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Vol. 34, No. 7 HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!

Vol. 34, No. 7 July, 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY  AMERICA!!
       July 4, 1776—July 4, 2010
               234 years young

When the extremists who signed the Declaration Of Independence assembled in Philadelphia from over the thirteen colonies, the first thing to greet them was an anonymous note found on the speaker’s table. It said, “Take care, a plot is framed for your destruction and all of you shall be destroyed.”
When the final vote was taken in Independence Hall on July 4, every man who signed the Declaration Of Independence took his life in his hands. If Washington’s ragged, outnumbered army could not repulse the British, every signer would be tried for treason to the British Crown. Have you ever wondered what happened to the fifty six men who signed the Declaration of independence pledging their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor that this Nation under God would not perish from the earth? Five were captured and tortured by the British. Nine fought and died from wounds and hardships of war. Twelve had their homes pillaged and burned. Two lost their sons in battle. Another had two sons captured. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she lay dying. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. His mill and fields were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in caves and forests, and returned to find his wife had died and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and heartbreak. Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Carter Braxton of Virginia saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and property to pay his debts and died destitute. Vandals and soldiers looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall. Walton. McKean, Hayward, Rutledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. urged General Washington to fire on his (Nelson’s) home which British General Cornwallis had taken over for his headquarters. Washington did, and Nelson too, died broke. Who were these patriots? Twenty four were Lawyers and Justices, eleven were Merchants, nine were Farmers. These men whom we call patriots today were regarded as rascals by moderates of the time who counseled; “Come and let us reason with the king.” They all signed the Declaration Of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. King George would brand them as traitors. They knew they would be tracked down, persecuted and killed, which they were.      (author unknown).

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      BLESSED IS THE NATION
           By Pastor George mills

“Blessed is the nation whose God is
The Lord.” (Psa. 33:12).

Blessed is the nation,
   Whose God is the Lord.
Blessed are the people,
   Who trust in His Word.
Who hold to the motto,
   “In God is our trust.”
While nations who forget Him,
   Crumple into dust.

Blessed are the rulers,
   Who from God, daily seek,
Grace to make, and keep us strong,
   And help for the weak.
Blessed are the people,
   Who to Him daily pray,
Blessed is the nation,
   When God is it’s stay.

Blessed are the families,
    Who for Christ make their stand,
Blessed are the Preachers,
   Who proclaim Christ to the land.
Blessed are the children,
   Who feed on His Word,
Blessed is the nation,
   Whose God is the Lord.

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“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” 
                        Thomas Jefferson

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       AMERICA, MY HOME
        By Pastor George Mills

America my home,
   The place of my birth,
America the greatest,
   Nation on earth.
Freedom to be,
   Whatever I Choose,
But caution with freedom,
   Lest we abuse.
And just take for granted,
   God’s Favor and Love,
And forget all the blessings,
   That come from above.

America your destiny,
   Surely is laid,
On the pages of the Bible,
   Thus clearly said,
“Blessed is the Nation,
   Whose God is the Lord,
Blessed are the people,
   Who honor His Word.”
And may it be stated,
   By each generation,
That God is the Founder,
   Of this Great Nation.

May foes all about us,
   Learn from the past,
That those who oppose us,
   Never do last.
Let each live with pride,
   So that generations to come,
Say, Thank God for America,
   America, My Home.
And may we state proudly,
   With all of it’s worth,
America, the greatest,
   Nation on earth!
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GOD BLESS AMERICA!

AMERICA, BLESS GOD!

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This, being the July edition of the WILDERNESS, I trust that each of us will celebrate the Birthday of this Nation with pride, and self examination;
“Am I a grateful, loyal, patriotic, voting, honest, hardworking, volunteering, loving God and Country American?”
Every day, pray for America. I am much concerned about the direction this new administration is trying to take us. Pray for our leaders, our Military, our position in the world as leader. This nation does NOT owe an apology to the world. The American taxpayer has fed much of the world since World War 2. Our Military stationed around the world has kept the world safe. I am proud of that. I am proud to be called an AMERICAN.  Pastor George Mills

With that said, may I share with you another kind of examination;

    A SPIRITUAL EXAMINATION
            By Pastor George Mills
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the Faith, prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves how that Christ is in you except ye be reprobates?”
                 (2Cor. 13:5)
The issue is, “Am I really saved? Do I belong to the Household of Faith? Or am I just a pretender?” This seems to bother so many people. I trust that this will be a great help to you. If you are a new Christian, or if you have been saved for many years, I believe these things will be a help, an encouragement to all.
   Several years ago as a Doctor was examining me, he asked me, “How long since you had a physical examination?” “I can’t remember Doc.” He replied, “If you can’t remember, it’s been too long.  I had some pains in my chest that I thought would go away, but did not. Soon I found myself on the way to the hospital. Thank God they found nothing wrong with my heart. (Probably ate too much spaghetti). The Doctor told me that with periodical examinations they can keep up with my physical condition. I have tried to do that on a regular basis since then. I praise God for good health.
 There is a SPIRITUAL EXAMINATION. Spiritual points to check to prove our SPIRITUAL condition. God wants you to be saved, to know that you are saved, and to live a happy Christian life.
The Apostle John is the only Gospel writer who states the purpose for writing two of his Books:
   John 20:30-31; But these are written that YE MIGHT BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through His Name.” John says that he wrote the 21 chapters of the Gospel of John to give us proof, the evidence, everything we need in order to be saved.
   The little Book of First John is the second Book where John clearly states his purpose for writing; “These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God, THAT YE MAY KNOW that ye have eternal life (1Jn 5:13). God wants you to know that. I am aware that there are many who say “you just can’t know for sure,” but what does God say about that? Let us check a few points in this small, but powerful Book of First John.
But FIRST. Let’s look on the negative side. Let me share with you some things that you cannot trust. You cannot know for sure that you are saved by these things…

FIRST. You cannot know that you are saved by your feelings. So many seek some emotional experience that really touches his/her feelings to assure of salvation. You can’t trust your feelings. The Bible says that we are saved by GRACE alone, and apart from feelings. (Eph 2:8-9). You cannot live by your feelings. If you find someone who lives by “feelings,”  that person is the most on-off, in-out, hot-cold person in town. Your feelings change, from moment to moment they change. Can you imagine a salvation based on feelings? I am glad that our Salvation is anchored in the UNCHANGING WORD OF GOD, (KJB) and not our feelings.

SECOND. You cannot know that you are saved by the WORKS that you do. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that Salvation produces works, (Eph 2:10) but many have the idea that the works they do really save them. The Bible gives the illustration about a man who stood and bragged about his works, his good living,  his gifts, and his religion, but God did not honor him because he was trusting in himself, that his works produced righteousness. For sure, he looked good, but none of his good works saved him. (Lk 18:10-14). Mt. 7:21-22 says, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in thy Name have done MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you, depart from me ye that work iniquity.” Now, please do not misunderstand. When you are saved, you will want to work for God. You will want to do that which pleases Him. But there is not one work you can do in order to be saved. We must trust in the FINISHED WORK of Jesus Christ. If any of you are trying to be saved by your good works, you are going about it wrong. FIRST, you receive Christ, and then you work for Him.

THIRD. You cannot know that you are saved by what others say about you. In the Book Of Acts, ch. 10:1-2 a man by the name of Cornelius had a reputation of being a just man. Everybody said that if there was ever a Christian, Cornelius was that Christian. But the bible says in Acts 11, that the Apostle Peter was sent to the house of Cornelius to tell him how to be saved, (Ch 11:13-14). He was a good, honest, decent man but he was not a saved man until Peter led him to Christ. It is good to live in such a manner to cause others to take note of that life, but they were wrong about his being saved. You CANNOT KNOW by what others say. Do not base your salvation on the opinion of others. Base everything on the Eternal, Unchanging Word of the Living God.

NOW, on the positive side of our SPIRITUAL EXAMINATION…Let’s ask some Spiritual questions we get from our study in First John. Your answers will determine your Spiritual condition.

1. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD THE CHURCH? What does the Church mean to you? Do you love the Church? John says, “We KNOW that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren, (the Church) (1Jn 3:14). When I first got saved, (August, 1960) my attitude toward the Church changed. Before, I very seldom attended. If the Church was there on the corner, or if it had moved away, it mattered not to me. I had no love for the Church. However, one day, I met the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave His Life for the Church. He gave His Life for me.  When I trusted Him as my Saviour, I fell in love with His Church. I love good Bible (KJB) Preaching. I love the beautiful Hymns of the Church. I love the Church. I am proud to be a part of His Church. We KNOW that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren.”  How about you. Do you love the Church, or do you seldom attend? Do you talk bad about the Church? Do you have to be begged, primed, and pumped in order to get you to attend?  What’s your attitude toward the Church?

2. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD SIN? Please read carefully 1John 3:4-10. These verses clearly teach us that sin is NOT normal for the Christian. Do you have an appetite for sin? Can you sin, or have a lifestyle that is contrary to the clear teaching of the Word of God, and get by with it. If you can, and the Holy Spirit does not convict you about it, SOMETHING IS WRONG! I realize that all of us fall short, that we do fail God. This is not to offer a crutch or an excuse. There is none. When a believer sins, it hurts, it hurts our conscience, and it hurts our Saviour. That’s why He gave us the wonderful promise in 1John 1:9) “If we (Christians) confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Unconfessed sin brings on the chastening hand of God to His erring child, (Heb 12:5-11). What is your attitude about sin? Did you pass the sin test?

3. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD THE BIBLE? Do you love God’s Word? Or is the Bible too demanding, too harsh? The Bible (KJB) says in 1John 5:2-3, “By this we KNOW that we love the children of God when we love God and keep His Commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments, and His Commandments are NOT GRIEVOUS.” The believer loves the Word of God and will arrange his/her life accordingly. “His Commandments are not grievous.” “His delight is in the Law of the Lord.”
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my pathway.” What is your attitude toward the Holy Bible?

4. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD THE HOLY SPIRIT?
“And hereby we KNOW that He abideth in us by the Spirit which He hath given us.” (1John 3:24). “Hereby KNOW we that we dwell in Him and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.” (1John 4:13). Today there is much confusion concerning the Holy Spirit. So much confusion in fact, that the Holy Spirit is scarcely mentioned any more. Confusion comes when man refuses to believe what the Bible says concerning the Holy Spirit…
He seeks us, Jn. 16:8.
He seals us, Eph 4:30.
He secures us, Ro. 8:16.
He speaks to us, Jn. 16:13-15.
There is so much, much more.
The Holy Spirit came into our lives the instant we received Christ. That’s a matter of fact, and not feelings. He is there in your heart and mine since we have trusted Jesus. He seeks to guide, teach, and reveal Christ every day.
What is your attitude toward the Holy Spirit? Is He in your life? 

5. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD JESUS?
What is your relationship with the Saviour? Do you love Him? Are you grateful that He paid our sin debt in full when He died and rose again? The Bible says, “He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath NOT the Son of God hath NOT life.” Christ is not in your heart and life if you have never asked Him in. You must, by faith alone, receive Him into your heart. He will not come in unbidden by you. Today, do you know beyond all doubt that He is your Saviour? You may ask, “How do I receive Him?” The Bible says, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” If you have not done that, I hope that you will just now.
Did you pass this SPIRITUAL EXAMINATION?
As I stated in the beginning of this message, my Doctor gave me a PHYSICAL EXAMINATION. He said to me as I was dismissed from the hospital,
“We have checked all we know to check, you are alright. You have passed your examination.” I left feeling good. I felt good because I passed the examination. Today, as I prepare this message I feel good because I have passed this SPIRITUAL EXAMINATION.
God is good!

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THINK ABOUT IT…If suddenly my Bible was taken away and I would never see another Bible again, If I could never attend Church again, if I was separated from anything of a Spiritual nature, I would still know that I am saved because I have trusted Christ, and the Holy Spirit is my constant witness.

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Jesus Christ…The Answer today, yesterday, and forever!

      KNOW YOUR BIBLE!!!
         The Definite Article
Sometimes, very early in the morning I will watch television. Occasionally I see a TV evangelist selling his new ‘study bible.’ This one puts his comments within the body of scripture. In promoting his ‘bible’ he often states how wrong the King James translators were. I suppose the best way to sell something is to point out the weakness in a similar product. The evangelist frequently states that the King James translators left out THE DEFINITE ARTICLE in Romans 7:17. He means that the translators left out a THE in that verse. He says that the verse should read, “It is no more I that do it but THE sin that dwelleth in me.” May I say again that there is nothing wrong with your Bible, (King James) Bible. Pointing out supposedly ‘mistakes’ and ‘errors’ got us in the fix we are in today. Satan got to Eve in that manner…”Yea, hath God said?” as he spoke to Eve. Now, God had said, “In the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt SURELY die.” The serpent said to Eve, “The DEFINITE ARTICLE was left out of that verse. That verse should read, “Thou shalt ‘NOT’ surely die.” “See, the definite article, ‘NOT’ was left out”. Satan has been at this for a long time. I do not know of a more definite article than the definite article “NOT.” Satan says, “You see Eve, in reality, that verse says, “Ye shall ‘NOT’ surely die. See the definite article?”
Eve answered, “Oh, now I see…”

       THE REST IS HISTORY 

(If you don’t like the text, just add a definite article.)

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      FROM MY HEART
         By Mildred Mills

    I LOVE MY COUNTRY

I love my country! America is my country! I was born in America and I plan to die in America if the Lord tarries. I love the patriotic songs that were written about my country and tears come to my eyes when I hear them.
   We live across the Highway from the Jacksonville Naval Air Station and every morning around sunrise a bugle call is sounded, a signal to arise for the first Military formation of the day and the raising of our Flag, my country’s Flag! Then at sundown we hear the bugle sound Retreat, the time when our Flag, my Flag is lowered for the night. We hear it loud and clear and whatever we might be doing we stop for that few seconds in honor of our country, my country! Even our grandsons, nine and six years old will stop playing, stand at attention and salute while the bugle sounds. They know that this is the thing to do because Papa and Mimi have taught them to respect their country, my country!  They salute the American Flag out of respect for their country. They may not understand fully but they know  it is a time to be still and pay attention. Their little hand goes up to their head and they stand at attention with a salute. One day they might have to fight for their country, my country! Their Papa fought for their country. Papa’s Dad fought for our country, and one of our sons served six years in the United States Army. Two of our grandsons are serving in my country’s Military. One in the Coast Guard for six years, and one in the United States Army for four years and is to be deployed to Iraq to fight for our country, my country! Yes, I love my country and my heart breaks when I hear and see the disrespect that some have for America. My country is God’s country, like it or not! Some have tried and are still trying to remove God from America, but “God shall prevail!” The disrespect will be put to a halt one day when God says, “enough!” Across the highway we see them bringing our young guys back home from a foreign country where they have given their lives to protect my  country from the enemy. The streets are lined with people weeping and standing at attention while the hearse drives by. Another young man has given his life for his country, my country!
I say to them in America that disrespect our country, my country, just leave it and go live in a country that was not founded on the basic principles of the Word of God. After you have lived in another country for awhile, repent of your disrespect for America, come back and enjoy the blessings of God.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! And may God continue to bless the Greatest Nation on earth!

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“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
                          Thomas Jefferson, 1802

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Answers…
“I have tried several times to be saved, and I didn’t feel a thing. What’s wrong?”

Ans…
Stop trying and start trusting. Nowhere in the Bible are we taught that some “feeling” comes with getting saved. We are saved by receiving Jesus Christ as our Saviour. This is by Grace through Faith alone, and apart from all feelings, emotions, works, baptisms, etc. In Salvation, we take God at His Word. We believe what He said. Assurance comes as we, day by day learn to trust His Word. As we read the Word of God and pray, assurance will grow. “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Once I heard the following little story. I trust that you will see the truth it seeks to tell…
“Three little men were walking on a wall; FEELING, FACT, and FAITH.
Mr. Feeling had an awful fall, and Mr. Faith turned back, but Mr. Fact brought them both back.”
I am glad that when feelings are gone, and I cannot find faith, that the FACT of the Word of God says “I am a child of God because I have trusted Christ alone.” (1John 5:11-13)

Vol. 34, No. 6 THE LOST SHEEP AND THE SEEKING SHEPHERD…

Vol. 34, No. 6 June, 2010

THE LOST SHEEP AND
THE SEEKING SHEPHERD…
 Dr. George Mills

“He shall feed His sheep like a Shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (Isa 40:11).
The Bible has many different pictures of the believer and his relationship to Christ. The Shepherd/sheep relationship is one of great beauty.

1. THE SHEPHERD SEEKS THE SHEEP.
2. THE SHEPHERD SECURES THE SHEEP.
3. THE SHEPHERD SUPPLIES FOR THE SHEEP.

I trust that you will take a few minutes and read the 10th Chapter of the Gospel of John, and of course, the beautiful 23rd Psalm.
My dear friend, today, if you are not saved, I trust that you will see your need of our Great Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, and trust in Him. And, if you are saved, just see how much the Great Shepherd tenderly cares for His own.

I can offer nothing new in this message, just the old story of Jesus and His Love and compassion…

1. THE SHEPHERD SEEKS THE SHEEP.
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness and go after that which is lost, until He find it? And when He hath found it, He layeth it on His shoulders, rejoicing. And when He cometh home He calleth together His friends and neighbors, saying unto them, rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. And I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth more than the ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance.” (Lk. 15:4-7). Oh, thank God for our SEEKING SHEPHERD. He has been faithfully on the job, seeking the lost. He has been after us all the days of our lives. I rejoice in the day when He found me. And the same is true in your life. He has been faithfully knocking at your heart’s door bidding entrance. He said, “All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers.” Of course, Satan is that thief who seeks to destroy you, and lead you into hell. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that
 they might have it more abundantly.” Today, yield your will, your life to the SEEKING SHEPHERD. As I said, I rejoice that He found me and gave me that abundant life.

2. THE SHEPHERD SECURES THE SHEEP. I like that!  In this study we will see just how helpless the sheep are. SHEEP NEED A SHEPHERD! The Bible says in Lk. 15:4; He left the ninety and nine in the wilderness. He left them safe and secure. He said, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” He bought us with His own blood. “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, AND THEY FOLLOW ME. And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father which gave them me is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” (Jn. 10:27-30). Thank God for the security of the sheep. I am not able to keep myself. I am weak. At my best, I fall short. I thank my God that the sheep are in the care of the Great Shepherd. Now, as some believe, this does not give me the privilege to live like a pig and not like a sheep as we will see.

3. THE SHEPHERD SUPPLIES FOR THE SHEEP.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psa. 23).
This beautiful Psalm was written by King David. He knew sheep well. He knew their habits, he knew their needs, and he knew their nature. In fact, when Samuel was sent to anoint a new king for Israel, he looked at all of Jesse’s sons but God was not pleased with any of these. David was tending Sheep when Samuel called for him and anointed him king over Israel.
David knew sheep well.  David could say with great understanding, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” What a contrast to the barrenness of this world.

(A) THE CHARACTER OF THE SHEEP.
Why does God call us sheep? Time and time again we are referred to as ‘sheep’
‘lambs,’ or ‘little flock.’ Why?
Sheep are not very intelligent. Sheep must have a shepherd to care for them. In fact, sheep are just plain stupid. “Now preacher, are you calling me stupid?” We may be very smart in the things of this world. We may have much knowledge in science, medicine, agriculture, arts, engineering, etc. But when it comes to Spiritual things, well, we are not so smart. Without Christ, I don’t know the way. I don’t know the enemy. I don’t know the tricks and traps. In Spiritual things, there is so much I don’t know. I have been saved for 50 years. The more I learn, the more I find out that I need the Kind, Gentle Shepherd to guide me through life…

(B) THE CARE OF THE SHEPHERD.

