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Friday, November 17, 2017
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Year 2017 - April thru June

 
 


 

 
+++ The Christian Banner - June 2017 +++

 

Congratulations to our 2017 Father of the Year - Calvin Hunt!

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National Family Month
Source: thefreedictionary.com 

National Family Month is observed during the five-week period between Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June. It is timed to coincide with the end of the school year, when families start spending more time together, and also to focus attention on mothers and fathers as the most powerful support system for their children. 

National Family Month was started by KidsPeace, a private, not-for-profit organization that has dedicated itself to helping children attain the confidence and develop the courage to face and overcome crises since 1882. KidsPeace has also established National Kids Day, observed on the third Saturday of September. The organization believes that such observances provide opportunities for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to be more involved in the lives of the children for whom they are responsible. Families are urged to spend time doing things together during this five-week period, whether it is taking a family vacation or simply doing chores around the house. 

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Father's Day History 

Father's Day is the day to recognize, honor and celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of fathers. In 1910, the Washington State Governor declared Father's Day on the 19th of July.  It then became a permanent federal holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon proclaimed that the third Sunday in June would be further known as Father's Day. On this day, children celebrate their fathers and father figures to show their love and appreciation. Father's Day was created to complement Mother's Day and is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

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~~ Don’t forget…  Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 18, 2017! ~~ 

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Actor Michael Landon, best known for Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven, died of cancer in 1991. His family gathered around his bed, and his son said it was time to move on. Landon said, “You’re right. It’s time. I love you all.” 

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” ~ William Shakespeare
 

“The greatest gift I ever had come from God; I call him Dad.” ~ Author unknown 

“Good fathers make good sons.” ~ Author unknown
 

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~ Jim Valvano 

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” ~ Jim DeMint 

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I Love You, Daddy!
Written and Submitted by: Cathy Lewallen Walker
Clarence Lewallen (09/19/1920 – 06/07/2011) 

The love I have for Daddy could never be replaced
You can tell the way I feel by the look on my face.
Each time I look at him and know all the kind things he did
Heaven only knows the sorrow he hid.
There came a day when Mama died
And oh the tears that Daddy cried.
He was father and mother both day and night
He’d hold me so warm and tight.
I remember the nights he’d butterfly me off to bed
And gently kiss me on my head.
I’m grown up now with kids of my own,
But some days I go in memory – back home.
There’s something special about a daddy and a little girl’s love
That only could be sent from God up above. 

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Pray For Our Youth!
Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen

Satan is portrayed as a roaring lion that slips up on its’ prey before it knows there is any danger and devours it. Satan has always been good at his deceiving tactics, but it seems today that his deceiving ability has been put on steroids by the illegal drug trade. Back when I was in school, if you heard the word drugs, you immediately thought of California or New York, but now, several years later, that roaring lion is in our neighborhoods and in our homes. Pornography used to be in the corner drug store and out of the reach of young people, now it is being force fed to the youth around the world through the internet.  

It’s shocking that civilizations can deteriorate and lose their moral compass so fast! Satan knows his time to war against God is running out. I think about all the traps and snares that await especially our young people. The lion is always looking for the weak, the vulnerable, the inexperienced to overpower. Satan uses peer pressure to lure young people to try something they know they should leave alone. They soon begin playing Russian roulette with their lives, often looking at other young people who have gotten away with it for a long time. Like the moth darting in and out of the flames, luck soon runs out. 

My heart goes out to the young people today. No generation in the past has ever faced the horrible amount of temptations that our youth face today. Many of them will die because of their reckless and careless decisions. Let us as Christians make a commitment to pray for our youth daily, that they like the prodigal son might come to themselves and realize that the only safe haven is found in a close relationship with our heavenly Father! 

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 Ten Reasons Teens Abuse Alcohol or Drugs
Copied from: www.promises.com

 

                                                  01. Peer pressure
                                                  02. To look and feel “grown up”
                                                  03. Modeling parents’ behavior
                                                  04. Curiosity
                                                  05. Boredom
                                                  06. Self-medication
                                                  07. Rebellion
                                                  08. Ignorance
                                                  09. To have fun
                                                  10. They’ve become addicted
 

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Great Tips for Young People Wanting to Succeed in Life
Copied Article 

It is important to select best friends carefully. Best friends are important, but do not let friends influence you to do what you know is wrong. 

