Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
God is good ALL the time... and ALL the time, God is good!!

Year 2016 - July thru September

 
 

 


 
 

+++ The Christian Banner - September 2016 +++

 

 

True Miracles
Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

Miracles start off with our very existence. That age old question comes to mind immediately, “Where did we come from?” There is only one reasonable answer – our existence is a miracle from the hand of Almighty God. He is the only real miracle worker! Only God can take nothing and make something special out of it! He simply spoke His vast creations into existence. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” (Genesis 1:14-16 KJV). We have to say along with the song writer, “How great Thou art!”

It took a miracle from the hand of God to put the Bible in our hands as we have it today. The Bible is thousands of years old and is as up-to-date as this morning’s newspaper. As we see events happening around us, we see how aligned the Bible is with our present day. As many enemies as there are to God’s Word, we are witnesses to another of God’s miracles, in the fact that the Bible has truly stood the test of time. The Bible is a spiritual book, and it would be impossible for the carnal minded man to write it, so God created another miracle in the hearts of men to write the inspired Word of God.  

Down through the centuries, the inspired Word of God has created a multitude of miracles in the hearts and minds of unbelievers. Those miracles could not have been accomplished had it not been for the greatest miracle of all time. That was accomplished on Mount Calvary’s cross when Jesus’ head fell to His chest and He said, “It’s finished”, meaning “paid in full.” The plan of salvation had been accomplished and the greatest miracle of all time performed!

 
+++
 

Ten Things God Wants YOU to Remember 

I will give you rest.
I will strengthen you.
I will answer you.
I believe in you.
I will bless you.
I am for you.
I will not fail you.
I will provide for you.
I will be with you.
I love you. 

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 (NIV).

 
+++
 

Mr. William “Sonny” Trotter
January 30, 1941 - August 9, 2016

 

In Memory of William "Sonny" Trotter
Written by: Jean Hunt
August 10, 2016 

A kind and gentle brother-in-law who would stick by you through it all, even through the thick and thin each time you saw him he was sporting a grin. He was a gentle man who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He lived his life the way we all should in helping everyone he could, never asking for anything in return and always seeking God's will to discern. A peacemaker he always tried to be and hoping everyone else would do the same you see. He loved his wife and his son too and he proved it by being faithful and true, he would put them above himself and his needs he'd always place on the shelf. He loved God with all his heart and tried to live his life doing his part. "Love thy neighbor as thyself" certainly fit Sonny if no one else. He went out of his way to do his best and I know in God's eyes he certainly passed the test. We sure are going to miss him and our family will never be quite the same but when he left this world, Heaven he surely gained. What a day that will be when we all get to Heaven and we nevermore will grieve, we'll see all our loved ones face to face and praise God eternally for His saving grace. Isaiah 57:1 "The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come." 

+++
 

Dad's Greatest Job
Poem was copied and submitted by: Sonny Trotter

Reprinted from The Christian Banner - June 1972 edition 

I may never be as clever as my neighbor down the street.
I may never be as wealthy as some other men I meet.
I may never have the glory that some other men have had.
But I've got to be successful as a little fellow's dad. 

There are certain dreams I cherish that I'd like to see come true.
There are things I would accomplish ere my working time is through.
But the task my heart is set on is to guide a little lad
And make myself successful as that little fellow's dad. 

It's the one job that I dream of, it's the task I think of most.
If I fail that growing youngster, I'd have nothing else to boast.
For though wealth and fame I'd gather, all my future would be sad,
If I failed to be successful as that little fellow's dad. 

I may never get earth’s glory, I may never gather gold.
Men may count me as a failure when my business life is told.
But if he who follows after is a Christian, I'll be glad,
For I'll know I've been successful as a little fellow's dad.
~Author Unknown~ 

+++
 

Starr Ayers, Asheboro, NC / starrayers@triad.rr.com
Thrive Magazine, August 2016 Issue

(Used by Permission)


Eighth Day of the Week

 

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:
the night cometh, when no man can work.”
―John 9:4, KJV

When my husband and I pulled into the driveway after our workout at the gym, I noticed the ivy around the garage window needed to be cut back. Since I’d mentioned it to him several times before I said, “Maybe it’s time for us to move to a smaller place.” 

His quick response was, “I think it would be easier to cut the ivy.”
 