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(a) “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.” What a beautiful picture. Sheep have no natural way to find food. They are not like other animals in so many ways. They simply cannot find their food. They must be led from pasture to pasture by the shepherd. Sheep have been known to starve to death just a short distance from food. As that lost sheep, I had no way to find the Bread of Life. The Shepherd came to me, and He still feeds me! I have been feasting on His word for years. “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Mt. 4:4).

(b) “He leadeth me beside still waters.” As sheep cannot find food, they cannot find water. They must be led by the Shepherd. They must drink from still water. Sheep can drown trying to drink from running water. And like a poor sheep, I had no way to find Living Water. Jesus said to the woman at the well, “If thou knewest the Gift of God…thou wouldst have asked of Him and He would have given thee Living Water.” (Jn. 4:10)Like that thirsty woman, we have no way to find that Living Water. Our Loving Shepherd came and brought us the Water of Life.
I took a drink many years ago and found that it satisfied my spiritual thirst. I have been drinking from the Well of Life since that day.

(c) “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.”
Sheep cannot find food, cannot find water, and have no sense of direction. They get lost without the shepherd. One day when we reach that other shore our Blessed Lord Jesus will say, “I have lost none.” Of His sheep He said, “My sheep hear my voice, AND THEY FOLLOW ME.” “They FOLLOW ME” You do not find His sheep in the stagnant places of this world. They know the voice of the Shepherd, and they follow Him. We hear His voice in His Word. We hear His voice in the indwelling Holy Spirit. His sheep will not follow the voice of strangers. (Jn 10:1-5).

(d) “He Restoreth my soul.”
Sheep have no way of cleansing themselves. They must be kept clean in order to survive. Their wool must be trimmed regularly. Without the shearing of the sheep, the wool continues to grow. As sheep walk along, their wool will gather twigs, branches, leaves, sticks and the sheep will just become weighted down. I once watched a shepherd as he had to help one of his sheep to his feet. The sheep was so laden with debris he could not get to his feet. That sheep would have starved to death, but for the shepherd.
We have no way of cleansing ourselves, Spiritually, that is. Oh we try, but the more we try, the more we become entangled.
“What can wash away my sin? NOTHING but the Blood of Jesus.”
What can keep us clean?
“Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you. He cleanses us with His blood, (Rev 1:5).
He keeps us clean with His Word. Our soul has been restored. God has given us a right standing in Christ Jesus. Thank God for my Kind, Loving Shepherd.

(e) “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Sheep have no way of protecting themselves. With his rod, the shepherd drives the wild animals away from the sheep. Sheep cannot defend themselves. A much smaller animal can kill a sheep. The small Dingo dog of Australia preys upon sheep. They eat only the tongue and leave the rest to rot. The shepherd uses his staff to bring the sheep back to the fold and away from danger. “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” My enemies are numerous and powerful. I am no match…But my Shepherd is. We are in His care. The rod our Shepherd carries speaks of his power over the enemy. The enemy flees at the voice of the shepherd.

(f) “Thou anointest my head with oil”
Sheep have no way of caring for the wounds and bruises, sores, and parasites that invade. Refreshing, soothing healing oil must be applied by the shepherd. Oil always pictures the Holy Spirit. He renews our strength. He anoints us with fresh oil. Thank God for the tender moments when we come to the feet of our Kind Shepherd after we have been bruised by the enemy. Thank God for the outpouring of fresh oil. He renews our strength, he heals, He restores.

(g) “He leads me.”
Sheep are prone to wander. They have no sense of direction. As they graze on the green grass they just wander, and wander. The eye of the shepherd is ever on his sheep
I love the tender, Loving, Kind Shepherd. He found me all bruised and left in the dust of life. He came to where I was. He poured in me fresh oil and gave me a new start. And He can do some wondrous things for you if you will hear His voice today.
“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.”

God Bless you as you call upon Him today!

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
                  Psa 23
       By Pastor George mills

The Lord of Hosts, my Shepherd leads,
   In pastures green, I lie,
No thought about tomorrow’s needs.
   My need, He will supply.

From waters still I daily take,
   A table before me,  spread,
While enemies all about me wait,
   I taste the Living Bread.

From deep within my soul restored,
   Great peace, and no fear of death,
My Shepherd is the Living Lord,
   He keeps my every breath.

Behind me Goodness and Mercy stay,
   Around me, Grace and Love,
Before me Truth to lead the way,
   To that Great Fold above.

I shall not fear what I may endure,
   My Shepherd knows the way,
With Rod and staff to keep secure,
   As He does, day by day.

Just to trust the Shepherd’s care,
   Great works He will perform,
Through valleys low and places bare,
   Until we’re safely home.

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THINK ABOUT IT…
In Christ…
I shall not want for REST.
I shall not want for RESTORATION.
I shall not want for REFRESHMENT.
I Shall not want for RELAXATION.
I shall not want for REJOICING.

All of these are abundant in the safety of His fold.

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT.

BENEATH ME…Green pastures

BESIDE ME…Still Waters

AHEAD OF ME…Right Paths

WITH ME…His Rod and STAFF

BEFORE ME…A Table Spread 

BEHIND ME…Goodness and Mercy

ABOVE ME…The House of The Lord.

I shall not want for anything good for me.

If I do not have that which I desire, I must conclude that which I desire is not good for me.
                              (Author unknown) 

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I once read that during the season when lambs are born, some sheep die while giving birth, leaving an orphaned lamb. Other lambs are still-born leaving a sheep without a lamb. Shepherds have learned that if they act quickly and take the skin from the dead lamb and wrap it on the living orphan lamb, and place it with the sheep whose lamb had died, the sheep will recognize her own scent and will receive the orphaned lamb as her own.
THINK ABOUT IT…In ourselves we are not acceptable. We are acceptable when we are clothed in the Righteousness of Jesus Christ. As that orphaned lamb would have perished, so we, without Christ would perish. “And be found in Him not having mine own righteousness…but the Righteousness which is of God by Faith.” (Phil 3:9)

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AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian. The world with all of it’s enticements seeks to draw our attention away from the Shepherd. The world has left many sheep bruised and broken. The grass is not greener over there, it just SEEMS to be. Just ask the young man who left his father’s house and went to the “far country.” (Lk 15:11-24)

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      JESUS LOVES YOU
     By Ruth Vaughn 

I Love you when you scorn my message.
I Love you when you turn away from my
  entreaties.
I Love you when you laugh at my sorrow
   for your sins.
I Love you when you mock my concern
   for your redemption.
I Love you when you are indifferent to
   my compassion.
I Love you when you jeer and call me
   names.
I Love you more than riches, more than
   honor, more than glory.
I Loved you when you spat in my face   
   and jerked out my beard.
I Loved you when you nailed my
   throbbing body to a wooden cross.
I Loved you in the agonies of death.
I Love you more than my very life.
I LOVE YOU.

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Without the Love of the Shepherd, there is no hope for the sheep.

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        FROM MY HEART
           By Mildred Mills
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

To all the Dads out there we wish for you a day of happiness and sweet fellowship with your children. You are to be honored and treated with respect according to God’s Word; “Honour thy father and mother which is the first commandment with promise.” (Eph. 6:2)
   I honor my Dad’s memory today because he is no longer with us, he is in Heaven. I was with my Dad when he called on God for mercy. I remember well the night he went to the altar in our little neighborhood church and down on his knees he bowed his heart and cried out for mercy. I was just a little girl but I remember his words and this is what he said; “God have mercy on my soul.” No long prayer, just, “God have mercy on my soul.” Seeing my Dad on his knees and crying out to God tells me he is alright. He is with the Lord. God hears when a sinner calls out to Him.
   My Dad had very little education but he was never without a job. Didn’t make lots of money but every dime he made went for the care of his family. He didn’t even cash his pay check, he gave it to my Mama and she paid the bills, bought groceries and stretched out that little pay check as far as she could. My Dad provided for his family to the best of his ability.
   My Dad protected his family. He knew where we were at all times and was careful about who we kept company with. I, as a child could not see the danger but he would say “NO” and he meant NO!
   My Dad punished us and we deserved every punishment we got. If I did not obey his words and did the opposite of what I knew was right, I was punished and rightfully so. We were taught there is a price to pay for disobedience.
   My Dad was proud of his children. He would tell me what a good job I did at school or I would quote some scripture to him that I had memorized as a child and he would say, “That’s good, honey!” He let me know he was proud of me. He was pleased with us when we did well.
   My Dad was a physically strong man and I was always so proud of him. He had a strong personality and it showed. In my eyes my Dad could whip the whole world with one hand tied behind him. I believe my Dad was respected by everyone that knew him. He had a temper and a hard time keeping it under control, but he also had a sweet, humble, forgiving spirit about him and after everything was said and done he was quick to ask for forgiveness.
   I honor you Dad. I thank you for doing your best to take care of me and I love you and miss you.
   Hey, now I want to tell you about my Heavenly Father. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” (Ps 48:1). We praise Him for His mercy to us, we praise Him for providing for us the way to Heaven by trusting the finished work of His Son, Jesus. We praise Him for the Holy Spirit that protects us if we listen to His voice. We even have to praise Him when we receive our punishment for our disobedience to Him. He loves us and draws us back to Him. We praise Him for His love and patience, for his precious promises and we do desire to please Him.
   Dad, be a good father to your children.
Provide for them, love them and most of all make sure they learn about Jesus. Lead them to a saving knowledge of Jesus while they are young. Take them to Church and keep them by your side. Stay with them, they need you!

    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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“Recently I lost a loved one. My grief is great. It is hard to bear. Can you help?”

Ans…God gave us emotions to stabilize us, or, to keep us in balance. No emotion should control us, we should control our emotions. Let’s see some examples…

WORRY is a God given emotion. Just think of what the world would be like if no one worried. We say, “DON’T WORRY” but we worry. We just can’t seem to help it. But Worry is not to control us. Mental wards are filled with people who let worry control. We must learn to control worry. See Phil 4:4-9.

ANGER. What has been said about worry can be said about Anger. Anger, a bad temper can be brought under the control of the Holy Spirit.

FEAR. Think of a world where nobody feared. Some allow fear to control them and just lock themselves inside. There is so much to say about each but space will not allow. Don’t let any emotion control you.