Apply yourself in school and college. Ask the Lord’s guidance in your selection of a career and your decision regarding marriage. Be honest. Be kind in your comments to or about others. Be thankful. 

Don’t abuse alcohol or use illegal drugs because you can damage your body, mind and soul. Learn to forgive when others ask for forgiveness. Ask for forgiveness when you regret doing or saying something wrong or unkind. Learn not to hold grudges. 

Value trees, plants, flowers animals and nature. Protect the environment. Realize natural resources are for our use, not for our abuse. We are God’s stewards of nature and how we care for the environment is a gift from God intended for everyone’s children. 

Develop a strong faith in God and confidence in yourself; so, you can face difficulties as well as enjoy life. Learn to like yourself, accept your limitations and work hard toward reasonable goals. Seek to discover and appreciate the knowledge and skills of others. Share with them regular encouragement for good actions.

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My Part Is Prayer
Written by: Lisa Birch
www.AllWorship.com
 

I’ve heard it before, and I’ve even struggled with the thought myself.
 
“If God knows everything, then why should I pray?”

This reminds me of one part of my journey through Purpose Driven Life when Rick Warren wrote three simple words: Love spells T-I-M-E.

 I claim to love someone, I make it a priority to spend time with that person. 

Prayer is time with God.
 

Asking, thanking, praising, listening, and just feeling His presence in prayer is all time well spent with Him. But it doesn’t stop there. 

Whether I pray by myself, with one partner, or in a room full of people, there’s no getting away from time alone with God because His spirit is always with me. 

His word says He’ll never leave, you know. And His word is guaranteed.
 

In fact, His love for us is the most powerful love to ever exist in all of time and eternity. 

With a love of that magnitude pointed directly at me, how could I choose not to sow into the relationship? To sincerely engage? To give what I can to make it flourish and grow? 

That spiritual growth can’t happen without the communication act of prayer. 

Yes God knows everything, even before we think, speak or experience it. He’s almighty and all-knowing. 

But He’s also very personal. And He desires our time through prayer. 

 

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If I had my life to live over again, I would live it to change the lives of people, because you have not changed anything until you’ve changed the lives of people. ~ Warren Webster 

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Marriage Encouragement from Ruth Bell Graham
Copied Article from: BillyGraham.org  

The love story of Billy and Ruth Graham is one for the ages. The two were married for more than 60 years, until Ruth went to be with the Lord in 2007. In 1941, a young Ruth Bell met Billy Graham outside her dorm at Wheaton College where they were both students. Two years before that, though, Ruth faithfully prayed for the man God would bring her way. She penned this poem as she waited on God’s timing: 

Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid
(as we’re inclined to do)
I do not need a handsome man
but let him be like you;
I do not need one big and strong
nor yet so very tall,
nor need he be some genius
or wealthy, Lord, at all;
but let his head be high, dear God,
and let his eye be clear,
his shoulders straight
whate’er his state,
whate’er his earthly sphere;
and let his face have character,
a ruggedness of soul,
and let his whole life show,
dear God,
a singleness of goal;
then when he comes
(as he will come)
with quiet eyes aglow,
I’ll understand that he’s the man
I prayed for long ago. 

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Record Few Americans Believe Bible Is Literal Word of God
www.gallup.com (poll conducted May 3-7, 2017)
Written by: Lydia Saad, 05/15/17 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is "the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word," similar to the 26% who view it as "a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man." This is the first time in Gallup's four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism. Meanwhile, about half of Americans – a proportion largely unchanged over the years -- fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally. 

From the mid-1970s through 1984, close to 40% of Americans considered the Bible the literal word of God, but this has been declining ever since, along with a shrinking percentage of self-identified Christians in the U.S. Meanwhile, the percentage defining the Bible as mere stories has doubled, with much of that change occurring in the past three years. 

Still, while biblical literalism has waned, the vast majority of Americans -- 71% -- continue to view the Bible as a holy document, believing it is at least God-inspired if not God's own words. 

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If man had a money problem, God would have sent a banker, if man had a mental problem, God would have sent a psychologist, but, man has a sin problem, so God sent a savior---Jesus Christ!

 


 
 
  +++ The Christian Banner - May 2017 +++ 
 
          


Congratulations to our 2017 Mother of the Year - Mabel Horton!


