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+++ The Christian Banner - August 2020 +++


 The Coronavirus Pandemic 

We continue to follow COVID-19 restrictions. Both the Sunday morning and Wednesday night services are held inside the church using social distancing. 

On Sunday, we have speakers mounted outside the church building with reserved parking setup in the parking lot. You may choose to remain in your car to hear the LIVE service.  

You can also enjoy our LIVE Sunday Worship Service at 9 am on our Facebook page “Mountain View Independent Methodist Church.” If you don’t have Facebook, you can view our services via YouTube. Just type Pastor Clint Kearns in the search bar. May the Lord bless you!  


Q: My father was in a coma several weeks before he died and there was no communication with him. He always said that he would get right with God before he died but I have no assurance that he ever took that step. Is there any hope that he could have settled things with God before he took his last breath? - I.B. 

A: While it is dangerous for one to deliberately wait until near the end of life to settle things with Jesus Christ, there is always hope that a person comes to that point. None of us knows when we may die; for thousands, sudden death occurs each day. But more important even than the foolishness of delaying salvation is the fact we are losing the joy of being a Christian. 

One's salvation, however, is not determined by the time of life at which we repent and accept Christ as our Savior. There have been those who have repented on their deathbeds and have been saved. In the Bible we read the account where one of the thieves crucified at the same time as Jesus turned to him in repentance. Jesus told the thief that very day he would be with him in paradise (Luke 23:43). 

The longer one waits to accept Christ, though, the more difficult it becomes, for the heart of man grows harder with the passing of time. The Bible says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). 

From the writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham, 07/24/20 – Copied Article 

Decide to be Better

Each of us should form a resolution right now. Husbands, promise yourself that your wife is going to have a more caring husband till death separates you.  

Wives, promise yourself that your husband will have a more appreciative wife till death separates you.  

Parents, resolve that you are going to love your children and give more of yourselves to them (Ephesians 6:4; Titus 2:3–4). 

Children, resolve that you will honor and obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1–3). 

Stronger families begin with us. Determine to do your best for those you love.

 ~ Author Unknown
It Breaks my Heart

My heart is so burdened for the people of our country right now; mainly the ones who don't know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and have Satan's blinders on their eyes and cannot see beyond their own self. As a Christian, it breaks my heart to think if they don't change they are going to end up in a place called hell and that makes me cringe at just the thought of it. God may be in their minds but they haven't accepted Him into their hearts and it shows by their words, actions, and deeds.  

Our world portrays Him as God of love and He absolutely is that but they seem to think He would never allow anyone to go to hell. He says it's not his will that any should perish but it's our choice whether we accept Him or deny Him. The statement that He is a God of love is very true but He is also a God of judgment. There's a verse in the Bible and I think it's some of the saddest words ever to be spoken and I would never want to hear God say them to anyone: "I never knew you: depart from me." Matthew 7:23.

People please wake up and heed His calling because the way our country is headed it may be sooner than we think. What a sad day for some and it breaks my heart! I love everybody and so does God but the choice is up to us individually. He does not and will not condone sin. It will be a sad day that continues into all eternity if the blood of Jesus has not been applied to cover your sins and save your soul.

Facebook Posting by Jean Hunt, 06/30/20
Getting Back Up

A large city school system had a program to help children keep up with schoolwork during stays in the city’s hospitals.  

A teacher assigned to the program received a routine call asking her to visit a child. She took his name and room number and talked briefly with his regular teacher. “We are studying nouns and adverbs in his class now,” she said. “I’d be grateful if you could help him so he does not fall too far behind.”  

The hospital program teacher went to see the boy that afternoon. No one told her that he had been badly burned and was in great pain. Upset at the sight of the boy’s suffering, she stammered, “I’ve been sent by your school to help you with nouns and adverbs.” When she left she felt she had not accomplished much.  

But the next day, a nurse asked her, “What did you do to him?” The teacher felt she had done something wrong and began to apologize. “No, no,” said the nurse. “That’s not what I mean. We’ve been worried about that boy, but ever since yesterday, his attitude has changed. He’s fighting back, responding to treatment. It’s as though he’s decided to live.”  

Two weeks later the boy explained that he had completely given up hope until the teacher arrived. Everything changed when he came to a simple realization. He expressed it this way: “They wouldn’t send a teacher to work on nouns and adverbs with a dying boy, would they?”  

