- 
ical work as a vital part of mission work. He also went 
about preaching and teaching. He called disciples to fol- 
low Him, and as they followed. He taught them how to 
live a Christian life; but more important He taught 
them the Love of God and how it was to be shown 
through His own death on the cross in order that they 
might be saved. 

Finally as Jesus was about to leave the disciples and 
return to His Father, having called them together. He 
gave them the Great Commandment of Matthew 28:19, 
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things what- 
soever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you 
alway, even unto the end of the world." 

Thus teaching or education is a very important phase 
of evangelism. Teaching in the command comes before 
baptizing. It is the central aim of the mission schools 
in Nigeria to win men to Christ. The young man who is 
in training in order that he may become a teacher is 
told time and time again that his main duty as a teacher 
in a) school is not only to instruct the young boy that 
2 plus 2 equals 4, but to teach that Jesus is the Son of 
God; that Hd came into the world and died that we might 
have eternal life; that the only way we can obtain eter- 
nal life is by believing on Him and obeying His com- 

Northern Nigeria, where the mission area is located, 
is thickly populated with about 17,000,000 people. Of this 
number about 10,000,000 are Muslim; the remaining 
7,000,000 are predominantly pagan, with about 50,000 
of the number being Christian. Our mission area is just 
under 10,000 square miles, with a population of over 
half a million. There are about six fair-sized villages in 
this area, the population of which is largely Muslim; 
but the majority of the people in the area are pagan. 

Types of Education 

Three groups are carrying on education in this area. 
The government has a number of junior-primary schools 
in the large centers of Muslim population — in the large 
towns or villages. In the government schools the students 
for the most part come from Muslim homes; they are 
instructed in the Koran everyday. Mohammedanism is 
taught as a solid subject. A pagan boy who goes to a 
government school will thus be instructed five or six 
days a week in the Muslim religion. Will that boy con- 
tinue in the old tribal religion (animism) of the wor- 
shiping of rocks and trees and such, or will he become 
a Muslim? 

The Roman Catholics also have schools in the mission 
area. Their work is in the eastern part among the Margi 

and Higi people. Here again a boy is instructed five or 
six days a week in the doctrines of the Roman Catholic 
Church. Will the pagan boy hold on to his worship of 
the trees near his compound, or will he leave his pagan 
ways and become a Roman Catholic ? 

Then the Mission has schools. Our schools are not lo- 
cated in the large towns where the Mohammedan people 
live, but are located in villages such as Lassa, Bazza, 
Garkida, Marama, centers of pagan population. The boy 
entering school is instructed in his own language; he 
need not learn Fulani or Hausa, as he must if he attends 
a Government or Roman Catholic school; but he receives 
his instruction in his own native tongue. Five days a 
week for 36 weeks out of the year, he has Bible courses, 
both in the old and in the New Testament. He studies 
the life of Christ. His teacher is a Christian and wit- 
nesses to the boy of the love of God for all people. The 
boy learns verses of the Bible such as Psalms 1; John 
3:16; the Ten Commandments, and the Beatitudes. He 
learns that the most important commandment is to love 
God with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all 
his mind, and that the second commandment is also im- 
portant — to love his neighbor as himself. 

Two days a week he attends a chapel service, where 
the teachers preach and where he and th^ members of 
his class or another class put on skits taken from the 
Bible — such as David and Goliath„ the Good Samaritan, 
the Prodigal Son, Paul's journey to Damascus, etc. Then 
he attends prayer meeting on Wednesday night and 
learns to pray to God. On Sunday you find the boy in 
church at the village where the school is located, or else 
he returns to his native village where he gathers other 

MARCH 17, 1956 


children, and adults to sing hymns, and tells the Bible 
stories that he has learned throughout the week. 

Effects of Christian Education 

How effective is the school as a way of bringing men 
to Christ? I can not give you the figures on all the 
schools in the mission area, but I can give you the fig- 
ures on Gulak where I was stationed the last year and a 
half of the first tour. Gulak is a fairly new station in a 
very backward area. The boy who comes to school may 
be forced to leave his home, and his people may have 
nothing to do with him. In December 1954, fourteen boys 
were graduated fi'om Class 4. Fourteen were baptized 
Christians; the fifteenth had taken the covenant, but 
was considered too young to have baptism yet. 

In Class 3, there were 13 boys, all of whom had been 
baptized. Remember that when these boys started into 
class 1, they were pagan. Perhaps they had heard the 
Word of God preached in their village by another boy. 
Seeing that he could read and write, they wanted to be 
able to read and write also and to know more about this 
Jesus who died to save them from their sins; so they 
came to school. They learned to read and write, add and 
subtract, but most of all they found their Saviour and 
they accepted Him; now they are witnesses of His love 
to other boys and girls, and men and women in their 

Schools are an important means of winning souls to 

Christ. Unfortunately in America we do not use them as 
such. What school in America can claim that at least 
90% of those graduating are Christians? I feel sure at 
least 90% of the boys and girls and young men and 
women who leave the mission schools in Nigeria are 
Christians. In the year 1955 there were 2,611 boys and 
girls in 24 schools in the mission area. This is a very 
small number compared with the large number of boys 
and girls that haven't had an opportunity to attend a 
school, because there isn't a school in their village or 
within walking distance. 

This year a new staion was opened at Uba. The mis- 
sion expected that perhaps 70 would come to the school; 
but 135 came. At the moment they are having classes 
out under the trees, since the school buildings haven't 
yet been completed. There are many other such villages 
longing for a school. 

How to Help the Program 

What can you do ? You can help us build more schools 
and train more teachers by giving to Foreign Missions in 
the Easter offerings. The pagan wants an education. 
Pagan parents know that when they send their children 
to a school it also means that they are also choosing 
the future religion for their children. They don't want 
their children to become Moslems. Many villages are 
asking the Mission to put a school in their villages. If 
we are to do so, we must have the funds. 

MEDICINE in Missions 


." *jt 

TN HIS MINISTRY, Jesus went about healing the lame, 
•*■ giving sight to the blind, casting out evil spirits, mak- 
ing the lepers clean. We feel also a great ministry is 

possible in medical work. Thus we have various ways of 
witnessing for Jesus Christ. 

When mothers and fathers bring their sick babies in 
to us, the first thing they say is, "Shetar, shetar," which 
means Satan, We know that the child has a disease, but 
convincing the father and mother of the fact is very 
difficult. We tell them that God sent His only begotten 
Son, Jesus Christ, into the world, and that if they will 
but believe in Jesus as Saviour, He will drive Satan or 
the evil spirit from their child. We very frequently use 
the scripture about Jesus casting out demons, in our 
medical work. 

All of our hospital and dispensary workers are Christian. 
Every morning we have prayer and devotions before 
starting our work. Each worker knows that his prime 
purpose is to teach Jesus Christ and to be a Christian 
witness among the patients. 

The African minister, deacons, women, and the mis- 
sionaries as well make regular visits to the hospital. 
Some patients want to leave the hospital because they 
believe an evil spirit may cause their death; some say 
they see that spirit come at night; and sometimes they 
become almost hysterical with fear. It is our task to 

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in Argentina 




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THE WORK has been progressing quite satisfactorily 
in Argentina, keeping the Bylers busy (perhaps a 
bit too busy for one missionary family). 

Last summer the urgency for securing a headquarter- 
residence in Buenos Aires was expressed and the Board 
committed itself to the purchase of such a building — 
with the help from our W. M. S. Then this past fall an 
excellent opportunity arose to purchase, in a fine loca- 
tion, an old building that might be adapted to use as a 
headquarters for the Argentine work. By making the 
deal at the time when Argentina's economy was in a 
rather fluid state, the Board was able to realize some- 
thing of a financial advantage. Of course, they didn't 
have all the funds necessary at the time; however, re- 
alizing that they could count on the W. M. S. to help 
with this project, they borrowed sufficient funds to pur- 
chase the property. 


The Missionary Board, within the last three years, 
has spent many hours in both private and collec- 
tive consultation, study and planning relative to 
our work in Argentina. As a result of these ear- 
nest endeavors, the Board's strategy in Argentina 
is as follows: 

1. To face this area of the world with realism — 
the kind of realism that Christ Himself possessed; 

2. To develop strong national Christians by 
training better national leadership; 

3. To develop and strengthen existing churches 
through stewardship emphasis; 

4. To use more extensively the radio work 
(Adelante Juventud), as a means of evangelizing; 

5. To reinforce the missionary staff with some 
of our finest Brethren young people; 

6. To provide adequate housing-headquarter 
facilities and missionary staff residences; 

7. To engage in long-rang© planning. 

iVlthough the building is old and will need considerable 
remodeling to adapt it to the work that is being planned 
for the future, it is in an excellent location and can be 
used for some time in its present state. Many items of 
furmshings, left in the property by the former owners, 
are proving quite useful to the work also. In addition to 
these advantages, the building was purchased at a rea- 
sonable enough figure that even with the remodeling 
cost added, the entire expense will likely be no greater 
than we anticipated for the building's cost. 

One phase of the work in Argentina will profit con- 
siderably by the purchase of the new headquarters build- 
ing — the radio evangelism. Since the radio audience has 
grown so rapidly, producing such a fine response to the 
Gospel over the air, recordings for broadcasting will be 
made in a studio that will be an-anged when the neces- 
sary remodeling has been accomplished. 

A Hammond Organ 

Recently, with such encouraging growth in the work, 
it seemed advisable to secure more music for the radio 
programs. An electric organ seemed to be the answer to 
such a need. At this point, Mr. Harold Stacey, a fine 
Christian business man, with whom Rob is associated in 
the radio work, obtained an import license for a Hammond 
electric organ; and he is turning this license over to our 
Board, so that we may send this instrument to Argen- 
tina. Ours is an enviable privilege, because not many im- 
port licenses are available for these instruments — con- 
sidered decidedly luxury items in Argentina. 

A Home for the Bylers 

Because of the opportunities which presented them- 
selves, and in line with counsel given us by other expe- 
rienced mission workers, it was thought best not to in- 
clude the Bylers' residence in the headquarters building 
when it was purchased. Since Rob is related to all of the 
work in Argentina, it would be unwise to locate him 
with one particular church. Then too, a North American 
missionary is enough the center of attraction, without 
placing him and his family in the "bird cage" existence 
of a home in a church and headquarters building. Now 
the Board is authorizing the purchase of a separate resi- 
dence for the Bylers — not too far from the building re- 
cently obtained. The gratifying part of the arrangement 

MARCH 17, 1956 


is this: Buying these two buildings separately and re- 
modeling the headquarters will likely cost no more (or 
very little more) than was estimated originally for a 
combination of both. 

In brief, the Board hopes to have a fine headquarters 
building, remodeled to fit our program of church services, 
administrative work and recording for the radio work, 
as well as an adequate and comfortable home for the 
Bylers, at what was expected would be the cost of a 
combination headquarters-residence. 

The Greatest Need 

It appears that we are beginning to reach some of the 
goals we have set for ourselves in Argentina, but we 
still need much more. Offerings must continue to grow 
and GEOW to meet our expanding program; but our 
biggest offering must come in lives to carry on the mis- 
sionary endeavor. 

The Bylers are our only North American missionaries 
on the field. They must have help. Several more couples 
should work on the field with them; then in a few more 

years they will be due for another furlough and still 
others will be needed. Let's give to this important min- 
istry both in money and in lives of young workers. 


MlllllliliJIIiPM WIHiWiMili IP inVtsr^^as 

(Beatrice Bischof) 

(Continued from Page 5) 

teach them the love of Jesus Christ so that those fears 
will disappear. 

Many evenings I have gone out to the hospital and 
seen the African hospital worker teaching patients hymns 
and reading the scriptures to them. 

Numerous different tribes from hundreds of miles 
around come to our hospitals at Lassa and Garkida. 
There are not only the Margi tribe, but the Higi, Bura, 
Fulani, Kilba, and Hausa tribes to work with. Many 
times it does become difficult teaching all these tribes. 
We have found that the Hausa and the Fulani religious 
recordings have been of much value in our hospital work. 
Many Higi people know the Fulani language. Also, we 
can reach the Muslim people. The boys play these rec- 
ords every Sunday afternoon to the patients. The patients 
always look forward to this. 

Mr. Kulp just wrote us a letter and this is what he 
said, "Audu and I have been trying to visit some vil- 
lages near Mubi. In nearly every village we find ex- 
yaws patients who were treated in Lassa — some as many 
as 16 years ago. The medical work is surely a wonder- 
ful witness — the pity is that we did not follow it up 
or could not after the patients left the hospital. The 
harvest still is great and the laborers are still few. 
Pray, therefore." 

Yes, we are rendering much to the African in healing 
his physical body, but we have to take time from our 
busy schedule to heal his soul too. We arei responsible 
for every person who goes out of that hospital, and yet 
I feel many times that we do fail Christ because there 
isn't enough time to win everyone to Him. As Mr. Kulp 
said, "If we just had the staff to follow up all these 
patients after they leave the hospital." We can't make 
converts in one day or week; sometimes it takes years. 

THE MISSIONARY BOARD is greatly encouraged 
with the interest in missionary service shown by 
many of our splendid Brethren young people. 

There are eight young people (three married couples 
and two single persons) whose initial applications have 
been approved by the board. This brings these young 
folks into a relationship with the board, giving oppor- 
tunity for counsel and guidance. Out of this relationship 
grows an understanding of the interest and ability of 
each candidate. The candidate, in turn, has an opportun- 
ity to learn more about the work in our two fields, the 
urgent needs as well as the personal requirements nec- 
essary for effective missionary service. This leads ulti- 
mately to discovering the possible field and general na- 
ture of the work that might be done if and when the 
candidate gets onto the field. In the meantime, the can- 
didate receives counsel and guidance relative to his course 
of study and his training. 

Psychological and physical examinations are given 
rather early in order to ascertain in part the ability of 
the candidate to meet certain necessary requirements. 
Both phychological and physical difficulties can often be 
coi-rected if found in time. 


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kraft are missionary candidates 
now studying at Kennedy School of Missions at Hart- 
ford, Connecticut. They are in addition to the eight other 
candidates mentioned. 

The Krafts are taking special work in linguistics look- 
ing forward to working in Africa when all requirements 
have been fulfilled. Mr. Kraft has a semester's work in 
the Seminary at Ashland to do in order to complete 
his B.D. degree. The present plans are for him to enroll 
at Ashland this fall for this final semester of work. 




AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS of rather migratory 
living, the Shanks — Glenn, Jean and Dennis — have 
settled, for the time being at Waka. 

The Shanks reached Nigeria last September, then 
spent some time in Jos, Garkida and Marama, before re- 
ceiving their permanent assignment to Waka. Of course, 
they recognize that they have much to learn (including 
a new language) before they can reach a maximum of 
effectiveness in the work, but they are adjusting splen- 
didly to their surroundings and assignments. 

Jean has been appointed acting head mistress at the 
girls' school; she also teaches a number of classes and 
conducts a clinic for the girls. Doc is teaching some 
classes in the girls' school and the remainder of his 
schedule is occupied with teaching in the boys' school, 
working in athletic programs and performing other mis- 
cellaneous tasks delegated to him. 

As they learn the language used in the area, the Shanks 
will doubtless assume moi'e responsibilities in spiritual 
leadership. They have remained in good health these 
first months, and that is considerably in their favor; in 

fact, they seem to be making the adjustments that are 
necessary, when one is transplanted into entirely dif- 
ferent surroundings, with a minimum of difficulty. 

Letters from Glenn and Jean testify to their feeling 
of "at-home-ness" in Nigeria and their love for the work. 
Doc writes: 

"The folks have been very wonderful to us here, and 
we've been enjoying our stay." "Jean and I feel a real 
challenge in accepting this new work. We trust the Lord 
will use us in a small way at least to help bring a new 
day for the Northern Nigerians." ". . . District meeting 
was a memorable occasion for us — especially commun- 
ion, which took on a new meaning for us." "... their 
friendly smile, genial greeting and enthusiastic singing 
(speaking of Nigerians), make us feel much at home. 
One receives a sense of mission and breathes a prayer 
for God's help and a prayer of thanks for having been 
called to this great land." 

The Shanks' entire attitude and beginning in the work 
gives credence to the statement they made before going 
to the field: "We are willing to go wherever the Lord 
sends us." We believe He is using them. 


Word has come from the field in Nigeria stat- 
ing- that it would be expedient to put down the 
foundations for some of the first buildings on 
the new Mbororo station soon. Both the season 
of the year and the availability of a builder are 
factors favorable to getting this work started 
within the next few months. 

It is necessary to put down the concrete foun- 
dations during the rainy season in order to have 
the proper drying conditions. Then, too, because 
the furlough of one of the missionary builders 
is coming up, it is urgent to get some of the 
construction under way. 

The Woman's Missionary Society has raised 
the money for the construction of buildings on 
this new station among the Higi people. 

MARCH 17, 1956 


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Dear friends in Christ, 

In the early days of Christianity Easter was the great- 
est festival of the Christian year. The Roman Christians 
called it "Dominicia Guadii," meaning "Joyful Sunday." 
On that day all customary forms of salutation were laid 
aside and as Christian met Christian he would say, 
"Christ is risen." And back came the joyful response, 
"He is risen indeed." 

Around the world even today we are saying in word 
and deed and do bear testimony to the glorious fact that 
Christ is risen indeed. In cathedral and in mud thatched- 
roofed churches Christians burst forth in many languages, 
"Christ the Lord is risen today." From the lips and 
hearts of missionaries and new Christians alike comes the 
affirmation, "I know that my Redeemer liveth." 

We often forget that every Sunday should be a re- 
minder that Christ is risen; and even though it is some 
time until Easter Day, these thoughts are timely in that 
every Sunday is "Easter Day." 

... I have no teaching this term but even so I'm very 
busy with the regular dispensary work and am so happy 
to have some extra time for things I wanted to do last 
year — such as regular prenatal and bettei'-babies clinics, 

etc. I'm also giving out dried milk to about 25 babies and 
small children. I miss the contact with students that 
teaching affords, but with the frequent change in staff, 
I'll probably be back in the classroom next term. 

... I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying my 
"Brethren" neighbors, the Shanks. They live down a long 
hill, across a creek, and up a hill from me. They are 
filling a great need on our staff here. Jean is headmis- 
tress of the girls' school and has a full teaching load. 
Glenn teaches in both girls' and training schools. He also 
has charge of athletics. They are studying Bura on the 
side. We certainly praise God for guiding them to Waka. 

In closing I solicit your prayers for the personal health, 
wisdom, and guidance which we all need in order to do 
our work effectively. I thank you again, each one for the 
wondei'ful part you have had and are having in making 
our work possible here in Nigeria. May God bless you for 
sharing in material ways that enable us to tell the Eas- 
ter story. Will you continue to pray for all Christians 
and the Church of Christ in this needy land? 

May the joy of Easter continue throughout the year. 
In His glad service, 

Veda Liskey. 

News Briefs from Argentina 

RECENTLY we have received some splendid business 
communications from the Bylers in Argentina. These 
were greatly appreciated since they arrived in time for 
the quarterly board meeting. 

We quote briefly from their last letter. 

"We had a wonderful Camp period again this year 
with almost an average of 70 in attendance for the 15 
day period. My cousin, Frank Byler of the Mennonites, 
and Dr. Frederick Huegel helped out in a wonderful way 
with classes and preaching services. All the young peo- 
ple were very happy with the ministry of these two, and 
a time of spiritual refreshing was strongly felt. Huegei's 

ministry is of tremendous value. He will return to the 
States this summer when he retires from active work 
on the field. We hope the Brethren iat home may be 
able to enjoy his ministry some time. 

"... Jane in her letter, clarified the use to which this 
new property is being put. All of our services are be- 
ing realized there. It is ever so much better. We hope 
that when construction begins, we'll be able to go about 
it in such a manner that in ones part of the building, 
services can continue to be held. I believe that the Pro- 
posed Plan will be self explanatory. 

"We certainly appreciate the Board's concern and 
vision in this need and appreciate too the help of the 
W. M. S. on the project." 


The Missionary Board and the Brethren Church 
are greatly indebted to Mr. Harold Stacy and Rev- 
erend Nelson Litwiller for the help which they have 
given in our Argentine work. 

Mr. Stacey is the Exchange Manager for one of 
the largest industrial concerns in Argentina and 
has given wise counsel to our representative, Mr. 
Robert Byler, in many important matters. Mr. 
Stacey also plays an important role in the evan- 
gelical radio work which he helped to get started. 
Through his counsel and influence the Brethren 
Church in Argentina now has an unusual oppor- 

tunity to reach thousands of people with the Gospel 
through the medium of the radio. 

Reverend Nelson Litwiller, General Secretary 
of the Mennonite Board of Missions and charities 
in South America, has assisted both Reverend By- 
ler and our Board in many urgent business mat- 
ters and has taken time to meet with our national 
workers for consultation and with our Board here 
in Ashland on several occasions. 

We are most grateful to both Mr. Stacey and 
Reverend Litwiller for their genuine Christian 
spirit of helpfulness, and we pray that the Lord 
will bless them in their daily tasks. — W. C. B. 

Gerli, Argentina 

CHURCH GROUP— Rosario, Argentina 


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"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." 


Theme: "For then shall be Great Tribulation, such as 
was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no 
nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:21). 

Part II 

(Continued from two weeks ago) 


In the opening of this Seal, neither horse nor rider 
ventures forth. Instead, we are permitted with John to 
look into the world of departed Spirits, where, beneath 
an Altar or place of worship, we are permitted to view 
the souls of Martyrs who were slain for the Word of 
God, and the testimony that they presented during the 
Great Tribulation. We hear their prayers to God regard- 
ing the time that He will avenge their blood upon their 
murderers. These are some of the many who were con- 
verted during the Great Tribulation, and died under the 
extreme persecution of the World Emperor, whom we 
have described under the second, third, and fourth seals 
of the Revelation. We are not informed just where this 
Altar is, but it seems reasonable to say that it was typi- 
fied by the Altar of Sacrifice; for had not these sacrificed 
their lives for God's Word and for their testimony of 
Jesus Christ. These were told that they should rest "a 
little season" until their fellow-servants and their Breth- 
ren, that should be killed as they were, should be ful- 
filled: that is that their fellow servants (Gentile Chris- 
tians), and Brethren (Jews) were slain likewise; clearly 
indicating that these martyrs were of both Jew and 


Relative to the revelation of the Sixth Year, propo- 
nents of the various schools of interpretation, widely 
disagree. Here are a few of their opinions: Elliott, of the 
Consecutive Historical School, claims that the Sixth 
Seal betokens some sudden and extraordinary revolution 
in the Roman Empii-e, arising from the triumph of the 
Christian cause. All this, he claims took place during the 
reign of Constantine, and calls it the dissolution of the 
Pagan firmament, and the expressions concerning the 
earthquake and heavenly firmament being all taken 
metaphorically as referring to political changes. Regard- 
ing this, it is all so puerile that it is unworthy of a 
moment's consideration. 

Alford, of the Continuous Historical School, says: "We 
may unhesitatingly set down as wrong all interpretations 
which view as the fulfillment of this passage any period 
excepting that of the coming of the Lord." The great dif- 
ference between the view of Alford, and those of the 
Futurist School is that he believes that the Saints will 
go through the Tribulation period, and be caught up at 
the close of the Tribulation just before the Lord de- 
scends; while the Futurist School thinks of the Saints 
being caught up before the Great Tribulation, and the 
coming of the Lord here under discussion, occuring at 
the close of the Tribulation, some years, usually figured 
as seven, after the Rapture. In addition, Alford says: 
"Thus we are brought to the very threshold of the great 
day of the Lord's coming, but before His coming, the 
elect must be gathered out." There is much food for 
thought here, but not enough to satisfy, because the 
Seventh Seal is still to be opened before the Lord comes 
to judge the world. 

Dusterdieck says: "It is the catastrophe of the final 
judgment, the finale of this world's history." Neither will 
this stand the microscopic examination of applied Scrip- 
ture. World government does not end until the Antichrist 
has been bound, which will not occur until Christ comes 
as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. It is at the Battle 
of Armageddon that this Emperor is taken (Rev. 19:17- 
20). Therefore Dusterdieck is wrong. 

What then does the Opening of the Sixth Seal present? 

By carefully reading this entire chapter we may make 
the correct discovery. In Revelation 6:12, 13, 14 we find 
that Supernatural Power is shown to wicked men through 
God's disturbing the entire planetary system, earth, sun, 
moon and stars, which is beyond the power of man. It 
would appear that God rolled back the heaven so that 
wicked men could see God on His Throne, with Jesus at 
His Right Hand, because these same wicked men prayed 
to the rocks and mountains: "Fall on us, and hide us from 
the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the 
wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is 
come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6:16- 

The events covered by this chapter (Rev. 6:12-17), ap- 
parently mark the opening of the "pouring out" of God's 
wrath upon sinful men and women who did not possess the 
"seal of God" on their foreheads (See Rev. 7:2-14), who 
were doubtless witnesses of this display of God's great • 
power, because it is recorded in the chapter following that 
they were "sealed" or "made safe." Paul informs the 
Romans that: "Much more then, being now justified by 

MARCH 17, 1956 


His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" 
(Romans 5:9). All Raptured Saints were saved from God's 
wrath which is to be "poured out" upon sinful men near 
the close of this period of Great Tribulation. Therefore, 
it was necessary for God to "seal," or make safe, the 
Tribulation Saints, who had doubtless witnessed this great 
display of God's great Power. 

The great destructive power of God's impending wrath 
is suggested in the angel descending from the east with 
the seal of the living God, who cried with a loud voice: 
"Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor trees, till we have 
sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads" (Rev. 
7:2-3). Sealing them, making them safe . . . saving them 
from God's great wrath, which is "poured out" during the 
final year, or seventh seal, which is God's vengeance, for 
which the souls of the Tribulation Martyi's had prayed 
as related in Rev. 6:9-11. 

The purpose of this "sealing" has been the topic of 
much discussion among the various schools of Interpreta- 
tion; however, if we confine our thinking to the correct 
location of this "sealing" it should remove much of the 
disagreement, concerning this, and also as to who it is 
that are to be sealed. Some expositors, such as Alfoi'd, 
Bengel, DeWette, Faussett, and others claim exemption 
from tribulation of the impending visitations. Others: 
Elliott, Heinrichs, Gaebeilin, and Scofield, claim that it is 
not "exemption," from tribulation, but "preservation" in 
tribulation; however Stuart claims emphatically that it 
is being made secure against "all harm." Irrespective of 
all these ideas, it seems reasonable that these will be kept 
throughout the Tribulation, else there would be none to 
hear His welcome: "Come ye blessed of my Father, and 
inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the founda- 
tion of the world" (Matthew 25:34). 

