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    "Grace" is a marvelous word; an amazing concept. This is especially true as it relates to God. Though difficult to define, it is gloriously demonstrated by the stedfast love and eternal favor He has shown toward unlovely, corrupt, sinful & godless men. The marvel of its bestowment is equaled by the wonder of its wealth. When sin has reached the high-water mark GRACE overflows to meet the need of all who put their trust in Jesus.
    By nature all men are DEAD -- in trespasses and sins. Not "sick", but "dead"! Sin numbs, paralyzes and slays one's spiritual senses. Nor does this suggest death "with Christ"; it, rather, involves separation FROM Him -- because of sin, (Eph. 1:1-3; 4:17-18; John 5:24-25; comp. Luke 15:24).
    In times past all men walked after the pattern of the world-system that harnesses every possible godless standard and scheme in its warfare against the true and living God, (I John 2:15-17). We live in an EVIL age, (Gal. 1:4). Though we who are saved are still "in" it, we actually belong to a "new age" -- the power of which is to be manifested in our daily lives, (Rom. 14:l7-l8).

    Our former walk was according to the "prince of the power of the air" -- the leader of invisible hosts, (Eph. 6:12; I John 5:19). We must understand that mere "invisibility" does not make a thing harmless. CANCER is no less deadly because its awful work is done without serving notice of its attack. The vampire is no less dreadful because it reportedly fans its victims into an unconscious slumber with perfumed wings while drawing away its blood and leaving it a corpse. Nor is Satan any less real and destructive because his fatal work is done without our being conscious of what he is doing. Therefore, the spirit that incessantly works in lives characterized by disobedience is a dangerous and destructive spirit, (Eph. 5:6; I Pet. 1:14; I Tim. 4:1; I John 4:1-3, 6).
    Jew and Gentile alike have followed this path in ages past. All are sinners -- both by nature and practice -- and are deserving of God's wrath, (Psa. 51:5; Rom. 3:23; 5:12; l:l8-2:29). Such as walk in this path are mastered by the lustful desires of the flesh and mind. Some of these are contemptible, (Gal. 5:19-21; Mk. 7:20-23). Others
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    It is a real joy to know that God is still calling men into the ministry. On July 18 David Montgomery (son of missionary Steve Montgomery) made known his call before the Corinth MBC at Dry Prong, Louisiana. It was our privilege to hear his first message at the Arvada Fellowship. During that Fellowship Meeting Bro. Ray Williamson made known the surrender of his life for this same glorious work.
    A week earlier, in Anchorage, Alaska, two young men had indicated that God was calling them to some special work and asked the First MBC there to pray with them that they might be absolutely certain of His calling.
    That the Lord still calls is ample evidence that His love for the souls of men has not diminished. Has YOURS??
    To the work!! We are servants of God; and the time is short! E.G.


The sands of time are sinking,
    The dawn of heaven breaks,
The Summer morn I've sighed for,
    The fair sweet morn awakes:
Dark, dark hath been the midnight,
    But day-spring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
    In Immanuel's land.

Oh Christ, He is the fountain,
    The deep, sweet well of Love;
The streams on earth I've tasted,
    More deep I'll drink above.
There, to an ocean fulness,
    His mercy doth expand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Immanuel's land.

Oh, I am my beloved's,
    And my Beloved's mine;
He brings a poor vile sinner
    Into His house of wine.
I stand upon His merit
    I know no other stand,
Not e'en where glory dwelleth
    In Immanuel's land.
The Bride eyes not her garment,
    But her dear Bridegroom's face;
I will not gaze at glory,
    But on my King of Grace:
Not at the crown He giveth,
    But on His pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory
    Of Immanuel's land.
-- Mrs Cousin


    A colored minister in the Southland, after presenting a visiting white pastor to his congregation, prayed: "And now, 0 Lord, blot him out that we may see JESUS ONLY!"


