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“The Wisdom of Mother”
Reflections of the Editor
ANOTHER MOTHER’S DAY
OTHER’s DAY comes once each year. Here in the
United States it is observed on the second Sunday
in May. Is it only once each year that mothers
are to be recognized and given special honor? Are all
mothers worthy of special honor? Are all mothers
filling their God-given place? In our nation
today, many are losing sight of God’s plan
for mothers. Recently the government gave
women the right to go to the front line in
war with their rifles and kill others. Is
that with God’s approval? Some women
have joined the military and have been
sent overseas while their husbands and
children are left at home. Is that filling
God’s plan for mothers?
Everything that is called civil rights
is not in harmony with the Bible. Of
course, there are women who can fly
fighter planes just as well, or even better,
than men. Does that mean it is God’s will for
them to do so? Should we ask, “What difference
does it make what the Bible says; it is an old, outdated
book; we live in a different age”?
Have you ever considered why there is so much evil
in the world, why there are wars being fought in different parts of the world, why there are so many broken
homes, why our prisons are overcrowded? One judge in
California sometime back ordered prisoners released
because certain prisons were so overcrowded. The
nation has been shocked by the mass killings, such as
the tragic happening in Colorado and other places.
There is a simple answer to these questions—SIN.
Yes, I know that is too simple for many people. What
is sin? Sin is the known transgression of the law of
Christ found in the Holy Bible. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people”
(Proverbs 14:34). Righteousness will bring the blessings of God on a nation; sin will bring the wrath of
According to U.S. census figures, between 1960 and
2000 the number of unmarried couples living together
increased tenfold. It doubled again from 2000 to 2010.
Other recent studies have shown that almost 60 percent
of women ages 19-44 have chosen to live with a partner
of the opposite sex at some point in their lives. About
40 percent of couples who move in together separate
before marriage. And, of those who do marry, studies
show the divorce rate ranges from 50 to 80 percent
higher than the rate of those who choose not to live
together before marriage.
What does all of this have to do with Mother’s Day?
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far
above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely
trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She
will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. ...
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and
eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up,
and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth
her. ... Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a
woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised”
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands,
as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the
wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he
is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is
subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own
husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself
for it” (Ephesians 5:22-25). A family built on that
foundation cannot be destroyed by Satan.
“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to
your own husbands; that, if any obey not
the word, they also may without the word
be won by the conversation [manner of
living] of the wives; While they behold
your chaste conversation coupled with
fear. Whose adorning let it not be that
outward adorning of plaiting the hair,
and of wearing of gold, or of putting on
of [improper] apparel; But let it be the
hidden man of the heart, in that which
is not corruptible, even the ornament of a
meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight
of God of great price” (I Peter 3:1-4).
“But speak thou the things which become sound
doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate,
sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women
likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, ... teachers of good things; That they may teach
the young women to be sober, to love their husbands,
to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers
at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that
the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:1-5). You
say that is out-of-date? Are you saying that the way the
world is going today is a better way?
“To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy,
and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our
Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers
with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have
remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears,
that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance
the genuine faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in
thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I
am persuaded that in thee also” (II Timothy 1:2-5).
Which is better for the nation and world, women like
Lois and Eunice, or those who
deny God and choose their
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The wisdom of our na We read about Ruth, a
tion’s mothers should be a
Moabite woman, who saw the cherished asset passed from
godly life of her mother-in-law generation to generation.
Naomi, who loved and served However, the pool of
the true God. Naomi and her women professing godlihusband Elimelech, along ness has shrunk to alarmwith their two sons, left Beth- ingly miniscule numbers,
lehem because of drought and causing concern for the
future. “The fear of the
traveled to the little country LORD is the beginning of
of Moab. The two sons had wisdom: and the knowledge
married wives of that country, of the holy is understanding”
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IN THIS ISSUE:
Poems for Mother’s Day Honoring maternal influence
The Wisdom of Mother Full-length sermon by G. E. Tyler
The Importance of a
Radio message by A. A. Craig
Bible Lesson of the Month
“A Vision of the Harvest Field”
The Question Box
Our monthly feature
Young People’s Page
Two testimonies and an article
The Abundant Church
Full-length sermon by Duane Jeffries
Denominationalism Is Not
Article by the late M. H. Craig
The Children’s Corner
“Seasoned Just Right”
Have Faith in God
Article by Hoyt Matthews
Stations airing The Way of Truth Broadcast
In looking down life’s avenue,
A primrose path I see;
’Tis fraught with golden memories,
That are most dear to me.
Julia Ann Janney
Her Bible lies unopened now,
It seems so much alone.
The hands which once caressed each page
Are clasped within His own.
There is a cottage on the hill
Where lilacs sweetly bloom;
In memory I see it still—
Happy childhood, what a boon!
The rug whereon she knelt to pray
Is still beside her bed.
I peer into her empty room,
My sad heart filled with dread.
As in the dear, sweet bygone days
Within the cot’ a voice I hear,
So gently, sweetly, raised in song,
As I brush aside a tear.
No silvered head rests in repose
Against her cushioned chair.
How bright this darkened room would be
If she were only there.
My childhood’s primrose path again
I tread with Mother near;
Again I roam the woodland meadow
Without a care or fear.
Then on my knees I thank my Lord
I had her many years;
And suddenly my heart’s at rest,
I’m smiling through my tears.
And in the evening by the lamplight
At her knee I kneel in prayer;
I kneel by her who shaped my life,
Who taught me love and light to share.
Ah, Mother, your kind heart,
Your sweet, undying love,
Will guide me each and every day
Till we meet in heaven above.
W. J. Kerr
Who went to the door of death for me,
Who held me long upon her knee,
Who sat for hours beside my bed,
Who soothed my pain and stroked my head?
Who worked from early morn till night,
Who always taught me wrong from right,
Who pointed me to Christ the Lord,
Who led me to His Holy Word?
Who listened to my childish woe,
To whom with troubles could I go,
Who sympathized and understood,
As no one else but Mother could?
And so we pause in deep respect,
Nor could we ever dare forget,
Our love and honor give to her,
Like sweetest frankincense and myrrh.
The oldest university
Was not on India’s strand,
Nor in the valley of the Nile,
Nor on Arabia’s sand;
From time’s beginning it has taught,
And still it reaches free,
Its learning, mild, to every child—
The school of Mother’s Knee.
The oldest—and the newest, too—
It still maintains its place,
And from its classes, ever full,
It graduates the race,
Without its teaching, where would all
The best of living be?
’Twas planned by Heaven, this earth to leaven
The school of Mother’s Knee.
Edward M. Brandt
There’s nothing warmer than a mother’s love,
Nothing comforts like a mother’s hug,
There’s nothing sweeter than a mother’s kiss,
And a mother’s presence is such dear bliss.
We are grateful for our precious mothers,
Yours and mine and all the others,
Thank you, Lord, and each one bless,
We can’t do without them, we must confess.
“Honour thy father and thy mother:
that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12).
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The Wisdom of Mother
Message delivered 05/13/12 by Bro. Gregory E. Tyler
OTHING STIRS the emotion as much as Mother.
Some years ago, a thousand college students were
asked what they felt was the most beautiful word
in the English language. The most common answer was
the word Mother.
Marriage and family is a subject very dear to my
heart. It is a beautiful thing; and it breaks our hearts
as Christians, to see such a beautiful thing destroyed
by the philosophies of men.
Our text of scripture is Proverbs 6:20-22—“My son,
keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the
law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine
heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest,
it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee;
and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” I have
entitled my thoughts, “The Wisdom of Mother.”
I want to go on record in applauding the state of
North Carolina for passing a law recently stating the
obvious—that marriage is between one man and one
woman. Nothing can change that. No law can set it
aside, but it did my heart good to read of what North
Carolina had done. At least someone is standing up and
saying, “Enough is enough.” It always has been one
man and one woman, and it always will be in the sight
of God. Father, Mother, Wife, Husband, Children,
doesn’t it stir in your heart memories of goodness and
cheer? God has a beautiful plan, and part of that plan
is the plan of motherhood. I think it is very fitting and
proper that we take at least a day of the year to honor
our mothers, and to take time to appreciate them for
all they have done for us through the years. Motherhood
is highest vocation in life.
There’s a new term out these days called multitasking—doing more than one thing at the same time
and doing it well. Mothers are the inventors of multitasking. They have so many responsibilities and so
many things to do, and they do them so well.
Someone has written—
“Satisfaction comes from having a lasting, positive
impact on the lives of others. Nobody on earth even comes
close to a mother for having the potential for that kind
Victoria Farnsworth once wrote—
“Not until I became a mother did I understand how
much my mother had sacrificed for me. Not until I
became a mother did I feel how hurt my mother was
when I disobeyed. Not until I became a mother did I
know how proud my mother was when I achieved. Not
until I became a mother did I realize how much my
mother loves me.”
A mother’s love—what would humanity be without
it? It comforts us in times of difficulty. It cheers us
through life’s way. Mother is a rock. Mother is a foundation for our lives. She is to be honored and appreciated.
Once a wife bears a child, her time, emotions, her interest and devotions are forever divided unto her children.
She is no longer alone, but she lives for the life of her
I will read this: “Too many times women are made
to feel that they should apologize for being mothers and
housewives. In reality, such roles are noble callings.
When I was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, there were gatherings from time to time to which
faculty members brought their spouses. Inevitably, some
woman lawyer or sociologist would confront my wife
with the question, ‘And what is it that you do, my dear?’
My wife, who is one of the most brilliantly articulate
individuals I know, had a great response: ‘I am socializing two homo sapiens in the dominant values of the
Judeo-Christian tradition in order that they might be
instruments for the transformation of the social order
into the teleologically prescribed utopia inherent in the
eschaton.’ She followed that with, ‘And what is it that
you do? at which time the woman responded, ‘A lawyer,’
and it didn’t have much impact.”
No one has the power or the impact upon a life as
that of a mother. Mothers, don’t be ashamed if you’re
a housewife or a home keeper. It is a high calling, and
our nation needs you to be your very best at your calling. It is a ministry. It is necessary for the advancement
Theodore Roosevelt wrote—
“When all is said, it is the mother, and the mother
only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights
for his country. The successful mother, the mother who
does her part in rearing and training aright the boys
and girls who are to be the men and women of the next
generation, is of greater use to the community, and
occupies, if she would only realize it, a more honorable
as well as a more important position than any man in
it. The mother is the one supreme asset of the national
life. She is more important, by far, than the successful
statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.”