Now as to who it is that will be "sealed" or made se- 
cure. Continuing the recital of this event we read the 9th 
verse of this 7th chapter, that John beheld "A great mul- 
titude, which no man could number, of all nations, and 
kindreds, and tongues, standing before the throne, and 
before the lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in 
their hands" (Rev. 7:9). Then we read in Rev. 7:14 just 
who these are: "These are they which came out of great 
tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them 
white in the blood of the Lamb." Therefore it is easily 
seen that undoubtedly this great multitude were also of 
the number that were "sealed" or made safe for the bal- 
ance of the Great Tribulation. It would seem that the 
reason the names of each of the 12 tribes were mentioned 
in the sealing of Israel, that most of them were known as 
"The Lost Tribes, or the 10 lost tribes:" however, prac- 
tically all of the leading interpreters of various schools 
state that Jewish Christians alone were sealed." Sup- 
porting this idea are: Faussett, Dusterdieck, Gaebelein, 
Torrey, and practically all Futurists. However, it does not 
seem reasonable that God would protect the Jewish Chris- 
tians, and leave Gentile Christians helpless. As evidence 
of this statement, we have in Rev. 14:1, the statement 
that these 144,000 stood upon Mt. Zion, which is here on 
earth, "having His Father's name written in their fore- 
heads." Then in Rev. 22:4, that "And they shall see His 
face; and His name shall be written in their foreheads." 
Here John seems to be speaking of all the Redeemed, 
Jews and Gentiles alike, as "His Servants" (Rev. 22:3). 

Now as to where this "sealing" took place. Let us re- 
call that in Rev. 6:14, we read that: "The heaven departed 
as a scroll that is rolled together." That is the reason for 
all wicked men crying out: "Fall on us, and hide us from 
the face of Him that sitteth on the Throne." Doubtless the 
Throne of God was in plain view both to them and also to 
God's Tribulation Saints. Therefore we can see them, 
"standing before the throne." Perhaps that is why the 
wicked asked the question: "And who shall be able to 
stand?" Stand where? Before the throne! Although these 
were standing before the throne of God, they were still 
here on earth, where they were "sealed," or made safe for 
the duration of the Great Tribulation. 

Throughout the Opening of the entire period covered 
by the Opening of the Six Seals, God has pei-mitted evil 
mankind to have his way, and persecute Jew and Gentile 
Christians; but now in the opening of the last, or Seventh 
Seal, God will have His way, and will pour out His Wrath 
upon evil men. This will be covered in another treatise. 

— Cumberland, Maryland. 


THERE IS A SPECIAL little bit of land in this world 
which has for me very precious memories. It covers 
an area of about eighty miles south of the English-Scot- 
tish border. There you can walk over the ruins of Ha- 
drian's wall, once the limit of the Roman empire in Eng- 
land. You can conjure up in your mind the tremendous 
events of those days when the power of Rome reached 
that very spot. 

If you go round that district you will find very many 
old and ancient towers, some of them in complete ruins, 
others of them beautifully preserved almost as they wei*e. 
If you ask why it is that some of them are in ruins and 
some are in good condition, you will be told this story. 
Several hundred years ago England and Scotland were at 
bitter enmity, and the English in Northumberland were 
constantly being attacked by the Scots, who carried 
away their cattle and stole their crops. Therefore the 
English built castles near the border to defend them- 
selves. Some of those castles had secret springs that pro- 
vided a constant flow of water. Other castles had to re- 
ceive their water supply through a pipe from a well many 
hundreds of yards away. The Scottish invaders were 
astute enough to know what to do — they would cut the 
pipe, then sit around the fortress and wait until the peo- 
ple inside died of starvation and thirst. But those who 
had a secret spring in their castles were invincible. So 
those castles stand until this day as living reminders of 
their invincibility. The other castles lie in ruins. 

Every one of us has within him a fountain of life, 
but there are Christians who have not discovered it. Many 
are always going outside themselves: outside for amuse- 
ment and ease, for luxui'y and indulgence, and, before 
long, their Christian life stands in utter ruins. But there 
are other children of God who have learned that the only 
way of possessing the land and holding on to the grace 
which God in Christ has given them is to draw continu- 
ously on the inner secret fountain of life. They can say 
with all their hearts that Jesus satisfies. — Alan Redpath, 
in Victorious Christian Living, (Fleming H. Re veil Co.). 


IPraijer fUeetincj 


PSALM 45:8 speaks of Christ's robe in the kingdom of 
God scented with myrrh (divinity), aloes (divine sor- 
row), and cassia (healing power). This robe is kept in 
the "ivory palaces" (preserved in Gloi'y). Isaiah 63:1-3 
speaks of our Saviour's garments stained with His own 
precious blood as He tread the winepress of God's wrath 
against sin (Rev. 19:13). The allusion here is to David's 
soldiers returning with bloody garments from a stiff 
battle with Edom. We are bidden to "touch the hem of 
His garment" which He wore in Mark 5:27. — 

"For the sinsick there is mercy 
For the heavy laden rest. 
For the prisoner there is freedom, 
Comfort for the sore distressed. 
Only trust Him, He will heal you. 
Come for there is nought to pay; 
You and I may touch His garment, 
For He's healing still today." 

After we have touched the healing garment of Christ 
we may be clothed with the Garment of His Righteous- 
ness (Matt. 22:11). We who caused His garments to be 
dyed red in suffering and sorrow are now intreated to 
be clothed with His righteousness (Rom. 3:22; James 
2:23; 1 Cor. 1:30). This is the "best robe" which was 
worn by the returned prodigal (Luke 15:22). 

Because of our interest in the cx^ucifixion of Jesus we 
may be more familiar with the coat which "was without 
seam, v/oven from the top throughout" (John 19:23). Let 
us be sure we are interested in the spiritual truth that 
God has for us in this robe, which the executioners by 
custom cast lots for possession (John 19:24). Jesus as 
the Lamb of God was slain for sinners at the very hour 
for the slaughter of passover lambs (John 19:14, 31). 
He bore our curse for sin that day (Gal. 3:13). He was 
"pierced" according to prophecy (Psalm 22:16). Sinners 
beheld what they had done (John 19:37; Zech. 12:10). 
Not a bone of His was broken because He became our 
Passover (John 19:36); Ex. 12:46; 1 Cor. 5:7). Every 
prophesied detail of the crucifixion was fulfilled even to 
the parting of his garments and the casting of lots for 
His vesture (Psalm 22:18). 

The guilty sinners of Eden clothed themselves with 
aprons of fig leaves (Gen. 3:7). But man's righteousness 
is as rags in God's sight (Isaiah 64:6). So God clothed 
them with skins (Gen. 3:21), which denotes that a sac- 
rifice of animals for sin had been made. The seamless 
robe was becoming to Jesus who was sinless (John 
8:46; Luke 23:40, 41). Peter, James and John were en- 
raptured to see Christ in His transfiguration raiment 
(Matt. 17:2), which spoke of His heavenly glory and 


second coming (2 Peter 1:16). His heavenly garments are 
pictured in detail in Revelation 1:13-16. 

In washing the disciples' feet our Saviour laid aside 
His garments (John 13:4) and girded Himself with a 
towel. Thus He laid aside His garments of glory to come 
to earth to become "obedient unto death, even the death 
of the cross" (Phil. 2:6-8). After He had washed His dis- 
ciples' feet He took up His garments and sat down (John 
13:12; Phil. 2:9-11). He purposes to keep His church 
cleansed and holy (Eph. 5:26, 27). 

Christ died a voluntary death (John 10:17, 18). Pilate 
had no power except by God's permission (John 19:11). 
He lay down His life by choice (John 19:30; Luke 24: 
46). To take a sinner's place He had to be stripped of 
His seamless robe (2 Cor. 5:21). Stripped of His robe 
He was like a sheep before a shearer (Isa. 53:7). In sav- 
ing others He could not spare Himself (Matt. 27:42). 
With the sin of the whole world laid upon Him he was 
speechless (Isa. 53:6, 7). He was forsaken of God in 
judgment (Matt. 27:46). This all had to transpire so 
He could be "OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jer. 23:6). He 
shed His coat that we might be covered (Rom. 4:7, 8). 
Thus was all carried out according to the divine plan 
(Psalm 22:18). 

"My hope must have His righteousness, 
For it can rest on nothing less." 




William H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 25, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 23:4-18, 39-43 



our Suffering Savior, we would say with the poet: 

" 'Man of Sorrows', what a name 

For the Son of God who came 
Ruined sinners to reclaim! 

Hallelujah! what a Savior! 

Bearing shame and scoffing rude, 
In my place condemned He stood. 

Sealed my pardon with His blood; 
Hallelujah! what a Savior!" 

Asking my Savior why He would consent to suffer 
the rebuffs of men — the agony of the cruel cross — He 
would say: "It was for YOU! For YOU I willingly sub- 
mitted to the tauntings of the crowds; the mockery of 
the trial; the print of the nails in my hands and feet; . 
the sharp thrust of the spear in my side! For YOU IS 
suffered and bled and died! 

And then we hear from of old the mighty voice of ! 
Isaiah the Prophet speaking to us: "But He was wounded! 
for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities:! 

MARCH 17, 1956 


the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with 
His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). 

Let's go back, however, to see the events which led up 
to the cross. The intense hatred of the religious leaders 
for Jesus Christ mounted day by day as they saw the 
small group of followers grow steadily until it became 
a great multitude. 

Something must be done about this man! He would 
have to be stopped! "And the chief priests and scribes 
sought how they might kill Him" (Luke 22:2). It was 
not difficult to do. Judas Iscariot became their willing 
tool. He did his dastardly act and betrayed Jesus for 
thirty pieces of silver. 

It might be well to pause here to think upon Judas' 
foul deed. Judas — a man willing to sell his Master for 
less than $25.00! How coiild he do it! Such a man de- 
serves the worst that could come to him! BUT WAIT! 
With all honesty we must blushingly admit some have 
willfully betrayed the Son of God for far less than this! 
Many Christians have been guilty of failing the Master 
time and time again. Many have refused to acknowledge 
Him before the godless factory crowd with whom they 
work! Many have shunned a God-given opportunity to 
speak out and defend the One whom they profess to love 
and serve! How great should be our shame! 

Delivered into the hands of the chief priests, Christ 
was quickly taken before the rulers, mocked and scourged, 
and then nailed upon Calvary's Cross. 

This they did in spite of the fact they had no evi- 
dence of misconduct on Christ's part. Pilate's testimony 
was this: "I find no fault in this man . . . Nothing 
worthy of death is done unto Him" (Luke 23:4, 15). 

Yet the crowd of people cried: "Crucify Him, crucify 

And "they crucified Him." 

Again we ask Him why He had to die. Again we hear 
Him say: "It was for YOU!" 

"Lifted up was He tq die, 

'It is finished,' was His cry; 
Now in heav'n exalted high. 

Hallelujah! what a Savior! 

When He comes, our glorious King, 
All His ransomed home to bring, 

Then anew this song we'll sing. 
Hallelujah! what a Savior!" 


Give through your local Chui'ch, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 


Make checks payable to The Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church, and address The Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 


Just a few words to let you know that we are still on 
the map. This has been a busy winter. The chui'ch allowed 
me to hold two outside Revival meetings: A one week 
meeting at North Georgetown and a two week meeting 
at Gratis, Ohio. The people at both churches were good 
listeners and manifested interest in the work of the 
Church. At North Georgetown, delegations attended from 
Louisville, Canton, Smithville, and Akron. At Gratis dele- 
gations attended from New Lebanon and West Alexan- 
dria. Rev. Garland, Pastor of the West Alexandria Breth- 
ren Church, led the singing several nights. On the other 
nights different people in the local church led the sing- 
ing. The pastors, Rev. Donald Rowser at North George- 
town and Rev. M. W. Dodds, our son at Gratis, drove the 
car in making calls on prospects and in homes of the 
members, and to various homes where the pastor and 
evangelist enjoyed fine Christian fellowship and meals fit 
for kings. When the membership of any chui'ch unites in 
Christian co-operation, that church is sure to grow spir- 
itually. We prophesy that these two churches will make 
much progress in the Lord's work in days that lie ahead. 

Following these two meetings we held a two week 
Revival Meeting in the Akron Brethren Church. Then 
came Christmas programs; semi-annual Business Meet- 
ing in January; Public services of the Official Board in 
January, and the Boys' Brotherhood public service in Feb- 
ruary. Sunday evening March 18th the Brethren Youth 
will give their Public Service (The National Youth Di- 
rector, Rev. Stogsdill, will be guest). The W. M. S. is 
preparing a Passion Week play for Palm Sunday eve- 
ning and the Choir is preparing an Easter Cantata for 
Easter Sunday evening. The Choir will assist the pastor 
in giving the Resurrection Message on Easter Sunday 
morning. Passion Week services will be held each night 
from Palm Sunday to Easter. Our faithful choir director 
is Oliver M. Parker. 

At the January Business Meeting the church unani- 
mously passed two motions which challenged the pastor 
to work harder than ever during the year 1956. The first 
motion was to give the pastor a $260.00 increase in sal- 
ary for the year 1956. Thei second motion was for the 
pastor to hold the Passion Week services, or, if he wanted 
to to get another minister to assist during the week. 
Such expressions of confidence are encouraging to any 
minister. Our heart, abounding in love, goes out to a 
church membership that exercises such loyal support in 
sincere love and Christian co-operation. May they abound 
in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ. May nothing be done in any way to hinder 



their efforts unto the onward march and progress in the 
Lord's mighty work. 

Our 1956 theme is, "Spiritual Development through 
Christian Co-operation." As a part of the program on 
this theme, our Wednesday night services will deal large- 
ly with training for Church Membership. We are using 
the booklet "The Way of Life," published by the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company. 

The N. E. O. L. Rally was held in our church in Jan- 
uary — Arlie McCart was the speaker. Sunday morning 
February 12, Rolf Stolpner was guest speaker. His mes- 
sage was interesting and well received. It was very chal- 

During 1955 an Organ and Carpet were presented to 
and installed in the church. These are a big help in the 
worship services of the church. At present the Young 
Adult Bible Class is working on a Choir Robe Project. 
The robes are expected to be in use and dedicated on 
Easter Sunday. The organ and carpet were given by Mr. 
and Mrs. Geo. Dunn. 

J. G. Dodds. 


On March 25th, we will begin our Evangelistic Meetings 
Math Rev. H. E. Eppley of Winona Lake, Indiana, as our 
Evangelist. He and his wife are presently in Los Ange- 
les, California, and will stay over here for the meetings. 

We also plan to hold our 10th Annual Worship Service 
and Easter Morning breakfast. Services 6:00 A. M. 
Breakfast 6:30. There were 93 present last year. We 
plan to make this the best ever. 

The Laymen took charge of the evening service on 
March 4th and did a nice job. The Ladies' Mission of 
which Mrs. Garber is President had charge of the Sun- 
day evening March 11th service. 

The Church is doing very well, having baptized and 
taken into the church nine new members since October 
23rd, adding three new families, none of which were 
church going folk. We praise the Lord for victories won 
for His testimony. 

Just now the Laymen are enclosing a kitchen in the 
basement of the Church and plan to finish the basement 
before fall when the District Conference will be held 

I am recuperating very nicely. Have filled the pulpit 
the past two Sunday mornings. 

Frank W. Garber. 


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HILEMAN-MICHAEL. Saturday evening, February 4, 
1956, Kenneth Eugene Hileman and Clara Jo Michael 
were united in marriage. The bride is the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Michael and the bridegroom, a son 
of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Hileman, all of Gratis, Ohio. The 
ceremony was solemnized in the First Brethren Church 

of Gratis, Ohio, by this writer, who baptized each of the 
parties April 17, 1949 during his tenure as Pastor, who 
read the double ring ritual. 

William S. Crick. 

GARLAND-FUDGE. Gail Garland, daughter of Rev. 
and Mrs. H. R. Garland, and David Fudge, were united 
in marriage Sunday afternoon, February 19th, in the 
West Alexandria, Ohio, Brethren Church, by the bride's 
father. The couple will make their home at present with 
Mrs. Maude TuUis, of Farmersville, the groom's grand- 

H. R. Garland, Pastor. 

ICatIi to Spst 

THOMPSON. William H. Thompson, 93, entered into 
rest while he peacefully slept Friday night, February 24, 
1956, at the home of a son-in-law and daughter in Colum- 
bus, Ohio. Funeral services were held the following Mon- 
day, in Columbus by this writer, assisted by the Pastor j 
of the daughter whose family had been caring for him 
in his advanced years. Soon after our having been lo- 
cated in Newark, where Mr. Thompson was then living, 
he sought us out and requested baptism by trine immersion, 
which was arranged. At the age of 92, he underwent a 
real experience of salvation, which remained a great 
source of comfort during his remaining years. Brother 
Thompson became the "first fruits" of the Missionary 
Board's work in Newark, and he now becomes the first 
of the group of thirty to join the Church Triumphant. 

William S. Crick. 

GEISON. Mrs. George W. (Anna Laura) Geison, born 
Dec. 9, 1875, departed from this life, Feb. 25, 1956, Funeral 
services held in the Brethren Church, Lanark, Illinois, 
Feb. 27th. She was a loyal and faithful member, and at- 
tendant when health permitted, of the Lanark Church. 
Survived by one sister, Mrs. Rosa Hepner, of Lanark. 

H. Francis Berkshire. 

Following is a list of funerals I have had recently. 

BROWN. Vern Brown, 81, well known farmer in Flora 
vicinity, for many years a member of the( Flora Brethren 
Church, died Sept. 6, 1955, following a long illness. Sur- 
vived by his wife, Mable, two sons and one daughter. 
Services conducted in the Brethren Church at Flora. | 

JORDAN. Robert Jordan, 42, prominent business man 
in Flora, died very . suddenly on Sept. 9, 1955. Survived 
by wife, Isabelle, and two daughters. Member of the 
Christian Church. 

PRICE. Jesse Price, 82, life long resident of Elkhart! 
County, member Nappanee Brethren Church, died Oct.) 
29, 1955. Survived by wife. Myrtle, three sons and one 
daughter. Services at Nappanee Brethren Church. 

KUNS. Mrs. Fannie Kuns, 80, widow of Amos Kuns, 
died suddenly at her home in Flora. Very active in the 


MARCH 17, 1956 


church for many years, sei'ved as deaconess and was an 
active member of the W. M. S. Survived by one son and 
one daughter. Services in the Church, Dec. 23, 1955. 

FLOEA. Albert Flora, for many years a business man 
in Flora, died at his home following a lingering illness 
of several years. Member of the Brethren Church at 
Flora. Survived by his wife, Gladys, and one daughter. 
Services at the Carter Funeral Home in Flora, Dec. 30, 

WISE. Mrs. Cora Wise, 85, faithful member of the 
Church for many years, died following surgery, LaFay- 
ette, Ind. Widow of David Wise. Survived by three sons. 
Services in the Church, Feb 6, 1956. 

SCOTT. Mrs. Esther Scott, 74, died in Logansport, Ind. 
Member of the Brethren Church, Mexico, Ind. Widow of 
Otto Scott. Survived by several children. Services in the 
Drake-Flower funeral home, Peru, Ind., Jan. 24, 1956. 

JORDAN. Gilbert Jordan, 77, resident of The Breth- 
ren's Home, Flora, died suddenly Feb. 18, 1956. Sur- 
vived by two sons. Member of the Brethren Church at 
Flora. One time Postmaster at Flora, school teacher, 
and more recently, door keeper in the Indiana 
State House, Indianapolis. Service held in the Leiter 
Funeral Home, Flora. 

HICKS. Arthur Hicks, 62, died at his home, Battle 
Ground, Ind., following a long illness. Member, Brethren 
Church of Flora. Survived by his wife and several chil- 
dren. Services in the Methodist Church, Battle Ground, 
Dec. 3, 1955. 

C. A. Stewart. 



The laymen of the Brethren Church of Warsaw, In- 
diana, met in the church basement the evening of Jan- 
uary 23, 1956, for a fine fellowship supper of cornbread, 
ham and beans served by the W. M. S. of the Church. 
Following the business meeting conducted by our presi- 
dent, Robert Frush, and devotions by our pastor. Rev. 
Robert Holsinger, Mr. Owen Horn introduced as our 
speakers of the evening. Max Miller, of Nappanee, Secre- 
tary for the National Laymen's Organization, and Vern 
Meek, president of the Nappanee Laymen's Organization. 
Each gave very interesting speeches. An enjoyable eve- 
ning was spent by all. 

Doyle Webb, Chairman, Goals Committee, 
Warsaw (Indiana) Laymen's Oi-ganization. 

Read your 

Brethren Evangelist 

every week. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"And put no difference between us and them." Acts 

THE WAY TO GOD is a straight and open road. 
There are no detours on that road. Men have endeav- 
ored to establish detours. Already in the time of the 
Apostles the Pharisees insisted that the Gentile must 
first become a Jew before he could become a Christian. 
Peter said that no detour like that was necessary, insist- 
ing that God admitted Gentiles and Jews on the same 
level. "There is no difference between the Jew and the 
Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that 
call upon him." 

And the Master issued His invitation to the sharing 
of the blessings of His kingdom in the memorable words 
"Come unto me ALL ye that labour and are heavy 
laden, and I will give you rest." A converted native in 
a heathen land gave this testimony: "It is almost un- 
believable that I can say my own prayers unto God. 
Always have I been taught that a paid priest must say 
my prayers for me. There is much I will tell God now 
that I would never tell the priests." There is no detour 
in the soul's approach to God. 

The approach to God may be "straight and narrow" 
but it is paved with all the rich promises of God. And 
as it is easier to drive a machine on a straight — though 
narrow — road without detours, so also it is easier to 
travel the "straight and narrow" road to God. And as 
it is wise to heed all the road signs, placed along the 
highways to facilitate safety and satisfaction in travel- 
ing, so also is it necessary to observe the warnings and 
directions on the road of life. Speed limits, crossing warn- 
ings, stop signs, granting of the right-of-way to half 
of the road to other motorists, — the road is STRAIGHT, 
AND NO DETOURS. For the greatest dangers in life 
are contained in the attempted detours from the 
"straight and narrow" road of God's will. 

According to the latest enrollment figures released by 
Mr. Harold Clarke, Registi'ar of Ashland College enroll- 
ment for second semester has surpassed the correspond- 
ing semester of last year by 13.8%. Figures released 
show that day school enrollment is 495 which includes 
full time, part time and seminary students. Evening 
division attendance is 269, which makes a grand total 
of 764 enrolled for second semester. 

Applications are now being received for summer ses- 
sion which opens on June 12 and for the first semester of 
1956-57 fall session which opens on Monday September 
17. Applications should be sent to Director of Admissions, 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 



Clarence Stogsdill. Direct-or 


SOME OF YOU may listen to the "Back to the Bible 
Broadcast" from Lincoln, Nebraska. It is spread all 
over the United States by many networks, guaranteeing 
everyone the opportunity to hear the Word of God. The 
title of the program is a practical one: "Back to the 
Bible." There is no greater need in America, in the 
world, today than to get back to the Bible. People every- 
where would discover that their cares would dissolve if 
they once again took to reading the Bible. I used to think 
that some people read their Bibles regularly just to con- 
vince themselves that they really were living close to 
God — a rather dangerous attitude, but I was guilty. I 
found it difficult to sit down and read the Bible regular- 
ly, for my mind was always busy on something and the 
Bible seemed to break the chain of thought. Sometimes 
I found the reading even rather uninteresting, as I am 
sure you will agree that there are times when certain 
portions of the Chronicles, or the Proverbs or some other 
portions don't arouse a great interest. 

But to say that just because there are times when one 
doesn't feel like reading the Bible it follows that it will 
do no good to read it, is like saying that food will do 
us no good if we don't have a ravishing appetite, or that 
water will not make us clean because we are tired and 
don't feel like washing. If we are too busy to read God's 
Word, we are too busy! It isn't God's fault that we have 
neglected Him and His Word and gotten ourselves too 
busy to learn of Him. It isn't God who is going to suf- 
fer or regret it if we come down to the end of life — 
and that may be any moment — no better off spiritually 
than we were when we first began this journey called 
the New Birth. Satan is keen on keeping the mind of 
the Christian too busy to remember God. Like Peter 
walking on the water, he wants us to take our eyes off 

Though the portion of Scripture which we read may be 
short, and the amount we retain be small, the habit will 
be formed and gradually increase in our daily lives until 
we find that to do without a portion of Scripture is like 
doing without water or food, or without washing. Then, 
too, the reading of the Word each time as if it were 
the first time suggests new ideas and brings home 
deeper truths which will in turn excite greater interest 
in the Bible. You will find yourself living for the min- 
utes when you can return in the quiet of the day to 
hear Him speak through His Word to you. 


What makes us so sour in spirit? Why do we feel this 
way — no desire to read the Bible, no genuine love for 
our fellow man, no zeal or eagerness to get things done 
in the spirit ? 

How do you suppose you would feel in your body if 
you had not bathed all winter, or taken a walk now and 
then? How would you feel if all you had eaten is what 

you could pick up that others have prepared and thrown 
out when it is cold? Think about it, and you will see 
why you have that "run down" feeling in spirit. The 
desert is dry because it has no rain. The soul becomes 
just as dry without the "washing of water by the Word." 

How long has it been since you felt young in spirit? 
Have you ever had as moving an experience in your 
soul as that when you first accepted the Lord as your 
Saviour? Instead of talking about "that experience" you 
had back there, can you speak of an experience this 
week ? If not, then the answer is the Bible. Open its 
covers again. Feel the refreshing rain dropping down 
from heaven. Bathe in the promises of forgiveness and 
renewed strength. Feed on it again. FEEL LIKE NEW 

Not long ago in a Sunday School where I attended a i 
man argued with the Word of God about a principle which 1 
had to do with succeeding in life. He argued as if he j 
had never heard of God's side of the question before, as 
if the statement in God's word were preposterous. He 
claims to be a Christian, but such ignorance! He needs 
the Word of God to find lodging in his heart. He no 
longer would be bothered about business successes and 
failures. There can be no sad sacks when they read the 
refreshing word. There would be no more sour pusses 
if God's promises were read and believed. 


A relatively new thing in our society is the recording 
of the Bible on plastic records. This I believe we will in 
time discover to be a wonderful idea. When one studies 
a modern language he must learn to read, speak and 
hear the language before he is considered a master of 
it. I learned that a tape recorder does wonders in the 
learning of another language (as much as I have 
learned!). Most of us are poor readers, especially of the 
Bible. The reason we get so little from it is that we 
don't read it properly, putting the correct inflection in 
and making pauses where they are intended. The recorded 
passages certainly must be read well or they would not 
be sold. I believe that it will become a big help in the 
future to play recordings of the Bible. We will discoveri 
that the sound of the message will bring out many truths! 
which heretofore have been hidden all because of ouri 
inability to read the Bible properly. From that time on,i 
I predict, our very reading will improve and mean more' 
to us. 


