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The Issue:

The Basic Truths Of Life!

TRUTHS

The BibleEveryone that ever walked on this planet must come to terms in this life with some basic TRUTHS. These will be the basic truths that no one can argue with, if they are sane. Of course, if you believe what God says in His Own BOOK about you, then you will have no problem with accepting these basic truths.

1. The Brevity Of Life

"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14b) Our life is brief! like a vapor, or like smoke. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1) He is born, and then he will die! This is certain! (The exception being Enoch and Elijah, and also, those believers in Jesus Christ who are alive when He comes for His Church.)

2. The Brevity Of Your Remembrance

You will soon be forgotten. A man is remembered only a little while, and then he is forgotten. "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore. Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness." (Job 7:10 & 10:20-22)

3. The Sureness Of Trouble

Life is bale full of troubles. I have also found this very true!!! "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." (Job 14:1).

4. The Verity Of The White Throne Judgment

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). You will not miss this one unless YOU ARE HID in the CLEFT OF THE ROCK!

5. The Eternality And The Finality Of What You Do With Jesus Christ:

We will all be held accountable over this issue. It is a hard fact of life, my friend. Now will you take God's offer of eternal life ... purchased by His Son ... for all those who will put their trust in Him ... a thumbs down? You will everlastingly suffer the consequences!

6. That Men Never Learn From History

We learn from History That Men Never Learn From History! It is a heart problem! Men refuse to learn the "lessons" afforded by the light of HISTORY: the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!

7. What Should You Do?

"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
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.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"; [Romans 10:8-13]

THE BIBLE :

Believe The BOOK!

The King James Bible

BibleThis is God's Holy WORD to you and I! Do you believe it? The A.V.1611 (or The King James Bible) is God's word PRESERVED in the English language for you and me. It came from the English Reformation. This Bible declares that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." [2 Timothy 3:16] God's inspired word is preserved in the A.V.1611. The word "preserved" means maintained inspiration. "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." [Psalm 12:6-7] “PRESERVE.” .

Home In The Hills:

[Or New Jerusalem]

LONG HOME

demo Everybody is going home someday. Everybody is going to their LONG HOME. When you die, you are going to go to your “long home” whether, it be in “Heaven” or in “Hell”. Do you realize that truth? “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” [Ecclesiastes 12:5]. Read More?

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For WomenDaughters of Faith

May / June Issue 2005
"O, The Deep Deep Love of Jesus!"

Our Full-Time Staff:

Miss Laura Beth Wagenschutz, Editor & Columnist
Miss Chaille Jacobson, Assistant Editor & Columnist
Miss Amanda Sedler, Columnist
Miss Deborah Brauer, Columnist
Miss Hannah Brown, Columnist
Miss Rebekah Wark, Columnist
Miss Gina Allison, Columnist
Mrs. Ruby Wagenschutz, Columnist
Our Part-Time Staff:
Mrs. Dawn Wagenschutz, Columnist
Mrs. Johanna Spangenburg
Ev. Benjamin Jossund

Greetings...

Dear Friends,

I pray that this issue finds you all well and serving the Lord Jesus faithfully. Please forgive the lateness of this issue! Our computer went crazy one day and deleted everything in my Juno account including addresses and saved things, so I had to start all over on this issue. I did have a back-up address book, but it was quite old. So hopefully people who don't receive this issue will write and ask and then I'll have their addresses again! Please pray that this all works out.

Well, here's another issue jam packed full for you! Speaking of it being "jam packed full", make sure you notice the bold and italicized announcement in "Prayer Power", and also be sure to read "Bea's Bulletin". We've got some fun stuff coming up that I hope all of you will enjoy. Please don't be shy, let's everybody get involved! No matter your age, we want you to jump in and have fun. Okay?

Let's get started...

For Him,
Laura Beth, Editor

Welcome!!! ~ Our newest subscribers are: Mrs. Barbara Nation, Charlotte Krause, and Miss Ashley Wasson.
We are so happy to have you all join us!

Congratulations!!!

Subscriber, Annette Sturtz and her fiance, Gary Branam.
Engaged: March 19th, 2005.
Best wishes and prayers from the DoF Staff!

The Treasure Box

By: Miss Deborah Brauer

If Jesus Came To Your House

“For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy…” Leviticus 11:44a

I’m sure that most of you have seen the poem “If Jesus Came To Your House”. This poem is quite popular, and has been printed in tract form. I find this poem very thought provoking. It goes like this:


If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two,

If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.

Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,

And all the food you’d serve to Him would be the very best.

And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there,

That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.


But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door

With arms outstretched in welcome to your heavenly Visitor?

Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in?

Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?

Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard?

And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?


Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?

Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?

And I wonder, if the Saviour spent a day or two with you,

Would you go right on doing the things you always do?

Would you go right on saying the things you always say?

Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?


Would your family conversation keep up it’s usual pace?

And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?

Would you sing the songs you always sing, and read the books you read,

And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go?

Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?


Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends?

Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends?

Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?

Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?

It might be interesting to know the things that you would do,

If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.

Lois Blanchard Eades

That last line of the poem “If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you” has a wonderful thought in it. What if Jesus Christ, in the flesh, did come to spend some time at your house? Can you imagine how wonderful that would be? We would get to spend precious time with our Saviour. We would get to ask Him all of those spiritual questions we’ve been saving up, and He would be able to answer us and give us the absolute truth! Imagine how revealing that would be. Imagining what sweet time and fellowship that would be is like tasting just a little bit of what heaven must be like. Although it would be pleasant to explore that subject for the rest of this article, I have something else I want to “talk” to you about.

I wonder, as did the author of the poem, how many of us would invite Him in, and then glance around and realize that the book that you have on the coffee table isn’t one we wanted Him to see? I wonder, if we watched our favorite movie (TV show, DVD, etc.) with Him, would we blush in shame at some of the words said, some of the attitudes portrayed, or at the wrongdoing of some of the characters, things which we had justified to ourselves before?

We should seriously look at the areas in our lives and check ourselves to see whether or not we are really adhering to a Biblical standard. The above poem outlines the basic elements of our lives. It touches on our dress, our entertainment, our thoughts, our friends, and our home life. In each of these areas it is so important to maintain a standard of personal holiness. Why is it important? It is important because although we cannot see Jesus at our house today, He is there. He knows the things we watch, what we read, how we dress, what we say, even what we think about. Psalm 139:1-4 says, “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, though knowest it altogether.”

The Bible has given us guidelines for each of the areas in our lives. I'm going to touch briefly on one of the areas of our lives in which we should develop a standard of personal holiness, our entertainment. I’m amazed at how many forms of entertainment there are today. From countless books, to movies and DVD's, to video and computer games, one could spend a whole lifetime trying to read all of the books there are and not be successful, not to mention the movies and the games. Because we have been given a command to "redeem the time", we need to be careful how much time we spend on entertainment, and what we allow to come into our minds and hearts through that channel.

By looking at the world around us, we can get a pretty good idea of how much the entertainment world has impacted our society. After all, the fads and fashions we see around us started somewhere! Because of the continuous lowering of standards in the morality of our society, it is very easy for Christians to watch/read something that is borderline at best, and think “Oh, this must be okay, look at how much better it is than that stuff over there”. Although it may be true that what you are watching/reading is better than the very worst this world has to offer (and I sincerely hope that anything you would watch/read would be very much better than the worst this world offers), it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are adhering to a standard of personal holiness, or that what you are watching/reading is not hindering your spiritual life.

Let me confess, I’m an avid reader. There is almost nothing I would rather do than curl up with a good book, and let myself be swept away with the story. I have quite a collection of books, but every once in a while I like to read something new, so I visit our local Public Library. I love libraries; I could stay there all day, just looking at all of the books. Unfortunately, usually I can’t do that, so then comes the tricky part. Which books should I choose? A few years ago this wasn’t a problem. There were still plenty of books in the Junior section for me to browse through, and most of them were fairly decent (after all, it was the Junior section). Then I got to be fourteen and fifteen, and I began running out of books to read there. So, I thought I’d just glance through the “Young Adult” section, then I began to realize that the books in the “Young Adult” section were put there for a reason, and it wasn’t because they were too difficult for younger people to read. It was because the morality rating went from being an eight or nine on a one to ten scale to about minus five. Since then, I’ve found approximately seven books in that section that were worth reading. Needless to say, most days I’m at the Public Library, the “Young Adult” section is not where you will find me.

Does this story sound familiar to you? Every Christian struggles sometimes with similar situations. As the worlds standards are rapidly declining it becomes more and more difficult to find decent kinds of entertainment. Even so-called “Christian” authors are writing books that, although they may have a bit of a “Christian theme” are shallow and a waste of time. So how do we determine whether a book (movie, TV show, etc) is a good investment of time, or a waste of time? How do we decide where to draw the line, and where our standards will be? What does the Bible say? One passage of scripture that always helps me in this area is Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Some things to ask yourself when you are watching a movie, TV show, or reading a book are:

1) Is this true? ( I don’t necessarily believe that this means you’re not allowed to read fiction, however the principles of what you watch or read, even in a fictional story, should be true principles according to the Bible).

