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Year 2015 - October thru December

 
 
 
 

 
+++ The Christian Banner - December 2015 +++
 
 
 

My Answer
Written by: Billy Graham
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Q: My grandmother died a few months ago, and we all knew she had a very strong faith. I have to admit I don’t, although sometimes I wish I did. How do you suppose she got that way?

A: I’m thankful for your grandmother’s faith, and I strongly suspect she prayed for you and her whole family almost daily. She knew that her faith could become yours, and I’m sure she looked forward to the day when you would commit your life to Christ and learn to follow him.

How did your grandmother come to have a strong faith? First, her faith had a beginning, a moment when she made her decision for Christ. At that moment God forgave all her sins, and adopted her into his family forever. And in that moment she also committed herself to a new way of living, by following Christ every day.

Then your grandmother’s faith also grew as time went on. The Bible (which is God’s word) undoubtedly became important to her, as did prayer, and fellowship with other believers in her church. She also grew stronger spiritually by helping others and witnessing for Christ. The same can be true for us.

Now your grandmother’s life has come to an end, and yet her faith lives on. What will her example mean to you? Will it simply remain a memory that fades away as time goes on? Or will you respond by beginning the same way she did, by opening your heart and mind to Jesus Christ and committing your life to him?

Don’t turn your back on Christ, but by faith put your life into his hands today. May the experience of Paul’s young friend Timothy become yours: “your sincere faith … first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and … now lives in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5).

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Luke 2: 11-14 (KJV): For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

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An atheist complained to a friend because Christians had their special holidays such as Christmas, Easter and the like, and Jews celebrated their national holidays like Passover and Yom Kippur.

“But we atheists,” he said, “have no recognized national holiday It’s unfair discrimination.”

To which his friend replied, “Why don’t you celebrate April first?”


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A Story Told to Me
Written & submitted by: Irene Wright

As a child a story was told to me

And I wondered how could this be?

They told of the Virgin Mary, and how she was chosen amongst all the earth

And how she would soon give birth,
Mary wondered why she would be so blessed in life

After all, she was not yet a wife!

What thoughts Joseph must have had in his head

But God told Him to take Mary to wed.

Then they told of a governor so cruel

And the whole world was to abide by his rule

Being taxed, and to register in their own town

Hardships were felt all around.

Tired and wearied from a long journey’s end

Mary and Joseph were hoping to find a room at the inn

But no room for them to stay

And immediately were sent away.

I pondered and wondered why no one helped them

Surely there was room somewhere in this little town of Bethlehem.

As a child I wondered how this could be,

Were they so blinded by greed that they could not see?

Perhaps Mary’s pain was almost more than she could bear

Why did no one seem to care?

Traveling farther and farther down the dusty road

Soon their burdens they would unload

For there stood a crude old stable, where the animals were fed

And at last Mary had a place to lay her head!

And there on a special Christmas morn

A tiny little Baby was born

And Heaven’s bells could be heard ringing

And angel’s choir could be heard singing

Peace on earth, Good will to men

A King is born to reign without end!

News soon went throughout the land

And King Herold put out a command

Find this child so I may worship too, but was a lie

For he wanted Him to die

And there in the East stood a bright and shining star

Guiding the three wise men from afar

And lo the star stopped above where He lay

And there the wise men found him lying in the hay

Taking gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh and laying them at His feet

The sounds of cattle lowing were so sweet

And looking upon this baby’s face

They knew he was full of grace

And told not the king where He lay

An took the journey back home another way

An as a child this story was told

A story to me that never grows old!

 

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A teacher asked her Sunday School Class to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories. Johnny drew four people on an airplane. She asked him which story it was meant to represent.

“The Flight to Egypt,” said Johnny.

The teacher asked, “I see Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus, but who’s the fourth person?”

“Oh, that’s Pontius — the pilot!”

 

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Christmas
Written & submitted by: Richard Lewallen

Christmas represents the greatest story ever told! It celebrates the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As we approach this joyous time of the year, sadly we’re reminded that the same anti-Christ spirit that said “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” is alive and well in our society still today. We have a carnal spirit of political correctness today that says, “Don’t even mention the word Christmas!” It’s become X-mas to the world today. Just to mention the name of Christ brings conviction, so the world has done it’s best to eliminate that name. Celebrating the birth of Christ has offended so many that are living outside of God’s will. Like King Herod, they say they want to worship Him, but in their hearts they want to destroy Him.

