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Redeeming Love

His Redeeming Love and Grace

photo by Esther Clyde

 

 

His Redeeming Love and Grace,

Oh how sweet the sound!

For this lost and unworthy soul,

His love did much abound.

 

His Redeeming Love is more,

More than just a sweet sound.

But oh the touch of His Love,

Freeing the soul that was bound!

 

His Redeeming Love reaches me,

Reaches the failures of yesterday,

Extends into the problems of tomorrow,

Yet, is sufficient for the battles of today!

 

Redeeming Love so undeserved,

Yet, so freely given to everyone,

Who open the door of their heart

And believe on the only Begotten Son.

By H James Pinkerton, Jr.

 

 

 

Faith

Vote!

Let’s Vote!

“America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin,

is eligible within herself,

not without…..

Always inform yourself;

always do the best you can;

always vote.”

Walt Whitman, 150 years ago

Tomorrow is the day you can have a say in our government.  Our government is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people- you are the people of this country, so don’t let others decide for you.  Don’t let this opportunity pass-get out and vote. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard.  Vote your conscience, vote for the right, become informed so you can make a good decision.

The over riding force for me in voting is said so well by Elizabeth Worden Bixby-

First and foremost I vote for life.

Without the right to life any other liberties

are meaningless. 

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I always vote pro-life.

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Are you planning to vote?

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Psalm 139:13-16

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous-

how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born….

 

 

Faith

Truth

 

The rich treasure…

Truth itself is without a doubt

the richest treasure anyone can possess.

The true follower of Christ will not ask,

“If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?”

Rather, he will say,

“This is truth,

God help me to walk in it.”

A W Tozer

Faith

A Busy Sunday

A Busy Sunday

It was a busy day for us here at the Cottage Hill Church.

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The morning service was our special once a year Friend Day.

(image from Wispy Willow Wanderings Facebook page)

This was a time to invite our friends and family to church for a special rally day.  Everyone was encouraged to get in contact with family and friends and those who haven’t been to church in a while and invite them to come.  We wanted as many as possible here on this one Sunday.

 

The church was very full, in fact, if you came late, it was hard to find a place to sit.  Folding chairs were even brought out to sit in the back.  Of course, the back pews are the favorite of many, and they filled up first.  One mother and daughter who comes regularly, and usually sit in the back, had to come all the way to the front. They sat by me, and the mother laughingly told me that the last time she sat in the front pew was when she was a child and got in trouble in church and was made to sit in the front!

The whole order of the morning service was changed from the usual, with special music planned and a special speaker.

Our talented song leader, Matt Clyde, leading the congregational singing, choosing very uplifting spiritual songs.

Sitting on the platform is senior pastor, Rev. Daniel Clyde, on the left, and assistant pastor, Rev, Gabriel Clyde, on the right.

 

The special song,  “The Light House”, was sung by (L to R) Aaron Clyde, Gabriel Clyde and Josh Hosey.

Maria Lawrence on the piano.

They did a beautiful job!

The special speaker was Matthew Blankenship, from Westfield, Indiana.  He gave his powerful testimony of God’s saving Grace in his life.  I don’t believe that there was a dry eye in the place when he was done.  His testimony was a great blessing to the saved, and a challenge to the unsaved.  We pray that God will use his testimony to speak to hearts.

The toke board in the back kept growing in number-the first photo I took it said 148, then jumped to 150, and finally stopped here, at 153.

 

We are so thankful for such a wonderful service.

After the service, many of the folks headed over to the new school building to share a meal together and get to know Mr. Blankenship better.

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Then, back to church in the evening for a special service featuring Gideon’s International.  The Gideon’s are a group of evangelical Christian business and professional men whose purpose is to distribute Bibles free to everyone.  They operate in 200 countries around the world, giving out Bibles in the native languages of the people.  They distribute Bibles to school and college students, military personnel, those in the medical profession-where ever they are allowed to hand out literature.  The Bible that you find in most hotel rooms is placed there by the Gideon’s.  ( When ever we are in a motel room, we always find the Gideon’s Bible, if there is one,  and leave it open on the night stand to let the staff know that we appreciate that there is a Bible there for all to read who will.)

The special song for evening was from 4 of our young people.  They did a great job singing.  Melinda Hosey on the piano.

Mr. Dennis Smith was the speaker sent to us that evening.  He shared with us many stories of how God’s Word was working and changing the lives of people the world over.  How encouraging to hear and know that God is still at work in the hearts of men.  By the way, that is Mr. Smith’s grand-kids tie!  Very cute.

One of the main reasons that I love the Gideon’s is that all of the monies given in offerings goes to the printing and distributing of Bibles. They give out millions of Bibles every year, mostly through the offerings from the local evangelical churches.  The business men that make up the Gideon’s all pay their own way-dues, printing of Bibles, travel expenses, etc.  There are no well paid top officials.  We are invited as pastors every year to the local annual Gideon’s dinner, and the local members pay for our meal. We are glad for the part that our church can play in the work that they are doing.

I trust that you had a blessed Sunday also!

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Isaiah 55:11

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth,

it shall not return unto me void,

but it shall accomplish that which I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

 

 

 

Faith

In the Secret of His Presence

 

 

In the secret of His presence

I am kept from strife of tongues:

His pavilion is around me,

And within are ceaseless songs!

Stormy winds, His word fulfilling,

Beat without, but cannot harm,

For the Master’s voice is stilling

Storm and tempest to a calm.