2) Is this honest? (Does it expose sin for what it is, or does it try to justify it?)

3) Is this just?

4) Is this pure?

5) Is this lovely? (in God’s eyes)

6) Is this of good report?

7) Is there any virtue in this?

8) Does this bring glory to God?

9) Would I watch/read this if I were watching this with or reading this to Jesus Christ?"

10) Does this take too much of my time away from what I should be doing? (Is this distracting me from serving God the way I should?)

Remember, if a book, movie, or a TV show (no matter how many good truths there might be interwoven into it) seriously violates a Biblical principle; it is not a good book, movie, or TV show.

The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…” What we allow into our minds through our entertainment will have an effect on us in the long run. If you would seek to honor God with this area of your life, then ask Him to show you if there is anything that you have that He would want you to get rid of, ask Him to show you if any of your entertainment choices are hindering your relationship with Him. Then keep your heart open to His guidance and leadership. Remember, although it is good to be careful with our entertainment choices, God does want us to enjoy the blessings He’s given to us. Don’t become so paranoid about this area that you never allow yourself to enjoy reading a good book again, but when God obviously shows you something in your life that He wants you to get rid of, get rid of it! I believe that if you surrender this area completely to God’s leadership, He will bless you in return, and you’ll be able to have the joy of experiencing a closer, more intimate walk with the Lord.

In His Name,

Deborah Brauer

Prayer Power

By: Miss Amanda Sedler

Howdy! It's me again. Last week a lady from my church gave my mom a plaque that is really beautiful I has a light blue background and white letters. On it, there is a poem entitled "A Prayer for Our Soldiers". I want to write it here so you all can read it...

"A Prayer for Our Soldiers"

Lord, Hold our troops in
Your loving hands.
Protect them from danger
As they selflessly protect us.
And comfort the families
The await their safe return.
We ask this in the name
of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ.
~Amen~

Please, if you have a friend or family member in any branch of the service, write in and let us know! We want to have a special tribute to them all in the next issue. Also, if you have a picture you could e-mail to us of them, we'll try to put those in the paper as well. You can write a short paragraph telling about them: where they are, etc. if you so desire. We look forward to hearing from you all!****(Please send in by: JUNE 30th! Thank you.)

Now, here's a report on how my brother Gary is doing in Iraq: There's been a couple car bombs in the town he is stationed in, but is okay. He was in a sand storm the other day but all he had to say about that was, "It was dark and it smelled like dirt." Profound, isn't it. Anyway, I know he appreciates everyone's prayers, so thank you on his behalf!

~Amanda

P.S. Please send in your prayer requests! We want to be able to pray with you about things that are important to you. Even if you do not want to share your requests with all of our subscribers, our staff can pray with you. Please, don't be shy!

There Is Reason to be Joyful

By: Miss Rebekah Wark

Hey, Girls!

School is almost out! Are you excited? I sure am. I have an update on my brother Jared for you...He is going for a week of training in Quantico. Last week he was able to attend a PGA Golf Tournament! He should be coming home in the fall before being shipped over to who knows where. Please pray for him though.

I have a joke for you...It's kind of cheesy, but oh well! Send us some jokes and we'll be able to have a better selection! :0)

Q: How do you tell a dog?

A: By a bone!

Ever hear of a nonsense joke? Well, there's one for you...

Anyways, Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;" I just wanted to leave you with this thought, ~ don't be lazy in whatever you might do this summer. Whether it is working a job or doing summer school or whatever else it might be. Stay busy and work diligently!

I'm curious...Have any of you ever heard the phrase, "He who doesn't work doesn't eat" ?

See ya!
Bekah Wark

The Hope Chest of Proverbs 31

By: Miss Gina Allison
"Her Constant Candle"
“She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.”

Proverbs 31:18

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin into his nest again, I shall not live in vain.” (Emily Dickenson) God has given us a mission- a mission to reach out to those around us in need. He has lit a candle in our hearts and commands us to let our light shine. Many book chapters, articles, and lessons on this verse focus on hospitality, but I have felt the Lord leading me in a slightly different direction.

The next item to add to your hope chest is a constant candle.

The second part of this verse says, “…Her candle goeth not out by night.” This woman has a constant candle- the light in her home and in her life never goes out. The light from her oil lamp has several meanings, but I think the most important meaning is a sign to weary travelers that this home is open to meet their needs at any time of day or night.

