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October & November 2019 Vol. 13,10-11

This is the time of the year when everyone brings in the crops they plant-
ed and worked with all year. Some 30 fold, some 60 fold and some 100 fold,
depending on where they planted and how their crop was blessed or cursed. They
will survive the winter depending on how much they can put aside. Some win-
ters are long and hard and one has to be prepared, not knowing what they might
Well, not only do we plant crops for our fleshly needs but we plant crops
for our spiritual needs. Our field is our heart. What did you plant in your heart
this year? Looking back to the first of this year what have you done with your
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life this year? What does your harvest look like?

Let us look at the parable of the sower and compare our lives to the land
that is being sown. See the field of your life as being your heart. What does your
field look like? You can pretty much know a persons heart by what comes out of
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(Continued from page one) To The Newcomers of Tid Bits of Wisdom
IT’S HARVEST TIME! We have about 170 new people on our mailing list this month. We
their mouth. Luke 6:45 says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth spea- will be sending 100 papers to prisoners in El Paso, Texas and 60 to prisoners
keth! Did you know that everyone sees your heart when you speak? That could in Alabama, plus several new families. Our mailing has increased consider-
be a scary thought. If you want to know the condition of your heart, then take a ably this year. Would you like to be a part of what we do? We send to 2200
look at what comes out of your mouth. people every two months. Many shut-ins wait for the paper each mailing.
We have many prisoners who look forward to receiving the paper and there
The Word of God is His seed. He sows that seed in our hearts and it are many missionaries who have told us often how this paper encourages
either falls by the wayside, the stony ground, among thorns or on good ground. them. Everyone needs encouragement from time to time and that is what
How is the soil in your heart? Where did the Word of God fall in your heart this we hope this little paper does. Some have just recently joined us and others
year? It is our job to till the soil of our hearts. We are to break up the fallow have increased their gift lately. We are so grateful to our supporters but are
ground. We are to keep our hearts right with God so that when His word falls in in need of more. Would you pray about joining us? If you have nothing to
our heart it will fall on good ground. give, this paper is as much for you as anyone. Our work will always be with-
out charge.
How much of God’s Word fell by the wayside this year? You heard it, The oldest computer can be traced back to Adam and
but you paid no attention. You weren’t seeking to learn; you were just at the right Eve.
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How much of God’s Word fell on stony ground of you heart this year? Peace is not the absence of THE WONDERFUL WORD
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TID BITS OF WISDOM of righteousness today? What kind of seed are you sowing?
How much of God’s Word fell upon good ground this year in your life?
I stand amazed at the mercies of God. But for His mercy I would not You can tell by the size of your crop! When you heard God’s Word, you received
be here today, but also I would not have the strength that I have today. Doctors it and at harvest time you are now enjoying the fruit of that seed. There is noth-
cannot explain how I have good days from time to time, they just stand amazed. ing that can compare to the peace and joy that comes from the fruit of righteous-
Lord willing I will be preaching 3 times this Sunday and twice next Sunday. I ness!!! Here are some verses that might help you know how to take care of the
teach Sunday School every Sunday. I have promised the Lord that I will always field of your heart. We are labourers together. You till your heart and I’ll till mine
attempt to share God’s Word when I am invited. and we will bring forth fruit for the kingdom of God.
One of our supporters went home to be with the Lord this month. Mrs.
Pearl Larson was a precious lady. We have known her and her work for the Jer 4:3-4
Lord since the middle 70’s. Her husband, Al Larson, has a men’s Bible study For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow
every Saturday morning and all the men give the coins that are in their pockets ground, and sow not among thorns.
Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye
to support Tid Bits of Wisdom. Each month it runs about $20 to $25 dollars and
men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and
Brother Al writes “from a bunch of old guys.” This gift is so encouraging to us burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
each month. It really doesn’t take much effort to support God’s work. Every
little bit matters. It’s the heart of the gift that moves the heart of God. Hos 10:12-13
Bro. Larry and Mrs. Judy Connor have been given some printing equip- Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground:
ment and have to go to the valley to pick it up. It’s not new but it’s newer than for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
they have now. There are many things that we wish we had so we could do a Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies:
more updated printing, but it costs much money and everything we do we do free because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
of charge. We can only buy equipment when God puts it in the hearts of people
to share with our works. Has God blessed you? Do you enjoy an abundance? Hos 8:7
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk:
Ask God if He would have you share with this work. We do not look to people to
the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
keep us going, although it is people who keep us going, but we look to God to lay
it on their hearts to join our work and help us to be an encouragement to believers Hag 1:6-7
and those who are considering putting their trust in Christ. We have a couple of Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink,
new givers lately, for which we are thankful and then there are those faithful ones but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that
who have been with us for a long while. Next month we begin our 14th year of earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
Tid Bits of Wisdom. This paper goes to all but two states in the US and to 8 dif- Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
ferent countries (missionaries). We write it: you send it. Together we serve 2200
people every other month! A little bit goes a long way. Eccl 11:4-6
Bro. Tim Lee has suffered a stroke and needs our prayers. His preaching He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall
not reap.
has touched thousands of lives and he has done that from a wheelchair. He needs
As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in
his hand restored in order to use the wheel chair. I know he would appreciate the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who
your prayers. maketh all.
We do not take a salary from Tid Bits of Wisdom. Anything you send with Tid In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine
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Many have been faithful all these years. Pray and ask God if He wants you to join us whether they both shall be alike good.
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await the trumpet, and just at midnight it sounded. The Millerites rushed outside, shout-
ing, “Glory Hallelujah!” only to find the town drunk, a man named Crazy Amos, gleefully
F tooting an enormous horn. In Boston, swarms of believers in white robes flocked to open
E hillsides “whence Heaven could receive them most conveniently”.
M Finally, the great day was upon them. In Low Hampton, the sixty-two-year-old
Miller called his wife, Lucy, and their eight grown children together in the family living
A room. A prayer service was held. The prophet embraced and kissed each one farewell,
L the retired to his study to await the end.
In most of the eastern half of the United States the setting was perfect for a
E cataclysm. Murky clouds hung low, occasional misty rain pattered down on the waiting
By throngs. On this eve of the Second Coming a furious gale struck Philadelphia. To the
INSPIRATIONS Gloria Brewster waiting Millerites it was a fearsome omen that their vigil was nearly ended. They rushed
out into the open fields, their faces upthrust to the drenching skies as they cast about for
a celestial sign of the approaching flame from the heavens.
John 13:34-35 The tension grew unbearable as midnight sounded - not on seraphic trumpets,
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as but only on village clocks. The rain ceased; no tongues of flame raced across the skies;
I have loved you, that ye also love one another. the earth continued in its normal pattern. The last stroke tolled. The great illusion was
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love shattered.
The Millerites were prostrate with overwhelming grief. Some took their own
one to another.
lives, others had to be committed to mental institutions, the others returned to the homes
I’m writing this article out of the workings of my heart this month. Please they had neglected and to crops that had remained unharvested. Never in modern history
bear with me as I share some thoughts that have been going through my mind had a religious hope been so disappointed.
lately. William Miller was never seen in public again. He became ill, bedridden and
blind. He died, a prophet without honor, quietly at home on December 20, 1849. His
Jerry and I celebrated 59 years of marriage on September the 1st. It re- whole disastrous experience had been the result of one unfortunate oversight.
ally wasn’t a big deal to me this year like some years have been. Jerry and I have In his younger days, as he studied the Bible for clues in the preparation of
had to focus on health for the last 15 years. At least once a year it looks like Jerry his prophecy, he neglected one passage of Scripture that could have saved him much
is going to die and then God raises him up and again, he keeps living. I have heartache...”But of that day or that hour no one knows, not
even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”
had major health issues also, although they haven’t seemed much compared to
(Mark 13:32)
Jerry’s issues. I had a stroke last November (Thanksgiving day) and was totally Why do Gloria and I encourage you to read through your
paralysed on my left side for 15 minutes and then God, in His mercy, touched Bible every year? So you will not be taken with those who are in
me and it turned loose and I have no damage from the stroke. Only God can do error of Scripture. Know your God. Know your Bible.
that. Since then, I battle extreme high blood pressure. If you are fighting health
problems you know what I mean when I say it takes your focus away from things Imagine this: If you had $86,400 in your
you would normally focus on. I am tired and weary, but I am not discouraged!
