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·free subscription· ·summer 2011· the voice team contending worldwide the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the lord make his paths straight mark 1:3 contending for american freedom · contending for fundamental christianity cowboy boots across d.c.

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printed missionary in this edition in every edition ronnie and terry williamson evangelist/editor steve and rebekah lilly staff missionaries 6 16 18 19 20 24 25 3 4 6 24 27 31 while the evil days kjb expo modesty matters out of print lessons learned from the kjb declaration 400 year opportunity apm update my personal message news bits sermon of the month nuggets of gold club mit resources for you the voice in the wilderness is a nonprofit independent incorporation founded by rev dr j royce thomason d.p.d ph.d evangelist and medical missionary the organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world especially in foreign lands the program consists of building mission stations supporting american missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching christ to the lost we are supported by the gifts of those who care contributions to the voice in the wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to the voice in the wilderness a fundamental publication published quarterly in behalf of the work of the lord and preservation of the liberties of our united states printed sources imply from material from other does not necessarily an endorsement thisministry § § § for personal correspondence contributions address changes new subscriptions there is no subscription charge all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it address all correspondence to the voice in the wilderness po box 7037 asheville nc 28802 www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org e-mail for address changes only visionpartners@thevoiceinthewilderness.org sign-up for the weekly voice e-mail and blog membersnp@thevoiceinthewilderness.org dr ronnie l williamson dr j royce thomason memorial voice in the wilderness p.o box 7037 asheville nc 28802 voice 828 649-1043 write to us 2·the voice in the wilderness summer 2011 quarterly edition

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dear friends these are incredible and powerful words i found this to be so while preaching from this text in my red-letter kjb jesus tells us to go and teach all nations in matthew chapter 28 verses 19 and 20 he includes this command teaching them to observe all things whatsoever i have commanded you if you have been studying the bible for very long and have engaged and taken note of the teachings of christ in the gospels it will become apparent that christ himself gave us adequate truth to address the complicated issues of our day from the look on a few faces in the congregation while i preached this was apparently so in 2011 we know more about chemistry biology molecular science medicine archaeology even bible prophecy than those of a generation ago it was not until the late 1600 s that the term cell was coined with giant electron microscopes man can now view almost to the atomic level yet ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth there is at critical mass level an urgent need for pastors and preachers to understand the times our lord and saviour has equipped his people with the tools needed to confront cultural change and the complex problems of our society one dear preacher friend said to me i preach the same messages i did 40 years ago however 40 years ago young people as well as parents were not plastering every private detail of their lives on facebook and the internet for the world to view children are seated on the back pew with the latest and greatest high-powered hand held devices texting who knows who and where during the preaching service the internet and ipods did not exist 40 years ago amongst a host of other trends fashions and technologies but remember the command of jesus christ himself teaching them to observe all things whatsoever i have commanded you even though the sermon 40 years ago did not address the complicated issues of 2011 pastors today must take biblical preaching from the pulpit to where people are living in the pew the specific connection and application must be made by the teacher in the pulpit i chronicles 12:32 says these men understood to know what israel ought to do continued on page 29 for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·3

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news bits from here and there one statistical report states anymore just in case you 51 of americans are now on did not know walmart once facebook the greatest age boasted it s made in usa group is over 50 facebook policy now about 91 percent is the largest social network of all merchandise sold by in the world with 500 million sam s retail giant comes from active users china tragically it seems even america owes at least 250 million china trillions christians are compelled people log onto of dollars and is to plaster their indeed become facebook every slavetothe lives across the internet for lender day all the world to see the there is serious mission of facebook is to turmoil in the muslim world make the world open and revolts against leadership connected at least 250 million withinislamiccoun tr i e s people log onto facebook increases hostilities toward the every day the average user united states and israel will is spending 700 minutes per a closer alignment between month on facebook creating islam china and russia add 90 pieces of content each a major tick to the prophetic month there are more than clock islamic clerics and 30 billion pieces of content radical muslims are another shared each month the top piece to the puzzle antichrist 10 countries on facebook will soon step on the scene are the u.s uk indonesia to congeal the federation of turkey france italy canada powers for his final curtain call philippines spain mexico with japan the most users per from legal alert ­ www capita christianlaw.org our current president who campaigned china does not need us against gay marriage has now 4·the voice in the wilderness summer 2011 quarterly edition