A mother has many responsibilities, but that’s not
all she is. She’s also a wife; and as a wife, she deserves
the cooperation of her family. As a wife, she also
deserves the cooperation of her husband. I know this
is Mother’s Day, but we’re talking about the family and
the importance of motherhood. As well as a mother, a
woman is a wife. Someone has said, “The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to
love their mother.” Again, marriage is a beautiful and
wonderful thing—husband and wife loving each other,
working in the same direction, never putting one
another down, and always working in unison for the
benefit of the family unit.
The father of five children had bought a toy at a
yard sale. He called his little ones together to ask which
one should have the present. “Who is the most obedient?”
he asked. “Who never talks back to mother? Who does
everything she says?” Five small voices answered in
unison, “Here, Daddy, you play with it!”
Now, the alpha-dominant woman and the mousy
man is not a picture of the Christian family—the man
is the head—however, a man should respect his wife
and work with her in the duties around the home, and
show the children by his actions how they should treat
their mother. It is a joint venture between husband and
wife to rear their children.
Someone has written—
“Let every Christian father and mother understand,
when their child is three years old, that they have done
more than half of all they will ever do for that child’s
We are finding out in recent times that a wife, a
mother, can also be a child taking care of her parents.
It is amazing to me how my wife is able to do all that
is hers to do. She does it with care and confidence. She
has her struggles, but it is the way of all flesh to get
old. I believe it is part of God’s plan for families to take
care of family members when they become elderly. Just
think about it—a mother with children, sometimes with
grandchildren, husband, parents—how she does all that
she has to do with the 24 hours God gives her. I say
that mothers are to be appreciated and honored.
She is much more than what I can describe. I am
going to limit myself for the moment to the letters of
mother, M - O - T - H - E - R. Mother is a—
Master Builder, Mediator, Mender, Merciful Judge,
Messenger, Minister, Modest Example, Moral Guide,
Obedient to her husband, Observant Counselor,
Teacher, Tender-hearted Friend, Thankful Giver,
Trainer, Treasurer, Troubleshooter, Trustworthy Confidant;
Humble Helper, Handmaid, Happy Homemaker,
Healer, Holy Example, Honorable Spokesperson, Hopeful Planter, Hospitable Neighbor, Husband Lover;
Encourager, Enduring Influence, Everything to
Reader, Reasonable Negotiator, Reconciler, Refiner,
Reliever, Reminder, Repairer, Reprover, Rescuer,
Respectful Disciplinarian, Restrainer, Rewarder, and
Rock. All of these do not begin to describe all that a
Yes, she is a master builder. She has the future of
her children within her control and influence. A mediator—how many times did Mother have to mediate in
family squabbles? She is a mender between relationships; she is a merciful judge when things are done
wrong; she is a messenger to father and to her children;
she is a minister; she is a modest example, at least she
should be; she is a moral guide and a marriage counselor; she is an obedient Christian, observant counselor, overcomer, for she has a lot to overcome; she is
an overseer; she is a teacher—I will have more to say
about that in a moment; she is a tender-hearted friend.
It is wonderful to be able to consider your mother a
tender-hearted friend; she is a trainer—a full-time job;
she is a treasurer for the family’s money; she is a
troubleshooter when things go wrong; she is a trustworthy confidant to her children; she is a humble helper,
handmaid, happy homemaker. Who do you go to when
you cut your finger, Children? You go to Mama to find
a band-aid; she is a healer, holy example, an honorable
spokesperson, a hopeful planter—always planting seeds
that will grow in her children; she is a hospitable neighbor, husband lover, an encourager—always encouraging
others in the home; she is an enduring influence; she
is everything to everybody—so true; she is a reader to
her children at night, reasonable negotiator, reconciler,
refiner of her children, reliever of their difficulties,
reminder to her husband and to her children, repairer,
reprover, rescuer, restrainer, rewarder, and Mother is
a rock in the home. I am sure you can think of other
descriptions of your mother.
Let us look at the word teacher for a moment, for
this is one of her lasting legacies to her family. Mama,
as a teacher—what do we learn from Mama? Titus 2:1-5
says, “But speak thou the things which become sound
doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate,
sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women
likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young
women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their
children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good,
obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God
be not blasphemed.”
The scriptural instruction to the elderly women of
the church is to teach the young women how to behave
themselves; and in turn, the young women must teach
their children, and it passes from generation to generation the things which become holiness and goodness.
A London editor submitted a list of people to Winston
Churchill who had been Churchill’s teachers. Churchill
returned the list with this comment, “You have omitted
to mention the greatest of my teachers—my mother.”
I am making an application here this morning
between wisdom and motherhood. I don’t think it is a
stretch, because a lot of our wisdom that we have as
children, we learn from our mother. Wisdom means,
“accumulated philosophic or scientific learning.”
Another term is knowledge, “the ability to discern inner
qualities and relationships; insight.” Another definition
is “good sense; judgment.”
My personal definition of wisdom is: “the understanding to apply knowledge with common sense to the situations and challenges of life.” How many times do we
go to Mother for advice? How many times do we go to
Mother for knowledge of situations in the things of life?
Often Mother has just the right words to say to us.
Someone has written—
“Once I had a conversation with Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was President. I said, ‘Mr. President,
you have known every great man of our time. Who is
the greatest man you ever met?’ Without an instant’s
hesitation, he said, ‘The greatest person I ever met wasn’t
a man. It was a woman. It was my mother. She never
had much schooling, but she was wise in God’s wisdom.
She went to school to the greatest of all books, the Bible.
And she acquired real wisdom.’ ”
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The first step of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, as
the Psalmist said, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they
that do his commandments: his praise endureth for
ever.” So we’re thinking about the wisdom of our mothers.
I sent out an e-mail, and also on Facebook, that I
was interested in hearing “some words of wisdom from
your own mother.” I am going to share some of those
who responded to my request. These are pretty much
in order as I received them, except I placed families
Sis. Georgeanne Madison: “The wisest thing my
mother taught me was how to manage
my money. Pay your bills first was her
motto. We didn’t have much growing
up, but what we did have she managed
perfectly. She also taught me how to
make a grocery list and keep it handy
so I would never run out of household
items. Sounds like a small thing, but
I still use it today and smile when
co-workers comment about running
out of something. My mother was a
very talented lady and I miss her
dearly.” As I read that, I thought of a
virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. Verse Joyce, Janet &
15 says, “She riseth also while it is
yet night, and giveth meat to her
household, and a portion to her maidens.” Verse 21
says, “She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.” Verse
27 says, “She looketh well to the ways of her household,
and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
Joyce Ebersole: “When my mother was teaching me
to sew, she would always say, ‘Make sure the inside of
the garment looks as good as the outside.’ She would
also say, after the day was over with, ‘Ask yourself, what
did I accomplish today?’ Another thing she taught me
was, if someone came up to me to start trouble, just hold
your head high and keep walking. I also remember her
saying, ‘If you are going to do something, do it right the
first time, then you won’t have to do it again.’ ” How
many have heard those words from their mother?
Janet Rudisill: “Mother used to tell us, ‘There are
three sides to every story—your side—my side—and the
truth.’ Secondly, ‘At the end of the day, always have
something productive you can say you did in that day
by making every moment count.’ Thirdly, ‘Do your very
best the first time you do something.’ ”
Sis. Marsha Taylor: “My mother taught all of her
children the value of a dollar, to always pay your bills
first and eat off what was left over. We were taught to
be resourceful and stretch a dollar. She always put the
needs of her children first, often going without herself
so her children could have what they needed. On my
first birthday, she took her birthday money to buy me a
rocking chair. She was selfless and always giving. There
are many other life lessons she taught us—too many to
list. I miss her every day.”
Sis. Rosemary Harris: “When I was a teenager, Mom’s
advice to me was ‘to do what’s right because it is right—
no matter who does or doesn’t do it.’ That advice has
stuck with me; I’ve used it many times
since then.” What good advice for a
mother to give her child! Do what is
right, no matter what anyone else
Sis. Rebecca Bland: “ ‘Wise people
change their minds,’ my mother often
said. Sometimes I wasn’t happy when
she changed her mind, but I learned
mother of Rosefrom her that it is important to be
flexible and to take all circumstances
into account when making a decision.
“ ‘Don’t be lazy. You spend more time thinking of
ways to get out of work than it takes to just do the job,’
my mother would say. She is the most industrious person I’ve ever known.
“My mother had scant sympathy for me when I
complained that I was being talked about by others.
‘While they’re talking about you they won’t be talking
about someone else,’ she would say. It was small comfort,
but I did learn that there are worse things in life than
being the subject of idle gossip.”
Sis. Charnita Richards: “I learned from Mom to
never degrade family members to others. I learned to
smile no matter what. ‘Situations in life will come your
way and cause you to become discouraged or dishearten.
This is normal, but go to God in prayer, and learn to
sing in the midst of your troubles. God will help you,
and you truly can smile, no matter what.’
“I learned from Mom to take care of what you own.
‘If God blessed you with much, be thankful. If you don’t
have much, still be thankful, and take good care of what
you do have.’
“Mom taught us to work hard. She also taught us,
through requiring hard work, to feel the gratification
of a good day’s work.
“Mom taught me to hold my babies when they are
sick. She told me to let the housework go and give them
myself. I’ve found this to go a long way in teaching them
the compassion and reassurance of a mother’s love.
Mothers have much work to do, but when a child is sick,
take the time to stop and rock them. Chores will wait.
Your little one needs his mama.
“I learned from my mom to make consistency a priority when training children. ‘If you don’t plan to follow
through with an order, don’t bother giving it.’
“Mom taught me to take the time to teach children
to work rather than doing everything for them. Although
it takes a lot more time, and jobs aren’t always done the
way you would have done it, it is wiser to teach them to
work when they are young rather than doing all their
chores and expecting them to know how to do things
well when the grow older.” A great deal of wisdom she
received from her mother.
Sis. Melda Castang: “ ‘Never belittle your companion
in public. Don’t show partiality to your children. A
woman can make a man or break him. It is better to
learn to work and not have to than to someday have to
and don’t know how. Best not to settle your differences
in front of your children.’ ”
Sis. Rose Roberts: “My mom’s words to me were taken
from Proverbs 22:1, ‘A good name is rather to be chosen
than great riches, and loving favour
rather than silver and gold.’ ”
Sis. Winnie Brawner: “Mom
always took time to play with her 18
children. She always said she did not
know how people made it without the
Lord. She was deaf, but loved to sing
and loved music. There wasn’t much
that upset her. She was a happy permother of Rose
Sis. Jackie Marquiss: “My mother
taught me to be generous with other
people. Even though she has lived
her whole life on limited means, she
has always given generously to others,
and she taught us to do likewise.