1. Christ commands a Constant Candle.

A constant candle will portray two specific character qualities- Availability and Flexibility.

· Availability is being willing to offer myself at any time to meet the needs and demands of others.

· Flexibility is being willing to set aside or arrange my plans and schedule to meet the needs of others.

Just like the character qualities exemplified by the other Proverbs 31 verses, these two go hand in hand. They are nearly impossible to separate. We must be willing to be available and flexible for the sole reason of being open to the leading of God. Our hearts must be ready to follow his leading whether it be to share the gospel or to encourage a sister in Christ by the things God has already taught us. Matthew 5: 16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The word “Let” is a command verb. Christ commands us to let our light shine. His desire is for us to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (I Peter 3:15) Whether this reason of hope is for salvation or for encouragement, we must be ready with an answer. Another meaning of the light from her oil lamp is preparedness. “ A lighted lamp meant wisdom: Someone inside had the practical wisdom to keep the lamp burning so that the kitchen fire could be lighted in the morning. And remember who got up periodically during the night to make sure the lamp didn’t go out or burn out” (Beautiful in God’s Eyes, Elizabeth George)

Do you remember the story of the ten virgins waiting for their bridegroom to come for them? Five of these young ladies did not bring enough oil and it ran out. The other five were prepared. They were ready for the wait ahead. How often are we not ready for what is ahead? A constant candle means being prepared to light the fire by sharing encouragement or sharing the gospel. A constant candle has made herself available to God’s leading in her life. She is also flexible and never allows her plans to get in the way or distract her from God’s plans.

Proverbs 31:18 begins “She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:” Merchandise is a thing of value for others. The merchandise she has for others is, along with physical products, the goodness of her God. The word ‘perceiveth’ here means ‘to taste’. Psalm 34:8 says, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

The woman described in Proverbs 31 has tasted that her Lord is good. Her relationship with God encouraged her to continue through life and reach out to others in spiritual need with spiritual merchandise. Let’s look at another woman who’s relationship with God encouraged her in her difficulties through which she could encourage a young woman to trust in God’s goodness.

· The Comforting Cousin

In Luke chapter 1 we find the story of Elizabeth the barren wife of the priest Zacharias. She had passed the years of childbearing and now it was physically impossible for her and her husband to ever have a son. In New Testament times barren women were scorned and looked down upon by the other members of society. She was the wife of a priest and she had not born a son to continue the priestly line of her husband. In The Remarkable Women of the Bible, Elizabeth George writes, “How did Elizabeth keep going? Perhaps her faithfulness to a devotional time with her God exposed her to empowering truths about Him- truths which fortified her for the day-in, day-out reality of her childless life. Only the Lord and the knowledge of Him could have given her a cheerful heart, strength for her work, and the determination to glorify God in all she did, including suffering.”

But now, God blessed Elizabeth in a mighty way. She conceived a son through the miracle working power of God. Her years of suffering were over, but they had another purpose. Six months later, in a little town called Nazareth, Elizabeth’s cousin Mary was about to face her own suffering. She received a promise that she would bear the Messiah, but Mary was a virgin. No one would believe her story. Her family, society and possibly her betrothed, Joseph, would shame and shun her. The punishment for fornication was death. Mary must have been carrying a heavy emotional burden. We are not told whether she went away before or after Joseph was told of her pregnancy. Luke 1: 39 says, “ And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into the city of Juda;” The scripture says “with haste” so maybe she went away to gather her thoughts on how to tell her family and Joseph about the child within her. She must have been so fearful of their reaction. She knew she could trust God or else she would not have accepted God’s plan, but it still must have been scary. She was only a young woman. We don’t know the exact time line of events here. Mary needed comfort at this time whether she had told or not. So she went to her cousin Elizabeth. “As she crossed the threshold into Elizabeth’s warm and welcoming home, the give-and-take of blessing and encouragement, of assurance and edification, of praying and sharing, of koinomia and godly fellowship, began.” (The Remarkable Women of the Bible, Elizabeth George) Elizabeth and Mary were at two opposite ends of life, but they both were carrying a child for the first time. Elizabeth was filled with wisdom she could share with Mary, about pregnancy, about marriage, and about suffering and how to get through it. In Elizabeth’s day barrenness was grounds for divorce or putting away, so was fornication. (In this case supposed fornication) Maybe Joseph was told about the baby and he told Mary of his plan to put her away privately. I think Mary knew this, so she went to Elizabeth, a woman with years of walking with God who could give her the encouragement she needed. Elizabeth had always stayed faithful to God in spite of her suffering and now she could encourage Mary to do the same. The things she learned she could now share with Mary.

