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    "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found IN HIM, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith", (Phil. 3:7-9).
    These words describe the life and constant desire of the man whom God chose to be an apostle to the Gentiles. Such expressions as "in Him", "in Christ", "in the Lord", "I am Christ's", etc., occur constantly in his writings. Christ was truly his "all"; all of him was for Christ. This should be the desire and choice of our hearts.
    To be "in Christ" is to have "Christ in you" --- giving hope of "glory", (Col. 1:27). Such is the blessed experience of those who choose to follow Him with gladness of heart. He becomes our staff and song, our strong fortress and high tower, our strength, our righteous- ness, our Savior, our life, our

Lord and our all.
    However much men may sentimentalize or presume, relative to being "in Him", the scriptures clearly use the term to describe a blessed "position" that is maintained only through such obedience and diligence as is harmonious with -- in fact, a continuation of -- that faith through which they entered into the way of life. Nor is this suggestive of an accumulation of "merit" on man's part. At best, we are "unprofitable servants" - never surpassing what is "due" the Lord who gave His all for us. This position of glorious privilege is obtained and secured BY FAITH. But let no one who rejects the Lordship of Jesus Christ over his living imagine that it is secured to him; the Master clearly taught that it is NOT, (John 15:4-10). Continuing (abiding) is contingent on right attitude and action toward both the living and written WORD of God.
    The apostle Paul does not presumptuously ASSUME that his position "in Christ" is secured to him apart from a diligence of faith through which he "fights a good fight" and "finishes" his prescribed course --- according to the divine will and order.
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    0, that men might learn the holy abandonment of self that allows the Christ to live within -- possessing heart and rein -- and reign as LORD OF ALL! Casting away all that the world regards as excellent, we must cleave to Christ (by faith)---finding in Him our refuge and resting - place at all times.

Had I ten thousand gifts beside,
I'd cleave to Jesus crucified,
    And build on Him alone;
For no foundation is there given
On which I'd place my hopes of
    But Christ the corner-stone.

Possessing Christ, I all possess -
Wisdom, and strength, and right-
    And holiness complete;
Bold in His name, I dare draw nigh
Before the Ruler of the sky,
    And all His justice meet.


    As we prepare the paper this week, Bro. Dick Ferris is enroute to Denver to be with his wife, Nell who had to be hospitalized because of blood clots in her legs. It was a blessing to have him with us for one brief service. May the Lord grant to Sister Nell a speedy recovery. It is their desire to return to their mission labors in Japan in August or September.


    Though Pastor Willard Spilman, and Bethel Church, are doing an excellent job of promoting their upcoming Fellowship Meeting, I would like to mention it for benefit of some who may not be receiving their mailings.
    This meeting is planned for June 22-24 in Arvada, Colorado. A good attendance is expected at this Fellowship Meeting.
    Why not drop Pastor Spilman a note and let him know how many you are bringing from your area. Write him at: 5115 Jellison Ct.
Arvada, Colorado 80002


    To those of our membership who have, through many years of study, reached a long-sought milestone in your lives, we offer our sincere CONGRATULATIONS!!
    Bro. Phil Goodwin is graduating from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, Arkansas. Vada Garner and Debbie Porter are both graduat-
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    Shortly after Israel had been delivered from Egyptian bondage and entered into covenant fellowship with God, Balak, king of Moab, sent for Balaam, the prophet, that he might curse Israel. God forbad the prophet to go, but a second embassage was sent from the king. When the prophet inquired of God the second time (desiring to go), he was told: "Go with them, but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do". Nevertheless, "God's anger was kindled because he went", (Num. 22).
    Forbidden to go beyond the commandment of the Lord, the hireling prophet pronounced a blessing upon the people whom he had been asked to curse. From Peor he spoke a prophecy which was regarded by all Israel as Messianic. "I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth", (Num. 24:17).
    In his work on Messianic Prophecy in the Old Testament, Aaron Judah Klingerman inquired: "Of whom does Balaam speak so joyfully, I shall see him, but not now?" ... Were we to ask our forefathers and the religious leaders of their day they would tell us that they regarded Balaam's prophecy as a forecast of King Messiah. This was the interpretation of the Targums On-Kelos and Jonathan, also Mammonides and Rashi. Rashi regards it as a double prophecy, as having its

partial fulfillment in David, and its complete fulfillment in Messiah. The extent of this belief is evident from the fact that in the year 132 A.D., when a false Messiah appeared, Rabbi Akibba called him Bar-Kocheda, son of the star, an evident echo of Numbers 24:17. But when his attempted revolt against Rome failed, and five hundred thousand Jews were slaughtered, his name was changed to Bar-Kozebiah, son of a lie.'
    Anticipating the Messianic entrance into Jerusalem, David wrote: "The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein". As Messiah approaches the gates of the city a command goes forth: "Lift up your heads, 0 ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in". The sentries of the city inquire: "Who is this King of glory?" And they are told, "The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle", but the doors still do not open. This designation alone seemed insufficient to warrant their opening of the gates. So the challenge is repeated: "Lift up your heads, 0 ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in". Once more the inquiry is made, "Who is this King of glory?" "The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory", is the reply -- and the gates swing open to receive Him.
    The Lord's presence and pre-emnence in Mt. Zion is not based solely on His intervention in the
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ing from High School here.
    It is our sincere desire that each of these may keep their eyes on the Lord -- allowing Him to be their Captain, their help and their Guide through life.
    Though not a member of our church we still rejoice in Bro. Mike Rogers' completion of his course in the Little Rock Seminary, and the fact he has accepted a call to pastor a church inBradford, Arkansas. He is to be ordained by the Oakhurst Missionary Baptist Church, of Little Rock, Arkansas on June 3.
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battles of Israel. THE LORD IS KING OF ALL. In His own right He possesses powers and qualities that transcend earth and time. The glorious King is none other than the LORD OF HOSTS, (Psalm 24:2; 2 Sam 6:2; I Kings 22:19).
    In Joshua, son of Josedech, the prophet Zechariah previews the crowning of Messiah as King-Priest in Zion, (6:12-13). Harmonizing fully with this, the Psalmist wrote "The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning.....Thou art a priest FOR EVER after the order of Melchizedec", (Psa. 110).
    On the day of Pentecost, 10 days after the disciples of Jesus had seen their Lord for the last time, Peter used this passage and declared it to be fulfilled in Christ (Acts 2:32-36). Paul, alludes to it when declaring that Jesus Christ has been exalted to a position above that of the angels, (Heb. 1:13-14), and that He has entered upon a priesthood beside which that of Aaron was insignificant (Heb. 3:1; 5:5-10). "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him: Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec".