Are You Weighed Down?

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“ARE YOU WEIGHED DOWN?”

“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12.1)

     INTRO.: A song which encourages us to run with patience the race that is set before us by laying aside the things of this life that weigh us down and looking to the Lord is “Are You Weighed Down?” (#654 in Hymns for Worship Revised). The text was written by Craig A. Roberts (b. 1957). The tune was composed by Richard L. Morrison, who was born on Nov. 17, 1945, in Fullerton, CA, to Richard Lee and Doris Morrison. Because his father was a preacher, he lived in Washington, Oregon, several places in California, Arizona, and Texas during his youth.   His musical education began at the feet of the prolific and admired song writer Austin Taylor, who partnered with Edgar Furr to start the…

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I’m Walking the Heavenly Way

I first learned about this brother when my husband and I rented a room from his widow. It is always great to realize that we don’t have to sing songs written by denominational false teachers.

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I’M WALKING THE HEAVENLY WAY

“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly…” (Heb. 13:16)

      INTRO.:  A hymn which expresses the desire for a better, heavenly country is “I’m Walking the Heavenly Way.”  The text was written and tune was composed both by George Henry Pryor (G. H. P.) Showalter, who was born at Snowville, VA, on Oct. 15, 1870, the son of J. T. and Sarah Catherine Showalter.  Baptized into Christ by his father on the second Sunday in March of 1883, Showalter was educated at the Greendale Institute of VA, Milligan College in TN, and the University of Texas. In 1891 he began preaching in Greendale, VA, and was an active preacher for 63 years. After teaching school and doing some evangelistic work in Virginia and West Virginia from 1892 to 1897, he came to Texas in 1897 and…

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This antibiotic will ruin you. 

Probably the worst part of being “one of the victims” of this drug is that doctors will continue to prescribe it in its various forms. They say there is no other choice for you because you have run out of options for your type of infections.

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4739Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and got too overwhelmed and abandoned it. Well here goes…

The antibiotics you took or are taking for your sinus infection, UTI, skin infection, laser eye surgery…ect…may have already damaged you.

Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”…are all part of a large family of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones.” The FDA finally updated their warning on these antibiotics as of July 2016. They site “multiple system damage that may be irreversible. Permanent you guys. Here is the link for the warning if you are a doubting Thomas: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm. Take a gander real quick if you are reading this with an eyebrow raised. Trust me, I wish I had been given the opportunity to soak up this information before it was too late.

In 2010, I took…

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The Goat

If anyone has any idea where to find a picture of sackcloth, I would appreciate that information.

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Traditionally Bedouin tents were made from goat hair. Not only is it a strong fibre, it also swells when it becomes wet and therefore provides a water-resistant cover in rain. Here’s a close-up of the fabric of the Bedouin tent we have at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi. Goat hair was also used to weave mantels.

The goat common in Palestine is the black Capra mambrica. It is this characteristic black color which gives rise to the praise of the beloved in Song of Songs (SS4:1): “Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead.” The goats have long, hanging ears and the sizeable horns of the billy goats are noticeable. Peasants in Palestine did not regard the character of goats highly—they are definitely less placid than sheep. But this also means that they are more likely to fight predators.
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Ray and Zelma Lawyer

My own reading of Zelma Wood Lawyer’s book ended abruptly, when I misplaced it. My copy was a yellow hardback.

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Recently I have been researching my aunt Zelma and her husband Ray Lawyer.  My cousin Kathy Wyler is their remaining surviving daughter at age 90.  Their story has been told in several books.  Zelma wrote a book after her return from Africa in about 1928.  The title of this book is “I Married a Missionary” and is likely out of print but may be available in some of the Christian University library’s.

Jeannie was their first child and she was born in the United States and was about 3 when they traveled to Northern Rhodesia to work in the mission field.  Northern Rhodesia has in recent years changed its name to Zambia.  Before Jeannie’s death a few years ago she completed a book with the title “I Dream of Jeanne”.

After arriving in Africa they proceeded to Northern Rhodesia and the community of Kalomo.  They and another missionary family, Dow and Alice Merritt…

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