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Febuary 2002

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Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying,
"THIS IS THE WAY; WALK IN IT. Isa. 30: 21
Last month we ran the first article in this series on modern persecution. Below is the final article in this series. We hope that you have enjoyed this new series.
However as the Way Ministries stands for the Re-establishment of the New Testament Church, it is appropriate for us to run these articles at this time. We as Christians must be prepared to take our stand for the truth. We would also be interested in any news items that you may have to place on our on line E-Maga-zine

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Blessed are the persecuted
Modern tales of courage
When our region of the Ukraine (Bucovina) became part of the USSR after the second world war (1945), it was forbidden to worship God behind the wall of the houses of Prayer. All kinds of evangelism or missionary activity were persecuted and punished by five years in prison. But despite brutal persecution, our Christian youth used the Christmas holidays for evangelization. They sent groups of youth to every village. They visited every peasant house, sang Christian songs and recited poems there.
The matter was, there was such a tradition from pagans to celebrate their winter holidays by singing and dancing. During that holiday all the doors of the houses were opened and groups of people went from one house to another to sing songs, to dance and recite funny poems there. Before leaving the hosts gave them a few coins, pieces of pie, some sausage or a bottle of vodka for their singing. Of course the context of songs was far from Christian as a rule. So our Christian youth used that possibility to enter peoples houses for evangelization. After their singing they left the hosts Christian literature and invitations to the local church.
They took a big risk. My brother Chornopisky Dimitro, our pastor, and twenty of the best young singers from our church were the first believers who reached the regions up in the mountains, about 100 miles from our city. In one house a peasant was connected with police and they were arrested. They were tortured the whole night long. On their turning back home to Chernivtsi they paid 50 rubles penalty and several of them were thrown from their work. The people who accepted them from that village were punished too.
That was real love to God that moved them. Older people say their faith was stronger then. It usually happens during the time of persecution. Those who had no strong faith were not able to go through trials. One of our older pastors said The bigger the cross, the closer the Heavens. Now we enjoy freedom to celebrate all the Christian holidays. And our children are permitted to visit churches and to praise the Lord there. Where my brother was tortured, there are now 3 churches in that village.
- Valya Zastankevich, Chenivtsi, Ukraine
I converted from Islam to Christianity in 1996 in Morocco. When I told my father, he wrote me out of his will and told my mother that if she talked to me, he would divorce her. A man came to see me and told me I was crazy. He hit me in the face with a knife and beat me. Blood was coming down. I called the police and they were very angry at me. No one could help me. I cried, Oh God, you have brought me to this religion and no one can help me.
I was severely tortured for two weeks and went through many troubled times, but now I work for the Salvation Army in Switzerland as a missionary, visiting refugee camps. Another Muslim and I have a vision together to do something in Europe to encourage Muslims to know Jesus. I became a new person, like a white bird, free in my heart with no hate, and no doubts, and Jesus is the Savior.
Christians around the world must pray for the terrorists who have been blinded the devil. Christians must change the world. it is very important.
Matthew Kchira 29 Zurich, Switzerland

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SHORT STORY



Search Me, Lord
Remember when you were young and your mom asked you to clean your room? To avoid the task, you would take all of the clothes and your other junk and shove them in the closet, hide them under the bed and put them anywhere else that wasn't readily apparent to the naked eye. Mom would come in and say, "Your room looks beautiful!" But you knew the truth. Sooner or later, Mom caught on and stuffing things in the closet just wouldn't do it. You REALLY had to clean your room.
Some of us, as adults, still have things in our closets. Some of these things are things we consciously stuffed in the closet and some of them we didn't realize were in there. Some of those things are hurts we don't want to remember or things in the past we would rather forget. Some of them are habits we know we should have gotten rid of long ago. And some of those items are blocking our way to God.
That's why we as Christians need to regularly go into our secret closet -- the secret place where you and the Lord rendezvous. It's only in that place where God will go into the closet of our lives and remove fear, doubt, unforgiveness, pain and unconfessed sin. But there's a prerequisite to God doing a "strip search" of the heart. You must ask Him to search your heart. You see, my God does not perform invasive surgical procedures of the heart without your permission. In order to enter into the cracks and the crevices, the nooks and the crannies of your heart, He must be invited.
But when you invite Him to search you, be prepared. It takes a strong Christian to ask God to search him. Many of us would rather continue believing that we have it all together. We would rather perpetuate the illusion that we've already arrived when it comes to being the perfect Christian. We don't want God to examine us. It's because we know when God searches, He finds. We know that He'll get into the areas of our lives we thought were OK. He'll start to tug and pull at some of those sensitive areas that we just don't want touched. He'll deal with the reason why you didn't forgive that person who betrayed you. He'll deal with those four-letter words that still rise up in you when someone cuts you off on the road. He'll deal with that lying tongue. He'll deal with the after effects of that parent who abused you. He'll deal with the secret sins that only you and He know about. Little by little, He'll start to point out the areas that need cleansing and purging.
We all know that's uncomfortable; we don't like it. But it's necessary for us to get to where God wants us to be. Although some discomfort is required, we can count on the fact that God isn't doing it to get His jollies. He doesn't do it to embarrass us or humiliate us. He does it to help us because of His great love for us.
When the Lord brings an issue to light in our lives, it's to help us deal with it -- and because He's ready to deal with it. He knows what's ahead in our lives. For instance, if He knows that your lack of faith is going to be a stumbling block for the places that He's going to take you to, He'll put you in a position where you'll have to rely on Him. He'll put your back up against the wall where it's only you and Him. He'll place you in a position where you'll learn that He is a rewarder of the faithful. Your faith won't be something that you just read in Hebrews 11; it will be a real life experience and without a doubt, you'll know God can be trusted. You see in the end, it's all about being more like Christ. It's about being a mirror image of His Son. Remember, the word "Christian" means "Christ-like." That should be the goal of the Christian life -- to become more like Christ.
I challenge you to speak the words of David who said, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
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Womans Section

