Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In Honor of Our Grandpa


This is a letter written by our paternal Grandpa, Ken Engle, in 1948 when he was 23 years old.
He would have been 90 years old this year if he was still on earth. He is more alive now in Heaven than he's ever been! 

Dear Kansas Bible Campers,

By this time all of the mosquito bites should be healed and maybe you have forgotten about them.  If that is possible!  I hope you have forgotten the bites, but not the Bible lessons.  It is our prayer that those truths may be remembered through life.

Take the 'Quiet Time'  (QT)  for instance.  How is that coming?  Are you keeping that special time with the Lord each day - that set time when you speak to the Lord (prayer) and the Lord speaks to you (Bible reading)?  If you are, I am confident that you are experiencing real joy in your Christian life.

May I say that from experience, keeping the QT is one of the hardest things I have ever done.  Remember, Satan will do all he can to stop you.  I have just been looking at a little booklet on the Quiet Time and I found some very good suggestions.  I'll pass them on to you.


1)    Make Time:   You'll have to plan a certain time for your QT.  You know when it will be best for you.  I personally prefer the early morning, before my mind is clouded with so many details of the day.  Organize your day and set a certain time for you QT.  Rain or shine be there.
"Remember the Lord will be there even if you are not!"  We have set times for our meals, why not for our spiritual meals?  Certainly it is just as important....yes, more important. Decide right now on a time.

2)   Find a quiet place:   Try to be alone.  Sometimes this is difficult, even impossible.  In your home you may have a large family and it is difficult to not have interruptions.  Do your best and ask the Lord to help you.  If there is much noise, you must learn to really concentrate.  I found it very hard sometimes to have my QT in the army when there were men all around me making noise.  But remember the Lord will help you.  Decide right now on a quiet place before you read any more.

3)   Let your heart be still:  We read in the Word, "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) We should not rush into the presence of the Lord.  Nothing should hurry us.  Nothing in our day is of more importance.  We are meeting with our Captain before we go out to serve.  How foolish to think that we should go out for Him before we first have met with Him.  "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." (Isaiah 30:15)

4)  Expect His presence:  Come to Him eagerly expecting something.  You will never be disappointed.  He may show you something in the Bible you have never seen before.  The Word of God is like a gold mine and you will never exhaust its supply. 

5)   Look for something for yourself:  The QT is for you and not your neighbor.  You may want to pass on what you get, but that is not the purpose of the QT.  For those of you under high-school age, you may want to pick out a good verse in the chapter of your reading.  But certainly if you in high school and above you should look for a message for yourself.  When you find it, be sure to write it down in your QT notebook.  By the way, have a good notebook and keep a page for everyday.  You may title it like this: 

      Quiet Time
       Matthew 1
       Sept. 1, 1948   7:00 AM

Under this title, put what the Lord gives you.  As you write do so in the first person.  For example:   "This is something I need - I need to follow the Lord as Joshua did."  As you close your QT summarize your thoughts into a prayer.

Be sure to have a good Bible.  Use one preferably with no notes at all and has a good sized print.

Start the Quiet Time right away.  These are only suggestions.  Most of them are not original.  I do trust they will help you to be a growing Christian.  If you have any questions about the QT, I would be glad to answer them.

In  His matchless Name,
Ken Engle
Chicago, Illinois


                                                          Photo taken in 1944 at age 19.

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