If you want to give youth something new, something; 
different, something real and tangible — something they 
keep calling for and don't get — give them Bible. Their | 
quick minds are more capable of grasping the message 
than were their forefathers! We have tried everything 
else and produced mostly juvenile delinquents. Let us| 
now "try" the Bible! Across the land Story Telling Leagues 
are springing up all over. People love stories. Bible 
stories are the best the world will ever know. The Bible 
has the best in every field of literature: history, prose 
poetry, drama, philosophy — plus one that exists nowhere 
else — PROPHECY. Do we have an open door? Just trj 
that new substance on your youth: THE BIBLE. It is £ 
corrective for every form of evil and maladjustment 
"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? bj 
taking heed thereto according to thy word." (PsaUr 

xMARCH 24, 1956 



Park Street Brethren Church 

Begins Tuesday night, April 10th, 7:30 

Closes Thursday night, April 12th, 8:30 


Church Finance 
Youth Leadership 


Time to talk 
Good singing 


(Continued from Page 2) 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Holy Week Services— March 
25th through April 1st — Eev. V. E. Meyer, Pastor. 

FAIR HAVEN, OHIO. Holy Week Services— March 

28th and 29th— Rev. Charles Munson, Speaker; Rev. Phil 
Lersch, Pastor. 

MEYERSDALE, PENNA. Main Street Brethren. Pre- 
Easter Evangelistic Services— Evening of March 25th 
through March 30th — Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, Evange- 
list; Rev. Horace Huse, Pastor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNA. Wayne Heights Brethren. 

Pre-Easter Services— March 28-30— Rev. D. C. White, 
Speaker, March 28th; Rev. Lester Meyers, Speaker, 
March 30th; Rev. N. Victor Leatherman, Pastor. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Holy Week Services- 
March 25-30 — Dr. Herman Centz, Speaker; Rev. J. D. 
Hamel, Pastor. 

WILLIAMSTOWN, OHIO. Holy Week Services— March 
29-30— Rev. W. S. Benshoff, Pastor. 

TIOSA, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— April 2-15— Rev. 
0. C. Lemert, Evangelist; Rev. Wayne E. Sw^ihart, Pas- 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Revival Services— April 3-15— 
Rev. V. D. Geren, Evangelist; Rev. E. J. Black, Pastor. 

GATEWOOD, W. VA. Revival Services— April 2-8— 
Rev. Hays K. Logan, Pastor-Evangelist. 

CHEYENNE, WYOMING. Evangelistic Meeting— Be- 
ginning March 25th — Rev. H. E. Eppley, Evangelist; Rev. 
Frank W. Garber, Pastor. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Pre-Easter Services— March 25th 
through April 1st — Rev. Spencer Gentle, Pastor. 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Holy Week Services— March 

29-30— Biblical Drama, "The Thirty Pieces of Silver" 
Thursday evening; preaching Friday evening; Rev. Bruce 
C. Shanholtz, Pastor. 

HOWE, INDIANA. Brighton Chapel Brethren.— Holy 
Week Services — March 28-30 — Messages by Rev. Smith 
F. Rose, Pastor. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. Revival Services— April 2-15 
— Rev. D. C. White, Evangelist; Rev. William D. Keeling, 

containing five Sundays, thereby giving to them an op- 
portunity for experience and training. 

FAIR HAVEN, OHIO. A note from Brother Phil 
Lersch says, "We observed a church 'Birthday Party' as 
a means of having a good time, and also raising money 
for the Brethren Youth project. This v^as on March 13th." 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. A Music Festival was held 
the evening of March 11th featuring music of the com- 
bined choirs of the church. 

WILLIAMSTOWN, OHIO. Rolf Stolpner, German Ex- 
change student at Ashland College, was guest speaker in 
the Williamstown church the morning of March 4th. 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Brother E. J. Black, of the Mun- 
cie Church, and Brother Arthur Tinkel, Sr., of the Oak- 
ville Church conducted an exchange of pulpits at the 
morning service on March 11th. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. A new cement floor has been 
poured in the basement of the church. 

STOCKTON, CALIF. Mrs. C. E. Johnson writes, "Our 
Church is going along very nicely, with good interest. 
Two boys were baptized last month." 



by Helen Jordan 


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GARDENING TIME is almost here again. Many of 
us love a garden, yet most gardens are seasonal. 
Gardening is important work, from the sowing of the 
seed to the gathering of the fi'uit or flov/ers. 

Gratitude is the m_ost charming flower in the garden 
of the heart. Some flowers of the heart are more deli- 
cate, but gratitude has the sweetest fragrance. Apprecia- 
tion, an every day name for gratitude, is a winner of 

Gratitude is not a mere "thank you" which so many 
times is passed out as a commonplace courtesy. Only 
those who bring gifts of love and service know where 
this flower grows. 

Gratitude is a rare flower whose freshness makes life 
richer, deeper, and fuller. One who plants and tends this 
flower will have a life full and running over with love 
and joy and gladness. 

This flower grows close to the busy walks of life. It is 
so simply obtained that it should grow and flourish in 
every heart. Does God find this flower, gratitude, in the 
garden of your heart? — From "Food For Thot." 

Vera E. Laughlin, 

Greencastle, Penna. 

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Christ is risen! Hallelujah! 

Gladness fills the worid today; 
From the tomb that could not hold him, 

See, the stone is rolled away! 

Christ hath risen! Hallelujah! 

Blessed morn of life and light; 
Lo, the grave is rent asunder, 

Death is conquered through his might. 

Christ hath risen! Hallelujah! 

Friends of Jesus, dry your tears; 
Through the veil of gloom and darkness 

Lo, the Son of God appears! 

Christ hath risen! Hallelujah! 

He hath risen, as He said; 
He is now the King of Glory, 

And our great, cxialted Head. 

— Fanny J. Crosby. 

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Items of general Interest 

REN. The Bethlehem congregation plans to participate 
in Holy Week services in the Dayton Church of the 
Brethren, with their pastor, Brother John F. Locke, as 
the guest minister for the week. 

The Bethlehem young people will have charge of the 
Easter Service. 

REN. The Mt. Olive Church at its recent business meet- 
ing, by ballot, gave a unanimous call to its pastor. 
Brother John F. Locke, to begin his 25th year of ser- 
vice to the church. 

The Laymen's Organization of Mt. Olive has, by its 
request, been assigned the project of building. A new en- 
trance to the church is planned. 

OAK HILL, W. VA. The Oak Hill church was host to 
the local Boy Scout troups in the morning service on Feb- 
ruary 12th. Brother Milton M. Robinson reports a "full 

Cecil Bolton, Jr., writes to the Editor concerning his re- 
cent illness: "Thought perhaps I ought to drop you a 
line to let you know about my condition. After two weeks 
of bed rest at home I entered the Ohio Valley General 
Hospital, Wheeling, February 28th. I was there ten days 
and they ran exhaustive tests. After all the tests had 
proven negative they gave me an X-ray of the sinus and 
decided they had found the trouble. They diagnosed it 
as a very badly infected sinus, so I was discharged from 
the hospital Friday and had my sinuses irrigated. I feel 
much better and my fever was back to normal last night, 
(March 10th), so hope it was a correct diagnosis. 

"I preached today (March 11th) for the first time in 
six weeks and hope that I will be able to carry out the 
full schedule of work from now on. I have to go back 
to the Clinic for another irrigation next Friday. Mrs. 
Bolton and Ann (the Bolton's new baby daughter. Ed) 
are both doing just fine." 

Golby, correspondent of the Third Church writes, "The 
Third Brethren members are learning to know consider- 
able of the faculty and others from Ashland and are en- 
enjoying their fine messages. The Laymen, which is the 

Men's Lookout Bible Class, sponsored an annual Father 
and Son banquet, Monday, February 27th, and had a fine 
attendance, a fine meal and were fed spiritually in an 
address by Rev. Robert G. Sander of Geistown, Penna. 
We also had visitors from our neighboring Brush Valley 
Brethren in the number of 16, accompanied by their pas- 
tor, Brother David Rambsel. The Pennsylvania District 
Brethren Laymen will hold their Spring Rally, April 
30th, 7:00 P. M. prevailing time, in Johnstown 3rd Breth- 
ren; an interesting program is being arranged." 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. Brother William D. Keeling 
notes that the Pennsylvania Conference of the W. C. T. U. 
is a scheduled summer event for the Masontown Church. 
Brother Keeling says, "In the past three years we have 
had Dr. J. Raymond Schmidt, President of the Temperance 
League, with us on two occasions. This present meeting 
will be one of supreme importance to all who are in- 
terested in this work of total abstinence." 

Brother Elmer M. Keck notes that another member was 
received into the church fellowship at the morning wor- 
ship service on March 11th. 

A new oil furnace has recently been installed in the 
Valley Church. 

BERLIN, PENNA. Brother Lyle Lichtenberger notes 
that ten laymen from the Berlin Church spent a recent 
Sunday afternoon visiting the Somerset State Hospital, 
under the guidance of Rev. James, psycho-social worker. 

Brother Lichtenberger will bring the message in the 
Community Union Lenten Service on Palm Sunday eve- 
ning in the Berlin Reformed Church. 

REN. The Meyersdale youth group has been selected to 
take charge of a hymn dramatization for the Commun- 
ity Easter Sunrise Service. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. A copy of "The Trumpeteer" has 
come to the Editor's desk. It is a finely edited and newsy 
mimeographed church paper put out by the Brethren 
Youth of the Mansfield church. It also contains a monthly 
church calendar. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. A note from Brother Robert 
Hoffman says, "We have chosen a finance Committee and 
also a building Committee. Plans are under way to begin 

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Who Owns It? 



A CHILD once, having sat in a Sunday School 
Class in which the word "possessions" 
was used, later asked his father the meaning of 
the word. "What does 'possession' mean?" 

Our answ^er was that possessions were the 
things we owned — that we could call our own. 

Since then, we have been giving thought to this 
word "possessions." Do you know what it means ? 
Do you know what it really means? Jesus noted 
the rich young ruler, that he "went away sor- 
rowful — for he had great possessions." We note 
also that the Pharisee announced to God and to 
the gullible temple audience, when he prayed, "I 
give tithes of all I possess." 

In our own experience we have met people 
who seemed to be very conscious of their posses- 
sions. One, in particular, some years ago, we re- 
call that while giving us a tour of his lands, left 
an echo of his words in our mind, which went 
something like this: "I, My, and Mine." 

Certainly there is a degree to which we own the 
things we call our own. The little treasures — 
keepsakes, the things we treasure through the 
years — the things we have in our homes, and the 
savings we have. Almost every child has lav- 
ished affection on some puppy, kitten, wagon, 
or other toy. He calls it his own, and he is ready 
to defend his right of ownership against all 
takers. This develops into the secret "treasure 
box" — or a secret hiding place. 

Inborn is the trait of possession, or ownership. 
-For possessions, men will sacrifice home, friends, 
loved ones, reputation, character, and their souls. 
(To us, this last sentence is an understatement. 
We cannot comprehend the lengths to which 
some people will go to gain more and more pos- 

Our main concern, this week, though is a per- 
son's attitude toward that which he calls "his 

own." Possessions are often valuable, and as such 
should be carefully guarded and cared for. To 
ignore the value of, or abuse and destroy our pos- 
sessions is not a very wise thing to do. We must 
properly care for and protect these "possessions" 
for which we, or others, have often worked many 
hard hours. 

But let's keep the right slant on our attitude 
towards our ownership of our possessions. To do 
this, we suggest that you attend a "household 
goods" sale in your community. Every chair, 
every bed, every article for sale, was once the 
prize possession of someone who left it behind 
when death stepped in. It's very sobering, to say 
the least! 

Out of all that we have been saying, so far, 
we believe you can see a picture of the ownership 
of our possessions. We may call these things our 
own. We may treasure what we own. But there 
comes a day when possessions — no matter how 
valuable — no matter how treasured — will be left 

Thus, to obtain a true picture of "possessions," 
we must surely interpret ownership as being 
temporal. Yet there is more to it than that. There 
is much that we can do about possessions, in 
this life, which will make for a proper use of 
them, and which will, believe it or not, make us 
permanent owners of our possessions. Yes, dear 
friends, these very possessions, treasures, monies 
of ours, (the value thereof), can be ours for all 

To bring this to pass, we must convert our 
earthly possessions into heavenly "legal tender." 
Christ said, so long ago, "Lay up for yourselves 
treasures in heaven." He contrasted the possibil- 
ity of heavenly gain against the loss of earthly 
gains through rust, moths and robbers. (Per- 
haps we could add modern day's fast depreciation 

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Matthew 28:7— "Go quickly, and tell His dis- 
ciples that He is risen from the dead ; and, behold, 
He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye 
see Him: lo I have told you." 

CHRIST LIVES: Easter is the discovery that 
Christ lives. Apart from the resurrection, there 
is no hope for the believer. Paul flatly stated 
that, apart from the resurrection of the dead, 
there is no ground for faith, no need for preach- 
ing, and that all men are still in an unregenerated 
state. For Christ is the basis of our faith and 
our only means of forgiveness, our only Media- 
tor. If He is still dead, then we are without hope. 
I Cor. 15:12-23. 

The resurrection of Jesus from the grave is the 
capstone of the Gospel. Christ arose. Christ lives. 
There is no Christianity without these facts. In 
the resurrection experience God proclaimed to the 
world that this Jesus had been the embodiment 
of His holy purpose; and that He not only won 
a supreme victory over evil, but best of all, He 
won a victory over death; that henceforth He 
would return to the glory of which He had vol- 
untarily divested Himself when submitting to the 
incarnation. Yes, Christ's resurrection is the 
great divine victory over sin and death. Jesus by 
His faithfulness won this victory. He went to 
the cross because of the wickedness of man, and 

He turned that horrible instrument of torture 
into the divine symbol of redemption. He shed 
His blood for sin, and by some process far be- 
yond the ability of human mind to conceive, that 
shed blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all 
sin. Praise God! His resurrection not only con- 
firmed His authority to forgive sin but gave Him 
power to impart eternal life to men. 

CHRIST GIVES VICTORY— Victorious living 
is now possible in this wicked world. It comes 
alone, but it comes abundantly, through our Lord 
Jesus Christ. He won it for Himself, He won it 
for us. He graciously shares it with us. So we are 
more than conquerors through Him. Through 
Christ we can have victory over sin in everyday 
life; over trial and sorrow and weakness; we can 
be victorious even over death. I Cor. 15:57 — But 
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory 
through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

CHRIST IS OUR LORD— The resurrection has 
confirmed His Lordship. We owe Him, therefore, 
worship and obedience. In John 20:28 when 
Thomas exclaimed, "My Lord and my God," it 
was a spontaneous and sublime confession that 
went beyond the fact that Jesus was again alive. 
He was convinced by love and mercy and knowl- 
edge of his Lord, not only of His resurrection 
but of His divine nature. This confession is not 
only the culmination of belief; it is also the cli- 
max of the Gospel. If Jesus allowed Thomas to 

This Article by MARGARET E. LOWERV 

MARCH 24, 1956 


worship Him as God, we should yield ourselves 
to Him in adoration and love as to a divine 
Master. Thomas' confession was the confession of 
all the disciples. 

Jesus was anxious that all His disciples would 
confess Him as Lord. He wanted their complete 
faith in Him as a risen Savior so that they should 
be fitted to accept the biggest commission that 
was ever given to men. John 20:21 — "Peace be 
unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so 
send I you." Acts 1:8 — "Ye shall be witnesses 
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and 
in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the 
earth." Matt. 28:19, 20— "Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and ot the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost: teaching them to observe all things what- 
soever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world." 

"Be not afraid." Next to death the tyrant which 
most cruelly afflicts humanity is fear. It is one 
of humanity's greatest scourges. There is no cure 
for fear save faith — not faith in ourselves, not 
faith in anything the world can give, but faith 
in Jesus, who having been crucified, was raised 
from the dead and glorified. Christ said, "Let not 
your heart be troubled." This is one of the Gos- 
pel's greatest assurances designed to strengthen 
men's souls. The only thing to keep you from 
constant agitation of mind and spirit, said Jesus, 
is firm belief. Before we can have faith, we must 
have belief. The greatest single need in the world 
today is the need for more definite belief in the 
truth as God has revealed it in His Word. Chris- 
tian teaching confidently affirms that faith in 
Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and ever present 
Friend is the only defense against fear. 

Jesus bids us be of good cheer. Matt. 14:27. 
This we cannot be if we are anxious and trou- 
bled. He says plainly that we only are to fear 
that we may transgress the will of God. If we 
have this fear, all morbid fears will evaporate. 
The real power of the universe is spiritual power. 
The things to fear are not the millions of appre- 
hensions, worries, and morbid fantasies with 
which we plague ourselves. The thing to fear is 
that we may come short of the glory of God — 
that we may miss the destiny He has ordained 
for us. "Fear not; it is I; be not afraid." Fear 
rules our world. CHRIST SHOULD RULE IT! 

CHRIST SAYS, "GO— TELL!" By way of 
Christ's resurrection. He, and He alone proved 
His authority in heaven as well as on earth. That 


authority gave Him the right to appoint to office. 
He did not fail to give a Great Commission to 
those He appointed. The angelic command, Matt. 
28:7, given to the women to go quickly and tell 
the disciples of Jesus, that He was risen from 
the dead, remains the directive for Christian be- 
lievers in all ages. 

It seems that one of the greatest proofs of the 
resurrection of our Lord is the transformation it 
worked in the lives of the eleven disciples. Simple 
men though they were, they met the challenge 
of the Great Commission, rose above all ques- 
tioning, faced the bitterest persecution, died as 
martyrs, but won a world. Without the dynamic 
of a great faith such an achievement would have 
been impossible. But the promise of the divine 
presence sustained them in its fulfillment and 
enabled them to meet every obstacle triumphant- 
ly. The same thing applies to His disciples today. 

We are to lose no time spreading the news as 
to what happened in the world's life through the 
ministry and triumph of Jesus Christ. We are 
first to tell His disciples — beginning by confirm- 
ing our own faith, teaching it to members of our 
households, testifying to it among other Chris- 
tians, and if we are appointed so to do, proclaim- 
ing it from the pulpit and bringing the assur- 
ance of this great truth to those in far away 

The assurance of the angel was: "He goeth be- 
fore you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him." 
Through the ages He has been going before us. 
He leads the way. He made a definite appoint- 
ment with His disciples befoi'e His death. They 



were to meet Him at some point in Galilee. We 
have definite appointments with Him — our daily 
devotions, the carrying of His righteousness into 
the living of our everyday lives, the weekly ser- 
vice of worship, the prayer meetings, a continu- 
ous and faithful attendance to the tasks He as- 
signs. We are His disciples — we must not remain 
quiet about the good news. 

Christianity is a missionary religion. Jesus 
gave the Great Commission to take the good 
news to all the world. If we as Christians com- 
prehend the significance of the resurrection, we 
shall hasten as did the women on that first Eas- 
ter morn, to tell others. That is Christ's way for 
men to learn the Gospel news. Can you truly 
sing ? — 

Rejoice, rejoice, Christian, lift up your voice 
and sing 

Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! 

The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all 
who find, 

None other is so loving, so good and kind. 

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! 

He walks with me and talks with me along life's 
narrow way. 

He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! 

You ask me how I know He lives? 

Krypton, Kentucky. 



April 10-12, 1956 

Park Street Brethren Church 

Ashland, Ohio 

Tuesday— 7:30 P. M. 

Elder Freeman Ankrum, Chairman 
Rev. Kenneth Hulit, Canton, Ohio Guest Speaker 

Wednesday — Morning Session 

Elder Clayton Berkshire, Chairman of Session 
9:30 — Devotions and Season of Prayer 

Elder George Solomon 
10:00 — Representative from the Wells Organization, Inc. 
Church Fund Raising — Discussion to follow 

Afternoon Session 

Elder Spencer Gentle, Chairman 

1:30 — Devotions Miss Carol Berkshire 

1:40 — "The Sisterhood Organization" 

Mrs. J. M. Bowman 
2 :10 — Discussion 
2 :40 — "The Brotherhood Organization" 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman 
3 : 10 — Discussion 

Evening Session 

Elder E. M. Riddle, Chairman 
7:30 — In charge of the Robert Bischofs 
8:30 — Coffee Hour Seminary Wives' Organization 

Thursday — Morning Session 

Elder Clarence Fairbanks, Chairman of Session 

9:30 — Devotions Elder Edwin Boardman 

10:00— "The Seminary" Elder Delbert Flora 

11:00— "Ashland College" Dr. Glenn Clayton 


Afternoon Session 

Elder Charles Munson, Chairman 

1 :30— Devotions Elder Willis E. Ronk 

1:40 — Panel Discussion 

"The Co-Ordinating Planning Committee" 

Moderator: Elder L. V. King 

Evening Session 

7:30 — Holy Communion 

Conducted by Elder Robert Hoffman 


Spencer Gentle, Chairman 
Charles Munson 
E. M. Riddle 

SONG LEADERS: Phillip Lersch, Jerry Flora 

MARCH 24, 1956 



524 College Ave, Ashland, Ohio. Phone: 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Scc'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistant 


(Continuing the letter from Veda Liskey to Mrs. Lin- 
dower at the Missionary Board office) 

. . . The retiring bell (9:30 P. M.) rang an hour and 
a half ago. Almost all of Waka is fast asleep. I can hear 
an occasional crying of a baby from the nearby married- 
students' quarters and some elementary school children 
still chattering. They returned late in the evening from 
their homes where they spent the week end and have 
brought back a week's supply of flour and dried leaves 
and okra. They are no doubt exchanging traveling expe- 
riences and greetings. 

Since I live near the dormitories here, I'm appreciating 
the quietness of this near-closing day, and the much-de- 
sired time for this chat with you. It is so hard to find a 
quiet, free time for the like unless one waits for quiet of 
the late or "wee" hours. And being a nurse, and on call 
night and day, makes it even more difficult. 

School and medicine 

This first term of school began the middle of January 
— the height of our cool oj? cold season. Traveling long 
distances in open trucks caused colds and "flu" among 
many of our students. We have had lots of malaria and 
some other sicknesses too. Five weeks ago I started a 
program of malaria prevention. Each person at Waka 
takes each week a tablet of Daraprine that is supposed 
to prevent malaria. It will be interesting to see how suc- 
cessful it will be. Last year we had more than 450 cases 
of malaria; so we need such prevention. 

I certainly wish each of you could see the newly re- 
decorated dispensary — fresh green walls and new furni- 
ture. It is decidedly a joy to work in such a nice place. 

The Girls' School 

We are all so thankful for our large number in girls' 
school this year. There are about 40 in all, and such an 
opportunity for learning and experiencing the "abundant 
life" in Christ. I have study hall two nights a week with 
them, which is a real joy to me. 

All last year we worshipped in a very crowded class- 
room, but this year we are using the large, cooking and 
laundry laboratory of the women's school. We have elec- 
tric lights in it, but even though it is large there still 
isn't room for all of the people of Waka at one time. 
We are needing a chapel very badly. 

Providing a Name 

Here at home I was honored by being asked to name 
my third "grandchild" — the son of my cook. His newborn 
name was Anjikwi, as is the custom. Now at four months 
he has the new name, Timothy, in honor of Elder Tim- 
othy Swartz, the superintendent of our Bethlehem Sun- 

day School. There were nine African adults and nine chil- 
dren present in my small livingroom. We had a brief 
worship service in Bura with prayer for the honored 
baby and his parents. Then we enjoyed light refresh- 
ments together . . . 



April 1 (Easter) Vinco 

April 3 (Guild meeting) Ashland 

April 4, 5 Fremont 

April 8 Williamstown 

April 10-12 Pastor's Institute 

April 15 North Manchester 

April 16, 17 Milledgeville 

April 18, 19 Lanark 

April 20-22 Illinois Spring Camp 

April 23-26 (Enroute to Pennsylvania) 

April 26, 27 Jones Mills 

April 29 Johnstown Third 

Brethren people who have not been able to secure a 
date for the Bischofs to appear in their church take note 
of their deputation dates. Perhaps you can hear them 
when they are in your area. 

As you are tempted by the commercial appeals 
of Easter this year, won't you ask yourself if you 
have done enough for Him, who was rich, yet for 
our sakes became poor, that we through His pov- 
erty might be made rich? 

The amount that many Brethren people will pay 
1 for unneeded clothing, candies, eggs and Easter 
' niceties in general could bring salvation to those 
for whom Christ died and rose again. 

Approach this blessed season prayerfully, seek- 
ing the Lord's guidance in your Easter spending. 
Give for the salvation of those in Nigeria and Ar- 



(left to right) 

Mrs. Mary Obenchain June 14 

Mrs. Eva Shanaf elt June 18 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley April 6 

David EUer July 7 Mrs. Lulu Shively (back of Mesdames 

William Cooper October 11 

Mrs. Mary Coin April 28 

Beekley and Shanfelt; only top of 
head shows) January 30 


(left to right) 
Mrs. Lydia Petit September 23 

Miss Jennie Harrison July 24 

Mrs. Hughes Nurse 

Peter Rarick August 4 

Albert Daniels December 22 


THIS YEAR we drove to the Brethi 
left Teegarden, Indiana, where my 
we were at the Home before dinner. W 
Ralph and Grace went along. They hac 
up from being at Lost Creek, Kentucl 
who was pastor of the Flora Brethrer: 
Honi/e and that was the first time tha : 
had read much about it for many yei 
have a note on one of my slides that tlii 

The Home is being taken care oiu 
ments every year. The work of pointii 
of a new building this summer. Then t 
ing spirit to the grounds. All the memi 
would in their own home. Since much 
well as outside, Brother Kuns took us 
We took pictures of the Members at ii 
had glone to Brother Bert Hodge's for 
of the Members are not in the pictun 

Mrs. Keck and I are always glad t| 
summer. We always have a fine meal, 
almost tell what you have to eat. We 
coming summer. It will be in August 
year we showed colored slides of the 
ren churches, Camp Juniata (Pennsylv 
taken here in the mountains. We have 
scenes that we will be glad to show t 
of the Home at dinner each summer. 

May we ever remember this most 


Mrs. Flora Brower January 

Miss Emma Berkheiser ....April 
Mrs. Dyoll Belote Angus 

its and their Birthdays - Flora, Indiana 

EN'S HOME— 1955 

:ome on Wednesday, August 10th. We 
• and brother live, at 9:00 A. M., and 
ys try to get there in time for dinner, 
sen at Flora since 1949 when we came 
stopped with Rev. Edgar Berkshire, 
1 at that time. He took us out to the 
id ever been at the Home, though we 
rhe Brethren Evangelist. I see that I 
e was dedicated May 29, 1923. 

excellent way. We see new improve- 
he brick made it have the appearance 
; new cottages seems to add a welcom- 
VQ a happj^ spirit about them like they 
id been done on the building inside as 
1 and even in the basement as well, 
ler tables. Some, six, of the Members 
M. S. meeting. We are sorry that all 

the Home for part of a day every 
th the pictures taken in color, you can 
nning to be at the Home one day this 

is the time we visit my people. Last 
n ministers (taken since 1949), Breth- 
mp) and some fall and winter views 
;w colored slides of the fall and winter 
s summer. We also show the Members 

work in prayer and otherwise, 
ncerely yours, 
Elmer M. Keck, Jones Mills, Penna. 