The following article is a bit of a departure from the standard articles in the Womens section of this E-Maga-Zine. However we thought that it would be interesting to see how Christian women of more than 100 years ago lived out their faith. We hope the Lord will bless you as you read this article.
Yesterdays Christian Woman
Pioneer wives held their households together with a blend of grit and grace.
Diana Lynn Severance


When Nutter and Nancy Murphy and their family came to Shawnee, Kansas, in October 1859, the first thing they did after finding temporary lodging for the night was to hold family devotions. Daughter Lydia later remembered, "That night the family Bible rested in the center of the room. We gathered around the table, seated on boxes and improvised chairs while the usual evening family prayers were held after the reading of a chapter of Scriptures. During the 50 years of his Kansas citizenship, this morning and evening Scripture reading and prayer was not once omitted in my fathers house."
For many pioneer families, Christian faith was an integral part of life. It formed the backbone of their values and sustained them through numerous hardships. When John Klein, who grew up on a Texas farm at the end of the 1800s, thought about all his mother Ida did in a day to care for the family and help run the farm, he recognized, "Special strength provided by the Almighty must have made it possible for her to do all this."
Frontier farms were family farms, and the family was an economic as well as a social unit. Though most pioneers believed the womans sphere was within the home, the shortage of manpower meant many women (and children) helped with the farm. They helped dig cellars, build cabins, plow, plant, and harvest, as well as tend to their "domestic" activities, such as cleaning, cooking, sewing, and caring for the children. To understand the lives of frontier Christian women, then, we must take a look at the toil that filled their days.
Clara Hildebrand, looking back on her own pioneer experience, described the womans role:
"The pioneer Kansas woman shared her husbands work and interest in the garden, the orchard, the crops and animals of the farm; she worked in the garden and gathered its products. She knew just how each vineyard or tree in the young orchard was coming in. She shared in the hope for a beautiful crop as the field things sprouted and grew green and tall. Did a horse, dog or other farm animal get badly gored, cut or wounded, hers was the task to cleanse the wound and take the stitches that drew the torn edges together."
Besides outdoor responsibilities, a pioneer wife spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Sarah Hammond White explained the basics of fireplace cooking:
"We used kettles suspended from a wire across the fireplace and boiled most of our food; baking was done in an iron kettle about four inches deep and two and a half from the ground, supported by three iron legs. This baker, as it was called, was covered with an iron lid upon which coals of fire were placed, and the baker was placed on coals of fire too, and I want to say no malleable stores ever baked better biscuits."
One central Texas mother with an especially large family recalled that "breadmaking was much trouble and took so long. . . . We had only three [dutch ovens], each one just large enough for one loaf at a time, and there had to be 20 loaves every day because there were so many of us."
Men and boys helped gather fuel for the fire and keep the wood box filled. On the treeless plains they collected dried buffalo chips in sacks and kept them for use as fuel for cooking as well as for warm fires in winter.
Cornbread and corn mush were standard fare in the beginning, but food usually became abundant as the family farm thrived. Gardens and orchards produced vegetables and fruits that women canned or dried for use in the winter. Several times a week, women baked bread. If the family had a good cow, butter was made every other day, both for family use and to be sold in town for extra money.
With flour and sugar often being scarce, the enterprising pioneer woman learned to make do. One woman wrote, "I came here willingly believing it to be for the best and am determined to try with the assistance of Providence to make the best of it."
Special occasions called for heightened creativity. Bessie Wilson remembered when a neighbor was returning to Kansas with a new bride in 1875:
"Mother was asked to bake a cake for the affair. In consequence, we ate bread without butter for several days in order that father might have enough to take to the store and exchange for the amount of sugar necessary to make a cake. This he did, covering 16 miles on horseback. Mothers was the only cake at this important gathering, and despite the fact that she had no recipe to go by, that she used sour milk and soda in the making, it was pronounced by those who partook as being all a brides cake should be !"
Frontier women were also responsible for the familys clothing. Many families raised sheep for wool, which the women washed and the children carded for spinning. The wool was dyed with natural dyes-- walnut bark for brown, osage bark for yellow, cochineal bugs for red. After spinning the yarn, women knitted socks, scarves, and sweaters. Clothing was simple and sewn at home. Fabrics such as calico and muslin had to be bought at stores, and some fabrics were recycled: flour sacks, for example, were often made into underwear.
For good stewardship, as well as necessity, clothes were repeatedly patched or re-sewn and given as hand-me-downs. Scraps of fabric were used in quilts with designs whose names often reflected the frontier life--turkey tracks, bear claw, butter churn, log cabin, wild goose chase. Sometimes the quilts name referred to political issues--54 40 or Fight, Bleeding Kansas, Texas Star. Still other designs proclaimed Christian themes--the Delectable Mountains (from John Bunyans Pilgrims Progress), Jacobs Ladder, Cross and Crown.
On the frontier, where schools were often unavailable, both parents, but especially the women, homeschooled their children in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Training in the Christian faith was also important. Rebecca Ebey, a pioneer from Virginia, wrote, "We . . . spend our time in training the young minds of our children in the principles of Christ and creating within them a thirst for moral knowledge." The Bible and Pilgrims Progress became the primary textbooks for many. Teachers on the frontier were very often sent out by eastern missionary agencies, and when schools were established, they also inculcated a Christian moral education.
But most of the Christian education and character development took place in the faithful day-to-day fulfillment of farm responsibilities. One of a childs earliest chores was feeding the chickens. Later the child might be given a calf to care for. Parents expected their children to develop habits of industry and hard work, not just for the building of Christian character but for the familys very survival.
Diana Lynn Severance is the author of Deep Roots, Strong Branches, a history of the Klein family in Texas, and is a member of the Christian History advisory board.

