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+++ The Christian Banner - June 2020 +++
 

 

 The Coronavirus Pandemic 

We are slowly getting back in our regular church services. Our Wednesday Night Service will be held inside the church at 7 pm with social distancing.  

Our Sunday Worship Service will be Sunday Mornings at 10am with social distancing! Inside and outside option as well! Speakers in the parking lot with reserved parking! Also will have FB live going as well! Come ready to worship! 

 

Five More Minutes! 

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. "That's my son over there," she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide. 

"He's a fine looking boy" the man said. "That's my son on the swing in the blue sweater." Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. "What do you say we go, Todd?" Todd pleaded, "Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes."

The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart's content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. "Time to go now." Again Todd pleaded, "Five more minutes, Dad, just five more minutes." The man smiled and said, "O.K." 

"My, you certainly are a patient father," the woman responded. 

The man smiled and then said, "My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I'd give anything for just five more minutes with him. I've vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd. He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is I get five more minutes to watch him play." 

Life is all about making priorities, what are your priorities? Give someone you love five more minutes of your time today. 

Written by: Author Unknown ~ Copied Article


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 “Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad.” ~ Anne Geddes

“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” ~ Ruth E. Renkel

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Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 21, 2020 

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The Church Pianist
 

I love music. I appreciate music of all types, but I am particularly fond of church music. This is probably why I’ve played the piano and organ in churches for the last 50 years. I began playing piano at my church when I was about 15 and have continued doing so ever since. Every Sunday, I have found great joy behind the keys at my church. I spend hours pouring over music for Sunday’s service. Each week is a wonderful challenge in finding just the right songs to encourage and inspire the congregation. In college, I discovered an even deeper love for music when I was introduced to the organ. I decided to study music and spent almost every waking moment between those two instruments, learning new arrangements for old hymns. I would then try them out on a local congregation I played for throughout college. It was a wonderful time.  

Since then, each Sunday finds me behind an instrument at two different churches in my community. Because both churches are very small, there just isn’t anyone in the congregation who can play any music. Thankfully, the two services have times different enough to allow me to attend both churches. I have served the congregations of these two churches for over 30 years and have loved every minute. Each week when my fingers hit the keys, I look up to see the faces in the audience as their voices belt out praise to God. It truly is a privilege to be used by God to praise His name each week. My prayer is that someone younger will be inspired by the music and begin her own journey in church music, giving God all the glory through the expressions of her talent.


www.TheChristianHeart.com, 02/27/18 ~ Copied Article 

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No Disappointment 

There shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it. ~ Rev. 22:3 

The first time I got on the international computer network called the information superhighway, I took a very short drive. I was so disappointed with the trip that I soon exited. Instead of finding all kinds of exciting new information, I kept running into dead ends. Since that first excursion, I’ve learned a few tricks to make the Internet more helpful, but it’s still not as thrilling as the hype makes it sound. 

Many things in life tend to be like that. The buildup is better than the actual experience. But there is something we can look forward to that will not disappoint us. Jesus is preparing a place for us, and no matter how high our anticipation, it won’t be a letdown. Heaven will be indescribably beautiful beyond our wildest imagination. 

We’ve read the descriptions in Revelation of the golden streets, the pearled gates, and the exquisite walls (21:18-21). These will be breathtaking to behold. But our anticipation of them pales when compared to our expectation of seeing the glory of God and meeting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face to face. 

Man’s creations can be nice, but often they don’t deliver on their promises. Not so with heaven. In God’s presence, there will be no disappointment. 

Beyond earth's shadows, the face of Jesus,
With Him forever in endless light,
His glorious presence shall be my portion
Beyond earth's shadows, beyond earth's night. 

www.odb.org, 03/03/1997, Written by: Dave Branon ~ Copied Article 

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“A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.” ~ Billy Graham 

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Happy Trails 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and the song “Happy Trails” by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans holds a precious memory for me. Why the song “Happy Trails?” Well, it reminds me of my Aunt Lee and Uncle Eddie. When I started elementary school, Aunt Lee knew my love of horses, and she gave me a Roy Rogers lunchbox. When I’d stay overnight at their house up the street, I’d sit on the couch with Uncle Eddie and Aunt Lee, and we’d watch TV together; I would lay my head on her lap, and she would rub my head until I was ready for bed. The next morning when it was time to go, she’d wave goodbye at me at the door, singing “Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smiling until then.” And you can see why Aunt Lee was my favorite.  

Many, many years later when I moved to California to start Joni and Friends, I kept in touch with Aunt Lee. So, it broke my heart when, in the 1990s, I learned that she developed stomach cancer – a terribly painful cancer. Aunt Lee spent a lot of time in the hospital. And later, she went into hospice. My mom and daddy stood by Uncle Eddie’s side there at Aunt Lee’s bed. She was a believer and was greatly comforted by the Scriptures and the hymns that my mom and dad harmonized on. But right before she passed away, they called me out here in California and asked if I would pray for Aunt Lee. And I was so glad when they called. But before I said goodbye and before I hung up, I sang one more song: “Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Aunt Lee, happy trails to you, keep smiling until then.” My family chimed in, there around the bed. And we all knew the song; it was always the close out of the Roy Rogers show on TV. But this time, it was a precious anthem that yes, one day we will meet again, just like the song says, in heaven.  