We as Christians have a great challenge to not hide Christ’s name. Christians are the only ones in the world that can offer legitimate praise to God. That’s the reason Christians are being persecuted the most. As Christians, it’s your and my job to promote the name of Christ. Don’t forget to pray, to read your Bible, to faithfully attend church and Sunday school, to give, to witness, to visit and to praise His Holy name. The greatest gift we can open to our Lord this Christmas is our hearts!


Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV): 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

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The Real Thing
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen, 11/14/15

I recently got a chance to watch part of a Billy Graham Classic sermon taped at his 1982 Boston crusade. I’ve always admired Billy Graham and I love to listen to his sermons. Billy was sharing with the tremendous crowd some things that make him sick. He talked about the different times he had to take a series of three cholera shots before he traveled to India to preach. Billy said he always hated the shots because they made him very sick. The reason - these shots gave him a small case of cholera which kept him from getting full blown cholera. Billy began to preach that lots of people get just enough religion to make them think they have the real thing. 

True faith in Jesus is nothing to miss out on. We’re living in very dangerous and uncertain times now. We can see the many horrible things that radical Islam is currently doing in our world. Yesterday, I saw the senseless brutal killings and injuries perpetrated by ISIS in Paris, France. Now they say they’ll be bringing the same ruthless killings and destruction to America. Why are they doing such hideous crimes? Because they want to take control over the entire world and have a global Islamic caliphate where their “religion” is the only religion. You either accept their religion or you’ll die.

What about you? Do you have the “real thing” Jesus in your heart? Are you struggling with your salvation today? Do you wonder if you really know Jesus? This is the day to accept Jesus as your Savior. Tomorrow could be too late. Your soul’s eternal destination is at stake. All you have to do is ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to save you. Ask Jesus to come into your heart to live and ask Him to direct your life. Life’s time clock is ticking away. Today may be the last day you can choose the real Jesus and make your calling and election sure. Don’t keep doubting and living in fear every day. Accept the real thing in your life today - and that’s Jesus!

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV):  For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

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The following is a Christmas article written by Edith Robbins back in 1976. Edith was a faithful saint for the Lord. She stood unnumbered times here at Mountain View Church and gave her testimony. Many times she said in her testimony, “I’m so glad that I know that I know that I know!” She was a faithful prayer warrior for the Lord too! Edith left earth for her Heavenly home at 87 years of age on March 6, 2007. She’s probably not sat down yet, but is still up and praising her Lord and Savior as only Edith could do!

 

The Greatest Gift

Christian Banner article, December 1976

Written by: Edith Robbins (deceased)
(1919-2007)

The birth of Jesus gave the world special reason for expectation and fulfillment, but at the time most people were unaware of what His coming really meant. Even at His death thirty-three years later, few people understood although He had explained everything. It remained for future generations to understand the real significance of what happened in Bethlehem’s humble manger. Today, still millions more still do not know the wonderful truth of His appearing.


We know by faith that the baby in the manger was God come to earth. We know by faith that His arrival was the greatest gift in the history of man.

 

Centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah had foretold the coming of a Messiah, a suffering servant whose life would begin so simply in a manger and who would find His eternal triumph in a bloody cross and an empty tomb. Isaiah has said, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy was fulfilled in Bethlehem’s manger, so it was that God’s plan for all the ages lay wrapped in swaddling clothes before the shepherds wondering gaze on that first Christmas Eve.

 

The wonder and the mystery of God’s great gift extend far beyond the manger for that baby still lives as Savior and Lord of millions of people around the world. We know that he had been born by faith into our hearts just as truly as He was born in a manger almost two thousand years ago.