“One of Mom’s favorite quotes was
from her mom, my Grandma
Schwanebeck: ‘This world is not
Sis. Janice Alwell: “My mother
not only taught but lived this: live mother of Jackie
pure and holy in front of God! Best
mother a 9th child could ask for!”
Sis. Julie Swain: “Things my mother taught me:
‘Doesn’t it make sense to get all the dirt?’ She taught us
to do the job right the first time.
“She encouraged us to do our work first and then
we would have the rest of the day to play. By wasting
time and messing around when we were supposed to
be working, we spent the whole day doing something
that may have only taken us two
“She always allowed me access to
the kitchen anytime I wanted to make
something. She was never too busy for
‘my help’ and let me crimp the pie crust
even if it wasn’t as neat as hers and
took twice as long. When I was sick,
she showed such loving, tender care.
She never complained when I called
her to my bed every little bit, just mother of Julie
because I wanted company.
“ ‘What we send into the lives of
others comes back into our own.’ She would often tell
us this when we children were irritating others, being
“She quoted this poem to me all the time—
“ ‘I love you, Mother,’ said Rosy Nell,
‘I love you better than tongue can tell.’
Then she teased and pouted full half the day,
Till her mother was glad when she went to play.
“ ‘I love you, Mother,’ said little Ann,
‘Today I’ll help you all that I can; How glad I am that school doesn’t keep!’
So she rocked the babe till he fell asleep.
“Then stepping softly she took the broom,
And swept the floor and dusted the room;
Busy and happy all day was she;
Helpful and happy as a child could be.”
Sis. Evelyn Monnett: “I heard
Mommy say this when asked for forgiveness. ‘There is always a pardon in my
pocket with your name on it. I always
love you.’ ”
Sis. Ellen Tyler: “When one of my
children disappointed me deeply by
doing something that was blatantly
wrong, I thought, How could she do Stutzie Craig,
that to us? My mother, sensing this,
said, ‘Ellen, don’t ever become bitter
against one of your children.’ I always
remembered that and it helped me many
Angela Butler: “Where do I start about things I
learned from my mother? I learned how to be understanding when my child makes a mistake. Even more,
I learned how to be a loving mother, and I am taking
lessons on how to be an awesome grandma, too! I love
my mom and appreciate everything she has done and
continues to do for me!”
Jennifer Tracy: “Mommy has always given me good
advice, but I can’t think of any good quotes right now.
Just having her at my side when things were at their
worst, and watching and learning
from her for so long has made me the
strong and happy mother I am
Reading these I thought, it’s not
only important what advice we get
from Mother. It is the life that Mother
lives before us that backs up her
advice. A good mother is not going to
say, do what I say; she is going to say,
“Do what I do.”
Angela, Jennifer & Melody
Dr. Melody Tyler-Wilson, my
daughter: “My mommy taught me that
nothing is more important than faith
“She modeled how to be strong in her faith. I remember a lot of tough situations when we were growing up,
but with those situations are memories of a mother who
prayed and believed God and His unconditional love
would settle anything. Just tonight, she said to me with
a heavy heart, ‘Life is good, God is good. What would
we do without God or family?’
“How can you make raising seven children look easy?
My mom did! Now that I am a mom, I realize the sacrifice and selflessness that comes from being a mom.
And she does it all with a smile.
“I will never forget that when she was asked about
her career, she simply said that her aspirations were to
be as sweet as her mother [and we all know how sweet
Grandma is.] What a dream! That is my dream, too—to
be just like my mommy!
“Thank you for setting an incredible example of a
strong woman who values family and faith.”
Sis. Tina Myers: “Mom was respectful and her wise
tidbits weighty. I have no doubt God used them to preserve me while I was yet in sin. Mother said, ‘There is
one thing more despicable than a liar and that would
be a murderer. To yourself be true. Have respect for
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Bro. Matt Deville: “My grandma always said, ‘Be
careful with your criticism of other people’s decisions,
because you really don’t know what you would do in
that situation, and sometimes we have to learn the hard
way what we would do.’
“My mom, Sis. Bobbie said, ‘Never tell your wife my
mom doesn’t do it like that.’ ”
Sis. Martha Schwanebeck: “My mom always used
to say, ‘Sit like a lady.’ ” There is a difference between
ladies and men, and I think that was good advice.
Sis. Vera Craig: “I recall how my mother prayed so
earnestly when I was 23 years old, as that was when
my first husband left me with two children. My mother
couldn’t laugh or even smile for the longest time. She
carried her burden daily to the Lord in prayer. One day
while I was at work, my mother went into my room and
poured her heart out to God, and it was at that time she
felt God telling her to give everything to Him, because
He was going to take care of it all. After that, my mother
was able to smile again. Even now, I can hear my mother
praying since she’s living with us. Thank God for
Sis. Kaye Mullenax: “When I was a teenager, Mother
said, ‘If I ever would come in contact with another man
that I started to like more than your daddy, I’d get as
far away from that man as I possibly could.’ That has
always stayed with me, along with other training and
advice.” Good advice!
Sis. Dorrett Clarke (Jamaica): “My mother always
encouraged me to believe in myself. Aim high, the sky
is the limit. Thank God for good mothers. She always
said, ‘See and be blind, hear and be deaf. Never let down
your friends even when they turn against you.’ ”
There are many Bible examples, which I’ll not go
into now. I appreciate these comments that were sent
to me, and the testimonies that were given concerning
Arthur Balfour once wrote—
“The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to
an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your
child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your
mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to
yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”
I would plead with those in our congregation this
morning, if you love and appreciate your mother, live
a life of good conduct that will make her proud of
If there are any unsaved here, I want to remind you
that your mother is praying for you, sometimes your
grandmother is praying for you, and the very best thing
you can do for your mother and yourself is to give your
heart to the Lord.
Proverbs 6:20-22, “My son [or daughter], keep thy
father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy
mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and
tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead
thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when
thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.”
I trust these comments have been a blessing. God
bless our mothers. Stay true to God, and He will stay
true to you.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
A GODLY MOTHER
by Bro. Alvin Craig
UR SUBJECT today is entitled, “The Importance
of a Godly Mother.” I will read from the 31st
chapter of the book of Proverbs, beginning with
verse 10: “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her
price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband
doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need
of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days
of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh
willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’
ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also
while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household,
and a portion to her maidens.” Dropping down to the
latter part of this chapter, we read, “She looketh well
to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread
of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters
have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman
that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her
of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise
her in the gates.”
In our society today, we do not always put the proper
value on things. At times, we value some things too
highly, while at other times we value things too little.
In thinking back to the tragedy in New York and at the
Pentagon on September 11, 2001, many people changed
their thoughts and their values. It is sad that such a
tragedy had to happen to cause people to do so, but it
is good that they did, for many people looked at their
family, their children, their husbands, their companions
in a different light, it seems, than they had before. One
professional football player, when it was announced
they would cancel their games that weekend, said he
was not interested in his game. He wanted to spend
time with his family. There were those who left their
jobs to be with their children. Even schools were dismissed so the children could go home. So hearts and
minds were turned toward families. I say that it was
good, but it’s sad that it took such a tragedy to cause
people to change their values, as they evidently did at
In Mark, chapter 14, verses 1-9, we read about Jesus
being in Bethany in the home of Simon the leper.
Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha was there.
Earlier Jesus had raised him from the dead, and many
people came to see, not only Jesus, but Lazarus as well.
While Jesus was there in the home of Simon the leper
having a meal with him, a woman came in having an
alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, which was very
precious. She came in and poured it on the head of
Jesus. This made some very indignant, and they asked,
“Why was this waste of the ointment made?” In their
eyes, this act of love bestowed on Jesus was a waste.
They went on to say, “It might have been sold and given
to the poor.” How sincere they were about that, I am
not able to say, for Judas Iscariot was among those who
complained, and it was not long after this that he went
to the chief priests and agreed to betray Jesus into their
hands for 30 pieces of silver. The Bible says in regard
to Judas that he was a thief, and so complaining of
what this woman did may well have been a desire to
have the money to put into the bag, for he carried it so
that he might steal it. Nevertheless, Jesus hearing their
remarks, said, “Let her alone; she hath wrought a good
work on me. She hath done what she could: she is come
aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I
say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached
throughout the whole world, this also that she hath
done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” This has
been preached and read down through the ages, and
here I am using what she did as proof that society does
not always put proper value on things. Some there in
Bethany considered what the woman did to Jesus with
her ointment of spikenard as a waste. Jesus considered
it something very valuable, so much so that it would
be talked about and told throughout the whole world,
and so it is.
God takes note of us in a different way than we are
accustomed to doing with each other. We tend to measure the success of one’s life by their accomplishments,
and I am not trying to detract from the accomplishments
of people. To become the president of the United States
is an accomplishment—yes, quite true; or to invent
something that is very helpful to humanity is an accomplishment, and we tend to measure the success of one’s
life by their accomplishments, but God takes the measure of every individual by their faithfulness. I want to
emphasize that point. God takes note of us in a different way than we are accustomed to doing with each
other. Again, we tend to measure the success of one’s
life by their accomplishments, but God takes the measure of every individual by their faithfulness.
Jesus was standing in the temple one day, and he
was observing the people. He saw a poor widow who
came in, and she had two mites. She put it in the offering at the temple. Jesus said in regard to her that she
had given more than all of those who were wealthy and
all that they had given. Why did He say that? Because
she had given all she had, and the others had given out
of their abundance. There was no sacrifice connected
with what the others did. Again, I say, Jesus looks at
us in a different way and in a different light than we
are accustomed to. He doesn’t look at the amount. He
looks at the ability and the faithfulness of one. Jesus
said of the woman in Mark 14, “She hath done what
she could.” Who could do more?
The wise man said in Proverbs 31, “Who can find a
virtuous woman? for her price [her value] is far above
rubies.” How many people consider it so? I believe what
the Word of God says. I believe what I am reading here
from the book of Proverbs. “Who can find a virtuous
woman? for her price [her value] is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so
that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him
good and not evil all the days of her life. ... Her children
arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and
he praiseth her. ... Favour is deceitful, and beauty is
vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall
What seems to be little things in some people’s eyes
are very important in God’s sight. Motherhood is one
of the most important of all in God’s divine plan. Study
after study has shown that no one can take the place
of a true mother in the life of her children. Studies have
also shown that relatives can help, and they do a better
job than day care centers do; but no one, according to
the studies, can take the place of a true mother in the
life of her children. Those children feel a safety, a comfort, a love there that they cannot find elsewhere.
Mother’s love and care for her children are not little
things. They are not unimportant things.
