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The Bible For Today Update
Yvonne Sanborn Waite

April 2002


THESE ARE PERILOUS TIMES!

CHRISTIANS MUST BE VIGILANT

Satan is out to destroy Christians and their families!  
Let us not be too proud to HUMBLE OURSELVES  Under the Mighty Hand of God!
 

I Peter 5:6-11


"ONLY FEAR THE LORD, And Serve Him In Truth With All Your heart For Consider How Great Things He Hath Done For You." (1 SAMUEL 12:24)

Have your ever felt like you lived in the Land of Blah? Donít bother looking for that country on your map because it isnít there! But, I am sure you have found yourself often living in Dullsville or Weariness Village with a general lack of luster and interest in life. You know, thatís where confusion and disappointment tarries and heartbreak continually knocks at our doors. These neighboring boroughs bury themselves in the State of Weariness--thatís for sure. I have awakened this morning weary from the emotional baggage that the Lord has permitted to be dropped recently at my front door.

Since writing you last, my mother-heart has gone from reserved happiness that one of our sons, who had been full of problems for so long, was going to be productive, only to realize dashed hopes once again and a profound loss. He accepted Christ and was baptized. That was wonderful! I had such reserve-hope. Then in a flash, he was out on the streets of Richmond, Virginia, physically lost--but worse than that, mentally confused and afraid. Though he is fifty years old, I am still his mother and he is still my son; and I continue to have that horrible hurt when he decompensates. It has been years since that had happened--probably ten or twelve. Heíd gone through a fire in 1993, burning 31% of his body, coming out of that torture mentally better than before the fire--but this? How important it is to take oneís medicine on time and obey lifeís rules!

". . . My Heart And My Flesh Crieth Out For The Living God." (PSALM 84:2b)

Then both my husband and I are going through the refining fire that all people know who walk the human path of life. Oneís health is often taken for granted. We jump, run, walk until we are stopped by old age or sudden pain. As a child, I had such halting between disease and dazzle. Did I get used to it? Did Edwina Bryant, my sisterís care-giver, get used to her anguish before she died two years ago? Did your loved one? Do we ever really get used to physical infirmity? I donít think so. We learn to live it. It becomes our life! Yet, it is always a surprise. Each dizzy upheaval impels the Christian to rest in the Lord and His will. He compels us to "lean not unto thine own understanding." We learn to accept. Yes, it is a learning process, isnít it? We "acknowledge Him." (PROVERBS 3:5-6) I am reminded of dear Fanny Crosby who was blind from early babyhood. She said that the loss of the mind was far worse than the loss of the eyes. She spoke of the "seed of contentment"--a jewel--that she planted within her heart as a child. That "seed" had grown in her adulthood to be a large tree with fragrant blossoms of "contentment" perfuming her life. Yes, the gospel song writer learned with the Apostle Paul--and it is a learning experience, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." (PHILIPPIANS 4:11)

But Godliness With Contentment Is Great Gain. (I TIMOTHY 6:6)

The current financial recession has slid into our lives--yours and mine--like an unexpected California mudslide; proving again the wisdom of the Lord Jesus when He advised, " Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (MATTHEW 6:19-21) As the stock market lowers and belts tighten, we have to think hard. Did we really mean it fifty-three years ago when Bob Rogers sang at our wedding "Iíd rather have Jesus than silver or gold"? Lately in his sermons, my husband, Dr. D. A. Waite, has often quoted Elizabeth C. Clephaneís words. Remember how the lines in "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" go? She may not have had the stock market in mind; but those words could certainly apply.

"Content To Let The World Go By, To Know No Gain Nor Loss, "My Sinful Self My Only Shame, My Glory All The Cross."


APRIL 29-MAY 2, 2002: FAIRHAVEN COLLEGE KJB SEMINAR

Lord willing, Dr. Waite will be speaking at FAIRHAVEN BAPTIST CHURCH AND COLLEGEís annual Bible Conference April 22-25, 2002. Thatís near Chicago. Call 219-926-6636 for directions.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THAT CONFERENCE (APRIL 29-May 2, 2002), MY HUSBAND WILL PRESENT A KING JAMES BIBLE SEMINAR--#7! It is a commitment to seven-class hours each day for four days, using over 700-overhead transparencies. ATTENTION: This is the one to attend in the United States in 2002!