Let God be Your Shining Light
Written and Submitted by: Irene Wright 

Let God be your guiding light
Shining through the darkest night
Let Him take you by the hand
And lead you through this weary land
Let Him whisper in a small still voice
I died for you My child, it was My choice!
Let Him give you knowledge to know right from wrong
And know it is to Him you belong
Start the day with a prayer
And know He will answer because He cares
Walk with Him throughout the day
And He will be with you every step of the way!
When storms rage high
And clouds darken the sky
Know that whether it be sunshine or rain
It is He whom takes away the pain
Let Him brush away the tears
And give you peace from doubts and fears!
Know He is your friend indeed
And it is He that knows your every need
Know that faith, hope and charity lie beneath His wings
And charity is the foundation of all things!
Let him be your shining star
And no matter where you are
Know that He is indeed your guiding light
A Beacon through the darkest night! 

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Mother’s Day will be celebrated this year on Sunday, May 14th. 

“A Mother's love has the ability to FORGIVE even the most difficult child.” ~ Author Unknown 

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln  

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." ~ George Washington 

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux 

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." ~ Henry Ward Beecher  

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Growing Old
Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen 

I’ve heard the sayings “growing old ain’t for wimps” and “the golden years aren’t always so golden” many times in my life. I’ve found truth in both these sayings. I know I’ve slowed down, my mind forgets things I need to remember, aches and pains are for real, and time goes by faster every day. One thing I’ve found that helps me cope with growing old is taking a nap each day if at all possible. It seems to slow down the golden years a little bit.  

I’ve learned to enjoy humorous things that help brighten the day. It’s got to where I can depend on my senior eyes to find humor in various places. Recently, I took Momma to Staywell Senior Care Clinic for a checkup. While we waited, I looked around and I saw an unusual sign. It was on the door to the “Adult Care Headache Treatment Room”. I thought how handy this “special room” would be at other places like Walmart, the DMV office, and the hospital ER waiting area. Then I blinked my eyes and the sign changed to “Adult Care Health Care Treatment Room”. Of course, it was my senior eyes doing their part to brighten my day!  

The next day Richard and I went walking at the Mall. I walked a while and then sat down on a bench to rest my aching back. I looked up and saw that the store in front of me had a big sign announcing a shoe sale. I began to look at the shoes and immediately I saw the ugliest pair of ladies shoes I’ve ever seen. They were tan and had an open back with a strap across the back. There was a large pocket with a turn lock on the top of each shoe. What in the world would I put in those pockets and carry around on the top of my shoes? I didn’t have a clue because I’ve never seen anyone wear shoes like these. I got up to take a closer look and I was shocked! Why, they weren’t shoes at all! Instead, it was a ladies tan handbag with two strap handles and two pockets with turn locks on front of the bag. It sure made a much prettier ladies handbag than it did ladies shoes! This made me laugh and brightened my day! (I have my yearly eye exam scheduled in June and no doubt I need to keep it.)  

A few days later, Richard, my sister Sandy and I took Momma back to StayWell Senior Care. After Momma’s appointment, we took her back to the nursing home. We placed her in one of the recliners and left after she had settled in and was resting. We were getting in the car to leave the nursing home and I sat down in the back seat. Duh, this was my sister’s seat! I did my best to quickly get out of her seat. I hurried over to the other side and sat down. I looked up and saw Richard sitting in the driver’s seat. Duh, I had sat down in the wrong seat again. I hurried and finally got out of the back seat. The third try was a charm and I was finally sitting on my side of the front seat. I had never imagined the golden years would be so much fun! If some similar stuff like this ever happens to you, remember, I warned you - so take my advice, you might as well laugh as cry about it! 

There is a special promise I claim while living in the “golden years” of life. Every day I live I get one day closer to seeing my Heavenly home. The Bible states, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away (Psalms 90:10 NIV). I do enjoy living and I don’t fear dying because I know my eternal home is in Heaven. I’ll get to be with my blessed Savior and my departed loved one and friends that I’m longing to see again.  

I do have a serious warning for you whether you’re young, middle aged, or a senior citizen. Please don’t let Satan trick you into thinking you’ve got plenty of time to live like you want to before you seek the Lord. That’s one of Satan’s oldest tricks to keep you from going to Heaven. This earthly life is short - even at the very longest. Trust me, it pays to be ready! Preparation time is over and done when you die. How about you? Are you ready to meet the Lord? Eternity awaits your answer. 

I’ll trust Jesus every day
To keep my soul safe and sound,
And when He calls my name
I know I’ll be Heaven bound! 

