CLP Newsletter: November-December 2017

CLP Newsletter: November-December 2017 (top of cover page)

This edition of the CLP newsletter is double the normal size. It begins with the following article by Michael L. Overholt:

The March of Time

Relentless. On and on. Time marches on, sometimes soft as gently falling snow, sometimes loud as deep canyon thunder. Life begins as a babe; life ends at old age—we think.

Sitting here on my grandfather’s gravestone, I am made to ponder life. The gentle breeze rustling the leaves overhead somehow reminds me of the passing of time, at times silent and unseen, other times boldly proclaiming its passing. Life is here today, but it may be gone tomorrow. My grandfather lived a long life, ninety-four years long—or was it ninety-four years short?

Three gravestones away I see the grave of a young man. He was in the youth group with me. He also had hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Yet, for him, few of those fond wishes were realized. An undeserved case of AIDS took him down, robbing him first of health, then of life itself.

Next, I see the grave of a young boy. He looked forward to going to first grade. It was not to be. One week before starting school, his six-year-old life was snatched away in an accident. His grave is flanked by several graves of babies. These graves represent the burying place of parents’ dreams, for it can hardly be said that the babies had their own dreams and aspirations—yet.

A young husband and his son lie buried to the front of me. I wonder—did the young man say all that he wished to say? Were there other things he wished to say to his wife—things to say and wounds to heal?

Yet, in the midst of this pondering, a sense of purpose walks among the graves. No elder who came before me was indispensable. His time to be born, to live, to love, to teach—it is over. Today my time is here. Today my time counts. It is my time to live. Plans for good count but naught if they end up lying beneath the grassy sod, still unfinished, still buried within my now-cold breast. Today is my time. Today I will live, I will work, I will share, I will care. Today I will do good. Today I will speak life to some hurting soul; I will not wait until tomorrow, for tomorrow the relentless march of Time may claim my dreams, my aspirations, and my goals.

Clutched in the Talons
by Darryl Derstine

Jordan looked down at the magazine cover hungrily, his heart thudding against his ribs.

Captain Jim felt calm elation as he leveled the C-130 at cruise altitude. He’d show those boys some real power.

Kaitlin slipped down by her bed and the words came, broken words from a broken soul. It was not good English. It was good submission.

These three stories powerfully illustrate the danger of becoming ensnared by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, and show us the blessings of living free.

Unconditional Surrender
by Pablo Yoder

Pete grew up in a Catholic home that promoted high moral values, but he longed for more of God. He enlisted in the Navy, served in Vietnam, and then worked as a game warden in the Rocky Mountains. But he couldn’t forget his Mennonite friend Gary and their conversations about Bible principles like nonresistance. Reading the Bible for himself, Pete faced a decision. Would he commit to do what the Bible said and forsake all to follow God?

My Ways Are Higher
by Maryann Martin

Ronnie and Maryann Martin answered God’s call and moved to Honduras with their six children. Pouring their hearts into the work, they thoroughly enjoyed life at the mission. Then Ronnie was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Left to pick up the pieces, Maryann struggled with questions. How could she raise a family without her husband? Why did God choose to take Ronnie, an ordained minister who filled such a vital role at the mission? In this true story, Maryann describes how God led her through grief, uncertainty, and doubt to acceptance and gratitude.

Horse Stories From the Man Who Played With Sticks
by Johnny Ruhl

Written by a horse trainer, these horse stories are fascinating in themselves, but more importantly, each story teaches a valuable Christian principle. As children read or listen to the stories, they will catch something they can understand. Adults will see additional truths at a deeper level that apply to their own lives. Includes instructions for making a gee haw whimmydiddle stick!

Against the Odds
by Rachael Lofgren

It was 1952. Polio was on a rampage through the country, claiming young Vera as one more victim. Would it destroy her future? Surrounded by a godly, loving family, she determinedly fought to overcome the limitations of her polio-ravaged body and live a life that inspired.

Read it all

CLP Newsletter: September-October 2017

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The cover of this issue of the CLP newsletter presents an excerpt from a piece by J.C. Ryle titled “Christian Zeal.”

Here you have the opening and closing:

“It is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing” (Galatians 4:18).

Zeal is a subject, like many others in religion, most sadly misunderstood. Many would be ashamed to be thought as “zealous” Christians. Many are ready to say of zealous people what Festus said of Paul: “They are beside themselves — they are mad!” (See Acts 26:24).

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Zeal may make mistakes. Zeal may need directing. Zeal may need guiding, controlling, and advising. But zeal does not need damping in a wretched, cold, corrupt, miserable world like this!

Read the full piece as found in the newsletter: Christian Zeal.

A Kitten Named Birthday
by Janet Heatwole

Six-year-old Sarah loves to play with her birthday present, a kitten she named Birthday. Because Sarah is deaf, she cannot hear it when Birthday purrs, but she can feel it rumbling like a tiny motor inside his throat. Sarah’s mother uses sign language to answer Sarah’s many questions about her pet. As Sarah signs with her hands, another question is growing bigger and bigger in her mind. Will her mother know the answer? Read it all

Above all, love God!