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changed his mind and will not defend the federal defense of marriage act in court doma is the 1996 federal law signed by president clinton that allows states to refuse to legally recognize same-sex marriage including those marriages performed in other states without a federal doma the full faith and credit clause of the united states constitution would require every state to legally recognize gay marriages performed in another state will you be paying through nationalized healthcare the benefits of same-sex marriages currently at least 37 states have enacted state domas five states and the district of columbia have already legalized gay marriage if the federal doma is repealed or declared unconstitutional marriages performed in those states would become legal in all fifty states even the 30 states that have already enacted constitutional amendments banning gay marriage are subject to federal legal challenges under the full faith and credit or equal protection clauses only a federal marriage amendment can ultimately resolve this legal quagmire in addition to states that recognize samesex marriage several other states recognize some form of same-sex civil unions or domestic partnerships that confer on these couples at least some of the 1,000 rights and benefits that have previously been reserved to protect and encourage man/woman traditional marriage and family in america ultimately will courts determine that equal protection requirements of the constitution require homosexual relationships to be legally protected in the same way as traditional marriage will polygamous relationships become the next constitutionally protected relationship in america the same question could be posed with regard to opposite-sex couples who merely cohabit without the benefit of marriage something else the bible calls sin that christians may be required to approve in the future is it a good idea in a time of budget shortfalls and ballooning government debt to add a whole new category ofpeople specifically homosexual or domestic partners for which the state must now provide financial benefits for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·5

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while the evil days come not ronnie l williamson for 15 years now my wife and in 2006 and were followed by i have been involved in various my mother-in-law and brotheraspects of care for seasoned in-law in 2008 life is fragile at saints as one preacher so best but we know god makes described our dear aging parents no mistakes even though the and friends as most know valley may seem ever so deep there have been blessings and the lord is my shepherd no challenges my dad and bro matter how difficult the place you royce dr j royce thomason find yourself today he is already founder of the voice in the there wilderness both had serious debilitating this tis my father s place strokes such this tis my father s place this son he rose o great the traumatic where i go to him and pray day episodes affect to rest and trust his loving grace to you so far may seem every area of life apart from life s earthly way still truth the life he is the way caregivers in amidst your trial and dream some cases make the sun did rise again today great sacrifices to tho far away it seemed lift your head hold fast the hope help their loved the blue ridge took a foggy gray and rest and trust his grace ones my mother and danced on early beams beside still waters green pastured dedicated 10 slope so peaceful on this sphere of strife years to the care this tis my father s place of my dad when gentle breezes whisper thru the pine another dawn from night to life his stroke left him -rlw as again he gives a sign unable to speak use his right arm and limited use of his right leg when difficulty disease and my wife s mother became very ill even death come our way lord in her early 70 s and her dad now help us to trust and pray while we age 83 had open-heart surgery a faithfully do what is right amen year and a half ago among other the following details the issues he has not recovered to a opportunities the church faces satisfactory level today in ministering to aging my dad and bro royce passed senior saints 6·the voice in the wilderness summer 2011 quarterly edition

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for decades pastors and churches have built gymnasiums and beautiful sanctuaries with the monies of those now neglected and forgotten at this very moment i am personally acquainted with a number of families giving care to aging loved ones in several instances complex or serious illness presents health and financial issues the aahsa website states between 2007 and 2015 the number of americans ages 85 and older is expected to increase by 40 among people turning 65 today 69 will need some form of long-term care whether in the community or in a residential care facility in 2020 12 million older americans will need long-term care the average monthly cost for a private room in a nursing home is $6,234.00 the average monthly cost of living in an assisted-living facility is $2,714.00 medicare which covers rehabilitation services after an individual is discharged from a hospital pays for 19 of all long-term care spending medicaid which covers health care cost for low income individuals pays for 49 of all long-term care spending each month the world s population of elderly people increases by 795,000 medicare and medicaid programs are not adequate and working in the system can be very frustrating even among many who have diligently been a part of the work force presently retired and living on retirement income are finding they have outlived adequate benefits for today s financial demands sickness and aging impacts an entire family by faith day by day many brothers and sisters struggle in a difficult place for some it can be an almost overwhelming journey through a deep dark valley yet when the christian thinks the sun will never shine the light of god s son rises in his dawn of peace and grace through ways amazing praise the lord a new day is coming in our church three elderly sisters arrived at that stage in life when this tabernacle of clay begins to dissolve i remember distinctly those precious ladies saying we all got old and sick at the same time now none of us can take care of each other it can be frustrating when dear ones suffer and there are no simple solutions to the trial with modern drugs and so-called heroic medicine many live longer but experience extended periods of complicated assistance for the individual as for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·7

