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Year 1973


+++ December 1973 Christian Banner +++

The Beauty of Christmas
Written by: Betty Linthicum
The real beauty of the story of the birth of Jesus is its simplicity. In the fullness of time, God did not reveal Himself to man in thundering and lightening. Instead, He revealed Himself in the person of a tiny baby, born to a humble woman. The coming of the Son of Man was not announced from the steps of the Temple with the blast of trumpets. But the angels announced it instead to a group of lowly shepherds who were keeping their flocks on the hills of Judea during the night.
The promised Messiah was not born in splendor of the king’s palace, but in a stable “because there was no room for them in the inn”. In those days, shepherds were generally held in contempt, and looked upon as unworthy and unclean. Because of their tasks, they could not observe the laws of ceremonial purification. Yet it was to the shepherds and not to the proud Pharisees, nor the haughty scribes, nor the political leaders of the day that the first announcement of the Savior’s birth was made.
This does not mean that the rich, learned and the successful may not come to Christ, but when they do come, it has to be with a simple faith and humility. “Except ye be converted; and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven”.
May our faith be increased, our hearts pure and humble this Christmas season.
The Light of the World
Written by: Shela Gearren
Considering the energy crisis, many cities and towns will not turn on their Christmas lights this year. This will dampen the spirit of Christmas for some, but there is another light that will still shine and this light is Jesus. When we see the decorations this year we should think of Jesus and the wonderful light that only He can give.
There were not lights all around the night Christ was born, but there was just one important light – the star that led the shepherds and wise men. We have one important light also and the light of the world is Jesus. He leads and guides us in the way that we should go. So if there are Christmas lights or not, it really doesn’t matter, just as long as we have Jesus.

  +++ October 1973 Christian Banner +++


 The Crown of Life
Written by: Pat Lewallen
   In I Timothy 4:8, Paul writes to Timothy” “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

   After doing some research into this verse, I found that Paul was referring here to the gymnastic exercises the Greeks went through in preparing for their contests in public games. They did this in order to win a chaplet or crown of leaves as a reward for their victory in the games. Paul indicated that this crown of leaves was worth little and that it was a fading crown. He urged Timothy to exercise godliness that he might be prepared for Heaven and a crown that would not fade away.
   Today, we need to follow this advice from the apostle Paul and strive to live our lives holy to God that we might receive a crown that will last through all eternity. We see so many people today who are striving for the fading crowns of this life. They get so wrapped up in the things of this life that they go through life without the peace and joy that God wants them to have. Even worse, they don’t take time to think about their spiritual welfare and they miss out on the eternal joy in Heaven that God wants them to have.
   The Christian life is the most satisfying and rewarding life that we can live. If we will accept God and put Him first place in our lives, we won’t be concerned about all the material things of this world, but we’ll find ourselves satisfied with the things that we have. Only in accepting God and living and trusting in Him can we really enjoy the blessing of this life and look forward to the blessings of the life that is to come.

+++ July 1973 Christian Banner +++

In Memory of My Father, Walter L. Hunt
Written by: Mrs. Herman (Tonie) Farlow (deceased)
   This Father’s day my dad is in Heaven and my Mother too. I miss them so much. It was May 23, 1948 when he departed this world. It left us all very sad. But someday I will see him and mother again and I know they will be glad to see me too.
   I want to see Jesus and shake hands with Dad and Mother. When I see Jesus and can say how glad I am to be here today, no more tears will I shed, for Jesus will wipe them all away.

   My Dad has been gone 25 years but his memory is still living on in my mind. He was a good Father. He feared the Lord and served Him and left a testimony praising the Lord. That is why Father’s Day is so real to me. 

+++ June 1973 Christian Banner +++

Are We Concerned?
Written by: Daryl Farlow

   As time so swiftly passes in this fast moving world of ours, it seems that all we are concerned about is ourselves and how we are prospering in life. We very seldom try to look at others and offer a helping hand or some encouragement. As Christians, we give ourselves a pat on the back because we go to church regularly and are happy ourselves. But how about the ones in life who may have more trials and temptations in their lives and maybe don’t have the people praying for them that we have had and they still don’t know God as their personal Savior.

   We need to show more love and sympathy for our fellowman to help make his load lighter. We need to show more of an interest in those who are unsaved and those who have just accepted the Lord and need some encouragement to carry on for Him. I’m sure we would get blessed more if we would put others before ourselves. So let’s purpose in our hearts to work together more fully for the up building of God’s Kingdom.