GRIEF. Grief is a God-given emotion. There is absolutely nothing wrong with grieving over the loss of a loved one. Great men of the Bible grieved at the loss of their mate.
Grieve for awhile, but learn to rest in the promises of God. Paul said; “That you sorrow not as others who have no hope.” Some die without Christ. There is no hope there. But let us see what the Bible teaches about our loved ones who die, in Christ.

(A) They are alive! At death, the body goes to the grave, but the person who lived in that body goes to live with Christ. “To be absent from the body is to be present with Christ.” See Phil 1:21-23. They are more alive than ever.

(B) They are happy! They are at home in Heaven.  Please read 2Cor 12:1-10. It is evident that Paul died was caught up into paradise. He never got over that experience, and longed to be “forever with the Lord.”

(C) I do not believe that they would change places with anyone down here.

Learn to commit these things to the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Let the Word of God settle things in your heart. Pray and ask the Heavenly Father for that “Grace to help in time of need.”
(Heb. 4:14-16). Learn to spell GRIEF like this…

Graciously

Resting

In

Everlasting

Favor

“So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” (Ps 90:12.

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Vol. 34, No. 5 “TWO MEN”

  Vol. 34, No. 5  May, 2010

          TWO MEN
       By Dr. George Mills

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and in His Law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
(Psa. 1:1-6).


The Bible is a story about TWO MEN; Adam and Christ, Today; you are in Adam, or in Christ. The Bible is a story about TWO FOUNDATIONS; the sands of time, or, the Rock of ages. The Bible is a story about TWO KINDS OF BUILDING MATERIALS; wood, hay, and stubble, or, gold, silver, precious stones. The Bible is a story about TWO WAYS; the broad way that leads todestruction, or the narrow way that leads to life. The Bible is a story about TWO PHILOSOPHIES; the counsel of the ungodly, or, the Law of God. The Bible is a story about TWO DESTINIES; Heaven for the redeemed, or, hell for the lost. Today, let us follow these TWO MEN all the way to the end…

1. TWO MEN.

(A) The ungodly man. Who is the ungodly man? This is the man who does not know the God of the Bible. He is the seed of Adam’s race. He walks according to the counsel of this world. This counsel is anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Christ.

(B) The Righteous man. Who is the righteous man? This is the man who has listened to the Word of God, and who, has by faith alone, received Jesus Christ as Saviour. He has been declared Righteous by God Himself. (Ro. 4:1-6).


So today, you are in Adam, or, you are in Christ. You are in Adam by way of the natural birth, or, you are in Christ by way of the new birth, (John 3:1-7).

2. TWO FOUNDATIONS.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon the house and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Mt. 7:24-27). Our Lord, in using the term “built his house” is referring to more than a physical house, He is referring to a LIFE. The foolish man built his LIFE apart from Christ. He built his LIFE on the shifting, changing, unsettled sands of time. The wise builder built his LIFE on the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “That rock was Christ.” Where are you in this? Are you building your LIFE on Christ? Recently I watched a newscast with sadness as I saw beautiful homes just washed away because rains came, and floods came. How sad. The homes looked good. In fact, they were beautiful, expensive homes, but were built in the wrong place, and on the wrong foundation. How sad it is to see countless lives that could have been of so much value but storms of life came, and proved they had no foundation. Storms will come, and storms will prove your foundation.

3. TWO KINDS OF BUILDING MATERIAL.
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble, every man’s work shall be made manifest.” (1Cor 3:12-13)

(A) Gold, Silver, Precious Stones. These picture the Person and Work of Christ. The things He did.

GOLD. This speaks of His deity, His Lordship. He is King of Kings.

SILVER. Silver was used throughout the Temple. The various vessels, chargers, dishes, ornament, crowns, bowls, trumpets and candlesticks.
But silver reminds us of His promise to preserve His WORD forever. Psa. 12:6-7, “The Words of the LORD are Pure Words as SILVER tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times.”

PRECIOUS STONES. The garments of the high priests were lined with precious stones.  All of these remind us that we are to build our lives on His LORDSHIP, His WORD, And His Eternal HIGH PRIESTLY Ministry. This is that solid foundation that will never crumble.

(B) Wood, Hay, Stubble.  This pictures things WE can do. But these things will not stand the fiery judgment of God.
WE can cut down the wood.
WE can gather the hay.
WE can gather the stubble. Stubble is the stumps of grain left after the harvest sickle. But a house built of these materials will not stand the test of time.
What kind of materials are you building your life on? If not Christ, it will not stand. We must remember that salvation is not of works that WE can do. Are you depending upon your good works? Many lives look good today, but one day THAT STORM will come and too late they will learn about the wrong foundation, the wrong building material.

4. TWO WAYS.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat. Because straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.” (Mt. 7:13-14).

(A) The Broad Way. Why is it called the broad way?

 It is the easy way. It takes no effort to get on or to stay on the broad way. The expressways of this world are filled with people, (many which go in thereat).

It is the wrong way. Where will the broad way ultimately lead you?  (It leadeth to destruction.)

(B) The narrow way. Why is it called the narrow way?

It is the way of repentance. That narrows it down some. Repentance is necessary to get off the wrong way. Repentance is a change of mind. A change of mind about Christ, and about yourself.

It is the way of crucifixion. That narrows it down some more. Jesus said, “If any man will come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  (Mt. 16:24). Too many people have looked at Christianity and backed away because they saw a cross to bear.

It is the way of self denial. That narrows it down some more. “Let him deny himself.” Who wants to deny self?  “No thanks, I’ll just stay on the Broad way.”
But as the way of the ungodly has a destination, so does the narrow way. It leads to life, to abundant life. I got on the narrow way many years ago. I am so glad. I sure have enjoyed the trip.

5. TWO PHILOSOPHIES.
“An overall vision or attitude toward life.”
(A) The counsel of the ungodly. “Blessed is the man who walketh NOT in the counsel of the ungodly.”  The counsel of the ungodly is broadcast throughout the world in many ways daily. The counsel of the ungodly is Anti-Christ, anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Christian. This counsel, or ideology, comes from the media, from governments, from the educational system, from liberal atheistic professors,
 from the new-age movement, from liberal pulpits. The counsel of the ungodly says; “Man is an entity to himself. It says that man does not need God or His Bible. If we really want to know what’s wrong with society, guess where society gets it’s advice.

(B) The Law of God. “Blessed is the man who does not get his advice from the world.” Sometimes take just a while and read the 119th Psalm. It contains 176 verses, but each verse is about the Word of God.  The Psalmist uses many different words to describe the Word. Words like, statutes, judgments, precepts, testimonies, commandments, etc. But the Psalmist could say, “Thou, through Thy Commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers for Thy Testimonies are my meditation.” The Christian who loves and studies his Bible has more understanding about world conditions, world history, human nature, and the direction this world is going than congress can understand. As a Christian, you are free because of the Word of God. The wise man forsakes the counsel of the ungodly and clings to the Word of God (KJB). Christian, love your Bible. Study it. Memorize it. Hide it in your heart.

6. TWO DESTINIES.
Two men, two foundations, two kinds of building materials, two ways, two philosophies, and two destinies.  These have nothing in common. There can be no compromise. Both roads lead somewhere. All roads or ways do not ultimately lead to the same place. No matter who, or where you are, you are on one of these ways. One way is the clear way, one way is the cloudy way, but both ways lead somewhere.

We have read where the ungodly man listened to the wrong counsel, built his house wrong, on the wrong street. Everything looked good for awhile, but one day THAT STORM came, the wind blew, and his world fell apart. Is that your story today? You can forsake the counsel of the ungodly, and receive into your heart and life the Lord Jesus, and begin today, to live forever!
Of course there is but one destiny for those who forsake the Law of God. The Broad way leads to hell. You don’t want to take that route!

The destiny of the Godly is a home in Heaven where the redeemed ones live forever with Christ. Jesus said, “If I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there ye may be also.”
Yes, there are two destinies. You make the choice. One road leads to life. One road leads to destruction. Take the right road. Build your life on Jesus Christ and you will be happy for time and eternity.

THINK ABOUT IT…Both of these men in our message faced the same storm. Being a Christian does not free us from the storms of life. The difference is Christ. Our Foundation is sure.

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    THE WISE BUILDER
 (Mt 7:24-27)
       By Pastor George Mills

The house I built was strong and tall,
   It’s walls seemed firm and stout.
I said that this will never fall,
   It was strong within, without.

So strong my house when winds did blow,
   And rain had no effect.
But then one day it began to show,
   There was something I did neglect.

A storm did come one dreadful day,
   There was never such a gale,
I saw the storm take my house away,
   I saw my foundation fail.

My house that once had seemed so grand,
   I took care to build it right.
But I had built upon the sand,
   I saw, that stormy night.

I had built on sinking sand,
   The wood was just too frail.
My house too weak, it could not stand,
   When the winds, they did assail.

When I began to build again,
   A higher place I found.
A Rock secure, not sinking sand,
   A place on higher ground.

With Christ the Saviour in my heart,
   To guide my steps anew,
He gave to me a bright new start,
   He’ll see me safely through.

Foundation sure, and walls of stone,
   Now safe in every gale,
My hope is now in Christ alone,
   My foundation will not fail.

My Rock is Christ, His Word my guide,
   His peace within my soul,
My refuge sure, where I abide,
   While years and ages roll.