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well as the family the challenge brings intense emotion of tears resentment anger and extraordinary love yes love love that may seem a bit mixedup at times but real the same i the evil days have you ever studied ecclesiastes 12:1-8 the preacher makes some incredibly accurate and relevant comments on the aging process in verse one note the startling phrase while the evil days come not just this week while door knocking my wife and i met a man who said he did not believe in god and the bible was written by men with over 5,700 different translations he also stated that men created gods just to have hope some day that man will be a lonely hopeless individual but for me hope is a precious gift romans 8:24 colossians 1:27 titus 2:13 even so for many the evil days will come dr j royce thomason founder of the voice in the wilderness inc told me many times he wanted to die in the saddle with his boots on but that was not to be the last five years of his life were spent in and out of hospitals and nursing homes he was never able to deal with confinement and sickness when the driver s license ii the critics independence and meeting then some will make it a schedules were gone his obvious spectators sport onlookers have 8·the voice in the wilderness summer 2011 quarterly edition struggle with contentment ensued yes the evil days had arrived my dad lived ten years after a very serious stroke mom was his primary caregiver and it was not easy for both of them long days and nights of testing came all too often physical limitations prescription drugs and side effects personality changes financial constraints bureaucracy red-tape added sickness and a host of complications defined the evil days of ecclesiastes mom and dad were not alone in that struggle but friends relatives and acquaintances that came by to keep them company help or assist still could not make this time of life easy less than a month ago a pastor friend called my office in our conversation he stated emphatically i will never get involved in someone else s power of attorney or as executor of a will again he had been placed in an ugly complicated situation people you would never think to have a vicious vengeful bone in their body can in the last chapter of a loved one s life become greedy bitter and absolutely unreasonable to put it kindly the evil days have come.

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all kinds of advice and always know how it ought to be done and are always compelled to tell you with that their criticism can be so unkind stories are told and well-meaning people will believe an utter lie however they would certainly never want such things said about them yet they will take the tale and run with it knowing the circumstances but preferring to spread gossip just as job experienced the extreme his suffering was compounded by his friends listen to job 30:1 2 but now they that are younger than i have me in derision whose fathers i would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock yea whereto might the strength of their hands profit me in whom old age was perished to add insult to injury job received no respect or understanding from the younger the pain is both physical and psychological my kjv study bible has this header for job chapter 30 the humiliation of job s present state dr j royce thomason said to me several times after his debilitating strokes these golden years aren t what they were cracked up to be some may agree that their golden years have tarnished or as job felt they had gone to the dogs christians can be some of the most critical know-it-all s imaginable just like job s friends there will be those who know exactly what is going on in your life be forewarned this is the very reason we all need a good church home and church family i have heard it said many times every person needs three homes of course there is our family s home thank god for husbands wives children and parents that love each other then there is the church home so very special is the truly new testament church home and most importantly is our eternal home for the young and old alike to trust jesus christ by faith having one s sin forgiven by his precious blood with our names written in the book of given in memory of mary orndorff given in memory of lee garrett given in memory of dr j royce thomason given in memory of glen sutherland memorial gifts by by by by estate of m orndorff p garrett v bullard v bullard we would like to express our thanks to those who have given a memorial gift to the voice in the wilderness inc ministry these names will be added to a plaque and displayed in our office if you would like to honor a loved one please send a remembrance memorial gift or a living memorial gift with the person s name legibly printed your gift will be listed in an upcoming issue of this publication the voice in the wilderness po box 7037 asheville nc 28802 for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·9

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life is the home we all need assurance of during those times of suffering and especially during the aging process the counsel we need will come from our church family and friends three c s are so very essential church counselors and contentment 1 church ­ the apostle paul speaks so lovingly of the church at thessalonica he remembers with thanksgiving and prayer their work of faith and labour of love and patience of hope in our lord jesus christ in the sight of god and our father what a church described in i thessalonians 1:1-10 this was a church comforting one another with words of godliness resurrection and christ s second coming they were hope a crown of from a biblical standpoint rejoicing glory and joy may there are many reasons for god help us to be that kind of suffering church 1 sin ­ keep a short account 2 counselors ­ please note i john 1:9 section v for important 2 satan take unto you the scripture references read armor of god ephesians carefully psalm 1 6:16 3 self remember now while 3 contentment ­ have you ever the evil days come not the heard it said that the little choice is yours baby is so contented what i john 2:15 16 a blessing ­ contentment 4 sowing you sow you reap for i have learned in galatians 6:7-8 whatsoeverstateiam 5 sweetening ­ we can be therewith to be content better not bitter james 1:4 10·the voice in the wilderness summer 2011 quarterly edition philippians 4:11 i timothy 6:6 says but godliness with contentment is great gain we can say that jesus is all we need ­ the lord is my shepherd i shall not want but do we know jesus is all we need until jesus is all we have when the evil days come we will be tossed by every wave of worry and care unless we practice contentment in christ this is not complacency not apathy but it is indeed confident faith in him who is able and worthy ­ hebrews 4:15,16 to sing the song of contentment one must practice practice practice while the evil days come not practice the song of contentment in christ.