We see God’s hand in our lives every day. He has surely kept His promises to account
us through these years. Life is full of trials of every kind and we all experience and someone stole $10 from you, would you be upset and throw all
them. Trials produce gold in our lives when we walk through them by faith in the of the remaining $86,390 away in hopes of getting back at the person
promises and the work of Christ for our lives. I cannot complain about the things who took your $10?
God is asking us to walk through. He walks with us and that makes it a wonderful Or would you move on and live? Right, move on and live. See, we
life. I have arthritis in my hands and feet and I am struggling to play the piano all have 86,400 seconds each day.
and to type the Tid Bit’s of Wisdom. Both of these are very important to my life. Don’t let someone’s negative 10 seconds ruin the remaining 86,390.
As long as I can make it work and God doesn’t tell me to quit, I am going to do
Don’t sweat the small stuff; life is bigger than that.
what I can, as long as I can. Hopefully, that is the spirit I will live in the rest of
my life.
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rent Miller’s bungalow, since he obviously wouldn’t need it. Everywhere we went to celebrate our anniversary, we were asked the
Many people called Miller an alarmist. He countered with a couple of astute same question. “What would you say has caused the suc-
questions: “Would you say Noah was an alarmist because he warned the world of the ap- cess of your marriage?” Like medicine, everyone is looking for a
proaching catastrophe of the flood? Or the Lord when he foretold the utter destruction of quick fix! A pill they could swallow and everything would be alright. It doesn’t
Jerusalem and gave His people directions how to escape it?”
work that way!
Excitement at Fever Pitch
Popular excitement rose to fever pitch during the late 1830’s and early 1840’s. My answer is, “Put God between you and seek to
As the year 1843 approached, more and more converts came into the fold. Miller himself please God before you seek to please your mate.” God
tried to calm the people. He was not exactly sure when the last day would come, but some was an outsider the first four years of our marriage. We both believed in God and
of the Millerite preachers threw caution to the wind and announced the exact day ac- I was a born-again believer, but Jerry had not yet dealt with his sins and had not
cording to their interpretation. As 1843 drew to an end, the tension mounted. Merchants come to Christ for salvation. God was a subject of our home, but not a master
gave away their goods because there would be no use for them. Fear of the last judgment of our home. When I finally realized I was a failure at marriage and God finally
caused many to commit suicide. Others were driven insane by the waiting. One man, got my attention to what I had been doing wrong, I put God between me and
clad in white robes, with a pair of turkey wings fitted to his back, shinnied up a tree and, Jerry and I committed to please God at any cost when it came to my marriage. I
when he thought the hour was near, jumped, calling upon the Lord to “take me up”. He was fortunate that Jerry was committed to our marriage and was not the kind of
only suffered embarrassment and a broken arm.
man that would break his word just because it was no longer fun to be married.
In his original timetable Miller had said that the world would come to an end
sometime during the year that would begin with April 23, 1843. But the year passed qui- He could have left at anytime. Many people have suffered divorce because their
etly. When nothing happened, despair gripped his disciples. Miller rechecked his calcula- mate didn’t stand by their word. They then suffer the reproach of divorce even
tions and discovered he had made a mistake. The Day of Judgment was reset for October though it was not their will to be divorced. Who was wrong? Probably both in
22, 1844. The good news threw his followers into an ever greater frenzy of preparation. some way or another, but the one who pursued the divorce is the one who broke
In the six months that followed Miller’s rash prophecies triggered one of the their word. The problem is, no one on the outside knows who was to blame and
greatest mass delusions in American history. His converts have since been charged with a both parties suffer the failure of the marriage. Of course the children bear the
greater variety of ridiculous and fanatical acts than perhaps any religious group in modern worse of divorce. In the church three out of five families, if not more, have suf-
times. fered divorce in one way or another; either family divorced, or it was a personal
Unrestrained hysteria gripped the people as the new Judgment Day drew near; it divorce. No wonder people are amazed when a marriage makes it to the end. But
was an unbridled fanaticism that Miller had not anticipated. Voting was light at elections
by God’s grace, Jerry and I are still married. We experienced every reason to be
because the end was at hand. Prayer meetings were held which lasted all night. Most of
his followers prepared ascension robes for the great event. Business was neglected and divorced, except unfaithfulness to one another. God in His mercy kept us from
children withdrawn from school. Many laid out their best clothes to wear on this final that trap. My heart grieves for people suffering the pains and burdens of divorce
journey. One man appeared stark naked at what he thought would be his last prayer meet- and had it not been for God’s grace and our willingness to be corrected, we would
ing, expecting to be “clothed in the raiment of the Lord”. A Connecticut woman attained be in that same boat!
