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+++ The Christian Banner - September 2020 +++ 
 

 

 The Coronavirus Pandemic 

We continue to follow COVID-19 restrictions. Both the Sunday morning and Wednesday night services are held inside the church using social distancing. 

On Sunday, we have speakers mounted outside the church building with reserved parking setup in the parking lot. You may choose to remain in your car to hear the LIVE service.  

You can also enjoy our LIVE Sunday Worship Service at 10 am on our Facebook page “Mountain View Independent Methodist Church.” If you don’t have Facebook, you can view our services viaYouTube. Just type Pastor Clint Kearns in the search bar. May the Lord bless you!  

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Ask Billy Graham 

Q: How can a God of love send anyone to Hell? 

A: God doesn’t send anyone to Hell. The Bible declares that Hell was never intended for man but for the devil and his demons (Matthew 25:41). Those who reject Christ choose to follow Satan, and they will follow him right into his ultimate destiny, in spite of all that God has done to save them from the fiery abyss. 

God has reached out in a dramatic way to show us the way to Heaven. He sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die for mankind by shedding His blood to cover man’s sin. He has sent His Holy Spirit as a warning, and the Bible calls out: “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). What more can a loving God do than to give His perfect Son to pay man’s penalty for breaking His law, disobeying Him, and rejecting the Savior? 

We are free agents. God didn’t create us as machines to be compelled to love Him. We choose to obey or to disobey Him. By His marvelous grace and mercy, He’s given us the power of free choice. Those who reject or neglect Christ will be in Hell. No man will go to Hell because he lived an immoral life, for Christ Himself will forgive those who repent of sin and received Him as Savior. People go to Hell because they do not repent; rejecting God’s perfect plan of salvation. 

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). 

The only way to salvation is acceptance of Christ as Savior. The way to Hell is rejection of Him. “There is salvation in no one else” (Acts 4:12, ESV). How wonderful that our loving God would give us the choice to love Him back. 

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

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You’re Extra Special 

God takes one good look at you and remembers the day he made your fingers and toes, chose your height and your hair color, put in your own little personality, and smiled at “the you” he had created. If you had put that much thought and love into something you had made, wouldn't you think it was extra special? That's how God feels about you! 

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Who Do You Belong To? 

People regularly ask for the words to the soliloquy in Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed. Be blessed – enjoy! Priscilla Shirer (played the young wife in the movie “War Room”.) 

He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He’s the keeper of creation and the creator of all. He’s the architect of the universe and the manager of all time. He always was, always is, always will be unmoved, unchanged, undefeated and never undone. 

He was bruised but brought healing, He was pierced but eased pain, He was persecuted but brought freedom, He was dead and brings life. He is risen to bring power and He reigns to bring peace. 

The world can’t understand Him, armies can’t defeat Him, schools can’t explain Him and leaders – they can’t ignore Him. Herod couldn’t kill Him, Nero couldn’t crush Him, the new age cannot replace Him and Oprah cannot explain Him away. You remind yourself, that He is light, He is love, He is longevity and He is the Lord. He is goodness and kindness and faithfulness and He is God. He is holy and righteousness and powerful and pure. His ways are right, His word eternal, His will unchanging and His mind is on us. He’s our Savior, our guide, our peace, our joy, our comfort, our Lord and He rules our lives. I serve Him because….His bond is love, His yoke is easy, His burden is light and His goal for us is abundant life. I follow Him because He’s the wisdom of the wise, the power of the powerful, the ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, the leader of all leaders. His goal is a relationship with me. He’ll never leave you, never forsake you, never mislead you, never forget you, never overlook you, and never cancel your appointment in his appointment book. When you fall He’ll lift you up. When you fail, he’ll forgive you. When you’re weak, He’s strong. When you’re lost, He’s your way. When you’re afraid, He’s your courage. When you stumble, he will steady you. When you’re hurt He’s gonna heal you. When you’re broken, He will mend you. When you’re blind, He will lead you. When you’re hungry, He will feed you. When you face trials, He’s with you. When I face persecution, He shields me. When I face problems, He will comfort me. When I face loss, He will provide for me. And when we face death, He will carry us all home to meet Him. He is everything, for everybody, everywhere, every time and in every way. He is your God. And that friends, is who you belong to. (Anointed, Transformed & Redeemed 2008) 

https://www.goingbeyond.com, Priscilla Shirer ~ Copied Article 

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Have You Oiled Your Bible Lately? 

Fred W. Cropp, President of the American Bible Society, once received a letter asking, “What do you recommend for keeping the leather of Bibles from getting stiff, cracking, and peeling?” 