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         FROM MY HEART
            By Mildred Mills
     HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
  
I have precious memories of my Mother and I cherish each and every one of them. Every thought of her brings back memories of the hugs and always the kisses on the forehead or cheek with an “I love you.” We loved our Mother and now we love her memory. She was a wonderful Mama that always put her children first. We were her number one priority. She is in Heaven now after many years of serving Him on a mission field of raising ten Children. She did her job well. She was faithful to her calling and that was to be the Mother of ten “strong willed” children! (to put it mildly).
   I know there are still dedicated, loving Mothers out there and one day your children too will thank you and honor you for being the Mother that God called you to be. “Her children arise up, and call her blessed.”(Proverbs 31:28)
   However, the thought of little children that are without a caring, loving Mama is a sad thing. We can tell right away what kind of Mother is in the home by the appearance of the child. Their clothes are dirty, they need a bath, they are not cared for. In some cases they have to wait to be fed until Mama wakes up and gets out of bed at noon. That is not a Mother that cares for her children. I look at them and wonder if or when they ever get a hug from Mama. When did Mama look into their little faces and tell them she loves them? Are the children alone at night and afraid, not if they have a loving Mother. That’s what Mothers do, they care for and love and comfort their children. They also demand obedience and a loving Mother teaches her children from birth and yes, I mean from birth, to love Jesus with all their heart. Lead them to Jesus at a young age so their lives will not be tainted by Satan and this evil world. Keep them close to you and love them. Our children are gifts from God and they are so in need of Godly Mothers.
   If God has blessed you by allowing you to become a Mother, then be the best Mother you can possibly be. You can be the best only when you accept the very best that God has to offer and that is His Son, Jesus. He died for us. He took our sin in His own body and became sin for us. Accept that fact and give Him your heart today. Ask Him to help you to become the Mother your little ones so rightly deserve and then see the changes that take place in the lives of your children. Clean faces, clean clothes, not home alone anymore, not hungry, school work improves, getting lots of hugs from Mama, behavior improves and even school teachers take note that a change has taken place at home. They now have a loving, caring Mother and her children are her number one priority. What a difference a Godly Mother can make!
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      HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Our Kind, Gracious Heavenly Father, Bless this Nation again. We are a needy people. We are prone to wander from the place of blessing. We are reaping a harvest of crime, corruption, and broken homes. Grant Revival throughout the land. May there once again be a hunger in the hearts of our people, not so much for the Blessings of God, but for the God of every Blessing.
We humbly ask in the Name of our Dear Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!

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ALL MY SPRINGS ARE IN THEE
            Psalm 87:7

Years ago a friend of mine was called to be the Pastor of a small church in rural Tennessee. The water supply for his home there was an old cistern. Cistern water was collected rain water. This was the water supply for the household. Believe me, this was not like the fresh water supply we have today.  Natural spring water is water that comes from deep in the earth and it is always fresh. Farmers would build a spring house over a spring to keep the water clean and protect it from the elements. There is nothing like finding a cool spring on a hot day.
When the Israelites turned from the Lord to idolatry they found nothing but futility. God’s indictment against them was, “My people have committed two evils. They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (Jer. 2:13). To be sure, a cistern isn’t the best source of water to begin with, but we have a clear picture of a people who have turned from the Fountain to the cistern. Israel was in a backslidden condition. Their hand made cisterns just could not hold up under the hot sun and broke. The product of their own hands was most inadequate. What a picture we have of so many professing Christians who have turned to the world for satisfaction only to find that the world is an empty, barren place that can never satisfy the deep thirst of the soul.
“All my springs are in Thee” When we think of the sufficiency of Christ, the living Water of Life, how tasteless a bit of moisture from a broken cistern. What a joy to turn to Him and find our springs are in Him.
                        .. the WILDERNESS, May 2000  

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    MAINTAINING A BALANCE
       Pastor Mills

Jesus said to the Church at Ephesus in Rev. 2:4, “Thou hast left thy first love.”
The indictment was, they had LEFT their first love and not that they had lost it. That first love, I believe was a genuine, sweet love for the Lord Jesus Christ. That early Church was filled with evangelistic zeal. Believers ware scattered everywhere preaching the Word. They were proving their love by the winning of souls. However, slowly but surely FORMSALISM crept in and crowded out that first love. Oh yes, the text says that they were busy, active, doing, attending, but something was wrong. They were active, zealous, full of works. They checked out everything and everyone. They checked their doctrine over and over again. They crossed every ‘T’ and dotted every ‘I’. Yes, they were straight. They were orthodox, but cold, without real love for Christ.
Every Fundamental Church should be filled with activity. But every activity must be planned with the ultimate goal of winning the lost to Christ. Every sermon, every lesson, even to the greeting of visitors must have the winning of souls in mind. By all means we MUST maintain sound doctrine. We MUST cross every ‘T’ and dot every ‘I’
In this day of compromise, we must not compromise. We must make our stand, and stand. But we must MAINTAIN THAT PROPER BALANCE. We must be actively reaching people while we maintain sound doctrine. Both are necessary. Knowledge without zeal produces cold, dead, formalism. Zeal without knowledge produces spiritual babies that never grow. The Psalmist said in Psa. 26:12, “My foot standeth in an EVEN PLACE” Oh to be like that!

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS…
We try to answer every question we receive with the proper Bible answer. This ministry reaches into many and varied places. Some questions come from new converts, while some questions are debatable in nature.

“You keep warning about Modern Translations. They are easy to read. Many are using them. What’s the problem?”

The NIV is supposed to be the latest and most complete up-dated version. But still new ‘versions’ are being written. The NIV is being revised again. I believe the newest version will be ready in 2012. There is no ending to all of this confusion about the Bible. The bottom line in all of this is MONEY! Millions and millions of dollars are made from ‘bible’ sales every year. Many are led to believe that these ‘versions’ are up-dates of our King James Bible. They are NOT! They are from another text altogether.
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“Who are you? What ‘camp’ are you with?”

NOBODY’S CAMP. We are as we have always been, as stated on the back page of every edition since the beginning of this Publication back in 1976; Fundamental, Independent Baptist. We are not Southern Baptist, Northern Baptist, Eastern Baptist, or Western Baptist. We are not World Baptist, Bible Baptist, American Baptist, or Regular Baptist.  We are what we have always been; Independent Baptist. We are in fellowship with all who hold to historic Baptist position on the Word of God (KJB). Most of the above groups have long since departed from that position.

THINK ABOUT IT…I wonder how our Grandparents got along, you know, before all this “Greek and Hebrew” stuff came along. All that they had was the Bible, (KJB). How in the world did they ever make it? I wonder.
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“What is the unpardonable sin?”

This comes from Mt. 12:32, “Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

The only unpardonable sin is to die without Christ.
A) It is a sin that comes from the heart.
B) It is a sin committed in the light of great evidence. Heb 3:19 says of Israel  “They could not enter because of unbelief.”
C) It is a definite, final decision not to accept Jesus today, or forever. To die in this condition is hopeless.

Many reject Christ over and over. This is not the unpardonable sin, but with each rejection it becomes closer and closer. “Today, if ye will hear His voice harden not your hearts.” (Heb. 3:15)

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“Can a child of God be demon possessed?”

Of course not!  The answer is NO! “Greater is He that is in you (Christ) than he that is in the world.” (1Jn 4:4).
The Bible word is ‘devil’ and not demon. But some will say “there is only one devil.”  Let’s stay with what the Bible says; ‘Devils’. Remember, all the water in the world cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside. Satan cannot get inside you!

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“What words must I say in order to be saved?”

It is common for someone who is dealing with a lost person to say, “Now repeat these words after me,” or “Pray this prayer.” The person is lead with some words to say and then he is told, “Now, you are saved.” Let me say…

A) We are not saved by praying.
B) We are not saved by saying certain words.
C) We are not saved in accepting some religious creed or adopting a ‘spiritual
saying.’
According to John 3:1-16, We are saved by being born again. “How then, are we born again?”
The Bible says in John 1:12, “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.” We are Born Again the moment we receive Christ. “How do I receive Christ?” Christ is there, where you are in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Tell Him that you receive him.  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Ro. 10:9-10).

Vol. 34, No. 4 “THE PREEMINENCE OF THE RESURRECTION”

Vol. 34, No. 4 , April, 2010

THE PREEMINENCE OF THE RESURRECTION

    By  Dr. George Mills

“And He said unto them, thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem, and ye are witnesses of these things.” (Lk 24:46-48).

This year we celebrate our Lord’s Victorious Resurrection on April 4. I trust that wherever you are, you will have a wonderful day as we remember this Glorious event.
Spring is a glorious time of year. The long cold winter has passed. New life is everywhere. Flowers are beginning to blossom. Trees are no longer barren, their leaves are green. Nature is awake, alive, and colorful. I love to see the beautiful dogwood tree in blossom, the “pink bud” tree, and other flowering trees as they “come alive” It’s SPRING TIME! It’s RESURRECTION TIME! It is in the spring of the year that we celebrate the most Glorious event in all history; THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Churches all over the world will be celebrating this wonderful event. Large Churches, Cathedrals, even down to the  small country church will commemorate this wonderful event of the Resurrection.
But to the Born Again Christian, every day is Resurrection Day. Every day we worship the Living Christ. Let me share with you some things about this day that cause one and all to glory in THE WONDER OF THE RESURRECTION

1. THE PREEMINENCE OF THE RESURRECTION.
I believe that ONE DOCTRINE stands out and above all others.  But let us for awhile “suppose” that we had to choose just one doctrine and say, “That’s Christianity.” What one doctrine could we choose? First, let me say that Christianity is not just one doctrine. Christianity is Christ. Everything about Christ. So we are “just supposing.”

(A) Just suppose we chose His Virgin Birth and say, “That’s Christianity.” I am glad that His was a Virgin Birth in fulfillment to the prophecy of Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.” A woman has no seed. That’s a promise of the Virgin Birth. “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, MADE OF A WOMAN, made under the Law.” (Gal 4:4). Apart from the Virgin Birth we have no Saviour. Christ’s birth was pure, spotless, sinless. But there is no salvation in the Virgin Birth. In fulfillment of prophecy, Christ had to be born of a Virgin. But we can’t choose the Virgin birth alone. Something is missing..

(B) Just suppose we add to the Virgin Birth, His sinless life and say, “that’s Christianity.” Again, I am so thankful that His Life was a Pure, Sinless life. He is that Lamb without blemish and without spot. His enemies tried to find fault with His life. Three times the voice of God was heard saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” But we are not saved by His Virgin Birth or His Sinless life.