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6 sanctifying ­ he is still working on me john 17:17 ecclesiastes 12 outlines the physical failures of aging when the final chapter of 1 verse 2 ­ failing eyesight our life is written may we say diminished faculties and with the apostle i have fought repetitious episodes of pain a good fight i have finished my 2 verse 3 ­ the head and body course i have kept the faith shake tremble and grow ii timothy 4:7 feeble discouragement and depression easily sets iii physical changes in the legs and mobility is our text notes the physical hampered and halted arms changes brought on by aging and hands become weak matthew henry makes an the teeth rot brake and important point here for us all deteriorate with old age till there are calamities in old age digestion is affected if we live to be old mr henry 3 verse 4 ­ here is our term says there will be times of no for shut-ins old age pleasure which is a good make for shut-ins shutreason why we should return to outs and sleeplessness god and make our peace with the mood attitude him in the days of our youth personality disposition and and not put it off till we come to total perception of life may be old for it will be no thanks to dramatically change hearing us to leave the pleasures of sin fails and the voice cannot when they have left us nor to sing return to god when need forces 4 ve r s e 5 ­ fearsinlife us it is the greatest absurdity and of heights falling and ingratitude imaginable to give the all the little worries are cream and flower of our days to overwhelming and large the devil and reserve the bran gray hair has come and life and refuse and dregs of them ebbs away for god it would be worth your time to read mr henry s it is true that some age better commentary on ecclesiastes than others a friend said to 12:1-7 what a poignant question me recently that her father had he gives to ponder ­ how can always been an easy-going and we expect god should help us very kind individual but now when we are old if we will not in old age he was grumpy and serve him when we are young demanding yet another friend see psalm 71:17,18 said their parent had always been for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·11

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a critical and difficult person to get along with however in old age they had mellowed and were now such a joy to be around isn t that such a curiosity what would make the difference years ago a pastor s wife assumed the care of her sister dying with cancer the sister had been such a beautiful person but now age and disease made the change she was rude unkind and even used foul and abusive language the sister-caretaker was often brought to tears and heartache by this loved one s vile outburst how can that be time does not permit me to recount the multitude of stories over my 30 plus years of ministry i cannot explain all the complexities of old age and sickness but remember now the creator while the evil days come not verses six and seven remind us that the spirit shall return unto god who gave it matthew henry says death will fix us in an unchangeable state we will go home for here [we are a stranger and pilgrim why should we not long to go to our father s house my kjv study bible has this footnote for ecclesiastes 12:6-8 the silver cord golden bowl pitcher and wheel symbolize life s fragility how easily death comes to us how swiftly and unexpectedly we can return to the dust from which we came therefore we should recognize life as a precious resource to be used wisely and not squandered frivolously stripped of god s spirit our bodies return to dust stripped of god s purpose our work is in vain stripped of god s love our service is futile we must put god first over all we do and in all we do because without him we have nothing knowing that life is futile without god motivates the wise person to seek god first that must throughout life bring us to the scripture seek ye first the kingdom of god and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you matthew 6:33 it is framed in this view of life that by faith we trust christ ultimately it is he who will set the record straight our spirit will return unto god who gave it then and only then will there be no more tears no more sorrow no more crying no more pain and no more death rev 21:4 there is a remedy god has provided for those who believe iv do you always get what you want dr j royce thomason told me many times he wanted to die in the saddle with his boots on in other words it was his desire to depart this life actively involved in the ministry however that was not to be after his strokes in 2001 until his death in 2006 12·the voice in the wilderness summer 2011 quarterly edition

