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•September/October 2013• •Free Subscription• Virtual Edition In the last week of October 1646 Eliot preached the first Protestant sermon to the natives of North America in their own language. “Apostle to the Indians” J oh n E liot Contending for American Freedom • Contending for Fundamental Christianity “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” - Mark 1:3


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The Voice IN THE Wilderness PRINTED MISSIONARY Ronnie and Terry Williamson Evangelist/Editor Steve and Rebekah Lilly Staff Missionaries The Virtual Voice serves as an online monthly connection with ministry partners providing up-to-date ministry headlines, relevant news information, and available resource reminders. To receive a monthly link in your inbox, please subscribe to The Weekly Voice at membersnp@ In this Edition 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 material from other sources does not necessarily imply an endorsement from this ministry. § 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. Page 3 ..................... My Personal Message Page 4 ........................................ News Bits Page 6 ........... Seeking the Help of the Devil what will you do? The Voice in the Wilderness is standing firm on The Word of God. Support this ministry with: A special offering Prayers (See Prayer Request page at For Personal Correspondence, Contributions, Address Changes, New Subscriptions, E-mail for address changes only: Sign-up for The Weekly Voice e-mail and Blog: 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 - August 2013 Virtual Edition


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Dear Friends: What happened to the evolutionist when that meteorite crashed unexpectedly into Chelyabinsk, Russia, February 2013. Did their all-knowing science miss predicting that event? Oh, but they know what happened 500 million years ago! But these same scientists have not even identified 25% of the fish in the Amazon River. How much do they not know that is accessible to their investigation. Mysteries in the evolutionist’s back yard remain a mystery, yet millions of years ago, they know how it happened. Culinary researchers don’t even know where rice came from in the low country of South Carolina. From the tiny grain of rice to the vast expanses of the Universe, man is feeble and fallible in his knowledge. Thankfully, the Creator has given us His infallible record and His indwelling Holy Spirit to guide His children in all truth. The Voice in the Wilderness is dedicated as a helps ministry to equip God’s people to shine light into a dark place. (continued on page 7) Give a year-end gift For more resources, visit •3


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NEWS BITS FROM HERE AND THERE Losing Insurance due to Obamcare - According to health policy expert Bob Laszewski, roughly 16 million Americans will lose their current plans because of Obamacare: The U.S. individual health insurance market currently totals about 19 million people. Because the Obama administration’s regulations on grandfathering existing plans were so stringent about 85% of those, 16 million, are not grandfathered and must comply with Obamacare at their next renewal. The rules are very complex. For example, if you had an individual plan in March of 2010 when the law was passed and you only increased the deductible from $1,000 to $1,500 in the years since, your plan has lost its grandfather status and it will no longer be available to you when it would have renewed in 2014. These 16 million people are now receiving letters from their carriers saying they are losing their current coverage and must re-enroll in order to avoid a break in coverage and comply with the new health law’s benefit mandates––the vast majority by January 1. Most of these will be seeing some pretty big rate increases. Kaiser Health News called up a few insurers around the country and found that hundreds of thousands of Americans have already received cancellation notices. “[T]he cancellation notices, which began arriving in August, have shocked many consumers in light of President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their plans if they liked them,” according to Kaiser Health News reporters Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby. “Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue 4•The Voice in the Wilderness - August 2013 Virtual Edition


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Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent,” Kaiser reports. “Blue Shield of California sent roughly 119,000 cancellation notices out in mid-September, about 60 percent of its individual business. About two-thirds of those policyholders will see rate increases in their new policies, said spokesman Steve Shivinsky.” www.theweeklystandard. com Fraud Near You - Every three seconds an act of fraud such as identity theft is committed in the United States. The top ten cities for fraud originations are: 1. Santa Clara, CA 2. San Jose, CA 3. Chesterfield, MO 4. New York, NY 5. Atlanta, GA 6. Fremont, CA 7. Tempe, AZ 8. Dallas, TX 9. Rochester, NY 10. Miami, FL Is there a Limit? An influential pediatricians group says parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious consequences. It’s been linked with violence, cyberbullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and a host of other problems. It’s not a major cause of these troubles, but “many parents are clueless” about the profound impact media exposure can have on their children, said Dr. Victor Strasburger, lead author of the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy.... The policy is aimed at all kids, including those who use smartphones, computers and other Internetconnected devices. It expands the academy’s longstanding recommendations on banning televisions from children’s and teens’ bedrooms and limiting entertainment screen time to no more than two hours daily. Under the new policy, those two hours include using the Internet for entertainment, including Facebook, Twitter, TV and movies; online homework is an exception. The policy statement cites a 2010 report that found U.S. children aged 8 to 18 spend an average of more than seven hours daily using some kind of entertainment media.... The policy was published online Monday (10/28) in the journal Pediatrics. It comes two weeks after police arrested two Florida girls accused of bullying a classmate who committed suicide. -The Associated Press For more resources, visit •5


