Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Monday, December 09, 2013
God is good ALL the time... and ALL the time, God is good!!
+++ December 1976 Christian Banner +++
The Greatest Gift
Written by: Edith Robbins (deceased)
The birth of Jesus gave the world special reason for expectation and fulfillment, but at the time most people were unaware of what His coming really meant. Even at His death thirty-three years later, few people understood although He had explained everything. It remained for future generations to understand the real significance of what happened in Bethlehem’s humble manger. Today, still millions more still do not know the wonderful truth of His appearing.
We know by faith that the baby in the manger was God come to earth. We know by faith that His arrival was the greatest gift in the history of man.
Centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah had foretold the coming of a Messiah, a suffering servant whose life would begin so simply in a manger and who would find His eternal triumph in a bloody cross and an empty tomb. Isaiah has said, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy was fulfilled in Bethlehem’s manger, so it was that God’s plan for all the ages lay wrapped in swaddling clothes before the shepherds wondering gaze on that first Christmas Eve.
The wonder and the mystery of God’s great gift extend far beyond the manger for that baby still lives as Savior and Lord of millions of people around the world. We know that he had been born by faith into our hearts just as truly as He was born in a manger almost two thousand years ago.
We thrill with expectation as we recall His promise that He will come back again in God’s own time. We know that His next appearing will not be as a baby in a manger, but as a Savior, Ruler, and Judge of all nations. Thus he will bring to man God’s greatest gift – everlasting victory over evil; a kingdom ruled by God’s love, righteousness, and glory. All this we can see as we look into the manger and marvel at the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
+++ October 1976 Christian Banner +++
Work and Pray
Written by: Lela Farlow (now Lela Trotter)
I want to take this opportunity to thank God for His many blessings. I love Him with all my heart and I’m thankful for His presence that is so real. My desire is to live even closer to Him and by His help to be a better Christian witness.
As our pastor preaches so often, we as Christians need to be more concerned about our fellowman that is lost. Also, remember there are always people that need a word of encouragement or help in some way. We should always work and pray that people might be saved. But when they do accept God, it doesn’t end there – it is just the beginning. The devil will go to work and try to defeat them, and sometimes even finds ways to work through other Christians. So let’s keep on our toes and live a life dedicated to God. Let us all band together and pray for the people of our community and surrounding areas that are not in church. And when they do come, we should let them know we appreciate their presence, and pray that they will be saved.
If we will do this, the Lord will answer prayer and many more people will be brought into the kingdom of God. May God bless you!
+++ September 1976 Christian Banner +++
Written by: Maie Hoover (deceased)
I will never forget the time Jesus gave me peace. This verse means so much to me: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).
I am glad I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I thank Him for what He has done for me. I thank the Lord for the many blessings he has showered upon me, for my pastor, and for all the prayers God has answered.
+++ July 1976 Christian Banner +++
Written by: Barry Scott
The Bicentennial Year is a good time to look at our nation’s history and our personal lives.
We have enjoyed the blessings of this life more than any other nation in history. We are free to do as we wish with our lives, including being free to worship as we please without fear of persecution. But do we take advantage of this freedom? Do we read, study, and witness to others when the opportunity arises? People in other countries risk their live for opportunities such as we have daily!
Luke 12:48” …For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required…” If anyone falls into this group of people this verse is talking about, it is you and me.
We stand without excuse before God. He has given us much to work with. Will we meet His requirements? If we do, we will have to put God #1 in our lives. We will have to study, pray, and seek His will. We must work hard to win unbelievers to Christ.
If Christ returns in our lifetime, or if He tarries, time is short. We must get busy now if we are to meet His requirements!
Using Our Time
Written by: Daryl Farlow
As time so swiftly passes by, we all seem to live such a busy life that sometimes we do not realize the time in which we are living. We all meet people in our lives that need someone to tell them about the plan of salvation, and about how you can live a Christian life in this world.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the duties of working and doing things for personal gain in this world that we forget the seriousness of witnessing to the people we are around. What is more important that a person’s soul? Every person should apply this question to their life and see if the things that take up a large part of our lives are more important than a soul that needs to know Jesus Christ. This privilege of soul winning is the most important thing in the world. So let’s all strive to reach souls in these last days.