(C) Suppose then we choose His Vicarious death on the cross and say, “that’s Christianity.” By vicarious death I mean His suffering in our place. He took our place, He died our death. All of our sin was placed upon the Sinless, Son of God. But we are not saved by His death on the Cross. I know that Paul said, “God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 6:14). Paul loved the Cross. He could never get over the fact that Christ died for him there. But we are not saved by His death on the cross. Now, don’t turn me off. All of these things are necessary. We cannot do away with a single one of these, nor can we claim just a single one. We’re just “supposing.” We are not saved by His Virgin Birth, we are not saved by His Sinless Life, and we are not saved by his death on the cross. Something is still missing. The Book of First Corinthians, Ch. 15, is the Great Resurrection chapter. Please take a few moments and read that text. Verse 13 says “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain and your faith also is vain.” V20 adds, “But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”
You see, the one doctrine that holds everything together, the one thing that stands in the center of world history is THE EMPTY TOMB. Everything we hope for is determined by that fact that HE AROSE! THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD IS PREEMINENT IN THE FINISHED WORK OF REDEMPTION! I know that some will say, “But what about these other things and more that we could mention?” My dear friend everything rests upon the fact of His RESURRECTION. Without that, nothing else matters. We cannot do away with one single doctrine about the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, but the RESURRECTION is the CEMENT that holds everything together.

2. THE PROPHECYS OF THE RESURRECTION.
The Resurrection is seen in prophecy in at least two ways. Known unto God in ages past and revealed in the Holy Scriptures;

(A). Psalm 22 is Messianic. In verses 1-21 you read about a crucifixion; “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” This was the cry of our Lord upon the cross, but as you read Psalm 22:31 you will read about a Resurrection. The same is true in Isaiah 53, in v1-9 you read about a crucifixion, “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so openeth not His mouth.” But if you read v10-12 you read about a Resurrection; “He shall prolong His days.”

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thine HOLY One to see corruption.” (Psa 16:10). This passage repeated in Acts 2:25-31 indicate that this is a clear prophecy concerning the resurrection of Christ.

(B) Also His Resurrection is seen in types.  For instance, Jonah was a type, or figure of the resurrection. Jesus said, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Isaac was a type of the Resurrection. Read Genesis 22:1-14, Heb. 11:17-19. I believe that our Lord Jesus was crucified in the very spot where Isaac was offered…Mount Moriah. Mount Calvary, a small hill on Mount Moriah.

3 THE PURPOSES OF THE RESURRECTION. There is a two-fold purpose. Oh, there is so much more, but for this message, these two things..

(A). The Resurrection is the ultimate proof of His deity. In John 2:18-22, the Jews asked Christ for a sign. Jesus answered and said, “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up.” “But He spake of the Temple of His body.” Christ said in John 10:18, “No man taketh it, (My life) from me, but I lay it down myself, and I have power to take it again.” If Satan can keep Christ in the grave, Christ is not who He said He was. But HE AROSE! “Upon the first day of the week, “The stone taken away from the sepulchre.” (Jn 20:1-8).

(B). The Resurrection gives us a Living Saviour. “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by Him, seeing that He EVER LIVETH to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25). The religions of the world are growing. Cults are growing. The founders of most of these groups are dead…BUT, Our Saviour is alive! “I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore, and have the keys of hell and death.” (Rev. 1:18). Joseph Smith is dead. Mary Baker Eddy is dead. Charles Taze Russell is dead. Buddha is dead. Muhammad is dead. Confucius is dead. We can find their graves. But Christians point to an empty tomb and cry aloud, “He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come; see the place the Lord lay.” (Mt. 28:6).

4 THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION.
“That I may know Him and the Power of His Resurrection…” (Ph. 3:10). In recent years, we have seen powerful  Earthquakes, storms, tornados, destruction, some natural, some man-made. All have had their effect upon mankind. But nothing in this world has so affected mankind as has the Resurrection of Jesus Christ…

(A). Belief in the Resurrection of Christ has power to save from the PENALTY of sin. “The wages (penalty) of sin is death.” (Ro. 6:23). “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD thou shalt be saved.” (Ro. 10:9). “Now preacher, I have no problem about the Virgin Birth, I have no problem in believing about His sinless life, and I have no problem about His vicarious death, but the Resurrection, well, I am not so sure.” You cannot be saved from the penalty of sin and not believe in the Resurrection of Christ. Believe everything about Him, but don’t deny His Resurrection. To doubt His Resurrection is to miss Heaven by 15 inches, (distance from head to heart).

(B). Belief in the Resurrection of Christ has POWER to overcome anything that has man bound. Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me, and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20). The believer has new life. Faith in that new life (Christ in me) gives the believer strength and ability to overcome any habit, addiction, or anything not pleasing to God. In my own strength and will I do not have the power, but we have that resurrection power in our lives to help us live a victorious life. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit. We have the implanted Word of God. We have the imparted power of the resurrected life of Christ. Our faith and trust must be forever placed in the Finished Work of Christ. When we try, we fail. When we trust, He never fails.

5. THE PROOFS OF THE RESURRECTION.
“To whom also He shewed Himself alive after His passion by many INFALLIBLE PROOFS, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3).
“MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS.” Proofs that should forever silence the critics and doubters.
 First Corinthians 15:1-8 says that He was seen alive by more than five hundred brethren at one time.
Then He appeared to Peter, to James, and to Paul.
Angels testified that He is alive.
The heavy stone moved from the tomb is proof.
The missing Body of Jesus is proof.
The grave clothes in place like an empty cocoon.
What happened to the missing Body of Christ? In order to stop the story of the Resurrection, all that His enemies had to do was to produce that body, but they could not. HE IS ALIVE. His Resurrection was the central theme of the Book of Acts as His Message was being carried to the nations of the world at that time. There are so many proofs we could bring forth at this time, but the best proof is for you to know for yourself. An old cola advertisement of a few years ago said; “BEST, BY TASTE TEST.” In other words, if you personally taste our cola, you will be convinced that our cola is the best.
Christ is BEST BY TASTE TEST! “O taste and see that the LORD is good, blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” (Ps. 34:8). Let Christ show you personally that He is alive. “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.” “How do I receive Him? “Ask, and ye shall receive. Put Him to the test today.

6. THE PROMISE OF THE RESURRECTION.
I suppose that I should have said PROMISES, for belief in His Resurrection has many promises. Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live also.”

Ye shall live means here, now, in this life. “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” Abundant life is knowing Jesus, better every day.

Ye shall live means Eternally.  When a believer takes his last breath on earth, he awakes in the Presence of God.

7. THE POSITIVES OF THE RESURRECTION.
“Because He hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained, whereof he hath given assurance unto ALL MEN in that HE HATH RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD.”  (Acts 17:31). “Believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. And have hope toward God which they themselves also allow, that there SHALL be a resurrection of the dead, both of the Just and the unjust.” (Acts 24:14-15). The Resurrection of Christ is God’s guarantee that ALL men will stand before God and give account of himself, of his/her rejection of the Redeemer. Today, I urge every reader of this message to consider Christ and His FINISHED WORK of Redemption. Everything needed for time and eternity is found only in Christ. He’s ALIVE! He lives in my heart and in the heart of His people all over the world. He can come into your life today at your invitation. “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.” Tell Him today that you believe, that you receive Him. He is there, where you are. Receive Him by faith and let Him show you every day of your life THE WONDERS OF HIS RESURRECTION.

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         THE EMPTY TOMB
        By Pastor George Mills
             (Matthew 28:1-8)

Once they stood beside a grave,
   The door was open wide,
Angels told them to be brave,
   “There’s not a soul inside.”

Come see the place where the Lord did lay,
   He’s risen from the dead,
Go tell his friends this very day,
   He’s alive, just as He said.”

Such gladness then filled all the day,
   To know His tomb was bare,
His bed is empty where He lay,
   His Glory, everywhere.

The tomb that once was surely sealed,
   To keep His body there,
Now it’s emptiness revealed,
   For all the world to share.

By faith I stood beside that cave,
   Where once the Lord did lay,
When I beheld that empty grave,
   I claimed that very day.

Oh God I praise thee for the day,
   When by faith I looked inside,
The empty tomb where He did lay,
And found it satisfied,

My heart’s desire for peace and love,
   When I bid the Saviour “come,”
And now I live with hope from above,
   Because of the EMPTY TOMB.

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THINK ABOUT IT…There is no victory in the grave. The Disciples found that the tomb was empty, and they found that Christ was alive and now we have victory! We have a Living Saviour! Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

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AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS. It is no friend to the Christian, nor is it a friend to your Bible.
Concerning the Resurrection of Christ, the Modern “versions” of scripture, taken from two manuscripts; Vaticanus, and Sinaiticus, all end the Gospel of Mark with Ch.16, verse 8. They say v9-20 are not in oldest manuscripts. Even the Schofield Bible footnotes: “The passage from v9 to the end is not found in the two most ancient manuscripts; the Sinaitic and Vatican.” These two manuscripts are NOT the most ancient manuscripts. There are over 5,600 existing manuscripts that support our Authorized Version. There are only two manuscripts that support the vast flood of new versions. Why would the Gospel of Mark end with the Disciples trembling in fear? Makes no sense! As Arno Gabelein wrote, “How foolish to assume that the blessed document which begins with the sublime statement; The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, could end with; “they were afraid!”

THE BIBLE (KJB) AIN’T BROKE, DON’T TRY TO FIX IT!

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Questions, Answers..

“Where or how did you come by the name, “The WILDERNESS?”

Ans…The indictment against Satan in Isaiah 14:17, “that made the world as a WILDERNESS.”
And the world is a WILDERNESS. It is a barren place. John the Baptist was a voice of one crying in the WILDERNESS. We took our name from that text. For many years we have been A voice crying in this WILDERNESS.
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“How can I know for sure that I am saved?

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”
Being saved and saved for sure is compared to a birth. Just as we are born into our natural family here on earth, we are born into God’s family. We are born again when we receive Christ. “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.” How do I receive Him? The Bible says, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” “Now preacher, that’s just too simple, there must be something else.” May I say to you that Jesus took all of the toil, labor, work, suffering, all of the hardness in Himself and bore it all on His cross. The work is finished. Salvation is offered FREE! If you have trusted that Finished Work of Christ, the Bible says that you are saved, and saved for eternity. THE BIBLE IS YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE!
Just the other day I was looking through some old papers of mine. There, in that bundle of papers was my birth certificate. That piece of paper has the seal of the state of Florida. It lists the county, city, and date of my birth. It is a legal document backed up by the State of Florida. It is proof that I have been born. I have had to display it as proof of my birth, even though I am about 6ft, 2in. tall and well over 200 pounds I have had to present it as proof that I have been born. The Bible is God’s Holy, Infallible Word. The Bible is our “Spiritual Birth Certificate.” The next time when doubts arise, READ YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE!

