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Year 2010 - October thru December

+++ The Christian Banner - December 2010 +++
Memories of a Christmas Long Ago
Written & submitted by: Lela Farlow Trotter
I grew up in the 1950’s. Times were very different then but I enjoyed my childhood. My sister Judy and I always looked forward to Christmas. My other sister and my brother were too young to know about it. We looked forward to getting the Sears and Roebuck catalog. We would sat on Daddy’s lap and tell him what we wanted.
But one Christmas things were different. That year Daddy had gotten sick and couldn’t work. The doctor told him he couldn’t work outside anymore. He had to find a job inside. Things got tough and Christmas was coming and we needed groceries and basic needs. Our friends and neighbors couldn’t help us because they didn’t have extra even though they wanted to help. We attended Mountain View Church, but the church didn’t have money to help anyone.
There was a couple that operated the Country Store. They were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones. They brought us groceries and fruit and gave Judy and me a doll each. The years went by and we grew up and Fred and Mrs. Jones retired. Then I heard that Fred was in the hospital. He had cancer and his time wasn’t long. I went to see him in the hospital and reminded him about that Christmas long ago. He was happy to see me.
I’ve always remembered that time and I thank God that our church is now able to help so many people. May God bless Mountain View Church! And to all reading the Christian Banner, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

A fourth grader was told to write about her Christmas memories. Her essay told about each member of the family and what he or she received from Santa. The last sentence was: "My mom got nothing as usual."
Riley, 3, received some clothes from his grandparents for Christmas. A week later he wore one of his new shirts to nursery school. His teacher asked him if he had received a new shirt. "Yeah, Grandma gave it to me," Riley said. "I think it got too small for her!"
In Sunday School the kids were asked to write a letter to God. Little Tim wrote:
“Please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now. “
It was Christmas time and Roger, 6 years old, was learning the story of the Nativity. “Who came to visit the baby Jesus in the manger?”
the teacher asked his Sunday School class. "The three wise guys," Roger blurted out.
Do I Really Have to Go?
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen
Christmas as a child was so exciting,
In fact, it was special in almost every way!
As I recall the time leading up to Christmas,
Now those were some pretty exciting days!
I still remember my first trip to meet Santa,
On Sunset Street at the Sears catalog store.
I was so bashful, scared and nervous
Oh how I wanted to go back out the door!
I could let Santa know the gifts to bring me, 
One of my siblings could give him my note.
I asked Momma, “Do I really have to go?
I just know I’m gonna choke.”
“Yes, you do!” was the answer from Momma.
“You’re the oldest, you can’t send him a note!”
And when my Momma told me that
I started trying to clear my throat.
I had to hurry and shorten my list,
Only a few things left there would be.
Of course the last line of my list was
“Bring lots of fruits and nuts and candy.”
Even today I can still recall Santa’s face.
I was supposed to sit upon his lap.
Quickly I got my shortened list recited,
No sitting for me, I left in a snap!
Gone are the days of my youth.
What was the best gift I ever did receive?
It was when Jesus forgave my sins.
And in perfect love He saved me.
When my earthly life has ended
I won’t ask, “Do I really have to go?”
The Lord’s angels will lead me to Heaven
To rejoice with my loved ones I know.
If you’re looking for that special gift,
Take this friendly advice from me.
Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and save you.
It’s the gift that will last for all eternity!
Connie’s Prayer
Submitted by: Pat Lewallen
We are allowed to share in prayer at my work place. I thank God for this great privilege! Connie is the leader of our Prayer Warriors team. She loves God and has such a talent for sharing with others. I asked Connie if it was okay with her if I shared her prayer with the readers of the Christian Banner. She said “It sure is!”
Connie emails us prayer requests that come in and also emails us when someone wants to share an answer to prayer with us. Here’s a prayer that Connie emailed and it blessed my heart. How true the subject line is. We all need to take time to pray together. America has so many serious problems that only God can solve. Our nation needs to seek God’s help every day. We must take time to pray! God is still in the prayer answering business. I believe He still wants to bless America. We each need to heed Connie’s advice. Please take her advice. Please take time to pray and learn to pray with those you love.
From: Connie
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 9:00 AM
To: Prayer Warriors
Our Heavenly Father, we come to you today in prayer for our families, our homes, our jobs, our nation and above all the lost that do not know you as their personal Savior.  Praying that we will always strive to be what you would have us to be.
We come to you in Thanksgiving of the many blessings you have bestowed upon each and everyone of us.  We thank you for the privilege of prayer and for this great opportunity to pray with the folks we work with.
For everyone on this Prayer Team we are blessed to be part of the OD family, for that I am truly thankful. But God I am more thankful to know that I am a part of your family.  Someday I will have to leave OD but I will never ever have to leave you!!!!!  And you have promised that you will never leave nor forsake me.
So Lord we ask this morning to place your hand upon us. We pray for those that are sick that you would touch and heal according to Thy will.  For those that may be hurting financially, we pray that you will give them the vision to know how to manage.  For those with other needs, we pray you will meet them. For those that are lost we pray you will convict them one more time and that they will yield to your calling!
Thank you for hearing, answering and allowing us to come to you in prayer.
These things we ask in Jesus’ name and for His sake.           