Thomas Jefferson said, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”  That’s wise advice, but I must confess I’ve put off following it. The stark reality of my philosophy resembles that of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind: “I can't think about that right now. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”  

God gave the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the twelve tribes of Israel. Over a year later, seven tribes had not entered the land to receive their inheritance. In their eyes, the enemy was too great. It was easier for them to remain in their comfort zone on the opposite side of the Jordan River. In exasperation Joshua asked, “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?” (Joshua 18:3). 

Before we judge the Israelites too harshly, perhaps we should take inventory of our own lives. What has God asked you to do? What has he asked of me?  

Procrastination is a thief. It not only robs us of time—a precious commodity we can’t retrieve—it robs us of the blessings of obedience. God gives us seven days a week to get things done, but for many of us the eighth day―Someday―is our most heavily scheduled day. 

Scripture tells us, “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap” (Ecclesiastes 11:4). If we wait for perfect conditions to begin our tasks, we’ll never get anything done. We’ll simply put things off time and again. 

Is there something you’ve been putting off?  If you want to make an easy job seem hard, keep putting it off. Today is the day to make that phone call. Start your diet. Find a church. Write a letter. Say I’m sorry. Join the gym. Clean your fridge. Lunch with a friend. Write your book, or simply say, “I love you.”  

Don’t press God to say, “How long will you wait?”  Make today your Someday.
 
+++
 

Did You Know? 

Leonardo da Vinci is world famous for his painting of Mona Lisa. Did you know he was a chronic procrastinator? He only finished painting The Last Supper after his patron, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, threatened to cut off funds. According to one story, he was outraged when a Prior from the monastery where he was painting the fresco complained about the delay. Leonardo wrote to the head of the monastery explaining he had been struggling to find the perfect villainous face for Judas, and that if he could not find an appropriate face, he would use the features of the Prior who complained. 

When Leonardo da Vinci died in France in 1519, he left numerous sketches for unfinished projects in a large number of thick notebooks. 

+++
 

The Real Thing
Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen 

I recently saw on TV the last half of a great Billy Graham Revival Classic that took place in Boston in 1982. It was held in a huge stadium packed with an overflowing crowd. During his message, Billy Graham told the crowd about his trips to India to preach the gospel. Before each trip, he had to take a series of three shots to prevent him from getting the deadly disease of cholera. Billy said the second of the three shots was always the worst because it made him the sickest. These three shots gave Billy just a minimal dose of cholera and fooled his body into thinking he had the “real” thing, full blown cholera. He compared his minor case of cholera to Christians who get just enough religion to make them think they have the real thing too. 

What about you today? Do you have the real thing in your spiritual life? If you’re able to see today, you know we’re living in dangerous times. I am shocked to see the horrible and gory scenes shown on TV after terrorists strike and brutally kill innocent people. The terrorists have no concern or feeling of remorse whatsoever as they terrorize and slaughter their victims. Friends, today we are living in the perilous times the Bible says will come in the last days. These days require us to know the “real” Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Jesus came to earth the first time as a baby in the manger. The next time He’s coming back to claim those who have been forgiven of their sins and have a close and personal relationship with the “real” Jesus.  

Today is the day for judgement day honesty. If you’re not sure you know the “real” Jesus, ask Him to forgive your sins and to come into your heart to live. The clock is ticking. Today may be your last day to make your calling and election sure. Don’t spend another day living in doubt and fear. You too can experience the life changing presence of the Lord today. Accept Jesus today!  

“God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7).

+++
 
Giants in the Land
Written by: David Roper

Copied from: Our Daily Bread, August 20, 2016 

After being encamped near Mt. Sinai for 2 years, the people of Israel were on the verge of entering Canaan—the land God had promised them. God told them to send 12 spies to assess the land and the people living there. When the spies saw the strength of the Canaanites and the size of their cities, ten of them said, “We can’t!” Two said, “We can!” 

What made the difference?
 

When the ten compared the giants with themselves and the giants loomed large; the two—Caleb and Joshua—compared the giants with God, and the giants were cut down to size. “The Lord is with us,” they said. “Do not be afraid of them” (Num. 14:9). 

Unbelief never lets us get beyond the difficulties—the impregnable cities and the impossible giants. It preoccupies itself with them, brooding over them, pitting them against mere human resources. 

Faith, on the other hand, though it never minimizes the dangers and difficulties of any circumstance, looks away from them to God and counts on His invisible presence and power. 

