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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
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+++ The Christian Banner - May 2020 +++
 

 

 The Coronavirus Pandemic 
 

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has prevented us from worshipping together at church for our regular services. Check out our Facebook page “Mountain View Independent Methodist Church.” Our pastor shares the gospel with us using Facebook Live. You can also hear his messages by clicking on Videos on the left side of our Facebook page.  

You can also view his messages by going to YouTube. Just type Pastor Clint Kearns in the search bar. We hope you’ll give them a listen and may God Bless you! 

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No Love like a Mother's Love​ 

 

There is no love, like a mother's love,
no stronger bond on earth...
like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother, when she gives birth.  

A mother's love is forever strong,
never changing for all time...
and when her children need her most,
a mother's love will shine.  

God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one...
for all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they've done.  

When her days on earth are over,
a mother's love lives on...
through many generations,
with God's blessings on each one.  

Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love...
from the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.  

Written by: Jill Lemming ~ Copied Poem 

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Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Proverbs 31:10,28  

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, 2020 

 
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During the stressful times of the COVID-19 pandemic, may this song help calm your nerves. 

 
God Will Take Care of You
 

Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.  

 
Refrain

God will take care of you,
Through every day, over all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you. 

Through days of toil when heart doth fail,
God will take care of you;
When dangers fierce your path assail, 
God will take care of you.  

Repeat Refrain 

All you may need He will provide,
God will take care of you;
Nothing you ask will be denied,
God will take care of you.  

Repeat Refrain
 

No matter what may be the test,
God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast,
God will take care of you.  

Repeat Refrain 
 

Song Written by: Civilla D. Martin, 1904 ~ Copied song 

 
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Trust in Him
 

Oh, what joy fills my soul because I know no matter what comes God is still in control. Trust in Him no matter what you may be facing and that's true for every tongue and every nation, He's the only One and He will be with you until the setting of the sun. Trust in Him to see you through no matter how hard things may get for you, He's our Comforter, He's our Guide, and He will always be with us and never leave our side. He's the Peacemaker when the whole world is falling apart and He's the only One who can bring peace to a troubled heart. He's our Shepherd when we're feeling lost and undone and He will seek you out before the setting of the sun.  

Like a father who pities his child His love for us will never die, He loves us with an everlasting love and He will bring comfort gentle as a dove. I know the life we're used to is in a mess right now but I know God will see us through someway, somehow. Though the storms of life are raging I am going to place my trust in the Rock of Ages, He's my Anchor that will keep me safe and I am trusting in Him for His endless mercy and sustaining grace. Have a blessed day.  

Facebook Posting by Jean Hunt, 04/29/20  

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Another Chance 
 
Your life touched others
Your love for God was bright as a star
Your life encouraged others
And your love shone near and far.
 
You’re remembered for being faithful
And living for Jesus wasn’t a chore,
Until you met new friends
You don’t attend church anymore.
 
Preachers still preach the Gospel
And yes, God’s message still convicts!

It’s difficult to understand how
you’d fall for any of Satan’s tricks!

I’m asking the Lord to reach you
And if needed, take away your rest.
I pray you’ll get another chance
To find peace again and be blessed!
 
I’m praying you’ll seek forgiveness

And ask the Lord your faith to renew!
He’ll forgive you if you’ll believe
God's love can shine even brighter too!

Written by: Pat Lewallen, 04/26/20
 
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Pennies from Heaven
 
 I found a penny today,

Just laying on the ground.
But it’s not just a penny,
This little coin I’ve found.

 Found pennies come from heaven.
That’s what my Grandpa told me.
He said “Angels toss them down.”
Oh, how I loved that story.
 

He said when an angel misses you,
They toss a penny down,
Sometimes just to cheer you up,
To make a smile out of a frown.

 So don’t pass by that penny
When you’re feeling blue;
It may be a Penny from Heaven
That an Angel’s tossed to you.
  

Poem Written by: C. Mashburn ~ Copied Article

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Johnny had been misbehaving and was sent to his room. After a while he emerged and informed his mother that he had thought it over and then said a prayer. "Fine", said the pleased mother. "If you ask God to help you not misbehave, He will help you." "Oh, I didn't ask Him to help me not misbehave," said Johnny. "I asked Him to help you put up with me."


