OF THE PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE CENTER:
by Pastor Leroy Stadem,
June 29, 1986, 10:30 a.m.,
"I HAVE A ROBE, YOU HAVE A ROBE. ALL GOD'S CHILDREN HAVE A ROBE.
WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN GOIN TO PUT ON OUR ROBE
AND WALK ALL OVER GOD'S HEAVEN."
"I HAVE A PLOW. YOU HAVE A PLOW. ALL GOD'S CHILDREN HAVE A PLOW.
WHILE WE'RE HERE ON EARTH,
LET'S PUT OUR HAND TO THE PLOW
AND PLOW ALL OVER GOD'S EARTH."
The Gospel text read earlier from Luke 9:62 says: "NO MAN, HAVING PUT HIS HAND TO THE PLOW, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God".
My father, whom we called "Papa," lived N. W. of Bryant 4 1/2 miles as the crow flies. He used to plow with the walking plow. As we think of a plow, what's the good news for Bryant Centennial people today?
Being fit for the kingdom of God, you and I are given a plow and if it's faith, it's a fit plow, not of works lest anyone should boast. The good news is that not looking back is good. The history book of Bryant that you edited is a litany of thanksgiving.
Field Day for the area schools was one of the greatest events. Richard Fleming and I always won the 3 legged race. So we found out that a Roman Catholic and Lutheran can run together (audience laughed in agreement).[yes, the gunnysack they used was ecumenical!--Ed.]
Ray Peterson played the trumpet and he would come around to the schools and play and sing "Come into Bryant School for Field Day".
I remember the Bible School that ran for not only one week but one month. (Pointing and saying, "Right back here. Man I love that place".
I do not have one negative thought about Bryant merchants and that's quite a record. (LeRoy spoke very favorably of L.A. Jacobson and I, Ruth, missed the story as Liz and I were whispering - sorry, says Ruth).
One day I remember coming in to the drug store and told the druggist, "Our chickens are dying!!!" He said, "They have coccidiosis. Give them sour milk and that will cure them," and it did. He could have sold me some expensive medicine, but he didn't. [did he charge them for the sour milk instead?--Ed.]
I have only two negatives about Bryant. The first place I saw a drunk man was in Bryant. In the epistle lesson read today [at the church service] it spoke of drunkenness, from Gal 5:1, 13-25. Secondly, it's wrong making fun of the underdog, as kids will do. (Trust I got the last line in the right context--Ruth).
What is looking back is if we learn from our past experiences. What is sinful is forgivable. We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. It's wrong to look back and think my furrow is better [than another person's--Ed.]. Perhaps because I'm a "teetotaler."
Look not inward, outward, but upward.
("Don't know what the following fact points to," Ruth says, which is understandable, she was too young to get to attend her baby brother's birth at home, and so she missed seeing the tennis ball he had in his hands--Ed.). I play a lot of tennis. I'll take on anyone of you but I won't say that I'll win. I like tennis. Tennis is a Bible game because Joseph served in Pharaoh's court. (audience laughed).
My mother used to say, "You have a beautiful face." Bryant, you have a beautiful face.
May I say to the chemical dependents, there are A.A's and ALANON groups.
But we look up to Jesus Christ as we run the race set before us. We take the plow of faith and as the fruits of the flesh will be turned under, the fruits of faith will be able to grow! AMEN"