Reflections by By Rev. William Piercy en-us My final Reflection article I want to close my writing of the Reflection articles. Proverbs 30: 7-9 says, Lord, "Two things I have required of thee, deny me them not before I die. Remove far from me vanity and lies, give me neither poverty or riches; feed me with food convenient for me. Lest I be full and deny thee, and say, who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain." I like these words. As I stated in my last article, I am retiring from writing this weekly column in the Town... Tue, 03 May 2016 14:17:24 -0500 Favorite Reflections The time has come for me to retire from writing a regular Reflection article for the Town Crier. I have reached the 82 year mark. I just need to give this up, along with many other responsibilities at my age. So after today's article, I will write one more. Don't miss the article next week. It will be my last one and I want to say some words about you who have been a faithful reader to the column. Someone else will continue to write. People often ask me if I have some real good ones I have... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:04:34 -0500 Following the right direction In Isaiah we read about the kingship of a young king named Uzziah. The prophet Isaiah was called of the Lord when Uzziah was a mid-age teenager. He came to be king when his predecessor Amaziah died. The young Uzziah came next in the lineage of King David. I think Uzziah was only a budding teenager. The bible says he did that which was right in the service of the Lord. He got into trouble with the Lord and the Lord put upon him in his last years with leprosy until his death. Otherwise, he had... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:36:24 -0500 The Lord stays the same In the book of Malachi the bible says, "I am the Lord, I change not." I am glad that the Lord does not change. He and his words will always be the same. We know for sure that most things do change. Sometimes it is for the better and sometimes for the worse. Things do change in color, size, shape, costs, and numerous other ways. When I was a lad an airplane went down in a field north of where I lived and a lot of people went up to see it. My dad took us kids. The only airplane we had seen were... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:17:37 -0500 Be a good servant In Luke 8:26ff is the account of Jesus healing of a man called a demoniac who had a really messed up life. Jesus and some of his friends were doing a lot of spreading the gospel all round the Sea of Galilee and they traveled around the lake by boat and would walk inland to nearby towns. This account tells that a storm came up and scared the disciples and Jesus calmed the storm by his word. Soon after they reached the land where they would travel to Gadera and preach to them. They must have... Tue, 08 Mar 2016 11:35:01 -0600 Women of the bible Today I am going to test your knowledge of the bible. I will give references where they are mentioned. You may enjoy these facts about women of the bible. How many can you name? 1. Which aged woman laughed when angels said unto her she would bear a child. Genesis 18:10-14. 2. Which widow said, "I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty." Ruth 1:21. 3. Who was the only female Judge of Israel? Judges 4:4. 4. Which woman promised God that if she could give birth to a son... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:40:18 -0600 The joy of assembling together I am blessed when I read Psalm 122. It is called a song of degrees. Several Psalms are said to be songs of degrees. They would be sung by people as they marched to the entrance of the temple. All people did not come at the same time. But some might be a group and they would do a song of degrees as they made their way to the temple doors. Such a song was an enjoyment to sing together. Many of the Psalms were really Jewish songs. I like especially Psalm 122:1. It reads, "I was glad when they said... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:27:26 -0600 Stand on the Promises Much of the Bible is written to believers in Christ to hold fast to our belief and confidence in Jesus Christ and Him only. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian believers to "therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold to the traditions which ye have been taught whether by work or our epistle." The apostle had come to be a Christian, a writer, and a missionary to them. According to his teachings there was no other way to get to know the Lord. What he had taught them was the truth and they should never... Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:14:55 -0600 Make good decisions Proverbs 27:1 says, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." There is so much wisdom to this statement. Just one day more and we may be dead and gone. The decisions of a single moment can bring happiness or sorrow. Sometimes the decision for a few minutes can cost one for the rest of their life. So, it is wise to always make good decisions. This thought caused me to write an old time reflection. We had a tradition when I was a young lad about saving for... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:02:09 -0600 Turn back to God In the early days of the young Jeremiah he had accepted the call of the Lord to speak his message to the people of Israel. They had gone through most of their kings and turned from being a God fearing nation to a sinful nation like those around them. The young prophet had a big task of saying to his people they were facing a severe judgment of God. Note his words in Jeremiah 5:iff, "Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:04:39 -0600 Caring for family The Apostle Paul wrote to the young preacher named Timothy about the duties of the church in caring for the older people. There was not much welfare in those days. The question came up about caring for older people. Paul said the family is to look after them as well as caring for the children. He was talking about food, shelter, and comforts for them. Normally the children or even younger nephews were instructed to look after them well. He said in his letter of I Timothy 5:8. "But if any... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:48:59 -0600 Rejoice in salvation In Acts Chapter 8 we have the account of the conversion of the eunuch of Ethiopia. I like this scripture for it shows us what every person does to become a Christian and be saved from his sins. A preacher was proclaiming the gospel and great numbers came and heard him. They repented and believed in the word of Christ, and were being baptized. There came a man, we don't know his name, but we know he was up in that area where many had believed and were baptized. In his free time he surely got... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:28:22 -0500 Firefighters deserve a big thank you In II Kings, Chapters 3-5, we have the account about the prophet Elisha and his servant called Gehazi. Gehazi gives the appearance of a really good person. I think he really was. First off, we note that for whatever reason Elisha chose him and gave him a job. Elisha was not only a prophet of God but also the head of a school, the "School of the Prophets." The faithful prophet had a regular way for going to the school which was located at Gilgal. He often made the trip. Once he was going back... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:46:28 -0500 Praise the Lord Psalm 117 is only two verses long but has a few words of wisdom. It says, "O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people, for his merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord." Reflection: Today I want to speak of the sand blows in the farmland around Buffalo Island. Nearly all fields on this land are full of sand blows. My dad's little farm had them all over. If you were gathering corn you would come to one and the corn... Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:23:12 -0500 Remembering a hard day's work I thought I would write about the matter of work today. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Thessalonians about being good workers. He reminded them that he worked physically even when he was doing his missionary work. They were expected to do the same. He wrote in II Thessalonians 2:10 "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, if any would not work, neither should he eat." I'm sure he was talking to able bodied men. When children were young during my upbringing they were... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:23 -0500 A short prayer Last Sunday I spoke about a godly man that I had never spoken about in my entire life in the ministry. His name is mentioned in no other place in the bible. There are only two verses that say anything about him. Since they are so few in number I will now write them. You might like to open a bible to I Chronicles 4:9-10 and keep it open as you read my article. It is doubtful if you ever remember his name unless you are a person who has read the bible through word by word. You still might never... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:32:56 -0500 Macey Cemetery I always try to include a scripture at least in every article. This week it is from John 11:43ff. It says, "And when he had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, loose him and let him go." What a sight for the people to see. Many believed because of this miracle. Someone said that if Jesus had just come and said "come forth" and not said... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:25 -0500 Precious memories I begin with a scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1 "Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." This verse is good advise. Trust in the Lord when you are young and give your whole life to Him. Sometime ago I had an article about a class trip to St. Louis to see a Cardinal ball game. Classmates commented to it favorably. But most remembered the senior trip to Pensacola, Fla. So I will relate... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:51:21 -0500 A trip to remember I can't remember ever writing about an eleventh grade school trip we took to St. Louis, Mo. But first I want to share a scripture. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed to thy word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin again thee." The best I ever learned was my study of the bible. Now for the reflection. The year was 1951 and the pride of most ball fans was the St. Louis Cardinals. Most young people of that day listened to their radios about the... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:16:51 -0500 Blessings come from being faithful After the winning and settlement of the 12 tribes of Israel, their great leader died at the age of 110 years. The Lord had ruled through Moses and Joshua. After Joshua the Lord used men to do his ruling through a group called judges. The names of these judges were Othneil, Deborah, Guideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon and Samson. Another great leader was Samuel who served as the high priest and did something of the things of a judge. It was the Lord's plan to rule through the... Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:37:11 -0500