Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Friday, December 13, 2013
God is good ALL the time... and ALL the time, God is good!!
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The Greatest Christmas Gift
Written by: Richard Lewallen
Almost two thousand years ago God started Christmas by giving the greatest gift that has, or ever shall be given. “For God so love the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
This gift was given to everyone. But sad to say only a few will open this gift to see what it holds for them. This gift you cannot see, but it is far greater than all the gifts you can see. I remember opening this unspeakable gift on May 12, 1970. You might say I had Christmas in May that year. I found in this gift a life full of peace, joy, and happiness, a life really worth living. I found that the only way to know a real Christmas is to know the real Christ.
I believe Christmas should be a second Thanksgiving, because we have so much to be thankful for. Nothing is more fulfilling than to have Christ dwell in your heart, and to know that you have a title to a mansion in the glory world. I believe we all will have to agree that Christ was the greatest gift ever given.
Written by: Ruth Elliott
I just want to thank the Lord that we have a God that will forgive sin. I want to thank Him that after He forgives us from our sins, He doesn’t remember them against us anymore, unless we commit them again. Thanks to God for the Blood that has never lost its’ power.
I want to thank God for all the people of this church. They have helped me so, and I want to thank God for the church and our pastor.
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Written by: Jean Hunt
When I was asked to write my testimony for the October issue I wanted to refuse, but I remembered these words from the 5th chapter of Matthew verses 14-16:
14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it
giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven.
First of all I would like to thank God for saving me. I was reared in a Christian home and thought I lived a good life, but I found out that wasn’t enough, you had to be born again. I thank God so much for the youth revival at New Market for there was where I found the Lord as my personal Savior. He means so much to me, there’s no life like the new life He gave me.
My desire is to serve Him better each day and be a more dedicated person to the service which He has called each of us as Christians. Pray for me.
The Lessons of History
Copied from “The High Point Enterprise” newspaper
The following is “borrowed” from an unknown source:
Edward Gibbon wrote, 187 years ago, in “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” five reasons for the fall of Rome. They are repeated without comment:
1. The rapid increase in divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
2. Higher and higher taxes -- the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses.
3. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
4. The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within: the decadence of the people.
5. The decay of religion; faith fading into a mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to guide the people.
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The Need for Perfect Love
Written by: Richard Lewallen
If I were asked, “What is the fruit of the Spirit we need the most?” I would have to say love. Some folks might say faith is the most important. But the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:2: “…..though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (or love), I am nothing.” We must remember the two greatest commandments are both love commandments. We must love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and body, and our neighbor as our self.
Our whole Christian life must be governed by love. God is love, and if we are to have fellowship with Him, we must live in love. The Bible says, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” The Bible is a big love letter from Heaven, and in this big love letter, God is pleading with the world to let Him save them from their sins, which is taking them to a devil’s hell.
Perfect love casts out fear. We can get to the place where we will not worry about tomorrow, because we know who holds tomorrow in His hands. Who could be safer than the one who is covered with the love of God? The one thing the devil wants to keep us from getting is perfect love. The devil knows that if we get that perfect love, then he has lost us for good. Just like the unpardonable sin puts us out of the reach of God, perfect love puts us out of the reach of the devil. If we are walking in the straight and narrow way in perfect love, there are not enough demons in hell to get us out of the way.
Perfect love abides in a perfect heart. In order to have a perfect heart, our motives, intentions, and desires must be centered in God. So a perfect love in Christ is the greatest gift a man or woman, boy or girl, can possess in this world.
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A Prayer for Older Folks
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Lord, Thou knowest that I am growing older.
Keep me from being talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone's affairs.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details.
Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.
Make me thoughtful, but not nosey; helpful, but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom and experience it does seem a pity not to use it all,
but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends left at the end.
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When Billy Sunday was converted, a Christian man put his arm on the young man's shoulder and said, "William, there are three simple rules I can give to you, and if you will hold to them you will never write "backslider" after your name:
The young convert was deeply impressed and determined to make these rules for his life. From that day onward he made it a rule to spend the first moments of each day alone with God and His Word. Before he read a letter, newspaper, or even read a telegram, he went first to the Bible that the first impression of the day might be what he got directly from God.
Surely the burdens would be lighter, and the days much brighter if we too would follow such advice. And think how many souls could be won into the kingdom of God if every Christian would spend fifteen minutes every day telling others about the matchless grace of our never-failing God.
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Thoughts of Devotion
Written and submitted by: Betty Linthicum
“He that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
Those who have chosen to walk in the “Straight and Narrow Way” know that it is a test of endurance. The successful Christian does not permit himself to be hoodwinked nor detoured, but walks steadfastly with eyes open and fixed upon the goal.
The road over which the Christian must travel is not always marked with ease and comfort. But we must be wise travelers, prepared for the steep grades and dangerous curves. We cannot afford to take too many rest periods, ere time would reveal an unfinished course.
There are stormy seas to be sailed, thorny paths to be trod, and mountain peaks to be gained. These will never be accomplished unless we learn the secret of our strength – Christ Jesus. Until He becomes our constant companion, the way will remain uncertain. Until the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit becomes our joy, life is just more speculation without faith and assurance.
To endure, we must pray. The seasons of disappointment will come, and we can be prepared to meet them through prayer. He is our strength, our refuge, our hope. Apart from Christ, there is nothing. Let us trust in Him, and we shall endure, for He has promised to go with us even to the end of the world.
A tiny four-year-old was spending a night away from home. At bedtime, she knelt at her hostess’ knee to say her prayers, expecting the usual prompting. Finding the hostess unable to help her, she ended thus:
“Please, God, ‘scuse me. I can’t remember my prayer, and I’m staying with a lady who don’t know any!”