Elizabeth’s words encouraged Mary. Her spirits were lifted. She was reminded of God’s goodness. She was reminded of the great reward for her suffering. Mary went home three months later refreshed and ready to face whatever would happen in the next several months. When we go thorough suffering in our life, we do not know whom in the future we may be able to encourage by what we learned. God has a purpose for the things that happen in our life, our hearts should be open to receive the lessons we can learn. We never know who might later be learning those same lessons and need a little uplifting.

2. A Constant Candle has Two Callings

a. A Constant Candle is to Call to the Lost Community

Matthew 5:14-15 says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” Jesus says we are to be like candles. No one lights a candle and then sticks it under a bucket. A candle is set where in gives light to those who need it. Our testimony and witness before lost people should be clean and bright. It should also draw them in the same way light draws people. II Peter 1:19- “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well to take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”

This is our duty as a Christian, 2 Timothy 2:25- 26 “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance unto the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” We must share the gospel with the lost people around us. But they cannot see our light if sin has ruined our testimony. As the children’s song says, “Don’t let Satan blow it out.” Let your candle shine. How can you let your light shine?

· Keep your standards for dress, music, and activities according to the Word

· Invite your lost friends to church or to youth activities

· Speak about the Lord to your friends

· Give out gospel tracts

· Have a godly attitude in public

· Obey your parents

b. A Constant Candle is to Comfort the Crying Christian

It is so important to reach out to those who are hurting emotionally and spiritually. We are a light, a candle to brighten their dark world. “You may be one person in this world, but you may also be the world to one person.” You never know whom you may influence for good or for bad. You may not realize how a few words of praise, encouragement or comfort could touch someone’s life and make their day so much brighter. Adoniram Judson said, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.” The Bible is filled with the promises of God and we can encourage others with those promises. A Swedish proverb says, Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.”

Reach out to your sisters in Christ. Even if you don’t know what they may be going thorough you can still be a comfort to them. Send little notes of encouragement to the other young ladies in your church. Make friends with those you don’t know very well. Make a list of their birthdays and remember them with a card or small gift.

Greet them with a hug and a few words of encouragement, or leave them a small note with a scripture verse on it. Be a candle to those young ladies God has placed in your life. But a candle is no good without a flame. We must go to God each day in his word and through prayer ask him to light our candle. He must give us the words to say to tell the lost of his grace and to remind a hurting sister in Christ of the goodness of God. Ps. 18: 28 gives us this promise- “For thou wilt light my candle:” “ The light received from the Lord each new day fuels our love relationship with Him, keeps the flame of hope burning, and kindles strength for one more day, whatever it may hold.” (The Remarkable Women of the Bible, Elizabeth George)

Nana's Notebook

By: Mrs. Ruby Wagenschutz

On July 3, my husband and I will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. What a blessing it has been to serve the Lord together for these many years! (John has actually been preaching the Gospel 55 years, since long before I knew him.)
Most of you who read this are not married, perhaps not even thinking about that possibility yet. However, I believe you should already have set guidelines in your life concerning the possibility. I say 'possibility' because it may not be God's will for you to marry. I know many young - and older - women who are joyously serving the Lord as an unmarried lady, and no one should marry unless they are absolutely certain it is God's will.
We live today in dangerous times and you should seek - and follow - the counsel of your pastor and godly parents concerning dating (Christian group activities are best), situations which might arise (think and plan ahead how you should react), and determining the will of God for your life (his submission and dedication to the Lord should be clear, consistent and in agreement with yours).
When I surrendered my life to serve Christ, I asked God to provide definite evidence of His will for me. I became actively involved in various ministries of my church and waited to see how the Lord would lead. Eight months later I met John Wagenschutz, a second-year seminary student who also taught junior high age boys, was a soulwinner and determined to serve God with his life. Six months later we married because I was absolutely certain it was God's will that I become John's wife and that we labor together wherever the Lord would lead.
A few years ago I wrote a poem that expresses how I feel about John. It's a little long, but I include it because it is my prayer that each one of you will feel the joy that is mine for having let God chose my way.
MY PASTOR: MY HUSBAND AND FRIEND

For years he's labored, sometimes alone,
In places small and little known.
Until his strength and youth are gone -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

