Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Friday, January 17, 2020
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Year 2020 - January thru March

 
 

  

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A New Year's Prayer 

Another year is dawning
With the chance to start anew
May I be kinder, wiser, Lord,
In all I say and do. 

Not so caught up in selfish gain
That I would fail to see
The things in life that mean the most
Cost not a fancy fee. 

The warm, kind word that I can give,
The outstretched hand to help,
The prayers I pray for those in need--
More precious these than wealth. 

I know not what may lie ahead
Of laughter or of tears;
I only need to know each day
That You are walking near. 

I'm thankful for this brand new year
As now I humbly pray,
My hand secure in Yours, dear Lord,
Each step along the way.  

Written by: Kay Hoffman, http://www.newyearfestival.com ~ Copied Poem 

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The Fight of Two Wolves within You 

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: 

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. 

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” 

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.” 

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?” 

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”  

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Billy Graham: Will Jesus Return One Day?

Q: Do you think Jesus might come again during this year? I know we aren’t supposed to make predictions, but the world is in such bad shape that I don’t see how it can last much longer, unless He intervenes. — Mrs. M.F. 

A: One of the Bible’s greatest promises is that someday all the evil that infects our world will be destroyed, and Jesus Christ will come again to rule in perfect righteousness and power. No wonder the Bible calls this “the blessed hope — the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)! 

Yes, you’re right — we live in a time of great conflict and upheaval. And as you point out, Jesus Himself warned us against making predictions about the exact time of His return. But He did tell us to be alert to the signs God would give us, assuring us that the time for Christ’s return was coming closer. Many certainly seem to be happening today. 

I often think, for example, of Jesus’ promise that He would only return once the Gospel had been preached to the ends of the earth. Don’t we see this happening today, as new technologies enable us to reach even the remotest parts of the globe with the Gospel? Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world ... and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). 

The real question, however, is this: What difference should Christ’s return make in our lives? First, it should make us examine ourselves; to be sure we are ready for His return. Have you committed your life to Christ, and are you seeking to live for Him? But it also should give us a sense of urgency, telling others of Christ and urging them to be ready to meet God.  

https://billygraham.org, Answers by: Billy Graham, 01/05/18 ~ Copied Article 

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Lost

I had been looking for a lost dog listed in the local newspaper for three weeks or more. The ad included the dog’s picture and a phone number to text or call if the dog was found. Many “Lost” posters were also put up in several places in town and outside of town too. Every time we made a trip anywhere I looked for this dog. It was on my mind so much that one night I dreamed I was lost and desperate to get back home. I was so happy to wake up and realize it was a dream! 

The newspaper ad stopped a few days ago. I hope the dog was found and returned to its family. I can only imagine how much the family loved and missed their dog. There’s no way to know how many people were looking for this dog either.  

Do you know that Jesus loves you and He longs for you to accept Him as your Lord and Savior? He loves you even if you don’t love Him. I can’t think of anything worse than being lost for all eternity without another chance of finding Jesus. Seek Jesus now while you can. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, save you and accept Him into your heart forever. You’ll be eternally grateful too!  

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17 (KJV)  

Written by: Pat Lewallen, 12/24/19  

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Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” ~ Anne Frank 

“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” ~ Dwight L. Moody  

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Standing Strong in Difficult Times

My life was forever changed when I was diagnosed with my first brain tumor. I was experiencing severe headaches, and I knew something was wrong. When the results of the MRI came back and the doctor told me, I wanted to scream. I was devastated and cried uncontrollably. “Why me, Lord?” I yelled. But after a few days, I heard the Holy Spirit say “Why not you?” He told me He’d always be with me and not to be discouraged. Since then, I’ve had a peace that is hard to explain. The Bible says that it passes all understanding, and in my case, it really does. I went through the surgery. I woke up temporarily blind, but my sight returned and the surgery was deemed a success. I had a second chance at life. However, it is now eight years later, and the tumor has returned. With a vengeance. The tumor has disabled me, both physically and mentally. I am unable to work.  

There has been countless time when I didn’t know how I would survive with this pain. As I await the next surgery, I don’t know my future prognosis. I will either be cured here on earth or be totally restored in heaven. I know He has promised to be with me no matter the result. God’s grace and mercy have brought me through all my burdens and battles so far. While my life has been dramatically altered and not in the way that I would have scripted, it is now my goal to be a living testimony for Jesus. To share what He has done in my life. I feel, as a Christian, it is my duty to encourage others going through something like this. So I’ve gotten very involved with a couple brain tumor support groups, including one on the Internet. I tell them about my faith, share that I’m not afraid, and let them see that if you have faith, you can stand strong in the face of great adversity.  

http://www.thechristianheart.com/peggy/, 10/10/17 ~ Copied Article  

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Happy New Year!

We all look forward to a happy New Year, and that’s what I pray we all will receive. I’ve heard from different people here at Mountain View that they didn’t have such a great year in 2019. I had some health issues myself so I can relate to how they feel. I too am ready to start a new year. Hindsight has taught me one thing – if we put our faith and trust in the Lord, He can carry us through some very difficult places.  

This New Year is also an election year. It’s our responsibility as Christians to be informed voters and get out and vote our conscience. You and I, as born again Christians, need to be busy praying and touching God with our prayers. Let’s pray for the lost, for our nation, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ. May God grant us all a happy New Year. 

God gives us a wonderful promise in His word, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV.  

Written by: Richard Lewallen, 12/31/19  

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Father O'Malley answers the phone. "Hello, is this Father O'Malley?" 
"It is" 
"This is the IRS. Can you help us?" 
"I can" 
"Do you know a Ted Houlihan?" 
"I do" 
"Is he a member of your congregation?" 
"He is" 
"Did he donate $10,000 to the church?" 
"He will".
 

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Wise Use of Time 

Phillips Brooks wrote: “A friend says to me, ‘I have not time or room in my life for Christianity. If it were not so full! You don’t know how hard I work from morning till night. When have I time, where have I room for Christianity in such a life as mine?’ It is as if the engine had said it had no room for the steam. It is as if the tree said it had no room for the sap. It is as if the ocean said it had no room for the tide. It is as if the man had said he had no room for his soul. It is as if the life had said it had no time to live. It is not something added to life; it is life. A man is not living without it. And for a man to say, ‘I am so full in life that I have no room for life,’ you see immediately to what absurdity it reduces itself.” 

The first wise use of time is that moment of coming in faith to Christ that brings new birth. Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). From that point on, wisdom dictates using time to lay treasures in heaven through service for Christ. 

It is wise to take time to pray. 

It is wise to take time to read the Bible. 

It is wise to take time to tell others of Jesus. 

It is wise to take time to help those who are in need. 

It is wise to take time to bear the burdens of those who are troubled. It is wise to value spiritual things above material things. 

It is wise to act in faith. 

In view of the brevity of life, we must learn to number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom. Any other course results in a wasted life.  

www. jvim.com, March 23, 2015 ~ Copied Article 

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The Road to Eternity 

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity. 

We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay...

Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey's quicker,
For some the journey's slow.

And when the journey finally ends,
We'll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.
 

~ Author unknown  

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Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. ~ Abraham Lincoln