'cs. Mae Cripe September 7 

cs. Sydney Rogers ...November 15 

s. Florence Ailer March 3 

rs. Russell Kuns (Matron) 

February 13 

AT THIS TABLE Gerry Mullendore Hired Helper 

Roy Stonebraker March 4 

(left to right) j^j.g_ j^^y Stonebraker ....August 22 

Dyoll Belote September 13 Mrs. Hattie Mann .... September 19 

AT THIS TABLE Russell Kuns (Superintendent) 
(left to right) January 4 

Ralph Keck Mrs. E. M. Keck 

Richard Kuns . . Son of Superintendent Miss Grace Keck 





(Continued from Page 3) 

and outdatedness.) To lay up for ourselves 
treasures in heaven, we must give what we have 
into the service of Christ. We must consecrate 
and dedicate our all to Him. In this way, con- 
version of earthly possessions into heavenly treas- 
ures takes place. 

At first thought, one would think then that the 
more we have here the more we will have over 
there. If we are poor here, we shall be poor over 
there. But that is not the case. The poor widow 
was commended for giving a few coins in the 
temple, while the rich Pharisees were left out- 
side as far as Christ's commendation was con- 
cerned. No doubt many people gave into the tem- 
ple treasury coins of more value than did this 
poor woman. At times, we have witnessed peo- 
ple giving to a particular offering and jokingly 
saying they were giving the "widow's mite." How 
shocked they would be that had they done such, 
they would have had to go and get their bank 
books, their farm and property titles, open their 
lock boxes and get the loaded socks from under 
their mattresses — for the Lord said that the poor 
woman gave all that she had. Christ does not 
reckon giving of amounts in dollars and cents. 

He does it according to percentages. Christ reck- 
ons the value of a gift according to the ability 
of the giver to give. Our conversion of earthly 
possessions into heavenly treasure is done 
through giving, through dedicating and using all 
that we have, and are, in the service of Christ 
and the church. 

Our chief concern, then, is "Who owns our 
possessions? Do we, or does God?" If God owns 
them, we will be using them in His service. If we 
own them, selfishly, we will find ourselves think- 
ing only of them and of how we can increase that 
which we have. The possessions of things ob- 
tained through hard work, and honestly, is no 
sin. The selfish, greedy grasp on them is! For 
such an individual, life becomes a daily worship 
of possessions. Such do not own their possessions 
— their possessions own them. 

The rational conclusion then, in a definition of 
the word "possession," is: "That which God in 
His mercy toward us has permitted us to have 
and to hold, through honest labor and by honest 
means; which holding such in our hands for the 
time being, we use, we dedicate and give to His 
Service; whereby men and women might find 
Christ as Saviour and whereby the Church of 
Christ might be supported; knowing that in the 
end, we must leave all, and for our use thereof, 
must give an accounting unto God in that day." 
What does the word "possessions" mean accord- 
ing to you?— W. S. B. 



Following is some information important to Ohio 
Brethren as released by Moderator John T. Byler, and 
Secretary Robert L. Hoffman. 

"Canton, scheduled to be the host church to the Ohio 
District Conference, feels it is impossible for them to 
entertain the delegates with their limited facilities, so 
has arranged (with the approval of the Executive Com- 
mittee) to schedule the conference at Linwood Park, an 
E. U. B. Summer Assembly Park, at Vermillion, Ohio on 
Lake Erie. The Conference will be from Thursday, July 
12th through July 15th. This will be almost a month 
later than our usual time. 

"Another innovation in this conference will be the 
complete revision of the schedule for conference. There 
will be no 8:00 or 8:30 Simultaneous Sessions, but these 
will come at 11:00 A. M., after a two-hour inspirational 
session, and again at 3:45, after a Business Session. The 
mornings will be primarily devoted to Inspiration; the 

afternoons to Business. A much larger effort is being de- 
voted to Youth in the Conference^ and a Missionary Rally 
will be one of the high points of the week, on Saturday 
evening after the Banquets. The sessions will close after 
a morning worship period and Sunday School on Sunday 

"We expect to have outstanding youth leaders present, 
with a lot of activities for young people. 

"The cost of the Conference, to each delegate, for room 
and board, for the four day period will be approximate- 
ly $12.50. Make plans, now, to go." 

Plan to take part of your vacation at this time and 
attend your District Conference by the lake. 

John T. Byler, Moderator, 
Ohio District Conference. 

Robert L. Hoffman, Secretary 
Ohio District Conference. 

MAECH 24, 1956 



NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Holy Week Services— March 
25th through April 1st— Rev. V. E. Meyer, Pastor. 

FAIR HAVEN, OHIO. Holy Week Services— March 
28th and 29th— Rev. Charles Munson, Speaker; Rev. Phil 
Lersch, Pastor. 

MEYERSDALE, PENNA. Main Street Brethren. Pre- 
Easter Evangelistic Services — Evening of March 25th 
through March 30th — Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, Evange- 
list; Rev. Horace Huse, Pastor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNA. Wayne Heights Brethren. 

Pre-Easter Services— March 28-30— Rev. D. C. White, 

Speaker, March 28th; Rev. Lester Meyers, Speaker, 
March 30th; Rev. N. Victor Leatherman, Pastor. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Holy Week Services- 
March 25-30 — Dr. Herman Centz, Speaker; Rev. J. D. 
Hamel, Pastor. 

WILLIAMSTOWN, OHIO. Holy Week Services— March 
29-30— Rev. W. S. Benshoff, Pastor. 

TIOSA, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— April 2-15— Rev. 
O. C. Lemert, Evangelist; Rev. Wayne E. Swihart, Pas- 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Revival Services— April 3-15— 
Rev. V. D. Geren, Evangelist; Rev. E. J. Black, Pastor. 

GATEWOOD, W. VA. Revival Services— April 2-8— 
Rev. Hays K. Logan, Pastor-Evangelist. 

CHEYENNE, WYOMING. Evangelistic Meeting— Be- 
ginning March 25th — Rev. H. E, Eppley, Evangelist; Rev. 
Frank W. Garber, Pastor. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Pre-Easter Services— March 25th 
through April 1st — Rev. Spencer Gentle, Pastor. 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Holy Week Services— March 

29-30— Biblical Drama, "The Thirty Pieces of Silver" 
Thursday evening; preaching Friday evening; Rev. Bruce 
C. Shanholtz, Pastor. 

HOWE, INDIANA. Brighton Chapel Brethren.— Holy 
Week Services — March 28-30 — Messages by Rev. Smith 
P. Rose, Pastor. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. Revival Services— April 2-15 
. — Rev. D. C. White, Evangelist; Rev. William D. Keeling, 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Pre-Easter Services— March 28- 
30— Rev. Harold Barnett, Pastor. 

NEW PARIS, INDIANA. Pre-Easter Services— March 
27-29— Rev. E. M. Riddle, Pastor. 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Evangelistic Services- 
April 1-8— Rev. Willis E. Ronk, Evangelist; Rev. H. H. 
Rowsey, Pastor. 

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a finance campaign for our future addition to the rear 
of the church." 

Fifty members of the Smithville Sunday School had 
perfect attendance during the past year. 

baptized and received into the church as a result of Trin- 
ity Brethren's recent revival meeting. Others are to be 
received later. 

The Trinity Brethren Sunday School has averaged 145 
in attendance the past month. 

Percy C. Miller is conducting special Evangelistic Ser- 
vices each Sunday and each Wednesday evening between 
March 4th and April 1st. Featured at some of these ser- 
vices are WHIO-TV's Good Ship Zion's Gospel Mari- 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. The Goshen Church will be host 
to the Good Friday service. 

Boardman, of the Ashland Seminary Faculty, was the 
guest speaker in the North Manchester church on March 

NEW PARIS, INDIANA. Brother E. M. Riddle sends 
in the following information, "The Chamber of Com- 
merce of New Paris, honored the basketball squad and 
coach of the local high school in a banquet and program 
in the Brethren Church. A very fine program was pre- 
sented, the speaker being a former coach of several years 
ago, who now is in charge of a Christian Mission work 
in Indianapolis. Awards were given by the local coach, 
Mr. Harrell. Mr. Reynolds, the local banker, was toast- 
master. Women of the Church served the lovely banquet." 

The Good Friday services will be held in the Brethren 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Brother A. T. Ronk brought the 
message at the evening Union Lenten service, in the Cal- 
vary E. U. B. church on March 11th. 

has sponsored the preparation and erection of church 
signs along the highways leading into town. 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA. Brother Claude Stogsdill 
has announced that Revival Services are in progress there 
from March 19th through April 1st, with Brother Wilbur 
Thomas as the Evangelist. (We are sorry the announce- 
ment did not arrive in time to be used in ouii| Coming 
Events column, but we are glad to give announcement 
to the meeting here. W. S. B.) 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. The February 1956 average Sun- 
day School attendance was 160, as compared with an 
average of 109 for the same period last year. 

"The Other Kingdom," a drama about Judas, was pre- 
sented by the Tucson Little Theater, in the Brethren 
Church in Tucson the evening of March 18th. 



IPrayer flfleeting 

TBy G. J. §ilmer 


I love my Lord: He's dear to me — 

So dear — because of Calvary. 

For there He suffered pain untold; 

In awful anguish, died; 

His life did give 

That I might live; 

My Lord was crucified. 

My life is His — my love is His — ■ 

Because He first loved me. 

I love my Lord: He's dear to me — 

So dear — because of Calvary. 

— E. L, Yanchus. 

THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN the many who walk 
as the enemies of the Cross of Christ (Phil. 3:18), 
but that does not annul the efficacy of Christ's atoning 
work on that cross (1 Cor. 1:23, 24). It was by bearing 
His cross that He "went forth" (John 19:17-19), and 
fully complied with the program of redemption (Phil. 
2:8). Without the cross there could have been no recon- 
ciliation for sinners (Col. 1:20-22). Thus the condemna- 
tions of a violated law were satisfied (Gal. 3:10, 13; Col. 
2:13, 14). No wonder that thei'e can only be woe to those 
who despise the cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18). We cannot 
even look to Jesus and see Him apart from His cross 
(Heb. 12:2), and we cannot follow Him except we take 
His example in cross-bearing into our own lives (Matt. 

It was the Christ of the cross that was preached in 
the first century (2 Cor. 4:5). Worldly wisdom was no 
asset to that preaching (Col. 2:8). The cross reminded 
men of the wrath of God against sin (Rom. 1:18). The 
cross was not an afterthought but according to the fore- 
knowledge of God (Acts 2:22, 23). The ci-oss is contrary 
to present-day light conceptions of sin (Rom. 5:6; 1 Cor. 
15:3). It was sin that crucified Christ (1 Peter 2:24). 

"Did our Immanuel die for us, 
To save such poor, rebellious men? 
Did He display His pity thus 
That we might come to God again? 

"All human language wants a name 
For this unfathomed, wondrous love. 
This pure, immortal, fervent flame 
Sprang only from the God above. 

"O'erwhelmed with this abyss of love. 
We stand astonished at the grace 
That brought the Savior from above. 
To die for all the fallen race." 

Because of Calvary there can be no doubt of the love 
of God (Rom. 5:6-9). Calvary was the supreme mani- 

festation of God's love (1 John 4:9, 10). His love for 
us sent Christ to Calvary (2 Cor. 8:9). Great as is this 
divine love, we need it all (Rom. 8:35, 37-39). 

We who are the Lord's (1 Cor. 6:17), are crucified with 
Him (Gal. 2:20). That is, we are sacrificial and not sel- 
fish (Luke 9:23, 24). We die to the things which caused 
His death (Gal. 5:24). If wei havei Jesus we have dropped 
this world (Gal. 6:14). We cannot have this world and 
our Savior, too (Phil. 3:7, 8). We are to share His cru- 
cifixion (2 Cor. 4:10). We cannot be wrapped in our- 
selves and bear fruit for Him (John 12:24). Because of 
Calvary we cannot store our treasure on earth (Matt. 
6:19-21). Because of Calvary we yield our bodies to 
Christ a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1). It is through our 
bodies that we render service either to Christ or Satan 
(Rom. 6:11-13). Our bodies are the Lord's (1 Cor. 6:13) 
for His indwelling (1 Cor. 6:18-20). We are to bear in 
our bodies not the marks of sin (1 Peter 2:22-24), but 
the marks of the Lord Jesus (Gal. 6:14). 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for April 1, 1956 


Lesson: Luke 24:28-34, 44-53 

"Christ the Lord is ris'n today. Alleluia! 

Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia! 
Raise your joys and triumphs high. Alleluia! 

Sing, ye heav'ns, and earth reply. Alleluia!" 

TT IS ONLY PROPER and fitting on this glorious Eas- 
ter Day that all creation sing glory to God! "Christ 
the Lord is ris'n today. Alleluia!" However, we must be 
sure that we understand the spiritual significance of the 
Easter message. Have you proof this day that Christ has 
risen from the dead? Is the Living Christ dwelling with- 
in your life ? What does the Resurrection story mean to 

The disciples were a confused and disillusioned lot 
that day Christ was crucified. All their hopes and aspira- 
tions had been dashed to pieces by the death of their 
Lord and Master. Then came the third day. Mary Mag- 
dalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, visited 
the sepulchre where the body of Jesus had lain. "And they 
found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they 
entered in, and found not the body of the Lord) Jesus." 
Then they saw two angels which spoke to them: "Why 
seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is 
risen" (Luke 24:2-6). 

With joy and gladness of heart the women swiftly 
conveyed the angels' message to the other disciples. Did 
the disciples eagerly embrace the good news? No! Luke 
tell us the women "told these things unto: the apostles. 
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they 
believed them not." 


MARCH 24, 1956 


So there are many today who will not accept the good 
news that "Christ the Lord is ris'n today." They say, 
as did Thomas, "Except I shall see in His hands the print 
of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the 
nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not be- 
lieve" (John 20:25). The doubting Thomases of our day 
are missing the rich, spiritual blessing God bestows upon 
all those who believe. 

After He arose from the grave, Christ appeared to 
two of the disciples as they walked toward Emmaus. He 
walked and talked with them. And they did not know 
Him! Can it be we have been so insensitive to His Divine 
Presence that the Risen Christ has walked with us, and 
talked with us, and we knew Him not? 

We need to pray: 

"Open my eyes, that I may see 

Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; 

Place in my hands the wonderful key 
That shall unclasp, and set me free. 

Silently now I wait for Thee, 
Ready, my God, Thy will to see; 

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit Divine!" 

It was only when their eyes were opened that the two 
disciples recognized their Risen Saviour! 

The grave could not hold our Victorious Christ. He tri- 
umphed over sin, death, and the grave. And He still 
lives today! He lives within the hearts and lives of all 
true believers. 

"Give me just one good reason," demanded an atheist, 
"why you believe that Jesus rose again." 

"I can give you one very good reason," answered his 
Christian friend. "I talked with Him just this morning." 


Young Men's and Boys' 
Brotherhood Program 

Percy C. Miller— Topic Editor 
Month of April 

the well-grounded hope of eternal life; and the ground 
on which the hope rests is the resurrection of Christ 
Himself. The certainty of our Lord's resurrection is the 
GREAT SEAL of the Gospel." 

Someone has said that hope is like the sun, which, as 
we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden 
behind us. 

Can we experience hope and fear at the same 
time concerning our personal salvation? Do you think 
our degree of faith and our degree of hope balance each 

3. The Last Breakfast. John 21:1-14 

(Calling this the "Last Breakfast" may sound strange 
to you, but I believe you will fully understand what I 
mean.) How different the last breakfast was from the 
last supper. The last supper was eaten in the shadow of 
of the cross. The last breakfast was eaten in the glory 
of the resurrection. The weight of the cross lay heavily 
upon all who were gathered together in the upper room, 
for one would soon betray the Lord and another deny 
Him thrice. Now, in the glory of Christ's resurrection, 
the disciples did not even ask "Who are thou? knowing 
that it was the Lord." 

Do you think the disciples' faith was greater at the 
last breakfast than at the last supper? Do you think 
understanding increases our faith or do you think faith 
begins where understanding ends ? 

4. Declared the Son of God. Romans 1:1-9 

In Acts 13:33 we read, "God hath fulfilled the same 
unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus 
again; as it is also written in the second Psalm, "Thou 
art my Son, this day have I begotten Thee." (Psalm 2:7) 

The final proof of Christ's divinity as the Son of God 
was culminated in His resurrection. Although pronounced 
dead when He was taken from the cross, Christ was re- 
stored to life by miraculous power. 

What events concerning the birth of Christ reveal , His 
divinity? What events in the life of Christ reveal His 
divinity? What events in the death of Christ reveal His 
divinity ? 

Topic: "The Meaning of the Resurrection" 

I 1. The Empty Tomb. Matt. 28:1-10 

Even though Christ had preached His resurrection, 

the empty tomb was a great shock not only to the women 

I who had brought tokens of their love to a Master they 

; thought dead, but to the disciples waiting in what seems 

' like the depths of despair. Three questions come to mind. 

1 Did they lack faith? Was it simply that they did not 

1 fully understand the greatness and the power of Christ? 

Or did they fail to fully understand the promises and 

assurance of salvation and eternal life Christ gave on 

many occasions? 

What is your opinion? Do you think that any of us 
fully understand Christ's greatness and power and His 
promises ? 

2. Hope Revived. I Peter 1:3-9 

One Bible scholar wrote the following concerning the 
resurrection of Christ: "It is the Gospel alone that gives 

In Yiour Face 

You don't have to tell how you live each day; 
You don't have to say if you work or you play; 
A tried, true barometer serves in the place, 
However you live, it will show in your face. 

The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart ; 
Will not stay inside where it first got its start; 
For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace — 
What you wear in your heart, you wear on your 

If your life is unselfish, if for others you live, 
For not what you get, but how much you give; 
If you live close to God in His infinite grace, 
You don't have to tell it, it will show in your face. 

— Unknown Author, 




Clarence Stogsdill. Director 


NOW DON'T GET EXCITED. I don't mean recreation 
in the church building, although certainly there are 
some types of recreation that can be enjoyed under its 
roof. Here is a paper entitled Church Recreation, pub- 
lished by the Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, 
Tennessee. The entire twelve-page. Evangelist-size, pa- 
per, printed bi-monthly, is devoted to recreation and ac- 
tivities in the church. It covers recreation from little chil- 
dren's ages to adults of all ages. I see that it is "Vol- 
ume III, No. 1," so it hasn't been in print very long. 


Churches across the land that are really going places 
in the Lord's work — and play — are taking a vital interest 
in recreation nowadays. They are not sitting back, cross- 
ing and uncrossing their legs, scratching their heads and 
elbows, wondering what to do to take some of the excess 
energy out of young people so they can be respectable 
Christians. They recognize the fact that God has given 
youth vitality which needs to be used, energy that must 
be put to work in the proper channels. If God made them 
that way, it is a good thing. I should hate to think of 
what the personality would be like in old age if a child 
spent his years sitting around in a rocking chair! This 
is true of his emotional life as well as his physical life. 


In fact the emotions and the spirit are related to the 
body in a very definite way. If it were not true then God 
could have, and pi'obably would have, created us all 
spirits without bodies, just floating around in one form 
now, another after a while. Obviously this is the way He 
wanted us to look. Try praying some morning before you 
are awake and you will see what I mean. Some of us go 
through that ritual in hopes that we will appease God, 
or please Him with the form of our devotions. We need to 
stir ourselves and shake our bodies until our spirits are 

The young life doesn't have much trouble keeping 
awake. Youth are awake to everything that crosses their 
path — too much sometimes. But we let them drift into 
wrong places, using up that pent-up energy and enthu- 
siasm on things that do not belong to God. They have in- 
stincts, they have drives — and I don't mean automobiles. 
These drives are good if used in the right manner. They 
furnish power to do good and right, if directed rightly. 
As a certain contemporary minister put it: "The engine 
in the car is meant to drive the car on the road, but mis- 
directed it can land in the ditch." 

Recreation is good for letting off some of that excess 
"steam." And the wonderful thing that church recreation 
has over the sports of the world is that it is not (yet 
at least) so all-important that it is work. It isn't a life — 
or — death matter who wins; it is only a means of doing 

something that is good for the body. How many times have 
you heard someone say, "If the Church won't give young 
people anything to do they will go somewhere." I don't 
like the gleam in their eyes when they say that either, 
but there is more truth in that statement than most of 
us like to admit. 

A certain English woman said to me once when we 
were discussing recreation in an English Church, "We 
feel it is better that they come here than to be in the 
Pubs." Of course I agreed with her — partly. For the 
form of recreation that the youth were indulging in was 
exactly the same as that in which they would have in- 
dulged in "the Pubs." To have seen them in either place, 
without the cover of the building, would have been ex- 
actly the same scenes. In that case I would say that the 
church recreational program was only something extra for 
the youth, for I happened to know that most of the youth 
used their practice in this recreation to indulge further in 
the recreation at the Pubs! In this instance the Church 
was only an instrument of the world. We must keep our 
church recreation CHURCH RECREATION. 


It is not too early to be thinking about summer rec- 
creation for your church. And if someone begins to com- 
plain of the COST remind him that the Church is not in 
business to SAVE MONEY for the Lord, it is in business 
to INVEST for him. Read again the parable of the tal- 
ents. The one who was condemned was the man who al- 
ways thought of the COST and wanted to save the money, 
so he took it out and buried it and gave it back to the 
Master when He returned, nothing gained. It will cost 
something, just as it costs to send missionaries abroad. 
It costs to hire a pastor; it costs to heat the church. But 
the Lord asked us to count the cost, not save it! Some- 
times I think modem Christians would consider it a 
great service to the Lord if they closed the doors of the 
churches, for JUST LOOK AT THE MONEY WE 

A shuf f leboard ; a basketball court; a softball diamond; 
a special fund for outings and recreational benefits, are 
some things to think about for your church recreation. 
You may think that this is drawing the youth to your 
church through materialism; but in reality you will at- 
tract them through your love and concern for them and 
their needs. 



i^" How About 

Your Offerings? 

Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 


Make checks payable to The Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church, and address The Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 

MARCH 24, 1956 


QThe }\/omens /c) 

"96^ c'ser^ ""o©^ 

by Helen Jordan 



T IS A FINE THING to sit down and meditate. 

I am wondering what I have done for my fellowmen, 
to cheer the sick, write a word or two to the shut-ins; or 
am I just drifting ? I wonder if we meditate on the things 
worthwhile ? 

It seems in this busy world of ours, that we are so 
prone not to realize that the power of a life that is truly 
Christian never can be confined within oneself. It flows 
out daily and blesses the lives of others. As we manifest 
in our daily walk and conversation, the fruit of the Spirit, 
that is, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, good- 
ness, faith and all the rest, others with whom we come 
in contact will be benefited in some way or other. 

We cannot know how far-reaching our influence can 
be, for all of us touch many lives in ways which we are 
often quite unaware. 

"Let your light so shine before men," said the Mas- 
ter, "that they may see your good works and glorify 
your Father which is in Heaven" and if our light is 
shining others cannot help but see it, so let us re- 

"How little it costs. 

If we give it a thought 

To make happy some heart each day. 

Just one kind word, or a tender smile 

As we go on, our daily way." 

So may we show our love and give our best wishes 
to those about us and our Lord will show His great love 
to us as we seek to do His Will. 

Mrs. C. E. Klingaman, 

Waterloo, Iowa. 


February 22 to March 14 

Previous total reported $3,319.01 

Sarasota Brethren Church, Sarasota, Florida .... 33.40 
South Bend Brethren Church, South Bend, Ind. . . 100.00 
Johnstown Second Brethren, Johnstown, Penna. 53.00 

Huntington Brethren Church, Huntington, Ind. . . 29.08 

Southern Indiana District Laymen's Association 27.34 
Park Street Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 

(additional) 5.00 

Milledgeville Brethren Church, Milledgeville, 111. 201.00 

Rev. W. S. Bell, Milledgeville, 111 25.00 

St. Luke Brethren Church, Woodstock, Virginia. . 10.00 
Sergeantsville Brethren Church, Sergeantsville, 

N. J 14.25 

St. James Brethren Church, St. James, Maryland 38.00 

Trinity Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio 40.65 

Johnstown Third Brethren, Johnstown, Penna.. . 90.00 

Vivian Ryan, Berlin, Pa .24 

Mrs. W. G. Knavel, Conemaugh, Pa 5.00 

Tucson Brethren Church, Tucson, Arizona 20.30 

Falls City Brethren, Falls City, Iowa 10.00 

West Alexandria Brethren Church, W. Alexan- 
dria, 20.00 

Wayne Heights Brethren Church, Waynesboro, 

Pa 31.75 

Flora Brethren Church, Flora, Ind 51.05 

Brighton Brethren Church, Howe, Indiana 33.00 

Louisville Brethren Church, Louisville, Ohio . . 277.50 

Phyllis Gault, Park Street Brethren, Ashland, O. 20.00 

Mrs. George S. Baer, Park Street, Ashland, Ohio 5.00 
Rev. & Mrs. Delbert Flora, Park Street Brethren, 

Ashland, Ohio 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elton Whitted, Park St., Brethren, 

Ashland, 10.00 

Mt. Olive Brethren, McGaheysville, Va 51.00 

Morrill Brethren, Morrill, Kansas 4.00 

Muncie Brethren Church, Muncie, Indiana 35.05 

H. A. Gossard, LaCrescenta, Calif 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dorman Ronk, Lost Creek, Kentucky 10.00 

Total to March 14th $4,584.62 

iCatJi tn Seat 

BERKHEISER. Elmer F. Berkheiser, 80, son of Joseph 
and' Lydia (Sullivan)) Berkheiser, was bom Sept. 30, 
1875 and died at his home in Mexico, Indiana, Feb. 1, 
1956. Married to Cora Balsbaugh, Mar. 11, 1908. Sur- 
vived by his wife, two children, one foster sister, five 
grandsons and three nieces. Member of the Brethren 
Church at Mexico. Funeral services conducted on Feb. 
4th in the Church, with the pastor officiating, assisted by 
Rev. C. C. Grisso. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. 

Wayne E. Swihart, Pastor. 


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Items of general Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. New hymn books are being 
secured. It is hoped to have them in use by Easter. New 
offering plates, and a cabinet in which to store the hymn 
books are also on order. 

The new Communion set, consisting of base, cover and 
eight 36 cup trays, a gift of the Goshen, Indiana, Church, 
has been received by the Sarasota Brethren. 

