RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
by Ron Ginther
Peder Stadem, etc.--2nd Generation
Alfred & Bergit Stadem.--3rd Generation
Pearl Stadem, Siblings, etc.--4th Generation
Darrell Ginther, Siblings, Cousins, etc.--5th Generation
Children & Grand-children of 5th Generation, etc.--6th/7th Generation, and Future Generations (Should Christ Tarry)
Six and Seven Generations long, this great calvalcade of Stadems ought to have produced ripe fruits after more than a full century of living here!
The Christian music, Christian art, Christian family life, Christian evangelism for soul-winning, Christian endeavors of all kinds, and to top it off, the faithful preaching of God's Word, the Gospel of Salvation being the foremost aim to share with the perishing souls of this perishing world.
Gospel sign ministry, tract ministry, pastoral ministry, evangelistic ministries, and the godly institution of the Christian family, the support of the local Bible-based Church and its outreaches, missions to the world, Radio and TV not excluded, these are the natural expression of this Bible heritage of ours as Stadems and Stadem Descendants, are they not?
Do you really believe this a reasonable expectation of the fruit to be such as this described?
What does the Bible say, if you have another opinion. Does your opinion square with the Scriptures' description of the fruitful life and produce of a Christian's life? You can easily find that out yourself, with no need of anyone else telling you, by going to the Scriptures.
The Bible exhorts us to abide in the Vine, which is Christ. If we abide in the Vine of Christ, truly, we WILL BEAR FRUIT, AND EVEN ABUNDANT FRUIT.
Are we abiding in the Vine, loved ones? Or have we somehow severed relationship with the Vine while maintaining a fruitful life for God--well, that cannot be done and not produce a withered branch, the Bible warns us. A branch that doesn't produce, is a branch the Vinedresser (God) will prune, but if it still does not produce, then there is only one recourse, it is cut off left to wither off to the side, and finally gathered together with other unfruitful, withered branches and BURNED.
What about our FRUITS? The Bible says you and I can know a man and even his ministry by his fruits. True! It is a litmus test that works every time! Well, what does it say applied to ourselves as a Fifth Generation, the one now in charge of things as adults and even seniors? What kind of fruits are we producing, and what kind of fruits have we produced in the past years of our lives?
The KIND of fruits really matters. Are these fruits born of the Spirit or our own fleshly/carnal/willful striving for something else than God's will? We can strive all we like, but if we are living separated from the True Vine, we will produce some bad fruit, which may look good on the surface, but will be rotten and worm-eaten within. From the account in the Bible, the Pharisees, godly and good-to-look-at on the surface, produced bad and even evil fruit, Jesus declared. He compared them to whitewashed tombs, good to look at, but full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness inside! Are we any different today than the good-looking Pharisees who, in truth, were cut off from the True Vine? We strive to look good superficially, but what is our true condition inside, where human eyes cannot look?
And have we taken the Torch of Faith held out to us by the Fourth Generation? Have we taken the world's torch and run with that instead? The world has a light, to be sure, in ideals and agendas stolen from the Bible and misinterpreted and twisted, leaving Christ out.
But the world's light is a delusion, a light leading only to death.
We have the True Light in Jesus Christ alone. He is not inclusive of any other "light" whatsover religious or philosophical man can come up with. HE is the Truth, HE is the Way, HE is the Life! No man, He declared, comes to the Father in heaven except by Him!
Any other light, then, is man's and Satan's deception, and we are self-deceived if we include Christ together with the world, Christ and some other "light."
What we have then is a false, polluted and defiled light, a light of the world leading to darkness and the ditch where all the blind fall into it to their destruction. No other Light is true and pure but Christ's, based on the inerrant Word of God, and we cannot produce good fruit for God's kingdom unless we walk in this true Light daily, while living in the shadow of the self-denying Cross.
Finally, if you would choose to follow Christ alone, expect persecution and division! Christ said these would come, and division is sometimes healthy, a healthy sign you are on track with a Holy Almighty Saving God, not the evil, death-bringing world and its Satanic, man-centric system.
by Ron Ginther
the grass at Plain View Farm!
Day's work on the farm left undone--
but an hour given to God,
what was the harm?
and fellowship in and with Jesus a while--
they never thought of a time
when this would go out of style.
when God's Word, the Gospel," was preached
That was a glory to which t
hearts and callused hands reached!
That was a glory
to which t hearts
and callused hands reached!
neighbors from all around,
invited and welcomed with hugs and smiles
God's solemn little throng!
Sad but true, some Stadems abstained,
their branches cut off and withered,
for this Fountain of grace
proved full of salvation,
offered in a humble, earthen cup!
Mama, Papa, Ruthie, Myrtle, Estelle, Be,
Pearl and eldest daughter,
all heard Alida the lovely voiced Stadem meadowlark
sing "Revive Us Again,"
a noble Church hymn or chorus,
inspiring the faith of the brethren!
The grass is not the same now
where once Devotions were held,
the very ground where Papa's hired Gospel Tent stood,
a tree grew and stood, then in a storm was felled.
Only games are now played there,
taking up the sanctified and sacred place.
And we no longer have the Gospel preached--
our Fifth Generation has
substituted convenient, Cross-less,
Hymn from "The One Year Book
of 365 Devotional Readings
ased on Great Hymns
of the Faith,"
Heritage Book from Pearl Ginther's Heritage Collection for the Archives,
Presented to her on her 88th Birthday by youngest son, Jerry Ginther
REVIVE US AGAIN,
by William Paton Mackay (1839-1885)
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus who died
And is now gone above.
Hallelujah, Thine the glory!
Revive us again.
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who has shown us our Savior
And scattered our night.
To the Lamb that was slain.
Who has borne all our sins
And has cleansed ev'ry stain.
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.
Jer. 35: The Chapter of the Rechabites's Godly Fidelity & Nomadic (Pilgrim-like) Lifestyle, Obeying their Forefather's Command, and Jeremiah's Testing of Them, with God's Eternal Promise Given to them;
Matt. 23: 25-29.
Jeremiah 6: 16;
God's Covenant with his faithful ones who make a Covenant with Him by sacrifice:
Psalm 78: 5-7
Matt. 7: 15-29.