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        FROM MY HEART
           By Mildred Mills

     EASTER’S ON IT’S WAY!

I love everything about Easter! I love the chocolate bunnies and the sugar candy eggs, the baskets full of goodies, the brand new outfits for the little ones and I especially enjoy coloring the eggs and hiding them about a thousand times for the grand kids. I did the same thing for my kids and enjoyed it as much as they did. If we were fortunate enough to have eggs when I was a kid, we did the same thing. We hid them and found them and hid them again and again until they were mush! The weather was warmer at last and what fun it was and still is to be outside enjoying the newly sprung Spring! Like I tell the Grands; “When I grow up I am going to be a Monster Truck Driver!”
   However, we do know the real meaning of Easter and we do celebrate the Resurrection of our Saviour. In Bible Believing Churches everywhere the children have their little skits and verses concerning the Resurrection and they present them so sweetly for the congregation to hear. We heard of the little guy that was to quote the verse, “He is not here, for He is risen,” but he forgot the words. He stood there a second with an “OH NO” look on his face and blurted out, “He ain’t here, He done left out!” (Mt. 28:6) He may have forgotten the words, but he had not forgotten the meaning of the words. I love it! Easter is a blessed time! I stand amazed at the fact that God loved me and sent His Son to die for me, raised Him from the dead and now an empty tomb is there to prove that my Saviour lives!
            HAPPY EASTER!

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THE BIBLE IN SCHOOLS

I’d like to see the Bible placed,
  Where the Bible used to be,
Upon the top of the teacher’s desk,
   For every child to see.

I’d like to hear the teacher say,
   As my teacher used to do,
“Before we work or play, dear ones,
   I want to read to you.”

I’d like to see the teacher stand,
   Before the class again,
And lift with reverent care the Book,
   That makes God’s purpose plain.

And e’re the youngsters went to work,
   I’d like to hear her voice,
Repeat those words of truth and faith,
   That makes one’s soul rejoice.

I’d like to see the soul light up,
   At each resplendent word,
And watch the children’s souls shine out,
   At the message that they heard.

I’d like to see the sweet content,
   Fill that room, each nook,
And know that joy had come to each,
   When the teacher read the Book

Yes, I’d like to see the bible placed,
   Where the Bible used to be,
I’d like to hear it read aloud,
   In the schoolroom of the free.

I want my children taught to know,
   God’s matchless gift of love,
The Book of books is wisdom’s gate,
   To that bright home above.

           Author unknown) 

         AMEN and AMEN!

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PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD
                  (Amos 4:12)
This is one of the most urgent warnings in the entire Bible concerning Israel, and the Spiritual condition of the land. In fact, if you read the text you will see that judgment has already come. Drought, mildew, pestilence, plague, (9-11). Judgment had already begun. Today let me bring this text to our time in history:

1. WHY PREPARE?  At least three reasons…
(A) It is commanded by God. That’s reason enough.
(B) Without Christ you are not prepared to meet God.
(C) You WILL meet God. This is an appointment that you and I will keep.

2. HOW TO PREPARE?
(A) Realize your condition, UNPREPARED.
(B) Receive Christ as your ONLY hope of preparation.

3. WHEN PREPARE?
The Bible is clear on when to prepare.
TODAY, if you will hear his voice, harden not your heart.” (Heb 3:7-8)

“Boast not thyself of TOMORROW for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Pr. 27:1). God was waiting to hear their cry and He is waiting for you.
“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20).

Vol. 34, No. 3 “WITH HIS STRIPES”

Vol. 34, No. 3   March, 2010
“WITH HIS STRIPES”
  By  Dr. George Mills

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isa. 53:5).
Please take a few moments and read the entire fifty third chapter of Isaiah.. This is one of the greatest texts in the entire Bible. If I had many years to search out all of the glories of this chapter, I would only begin, for only eternity will reveal the depths and heights recorded here.
Please allow me to share with you at least four great facts, or truths from this text…

1. Of whom is the Prophet speaking?
2. Of what is the Prophet speaking?
3. What does the Prophet mean?
4. To whom is the Prophet speaking?

1. OF WHOM IS THE PROPHET SPEAKING?  There are over 40 pronouns in this chapter, so it is obvious that he is speaking about a person. I believe the entire text is very clear on who the Prophet is speaking about. But for an answer let us go into the New Testament Book of Acts, Ch. 8:26-39).
The question was asked, “Of whom speaketh the Prophet?” (Acts 8:34).  Phillip the Evangelist was in Samaria preaching Jesus Christ. Many were coming to Christ through the preaching of Phillip. God told Phillip to leave that revival meeting because he knew about an Ethiopian eunuch who was returning to his country. God wanted Phillip to witness to this eunuch. This eunuch had attended services in Jerusalem and was returning home. He went to Jerusalem a lost sinner, and he was returning home a lost sinner. I believe this scene is repeated millions of times every Sunday across this land. That is, people attend a religious service of some king, and leave that service in the same condition as they were when they came. Some take a bible or some kind of a religious publication with them and leave just like they came; unsaved! This eunuch knew that something was missing. Religion had not satisfied him. Religion never satisfies the deep inner need of man. The eunuch had in his possession a copy of the Book of Isaiah. He was reading Chapter 53. He did not understand what he was reading, or who he was reading about. Phillip joined the man in his chariot and asked him if he understood what he read. His answer; “How can I understand except some man should guide me?”(v31). The Bible says that “Phillip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus.” (v35). It is very clear that the Prophet Isaiah was writing about our Lord Jesus.
 There are many lessons in the Book of Isaiah. Lessons about Israel, about captivity, banishment, re-gathering, the millennial kingdom. But who is this particular chapter about?

“Who hath believed our report?” (v1).
WHAT REPORT? The entire Book! The report about the Virgin Birth, (Ch 7:14).
The report about the Child who is to be,
The Wonderful Counselor,
The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace. (Ch 9:6-7).

 “To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” (v1). The Arm of the Lord speaks of Power and Authority. This One comes in the Power and Authority of The Holy Spirit. “The Spirit of the lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, He hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Lk 4:18).

“As a tender plant.” Not a large tree, but a frail plant. “And as a root out of dry ground.” What could possibly grow from a root in a desert place? 

“When we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men.” (v2-3). He was not born in a king’s palace, but in a stable, and raised in despised Nazareth. “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?”(Jn 1:46). Despised, unwanted, rejected of men. He is writing about our Lord Jesus.

2. OF WHAT IS THE PROPHET SPEAKING?
As I have stated, the Book of Isaiah covers many subjects. In our text, he is speaking about…

(A) SIN. The Prophet uses two words to describe the condition of man. He uses the inclusive word; “ALL.”

(a) TRANSGRESSION. (v5).  “He was wounded for our transgressions.”  What does he mean when he says, ‘transgression?’ The Bible says in 1John 3:4, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Law for sin is the transgression of the Law.” When we sin, we break, or, transgress the Law. He says “ALL have sinned.”  “ALL we like sheep have gone astray.”

(b) INIQUITY. The second word he uses to describe the condition of man is the word INIQUITY.  TRANSGRESSION has to do with our relationship with God. INIQUITY has to do with our relationship with man.
King David used these two words in Psalm 51. In that text, David is facing his sin. This is a heart rending scene as David confesses his sin. “Blot out my TRANSGRESSIONS, and wash me thoroughly from my INIQUITY.” (Ps. 51:1-2). David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. David had Bathsheba’s husband killed in battle. He has offended the Law of God in at least two ways, Murder, and adultery. Against God, and against his neighbor.
Today, much of the preaching is about surface hurts, frustrations, addictions, weaknesses. But the problem of man is much deeper…SIN…All of our sin was placed upon Jesus on His cross. “Shall my righteous servant justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.” (v11).

(B) SACRIFICE. “He is brought as a LAMB to the slaughter,”(v7). That speaks of sacrifice. Jesus Christ is that Sacrificial Lamb. As John the Baptist said, “Behold the LAMB of God which taketh away THE SIN of the world.” (Jn 1:29). Peter said of Him, “But with the precious blood of Christ as of a LAMB without blemish and without spot.” (1Pet. 1:18-19).

(C) SUBSTITUTE. Here is one dying in our place. Here is one taking our sin upon Himself. “ALL we like sheep have gone astray, (we are sinners by birth) we have turned everyone to his own way, (we are sinners by choice) and the Lord hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us ALL.” (v6).

(D) SAVIOUR. “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1Pet. 2:24). The Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross bore ALL of our sin, past, present, future. The Just of the Holy God was satisfied with the vicarious death of Christ. So satisfied was He that He raised him from the dead to be our Living Saviour.

HALLELEUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOUR!!!!

3. WHAT DOES THE PROPHET MEAN, “With His stripes we are healed?”
Does he mean physical healing? Some take that route and go off on “healing campaigns.”

Let me say this…
Jesus Christ did not have to suffer the pain and agony of the cross in order to heal anyone. He healed BEFORE He went to the cross.

Jesus Christ did not have to suffer the pain and agony of the cross in order to open blinded eyes. He did that BEFORE He went to the cross.

Jesus Christ did not have to suffer the pain and agony of the cross in order to open the ears of the deaf. He did that BEFORE He went to the cross.

Jesus Christ did not have to suffer the pain and agony of the cross in order to make the lame walk. He did that BEFORE He went to the cross.

Jesus Christ did not have to suffer the pain and agony of the cross in order to raise the dead. He did that BEFORE He went to the cross. He is the same on both sides of the cross, before and after.

