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Cursed Is Every One!by Pastor Ricky Kurth
The Law curses “every one that continueth not in all things… of the law” (Gal. 3:10). The words “continueth” and “all” here tell us the Law demands100% faithfulness 100% of the time! Though this may sound unreasonable, how many of our married readers are satisfied with 99% faithfulness from yourspouse? Even if you could go 70 years without sinning, then sin, the Law would curse you. This too might sound unreasonable, but if you go 70 yearswithout killing anyone, then snap, the law won’t let you slide just because you’ve never done it before, and neither will God!“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident” (Gal. 3:11). The Greek word for “evident” here is translated “certain” whenPaul says, “we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out” (I Tim. 6:7). You’ll never see a U-Haul trailer behind ahearse! And it is just as evident that no one can be justified by the Law. You might look good in your neighbor’s sight, but we’re talking about “the sightof God” (Gal. 3:11). Even Abraham looked good to his neighbors, but he couldn’t boast before God (Rom. 4:2), for God knew he lied about his wife.No, “The just shall live by faith” (Gal. 3:11), that is, the way you get to be just is by faith. “And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth themshall live in them” (Gal. 3:12), i.e., live eternally (Lev. 18:5 cf. Luke 10:25-28). God is fair. If you could obey Him perfectly, He would give you eternallife. It is not technically correct to say the only way to heaven is by faith. But while there are two ways to get to the moon, by rocket and by jumping, oneof these two ways is impossible! Just so, there are two ways to get to heaven, by faith and by the works of the Law (Rom. 2:6-10), but the latter is just asimpossible! (Gal. 2:16).Thankfully, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13). “That the blessing of Abraham [salvation] mightcome on the Gentiles through….” Through what? Through Israel? Through circumcision, or the Law? This was true for Gentiles in the Old Testament. Buttoday the blessing of Abraham comes on us “through Jesus Christ.” Why not “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).Notice it doesn’t say “believe and be good.” It just says believe and be saved! “Christ died for our sins…and…rose again” (I Cor. 15:3,4). Don’t try to addany good works to Christ’s work, for salvation is “to him that worketh not, but believeth!” (Rom. 4:5).
Two minutes with the bible
Chamber Yard of the Week
The home of Bruce andKerri Venard at 205 Kennedy Avenue in Murdo was chosen asthis week’s winner for the Murdo Area Chamber of CommerceYard of the Week. They will receive $25 in Murdo Bucks.
Photo by Lonna Jackson
Yard of the Week
Gleanings from the prairie
•Pastor Alvin L. Gwin Community Bible Church, Murdo•
Here’s a simple and encourag-ing poem that has been sharedamong friends for quite sometime.“Yesterday God helped me,Today He’ll do the same.How long will this continue?Forever --- praise His name!”This is truly encouraging!However, to really know thetruth of this poem in the experi-ences of life, one must know theGOD Who is the helper.The Bible, GOD’s Word to man,is a great source of help fromGOD. It gives a record of thefaithfulness of God to the menand women who have put theirtrust in Him. Take for example,the shepherd-king, David. Hewrote in Psalm 54:4, “Behold,GOD is my helper.”It was pointed out to me manyyears ago that during a most dif-ficult time in David’s life, a timewhen everything seemed to begoing against him -- and it reallywas (we never have times likethat, do we?); that David “encour-aged himself in the LORD hisGOD” (I Samuel 30:6).How did David do that? It wasduring these times of trials, diffi-culties, and exasperating circum-stances that David is seen put-ting his thoughts in written formso that we can know how heencouraged himself in the LORD.Here are some of his thoughtsthat bear witness to the truththat GOD was “helping” him.Psalm 18:6 – “In my distress Icalled upon the LORD, and criedunto my GOD; he heard my voiceout of His temple, and my crycame before Him, even into Hisears.”Psalm 25:1-2 – “Unto You, OLORD, do I lift up my soul. O myGOD, I trust in You; let me not beashamed, let not my enemies tri-umph over me.”Psalm 34:1-8 – “I will bless theLORD at all times; His praiseshall continually be in my mouth.My soul shall make her boast inthe LORD; the humble shall hearof it, and be glad. Oh, magnifythe LORD with me, and let usexalt His Name together. Isought the LORD, and he heardme, and delivered me from all myfears. They looked unto Him, andwere radiant, and their faceswere not ashamed. This poorman cried, and the LORD heardhim, and saved him out of all histroubles. The angel of the LORDencamps round about those whofear Him, and delivers them. Oh,taste and see that the LORD isgood; blessed is the man whotrusts in Him.”Psalm 40:1-5 – “I waitedpatiently for the LORD, and Heinclined unto me, and heard mycry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miryclay, and set my feet upon a rock,and established my goings. AndHe has put a new song in mymouth, even praise unto outGOD; many shall see it, and fear,and shall trust in the LORD.Blessed is that man who makesthe LORD his trust, and respectsnot the proud, nor such as turnaside. Many, O LORD, my GOD,are Your wonderful works which You have done, and Yourthoughts which are toward us;they cannot be reckoned up inorder unto You. If I would declareand speak of them, they are morethan can be numbered.”Psalm 56:1-4 – “Be mercifulunto me, O GOD; for man wouldswallow me up; he, fighting daily,oppresses me. My enemies woulddaily swallow me up; for they aremany that fight against me, O You Most High. When I amafraid, I will trust in You. In GODI will praise His word, in GOD Ihave put my trust; I will not fearwhat flesh can do to me.”It becomes apparent thatDavid knew his LORD. Remem-ber, it was David who wrote the23rd Psalm, “The LORD is myShepherd, I shall not want.”David knew GOD as his helperin times of trouble. Who do youturn to? In whom do you trust?Where do you go to get strengthfor the journey of life?For the “child of GOD” by faithin JESUS CHRIST, our HeavenlyFATHER cares for us. It isbecause of HIS grace that wehave been saved. GOD haspoured out upon us the riches of HIS grace and HIS love. Webelong to HIM, and HE willnever let us down. GOD’s care forHIS own is not an occasionalthing; it is constant. HE is con-stantly walking with us andwatching over us. When we gothrough the fire, HE is there, asHE was with the three Hebrewchildren in Babylon. When we gothrough the waters, HE is there,as HE was with the disciples inthat storm on the Sea of Galilee. Yes, even when we go throughthe valley of the shadow of death,HE will be with us!“I will never leave you nor for-sake you!” is HIS promise, andthat promise is sure. So, remem-ber,“Yesterday, GOD helped me,Today He’ll do the same.How long will this continue?Forever – praise His Name!”
