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Tid Bits of Wisdom

TID BITS of WISDOM from the

1801 Old Hickory Trail
From the Wonderful Word Publishers

DeSoto, Texas 75115

Publishers, Inc.
February & March 2019 Vol. 13,3-4

Gloria and I have been thinking a lot about answered prayers late-
ly. I fear too often we pray and then never seek or knock to complete our
request. How often does God answer your prayer and you never stop to
notice it was God who sent the answer?

We are in our 13th year of publishing the Tid Bits of Wisdom.

When we began, we would get it ready for mailing and then we would
pray over it before going to the post office. We did every year until last
year. For some reason we quit praying before we went to the post office.
This last year has been a challenge for getting the mail delivered. The Oc-
tober and November papers were not delivered until the end of November.
We were beside ourselves. Our post office is not the most efficient post of-
fice, but we can’t go anywhere else because of our permit. Our postmaster
was a sweet lady but didn’t know what to do. They had no one trained to
post permit mail. I would have to tell them how to do it almost every time
I went. They don’t send a bill when the permit is due, and you just have to
guess when and how much you owe. If they put out new forms to fill out
sometimes it is three months before they get us the right ones. We called
the main post office and told them the troubles we were having. They said
DeSoto, Texas 75115

Non-Profit Organ.

permit mail doesn’t have a time frame for mailing. They can take as long
U.S. Postage
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as they like (even though we pay a premium price for it).

This last paper was ready to be mailed and we didn’t know what to
do. Just before I left for the post office Gloria said, “Do you know what
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(Continued from page one) LEARN TO PRAY
John 15:7 If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, you can ask what you
we haven’t done this year? We haven’t been praying over the paper like we will and it shall be done unto you.
used to do. We can’t trust the post office, but we can trust the Lord.” We knelt James 1:5-8 Double minded man receives nothing. Ask in faith nothing
together and ask the Lord to please get the paper to our people. When I got to doubting.
the post office I asked for the postmaster and they said she was no longer there. 1 John 3:22-24 We receive what we ask for because we keep His
When I asked for the new postmaster, they said he wasn’t there, but they said the commandments. Commandment = Believe in the name of the Lord
district manager was there. I explained to him what we had been going through Jesus Christ and love one another.
and he said our papers should be to our people within a week and if not to let him 1 John 5:14-17 If we ask anything according to His will, we know that we
know. One week later we received calls from people who had already received have it. If we know He heard us, we know we have our request.
the paper. Luke 11:5-13 Three steps to pray. Ask–receive Seek-find Knock-opened
Matt 21:20-22 Have faith and doubt not! All things you ask in
All we had to do was pray! We knew better but just got busy and put it faith believing you shall all receive.
aside. We had a major need at Christmas time and we and two others bathed it James 4:2-3
in prayer and God worked a miracle for our family. Not all prayers are answered 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight
quickly. Gloria prayed 15 years for my salvation. Many of you have prayed for and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
years for a need; don’t quit. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may
consume it upon your lusts.
In 1971 Gloria and I took the responsibility of four teenage foster daugh-
ters. We had two sons of our own who were ten and eight years of age. We had
just returned from working with Bro. Roloff and we had just received our first IN MEMORY OF: THE WONDERFUL WORD
paycheck from work. We did not have the resources to take the girls in, but we Betty McKeever’s daughter &
Tid Bit’s of Wisdom
felt God led us to do this. By faith we stepped out. Our two boys and two of Melody -Psalms 68:11-
our girls were in school and we had all four children in our Christian school at Founded December, 1966
church. We charged clothes and needs at the beginning believing God would pay Family of Mr. & Mrs. Eugene WONDERFUL WORD Magazine, now
for it. He asked us to take them! First thing you know we were $5,000 in debt. Patee Tid Bits of Wisdom, is the official voice of
That may not sound like much to you but to us it was a heavy burden. We prayed non-profit, religious organization, endeav-
and asked God to pay it, after all we did it for Him. He didn’t pay it. He made it READ THROUGH BIBLE 2018 oring to publish Gospel Literature in the