We hear talk of how women are becoming CEO’s of
companies, and in the near future we may have a woman
president. Now, the head of a company fills an important
place, and one who fills the office of president of the
United States fills an important office. Remember the
apostle Paul has told us to pray for all rulers, not just
ours, but for all rulers that we may lead a quiet and a
peaceable life in the land God has given us. We should
take that seriously. Filling the office of president of the
United States and being a CEO of a company are indeed
important offices, but those are temporal duties. They
are temporal offices. Though a mother has many temporal duties, they are not all of her duties, and not even
the most important.
A soul is worth more than all the world with all of
its companies, presidents, prime ministers, kings, etc.
A child taught right and brought up to serve the Lord
is no small accomplishment. What could be more important? Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall
gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” So a soul
is worth more than all the world with all of its companies (all of them put together), and all of the material
things in this world. One soul is worth more than them
all. A child taught right and brought up to serve the
Lord is no small accomplishment. Our nation and world
need godly mothers. Again, what seems to be little in
the eyes of some are very important to God.
In the book of Acts, chapter 9, we read about a
woman named Dorcas. The Bible says, “This woman
was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.”
She fell sick and died. The apostle Peter was in Lydda,
which was not so far away. Now, Dorcas lived in Joppa,
and Lydda was not very far away from Joppa. Some of
the disciples in Joppa had heard that Peter was in
Lydda, and they sent for him to come to Joppa. When
he arrived, some of the widows showed him coats and
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other garments Dorcas had made for their children,
and they were weeping over her death. God was so
pleased with her valuable work and labor of love that
He used Peter to raise her from the dead. Yes, He used
the apostle Peter to raise this woman. Now, remember
what she had done. She was not a CEO of a company
nor a queen of a country. She had spent her time making garments for widows and for their children, and
God was so pleased with her valuable work that He
used Peter to raise her from the dead. What seems
little in some people’s eyes is very important in God’s
We all need to remember that we are all here for a
purpose. God has a plan and a will for us all, and we’re
going to leave this world some day and we’ll have to
give an account to God for the life we have lived in this
time world. What will really be important when we
stand before the Judge of all the earth?
God ordained marriage. He ordained motherhood,
and I consider it one of the most important places anyone is ever called to fill. It is certainly more important
than being a CEO of a company, or even president of
the country, especially when we consider the value of
souls in the light of eternity. Again, keep in mind, God
has a place, a will for each one of us, and nothing is as
important as filling the place God has for us all to
At this point in our broadcast, I would like to quote
from a number of people:
“The most important occupation on the earth for a
woman is to be a real mother to her children. It doesn’t
have much glory to it; there is a lot of grit and grime.
But there is no greater place of ministry, position or
power than that of a mother.”—Phil Whisenhunt
“No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to
you.”—Mary R. Coker
“Satisfaction comes from having a lasting positive
impact on the lives of others. Nobody on earth even comes
close to a mother for having the potential for that kind
of influence.”—Susan Yates
“No man is poor who has had a godly mother.”
“The successful mother, the mother who does her part
in rearing and training aright the boys and girls who
are to be the men and women of the next generation, is
of greater use to the community, and occupies, if she
only would realize it, a more honorable as well as a
more important position than any man in it. The mother
is the one supreme asset of the national life. She is more
important, by far, than the successful statesman, or
businessman, or artist, or scientist.”—President Theodore Roosevelt
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BIBLE LESSON OF THE MONTH
A VISION OF THE HARVEST FIELD
Scriptures: John 4:34-38; Matthew 9:36-38; Luke
10:1-3; I Timothy 2:3, 4; II Peter 3:9.
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him
that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh
harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the
fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto
life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other
men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved
with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered
abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send
forth labourers into his harvest.
Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy
also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and
place, whither he himself would come.
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the
labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he
would send forth labourers into his harvest.
3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among
I Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth.
II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some
men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Memory Verse: Say not ye, There are yet four months,
and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift
up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white
already to harvest.—John 4:35.
Aim: To help the student visualize God’s harvest
HEN WE think of the commission Jesus gave
the church to go into all the world, and we think
of our world today with seven billion or more
souls, what a task! Jesus looked out over the fields and
told the disciples that they should not say there were
four months and then cometh the harvest, but the fields
were already white to harvest and the laborers were
few. It would seem safe to say it is much more so today
than when Jesus said those words. No one person can
do the job, no one congregation can do it, but the church
as a whole must do what they can, for every soul is
precious in the sight of the Lord.
MY WORK IS TO DO THE WILL OF THE
FATHER—John 4:34—Jesus had sent the disciples
to buy some food while He rested at Jacob’s well. A
woman came to draw water and Jesus began to talk to
her, telling her about the living water He had to give.
The disciples returned and urged Jesus to eat, but He
informed them that the winning of souls was the most
important thing at that moment.
LIFT UP YOUR EYES—Verse 35—We read in
the Scriptures, “Where there is no vision, the people
perish.” There are so many things that can get our
attention, and there are material duties we have to
take care of, but we must not lose sight of the lost souls
all around us and the need of doing all we can to reach
them. “How can they believe on him of whom they have
WORKERS TOGETHER—Verses 36-38—The
thing that makes harvesting souls so important is that
we all are eternity-bound, and it will be eternal life for
those who are harvested and eternal death for those
who are not. There is a great reward awaiting those
who win souls to the Lord. “They that turn many to
righteousness [shall shine] as the stars for ever and
ever” (Daniel 12:3b). Verses 37 and 38 show the need
of saints working together in this great effort of harvesting souls.
HE WAS MOVED WITH COMPASSION—Matthew 9:36-38—A burden for souls is very important if
we are going to win them to the Lord. A vision of the
value of a soul will increase our burden for them. Jesus
saw the multitudes and was moved. Then He instructed
the disciples to pray for the Lord to send forth laborers
into the harvest field. Not everyone is called to preach,
to be a missionary, or a personal worker, but all can
pray and all can give.
APPOINTED SEVENTY—Luke 10:1—In the
wilderness, Moses chose seventy to help him govern
the nation of Israel, and so Jesus, after He had chosen
twelve, chose seventy to help Him and the twelve in
the task of reaching souls with the gospel. We do not
have their names listed. Verse 2—To help the seventy
understand the urgency of the need, He instructed them
to pray for the Lord of harvest to send forth laborers
into his harvest.
LAMBS AMONG WOLVES—Verse 3—Adam
Clarke’s comments: “He who is called to preach the
Gospel is called to embrace a state of constant labor,
and frequent suffering. He who gets ease and pleasure,
in consequence of embracing the ministerial office,
neither preaches the Gospel, nor is sent of God. If he
did the work of an evangelist, wicked men and demons
would both oppose him.”
FOR THIS IS GOOD—I Timothy 2:3—In verses
one and two, Paul instructs people to pray for all that
are in authority “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Then he goes on
to say, “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God
our Saviour.” It would be more difficult to reach souls
with the gospel in a warring nation than in one where
the people are living in peace.
GOD’S WILL IS FOR ALL TO BE SAVED—
Verse 4—It is hard to understand how people can
believe in the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination in
light of such clear and plain scriptures. Paul says God
would not only have all to be saved but also come to
the knowledge of the truth. The Scriptures inform us
that Jesus tasted death for every human being, and
that it is not God’s will that any should perish.
THE LORD IS NOT SLACK—II Peter 3:9—In
this verse, we see God’s loving attitude toward mankind.
The Lord hates sin but He loves the sinner, and He
works through His church in an effort to see them
saved. It is not His will that any should perish but that
all should come to repentance. Not one soul dies in sin
in the will of God.
In this wicked age that we are now living in, it seems
it is getting more and more difficult to see souls saved.
There is so much in the world to attract people’s time
and attention! Sport’s stadiums can hold 100,000 or
more people, and many times they are filled, but how
many can you get to a Holy Spirit-filled church service
where the pure gospel is preached? O yes, some famous
evangelists can get a sizeable number out to a stadium
or an arena, but what are they offering the people—a
sin-you-must church joining religious profession that
does not give eternal life. Nevertheless, we are told,
“Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season
we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
1. What was Jesus’ greatest concern?
2. How large is the harvest field?
3. What is meant by the expression “the field is
4. How many would God have to be saved?
5. Why are so few being saved in our day?
SOWING THE SEED
You may treat ideas as bullets—or
seeds! You may shoot ideas—or you may
sow them! You may hit people in the head
with them, or you may plant them in their
hearts. Use them as bullets, they kill inspiration and neutralize motivation. Use
them as seeds, they take root, grow, and
become a reality in the life in which they
are planted. The only risk taken when
seeds are planted is that they become a
part of the one in whom they grow. The
originator will probably get no credit for the
idea. If one is willing not to get credit for
an idea, a rich harvest will be reaped. “It
is more blessed to give than to receive.”
—Richard C. Halverson
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Answered by the Editor
UESTION: Is Satan omnipresent?
—R. H., West Virginia
ANSWER: As far as I know there is no place
on this earth that you could go and Satan would not be
there to tempt. That being true, I would say yes to your
QUESTION: What does the subheading in Psalm
119 stand for?—R. H., West Virginia
ANSWER: I assume you are asking about the
Hebrew letters that you find in this Psalm; if so, I
understand those to be the 24 letters in the Hebrew
alphabet, count them!
QUESTION: What do I tell people when they ask
me why I don’t eat? Are you supposed to tell people you
are fasting? Is there any verse in the Bible that says
not to tell people you are fasting?—R. E., Arkansas
ANSWER: You may read what Jesus said about
fasting in Matthew 6:16-18. I have never anointed my
head, but I do not do anything to disfigure myself in
any way to let people know I am fasting. I think the
main thought is, do not fast to be seen or heard by man,
as Jesus says in verse 16, “Be not, as the hypocrites, of
a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that
they may appear unto men to fast.” I don’t think there
is anything wrong with telling a person you are fasting,
IF they ask you why you are not eating, but do not go
around telling people just to let them know you are. Of
course, family members are going to know.
QUESTION: Please explain Matthew 24:27 and
30?—D. C., Illinois
ANSWER: I am going to quote from Adam Clarke
on the verses you ask about:
“It is worthy of remark that our Lord, in the most
particular manner, points out the very march of the
Roman army: they entered into Judea on the EAST,
and carried on their conquest WESTWARD, as if not
only the extensiveness of the ruin, but the very route
which the army would take, were intended in the comparison of the lightning issuing from the east, and
shining to the west.
Verse 30, “The plain meaning of this is, that the
destruction of Jerusalem will be such a remarkable
instance of Divine vengeance, such a signal manifestation of Christ’s power and glory, that all the Jewish
tribes shall mourn, and many will, in consequence of
this manifestation of God, be led to acknowledge Christ
and his religion.” (End of quote.)
I must say I am not aware of a lot of Jews accepting
Christ because of the destruction of Jerusalem.
