Vol. 30, No. 7 July, 2006
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
July 4, 1776-July 4, 2006.
May you ever be “The Land Of The Free, and The Home Of The Brave.” May God bless our President, Vice President, and national leaders. May God bless our forces in the Middle East. We thank them for a job well done.
As we celebrate the Birthday of our Great Nation, let us remember that foes from within are trying to destroy, as well as those from without. The foundations of this nation are being undermined by the A.C.L.U. and by atheistic Professors, Politicians, and Judges. We MUST assume an active role, and let our voices be heard. Our Nation needs Prayer and a Turning back to the Bible that brought us this far; the K.J.B.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
By Pastor George Mills
“Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.?”(Psa 90:1)
AMERICA, my home, may forever you be,
The Home of the brave,
And the land of the free.
May tyranny crumble, and turn into dust,
And all weapons against us,
Be turned into rust.
From ocean to ocean, from mountain to plain,
May all hearts be united,
In single refrain,
In seeking the Face of our Great God above,
Who has showered this nation,
With His Wonderful Love.
God is our help in all ages past,
God is our refuge,
From the enemy’s blast.
And may it be known by opposing nations,
That God is our help,
In all generations.
May our Flag ever fly, and may Freedom ring,
And peace and joy,
Fill each heart as we sing,
And give Praises to God, the Builder of nations
And tell of His help,
Through all generations..
1. TOO MUCH CHURCH,
AND NOT ENOUGH CHRIST
By Pastor George Mills
“Unto the angel of the Church of Ephesus write; These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil, and hast tried them which say they are Apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars. And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”(Rev 2:1-7).
No one would dare say that the Church at Ephesus was not a busy Church. Evidently, they had something going on most all the time. I love Church. I was saved on the last Sunday of August, 1960. Soon to be 46 years ago. My wife and I returned to Church that night. And Wednesday night, back again. And that’s how we started on our journey to forever. Since that first day, I do not know of but just a very few days I have had to miss services. I love Church. I love the Music, the fellowship with believers, the Preaching of the Word of
God, (KJV). We have had Revivals, Missions Conferences, Vacation Bible School, Business meetings, Socials, Prayer breakfast, Saturday morning prayer, and the list goes on, and on. But did you know that we can become so active in “project s” we can forget the “Person” The Person of Christ. “REMEMBER”was the admonition. Someone has rightly said that “Christians fail, because memory fails.”
Now, this is not a study of the Churches in Revelation, this is just to remind us that we can become so involved in important things, that we leave out the most important. May the Holy Spirit of God search our hearts as we see some things about the Church at Ephesus.
First, the Name “Ephesus” means, “To relax” And that’s just what happened. Paul left a good, established Church at Ephesus. He had labored there about three years. His Ministry at Ephesus had a great impact upon that city. The silversmiths who made images to the goddess Diana hated Paul because of the fear of their loss of income if the city turned from the worship of Diana to Christ. Please take time and read Paul’s prayer with the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:17-38. We must remember that the Epistles were written to warn the Churches and to correct errors that were creeping into the Churches. False doctrine, and false teachers were active. The Church had to be on guard. So, the Church of Ephesus began to look closely at everybody and everything. The Church at Ephesus had many works, but little love. “Thou hast left thy first love.” Can the message of Ephesus be speaking to us today? Of course, it does. Let us see some of the things there and see if they fit us today.
2. TOO MUCH LABOR AND TOO LITTLE LOVE. Oh yes, they were busy, busy, busy. So busy that they left behind the most important thing. “Left thy first love.” I believe that first love is the love and devotion we had for Christ in those early days when we were first saved. I can identify with John Newton who wrote, “Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear, and Grace my fears relieved, How precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.” Remember that time? Sure you do. But, we get so busy, NOT doing bad things, but not doing the BEST thing. Let us not get so busy that our devotion and love for Jesus Christ is compromised with some lesser thing. Let us begin our day with our expressions of Love and devotion to Christ. “Thank you Lord for Calvary. Thank you for saving me.” Express your gratitude to Him in prayer, and show Him your gratitude as you tell someone else about His great Love. The hands and feet of Jesus are pictured in this text to remind them and us that those hands and feet were nailed to a Roman Cross for our sin. What great Love He has for us. Our love for Him must never grow cold.
