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Year 2014 - October thru December

 

 
 
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My Answer

Written by: Rev. Billy Graham
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Question:

I lost my husband to cancer two years ago, and holidays are especially hard for me now. I can't help but remember all the good times we had at Christmas and at other times, and now I'm all alone. How can I cope with this?

Answer:

I understand your heartache; although it’s been several years now since my wife, Ruth, went home to be with the Lord, not a day goes by without my thoughts turning to her and the many years we had together. And yes, holidays are especially difficult.

But I take comfort in three great truths, and I encourage you to do so, as well. First, I know she is safely in heaven, far beyond the pain and suffering she often endured here. She is now in God’s presence forever, and although I miss her greatly, I know that someday soon we will stand together before the throne of God. For her, Jesus’ promise has been fulfilled: “My Father’s house has many rooms… I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

I also take comfort in the fact that I’m never truly alone, because Christ is with me every moment of the day. I may not always feel His presence, but I know He still surrounds me with His love. And this can be your experience, as you turn to Him in prayer and in the Bible every day.

Finally, I take comfort in the fact that God still has a reason for keeping me here — and He does for you. No, you may not be able to do everything you once did. But you can pray for others, and you can encourage those around you by your smile and your love and concern. Keep your eyes on Christ, for He gives us hope.

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The Greatest Christmas Gift of All
Written by: Dr. Curtis Hutson (1934-1995)

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How wonderful at this blessed Christmas season to think that the greatest Gift ever given was unsolicited; we didn’t ask for it, but "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). God’s Christmas Gift was also an unlimited Gift. Some department stores cater only to the very wealthy. The gifts they offer for sale are so expensive that the average person cannot purchase them. Some very poor families are unable to enjoy gifts that are enjoyed by the middle class of society.

But God’s Christmas Gift is unlimited. The blessed promise in John 3:16 is, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus Christ was God’s Gift to the entire world. No one, no matter how poor, is excluded. "He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world," states I John 2:2. And Hebrews 2:9 plainly states "that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."

No one will die and go to Hell and look back to Heaven and say, "I wanted to be saved, but Jesus Christ didn’t die for me!" The Gift is available to one and all, and no one is excluded except he who excludes himself by refusing to trust Jesus Christ as Saviour. In the last great invitation found in the Bible, our Lord opens the door as wide as He can by saying, "The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:17).

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The Cross Room
Author Unknown

Submitted by: Vicki Rivers

The young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. “Lord, I can’t go on,” he said. “I have too heavy a cross to bear.” The Lord replied, “My son, if you can’t bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open that other door and pick out any cross you wish.”

The man was filled with relief. “Thank you, Lord,” he sighed, and he did as he was told. Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses; some so large the tops were not visible. Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. “I’d like that one, Lord,” he whispered. And the Lord replied, “My son, that is the cross you just brought in.”

“Isn’t our Lord so good to us, He answers our prayers and bears our cross.”

Matthew 27:32 (KJV) And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

Colossians 2:14 (KJV) Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

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A Special Christmas Gift
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen

Momma was born in 1930, just a year after the start of the Great Depression in America. She was born the eighth of nine children to my Grandpa and Grandma Snider. Only one sibling, a brother named Roy died while an infant. Momma, Gertrude and Annie Mae are the remaining family members today. They are heirlooms to me and I love and treasure them very much.  

Momma grew up about a mile from Back Creek Friends Church. She’s told me several stories about growing up in terribly tough times. She’s told me of my Grandma Snider’s weekly wagon trips to sell or barter eggs, produce, shelled walnuts, and any other items she could spare to her Asheboro city customers. This was how Grandma Snider was able to get the sugar and other products she needed but couldn’t raise or make for her family.
 

Momma’s told me of some of the Christmas gifts she could remember. She didn’t get anything much because times were so bad. I remember a gift she valued one Christmas - a grapefruit! She’d never seen a grapefruit before that day. One of her older sisters had gotten a job in town and was able to buy a few grapefruits. She brought them home to her family for Christmas.

Can you imagine being thrilled over a grapefruit for a Christmas gift? It was a special gift because it was given by a sister who loved her family. This Christmas I hope you’ll show your love to the people who are important to you. Take some time to stop by and visit with someone you love and wish them a Merry Christmas. If you can’t visit them, pick up the phone and take a few minutes to wish them a Merry Christmas. Be sure to tell them you love them too! You may never know just how special a Christmas gift just a simple visit or a phone call could be to them!