 

We thrill with expectation as we recall His promise that He will come back again in God’s own time. We know that His next appearing will not be as a baby in a manger, but as a Savior, Ruler, and Judge of all nations. Thus he will bring to man God’s greatest gift – everlasting victory over evil; a kingdom ruled by God’s love, righteousness, and glory. All this we can see as we look into the manger and marvel at the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

 

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Peace Can be Found

Written and submitted by; Jean Hunt

 

Come sunrise, a new day dawns, thank God I am one of His own. The hustle and bustle this time of the year can take its toll and about bring you to tears. People hurrying everywhere trying to buy joy that you can't find in this old world. It's that time of year again with so called bargains that seem to never end. People wake up early just to fight the crowds in hopes of finding a deal like they've never had. Its push and shove with words that should never be said and some are screaming so loud that could nearly wake the dead. What has happened to the season of peace and good will, I guess it's been taken over by trying to find the good deals. Those things are fine and well but we must remember there's a story we need to tell. It's the story of hope and joy when Jesus came to earth as a sweet baby boy. He came as a Savior to a dark, lonely place to offer us peace by His saving grace. It's called Christmas and as we celebrate let's remember to give thanks before it's too late. It's not about all the gifts we may receive, it's about the "One" in whom we should believe. So as the holidays roll around just remember there is peace that can be found, Jesus came that we all may live and that was the greatest gift He could ever give. So as the gift giving season rolls around just remember the "One" in whom peace can be found.

 

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


 

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Thanksgiving
Written and Submitted by: Irene Wright

Another holiday to celebrate
With friends and family, please don’t be late!
Football on the TV
Running around to make things perfect, woe is me!
And why all the shouting just to cheer on a team
Sometimes I think, Oh Lord awake me from this dream!
Children asking, “Is it done yet?”
Where’s the aspirin? My head is about to split.
Setting the table just right
I just realized I must look a sight!
Guests wanting something to drink
Oh my, I can’t even think!
Taking a deep breath, and hurrying along
Had to make sure each plate was set where they belong
Although feeling tired and disabled
I politely smiled and invited everyone to the table.
Ready to take a load off my feet
I couldn’t quite yet take a seat.
And getting ready to toot my own horn
Someone rudely popped up and asked, “Where’s the corn?”
By now being a little bit puffed
Hurry off to the kitchen to get the rest of the stuff!
Taking a few seconds to calm down
I began to look around
And as I looked upon each face
I realized God had given me all these blessings to embrace!
And as I gazed upon each smile
I knew then it was all worthwhile!
And with my head bent low and ashamed
I begin to call on His name,
“Father forgive me for taking the thanks out of Thanksgiving
And allowing the blessings being overshadowed by the everyday living
May Your light shine upon this special day
And guide me along the way.
Let me count the blessings you have given me
And always know it is not what I serve, but the server I should be!”

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In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)


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We Owe Them a Lot
Written by: Joanna Fuchs
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On Veterans Day we remember again
Our men and women who served;
We honor them now for what they did then:
The liberties they preserved.

Let’s never forget their sacrifice,
The hard, heavy work they have done;
They did what was asked, crucial needs they fulfilled,
With a telephone, pencil or gun.

We’re happy and proud to honor them;
They gave so much more than they got.
Our heroes, our veterans kept freedom safe;
All of us owe them a lot.

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University House WWII Veteran Shares His Story
Written by: Christina Corrales-Toy, 11/05/13
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In the most inadvertent way, the St. Louis Cardinals might have saved Jack Yusen’s life during World War II. Had Yusen not correctly identified the baseball team that won the 1944 World Series, his rescuers might have dismissed the group of USS Samuel B. Roberts survivors, taking them for the enemy. “But they heard ‘St. Louis Cardinals’ and they came right to us,” Yusen said.

Retirement community University House Issaquah is home to 28 veterans, and a few of them, including Yusen, sat down with The Issaquah Press to share their stories of valor, ahead of the Veterans Day holiday.

Yusen served on the destroyer escort before Japanese forces sunk it in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of history’s largest naval battles. The crew was forced to abandon ship when it literally broke in half, Yusen said, but even greater dangers awaited them in the shark-infested Philippine Sea.

“We lost about 16 guys, just from the sharks,” he said. “It was terrible.” Yusen recalled feeling a shark swim past his leg one morning. He didn’t know it at the time, but his life was most likely spared because he fell into the water where the ship’s oil spilled.

“The other guys on the other side jumped in the fresh water, that’s why we lost a lot of guys, because the sharks don’t like oil,” he said. “But when the sharks found the other guys, they were clean; those were the guys that were killed.”