What are your “giants”? A habit you cannot break? A temptation you cannot resist? A difficult marriage? A drug-abusing son or daughter? If we compare ourselves with our difficulties, we will always be overwhelmed. Faith looks away from the greatness of the undertaking to the greatness of an ever-present, all-powerful God. 

Dear Lord, when the “giants” in my life begin to overwhelm
me with fear, help me to trust in You.


 

 

 
 

+++ The Christian Banner - August 2016 +++
 

 

Parable of Immortality
Written by: Henry van Dyke
Copied

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "There she goes!"
 
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the places of destination.
 
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There she goes!”, there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
 
+++
 

I Am Not Ashamed
 (Found on the Cot of an African Native following his death)
Copied Article 

I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die is cast; I have stepped over the line; the decision has been made; I’m a disciple of His; I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or sit still. My past is forgiven, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I’m finished with low-living, sight-walking, small-planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, “chintzy-giving” and dwarfed goals. I no longer need prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by Grace, walk by Faith, learn by Patience, lift by Prayer, and labor by His Power.
 
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my Guide reliable, and my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, or ponder at the pool of popularity.
 
I won't give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of my Lord Jesus. I am a disciple of His. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, I don’t want Him to have any trouble recognizing me… I want my colors to be clear!
 
+++
 
“That man is poor indeed who lives without Jesus and he alone is rich with whom Jesus abides!”
 
+++
 

Sweet Memories
Written and submitted by: Jean Hunt 

Memories sometimes can haunt our minds but we also have the ones that remind us of better times. The innocent ones which brought so much bliss in simpler times not such as this. Childhood dreams of becoming a star not knowing then exactly who you are. A princess in her castle with all the bling was just one of my childhood dreams, riding down the road on my pretend pony, a tobacco stick it was my one and only. I fasten it to a tree beside my pretend house and then I would be quite as a mouse, my brothers would seek to destroy everything I viewed as my toy. They took delight it seemed to completely destroy all my childhood dreams, but those sweet memories are good within themselves it's just part of growing up with everybody else.
 
There was never a dull moment with six brothers all full of life, and I must admit there was a lot of fussing and strife. I wouldn't change if I could because I didn't know it then but I had a blessed childhood. Feeling lonely never entered my mind because I had pretend friends around all the time, they were rich beyond compare and they were always willing to share. I didn't lack for anything by being poor because in my pretend mind I had riches knocking on my door. A handsome prince was waiting just around the bend to pick me up and I would ride away with him to live in a castle fit for a queen was just one more of my silly childhood dreams.
 
I wouldn't take anything for the way I was raised with two godly parents I am quick to praise. God's hand of protection was upon us I now can see because He was faithful and took care of me. I wouldn't trade if I could all those memories of my sweet childhood, it made me who I am today and a lot of it came from my long hours of play. I can now say all that meditation paid off one day, Jesus was the Prince I was waiting for and He came into my life the day I opened my heart's door. I am rich beyond compare and it's all because of Jesus who loved and cared. I have a mansion just waiting for me over in glory and one day I will see, it's not pretend, it's all so real and when I accepted Jesus it became the real deal.
 
+++
 

More Time is Needed
Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen 

So much time has come and gone
And many may have forgotten you.
But one thing I can promise,
Forgetting you I will never do. 

Some days I can journey back
To the times we used to share.
But there are many days,
I just can't go there. 

You’d think after a while,
A human heart would heal;
But it must take a long time,
If ever a broken heart will. 

I know more time is needed
To make this hurt go away.
So I must keep on trusting,
For tomorrow is a new day. 

I’m looking forward to our reunion,
And the glorious time we’ll share!
I’m so glad that in Heaven,
 
Earthly pain won't be there!

+++
 

Last Words
Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

Last words seem to have an impact in our lives. The five police officers recently murdered in Dallas, Texas had friends and loved ones revealing the last words they remembered the officers saying. It reminds me of how important it is to watch all our words because we never know when we might be speaking for the last time!
 
My mother passed away when I was in the third grade. She was only thirty-four years old. She served as a grade mother in my class. After she left the class, my classmates told me I sure had a pretty mother. I don’t mind telling you that I ate that up! I knew that it was a compliment I could take to the bank because those kids were usually very short on compliments. After my mother passed away I began searching for the last words I could recall her saying to me. To the best of my recollection, the last words I remember her saying as I was leaving for school was “Be good!” No way would she have thought she was giving me her last words! I still wonder what my last words were to her.
 