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Scripture for Your High Blood Pressure

Written & submitted by: Richard Lewallen

Philippians 4:8-9 (KJV): Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

We blame high blood pressure on old age, what we eat, or our lack of exercise. These can certainly be part of the problem. But keep in mind that what we think on each day can affect our blood pressure as well. I think we can all agree that the temptation is always there to think and ponder on something we should leave alone! But if it is something that is nagging at us, our mind is drawn to it like a magnet. Something that is front and center in our mind is hard to ignore.

Being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from the tactics of Satan. He knows very well how to play games with our minds! If we don’t resist Satan, he will take our mind and play with it like a cat plays with a mouse. A lot of churches have split simply because people have surrendered their minds to the cunning tactics of Satan. We must learn, with God’s help, to discipline our minds. We need to ask ourselves, “Is this thought worthy of entertaining or should I by the power of the Holy Spirit dismiss it quickly?”

By the help of the Holy Spirit, we must be the custodian of our minds. The first question we should ask ourselves, “Is there something I can reasonably do about this problem?” If the answer is NO, then we must leave it with the Lord. Suddenly, we have a new goal. We can direct our thoughts to either God’s Word or His work to assist us in getting this thing off our mind. Getting in the scripture, especially in Psalms, can be a great help. We can reach out to a friend that is going through a problem. We can simply do a good deed for someone else. The scripture simply tells us to fight evil with good. I believe when we become a good custodian of our minds, not only will it help us spiritually, but perhaps it will bring our blood pressure down a notch or two also.

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What Christmas Means to Me
Written & submitted by: Irene Wright

Christmas has always been special to me. And just like any other child, I could hardly wait for Santa to arrive! Santa always came on Christmas Eve with a big knock at the door and would leave our presents on the porch! It was always amazing to me how swift Santa could be!

Then at eleven years old, my Daddy became very sick and that year Christmas was somewhat different. I found my doll that Daddy had Santa to leave a little early for me. I was told that probably Santa wouldn’t make it actually on Christmas Eve this year because of some difficulties he was having. Of course as a child I didn’t quite understand it all, but I knew that Daddy never let me down. Somehow Santa got word of this and really felt bad, so a lovely lady by the name of Edna Farlow stepped in to give Santa a hand. On that Christmas she gave me a doll! I still have both of those dolls today!

Little did I know this would be the last Christmas my Daddy would spend on earth. But no matter how little we had, both my parents made Christmas very special and the true meaning of Christmas will always be in my heart. No, Christmas is not all about the gifts we receive, but it is all about the love we have to give!

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Christmas

Written & Submitted by: Irene Wright

Do you see the lights all aglow
And the shoppers as they come and go

And all of the gifts wrapped with pretty bows?
Have you read your children’s list
Only to realize that there is something you have missed?
Stockings hanging by the chimney with care
Waiting with excitement that Old Saint Nick would soon be there

Parties and dinners everywhere!

With guest soon arriving from far and near
And before the meal will you include a prayer too

Or will it matter that much to you?
Dinner is waiting, looking good and steaming hot
But there is a special guest we forgot
Look around and see the empty space
And know that a special guest should fill that place.

You look around to see
And wonder who it could be
Everyone seems to be accounted for

After all, you did greet each one at the door
But just like ages ago
No one really did not know
That a special guest was arriving that Christmas Day
Let alone that He was the Light and the Way!
Mary and Joseph had travelled so far and had no place to stay

And Mary being great with child began to pray
So God answered the prayer for them
In a little town called Bethlehem!
And blessed them not with fortune or fame
But with a child and Jesus was His name!

A child destined to die for our sins
Oh what a special Friend!
Shepherds heard the great news and did rejoice
And then they heard the angel’s voice.

Singing glory in the highest, peace on earth, good will to men
Who would of thought that could have ever been?
Although being born in a crude old stable
One day He will take His place at a King’s table!

Christmas may come and go
And families continue to grow
And perhaps the meaning of Christmas will be lost along the way
But remember where we would be if that special child had not been born on Christmas Day!

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Luke 2:7-11 KJV: And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

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Merry Christmas!
Be sure to include Christ in your Christmas this year!

