Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Thursday, December 12, 2013
God is good ALL the time... and ALL the time, God is good!!
++ November 1978 Christian Banner ++
Why I Enjoy Attending Church
The Primary Sunday School class
“I really enjoy the singing and being with my friends and learning about Jesus.”
“I like to go to church because we hear about God. I like to listen to the Bible and preaching.”
Don Jarrell, Jr.
“I like to attend church so I can learn about Jesus, and have fellowship with my friends.”
“I enjoy going to church with my Mom and Dad to hear our pastor preach, to see my friends and also to listen to my Sunday School teacher tell us stories about Jesus and the Bible.”
“I enjoy everything about attending church.”
“I enjoy church because I learn about God and Jesus. And I thank God for the church and teachers and the Pastor of the church. Because they tell me all about God and Jesus.”
“I like to go to church to see my friends and play with them. I like to go to church to see Lela Mae, my teacher, she’s the best teacher in the world.”
++ September 1978 Christian Banner ++
Love and Concern for Others
Written by: Pat Lewallen
One Saturday evening we stopped at a place to eat and I noticed how little concern some people have for others. As we were entering the building, a man and woman were coming out and I heard the man curse the woman. As we sat down inside, I noticed the manager as he was complaining to a young employee about the way he was doing his job. It seemed the young employee could do nothing to please the manager and the manager didn’t mind letting him and everyone else in the building know about it.
I know we all see things take place similar to this. We see people who don’t seem to have any love for their fellow man. We read in the newspapers where a person has been attacked and not one of the bystanders has enough concern for the victim to get involved.
This lack of love was present in Jesus’ time also. Jesus told of a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and how he wanted for nothing. There was a beggar named Lazarus who laid at the rich man’s gate asking to be fed with the crumbs from the rich man’s table. The rich man ignored Lazarus as he was too concerned for himself to have any concern for Lazarus.
I think many people today have the same problem as they are too concerned about themselves to show any concern for others. If the rich man would have had Christ in his heart, no doubt he would have provided for Lazarus. If the man I talked about cursing the woman would have had Jesus first place in his life, no doubt he would have had better words to say to her. And also the manager would have had enough concern for the young employee’s feelings to have handled the situation in a better manner.
Jesus told us to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our neighbor is not just the person who lives close to us, but everyone is our neighbor and especially those with needs. The two commandments go hand in hand because only after we accept Christ and put Him first place in our heart and life can we really have the love and concern for others. If you don’t have much love and concern for others, then you should let God have control of your life, and the love for your fellow man will fall right in place.
++ August 1978 Christian Banner ++
Grandma’s “Receet for Washing Clothes”
When life seems tedious and hard to bear, consider this "receet" given to a young bride by her Kentucky mountain grandmother. It is printed exactly as originally written.
( 1) Bild fire in back yard to heet kettle of rain water.
( 2) Set tubs so smoke won't blow in eyes if wind is pert.
( 3) Shave one hole cake lie sope in billin water.
( 4) Sort things. Make three piles. 1 pile white. 1 cullord. 1 pile werk briches and rags.
( 5) Stur flour in cold water then thin down with billin water.
( 6) Rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, then bile.
( 7) Rub cullord but don't bile. Just rench starch.
( 8) Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle then rench, blew and starch.
( 9) Spred tee towels on grass.
(10) Hang old rags on fence.
(11) Pour rench water in flower bed.
(12) Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
(13) Turn tubs up side down.
(14) Go put on a cleen dress, smooth hair with side combs, brew cup of tee, set and rest a spell
and count your blessins.
++ July 1978 Christian Banner ++
God’s Dependent Children
Written by: Thelma Gearren (deceased)
I was just thinking about all the new babies in our church born recently and the other children since this is Vacation Bible School time. I thank God for my earthly Father and Mother who took care of me. But most of all as a Christian, I’m thankful for my Heavenly Father for “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God.” (1 John 3:1).
As God’s children, we are His dependents. The Bible says in Psalms 103:13 “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” Dependent children spend little time worrying about food, clothing, and shelter because all will be provided by their parents. As God’s dependent children He is responsible for our welfare. We are told to cast all our care upon Him for He careth for us. Let not your heart be troubled, I’ll take care of the burden, leave it with Me. God is keenly aware that we are dependent upon Him for life’s necessities. “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Luke 11:9).