Religion--Sunday and Every Day
John and Ida Klein lived in Texas in the late 1800s. They faithfully attended Salem Lutheran Church for years (often traveling Saturday evenings to make sure they were in time for the Sunday service), but their religion was hardly confined to Sundays. Family devotions were held daily, blessings were said before meals, and a prayer of thanksgiving after meals.
John and Idas oldest daughter, Johanna, later summarized the important teachings her mother had passed on to her:
"To read the Bible and pray every day;
To right each wrong before the sun went down;
To count to ten before speaking when angry;
To give of my own spending money to Gods work;
To call upon sick friends, and to carry flowers to them from my own garden;
To form habits of regularity, touching all phases of life;
To attend all services of the church;
To take Jesus with me wherever I chose to go, but to choose, therefore, only those places where Jesus would be loved;
To give service to Him in every way possible and to seek His guidance before any plan for personal action be carried out. Her favorite expression was The Lord willing.
To be faithful and to love God and my neighbor;
To be true, and to be trustworthy;
My mother taught me these principles for Christian living."
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RECIPE
Basil Pesto
This is a great way to preserve a lot of fresh basil. Simply add to freezer bags and place in the freezer until needed. Defrost and add to pasta sauces (cream or wine) or use as a sauce over fish.

Makes about 2 1/4 cups

1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1/2 cup Walnuts
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 1/2 cup Basil, fresh, stems removed
Salt to taste

Add the garlic, walnuts, cheese, and olive oil to a food processor bowl. Pulse until a course paste begins to form. Add the basil and pulse until blended. Check the seasonings.


NEWS Story


Study: New Generation
Comfortable With Contradictions
( BP) -- It's always been a struggle to reach teenagers for Christ, but those born since 1984 may be the toughest to reach yet, said Christian researcher George Barna. Appearing on the "For Faith & Family" weekday radio show Feb. 4 and 5, Barna said the "Mosaic Generation" is comprised of non-linear thinkers who cut and paste their beliefs and values from a variety of sources.
What's more, Barna said, almost half the Mosaics don't know and don't care about moral absolutes. To them, it's just a non-issue not worth arguing over. This means, Barna said, that they're a generation comfortable with contradictions.
Barna defines the Mosaic Generation as youngsters born between 1984 and 2002, describing them as such because they're "very mosaic in every aspect of their life." He said, "There's [no attribute] that really dominates like you might have seen with prior generations." Other researchers refer to this generation as Millennials or Generation Y.
"When we try to show them logically that two things really don't work together -- that either one is right and the other is wrong, or they're both wrong -- typically what you get is a giggle and then the response, 'Yeah, how about that?'" Barna said. "They're not really concerned about trying to figure out where things stand on an objective continuum."

2002 Maranatha Christian News Service



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