QUESTION: It is my understanding that the Old
Testament was written in the Hebrew language and
the New Testament was written in the Greek language,
but part is written in the Aramaic language. If so, is
Daniel written in the Aramaic?—H. B., Illinois
ANSWER: Like so many things about the Bible!
modern scholars disagree with the general accepted
ideas about the languages the Bible was written in.
What has been accepted through the years is that most
of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, with the
exception of part of Daniel, and possibly Ezra, which
was written in Aramaic. As to the New Testament, it
was written in old Greek Koinec with the possible exception of Matthew, which some believe was written in the
Aramaic as spoken at the time Jesus was on earth.
QUESTION: What is the difference between a pastor and a man of God?—S. U. O., Togo, Africa
ANSWER: I suppose any true Christian man could
be called “a man of God,” but it is usually used in connection to a minister of the gospel, not just pastor.
QUESTION: Is the blessings of Abraham still working with the Israelite country in a physical way
today?—S. U. O., Togo, Africa
ANSWER: God’s promises to Abraham’s literal seed
were all fulfilled. Under the New Covenant, they are
no more, nor less, to God than anyone else. God is no
respecter of persons.
QUESTION: Please explain the context of “the rock”
in Matthew 16:18. Is Peter also referred to as a rock?
—J. E. M., Ghana
ANSWER: Jesus is speaking of Himself, who He is,
and what He stands for when He speaks of the “Rock.”
In other words, He is confirming that He was the Christ
the Son of God as Peter said He was. Paul speaks of
the same “Rock” in I Corinthians 10:4, and he says “that
Rock was Christ.”
“Peter” was actually a nickname from the Greek
word “petros” for rock or stone. He was also known as
“Cephas” from the Aramaic word “kepha” for rock.
According to Peter, all Christians are stones! “Ye also,
as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable
to God by Jesus Christ” (I Peter 2:5).
QUESTION: Some years ago in The Way of Truth
it was written that some (in the Reformation Movement) started teaching that the Holy Spirit will come
with salvation. It was called the Zinzendorf teaching.
Bro. Byrum said this teaching is from the devil and he
who teaches it should leave the campground. Could you
tell me where this can be found or send me the exact
words of this happening?—H. K., Germany
ANSWER: The following is from Heralds of a
Brighter Day, by John W. V. Smith, published 1955:
“Byrum had been editor of the Gospel Trumpet
hardly three years when a number of the leading ministers in the movement fell under the influence of
‘Zinzendorfism,’ the teaching that justification and
release from the carnal nature were secured at the same
time, thus making it unnecessary for any further cleansing to be done at the time of sanctification. The second
work was seen only as a baptism or a sealing by the
Holy Spirit. Upon first becoming aware that this doctrine
was being accepted by some of the brethren, Byrum
lost no time in branding it. In an editorial in the November 10, 1898, issue of The Gospel Trumpet he wrote:
“We do not hesitate in calling the doctrine a heresy—
—a doctrine of the devil. We do not say by this that
every one who has been pondering the question is of
the devil, but we do say that a person cannot take up
with such a doctrine and teach it and bring other souls
under the influence of the enemy in that way after
having the light of the Word of God on that line and
keep the grace of God in his soul.
“The issue came to sharp focus in the Moundsville
camp meeting of 1899. Byrum’s firm stand, supported
by other strong leaders, made the issue clear-cut. The
‘heretics’ could either abandon their false doctrine or
get out. Several of them chose the latter.” (End of
When Byrum spoke of “getting out,” he did not mean
get off the campground, but get out of the movement.
Trust this is what you wanted.
When we are spiritually dead (living in sin), the
devil has us bound with sin’s chains. We can’t get rid
of these heavy weights on our own. The devil would
have us to believe that we can never be free from our
sinful past. I had a hard time believing that God would
forgive me of all that I had done. The devil tried to
make me believe He couldn’t; but, praise be to God
Almighty, when Jesus says, “Loose her, and let her go,”
there is no chain that can withstand that!
The verses in this Psalm are a blessing to me—
Psalm 107:11-22: “Because they rebelled against the words
Dear Young People,
My comments will be
brief, for we have two
powerful testimonies and
an article written by the
Editor 52 years ago,
admonishing the youth of
his day. As much changes,
much stays the same. The
power of sin is still great
in our day, but so is the
power of Christ! He is just the same today.
Write and send me your testimony: The Way of
Truth, Young People’s Editor, P. O. Box 88, Hagerstown, MD 21741 U.S.A.
God bless and keep you!
Yours in His service,
Dear Bro. Greg,
My heart is full of joy while I am typing this message. I am praying that this letter will find some space
in your Way of Truth journal.
God saved me when I was still in prison in Baguio.
God used some ministers to preach the pure gospel to
us prisoners. And because of God’s gracious love, I was
enlightened by the truth. Inside the prison cell I came
to realize that I was a sinner, a sinner doomed to everlasting hell. But as I realized my spiritual condition, I
praised God because there was a remedy for my sins.
God spoke to my heart that if I will just sincerely repent
He would have mercy on me. God’s Holy Spirit worked
in my heart. I knelt before God and repented; and praise
God, I was forgiven and changed by Him.
I spent some more time serving God in prison before
I was released. When I was released, my first years of
life outside the prison started. I was happily serving
God. I attended services and convention. Everything
was going smooth. But my saddest experience came—
my spiritual condition became cold until I stopped
serving God. My heart cries right now as I remember
how I left God. I started doing those things that were
contrary to His will. Deeper and deeper I went. I thought
there would be no other chance for me. But as I continued living in sin, God still spoke to me, especially
when I was alone. I could still feel His love, and a lot
of times I cried alone. I was telling myself that living
in sin is not the purpose of my life. There were also
times that I was dreaming about God. I had no peace
of mind. I was afraid that if death came to me, it would
mean no more chance for my soul. My life was totally
ruined without God.
Bro. Greg Tyler
By Sis. Crystal Gossard
N JOHN, chapter 11, we read about Jesus resurrecting Lazarus from the dead. Even though
Lazarus had been dead for four days, all Jesus had
to do was say, “Lazarus, come forth.” The Bible says,
“And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and
foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about
with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and
let him go.” I am so thankful that God called my name
to come out of sin.
of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down,
and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the LORD
in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise
the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to
the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass,
and cut the bars of iron in sunder. Fools because of their
transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw
near unto the gates of death. Then they cry unto the LORD
in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from
their destructions. Oh that men would praise the LORD for
his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of
men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and declare his works with rejoicing.”
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But thank God, He touched me once again. He
reminded me of how He reached out to me when I was
in prison. I remembered His love and how He changed
me before. I remember how Jesus suffered and died for
me, and I told myself, how could I leave and hurt such
a loving God? How could I easily forget the blood of
Jesus that flows on the cross? He did nothing wrong to
harm me. Praise God, though I am unworthy to be
forgiven, He reached down and lifted me out. God’s love
never stopped moving on me. I did not look for God,
but He looked for me and found me once again. Praise
God, I was given a chance to repent of my sins and was
forgiven. My very intention of writing this letter is to
let others know that God loves us so much.
Brethren, thank you for your prayers.
Bro. Adrian Caburian, Philippines
BEHAVE THYSELF IN
THE HOUSE OF GOD
Written by Bro. Alvin Craig
for the Youth for Truth paper - 1961
I Timothy 3:15, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the
house of God, which is the church of the living God, the
pillar and ground of the truth.” I suppose some people
would think in reading over this verse that Paul was
speaking of the building in which we meet to have
services, but it is far from that. We spend only from
five to seven hours (some more and some less) in the
worship house, but Paul says the house of God is the
Church of God. So if a person has been born again, he
is a member of God’s church, not for a few hours, but
every day and all the day. So Paul says that person
should behave himself. Jesus says, “By their fruits ye
shall know them.” If we are to put Christ on display,
or to win people to Christ, we will have to behave ourselves.
Many today are failing to do this. One thing that
is creeping in among some people is worldliness. The
Word of God has not changed in the least. We read,
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves
in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety;
not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness)
with good works.”—I Timothy 2:9, 10. Also, Peter tells
us, “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of
putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of
the heart, in that which is in the sight of God of great
price.”—I Peter 3:3, 4. These verses are in the Bible
for one reason: to be obeyed.
It is awful how women will get out on the streets
with just a little pair of shorts and a little piece of cloth
over the top part of their bodies. No wonder crime is
on the increase. Women are asking for trouble when
they do such things as that. Is it not sad when we hear
of young people who are supposed to be in the Church
of God, going in mixed bathing and so forth? How can
we expect God to move in our midst if such things are
Listen, Young People, in the day of judgment you
will not be thinking about beauty shops and such. You
will be interested in where your soul is going, but now
is the time to think about that; today is the day of
salvation. It may be that your preacher does not preach
against these things, but that does not change the Word
of God. The Word is what will judge you in the last day.
Some say these are small things and we should not
bother with them. Such is not true. They are not small
things. Numbers of congregations that once had power
with God have slipped, lost their power with God. Why?
Look at the members, and you’ll see curled hair, short
dresses, sleeveless dresses, finger rings, and a love for
pretty things in the world instead of a love and concern,
a real burden for souls.
They have settled down for a life of ease, and God
has gone on and departed out of their midst. Do we
want that to happen to us, Young People? My heart
cries out, “No!” We want more power with God. If so,
we must behave ourselves in the Church of God. We
must look like saints, talk like saints, go to places
where Christians are expected to be found, and refrain
from going to questionable places.
Paul also tells in I Corinthians 10:31, “Whether
therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all
to the glory of God.” This does not leave out anything.
What we cannot do for the glory of God, we are not
to do. Idle talking for one thing is forbidden. The
Word says, “But I say unto you, That every idle word
that man shall speak, they shall give account thereof
in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt
be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”—Matthew 12:36, 37.
Also, in Ecclesiastes 5:2, “Be not rash with thy
mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any
thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon
the earth: therefore let thy words be few.” James 1:26
says, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and
bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart,
this man’s religion is vain.” You say, “Can we not have
any pleasure?” You most certainly can if you do what
I Timothy 3:15 and I Corinthians 10:3 says. You will
have more joy and pleasure than you could ever have
in the world. Christ is the fountain head of all true
Not only will it bring pleasure in this time world,
but in the world to come. Again I say that there will be
no beauty shops in the judgment. In hell, there will be
none of these worldly things that you are wrapping
your arms around now. Oh, how foolish it is to sell your
soul and to be lost in hell forever over a few sinful
moments of fun. Why not turn to Christ with all your
heart and live forever?