Article from: Bits & Pieces, July 1991 ~ Copied Article 


People are funny. They want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church building.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your door again and again. 

When you get to your wit’s end, you will find God lives there. 

It may be hard on some fathers not to have a son, but it is so much harder on a boy not to have a father. 


Story Behind the Hymn “We’ll Never Say Goodbye”

In 1887, An­zen­tia Chapman, her hus­band and child­ren tra­veled from their home in Mi­chi­gan on an evan­gel­ism tour of Kan­sas. Enroute, the child­ren were play­ing with coins, and se­ven-year-old Eva swal­lowed some. Swal­lowed coins oft­en pass harm­less­ly, but these did not.

Five days lat­er, Eva an­nounced she was go­ing to Hea­ven. She gave away her child­hood trea­sures to her fa­mi­ly, then got in her bro­ther’s lap and sang “In­to My Heart, Come in­to My Heart Lord Je­sus.” Af­ter that she passed away to Hea­ven.

Her heart­brok­en par­ents, not fin­ished with their tour, put Eva into a glass topped cof­fin and stored it in a cave. When the tour was over, they bur­ied Eva in Ed­na, Kan­sas. After the family re­turned home, they moved to Is­a­bel­la County, Mi­chi­gan, An­zen­tia wrote this song in Eva’s mem­o­ry.

We'll Never Say Goodbye

With friends on earth we meet in gladness,
While swift the moments fly,
Yet ever comes the tho’t of sadness,
That we must say, Goodbye.

We’ll never say goodbye in Heav’n,
We’ll never say goodbye,
For in that land of joy and song,
We’ll never say goodbye.

How joyful is the hope that lingers,
When loved ones cross death’s sea,
That we, when all earth’s toils are ended,
With Thee shall ever be.


No parting words shall e’er be spoken,
In yonder home so fair,
But songs of joy, and peace, and gladness,
We’ll sing forever there.

Dealing with the Devil

An elderly Christian was asked, “Does Satan trouble you about your past sins?” She answered, “Yes.” “What do you do?” She replied, “I tell him to go east.” 

“What if he comes back?”  “I tell him to go west.”

“And if he returns?” She said, “I keep him going from east to west, for Psalms says, ‘As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us’” (Psalms 103:12). 


A young girl whose name may never be known died in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, but her faith will never be forgotten. On the wall of the cell she occupied until her death, an Allied soldier found these words she had written: 

I believe in the sun
Even when it is not shining;

I believe in love
Even when feeling it not.

I believe in God,
Even when He is silent.


Child Evangelism

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there. Matthew 19:13-15 (NKJV) 

In Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day, a book about Child Evangelism Fellowship, Joni Sobels shares how she found Christ: 

“A neighbor lady had a sign in her window that said, ‘Good News Club.’ I went to Mrs. Canzone’s house, sat in her living room, and listened to the story of Jesus. I ran home, locked the bathroom door, and asked Jesus to be my Savior. My parents said to write to my grandmother and she could explain more about Jesus to me. That started a tradition of writing a letter to my grandmother every Monday, which I did until her death. My grandmother taught me to pray and to trust God’s care.” 

Joni continued, “I needed those lessons years later when my husband was killed in a wreck on Christmas Eve. From the moment I opened my eyes, strapped to a stretcher beside the road, I remembered what I’d learned in the Good News Club and from my grandmother. Jesus would never leave me or forsake me.” 

Children can hear, understand, and receive the Gospel if we will share it with them! As children receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, it changes the direction of their lives for good, and it can save them from a lifetime of personal emptiness. 

Reese Kauffman, Child Evangelism Fellowship, 07/29/20 ~ Copied Article 

Church with a Flaw

The last book of the Bible records seven letters from Jesus to seven local churches. They contain truths for churches of all ages. 

The church at Ephesus was commended for a number of excellent qualities. This was a fundamental church; sound in doctrine, faithful, separatist in position, not afraid to expose false teachers and labouring in God’s name. 

Interestingly, the Lord commended the church before raising any word of criticism. One commentator explains that the Lord loves to number our accomplishments by His grace. There is a lesson here: we ought to look for the best in our fellow Christians. That is the way of love. 

The Lord’s criticism of the church at Ephesus was a serious one: “thou hast left thy first love.” Diminishing love is always critical. When love reigns there is communication, consideration and compassion. When love declines all service becomes mechanical, a burden… vain. 