such a state of rapture that she attempted to walk on water. She drowned.
The Faithful Wait We cannot brag about making it 59 years we can brag on God. We built
The faithful waited at their Tabernacle in Boston, serenely confident that this upon the rock and when the storms and the rains came, and there were plenty of
building would be the ark in which they would be transported to heaven. They sang and them, our house stood firm. If only one of the marriage partners will put God in
prayed, their voices echoing against the stinging taunts from the rabble outside who were the middle, you have a greater chance of success, but if both will put God in the
shouting. “Hurry! Hurry! Get your chariot for heaven!” Their yells were punctuated by
middle, you have a three-fold cord that is not easily broken. He will take you
blasts from bugles and the raucous beating of clubs against washtubs.
Of course, the nonbelievers out-numbered the faithful and these made life mis- through all storms and rains.
erable for the some 50,000 Millerites. One of their favorite tricks was to sneak up on a Jer 9:23-24
Millerite meeting and touch off a huge bonfire. This usually started a panic, the victims of Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the
the joke thinking the end was at hand. Many came to the meeting out of curiosity. They mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
wanted to get firsthand knowledge of how the “going up” was to be accomplished. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that
In New York City so many peope knelt to pray in the streets that traffic was I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the
blocked for hours. In a Vermont town, 500 Millereites gathered in a meetinghouse to earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.
God is the ONLY one who can keep a marriage together! “Except the
(Continued on page 9) Lord build a house they labor in vain that build it” Ps. 127.
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The Edge of Doomsday Pasedena, California, had a vision warning that an atomic blast would bring an end to
civilization on September 21, 1945. Nothing happened. In 1960, Dr. Elio Bianca, a
By H.N. Ferguson Milan, Italy, pediatrician, ordered ten arks, sealed himself and 100 followers in a survival
(This was taken out of an old book with no cover. I found it to be an interesting hut on the slopes of Mont Blanc for nearly two weeks to escape the affects of a “mercury
history and warning to us not to set dates concerning the Coming of Christ, but we bomb”, destined by accidental detonation to tip the earth off its axis at 2:45 p.m. on July
must not go to sleep and fail to watch, because no man knows the hour. Climate 14 of that year, causing a deluge that would sink mankind.
warming says the earth can only last 15 more years. They don’t believe the Bible In early 1970, H. Flake Braswell of Monroe, North Carolina, closed his small
but nature tells them that the judgment is coming! What we need to be cleaning up upholstery shop, bade goodbye to the materialistic society and went home to his wife and
is the sin in our lives!) children to await the end of the world.
The MESSAGE had gone out - straight from the lips of Prophet William Miller He was not alone. Claude Huntley, a brick mason from Charlotte, did the same.
himself - that the world would come to a flaming end sometime between April 23, 1843, Farmers Harvey Walters and Vernon Cox went along with the idea. Russell McCloud of
and April 23, 1844. All along America’s Eastern seaboard it went, then westward into Camden, South Carolina, quit a twenty-three year job at the Post Office, only two years
the nation’s heartland and northward to Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Everywhere the away from retirement benefits.
people came to grips with the inevitability of total destruction. These men and hundreds more in the Carolinas, members of the True Light
It was a time of spiritual upheaval in American history. The right to freedom Church, believed their work was no longer important. As Braswell put it for all: “We
of worship, as written into the Constitution, has never been better illustrated than in the don’t know exactly how or when the world will end. Maybe from a nuclear war. Maybe
decades before 1850. Strange religions ignited public interest, flourished, and withered from a fire or another flood. But however it happens, we all believe it will happen in
away, There was a restlessness across the land, a search for something that could not be 1970. So we are quitting our jobs in order to concentrate fully on the end, to await God’s
grasped. final verdict.” To their disappointment, 1970 ended with the world still intact.