3. TOO MUCH EVALUATION AND TOO LITTLE EXAMINATION. Now, I am well aware of the fact that we MUST be careful. We must carefully check our doctrine, and those who teach us. False doctrine abounds today. Just turn on your TV or radio and listen for a few minutes and you will hear some strange things. We MUST evaluate. But at the same time, we must keep inventory on ourselves. The Apostle Paul reminded the Church at Corinth to, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. Prove your own selves.” (2Cor 13:5). We can be so busy in evaluating others that we fail to properly evaluate ourselves. When we see fault in others does that remind us to check up, or does it give us that “Holier than thou”attitude” Let us be careful. Our love for Christ can be pushed aside just a little more. The unexamined life is a useless life.
4. TOO MUCH PROVING, AND TOO LITTLE PRAYING. Jesus commends the Church for proving the false Apostles and finding them liars. (v2). I realize that I stay on this subject quite a bit, but this is the day of the false, the phony, and the religious charlatans. Weak believers are being “duped” on every hand. I am glad that the Church proved liars, and the Church must prove liars today. But in all of their PROVING, I see no mention of them PRAYING. Praying keeps us close to Christ. We MUST stay in contact with our Great Commander. Every failure can be traced to a prayer failure. How about your prayer life? Is it meaningful? Is it the most important part of your day? It should be. It MUST be.
5. SO MUCH MOTION, SO LITTLE MOTIVE. Busy, busy, busy, action, working, evaluating, checking, proving, going, going, coming. We meet ourselves, or pass ourselves coming from, or going to Church. You may well remember the story of Mary and Martha who were sisters. Jesus was visiting their home one day. Martha was busy serving the lunch, but Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to hear His Word. Martha said, “Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?” Jesus answered and said unto her, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. But one thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her?” (Lk 10:38-42). What we do for Christ is not so important as to Why we do what we do. Our MOTIVE is LOVE. Without that it’s just so much MOTION.
Has the Lord spoken to your heart as you read this? I trust that He has spoken to every heart. The Challenge of this text is three-fold and simple?
(A) REMEMBER. Remember your first love. The love you had for Christ, for His Word. Is that love fresh and live today? If not.
(B) REPENT. Change your mind. Things are not right. Your love life is not right. Think of the direction you are heading.
(C) RETURN. Do the first works. Go back to where you were. The candlestick is still there. Christ is busy among the Churches. He is keeping the lights on. The challenge for every believer is for us not to be so involved in the PROGRAM, that we forget the PERSON. Let us make sure that our motive for living is loving the One who lives in us.
Today, our message has been for us, that is for those who love Christ, but somehow we are not where we used to be. . Just do the simple things listed here. And for those of you who do not know Jesus, I would so much like to introduce you to Him today. He is the Saviour who died on a Roman Cross for the sin of the entire world. He was buried, but He arose again from the dead. He lives in Heaven to be our Eternal High Priest. He wants to save everyone from the PENALTY and POWER of sin. He will do that for you just now, if you will receive Him. “But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Jn 1:12) How do you receive Him? The Bible says, “Ask, and ye shall receive.’Tell Him just now that you receive Him. He will hear the cry of the repentant heart. God bless you. And God bless every believer out there. May our Love for Christ grow stronger and more meaningful every day.
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…iT is no friend to the Christian. The world seeks to steal your affection from Christ. The closer you get to Christ, the farther away from the world you get.
THINK ABOUT IT…If Christ never changes, and my love for Him is not what it is supposed to be, Guess who changed.
Jesus said to the Church at Philadelphia, “Thou hast kept My Word.”(Rev 3:8). We try to be good stewards of the Word here at the WILDERNESS. Recently I was given a photograph of my Great-great Grandfather taken about 1865, over 140 years ago. My Grandfather was sitting in a chair proudly displaying a large Bible. Now, the Bible that he held in that photograph probably has long sense been crumpled into ashes. I believe that he was a preacher. The Bible that I study and peach is the same Bible, word for word that my Great-great Grandfather used. Good enough for them, good enough for us!
