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August 2017 Christian Banner





In Memory of William (Sonny) Trotter
God called him home, August 9th, 2016
Written by: Eula Mae Trotter

We have shed many tears and felt the loneliness of him not being with us anymore, but we know, as the song he used to sing at church, he is “sheltered safe in the arms of God”. 

Sonny gave his heart to the Lord and from that time on, served the Lord faithfully. He loved helping people in need. Although he went to church all his life at Mountain View, he became an official member after being saved, He served on the Official Board for many years, and was Song Leader from the early seventies until his diagnosis of cancer in 2016, and was taken by it in August of that same year. He loved his family, and we can say he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend! The psalmist David wrote, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints”. 

Sonny’s death was a matter of great loss to us who knew and loved him. But it is comforting to know that God did not take his passing without feeling our pain. In fact, I believe He wept with us. 

One day the family circle will be complete again!

We hope you’ll make plans to attend our annual Homecoming here at Mountain View Methodist Church on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Please bring a covered dish and we'll eat in the Fellowship Building at the conclusion of our 11 am Worship service. We hope you'll make plans to come enjoy good fellowship, good memories and good food with us! 


The meaning of life is to give life a meaning. 


Here’s an article Sonny submitted to the August 1972 issue of The Christian Banner.

A Personal Relationship with God
Submitted by: William “Sonny” Trotter (01/30/1941–08/09/2016) 

Man by nature is inclined to do evil. It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit, through prayer, and the study of God’s Word that these that have been converted, learn to hate sin and seek to live in ways that are pleasing to Him. The prophet Isaiah was aware of this, for while the people of Israel put up an outward front, their hearts were not right with God. Isaiah reminded them that just going through the form or motion of religious ceremonies in no way pleases God. In fact it is an abomination in His sight. They needed to establish a personal relationship with God. 

This is true with most of church members and professed Christians today. The majority of people will acknowledge a “Creator” and will admit there is proof of a “Supreme Being” through the creations, but they have never allowed themselves to come to a “personal relationship” with Him. When a person gets a personal relationship with God, then he or she can refer to Him as “My God”. This was true with Thomas. He declared, “Except I shall see in His hands the print of nails, I will not believe”. Jesus told him to reach forth his fingers and feel His hands and to be not faithless, but believing. Then Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and My God”. 

What difference does it make if the whole world is filled with gold if none of it belongs to you? What does it matter if everyone you know has perfect health if yours if gone? What then if all your family and friends be filled with the Spirit of God if you don’t possess Him? 

The wonder part of it all is that you can make Christ your own personal, priceless possession just by accepting Him into your heart and life, then trust and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. When you have done this with complete dedication to Him, you too can say with the songwriter, “My Jesus I love Thee, I know Thou art mine”. 


The Measure of a Man
~ Author Unknown

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Not - How did he die? But - How did he live?
Not - What did he gain? But - What did he give?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not - What was his station? But - had he a heart?
And - How did he play his God-given part?

Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer?
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not - What was his church? Not - What was his creed?
But - Had he befriended those really in need?

Not - What did the sketch in the newspaper say?
But - How many were sorry when he passed away?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.


In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14: 2-3 KJV)


Husbands and Wives - Today's Devotional - 07/22/17
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Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth (Proverbs 5:18). 

Here is a good test for married couples. Estimate the number of years you have left together. Figure the number of hours that totals. Divide the number by three and subtract the answer from the total to find the number of waking hours together. Now divide the remaining amount by two to arrive at the approximate time apart because of work. How do you intend to spend the hours that remain? 

How many hours do you intend to spend arguing? In hand-to-hand combat? Pouting? Administering the “silent treatment”? Grumbling? Finding fault? Putting one another down? Criticizing one another before friends? Being apart unnecessarily? Now that you’ve removed the clutter, what will you do with the time that is left to invest? 