Twas the Night of Christmas
Written & submitted by: Irene Morris Wright
Twas the night of Christmas and all thru the land
All was stirring, both beast and man
Meals were being prepared with love and care
Yet no place was set for the special guest, soon to be there
The angels were gathering on earth
Awaiting a virgin birth
Joseph and Mary weary within
In hopes of finding a room at the inn
The keeper rude, immediately turned them away
But Joseph and Mary continued to pray
Soon visions of despair must have filled their heads
They must soon find a bed
And as night grew near
With wondering eyes, a stable did appear
Mary delivered a baby boy that night
A child that would become the guiding light
Wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger
Did he know He was already in danger?
And the angel of the Lord shone about the shepherds while tending their flock by night
And they were sore afraid of such a sight
But the angel said, Fear not for I bring you good tidings of great joy
The sins of the world will rest upon this special little boy
Then the shepherds and wisemen came
And brought him gifts and called Him by name
And when they did part
Mary pondered all things in her heart
Twas the night of Christmas and all thru the land
No one seems to understand
Why has no one invited that special little guest?
The one who will bring peace and rest
Twas the night of Christmas let us all sing
And church bells ring
Will they expect him at all, not as the babe, but Lord and King?
Twas the night of Christmas and all thru the land
All was stirring, both beast and man
But look up toward Heaven’s gate and let Christmas blessings take flight
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