It would probably be a good guide line in our Christian lives to always practice to take more care in what we say because it could be the last words we ever say. We need more words of hope and faith. The Bible says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him…” (Hebrews 11:6). What could be better than possibly our last words being spent inviting someone to church, or giving words of comfort and support to someone in need?
 
As I pause and think about last words, there are no more comforting words than those last words spoken by two angels concerning Jesus our Lord. “And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:10-11).
 
+++
 

Keep Your Fork
Attributed to: Roger William Thomas
Copied Article

A woman was diagnosed with a terminal illness and given three months to live. She asked her Pastor to come to her home to discuss her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at her funeral, and what scriptures she wanted read, and which outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Then she said, "One more thing... I want to be buried with a fork in my hand."

The pastor was surprised.

The woman explained, "In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably say to everyone, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite time of the dinner, because I knew something better was coming, like velvety chocolate cake or deep dish apple pie - something wonderful. So, I want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and wonder, ' What's with the fork?' Then, I want you to tell them, ' Keep your fork, because the best is yet to come.' "

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he bid the woman goodbye. He realized she had a better grasp of heaven than he did, and knew something better was coming.

At the funeral, when people asked him why she was holding a fork, the pastor told them of the conversation he had with the woman before she died. He said he could not stop thinking about the fork, and knew they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.

"Keep your fork. The best is yet to come."

 
+++ 

 

My Answer
Written by: Billy Graham
Copied Article 

Question: Where in the Bible can I find a list of the sins that God won't forgive? I remember my late uncle talking about unforgivable sins but I've never really known what they are. I sure don't want to commit one of them.
 

Answer: The Bible says only one sin is unforgivable–and that is the sin of refusing God’s forgiveness. If we turn our backs on God and refuse to have anything to do with Him, then we will eventually pay the consequences for our stubbornness. 

But it doesn’t need to be this way! God is our loving Heavenly Father, and He yearns to forgive us and welcome us back to Himself. He loves us so much that He has done everything possible to win us back, by sending His only Son into the world to pay the price for our sins. We deserve to die for our sins–but when Christ died on the cross, all our sins were placed in Him, and He took the punishment we deserve. The Bible says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). 

Jesus warned, “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3:29). Blaspheming the Holy Spirit simply means saying that what the Holy Spirit says in the Scriptures about Christ is false. When we do that, we reject Christ and all He has done for us–and we are committing the only unforgivable sin. 

May that not happen to you, or to anyone else reading this column. Instead, turn to Christ and by a simple prayer of faith invite Him into your life today. Jesus’ promise is for you: “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37). 

+++ 

 

The Secret to Revival
Copied Article 

He never received a formal education, yet he lectured at Harvard.  He grew up in a gypsy camp outside London, yet he was invited to the Whitehouse by two different presidents.  Gypsy Smith was powerfully used of God preaching to millions as he crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean forty-five times.  Everywhere he went, it seemed like revival was on his heels.  Gypsy revealed his secret to a delegation of revival seekers that asked him how they could make a difference with their lives the way he had with his. His answer was simple yet profound—as timely and timeless now as it was a many years ago. 

 

“Go home. Lock yourself in your room. Kneel down in the middle of the floor, and with a piece of chalk, draw a circle around yourself. There, on your knees, pray fervently and brokenly that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.”  

+++
 

“If you’re not as close to God as you used to be, who moved?” 

“If you’re living like there is no God… You better be right!” 

“Did it ever occur to you that nothing ever occurs to God?” 

“Joy is not the absence of suffering, but the presence of God.” 

“The Lord won’t take you where His grace can’t keep you.” 

+++
 

Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally the boy replied, “The preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you and Mom.” 

 

 
 
+++ The Christian Banner - July 2016 +++ 
 
 

 

 Remembering VBS
Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen

I recently saw my friend Becky at a local restaurant. She introduced me to one of her friends. She said, “This is my friend, Pat. Growing up, we used to go to the same church. We really enjoyed our time at Vacation Bible School.” She turned to me and said, “You remember how much fun we used to have at Vacation Bible School, don’t you?” I replied, “Of course I do!” 

