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Finding Love and Forgiveness 

At a very young age, I had to move in with my grandparents. I was little, and of course I missed living with my parents. But deep down, I knew it was for the best. However, my papaw wasn’t too keen on his new living situation. From day one, I felt unwanted by him. His words really hurt me, and at a young age, I didn’t like him. But when I was 11 yrs. old, my papaw fell. He hit his head on the pavement, which led to severe damage and bleeding on his brain. I remember watching my mamaw pray over him every day. I really love my mamaw, so anytime she needed me to do something, I did it. I wanted to help her, even if it meant caring for him.  

Shortly after his fall, I was helping a lot. I would help him back and forth to the restroom, I was proactive in making sure he took all his medication on time, I helped feed him, and at times I had to lift him. It was hard. A lot of times, I found myself remembering the past, and the hurtful things he used to say to me. But as I matured, I felt something inside me change. I started to really care about my papaw, and a love for him started to grow. It’s been four years since his accident and his health improves each day. Unfortunately, he still suffers from apraxia and aphasia—the inability to understand or form speech. I still help him walk, feed him, and make sure he takes his medications.  

Yet now, I can truly say I love him, no matter what was said or done in the past. The Bible talks about love and forgiveness. I could help my papaw all day long, but if I don’t have love in my heart for him, I have nothing. I can continue to remember the hurtful things he said, but Matthew 18:22 says to forgive your brother seventy times seven. Every day, when I’m helping my papaw, I’m reminded of God’s love. And that love is sometimes hard, but not impossible. 

www.TheChristianHeart.com, 08/19/19 – Copied Article 

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"Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you." - Anonymous 

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love I gain nothing Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away...And now these things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."  1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13 

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The Gift Wrap and the Jewel 

I looked in the mirror and what did I see?
But a little old lady peering back at me
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair
And I asked my reflection, how did you get there?
You once were straight and vigorous
 And now you're stooped and weak
When I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique
My reflection's eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied
You're looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside.
A living gem and precious, of unimagined worth
Unique and true, the real you, the only you on earth
The years that spoil your gift wrap with other things more cruel
Should purify and strengthen and polish up that jewel
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout
Then, when your gift wrap's stripped away
Your jewel will be set free,
To radiate God's glory throughout eternity! 
 

Written by: Wanda B. Goins, 92 years old ~ Copied Poem  

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How Many Red Seas has God Parted? 

We were discussing our lesson in Sunday School class yesterday and it was about the children of Israel complaining after they were delivered from Egypt and headed for the Promised land, does the complaining sound familiar to you as a child of God? Aren't we all guilty? God parted the Red Sea so they could walk across on dry ground to safety. God blesses and provides for us beyond measure but yet when we are facing adversity or things that we don't understand and it causes pain or discomfort, don't we do the very same thing?  

As I thought about it I asked this question in our class: How many Red Seas has God parted for us in order that we could walk through on dry ground? How many prayers have been answered when we were on the seas of life being tossed to and fro, maybe even without hope but God came to our rescue and helped us to overcome and walk across on dry ground to safety? As we were discussing this topic so many instances came to my mind where God heard and answered my prayers and helped me walk across on dry ground. God was good then, God is good now and God will always be good and we need not forget that He is still in the business of parting those seas for us as well.  

He is still providing for us as we are walking through the wilderness of this life on our way to the Promised Land. I'm so thankful that He takes me back in time and reminds me of all those times He brought me through and restored my soul when I thought I would drown without hope. I'm so thankful for the blessed hope I have in Him, I love Him so. 

Facebook Article, Written by: Jean Hunt 09/16/19 ~ Copied Article  

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Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8) 

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:2) 

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The Unusual Story Behind “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” 

I’ve just arranged the hymn Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus and sometimes like to research the history of the music. This one has quite a story. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus was a hymn inspired by the dying message of Dudley Tyng, a young preacher in Philadelphia who was forced to resign from his Episcopal Church pastorate for speaking out against slavery in the mid 1800’s. 

