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    Tuning forks are valuable in the field of music because they are largely free from harmonics, secondary or partial tones. They are independent to the ordinary changes of temperature. When used properly they ring out a true tone -- regardless of surrounding conditions.
    The Master Musician has presented to us a spiritual tuning fork so that our lives may be maintained at "concert pitch". Provided our ears catch its clear note, our lives may be filled with harmony. We may easily detect any discordant note or confusing noise that surrounds us.
    To produce this most excellent instrument, the prophets, apostles and Jesus Himself secured the most precious of materials. These materials have been fully tested by faithful men whose praise to God has been acceptable. Attentive to its true, full tone, their lives have been brought into perfect harmony with it.
    Flats and discords may be excusable, on natural grounds, from our none-too-musical voices. But he who holds God's Tuning Fork in his hand has no excuse. Discord is one of the seven abominations that God

hates. But His Word has been provided as a divine instrument that ever sounds the true note -- giving us a proper start and enabling us to keep in tune. Through proper use of the instruction manual furnished by the Great Musician, we may correct the inaccuracies in our hearing and train our inner ears to recognize and maintain the right pitch.
    When discords are heard, it is important to reach immediately for God's Tuning Fork that our lives may be harmonized with His glorious will and purpose. If we would join our voices with the majestic choir of the heavenly kingdom; if we would truly praise God in that glad New Song; then we must learn to bring our lives into harmony with His Tuning Fork. It ever RINGS TRUE!


    Central Daylight Time goes into effect in Illinois at 2:00 A. M. on Sunday, April 25. This means that if you want to be at church on time Sunday morning it will be best to set your clocks AHEAD by one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
    Let all of us make a special effort to be present ON TIME for Sunday School.       -- your Pastor

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    Did you ever try to estimate the value of a word of encouragement? Successful businessmen well know the value of a properly timed word of encouragement to the conscientious employee. It will lift his spirit, renew his interest and stimulate his production. But one need not be an executive to give encouragement. Each of us need it, and to each of us come opportunities to encourage others.
    Though Moses was not permitted to enter the Land of Promise, he directed some powerful words of encouragement to his successor: "Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee ... Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt

cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed", (Deut. 3l:6-8).
    The prophet, Isaiah, perceived the stimulating powers of encouragement, when he wrote: "They helped every one his neighbor; and everyone said to his brother, Be of good courage. So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote with the anvil, saying, It is ready", (Isa. 41:6-7).
    To such as truly believe God the Word of God constantly rings out notes of encouragement and cheer. "Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord" ... "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them" ... "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all" (Psa. 27:14; 34:7, 19).
    Every Christian is responsible to be a constant source of encouragement to his brethren; sometimes a single word of cheer will produce extraordinary results. A single spark of encouragement may be all that is needed to kindle the hope of a brother into a splendid flame. It may even save a soul from death.
    Encouragement is like the glow of a candle that is brought into a dark room; it dispels darkness and gloom. So, why not bring your candle of encouragement into the life

of one who is despairing?
    "Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more; as you see the day drawing near", (Heb. 10:24-25, New ASV).
    Why not be a refreshing encouragement to someone who is weary THIS VERY DAY?

The harvest home of God will come
    And after toil and care,
With joy untold your sheaves of gold
    Will all be garnered there.

Then day by day along your way,
    The seeds of promise cast
That ripened grain from hill & plain
    Be gathered home at last.


    Born with a nature to sin, man instinctively attempts to avoid being honest with himself and with God -- of facing the realities of life. But who does one think he is fooling? Does one think that God is too stupid to notice, or merely so unconcerned that He does not care?
    Willfully, man may attempt to sweep his sins under the rug or assume a hypocritical air of innocence. But God sees only the unrepented sins that have erected a barrier between Himself and the creature made in His image.
    Failure to level with God is a continuing source of unhappiness in the lives of many who profess to be His people. Until one learns to

honestly confess and forsake his sin, even the child of God will be overwhelmed by constant spiritual defeat.
    God is inescapable! He knows each thought and motive of man. The darkness and the light are both alike to Him. No wonder David prayed: "Search me, 0 God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting", (Psa. 139:12).
    Man forgets far too easily the power and scope of God's all-seeing eye; that all things are naked and open unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. How foolish of man to tremble at the prospect of his sin being discovered by other MEN when the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has known them from the moment they were first conceived in the heart!
    The Psalmist desired cleansing from "secret faults" (19:12) -- from those that were so carefully concealed from his fellow-men. In the 32nd Psalm he tells of the joy and peace experienced in an honest confession and forsaking of sin.
    Since God already knows man, inside out, it is folly to pretend oneself to be something else. Man sometimes deceives himself and others; he NEVER deceives God!!
    The Scriptures teach that God deserves and expects the very best from men. He is omnipotent and omniscient, holy, sovereign and supreme. How presumptuous, therefore; how utterly ABSURD to imagine that one can hide ANYTHING from Him or evade the truth without being brought

to conviction and judgment.
    Are YOU deceiving yourself? or are you being HONEST WITH GOD?


JUNE 17-18
Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Marvel, Texas (Bill Alsept, Pastor)

JULY 21-23
Bethel Baptist Church
5140 Carr -- Arvada, Colorado
(Willard Spilman, Pastor)

From Washington's high mountains
    To Florida's rich strand,
From California's fountains
    To Maine's white shifting sands,
From northern winding river
    To southern palmy plain,
They need us to deliver
    Their minds from error's chain.

What though the fragrant breezes
    Blow on Hawaiian isle;
Though mountain prospect pleases
    In cold Alaskan style;
In vain with loving kindness
    The Lord has wonders shown;
So many in their blindness
    Bow down to bone and stone.

So many are benighted,
    Lack wisdom from on high;
The Lord's true words they've
    His power they deny.
"The earth was not created;
    It just evolved", they claim.
"Our god is chance" they've stated,
    And millions love his name.

They need the Lord's true story,
  Should know the Lord's true role:
That He has in His glory
    Made earth from pole to pole.
He has created nature;
    He was for sinners slain.
Redeemer, King, Creator,
    He will return to reign.
-- Herman J.C. Grimm in
    "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was LIFE .... the light of men", (Jn. 1:2-3).