But Jesus Christ did have to go to the cross, to suffer the pain and agony there in order to heal the hurt, to bridge the gap between God and man. “With His stripes we are healed” goes deeper. It goes to the enmity, to the barrier between God and man. By His finished work of redemption, Jesus Christ healed everything between God and man, and between man and man. (Eph 2:14-18).
Is physical healing in the atonement? A far greater healing than physical healing is there. We all live in a body that is dying and will die in due time. We live in a fallen world. This earth is cursed and man with it. Read Genesis 3.
Now, do I believe in Divine healing? Yes of course I do. All healing is Divine healing. I do have trouble with these “divine healers.” I believe that the Prayer of faith can save the sick, (James 5:14-15).  I am living proof of that fact.
We most certainly believe in and practice praying for the sick. We have a prayer list we pray for. I have seen some go home from the hospital to enjoy good health after they were prayed for. I have seen others go to their eternal home after being prayed for. It is our duty to pray for the sick. We receive prayer requests from various parts of the country and we join with these in prayer.
But a greater healing than that of the body is in our text. The relationship between God and man is healed through the Sacrificial death and Resurrection of Christ.

4. TO WHOM IS THE PROPHET SPEAKING?
Verse six of our text begins with ALL, and ends with ALL.
ALL have sinned, and Christ bore the sin of us ALL. There is a Crufixion, (v1-8) a Burial, v9, and a Resurrection, v10-12 in this Chapter.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved.” (Ro 10:9-10). God demands that we believe the message of the gospel, (1Cor 15:1-4).
Whoever you are, wherever you are, and however you are, God’s invitation is for YOU! Ask Christ into your heart just now. He did for you what you can never do. He paid your debt of sin. He is there where you are in the person of the Holy Spirit. Tell Him in your own words that you believe the message, and that you receive Him as your Saviour.
Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!

 

       ONLY BEAUTY THERE
         By Pastor George Mills
        (Adapted from Isaiah 53)

Who would believe of such report,
   Of bleeding and of pain,
Of One whose visage is so marred,
   And suffers for our gain?

Who would believe of such report?
   No beauty in that place,
Rejected by the sons of men,
   And dying in disgrace.

Who would believe of such report?
   There is no beauty there.
Despised by men He came to save,
   Our iniquities to bear.

Wounded side and bleeding hands,
   Bruised more than other men,
Stripes like furrows on His back,
   While sorrows pierced within.

Just like a Lamb in silence there,
   He uttered not a word,
In low humility He bowed,
   And not a sound was heard.

Such burden placed upon His back,
   Such sorrows pierced His soul,
For the sake of man He suffered there,
   That man may now be whole.

Yes, I believe of such report,
   Of my sin, that Christ did bear,
For when I bowed beneath His cross,
   I saw ONLY BEAUTY THERE.
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THINK ABOUT IT…His silence as the Sacrificial Lamb, silenced every mouth. “That every mouth may be stopped, (silenced) and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Ro. 3:19).

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      LEAVE THE CORNERS
        By Dr. George Mills

“And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard; neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard. Thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger. I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:9-10).
Ruth gleaned in the field of Boaz.
I have enjoyed the study of the Book of Ruth here at our Church. There are many lessons. Today, let me share just one.
There are so many who believe that God demands too much from His children, while they seem to forget that Satan is an awful taskmaster.
Here we can see just a part of God’s Poverty Program. He provides for the needy. His program worked then and will work today. God made no provision for the lazy, for those who will not work. But He remembers the poor. His method was that the people would not wholly harvest their crop, but leave some for the poor.

1. God did not ask for the entire Harvest, He only asked for a part. “When thou cutest down thy harvest in thy field and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow, that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.”

2. God did not ask for the whole week, He only asked for one day. He asked for only a part. “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Six days shall thou labor and do all thy work.” (Ex 20:8-9).

3. God did not ask for the whole worth of the harvest, He only asked for a tenth part. The tithe. “The tithe is the Lord’s.”

Let’s bring this to our time in history. God is not asking for everything, He only asks for a part.

1. He does not ask us for the whole day, He asks us for a part of every day. He knows that we have our job, our family, our business to take care of every day, but He wants to be included. Begin every day with God. David said, “Thou art my God. Early will I seek Thee.” Before the noise and cares of the world begin to invade our lives, we are to seek His blessings and guidance for the day. He only asks for a part.

2. He does not ask for the whole week, but He does ask for one day. He asks for only a part. Under the Law, Israel kept the Sabbath Day, (Saturday). Under Grace the Church met (meets)“Upon the first day of the week,” (Sunday). Sunday, a day set aside to Worship, to pray, to rest. My how God blessed this nation when Sunday was set aside for the Lord. Government closed, business closed. People rested. God knows our bodies and the rest we need, so He asks for a day. Today, Sunday is the busiest day of the week. Sunday is a time of play, sports, shopping. No rest. We have to take pills to get us started on Monday.

3. He does not ask for the whole pay check, but He does ask for a part. Under the Law, he asked for the tithe. Under Grace He asks for “As God has prospered you.” (1Cor 16:1-2). Has God prospered you, blessed you, and kept you healthy? Has He kept you out of the hospital? Kept food on your table? The children are fine and healthy. The refrigerator is full, food in the cabinets, and the gas tank is full, and the rent is paid.  If this is true, then you are a millionaire compared to the rest of the world. You show God your appreciation in your giving. Is your giving in proportion with your blessings? Remember, He only asks for a part, and not the whole paycheck.  It is not possible to out give God.
So you see…God is not too demanding. He only wants a part, but then again, He does want our heart. When He has our heart, He has everything we have.  When I think of His Lovingkindness to me, what else can I do except say, “Lord, it all belongs to you.”

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AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian. The prince of this world demands everything…100%. God is not the hard taskmaster as some try to picture Him…but Satan sure is.

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THINK ABOUT IT…Do you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour? If not, why not today ask Him into your heart, to forgive your sin, and to make you a new creation in Christ. Christ is there, where you are. He has been there all of your life, waiting, bidding entrance. He will never knock down the barriers in your heart and come in unbidden, but He will come in if you ask Him in faith believing. “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man will hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and sup with him and he with me.” I cannot tell you words to say, you just tell Him in your own words that you receive Him.  Do that today!

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        AMAZING GRACE

Sometime ago I was called to conduct the funeral of an infant, just a few months old. This is never easy. “What will I say? What can I say?” This young Mother had been raised up in our Church. I had known her through the years of growing up. Now she is married and her young child has been called home to be with our Lord. At the funeral service a young lady sang the beautiful hymn AMAZING GRACE..

  Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,
  That saved a wretch like me,
  I once was lost but now I’m found
  Was blind but now I see.

When the young singer reached the last verse of the hymn, I heard another voice softly singing with her. When I finally located the source of the second voice, I saw that this was the young Mother of this child. She sang…

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing His praise,
Than when we first begun.”

Somehow, when I heard her singing, I knew that everything was OK. I did not have to worry about what to say. God had already said everything to her heart.

Paul found that God’s Grace is “Sufficient Grace.”(2Cor. 12:9)

Peter called it “Manifold Grace.” (1Peter 4:10)

That day, and this day I call it…

           AMAZING GRACE

                          …Pastor Mills

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         FROM MY HEART
          By Mildred Mills

     HAPPINESS IS THE LORD

“Yea, happy is that people whose God is the Lord.” (Ps. 144:15).

I know that happiness is within, but it certainly should show on our face. I often wonder how a person that has been forgiven from sin could have such a sad countenance about them. We have a Heavenly Father who loves and cares for us in every situation and He has promised to be with us always. Now that should put a smile on our face.
A smile, a pleasant look or a kind word or deed and we are sharing our happiness that comes from knowing Jesus. Let the Beauty of Jesus be seen in you. “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.” (Pr. 15:13).
I saw the following article in a Doctor’s office and would like to share it with you…

      THE VALUE OF A SMILE

It costs nothing, but creates much.
It enriches those who receive, without
   impoverishing those who give.
It happens in a flash, and the memory
   of it sometimes lasts forever.
None are so rich that they can get along
   without it, and none so poor but are
   richer for it’s benefits.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters
   goodwill in a business, and is the
   countersign of friends.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the  
   discouraged, sunshine to the sad,
   and nature’s antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged
   borrowed or stolen, for it is something
   that is no earthly good until it is
   given away.
And if, in the hurly-burly bustle of 
   today’s business world, some of the
   people you meet should be too tired to
   give you a smile, may we ask you to
   leave one of yours.
For nobody needs a smile so much as
   those who have none left to give.
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Answers to questions…

An inmate in Georgia writes…

1. “When do I know the Holy Ghost is talking to me?”
Ans…In your letter you said, “I have such a hunger for Jesus Christ.” That in itself is your best answer.  A hunger to know Christ did not come from the world, flesh or the devil.

2. “How do I know I have the Holy Ghost?” 
Ans…According to the Bible, Ephesians 1:13 says the Holy Spirit came into your life the very moment you received Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Now that is a matter of FACT and not of FEELINGS.
A matter of FACT because the Bible says so.

3. “What about tongues? What does the Bible say?”
Ans. “Tongues in the Bible mean a “language.” An unknown tongue is simply a language that I am not familiar with. A language that I do not know. There were over a dozen different tongues or languages on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.  The miracle then was in the HEARING. Every word was clearly understood. And so it is every time the Church assembles. Every word is to be clearly understood by all.
“Gibberish utterances” understood by no one in many of today’s movements can in no way be compared to what happened at Pentecost.

4. “How can I forgive myself for all the wrongs I’ve done to myself and to others?”
Ans…When we receive Christ as our Personal Saviour, God forgives. He forgives ALL sin. “Who forgiveth ALL mine iniquities.” Now accept that. Many Christians fail because they simply cannot forgive themselves. They carry a guilt complex with them. This is an awful burden to carry. In Christ, ALL is forgiven. Hold your head up high. The past is past. In fact, the Christian does not have a past. He has a glorious future. Enjoy your trip

 

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AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian. The world seeks to rob our joy and peace. God moves in wondrous ways to show us who and where our Real Friend is. Jesus Christ is that Unfailing Friend.
No Christ, no peace. Know Christ, know peace!