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND. We note that Brother 
L. O. McCartneysmith was a patient in the Memorial Hos- 
pital, Cumberland during the early part of the month. 
Eugene Abe, a member of the Cumberland Church 
brought the morning message on March 4th. The evening 
message was brought by Harry Nealis. (We urge the 
Brotherhood to remember Brother McCartneysmith in 
prayer. He was able to return to his home on March 
3rd. Ed.) 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. The W. M. S. Public Service 
is scheduled for April 15th, with Mission Board General 
Secretary W. Clayton Berkshire, bringing the message. 

responding Secretary Mrs. Allen E. Hostetler, writes: 
"The work on the parsonage is progressing very nicely. 
The wiring, plumbing and heating systems have been in- 
stalled and it is now being readied for the plasterers. 
Practically all work to date has been by lay members and 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. Brother Wm. D. Keeling re- 
ports that with the weather a chief factor (snow, etc.), 
the attendance at the Pennsylvania District Youth Rally, 
the evening of Friday, March 16th, in the Masontown 
Church, was limited to 31 young people. A fine time is 
reported — an inspirational program, social time, and ban- 

CAMERON, W. VA. The Cameron Union Holy Week 
Service on Monday evening, was held in the Brethren 

bers of the Valley Brethren Choir joined with choir 
members of other churches of the valley, in the presen- 
tation of a special musical program in the Valley Com- 
munity Hall, Palm Sunday evening. 

(Continued on Page 6) 


TIOSA, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— April 2-15— Rev. 
O. C. Lemert, Evangelist; Rev. Wayne E. Swihart, Pas- 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Revival Services— April 3-15— 
Rev. V. D. Geren, Evangelist; Rev. E. J. Black, Pastor. 

GATEWOOD, W. VA. Revival Services— April 2-8— 
Rev. Hays K. Logan, Pastor-Evangelist. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. Revival Services— April 2-15 
— Rev. D. C. White, Evangelist; Rev. William D. Keeling, 

ST. JAMES MARYLAND. Evangelistic Meeting- 
April 16-29 — Rev. L. V. King, Evangelist; Rev. Freeman 
Ankrum, Pastor. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Evangelistic Services— April 18- 
29 — Emmons Evangelistic Party; Rev. R. K. Higgins, Pas- 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Evangelistic Campaign— April 
18-29 — Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, Evangelist; Rev. Robert 
Hoffman, Pastor. 



Park Street Brethren Church 

Ashland, Ohio 

Begins Tuesday night, April 10th, 7:30 

Closes Thursday night, April 12th, 8:30 





Cerro Gordo Brethren Church 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois 

April 20, 21, 22, 1956 
Special Speakers: Bob and Bea Bischof 

Youth Banquet Speaker Rev. A. T. Ronk 

K. C. Mock, Pastor, 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois. 


Thie Editor's 




been emphasizing, in the Evangelist, the Eas- 
ter theme. We have, because of the importance of 
this great Day, been seeking to give it more than 
just a one issue emphasis. 

We are wondering how great an emphasis you 
are giving the Easter message in your heart? 
Civilization revolves on the authenticity of the 
Easter morning account of the resurrection of 
our Lord. Eternity, dear friends, is keystoned by 
the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Paul puts it 
in I Corinthians 15:14, 17: "If Christ be not 
risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith 
is also vain. If Christ be not raised, your faith 
is vain; ye are yet in your sins." 

Whereas the pagan religious systems of the 
world point to the tombs of their founders as 
their focal point of worship, the true, Christian 
faith, points (if to a tomb, to an empty one) to 
the resurrected Lord. Paul continues in the 20th 
verse of the "Resurrection chapter": Now is 
Christ risen from the dead, and become the first- 
fruits of them that slept ... As in Adam all die, 
even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 

Thus, we have the answer to remove all doubts. 
We do not need to question the probability or the 
possibility of eternal resurrection or of eternal 
life ! The resurrection guarantees for the believer 
that coming reality. "In Christ shall all be made 
alive !" With inspiration like this, no wonder Paul 
was able to write at the close of this great Chap- 
ter, "0 death, where is thy sting? grave, where 
is thy victory? . . . But thanks be to God, which 
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus 

At this Easter time, we are sure every heart 
can be lifted up into planes of faith never before 
realized. The hard places can be made smooth, 
the crooked places made straight. The weary road 
can be bordered with the flowers of praise, and 
the heavy burdens can bq lightened by the res- 

urrected Lord who said, "Come unto me all ye 
that are weary and heavy laden," and who also 
said, 'T am with you alway." 

Paul knew the boundless joy of the Christian 
life would equally be fraught with the burdens 
of daily living. He sobered the over-zealousness 
of our faith by saying, "Be ye steadfast, 
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the 
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour 
is not in vain in the Lord." (I Corinthians 15:58.) 

"He lives forevermore," should be the first 
thought of every day. "Because He lives, I too 
shall live forevermore," should be the next 
thought. Then with this faith and assurance as 
the base of the day, let us build a daily life that 
will show to those around us that we do believe 
in a risen Saviour who saves us from sin. With 
this emphasis in our lives, infection will set in. 
Yes, infection of others with the same living 
faith which is ours. Let us not only rejoice with 
the living Saviour on Easter, let us make every 
morning, every rising sun, the beginning of a 
day of testimony to our Risen Lord. — W. S. B. 




The Mesiirreciion 

of the nody 

I Gorinthians 15 

Keu TS.ohert L. Hoffman 

interesting as well as a practical subject. 
Every Christian is interested in the subject be- 
cause there is not one who has not had a loved 
one who has left this present life. Certainly, it 
has practical implications. It is surprising how lit- 
tle Christians know about this theme in general. 
Even though the belief has been weakly held by 
Christians in general, the church has held a strong 
belief in the resurrection of the body. The church 
formulated its doctrine of this belief in the early 
creeds of the church. The Apostles' Creed states 
very definitely "... I believe in the resurrection 
of the body ..." It does not say perhaps, maybe, 
or under certain circumstances; but I BELIEVE. 

It is interesting to note that the Greeks had 
hazy ideas about the dead as existing as shadowy 
spirits. Plato said that the soul must return to the 
body; perhaps after four hundred years. He 
seemed to hold some view concerning the reuniting 
of the soul and the body. Clear teaching on this 
subject, as well as on many others, was not given 
until the New Testament was written. 

We look to the Bible then, for positive teaching 
on this theme. Job said, "For I know that my re- 
deemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the lat- 
ter day upon the earth : And though after my skin 
worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I 
see God" (Job 19:25, 26). David expressed hope 
of the resurrection and the life everlasting in 
Psalm 16, verses 9-11. It is also interesting to note 
that Elijah and Elisha each raised one person from 
the dead, which seems to be something of a pre- 
view of the demonstrations that Jesus gave when 
He was here on earth. We recall that Jesus 
brought several people back to life, namely, Jairus' 

daughter, the widow's son at Nain, and finally 
Lazarus. Last of all, Jesus Himself, was resur- 
rected! At this point we want to notice an im- 
portant contrast. Jesus' resurrection alone is gen- 
uine! The other examples that were given were 
not resurrections but reversals of death. We re- 
alize that each of the others passed through phys- 
ical death again. 

There is little question but that resurrection of 
the body is taught in the scriptures. The ques- 
tions that the Corinthians raised indicated that 
they wanted to know how, and the nature of the 
body. Their query is, "How are the dead raised 
up, and with what body do they come?" Every- 
one is familiar with the fact that the physical 
body grows old and after a time ceases to func- 
tion. I^ is claimed by the forces of death. Is this 
body to be revived and renewed? Paul explained 
that the answer is to be found in nature. He gives 
the fa .nous analogy of the seed. A grain of wheat 
will in "'strate his point. 

Aiiyone familiar with the ways of the farmer 
knows that when a grain of wheat is planted it 
passes through the process of death and disorgan- 
ization as the new plant grows out of the old 
grain. The new seed is produced from the new 
plant that grew out of the old grain that died. 
When the new grain is produced, no one would 
argue that the exact same particles that com- 
posed the old grain were present in the new 
grain. New particles are added from the soil and 
from the sun and the air, but the new grain 
would still be recognized as wheat. Paul is say- 
ing that the new body will resemble the old, how- 
ever, the same particles will not necessarily need 
to be present. A scientific objection is raised at 

MARCH 31, 1956 


this point against the resurrection of the body. 
Some say that since the particles that composed 
the physical body enter into new combinations 
bodily resurrection is impossible. The same par- 
ticles need no more to be present in the body than 
are present in the new grain. The new body grows 
out of the old — that is the miracle in the pro- 

Paul also speaks about the analogy of the di- 
versity of bodies. Man has one type of flesh and 
beasts another. Fishes ^.i^d birds represent still 
others. He says that there are celestial bodies 
and there are terrestrial bodies. The sun and the 
moon differ in glory. In other words, we want 
to be careful when we begin to "fence God in." 
God is not limited by our finite understanding. 
Since God made man in the first place, He can 
certainly accomplish his bodily resurrection. Paul 
in presenting these analogies of the differing 
bodies is indicating that the glory of the resur- 
rected body will far outshine the earthly body. 

Notice his comparisons between the earthly 
body and the spiritual body. "It is sown in cor- 
ruption: it is raised in incorruption : It is sown 
in dishonor: it is raised in glory: it is sown in 
weakness: it is raised in power: It is sown a nat- 
ural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is 
a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." 

Paul assures us that "flesh and blood cannot 
inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth cor- 
ruption inherit incorruption." The body's blood 
is the life vitalizing principle in the physical 
body. This was stated thousands of years ago by 
Moses in Leviticus 17:11, "the life of ihe flesh 
is in the blood." This was not thorough!, under- 
stood nor appreciated until Harvey di^'covered 
the circulation of the blood in the seventeenth 
century. Since Paul says that "flesh and' blood 
cannot inherit the Kingdom of G '," it 
would appear that this vitalizing principle will 
be replaced by one which will not be subject to 

What will our bodies be like then? The Scrip- 
tures do not tell us everything about them but 
what it does tell us is very important. It will be 
a God-given body. God formed the first body. He 
will also form this one. Paul says in Phil. 3:21 
that our vile body will be fashioned like unto His 
glorious body. This new body then will not be 
pure spirit as some have thought but it will be 
like Christ's resurrected body. As we know, His 
body was not spirit because he invited the dis- 
ciples to see it and also ate before them to dem- 
onstrate this fact. Like His body, ours also will 

be immortal and incorruptible. This new body 
will be strong. It will not be subject to present 
limitations. To appreciate this, just recall to mind 
that Christ's resurrected body was not limited by 
time or space or by material objects. When the 
disciples were meeting in the locked room Christ 
simply appeared with all the doors and windows 
locked. You see, His body was not limited by 
matter. It is almost beyond our comprehension. 
We can be sure that this new body will be 
adapted to heavenly uses and purposes. In the 
Transfiguration scene it appears that we have a 
glimpse of Christ's resurrected body and His 
glory. Since our bodies will resemble His, it is 
logical to assume that our body will be shining 
and glorious as was His. 

The Scriptures not only teach the truths of the 
resurrection, but also the resurrection of the 
body. We do not know every detail but the very 
outline is enough to go beyond our wildest imag- 
inations. In conclusion then, we ought to look for- 
ward to this great event with a firm faith in the 
purposes of God. It ought to lessen our undue 
concern for departed loved ones. Since their 
identity and ours will remain we will know one 
another and share together the untold glories of 
of the Father's heaven. Also, while we remain 
here on earth, it ought to challenge us as never 
before to our work of saving the lost. 

You can say with the church, "... I believe in 
the resurrection of the body!" 

Smithville, Ohio. 




(Continued from Page 2) 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. The Good Friday service offered 
a special feature for adults and children this year. With 
the parents attending the service in the Reformed Church, 
the children were cared for in their own meeting which 
was held in the Brethren Church. 

WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. The West Alexandria 
Church is scheduled to be the host to the Miami Valley 
Brethren Laymen's Rally on April 16th. 

REN. Dedication Services, for the New Addition, which 
includes new Sunday School rooms, new electrical fix- 
tures, Public Address system and redecoration of the 
church, was held Sunday afternoon, March 25th. Brother 
W. E. Ronk, of the Ashland Seminary Faculty, was the 
guest speaker. A full report of the day's activities will 
appear later in the Evangelist. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Newark's first Ordination Service for 
Deacons and Deaconesses was held on March 18th. Those 
ordained to this office were: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon H. 
Wilkins, and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin F. Cooperrider. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Rev. Gerald Woodhouse is the 
scheduled speaker at the Elkhart Brethren Easter Sunrise 
Service at 6:00 A. M. 

Brother R. K. Higgins is scheduled to speak at the 
City-wide Easter Sunrise Service, in the High School 
auditorium at 6:30. 

FLORA, INDIANA. The Flora W. M. S. has presented 
the Brethren's Home with an illuminated picture, "Christ, 
the Shepherd." 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Guest speaker, Sunday evening, 
March 18th, was Armydis Sturdavent, a layman from 
the Friends Church. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Brother Spencer Gentle reports 
an attendance of 76 at a recent Mid-Week Service. 

sage on March 18th was brought by Richard Rupp, rep- 
resentative of the Gideon's Organization. 


I like to think 

Before the gates of dawn, how tall he stood ! 

No man had shared the journey with him there- 
No other could. 

I like to think 

The Cross was lifted from his soul at last 
And he was mindful of his Father's face — 

No dimmer past. 

I like to think 

Before the gates of dawn he still could see, 
Far down along the Easter thoroughfare, 

Least ones like me! 

— Lilla Vass Shepherd. 


BY THE WAY, PASTORS: If you have not yet taken 
the time to write out a favorite sermon of yours for the 
Evangelist, we suggest that you do this between now and 
the Pastor's Conference, bringing it along to give to the 

In our Evangelist articles, we are endeavoring to bring 
to our readers articles which are Brethren, by Brethren. 
To do this, we must continue to receive manuscripts 
from the pen of Brethren ministers and leaders. 

We appreciate the splendid cooperation as evidenced 
in the articles which have appeared on these pages from 
time to time. In addition to our regular, planned themes, 
and departments, we like to bring to our readers the 
devotional messages as they have been appearing under 
the "Favorite Sermon" series. Thus, if you have not 
yet sent in your message, we would appreciate your de- 
votion to this service soon. Remember, if possible, type 
double spaced, and on one side of the paper, only. 

ALSO, PASTORS: We still have room in our file for 
the 50 or more pastor's questionnaires which have not 
yet been returned. 


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524 College Ave.. Ashland, Ohio. Phone: 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Se/y. 
(MRS ) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistant 


WHEN THE LORD DIRECTED— "Go ye therefore 
..." He turned over to His believers and follow- 
ers the most challenging, the most potentially productive 
business of all time. His challenge has been accepted by 
many churches and individuals down through the years 
with some amazing results; however, we are all aware 
that much more could have been accomplished and still 
can be accomplished if we will undertake this business 
with enthusiasm, using skillful and resourceful methods. 
The Brethren Church, in building and maintaining an 
effective missionary program in Nigeria and Argentina 
during the past years, has achieved some rather gratify- 
ing results; but with a clearer understanding of the work 
on the part of all Brethren, even greater developments 
may follow. 

Understanding our needs 

Since the beginning of our mission work in Nigeria and 
Argentina a number of our Brethren people have sup- 
ported it faithfully; but it always seems that a greater 
munber of them might help — and more effectively — if 
they understood the entire picture of missions: what the 
needs are; where our funds are spent; and how they are 

Various organizations — and sometimes individuals — 
have preferred to do their mission giving for definite 
projects. They apparently like to fulfill some unique need. 
Such gifts are helpful, of course; but we must guard 
against emphasis upon these extras to the exclusion of 
or neglect of our total missionary pi-ogram and its basic 
needs. In other words, giving to these projects is fine, 
but such giving should be done in addition to supporting 
the fundamental expenses of missions and not instead of 
them. Otherwise, our foreign mission work may find it- 
self in the impracticable — almost paradoxical — situation 
of having the non-essentials — but not the essentials for 
carrying on, nor the essentials for expanding. 

It should be clearly understood that the Missionary 
Board is not discouraging or disparaging giving for pro- 
jects. They appreciate and encourage such giving — but 
recognize that the basic needs must be supplied first to 
insure the work's continuance and development. 

Basic needs of missions 

Perhaps many of our people are not clear in their un- 
derstanding of the items that must be supplied and the 
approximate funds needed to support missions in our de- 
nomination. For the benefit of those concerned, and to 
answer questions relating to this work, we list the follow- 
ing costs of our mission work in Nigeria and Argentina 
for one year: 

Argentina : 

Bylers' basic salary $ 2,576.00 

Child allowance 880.00 

Rent 1,000.00 

Radio work 1,296.00 

Field Budget 4,000.00 

Bible Institute 500.00 

Buildings *30,000.00 


*Not a typical expense — to be distributed over several 


Liskey— Salary and work budget $ 1,890.00 

Bischofs' Salary and work budget . 3,780.00 

Shanks' Salary and work budget 3,780.00 

Shanks' Child allowance 360.00 

Transportation and freight— Shanks 1,564.09 

Meadville Training Conf.— Shanks 353.15 

Outfit allowance— Shanks 600.00 

C. R. I. support 1,000.00 

Education and Medical support 1,000.00 

Furlough Salary— Janet King (2 mo.) 300.00 

Bischofs' passage home 1,000.00 


General Expense: 

Missionary Home Maintenance $ 429.28 

Medical expense — Miss, and Cand 600.00 

Deputation expense — Missionaries 200.00 

Administration — (salaries, rent, promotion, 

literature, office equipment, board exp. etc.) 7,830.00 

Candidate training 3,799.68 


Total expense for 1 

year — Argentina and 


With these figures in mind, which vary some from year 
to year — but basically run about the same — one has a bet- 
ter idea of where his money goes and how much is 
needed. Of course, we want the scope of our work to in- 
crease; we want to extend into larger fields; hence we 
will need to give more money and send more workers. 

If the expense of carrying on the work seems large, 
remember that we could be sending a dozen more mis- 
sionaries without involving a great deal more in over- 
head. A certain amount of operating cost is essential — 
an absolute minimum — regardless of the number of woi'k- 
ers being sent out. Therefore, we should be sending more. 

In the light of this information, you may want to give 
your missionary offerings to the total program, simply 
trusting the Missionary Board to make the distribution of 
funds as they are needed. This method makes their work 
simpler and greatly facilitates progress. 




He is Risen 

Matthew 28:1-10 

JN the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn 
toward the first day of the week, came Mary 
Magdalene, and the other Mary to see the sepul- 

2 And behold, there was a great earthquake: 
for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, 
and came and rolled back the stone from the 
door, and sat upon it: 

3 His countenance was like lightning, and his 
raiment white as snow. 

4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, 
and became as dead men. 

5 And the angel answered and said unto the 
women. Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek 
Jesus, which was crucified. 


What has happened, Mary, 

To make your eyes so bright? . 

Radiant as stars they shine, 
And only yesternight 

Dim they were with weeping, 
Clouded was their light — 

Tell me, tell me quickly, 

Mary, whom did you see 
And speak to in the garden — 

Mary — was it — he? 

Lucy A. K, Adee. 


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as He said! 

6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. 
Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 

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

8 And they departed quickly from the sepul- 
chre, with fear and great joy; and did run to 
bring his disciples word. 

9 And as they went to tell his disciples, be- 
hold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they 
came, and held him by the feet, and worshipped 

10. Then said Jesus unto them. Be not afraid : 
go tell my brethren, that they go into Galilee, and 
there shall they see me. 


e ringing, 

viour lives ! 

are swelling, 

lanting ! 
I panting, 
the strife; 

tie blessing, 

Daniel Brodhead. 


Three joyous lilies were in bloom 
Beside the empty garden tomb. 

One swayed gently as the breeze 
Sang resurrection melodies. 

One leaned down to touch the sod 
Where the feet of Jesus trod. 

One looked up as if to say 

A prayer of thanks for Easter Day. 

— E. V. Thomson. 




plans Mortgage Burning 

Service for 


April 1, 1956 

As you read in the February 11 issue of the Evan- 
gelist and also in the later report by the Missionary 
Board, February 5 of this year was observed as Cash 
Day for the Building Fund in Washington, D. C. 

The day had been anticipated for some time; plans 
were well laid and much prayer by the pastor and peo- 
ple was in evidence. Since the 1955 campaign had proved 
so fruitful, now the entire liquidation of the present debt 
was hoped for. We needed almost $5,000 to accomplish 

By the time Cash Day was over there was just about 
$4,500 brought to the House of the Lord by the Sunday 
School Classes, Morning Worship Service and Evening 
Bible Hour. We were about $300 short of our total ob- 
jective. However, everyone in the Church knew that be- 
fore long that would be in, for had not the Lord met 
every single obstacle thus far and given us great assur- 
ance ? 

Additional dollars came in until just a week ago when 
one of our Brethren and his wife decided they would as- 
sume the rest of the obligation and pay off the other 
$200. But the Brethren still didn't stop and by the time 
the Note was paid off there was $50.00 left over to start 
the new Building Fund. 

I am sure the entire Brotherhood rejoices with us here 
in Washington, the Nation's Capital. Our congregation 
is not composed of wealthy people — far from it — and we 
take pride in the spirit of generosity and sacrifice re- 
flected in the above results. The Sunday School Classes 
showed diligent work both by the teachers and pupils. 
Everybody had a part in this. 

Our present building has been occupied for only 7 
years. Our membership embraces 142. There were 129 
present on the big Cash Day when the $4,500 was brought 
in. This included children, babies and visitors. 

No one can foretell what the future years will bring 
in the way of furthering His kingdom in this great city, 
the heartbeat of our nation. We would not forget the 
kindness and help of many of our members who have 
left the city, and likewise of those who have sent in gifts 
from outside our membership. Their contributions helped 
us very greatly in reaching our objective. Friends, we are 
very appreciative. The Brethren in Washington have every 
reason to rejoice. 

On Easter Sunday Rev. Clayton Berkshire, General 
Secretary of the Missionary Board is coming to assist us 
in burning our old Note. Also we will have a man from 
the Perpetual Building Association from whom we had 
borrowed the $30,000 we have paid in these seven years. 
On Easter Sunday Evening we will celebrate the Lord's 
Supper and Holy Communion. While our Pastor is hold- 
ing Services in Berlin, Pennsylvania, and in Meyersdale, 
Pennsylvania, we will be delighted to have Reverend Fells 
Lam and Chaplain Donald F. Carter in our Pulpit. Also 
our Tuesday night Bible Class of Young Married Couples 
will conduct the Sunday Evening and one Wednesday 
night Services, bringing to the Church some of the great 
things they have learned in this year's course in their 
Bible Class. This group has met with the Pastor on Tues- 
day nights now for three years. They are also very active 
in visitation work. 

We seek your help in asking the Lord's guidance about 
our future here. We want to go up with the top and 
Sanctuary just as soon as we can. We need the room and 
the Church atmosphere so very much. 


Mrs. Ona Lee Sams, 

Corresponding Secretary. 

LJOW DIVINELY FULL OF GLORY and pleasure shall that hour be 
■'• A when all the millions of mankind that have been redeemed by the 
blood of the Lamb of God shall meet together and stand around Him, 
with every tongue and every heart full of joy and praise! How aston- 
ishing will be the glory and the joy of that day when all the saints shall 
join together in one common song of gratitude and love, and of everlast- 
ing thankfulness to this Redeemer! With what unknown delight, and in- 
expressible satisfaction, shall all that are saved from the ruins of sin 
and hell address the Lamb that was slain, and rejoice in His presence. — 
— Isaac Watts. 

MARCH 31, 1956 


The Washington Pastor, 



writes as follows: 

"I thought this group of figures (below) might be of 
real interest and inspiration to many of our Churches in 
showing how this small handful of people have given. 

"Will you notice that in the last 14 months they gave 
as much as they had given in the first 72 months ? This 
only shows that any Church can do many times more 
for the Lord if they just think they can, and want to. 

"Our financial Secretaries worked out this chart to 
show the 'per day' and 'per family' giving of our people. 
This is only for the Building Fund, however. Other in- 
comes have been increasing for the Church Treasury, too. 

"Rev. Clayton Berkshire will be with us on Easter 
Sunday morning to assist in burning the Note for the 
old Church loan which we have now paid off. All of the 
Brethren within reach of Washington are invited." 


Which God has accomplished through a Small CongTegiation : 


Building Fund Report from January 1949 to February 19, 1956 


Total Paid 















During year 







$ 7.71 


















































to Feb. 

1956 4,725.00 








AN INTERESTING GLANCE at the total 86 months of the above report: 

First 72 months the Church gave almost exactly $18,000 toward the Building 

Last 14 months the Church gave almost exactly $18,000 toward the Building 


Our membership, including children, is 142. We have about 42 families in all. 


now and throughout 





Vrayer ffleeting 

"By G. T. §ilmer 


"Dear Lord, if Thou canst make so wonderful this thing 

called a tree 
I wonder, Lord, what Thou couldst make if men would 

yield to Thee: 
If every earth-born root, drank from the wells of God 
And all day long his every breath answered Thy slightest 

It's bent, twisted, gnarled and time-eaten, but a glorious 

thing this tree. 
With its heart and its arms uplifted, seeking the face 

of Thee. 
Oh, Thou, Who made so wonderful tliis thing called a 

Take me, root, branch and all, and as the years go on 

Grow up in me that radiant light that shines. Lord, from 

Thy face." 

CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN MEN are like the ever- 
green cedars of Lebanon (Psalm 92:12.) No matter 
how hard the trials of life may come, they have no time 
for backsliding (Psalm 112:7). No matter how ugly the 
natural features, when the Spirit of God dwells in a man 
he is handsome (Psalm 149:4). Some cedars are red on 
the inside, but the cedars of Lebanon are white inside 
(Matt. 5:8). The cedars of Lebanon are sweet smelling, 
which speaks of a life of self-denial and sacrifice (Songs 
of Solomon 4:11; Phil. 4:18; Heb. 13:15, 16). The Chris- 
tian's influence is wide-spreading as the lengthy boughs 
of the Lebanon cedar (1 Thess. 1:8). As the cedar is 
always growing so the Christian grows in grace and 
strives for greater things ahead (Phil. 3:14). The palm 
lives to bring forth abundant fruit in old age, and so 
the last days of the Christian may be his best days 
(Psalm 92:14). The heart of the cedar is insect proof 
because of its odor, and the Christian has a sound heart 
(Prov. 4:23). At the least scratch the sap oozes out, so 
we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 

The wicked sometimes spread themselves "like a green 
bay tree" (Psalm 37:35). King Ahab was a type of the 
successful wicked man in coming into his kingdom (1 
Kings 16:28, 29), in victories over Ben Hadad (1 Kings 
20:20, 21, 29), in acquiring Naboth's vineyard (1 Kings 
21:16), in making alliance (1 Kings 22:4), and as an 
enterprising man (1 Kings 22:39). He played loose (1 
Kings 21:25), had no moral oversight over his subjects 
(1 Kings 16:34), did not consider God (1 Kings 16:33), 
and murdered Naboth (1 Kings 21:12-24). But he failed 
to learn the intent of his successes (1 Kings 20:13, 28), 
and did not get satisfaction from them (1 Kings 20:43). 
He was condemned morally (1 Kings 21:19), and left a 
curse on his posterity (1 Kings 21:20-22). His death was 


in fulfillment of prophecy for his evil deed against 
Naboth (1 Kings 22:34, 35; 21:19). 