How many hours have you reserved for expressing your love for each other? Holding one another? Complimenting? Walking together? Laughing? Sharing projects of mutual enjoyment? Relaxing together? Planning new adventures? Enjoying your children or grandchildren? Praying together? Studying the Bible? Attending church services? Telling others of God’s blessings? 

Generally, we do not think about how quickly life escapes. The Bible speaks about the importance of “redeeming the time.” Unless priority is given to rejoicing together, as God intends, couples may waste most of their lives in unpleasant tasks or sour attitudes, thereby missing God’s will for their lives. 

“Rejoice with the wife of thy youth.” And enjoy your husband while he’s with you. It’s the Bible way to live! 


What I Wanted to Say
Written by: Susi Costello
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Today I wrote a note to the mom of a child who died.

I wanted to say don’t believe those other cards. The ones that say “time heals” and “God only takes the best” and “may your sorrows be lessened.” You’ll only be disappointed. 

I wanted to say this is the most heart-wrenching, chest crushing, breath stealing tragedy on earth. 

I wanted to tell her there will be days she wants to die, and friends who will not understand some of the things she does or says. 

I wanted to tell her she will still feel her child’s presence at times, sometimes so strongly that it is as if she is just at the edge of whatever activity is going on. And other times she might not feel her child’s presence at all. 

I wanted to tell her that her life will not go back, that she will never be the same, because a piece of her left with her child. 

And that even though the pain does not go away, somehow her soul will eventually make enough room so she can hold it all– the grief, the pain, the joy and the love. 

I wanted to tell her… but I didn’t.
Instead, I wrote– I’m sending love, for words are pointless right now.
And that is the truth. 

Is Saying 'OMG' or Words like ‘geez’ Still Taking the Lord's Name in Vain?
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Answer: The idea of “taking the Lord’s name in vain” is first found in Exodus 20 when Moses receives the Ten Commandments. The third commandment states, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). What does this mean? How does it apply to terms like OMG and geez?

Taking the Lord’s name in vain is to speak of God with irreverence or disrespect. Many have traditionally understood the exclamation “Oh my God!” to be sinful, because it has nothing to do with a proper, reverent use of God’s name.

The same principle is true when a person uses an acronym such as OMG or a word like geez (the first syllable of Jesus’ name) or gosh (a modified form of God). If the intended meaning is to be disrespectful toward God and His name, the word should not be used. However, some people use OMG without any thought of its connection to God’s name, and that’s what makes this question difficult.

We could all use the reminder that our words carry meaning. As people who follow Christ, we care deeply about helping others and honoring God. We must ask ourselves, “Do these words help others and honor God?” If we are honest, we will probably admit that words such as gosh do not. It may not be easy to change a long-standing habit, but we must seek to speak words that build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and honor the Lord.

James 3:9-10 speaks of the tongue as a powerful part of the body: “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” Our goal is to be consistent in our use of words, so they would serve as a blessing to God and to others.

Paul wrote, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). This stands as our basis for evaluating terms such as OMG and geez. Does using these words give “thanks to God the Father”? If not, begin working to remove these words from your conversations and texts in order to honor God “in word and deed.”


One day Henry W. Grady, the great newspaperman, left his editorial room and went to see his aged mother. He told her he was confused religiously and asked her for help. She told him to sit beside her as he had done as a child while she told him the story of Jesus again. That night she had him sleep in his old bed and pray his childhood prayer. In the morning, when he came down to breakfast, Mr. Grady said, “It’s all right, Mother. I’m back with God again.” 


How Do You Get To Heaven? 

"If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?" I asked the children in my Sunday school class. "NO!" the children all answered. 

"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven?" Again the answer was, "NO!"  

"Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children and loved my wife, would that get me into heaven?" I asked them again. Once more they all answered, "NO!"  

"Well," I continued, thinking they were a good bit more theologically sophisticated than I had given them credit for, "then how can I get into heaven?"  

A five-year-old boy shouted out, "You gotta be dead!"