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LETTERS FROM READERS

Readers' Response from the Year 2000

From Illinois:
I am asking that you please send the BRF Witness to a friend of mine listed below, and would you send five extra copies each month so that I can pass these out at my church? God bless you all at Brethren Revival Fellowship.

From Kansas:
I have read the list of ten books that have been so helpful in your life. Would you be so kind as to provide information about where I could purchase two of them--"How to Prepare Sermons" by William Evans, and "Facing Death" by Billy Graham?

From Pennsylvania:
I read with interest your article in the last BRF Witness. I was struck by your comments on the "Breaking of Bread" section. There is surely evidence for a more than twice yearly observance of the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:26). In the early church, evidence points to a weekly observance of the Lord's Supper. For the past 15-20 years I have been trying to understand why we Brethren have been so reluctant to have more than two love feasts a year, when the evidence suggests it should be observed more often.

From Texas:
Please send me a listing of the literature and topics that you publish. Also, please send more information about your organization.

From Pennsylvania:
I am already receiving one copy of the BRF Witness but I am wondering if you could send 5-10 copies of the issue that tells what BRF is and what BRF does. I could also use anything in writing that talks about BRF views on homosexuality. Please keep our congregation in your prayers.

From North Carolina:
We really appreciated the "Righteousness and Judgement: A Sermon by Elder John Kline." Our hope is that as Christians, we can hold on to God's truth and walk in this world as witnesses to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

From Pennsylvania:
It is 10:54 PM, and I have just finished reading your thoughts in the BRF Witness, the issue on "Spirituality: God's 2000 Year Old Formula." I was so uplifted and encouraged that I wanted to respond in writing by saying Thank You for the article. I found your thoughts precise and the writing to be very clear. The article was timely and poignant as well. I recently had a conversation with a long-standing pastor of a CoB congregation. He expressed to me his adamant belief that Christ was not actually God while he was in the flesh. When I disagreed with him, he said I needed to study Scripture more and perhaps I would see the light. I am not seeking to lash out or use harshness, but our people should not be subjected to such falsehood.

From California:
The saddest thing I have experienced in my ministry is coming to the conclusion that most CoB congregations do not believe in the inerrant Scriptures. Christ and His Word are no longer the center of our church. Then they wonder why the church is crumbling around them, and will not look at the sand they are standing on. From the material on your web site I know we differ on many things dealing with style, music, and method, but the thing that matters to me is that you see the Scriptures as authoritative and central.

From Tennessee:
We are ordering 40 copies of New Testament Beliefs and Practices: A Brethren Understanding. We are giving a copy to the interested members of our church family. We have found the book to be very informative.

From Illinois:
Thanks for your efforts--past, present, and future-in helping our Lord to bring positive change in the Church of the Brethren. We hope change will come that will enable us to once again be the church that God wants us to be~live and living out His desires for us.

From Pennsylvania:
Please do not send any more copies of the BRF Witness. I always place them in our church in plain view, but our members do not pick them up, so it is just waste. I don't understand why, because the topics are eye-catching. Thanks for all the years you have been sending them.

From Maryland:
Just a quick note to say thanks for the Love Feast article. We are planning Sunday's sermon to focus on the Love Feast. Then on Saturday we will hold the first full Love Feast our congregation has shared in many years. We especially appreciate the self-examination questions.

From California:
Meeting you back some years ago was a watershed experience for us. Brethren Revival Fellowship is the main reason we (being at that time new to the Church of the Brethren) remained within the denomination. Had it not been for BRF we would have had great difficulty continuing to minister in a denomination that had, for the most part, abandoned its biblical heritage and its Christ centered foundation.

From Pennsylvania:
The Brethren Alive 2000 Conference was quite a drink for thirsty souls. Our son and daughter both spontaneously commented that the preaching was so much different from that to which they had become accustomed--and in such a positive way. We support and give thanks for the efforts of what we know as BRF.

From Missouri:
I would like to receive the BRF Witness pamphlets. Our church receives them, but there are not enough at times. I appreciate the Scriptural input and interpretations. We here respect your work, and hope that someday you will be able to begin more activity in our area. There are many who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

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