The right kind of success is that of "The Blessed 
Man" (Psalm 1:1-3). He is "like a tree planted by the 
rivers of water," but the way of the wicked shall fail 
(Prov. 4:18, 19). Even in nature we can plainly see the 
merit of God having His way, either with a tree or a 
butterfly: — 

God has His way with a butterfly, 

Fragile dweller twixt earth and sky, 

Lovely harbinger of the spring. 

He tenderly fashions each gossamer wing. 

Then stencils upon them His own design. 

Intricate, line upon fine thin line; 

Then dipping His brush in the rainbow's hue 

He colors them, golden or green or blue, 

And sets them adrift in the warm spring air. 

Bits of loveliness floating there 

Between the earth and the bending sky. 

God has His way with a butterfly — 

What would I be 

If God had His way with me ? 

— -Martha Snell Nicholson. 




William H. Anderson 

Lesson for April 8, 1956 


Lesson: Acts 1:6-8, 2:22-33 

.to Serve." In other words, eternal life has been 
given to us with a view to a purpose. This is what Jesus 
meant when He said to His disciples: "I have chosen 
you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth 
fruit" (John 15:16). The word "that," in the above verse, 
begins a purpose clause, and could better be translated 
"in order that," or, "for the purpose that." With this in 
mind we could accurately translate the words of Jesus 
thus: "I have chosen you, and ordained you, for this 
purpose: that ye should go and bring forth fruit." 

Even as it is true God saves for a purpose, so does 
He empower for a purpose. In Acts 1:8 we hear Christ 
speaking to His disciples after the Resurrection: "Buti 
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come 
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in 
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto 
the uttermost part of the earth." 

A careful examination of this verse convinces us that! 
God's wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit was for a par- 
ticular purpose: to empower men and women to carry > 
the Gospel message to the ends of the world! 

This is what Dr R. H. Glover, former Home Director i 
for North America of the China Inland Mission, meant i 
in his book The Bible Basis of Missions: "In other words, 

MARCH 31, 1956 


Christian missions and Pentecost were inseparably re- 
lated — Pentecost being the essential preparation for mis- 
sions, and missions being the logical and inevitable re- 
sult of Pentecost." 

Nineteen hundred years have passed since Christ gave 
the Great Commission to "Go ye into all the world, and 
preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). All 
these years the Church has had the blessed Gospel with- 
in its grasp. And yet, very little has been done with it! 

Again we quote from Dr. Glover, this time from his 
book "The Progress of World-Wide Missions: "It is an 
actual fact that heathen and Moslems are increasing far 
faster by natural propagation than are Christian con- 
verts by regeneration. There are actually more heathen 
in the world today than when Carey launched the mod- 
ern missionary movement (1792)." 

After receiving the Great Commission from the Lord 
Jesus Christ, the early disciples set forth to carry out 
His command. Peter started the witnessing in Jerusalem 
on the very day the Holy Spirit came upon the church. 
Three thousand were converted as a result of that one 
message. From Jerusalem the disciples spread out to 
Judaea, then Samaria, until they had reached the utter- 
most parts of the world. Why? Because they felt the 

WOE of the Gospel in their hearts, and the GO of the 
Gospel in their feet! 

Bishop Frodsham, in The Christian Age, tells of a 
conversation he had with Sir William Macgregor concern- 
ing the relatively rapid progress of Mohammedanism in 
West Africa as compared with that of Christianity, Mac- 
gregor said: "It's just this, every Mohammedan regards 
himself as a missionary; the majority of Christians think 
it is another man's work." 

God has given us a message of salvation to proclaim, 
and the power of His Holy Spirit to convey that mes- 
sage. How can we do less than give Him our best in the 
great endeavor of evangelizing the world with the Gospel 

"Go preach the blest salvation 

To every sinful race. 
And bid each guilty nation 

Accept the Saviour's grace; 
But bear, oh, quickly bear it 

Where thronging millions roam, 
And bid them freely share it. 

Who dwell with us at home." 

— Dyer. 

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I am happy to note that every thing is going strong 
here in Roanoke. Our attendance for Sunday School has 
averaged a strong 55 and our morning worship service 
has averaged even above that. That may seem a little 
odd, but we have been very pleased with the increase 
of attendance for our morning worship services. We are 
realizing a fine B. Y. C, which has just been reorganized 
in the past month or sov We are grateful for the help 
and assistance that our own Brother Robert Zent, and 
also so many others have given to us to make this a 
go for our youth. 

Might I go back and reminisce to the first of October, 
1955. When we arrived here at Roanoke early one morn- 
ing after driving all night from West Virginia, we walked 
into the house that the people here had rented for a 
parsonage. We found a refrigerator loaded with food, a 
very nice gas stove, and a gas heating circulator which 
the good Brethren had purchased and given as a welcome 
gift to Judy my wife, myself, and our daughter, Paula. 
I might say this surely was appreciated more that we 
could find words to say. Then in line came our Home- 
coming in which we had 63 for Sunday School and sev- 
eral more came in for the worship service. In the after- 

noon service, we had as our speaker my father, Rev. 
Arthur H. Tinkel, Pastor of the Oakville Brethren church. 
This service was very well attended, with much interest 

Then we skip to a Sunday before Christmas. We were 
host to a union Christmas service. There was a play 
given, with the participants coming from the other two 
churches in town as well as ours. Our auditorium was 
filled to capacity. 

Again, to us personally; We received several personal 
gifts, and on Christmas Sunday, we received a large 
basket filled and running over with food stuffs. Again 
this was a time when we could not find words to fit our 

Now for the first of 1956. This year so far has found 
us very busy, with a number of things that are unfin- 
ished at the present. As far as Sunday School attend- 
ance, our top number has been 73, and that was just 
two Sundays ago. We are still realizing a greater mimber 
for the morning worship service than for Sunday School 
much of the time. We have started a new class for young 
married people and young people just out of High School. 
We are having monthly class meetings and are seeing a 
greater interest shown. The class, in hunting for a name, 
decided on a rather peculiar name, but I think a fitting 
one, "The Corner-Stones." We are praying that this 
class and all the other classes in the church will see a 
great growth both materially and Spiritually. 

This spring will see us in a remodeling program on the 
church. There will be both interior and exterior work done 
with the largest thing, a new heating system being in- 
stalled. There is also quite a lot of discussion as to the 
purchasing of a new parsonage. I think the Brethren 
here at Roanoke feel that a church has to start out like 
a small babe, by crawling, but there comes a time to 
start walking, however there may be some falls or bumps 



along the way but with the help of God, Is there anything 
impossible ? We here at Roanoke are accepting the good 
word in Isaiah 41:10; "Fear thou not; for I am with 
thee; Be not dismayed; for I am thy God. I will strengthen 
thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with 
the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:13; "For 
I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto 
thee, Fear not; I WILL HELP THEE," Traly these are 
great promises to stand on and we ask the prayers of all 
the Brethren everywhere. 

I might say that February was a big time for us per- 
sonally, as on the 19th day we were the parents of a 
7 lb. 6% oz. baby Girl. We have named her Cheryl Lynn. 
We are happy to say that both baby and my wife are get- 
ting along fine. 

As we are nearing another Easter time, this finds us 
in a week of union services. I will be speaking on Sun- 
day evening and again on Wednesday evening, and I am 
also in charge of all the music. Along with my work at 
the Factory here in town, truly the work is great, but 
we feel that God's hand has truly been on us. Our prayer 
is that we may become a full time church, both in win- 
ning souls, and in our general work. 

The Roanoke Brethren Church, 
Paul D. Tinkel, Pastor. 

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We thought you would like some news from the Breth- 
ren's Home. 

Mr. Gilbert Jordon i^assed away February 19, aged 77 
years. He had been at the Home only a little more than 
a month. 

We have received some very nice gifts this year. 

One dozen sheets from Mrs. Price of North Liberty; 
also canned fruit, etc., from the North Liberty Church. 

A quarter of beef and canned fruit from the Teegarden 

Dresser scarf from two Johnstown, Penna. W. M. S. 

Guests of the home from Ashland College on a recent 
week-end were: Lila Miller, Sue Shope, Edith Yorke of 
Mansfield, Marlin McCann, Jim Rowsey and Richard Kuns. 
They i)resented a very nice program to the members of 
the Home on Sunday afternoon. 

Birthdays in Mai'ch were Mrs. Florence Ailer and Mr. 
Roy Stonebraker. 

Mrs. Russell Kuns, Matron. 


Many blessings were received during our recent Evan- 
gelistic Services. The visible results of the meetings were 
not great, but in our hearts we feel that Christians were 
brought closer to God and to greater service for Christ. 

Our Evangelist, Harold Garland, during the ten day 
stay with us, brought many inspirational messages, which 
brought joy in the hearts of God's children. The great- 
est blessing was received at the baptismal service held 

on Thursday night when five who made confessions of 
faith in Christ and who wished to unite with the Church, 
were baptized and received into the church. This service 
was followed by our Communion Service, at which there 
were forty-eight in attendance. The Lord was in our pres- 
ence during the past ten days. 

This last group which came into the Church makes a 
total of nine in the past five months that the Lord has 
added to His Church. Pray for the Cerro Gordo Brethren 
Church that God will work and use it as a Lighthouse 
from which the Gospel shall be preached and souls won 
into the kingdom of God and unto the Church. 

Kenneth C. Mock, Pastor. 


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings 
in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3). With this verse 
in mind we bring you greetings from Pleasant Hill. 

Truly the Lord has done great things for us whereof 
we are glad. We have just closed two weeks Revival Ser- 
vices here with Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Thomas, of North 
Liberty, Indiana. The church had been much in prayer 
concerning the meetings, and we were trusting God to 
pour out His blessings upon us. We were not disap- 
pointed. God gave us a gracious outpouring of His Holy 
Spirit, with the result 15 accepted Christ as Saviour, 
37 reconsecrated their lives to the Lord, and 5 Christians 
expressed a desire to join in fellowship with our church. 

These figures do not fully reveal the results. A gen- 
uine spirit of conviction swept over the church, so that 
among the reconsecrations were many Christian people 
who had been away from the Lord for many years. 
Brother Thomas and the Pastor visited many in their 
homes who were visibly moved by the Spirit. Many spir- 
itual problems were solved when people made their full 
surrender to the Lord. The Lord is still working in the 
hearts of some, and we have faith to believe more vic- 
tories are yet to come. 

Brother and Sister Thomas proved to be a rich bless- 
ing in our midst. Christian fellowship and unity of the 
Spirit were evident in our labours together. Brother 
Thomas brought straight-forward, true-to-the-Bible, 
Gospel messages each night. Our people all felt the Chris- 
tian warmth, love, and sincerity of Brother and Sister 
Thomas. We thank God for sending them our way. 

Although the weather was not always the most pleas- 
ant for special services, the attendance was very good, 
with an average of 121 for the 15 services. 

Just a word concerning the rest of our church pro- 
gram. We believe the words of Nehemiah are now ap- 
plicable to the people here: "For the people had a mind 
to work." The attendance has been slowly increasing. In 
1955 the church noted a 64% increase in Morning Wor- 
ship, 7% in Sunday School, and 108% in Prayer Meeting. 
For the first two months of this year there has been an 
11% increase in the Morning Worship attendance over 
last year. We give all the praise to God! 

The church is now in the midst of a redecorating pro- 
gram. The woodwork has been refinished in the back oJ 

MARCH 31, 1956 


the church and the vestibule, and new doors have been 
installed both in the vestibule and the outside entrance. 
By Easter we expect to have wall-to-wall carpet laid, as 
well as new tile in the vestibule. The pews also were re- 
paired and refinished. More work is now being consid- 
ered. There are plans for Modern-Fold Doors in the bal- 
cony to provide for more class rooms. New lighting for 
the interior of the sanctuary is also being contemplated. 

As interested as we are in the redecorating program, 
we are primarily interested in the spiritual development 
of the church. We believe the Lord has still greater bless- 
ings in store for us as people and Pastor continue to 
work harmoniously together. Pray for us! 

William H. Anderson. 

Q^he Y\7ornen'5 /Corner 

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by Helen Jordan 

FROM EARLIEST CHILDHOOD we are taught that 
God, our Heavenly Father, loves us and that He is 
the creator of the world in which we live. On Sundays 
we attend religious services where we are encouraged, 
admonished, instructed, so that we are brought nearer 
to God. On the other days of the week we are also made 
aware of God's goodness to us because "The heavens de- 
clare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his 
handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto 
night sheweth knowledge." 

Sometimes a change from the man-made world in 
which we work is necessary and we need to go to nature 
for refreshment. Here the morning sunrise and the eve- 
ning sunset speak to us of the majesty and wisdom of 
the Almighty, not just once a year or once a month but 
every morning and every evening. There are so many 
ways in which God speaks. Is there anything lovelier than 
the rainbow which is a promise, a sign, a token of God's 
goodness and love? It belongs to everyone and is a joy 

It is a lamentable fact that what is customary soon 
|becomes commonplace. It seems that we do not appreciate 
the blessings we possess all the time. At the end of the 
day God has given us the sunset. For thousands of years 
He has done this. He rubs out one sunset then the next 
day He paints another and no two have ever been alike. 
I The beauty of the colors in the western sky changes our 
mood and brings to us the tranquility and sweetness of 
a, Christlike spirit. Let's spend more time in God's out- 
of-doors, or we can at least be more aware of it. The 
jfalling snow, the countless stars, the birds, the rivers, 
'the trees, the flowers with their fragrance — all these God 
has given to us to enjoy. The world, when we see it right- 
ly, is still the Garden of Eden, and in the cool of the 
iday, we can still walk with God. 


ELDER EMRA T. FIKE, of Terra Alta, West Virginia, 
passed to the greater life beyond the grave, on Tues- 
day, March 20th, according to word received in Ashland 
this past week. Brother Fike was the Pastor of our White 
Dale Brethren Church, of Terra Alta. Let us remember 
the loved ones who sorrow at his passing, in our prayers 
at the throne of grace. 


OME GOING of two well known Brethren lay mem- 
bers took place during the month of March. 

Mrs. J. R. Schutz, 

North Manchester, Ind. 

MR. A. B. (ARCH) FURRY, of Johnstown, Pennsyl- 
vania, died on March 3rd. He was a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, and was very active and 
interested in the work of the Brethren Church, locally, in 
the District and in the Denomination. He served for a 
number of years as a member of the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church. 

MRS. RAY YOUNT, of Dayton, Ohio, died on March 
20th. She along with her husband, were members of the 
Hillcrest Brethren Church, of Dayton, and Mr. Yount is 
well known for his denominational activities, being a 
member of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 
and a member of the Board of Trustees of Ashland Col- 
lege, besides being actively engaged as architect and de- 
signer in church construction and building programs 
among the Brethren. 

Our prayers and sympathies go out to the loved ones 
who survive. May the blessed peace of our Lord bring 
comfort to saddened hearts, in the full assurance of His 
promises of meeting again in that eternal day. 


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Items of general Interest 

GATEWOOD, W. VA. A recent note from Helen Swan- 
igan, Secretary of the Gatewood Church, reads as fol- 

"We called Brother Hayes K. Logan from the Penn- 
sylvania District to be our minister. He preached his first 
sermon on February 12th. 

"This is the first full time Pastor the Gatewood Church 
has ever had. 

"We believe it is an answer to prayer." 

BERLIN, PENNA. Ten were baptized in the Berlin 
Church the afternoon of March 25th. 

Brother Lyle Lichtenberger says of their recent meet- 
ings with Brother J. Ray Klingensmith that the "at- 
tendance was excellent." 

The Meyersdale Church has recently installed as dea- 
con and deaconess, Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Housel, and 
as deaconess, Miss Miriam M. Bird. The service of con- 
secration was held on March 25th. 

MOUNT PLEASANT, PENNA. The Mount Pleasant 
Church has called Brother George J. King to be their 
pastor for another year, and he has accepted the call. 

Brother Elmer M. Keck has been showing his colored 
slides of Brethren missionaries in his services while 
Sister Keck reads to the congregation letters from these 
missionaries as they appear in The Evangelist. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. The Union Good Friday ser- 
vice was held in the Brethren Church, with the pastor, 
Brother William D. Keeling, bringing the message, 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. The W. M. S. public service 
is scheduled for April 22nd, with Mission Secretary W. 
C. Berkshire as guest speaker. 

Union Holy Week service on Monday evening was held 
in the Cameron Brethren Church. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Union Holy Week Services were 
held Wednesday evening, in the Smithville Brethren 
Church, with the Editor of Publications as guest speaker. 

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ST. JAMES MARYLAND. Evangelistic Meeting- 
April 16-29 — Rev. L. V. King, Evangelist; Rev. Freeman 
Ankrum, Pastor. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Evangelistic Services— April 18- 
29 — Emmons Evangelistic Party; Rev. R. K. Higgins, Pas- 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Evangelistic Campaign— April 
18-29 — Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, Evangelist; Rev. Robert 
Hoffman, Pastor. 

WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. Spring Revival— April 

23-27— Rev. Loren Kolb, Evangelist; Rev. H. R. Garland, 



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Cerro Gordo Brethren Church 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois 

April 20, 21, 22, 1956 
Special Speakers: Bob and Bea Bischof 

Youth Banquet Speaker Rev. A. T. Ronk 

K. C. Mock, Pastor, 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois. 




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An interesting program is being arranged. 

John J. Golby. 

APRIL 7, 1956 

JRe Editor's 
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I TN PREVIOUS ARTICLES in this series (Jan. 21, 1956, 
! Feb. 18, 1956) we pointed up the fact that alcoholic 

beverage consumption was at an all-time high. We noted 
i that two contributing factors were the ever increasing 
j use of drinking in television drama programs and the un- 
I scrupulous spotting of beer ads on television. As such 
I the television looms as public enemy number one for the 
I conditioning of our boys and girls, youth, and even adults 
I as potential and actual drinkers. We also offered some 

suggestions for combatting this evil power in our living 
: rooms. 

There is more to the cause and control than television, 
though. We now list other contributing causes of our 
high drink rate. 

DRINK." Thus, in order to be socially acceptable, many 
American homes have their stock of liquors. If this were 
limited to non-church homes, our problem would be much 
simpler. Some of the most insidious teachings of the 
liquor peddling barons indicate that there is nothing 
wrong with drinking, and that there is much to be gained 
by being a regular imbiber of any and all forms of alco- 
hol. When we try to rationalize our conduct, to the point 
where we don't believe the evil is as bad as our con- 
science tells us, we are on the road to defeat. Christian 
homes must remain sacred havens in which the entrance 
of any form of strong drink would be considered a viola- 
tion of the holy ordinances of marriage and the Christian 

ISSUE. When last have you heard a sermon on this 
drinking evil? When last has there been alcohol educa- 
tion in your church or Sunday School? Yet all this time, 
through every media of advertising, the membership of 
the church has been receiving the "beautiful" side of the 
issue. We are convinced that much marital and family 
trouble, in and out of the church, stems from some form 
of alcoholic indulgence. For example: a shortage of money 
for food and clothing often results when parents "just 
had to have" that case of beer, or just had to have their 
night on the town. Or, the breakdown of moral restraints 
between drinking husbands and wives resiTlting in vio- 

lated fidelity, with its resultant after effects, often causes 
much grief and broken homes. 

The Christian Church presumes to be the champion of 
the Christian Home as a Godly institution. Then why not 
a concerted, planned program of alcohol education in 
every church? To us this represents one of the greatest 
opportunities in helping to hold our youth and younger 
married people in the total abstainer's camp. 


There are no drinkers who actually intend to get real 
drunk, or to become alcoholics. All drinkers feel they 
can drink or leave it. What do you think? Quentin Reyn- 
olds in the April 1956 Reader's Digest notes that "Since 
1940 the rate of reported alcoholism in this country has 
risen approximately 45 percent among men and 52 per- 
cent among women." Reynolds then quotes from the Yale 
University Center of Alcohol Studies, saying that there 
"are now 4,589,000 known alcoholics in the United States." 
Yes, more than 4% million Americans who thought they 
could drink and get away with it. Note that this figure 
includes only those known alcoholics — people known to be 
sick with the drink habit. What that figure does not in- 
clude are the millions of American women who sneak 
their nips during the day, or at night, and the fathers 
and husbands who just must have that little extra swal- 
low. Figures quoted reveal that alcoholism is increasing 
more rapidly among women than among men. This, sad 
to say, includes many who are mothers of the coming 
generation. There is no more Godless, hellish curse upon 
any nation than an increasingly drunken motherhood! 

You would think the liquor interest would have some 
heart on this matter. The opposite is true. BEAR IN 
MIND — the liquor interests don't care whether you get 
drunk or not — they don't care about your health, your 
job, your home, your family. They don't care what hap- 
pens to the morals of your young people. They don't 
really even care whether you drink their stuff or not. 
THEY ARE INTERESTED ONLY in getting your dol- 

What is your answer to the alcohol question? As a 
conscientious Christian, total abstinence is the only an- 
swer, coupled with a continuous program of alcohol edu- 
cation. Some may say you are overdoing your emphasis 
on warning people about the evils of drinking, but as 
long as liquor, beer, wine and ale are advertised in our pres- 
ence, there is need for alcohol education! — W. S. B. 



What About 

My Decision? 

Rev. R. K. Higgins 

(The following message brought by Rev. R. K. 
Higgins, Elkhart, Ind. on radio station WTRC. 
"The Brethren Voice" is a weekly radio program, 
sponsored by the church.) 

* ♦ * 

JN THE 21ST CHAPTER of John's Gospel, 
which seemingly was an afterthought on his 
part, we find a very striking incident. He had 
apparently closed his writings with the 20th 
Chapter by saying, "These are written that Ye 
might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of 
God," but then adds the 21st as sort of a post- 
script. He must have remembered these incidents 
and felt that they were very important to the 
completion of his task, which we know was the 
full Revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God 
and the Saviour of all Men. 

It all starts early one morning as Jesus was 
having breakfast with His disciples on the shore 
of Galilee. Peter had gathered his friends about 
him and returned to his fishing, after the Cru- 
cifixion, Burial, and resurrection of Jesus, had 
left all of them perplexed and distraught. This 
fishing trip, I suppose, was an escape mechanism, 
as you and I often use some such activity to get 
away from the demands of life and to refresh and 
renew our minds, and hearts. Jesus made His 
third appearance unto them that morning, after 
His Resurrection. He brought success to their 
fishing enterprize; then called them ashore for 
the meal. 

When the meal had ended they were evidently 
sitting about talking. And you remember the ac- 
count of how Jesus turned to Peter and asked 
three times, "Do you love Me?" And impulsive 
Peter answered, "Of Course, You know I Love 
You." Then Jesus, with great tenderness and 
firmness pulled aside the Curtains of uncertainty 
and let Peter see just what he would be com- 
pelled to face in the tomorrows of his 

life. The sufferings which he would be called 
upon to endure and the privations he would 
of necessity pass through. All this, I think, 
rather stunned and upset Peter. He couldn't be- 
lieve his ears. He hadn't counted on any such con- 
sequences of following Jesus. And when Jesus 
asked, "Will you follow Me?"— He didn't want 
to say, "Yes" unreservedly — and he didn't want 
to be guilty of saying "No." 

He must have seen the Apostle John coming 
down the path, and grasped this opportunity to 
evade the question by asking, "Lord, what about 
this Man?" To which Jesus immediately replied, 
"If I will that he tarry until I come, what is 
that to thee? Follow thou me?" Peter was so 
human here, wasn't he ? It is always so much eas- 
ier to debate someone else's lot in life than to 
face our own responsibilities. You see, Peter 
didn't really want to deny his Master — he only 
wanted to evade the issue for a time. He wanted 
to sit on the sideline and pass Judgment upon 
the players, rather than to get into the Game. 
He wanted to stand in the bleachers and direct 
things without ever entering into the game. 

And that is one of the constant perils to which 
life is exposed. Sooner or later all of us fall into 
one of two groups. We are either spectators or 
participants; we become either observers or 
actors. We either sit idly by, debating Life or 
we become willing to live Life. There are ever 
so many people in and out of the church who 
come upon issues, experiences and duties, and 
never commit themselves definitely. They just 
don't want to say "Yes" — and they don't want to 
say "No." So they just keep evading the problem 
by asking questions about it. Like a man jugghng 
ivory balls, keeping them all suspended in mid 
air at the same time, they seek to keep their re- 
sponsibilities in suspense. They never take sides 
— never express a conviction. They wander from 

APRIL 7, 1956 


one side of the street to the other, depending 
upon which side the sun is shining. Always try- 
ing to send up Trial Balloons to test the direction 
of popular opinion before expressing themselves, 
or committing themselves. They are like a vio- 
linist who is always plucking at the instrument's 
strings to tune it, but never quite getting up 
enough courage to stand up and play. They are 
like the motorist sitting in his automobile, racing 
the motor and never putting it in gear to go any- 
where. Now, of course — that is a very nice, com- 
fortable way to live. An individual who never 
makes up his mind or takes sides just never gets 
into trouble. He probably never makes any ene- 
mies, but he also never sacrifices anything or 
carries any Cross. 

This peril is found so often in the field of mod- 
ern education. You must never take sides; in 
fact, to be open minded, we are taught to come to 
no real firm conclusions. Any person who stands 
upon his convictions is branded a Puritan. We 
learn how to study issues — card index and file 
them — then pigeonhole them. Just how false all 
this is — we need hardly mention. Talking about 
issues and Problems settles or solves nothing. 
One might talk until the Judgment Day about 
Vitamins and Calories and such, but you would 
still starve to death if you never ate any. Hun- 
ger can be solved only by eating. After all, God 
didn't send man into the World to debate and 
discuss its possibilities of sustaining Life — but to 
Hve in it. 

The Neurotic Character of so many of our con- 
temporary individuals is due to the fact that peo- 
ple are willing to live in a World of unreality 
and indecision. So many are forever running away 
from their responsibilities. I am sure that one 
half the frustrations of life today could be de- 
feated with a simple "Yes" or "No." But have 
you ever noticed that these folks who live in in- 
decision, always travel in crowds. They avoid be- 
ing alone, not wanting to face themselves. Not 
I realizing that it is only as you give yourself in 
I complete abandon to some great cause or issue 
' or purpose will your life be enriched and deep- 
, ened. 

j Truly this is one of those periods of history 
j when you have to make up your mind about so 
I many things. Not since the Birth of Christ Jesus 
; has mankind faced such tremendous choices. Pro- 

found and far reaching decisions must be made 
by each of us individually and by the World col- 
lectively. The attitudes and patterns of life which 
have guided mankind for centuries are being de- 
bated and challenged. So many are standing by 
asking, "What shall this man do?" Truly we are 
in the midst of those either/or else times. We 
are like a motorist driving at breakneck speed 
toward a fork in the road — not having made up 
our minds which fork is the right one. And there 
is so little time left in which to decide — you just 
have to go one way or the other. Any person to- 
day who sits idly by and says the decision will 
not affect him is already dead. The question to- 
day is not, "What do you think about the World?" 
but "What are you doing about it?" 