Thelma Rada, age 97, of WhiteRiver, South Dakota, died Monday, August 5, 2013, at the Coteau desPrairies Hospital in Sisseton.Thelma Marguerite Crume wasborn March 29, 1916 in Mylo,(Rolette County) North Dakota toJohn and Hazel (Pickett) Crume.On August 5, 2013 she rode home,on horseback no doubt.In October 1919 Thelma, withher parents and her sister, Viola,left Mylo, North Dakota for WhiteRiver, South Dakota in a wagon.She could even recall a few inci-dents that happened during thatalmost year long trip.Thelma was united in marriageto Roy (Swede) Rada on June 26,1937 in Murdo, S.D. They settledon a ranch northwest of WhiteRiver. To this union four childrenwere born: Curtis, Shawn, Melvinand Cleone.Swede passed away in 1977.Thelma moved into White River in1992, then to Murdo, in 2003 andin September, 2012 she moved to acare center in Rosholt, S.D., whereher granddaughter, Tina, wasadministrator.Thelma loved to be on the backof a horse riding and checking cat-tle. She even rode one this pastJuly. She never turned down anoffer to ride a horse.Thelma and Swede raised andbroke Appaloosa horses, raisedHereford cattle and worked with4-H clubs on their horse projects.Thelma also worked for a time inthe lunchroom at the White RiverSchool and at the White RiverNursing Home. She belonged toCottonwood Ladies Aid, RiverviewExt. Club and the Rebekah Lodge.She read the Bible, would do any-thing for a friend and believed thatif God kept you here you bettermake yourself useful.During her life, Thelma got togo on a trip of a lifetime to visitMike and Cleone’s formerexchange students from Germanyand Denmark and meet their fam-ilies. The exchange studentsbecame her grandkids too. Bloodnever mattered to her, her heartwas big enough for many children.She was “Grandma” to all whoknew her.In the early years, Thelma andSwede always had family around,especially on Sundays. Thelmawas known for her ability to whipup a meal for everyone in no time. A few of their nieces and nephewsalso lived with them while theywere growing up and summerswere like Grand Central Station.She was known for her “pranks”that she loved to pull on peopleand her contagious laughter.Thelma is survived by herdaughter, Cleone (Michael) Ras-musson of White River, S.D.; a sis-ter Maryetta Wacek of WhiteRiver, S.D.; a brother Iver (Rene)Edwall of Castro Valley, Calif.;three sister-in-laws, Clara Bowersof Fernley, Nev., Gladys Hix of Col-orado Springs, Colo., and VeldaRada of Coos Bay, Ore.; 11 grand-children Mona (Dave) Taggart of Gregory, S.D., Tina (Doug) Mullerof Rosholt, S.D., Ron (Stacy) Ras-musson of Farmington, Minn.,Dana Rada of Winner, S.D., DinaSchultz of Rosholt, S.D., CoryRada of Springfield, S.D., Clinton(Lisa) Rasmusson of Casper, Wyo., Angela (Nick) Leach of Farming-ton, Minn., Arthur Rada of Fair-banks, Alaska, Matthias Zastrowof Berlin, Germany and BirgitteSvendson of Denmark; 14 great-grandchildren, Paul Taggart, Royand Nathan Muller, Michael,Trevor, Adam and Trent Rasmus-son, Kali Adamson, Serenna, Juliaand Elaina Leach, Lindsey, andMelvin and Angel Rada; hundredsof adopted grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; as well as severalnieces and nephews.Those preceding her in deathare: her husband, Roy (Swede)Rada; three sons Curtis, Shawnand Melvin; her sister Viola; herbrother Francis, a brother-in-lawBernard Wacek; and her parents.Funeral services were held onSaturday, August 10, at the Com-munity Events Center in WhiteRiver. Interment followed at theWhite River Cemetery. A memorialhas been established. Arrangements are with theRush Funeral Home of Philip. Heronline guestbook is available atwww.rushfuneralhome.com
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