I’ve thought more about Becky’s question since then. Today, I’m enjoying life as a senior citizen. That’s another way of saying that it’s been many years since my childhood days. But, how could I ever forget Vacation Bible School? It was a special week set aside at church for us kids to enjoy games, crafts, snacks and of course, Bible lessons. I recently looked at a photo made sometime during the early 1960’s of all of us VBS kids, our teachers and helpers. There was Becky standing beside me on the front row. I’m glad I had the best teachers and helpers too. They were always kind and made VBS enjoyable. They taught the best lessons and helped me learn about many Bible characters. Of course, they also helped me learn more about Jesus too!  

Our 2016 Mountain View Church VBS will be Sunday, July 17th through Thursday, July 21st. The hours will be from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm each evening. We’ll have classes for ages 2 through adults. (Yes, we really do have a wonderful class for adults too!) I hope you’ll make plans to attend our VBS this year. If you can’t attend, I hope you’ll find one you can participate in. I know from my own experience that it can be very enjoyable for kids as well as adults! As Becky reminded me, Vacation Bible School makes precious memories that last a lifetime too!

 
+++
 

Do You Know Me?
Author Unknown 

Who am I? I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cruel and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I'm nobody's friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and ruin marriages. I destroy careers and cause heartache and sleepless nights. I wreck churches and separate Christians. I spawn suspicion and generate grief, make innocent people cry on their pillows. Even my name hisses. I am gossip.  

The next time you want to repeat a story about someone, think. Is it true? It is necessary? Is it kind? If not, please don’t repeat it. 

+++
 

Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere. 

+++
 
God’s Word
Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen
 

Jesus said in Mark 13:31: “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” Jesus is revealing to us the great importance of God’s Word. God’s Word will still be standing when Heaven and earth have passed away. It’s so sad that we live in a country that has been so blessed by God’s hand, yet America has reached a point that it is so politically incorrect to make reference to God’s Word about anything. Why is there such resistance to God’s Word? The answer is found in John 3:20: “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” 

All down through the centuries the Bible has been highly respected by the churched as well as the unchurched. It’s scary today to see how America has lost her respect for God’s Word. If God chooses to remove His protective hand from our nation we will be in big trouble. It’s scary to have a Commander-in-chief that seems disconnected from reality. But it’s also scary to think that perhaps God placed him in the oval office as a start of poor leadership for our nation. A series of bad leaders could take our nation down so quickly. I’m not saying for sure we are looking at God’s judgement in our political process today or not, but one thing I’m saying for sure; God has full control of it all! 

America is just like a chess board before God and He has the next move! Another thing I know for sure is according to God’s Word, He’s not pleased with the political correctness in our government that keeps saying by passing new laws that God’s Word has expired and is outdated. We’re told that the Bible is discriminating and must be replaced by man’s new and improved version of the commandments! It’s time for all of us who know God in pardon and forgiveness of sins to unite in prayer for our nation. The kind of change I believe our nation needs now must come from the hand of God! 

+++
 
Our Flag Standing Tall
Written and submitted by: Irene Wright
 

Standing tall in this great and vast land

As I look on the faces of man

Wondering if they really take the time to reference me

Not knowing I carry a heavy load for thee

Many battles and wars I have fought

And the bloodstains I bare, have they all been for naught?

You walk in freedom each day

And go about your way
 

Yet you do not see the scars across my face

And do not know you are safe only by God’s marvelous grace!

If you could travel as I

Your blessings would reach beyond the sky

Do you see the stars that seem to illuminate through the night

And do you really know I stand for what is right?

Wearing colors of red, white and blue

I often wonder what they mean to you

And when I am worn and old, do not throw me to the ground

For in me Liberty and Justice for all has been found!

So as I soar on high
 

Please take time and look toward the sky

And know as I am standing tall

I have endured through the ages for all! 

+++
 

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." President Ronald Reagan. 

+++
 
My Answer
By: Rev. Billy Graham
Copied Article
 

Question: My wife thinks we ought to be more religious, but I don't want to turn into a religious fanatic (like some people I've known). Besides that, I like having my weekends free, and I can't imagine having to go to church all the time. 

Answer: I can’t help but conclude that you have the wrong idea about being a Christian. I don’t know how you decided that Christians are unbalanced, or that God doesn’t want us to enjoy life—but you’re wrong. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). 