And you who are saved, measure your lives to the
Word of God and find even more joy than you have had
thus far. There can be no greater joy than to let Christ
have His way in our hearts and lives. He knows what
is best for us, and He tells us if we will “trust in the
Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own
understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him, he
shall direst thy paths.”—Proverbs 3:5, 6.
May the Lord bless each and every heart is my
The Abundant Church
2012 Cayman Convention Message by Bro. Duane Jeffries
E WANT TO thank the Lord that we’re in the
house of the Lord, and we’re still on the battlefield
for Him. We are almost at the end of our convention, and I can confess that the Lord has truly blessed
me. I’m on higher ground. If the convention were to end
today, the Lord has richly blessed my heart. I find myself
to be a stronger Christian today as a result of this
We thank the Lord for the beautiful theme, and for
the way He moved on Bro. James’ heart to choose such
a wonderful one. Truly, the church should be found on
higher ground. I trust the Lord will help me to do my
little part for Him. I believe it was Bro. Junior who said
that when his father first asked him to preach, he told
the congregation to keep on singing. I was thinking
about that today. You know, it’s always easier to enjoy
the service when you don’t have the responsibility to
preach; but I thank the Lord He has called me into the
ministry, and by His grace, I intend to do my part for
Him. I can do nothing more but be myself. I’m not going
to try to be someone else but me. I trust the Lord will
help me to do my little part for Him.
Please turn your Bibles to the book of Revelation,
chapter 2. I have taken my thoughts from verses
8-10—“And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna
write; These things saith the first and the last, which
was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the
blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are
not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those
things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall
cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and
ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto
death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” I will entitle
my thoughts, “The Abundant Church.”
I love the Church of God. I was born and raised in
her. I don’t know of any other but this one. From the
time I was a young boy, I fell in love with her. Thank
God, I can say that I am still in love with her today. I
don’t see anything out there in the world that I want.
I don’t see anything out there that I am drooling after.
My heart is dwelling contented in the church. I am so
glad that I can say that I am a part of the Church of
God. My heart aches and pains when I see people leaving her and going after what is out there. I am not here
today to criticize no other church, but I am here to stand
up for the Church of God. I don’t understand how
people can see the Church of God for what she is and
still leave her. I don’t understand how people could have
fallen in love with the church and then turned their
backs on her.
My earthly mother is dead and gone, but I loved her
so much. She was so good to me. She raised me up and
taught me the ways of God. She took care of me, and
she loved and taught me how to live. How ungrateful
I would be to criticize
my mother! How very
ungrateful I would be to
pick apart my mother!
“The Abundant Life—
How ungrateful I would
Christ’s Purpose for His People”
be to let my mother
The holy Scriptures
tell us, “But Jerusalem
which is above is free,
which is the mother of
us all.” The Church of
God is the mother of us
all. My heart dwells content in her. I still believe
in the Church of God. I
am not among those
who believe that she’s irrelevant to this time world.
There are many who believe that her doctrines and
standards are irrelevant, because the world is too
modern. There are those who believe that she is going
to die off. I read somewhere in the Scriptures where
Jesus said, “Upon this rock [speaking of Himself] I will
build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail
against it.” That rock of which Jesus was speaking
about is truth, for He is truth, and the truth still stands
today. The gates of hell shall not prevail against her.
We sing a hymn which says, “Crowns and thrones may
perish, Kingdoms rise and wane, But the church of
Jesus constant will remain.” Though the world and
times may change, the church constant will remain.
She doesn’t go with the world, praise the Lord! We
must earnestly contend for the faith which was once
delivered to the saints. The church doesn’t change.
One of the biggest temptations in the world today
is what we see in the religious world. Churches are
opening up just to gain numbers. They are allowing
just about anything. Anything! I am talking about
churches which once held a conservative stand. Today,
they are accepting just about anything. Anything goes
just to keep the numbers. Hundreds and thousands of
people are flocking to them; but you see, Friends, it’s
not the numbers. We could have many more in the
church here in the Cayman Islands if we wanted to. All
we would have to do is to loosen the standard. All we
would have to do is to let it go, and the world would
flock in, but what good would it do? It is only gospel
truth that helps the soul of man. That is why the Bible
encourages us to, “Buy the truth, and sell it not.” Someone said that we can do nothing against the truth. Truth
is always truth. It never changes. I love this church.
The Bible tells me she is “the church of the living God,
the pillar and ground of the truth.” Praise the Lord! I
thank God that I am not groping in darkness. I am not
in a state of confusion. I know where I stand.
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Men speak of “a church triumphant”
As something on earth unknown,
They think us beneath the tyrant
Until we shall reach our home.
He built on a sure foundation,
And said that the gates of hell
Against her divine munition
Can never indeed prevail.
’Tis not in the church of Jesus
That people yet live in sin;
But in the dark creeds they’re joining,
And vainly are trusting in.
God’s church is alone triumphant,
In holiness all complete;
And all the dark pow’rs of Satan
She tramples beneath her feet.
The church is a conquering church; the church is a
militant church. No army on earth can defeat her, praise
This church that we love is a spiritual church. It is
not the building. We have some beautiful church buildings in this world. Some have the most magnificent
structures we’ve ever seen. They are made of marble
stones and other materials, but that doesn’t make the
church. They are just buildings. I think we often
wrongly say, “We’re going to church.” We don’t go to
church, because we are the church. The church is made
up of the saved and sanctified, those who have been
washed in the blood of the Lamb. So we are the church.
We don’t go to church. The church goes to the building
We read in I Peter 2:5, “Ye also, as lively stones,
are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ.” This church is not a dead church. We
are lively stones. We have spiritual life. The Church
of God is a called-out separate people, and this is a
part a lot of people have a problem with. This is a part
that people fail to accept. We are a called-out separate
people. In verse 9, we read, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should show forth the praises of him
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” The word peculiar means, “special; set
apart; unique.” I often say, if you read the Bible from
Genesis to Revelation, you will see the mind of God to
call out a people from amidst the wicked world. Even
when He called Abraham, He called him from among
his kindred, from his people, and said, “I am going to
make of you a special nation.” That is why the Church
of God does not mix with certain things. We are called
a separate people, a peculiar people, set apart for the
glory of God.
The conservative Church of God is rejected by the
world. It is under siege, assaulted. The world laughs
and scoffs at us as fanatics. Even in our workplaces,
we are mocked, because we try to hold up a standard
and live in accordance to God’s Word. In some instances,
it seems, our very own children refuse the church. They
don’t want to be identified with her. They don’t want
to be a part of her, but it is still what the world needs
today. Too many professing Christians are refusing to
hold up the standard. I was thinking as I was preparing this message, it seems today that the ministry is
having to spend so much time, energy, and resources
in trying to keep the church interested and in line.
Much time is also spent in dealing with the same old
issues over and over again rather than being spent in
trying to reach the lost. The apostle Paul said, “As
newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby.” I believe God expects all of
us to mature into this. We can’t be babes forever. The
same old things have to be dealt with over and over
again, because people refuse to measure up to the Word.
Souls are dying and going to a devil’s hell. May the
Lord help us.
Where do we stand today? That’s a question I often
ask myself. Where do we stand? Do we love this church
we profess to be a part of? Are we loyal to her as God
expects us to be? Where is the church on our list of
priorities? “Do I still delight in the church? Is my heart
still contented, or is it a drudgery for me even to come
to services?” Let me tell you, if you ever want to know
that you’re slipping, it is when you find it a struggle to
come to church services. You are losing something. You
can make all sorts of excuses, such as, “I have a business. I am successful, and God expects me to tend to
this.” Where is your priority? When you love something, you will give it your all. It will have your full
attention, and all of your affection will be on it. When
you love your wife, she will know. You are going to take
care of her. You will give her that attention she’s looking for. When you love your husband, he’s going to know
it. You will pay attention to him; you will take care of
him, and no one can touch him in your presence. You
are going to defend him. No one can touch my wife and
family when I’m near, because I’m going to defend them.
I believe that is my God-given right. What about the
Church of God? How much do we love the church? Do
we stand up for her? Do we defend her? I’m talking
about the abundant church.
I hope I am not out-of-place in saying this—I believe
from what I see through the eyes of faith that the
church’s fiercest battle is being fought from within.
May God help us. Some people get disgruntled about
the little frivolous things, finding excuses not to come
to services, and complaining about this and that. God
help us! God is depending on us to win the world. Do
you still love the church? I’m burdened for the church.
I believe that God has called us to do a great work for
Him. As I was thinking about this message, I meditated
on the scripture found in Matthew 16 where Jesus said
“the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” I believe
that to be so, but it does not change the fact that a local
congregation can go into apostasy and fail. Down
through the ages, congregations have failed. That tells
me something. We need to be on our guard.
We read in the book of Revelation about the seven
churches, and I took the time to study each one of
them. I am not going to read them to you in order.
Revelation 2:1-5 speaks about a church is Ephesus
that allowed indifference to set in. They left their zeal,
their fervency, and their love for God. The scripture
says, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee,
because thou hast left thy first love.” Do we still love
God today? Do we still believe in the cause today?
Where are we this afternoon? Do we still defend this
The church in Pergamos, spoken of in Revelation
2:12-16, allowed heresy to root itself in their midst.
Heresy—false doctrines, all sorts of beliefs and opinions had set in. We have a lot of opinionated people.
A lot of opinions is what got the attention of the Lord.
“Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and
will fight against them with the sword of my
The church in Thyatira allowed a false prophetess
to come in and teach all sorts of abominations—to
commit fornication and to worship idols. Remember,
these churches I’ve spoken of once stood for the
The church in Sardis was an indifferent church.
They pretended to be strong when they were weak.
They professed to be living when they were dead. It’s
not how good the choir sings, it’s not how good the
service appears to be, it’s the relationship among brethren that tells the tale all the time. Show me how people
live, and I will show you the church. Do we love one
another? Can everyone testify that they love one
another? The devil has been successful in planting
seeds of malice, hatred, and variance among professing
church people for years and years. It has always been
so, seemingly. Jesus prayed, “Father, keep through thine
own name those whom thou hast given me, that they
may be one, as we are.” It is the unity of the church
that says how strong she is. Working together, striving
for one another, lifting up one another instead of tearing one another down is where our strength lies. “United
we stand, divided we fall.”
Turn to the book of I Corinthians, chapter 12. We
will read verses 13-27: “For by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles,
whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to
drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member,
but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the
hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the
body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the
eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing?
If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
But now hath God set the members every one of them
in the body, as it hath pleased him. [We often find that
people become disgruntled because God raised up a
certain individual to an office in the church. Brethren,
it is not Bro. James’ doing, it is not Bro. Alvin’s doing,
it is God who sets the members in the body; not for Bro.
