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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

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February & March 2022 Vol. 16:3-4



Mark 10:42-45
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are
accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones
exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be
your minister:
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to
give his life a ransom for many.

When you walk with the Lord you walk opposite of the world.

Matt 18:4-7
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest
in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for
him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth
of the sea.
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7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but
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I want to talk to you about a servant in the Old Testament that you don’t
hear a lot about. His name is Eliezer, Abraham’s servant.
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Gen 15:2-3
2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the
steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my
house is mine heir.
God had given Abraham a great promise concerning his seed, yet God
had not allowed Sarah to have a child. They had waited 10 years at this time and
Abraham had taken Eliezer and made him HEIR of his house. He asked the Lord
to let him be his heir, but God said, No. The heir would be of his seed.
Sarah asked Abraham to take her maiden and let her bare a child of his
seed. When Ishmael was 13 years,.old, God appeared again unto Abraham and
Abraham asked God to accept Ishmael. Again, God said, No. When a male and
female join in marriage, they become one! The promise was to both Abraham
and Sarah. God would not leave her out.
Gen 17:15-21
15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name
Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she
shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in
his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall
Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call
his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting cov-
enant, and with his seed after him.
20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will
make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he be-
get, and I will make him a great nation.
21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at
this set time in the next year.
When Isaac was 40 years old, we read of Eliezar once again. He is still
running the house as a faithful servant, even though he knows he is no longer heir.
Eliezer seems to have loved serving Abraham, even though his hope of being heir
was gone. Abraham sent Eliezer to get a bride for Isaac. We learn much about
his character while on this trip.
Here is his prayer to the Lord.
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Gen 24:12-14
TID BITS 12 And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good
speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
OF WISDOM 13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the
city come out to draw water:
MONTHLY REPORT 14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy
FAITHFULNESS! You cannot know the encouragement I get pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy
from Tid Bit’s faithful supporters. This is Tid Bits sixteenth year and there camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant
Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
are about eight people who have faithfully supported this work. I do not
take lightly the sacrifices of those that make it possible to do what God has Eliezer had learned from Abraham the importance of prayer. He called
called me to do. Every time Tid Bits needs extra funds, God puts it on the Him the God of his master, but it is obvious that He was also his God because of
heart of someone to give over and above. For sixteen years we have never his dependency on God. When he saw that God had answered his prayer, this was
been without the needs of this work. Someone asked me a few days ago his response.
to let them know if Tid Bits needed anything. I told them I will tell God Gen 24:26-27
about our needs and He will call them and let them know. We freely give 26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the
the paper and God touches the hearts of people who share with us. That
27 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left
way we are sure God is pleased with our work. destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me
The second part of this work is the writing of the articles. If God to the house of my master’s brethren.
doesn’t put the thoughts in my heart, then I have nothing to write. Some- KJV
times it comes easy and some times it comes at the last minute. I don’t Eliezer was invited to her house and they made a meal for him, but he
know who will be reading the paper, but God does. I trust Him to put in would not eat until he told them why he came. He would not take advantage of
my heart something from God’s word that will encourage you to trust Him them. He also told them that Abraham had made Isaac heir of all he had. He
and give you strength to continue to work by faith. knew he was no longer heir, but it didn’t change his love or his service for his
The last days began when Jesus ascended into the heavens, so we
Paul said he had learned how to be abased and how to abound.
most assuredly are in the last days today. If Jesus came back today, would Matt 23:12
He find us faithful? Would He find us living by faith or would He find us 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble
living like the rest of the world? We serve an Awesome God!!!! himself shall be exalted.
Phil 4:12-13
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in
I do not take a salary from Tid all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to
Bits of Wisdom. Anything you send with suffer need.
Tid Bits of Wisdom’s name goes straight 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
to Tid Bits of Wisdom. The paper will be KJV
16 years old this December and many who We need to strive to be like Eliezer. Wherever God puts us in the body of
started with us have died or become un- Christ, we are to be willing to serve. Not only to serve but to serve with a willing
able to give. Many have been faithful all spirit. All those years that God asked Abraham and Sarah to wait for a son, God
these years. Pray and ask God if He wants gave them Eliezer to love and trust and to serve their needs. Eliezer was God’s
you to join me with a monthly support. I provision while they waited.
are grateful for our faithful supporters. Have you not received your promise yet? Look around and see if God
All donations to Tid Bits of Wisdom are
tax deductable. 1801 Old Hickory Trail,
Jerry and Gloria Brewster has provided you an Eliezer to meet your needs while you wait.
Founders of Tid Bits of Wisdom I want to be God’s Eliezer to others. Not just to please others but to
DeSoto, TX, 75115. Phone 214-293-5252
please God and be used of God in other’s lives. How about you???
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A Julie Boon
L Deceased December 9, 2001
E A loved one of Mr. & Mrs. Gene Patee
INSPIRATIONS Gloria Brewster