His reply was, “There is one oil that is especially good for the treatment of leather on Bibles. It will ensure your Bible stays in good condition. It is not sold but may be found in the palm of the human hand.” 

Have you been “oiling your Bible” lately? Reading just four chapters a day will complete the entire Bible in a year; one chapter a day will complete the New Testament in two hundred and sixty days; three chapters a day will finish the New Testament four times a year; nine chapters will complete it once a month. 

www.housetohouse.com ~ Copied Article 

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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 

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People Need the Lord

 It's easy to feel down with all we're facing when it's all around, no one seems to be exempt and seemingly it is bringing so much contempt. Hardly ever see a smiling face with all that's going on with the human race, it's full of so much hate and that makes for a sad state. So many seem to have lost hope and all the while others are trying to hang on to a very tight rope. Tension and anger flares while some don't seem to even care. Increasing crimes every day, and instead of getting better, it gets worse day by day.  

There is an answer to what our society needs and it's the shed blood of Jesus Christ who died for you and me. Without Him, we can clearly see what happens to people who are in dire need; they steal, kill and seek out to destroy no matter if it's a man, a woman, a girl, or a boy. Satan has control of their minds and they aren't worried about the end of time, it's what I can get right now and it's doesn't matter when and how.  

Some say perilous times are here and the end is very near but only God knows when as people continue to live in sin. God help them is my plea and open their blinded eyes so they can clearly see that there is a better way than they are living today. People need the Lord so at least we could live with some peace and one accord. That's my prayer today that people would turn from their wicked ways and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord because now is the time to get on board. Don't delay because tomorrow may be too late and then you have surely sealed your fate with no hope, or no end, because you put it off and now it's too late my friend. 

Facebook Posting by Jean Hunt 08/17/20 

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My Turn 

“It’s possible to walk in darkness, and think you are all right.”

“I once went squirrel hunting in Tennessee. I was deep in the woods when it started to rain. I crawled into one of the caves in the hillside and sat there in the dark for about 30 minutes. It was cold, so I gathered some leaves and put a match to them. I soon had a small fire going. With this new light, I looked around the cave and discovered I wasn’t alone. I have never been in a place with as many spiders and lizards as were hunkered there around me. Over in one corner was a snake all coiled up, just looking at me. My friend, I got out of there in a hurry.

“When the light of the fire revealed what was in the cave, I could no longer be comfortable there. My friend, the light of God’s Word reveals we are sinners. We can’t have fellowship with God in darkness. Let God’s Word bring you into the light and reveal what sin you need to confess so you can have fellowship with God.”

Are you willing to humble yourself and let Him show you what’s keeping you apart? Tell Him so.
 

Written by: Dr. J. Vernon McGee, www.ttb.org ~ Copied Article 

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I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death. ~ John Wesley 

The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then. ~ Thomas Carlyle 

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. ~ Helen Keller 

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ~ Jesus Christ 

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Tim Conway, Grace Community Church, San Antonio, TX Talks about His Father’s Death  

In this excerpt, Pastor Tim Conway shares about his father’s death and the things surrounding it, and what he shared while preaching at his father’s funeral. 

James: The following clip was taken from the live Question & Answer Session that we had last night. The majority of the questions dealt with parenting and children. And one of the questions was about honoring your parents, even if your parents are abusive. And during that time, Tim shared about his own father and his dad’s death. 

Tim: Oh, my dad… my dad was such a wicked man. I would sometimes pray in the same prayer: God, kill him or save him because he was such… I’d want God to kill him because I wanted God’s honor and my dad would dishonor God. And I pleaded He’d kill him or save him. I think we can honor our parents by praying for them. We can honor them by striving to maintain a relationship. We can honor them if there’s difficulties, if there’s some kind of breaches in the relationship, certainly as much as possible; we need to be at peace with all men including our parents. I think we need to strive. They are our parents and we do need to strive to honor them. 

James: Someone’s asked if your dad ever got converted. 