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Special Thoughts of My Parents
Lela Farlow (now Lela Farlow Trotter) – deceased May 21, 2015
Copied article from: The Christian Banner, May 1981 issue 

As I sat down to write some of my thoughts about my parents (Edna & Earl) the first thing I thought about was that we don’t have a choice about who our parents are. But if I did, my choice would be no other than the ones God gave me years ago. My parents are still living and I love them second only to God. But I truly believe that children, including me, never really appreciate them until the Lord takes them home. 

I had the great privilege of being reared in a Christian home. When I was growing up there were times when I didn’t want to go to church. But I can say today that what I value most about my childhood was that in every way we children were taught Christian beliefs, and were taken to an old-fashioned church (Mt. View) where we saw the reality to God’s power. I am so thankful to say that the church has remained on fire for God. 

My parents are very special people. They have to be, to put up with me all my life. I was born into a home where there has always been love. My father lost his dad through death when he was two years old. I believe that loss has always had a great bearing on his life. I really believe that made us four children even more precious to him. Daddy has always put our happiness above his – even today there’s nothing too important for him to listen to. He’s always there for us and his life has been a Christian example for us to follow. 

Mama has always taken life as it comes. Even with her handicapped leg she doesn’t complain. She knows the Lord has a purpose for all things. And she too has always put us first regardless of her feelings. She taught us as children about God and directed our lives through the years. I do thank God for my parents. I love them and I wish them a Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. 

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Memories
© By M.S.Lowndes
 

Memories are a treasure
The wealth we have inside,
Special times and sad times,
They're all part of life 

We often like to retreat
To the memories of yesterday,
The tender moments we had
That can never be replaced 

When we see that the Lord
Was there throughout our lives
And see the turns we made
With Him as our guide 

We see the plan He had
To bring us where we are,
We see the road we've travelled
Has brought us on this far 

So memories of the past
Help us trust to thee
Our future years with gladness
That we cannot yet see 

For if in the Father's care
We place each day we live,
We will know His inner peace
And His grace He freely gives. 

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WHO is Jesus?
Submitted by: James Rich
Copied Article 

In chemistry, He turned water to wine.
In biology, He was born without the normal conception.

In physics, He disapproved the law of gravity when He ascended into heaven.
In economics, He disapproved the law of diminishing return by feeding 5,000 men with two fishes and 5 loaves of bread.
In medicine, He cured the sick and the blind without administering a single dose of drugs.
In history, He is the beginning and the end.
In government, He said that he shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace.
In religion, He said no one comes to the Father except through him;
So. Who is He? He is Jesus! The greatest man in history. 

Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.
He had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.
He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.
He had no army, yet kings feared Him.
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. 

I feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us.
Join me and let's celebrate Him; He is worthy! 

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The Holy Alphabet
AllWorship.com
Copied Article
 

                              A – Although things are not perfect
                              B – Because of trial or pain
                              C – Continue in thanksgiving
                              D – Do not begin to blame
                              E – Even when the times are hard
                              F – Fierce winds are bound to blow
                              G – God is forever able
                              H – Hold on to what you know
                              I – Imagine life without His love
                              J – Joy would cease to be
                              K – Keep thanking Him for all the things
                              L – Love imparts to thee
                              M – Move out of “Camp Complaining”
                              N – No weapon that is known
                              O – On earth can yield the power
                              P – Praise can do alone
                              Q – Quit looking at the future
                              R – Redeem the time at hand
                              S – Start every day with worship
                              T – To “thank” is a command
                              U – Until we see Him coming
                              V – Victorious in the sky
                              W – We’ll run the race with gratitude
                              X – Xalting God most high
                              Y – Yes, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but
                              Z – Zion waits in glory where none are ever sad!


 

 
 +++ The Christian Banner - April 2017 +++ 
 

 

God Is with You When Things Go Wrong
Guideposts Article - Written by Ruth Stafford Peale 

Reassurance and comfort from the Bible to help you navigate life's challenges.

The Bible is filled with wonderful promises of hope and salvation. It is also full of stories of tragedy and misfortune. Turns out the people in its pages are not so very different from you and me! So take a lesson from them and remember:

You may never know why tragedy strikes.
Job was “perfect and upright.” He feared God and turned from evil (Job 1:1). Yet disaster struck; he lost his wealth, his children and even his health. Although Job kept asking God why, his misfortune never received the divine explanation Job was hoping for

Job’s friends were sure Job must have brought his misfortunes on himself by sinning (Job 4:8), but they were wrong. God condemned their simplistic condemnation of his servant (Job 42:7). One thing is certain: “Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). Do not be quick to blame yourself or others when something seems to go wrong. Often there are no easy answers. 

