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by Dalton Key
for the week of March 17, 2018 

The words following were penned over one hundred years ago, in 1915, by a preacher of the gospel named Henry Deaver.  They still live on as highly relevant and worth noting more than a century later:
“Let us dear brethren, keep the old gospel plow moving.  Let us plow deep and wide.  Don’t cut and cover.  Plow every inch of the ground and the church will have fewer unconverted men and women in it.”
“Don’t try to add men and women to the church.  God will do this if the material is right.  I fear there are many in the church, so to speak, that God didn’t place there.  Let us be careful how we build.  Let us look more to quality than quantity.  Don’t beg people.  If once you begin this way, when you have ceased begging, they will go pouting.
“Don’t try to pull them in; if you do, when you quit pulling they will backslide.  Don’t try to fiddle people into the church.  If you do, when you quit fiddling, they will fiddle out.
“Just preach the gospel plainly to people and keep right on preaching the gospel.  Fill the honest heart with the Word of God.  Remember Matthew 13:23; ‘But he that received seed into good ground is he that heareth the word and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
The Bible, as always, is right and the right thing to preach.  May we ever “keep on keeping on” in proclamation and defense of the gospel, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  (1 Corinthians 15:58.)