About 120 USS Samuel B. Roberts survivors clung to three lifeboats for 50 hours before they were eventually rescued. Yusen doesn’t consider himself a hero. That honor goes to the men and women who didn’t return. The survivors take that to heart, he said, using their daily actions as a sort of tribute to the fallen.

“All of us who survived, and there were a whole bunch, almost all of us came out, got good jobs, were nice guys and had a nice family,” he said. “Everything we did, we did well to show the boys who didn’t come home that we were thinking of them.”

Even as a youngster, Yusen said he knew he wanted to join the U.S. Navy. Now 87, he still exudes reverence when talking about his service to the country, proudly wearing a hat that bears the USS Samuel B. Roberts name. “We did the job,” he said. “We certainly did the job.”


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Pray the Prayer of Jabez
Written and Submitted by: Jean Hunt

As I was reading next Sunday's SS lesson there is a small portion about Jabez. I'm sure you have read or heard about that little book "The Prayer of Jabez." The Bible doesn't say a lot about Jabez, but what it does reveal is something we all as Christians should pray. (1Chronicles 4:9-10) "Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His Mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain." Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.

That should be the prayer of every Christian that God would bless us and enlarge our territory that we could reach more people for the cause of Christ. The world around us is sinking deeper in the quick sand of sin without hope and where are the extended hands of Christians who should reaching out to them? Are we content sitting in our own secure little space that we dare not venture out to help them? God help us, we all need to pray the prayer of Jabez so that God can expand our territory and in return use us to be a blessing to others so that they can be reached for Christ. "My house is full but my fields are empty, who will go and work for the Lord?"

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I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked,
'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?'
To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?'
He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'

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You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by a perfect God!

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Here are some facts about the origin and history of Veterans Day: In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The end of the war happened at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, so that's why November 11 was chosen.

Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day, a legal holiday in the U.S., honors all who have served in the nation’s armed forces, whether they are living or dead.

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Men in Heaven

At the end of the age when all the believers were standing in line waiting to get into heaven, God appeared and said, "I want all the men to form two lines. One line will be for the men who were the true heads of their households. The other will be for the men who were dominated by their wives."

God continued, "I want all the women to report to St. Peter."

The women left and the men formed two lines. The line of men who were dominated by their wives was seemingly unending. The line of men who were the true head of their household had one man in it.

God said to the first line, "You men ought to be ashamed or yourselves. I appointed you to be the heads of your households and you were disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose. Of all of you, there is only one man who obeyed me. Learn from him."

Then God turned to the lone man and asked, "How did you come to be in this line?"

The man replied, "My wife told me to stand here."

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An Unexpected Blessing
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen

October 7th, 2015 started out like a regular day. It was around 7:30 am and I was at Thomas Tire waiting to get a tire fixed so I could be on my way to Momma’s house. I sat down, leaned back and got comfortable in a leather rocker/recliner in the customer waiting area. Two other people were waiting there and both were busy looking down at their smartphones. Of course, this made me reach for my smartphone. The news was bad so I put my smartphone away. I raised my head up and looked out the picture window toward the Eastern sky and I suddenly noticed the view God had created for me. The top layer of sky God filled with a beautiful Carolina blue sky that was dotted with scattered small and puffy white clouds. The second layer, He filled with ugly, dark and mean looking clouds. Right below the dark clouds, God placed the big and beautiful golden sun having made its way above the horizon. He finished the fourth layer with a beautiful Carolina blue sky without a single cloud anywhere.

I marveled at God’s handiwork and I soon realized God was sending a blessing to me. The top layer of sky reminded me of when I was young and life seemed easy and carefree. The dark clouds reminded me of the troubles, trials and heartaches that brought painful experiences into my life. The third layer, filled with the huge golden sun, reminded me of God’s love for me and His promise to never leave me nor forsake me. The fourth layer in God’s sky reminded me of Heaven that’s awaiting me. It’s a place like no other place I’ve ever seen before. Heaven will forever be filled with love, joy and eternal blessings! God will never allow a single dark cloud to enter Heaven’s sky! I had to stop and take time to thank God for blessing my soul. What a marvelous, wonderful, great and awesome God I serve!

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Not My Worry
Written by: Pol Fang Chia
Article coped from: Our Daily Bread

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you. Psalm 55:22

A man worried constantly about everything. Then one day his friends heard him whistling happily and looking noticeably relaxed. “What happened?” they asked him in astonishment.

