"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of truth." — (Psalm 60:4)
"Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them." — (Isaiah 13:2)
Devoted To The Defense Of The Church Against All Errors And Innovations
Vol.VIII No.I Pg.18b
June 1945

From The Central Church - Los Angeles

At the close of a period of about three years of pleasant association with the Central Church, Twelfth and Hoover, Los Angeles, Glenn L. Wallace resigned to accept an invitation to work with the church in Springfield, Missouri. Brother Wallace's fine cooperation with the leaders, his sound, firm and convincing preaching of the gospel accomplished great good for the church in Los Angeles and vicinity. He does not shun to declare the whole counsel of God, nor to point out and condemn sin, both in and out of the church; in fighting spiritual wickedness in high places, he is not afraid of the devil himself, much less his devoted emissaries. His convincing manner of proclaiming the gospel has proved to be very effective in arresting the attention of radio audiences and in convincing and converting many listeners.

Brother Wallace leaves with good feeling prevailing between him and the members of Central that could scarcely be surpassed. There is deep regret and a definite realization of loss occasioned by his departure; also, it is evident that it is with a feeling of sorrow, on their part, that he and his good family leave a membership that so unanimously love and respect them.

An unusually good feeling prevails among the members at Central as well as a wholesome cooperation with neighboring congregations: this is not said with any thought that it is a better condition than should be expected among God's people-for when we have done our best we must realize that we are only "unprofitable servants "-never-the-less it is a pleasure to witness such fine fellowship.

During the time Brother Wallace has been with us the attendance has been greater than at any other similar period in the history of the congregation and contributions much larger, and, at this writing (about a month after his departure) a similar condition continues, which is the highest compliment that may be paid a departing minister; for one that builds a work around himself, rather than building the church is a failure. This thought may be illustrated by quoting from a statement concerning Jesus made by the noted historian, H. G. Wells: he wrote, "For the historian's test of greatness is not What did He accumulate for himself?' or What did He build up, to tumble down at his death?' Not that at all, but this, Was the world different because He lived? Did He start man to thinking along fresh lines?' By this test Jesus stands first."

Our prayers and best wishes continue for them, hoping and confidently expecting that they will do as great a work and be as cordially received in Missouri as in California. --(Elders)

(Note: This report was due to be published before the first of the year but was delayed unintentionally-inadvertently, editorially speaking. The church in Springfield is fortunate to secure the services of Glenn Wallace to follow up the good work done there by Roy Cogdill. Any church is fortunate to have two of their kind in a row--I mean in succession--not in "a row"!--Editor.