DR. WAITE IN WINNIPEG, CANADA JUNE 18-21, 2002

Why not plan an early summer vacation in Canada? The first thing on your agenda could be four or five days at the KING JAMES BIBLE SEMINAR #8 at the PEMBINA VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH, Box 415, 120 Manitoba Road, Winkler, Manitoba R6W 4A6, Canada. Call Pastor Michael Sullivant at 204-325-5670. This will be my husbandís first KING JAMES BIBLE SEMINAR in that part of Canada. I will give The Tribute To Fanny Crosby, too.

GALATIANS--VERSE BY VERSE OFF THE PRESS

Who would have thought when my husband started THE BIBLE FOR TODAY BAPTIST CHURCH in 1998, that published sermon-books would result? So far, the Lord has provided funds to publish two books. Iím sure youíve ordered I Peter--Verse By Verse. Itís BFT # 2945 for a gift of $10.00 + $4.00 S&H. Galatians--Verse by Verse is another hardback book full of teaching by Dr. Waite. You must get it, too. BFT #2955 for a gift of $12.00 + $4.00 S&H. Each verse is touched with Biblical teaching. In fact, you could use it for a daily devotional plan.

Just For Women ON MENTAL ILLNESS

This month Just For Women will conclude with four broadcasts on mental illness (#JFW/23 @ $4.00 + $2.00 S&H). I spoke about the Andrea YatesĎ case--such a horrible deed, a PSYCHOTIC mother murdering her five children. Then, I read two articles that I wrote awhile back. One is "The Case for Compassion." The other is "A Motherís Cry." I Never published that one, though I wrote it in 1987. When I finished recording, I was physically and emotionally shaken, for I was telling my listeners my mother-heartís cry. I did this to help them and you, too. You would be surprised how many suffering people there are all about us and no one cares!

After todayís broadcast here in our area, the phone rang. It was a woman who was moved by my reading a small book called Jesus on Trial. (Itís on the same radio tape JFW/23) I was reading it for the listening children just like I used to read to my own children. Well, she wanted to buy the book. She belonged to a Catholic church out on Route 70. I gave her the Maranatha Baptist Churchís bookstore number In Elkton, Maryland. I bought it there the beginning of March when my husband and I were attending their annual FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAITH Bible Conference. We could only be with them for a day-and-a-half, but enjoyed the preaching of Pastor Gary Webb, and two evangelists, Bill Berhans and Chuck Coftey.

CARL McINTIRE, THE QUEEN MOTHER, CEDARVILLE, & MY DAD

Dr. Carl McIntire, who pastored the Bible Presbyterian Church here in Collingswood, died in March at the age of ninety-five. He was the editor of The Christian Beacon, and, at one time, on about 600 radio stations with his TWENTIETH CENTURY REFORMATION HOUR broadcast. In fact, it was because of him that we are in Collingswood. My husband came here to be his associate for that program, but in reality Dr. McIntire wanted my husbandís degrees at Shelton College. Itís a long story. THAT WAS THIRTY-SIX YEARS AGO!

News is that the Queen Mother in the United Kingdom has died at one hundred and one. She was beloved. In fact, she was considered by all in Britain as their "grandmother." What a wonderful title to hold in oneís old age! Jenny Barker, my maternal grandmother, was so-considered in her local church. I think of Hattie Atteberry in Mattoon, Illinois. She is so-loved. I hope I can be a beloved church grandmother, too!

Did you notice the ad in WORLD MAGAZINE about Ohioís CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY? Since President Paul Dixon is leaving, after more than two decades, a "presidential search" is being made. Really am surprised. What ever happened to observing a man of God, his dedication to Jesus Christ, his leadership and Godly living, then tapping him on the shoulder for service? Now it appears to be all business. My Dad, R. O. Sanborn, used to be on the Cedarville Board. He was influential in purchasing the college. In fact, he co-chaired the Board with Mr. George Milner--if I am not mistaken--and was Chairman of the Board of Baptist Bible Institute in Cleveland before they took over Cedarville College. In fact, Daddy nominated the late George Engleman to be on the Cedarville Board. Later, Mr. Englelman chaired that position. I suspect that my fatherís name has been erased from Cedarvilleís memory. He was a good man! Am Glad That God Keeps The Records.

Iím in Godís care--are you?
Yvonne S. Waite

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