At the same time, I also can’t help but conclude that your wife senses something is missing in your lives—and that “something” is God. From what you say, God means very little to you, and you don’t see any reason to bother with Him. But is this true? Yes, right now life seems stable and happy—but what of the future? Where will you turn if illness strikes, or some other disaster threatens to overtake you? And even now, to whom can you turn when you face major decisions and don’t know which way to go? 

If God didn’t love you, then your feelings about Him might be justified. But God does love you and your family, and He wants what is best for you. The proof is that He sent His Son into the world to give His life for us. 

Don’t be deceived, and don’t come to the end of your life someday and realize you’ve taken the wrong road. Instead, turn to Jesus Christ and invite Him to come into your lives. The Psalmist’s words are true: “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11). 

Stay in Your Own Lane
Written by: Pastor Max Lucado
Copied Article
 

A little boy named Adam wanted to be like his friend Bobby. Adam loved the way Bobby walked and talked. Bobby, however, wanted to be like Charlie. Something about Charlie’s stride and accent intrigued him. Charlie, on the other hand, was impressed with Danny. Charlie wanted to look and sound like Danny. Danny, of all things, had a hero as well: Adam. He wanted to be just like Adam. So Adam was imitating Bobby, who was imitating Charlie, who was imitating Danny, who was imitating Adam! Turns out, all Adam had to do was to be himself.

Stay in your own lane. Nothing good happens when you compare and compete. God doesn’t judge you according to the talents of others. He judges you according to yours! His yardstick for measuring faithfulness is how faithful you are with your own gifts.

 
+++
 

National Ice Cream Day – Always celebrated 3rd Sunday in July. This year is July 17th.

When you get the urge for a snack on a hot, humid summer night, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? That's right....Ice Cream! Therefore, it's only fitting that ice cream be given its own special day. On this day, enjoy an ice cream cone, a sundae, or a milk shake. Set the diet aside and splurge a little...have one of each! 

National Parents Day - Always celebrated Fourth Sunday in July. This year is July 24th.

This is a special day to honor your mother and father. And, it’s a time to celebrate the family structure and family values. The family unit is an important structure for the health of children, and the nation. That structure, and those values, are established and nurtured by your parents. 

It is not a day of gift giving. That's for Mother's Day and Father's Day. The best way to mark this day is by spending time with your parents doing something fun. It’s also important that you let them know how much they are loved and appreciated. Okay, kids.... Go out and honor mom and dad! Enjoy your summer break from school too! 

+++
 

Mrs. Civilla D. Martin wrote the song “God Will Take Care of You” back in 1904. Mrs. Martin explained, “I was con­fined to a sick bed in a Bi­ble school in Les­ter­shire, New York. My hus­band was spend­ing sev­er­al weeks at the school, mak­ing a song­book for the pres­i­dent of the school. “God Will Take Care of You” was writ­ten one Sun­day af­ter­noon while my hus­band went to a preach­ing ap­point­ment. When he re­turned I gave the words to him. He im­me­di­ate­ly sat down to his lit­tle Bilhorn or­gan and wrote the music. That even­ing he and two of the teach­ers sang the com­plet­ed song. It was then print­ed in the song­book he was com­pil­ing for the school. 

This beautiful song is credited for transforming the life of James Cash Penney, founder of the American department store chain J. C. Penney. He heard it one morning in the chapel of the Kellogg Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he had been hospitalized with a severe case of shingles, as well as exhaustion and depression.

 
God Will Take Care of You
Written by: Civilla D. Martin, 1904
 

Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.
 

Refrain

God will take care of you,
Through every day, over all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.
 

Through days of toil when heart doth fail,
God will take care of you;
When dangers fierce your path assail,
God will take care of you.
 

Repeat Refrain
 

All you may need He will provide,
God will take care of you;
Nothing you ask will be denied,
God will take care of you.
 

Repeat Refrain
 

No matter what may be the test,
God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast,
God will take care of you.
 

Repeat Refrain

+++
 

One of many promises in the Bible that has strengthened and sustained God's children is found in Philippians 4:19: "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." In this verse the apostle Paul was not introducing a new promise. The provision of God for His children had its roots deep in the Old Testament. In fact, it goes all the way back to the very beginning of human history, when God created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden. There in the garden Adam and Eve had all they needed.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.