My Testimony
Written by: Eula Trotter

   I'm so glad that I can say that Jesus is my personal Savior today. I haven't always been ablt to make that claim. About seven years ago I committed my heart and life to Him and since that time I haven't been the same. I'll admit I have made some mistatkes along the way, but His grace has always been sufficient to see me through, and I know that as long as I follow Him, He will lead me, and shed more light on my pathway as I go along.
   I’m so thankful for the people in my life who down thru the years were concerned enough to lift me and my needs up before Christ in prayer. I am also grateful for a Christian Mom and Dad who for as long as I can remember took me to church that I might hear God’s Word, and taught me how important it is to live for Jesus, that my life might count for something here as well as in the world to come. Had it not been for these things, I probably wouldn’t be a Christian today.
   As I pray each day I thank the Lord for the many blessings he has showered upon me. How I love the little country church I go to, and its people. Also our pastor who is so faithful to preach the Word as God reveals it to him. I praise God for giving me a wonderful Christian husband, and a dear little son whom the Lord touched and healed when he was very small.

   When I think of the abundant, measureless love shown to me, in answer to prayer and through the giving of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, how could I ever not serve Him for the rest of my life to the best of my ability? I still have many friends and loved ones of my own family who have not met personally this One I love and serve, and my prayer is, that they might find Him while they still have time and opportunity.

 +++ May 1973 Christian Banner +++

His Will Can Be Your Will
Written by: Richard Lewallen

   Some people may ask why there are so few people that will attend church regularly and take part in church activities. The reason is found in Romans 8:5: “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
   There are many in church today that you might call carnal Christians or babes in Christ, who have gone to a certain point in Christ and refuse to go any farther. Christ gave His all, and He demands the same from us. A man that tries to enjoy being a Christian without separating from the worldly things is a most wretched man, because the Spirit wars against the flesh. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
   The Bible teaches us in St. Luke 16:13: “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
   The person that claims the name of Christ and does not live up to His standards, is one of the biggest stumbling stones the devil has to keep the lost from finding Christ. This is why we as Christians should be so careful how we carry the name of Christ. The only way to keep from being used of the devil is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. God’s Word says in Colossians 3:1: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Present your bodies a living sacrifice holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Then God will present to you a life that is filled with peace, joy, and happiness that passes all understanding. Then you will know what it means to have your cup running over. People will not have to beg you to come to church, or to help in the work of the Lord, because His will, shall have become your will.

Mister Preacher Man
Copied and submitted by: Beatrice Hill (deceased)
I thank you Mr. Preacher Man
For telling me what to do.
And now if you have no objections
I’d like to question you.
Are you toiling for the Master?
Do you prove the things you teach?
Is your life a good example?
Do you practice what you preach?
Is the Lord pleased with your efforts?
Do you fail and try again?
Are you a real big Christian?
Do you work for the love of men?
I thank you Mr. Preacher Man
For telling me what to do.
If you live like the Master
Then I’ll try to follow you.

+++ April 1973 Christian Banner +++

Written by: Shela Gearren

Easter, the commemoration of Christ’s Resurrection, is the principal feast of the Christian year, greater even than Christmas, because it is the climax of God’s plan for man’s salvation. Christians rejoice over the tremendous fact that Jesus rose from the dead!

Easter is the season of promise and hope and new life. Every spring, up from the ground and out of bare branches, come nature’s illustrations of that new life. Each flower that blooms has a new beginning, just as we have when we accept Christ.

God sometimes puts us in the dark to prove to us that He alone is the Light.


Interview with Mrs. Minnie Jarrell (deceased)
   This month we have a wonderful testimony from one of our faithful members of our church, Mrs. Minnie Jarrell. Here is her personal testimony.
   As a young woman I was attending a revival at West Chapel Church. I was the organ player for the revival and Brother Henry Thompson was the song leader. One night in that revival the Lord spoke to me and I gave my heart to Him. But as time passed and I didn’t have much encouragement in my home life, I began to drift away from my Lord and it wasn’t long before I was back in sin.
   Somehow I wasn’t satisfied and my life wasn’t happy and I still had the desire to go to church. One night little Brenda Hurley and I went to prayer meeting at Rushwood Park Church and the Lord spoke to me, but I was trying to put off going to the altar. Then Brenda looked up at me and said, “Minnie, let’s you and me go down to the altar.” So together we went down. That night the Lord gloriously saved me and since that time he has been so real to me and I love to praise His name for what He means to me. He has done so much for me I could never begin to tell it.
   I would like to thank God for the eight years I went to Smyrna Grove Church and for Brother Henry Thompson. Also for Mt. View Church, where I now go, and for Brother Bud Frye, another good preacher who will preach the gospel and let the chips fall where they may. Brother Frye has meant a lot to me since I have been going to Mt. View. I thank the Lord for the good fellowship that we have at our church and for the prayers that have been prayed for me.