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an agonizing five year struggle with limitation and deteriorating health made for a difficult journey to the finish line much of that time was spent in the hospital rehab center and several nursing homes that was in no stretch of the imagination what he wanted over the years repeatedly i ve heard family members echo the same story he or she did not want to be placed in a nursing home he or she did not want to die in the hospital never did he or she want to be bed-ridden and a burden on family or anyone else today the growing population of the aged and infirmed has created a strain on family finances and available resources medicine and science has given longevity but all too often quality is a challenge yet for christians and the local church a door of opportunity lay open no this may not be the most glamorous of endeavors yes it will cost the church a lot of time and money yet so many bible preaching fundamental churches have missed out or even neglected the responsibility to assist elder members and their families it is time to urge our congregations to reach out and help this precious vital and needy segment of membership primary caretaker relief assistance is urgently needed visits just for fellowship are so important transportation shopping trips and doctors appointments can be a challenge when no help is available calendar schedule and medication management can be a daunting task when eyesight fades and mental accuracy wanes young people can get involved with errands and lawn care an army of volunteer rescue workers are presently sitting idle in church pews that could mean the difference between life worth living and a slow sad death for elder saints your church could even build an assisted living facility for the aged in your congregation or maybe it would take several churches working together to pool resources for such a facility liberal denominations have done it cults have done it what about fundamental bible preaching churches maybe it is not what we want but could it be the right thing to do for decades pastors and churches have built gymnasiums and beautiful sanctuaries with the monies of those now neglected andfo rg otten ta lkabouta debt we owe and have we even missed a wonderful evangelistic tool by failing in this highly visible opportunity to demonstrate love in action to the lost world around us v sit down and talk don t assume anything there comes a time for a family meeting families within a family have issues and for all individuals involved life can be for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·13

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the voice in the wilderness is pleased to announce a new series in the hall of faith cards the first card in the king james bible series details the history of the bible the series continues with 9 other cards that give key information concerning the translators god used to preserve his word for english speaking people hall of faith collector s series ·collect ·read ·learn kjb history request your first card complicated there are work schedules financial constraints even health considerations for caregivers and other family members often those involved live away and travel distances which will be factors of consideration personalities and opinions vary sitting down and talking things out will not always cure all but ill-feelings may be averted if people take time in a considerate loving manner to discuss details needs plans and options it is good to have a pastor and godly individuals to give objective impartial counsel the family should have a support group of christians particularly in the local church that can help work through issues and challenges all of us need brothers and sisters in christ that we know that pray and have god s wisdom in their lives it is biblical to seek counsel prov 11:14 12:15 13:10 15:22 and bear one another s burdens regardless of what you think your opinion is not always best be willing to listen to others above all sit down and talk with the lord read his word and allow his spirit to guide you in all truth if we will be still and wait on the lord he will bring the right people and resources into our lives by the way psalm 116:15 is still true therefore make preparation for your earthly 14·the voice in the wilderness summer 2011 quarterly edition

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estate to continue to be of eternal worth via your will vollmer said one of the most important documents a man ever signs is his will i can tell better what a man had in his heart by reading his will than i can by reading his obituary his obituary tells the world what his friends thought of him his will reveals what he had in his heart vi science or faith in 2005 new scientists magazine reported that italian researchers were developing a six-legged robotic camera that crawls around inside the body and attaches itself to the intestine wall at the time researcher dr ariana menciassi of the st anna school of advanced studies in pisa said all the indications are that this will be far less uncomfortable than a colonoscopy or gastroscopy in which the intestine is inflated causing much pain to the patient men are looking to medicine and technology for the answer government should fund all our needs but reality is ­ the body wears out and it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment jesus is the way the truth and the life hope for eternity free from sickness and death is available to all who believe thank god for his love grace and mercy that provides the answer to this decaying body and inequities of this life our creator will in the conclusion of all make things right for his children the numbers are rather curious it has become a complicated situation for many reports are that 4.5 million children live in grandparent headed households in the united states the first of 78 million boomers have passed age 60 then the aging population costs big bucks and extended care it sounds callous but sadly scores are outliving their retirement and savings medicare and medicaid simply are not adequate reports say there are 34 million unpaid caregivers providing an average of 21 hours of care per week these caregivers spend an average of $2,400 out of pocket each year to help their relative of course politicians prey on the emotions and ignorance of voters looking everywhere and sometimes anywhere for relief nearing the end of life the great pioneer missionary hudson taylor said i am so weak i cannot work i cannot read my bible i can hardly pray i can only lie still in god s arm like a child and trust the beginning for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·15

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