BULLETIN

THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY

228 NORTH EL MOLINO AVENUE, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91101-1675

Otis Q. Sellers, Founder David R. Hettema, Director

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Volume 3, No. 13      Jane Sellers Hancock, Editor     December 2013

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE EDITOR

Jane S. Hancock

When my dad, Otis Q. Sellers, died in 1992, he left me his legacy, The Word of Truth Ministry. I didn’t know what to do but David Hettema came to the rescue. He found a place in Pasadena that we could use for headquarters. He moved all of the bookshelves and the books, the furniture, the cardboard boxes of pamphlets and past issues of Seed and Bread. He even took pictures of the books on the shelves so he could replace them almost exactly the way they were when my dad was alive.

Over the years of Sellers’ illness, the mailing list had shrunk. We knew we had to get a Bulletin going again, to get new material written. We had to continue to get the message out. My job was to write the front page of the bulletin every month and edit it.

Now I’m a writer. That’s what I do. I write and I teach writing. But this was way beyond my comfort zone. I had been writing articles for professional teaching journals, poems for my own amazement, and memoirs so that my own family would know who I was and what I did. Never had I written about studies around the Word of God.

I have saved all the Bulletins since March 1992—about 80, all told. Recently I started re-reading my articles and discovered some really good ones, messages that told the readers what I believed. My testimony was in those articles—hidden in a file drawer in my office.

But no longer. I took twenty-three of the best and have published them in a book called My Resting Place. You can buy it on amazon.com. However, I’m going to give one FREE to anyone on our mailing list who requests it before December 31, 2013! FREE. Just e-mail the Word of Truth Ministry at rustywoft@aol.com or send us a letter at 228 N. El Molino, Pasadena, CA 91101-1675.

I hope you enjoy reading them for the first time or reading them again. They don’t have to be read in order. Just open the book and start reading anywhere. I have tried to take the truths that we know and write them in a simple form that everyone can understand, even people who have not been studying along with us for many years. This collection might be a good one to give to people just starting in the study of God’s word and the truths of the coming Kingdom of God.

These are the articles I chose:

Jesus Included Me
The Language of the Bible
Seasons’ Greetings
Word Study
Easter
The Millennium
Jesus Is Always There for Me
Christ Jesus, the Only Mediator
The Legacy of Otis Q. Sellers
I Believe
My Resting Place
Death Is an Enemy
The Christian in Today’s World
The Silence of God
The Message of the Kingdom of God
The Most Important Book
A Review of The Rich Man and Lazarus
Gog and Magog
Christian Individualism
This I Believe
Where God Can Be Found
The Role of the Gentiles
Complete in Christ Jesus

My Resting Place

Available now on amazon.com.

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LOVE AND THE TRUTH

By Nathan C. Johnson

It is a joy for anyone to see true marital love in an elderly couple. It is inspiring to see two people who have gone through life together for decades and whose love has grown and matured. Their love is something beyond what Hollywood promotes, which is based largely on physical attraction. Young couples might count physical attraction as an important part of their love, but this must not be what holds a couple together in later years, when such attractiveness has largely disappeared. What holds a couple together when external beauty is gone? We conclude it is a deep knowledge of the other person, respect for the character of that person, and joy in the good parts of the other’s personality along with acceptance of the bad, that holds a couple together long after outward attractiveness has faded away. A love for the beauty within transcends the reality without.

This is similar to how we develop love for our Lord and Savior. We have never seen Him physically, so it is not His appearance that draws us. Rather, it is His character, His great goodness, and His flawless personality that attract us and cause us to respect and love Him. Knowing the truth about Him is our greatest ally when it comes to increasing in love for Him.

Do not mistake my meaning. I am not saying that one who does not know all the truth of the Word cannot love our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, I am often quite impressed by the deep love a person can have for the good things he sees in Christ in spite of the ugly picture that some of his wrong beliefs would paint of Him. Nevertheless, a better knowledge of the truth can help greatly in generating love for God, respect for His character, and passion for a relationship with Him.