One of the most unusual of these groups was the Millerites, a sect which got its Miller Unrivalled
name from William Miller. The oldest of sixteen children, Miller was born in Pittsfield, None of the seers before or after William Miller spelled out the threat of doom
Massachusetts, on February 15, 1782. When he was four years old, his family moved to as dramatically as he, however, and none approached the farmer-prophet’s propensity for
a farm at Low Hampton, New York, near the Vermont line. collecting followers.
Later, Miller served in the War of 1812, at the end of hostilities he exchanged Miller made his first talk on the Second Coming when he was invited to lecture
his rifle for a plow. As the years passed he became moody and began reading the Bible. on the subject at a Baptist church in Dresden, New York. What he said so impressed the
When his interest deepened, he focused his attention on the Old Testament. He did not people that he was urged to stay during the week and continue his lecturing.
hesitate to tackle the knottiest of Biblical passages, such as the mysterious outpourings of Miller’s reputation spread rapidly in the 1830’s. He held huge camp meetings
the prophet Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and the visions of the Apocalypse. where he vividly described what the last day would be like. There would be a sudden
In time he became solidly convinced that he was discovering the key to the real appearance of a sea of fire running across the heavens - a fire that would reduce to ashes
meaning of the prophet’s words, just as Daniel had been able to interpret the dream of the all forests, homes, factories and whole cities such as New York, Montreal, and Chicago.
king. To a man of Miller’s perception the message was clear - the world was going to The heat from the conflagration would blister the land, topple mountains, bring the stars
come to an end with the Second Coming of Christ in 1843, and he was the oracle chosen tumbling from the sky and cause steam to rise from the boiling seas. Into this frightening
by God to warn the people. holocaust would come Gabriel riding in a splendid chariot, his trumpet thundering out a
A Careful Student summons to all believers - living and dead. In a panoramic spectacle so brilliant and so
Miller was a most careful man, however, and he spent the next thirteen years appalling as to beggar description, Gabriel would lead the faithful in long-awaited pro-
checking and rechecking his calculations to be sure the date was correct. It was 1828 cession to heaven.
before he was ready to “go tell the world of the danger”. Millerism began spreading like wildfire as the prophet steadily widened the
Miller was not the only person to ever determine the exact time of Doomsday. sphere of his activities. At a talk announced for Philadelphia, the press of the crowd was
Ever since the Holy Bible was first put together there have been Christian men who have so great that the doors of the auditorium had to be locked to prevent people from being
poured over the Scriptures, searching for portents that might spell out the date for the de- crushed. So intense was the interest in Miller’s message that a false report that he would
struction of the world. They have been almost unanimous in pointing out that according speak from the steps of the Patent Office in Washing drew 10,000 hopefuls. A six-day
to biblical prophecy, God, in one of his final mighty acts, would bring history to an end. Millerite meeting in East Kingston, New Hampshire, drew another 10,000 to hear Miller
Centuries ago an Italian predicted that the world finale would be staged in 1212; and his assistants urge them to prepare for the rapidly approaching day that would ring
thousands lined the shores of the Mediterranean waiting for the seas to dry so they might down the curtain on mankind’s existence.
walk to Jerusalem for the Final Judgment. More than three centuries later a monk named Everywhere he went Miller gathered his followers for fasting, singing, and pray-
Steiffel, a friend of Martin Luther, set the date for October 3, 1553. He was badly treated ing. Newspapers gleefully printed the solemn news. Skeptical house hunters tried to
by a mob when the day passed without incident. The Reverend Charles C. Long of (Continued on page 8)
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