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A TIME NOT TO BE SILENT

    "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long", (Psa. 32:3).
    When sore trials are upon us we should sneak no word of resistance before God. But there is a silence to which He brings no blessing. Sin -- unconfessed and unforsaken -- produces bitterness. David's words tell a sad story of the sufferings he endured while remaining silent about his guilt.
    He could not put away the memory of sin; it stayed in his mind and saddened his heart. Every sweet thing was embittered by it. He suffered in body and mind.
    Unconfessed sins are a burden too great for mortals to beer. Sin should be confessed INSTANTLY - and then put out of our lives forever. Sin is a demon from the abode of darkness; unless expelled it will take up its home in our hearts and destroy our lives. It is a poison that leads to death. Our only safety is in acknowledging and abandoning this betrayer and destroyer of our souls. Cast upon Jesus, by faith, they will be handled properly -- covered, forgiven, forgotten.
    But, "He that covereth his sin shall not prosper".

The Chas. D. Loper Family

    It was our privilege at Landmark to have Bro. Chas. D. Loper speak for us in the morning service last Sunday. He spoke for the Antioch Baptist Church (across town) in the evening service.
    With visas secured, and passage money in hand, it is the intention of the Loper's to depart for Paraguay (via Brazil) around the first of March -- a month earlier than reported in the last issue of the CLARION HERALD.
    Bro. Loper has been recommended unto the grace of God -- set apart, and endorsed by the New Covenant
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OUR SYMPATHY

    Our sincere sympathy goes to the family of Sister Vera Goodwin who went onto be with the Lord on January 18, at the age of 89 years.
    Sister Goodwin was a charter member of Landmark Church, and a real blessing while she was with us. It is good to have assurance of her promotion to a higher realm - beyond this vale of suffering, heartaches and tears.

KINDNESS

I have wept in the night for the
    shortness of sight,
That to somebody's need made me
    blind;
But I never have yet felt a twinge
    of regret,
For being a little too kind.
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    You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late. (Emerson)

TRUE CHRISTLIKENESS

    The whole story of Christ's life has been reduced, by Himself, to a significant phrase --- "not to he ministered unto, but to minister". Jesus Christ did not come to this earth in order to be served. Had this been His desire He would never have left the realm of heaven's glory. Nothing was lacking to Him there. Hosts of angels praised Him and ministered to Him.
    No, Jesus came to this earth as a SERVANT --- to minister and give His life for others. He went aboutdoing good. Lost in self - forgetfulness, He ministered to all who would accent His service. Finally, He poured out His soul unto death -- giving His life a, ransom for many.
    Perhaps you have expressed a desire to be "Christ-like". You have prayed that His image might be printed on your heart. Here, then, is the true image. It is no vague dream of perfection that we are to think of when desiring to be like Him. "To minister" is the Christ-like thing.
    The old monks believed themselves on the way to Christ-likeness when they went into the wilderness, away from men, to live in cold cells or on tall columns. But that is NOT what the Word of God sets forth as being Christ-like. To minister is the Christ-like thing. Instead of seeking a place for our own comfort and "enjoyment", let us recognize the need around us and endeavor to bless and serve others. Nor is it too much that we GIVE OUR LIVES for them. This is to live a life of TRUE CHRISTLIKENESS.



IRRECONCILABLE

    A Peace Treaty has been signed. Whether it will actually lead to peace remains to be seen. Even the agreement on paper has been arrived at with great difficulty. For years our negotiators have sat across the table from each other with little discernable progress. Formal talks, technical talks, and secret talks have finally led to a document that all the nations involved have been able to "sign" -- but much fighting continues.
    How does this relate to the Word of God? Over 1900 years ago Paul wrote, by divine inspiration, that "in the last days" men would be IRRECONCILABLE, (2 Tim. 3:3; New ASV). This word means "impossible to reconcile". One who is irreconcilable cannot be restored to fellowship or friendship.
    The KJV renders this word "truce - breakers". This suggests that two or more parties enter into a truce and promptly break it. The word basically indicates the difficulty of truce - making.
    The Word of God is most relevant to our times. With remarkable accuracy Paul described the condition that is so evident in the 20th century -- not only as it is discernable in the affairs of nations, but also as it describes the difficulty of reaching agreement on the part of individuals and churches. Far too often "peace" is impossible because of carnal attitudes, tenaciously held, that refuse to be reconciled.
    The passage in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 has 19 words or phrases picturing

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men in the last days. When these conditions prevail in a general way we should know that it IS the last days. "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious, gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such as these."
-- from the SILENT MESSENGER
(Revised)

BY GOD'S DESIGN

Amidst the mighty, where is he
    Who saith, and it is done?
Each varying scene of changeful
        life
    Is from the Lord alone.
He gives in gladsome bow'rs to dwell
    Or clothes in sorrow's shroud;
His hand hath formed the light
        His hand
Hath formed the dark'ning cloud.

Why should a living man complain
    Beneath the chastening rod?
Our sins afflict us; and the cross
    Must bring us back to God.
O sons of men! with anxious care
    Your hearts & ways explore;
Return from paths of sin to God:
    Return, and sin no more!
(Lam. 3:37-40)
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DOES CHRIST "REIGN IN YOUR HEART"??



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THE LOPER'S ... Continued
Missionary Baptist Church of Whiteville, North Carolina.
    Let us pray that the Lord may bring them safely to the field that they believe He has called them to. It would be very good (and most encouraging to them) if many of us would have letters (and why not offerings) awaiting them on their arrival in Paraguay. Write them:
      c/o Eldwyn Rogers
      Casilla 17
      Asuncion, Paraguay, S.A.
-- Jesus

A PRECIOUS STEWARDSHIP

"I'll lend you for a little time"
    "A child of mine", He said,
For you to love the while she lives
    And mourn for when she's dead.
It may he six or seven years,
    Or twenty-two or three,
But will you, 'till I call her back
    Take care of her for me? She'll bring her charms to gladden
      you,
    And should her stay be brief,
You'll have her lovely memories
    As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
    Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down
      there
    I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over in
    My search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd
      life's lanes
    I have selected you.
Now, will you give her all your
      love,
    Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call
    To take her back again?
I fancied that I heard them say
    Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joy Thy child shall
      bring,
    The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter her with tenderness,
    We'll love her while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
    Forever grateful stay;
But should the angels call her
    Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that
      comes
    And try to understand.
-- Edgar A. Guest