2 Corinthians chapter 1 talks about the importance of comforting others with the same comfort we’ve received from God. That comfort can come in the form of a visit, a Scripture, prayer, a Christ-centered poem, especially a worship song or a hymn. Or maybe even a Roy Rogers song like “Happy Trails.” So, if you know someone who is struggling with a life-threatening illness, find a very creative way to give Spirit-blessed comfort that’ll be designed just for them to strengthen them and encourage them.  

www.joniandfriends.org, 03/27/20, Inspirational by: Joni Eareckson Tada ~ 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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Your Marriage Vows -- in Sickness and in Health 

Leslie had the flu a week ago. I can’t stand it when she’s sick. I feel so helpless, like I can’t do a thing in the world to make her feel any better. I run to the store and pick up a bottle of 7-Up and some soda crackers. This last time I bought a couple of different kinds of flu medicine. “That’s so sweet,” she said to me as she sat up on the couch wrapped in a blanket. 

Okay, I thought to myself, it will be another day or so and she’ll be up and at ’em. But she wasn’t. For the rest of the week she stayed in bed, sipping 7-Up from a straw and complaining that the house was too cold, then too hot, then too cold. What am I supposed to do now? I wondered. I called our doctor. He said the flu was going around and all Leslie needed was bed rest. Ugh! I wanted to do something so I wouldn’t feel so helpless. I guess that’s why I enjoy stories of couples whose love has survived a time of serious illness. And I’m a sucker for any movie about tragic love. 

But there is one real-life love story that invades my mind whenever Leslie gets sick. It puts my feelings of helplessness into perspective. In “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts,” we told the story of Robertson McQuilkin and his wife Muriel, and it deserves repeating. The love he demonstrated for her when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is nothing less than extraordinary. Robertson was a college president who still had eight years to go before retirement. Muriel, once the host of a successful radio program, was experiencing tragic memory failure. She could not speak in sentences, only words, and often words that made little sense. But she could say one sentence, and she said it often: “I love you.” While Robertson’s friends urged him to arrange for the institutionalization of Muriel, he would not stand for it. “How could anyone love her the way I do?” asked Robertson. 

Have you thought much about the part of your wedding vow that says, “To love and to honor in sickness and in health”? Robertson McQuilkin has. But not only has he thought about it, he’s lived it. Believing that being faithful to Muriel “in sickness and in health” was a matter of integrity, Robertson McQuilkin resigned his presidency, and for the thirteen years of her decline he cared for his wife full-time. 

Robertson understood the words of Christ when he said, “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me” (Matt. 25:36). How about you? The next time your partner is ill, remember that it is an opportunity to put hands and feet to your marriage vows—in sickness and in health.

www.biblegateway.com, Guest Post by Dr. Les Parrott, 05/10/17 ~ Copied Article 

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His Healing Hands  

God has the power to heal a mind,
A body wracked with pain.
He holds you in His loving hands
Tho' it seems so all in vain.
It may not be this moment
Or later in the day,
Days and weeks and months may pass
But never cease to pray. 

It's not for us to understand,
No use to even try,
But oh, my friend, He loves you so!
H
e knows you wonder "Why?"
So wear God's armor every day
And try to run the race,
Your cross will seem much lighter
With His sufficient grace. 

Written by: Helen Parker ~ Copied Poem
 
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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (Fathers Importance) 

Have you ever wondered how the world must look to a little baby? After nine months of confinement, tucked close beneath its mother's heart, the world must seem a strange, vast place. 

Looking up from its crib, perhaps a little one's first awareness is of faces looking down. Probably the first person to attract the baby's attention would be its mother. 

"Who is this person?" might be the baby's first question, if it could speak. I'm told that the miraculous, divinely-planned bonding between child and mother begins almost immediately after birth. Many experts believe a baby even recognizes its mother's voice from months of hearing it inside the womb. 

And the baby's next question might be, "Who is that man?" Given the proper time, care, and attention from the male parent, the infant will grow to recognize and love its father, too. Throughout every stage of its growth and development, that child needs the influence and nurture of both a mother and father. Expressing affection to the child in a positive way, like hugging, is important in developing a sense of security.  

Sorry to say, too often there is not enough of a relationship between fathers and children. There is too little male bonding. Some recent studies have determined that a great many men spend only about ten minutes a day with their children. As a result, fathers are virtual strangers to their offspring. Children can't identify with their father -- they don't know who he is or what he stands for. They would find it impossible to say what their dad's outlook and philosophy is. 

This condition is one of the sad and serious consequences of homes broken by divorce. There are millions of single-parent homes where children grow up never knowing the influence of a man in the house. 

Even in homes with mothers and fathers, sometimes dads spend too many hours watching TV, or involving themselves in hobbies or activities that take them away from their children. Sometimes, even church activities can keep men really busy with Sunday and Wednesday services, and perhaps one or two other nights of serving on boards or committees. 

Because of the hectic pace of modern life...and possibly even because of the demented, evil behavior of a small percentage of men who victimize and abuse youngsters – the normal, healthy bond of intimacy between father's and children is deteriorating. 

In recent months, there seems to be a new emphasis on developing positive parent-child relationships -- especially with fathers. I applaud this and encourage every Christian father to invest more time and interest in his children. Almost nothing is more important to the whole family's welfare than for the man of the house to be a real father. 

As I look back over my childhood and teenage years, I realize what an important role my dad, Rex Shelton, played in my life. And looking around at the multiplied thousands of youngsters who have absolutely no father-image, or a father who takes little or no interest in them, or even worse, a father who persecutes and abuses them, my heart goes out to them. 

No wonder our youth are out of control, our families deteriorating, and our nation veering disastrously off course! God, give us fathers -- godly men like my precious dad! 

Written by: Dr. Rexella Van Impe, www.jvim.com ~ Copied Article 

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“My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland 

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” – Unknown


 

 

 
+++ 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