The cure prescribed for the church was plain. They were to remember, repent and return: “do the first works.” 

One day Henry W. Grady, the great newspaperman, left his editorial room and went to see his aged mother. He told her he was confused religiously and asked her for help. She told him to sit beside her as he had done as a child while she told him the story of Jesus again. That night she had him sleep in his old bed and pray his childhood prayer. In the morning, when he came down to breakfast, Mr. Grady said, “It’s all right, Mother. I’m back with God again.” 

Remember, repent and return!

Daily Devotional,, 03/27/15 ~ Copied Article 


The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. ~ Billy Graham 


In the Twinkling of an Eye - Jesus Christ's Return 

"Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:51-52. 

Someone has said that the average person blinks somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 times a day. In one of those times, Jesus could return! That is an awesome thought. In the twinkling of an eye, Jesus is going to step from His throne in glory at the right hand of the Father in heaven and make His way back to this earth. First Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 

Christians refer to being caught up as the rapture. The Greek word for this is harpagδsometha and it means a catching away. The picture of this coming promise reminds me of a metal scrapyard near my childhood home. Now, what does a scrap yard and the rapture have in common? Well, let me illustrate. 

In that scrap yard, there was a great magnet on a crane that would pick up metal. If you swung that magnet across the ground, not every piece of metal would rise – only that which was made of iron. Why is that? Because the iron has the same nature as the magnet. 

In the same way, if you have the same nature as Jesus Christ, then when He comes again, you’re going up whether you’re beneath the ground or on top of the ground. Simply said, if you've been heaven-born you will be heaven-bound. 

That sounds fantastic, but what assurance do I have this will happen?  

1. The Saving Work of Our Lord. The second coming of Jesus Christ is necessary to fulfill the purpose of God. The incarnation without the coronation would be like height without depth and east without west. And our salvation without our glorification is no salvation at all. His resurrection is the pledge of our resurrection. 

2. The Sure Word of Our Lord. There are all kinds of prophets and psychics who think they know what’s going to happen in the future, but they don’t know. The devil himself doesn’t know. Only God knows the future. Jesus said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). The key is He is coming – and the Word of God promises that. 

How can you tell that it is close? Jesus said, “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:38-39). 

Life will be going along as usual and then suddenly, Jesus is going to come. That’s the reason Jesus said, " Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44). 

Why is He coming again? First of all, it is a rescue. Before God allows the great tribulation, He is going to take His church out. Before God declares war on this world, He's going to call his nationals home. Second, it is for a reunion. All believers are going to be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. And the songwriter says we'll sing and shout and dance about, the Lamb will dry our tears – we'll have a grand homecoming week the first ten thousand years., Article by: Adrian Rogers, 03/29/07 ~ Copied Article 


+++ The Christian Banner - July 2020 +++


 The Coronavirus Pandemic 

We are still following COVID-19 restrictions. Both the Sunday morning and Wednesday night services are held inside the church using social distancing.  

On Sunday, we have speakers mounted outside our church building with reserved parking setup in our parking lot. You may remain in your car to hear the service. Use your own judgment whether you worship inside or outside. 

You can also enjoy our LIVE Sunday Worship Service at 10 am on our Facebook page “Mountain View Independent Methodist Church.” If you don’t have Facebook, you can view our services via YouTube. Just type Pastor Clint Kearns in the search bar. May the Lord bless you!  


Hope the message in this beautiful song rings true for you too!  

Statue of Liberty

In New York Harbor stands a lady,
With a torch raised to the sky;
And all who see her know she stands for
Liberty for you and me. 

I'm so proud to be called an American,
To be named with the brave and the free;
I will honor our flag and our trust in God,
And the Statue of Liberty. 

On lonely Golgotha stood a cross,
With my Lord raised to the sky;
And all who kneel there live forever
As all the saved can testify. 

I'm so glad to be called a Christian,
To be named with the ransomed and whole;
As the statue liberates the citizen,
So the cross liberates the soul. 

Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty,
It was there that my soul was set free;
Unashamed I'll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty! 

Words & Music written by Neil Enloe, 1974 ~ Copied Lyrics 


Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) 



His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a song for you to sing during this very difficult season. 

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heavenly home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, and I sing because I’m free,
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches, He watches me. 