He said, “I’m paying a man to do my worrying for me.”

“How much do you pay him?” they asked.

“Two thousand dollars a week,” he replied.

“Wow! How can you afford that?”

“I can’t,” he said, “but that’s his worry.”

While this humorous way to handle stress doesn’t work in real life, as God’s children we can turn our worries over to Someone who has everything perfectly under control even—especially—when we feel it is not.

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God brings out the stars and calls them all by name (40:25-26). Because of “his great power and mighty strength” not one of them is missing (v. 26). And just as God knows the stars by name, He knows us individually and personally. We are each under His watchful care (v. 27).

If we are inclined to worry, we can turn that worry over to the Lord. He is never too weary or too tired to pay attention to us. He has all wisdom and all power, and He loves to use it on our behalf. The Holy One who directs the stars has His loving arms around us.

Lord, You know there are times when I get really scared. And I forget that You have promised that You will never leave me to face difficulty or loss alone. Help me to trust.

 
 
 
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Satan's Convention
~ Unknown Author ~

Submitted by: Becky Freeman

Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to his evil angels, he said, "We can't keep the Christians from going to church. We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can't even keep them from forming an intimate, abiding relationship experience in Christ. If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken". "So let them go to their churches; let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can't gain that relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!" "How shall we do this?" shouted his angels. "Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds," he answered. "Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”

"Keep them from spending time with their children. As their family fragments, soon, their home will offer no escape from the pressures of work! Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home. And see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ."

"Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes.”

"Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted and unprepared for the coming week. Don't let them go out in nature. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies instead. When they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotion. Let them be involved in soul-winning, but crowd their lives with so many good causes that they have no time to seek power from Christ. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and their family unity for the good of the cause.”

It was quite a convention in the end. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy and rushing here and there.

Has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the judge!

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Our body is perishing, but our spirit can be flourishing.
 
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The Lessons of Tough Times
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They won’t be afraid of bad news; their hearts are steady because they trust the Lord.

In the midst of adversity, you may find it difficult to see the purpose of your suffering. Yet of this you can be sure: the times that try your soul are also the times that build your character. During the darker days of life, you can learn lessons that are impossible to learn during sunny, happier days. Times of adversity can-and should-be times of intense spiritual and personal growth.

The next time Old Man Trouble knocks on your door, remember that he has lessons to teach. So turn away Mr. Trouble as quickly as you can, but as you’re doing so, don’t forget to learn his lessons. And remember: the trouble with trouble isn’t just the trouble it causes; it’s also the trouble we cause ourselves if we ignore the things that trouble has to teach.

We should not be upset when unexpected and upsetting things happen.
God, in His wisdom, means to make something of us which we have

not yet attained, and He is dealing with us accordingly.

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October is designated as "Pastor Appreciation" month.
We love and appreciate our pastor, Rev. Brian Hauk, very much.
We dedicate the following poem to him.

Our Pastor
Author: Judy Crowe
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Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?

Have you ever told him thank you,
For being there, when times are tough,
For comforting words and fervent prayers
When trials come and the storms of life are rough?
 

He answers our calls in the middle of the night
And tells us not to worry, for he will be there.
He gives up his comfort of quiet rest
And comes with prayers of comfort to share.

 Have you ever thought to say thank you Pastor,
For preaching God's word to help us understand,
For all the times he has asked for things
That will lend us a helping hand?
 

When you pray, put him at the top of the list
And ask the Lord to surround him with loving care,
To give him strength and walk with him,
To help him with the burdens that he must bear.

Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?
 
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God’s Continuous Love
Written & submitted by: Jean Hunt

As I survey all the good things that come to me from above it always reminds me of God and His continuous love. He blesses me without measure and to love and care for me is His divine pleasure. Can you imagine that kind of love that He would send His only Son to die just for us? His mercy has no limits, His grace has no bounds and when your trust lies in Him a true Friend you have surely found. All the beauty on this earth that our eyes may behold will never compare to that city with streets of pure gold. God gives us His very best and as His children we should feel so honored and blessed. Our praise and adoration surely should be in awe of the One who died to save us all. He is with us in all we do and say and His constant presence will lead us along the straight and narrow way. Our life is but a short journey and it's traveled so fast so let's serve Him wholeheartedly and not look back at the past. One day soon and not so far away we will live eternally with Jesus at the break of a brand new day. Time will have no limits, the "Son" will be the light and we will always be rejoicing because there will never come a night. Our loved ones we will surely see but most of all I want to see Jesus who gave His life for me.