James’ pleasure, but for His glory.] And if they were all
one member, where were the body? But now are they
many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot
say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again
the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much
more those members of the body, which seem to be more
feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body,
which we think to be less honourable, upon these we
bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts
have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts
have no need: but God hath tempered the body together,
having given more abundant honour to that part which
lacked: That there should be no schism [no division] in
the body; but that the members should have the same
care one for another. [There are no high-ups and lows,
no mighty and no weak. We’re all on the same plane.
Though some hold a higher degree of office, yet we’re
all the same in the sight of God.] And whether one
member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one
member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
We will continue with verses 28-31 of I Corinthians—“And God hath set some in the church, first
apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after
that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets?
are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all
the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all
interpret? [No, but God has a purpose for every member.
Some unlock the door, sweep the floor, but they are just
as honorable in the house of God. Not all can teach or
preach, but they’re still a member of the family of God.
We sing a song that says, ‘Little is much when God is
in it! Labor not for wealth or fame. There’s a crown—
and you can win it, If you go in Jesus’ name.’] But covet
earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more
This abundant church is God’s church. The Bible
encourages us to lay aside every weight—all the bitterness, the strife, the malice, and all of the things that
can cause a hindrance in our midst—lay aside. Oh, it’s
time for an old-fashioned confession service where we
see people coming together, acknowledging their faults
to one another, and saying, “I am sorry.” Every member
of the church should be addressed and respected
equally. No one has the right to insult another person.
We are all brethren.
I have two brothers and five sisters, and I love them
dearly. No one can criticize them in my presence. I will
stand up for them. Even though some of them are not
in the church, I still love them, and I am loyal to them.
What about my church brothers and sisters? We should
love one another. “Lord, help us today.”
I thank God for conventions. He helps us to open
our eyes to certain things, sharpens us, and causes to
us see where we are. This convention will soon be over.
We have to keep the fire burning. These brethren came
to help and to encourage us. When they’re gone, Brethren, we have to keep going on, keep standing for the
truth, keep believing in this abundant church, and
keep lifting up a standard for the people to see. Look
at Cayman. Look at where we’re going. Look at our
children and loved ones who have turned away from
the church. Brethren, let us get a burden for the lost.
We’re too unconcerned, too satisfied, and too at ease in
Zion. May God stir our hearts today and cause us to
see the lost and dying world.
There were two other churches in Revelation. “And
unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These
things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and
is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty,
(but thou art rich).” No matter how much they ridicule
and run down the church, she still marches on. She’s
still the abundant church.
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I want to read the verses of this hymn—
I was standing on the banks of the river,
Looking out over life’s troubled sea;
When I saw that old ship that was sailing,
Is that the old ship of Zion I see?
Its hull was bent and battered
From the storms of life I could see;
Waves were rough but that old ship was sailing,
Is that the old ship of Zion I see?
At the stern of the ship was the Captain,
I could hear as He called out my name,
Get on board, it’s the old ship of Zion,
It will never pass this way again.
As I step on board I’ll be leaving
All my sorrows and heartaches behind;
I’ll be safe with Jesus, the Captain,
Sailing out on the old ship of Zion.
Get on board, Friends, get on board the old ship of
Zion. To the saints of God, I say, stay on board.
God bless you.
IS NOT THE CHURCH
By the late M. H. Craig - (my father—Ed.)
KNOW from personal experience that honest souls
join the denominations, believing that it is the
right and proper thing to do. The general belief
among the denominational world is that it is not only
proper and right to join a denomination, but unwise
and dangerous for a young convert to fail to join.
Sometimes not so much stress is laid upon which
denomination to join, but the thought is stressed that
to fail to join one of them is almost treason to the
cause of Christ.
Usually when a child of God begins to point out the
errors and false claims of denominationalism and to
lift up the Bible standard of the true church, he is looked
upon as a fanatic or, as in the days of Paul, one who is
a “setter forth of strange gods.” The founders of denominationalism are pointed to as great, godly men, and
the person who finds fault with the denominational
system is considered ignorant and fanatical.
No one questions the statement that many of the
founders of denominationalism were great men and
among the highly educated. But since all men are fallible and subject to mistakes, it is not outside the limits of possibility that the founders of denominationalism may have made some mistakes in regard to the
founding of denominations.
If we wish to learn arithmetic, we must get hold of
a book that teaches arithmetic; if we wish to know history, we must secure a book that teaches history; if we
wish to know more about the world and what other
countries are like, we study a book of geography. So if
we wish to get a correct understanding and firsthand
knowledge of the church, we must go to the Bible to get
that understanding and to God, the maker and builder
of the church.
Jesus promised that if any man will do His will, he
shall know of the doctrine (John 7:17). If people take
time to investigate and seek God for a knowledge about
the church and God’s plan, God will soon reveal His
plan to them. But so long as a person is satisfied where
he is or with what he has, there is little chance for him
to learn more.
To whom shall we go to learn about God’s church—
God and His Word, or to man? If we go to man we find
many opinions about the church. Great men of all ages
have at times been mistaken. There was a time when
the smartest of men thought the world was flat and
that the sun rose and set. They were mistaken. The
world is round, and instead of the sun rising and setting, the world revolves around the sun, and rotates on
its axis. With the passage of time new light has come.
In the past it was the general belief that denominationalism constituted the church, but now new light
has come. Many now see the church as a spiritual
institution separate from denominationalism, built on
the Rock that was revealed to Peter—the Rock which
is Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18). Paul said, “Other
foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is
Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 3:11). Just as some people
perhaps cling to the old idea that the world is flat, so
some cling to the idea that denominationalism constitutes the church. Will we take what God and His
inspired apostles say about the church or will we cling
to the opinions of men?
Today new light is coming on many things. The
world is dropping off many of its old customs and relics
and is keeping pace with new customs and new inventions. We are not clinging to the tallow candle and brass
lamp or the oxcart, but we use electricity, automobiles,
airplanes. Who will not say that the latter are far
We who have light on the divine church are not
clinging to the denominations, as we did in the past.
The tallow candle, brass lamp, and oxcart had their
day and have been supplanted by something better.
Just so, denominationalism has had its day and is being
supplanted by the divine church which Jesus is building. And as the electric lights and automobiles and
airplanes are superior to the tallow candle, brass lamp,
and oxcart, so much more is the divine church of which
Jesus is the founder superior to denominationalism
which was originated by man.
We do not attempt to discredit denominationalism
for any good that has been done, but we do say that
much more good could have been done had the channels
of denominationalism been eliminated and all Christians worked together.
That denominationalism is contrary to God’s plan
is shown us by the Scriptures. Let us notice God’s plan
for His church. Christ declared to Peter very emphatically that He would build His church (Matthew 16:18).
No intelligent Christian would attempt to deny that
Christ is building His church; all Christians agree to
this. This being true, it seems reasonable to say that
no one else has any right to build or organize another
church and insist that the followers of Christ join it. It
looks reasonable to say that the followers of Christ
should belong to the church which Christ is building,
and no other.
Denominational founders and leaders readily admit
that Christ is building His church, but in addition they
say this: “Yes, Christ built the spiritual church, but
the denominations are necessary for the visible phase
of the church.” They separate the human from the
divine and call the divine the spiritual phase of the
church and the human the visible phase of the church.
This theory sounds plausible, and without careful
study of God’s plan laid down in the Bible one would
think that denominationalism is justifiable on such
Let us notice what denominationalism does right
here at this point by separating the divine and human
phase of the church. Such reasoning gives men the right
to join any one of the many hundreds of different
denominations, and by this very thing the children of
God are scattered into hundreds of denominations,
divided into factions, and known by many different
names. God’s plan is that His children all be one and
kept in one name (John 17). Now we see, in part at
least, the results of separating the spiritual phase of
the church from the human phase. And denominational
leaders say this is done in order to make the church
visible so people can see it.
It seems that this idea of making the church visible
would indicate that when a man’s soul is saved, born
into the spiritual church, his body cannot be seen any
longer unless he joins some denomination. But we know
that a congregation of Christians assembled together
who do not belong to any human organization are just
as visible as a congregation belonging to a denomination. So the contention that the denominations are
necessary in order to make the church visible is sinking
sand and will not stand in the light of God’s Word and
When we see that denominationalism has divided
God’s children into hundreds of factions we feel that,
after considering all the good the denominations may
have done, this good is heavily overbalanced by the
evils of the resulting divisions.
God’s plan for man covers the whole man—both soul
and body. Man is asked to surrender not only his soul
to God, but his body as well (Romans 12:1). Man’s soul
is in the favor of God only as long as he obeys God. The
spiritual phase of the church is God’s part working in
and through human beings. God’s laws governing the
church apply to the whole man—soul and body. When
God sets a man’s soul in the church, the man is given
a work to do, a place to fill. It is not only the soul which
God places in the church but the whole man. “God hath
set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers” (I Corinthians 12:28). See
also Ephesians 4:11, 12). ...
Notice the following Bible teachings about God’s
church. God’s church is being built by Christ (Matthew
16:18). Christ is the door into it (John 10:9). Christ
is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18). Christ
bought the church and paid for it with His own blood
and named it the church of God (Acts 20:28). Christ
and God the Father add the members to it (Acts 2:47;
I Corinthians 12:18). The discipline is the Word of
God (Matthew 4:4; II Timothy 3:16). The church book
is the Lamb’s book of life and is kept in heaven (Luke
10:20; Revelation 20:12-15 and Psalm 87:5, 6). Everyone who is not a member and does not have his name
on the Lamb’s book of life will be cast into the lake of
fire (Revelation 20:15).
I am in this church, I believe in it; it will stand in
this world until Jesus comes. He has gone to prepare
a place for it and is coming back after it, and will take
it to Himself and be with it throughout all eternity.
—Published June 17, 1944
THE CHILDREN’S CORNER
SEASONED JUST RIGHT
A Bible Lesson by Sis. Rebecca Bland
T WAS a chilly evening in February. The short winter day had drawn to a close and our little house
was full of shadows. Supper was over and the dishes
had been washed, dried, and put away. My mother was
working on a sewing project in the living room while
my younger sister played happily at her feet. My father
was tinkering with an old radio, trying to repair the
There was nothing for me to do. I wandered into
the kitchen, drawn by the sweet, yeasty fragrance of
the donuts my mother had made earlier that day.
“Mommy, may I have a donut?” I called from the
“How many have you had today?” she asked.
“Only two little ones,” I answered.
“Well, I guess you can have another one,” she said,
“but that’s it for this evening.”