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Memorial Day
 

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
 

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers. Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
 

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemorations was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

 

www.History.com, 04/03/20 ~ Copied Article

 
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Billy Graham Answers
 
Q: What does it mean for a Christian to backslide?
 

A: The Old Testament uses the term “backsliding” to speak of those who have been near to God but have allowed sin to take them away from Him.

The prophet Jeremiah said, “Our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you” (Jeremiah 14:7). Backsliding in Scripture is always seen as a very serious matter: “‘Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of me,’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty” (Jeremiah 2:19, NIV).
 
Backsliding can be caused by many things. However, whatever the sin might be that leads us away from God, it must be dealt with honestly and brought before Him in repentance. God loves us and wants us to be close to Him. Even when we sin against Him, He promises to forgive. “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them” (Hosea 14:4).
 

We must always fight against backsliding, but if we do backslide, we know that when we renounce our sin and return to God, there is forgiveness and reconciliation. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

https://billygraham.org, Answered by: Billy Graham, 06/01/2004 ~ Copied Article

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Stay away from anger..….. It hurts only you.


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Not Ashamed
 

Memory Verse: Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels (Mark 8:38).

 

An old song asks:

“Jesus, and shall it ever be,
A mortal man ashamed of Thee?
Ashamed of Thee Whom angels praise
Whose glories shine through endless days’”
 

Unbelievable as it may seem, some Christians appear to be ashamed of their Saviour. They are ill at ease when given an opportunity to speak for Him. Other subjects flow from their lips freely: sports, fashions, the economy, the weather. But let the name of Jesus enter the conversation and they clam up — or change the subject.


How the angels must wonder at our values!
 

And why should we be ashamed? Even the enemies of Jesus could find no fault in Him. At the trial of Jesus, Pilate returned Him to His accusers announcing that he could find no fault in Him. Since that time, skeptics have attacked the Bible and doubted the Gospel — but not one honest person has ever found a fault in Jesus.

We have many faults. But He is not ashamed to be identified with us: “For it became him for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:10, 11).
 
Don’t be ashamed!
 

Today’s Devotional, jvim.com, 04/05/20 – Copied Article

 
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The Watcher

She always leaned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate.
 

And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget!
And so I think that where she is
She must be watching yet.
 

Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late,
Watching from Heaven’s window,
Leaning on Heaven’s gate.

 

Written by: Margaret Widdemer (1884-1978) ~ Copied Poem

 

   

 
+++ The Christian Banner - April 2020 +++
 

 

 The Coronavirus Pandemic 
 

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has prevented us from worshipping together at church for our regular services. Check out our Facebook page “Mountain View Independent Methodist Church.” Our pastor shares the gospel with us using Facebook Live. You can also hear his messages by clicking on Videos on the left side of our Facebook page.  

You can also view his messages by going to YouTube. Just type Pastor Clint Kearns in the search bar. We hope you’ll give them a listen and may God Bless you!  

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The Soul Must Feed on the Things of God  

Q: What does it mean to harden the heart toward God so that he gives us up, and is there a point of no return? My friend told me the remedy is to hunger for the things of God. What does that really mean? -- I.S.  

A: In the physical sense, hunger's a sign of life. Dead men need no food; they crave no water. Humans must have nourishment, or they'll starve. The Bible teaches that the soul must feed on the things of God otherwise one's heart can become hardened. This is what happened to Pharaoh long ago. He refused to listen to God's Word; he was hard-hearted, stubborn. Starving the soul is one of the most dangerous processes that can take place in a person's life. It is possible through sin to harden our hearts against God so long that we lose all desire for God. The Bible says that God's Spirit will 'not strive with man forever' (Genesis 6:3). 

Scripture speaks about hardening the heart: 'For the hearts of the people have grown dull. 

Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed' (Acts 28:27). When people continually reject Christ as Savior, God says that he gives 'them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels' (Psalm 81:12).  

If a person has the slightest bit of hunger for God and his righteousness, the soul can be receptive to the voice and message of Christ. 

Those who have no cravings for God, no longings for Christ, and no thirst for the things of the Spirit are not only dead in trespasses and sin but also insensitive to the Spirit's promptings. They are like the dead and are in danger of remaining in a state of spiritual stupor that will lead eventually to eternal death. Turn to Christ and do not delay.  