And if this be true in the secular world it is 
more true in the religious world. Now I know, 
there are areas of life in which you can get by 
as a spectator. Just as there are certain facts 
we know and do not need to take sides about 
them. If we say that the chemical analysis of 
water is H20 — or that a straight line is the 
shortest distance between two points, we simply 
state facts. We need do nothing more about them. 
It is simply a matter of intelligently accepting 
proven facts. But when we say, "Yes, I believe 
in God and in the Saving Power of His Son Christ 
Jesus" — it means committing our life, its talents, 
its abilities — all of it to Him. Following Christ 
is more than just right thinking — it is right 
thinking in action. If thinking was all that Chris- 
tianity involved, the Church would be only a 
School; instead of a Fellowship of Saved Men. 

You remember Jesus asked Pilate, "Sayest thou 
this of thyself or hath another told it thee of 
Me?" Is your life a voice, or just an echo of 
someone elses opinion ? Is it a personal conviction 
built upon the knowledge of what Christ did for 
you? What we need to hear again is the Voice 
of Jesus saying, "If I will that he tarry till I 
come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me." 
Listen friends, you cannot evade making a per- 
sonal decision. Jesus said, "He that is not for 
me, is against Me," Let us not be lost in the Val- 
ley of indecision, but let each one open their 
Heart's Door to Him. It matters not what this 
other man might be doing — Jesus must needs 
know what you are doing for Him. 

Elkhart, Indiana. 





524 College Ave., Ashland. Ohio. Phone: 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Se^'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistant 


THE TUCSON BRETHREN are growing into the new 
year with much hope. Two new Sunday evening youth 
groups were born earlier this season and are now get- 
ting on their feet. They are the "Young Adults" and the 
"Junior Missionary Workers." We are now proud to an- 
nounce that we have a full Sunday evening program for 
every age group — ^five in all. 

We were so happy for the recent visit of Reverend 
Clayton Berkshire. We were needing his messages on 
mission work and evangelism and his own personal 
touch. He was here for the dedication of our new Sun- 
day School Building. That morning we had 148 in Sunday 
school and 163 in the worship service. 

Dedication took place on January 29. The day was 
sunny and cool, after an early morning shower. As we 
gathered in the patio facing the new building at 9:30 

A. M., informally, but reverently, we touched upon the 
events, needs and purposes which led to the acquiring of 
the new addition. After prayer, our pastor summed the 
total feelings in these words: "With hearts overflowing 
with praise, we now dedicate this building with our 
blessings. We are deeply grateful for this hallowed house 
for teaching His Word. We are conscious of the sacri- 
fices which have been made and shared. We would add 
from the inspiration of the past, the blessed hope for 
the future that the ministry of spirituality in this church 
may be to the Glory of God." 

Reverend Clayton Berkshire closed the service with a 
prayer of dedication; then the group quietly dispersed to 
the various morning classes, feeling grateful that "Our 
cup runneth over." 

— Virginia Loveday, Corresponding Secretary. 

JS&$^ /^Pl¥ 



TT WAS GOOD to spend a few days in Tucson, Arizona, 
■*■ and to realize that they still have "very unusual weath- 
er," (only Tucson residents and visitors can fully appre- 
ciate this expression.) Most of all, however, it was a 
joy to be with the Brethren there, to share in the ser- 
vices, to discuss privately as well as officially, the pres- 
ent status and the future of the work and to fellowship 
both privately and collectively with old and new ac- 

I had the privilege of taking part in the dedication 
of the new Sunday school unit on Sunday morning. This 
unit adds tremendously to their facilities and relieves 
the crowded condition which existed in this growing Sun-i 
day school. The addition is appreciated by teachers and' 
pupils alike. 

The church in Tucson has a remarkable opportunity, 
and because it is truly a remarkable church, I believe it 
is going to take every advantage of its opportunity. The 

APRIL 7, 1956 


city has grown many blocks beyond the church location 
and offers a tremendous potential for the ministry of the 
church. Because our church is one of the older churches in 
this area of Tucson, it has a distinct advantage. 

Pastor Vernon Grisso, along with the many other faith- 
ful workers there has done a fine piece of work in get- 
ting the church established firmly. We are beginning to 
see already the result of our willingness to invest rather 
heavily in the Tucson project. The people and the pastor 
are working diligently to become completely self sup- 
porting, and they should be able to accomplish this be- 
fore too long. 

AH of us need to express our gratitude to God for the 
way He has guided the development of the church in 
Tucson.— W. C. B. 


Since a number of churches have inquired re- 
garding the Bischof's expenses while they are itin- 
erating, the Missionary Board suggests that each 
church provide meals and lodging for them and — if 
possible — give an offering for their traveling ex- 
penses. (This offering will be added to the church's 
mission giving, in our records.) 


H. A. Gossard 

(John 10:16) 

"I am the WAY and the TRUTH and the LIFE . . . 

None Cometh to God but by me." 
My fold none can enter who try to with strife, 

It's barred but to those whom I free. 

"I have other sheep, but not of this Fold, 

They too I must bring; there shall be 
One Fold and One Shepherd." Come in from the cold, 

And enter the Sheep-fold by me. 

"My Father giveth me Eternal Life, 

And I lay it down for my sheep." 
He gives me power against sin and strife, 

I love them, and for them I weep. 

Some doubt; few agree that I am the Christ, 

The works I do prove that I am; 
The doubters and blind I have not sufficed: 

They see not the Sacrificed Lamb (John 1:29) 

God has provided for all but One Fold; 

And His Son the Door for the Sheep. (John 10:7 to 11) 
And all who enter are safe from the cold, . .(John 10:9) 

And "Wolves in sheep's clothing" who creep. 

bombing planes were sent on missions of destruction. 
After the war, a few of them were taken over for com- 
mercial service. They are called "converted bombers." A 
converted bomber is the same plane that once carried a 
lethal load of destruction. It has the same wings and 
fuselage, the same type motors, the same cockpit and in- 
strument panel. The bomb racks are gone. The gun tur- 
ret is gone. It has a new paint job, but it is essentially 
the same plane. It has however, this difference. It has a 
new owner. It carries a new cargo. It has a new pilot. 
This is true conversion. 

In Christian conversion, Jesus Christ delivers us from 
the old life and possesses us for God. He enters into the 
cockpit of the heart, takes over the controls and operates 
the old life on a new course, pointing us to a new and 
glorious purpose — " . . . the kingdom of God and his 
righteousness ..." This means, of course, that all our 
relationships and activities are to be converted and viewed 
now in the light of our new mission. The old job, the old 
routine of the day, the old cargo which remains to be 
carried, may be lifted through Jesus Christ and moved 
toward God. The spiritual may invade and take over the 
secular through a new purpose by the power of Jesus 

Do you want to venture on a sacred mission and serve 
an eternal cause? Then turn over the controls to Jesus 
Christ. Recognize the fact that you belong utterly to God. 
Then start operating your home, your business, your job 
with your heart set on God's Kingdom and His goodness. 
— Robert Boyd Munger, in What Jesus Says (Fleming H. 
Revell Co.). 


now and throughout the year 






Daniel 11:32b . . . but the people that know their God 
shall be strong and do exploits. 

THE CONGREGATION of the Muncie, Indiana, Breth- 
ren Church became intensely interested and blessed 
as they took an active part in reading the greatest of all 
Books, the Holy Bible. What a privilege we enjoy in our 
freedom loving America! 

Starting at Genesis, volunteers named the book or 
books they would read within a couple of weeks. Then 
on a large thermometer chart with inch spaces allowed 
for each book. Genesis was recorded at the bottom of 
the chart through Revelation at the top; the one having 
read the book would color his section of the mercury. 

The results obtained were as follows: — There were new 
recruits for reading the Bible; some became interested in 
reading passages heretofore not so well acquainted with; 
our spiritual life was refreshed by testimonial contribu- 
tions of "fresh Manna" from inspired readers and great 
rejoicing was manifested when the goal was completed. 

One night toward the close of the revival campaign, 
the Bible readers, each with his own Bible, participated 
in a Choral Reading found in Isaiah 53. There were parts 
for all male voices, and for all female voices. The clos- 
ing part of the chapter was read in unison. All repeated 
John 3:16, and an appropriate hymn referi-ing to the 
Bible was sung by the group who participated in this 


APRIL 7, 1956 



THE HOME exerts a most powerful influence 
on the development of a child. It is in the 
home environment and in their relationship with 
their fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers that 
the young boy and girl gain their first and often 
lasting impressions of the nature of the society 
which they will soon enter and of which they 
will become a part. The feelings, interests, emo- 
tions and attitudes a child develops during his 
early, formative years may set the course of his 
entire life. I am convinced that a home in which 
the principles of Christianity are taught and lived 
will give a youngster an extra advantage and 
strength in his efforts to adjust himself to the 
problem of growing up. 

A juvenile who has been convinced of the fun- 
damental truth of the Golden Rule need not floun- 
der and be undecided in his attitude and relation 
with his schoolmates, teachers, employers and 
others with whom he comes in contact outside 
his home. His father and mother cannot expect 
to be by his side at all times and advise him as 
each problem arises; but the parents do have 
a responsibility to prepare him, through home 
training, to avoid temptation, to adhere to prin- 
ciples of honesty and integrity, and to make the 
right decisions on his own. Parents who have suc- 
cessfully given their children a pattern for life 
based on Christianity have far less reason for 
fear or worry about their children's welfare than 
parents who did not think or who neglected to 
take advantage of the opportunity to train their 
boys and girls when the opportunity was theirs. 

In reviewing the case histories of men and 
women who have made failures of their lives and 
who have been forced to pay a debt to society, I 
am more and more impressed by the fact that 
many of them can trace their failure back to 
their early home lives. The career in crime began 
when they were youngsters. Their first act of 
lawlessness may not have been too serious; but 
one of the most hideous characteristics of crime 
is that each act of lawlessness makes it easier to 
commit the next. In many cases, crime is a one- 
way street, with few turning-off places, which 
leads to hearbreak and sorrow not only for the 
unfortunate person who becomes a criminal and 
treads that street, but also for those who love and 
care for him. 

Almost two thousand years ago, the Man of 
Galilee showed us a way of life so true and so 
perfect that it has spread throughout the entire 

world. In the teachings of Christianity we can 
find the answers, the inspiration, and the strength 
to solve all the problems confronting us today. — 
by J. EDGAR HOOVER, Director Federal Bureau 
of Investigation. 

Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 


Make checks payable to The Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church, and address The Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 



(Brother N. Victor Leatherman, Pastor of our 
Wayne Heights Brethren Church, Waynesboro, 
Penna., on the occasion of the dedication of their 
new hymnals, has suggested some rules for their 
use and care in his bulletin. We are passing them 
on to you because we feel every church member 
could well keep them in mind. W. S. B.) 

1 Use them. 

2. Use them reverently and carefully. 

3. Pnovide other things for children to occupy 
their attention. 

4. Place them on end in the pew racks. 

5. Do not take them from the Church. We will 
order you a book for your home. 





(Continued from Page 2) 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother John T. Byler notes 
that the Church bids (for their Sunday School addition) 
have been received and the general contract is being 

On April 8th, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Snell are sched- 
uled to tell of their missionary work in Mexico, and show 
their film about their work, in the New Lebanon Church. 

The local Women's Missionary Societies' monthly news 
paper has a new feature in the nature of "Portrait Cor- 
ner," in which a word picture is given of thei members 
of their Societies. This latest issue contains the "por- 
traits" of one member of each of the two Societies. 

cent Communion attendance is reported as being 20 over a 
year ago and 15 over last fall's attendance. 

NORTH LIBERTY, INDIANA. The Brethren Church 
was host to the Union Good Friday service. 

Brother W. E. Thomas was the speaker at the Palm 
Sunday evening Union Easter week Service held in the 
Methodist Church. 

The North Liberty Brethren conducted services at the 
County Home the afternoon of March 18th. 

E. Weigner, of Elkhart, was the Gideon speaker in the 
Brighton Chapel the morning of March 18th. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. A Gospel Team from Ashland 
College is scheduled to conduct services in the Goshen 
church on April 15th. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Twelve were baptized the eve- 
ning of Palm Sunday. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Brother H. Francis Berkshire re- 
ports the formation of a new class for High School grad- 
uates, with about 10 enrolled. 

A visitation program has been initiated by the Lanark 
Board of Deacons. 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. On Palm Sunday evening, 18 
were added to the church, 16 of these by baptism that 
same evening. 

SPECIAL. A note from Miss Emma Aboud, of 1760 
E. Nadean, Los Angeles 1, Calif., an Elder in the Breth- 
ren Church, whose fall and injury we reported some 
months ago in this column, writes the following: 

"I'm much improved from my injury. I can walk some 
with the help of God, and a walker. Please continue to 
pray for me, and ask that thanks be given through 
The Evangelist for all who sent me cards to the hospital 
and here at my home. Thanks for all who prayed for my 



Comments -^^ 

^gm Studying the Mle jCcssoh 

by ^^ 

William H. Anderson 

Lesson for April 15, 1956 


Lesson: Acts 4:13-20, 29-31 

COURAGE WAS ONE of the outstanding character- 
istics of the Early Church. God given courage enabled 
Paul to stand and boldly proclaim: "I am not ashamed 
of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto 
salvation to everyone that believeth" (Rom. 1:16). Ste- 
phen had the courage to stand before the godless mem- 
bers of the synagogue and make this indictment: "Ye 
stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do 
always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do 
ye" (Acts 7:51). It was also courage, inspired by God, 
that enabled Peter and John to speak the truth before the 
Jewish Sanhedrin, as found in today's lesson. 

The lesson actually begins in Acts 3, where we find 
Peter and John going into the temple "at the hour of 
prayer, being the ninth hour (3:00 P. M.)." A lame man 
lay at the gate, begging. Taking him by the hand, Peter 
said: "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have 
give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth 
rise up and walk" (vs. 3). Instantly the man was healed — 

completely healed — "and he leaping up stood, and walked, 
and entered with them into the temple, walking, and 
leaping, and praising God." 

A great throng of people had gathered as a result of 
this miracle. Peter took advantage of the opportunity to 
witness to all the people concerning the Resurrected 

The religious leaders were "grieved (sorely troubled) 
that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus 
the resurrection from the dead" (4:2). Therefore, "they 
laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next 

The next day Peter and John were taken before the 
Sanhedrin. When confronted by the religious leaders, the 
two Apostles spake boldly of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
charging the religious leaders with the responsibility of 
putting their Master to death! 

To make such bold accusations demanded Godly cour- 
age and fearlessness on the part of these two disciples. 
The Jewish Sanhedrin had administrative authority and 
could order arrests. It could even sentence to death, pro- 
vided the sentence was confirmed by the Roman author- 

Were Peter and John naturally courageous men that 
they could stand so boldly when in danger for their very 
lives? Not so! Less than two months before this time we 
find evidence they had been guilty of cowardliness! When 
Jesus was apprehended by the soldiers and carried off to 
trial, Peter "followed afar off" (Luke 22:54). A short 
time later, Peter denied that he ever even knew Jesus! 
Matthew tells us this: "Then all the disciples forsook 
Him (Jesus), and fled" (25:56). 

APRIL 7, 1956 


What was it that turned fearful, weak, vacillating men, 
into stalwart courageous Men of God? The answer: The 
power of the HOLY SPIRIT! Peter and John's experience 
with the Sanhedrin transpired after the Day of Pente- 
cost — after the Holy Spirit had come upon them! 

Notice Acts 4:31: "And when they (all the disciples) 
had prayed, the place was shaken where they were as- 
sembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy 
Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness." 

Courage to speak out for the Master! Courage to stand 
firmly and stedfastly on our God-given convictions! 
Courage to face trial and tribulation and come out vic- 
toriously! This will be ours, if we as a Church will but 
yield ourselves wholly to God, and seek for the infilling 
of God's Holy Spirit in our lives! 

HOSTETLER. Mrs. Cora Hostetler, 82, of Johnstown, 
formerly of Oakland, Md., died, Feb. 21st. Born at Acci- 
dent, Md., Sept. 6, 1873. Married, May 7, 1895, to Henry 
C. Hostetler, who preceded her in death. Survived by 12 
children, 52 grandchildren and 3 sisters. Life-long mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church, first at Summit Mills, Pa., 
and more recently, Second Brethren Church, Johnstown. 
Active member of W. M. S., C. E., and Welcome All 
Bible Class. Services held on Feb. 24th at the church, 
with Rev. Robert Cessna, Supply Pastor, officiating. 
Interment in Richland Cemetery. 

Mrs. Allen E. Hostetler, Corr. Sec. 

Second Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

MOODY. John Moody died Oct. 6, 1955, following a 
severe stroke. Funeral services by the pastor in the Ma- 
sontown Brethren Church, Oct. 9th. Interment, Smith- 
field, Ohio. 

MASON. Samuel Mason, 79, died Feb. 17th. Was ill 
with cancer for the past several years. His testimony and 
Christian witness during this period was something that 
only God could give to one of His own. Services con- 
ducted in the Masontown Brethren Church, Feb. 20th, 
with interment in the Masontovni cemetery. 

WILLIARD. Miss Vina Williard, bom May 6, 1876, died 
Jan. 1, 1956. Joined the Brethren Church Oct. 22, 1922. 
As a tender flower closes its petals and hides away until 
its reopening, so this exemplary Christian woman passed 
from this life to be with the Saviour on New Year's Day. 
Services conducted by her pastor, and Rev. C. W. Idler, 
of the Masontown Presbyterian Church. Interment, Men- 
nonite Greendale Cemetery, Masontown. 

Wm. D. Keeling, Pastor. 

PARTRIDGE. Earl Partridge, 69, well knovm farmer of 
the Tiosa vicinity, died, Dec. 26, 1955. Married to the 

former Faye Wynn, Nov. 17, 1910. Long been a member 
of the Tiosa Brethren Churchj Survived by his wife, and 
three married sons. Funeral services, Tiosa Brethren 
Church, with Rev. Gilbert Maus, officiating. 

Mrs. Otto Kath, Ch. Corr. 

BENSHOFF. Lewis M. Benshoff, 76, of Erie, Penna., 
formerly of Johnstown, Penna., died Jan 26, 1956. Son of 
Benjamin and Catherine Benshoff. Preceded in death by 
first wife. Bertha Mae Eppley, and five children. Sur- 
vived by widow, Josephine Jesse Felix Benshoff, and 
five sons and four daughters, one sister, Mrs. Mattie 
Lewis, Johnstown, and 12 grandchildren. Member First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown. Funeral services held at 
Johnstown on January 30th. Interment in Benshoff Hill 
Cemetery. Rev. W. A. Ogden, Pastor of the Church, in 

Lewis Benshoff was the last of seven boys in a family 
of seven boys and seven girls long active in the work of 
the Brethren Church in and around Johnstown, Pennsyl- 
vania, and throughout the Denomination. One brother, 
David F., was long active in the work of the Third 
Church, Johnstown, the Pennsylvania District, and also 
served as Treasurer of the General Conference. Floyd, a 
son of Dave, also served as General Conference Treas- 
urer, and is active in the Third Church and the Penn- 
sylvania District. William C, another brother of Lewis, 
served the Brethren Church as a pastor and evangelist 
for over 40 years. W. St. Clair, a son of William, pres- 
ently serves the Church as Editor of Publications. Mrs. 
William Faust (Caroline), a daughter of Lewis, is the 
Treasurer of the new Brethren Church at Sarasota, Flor- 

Our Poefs Corner « « * « 

Comfort for This Day 

I shall not grieve today, nor fear 
Tomorrow's darkling hour, 
For even as I rise from prayer 
I feel God's healing power. 

He bends His ear to listen for 
His children's faintest sighing; 
Gives all we need to make each day 
Completely satisfying. 

I put my trust in Him who brings 
Rejoicing in our sorrow; 
Who always makes a glad today 
Of yesterday's tomorrow. 

— Marjorie Allen Anderson. 



Vrayer ffleeting 


On thee at the creation, 
The light first had its birth; 
On thee for our salvation, 
Christ rose from depths of earth; 
On thee our Lord victorious 
The Spirit sent from Heaven; 
And thus on thee most glorious 
A triple light was given. 

— Christopher Wordsworth. 

THE EARLY CHRISTIANS had a first day Sabbath 
because three great events; took place on the "first 
day of the week." On the "first day of the week" the 
Lord Jesus Christ arose fx-om the dead (Matt. 28:1-7), 
On the first day of the week the Holy Spirit came to em- 
power believers for soul winning (Acts 2:1-4; 20:16). On 

the "first day of the week" the Christians met in their 
assemblies for worship, and to hear the reading of the 
Word of God, and the preaching of the Word (Acts 
20:7). On Saturday the body of the Lord Jesus Christ 
was yet in the tomb. Is it not better to hallow and com- 
memorate the first day when He was "raised for our 
justification" (Rom. 4:25) than the seventh day Sabbath 
which was "a shadow of things to come" (Col.^2:16, 17). 

Under the old economy God blessed and sanctified the 
seventh day (Gen. 2:3). The Sabbath observance was first 
given in Exodus 16:29, 30. The Sabbath was given in 
the wilderness (Neh. 9:14; Ezek. 20:12). The Sabbath 
law is incorporated in the Decalogue (Ex. 20:8-11). And 
this was the manner of keeping the Sabbath: (a) They 
were to do no work (Ex. 31:14, 15; Deut. 5:12-14); (b) 
They were not to go out on the Sabbath (Ex. 16:29); 
(c) They were not to kindle a fire on the Sabbath 
(Ex. 35:3). 

The Sabbath observance was new to Israel because: 
(a) They did not know how to prepare victuals (Ex. 
16:22-24); (b) They did not know how to keep the Sab- 
bath (Ex. 16:27-30); (c) They did not know how to deal 
with the Sabbath offender (Num. 15:32-36). The Sabbath 
was given to Israel (Ex. 31:13; Deut: 5:2, 3). The Sab- 
bath was a memorial of their deliverance (Deut. 5:15). 
The Sabbaths were among the shadows under the law 
(Col. 2:16, 17). The Jewish feasts and Sabbaths were to 


Summer Camps Sponsored by the National Sun- 
day School Association of The Brethren Church 

1956 Camping Season 

Camp Pinnacles (Southeast): 

(Wardensville, W. Va.) 
July 1-7 

Camp Juniata (Pennsylvania): 

(Entriken, Penna.) 

Seniors-Young People June 24-July I 
Juniors July 1-6 

Camp Zion (Ohio): 

(East Sparta, Ohio) 
Juniors June 17-23 

Intermediates-Seniors . June 24-30 

Camp Shipshewana (Indiana): 

(Brethren Retreat, Shipshewana Lake, Ind.) 

High School June 17-23 

Southern Ind. Intermediates 

June 24-30 
Southern Ind. Juniors July 1-7 

Northern Ind. Intermediates July 8-14 
Northern Ind. Juniors July 15-21 

Camp Blackhawk (Central): 

(Muscatine, Iowa) 
July 2-8 

Camp Wyandotte (Mid-West): 

(Piper, Kansas) 
July 30-August 5 

APRIL 7, 1956 


cease (Hosea 2:11). The Sabbath and other of Israel's 
ceremonies are often named in the New Testament (Matt. 
8:4; John 2:13:5:1), but no where in the New Testament 
are we commanded to keep the Sabbath. 

The first day Sabbath was prophesied in Psalm 118: 
22-24. It was to be a day of rejoicing because the stone 
was to be placed as head of the corner on that day 
(Rom. 1:4; Matt. 28:8). Paul and Peter pointed out the 
joy of the resurrection; the event made the day mem- 
orable (1 Thess. 4:14-18; 1 Peter 1:3). The first meet- 
ing of Christ with His disciples after His ressurrection 
was on this day (John 20:19-23). His second meeting was 
on the same day (John 20:26-29). Pentecost, or the feast 
of weeks, came on the first day of the week (Lev. 23: 
15, 16). Pentecost was the day of spiritual power to the 
church (Acts 2:1-4; 20:16). Paul bade us lay by God's 
portion of our income on the first day of the week (1 
Cor. 16:2). This message was general (1 Cor. 4:17; 7:17; 
16:1). The disciples met for public worship on this day 
(Acts 20:7). John was in the Spirit on this day, the 
Lord's day (Rev. 1:10). Paul spoke of the Lord's cup, 
the Lord's table (1 Cor. 10:21), the Lord's supper (1 
Cor. 11:20). Christ spoke of "my supper" (Luke 22:30). 
John spoke of the Lord's day. Christ is the Author of 

"Oft as returns the Holy Day, 

The Day of sacred rest. 

Thy house, O God, Thy people throng, 

With hearts divinely blest. 

"The Lord is good. His mercy shines, 
Thro'-out all nature fair, 
His churches shall with joy resound, 
While we His works declare. 

"Here bless the Lord, here praise His name. 
And here His triumphs sing. 
Here, ye His saints, your homage pay, 
And glorify your King." 



Clarence Stogsdill, Director 



S YOU KNOW, almost since the inception of Breth- 
ren Youth as a national organization young people 
and adults alike have cooperated in yearly endeavors to 
meet a national missionary goal. At one time the pro- 
ject was sending aid to South America, the "Amor" 
Project. Again, Brethren Youth purchased a prefabri- 
cated chapel for use in building new churches. Right 
now that chapel is being used at Newark, Ohio — formerly 
it was used at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Then there 
came the big Kentucky gymnasium project; later the 
B. Y. Station Wagon, Susan Byler, Shanks-to-the-Phil- 
ippines project; then the Jeep-Trailer project for Africa 
(our biggest). Each of these projects went over the goal 

mark with a resounding bang. But our church has begun 
to cry that Brethren Youth is becoming a second Mission- 
ary Board, and gives everything to someone else, while 
they continue to ask for money for their depleted funds. 
FOR ITSELF? This has become the sixty-four (thous- 
and?) dollar question. 


THIS BRINGS UP another matter: the Brethren Youth 
Offering which is lifted in the month of May each year, 
the third Sunday. Most people confuse the project WHICH 
BRETHREN YOUTH and given to someone else, with 
the May offering. The May offering goes into the gen- 
eral fund of Brethren Youth, and covers regular (inevi- 
table) expenses for the national organization. Each year 
these expenses have gone higher and higher, just as 
your own expenses go higher because of the increase in 
cost of materials. We now own a Station Wagon in w^hich 
our Ambassadors and Crusaders each summer travel to 
the churches to bring inspiration and to assist in relig- 
ious work. Also, the Youth Director travels rather ex- 
tensively in this much-needed vehicle. It is cheaper than 
paying others six or seven cents per mile, but still there 
is insurance to buy, tires, gasoline and oil, upkeep and 
repairs to pay for. 

Since the big Founders fire Brethi-en Youth has been 
trying to get equipment to replace the loss, but it is 
a slow and somewhat expensive process. At present the 
Northeastern Ohio Youth District has pending a project 
of buying a new Gestetner mimeograph machine — a color 
printing apparatus! Brethi-en Youth is standing the 
nearly six hundred dollars until the district can raise 
the money within the next year or two. 