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In the secret of His presence

All the darkness disappears:

For a sun that knows no setting

Throws a rainbow on my tears.

So the day grows ever lighter,

Broad’ning to the perfect noon:

And the day grows ever brighter-

Heaven is coming, near and soon.

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In the secret of His presence

Never more can foes alarm:

In the shadow of the Highest,

I can meet them with a psalm:

For the strong pavilion hides me,

Turns their fiery dart aside,

And I know, whate’er betides me,

I shall live because He died!

Henry Burton

Faith

Put God First

Put God First

 

Don’t wait until the house is all kept,

The beds are made, the floors are swept:

Put PRAYER first.

Don’t wait until the newspaper is read,

Your books are balanced, and you are in bed:

Put the BIBLE first.

Don’t wait until the cupboards are bare,

There’s nothing to depend on but God and prayer:

Put FASTING first.

Don’t wait until the last bill is paid,

The account is large; vacation is made:

Put the CHURCH first.

Don’t wait until you’ve nothing to do,

Until all is finished-for we never get through:

Put GOD first.

author unknown

Faith

Images from Conference, 2018

Conference 2018

Last week was the annual business conference of the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection of Churches, held at the beautiful Stoneboro Camp Ground just outside of Stoneboro, PA.

175 years!

The theme for this years conference was’ Visions of God’s Manifest Glory.’

Each day, there are 2 sessions going on-the church, in the main tabernacle, and the Womens Missionary in the missionary/youth tabernacle.  Each church in the connection is represented by an elder as well as an elected delegate.  I am the Womens Missionary president of our local church, Cottage Hill, and so spend my days in the missionary sessions.

There is much that goes on during the sessions, but here are just a few pictures from them.

Nancy Troyer, our very able President, gave a wonderful devotional on Friday morning from Titus 2, verses 3-5….

3 The aged women likewise,

that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,

not false accusers, not given to much wine,

teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober,

to love their husbands,

to love their children,

5 To be discreet, chaste,

keepers at home, 

obedient to their own husbands,

that the word of God be not blasphemed.

How I love these verses from God’s Word!  How wonderful to have a book, our guide book, to instruct us how to live our lives!  How wonderful to have Godly women that live His admonition before us.

My daughter Maria was put in this year as the new YMWB (Young Missionary Workers Band) reading secretary.  Her job is to find good, holiness books for our young people.  She worked very hard at finding a number of good literature books, and presented them to the body of women.  She must have done a very good job of presenting a brief overview of each book as she sold out of most of them in just a day or two.  She will be ordering more for the Youth Convention and main Family Camp so all who desire them may purchase them.

The main focus of our sessions is, of course, our missionaries, and it always a pleasure to get to hear from any of our missionaries that are at conference.  The Gilbert and Jenna Camp family, along with their 6 children, missionaries to Northwest Indian Bible School in Montana, spoke to us.  One of the main jobs of the Womens Missionary Societies, is the financial support of each of our missionaries.

The missionaries from Northwest that were at conference this year-back, Rev. Dan Hardy, Jr., Rev.Gilbert Camp; front, Misty Taggert, our newest, and just commissioned missionary Abby Goodenow, and Jenna Camp.

During the main missionary service, the young people sang for us-they did an outstanding job!

The oldest attendee at the Missionary meetings- Mrs. Ruth Ewing-101 and 1/2 years old.  She wanted to come and be a part-blessings on her!- so her daughter, Beverly Johnson,  brought her.  Thankful for the dedicated elderly!

A very familiar sight,  and the place to be 3 times a day-the dining hall line.

And a few images from the evening services….

And impromptu and unpracticed men’s quartet.  They did a great job, as expected.

L to R;  Rev.Doug Strawn, Rev.Mark Deeter, Rev.Jonathan Troyer, Rev. Jonathan Bell.

Rev. Doug Strawn, the Sunday morning worship speaker.

Rev. Daniel Hardy, Sr, president of Allegheny Wesleyan College, asked a number of college students to speak during the Sunday afternoon service.

And as always, we were blessed with beautiful music!

Natatlie Crouch on the harp.  Just Beautiful!

The big change that was voted on and passed this year, was to shorten conference from Wednesday through Sunday to Wednesday through Friday.  So, no more Sundays at conference in the near future.

Till next year!  Keep working!  Keep faithful!

May God bless Allegheny!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith · Family

A Good Father

 

A good father

is one of the most

 unsung, unpraised, unnoticed,

and yet one of the most

valuable assets

in our society.

Billy Graham

May God give us good and faithful fathers in this day and age!

My father, Harry Carl Kjellberg, age 86, holding his youngest great-grandson, Jackson Clyde, 7 months.

This day I am thanking God for the faithful fathers in my life.

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Proverbs 17:6

Children’s children are the crown of old men,

and the glory of children are their fathers.

Faith

The Shepherd’s Charge

The Shepherd’s Charge

The shepherd walks before his flock

To lead them safely home;

He guides them through the treacherous spots,

Retrieves them when they roam.

He shields them from both wolf and thief,

By name he knows each sheep;

He loves them and would give his life

His charge to safely keep.

Thus Jesus walks before His own

To lead them all the way;

He guides them through the storms of life,

And seeks them when they stray.

He helps them o’er the rugged paths,

By name He knows them all;

He gave His life on Calvary’s cross-

That they might never fall!

Poem credit-Lester L. Schmunk

Photo credit-Teresa Tobin via Pinterest