James E. Farley

I have three volumes called Charting the Old Paths by Dillard Thurman before me. I like these little books and have used them through the years to help me with sermons, articles, Bible classes, etc. I like these books for they help me to remember.

Brother Thurman was a faithful preacher, teacher, editor, and writer. Of course, most of us remember him as the editor of The Gospel Minutes for years before his death. I can remember this little paper in our home back in the early 1960s, and I remember reading it, even as a young boy. Brother Thurman did his best to help us to remember the Words of the Lord. (Acts 20:35) His lessons were always Bible based, easy to follow, and were always suitable for using in teaching others. These little books help me to remember God's Word, and they help me to remember Dillard Thurman as a preacher of the Word.

As I open each volume of these little books, I read something written in black ink just inside the front cover. It reads, "To Eddie, From Mommy, 8-5-83." I have written there, "Given to me by Mom Clista Spaulding Farley while I was in a meeting at Crum, WV."

This causes me to remember, too. I remember that meeting - twenty-one years ago. I was then living at Moorefield, WV, and working with the church there. I came "home" to Crum to preach in a meeting. It was a blessing to be with my parents that week and to have both Mom and Dad in the service each evening. I remember how Dad always encouraged me in my preaching before his death in April, 1991, and I remember how Mom always joined in that encouragement. She still does encourage us with her good words, and by her faithful life. She will be 88 years old in September, 2004. Mom has always served as a wonderful example for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

It is amazing how "little things" cause us to remember important things. Just by opening a volume of Charting the Old Paths, a flood of memories come to my mind.

You know, God used some "little things" - some simple things - to cause us to remember something extremely important. He used a little unleavened bread and fruit of the vine and has instructed us to remember the death of Jesus each Lord's Day as we eat and drink. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26; Acts 20:7). Let us be faithful in doing so. -P.O. Box 285, Crum, WV 25669.


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