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Turn Your Eyes
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Written by: Luann Prater
 

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 NIV

They call them round-abouts and our community is installing them at every turn. Research has shown that a round-about decreases fatal crashes, harmful emissions and are much more cost effective to install and maintain than a 4-way stop or stop light. But I live in the South and change is not quickly embraced. Those of us who grew up stopping and starting seem to have a tough time adjusting to merely yielding and continuing.

Every morning I drive through two of these intersections at the most congested time and every morning the same thing happens. I approach with a steady stream of drivers who plow on around the circle as if they were the only ones on the road.

As I round the first turn, I see long lines backed up behind the driver who can’t quite figure out when his turn is going to come. He sits in a hypnotic stare as the cars continue to pass him by, while the lineup behind him grows anxious and weary.

Sympathetically, I move slow and motion for this timid driver to pull out in front of me. It never fails, while I’m waving him on, his eyes are glazed over and looking the other way. My window of opportunity to help him is quickly fading and then I am forced to pass on by to avoid a pile-up behind me.

We often approach life in the same manner. Our circumstances seem to almost paralyze us as we sit frozen by life. Have you come to an abrupt stop in your life? Are you bucking at the thought of yielding?

Our God longs to wipe away the anxiety and pour His refreshing spirit over us if we will only turn our eyes upon Him. We struggle when our heavenly Father gives us a way out. Every day our Father is waiting for us to turn from our fixation with this world, our cares and troubles, and simply seek His face. He is waving us on. He whispers, “Finish the race I have laid out for you, continue on. See, I have made a way. Come on, you can do it!”

Father, we know You are here. Your Word promises that You will never leave us or forsake us. We pray for our eyes to turn to You so we see the way that You have laid out before us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Salvation may come quietly, but we cannot remain quiet about it.

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In Trouble
Devotional by: Rev. Jack Van Impe
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Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations (1 Peter 1:6).

Though Christians will not pass through the Tribulation, in this world we have tribulation. This is not strange. Salvation transforms sinners into citizens of heaven but it does not deliver them from earthly trials.

Some seem to have more than their share. Perhaps you feel you are one of them.

Still, God is faithful and has promised that He will not allow us to be tempted above what we are able. Henry Ward Beecher wrote: “No physician ever weighed out medicine to his patients with half so much care and exactness as God weighs out to us every trial. Not one grain too much does He ever permit to be put in the scale.

So, the Bible says we can rejoice in our trials. Does this seem contradictory?

Not at all! These trials are designed to try our faith. And through them all we are kept by the power of God (see 1 Peter 1:5).

Like Peter, who began to sink when he looked at the wind and the waves while walking on the sea to Jesus, we may waver at times. But He never wavers. Our faith may sometimes be weak. But the object of our faith — Jesus — is strong.

No wonder we can rejoice in our temporary troubles. We have everlasting life! And we are in the care of our Eternal God.

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My Answer

Written by: Rev. Billy Graham
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Question:

I don't believe in some kind of last judgment or hell. I think Christians just dreamed them up to scare people into believing the same way they do. Once this life is over, that's the end as far as I'm concerned.

Answer:

Jesus didn’t just teach about these things, however. He also demonstrated beyond doubt that death isn’t the end and our lives continue beyond the grave, either with God in heaven, or in that place of absolute despair the Bible calls hell. He proved this by doing something no one else ever had done, or ever will do: He died and was buried, then came back from the grave by the power of God. Only Jesus could say, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).

I can’t help but wonder why you’ve chosen to believe there is no judgment. Only you can answer this, of course, but I suspect the real reason is because you want to be free to live any way you want to. But why gamble with your soul for the sake of a few short years of empty pleasure?

Instead, face honestly the hopelessness of your life, and turn to the God who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. The Bible’s words are true: “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once … to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27-28).

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C. H. Spurgeon once said” “What, is our faith such that it sings only in the sunshine? Have we no nightingale music for our God?”