THE APPROACHING STORM
Since the entrance of human sin into the world,
it has been a world of incessant conflict, division
and warfare. It will continue to be so until the
coming PRINCE OF PEACE subjects all things under the
rule of His "rod of iron" -- reigning universally
The ancient words of Jeremiah are still most
pertinent to the day in which we live. "A noise
shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the
Lord hath a controversy with the nations, He will
plead with all flesh; he will give them that are
wicked to the sword, saith the Lord", (Jer. 25:31).
The modern translation of Moffatt is most
interesting: "The Eternal arraigns the nations, he
indicts all mankind ....From race to race calamity
extends, a mighty storm is stirring from the earth's
Surely the "noise" of these last days includes
the political storm warnings that are dinned into
our ears day after day from the ends of the earth.
But there are also other sounds that are harsh and
discordant. Consider the distracting bedlam of our
great cities. "Walter Lipman has described it most
vividly in his book "Public Opinion":
"Can anything be heard in the hubbub that does not
shriek, or be seen in the general glare that does
not flash like an electric sign? The life of the
city dweller lacks solitude, silence, ease. The
nights are noisy and ablaze. The people of a big
city are assaulted by incessant sound, now violent
and jagged, now falling into unfinished rhythms, but
endless and remorseless. Under modern industrialism
thought goes on in a bath of noise".
What can possibly counteract this "bath of
noise" -- both from local and international
disorder? The only remedy is found in a very ancient
antidote recorded by the Psalmist: "Be still, and
know that I AM GOD".
Our generation has NOT outgrown its need of God.
God is STILL RELEVENT, active, alive, available and
ABLE. He can speak PEACE to the hearts of such as
will put their trust in Him. In Him alone may one
find shelter from the approaching storm.
"In God I have found a retreat,
There I can securely abide;
No refuge nor rest so complete,
In Him I shall ever reside."
Under His wings I am SAFELY abiding. ARE YOU ??
TRUST HIM NOW!!
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Of Him who was to come forth "a rod out of the
stem of Jesse", the prophet Isaiah declared: "The
spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit
of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel
and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear
of the LORD", (11:2).
The Spirit of God so rested upon Jesus Christ as
to make Him of "quick scent", (vs. 3, margin). How
quickly He discerned the foul atmosphere of
temptation, and perceived the noxious odors of sin.
Quick to detect the subtleties of man and Satan, He
said, "Why tempt ye me?" He often walked away from
the multitude to prevent His being crushed by the
crowd, (Mark 3:9). He saw the danger, and knew how
to avoid it.
Jesus learned how to say "goodbye" so as to get
away from those who would waste His time when He
preferred to be communing with His
Heavenly Father. His discerning spirit and insight
made Him quick to detect the need of getting away
from the crowds --- up into the mountain of prayer.
Up there the air was pure, the view clear; He could
feel the stillness of the heavens. He knew what
strength He needed and that it could be found "in
quietness and in confidence", (Isa. 30:15).
The people of God today greatly need to develop
the art of saying "Goodbye". We must permit the Holy
Spirit to make us "of quick scent" so that we too
may readily detect the foul odors of temptation and
get a way from whatever would contaminate our minds,
bodies or souls.
Such as are matured in Christ will have their
faculties trained, by exercise, to distinguish good
and evil, (Heb. 5:14). Such exercise will involve:
turning off the TV, radio or stereo rather than
listening to, or observing, anything that would
contaminate the mind; saying "Goodbye" to what is
wrong, foul and defiling; and occupying ourselves
with that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely,
of good report, virtuous and worthy or praise,
One of the Christian's greatest needs, and
perhaps the rarest jewel on earth, is the spirit of
discernment. May we desire and cultivate this gift
so that, like Jesus, we too may be "of quick scent"
--- readily discerning good and evil.
O Thou who knowest all my heart,
So prone to choose an earthly part,
From vain affections set me free,
That I may wholly look to Thee.
HONOR AND AUTHORITY BELONG TO THE
SON OF MAN (Continued)
Jesus Christ claimed for Himself the authority
of universal judgment -- saying that the Father had
given it to Him, (Jn. 5:22, 27). By His resurrection
He was declared to be the "son of God with power",
(Rom. 1:4). As the "Son of Man" He claimed the right
to the Davidic throne, from whence He will rule in
universal righteousness. And He must reign until all
enemies are put under His feet, (I Cor.
When the Son of Man sits on the throne of His
glory all nations will be brought before Him to
judgment. Some will be approved and welcomed to an
inheritance in the kingdom prepared for them from
the foundation of the world. Others will be driven
from His presence to experience the "everlasting
fire" prepared for the Devil and his angels. Their
attitude toward the Christ, as manifested toward His
"brethren", will make the difference, (Matt.
Jesus' authority of universal judgeship involves
mankind in tremendous responsibility. He constantly
places great emphasis upon the necessity of a right
relationship TO HIMSELF -- the most vital of all
relationships. "He that is not with me is against
me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth
abroad ... If any man will come after me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow
me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the
same shall save it. For what is a
man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose
himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be
ashamed of me, and of my words, of him shall the Son
of Man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own
glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels",
(Matt. 12:30; Lk. 9:23-26).
That each man will he judged according to the
"light" available, is evident from Jesus' words
concerning the rich man in Luke 16. When Dives
pleaded for someone to go "from the dead" to witness
to his lost brothers, the answer was given him: "If
they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will
they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead",
(Luke l6:3l). And the words of Peter are most
solemn: "The time is come that judgment must begin
at the house of God: and if it first begin at us,
what shall the end be of them that obey not the
Gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be
saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner
appear?" (I Pet. 4:l7-l8).
WELLS OF SALVATION
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of
the wells of salvation", (Isaiah 12:3). What a
fascinating picture! The water of life comes from
the "wells of salvation". Jesus is the wellspring of
all blessing. All our springs are in Him. Love flows
from His heart in irrepressible streams.
Do YOU need comfort? Then come to Him. Do you
need sympathy? Then you may find it in His tears. Do
you need courage for some great
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task? You may find it in the heart of Him Who is the
lion of the tribe of Judah. Do you need meekness? It
is available through the lowly Lamb of God. Do you
need purity? Find it in His lifeblood; He was purity
incarnate. Do you need power? Come to Him. "As many
as received Him, to them gave he power to become the
sons of God, even to them that believe on His
What a well of Salvation!! Have YOU stooped to
drink from its life- giving stream? Try it! for
life, health, joy and peace.
MY FATHER KNOWS
He knows the path that I must go,
He knew the struggles I must know;
He knows the rugged path I tread,
And where I follow He has led.
No earthly cares must steal my
My lord and I must never part;
He counts the tears that dim my
And through the mist He makes reply:
"Dear Child, thy grief is Mine."
I would not have one sorrow less,
My Father's love can only bless:
Each heartthrob, beat with love
That blessed Hand is leading mine.
When darkness cannot blend with day,
Where soul joys cannot mix with
Where spirits soar to realms of
0 keep me patient, Lord, in this
life's little day.
-- Author Unknown
This edition of the CLARION HERAID is being
prepared early, due to the Editor's desire to attend
the Fellowship Meeting at Judsonia, Arkansas April
19-20, plus the fact that he is engaged in a Revival
effort with the Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, of
Pekin, Illinois during the week of April
Let every member of Landmark be faithful in
prayer and life during your pastor's absence. Your
faithfulness in the past has been a real source of
joy and thanksgiving. EG.