+++ March 1973 Christian Banner +++


Written by: Clara Henderson (now Clara Nance)
   We are not only celebrating the first anniversary of our newspaper this month, but we are also honoring our church’s oldest member Mrs. Mattie Farlow who will be celebrating her 91st birthday this month. It is with great pleasure that we dedicate this month’s issue to her.
   So many of us today can recall the years past when Mrs. Farlow was our Sunday School teacher and how she so faithfully served her church and her Lord. So even in the accomplishments of today she also touched our lives for God.
   We the newspaper staff and all the congregation of Mt. View Church salute you Mrs. Farlow for your faithful service, and prayers down through the years. Happy Birthday and May God bless you in all the tomorrows as He has in all the yesterdays.
   On March 10, 1973 Mrs. Martha Hinshaw Farlow will be 91 years old. She was born in the Back Creek Township to Roswell and Nancy Hinshaw. They moved to Central Falls when she was three years old. At eight years of age she went to work in a cotton mill earning 10 cents a day. At that time she attended the Central Falls Baptist Church. She was married to William Edgar Farlow when she was 20 years old. They moved back to the Back Creek Community after they were married and attended the Charlotte Methodist Church. They had eleven children of whom six are living and five dead, which includes two sets of twins. Mrs. Farlow has twenty-five grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
   They moved to the Mt. View Community sixty years ago. Mrs. Farlow recalls that when they moved there, the church was first a planked up building and service had not been conducted there in four years. The land for the church was given by Jesse Newby which came off of a tract of land now owned by Mrs. Farlow. She said that the neighbors wanted to get Sunday School started so they began to work and pray about this and the attendance started to grow. It grew so well that the conference sent a pastor. His name was Guy Menendal. He walked from Lexington to the night services they started and sometimes it would be nine o’clock before he got there. He stayed two terms and after he left, Pastor Walford took his place. They then built the church that is here now and it has been remodeled since then. Mrs. Farlow said this about the first organ they had at the church. The neighbors donated the money and her husband took a wagon and horses to High Point and bought it. In the year 1922, Mrs. Farlow’s husband died at the age of forty-two.

   The Lord has blessed Mrs. Farlow with a long life, and just like in her younger years she puts her trust in Him. We hope you have enjoyed this article as these are the facts from Mrs. Farlow.

Tribute to My Grandma Farlow
Written by: Lela Farlow (now Lela Trotter)
   I count it a great privilege to say a few things about Grandma Farlow. I’m very proud that she is being honored this month.
   Grandma was sixty-three years old when I was born, so I’ve always known her as an elderly person. My first memory of her is she was very spry, and as far back as I can remember she has always been a Christian. Even as a child that was the one thing that I always noticed and admired.
   Grandma was my first Sunday School teacher. She walked to church as long as she was able to go. Back in my early years, the church was heated with wood. I remember her going early to start the fire before the service. She always read her Bible until her eyes failed. I’ll never forget how thrilled she was the night I got saved.
   Now years later you’ll still find Grandma trusting in God and whenever He sees fit to take her home, she’ll be ready. I love and appreciate her very much and I hope she’ll be around for many more years.

+++ January 1973 Christian Banner +++


Interview with Mrs. Edith Robbins
   This month we interviewed Mrs. Edith Robbins, the Adult Sunday School Class teacher. She married Waybright Robbins in September 1942. They have 2 daughters and 10 grandchildren. This is her personal testimony.
   I was a young girl 14 years old when the Lord saved me. Rev. Fred Cooper was holding a tent revival. I sat one night and listened to the blessed word of God, the Lord spoke to me saying “Give me thy heart”. I made my way down to an old fashioned altar and gave my heart to God.
   As the years passed it seemed that little by little I let the things of this world creep into my life; not realizing that my life was not pleasing to God. Then one Sunday morning in August 1962, as our pastor, brother Frye brought the message the Lord spoke again and said I should be witnessing for Him. So I went to the altar and asked God to take me and use me for His glory and for the up building of His kingdom.
   Since that time there has really been a change in my life. I’ve been telling the love of Jesus and I can truly say that the way grows sweeter every day. Thank God for a deep settled peace in my heart and for peace with my fellow man.
   Dear friends, if you are not living a dedicated life to God, if you have not laid everything on the altar to Him, then you don’t know the joy of serving Jesus. What a peace and joy you can have in this world and in the world to come! Thank God that I can stand and witness for Him, and tell a world that He is my Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

Overheard in an Orchard
Poem copied, Author Unknown
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.