|Paragraph pertaining to
experience of blindness. . .
"Thank you for your very good support..."
Dear Christian Friend,
Thank you for your very good support, both in encouraging letters, prayer, and donations. We have been able to get quantities of sturdy shoes for the children as well as tough wearing jeans. I wonder if some teachers will be complaining the trousers are too stiff and nullify her switches.
When I was a kid we used to put a magazine or something inside our pants when a chastisement was in the offing. Seriously, though, physical punishment is usually not the most effective. Still, some form of discipline is absolutely essential, as the Bible showed long ago. The modern liberal educational establishment is just having to admit this. Many educators in the US, I now hear, are saying their former ideas of avoiding discipline, both in study and conduct, produced a generation of spoiled adults, who neither were moral nor could read, write, or do arithmetic.
Long, long ago, Christians gave up tobacco. Only after millions had died from early ailments, has the general public admitted openly that the Christians were right. The Christians wanted prohibition of alcoholic beverages, while the "Philistines" did not. They told every kind of lie to discredit the Temperance Movement's laws, and now they are swamped and inundated with drunkenness, drug addiction, death on the highways, and crime on the streets.
Some say they do not believe in God. They might as well say they do not believe in the Law of Gravitation. It goes right on and on. The ants are so small. They may not believe in such a thing as a giant steam roller. . . until it is too late.
[This paragraph refers to Bro. Orland's blindness, incurred when he was injured in a terrorist bomb explosion.] Hearing and rehearing some Bible passages on records, it came to my mind that much of the plagues that fell to the unbelieving Egyptians are a type of what is coming soon in the Great Tribulation. While God rained every form of judgment upon the Egyptians, He made a definite line so that Israel, as long as they stayed apart over in Goshen, were spared. Where there was death on one side, there was life on the other. God led them with a "Pillar of Fire", but His "Pillar of Cloud" brought total darkness on to the Egyptians.
We recall then that in other passages the Bible says, "Come out of Babylon, my people. Be not partakers of her sins, luxuries, and of her judgments." This means to be willing to leave the old status quo position for distant places, when He makes His call clear.
I have requested prayer various times in
the past for an old worker who was so very faithful in visiting and praying
for others, even while he continually suffered every sort of ailment himself.
So many were appreciative of his work and prayed for him. One might wonder
if he would live forever. Well, he passed away a few days ago. He was not
a pastor with a church building, but he was a pastor to ever so many various
denominations. We have lost another worker, but Heaven has another praiser,
entering into the joy of the Lord.