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

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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 

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Such Love
 

"It is finished." Jesus said as he hung dying and shedding his blood of crimson red. These were the last words He whispered as He breathed his last breath, before He willingly succumbed to that horrible death. He was thinking of you and me when He was hanging on that old tree; and proving the unfathomable love that He has for you and me. I can't begin to imagine the horrible pain that He must have felt and I'm sure His Heavenly Father must have wept. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" and for Jesus it must have felt like an eternity. His Father could not look upon sin but Jesus willingly died that we could win, and spend eternity in heaven with Him. 

Every drop of blood that was shed for you and me that awful day on Calvary is still good today;   it can wash your every sin away. It didn't stop there because on the third day He arose from that grave; and death could not hold Him and the sting of death was taken away. He made a way for us that day so we could be saved, and we should be so thankful He arose from that grave. The stone was rolled away and His shed blood still works today! That crimson blood can make you white as snow so one day to Heaven you can go. "Such love, such wondrous love that God could love a sinner such as I, how wonderful is love like this!"  

Jean Hunt ~ Facebook posting 03/08/20  

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Fully Known 

 

Before I formed you . . . I knew you. Jeremiah 1:5 

“You shouldn’t be here right now. Someone up there was looking out for you,” the tow truck driver told my mother after he had pulled her car from the edge of a steep mountain ravine and studied the tire tracks leading up to the wreck. Mom was pregnant with me at the time. As I grew, she often recounted the story of how God saved both our lives that day, and she assured me that God valued me even before I was born.  

None of us escape our omniscient (all-knowing) Creator’s notice. More than 2,500 years ago He told the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). God knows us more intimately than any person ever could and is able to give our lives purpose and meaning unlike any other. He not only formed us through His wisdom and power, but He also sustains every moment of our existence—including the personal details that occur every moment without our awareness: from the beating of our hearts to the intricate functioning of our brains. Reflecting on how our heavenly Father holds together every aspect of our existence, David exclaimed, “How precious to me are your thoughts, God!” (Psalm 139:17). 

God is closer to us than our last breath. He made us, knows us, and loves us, and He’s ever worthy of our worship and praise. 

www.odb.org, written by: By James Banks, 03/03/20 ~ Copied Article 

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What Does Easter Mean? 

 

"Easter means that it's almost like Christmas," says Joe, age 8. I suppose Joe likes toys better than candied eggs. Easter is a time to celebrate, but sometimes chocolate-covered bunnies and eggs get in the way of its true meaning. 

"Easter means that Jesus walked down the street and people held palm leaves," says Cory, age 9 

"Easter means new life to me," says Hillary, age 12. "It reminds me of how Christ died for the sake of my soul, and how he rose from the dead. I can testify because of Easter, that my Savior, Jesus Christ, lives forevermore!" 

What does Easter mean to you? 
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The Prayer of Cyrus Brown
 
 "The proper way for a man to pray,"
Said Deacon Lemuel Keys,
"And the only proper attitude
Is down upon his knees."
 

"No, I should say the way to pray,"
Said Rev. Dr. Wise,
"Is standing straight with outstretched arms
And rapt and upturned eyes." 

"Oh, no, no, no"
Said Elmer Slow.
"Such posture's too proud.
A man should pray with eyes closed and head bowed." 

"Seems to me his hands should be
Austerely clasped in front,
With both thumbs pointing toward the ground,"
Said Rev. Dr. Blunt. 

"Last year I fell in Hitchkin's well,
Headfirst," said Cyrus Brown,
"And both my heels were stickin' up
And my head was a pointin' down.

"And I made a prayer right then and there,
The best prayer I ever said.
The prayin'est prayer I ever prayed
Was standin' on my head." 

www.sparkpeople.com, Errata, March 2005, Author: Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911) ~ Copied Poem 

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10 Guidelines for Christian Living 

 

Over the last seven decades, Billy Graham has written 32 books which are an extension of his continued ministry and burden to reach as many people as possible with the Good News of the Gospel. In “Peace with God,” Mr. Graham outlines ten guidelines for Christian living. This classic volume by Billy Graham points to the fact that God is the only way to find authentic personal peace in a world in crisis. 

The Bible teaches that the Christian life is one of constant growth. When you were born again, you were born into God’s family. It is God’s purpose that you will grow into full stature and become mature in Christ. It would be against the law of God and nature if you were to remain a baby and thus become a spiritual dwarf. In 2 Peter 3:18, the Bible says that we are to grow. It implies steady development, constant enlargement, increasing wisdom. For one to grow properly certain rules must be observed for good spiritual health. 

