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    Our hearts were truly blessed by the series of messages delivered at Landmark last week by Brother Edward Byrd. We expected him to set forth the Word of God in such a way as to exalt Him who is worthy of our eternal adoration; nor were we disappointed by what we heard.
    Since genuine "revival" involves spiritual refreshment and renewal, it can be said, without any question, that God has sent REVIVAL to His people. Our stubborn wills were challenged, our hearts were blessed, and the Name of our Lord was magnified.
    May we not soon forget what we have heard. Having heard the CALL of God, let us go forth to serve Him with joy of heart. And may the wisdom, power, love and compassion of our Saviour continue to be manifested through His servant who has truly been the instrument through which refreshment has come to us!
     And, we are grateful that his people, at PD Flat, have been willing to "share" him with us for this past week.         --E.G.
Having received of the Lord, let's SHARE OUR BLESSINGS WITH OTHERS!!


    It was necessary that this issue of the paper be prepared a bit early since your pastor is away for a Revival effort with Pastor James A. McCoy and the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, of Greencastle, Indiana.
    Brother McCoy called last Wednesday night and said the church desired that I should come, and it seemed that this week was the only time that it was convenient for all involved.
    Antioch Church has, many times, been a blessing and encouragement to my heart, and I pray that the Heavenly Father will enable me to speak to the hearts of this people in such a way as to strengthen and encourage them to a fuller abandonment of their lives into His hands.
    It is wonderful to have brethren in our membership who are capable & willing to take the services here -- thus enabling me to use such opportunities to encourage the hearts of brethren in other places.
    Pray for the services at Greencastle. Lord willing, I hope to be back to Rockford in time for the services on Sunday Evening.

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"NOT SO, MY FATHER", (Gen. 48:18)

"Not so, my Father", he replied
    Who failed to understand,
And sought mistakenly to guide
    His father's dying hand.

How often have I done the same!
    Yet afterward confessed
That what from God my father came
    Was always for the best.

"Thy will be done", my Saviour
    In sad Gethsemane:
0 may this high request be made
    With every gift to me.

Now let my restless heart be still
   Before my Father's hands,
And acquiesce in all the will
    Of Him who understands.
-- William Wileman
    How terribly often do we argue with the wisdom of God! But what a tragedy it would be if He did not overrule our foolish designs.


    As the careful student examines the teachings of the New Testament, he will observe a very intricate principle which was followed by Jesus as He endeavored to maintain a proper balance between:
    1. REVEALING the Truth -- to all who would believe, and in
    2. CONCEALING the Truth -- from such as were unprepared, by faith, to receive it.
    The general tenor of Jesus' words suggests that when He came in humility He desired that only by faith should He be recognized as the Messiah, (Matt. 8:4; 9:30; 17:9 John 6:15). That He was the Messiah He made known PUBLICLY only immediately before His death on the cross, and even then, ONLY IN THE FORM OF A SYMBOIIC ACT -- the entry into Jerusalem (Lk. 19:20-40; Zech. 9:9).
    It was only in the circle of His own followers that, from the very beginning, but with ever increasing clarity, He had revealed Himself as Messiah (Jn. 1:41, 49; 4:25-26; 9:35-38), until finally Peter, Illuminated by revelation from the Father, uttered the victorious confession: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God", (Matt. 16:16).
    This principle of revealing the truth to some, while concealing it from others, is explained by Jesus in Matthew 13:10-17. He had just spoken the parable of the Sower, in which He likened the preaching of the Kingdom message to the sowing of seed upon four different kinds of soil. "Some seeds fell by the
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    Bro. EDGAR POTTER sends this picture of the Volkswagen he has purchased with an offering provided through a special fund set up by the Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Bradford, Arkansas.
    He expresses deep appreciation to all who had a part in furnishing this transportation and desires the prayers of all that he may recognize the Lord's direction in locating the right field of labor for the days ahead.

    Bro. STEVE MONTGOMEY writes of the Lord's continuing goodness and blessing on their labors. He expresses the desire for a shortwave system whereby the missionaries may be enabled to communicate with one another, as well as making contact with brethren in the States. The price of telephones (which must be purchased outright) is prohibitive of missionary use in Brazil. This ought to be made a matter of earnest prayer.

    Bro. EDGAR SULLIVAN & Family are now on Okinawa. At last word they had not yet found a house, but had hope of getting one for $165 per

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month. He states that the tuition for his school children will run $240 per month. This will require much more than prayer; but it is NOT beyond the "ability" of God's people to supply --- through divine enablement. Their new address is:
Box 135, Urasoe City, Okinawa JAPAN 901-21.

Pastor Jim Burks & Family

    The editor's heart still rejoices in remembrance of God's blessing on our fellowship with the church at Salinas, California last month.

Brethren Burks & Jerry Thomas

    Jerry is a young Jewish brother who recently surrendered to hold forth the banner of Christ as a minister of the Gospel.


way side, and the fouls came and devoured them UP: Some fell upon stony places, where there was no earth: and forthwith they sprung up because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; & the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold." Jesus then concluded the parable by admonishing: "Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."
    The disciples of Jesus came to Him later and asked, "Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it IS NOT GIVEN. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables BECAUSE THEY SEEING SEE NOT; AND HEARING THEY HEAR NOT, NEITHER DO THEY UNDERSTAND. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and THEIR EYES THEY HAVE CLOSED: lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But BLESSED ARE YOUR EYES, for they see and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them."
    And a right heart-attitude is necessary today if one is to KNOW God's will and experience the fullness of God's blessing.
    "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip", (Hebrews 2:1).