Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Thursday, December 12, 2013
God is good ALL the time... and ALL the time, God is good!!
+++ December 1975 Christian Banner +++
Living in Canaan
Written by: Betty Linthicum
In Canaan the children found many things they had never experienced before. They had a bountiful supply of food. When God’s children are living the more abundant life, filled with His Spirit, they never want for spiritual food. Many people are starving to death in cold, formal, modern, liberal churches today. They ought to get “out” and “into”, and enjoy the blessings of God.
The thing that thrills me about the land of Canaan is they had victory. God’s people have the blessed Holy Spirit living within – to guide, to comfort, to bless, and to keep. Yet we see so many who claim Christianity, living defeated lives.
God gives the VICTORY. His promises are true – we just so often fail to even look in His Word to see what they are, and to claim them.
He says no temptation will be so great that He will not provide a way of escape. He says if we seek we shall find. He says to call on Him and He will hear. He says He will never leave us or forsake us. These and many, many more promises are for us who believe.
Who wants the onions and garlic of Egypt, and enslavement, when they can be free, have victory in Jesus, and feed from the abundant supply of milk and honey? I have lived in Egypt, I do not want to go back. I have wandered in the wilderness, I do not want confusion. I have stood on the bank of Jordan and even that was not complete victory. The best and only happy life is the complete surrender to Christ, and move on over in Canaan’s fair land. There will I stay, until Jesus comes.
+++ November 1975 Christian Banner +++
From the Pastor’s Desk
Written by: Rev. Charles Walker
Pastor of Mt. Gilead & Mt. Pleasant Methodist Churches
…..Upon this rock I will build my church…… Matthew 16:18
The church is that assembly of believers, any place on earth, commissioned by our Lord Himself to carry forward the redemptive work He began during His earthly ministry. Its ministry has been, and still is, one of inspiration and hope to the lives of men made wretched by sin. Members of the Christian church have endured untold suffering by men who would try to destroy it. Long after those men and nations are gone, the church still lives on.
The church is the messenger of God in this present time as it was in the past, speaking with divine authority, and calling men and nations to serve God. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalms 33:12. All of every age and nation shall stand in need of the means of grace which it alone supplies. It provides ready and simple answers to all the problems of mankind, still men are in a desperate struggle to find their own answers without the help of God. Yet those who believe its message triumph gloriously and follow with rejoicing the way He leads. The church will be preserved to the end of time for “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”, to be called at last, I believe, to a higher service and a richer gain.
I am Thankful
Submitted by Lela Farlow (now Lela Trotter)
Primary Class Sunday School teacher
The following was written by the Primary Class of Mt. View Church, as they think about Thanksgiving in their special way, by thanking God for things that are important to them.
I thank God for my pastor. – Vickie Long, age 6
I thank God for my church. – Darlene Satterfield, age 7
I thank God for my food. – Mike Hunt, age 6
I am thankful for my teacher. – Angela Hughes, age 8
I love God. – Tana Thomas, age 7
I am thankful for God. – Suzette Richburg, age 6
I thank God for my family. – Brian Long, age 6
I thank God for my clothes. – Donna Henderson, age 8
I thank God for the trees. – Brian Richburg, age 7
I am thankful for God. – Angie Scott, age 6
I am thankful for Mother and Daddy. – Dorothy Roberts, age 7
I am thank God for school. – Cecil Hall, age 7
I thank God first of all that He saved me and for all the many blessings He has bestowed upon me. I am so thankful for each child in the Primary class. I love them and pray that they’ll grow up to be Christian boys and girls. I really appreciate the great opportunity to have a small part in teaching them and directing their lives in the right direction. May God bless them always.
Lela Farlow, Primary teacher
+++ October 1975 Christian Banner +++
From the Pastor’s Desk
Rev. Garland McDowell
Pastor at Mt. Olive Wesleyan Church
“Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.” Hebrews 6:1.
The book of Hebrews deals with the Old Testament. In chapter 3:1 we notice it deals with a redeemed people. (Holy Brethren)
Our text reveals that God has something greater for us after we are saved, that is Christian perfection, or we might say, being filled with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17.
There are people over our land who have been saved, but fail to walk in this glorious truth of heart purity. My desire is that I may ever have that Holy Ghost fire and be filled with Holy Ghost power. A fire and power whereby I may be able to stand and witness in such a way that people can understand every word that I say and the lost may be saved and believers sanctified and backsliders reclaimed.
In Acts 19:2, Paul asked the men at Ephesus had they received the Holy Ghost since they believed. If we get the job done for God, then we must have this Holy Ghost fire and power or we will just have a form and deny the power of God. Do you want to be a part of a church without the fire and power? Then, Brethren, let us join in together and pray as we’ve never prayed before, that we as a church may keep ourselves unspotted and without blemish, and be a soul saving station, waiting patiently for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Bible, the Bible, more precious that gold;
Glad hopes and bright glories its pages unfold.
It speaks of the Father and tells of His love;
And shows us the way to the mansions above.
+++ January 1975 Christian Banner +++
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