Tim: What I know is this, my dad got cancer. It sobered him up. My dad was not a sober man. He was a drunk. He would mock God. But when he got cancer, his mocking left. My dad called me. The day he called me to tell me he had cancer, he told me, “Tim, I’m in trouble and need your help.” God used John MacArthur’s “Gospel According to Jesus” in my life, so I thought maybe He’ll use it in my dad’s. So I immediately had a copy sent to my dad, which after my dad died, I found that book and I saw there were pages dog-eared. It looked like my dad had read that book maybe a couple times. He would call me and he would say, “Tim, I’m calling upon the Lord…” because that’s what I would tell him. “Dad, call upon the Lord. Call upon the Lord.” He would say, “I’m calling on the Lord.” He said, “But I don’t think God wants anything to do with me after all the things that I’ve done.” But I said, “Dad, you’re reading MacArthur’s book.” He said yes. I said, “You know, MacArthur talks a lot about the parable of the prodigal son. I said do you remember that in such-and-such place? Do you remember that parable? The father that had the two sons?” I said, “Dad, which son did the father receive?” And it’s like a light went on with him. And then, I mean, it made sense to him. He saw it. But I don’t know what happened.  

My dad asked me to preach his funeral. When I preached it, I told the people, I don’t know. I said you all know my dad was not a good man. But I said I’ve come here. My dad wanted me to speak to you. I said I’ve come here to tell you that God saves bad people. I said, you know, my dad was not a good man. I said he’s my dad. I can say that. I’m not going to gloss this thing over. I’m not going to make it look good. They know. My dad had a foul mouth. My dad was a womanizer. My dad was a drunk. My dad was a chronic liar. He had one of the most filthy mouths you could ever hear on a man. But my dad was calling on the Lord at the end. And I told those people – I never saw how many friends my dad had. That funeral home full of all that Conway family, and I thought here’s my opportunity. And I told them, I don’t know if God saved my dad, but I know he was calling on the Lord. And I know whether my dad’s saved or not, if he could come back right now, I know what he’d tell you. And that’s what I told them. 

When I went to my brother’s that night – my dad died in my brother’s front room in a hospital bed. They brought a hospital bed in there and that’s where he spent his last days. My brother told me – my brother was shaken up. He said, “Tim, I would come into the front room,” and he said, “Dad wasn’t even able to talk anymore. But he’d have his arms lifted up to heaven and he’d be calling out.” I think my dad was calling on the Lord right up till the end. Whether God saved him, only eternity’s going to tell. But I know this, my dad was a sinner. He was a great sinner. And I know that Christ came to save sinners. And he was calling on the Lord. So it at least leaves me with some hope that maybe… I’m hoping. 

https://illbehonest.com/tim-shares-about-his-fathers-death-funeral, 05/20/20 ~ Copied Article 

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The Security Guard and the Rich Family

I used to work for a rich family as a security guard 30 years ago.

I always thought there was something strange about their home.

I used to open the gate for my boss every day and I greeted him, but he never responded.

My employers often held large parties and there was usually a lot of leftover food.

As my family was poor I used to take the food and bring it home.

My boss saw me going through the garbage one day out of the kitchen.

He didn’t say anything as usual.

But the next day there was a clean bag full of fresh food nearby the garbage area.

I picked it up and took it home without giving it too much thought.

From that day, there was a bag of groceries at the same place every day which was enough to feed my family. 

One day I got unpleasantly shocked when I found out that my boss passed away in an accident.

I continued working for the same family but I realized that there were no more food bags by the bins.

I checked every day, but I was always disappointed. I struggled to feed my family again.

In the end I finally got the courage to ask my boss’s wife for a raise.

She was shocked but still empathetic and she asked: “Why haven’t you complained about your salary all these years?”

I started mentioning many excuses but in the end I finally told her the truth.

I told her about the bag of groceries that I would find by the garbage every day.

I could see her relief on her face. She asked if that stopped the day her husband died to which I replied yes.

Then I suddenly realized that it was my boss who left the food for me.

He seemed uncaring and arrogant and I never suspected it could be him. 

She started crying and I apologized to my boss’s wife for asking the raise.

She said that she was crying for a different reason.

She told me I was the seventh person her husband used to give food bags to.

From that day I started getting the food bags again every day.

But now my boss’s son delivers them directly to my house.

Just like his dad, I would always thank him but he never replied.

And one day I loudly said: “Thank you!”

Then he replied: “I am sorry. Just like my dad I have a hearing problem.”

I was left speechless and my heart was filled with gratitude and remorse. 

https://timelesslife.info/security-guard-and-rich-family-story, 06/23/20 ~ Copied Article 

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A blonde woman goes to a bank in New York before going on vacation and asks for a loan of $5,000. 

The banker asks, “Okay, miss, is there anything you would like to use as collateral?” 

The woman says, “Yes, of course. I’ll use my Rolls Royce.” 

The banker, stunned, asks, “A $250,000 Rolls Royce? Really?” 