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"Seeking the help of the Devil...” “In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic Festival of Samhain (pronounced Sahween) was observed on October 31. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghost, witches goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and 7 in 10 Americans (170 Million) death. It was the only day on celebrated Halloween in 2012, which the help of the devil was spending on average $80 per invoked for such purposes.” person on decoration, candy, and Was that historical background costumes. taken from Christian research or literature? No, that bit of information was according to the Wicca author Thomas Horn Encyclopedia Britannica. Before claims there are 200,000 registhe late 18th and early 19th centered witches in America and 8 tury, wise folk stayed indoors on million unregistered, yet practicthis devilish night. Today many ing. He and The Witch School who call themselves Christians claim that in the next decade make it a night of costume and Wicca will become the third largfun. Pagan celebrations have est religion in America (Christiinvaded the church and the anity and Islam) and that Witch paraphernalia and practices are teachers are in demand to train not just seen on Halloween but the upcoming generation. at Christmas and Easter as well. 6•The Voice in the Wilderness - August 2013 Virtual Edition


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(continued from page 3) Preaching, Teaching, and Reaching have been at the heart of all The Voice in the Wilderness has been doing for decades. To God be the Glory for the great things He hath done. Another edition of The Voice in the Wilderness has been completed, mailed, and read by thousands. Thank you for reading and keeping up with this humble ministry. Your friendship, prayers, and support keep us going on with the gospel. Be sure to check online for updates on the Venezuela Missions trip and other year-end projects as well as read The Voice in the Wilderness online, listen to audio sermons, watch video sermons, and see other resources. Happy Trails! For Christ and souls, Isa. 40:31 IS GOD’S WORK IN YOUR WILL? “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.” - A. M. Vollmer For as (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he- Proverbs 23:7. Out of (the heart) are the issues of life - Proverbs 4:23. A bequest in your Will to The Voice in the Wilderness, Inc. can assure that the outreach of this ministry at home and abroad will continue after you have gone to your eternal reward. Prayerfully consider us in your Estate Planning. Thank you! For more resources, visit •7


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These resources are not for sale, but are this ministry’s gift to you when you send an undesignated gift to The Voice in the Wilderness, Inc. A Miracle in India Pamphlets The story of Baba and his testimony of faith How to be a Prayer Partner A simple yet challenging outline of how to connect and pray effectively for your missionaries The Voice in the WildernessMinistry details Club MITOverview of Children’s club designed to engage and equip in missionary work Books Hall of FaithAvailable Collector’s series with biographical Hall Hall with an details of great heroes of the faith of of offering of $10 Faith Faith - Set Options: Heroes of the Faith, King James Bible Translators, Ten His Voice Shakes the WildernessCommandments A detailed account by Sophie W Suffer the Little ChildrenNE Muller of her lifetime of missionary Dynamic examples and techniques work in the Jungles of South America to equip the adult in biblical teaching Beyond Civilizationand leading a child to Christ Further details of Sophie’s ministry Passport to MissionsJournal style, passport size booklet including her “Jungle Methods” used for recording missionary facts, by Indian lay leaders in the jungle pictures, signatures, etc. - great to The Book of Revelationuse during mission conferences A layman’s verse by verse study of additional Revelation written by The Voice in Heritage Lapel Pinthe Wilderness founder Dr. J. Royce A uniquely designed lapel pin Thomason picturing the Christian flag, US Flag, Star of David, Alpha & Omega, Bible, Eagle - beautifully displayed on a full-color description card KJB Anniversary Lapel Pin Featuring the Bible with salvation colored ribbons and dates for KJB 400th To obtain a resource, please write: anniversary PO Box 7037, Asheville, NC 28802 Available I II “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” exodus 20:4 Resources for You 8•The Voice in the Wilderness - August 2013 Virtual Edition with an offering of $6



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