It’s such a crazy, uncertain time right now, isn’t it? What with coming up and out of coronavirus and really not knowing what the future holds. And then the incident of police brutality and the reactions and racial tensions. And, oh, all the things that are happening – the protests across our nation. And all that, and here we are entering a hot, summer season of political campaigning, name-calling; the walls of hostility rising, it seems. No wonder my husband refuses to watch television news; it’s just too much. But I tell you one thing all this upheaval and turmoil has done: it’s made my husband and me long for, work for; it’s made us want to invest more than ever in the kingdom of Christ as it should be on earth. All this turmoil has placed a sense of urgency in looking to God for guidance. What will this uncertain future look like? What are we heading into?  

Well, draw comfort from Psalm 32:8 where God says to you and me during these difficult times; listen, he says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Oh, friend, just as his eye is on the sparrow, Psalm 32 assures us that his eye is upon you. And Matthew chapter 6 backs it up, it adds to that. For Jesus gives us these words of comfort; he says, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”  

And just as a sparrow will not fall to the ground apart from God’s control, we have no need to fear. Jesus says again in Matthew chapter 10, “You are of more value than many sparrows.” Oh, my goodness. Of all the bird species in the world – thousands and thousands of different birds – of all the grandest species that could easily capture his attention, his affection: You know, eagles that soar and hawks that command the skies – uh, no. God, in his wisdom chose a scruffy little sparrow to make a point about his loving care over you. So as we head into an uncertain future, as we pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, let these words today be a comfort and an encouragement to you. 06/17/20 ~ Copied Article 


Few can bring the warmth
We can find in their embrace,
And little more is needed to bring love,
Than the smile on their face. 

They've a supply of precious stories,
Yet they've time to wipe a tear,
Or give us reasons to make us laugh,
They grow more precious through the years. 

I believe that God sent us Grandparents
As our legacy from above
To share the moments of our life,
As extra measures of His love. 

Author Unknown ~ Copied Poem
Wake Up People!

Somewhere over that beautiful rainbow, there is a place of peace just waiting for you and me because living down here doesn't seem like peace is meant to be. So much hatred mixed with crime and it makes me wonder has everybody lost their minds? And then it came to me this is exactly the way Satan wants things to be! He knows his time is short so he has turned to his last resort - to blind people's eyes so Christ they will deny. Filling people's minds with fear and doubt and causing confusion all about; and using every possible way to keep people blinded until their very last day.  

Only when the love of God above is placed in their hearts will we ever see all this evil depart; but until then my friend you had better wake up before God says it's time for all this mess to end. God's people are getting tired and weary and so much of this mess to them is beyond scary, and as they try to struggle along, it's about time for God to bring them home. This old world is not the place they long to be and they're praying, "Lord take me home to live with Thee." The world is in such a mess and some days I wonder how God can continue to bless. When will His judgment fall upon this earth and destroy it all? Wake up people! God is not pleased with how you're living, and one day soon He's coming back to take the righteous to Heaven. I'm sure you don't want to be left behind with all those who are walking with Satan, and totally blind. Blinded to self and their sins, and unless they repent they will never be allowed to enter in. Just like in the days of Noah, they failed to believe, and it was too late because Satan had them all totally deceived! 

Facebook Posting by: Jean Hunt, 06/20/20 


History records how George Washington found rest and relief in prayer during the trying times he and his soldiers passed through at Valley Forge. With all the cares and anxieties of that time upon him, he used to have recourse to prayer. 

One day a farmer approaching the camp heard an earnest voice. On coming nearer, he saw George Washington on his knees, his cheeks wet with tears, praying. The farmer returned home and said to his wife: “George Washington will succeed!” 

“What makes you think so, Isaac?” asked his wife. 

The farmer replied: “I heard him pray, Hannah; you may rest assured he will.” 

One night during the Civil War, a guest in the White House reported that he had heard Lincoln praying in the next room. He said the President prayed: “Thou God, who heard Solomon in the night when he prayed and cried for wisdom, hear me! I cannot guide the affairs of this nation without Thy help. I am poor and weak and sinful. O God, save this nation.” 

We have a great heritage. Without question, God has defended America in the past. We ought to rejoice in our independence. But we must never forget that this freedom is a gift from God. The moment we stop trusting Him, liberty is in jeopardy. 