Most people do not realize the extent to which the 
Youth Director is called upon to speak in churches, Youth 
Rallies and other gatherings all over the Brotherhood. 
From one year ago November 1 (1954) to November 1, 
last fall (1955) the Youth Director was away from his 
family rendering service, ideas and advice, a.nd speak- 
ing in churches from Sergeantsville, N. J., to all of the 
Brethren Churches and camp in California, taking in 
many of the churches between. This travel costs — though 
that was an unusually busy year. Besides being away 
from Ashland on weekends and at special meetings and 
rallies, he was on the road fifteen weeks when the work 
meant being gone from Ashland a week at a time, or 


The May offering, plus the free will offerings from 
churches when the speaker departed, allayed the cost. 
This perhaps sounds too costly to you, but I should like 
to give you a couple of statistics in regard to the finan- 
cial support of Brethren Youth by the Brethren Church. 
Less than TWENTY CENTS per member per year has 
been given in support of the Brethren Youth May ap- 
peal. An additional FIVE CENTS per member can be 
added to account for the special gifts and free will of- 
ferings. This means that the ENTIRE BRETHREN 
YOUTH PROGRAM has cost the Brethren Church ap- 
proximately twenty-five cents (25c) per member for a 



whole year of inspiration and service! This pays The 
Youth Director's salary as well as all other expenses. 


Unless we, the Brethren, get with our Brethren Youth 
program and give it a lift this year we are in danger of 
either losing the work or making it practically impossible 
to carry on the type of work which we have been doing. 
My personal opinion is that Brethren Youth exists for 
the purpose of giving inspiration and service, and with- 
out a complete program Brethren Youth would be value- 
less. But, given that complete support and confidence, 
Brethren Youth can give something to the Brethren 
Church that she never dreamed possible! Give as much 

as FIFTY CENTS per member for one year and you will 
see what I mean! We can no longer beg and borrow ser- 
vices of people, pleading for greatly reduced prices of 
material, or in any other way continue to ask favors for 
nothing in return. It is high time we stood on our two 
feet respectably and faced the world with a challenge in 
our hearts to make converts of young people and render 
a greater Christian service to the Church. BUT WE 
we take last position in your thoughts and support and 
render first services. 

MAY OFFERING THIS YEAR: as usual, only bigger. 

B. Y. PROJECT THIS YEAR: $6,500 to get Brethren 
Youth on its feet. 




To THE RIGHT, we reproduce a let- 
ter from Church Extension Service 
as received by Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, 
Field Representative of the National 
Sunday School Association of the Breth- 
ren Church. The letter refers to special 
Sunday School promotional materials pre- 
pared by the N. S. S. A. of the Brethren 
Church and mailed to all Brethren pas- 
tors and Sunday School Superintendents 
prior to last Christmas. 

Permission for C. E. S. to use the ma- 
terials has been granted; the materials 
will subsequently appear in their publi- 
cation, "Minister's Practical Idea Kit," 
which has a wide circulation in many de- 

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December 28 55 
Nat'l S.S. Ass'n. of The Brethren Church 
Ashland College, 
Ashland, Ohio. 

Brethren in Christ :- 

A Methodist suhsoriber (a minister) 
to the Minister's Practical idea Kit, of which 
I am editor, sent me several Sunday School at- 
tendance booster sheets you had mailed him as 

r/ay I congratulate you on your fore- 
sight in providing your denomination with these 
promotional items. 

We wondered if we might have your per- 
missiai to malce these sheets or at least por- 
tions of them. . .available to all denominations? 
That is to make them available with a blank 
space at the bottom right haul corner where the 
individual pastor who used them would rubber 
stamp his own sdhools name and address etc. 

Such a courtesy will be much appreciated 
and provide a much needed item for brother pas- 
tors of all faiths. 

Cordially yours in Christ, 
Geoffrey W.Royall, Editor/ 

APRIL 7, 1956 



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EICHELBERGER-ROBERTS. Guy E. Eichelberger and 
Miss Evelyn Roberts, both of Williamsport were united in 
marriage in the St. James, Maryland, Brethren Church, 
Friday night, March 16, at 7:30. The single ring cere- 
mony was used by the writer. The bride is a loyal mem- 
ber of the St. James Brethren Church. 

Freeman Ankrum. 


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Sunday, March 18, 1956, eleven who had previously con- 
fessed their faith in Christ, were baptized, at Second 
Brethren, by Rev. W. B. Brant, pastor of the Brethren 
Church at Vinco, near Johnstown. Rev, Robert Cessna, 
supply pastor, assisted in the service. The new members 
were received into the fellowship of the Church Palm 

Thursday, March 22nd, a Homecoming was held at the 
Second Church, for Bob and Bea Bischof. Included in the 
program was the film, "You Can't Win." The Woman's 
Missionary Society served a fellowship lunch. During the 
evening, the Bischof s were presented the following gifts: 
a pressure cooker, stainless steel mixing bowls, sheets, 
pillowcases (now being made by W. M. S.), tea towels, 
a gift certificate of $25.00 and a check for each a rain- 
coat. In addition to the above gifts, the church gave Bob 
$100.00 for the Mission Board. 

Friday, March 24th, Bob and Bea showed their slides, 
explained their work in Nigeria, and presented a chal- 
lenging program for reaching the lost. Bob also spoke 
at the Palm Sunday morning worship service when he 
also officiated at the reception service for new members. 
In the evening he conducted the Communion Service. We 
thank the Lord for having fellowship with the Bischofs 
and for their fine Christian testimony. 

Rev. Robert Cessna. 


Rev. Clarence Fairbanks, pastor of the Park Street 
Brethren Church of Ashland, Ohio, was invited for a week 
of meetings for our church at General Conference last 
year. The dates, March 19th through 25th, were settled 
on and plans were made for the week. 

Preceding this Spiritual Emphasis Week, about 20 
members of the congregation took part in a program of 
Visitation Evangelism. 

During the meetings, there were good crowds. People 
of the two other churches in town came out to hear Rev. 

Fairbanks. Music was furnished by the Manchester Col- 
lege students. The emphasis for the week was spiritual 
growth, and we know that many grew closer to God 
due to Rev. Fairbanks' inspirational and thought pro- 
voking messages. 

Akron Cooperative Brethren Church 
Ralph McFadden, Pastor. 

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by Helen Jordan 

Hebrews 12:1-2 

"WHEREFORE seeing we also are compassed about 
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every 
weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and 
let us run with patience the race that is set before us. 
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; 
who for the joy that was set before him endured the 
cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right 
hand of the throne of God." 

Faith is the key to the Christian life. The saying "Life 
begins at 40" is all wrong. Life begins when we accept 
Jesus Christ as our Saviour, the author, and finisher of 
our faith. Christian faith is an active commitment to the 
way of life, an active relationship with God. 

That way of life is open to everyone. We start equal 
there. Someone has said, "the ground is level at the foot 
of the cross. But there is only one way to go from there." 
Jesus has said, "If anyone will come after me, let him 
deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." 

"I saw a cross that bore my name. 
'Mine' I said, 'it shall never be.' 
Until chagrin brought sense of shame 
It might have lifted me." 

Faith in the cross of Jesus gives us an inner strength 
and power to accept our own cross. Without faith we 
are blind. When we put on the glasses of faith we are 
no longer in darkness. We see things in a new light and 
understanding of truth. 

"It fortifies my soul to know 
That tho' I perish. Truth is so. 
That howsoever I stray and range 
Whate'er I do. Thou dost not change. 
I steadier step, when I recall 
That if I slip. Thou dost not fall." 

Jesus, who said, "I am the Way" is the same yester- 
day, today, and forever — He is the Author and Finisher 
of our faith. 

"I must needs go home by the way of the cross 
There's no other way but this. 
I shall ne'er get sight of the Gates of Light. 
If the way of the cross I miss." 

Mrs. Marie Wer+enberger, 

Laketon, Ind. 

Brethren Historical Iibra.ry 

Manchester College^' 
N. Manchester, Ind. 



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igan of Uhc Brethren Church 

Living Sermons 

i isn't a word that a preacher can say 
matter how lovely or true, 
is there a prayer that his eager lips pray 
at can preach such a sermon as you. 

ivowed to serve Christ, and men know that 
/■ou did — 

ey're watching the things that you do; 
3 isn't an action of yours that is hid, 
n are watching and studying you. 

say you're "no preacher"; yes, but you 

wonderful sermon each day. 

acts of your life are the things that you 

teach — 

isn't the things that you say. 

iristians were Christians, as they profess, 
;n would notice their glorified mien; 
say, "What wondrous things they possess 
tio follow the meek Nazarene." 

stians, remember you bear His dear name, 
)ur lives are for others to view; 
are living examples — men praise you or 
id measure your Christ by you. — Sel. 

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Items of general Interest 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Brother Bruce C. Shanholtz 
writes: "We had 75 present on Palm Sunday and a hun- 
dred or more on Easter Sunday." 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Bad weather prevented 
Maryland's Governor, Theodore R. McKeldin, from mak- 
ing the trip to St. James for his speaking engagement 
the evening of March 18th. 

The St. James Father and Son banquet was a sched- 
uled event of April 11th. 

minister over Easter was Brother D. C. White. Brother 
White conducted communion services for the Third Breth- 
ren the evening of Good Friday, and brought the mes- 
sages on Easter Sunday. 

Cecil Bolton, Jr., was the speaker for the Wednesday 
evening Union Holy Week service, held in the Methodist 

members were received into the church recently. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Brother Robert Hoffman writes: 
"We had four babies dedicated during our morning ser- 
vice on Easter. Eight fine young people from our Junior 
Departments gave their hearts to the Lord during our 
Easter Services. All eight were baptized and received into 
membership during the evening worship hour." 

members were received by baptism, on Palm Sunday. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Brother William S. Crick notes in 
his bulletin: "The first Brethren (Dunkard) Communion 
Service ever to have been held in Newark, or in Licking 
County, was conducted in The Chapel on Palm Sunday 
evening, March 25th; twenty-five taking their places 
around the Lord's Table." 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Brother L. V. King notes in his 
bulletin: "Easter Sunday School attendance went way 
over the previous high, with 234 present." 

ARDMORE, INDIANA. Mrs. Marshall Harman, Cor- 
responding Secretary sends us the following note: "Aver- 
age attendance in Sunday School for the first quarter 
of 1956 was 165. Sunday School attendance Easter Sun- 
day was 220." 

REN. The April 8th Brethren Minister's Pulpit Exchange 
as reported to the Editor through bulletins from the Col- 
lege Comer, North Manchester and Huntington churches 
was as follows: Brother G. Bright Hanna, of College Cor- 
ner, at North Manchester; Brother Thomas A. Shannon, 
of Roann, at College Corner; Brother Henry Bates, oi 
North Manchester, at Huntington, and Brother Edwir 
Puterbaugh, of Huntington, at Roann. 

(Continued on Page 7) 


SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Evangelistic Campaign— April 1 
18-29 — Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, Evangelist; Rev. Robert; 
Hoffman, Pastor. 

WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. Spring Revival— April 
23-27— Rev. Loren Kolb, Evangelist; Rev. H. R. Garland, 

CAMERON, W. VA. Annual Dedication Day Anniver- 
sary and Roll Call — April 22nd, morning and afternoon 
— Rev. W. S. Crick, Speaker; also at Quiet Dell, evening; 
Rev. Cecil Bolton, Jr., Pastor. 




Cerro Gordo Brethren Church 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois 
April 20, 21, 22, 1956 
Special Speakers: 
Youth Banquet Speaker 

Bob and Bea Bischof 
Rev. A. T. Ronk 

K. C. Mock, Pastor, 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois. 




7:00 P. M. Prevailing Time 


An interesting program is being arranged. 

John J. Golby. 

APRIL 14, 1956 


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RECENTLY WE READ a short item about a 
conversation between a church member and 
a new pastor. When the new pastor had come to 
jthe field, one of the more self-satisfied members 
'came to him and said, "Pastor, I hope you will 
feed the sheep." 

I The pastor looked closely at the member and 
quickly replied, "You don't need food; you need 

We imagine this was quite a shock to this es- 
tablished pew occupier, but we rather feel that 
the parson was quite right. 

Yes, we know the minister is to feed the flock, 
for the Lord in talking to Peter said, "Feed my 
I sheep." And so, faithful pastors, worldwide, "feed" 
their congregations, week after week, and year 
after year. Good feeding in a flock pays dividends 
for the life-time of the sheep. Not too long ago, 
for instance, this Editor was in conversation with 
a man who spoke of early training in the church 
which had enabled him to be a stronger Christian 
through the years. A good pastor will surely feed 
his congregation on the living Word and give 
them to drink of the living Water. A congrega- 
tion thus fed and watered will know what they 
believe, and why; it will be to them strength and 
energy and stability for a life-time. God bless the 
good feeding pastors. 

But, have you thought about when the Lord 
told Peter to feed His sheep, as to why the sheep 
were to be fed spiritually? Certainly not that 
they might become fat, self-satisfied and con- 
tented in their religious fold, grunting and groan- 
ing their way to the pearly gates. 

No, we believe the Lord had another reason; 
we believe the new pastor of the church men- 
tioned above, had the answer. We are told in the 
Word to be doers of the Word also, and not hear- 
ers, only. 


John Smith, we believe it was, said relative 
to the pioneers in one of America's new colonies 
years ago, "He who does not work shall not eat." 
What was true in his day could well be considered 
by our churches in this modern era. 

The Christian Church is a place of instruction 
in the things of the Lord; it is also a "take-off 
base for Christian service. No person has a right 
to accept the gift of salvation and the nurture 
and feeding provided by the church unless he 
renders satisfactory service according to his abil- 
ities, possessions, and talents. Tlie Lord had a 
slightly different way of saying it: "Every 
branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh 
away." "If a man abide not in me, he is cast 
forth as a branch, and is withered; and men 
gather them, and cast them into the fire, and 
they are bunied." 

Fruitbearing in the Christian life is akin to 
Christian exercise in service. The human body was 
designed to keep busy and active except for the 
proper hours of rest and sleep. Likewise, the re- 
generated soul is happy and contented when being 
given spiritual exercise — Christian service. 

So, if perchance you have discovered a slight 
heaviness or discontent in your Christian life, 
perhaps what you need is a little more activity in 
Christian service. 

In the words of Longfellow: 

"Let us then be up and doing. 
With a heart for any fate ; 

Still achieving, still pursuing, 
Learn to labor and to wait." 

— W. S. B. 




rethren Church History 

by Rev. Freeman Ankrum 

Agnes Mack Leckrone 

JUST THREE YEARS before the death of George 
^ Washington, and only a few years following the close 
of the Revolutionary War, there came to south-western 
Pennsylvania, a young couple. They came from the more 
thickly settled section of the state, in and around Waynes- 
boro. The tide of emigration was swiftly flowing west- 
ward. In as much as the predominant nationality of the 
eastern Pennsylvania settlers was German, they were 
naturally inclined to be somewhat clannish. One would 
go to the west, write back home and another would fol- 
low. In the matter of a few years a large number of 
them had settled in south-western Pennsylvania. 

Jacob Mack, said Good Bye to his father, William, nu- 
merous cousins and other relatives and with his young 
wife Nancy took his savings and started over the trails 
blazed by Braddock and other travelers and Traders for 
the promised land some one hundred and fifty miles 
away. Their trip would be of interest, but likely it was 
much like that of every other settler on his western trek. 

The Author in searching through the old records in 
the Court House in Uniontown, came upon the following. 
"Jacob Mack bought land and a Mill on Brown's Run in 
1786." Inasmuch as Jacob was then only 13 years of age, 
and the indenture was signed by his wife Nancy, there 
is just one conclusion. It is that the copyist made a mis- 
take and placed an "8" where should have been a "9." 
However the record was old and faded which may have 
aided in the error. Jacob purchased a small acreage, he 
was not intending to make his living by farming, but 
by the trade he knew so well, that of a Miller. He had 
no need of a large tract of land, The Mill with its neigh- 
boring fields, the valley, the Mill dam, and the ever flow- 
ing stream furnished all his needs. The road was rough 
and long, improved highways were non existent. Union- 
town was just a struggling village, the County Seat, with 
the frame of the Court House being erected on the west- 
ern side of the towering Mountain. Yet there were many 
travelers seeking their fortune in the new lands. 

Jacob and Nancy Mack settled down in the house on 
the bank above the Mill. The young German couple were 
busy, so far away from home and kin. They were among 
the German speaking people of their Nationality. While 
the house still stands with much of its strong walnut 
log construction, it has been remodeled several times. 

It is not the intent of this article to enlarge upon the 
experiences of Jacob, but to take up the history of their 
first child. When Jacob was 24 years of age there came 

into their home their first born. They gave the name of 
Agnes to the little girl who first saw the light of day 
on Brown's Run, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, on Jan- 
uary 10, 1797. Space allotted to this article will only 
afford the high spots of a long life and history of this 
personage. Suffice it to state that she was the first of 
seven children. They were Agnes, Sarah, John, Jacob, 
Alexander, Polly and Anna. 

The childhood of Agnes must have been filled with 
more intei-ests than that of the average child on the 
western fringe of civilization. Just over the ridge to the 
west was the growing village of Mason's Fort, later to 
be named Masontown. Here was the Mill with its coming 
and going of tradesmen. The rolling hills over which to 
roam, seeking berries, and the ever changing stream 
along which she could play with her younger brothers 
and sisters when the duties of the strict German house- i 
hold permitted; always held out something new. 

Religious sei-vices were held in the commodious home, 
for Jacob was strong in the faith of Grandfather Alex- 
ander, Jr., and great Grandfather, Alexander Mack. In 
fact some called the house "Mack's Church." The writer 
has no information to the effect that the use of the term 
was encouraged. 

Agnes grew to womanhood on the Run, associating 
with the neighbors. The Brethren were not the only set- 
tlers on the Run, but there were also Mennonites. While ■ 
there was much in common each was a stickler for his or 
her faith. Love sometimes overlooks the boundaries of 
sect. So a young Mennonite named Jacob Leckrone came 
a courting. He did not have far to come as he lived on 
the adjoining farm to the East. We have an interesting 
account given us by her great granddaughter, the late 
Miss Oma Karn. Let us listen to her description of the 
events as told her by her great grandmother Agnes. 

"It seems," said Great-grandmother Agnes, "that Jacob 
had long desired her. But he was a Mennonite, rather 
the family were Mennonites. Agnes refused to consider 
the suit unless he consented to unite — at the time she 
was not baptized — with her with Mack's Church. Jacob' 
demurred for a while and then capitulated. The day thei 
young couple were baptized, the respective mothers^ 
stood side by side on the bank watching the scene. Mrs. 
Leckrone, naturally saddened over watching a son unite 
with a denomination not her own, said to Mrs. Mack, 
'Agnes thinks she has done something smart, getting Ja- 
cob to come over with her. But just wait until they are« 

4PRIL 14, 1956 


OLD LECKRONE HOME near Masontown 

married, then it will be Agnes the Mennonite instead of 
lacob the Tunker,' The prophecy was never fulfilled, for 
poor Mrs. Leckrone in her grief and chagrin failed to 
reckon with the fact that her son was marrying a 

Jacob Leckrone was bom in Westmoreland County, 
Pennsylvania, May 16, 1794. He and Agnes Mack were 
married in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, February 22, 

The young couple settled down not far from the home 
af her parents. Here their first children were born. The 
M farm upon which the Leckrones grew up in German 
lov^Tiship, Fayette County, Pennsylvania is the site of 
a town known as Leckrone. However none of the de- 
scendants bearing the name of Leckrone are now living 
in the home or in the community of their ancestors. The 
town or village is approximately two miles by highway 
from Masontown. The old brick house occupied by Leck- 
rones over one hundred years ago still stands just back 
of the present Catholic Cemetery between Masontown 
and Leckrone. 

In the course of time there was a desire to change 
locations. The main reason was for benefit of health, to 
get away from the Malaria, ague or shakes which they 
thought came from the low lands hard by the Mill dam 
and the water courses. They did not know that it was 
brought about by the lowly, and numerous, mosquito. 

A new road was in the process of being built to the 
West. The first Stage did not come as far as Uniontown 
until 1818, but the road was not at that date completed 
to the Ohio River. It may have been about 1832 or 33 
that Jacob Mack, Agnes and the most of his family 
pulled up their roots from the valleys of Fayette Coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, and transplanted them in the hills of 
central Ohio. Just a couple miles or more fi'om the high- 
est spot on the old National Pike, as it was called by 
many, Jacob and Agnes Leckrone settled. Agnes often 
spoke of the long trip to Ohio. There were small chil- 
dren, the wagon was loaded with all their worldly goods 
and it took a long time to travel the some one hundred 
and fifty miles to their new home. The trip was by no 
means a pleasure trip. Jacob Mack had settled in the 
same community on a neighboring farm. Hard by was 
her brother John Mack. 

The road turned off to the south approximately a mile 
west of Brownsville, Ohio which led to the Leckrone 
place. Here they lived and prospered. Here they built 
that which was a novelty, a bank barn. This was of 
the German type of architecture and the first of that 
design to be built in this section of Ohio. Their home 
was the stopping place of the early pioneer Dunker 
pi-eachers who came to Ohio. Services, when they over- 
flowed the house, were held in the commodious barn. 
Love Feasts wei'e held iit the barn. Agnes' brother, Jacob, 
an Elder in the Dunker Church and who took over the 
old Mill, when her father moved to Ohio was a visitor 
from time to time. He was often accompanied by Elder 
James Quinter. The late Miss Oma Karn when she lived 
in Covington, Ohio, showed the writer a green, blown 
glass jug-shaped bottle, which was used by Elders Quin- 
ter and Mack in the Communion services held on the 
Leckrone farm. The jug was used in the passing of the 

The old Leckrone fann near Brownsville, Ohio, was 
just three or four miles from the boyhood home of the 
Author. From time to time trips would be made along 
the highway, dirt road of course, by the farm. The house 
had long been abandoned in the Author's boyhood. The 
old barn which had resounded with the hymns and 
prayers of Brethren long gone to their eternal home was 
in a state of sad decay. It was slowly falling down. 
Briers, elder bushes and other trees and shrubs were 
slowly reclaiming that which had been hewed from the 
virgin forest by hard labor. Ground hogs and other den- 
izens of the woods had taken up their dwelling without 
fear of interruption within and around the confines of 
the crumbling farm buildings. 

The Old National Pike, while not quite in sight be- 
cause of the hills, was at times certainly within sound; 
the Stage Coaches and the Conestoga wagons in great 
numbers passed to and fro from the East to the West, 
or the reverse. This was the main road across the grow- 
ing state of Ohio, and naturally to live by or near it 
was to sense the pulse of the state. 

To the union of Jacob and Agnes Mack Leckrone were 
born seven children. In their old age they moved from 
near Brownsville, Ohio, to a farm near Ankenytown, 
Knox County, Ohio. Here they spent their declining days. 
Jacob passed from the scenes of earth on August 3, 1885, 
having reached nearly ninety years of age. His compan- 
ion died July 21, 1889. She had reached the great age 
of 96 years, 5 months and 26 days. Her last days were 
spent in darkness as she had lost her eye sight. The late 
Miss Oma Karn, her great grand-daughter who knew 
her well, gives us a picturesque description of Agnes in 
her last days. She states, "My last recollection of her is 
that of a woman past ninety years of age, erect, stately, 
yet gracious and winning of manner with a voice as clear 
as in youth. And she could use her voice in prayer and 
exhortation! Had the period in which she grew to woman- 
hood offered her the educational advantages of today, she 
certainly would figure in history equal with our pioneer 
woman preacher, Sarah Major. The two were very good 

Jacob and Agnes, with three of their children, Anna 
Hedi'icks, Sarah, who never married, and Lydia Fidler, 
are buried in the Owl Creek Cemetery, at the Church of 
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5 24 College Ave.. Ashbnd. Ohio. Phone: 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Se/y. j 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. A»«istant i 


T AM HAPPY to share with the Brethren the experi- 
ences growing out of my visits to our Brethren 
churches which are scattered across the country. 

Cheyenne, Wyoming 

On my trip to the California Conference in January, I 
arranged to spend a few days at Cheyenne, Wyoming. 
Brother Frank Garber, pastor of our church there, met 
me at the airport and took me to his home, where both 
he and his wife arranged aU things for my comfort and 

The Sunday services and the Monday and Tuesday eve- 
ning services were well attended. There was an eager- 
ness to learn more about the missionary work of the 
Brethren Church, and I was glad to show them slides 
of Nigeria, Lost Creek, and Krypton, as well as several 
of our mission churches. 

One rather striking feature noticeable in the service 
was the number of people, particularly men, who could 
offer warm, heart-felt prayers, when called upon by the 
pastor. It was gratifying also to see several of the men 
take charge of the music in the service, and I discovered 
that three or four of them also bring the morning and 
evening messages at various times. 

Brother Garber's health is not as good as it once was, 
and he and his people are aware of the need for pastoral 
help some time in the near future. The many new homes 
that have been built near the church in the last year or 
so must be reached through visitation, if the church is 
to fulfill its ministry in the community and to show con- 
tinuous growth. 

California Conference 

The California District Conference was held in the 
Stockton Brethren Church, where the well-planned pro- 
gram was executed splendidly by the moderator. Rever- 
end Virgil Ingraham. The business sessions, which re- 
sulted in some concrete and significant action should 
strengthen both the Conference and the individual 
churches in this district. 

There is a rather strong feeling for the need of more 
churches in the district. The District Mission Board and 
the Conference Board of Directors are surveying the 
newly-developed areas in North Stockton with the hope 
of beginning a new church there. This is most commend- 

The enthusiastic group at the Stockton Church per- 
formed splendidly in entertaining the Conference. This 
little group moves along in a community where it is 
difficult to show a large, substantial gain; however, they 
continue steadfast in their work. 

Manteca Brethren Church 

This church is the largest of our three California 
churches and consequently assumes the greatest respon- 
sibility in the district. It is well located and has a great 

potential — especially in view of the numerous young! 
married couples within the membership. Many of these! 
young people are very responsible persons and are prov- 
ing to be capable leaders, working along with Pastor Gil- 
mer to strengthen the church. There are also older folks! 
and an enthusiastic group of children, all of which add; 
up to a well-balanced church. 

The financial program of this church is far above what 
it was last year. This too is commendable, but we believe I 
it is only a beginning of the great and wonderful things; 
this church can and will accomplish within the next few' 

Sevei-al of the Lathrop Church people attended the 
Conference, and it was good to have fellowship with them 
once more. Reverend Wesley Piatt is pastor of the Lath- 
rop Church now. 


THE MAN WHO TRANSLATES the Bible into Af- 
I'ican Languages is always asking questions. Here 
are some of the questions he asks himself: "What did 
this word mean in the beginning?" or "How can I ex- 
plain snow in this hot country?" Most of his questions, 
however, he asks his neighbors. He goes out into the streel 
and into the bush and asks his que