The woman is absolutely positive. She hands over the keys, as the bankers and loan officers mock her. They check her credentials and make sure she is the title owner. Everything checks out. They park it for two weeks in their underground car park. 

When she comes back, she pays off the $5,000 loan as well as the $15.41 interest. 

The loan officer says, “Miss, we are very appreciative of your business with us, but I have one question. We looked you up and found out that you are a multi-millionaire. Why would you want to borrow $5,000?” 

The woman replies, “Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?”   

 

  
+++ The Christian Banner - August 2020 +++
 

 

 The Coronavirus Pandemic 

We continue to follow COVID-19 restrictions. Both the Sunday morning and Wednesday night services are held inside the church using social distancing. 

On Sunday, we have speakers mounted outside the church building with reserved parking setup in the parking lot. You may choose to remain in your car to hear the LIVE service.  

You can also enjoy our LIVE Sunday Worship Service at 9 am on our Facebook page “Mountain View Independent Methodist Church.” If you don’t have Facebook, you can view our services via YouTube. Just type Pastor Clint Kearns in the search bar. May the Lord bless you!  

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Q: My father was in a coma several weeks before he died and there was no communication with him. He always said that he would get right with God before he died but I have no assurance that he ever took that step. Is there any hope that he could have settled things with God before he took his last breath? - I.B. 

A: While it is dangerous for one to deliberately wait until near the end of life to settle things with Jesus Christ, there is always hope that a person comes to that point. None of us knows when we may die; for thousands, sudden death occurs each day. But more important even than the foolishness of delaying salvation is the fact we are losing the joy of being a Christian. 

One's salvation, however, is not determined by the time of life at which we repent and accept Christ as our Savior. There have been those who have repented on their deathbeds and have been saved. In the Bible we read the account where one of the thieves crucified at the same time as Jesus turned to him in repentance. Jesus told the thief that very day he would be with him in paradise (Luke 23:43). 

The longer one waits to accept Christ, though, the more difficult it becomes, for the heart of man grows harder with the passing of time. The Bible says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). 

From the writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham, 07/24/20 – Copied Article 

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Decide to be Better

Each of us should form a resolution right now. Husbands, promise yourself that your wife is going to have a more caring husband till death separates you.  

Wives, promise yourself that your husband will have a more appreciative wife till death separates you.  

Parents, resolve that you are going to love your children and give more of yourselves to them (Ephesians 6:4; Titus 2:3–4). 

Children, resolve that you will honor and obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1–3). 

Stronger families begin with us. Determine to do your best for those you love.

 ~ Author Unknown
 
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It Breaks my Heart
 

My heart is so burdened for the people of our country right now; mainly the ones who don't know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and have Satan's blinders on their eyes and cannot see beyond their own self. As a Christian, it breaks my heart to think if they don't change they are going to end up in a place called hell and that makes me cringe at just the thought of it. God may be in their minds but they haven't accepted Him into their hearts and it shows by their words, actions, and deeds.  

Our world portrays Him as God of love and He absolutely is that but they seem to think He would never allow anyone to go to hell. He says it's not his will that any should perish but it's our choice whether we accept Him or deny Him. The statement that He is a God of love is very true but He is also a God of judgment. There's a verse in the Bible and I think it's some of the saddest words ever to be spoken and I would never want to hear God say them to anyone: "I never knew you: depart from me." Matthew 7:23.

People please wake up and heed His calling because the way our country is headed it may be sooner than we think. What a sad day for some and it breaks my heart! I love everybody and so does God but the choice is up to us individually. He does not and will not condone sin. It will be a sad day that continues into all eternity if the blood of Jesus has not been applied to cover your sins and save your soul.

Facebook Posting by Jean Hunt, 06/30/20
 
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Getting Back Up
 

A large city school system had a program to help children keep up with schoolwork during stays in the city’s hospitals.  

A teacher assigned to the program received a routine call asking her to visit a child. She took his name and room number and talked briefly with his regular teacher. “We are studying nouns and adverbs in his class now,” she said. “I’d be grateful if you could help him so he does not fall too far behind.”  

The hospital program teacher went to see the boy that afternoon. No one told her that he had been badly burned and was in great pain. Upset at the sight of the boy’s suffering, she stammered, “I’ve been sent by your school to help you with nouns and adverbs.” When she left she felt she had not accomplished much.  

But the next day, a nurse asked her, “What did you do to him?” The teacher felt she had done something wrong and began to apologize. “No, no,” said the nurse. “That’s not what I mean. We’ve been worried about that boy, but ever since yesterday, his attitude has changed. He’s fighting back, responding to treatment. It’s as though he’s decided to live.”  