+++ June 1976 Christian Banner +++
Goals After Life
Written by: Brenda Hunt
We all have goals in life of one kind or another. Most of us desire a good job, a nice home and a family. Material things are needed so that we can fulfill such goals. Having goals in life is a must if we are to survive on our own. But what about our goals after life?
Do we spend several decades on this earth to have it all end up in the burning fires of hell? What’s the use of having a job, home and family if our sins keep us from enjoying them? Are material things all that valuable when we sacrifice our soul for them?
These questions ought to put us to thinking. We are all going to die whether or not we like to face that fact. Then what will our goal be? Heaven or hell?
If material things are needed to achieve earthly goals, then what do we need to achieve goals after life? While we’re still on this earth, we’ve got to work for our goal after life. If we want the goal to be heaven, the preparation is really quite simple. All we have to do is be truly sorry for our sins and believe on the forgiving power of Jesus Christ. We must put Him first in our lives. Let Him be our guide. With Jesus we can achieve our goals on earth and our goals for a glorious eternity. This we are assured of because John 3:16 states: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Paying the Price for a Revival
Written by: Thelma Gearren (deceased)
To have a revival we need a thirst for revival and a sincere passion for lost souls. We need profound gratitude for what Christ has done for us and will do for others.
We must pray for revival. The goal for our prayers is the ear of God. Problems can perplex to the extent that one is tempted to try to think rather than pray his way out. We must humble ourselves and confess our need for revival and seek God’s will for our lives. Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
Pray for good attendance. Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” We must have concern and a vision for the unsaved. Also it makes us agonize. Where are those that intercede and travail in Zion? Read Isaiah 66:7-8. For as soon as Zion travailed she brought forth her children.
We must attend. A revival can never be enjoyed in a church when its people are not regular in attendance and fail to bear their share of responsibility. We should enter into the services with enthusiasm. A cold hearted world must be ministered unto by a warm hearted Church.
We must be a witness for God. Many men and women have troubled hearts, their lives unhappy, knowing something is missing. They need someone who has made the great discovery to convince them that Christ alone can bring satisfaction and inward peace. Our desire to please God in a revival will cause us to put our all into it. The farmer gets up early, works late planting and cultivating, and then leaves the results with God.
2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” May the Lord help us as His people to see the hour is late and the time is short.
+++ April 1976 Christian Banner +++
Written by: Bonnie Jarrell
I love the Lord and thank Him for saving me. He changed my life completely. I have such peace and joy I never had before. God has done so much for me. I thank Him for the family He has given me. It means so much to hear my 4 year old son tell other children about our family devotions. As I watch him kneel at night and thank God for things; his church and preacher, I thank God all over again for saving his daddy and me so we could teach him about the Lord.
I still have my share of troubles and trials, but now, thank God, I have someone who helps me overcome them. I can truly say I never lived until I found Jesus.
+++ March 1976 Christian Banner +++
Written by: Edith Hunt (deceased)
I’m truly thankful for what the Lord had done for me. When I hear the young people of our church tell how their lives have been changed, I know what they are talking about. I have seen many lives changed by God’s grace and His mercy.
When we turn our lives over to the Savior, He will lead us to overcome them. May we ever to what is pleasing in His sight. May we ever have love in our hearts for one another because His Word tells us if we bestow all our goods to feed the poor, or give our bodies to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth us nothing.
Ladies Sharing Circle Organized
A sharing circle for the ladies of Mt. View Church was organized Monday night, March 1, 1976 with 23 present. Brenda Hunt was elected to serve as president and Ruby Coleman to serve as secretary. The group voted to meet at the church each month on Monday night following the 4th Sunday. Our next meeting will be held March 29. 1976 at 7:30 PM.
The purpose of the Circle is to share with each other in prayer, testimonies, and fellowship – then to reach out in the communities to share the good things of God with the lost, sick, and the bereaved. It was also suggested we start a birthday bank in the church with the offering to be used for missions.
We drew names so each lady could have a secret “Heart Sister” she could remember with greeting cards, and would also have as a prayer pal for the year.
Enough fruit was brought to make two nice baskets. These were sent to Mrs. Gearren and Mr. Hammonds.
We invite and urge every lady from our church to join with us. Our individual efforts may be small, but when we unite as one force, I believe God will honor and bless, and our church will be strengthened. Remember our motto, “Little is much when God is in it.”