TIMELY TOPICS for
By Amy Welch
Hi. My Name is Amy Welch. I am so very happy to have this opportunity to be writing some things for the WILDERNESS. I am aware of the limited space in this publication, so I will not be able to have something every Month, but I will always have something ready, Just in case.
I am 17 years old. I will be in my senior year next term. I would love to introduce you to my family. We are a Christian family, with all of the in’s and out’s of every family. First, there is my Dad. He is Ben Welch, Sr. Most everybody calls him “Bo.”My Dad is a large man. He drives a truck, but mostly he is home every night. My Dad, is a happy-go-lucky guy. Everybody loves Bo. Oh yes, “Bo?”is age 40. His hair is never combed right, and the top button of his shirt is never buttoned, or it is buttoned wrong. His bellyis just too big. Bois always ready for a laugh.
Then, there is my brother Ben Welch, Jr. Everybody calls him “Little Bo.”Like my Dad, Little Bo is full of fun and mischief. Ben, Jr. is 14. Little Bo is a carbon copy of our Dad.
And my little brother Joshua Welch. Of course we call him “Josh.” Josh is 10 years old. Josh is more laid back. He has his silly moments, but he is more like my Mom.
My Mom is Lucy Welch. We adore her. However, My Mom has to put up with our nonsense, and practical jokes. My Mom works part-time to help with the family needs. I do not believe that she would be very happy if I told her age.
Anyway, in time to come, please allow me the privilege of telling you about each of these people I call My Family. I am writing this in June, and June is the Month for Father’s Day.
HONOR THY FATHER?
“Me, honor Him?” Just the other day, as I was going to an event at my school, I noticed that our car had a flat tire. “Dad,”I said, “We have a flat tire, and I have to be at school in an hour.” “Well, FIX IT, You drive it, you fix it.” “But Dad, I have never fixed a tire, I don’t know what to do.” “Well, it’s time to learn. Now, open the trunk. Now lift up that cover. Now, unscrew that round thing, and take it off and then your jack and wrench will be right there. Now, that’s your lug wrench. See that little tab sticking off the end. Just place that tab under the hub cap and the cap will come off. Now place your lug wrench on the nut and loosen.” “But How?” And besides, that nut is too tight.” “Well” said Bo, “Just stand on the wrench. Put your weight on it and it will loosen. Remember, “lefty-loosey, righty-tighty” “Just bounce a little on the wrench and it will come loose.” Bo was right. Soon I had all five nuts loose. “Now” said Bo, “place the jack right there.” He showed me a place under the side of the car where the jack was supposed to go. There is a place just like that on every side of the car for every tire. Now, with the jack in place put that little slotted thing in the jack and begin to turn.” On and on through that process, Bo just sat there on his little bench and continued instructions. Remember, “righty-tighty, lefty loosey.” “Oh yea Dad, right Dad.” “Now, place the tire in the trunk and drive to the tire store and have the tire repaired. (Bo did check behind me to see if I was doing it right). “Now, you know how to change a tire.”And later on that same evening my class was scheduled for a hay ride through the village. My Dad, Bo, called my, “date” to one side and had a talk with him. I don’ t know what Bo said to him, But I can imagine. When my “date” who is my school-mate, and nothing more, came for me, he was petrified. I think he was afraid to say anything at all. I think Bo laid down the law. Anyway, I believe that Dad’ s message was received, loud and clear. Next morning, Dad had left me a check I needed for our class trip. Bo had to work two extra days for that check. Now, in that one short period of time, my Dad, Bo, showed me in at least three ways that he cared for me. He knew that I must learn to change a tire for myself, and not depend upon someone else. Just suppose that I had a flat tire in some strange place. He showed his love for me in his concern that my “date” would treat me with utmost respect. And that check Bo left me. It cost him one of his fishing days, and another day. But it was for me.
