Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
God is good ALL the time... and ALL the time, God is good!!
++ December 1977 Christian Banner ++
Want a Merry Christmas?
Written by: Richard Lewallen
Many people will start this Christmas as they did last Christmas, with a headache! They will study and study, trying to figure out what to buy their close friends and loved ones who already have everything. This brings to mind some words Jesus spoke in Luke 14:12-14:
12Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Have you ever thought about the fact that there are folks in our nursing homes who would be more thankful for a Christmas card than some of our friends would be for a $40 gift! If so much of our needless giving were put to good use, we would not have so many unhappy people at Christmas time.
Would you like a Merry Christmas? Try giving a gift to someone who is unable to give anything back except maybe a big smile or a tear. You will find out that you cannot give someone else a Merry Christmas without having a Merry Christmas yourself.
Written by: Becky Freeman
How many times have we thanked God for the many blessings we have had this year? I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for what he had done for me.
First of all, I’m thankful for my family. God has been so good to us. He has kept us all together. He has kept us all safe and reasonably well, and I thank Him for it. I have so much – family, friends, church, and pastor – all these I love very much and I thank God for them. I thank Him for my eyesight that I’m able to wake up and see the sunshine. I’m thankful for two good legs to walk with and arms to help myself. I thank Him for all He has provided – a good job, clothes, shelter, car and food – things we take for granted everyday.
But above all these things, I thank Him for His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for me. Praise His holy name! Pray for me that I might live a life pleasing to God and not to man, for He has done more for me that man can even think about. Praise His holy name!
++ October 1977 Christian Banner ++
How Long Has It Been?
Written by: Ruby Coleman
Most people ask this question when it is too late. The week my mother was in intensive care, having one heart attack after another, I asked myself this question.
I have always been fortunate in that my family is very close. We never leave each other without a hug and kiss, but when my mother was critically ill, the question came to my mind, “How long has it been since I told my mother that I loved her?” I’m sure she knows I love her, but it would not hurt me to tell her every time I see her.
This does not only pertain to mothers, but also to husbands, wives, children, and friends. May I ask you a question - “How long has it been?”
Praise the Lord! I have been given another chance to let my mother know that I love her very much. Don’t wait too late to let someone know that you love them. Say it today!
Answers for the Energy Crisis
Written by: Pete Henderson (deceased)
We in this world at this time are all thinking about energy for our daily needs. We are wondering how soon it will be when we use up all of our energy for heating and transportation. At the present moment, we are using many tax dollars to try to extend our energy.
We ought to be concerned about this matter and do what we can about it. The Lord gave us these types of energy to use and to take care of them. If we would only use the Bible for our daily lives that would cease man from worrying about the energy crisis, for God provides everything needed.
We plan for many things for later years but do we plan where we’ll spend eternity? Are you ready to meet the Lord today? Do not think like the rich man in the Bible, he tore down his barns and planned to build larger ones.
Today, if you do not know the Lord as your personal Savior, ask Him to save you. You may think you have a good time in life, but you haven’t lived until you’ve found the Lord as your personal Savior.
He is closer than a sister or brother. If you do not know Him, what do you have to lose but your soul? What would you give in the exchange for your soul? The Lord is your answer. How do I know? I know because He lives within my heart.
++ July 1977 Christian Banner ++
Diary of a Bible
JANUARY: A busy time for me. Most of the family decided to read me through this year. They kept me busy for the first two weeks, but they have forgotten me now.
FEBRUARY: Clean-up time. I was dusted yesterday and put in my place. My owner did use me for a few minutes last week. He had been in an argument and was looking up some references to prove he was right.
MARCH: Had a busy day first of the month. My owner was elected president of the PTA and used me to prepare a speech.
APRIL: Grandpa visited us this month. He kept me on his lap for hours everyday. He seems to think more of me than do some people in my own household.
MAY: I have a few green stains on my pages. Some spring flowers were pressed in my pages.
JUNE: I look like a scrapbook. They have stuffed me full of newspaper clippings - one of the girls got married.
JULY: They put me in a suitcase today. I guess we are off on vacation. I wish I could stay home; I know I'll be closed up in this thing for at least two weeks.
AUGUST: Still in the suitcase.
SEPTEMBER: Back home at last and in my old familiar place. I have a lot of company. Two women's magazines and four comic books are stacked on top of me. I wish I could be read as much as they are.
OCTOBER: They read me a little bit today. One of them is very sick. Right now I am sitting in the center of the coffee table. I think the Pastor is coming by for a visit.
NOVEMBER: Back in my old place. Somebody asked today if I were a scrapbook.
DECEMBER: The family is busy getting ready for the holidays. I guess I'll be covered up under wrapping paper and packages again. I wish I belonged to someone who cared about the things inside of me.
++ February 1977 Christian Banner ++
10 Little Christians
10 Little Christians standing in line
1 disliked the preacher, then there were 9
9 little Christians stayed up very late
1 overslept Sunday, then there were 8
8 little Christians on their way to Heaven
1 took the low road and then there were 7
7 little Christians chirping like chicks
1 disliked music, then there were 6
6 little Christians seemed very much alive
but one lost his interest then there was 5
5 little Christians pulling for Heaven's Shore
but one stopped to rest, then there were 4
4 little Christians each busy as a bee
but one got his feelings hurt, then there were 3
3 little Christians knew not what to do
1 joined the sporty crowd, then there were 2
2 little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done
differed with each other, then there was 1
1 little Christian can't do much 'tis true;
but brought his friend to Bible study -- then there were 2
2 earnest Christians, each won one more
that doubled the number, then there were 4
4 sincere Christians worked early and late
Each won another then there were 8
8 splendid Christians if they doubled as before
In just so many Sundays, we'd have 1,024
In this little jingle, there is a lesson true,
You belong, either to the Building, or to the Wrecking crew!