#6 Mother Taught Me
with All Your Heart
(Written by Libby Rice Handford) THEIR BIBLE
I am sure there are many who have read through their Bibles
When Mother (Mrs. John R Rice) was ex- this year who did not turn in their names. Don’t forget next year to
pecting me, she already had two little girls, Grace let me know you have read through your Bible. It is so encouraging to
and Mary Lloys. At the time, Daddy was holding a
me to know that people are reading the scriptures.
revival in Shreveport, Louisiana. When Mother kept
It was Bro. Roloff who encouraged us back in 1969. What a
her appointment with Dr. Lipps one May morning,
he said, “This baby is going to come early. You need difference it has made in my life. Of all the things that I might influ-
to make plans.” ence you to do, this would be the most profitable to your life.
When Mother sat down that night to write I would love to hear from some of you who have taken this
Lloyd Cooke Rice challenge in the past and have you share the change it brought to your
Daddy of my imminent arrival, she realized my ar-
circa 1945 rival really was imminent. She put her two girls in lives. I would love to hear your testimonies. ---Gloria Brewster
the car, drove herself to the Baptist Hospital, left the two children sleeping in the
parked car on the street, checked herself in, phoned friend Lillian to please pick
up her little girls, then welcomed me into the world.
Mother sent a telegram to Daddy (ostensibly from the newborn) saying,
“I arrived May 18. Love,. Jimmy”
Daddy telegraphed back: “Having wonderful revival. Hire the help you IN 2015
need. Love.” Gloria Brewster
Mother responded, “I really need you.” Dorothy Cheatham
Daddy said, “So many people being saved; I can’t leave yet. Please Kay Overstreet
hire help you need.” Linda Thornton
When I read those telegrams, years later, I was troubled that Daddy Lois Garcia
seemed to put his ministry ahead of Mother’s obvious and deep need for his pres- Kay Brough
ence. So I asked Mother about it. Kay Overstreet
She said, “John R had prayed so long for God to open doors for him to
preach and finally this opportunity came. I had promised him when we got mar-
ried, that I would take as much of the burden of the family as I could, so he could
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COMMANDMENT OF LOVE be free to do what God called him to do. I kept my promise to him, and I did it
with all my heart.”
Because Mother took on herself those tasks a husband usually performed,
Daddy was able to reach literally millions of people with the Gospel. It meant he
LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THINE: was away from home as much as three weeks out of four.
HEART - thoughts or feelings Some home tasks Mother did herself. I remember seeing her at the top
SOUL - rational, immortal, spirit of a ladder perilously putting a heavy storm window on an upstairs window.
MIND - deep thought, understanding Some tasks she assigned to her all-girl household, which meant we learned not to
STRENGTH, MIGHT - vehemently, wholly, think of tasks in male/female roles. If something needed to be done, no one said,
Speedily “Daddy will fix it when he gets home.” Somebody found a way to fix it.
Deut. 6:5; Mtt. 22:37; Mk. 12:30; Lk. 10:27 Mother saw to it that the lawn was mowed, that repairs were made to the
"Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, neither hath entered into the house, that vehicles were properly maintained, and that the hand-fired coal fur-
heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love nace was tended and stoked by us girls taking turns each week. (Walt and I loved
that particular assignment in our courting days. The basement was the only place
Him." ler.2:9
in that three-story home where we could have a private conversation!) Mother
was the epitome of Colossians 3:23,24:
2nd COMMANDMENT: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR serve the Lord Christ.
AS THYSELF (quality not quantity) But you must understand that Mother paid an incredibly high price for
Lev. 19:18; Matt. 19:19; Matt. 22:39; Mk, 12:31; Lk. lO:27 her unselfish choices. I remember, one Saturday morning, watching her climb
the stairs to her bedroom. She’d just come back from taking Daddy to the train
LOVE THE STRANGER (remember where you station for another of his innumerable weeks-long trips. I saw her wipe the tears
came from) from her eyes, and then resolutely take the next step up to meet her next obliga-
Lev. 19:34; Deut. 10:19 tion. How well she hid her tears! And how great will be her reward in Heaven!

LOVE THINE ENEMY (do good, bless, forgive, lend) This article meant a lot to me. My daddy took churches that were closing
their doors and he would bring them to life and then we would move to the next
Pray for them that despitefully use & persecute you
church. Daddy roofed houses from early in the morning till noon. Then he would
If hungry/give bread, thirsty/give water Lend! Hoping for
build the church in the afternoon. I never went to a school for a whole year. My
nothing mother accepted whatever the cost to let daddy do God’s work. She never com-
Matt. 5:43-48; Provo 25:21-22; Lk. 6:27-35; Lev. 19:18 plained about where she had to live (and believe me some places where a real
It’s attitudes that make or break a home, not circumstances. Circum-
NEW COMMANDMENT: stances do not make or break you. They REVEAL YOU!
How are you handling your circumstances? My mother gave me my
LOVE THE BROTHERHOOD (As Christ daddy. Had mother not loved serving daddy, then my sister and I might not have
loved us) admired him so.
John 13:34-35 Prov 14:1
14 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down
Matthew 24:12 = Because iniquities abound, the love of many shall
with her hands.
wax cold.
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Song 8:6-7
POWER Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for
love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the

OF coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a
man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would
LOVE utterly be contemned.


1 Cor 13:8
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, GOD’S LOVE
they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether Rom 8:38-39
there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor prin-
KJV cipalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
WORKETH NO ILL TO Jesus our Lord.
Rom 13:10
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore GREATER THAN FAITH AND HOPE
love is the fulfilling of the law. 1 Cor 13:13
KJV And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the
greatest of these is charity.
2 Tim 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of
power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
(Charity is love extended to others)


Gal 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

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