clear to us that what He wanted us to do was to ask Him for what we needed and Jerry Brewster (50) Spanish Language for world-wid distribu-
tion, through Bible believing Missionaries at
not to do it our way. We began at that time to learn how to pray and wait for the Gloria Brewster (50) no cost to them. It is published as the Lord
answer. He allowed us to suffer while paying off the debt and that encouraged Kevin Spracklen (12) enables. It is dedicated to Missionary activ-
ity on the fields already white unto harvest,
us to never do that again. At that time Gloria and I committed to never charge D’Elda Spracklen (8) and contending for the verbally inspired
again if we didn’t have the money in our hands to cover it. We began to live a Cheryl Clark Word, exalthing the LIVING WORD.
miraculous life of one miracle after another. We felt like we would have to have Al Larsen (44) Wonderful Word Publishers
a car payment and a house payment because it seemed impossible to be without Dorothy Cheatham (12) P.O., Box 315
Powell, Tenn 37849
those. After two years we paid off our car and never owed for a car again. Larry Connor
In 1999 God placed a large sum of money in our hands and put it in our hearts Kay Brough Bro. Jerry & Gloria Brewster
that this was to go to buy a home to retire in. I was pastoring at that time, but we We didn’t have as many turn their names in 1801 Old Hickory Trail
knew one day I would need to retire, and we had no retirement. We had donated this year, but I’m sure many more did read DeSoto, Texas 75115
our time and our money to the work of the Lord. We gave all. I’m sure we looked through. Take the challenge and add your Website:
foolish to many people, and in all honesty, sometimes it felt that way, name next year.
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TID BITS OF WISDOM but we felt it was what the Lord would have us do. We took the money and bought
a retirement home (which is a very interesting story to tell at another time). We
had to finance $75,000. We got a 15-year note and asked God to give us a way
Well, our year is still new and fresh. God is giving us another chance to
to pay it off, so we could live debt-free. Why debt-free? Because when you owe
proclaim His glory. If only the world could know how much God loves
no man anything you are available to God for whatever He needs you to do. We
them and desires the best for them, this would be a different world. Many wanted to give God all of us! When I retired, we still owed $20,000, at $950 a
of God’s born-again believers do not understand how loved they are in month. We did not have the resources for this we wondered what would we do
God’s sight. now? Do we get a reverse mortgage, take out a new loan so we would have some
money (even though it still left us with payments). We had committed not to have
We have had some sweet gifts at the end of the year and some have debt and everything available was an increase in debt. How was God going to
increased their monthly giving. We had a couple of new, givers and this take care of us now?
was very encouraging to us. When a work is new everyone responds, but
as time goes on we get accustomed to things and forget. We are encour- For four and a half years God has, in many ways, provided our house
aged every time someone shares their life with us or this work. God bless payment each month and we have never been late. The pressure of living above
your resources is very hard on a woman (me too, but it was worse for her). It was
you for sharing!
getting her down and she needed relief. You know when you are at the end of a
testing because you can feel it is the end of your strength.
We received a package from Bro. Milton Martin which included
a lot of his Bible writings and teachings. We haven’t had time yet to re- We had come very close to paying off the house, but we were weary. We
ally look it over but will soon. If you know Bro. Milton and his work, owed less than $10,000. Three Sunday’s ago, the Galilean Baptist Church gave
you might want to contact him and share in his work. His address is 2590 us the money to pay off the house. This was totally unexpected. They had been
Curry Loop, Belton, Texas 76513-7736. We have many of God’s servants giving us a monthly pay the last two years and they needed to hire an associate
on our mailing list and we are thankful for the works they are accomplish- for our pastor so they needed our monthly money. By paying off our house (the
ing for Christ. same as two years pay for the church) they could have our monthly pay to hire
an associate and we could be free from monthly support. There are not words
We have many on our mailing that need prayer for their physical that can express mine and Gloria’s gratitude toward the people at Galilean Bap-
tist Church. Their love gift has brought about a completion of the work God
conditions; Mrs. Pearl Larson, Mrs. Bobbie Mayhew, Bro. Bob Wallace,
started almost 45 years ago. We started a journey with the Lord in 1971 and
Bro. Carl Matthews, and many that we don’t have names for. Gloria had a
have prayed and trusted our way to here today. The journey has been over land,
stroke Thanksgiving Day but God was merciful and she has no damage or through the sea and the wilderness into the promised land. We have seen miracle
paralyses from it. She is fighting high blood pressure and lack of strength after miracle all these years. How bland our life would have been without faith
but overall God has shown great mercy to her. I have had three very good to walk His way. I wouldn’t ask to go back through these years for anything, yet
weeks and we are thankful for what God is doing for us. I wouldn’t trade what we have witnessed either. Is it easy to follow Christ? No.
It is rewarding. The world has nothing to offer that would even compare to it.
This paper is a week late because Gloria lost her work when the
computer froze up and she had to start all over. Pray for our equipment. I have said all this to encourage you to learn how to pray. We have not
We do not take a salary from Tid Bits of Wisdom. Anything you send with Tid because we ask not, and I would add, we also wait not for God’s answers! I am
Bits of Wisdom’s name goes straight to Tid Bits of Wisdom. The paper was 12 years putting verses about prayer on page 10. Read and learn what the Scriptures tell
old this December and many who started with us have died or become unable to give. us about praying. If you will do what the Scriptures say to do, God will do what
Many have been faithful all these years. Pray and ask God if He wants you to join us He has promised to do. PLEASE take time to study these verses. It will change
with a monthly support. We are grateful for our faithful supporters.
your life.
All donations to Tid Bits of Wisdom are tax deductable. 1801 Old -----Jerry Brewster
Hickory Trail, DeSoto, TX, 75115. Phone 214-293-5252
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Settle it forever, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is
F to have the privilege of tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in
ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now, when you are so possessed
E with the living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over
M this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the
A Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven.
E When you are forgotten or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you smile
By inwardly, glorying in the insult or the oversight, because thereby counted wor-
INSPIRATIONS Gloria Brewster thy to suffer with Christ - that is victory.
When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your taste
offended, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you take it all in