Consider the popular belief that God is a tormentor of those who do not believe in Him. I once overheard a young girl, no doubt thinking of unbelieving members of her family, ask one of her teachers, “Why can’t God just let people die in hell, rather than keeping them alive?” In her innocence, she had asked a very profound question, a question which the Bible clearly answers when It says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Biblical contrast is between eternal life and death, not between torment and bliss. The difficulty of developing a deep love for God and passion for Him is greatly increased when one believes He is planning to eternally torment unbelieving loved ones. Surely in this case a person’s love for Him would be greatly increased by the truth.

Consider also the reality of God’s work, as He is managing the world in grace (Ephesians 3:2), pouring out the riches of His grace (Ephesians 3:8), yet doing so secretly (Ephesians 3:3), so that we cannot search these riches out. Those who are unaware of this are often confused when they consider the reality of life as we experience it. God’s silence can cause Him to seem uncaring to one who sees a loved one ill, a crippled body unhealed, or a little child in pain. The book of Acts, with its stunning stories of God’s miraculous power on behalf of His people, seems to raise more questions than answers. Why does God not reveal Himself to a world so desperately in need of Him? Why does He not stretch forth His hand to heal or work signs and wonders in the name of His holy child Jesus (Acts 4:30), as He did in the Acts period? Our love can be greatly aided by understanding that God is acting as He does, not because He is uncaring, nor because He has no power, but because He is working out His great purposes by showing forth the riches of His grace. Understanding the dispensation of grace means that we do not have to feel abandoned or unloved by God when troubles come upon us. Our love for Him can be greatly increased by the truth.

There is also the reality of God’s coming kingdom. At present, we cannot help but observe that wickedness is often very strong, and goodness is often very weak. The light of truth seems easily eclipsed by the darkness of error. The principle of justice seems like a weak thread quickly broken by corruption. Innocents suffer while criminals prosper. This world does not at all seem like the place God would want it to be. Many conclude that the fact that God does not appear to currently be winning in this world means that He does not have the ability to win. Therefore, they look for Him to get the victory only in a faraway land called “heaven.” Yet the Bible assures us that the world will not always be as it is now. Someday God’s kingdom will come to earth, and God will get the victory, even over this world. As Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen (nations), I will be exalted in the earth!” Someday God will be exalted. Someday He will judge (set in order) the people righteously and govern the nations on earth (Psalm 67:4). Knowledge of the pre-millennial kingdom must surely lead to a greater respect for God, which is a significant step toward greater love for Him as well.

The truth is an extremely valuable thing. We should always be willing to buy the truth, and not to sell it (Proverbs 23:23). Yet the truth will not have achieved its end if it does not cause us to increase in love for the One Who is the truth. Christ is truth (John 14:6), and love rejoices in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). Let us not squander the truth we have, but rather allow it to produce its mature fruit in ever-increasing love for our Savior.

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BIBLE STUDY SATELLITE GROUP LOCATIONS

In Southern California (Los Angeles Area):

The Word of Truth Ministry, 228 N. El Molino Ave., Pasadena; Sundays from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dr. Milton Hammond moderates. Contact Mr. Robert Hammond by e-mail at wordoftruth@earthlink.net or Mr. Rusty Hancock at rustywoft@aol.com. Hymn “sing-a-long” before service. “We continue studies based upon the Biblical records of our Bible, and written/spoken words of the late Otis Q. Sellers.”

In New York (New York City Area):

The Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street (Room No. 609), New York City, the last Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. Mr. Luis Casillas, moderator. Contact Mr. Mike Steele by e-mail: quickby22@aol.com. “We use O.Q. Sellers’ Seed & Bread leaflets (found on www.seedandbread.org) as a guide for our discussions.”

In New Jersey:

430 Boulevard Ave., Pitman, Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mr. Sam Marrone presides as host and may be reached at (856) 308-3820 or by e-mail at andthewordwasgod@hotmail.com. Marrone notes, “Bring your Bible and a hunger for the Word.”

In Oregon:

Portland, No regular schedules.
Contact Mr. Bob English at (503) 357-8449 for information.

In Texas (Houston Area):

5847 Chinaberry Drive, Houston, Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 or 1 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Don Black are hosts and may be contacted at (713) 462-2250. “We usually listen and study one of Otis Sellers’ tapes.”

In Minnesota (St. Paul Area):

622 Selby Ave. (Room above Mississippi Market Food Co-op), St. Paul, Every other Friday, 6 p.m. Mr. Nathan C. Johnson presides and may be reached at (651) 733-5821 (work). Johnson encoura