Christians who serve God and rejoice in Him are America’s most valuable asset. What will YOU do for your country?, 03/27/15 ~ Copied Article 


“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” ~ George Washington 

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 



Franklin Graham on His Father, Billy Graham 

When my dad was younger and in good health, he would walk down the mountain to our gate and back up, about a mile, at a blistering pace. Sometimes he would do it three times a day. In his latter years he used a walker and went a shorter distance, but he still pushed himself to walk. Following my mother’s death, his walks became reflective as he recalled the memories of how she had chosen that mountain on which to live and raise their family. 

Though he was gone much of the time, my father made a profound impact on my siblings and me by his example. We looked forward to his homecomings, knowing that he would find something special for us to do together. Sometimes he would gather us up, grab his walking stick, and take us on a hike up the mountain above our home. He always made it fun. He used his walking stick to check out the ground in front of us, warning of what was ahead. He led the way, and we followed in his steps. 

I am so glad that in 1974, on my twenty-second birthday, I took a walk with my father along Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. It became for me a pivotal walk – one that led me to do an about-face. There was a spiritual battle raging within me that I did not completely understand until my father gently confronted me. As I walked beside him, he said, “Franklin, your mother and I sense there is a struggle going on in your life.” The truth of his words startled me. I thought I had been covering up my sin well. He said, “You’re going to have to make a choice either to accept Christ or reject Him.” 

I wondered how he could know what was in my heart. But he was my father, who had prayed for me and taught me about living for Christ. However, I could not do it without acknowledging my own sin and asking for forgiveness. With a pat on the shoulder, my father said nothing more as our walk drew to an end. But several days later, while in Jerusalem, it was the walk with my father that caused me to fall on my knees before the Father in heaven and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior. 

My father had preached to moms and dads, daughters and sons. He had invited millions to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. I am so glad my father did the work of an evangelist with his own son that afternoon in Switzerland, giving me the opportunity once and for all to turn from a life of sin to Jesus Christ and walk in His steps. 06/21/20 ~ Copied Article 

The Little Chap Who Follows Me!

A careful man I want to be;
A little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he'll go the self same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate'er he sees me do, he tries.
Like me he says he's going to be;
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I'm so very fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The bad in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go
Through summer's sun and winter's snow,
I'm building for the years to be;
The little chap who follows me.

Author: James Gibson ~ Copied Poem
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Philippians 3:14 (KJV): I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What will really matter at the end of your life on earth?

Will what you are giving attention to now still be important then? 

Or, will you be filled with regret for what you did -- or didn't do? 

Distractions abound. TV, phone calls, web sites, books, movies. 

It might be a good idea to stop and evaluate how you are investing your time. 

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV): Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 

Run to win. Win what? The true prize is to know God intimately and be His friend. 

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV): So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

One day, possibly soon, you will stand before God. Why not order your life now based on that "final reckoning?" 

A wise person would not invest everything in something temporary. A wise person invests in something that will last. Invest your life wisely! Say this: “Lord, help me to keep my eyes on what is important and lasting.”, 02/26/20 ~ Copied Article

Our Deepest Longings
Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied. Ecclesiastes 5:10

As a young man, Duncan had been afraid of not having enough money, so in his early twenties, he began ambitiously building his future. Climbing the ladder at a prestigious Silicon Valley company, Duncan achieved vast wealth. He had a bulging bank account, a luxury sports car, and a million-dollar California home. He had everything he desired; yet he was profoundly unhappy. “I felt anxious and dissatisfied,” Duncan said. “In fact, wealth can actually make life worse.” Piles of cash didn’t provide friendship, community, or joy—and often brought him only more heartache. 

Some people will expend immense energy attempting to amass wealth in an effort to secure their lives. It’s a fool’s game. “Whoever loves money never has enough,” Scripture insists (Ecclesiastes 5:10). Some will work themselves to the bone. They’ll strive and push, comparing their possessions with others and straining to achieve some economic status. And yet even if they gain supposed financial freedom, they’ll still be unsatisfied. It’s not enough. As the writer of Ecclesiastes states, “This too is meaningless” (v. 10). 

The truth is, striving to find fulfillment apart from God will prove futile. While Scripture calls us to work hard and use our gifts for the good of the world, we can never accumulate enough to satisfy our deepest longings. Jesus alone offers a real and satisfying life (John 10:10) —one based on a loving relationship that’s truly enough! 

Gracious God, allow me to find my true fulfillment and joy in You. Keep me from a wrong view of work and material things., Written by: Winn Collier, 04/04/20 ~ Copied Article