Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
God is good ALL the time... and ALL the time, God is good!!
++ December 1979 Christian Banner ++
This is Christmas
Written by: Edith Robbins (deceased)
Christmas is a historic fact. Jesus was born to Mary in the town of Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of the Roman emperor, Augustus. One of the most impressive factors of this occasion was its simplicity. The greatest person who ever walked this earth was born amid such lowly surroundings.
Christmas is a redemptive fact. As the announcement made by the angels to wandering shepherds indicates, “For unto you is born this day a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” Now this predicts the life He would live as He walked quietly among the lowly people – blessing them, teaching them, and healing them, affecting them for good. Really He lived and worked among them in a way that convinced some of them that He was God in the flesh. He made God known to them in a new light. They now saw Him as a God of love. He brought new life to their religion – a religion which was encased in rigid tradition with many meaningless practices of worship which had no spiritual value.
He came with life, abundant life, which enabled people to worship and to do the will of God with joy. But despite all this good, he was rejected and crucified. The old tried to destroy the new. However, He experienced a resurrection, a new birth from the womb of the tomb to become the first fruits of them that slept, and to be declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead.
Through His living presence working in and through His followers, they by the Holy Spirit, gave witness to Him and His resurrection with such success that within a few years they were accused of turning the world upside down.
Now the true meaning of Christmas is manifested when people of any age, race, color, or creed open their lives to the Savior who was born in Bethlehem. When He is born within their heart, it is then that the historic fact of centuries ago becomes a redemptive fact in our world. Now the great changes He makes in the life of the person into whose heart He is born, is on a small scale comparable to the great changes He has made and still makes in the world, because He was born in Bethlehem.
His renewing presence within our heart and life brings a dynamic factor to our life. His Spirit dwelling within us moves us to a life of loving service for others and it also makes us a wholesome witness for Christ.
Hope for the Hopeless
Written by: Thelma Gearren (deceased)
In the fifth chapter of Mark, we read where three cases look hopeless but we are convinced that our Lord has power over man’s three enemies: demons, disease, and death. In the case of demons, Jesus healed a man. In the case of disease, He healed a woman. And when he overcame death, it was to a child whom He restored to life.
I think God wants us to pray and believe that if it is His will that all things are possible. He can make a way where there is no way. He can supply the courage and faith we need to face each problem. So don’t give up. There is always hope. There are three things the Psalmist said we can do:
Trust in God. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my strength in whom I will trust. He anchored his faith in God and God sustained him.
Ask God to help you. In my distress I called upon the Lord. There are times when the only source of real help available to us is the help that comes from God. Our hurts are often beyond the capacity of man but never beyond the reach of God.
Wait on God’s answer. He will surely answer your prayer. You may think that life has placed you in an impossible situation but if you wait on God’s answer, you will triumph.
So let’s have real hope and faith in God. Look at Paul in the 27th chapter of Acts in the midst of a terrible storm when the rest of them gave up hope.
++ October 1979 Christian Banner ++
A Special Letter
How are you? I just had to send you this letter to tell you how much I love you and care about you. I saw you yesterday as you were walking with your friends. I waited all day hoping you would talk with me also. As evening drew near, I gave you a sunset to close your day and a cool breeze to rest you. I waited, you never came. Oh yes, it hurt me, but I still love you because I am your friend.
I saw you fall asleep last night and I longed to touch your brow, so I spilled moonlight upon your pillow and face. Again, I waited, wanting to rush down so we could talk. I have so many gifts for you.
You awakened late and rushed off for the day... My tears were in the rain. Today you looked so sad, so alone. It makes my heart ache because I understand. My friends let me down and hurt me many times too, but I love you. I try to tell you in the quiet green grasses; I whisper it in the colors of the flowers. I shout it to you in the mountain streams and give the birds love songs to sing. I clothe you with warm sunshine and perfume in the air. My love for you is deeper than oceans and bigger than the biggest want or need you have.
We could spend eternity together in heaven. I know how hard it is on this earth. I really know (because I was there) and I want to help you. My Father wants to help you, too, He's that way, you know. Just call me, ask me, talk to me. It is your decision. I have chosen you, and because of that I will wait......... because I love you.
Say It Now
If you have a tender message,
Or a loving word to say,
Do not wait 'til you forget it,
But whisper it today!
The tender word unspoken,
The letter never sent,
The long forgotten messages,
The wealth of love unspent.
For these some hearts are breaking,
For those some loved ones wait;
So show them that you care for them
Before it is TOO LATE!