+++ The Christian Banner - November 2010 +++
 Atheists and Jews Top Religious Knowledge Survey
Written by: Ed Stoddard 09/28/10
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DALLAS (Reuters) – They may not believe in God or gods but they know a thing or two about them.
Atheists and agnostics topped a survey of religious knowledge among Americans released on Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
"On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 ... Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers," Pew said.
It found Protestants answered 16 correctly and Catholics on average 14.7.
On questions about the Bible and Christianity, Mormons and white evangelical Protestants scored the highest, while Jews, atheists and agnostics trumped the other faiths on their knowledge of Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism.
"While previous surveys by the Pew Research Center have shown that America is among the most religious of the world's developed nations, this survey shows that large numbers of Americans are not well informed about the tenets, practices, history and leading figures of major faith traditions -- including their own," said Pew, which is based in Washington.
To see the "U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey" go to:
Highlights of the survey include:
- More than four-in-10 Catholics do not know that their church teaches that the bread and wine used in Communion actually become the body and blood of Christ.
- About half of Protestants cannot correctly identify Martin Luther as the person who sparked the Protestant Reformation.
- Less than half identified Buddhism as the Dalai Lama's religion, 51 percent knew that Joseph Smith was Mormon and 54 percent correctly said the Koran is the Islamic holy book. More than 80 percent knew that Mother Teresa was Catholic.
- Nine-in-10 Americans know Supreme Court rulings do not allow teachers to lead public school classes in prayer. But two-thirds incorrectly said Supreme Court rulings prevent them from using the Bible as an example of literature.
I was reading my Bible this morning in Isaiah 60:1 and it felt as if the Holy Spirit was right here as I read.  It makes me know why I love the Lord and what he has done for me. It made me feel really good and I thought I would share it with everyone.
"Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee."  Isaiah 60:1
Emailed by: Joyce Freeman
October 19, 2010
The Rough Spots
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen
A friend recently emailed me photos showing bald eagles gathering to eat fish thrown out to them by people during the extremely icy and brutal winter of 2010. I was amazed at the tremendous number of bald eagles congregated in one place. They were all taking advantage of the free fish offered to them. When I think of America’s majestic national bird, I think of a strong and powerful bird with keen eyesight and a great hunting ability. What a beautiful bird the bald eagle is! I see the bald eagle as a proud bird sailing in the sky and looking down to find its next meal. Seeing these pictures of the almost tame looking birds of prey sitting all around on the ground and looking for free handouts really disturbed me. It made me think of what my parents taught me and my siblings when we were growing up. They taught us kids that if we wanted to have anything in this life we had to work for it. I think that is what is wrong in our world today. Too many people are content to sit back and do nothing, depending on others to provide for their well being. Needless to say I was upset when I saw this trait being exhibited by even the mighty hunter, the bald eagle.
A little while later I was getting ready for work. I again recalled the pictures of the bald eagles sitting around waiting for handouts. But this time I saw the photos in a different light and it brought a completely different feeling over me. I began to rejoice in the Lord. These photos represented the Lord providing for those of us who have needs and have asked Him for help. How many times have I called on the Lord to help me through the rough spots in my life? The Lord has always been faithful to help me. These bald eagles were struggling to endure an extremely cold and brutal winter. They had come to a very rough spot in their lives too. I then saw the people throwing fish to them as good Samaritans coming to the aid of one of God’s magnificent creatures.
I had to stop and thank the Lord for all He has done for me. I thanked Him that He has forgiven my sins and His Spirit has filled my heart. Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on November 25th this year. It’s a shame to only have one official day set aside for Thanksgiving each year. Those of us who know the Lord as our personal Savior owe Him our thanks each and every day of our earthly lives. In Heaven, we’ll have all eternity to thank the Lord for saving us and for always being there for us. 
I went back and looked at the email again. I read the line my friend had personally added above the photos. She wrote,’ “This is truly remarkable.  God always has a way to take care of His own.  He did say, "Every need He would supply." ‘
I emailed my friend and sent my thanks to her for reminding me of this great truth!

Fast Facts on Bald Eagles
Longevity: Although the life expectancy of bald eagles may be 30 years, some have lived 50 years in captivity.
Eyesight: The bald eagle’s eyesight is five to six times sharper than a human’s.
Speed: Eagles fly 20 to 60 miles per hour in normal flight and dive at more than 100 miles an hour.
I Need to Rediscover the Bible
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Submitted by: Amy Hunt

They lie on the table side by side
The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
One is well worn and cherished with pride--
Not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
One is used daily to help folks decide.
No, not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
As the pages are turned, what shall they see?
Oh, what does it matter, turn on the TV.
So they open the book in which they confide.
No, not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
The Word of God is seldom read.
Maybe a verse before they fall into bed.

Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be,
Not from reading the Bible, from watching TV
So then back to the table side by side,
Lie the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
No time for prayer, no time for the Word,
The plan of Salvation is seldom heard.
But forgiveness of sin, so full and free
Is found in the Bible, not on TV.

Thankful Heart
Author: F. W. Davis
Submitted by: Lela Farlow Trotter
I lift my heart to Thee, O God,
In gratitude and praise
For all Thy blessings of the past,
And those of future days –
For well I know if I shall live,
Thy blessings still shall flow
Across my soul in greater joy
Than I could ever know.
I thank Thee for my faithful friends,
For sunshine and the rain,
And every blessing hid or seen,
Though some may come through pain.
O God, accept my thanks to Thee
Each time I come to pray,
And grant each day that I shall live
Will be Thanksgiving Day.
Interesting Facts about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one-gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why? 21 seconds for the same reason as answer # 1.
3. Why are his gloves wet? His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not? He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face, and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.
5. How often are the guards changed? Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to? For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb he must be between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30 inches.
Other requirements of the Guard:
They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform (fighting) or the tomb in any way.
After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.
The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.
The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, (the most decorated soldier of WWII) of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