I pulled a chair over to the counter and stood on it
to reach the basket of donuts. The only light in the
kitchen came from a fluorescent bulb on the back of the
stove. Peering into the basket of donuts, I spied a large
fat one. I took it out of the basket and bit into it. Delicious! I pushed the rest of the donuts to the back of the
counter and started to climb down from the chair. That
was when I noticed a bowl sitting on the counter between
the stove and the donut basket. The bowl was heaped
high with fluffy white mounds of what looked like vanilla
ice cream. Ice cream would be perfect with my donut!
I didn’t think it necessary to ask my mother if I
could have some of the ice cream, since I was only going
to take one bite. I reached into the silverware drawer
for a big spoon. I stuck the spoon into the bowl of what
I thought was ice cream, took out a large helping, and
crammed it into my mouth.
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It wasn’t ice cream. I knew that right away. My
mouth was filled with a heavy, greasy, tasteless mess
that clung unpleasantly to my teeth and tongue. The
sounds I made spitting the stuff into the sink brought
my mother into the kitchen to see what was going on.
“What in this wide world are you doing?” she asked,
flicking on the overhead light and coming over to the
counter. One quick glance was enough to show her what
“Of all things!” my mother exclaimed. “That is the
lard I use for frying donuts! You can’t eat lard by the
“I thought it was ice cream,” I said miserably.
“Ice cream would be in the freezer,” she said, “not
sitting out on the counter. If you would have asked, I
could have told you what it was and kept you from
eating it. This is exactly the kind of thing that happens
when you try to get away with something you’re not
supposed to do.”
That was the last time I tried tasting lard.
Taste is a very important part of our lives. It helps
us know whether or not food is spoiled. It helps us to
enjoy what we eat. Think about your favorite foods.
Would you care as much for them if you could not taste
We enjoy foods because we can taste their flavors.
These flavors are often helped along by the seasonings
we put in the foods when we prepare them. One of the
most important seasonings known throughout the
world is salt.
Salt has been used for thousands of years to season
food. Roman soldiers of long ago received salt each time
they were paid. The Romans used the word salarium
(“salt money”) in referring to soldiers’ wages. Today we
still use the word “salary” when we refer to the money
received for doing work.
Salt was an important seasoning in Bible times.
Even Jesus talked about salt.
A large crowd of people had followed Jesus one day.
He sat down and began to teach them by telling stories.
We call these stories “parables” because they contain
“Salt is good,” Jesus said to the people who had
gathered to hear Him.
The people nodded their heads. They all knew it
was true. None of the mothers in that crowd would have
wanted to cook food without adding salt to make it taste
“But sometimes salt doesn’t have much flavor,”
Jesus said. His listeners knew about this, too. In those
days, most of the salt used in Israel came from the
shores of the Dead Sea. Sometimes the salt along the
shore of the sea became mixed with impurities and,
after being exposed to heat and sunlight, became useless for seasoning.
“If salt loses its seasoning ability,” Jesus continued,
“it is no longer good for anything. It may as well be
“You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus told His audience.
What did Jesus mean by this? How can Christians
be compared with salt?
Think again about the ways we use salt. We use
salt to flavor our food and make it taste better. Christians are like salt when they show other people how to
have happier, more enjoyable lives. The only way to a
happier life is through following Jesus and obeying His
Another way people have used salt though the ages
is in preserving food—to keep it from spoiling. Even
today we use salt to help preserve certain foods. Many
people enjoy eating beef or venison jerky, which are
preserved by dehydrating the meat and adding salt to
If we live out the gospel in our lives, it will act as
salt—preserving our souls and keeping them pure and
free from evil. When our hearts are free from evil, we
will be a good influence to everyone around us. Our
lives will be a blessing that will “season” our surroundings, just as salt will season food and make it more
Jesus told the story about salt in three of the Gospels. Do you know which ones they are?
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By Bro. Hoyt Matthews
“And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our
O DOUBT this has been the cry of
all who have professed the Christian faith, for faith is a gift from
God. “Looking unto Jesus the author
and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews
Knowing that Hebrews 12:2 is a
true statement, how do we reconcile this
verse to Christ’s giving the command to
His disciples, “Have faith in God”? In rightly dividing
the Word of God, we must conclude that we as individuals have much to do with the level of faith we enjoy
as we exercise the level of faith we have. Not only so,
but faith is also imparted to us by hearing the expounding of the Scriptures. “So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). I
believe this scripture implies more than just hearing
with the ear, for the apostle James enjoins us, “But be
ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves” (James 1:22). If we are slow to respond
to the voice of the Holy Spirit on any point, our faith
will be hindered. If our relationship with our Father in
heaven is only casual, if the cares of life and the world
of materialism is pressing upon us during our periods
of devotion (prayer, Bible study, meditation, and assembling with the saints), our faith will bring few answers
to prayer. We must never allow the pressing duties of
the day to crowd out that time with the Lord that is
essential to our “having faith in God.”
Faith is built on the hearing of the Word when it is
spoken by a prophet of God. The giver of faith does not
respond to the efforts of false prophets, therefore may
our presence never grace the audience of the false
prophet. Our hearing aids (radio, TV, recordings) are
best turned off when those that are not sent by God are
deceiving the listeners.
Satan is a thief. We are constantly under his surveillance. He is ever on the prowl, watching for the
opportunity to rob us of our faith. When he brings the
doubts and fears and begins whispering his lies, of
which he is father, we must immediately anchor our
faith to the cable of God’s unfailing promises. The
apostle Paul admonished the Christian to, “Put on the
whole armour of God, that ye may able to stand against
the wiles of the devil. ... Above all, taking the shield of
faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery
darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:11, 16).
What was Jesus requiring of His disciples when He
gave them the command, “Have faith in God”? In having faith in God, it is expected of us to believe God’s
will to us, which is expressed through His Word. Faith
is the by-product of confidence in the One who is
expressing His will to us through His Word. A Bible
example of faith is Paul’s confidence in God as they
sailed through stormy seas on their voyage to Rome:
“And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there
shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the
ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God,
whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul;
thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath
given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs,
be of good cheer: For I believe God, that it shall be even
as it was told me” (Acts 27:22-25).
Faith is not based on feelings or on the sight of the
eyes. Faith is not based on an emotional high, although
faith does produce a stir of emotion when an answer to
prayer is realized. Feelings and emotions fluctuate
rapidly and are an unreliable basis for faith.
“ ‘Have faith in God’ are the words of Jesus (Mark
11:22). He is the source of inspiration whereby we are
enabled to present our petitions at the throne of grace
with that confidence and assurance that gives access
to the heavenly treasures, opens the windows of heaven
(Malachi 3:10), and sends the needed blessings for soul
and body.”—E. E. Byrum.
For faith in God to be active, God must be first in
our affections, doing His will must be our highest aim,
the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart
must be acceptable in His sight. Whether we eat, or
whether we drink, or whatsoever we do must be for the
glory of God.
Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth” (Matthew
5:13). Salt is a preservative. Jesus also said, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith
on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). When our faith reaches the
level where it is no longer preserving the earth, the end
If we wish to live the Christian life to the fullest,
we must have faith in God.
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THE CHURCH OF GOD OF THE PHILIPPINES
HAS ITS OWN RADIO MINISTRY
RADIO STATION DZBS-1368 AM
Baguio, Luzon Island
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Way of Truth Broadcast—Sundays 7:00 A.M.
1,460 Watts—Heard in part of PA Listen live—Go to www.wjsm.com
Tennessee, Chattanooga, WJOC 1490, 9:00 A.M. Sun. & 5:30 P.M. Sat.
JAMAICA, MELLO-FM, 88.1, 88.3, 88.5, 7:00 A.M. Sundays
50,000 Watts—Heard in part of VA and NC
Listen live—Go to www.j5.wyrmradio.com
Virginia, Roanoke, WKBA 1550, 5:30 P.M. Sat. & 6:00 A.M. Sun.
10,000 Watts—Heard in part of VA and WV
ATTENTION READERS IN
TENNESSEE, GEORGIA, AND
The Way of Truth Broadcast is now aired on a new
radio station in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area! The
Lord willing, our 30 minute program featuring Alvin
A. Craig as Radio Minister will be aired twice a
10,000 Watts—Heard in part of VA and NC
Sundays at 9:00 A.M. & Saturdays at 5:30 P.M.
Can also be heard on the internet at www.wjoc.com
West Virginia, Hurricane, WOKU 1080, 1:30 P.M.
Tune in and be blessed!
Listen live—Go to www.wkbaradio.com
Virginia, Smithfield, WKGM 940, 6:30 A.M.
1,000 Watts—Heard in part of WV, KY and OH
West Virginia, Summersville, WCWV 92.9, 8:30 A.M.
50,000 Watts—Heard in part of VA and WV
PHILIPPINES, Malaybalay, Valencia, Bukidnon, Mindanao
DXWS-105.3 FM, Saturdays at 1:30 P.M. & Sundays at 2:30 P.M.
PHILIPPINES, Baguio, Luzon, DZBS-1368 AM, Sunday 7:00 A.M.
Heard throughout central Luzon
If you or your congregation would like to sponsor
a radio program in your area, please contact: Alvin
A. Craig, Radio Minister, P. O. Box 88, Hagerstown,
MD 21741. Even if you would like to support the
general radio fund, let us know. We have contacts
that offer special prices if the funding is made available.
Church of God (Universal), Inc.
The Way of Truth
P. O. Box 88
Hagerstown, MD 21741–0088 U.S.A.
CHURCH OF GOD CONVENTION
12819 Point Salem Rd.
Hagerstown, Maryland U.S.A.
July 2-7, 2013, Lord willing
Bro. Alvin A. Craig, Host Pastor
Food and lodging on a free-will offering basis
Make plans now to attend!
For more information call:
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THE CHURCH OF GOD
An eternal God
A divine Christ
An infallibly inspired Bible
Salvation from sin
The new birth
A holy life
Unity of God’s people
John 1:1, 14
II Timothy 3:16
Ephesians 5:25, 26
Titus 2:11, 12
I Corinthians 12:13
James 5:14, 15
Matthew 28:19, 20
John 3:15; 6:54; 10:28
YOU SHOULD KNOW MORE
2013 CAYMAN CONVENTION
ABOUT THE CHURCH OF GOD,
THE CHURCH OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
83-A Walkers Rd.
George Town, Grand Cayman
November 26-December 1, 2013,
Bro. James Arch, Host Pastor
Please pray for the success of
these planned meetings!
Jesus bought it with His own blood
It has a good foundation
Christ is the Head
Christ is the Door
Only the saved are members
Membership is offered to all
Membership is rewarded
I Corinthians 3:11
Ephesians 1:22; 5:23
I John 3:8, 9
II Peter 3:9
John 14:2, 3