“HONOR THY FATHER? “
Me, Honor Him? That man, who let me change a tire all by myself, and just sit there watching and teasing me. Me, Honor Him? YOU BET I DO!
My sincere THANK YOU for each of you who take time to write. Every word is received with gratitude. Some of you help distribute this publication in various ways. Again, I say THANK YOU! THANK YOU for your Prayers, gifts and concern for this Ministry.
FROM MY HEART
By Mildred Mills
(The WILDERNESS, August, 1997)
COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS
When you think it can’t get any worse, cheer up, count your blessings, and be thankful because things can get worse! We whine and carry on about things that are so small compared to the problems of others. If you look at your glass as “half empty” be thankful that it is not completely empty. We want the lawn to grow but we whine because it has to be mowed so often. Stop whining and be thankful you have the health and strength to push the lawn mower. Remember, our strength comes from the Lord. If you are sick and tired of washing dirty dishes, stop for a minute and thank God for the food that made them dirty in the first place. You are tired of making the beds every morning, well, be thankful you have a nice, comfortable bed to sleep on. You could be on a park bench or sidewalk, or maybe in a filthy alley somewhere—but for the Grace of God. Don?t be easily offended by loved ones that give you advice. Be Thankful that you have someone who cares enough to be concerned about you. We need to be reminded of God’s Goodness, of where He brought us from, and where we would be today without Him. Be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name. So, if you really believe you have been dealt a lemon in life, just throw some sugar on it and make yourself some lemonade, sit back under a shade tree, and count your blessings. Don’t worry about all those leaves that will be falling soon, because it could get worse—THE TREE COULD FALL!
Pastor George Mills
“Pastor, will you help me in soul winning? I seem to be having trouble in winning souls. I must be doing something wrong.”
Answer..I feel that I am the most unqualified to write on this subject. Like you, I want to be a soul winner, and like you I try…and I feel that I so miserably fail. I have been saved for over 45 years. I learned the value of winning souls just after I was saved. I have been trying ever since. I do not believe that there is anything any closer to the heart of God than soul winning. Some have trouble with the words, “Soul Winning,” But this is Bible, “He that winneth souls is wise.”(Pr. 11:30). Someone led us to Christ, and it is our duty to lead others to Christ.
FIRST, the very first thing in soul winning is to get the sinner’s attention on his condition. HE IS A SINNER. Now, in dealing with a lost person, we do not get side tracked on morals. If the person you are trying to win is an alcoholic, we do not want to talk about alcohol. Being an alcoholic is the FRUIT of his condition. We want to get to the ROOT, SIN. Doing bad things does not make man a sinner. Man does bad things because he is a sinner. Ro. 3:23, “For ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”
SECOND..The WHY man is a sinner. “Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.” (Ro 5:12) Adam sinned and incurred a sinful nature and that nature has been passed to all men by way of our birth. We are born sinners. That’s why Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.”
THIRD..There is an awful price to pay for sin. “For the wages of sin is death.” (Ro 6:23) That means both physical death, and eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. (Rev 20:11-15).
FOURTH. The sinner must understand that while there is an awful price to pay for sin, Jesus Christ paid the full price for all sin by His death on the Cross. All of the sin of the whole world was placed upon Christ on the Cross, and He died under the penalty for sin. “But God commendeth His Love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Ro 5:8) Christ died, and was buried, but He arose from the dead for our Justification.
Now, we have established the fact that man is a born sinner, that man can do nothing about his condition, that Christ paid for all sin by His Finished Work. Now, if the sinner will believe what the Bible (KJV) says about him, and will in Faith ask Christ to save him, HE WILL!
“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”(Ro 10:13). The Holy Spirit, using the Word of God, and convicting the sinner of his sin, and that sinner receives Christ, that sinner is born again that moment. Someone who has been led through these simple steps should never doubt his Salvation. God honors His Word. Some might ask,”How do I receive Christ?” We receive Christ by ASKING Him to save us. That comes from a repentant heart. “But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.”(Jn 1:12)
Begin TODAY to LIVE forever!
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