++ June 1979 Christian Banner ++
Written by: S. A. Lowe, Sr. (deceased)
Asheboro, NC (age 96)
As we travel along life’s highway,
We have our problems day by day,
Some are sorrowful, some are sad,
Some make us happy and some very glad.
As we travel along the way,
We stop each day and all pray,
To our Father in Heaven above,
To share with each, His holy heavenly love.
That we might always be just right,
Each morning, day, and night,
And we’ll pray to be just a little more like Thee,
Oh, wonderful Man of Galilee.
Ready to Go
When many of the passengers on a boat in Lake Michigan were very upset because of the danger of a raging storm, Reverend Dwight L. Moody seemed quite and calm. When he was asked how he could be that way, he replied, “I have a sister in Chicago and one in Heaven; I don’t care which I see first.”
The Little Chap Who Follows Me!
Copied and submitted by: Rosa Lee Frye (deceased)
A careful man I want to be;
A little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he'll go the self same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate'er he sees me do, he tries.
Like me he says he's going to be;
The little chap who follows me.
He thinks that I'm so very fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The bad in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.
I must remember as I go
Through summer's sun and winter's snow,
I'm building for the years to be;
The little chap who follows me.
++ May 1979 Christian Banner ++
My Last Journey
Written by: S. A. Lowe, Sr. (deceased)
Asheboro, NC (written at age 96)
My life on earth will soon be ore,
I’ll meet with friends on the Golden Shore.
And we’ll travel the beautiful paths of God’s Holy love,
As we journey to our home in heaven above.
We’ll enter our beautiful mansions in the sky,
Where our souls shall live and never more die.
We’ll gather very close to our Savior and Heavenly King,
And listen to the angels as they sweetly sing:
“Oh hail the power of Jesus name,
Let angels prostate fall.
Bring forth the Royal Diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.”
++ April 1979 Christian Banner ++
Written by: Lela Farlow (now Lela Trotter)
Easter has always been a special time of the year for me. It seems that the things of nature come alive again after a long winter. The miracles of God are truly seen. To me as a Christian, it is the time of year that we truly celebrate because God gave His only Son to die for our sins. But even more important is that Jesus arose and is now in Heaven to prepare us an eternal home.
Easter to me means being able to attend church on this special day and I thank God for all the years I’ve had this privilege. A lot of people won’t be able to attend Easter service because of sickness or other things beyond their control.
For these people, I would like to share an experience I had in 1976. That year on January 12th I got sick at work. I left and have never been able to return. I entered the hospital for the first time on my birthday January 23rd. And when Easter came I was in the hospital at Duke for a heart operation. But praise God, His presence was so real! I’ll never forget that Easter. I met a young chaplain in the hospital and he visited me everyday. We had one thing in common, our love for God. On the Easter weekend, he came into my room and read the Easter story from the Bible, we both prayed, even though I didn’t lift my head from my pillow. A friend from church, Verna Richburg, sent me a basket with eggs she had made from ceramics. Then on Easter Sunday, her husband, Don, taped the service at church and sent it to me. They’ll never know how much this meant to me. How I thank God for using these people to make my days brighter.
I’ve said all this to let our readers know that no matter where you have to spend your Easter, the Lord will be there if you’ll let Him. I’m especially looking forward to this Easter season because we’ll be in a revival and we’re expecting great things.
May God truly bless you this season, and if you don’t know this risen Savior, please accept Him.
Written by: Ruth Elliott
I like to go to Mt. View Church
To meet with friends and see them so alert,
To meet dear fathers and mothers
And shake hands with sisters and brothers.
To see the pretty children, some very small
We know our Heavenly Father loves us all.
To hear Bud preach God’s Holy Word
A message always gladly heard,
And the message that we hear him preach
Sometimes brings tears down our cheeks.
But we all, we have to agree,
Do love our Bud and Rosa Lee.
May heaven bless them day by day
As they journey on life’s highway
That leads to Heaven above,
Where all is peace, joy, and love.
++ February 1979 Christian Banner ++
When Will God Send Revival?
Copied & submitted by: Sonny Trotter
WHEN all the sleeping folk wake up,
And all the lukewarm folk fire up,
And all the dishonest folk confess up,
And all the disgruntled folk sweeten up,
And all the discouraged folk cheer up,
And all the depressed folk look up,
And all the estranged folk make up,
And all the gossipers shut up,
And all the dry bones shake up,
And all true soldiers stand up,
And all the church members pray up,
Then we can have a REVIVAL.