Two weeks later the boy explained that he had completely given up hope until the teacher arrived. Everything changed when he came to a simple realization. He expressed it this way: “They wouldn’t send a teacher to work on nouns and adverbs with a dying boy, would they?”  

Article from: Bits & Pieces, July 1991 ~ Copied Article 

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People are funny. They want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church building.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your door again and again. 

When you get to your wit’s end, you will find God lives there. 

It may be hard on some fathers not to have a son, but it is so much harder on a boy not to have a father. 

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Story Behind the Hymn “We’ll Never Say Goodbye”

In 1887, An­zen­tia Chapman, her hus­band and child­ren tra­veled from their home in Mi­chi­gan on an evan­gel­ism tour of Kan­sas. Enroute, the child­ren were play­ing with coins, and se­ven-year-old Eva swal­lowed some. Swal­lowed coins oft­en pass harm­less­ly, but these did not.

Five days lat­er, Eva an­nounced she was go­ing to Hea­ven. She gave away her child­hood trea­sures to her fa­mi­ly, then got in her bro­ther’s lap and sang “In­to My Heart, Come in­to My Heart Lord Je­sus.” Af­ter that she passed away to Hea­ven.

Her heart­brok­en par­ents, not fin­ished with their tour, put Eva into a glass topped cof­fin and stored it in a cave. When the tour was over, they bur­ied Eva in Ed­na, Kan­sas. After the family re­turned home, they moved to Is­a­bel­la County, Mi­chi­gan, An­zen­tia wrote this song in Eva’s mem­o­ry.

We'll Never Say Goodbye

With friends on earth we meet in gladness,
While swift the moments fly,
Yet ever comes the tho’t of sadness,
That we must say, Goodbye.

(Refrain)
We’ll never say goodbye in Heav’n,
We’ll never say goodbye,
For in that land of joy and song,
We’ll never say goodbye.

How joyful is the hope that lingers,
When loved ones cross death’s sea,
That we, when all earth’s toils are ended,
With Thee shall ever be.

(Refrain)

 
No parting words shall e’er be spoken,
In yonder home so fair,
But songs of joy, and peace, and gladness,
We’ll sing forever there.

(Refrain)
 
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Dealing with the Devil

An elderly Christian was asked, “Does Satan trouble you about your past sins?” She answered, “Yes.” “What do you do?” She replied, “I tell him to go east.” 

“What if he comes back?”  “I tell him to go west.”
 

“And if he returns?” She said, “I keep him going from east to west, for Psalms says, ‘As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us’” (Psalms 103:12). 

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A young girl whose name may never be known died in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, but her faith will never be forgotten. On the wall of the cell she occupied until her death, an Allied soldier found these words she had written: 

I believe in the sun
Even when it is not shining;

I believe in love
Even when feeling it not.

I believe in God,
Even when He is silent.

 
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Child Evangelism

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there. Matthew 19:13-15 (NKJV) 

In Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day, a book about Child Evangelism Fellowship, Joni Sobels shares how she found Christ: 

“A neighbor lady had a sign in her window that said, ‘Good News Club.’ I went to Mrs. Canzone’s house, sat in her living room, and listened to the story of Jesus. I ran home, locked the bathroom door, and asked Jesus to be my Savior. My parents said to write to my grandmother and she could explain more about Jesus to me. That started a tradition of writing a letter to my grandmother every Monday, which I did until her death. My grandmother taught me to pray and to trust God’s care.” 

Joni continued, “I needed those lessons years later when my husband was killed in a wreck on Christmas Eve. From the moment I opened my eyes, strapped to a stretcher beside the road, I remembered what I’d learned in the Good News Club and from my grandmother. Jesus would never leave me or forsake me.” 

Children can hear, understand, and receive the Gospel if we will share it with them! As children receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, it changes the direction of their lives for good, and it can save them from a lifetime of personal emptiness. 

Reese Kauffman, Child Evangelism Fellowship, 07/29/20 ~ Copied Article 

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Church with a Flaw
 

The last book of the Bible records seven letters from Jesus to seven local churches. They contain truths for churches of all ages. 

The church at Ephesus was commended for a number of excellent qualities. This was a fundamental church; sound in doctrine, faithful, separatist in position, not afraid to expose false teachers and labouring in God’s name. 

Interestingly, the Lord commended the church before raising any word of criticism. One commentator explains that the Lord loves to number our accomplishments by His grace. There is a lesson here: we ought to look for the best in our fellow Christians. That is the way of love. 