 
 
 
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Anger

Written by SOZO
Submitted by: Becky Freeman 

Each of us has dealt with anger sometime in our lives. Some of us still deal with it every day. We do things or say things that we later regret. Our tongues bite like a two edged sword, they sink deeper and hurt more then we realize. “Words, once spoken can never be retrieved, they become part of eternity.” Our daily attitudes “project” to others, (negatively or positively), and it affects the reactions we receive from everybody. This destructive behavior is not only to us, but to others that cross our path. 

Anger, left unto itself, leads to bitterness, rage, and slander (gossip). It is much easier to blame others, accuse others, blaming the situation or trying to control everything. If we neglect to be responsible for our own actions and behavior, no one else will. We cannot carry others burdens, plus your own. It is God’s will that we control our anger. 

Ephesians 4:25-32(NIV)

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 

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An Irishman was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. “I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, then eat regularly again for 2 days then skip a day and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds.”

When the Irishman returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 30 pounds. “That's amazing!” the doctor said “Did you follow my instructions?”

The Irishman nodded and said, “I'll tell you though, I t'aut I were going to drop dead on dat 3rd day.”

“From the hunger, you mean?” asked the doctor.

“No, from all dat skippin'.”

 
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God Knows the Answer
Written by: F. B. Whitney
Submitted by: Lela Trotter 

I question not God's means or ways,
Or how He uses time or days,
To answer every call or prayer,
I know He will, somehow, somewhere.
 
I question not the time or place
When I shall feel His love and grace;
I only know that I believe,
And richest blessing shall receive.
 
I cannot doubt that He'll attend
My every call, and that He'll send
A ministering angel fair,
In answer to my faithful prayer.
 
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When you are DOWN to nothing, God is UP to something! 

Although we live in this world, we must declare our allegiance to heaven. 

When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could you get that for me?" 

Bow your head in prayer to begin your day so you can face whatever comes your way. 

No Christian is abandoned at the moment of death. The angels are the ushers, and our passage to heaven is under their escort. ~ Dr. David Jeremiah

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Thank God for You
~ Author Unknown ~

 Thank God for you good friend of mine,
Seldom is friendship such as thine;
How very much I wish to be
As helpful as you've been to me.

 When I recall from time to time 
How you inspired this heart of mine,
I find myself inclined to pray,
“God bless my friend this very day.”

 In prayer requests, right from my heart
I ask, on you God to impart
Rich blessings from His storehouse rare, 
and grant to you His gracious care.

 So often at the throne of grace

There comes a picture of your face,
And then instinctively I pray
That God may guide you all the way.

 Someday I hope with you to stand
Before the throne at God's right hand,
And say to you at journey's end,
You’ve been to me a faithful friend!
 

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Your Testimony
Written & Submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

Today, October 26, 2014, was Old Fashioned Day at Mt. View Church. Pastor Brian asked the congregation to share their testimony of their salvation experience. His request was a bull’s eye for what I had written for this month’s church paper. I thought about Jesus occasionally making a statement twice to put more emphasis on it. Perhaps that’s what He is doing here. 

Of all the needs in the world, what is the number one need? I can answer the question without hesitation. It is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Without that relationship we have absolutely no chance of making heaven our home. Jesus said in John 3:7: Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus is the beginning of that relationship that we must have! Finding the Lord as my Savior in 1970 was the greatest achievement of my whole life. There is nothing of value to compare it to. God used the convicting messages of Reverend Bud Frye to bring me to the Lord’s saving grace. 

The apostle Paul went before kings and dignitaries of his time explaining the wonderful experience he had on the road to Damascus. Everyone that has an experience with the Lord has a story that needs to be heard. My wife, Pat, puts this church paper together each month. We send this paper to our friends, neighbors and loved ones. Often Pat speaks of having only a few articles turned in for the paper. 

While I was at work the other day, the Lord laid a challenge on my heart. Ask the people that read this paper and know the Lord as their Savior, to send in the story of how God saved you by His marvelous grace. God gave you this story and you can praise Him by sharing it! You probably have loved ones and friends that have no idea how God reached your heart. God may use your story to speak to someone’s heart. It may even be one of your close family members. Time is running out for many of our loved ones and friends. Who knows, this could be your last opportunity to reach out to those you most care about!

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Thank You for Your Blessings
Written & Submitted by: Irene Wright

If I could count the blessings You gave to me
I wonder how many there would be

Just like the stars that shine nightly
Your blessings shine so brightly.

Just like the moon that gives light
They are a guiding light to help me do what is right


Just like the sun that warms the day
Your blessings warms my heart along the way.

Just like the falling rain
Showers of blessings are not in vain


Just like the songs of a bird
Your songs of blessings are found in Your Word.

