Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
March 16, 1950


W. E. Brightwell

Louisville Churches Cooperate Joseph II. Cox, 1044 Lotus Avenue. Louisville, Ky., February 25, 1950: "There is a fine spirit of cooperation among the loyal churches in Louisville, Ky. The congregations are supporting the Taylor Boulevard Church in a large weekly newspaper ad, with a map showing all the various locations of the congregations with a short article designed to teach the lost.

Loyal congregations have agreed to join Atwood Ave. Church in supporting Foy E. Wallace, Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla., in a city-wide meeting, from September 24 to October 1, to be conducted in the downtown area of Louisville in Memorial Auditorium, which seats about 2,500. Although this will be the first meeting held on a city-wide cooperative basis, the majority of brethren feel that it will be a great success, especially since we have obtained the services of Bro. Wallace, highly esteemed among loyal Christians and despised among premillennial sympathizers."

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Joseph H. Cox, 1044 Lotus Avenue, Louisville, Ky.. February 27: "The work at Atwood Avenue Church continues to grow steadily. Two have been baptized, and five have placed membership since January 1. The record contribution was reached last Sunday, totaling $246.00. Our plans are to begin building on Preston Highway, Street Pond No. 61. on or before August, 1951. When visiting Louisville, worship with us at 664 Atwood Ave., one block north of Eastern Parkway, and one-fourth block west of Preston Street.

I am proud to announce the arrival of our third son named Foy Wallace, on February 10."

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Floyd Thompson. Birch at Fairview. Santa Ana, Calif.: "We had a good -meeting with Yater Tant preaching. Three were baptized.

I was in a meeting in Exeter, Calif. recently, in which ten were baptized."

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Report. From Freed-Hardeman

George W. DeHoff

Regarding the recent unpleasantness at Freed-Hardeman College: I have been away from school during the winter quarter and was enroute from Florida. Christian College to my home in Murfreesboro when the trouble began. I did not hear of it for two days. Four days after it began. I went down to do what I could to help adjust matters. I pleaded with teachers and students to remain calm and await the action of the board of directors. When the board reported, T did all within my power to induce both faculty and students to remain at the college under Brother Hardeman. The students did not "strike" over the question of replacing the president. They claimed that two of their number had been unfairly attacked and should have opportunity to present their side of the whole affair. Well over. 300 students and more than half the faculty joined in this request. All matters were finally satisfactorily adjusted and Freed-Hardeman College will move forward as usual. Brother Hardeman's retirement plans were not changed in the least by this up-rising and the same cordial relations exist between us as always. Other colleges have bad uproars and grown faster than ever. Let us hope this will be the result at Freed-Hardeman.
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C. H. Luster, 617 East 8th Street, National City, Calif., February 28: "Recently four have been baptized, and fourteen restored. Fine interest prevails in every phase of the work, and attendance is the largest in the history of the congregation. When in this section, we invite you to worship with us."

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Floyd A. Decker, Box 507, Haynesville. La., February 23: "Having finished the job I returned to Haynesville to do, (assist the brethren in building their building). I have resigned effective on or before June 1. I expected to remain on until about September, but commitments for meetings during the summer months have caused me to decide to give up the work by June, when my meeting work begins. I have time for about two meetings other than those scheduled I am free to go where i am needed. The brethren here will he looking for a man for their work. It is a good work, and I believe the church here has a wonderful future. During our recent meeting with Brother Cogdill preaching, we had wonderful crowds and great good was accomplished for the cause in this section."

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M. Manchester, Rising Star, Texas February 22 "The work of the church here is moving along in a fine way. Nothing sensational to report, just a steady growth in spirituality and in numbers.

The Gospel Guardian is tops with me. Keep up the good work. The church bore will support me in a meeting this summer in some needy field."

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It Pays To Defend The Truth In Public Debate

Voyd N. Ballard

Sometimes we hear people say that public debates do no good! and some even go so far as to say that debates are harmful to the cause of Christ. I am happy to give the following which should convince all Christians that public debates do good, even getting- "visible results."

Just recently Marion F. Davis, who preaches for the church in Lemoore, Calif., engaged Mr. Earl Jenson, freewill Baptist preacher of Selma, Calif., in a ten nights public debate. This debate was conducted in the building of the church of Christ, in Selma. Calif. Marion F. Davis did an outstanding job of defending the truth, and at the close of the debate he baptized sixteen people, and re‑

stored four to their first love. Of the sixteen baptized, some were Baptists, some almost ready to be Baptists, (that is before the debate they were almost Baptists), some that had never shown interest in any religion, and one elderly lady who was a Methodist, and who declared that had it not been for the debate she would still be in error.

The subjects debated were: Origin of the church, Baptism, Lord's Supper, Instrumental Music, Feet washing, and the name of the church.

Yes, it pays to defend the truth in public debate, and Marion F. Davis knows how to do the job.

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Loyce L. Pearce. "The Bemis Church expects to begin construction on their proposed building as soon as possible. The building fund has been expanded by some $9,000.00 this past year. The plans are almost complete, and final arrangements are being made for the construction of the building. Our attendance has reached an all-time high the last four months and in those months we have averaged about 160 at worship service. We believe that the church at Bemis. Tenn., has a great future—Harold Trimble, Lowell Altizer, 0. S. Lanham, Morton Utley, Luther Blackmon, and many others can attest as to its soundness."

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Hoyt Bailey, 1924 West Douglas, Wichita 12, Kans.: "Seventy meetings that were conducted in Kansas last year were reported. Due to several additional preachers having moved to Kansas, during the past two years, there are now sixty-five or seventy part and full-time preachers in the state. Two years ago, there was but one or two broadcasts, but now there are twelve broadcasts scattered over the state. Congregations were begun in Plainview, Fort Scott, and both white and colored in Independence, last year. Congregations in Kansas, will support their preachers in fifteen or eighteen "mission" meetings in Kansas, this year. Texas and Oklahoma congregations will again send preachers for meetings in Kansas.

Efforts will be made to establish congregations in Neodesha, Herington, Hays, and other cities in Kansas, during 1950. More than 450 towns and cities, and from thirty-six to forty counties in this state are without the New Testament church. Kansas is near the center of the United States. therefore it may well be considered the "cross-roads" of this nation."

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Cleon Lyles, Little Rock, Ark., February 28: "Three were baptized, two restored, and nine placed membership at Fourth and State in February. Contributions averaged more than twelve hundred dollars per Sunday."

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Robert Farish, 1116 Thomason Ave., "I began work with the Tarrant City (B'ham) Ala. church the first of the year."