God is able to bring good out of every situation.
Stephen was one of the outstanding figures in the early church, “full of faith and the Holy Ghost” (Acts 6:5,8). Yet he was stoned to death because of his Christian witness. A leader of his persecution was a young man named Saul (Acts 7:58; 8:1-3), who soon afterward was confronted by the risen Christ and became known as the great Apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-6, 22). 

Evidently, Stephen’s courageous death was the catalyst that challenged Paul’s outlook and prepared the way for his conversion. 

God’s hand is in all that happens.
Joseph was mistreated by his brothers and sold into slavery (Genesis 37). Years later, when famine forced them to come to Egypt for grain, they found their own brother in charge of everything. Joseph told them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20). 

Although “wicked hands” crucified Christ, it was part of God’s plan for infinite good (Acts 2:23). You can be certain that “All things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28). 

Be confident that, with God’s help, you can handle any problem.God made you in his own image. You have the intelligence and skills and mental, physical and spiritual resources either to solve your problem or to endure it while it lasts. You can say with the Apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). 

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Easter Sunday is April 16th this year. Don’t forget to thank the Lord for His sacrifice! 

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The Old Rugged Cross
Written & Submitted by: Jean Hunt
Sunday, 03/12/17 

"Oh, the old rugged cross, so despised by the world has a wondrous attraction for me; For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above to bear it to dark Calvary. So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it someday for a crown."  

We sang this hymn as a congregational this morning and as we sang the second stanza, it touched me in a way that it never has before. As I thought about how the world does seem to despise and reject the cross that Jesus was crucified on, it breaks my heart. Growing up and singing this hymn so many times I just didn't understand what this second verse could mean because everyone I knew as a child had love and respect for God even the ones who didn't claim to be Christians respected Him. I have lived to see that it has come to fruition and what a shame to hear and see so many that don't recognize that there is even a God and certainly don't have any respect for Him or the ones who serve Him faithfully. I love Jesus and what He did for me, I can't repay Him. I certainly don't deserve it but He loves me unconditionally and I'm thankful for the Old Rugged Cross that my Savior bled and died on and gave His life so freely that we all could be saved. What the world needs more than anything is to know the love of God and serve Him faithfully and recognize who He really is. Oh, how I love Jesus because He first loved me!

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What Can We Learn From the Thief on the Cross?

From: www.gotquestions.org
Copied Article 

Answer: When seeking what we can learn from the thief on the cross, it should be remembered that at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, two thieves were crucified beside Him (Luke 23:33–43), and both began their time on the cross by mocking and blaspheming Him, as did many of the spectators. One of the thieves responded in faith to the message of salvation and was taken to paradise that very day. He is the one usually referred to as the thief on the cross, while the other man did not respond in faith and is now suffering from a deadly and eternal mistake. 

It is remarkable that, while in the excruciating and mind-numbing torment of the cross, the Son of Man had the heart, mind, and will to pray for others. Yet it is a miracle that one thief, while in agony himself, heard the Spirit of God call him to repentance and acceptance of the forgiveness God was just about to provide through the death of Christ. While the disciples were abandoning the Lord, this man answered the call, and his sins were forgiven, including his blasphemy against the Son of God (Luke 5:31-32, 12:8–10). 

That the other thief rejected Jesus is remarkable in its own right. While being tortured on the cross he literally joined his torturers in insulting the Savior of the world, and he most likely did so because he wanted his torturers to think he was just like them, joined to the world and with no love for God (Matthew 27:44). Not only was this man next to the Savior, he heard Him pray, he witnessed the salvation of the other thief, he saw the world go dark, and he heard the testimony of the Son. But his pride kept him from submitting to the only One who could save him, and when he one day bows to the Name he mocked, he will be doing so reluctantly and while in torment (Philippians 2:10). 

What we learn from the saved thief on the cross is that we are all sinners in need of a Savior, and no matter the number of our sins and no matter if we, or the world, think our sins are minor or extreme, it is never too late to repent and accept the free gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8–9; Revelation 22:17). Moreover, as long as someone still has a mind and the will to choose life over death (Hebrews 9:27), it is not too late to proclaim the gospel, which hopefully will open a heart to a miracle by the Holy Spirit.