Just like the flowers that are grown
Your blessings have been sown

Just like a babbling brook
Your blessings utter sounds of wisdom found in your Book.

Just like the morning dew
All your blessings moistens my soul in things that I do

And if I could count your blessings one by one
How could I ever be done?

So on this Thanksgiving Day
I am thankful for Your blessings you send my way! 

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The Meaning of the Flag Draped Coffin
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    All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history.

    Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD GIVEN' rights and freedoms.

    I hope you take the time to read this ... To understand what the flag draped coffin really means ... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.

    Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

   Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times?

   You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

  

   The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

   The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

   The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

   The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

   The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'

   The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

   The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

   The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

   The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

   The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

   The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

   The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

   The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nations motto, 'In God We Trust.'

 

   After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today. 

   There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why. Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of 'Liberty and Freedom.'

 
 
 
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The King Is Near At Hand

 

Written by: A. B. Simpson
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We live in a very solemn time. We are on the threshold of the age to come, and at the close of the Christian dispensation. Never were times so momentous nor opportunities so extraordinary. We belong to that generation for which all the ages have been waiting, and all beings might well envy – the generation whose high calling it may be to welcome their returning King and herald around the world the tidings of His coming! God help us to redeem the time and be true to His high calling!

We are living in an age when God is using not the mighty and the learned, but the humblest instrumentalities to do His work. He is choosing a people of a people. He is taking the things that are weak and foolish, the things that are not, to bring to nought the things that are.

No one need, therefore, say, "I am unfit. There is nothing I can do." All we need is the baptism of His Spirit, the power of His Presence, and He can use us mightily in our weakness and nothingness as witnesses to the Name of Jesus. The victory today is to be won by Gideon’s little band, the three hundred, and not by the thirty thousand.

Finally, the polestar of all our effort is the Lord’s personal coming. He is near at hand! It is this that stirs our hearts. It is this that makes every sacrifice and toil seem little. He is so near, and His recompense will make amends for all. Oh, let us go forth with this all-animating hope, let us accept our great task and be worthy of the high honor He has given as co-workers with Himself!

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ENDURANCE: In the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, the Marathon event is coming to a close. Most of the spectators had left for the night, only a few remained. Sirens and motorcycles accompanied the last runner, a man by the name of Fallison, from the Republic of Tanzania. This country was participating in its first Olympics after being formed in 1964. He had fallen and injured himself and when he arrived at the finish line, he was at the point of exhaustion. A sportscaster asked him, "You were injured early in the race, why didn't you withdraw when you fell?" His response: "My country didn't send me 7,000 miles to start a race, but to finish it."

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A couple had been debating the purchase of a new auto for weeks. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast little sports car so she could zip through traffic and around town. He would probably have settled on any beat up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range. "Look!" she said. "I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in 10 seconds or less. And my birthday is coming up. You could surprise me."

For her birthday, he bought her a brand new bathroom scale.

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Do You See?
Written and submitted by: Irene Wright


Do you see the stars that God has made
shining so bright and how they seem to never fade?
Do you see the moon that God has placed in the sky
how did He ever get it so high?
Do you see the rays from the sun
who would have imagined playing outside could have been so much fun?

Do you see the trees ever so tall
how could there be so many after all?
Do you feel the breeze
but yet the wind you cannot see?
Do you see the green grass and feel how good the touch is between your toes
or how He makes the flowers grow?

Do you see the rain come down
and marvel how it wets the ground?
Do you see the snow all so white
and how can it be so fluffy and light?
Do you see the birds take their flight
and yet there is a stillness in the night?

 Do you see all the things that God has made including man
and how it was all in God’s plan?
But do you really see the best gift of all
a Child born that would someday take the fall?
And can you see the blood He shed that day at Calvary
how painful it must be?
Oh can you see all of the things He did for man
and how it was in God’s plan?

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We’re blessed to have Reverend Brian Hauk as our pastor. We love and appreciate our pastor very much. We pray the Lord will allow Brian to be our pastor for many more years to come. 

 To Our Pastor
Author Unknown

 
Our God has sent you to this place
to lead us in the way
That He would have us work and think
and live from day to day.

No matter the hour; whatever the need,
you go the extra mile -
Always ready and willing to share
A comforting thought and a smile.
 

We're grateful that you're here with us
to teach us from His word,
and we will try to do our best
in service of our Lord.