patient, loving silence - that is victory.
When you are content with any food, any raiment, any climate, any society, any
solitude, any interruption by the will of God - that is victory.

How many times a day do we say, “I just love that person, or I just love “Lord Jesus, make thyself to me
that thing.” What does it mean to love? Love is what every person hungers for A living, bright reality;
and what every person ought to give if they want to have a full rich life. Yet do More present to faith’s vision keen
we really know what love is? Than any earthly object seen;
More dear, more intimately nigh
GOD IS LOVE! (I John 4:7-15) Everything lovely represents the person Than e’en the dearest earthly tie.
of God. Every lovely act or word is expressing the character of God. It’s easy to
speak the words I love you, but words just do not express love. The person who
has the ability to give perfect love is the person who has been born of the Spirit of Does this picture bring back
God and knows God personally. (I John 4:7) Just as we have to build a relation- memories, or did you never
ship with God, we must strive to learn how to give and receive love. You may
know the joy of praying together
have an instant desire to love when you get born again, but you don’t instantly
know how to love effectively until you know God. with your family. Praying to-
gether is a way of making memo-
Three days after Jerry and I were married I realized I didn’t know a thing ries that your children will never
about how to love. I had always considered myself to be a very loving person, forget. Many answers to prayer
but after three days of marriage I was scared to death that I wouldn’t know how came from our kneeling at the
to love Jerry in a way that would make our marriage last till the end. We were in couch to pray.
bed and Jerry was almost a sleep when I woke him and said, “I don’t love you! I
don’t love anyone else, but what I feel for you is desire not love.” He woke up in
shock and said, “But I loved you from the moment I saw you.” I said, “No, you
One way to find out if you are old is to fall down in front of a lot of
didn’t. You desired me. You don’t know any more about love than I do and if we people. If they laugh, you’re still young. If they panic and start run-
don’t learn to love we are not going to make it.” He thought I had lost my mind. ning to you, you’re old.
He says my worst quality is honesty. Years later he reminded me of that night and
The relationship between a husband & wife is psychological.
said, “Do you remember what you said? You were right. We had much to learn
about love.” In our working at coming together as one, we had many days that we
One is psycho and the other is logical.
OTHERS MAY...YOU MAY NOT didn’t want to love each other. It’s one thing to be loving when you want to and
another thing to love when you don’t want to! Some days you are just angry at
by Milton Martin each other. What do you do then? You do what God said to do. You love your
neighbor as yourself. How would you want to be treated if you were the other
If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of person? But the truth is our flesh does not want to love when we are upset. You
crucifixion and humility and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not do what is right, when angry, unless you love God more than yourself!
will not be able to follow other people or measure yourself by other Christians. We do what we do because God said so!!! Can God trust you to do that? Per-
In many ways He will seem to let other people do things which He will not let fected love is a love that is constant in all situations. There came a time in our
you do. marriage when divorce seemed to be our answer but in order to do that we had to
break our word to God. We vowed untill death. It was our love and our fear of
Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful, may push God that gave us the courage to keep our word and trust God to fix our marriage.
themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot We did and God did! This year we celebrate 59 years of marriage and we love
do it, and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the each other with our whole hearts.
Lord as to make you sorely penitent.
LOVE NEVER FAILS. (Charity I Cor. 13:8) We may fail to love, but
Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their successes, of their writ- love given never fails to do what it is sent to do. The other person may choose to
ings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin reject our love, but love does the job it is sent to do.
it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise
yourself and all your good works. LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW. (Romans 13:10) As long as we are lov-
ing we are not breaking God’s laws. You may not even know all His laws, but if
Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to you learn to give love you will never be breaking His laws.
them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because he wants you to have some-
thing far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS. (Prov. 10:12) Hatred stirs
have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury. up strife, but love takes the power out of sin. It’s hard to be ugly to a loving per-
son. Most of us respond to anger with anger instead of love. Remember when
The Lord may let others be honored and put forward and keep you hidden in ob- Jesus was in the garden and Judas betrayed Him? Judas kissed him and Jesus
scurity, because He wants to produce some choice fragrant fruit for His coming said, “FRIEND, what doest thou?” Why did Jesus call him friend? He knew
glory, which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great but who Judas was, but it didn’t change who Jesus was. Do people have the power
keep you small. He may let others do a work for him and get the credit for it, but to change your life? Then, they are ruler of you and not God.
He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing;
and then to make your work still more precious He may let others get credit for Loving is to be godly in all your actions, words and deeds. There was
the work you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater when Jesus a time when I committed to the Lord that I would do my best to always respond
comes. with love to all people that He brought into my life. Some people I enjoy loving
and others I love because God said so and I know that is best for my life. If I
The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will meet you, I will love you. You are God’s creation and God loves His creation,
rebuke you for little words and feelings or wasting your time, which other Chris- therefore so will I.
tians never feel distressed over. So, make up your mind that God is an infinite 1 John 4:10-12
sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not explain 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his
to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in his dealings with you, but if Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
you absolutely sell yourself to be His love slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are in 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth
the inner circle. in us, and his love is perfected in us.
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It’s going to a different church and making new friends that you may never see
MAKE A MISSIONARY again this side of heaven (unless it’s that lady who changed your diaper when
you were two!) Making and breaking friendships in a day.
It’s watching the presentation for the twentieth time and whispering the script
YOUR VALENTINE under your breath.
It’s hearing the same sermons multiple times until you could preach them your-

