When spiritual blessings, endowments and
privileges go unappreciated and unused they are
often forfeited. God withdraws them -- to the
eternal impoverishment of the careless and
The privilege of being a "kingdom people" was
taken from the nation of Israel and given to a
people who would accept its responsibilities, (Matt.
21:43). In the parables Jesus told, the single
talent and pound were taken from the timid,
careless, slothful and indifferent servants and
given to those who had proved their loyalty in the
faithful use of that committed to them, (Matt. 25:28
Lk. 19:24). The husbandmen who abused their
privileges -- defrauding the Lord of the vineyard --
are destroyed, and the vineyard given to others,
(Lk. 20:16). Even the church that leaves its first
love, and neglects to do the first works, is
threatened with the removal of its "candlestick" --
except it repent, (Rev. 2:5).
Surely the abundant blessings that have been
bestowed on a New Covenant people, by the Lord Jesus
Christ, requires of us a loving devotion and
faithful loyalty that joyfully abandons our lives to
Him as "Lord of ALL".
GAIN THROUGH LOSS
The Word of God is rich in beautiful paradoxes
which speak of spiritual "gain" through temporal
"loss". The loss, to self, or earthly treasures (in
giving to the poor) assures "treasure in heaven",
(Matt. 19:21). Self - sacrifice is a profitable
investment if it is made "unto the Lord", (Matt.
19:29; Mk. 8:35). True humility leads to exaltation,
(Mk. 9:35); and the grain of wheat that falls into
the ground and dies "bringeth forth much fruit"
Every child of God would do well to abandon
himself absolutely to do the will of God as did the
apostle Paul, who wrote: "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).
Whoever forsakes the world, and its cherished
relationships to follow Christ, will be richly
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A JOYFUL, CHRISTIAN WELCOME!!
It was a real joy, and blessed encouragement,
when Bro. Robert Beale publicly declared his faith
in Jesus Christ and asked for baptism "into Christ
and into the church" - in our morning service on
June 10. On Saturday evening, June 16, Bob and our
oldest daughter, Ricky, were united in holy
matrimony. Then, on Sunday morning, June 24, he was
buried in the waters of Christian Baptism.
WELCOME, Bob!! We look forward to sharing many
of the Lord's blessings together in the days ahead.
-- Eugene Garner
TO CALIFORNIA IN LATE AUGUST
It will be the privilege of this editor to
preach in two meetings in California from August 29
thru September 9. Beginning August 29, I will be
speaking for the Bethel Baptist Church, in
evening through August 2. (A fellowship meeting will
be held during the day.) Then, September 5-9, I will
be speaking twice each day for the Faith Missionary
Baptist Church of Salinas -- Bro. Jim Burks, Pastor.
It has not been my privilege to meet Bro. Burks yet,
but I look forward to doing so -- having heard
nothing but good reports of his life and work. Faith
Church is a relatively young church with a far
reaching vision. They are very much MISSION MINDED
--- evidenced by recent offerings, of $250 each, to
the transportation funds for the Potter's and
Pray with me, that the Lord will enable me to be
a blessing to these churches and brethren. I hope to
see several brethren from California at one of these
SULLIVAN PASSAGE FUND COMPLETE!
According to Pastor James A. McCoy, the Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church, of Greencastle, Indiana,
has now raised a sufficient amount to assure the
passage of Missionary Edgar D. Sullivan & Family
back to Japan. They raised, with the help of other
churches and individuals, the $l200 needed for
tickets, but fell considerably short of their desire
to provide a vehicle for his use on Okinawa. Also,
there is still a need for something like $500 that
will be required to ship their goods. If you want to
get in on this you may still do so by writing: c/o
Bro. James McCoy, Rt. 4, Greencastle, Indiana.
The Sullivan's are now making their way toward
the West Coast and a late August departure.
HOW CHILDREN DISHONOR THEIR PARENTS
Reaching back to a principle clearly set forth
in the law, Paul urged: "Children, obey your parents
in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and
mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
That it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest
live long on the earth", (Eph. 6:1-3). No child has
ever suffered any real loss by faithfully heeding
the Word of God, and lovingly, willingly, joyfully
giving to his Christian parents the kind of respect
that is pleasing to God.
Many have suffered tremendous personal and
eternal loss by failure to heed the divine
admonition -- living in such a way as to bring
dishonor upon those who have, often at great cost,
nurtured and cared for them -- loving them even when
their response was heartbreaking.
There are various ways whereby children may
dishonor their parents. No doubt, some indulge in
such practices without stopping to consider that
they are SINNING -- both against their parents and
the One whom they call their heavenly Father. That
all may be alerted to the fact that such "dishonor"
may come through various actions, note the following
Children may dishonor their parents by: (1)
STUBBORNNESS, (Deut. 21:l8-20; I Sam. 15:23). (2)
DESPISING THEIR MOTHER, (Prov. 15:20; 23:22). (3)
CURSING THEIR FATHER (Lev. 20:9; Prov. 30:11-12).
(4) LACK OF RESPECT, (Deut. 27:16). (5) CAUSING
STRIFE AT HOME, (Micah 7:6). (6) DISOBEDIENCE, (Col.
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2 Tim. 3:2; Prov. 6:20).
In view of the seriousness of every form of
rebellion, it is of vast importance that both
children and parents be aware of certain corrective
measures that are laid down in the Word of God.
Whoever rejects God's counsel, be it child or
parent, must face the eternal consequences.
"Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a
child; but the rod of correction will drive it far
from him" .... He that spareth his rod HATETH HIS
SON: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes
(diligently)", Prov. 22:15; 13:24.
Father, do you really LOVE your children? or are
you just sentimental about them?
And do you, children, appreciate loving parents
who will discipline you faithfully -- desirous of
helping you to develop such strength of character as
will enable you to stand against the wiles of the
devil and to honor the Christ Who gave His life for
you, at Calvary??
YOU SHOULD!! E.G.
ATTENTION, ALL MEMBERS!
Our regular Business Meeting has been postponed,
from July 7 to July 21, due to the fact that so many
of our members are vacationing.
Be sure to make a note of this change on your
calendar and plan to be present. The business of the
church is ALWAYS YOUR BUSINESS! EG
HAVE YOU PRAYED FOR THE PASTOR TODAY?
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THE LESSON WE NEED TO LEARN
The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up
all those that be bowed down", (Psa. 145:14).
God never seems to tire of helping His children
learn the necessary lessons of life. No matter how
often we fail, He seems willing to give us another
chance. When we fail a lesson, He does not hastily
dismiss us from the class; rather, He encourages us
to TRY AGAIN.
Were it not for our Father's great patience we
should never, no
NEVER, be like Christ. But He never wearies of our
slowness. He is pleased with our efforts to walk by
faith -- however imperfect; He always has a word of
encouragement for those whose hearts desire only to
know and do His will.
Oh, that we might learn such patience in dealing
with each other -- especially those who are weak in
the faith. It would be good for us all; and it would
glorify our Father Who is in heaven.
O Lord, our God, thy mighty
hand Hath made our country free;
From all her broad and happy land
May worship rise to thee.
Fulfill the promise of her youth,
Her liberty defend;
By law and order, love and truth,
The strength of every state
In Union's golden chain;
Her thousand cities fill with peace
Her million fields with grain!
The virtues of her mingled blood
In one new people blend;
By unity and brotherhood,
Through all the waiting land
The gospel of good will;
And may the joy of Jesus' name
In every bosom thrill.
O'er hill and vale, from sea to sea
Thy holy reign extend;
By faith and hope and charity,
America befriend! (H. van Dyke)