Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Faithfulness 

I was at the beauty shop recently for my regular appointment. We were all busy talking like usual when I realized a lady had walked in and all the ladies walked over to see what she had in her arms. One of them said it looked like a rat and another said it was a kitten. I had to get up and go check it out for myself. 

Sure enough it was a tiny little gray kitten and it was as cute as it could be. Its eyes hadn’t even opened yet. The lady explained that she was taking care of the kitten because it was orphaned when the mother cat ran out and was hit and killed by a car. The lady had assumed the responsibility of raising the little kitten. I asked her if the kitten was a boy or a girl and she quickly answered, “She’s a girl kitty!” She began to tell us that she has to feed the kitten every two or three hours and take care of all her needs just like a mother cat would do.  

The tiny kitten was wrapped in a small towel and was being kept warm in the lady’s arm. I asked her if she was going to keep the baby kitten. She wasn’t sure but said her son wanted to keep it. I asked her if she had named the kitten and sure enough she had. I was very impressed by the faithfulness this lady had assumed for this tiny orphaned kitten. I told her it sounded like she would keep the kitten and she had to agree she probably would.  

The faithfulness of this lady to this kitten reminded me of the Lord’s faithfulness to me over all these many years. I remember praying and asking Him to forgive me of my sins. He forgave me and right then I was adopted into His family. He’s been faithful and kept His promises to me many years. I have great news for you today too! What God did for me He’ll do for you! Why don’t you ask Him to forgive you and adopt you into His family too? You’ll never ever regret it!  

1 John 1:9 KJV: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV: Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; 

Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen, 06/13/19 

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The devil knows your name,
but calls you by your sin.
God knows your sin,
but calls you by your name.  

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Our Flag

While admiring the old American Flag soaring in the wind

I began to wonder where it might have been

Could it have stood on some grand estate

Or could it have marched through some battlefield only to painfully watch men’s fate?

Could it have stood in some courthouse hall

Proudly standing for Liberty and Justice for all?

Could it have stood at some school

When reciting the PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE was really cool?

Could it have stood at some church altar

Representing truth to every son and daughter?

Could it have stood at some ballgame

Only to be put to shame?

Could it have stood somewhere with its stars shining so brightly

Or could it have stood on some foreign land where freedom is taken so lightly?

Could it have stood somewhere with dignity and pride

Or somewhere just pushed to the side?

And with my hand over heart in that time and place

I realized the stripes it bore gave honor to GOD’S saving grace!

With head held high and standing tall

And giving tribute to all of the Americans that gave it their all!

I salute this flag of mine

For this Old American Flag has withstood the test of time! 

Written and submitted by: Irene Wright 

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What Does the American Flag Mean to me? 

Why is America so beautiful? I don’t know if many Americans could truly answer that right now. The reason I say that is because, people are getting caught up with political rumors and don’t focus on what America is truly about. America is a country that is free and everybody here is blessed, with all the freedom that is given to everybody. People need to focus more on how America is very privileged and almost spoiled. Also we have one of the best military units in the world to keep us safe. When I think of America I think of how honored I am to live in such a safe country. I know that there have been a lot of terrible tragedies but in reality there are other countries that have people brutally dying every single day. America is known for saving many people from death, and even though many people are caught up with our politics people need to be more united and stand together when things get tragic. So the American flag is very important to me because both of my grandpas fought in the Vietnam War and came out alive and I never hear them complain about politics because they are very proud of their country. Also they stand strong and don’t make up silly rumors that put our beautiful America in a bad place. So that’s what I think about when I think about the US and the flag. 

Written by: Owen
A sixth grader at Grandview Middle School, MN 05/25/18
~ Copied Article  

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A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. "I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want Novocaine because I'm in a big hurry," the woman said. "Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way." 

The dentist was quite impressed. "You're certainly a courageous woman," he said. "Which tooth is it?"  

The woman turned to her husband and said, "Show him your tooth, dear."  

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Life’s Trials 

When I am walking through the valley of dark despair and the tempter comes to call and whispers: "Does anyone even care?" I know he is a liar and all he wants to do is try to bring confusion and heap on lots of depression too. God, You are with me in the valleys of dark despair and You always gently whisper: "Child, have I ever left you when you were there?" When life is going my way and it seems like nothing could darken my day, help me not to forget to thank You when I bow my head to pray.

Trials, heartaches and being loaded down with care are the things in life that we all will have to bear. God didn't promise us an easy way and He didn't promise us that the sun will shine every single day, the storms of life that we have to bear are to help us realize that we need God every day and every hour. Lord, help me not to grumble or complain when I am walking through the rain and when the storm clouds are hanging low help me to always remember where I need to go.  

Take my hand precious Lord to lead me on with this life's toils, when I grow weak help me to stand and lead me on to the Promised land and help me to never let go of your unchanging hand. When I don't have the right words to say, when I bow to You and pray, hear my heart and look deep inside where my love for You will always abide. You are my Keeper and my Friend and I know on You I can always depend. So keep me strong when everything in life seems to go wrong and fill my heart with a joyful song as I live for You and carry on. 

Written and submitted by: Jean Hunt, 6/10/19 

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Good In Everything

There is always something good,
In everything in life.
We may not realize it at first,
And it may feel like strife.

So what we need to do,
When something comes our way.
Is take a look at all the sides,
And find the good to say.

In every situation,
No matter what first appears.
Find the good that is always there,
And change that fear to cheer.

If you find the good that's there,
And always remember to do.
Life will be much happier,
And problems won't seem so blue.
 

Written by: Julie Hebert ~ Copied Poem

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“Whoever is happy will make others happy.” ~ Anne Frank 

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne 

 “No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you will walk by faith in God. God loves you! He wants you to live with victory over sin so you can possess His promises for your life today!” ~ Joyce Meyer 

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History of Hymns: “His Eye is on the Sparrow” 

“Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion?
A constant friend is he;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.” 

Civilla Durfee Martin (1866-1948) was born in Nova Scotia and died in Atlanta, Ga. In “His eye is on the sparrow” (1905), she has provided one of the most influential and often-recorded gospel hymns of the 20th century.  

Martin was the daughter of James N. and Irene Harding Holden, and was a schoolteacher with modest musical training. Together with her husband, Walter (1862-1935), they often wrote gospel songs for revival meetings. “Be not dismayed” (UM Hymnal, No. 130) is an example of their collaboration.  

Walter Stillman Martin was a Baptist minister who received his education at Harvard. He later became a member of the Disciples of Christ, teaching at Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, N.C., before moving to Atlanta in 1919, a location that became the base for revivals that he held throughout the U.S.  

The song was obviously inspired by Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”  

Later in Matthew (10:29-31), the Gospel writer continues on this theme: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Similar thoughts are cited in Luke 12:6-7. Stanza two quotes part of John 14:1 directly, “Let not your heart be troubled...”  

Civilla Martin describes the context out of which the hymn was born: “Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheelchair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle’s response was simple: ‘His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.’ The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn ‘His Eye Is on the Sparrow’ was the outcome of that experience.”  

The next day she mailed the poem to Charles Gabriel, a famous composer of gospel songs, who wrote a tune for it.  

Written by: C. Michael Hawn ~ Copied Article 

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Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman--already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet--who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him. "I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."