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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. (John 3:16 KJV) 

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The Comforter
Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

What a wonderful name for God’s Holy Spirit! I remember what a great part the Comforter played in my conversion. The first year of my Christian life seemed to be filled with periods of doubt and fear. I couldn’t enjoy serving God because of all the fiery darts of Satan. The Comforter became my stabilizing force, often working through other Christians to steady my walk. When uneasy feelings came, the Comforter gave me the assurance that God would never leave nor forsake me. The Comforter would point my mind back to that place where God’s grace took my place. The Comforter is responsible for that deep abiding peace that rushes into our hearts as our sins are washed away. The Comforter is the Spirit that seals our hearts with the seal of promise, our hearts being assured that we truly have the goodly pearl of salvation.  

My first encounter with the Comforter was before I got saved. The very first visits I made to Mountain View Church I sat under some very penetrating messages delivered by the late Rev. Austin “Bud” Frye. The Comforter played a different role then. He took away my comfort and replaced it with a deep conviction, I knew it was time to get in or get out; I owe my heartfelt thanks to the Comforter for not giving up on me. Like the cowboy that notches his gun, Bud Frye would often tell of the number of men saved under his ministry, that went on to become ministers themselves. There’s no way to know the number of men and women that Bud Frye influenced for the cause of Christ. Regardless of the number, each one needed the Comforter just as I did, first to take away that old false sense of comfort instilled by Satan himself and for it to be replaced by the Comforter’s forgiving Spirit of grace that is beyond the understanding of the natural man!

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Poems Written by Two Sisters
Copied from the August 1972 Christian Banner 

Almost forty-five years ago, two sisters, Minnie Jarrell and Edith Robbins, each wrote a short poem for sharing in the Christian Banner. These precious ladies were both faithful to Mountain View Church. They loved the Lord and they testified about what Christ had done in their lives. Minnie and Edith are both rejoicing in Heaven with their loved ones and their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Here are their poems:

My Friend Jesus
Written by: Minnie Tysinger Jarrell (deceased)

I have a friend, His name is Jesus,
He lives within my heart.
He went to prepare me a place in Heaven
where we will never be apart.
He fills my heart with joy and love
and sends me blessings from above.
 

The Little White Church

Written by: Edith Tysinger Robbins (deceased)

There is a little white church in the bend of the road.
Where travelers come in and lay down their loads.
The people are friendly and the children are gay,
There’s an old fashion altar where you can kneel down and pray.
And an old fashioned preacher to tell you the way,
that you can be happy with Jesus day after day.
 

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It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” (Luke 23:44-47 NIV) 

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The Lord’s Team
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Bob and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord's team was playing Satan's team. The Lord's team was at bat the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate whose name was Love. Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because Love never fails. The next batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faith works with Love. The next batter up was named Godly Wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch. Godly wisdom looked it over and let it pass. Ball one! Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked, because Godly Wisdom never swings at what Satan throws. 

The bases are loaded. The Lord then turns to Bob and told him He was now going to bring in His star player. Up to bat stepped Grace. Bob said "he sure doesn't look like much!" Satan's whole team relaxed when they saw Grace. Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen. But Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by. He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing to the ground. Then it continued over the fence for a home run! 

The Lord's team won!
 

The Lord then asked Bob if he knew why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get on base, but could not win the game. 

Bob answered that he did not know why.
 

The Lord explained, "If your love, faith and wisdom had won the game, you would think you had done it by yourself. Love, Faith, and Wisdom will get you on base, but only My Grace can get you home. My Grace is the only thing Satan cannot steal."

 
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Perilous Times
Today's Devotional by: Jack Van Impe Ministries
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This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come (II Timothy 3:1). 

Most students of the Bible do not have to be convinced that we are living in perilous times. The splitting of the atom has given man the power to bring about total destruction. In addition, we have learned to live twenty four hours a day in the rocket sights of our enemies who are bent on world domination. 

Nevertheless, Christians need not panic. Not one recent event has taken God by surprise. He is in control and is allowing man to work out His program. The words of the Psalmist are relevant today: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). 

Though times are perilous, we never walk alone: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” (Isaiah 41:10 & 13). 

Though times are perilous, we can never be separated from His love: “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). 

Though times are perilous, these conditions are but reminders of better days ahead:

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).