+++ The Christian Banner - October 2010 +++
The Story My Daddy Didn’t Tell
Written & submitted by: Lela Farlow Trotter
One of the things I miss about my Daddy is the true stories he told. They were never hurtful, just funny. Daddy was born and grew up in the Mountain View community in a house that has been torn down for years. In its place is Keith McNeill’s Machine Shop. Daddy also attended Mountain View Church and Mountain View School. The stories he told were about those days.
But the story that Daddy never talked about happened in the early 1960’s. Bill Payne was the Pastor and song leader at Mountain View Church then. There were two things my Daddy couldn’t do. He could not sing and he couldn’t stay awake if he got still very long. This is what happened at church one night. Bill finished the songs and told everyone to sit down for prayer. My Momma and Daddy weren’t sitting on the same bench that night. When everyone else sat down my Daddy kept standing because he had gone to sleep during the singing.
My Momma looked back and saw my Daddy still standing. My sisters and brother were sitting with Momma. She very quickly said to one of them, “Go back there and tell your Daddy to sit down.” Now Daddy didn’t stop going to sleep at times in the church. But he never went to sleep standing up again!
Here’s a beautiful poem I saw hanging on the wall at a doctor’s office recently. It puts in words a child’s thoughts and special love for a physician father.    
My Daddy, M.D.
Author Unknown
Submitted by: Pat Lewallen

Whenever Daddy signs his name
he always writes M.D.,
So that people will all know,
that he belongs to me.

For M.D. means "My Daddy",
or something just the same,
And that is why he always puts
these letters in his name.

Some letters in his name are small,
but these are not, you see,
He always makes them big like that
because he's so proud of me."
Two men were discussing Dwight L. Moody's ministry. One said, "Why do you listen to Moody; you don't believe a word he says."
He responded, "No, but he does!"
A Walk Down Life’s Road
Written & submitted by: Irene Morris Wright
As I walk down life’s road
Often I’m met by a heavy load
But God sends down His amazing grace
And wipes the tears from my face
He picks me up and carries me across the wearied land
Until I am able to stand
I can hear His sweet still voice say
Fear not my child, for I will show you the way
Through the valleys and on mountain tops
There is a love that never stops
A heart that keeps on beating
A power undefeating
A soul that lives forever
A word that ceases never
A guiding light
A protection thru the night
A saving grace
A warm embrace
A safer ground
All these things I have found
And no matter where life’s road takes me
I know that is where God will be
In 1939, in a stadium much like this, in Munich Germany, they packed it out with young men and women in brown shirts, for a fanatical man standing behind a podium named Adolf Hitler, the personification of evil.
And in that stadium, those in brown shirts formed with their bodies a sign that said, in the whole stadium, "Hitler, we are yours." And they nearly took the world.
Lenin once said, "give me 100 committed, totally committed men and I'll change the world." And, he nearly did.
A few years ago, they took the sayings of Chairman Mao, in China, put them in a little red book, and a group of young people committed them to memory and put it in their minds and they took that nation, the largest nation in the world by storm because they committed to memory the sayings of the Chairman Mao.
When I hear those kinds of stories, I think 'what would happen if American Christians, if world Christians, if just the Christians in this stadium, followers of Christ, would say 'Jesus, we are yours' ? What kind of spiritual awakening would we have ? "
Quoted from a message delivered by: Pastor Rick Warren
Christian Alphabet
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lthough things are not perfect
ecause of trial or pain
ontinue in thanksgiving
o not begin to blame.
ven when the times are hard
ierce winds are bound to blow
od is forever able
old on to what you know.
magine life without His love
oy would cease to be
eep thanking Him for all the things
ove imparts to thee.
ove out of "Camp Complaining"
o weapon that is known
n earth can yield the power
raise can do alone.
uit looking at the future
edeem the time at hand
tart every day with worship
o "thank" is a command.
ntil we see Him coming
ictorious in the sky
e'll run the race with gratitude
alting God most high.
es, there will be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
Moses and the Red Sea
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Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School. 'Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.'
'Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?' his Mother asked.
'Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!'