The Bible tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Live one day at a time. Commit they way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
To know the will of God is the greatest of all wisdom. You can be miserable with much if you are out of His will. You can have peace in your heart even with little if you are in His will. You can be happy in the midst of trial, suffering, tribulation, and persecution.
The Bible reveals that God has a plan for every life and that if we live in constant fellowship with Him, have faith, trust, and obey Him in everything, He will lead and direct our life. Then we can say with the Apostle Paul we have learned to be content in any circumstance for me to live is Christ; yet not I, but Christ lives in me.
Early Impressions on Children
I stood in a house in one of the Long Island villages, not long ago, and I saw a beautiful tree and I said to the owner: “That is a very fine tree; but what a curious crook there is in it.”
“Yes,” said he; “I planted that tree, and when it was a year old, I went to New York, and worked as a mechanic for a year or two, and when I came back I found they had allowed something to stand against the tree and so it has always had that crook.” And so I thought it was with the influence upon children. If you allow anything to stand in the way of moral influence against a child on this side or that side, to the latest day of its life on earth and through all eternity it will show the pressure.
++ April 1978 Christian Banner ++
Tearing Down Barns
Written by: Brenda Hunt
Luke 12: 16-18.
16And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth
17And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to
bestow my fruits?
18And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I
bestow all my fruits and my goods.
It seems that the nation’s inflation problem can be closely related to the Biblical parable of the barn building man. Our nation truly does bring forth plentifully. Whatever products cannot be grown or made on our own soul can easily be imported from other nations. It would seem that such a nation of plenty would not have an inflation problem as exists now. It may be that too many people are tearing down their barns to build bigger ones.
The economic principle that our country is based upon is the law of supply and demand. When the supply is greater than the demand, prices decrease. When the demand is greater than the supply, prices increase. In the price few years, we have seen a steady increase in prices with so few decreases to counter balance them that our inflation problem has grown.
One example that we are all too aware of is the price of coffee. A frost several years ago that reduced the coffee harvest drove coffee prices up. This is understandable since the supply was less than the demand. However, since then, good coffee harvests have been produced, but prices have only reduced slightly. When the coffee harvest boomed about a year ago, a coalition was formed to buy all this coffee and stockpile it so the prices would remain high. This is only one example of a willful attempt to go against the law of supply and demand. Instead of using a surplus to benefit all people, it seems that a few people are “building bigger barns” for their own benefit.
When basic principles are broken, only destruction can result. These principles not only include economic ones but religious ones. Our forefathers founded our nations so they could have religious freedom, and the basic laws of our nations were based on religious principles. But it seems that over the years, the drive to please “self” has caused us to forget many of our nation’s basic principles. Perhaps if our nation returned to these basics, we wouldn’t be facing such problems as we have now, especially those problems of inflation.
++ January 1978 Christian Banner ++
New Year Thoughts
Written by: Lela Farlow (now Lela Trotter)
I thank God for His many blessings to me this past year. I’m looking to this new year because it is my desire to serve Him more fully.
I would like to take this opportunity to say to our many readers that I wish for each of you a wonderful year in Jesus Christ. To my friends that read this article, so many of you that I haven’t seen in a long time, I want to tell you that you’re in my prayers and thoughts. I love you all. To my church family, my prayer is that all of you will be drawn closer to God this year, and that by doing so, many more lives will be won for Christ. To my wonderful family for which I am so thankful, I desire for each of you a closer walk with God and that you’ll receive the best that He has to offer.
To you, dear precious sinner, my desire is that you’ll accept Christ and make this year the happiest year of your life.
Written by: Beatrice Hill (deceased)
Mt. View Church member
When my life is sinking low
When the dark shadows creep,
Friends say for me before I go
“Now lay me down to sleep.”
Then I’ll be at the journey’s end
What I have sown I must reap,
There will be no time to mend.
“Now lay me down to sleep.”
No more time to doubt or dare
No more time to give or keep,
Say for me the Children’s Prayer
“Now lay me down to sleep.”
I have traveled along the way
Rocky paths and mountains steep
Broken hearted and dreary days
“Now lay me down to sleep.”
There’ll be now more to tell
When the shadows around me creep
I want to say all is well
“Now lay me down to sleep.”
One dad to another: “I’m no model father. All I’m trying to do is behave so that when people tell my son he reminds them of me, he’ll stick out his chest instead of his tongue.”