Read your Bible daily.

Learn the secret of prayer.
Rely constantly on the Holy Spirit.
Attend church regularly.
Be a witnessing Christian.
Let love be the ruling principle of your life.
Be an obedient Christian.
Learn how to meet temptation
Be a wholesome Christian.
Live above your circumstances.

  https://billygrahamlibrary.org/10-guidelines-for-christian-living/ Billy Graham 01/10/14 ~ Copied Article
 
 
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Who Am I?
 

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief (1 Timothy 1:15).

Have you ever thought about why Jesus would come, be born among us, and then give His life on a cruel cross for you? I have. God loves me, and you, far more than we can imagine. 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). [Jesus Christ] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil 2:6-8).
 

Nothing that I had or may have would be sufficient to merit His love or to gain His salvation. It is only through His loving grace that I can accept His free gift (Eph 2:8-9). Who am I that I should receive eternal life? I can only point to Christ’s love for me. But God commended his love toward us (me), in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (me) (Rom 5:8).

We Christians should serve God, not out of responsibility but love. We love him, because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matt 16:24).
I first heard “Who Am I” at Trinity Baptist Church in the mid-1970s. I have heard the song many times since, and it never gets old as I am reminded of my insignificance and the mighty love of God. Rusty Goodman wrote the lyrics and music to “Who Am I” in 1965. Rusty Goodman is now with his Savior but his words live on and bless us.


When I think of how He came so far from glory,
C
ame to dwell among the lowly such as I,
To suffer shame and such disgrace
On Mount Calvary take my place,
Then I ask myself this question
Wh
o am I?
 
 Who am I that The King would bleed and die for?

Who am I that He would pray not my will, thine Lord?
T
he answer I may never know,
Why He ever loved me so.
But to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?

When I’m reminded of His words
I’ll leave you never.
If you’ll be true I’ll give to you life forever.
Oh I wonder what I could have done
To deserve God’s only Son,
To fight my battles until they’re won
For who am I?
 

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for?
Who am I that He would pray not my will, thine Lord?
The answer I may never know,
Why He ever loved me so.
But to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?

 

https://hymnsinmyheart.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/who-am-i/ ~ Copied Article

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Anne Graham Lotz: Is COVID-19 a Sign of the End?

"There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven … When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." —Luke 21:11, 28
 

COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has created national fear in a way I have not witnessed in my lifetime. As of this writing, ball games are being canceled; theaters are shutting down; schools are closing; travel is restricted, and the stock market is on a crazy, wild rollercoaster ride. It’s almost as though our nation is being attacked by an invisible enemy seeking to destroy us.

While my age and recent chemotherapy put me at risk, I am more concerned about the fear the coronavirus has provoked than I am of the virus itself. We seem to be caught up in a national panic.
 

As I reflect on all the above, I remember the words of Jesus. He warned us that at the end of time there would be pestilences. In the last few years, we have endured SARS, the swine flu, ebola, avian flu, MERS, West Nile virus and now the coronavirus. Could COVID-19 be one more sign that our redemption is drawing near? Is the end in sight? Is Jesus coming … soon? If so, is fear the proper response?

When Isaiah’s life was shaken, he responded by looking up. As a result, he had a fresh vision of the Lord. [1] This is the time to look up … from our knees! Let’s ask God to give us a fresh vision of Himself. Because, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear… [2] since He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from … the deadly pestilence … You will not fear the terror of night … nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you … [3]
 

This is a time to pray for ourselves, our families, our nation, and all those worldwide whose lives are being devastated by the death and disruption this disease is causing. You and I need to make sure we are right with God so that we are ready to meet Him whenever the time comes. And then join me in helping someone else get right with God. Let’s pull out all the stops as we tell others that it’s possible to have peace in the midst of the storm and confident hope for tomorrow, claiming Jesus’ promise, Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. [4]

[1] Isaiah 6:1   

[2] Psalm 46:1-2  

[3] Psalm 91:1,2,5-7 

[4] Matthew 28:20
 

Are you ready to meet God? Start a relationship with Him today.

 

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 03/18/20 ~ Copied Article 

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Overheard in an Orchard
 
Said the Robin to the Sparrow
I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and hurry so?
 
Said the Sparrow to the Robin
Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me.
 

Author Unknown ~ Copied Poem