He dusts the pews and sweeps the floor,
Repairs the steps, the pipes and more;
Turns out the lights and locks the door -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

He's in the Word both night and day,
And constantly he kneels to pray
As he seeks guidance for the way -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

From door to door, he takes the Word
Because not all the lost have heard,
Nor have their souls for Christ been stirred -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

He scrimps and saves to pay church bills,
To bring her through unnumbered ills,
And seldom his own need reveals -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

He visits the sick, he buries the dead,
He marries those who would be wed,
And sees that hungry souls are fed -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

He's seldom honored for work well done,
But continues to labor from sun to sun
Without praise, and seeking none -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

Times have changed, but he still stands,
Unyielding to the world's demands;
Heeding only God's commands -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

And through the years he's always been
By my side through thick or thin,
Giving strength; this best of men -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

Though our lives may quickly flee,
My heart's glad song will ever be:
Thank you, Lord, for giving me -
My Pastor: My husband and friend.

. . . Ruby Wagenschutz

What's Cooking?

By: Miss Hannah Brown

Hello again! In part of this article, Laura has asked me to give you all an update of my brother James. I think you all know that he has been taking those growth shots? Well, he went to the doctor a little while back for a check-up, to see how much farther his bones will be able to grow. The doctor said he had grown 2 full inches within two months! He also said that most kids that are on these shots grow about 4 inches in a year, so that means James could grow more than 4 inches! They are hoping for him to get as tall as my dad.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Hannah wouldn't say this, but I want to tell you all a little more in depth about how Hannah feels about James' condition. For many years, Hannah has been taller than her brother James. James is four years older than her, so this fact has always bothered her so much. They would go to restaurants and the waiters would think that James was under 12, and they would give him a kid's menu! Hannah was so bothered by this that she would start crying when asking prayer in our teen girls' Sunday School class. She would say, "James would never say that this bothered him, but it bothers me! I know it must make him feel so embarrassed." You have to understand that James is very, very quiet. If you get a 'hello' out of him, you're lucky! So there is much truth in what Hannah said. Now, he's been taking these growth shots and Hannah was telling me the other day that she was talking to him at home and realized that they were eye-to-eye! She started crying when she was telling me this and with a smile on her face, tears streaming down, she asked me, "Do you know how long it's been since I could look my big brother in the eye when I was talking to him? I was around six years old!" God has worked such wonderful blessings in this situation, but the fight is still raging! Please pray for this family. Her dad is having trouble with work and her Grampa just died about a month ago. They are trying to sell their house because her dad had to get a job four hours from here so they may have to move. Satan is really doing a number on them, but we must remember that, as in Job's case, God was the One Who gave him permission! There is a reason for the trials. Thank you so much for your prayers...keep them coming!!!)

Okay, I now have a recipe for you all to try, it's called: Texas Hash

You will need:
1 pound ground beef
2 large onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rice, uncooked
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Brown ground beef with onions and green peppers; drain. Stir in tomatoes and rice; add chili powder, salt and pepper. Place in a 3 quart casserole dish. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Well, I hope you enjoy this recipe. It has a very odd name, don't you think? Anyway...enjoy! :0Þ

From the Kitchen,
Hannah Brown

P.S. Be sure you read "Bea's Bulletin"!!!

Bea's Bulletin

By: Miss Laura Beth Wagenschutz

***We will be hosting the First Annual Daughters of Faith Christmas Cookie Contest this Fall and we want all of you to join in the fun! Two winners will be chosen and will receive a free surprise gift as well as having their winning recipe printed in the November/December Issue. You may send in your recipes as soon as you get this paper, there is not an "Early" limit but: Please note that all recipes must be sent in by September 15! If we have not received your submission by that date, we will not be able to accept it for consideration. Judges will be: Laura Beth, Hannah Brown, Rebekah Wark, and Amanda Sedler. If there is a tie, my dad will cast the deciding vote. :0) We look forward to getting your recipes!~Laura Beth

***What do you think??? Is the paper too long? Is there too much information? Let us know what you think. What's your favorite article? What's your least favorite article? Have any new ideas for articles you would like to see? Write! wagentrails@juno.com

Thank you for joining us for another issue of Daughters of Faith! We are sorry to be missing: Voices From the Field, True Modesty What Is It?, Quips, Quotes & Other Notes, and An Encouraging Word. Some of you may have heard that we had some computer problems a few weeks ago, and so have been trying to get everything put back together. Thank you for being patient! Hopefully we will have things fully back together for the next issue. Please pray that things will work out!


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