THIS YEAR! self if your dad ever got sick.

It’s spending the night under a strange roof. Maybe it’s a hotel room where you
play with your siblings with the few toys you brought and drift to sleep with the
The following was a posting by Thailand missionary Kristy Guay. lights still on and the whisper of your parents.
Or maybe it’s a stranger’s house where you’ve eaten too much and talked far
I read this and thought of my eight wonderful MK children who have past your bedtime and listening to the strange creaks of a strange house full of
helped Richard and me so much in our ministry. Five of them spent over two strangers who have become friends.
years without a home as we traveled all over on deputation. One got to move to a
new country when he was three months old. The older kids had so much to adjust It’s growing attached to the foreign homeland where you’re a stranger who
to and a new language to learn, and then the younger children had so much to ad- blends in with the crowd.
just to when we went back to America. The ones who have gone to America for It’s missing your home in the foreign land where you’re a stranger who sticks
college had to leave behind their family and adjust to so much alone not knowing out in a crowd.
when they would be able to come back to visit. They all have worked so hard It’s learning you have one home or two homes or no home.
over the years to help us minister to the people here. Now only one is at home It’s sharing experiences with those who marvel at what to you is ordinary,
with us. They are spread out in so many places, and we can never all be again while you marvel at their ordinary lives and wonder what that stability and
together until heaven, but just the thought of my children brings me so much joy. monotony must feel like.
I love you all so much, Matthew, Marah, Joshua, Elisabeth, Elijah, Josiah,
Micah, and Sarah. Thank you for all your sacrifices. I’m proud of you! It’s wondering if anyone here feels like you do until you’re at that mission’s
conference and you meet another MK from halfway across the world.
This was written by an MK (missionary kid, now adult) And even though your cultures differ, suddenly you’ve found a heart that under-
What is Furlough? stands your joy and your pain. Because just like you, they’re home yet they’re
by Katrina P. Puckett not.
It’s getting on that plane and saying good-bye to what you gained and going
It’s a long plane trip back to the place you half-call home. back to everything you left behind.
It’s all of your life condensed into two suitcases apiece. It’s straddling two worlds no matter where you go, because your heart is split
It’s all of your family and friends ogling at you and saying, between them both.
“Oh, look how you’ve grown.” It’s the beauty and the ugly all rolled into one.
It’s jet lag and reverse culture shock and spending $300 on groceries That is what furlough is!
because the aisles are limitless as they abound in cereal and candy and all other A liberal church says you are welcome here and you do not have
wonderful treats. to clean up your life.
It’s long car rides to a different church every Sunday and asking, “Do we have
time for one more Patch the Pirate?”
A legalistic church says you are not welcome here until you clean
It’s finding license plates for all the states as you crisscross the land. up your life.
It’s praying to God that your parents remember American driving laws.
It’s the new animals along the side of the road. Because even squirrels are a bit Jesus says you are welcome here and I will change your life from
exotic. the inside out. John 8:11
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