We thank you for your ministry,
your guidance and your care.
His greatest blessings for your life
Is our most humble prayer.

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Frances Jane Crosby
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen

 

I love the hymns found in the “All-American Church Hymnal.” It’s the hymnal we use at Mountain View Church. I love to join in the congregational singing. As we stand to sing, I look to see who wrote the hymn. I rejoice when I see Fanny Crosby’s name. She is called the greatest hymn writer in the history of the Christian church. She wrote over 8,000 songs and unnumbered poems in her lifetime. Here’s a very brief overview of her life.

She was born Frances Jane Crosby on March 24, 1820 in South East, New York. She caught a cold in her eyes when only six weeks old. The family doctor was away so the family got a visiting doctor to treat her. He prescribed hot mustard poultices be applied to her eyes. This destroyed Fanny’s eyesight. She would be blind the rest of her life. The visiting doctor was a fake doctor. He skipped town, never to be heard of again. Fanny never held resentment for him. Instead, she accepted blindness as part of God’s plan for her life. She said, "Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind, for when I die; the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Savior."

Fanny married Alexander VanAlstyne in 1858. He was also blind. He encouraged Fanny in writing her hymns. They had one child, a daughter named Frances, who died in her sleep soon after birth. Fanny’s husband died in 1902. They had been married 44 years.

“Blessed Assurance” is my favorite hymn that Fanny wrote. Her friend, Phoebe Knapp, had written a melody and played it a couple of times on the piano for Fanny to hear. She asked Fanny what the music said to her. Fanny hesitated only a few moments and replied, “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!” The song was published in 1873 with the lyrics written by Fanny Crosby and the music written by Phoebe Knapp.

God blessed Fanny Crosby with special gifts and she used them to praise her Lord and Savior. It’s said you can stack fifteen hymnals on top of one another and that’s about the number of hymns Fanny wrote during her lifetime. She died February 12, 1915 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She was 94 years old. On her grave is this very simple quote, “She hath done what she could!” Only in Heaven will we ever know all the lives Fanny Crosby touched, including mine, by being obedient and using the gifts God had given her. What about you my friend? Has God blessed you with a gift you should be using for Him?

Blessed Assurance
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

 

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

 

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
(Refrain)

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
(Refrain)

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Sins of Language
Written by: Sozo
Submitted by: Becky Freeman

 

Sins of language are as grave as any other sin. If our mouths are indeed to be centers of righteousness, then sins of language must be uncompromisingly “put to death.” A small tongue can be “set on fire by hell” and corrupt the entire person. Our words are a basic indicator of whether or not we are walking with the Lord. The tongue can tell a lot about our spiritual condition and our integrity. Integrity means being responsible for the words we say and we should be aware that using our tongues to speak evil is the same as having dynamite in our mouth.

What can we do ourselves to obey the Lord with our words, and honor His gift of language? Start by practicing self-control with our spoken words. This is only possible with God’s help and when we inevitably stumble, He is there to give us His forgiveness. The content and quality of our words reveals our own hearts. How might someone describe the words you or I speak? Are they “drawn swords” waiting to stab someone in the back? Are they “salt water” or “fresh water?” Ask yourself what is my greatest communication problem? The answer can only be our heart.

When you or I stand before our Redeemer and are humbly willing to say, regardless of the flawed people that we live with, and the fallen world that is our temporary address; and we ourselves are our greatest communication problem, including myself, we then begin heading in a direction of fundamental biblical change in our world of talk. Sins of language include: anger (violence with words), rage, malice (injuring with words), slander (mean-spirited gossip), filthy language (obscenities), and lies. Words can do a lot of damage! Matthew 12:36-37 (NIV): “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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Saul Alinsky died at the age of 63 of a sudden, massive heart attack in 1972, on a street corner in Carmel, California. Two months previously, he had discussed life after death in his interview with Playboy Magazine. Needless to say, Saul Alinsky was an agnostic - a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.

ALINSKY: ... if there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell.

PM: Why?

ALINSKY: Hell would be heaven for me. All my life I've been with the have-nots. Over here, if you're a have-not, you're short of dough. If you're a have-not in hell, you're short of virtue. Once I get into hell, I'll start organizing the have-nots over there.

PM: Why them?

ALINSKY: They're my kind of people.

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What does the Bible say about hell? Would you choose to live in hell for eternity?
 

Luke 16:23-24 (KJV): And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

Revelation 21:8 (KJV): But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.