The Lord’s criticism of the church at Ephesus was a serious one: “thou hast left thy first love.” Diminishing love is always critical. When love reigns there is communication, consideration and compassion. When love declines all service becomes mechanical, a burden… vain. 

The cure prescribed for the church was plain. They were to remember, repent and return: “do the first works.” 

One day Henry W. Grady, the great newspaperman, left his editorial room and went to see his aged mother. He told her he was confused religiously and asked her for help. She told him to sit beside her as he had done as a child while she told him the story of Jesus again. That night she had him sleep in his old bed and pray his childhood prayer. In the morning, when he came down to breakfast, Mr. Grady said, “It’s all right, Mother. I’m back with God again.” 

Remember, repent and return!
 

Daily Devotional, jvim.com, 03/27/15 ~ Copied Article 

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The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. ~ Billy Graham 

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In the Twinkling of an Eye - Jesus Christ's Return 

"Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:51-52. 

Someone has said that the average person blinks somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 times a day. In one of those times, Jesus could return! That is an awesome thought. In the twinkling of an eye, Jesus is going to step from His throne in glory at the right hand of the Father in heaven and make His way back to this earth. First Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 

Christians refer to being caught up as the rapture. The Greek word for this is harpagδsometha and it means a catching away. The picture of this coming promise reminds me of a metal scrapyard near my childhood home. Now, what does a scrap yard and the rapture have in common? Well, let me illustrate. 

In that scrap yard, there was a great magnet on a crane that would pick up metal. If you swung that magnet across the ground, not every piece of metal would rise – only that which was made of iron. Why is that? Because the iron has the same nature as the magnet. 

In the same way, if you have the same nature as Jesus Christ, then when He comes again, you’re going up whether you’re beneath the ground or on top of the ground. Simply said, if you've been heaven-born you will be heaven-bound. 

That sounds fantastic, but what assurance do I have this will happen?  

1. The Saving Work of Our Lord. The second coming of Jesus Christ is necessary to fulfill the purpose of God. The incarnation without the coronation would be like height without depth and east without west. And our salvation without our glorification is no salvation at all. His resurrection is the pledge of our resurrection. 

2. The Sure Word of Our Lord. There are all kinds of prophets and psychics who think they know what’s going to happen in the future, but they don’t know. The devil himself doesn’t know. Only God knows the future. Jesus said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). The key is He is coming – and the Word of God promises that. 

How can you tell that it is close? Jesus said, “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:38-39). 

Life will be going along as usual and then suddenly, Jesus is going to come. That’s the reason Jesus said, " Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44). 

Why is He coming again? First of all, it is a rescue. Before God allows the great tribulation, He is going to take His church out. Before God declares war on this world, He's going to call his nationals home. Second, it is for a reunion. All believers are going to be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. And the songwriter says we'll sing and shout and dance about, the Lamb will dry our tears – we'll have a grand homecoming week the first ten thousand years.  

https://www.crosswalk.com, Article by: Adrian Rogers, 03/29/07 ~ Copied Article   

 
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 The Coronavirus Pandemic 

We are still following COVID-19 restrictions. Both the Sunday morning and Wednesday night services are held inside the church using social distancing.  

On Sunday, we have speakers mounted outside our church building with reserved parking setup in our parking lot. You may remain in your car to hear the service. Use your own judgment whether you worship inside or outside. 

You can also enjoy our LIVE Sunday Worship Service at 10 am on our Facebook page “Mountain View Independent Methodist Church.” If you don’t have Facebook, you can view our services via YouTube. Just type Pastor Clint Kearns in the search bar. May the Lord bless you!  

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Hope the message in this beautiful song rings true for you too!  

 
Statue of Liberty
 

In New York Harbor stands a lady,
With a torch raised to the sky;
And all who see her know she stands for
Liberty for you and me. 

I'm so proud to be called an American,
To be named with the brave and the free;
I will honor our flag and our trust in God,
And the Statue of Liberty. 

On lonely Golgotha stood a cross,
With my Lord raised to the sky;
And all who kneel there live forever
As all the saved can testify. 

I'm so glad to be called a Christian,
To be named with the ransomed and whole;
As the statue liberates the citizen,
So the cross liberates the soul. 

Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty,
It was there that my soul was set free;
Unashamed I'll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty! 

Words & Music written by Neil Enloe, 1974 ~ Copied Lyrics 

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Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) 

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His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a song for you to sing during this very difficult season. 

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heavenly home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, and I sing because I’m free,
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches, He watches me. 