In addition to starting a new church, Tyng and other ministers preached revival meetings at the local YMCA during lunch and soon began to attract thousands (this revival period is known as “The Work of God in Philadelphia.”) In March of 1858 Tyng preached a rousing sermon to 5,000 young men at the YMCA and over 1,000 made a profession of faith. During his sermon he supposedly said “I would rather that this right arm were amputated at the trunk than that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God’s message.” 

Only a few days later Tyng left the study of his country home to visit his barn where a mule was harnessed to a machine that was shelling corn. When he patted the mule his sleeve was caught in the cogs of the wheel and his arm was badly maimed. He passed away the following week from the injury. 

Before he died, he was asked if he had a message for the ministers at the revival and he replied “Tell them, ‘Let us all stand up for Jesus.'” His friend and fellow preacher, Dr. George Duffield, was touched by the words and wrote the hymn Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus. Duffield concluded his sermon the following Sunday by reading the lyrics as a tribute to his friend. 

Duffield’s Sunday School superintendent printed copies of the poem, the lyrics soon found their way into a Baptist newspaper and the hymn spread from there.  

Written by: Don Chapman, www.hymncharts.com, 07/27/15 ~ Copied Article  

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Question: I have a wonderful wife who has been willing to set aside her career to raise our children, as long as I provide what we need. The problem is that her definition of need and mine are quite different. My wife feels the peer pressure of keeping up with others who enjoy a two-income household. 

She passes along her pressure for me to earn more and I am learning what it means to “keep up with the Joneses.” Am I wrong to insist that we live within our means instead of being a slave to a higher lifestyle and having what my wife calls a “little heaven on earth”?—D.H. 

Answer: Someone has said, “A man’s wealth consists not in the abundance of his possessions, but in the fewness of his wants.” We have confused needs with wants. 

Heaven in this life and heaven in the life to come are not on a monetary standard. Nor can flesh and blood find the door to the kingdom of heaven with its peace, joy and happiness. Only those who are rich toward God will experience true contentment. 

Marriage is the most serious, long-term contract a couple will make in their lifetime, but many enter into it with a lack of maturity and knowledge. 

When a husband and wife are concerned only about their own individual desires, the stage is set for conflict. The Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness. Money cannot buy true pleasure. Money cannot buy peace of heart and contentment. Today many couples put their hopes in materialism as the marker for success. 

What is the answer? 

Turn to the Lord with everything that concerns your marriage. Husbands and wives will find answers if they both place their trust in the Lord and at the center of their marriage — and pray about everything, that the Lord will lead your minds to be one.  

Article based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham ~ Copied Article 

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It’s All or Nothing 

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Colossians 3:5-9 

Enjoying a bit of junk now and then in moderation is no sin. A little salty snack, a piece of chocolate, or the occasional Frappuccino won’t do us lasting physical harm. But it isn’t the same when you’re talking about the spiritual life. There is no “moderation” when it comes to allowing “junk” thoughts or impure feelings or actions. In other words, God doesn’t want us to tackle sin in moderation or by half measures. In today’s Scripture reading, Paul writes, “Now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from our lips.” Notice the word all. That means we must refuse to allow such things even the smallest foothold in our lives. It’s really about seeking to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mark 12:30). When it comes to loving God and others, we don’t do it in moderation. It’s all or nothing. 

Father, I so easily lose sight of Your holiness. I tell myself a few sinful thoughts won’t hurt me. And yet I know very well how playing around with these sins gives them a foothold in my soul. With Your help, I refuse to allow room for thoughts and words that hurt my walk with You and grieve Your Spirit. 

JoniAndFriends.org, Daily Devotional, 09/25/19 ~ Copied Article  

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Ten Rules for Staying Young 

01. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her. 

02. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably a few dozen of your relatives to do the job. 

03. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain stay idle. 

04. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.  Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter. 

05. Do not worry about situations beyond your control. God is still on His throne! 

06. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only human being who is with us our entire lives is ourselves. 

07. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. 

08. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 

09. Don't take guilt trips. Shoulder only your own responsibilities. Then go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country, but not to guilt. God forgives and forgets. Go to Him. 

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 

Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

 

Author Unknown ~ Copied Article