    EDGAR D. SULLIVAN is returning from Okinawa on August 17 and hopes to visit among supporting churches. He will speak for himself concerning the reason for his return and his desire for the future. After August 1, you may write to him:
      c/o Jim Nixon
      P. 0. Box 364
      Judsonia, Ark. 72081

    STEVE MONTGOMERY has recently moved to a new area of Brazil. We do not yet have his new address, but will include it in the first issue published after it is received.

    EDGAR R. POTTER now expects to depart for the Madeira Islands, and a completely new field, around the first of September. He is still located at: 33550 Hwy. 96E, No. 294 Pueblo, CO 8100l.

    CHRIES D. LOPER is back Paraguay -- travelling among supporting churches. He may be contacted at: Route 1, Box 36 Chadbourn, N.C. 2843l.


    It has been learned that Bro. Michael E. Rogers has accepted the pastorate of the Mt. Hebron MBC of Lancaster, Kentucky. It is understood that he plans to be on the field there by September 1.
    May God richly bless pastor and people as they labor together in the furtherance of the Gospel! We expect great things from them.      E.G.

WONDERFUL GRACE ..... Continued

appear respectable within themselves, (Phil. 34-6). But all are contrary to the "righteousness of God", (Phil. 3:7-9; Gal. 2:21; Rom. 10:3-4). Against the background of our hideous sins -- so deserving of His wrath -- God's grace stands out in all its glory and beauty; He has shown a richness of mercy, (2 Cor. 1:3; Titus 3:5; I Pet. 1:3). His "great love" has been lavished upon us -- even while we were still in our sins, (John 3:16; Rom. 5:6-10; I John 4:10; Heb.2:9; I Tim.2:4-6).
    Though DEAD "in trespasses and sins", God's grace has "quickened us together with Christ",(Eph. 2:5; Col. 2:12-13). "By grace ye are saved!" is a shout of triumph. He has also raised us up (both Jew and Gentile) to "sit in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus" -- exalted and blessed in His triumph, (Eph. 1:20; Phil. 3:20; Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14; 4:6-7). He has SAVED US "by grace" and "through faith", (Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Cor. 8:9; Acts 16:31; John 3:l8, 36; Rom. 4:5). Nor is this "of ourselves"; it is NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast, (Rom. 11:6; 4:2, 5; 3:27; I Cor. 1:31). Our salvation, in its glorious fulness, is the GIFT of God's wonderful grace!
    Through this unmerited "grace" believing sinners are SET FREE: from bondage to sin, self and Satan; from condemnation to eternal death; and UNTO the glorious liberty of divine "sonship" -- wherein we may share the abundant riches of Christ. He purposes to make of us perpetual

trophies of His grace -- fashioning us into vessels of honor that will effectively show forth His praise.
    While the apostle Paul wholeheartedly repudiated "good works" as a BASIS of salvation, no one more earnestly insisted on the necessity of "good works" as the proper FRUIT of salvation -- evidencing the gloriously transforming dynamic of the WONDERFUL GRACE OF LIFE.      E.G.


    Effective NOW, any reader of the CLARION HERALD who moves without sending us a Change of Address Notice BEFORE HE MOVES will automatically be dropped from our
mailing list. We are happy to send the paper without charge. Now that every returned paper costs us .25 cents it is more than we can afford.
--- The Editor


    This editor was richly blessed by the opportunity of spending two weeks with Pastor Leonard C. Ford and the First MDC of Anchorage, AK, July 4-16, where he spoke twice daily.
    The Lord richly blessed in giving a genuine church revival. Two precious souls were saved and followed their Lord in scriptural baptism. And two young men expressed their belief that God was calling them to special service -- asking their pastor for special studies that would help them to better prepare themselves for the Lord's work.
    Blessings on this church and pastor as they GO FORWARD under the banner of Christ!

    Pastor Willard Spilman, and the Bethel MDC, of Arvada, Colorado, were once again very gracious hosts to a splendid fellowship meeting on July 21-23.
    My own heart was especially encouraged by the number of young people who not only attended but participated in the services. It was also good to meet some readers of the CLARION HERALD that we had not met before -- especially to have the encouragement that this ministry is being used of the Lord to bless others.