It’s such a crazy, uncertain time right now, isn’t it? What with coming up and out of coronavirus and really not knowing what the future holds. And then the incident of police brutality and the reactions and racial tensions. And, oh, all the things that are happening – the protests across our nation. And all that, and here we are entering a hot, summer season of political campaigning, name-calling; the walls of hostility rising, it seems. No wonder my husband refuses to watch television news; it’s just too much. But I tell you one thing all this upheaval and turmoil has done: it’s made my husband and me long for, work for; it’s made us want to invest more than ever in the kingdom of Christ as it should be on earth. All this turmoil has placed a sense of urgency in looking to God for guidance. What will this uncertain future look like? What are we heading into?  

Well, draw comfort from Psalm 32:8 where God says to you and me during these difficult times; listen, he says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Oh, friend, just as his eye is on the sparrow, Psalm 32 assures us that his eye is upon you. And Matthew chapter 6 backs it up, it adds to that. For Jesus gives us these words of comfort; he says, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”  

And just as a sparrow will not fall to the ground apart from God’s control, we have no need to fear. Jesus says again in Matthew chapter 10, “You are of more value than many sparrows.” Oh, my goodness. Of all the bird species in the world – thousands and thousands of different birds – of all the grandest species that could easily capture his attention, his affection: You know, eagles that soar and hawks that command the skies – uh, no. God, in his wisdom chose a scruffy little sparrow to make a point about his loving care over you. So as we head into an uncertain future, as we pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, let these words today be a comfort and an encouragement to you. 

https://www.joniandfriends.org/ 06/17/20 ~ Copied Article 

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Grandparents
 

Few can bring the warmth
We can find in their embrace,
And little more is needed to bring love,
Than the smile on their face. 

They've a supply of precious stories,
Yet they've time to wipe a tear,
Or give us reasons to make us laugh,
They grow more precious through the years. 

I believe that God sent us Grandparents
As our legacy from above
To share the moments of our life,
As extra measures of His love. 

Author Unknown ~ Copied Poem
 
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Wake Up People!
 

Somewhere over that beautiful rainbow, there is a place of peace just waiting for you and me because living down here doesn't seem like peace is meant to be. So much hatred mixed with crime and it makes me wonder has everybody lost their minds? And then it came to me this is exactly the way Satan wants things to be! He knows his time is short so he has turned to his last resort - to blind people's eyes so Christ they will deny. Filling people's minds with fear and doubt and causing confusion all about; and using every possible way to keep people blinded until their very last day.  

Only when the love of God above is placed in their hearts will we ever see all this evil depart; but until then my friend you had better wake up before God says it's time for all this mess to end. God's people are getting tired and weary and so much of this mess to them is beyond scary, and as they try to struggle along, it's about time for God to bring them home. This old world is not the place they long to be and they're praying, "Lord take me home to live with Thee." The world is in such a mess and some days I wonder how God can continue to bless. When will His judgment fall upon this earth and destroy it all? Wake up people! God is not pleased with how you're living, and one day soon He's coming back to take the righteous to Heaven. I'm sure you don't want to be left behind with all those who are walking with Satan, and totally blind. Blinded to self and their sins, and unless they repent they will never be allowed to enter in. Just like in the days of Noah, they failed to believe, and it was too late because Satan had them all totally deceived! 

Facebook Posting by: Jean Hunt, 06/20/20 

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Trusting
 

History records how George Washington found rest and relief in prayer during the trying times he and his soldiers passed through at Valley Forge. With all the cares and anxieties of that time upon him, he used to have recourse to prayer. 

One day a farmer approaching the camp heard an earnest voice. On coming nearer, he saw George Washington on his knees, his cheeks wet with tears, praying. The farmer returned home and said to his wife: “George Washington will succeed!” 

“What makes you think so, Isaac?” asked his wife. 

The farmer replied: “I heard him pray, Hannah; you may rest assured he will.” 

One night during the Civil War, a guest in the White House reported that he had heard Lincoln praying in the next room. He said the President prayed: “Thou God, who heard Solomon in the night when he prayed and cried for wisdom, hear me! I cannot guide the affairs of this nation without Thy help. I am poor and weak and sinful. O God, save this nation.” 

We have a great heritage. Without question, God has defended America in the past. We ought to rejoice in our independence. But we must never forget that this freedom is a gift from God. The moment we stop trusting Him, liberty is in jeopardy. 

Christians who serve God and rejoice in Him are America’s most valuable asset. What will YOU do for your country? 

www.jvim.com, 03/27/15 ~ Copied Article 

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“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” ~ George Washington 

“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 

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Franklin Graham on His Father, Billy Graham 

When my dad was younger and in good health, he would walk down the mountain to our gate and back up, about a mile, at a blistering pace. Sometimes he would do it three times a day. In his latter years he used a walker and went a shorter distance, but he still pushed himself to walk. Following my mother’s death, his walks became reflective as he recalled the memories of how she had chosen that mountain on which to live and raise their family. 

Though he was gone much of the time, my father made a profound impact on my siblings and me by his example. We looked forward to his homecomings, knowing that he would find something special for us to do together. Sometimes he would gather us up, grab his walking stick, and take us on a hike up the mountain above our home. He always made it fun. He used his walking stick to check out the ground in front of us, warning of what was ahead. He led the way, and we followed in his steps. 

I am so glad that in 1974, on my twenty-second birthday, I took a walk with my father along Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. It became for me a pivotal walk – one that led me to do an about-face. There was a spiritual battle raging within me that I did not completely understand until my father gently confronted me. As I walked beside him, he said, “Franklin, your mother and I sense there is a struggle going on in your life.” The truth of his words startled me. I thought I had been covering up my sin well. He said, “You’re going to have to make a choice either to accept Christ or reject Him.” 

I wondered how he could know what was in my heart. But he was my father, who had prayed for me and taught me about living for Christ. However, I could not do it without acknowledging my own sin and asking for forgiveness. With a pat on the shoulder, my father said nothing more as our walk drew to an end. But several days later, while in Jerusalem, it was the walk with my father that caused me to fall on my knees before the Father in heaven and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior. 

My father had preached to moms and dads, daughters and sons. He had invited millions to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. I am so glad my father did the work of an evangelist with his own son that afternoon in Switzerland, giving me the opportunity once and for all to turn from a life of sin to Jesus Christ and walk in His steps. 

https://billygrahamlibrary.org/ 06/21/20 ~ Copied Article 

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The Little Chap Who Follows Me!
 

A careful man I want to be;
A little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he'll go the self same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate'er he sees me do, he tries.
Like me he says he's going to be;
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I'm so very fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The bad in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go
Through summer's sun and winter's snow,
I'm building for the years to be;
The little chap who follows me.
 

Author: James Gibson ~ Copied Poem
 
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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
 

Philippians 3:14 (KJV): I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What will really matter at the end of your life on earth?
 

Will what you are giving attention to now still be important then? 

Or, will you be filled with regret for what you did -- or didn't do? 

Distractions abound. TV, phone calls, web sites, books, movies. 

It might be a good idea to stop and evaluate how you are investing your time. 

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV): Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 

Run to win. Win what? The true prize is to know God intimately and be His friend. 

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV): So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

One day, possibly soon, you will stand before God. Why not order your life now based on that "final reckoning?" 

A wise person would not invest everything in something temporary. A wise person invests in something that will last. Invest your life wisely! Say this: “Lord, help me to keep my eyes on what is important and lasting.”  

https://www.adevotion.org, 02/26/20 ~ Copied Article

 
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Our Deepest Longings
 
Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied. Ecclesiastes 5:10
 

As a young man, Duncan had been afraid of not having enough money, so in his early twenties, he began ambitiously building his future. Climbing the ladder at a prestigious Silicon Valley company, Duncan achieved vast wealth. He had a bulging bank account, a luxury sports car, and a million-dollar California home. He had everything he desired; yet he was profoundly unhappy. “I felt anxious and dissatisfied,” Duncan said. “In fact, wealth can actually make life worse.” Piles of cash didn’t provide friendship, community, or joy—and often brought him only more heartache. 

Some people will expend immense energy attempting to amass wealth in an effort to secure their lives. It’s a fool’s game. “Whoever loves money never has enough,” Scripture insists (Ecclesiastes 5:10). Some will work themselves to the bone. They’ll strive and push, comparing their possessions with others and straining to achieve some economic status. And yet even if they gain supposed financial freedom, they’ll still be unsatisfied. It’s not enough. As the writer of Ecclesiastes states, “This too is meaningless” (v. 10). 

The truth is, striving to find fulfillment apart from God will prove futile. While Scripture calls us to work hard and use our gifts for the good of the world, we can never accumulate enough to satisfy our deepest longings. Jesus alone offers a real and satisfying life (John 10:10) —one based on a loving relationship that’s truly enough! 

Gracious God, allow me to find my true fulfillment and joy in You. Keep me from a wrong view of work and material things.

www.odb.org, Written by: Winn Collier, 04/04/20 ~ Copied Article