Our Way of Thinking is Not the Same, by MS
Our way of thinking is not what I see in your publication, The Amish Voice.
Amish Don't Teach Salvation Through Works, by A Reader in Indiana
Dear friends, I dont know of any Amish church denominations that teach salvation through works. I think you know better. Im sure you werent taught that growing up.
Not Interested in your So-Called Amish Voice, by SG
We are not interested in your so called Amish Voice. Is it honest and upright to call it Amish? I know of no Old Order Amish that believes as you do. Paul said that you will be saved through hope. I think it is yours that need to read the whole Bible—won’t you?
Ordnung vs Love for God, By BR
Just a few lines to thank you for this publication. I enjoyed it very much! I hope to be kept on your mailing list. 25 years ago my dad said he feels our Amish people are losing what our forefathers believed. To live for God and not just follow the Amish ordnung, but to realize it’s a separate thing.
Twist, Turn, and Leave things out of Scripture, By AM
It irritates me greatly to see how people twist & turn & leave some things out of scripture so they don’t have to feel guilty.
Read Cover to Cover, By EO
I don’t know who might have submitted my name and address, but I am thankful that I had the opportunity to read The Amish Voice. I seldom read anything cover to cover, but this was an exception. It is very well written and theologically sound.
Too Many Scriptures, By DS
I do not like your papers. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have so many scriptures and every day happenings or a timely paper. God’s Word is sharper than a two-edged sword and it is not child’s play. I do not like your attitude of, “I know I’m saved,” or, “I know you are reborn.”
Remain Separate from the World, by ARH
The Amish Voice seems to have a fairly modern teaching and views. I also am concerned that you would promote voting to such a level, if the scriptures teach us to remain separate from the world. -ARH
Your View of Voting is not Good, by S.L.
I do agree with some of your articles, like the one on homosexuality, but your view of voting for our country is not good. If you say that you are being a good citizen by voting, will you feel the same way when asked to help our government in other areas?
I Read My Parents' Amish Voice, By: N.D.
I would like for you to send me the Amish Voice every month. I read my parents’ Amish Voice and I believe it got me closer to God and helps me to better understand the Bible.
This Message Really Touched My Heart, By: D.S.
I certainly appreciated this message. It really touched my heart. Thanks for making this available. May God bless you.
I Am Glad to Read the Amish Voice, By: F. H.
I would like to order two copies of the book, What Do the Amish Believe? I also want to thank you for all the effort and work you put into the Amish Voice! I do so enjoy it! There is so much truth in it and it keeps me encouraged to know that others believe as I believe. Many people are not taught the truth of the Word of God, so I am glad to read the Amish Voice. Keep praying!
I Appreciate the Amish Voice, By M.H.
I have wanted to let you know for a long time already that I appreciate the Amish Voice. I have been getting it for more than two years and I just wanted to let you know how much my life has been impacted by the Bible truth that you point out. Some churches warn everyone in their communities not to read the Amish Voice. This bothered me a lot because I was able to learn so much, so I kept on reading them.
Being a Submissive Wife, by Mrs. WH
I have a suggestion for a future article. I used to think that a submissive wife would quietly go along with what her husband decided, showing little emotion, etc. I have come to realize that most men do not actually want passive, unemotional wives, but wives who can voice her concern and disagreement in a calm, kind voice—no pouting, etc. And, most importantly, have a smile and a spark (even if he is rather dull), encouraging, praising, and continually surprising him in little ways.
Let God be the Judge, By PM
Some years ago we were working at a place, and one evening on the way home, the driver asked the boy up front if he was saved, and he said he hopes to be. The man stopped and said, "Let's pray for this boy. Nobody will be saved on hopes.
Church Vows or Marriage Vows: Which is more important?
Some time ago, a preacher in the Amish church left the culture with his wife and children. Not long after they left, the former preacher’s siblings and church came to visit the family. They made one thing clear to the husband: your vow to the church is more binding than your vow to your spouse on your wedding day. The siblings and church continued to pressure the father to separate himself from his wife and children, take up his church vow, and come back to the Amish.
Beware of False Prophets, By RCY
The Bible tells us to beware of false prophets. Search your heart, and can you truthfully say from the bottom of your heart that there is nothing wrong with smartphones and all that other modern technology? Are you just taking out of the Bible what you want and twisting it to how you want it?
Knocking on the Wrong Door
There are many, many different beliefs in the world. There are even hundreds or thousands of different groups that all claim to be right, and they each say that they are following the Bible. How can this be? How do we know if what we believe is really right? Jesus said that many religious people will find out too late that they were not on the right path, but we never stop to consider if He might have been talking about us.
Lawyer, Lightning, and Luther
Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483. He was born on St. Martin’s Day, and so his parents named him Martin. Hans Luther, Martin’s father, was a miner. Hans and his wife, Margarete, were able to send Martin to school. Hans had high hopes for Martin and was pleased that he was studying to become a lawyer.
On July 2, 1505, Martin Luther was returning to the University of Erfurt when he was caught in a thunderstorm. You will remember that Saul of Tarsus had a sudden change of heart due to divine intervention, and so it was with Martin Luther. A bolt of lightning hit the ground near where Luther was, knocking him to the ground. Afraid, Luther called out to St. Anne, saying that if he would be kept safe through the storm, he would become a monk.
Martin Luther and the Reformation
October 31, 1517. What is so special about this date? Why should we care about the Protestant Reformation? How sad it is that so many Christians can talk about politics, sports, music, romance fiction books, work, and so much more, yet do not know much about Martin Luther, John Knox, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, and others whom God has used to bring a group of people or even an entire nation back to His Word.
Wisdom and Fear
We like to think of ourselves as wise. We like to think that we follow what is good and right. However, if we try to determine right and wrong based upon our feelings or our society, then we are foolish in God’s eyes.
God has told us what true wisdom is. It is to fear Him (to reverence, respect Him; to submit to Him, realizing that He is in charge and His ways and Word are right). To understand is to know Him. Many people know about Him, yet do not know Him. To know Him, though, is to love Him — to love what He loves and to hate what He hates.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding (Proverbs 9:10). The fear of the Lord is to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13).
A Robe of Righteousness
Jesus told this parable:
When thou art bidden [invited] of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. (Luke 14:8-10)
The way to heaven is simple, yet narrow, and most won’t be going there, according to what Jesus said (Matthew 7:14). Even a whole lot of good, nice, religious people will miss eternal life—even though they think that they are good Christian people. See the parable of the ten virgins with lamps, for example (Matthew 25), or read when Jesus told about the many people who did good and wonderful works and called Jesus “Lord,” yet ended up eternally lost (Matthew 7:21-23).
In this article, we would like to address the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, which have taken some plain families by storm. I’d like to thank Paul Miller for the many hours of research and studying he did to prepare for this. May the Spirit of God give you, the reader, clarity of mind as you begin to understand the why's and how's of Seventh-day Adventism.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Matthew 18:6-7
The Bible tells us that children are very precious to Jesus. We must be certain to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and to be an example for them of our loving, gentle,and patient Heavenly Father.
What Do You Believe?
People of many different faiths, churches, and denominations can tell you what they believe. You can probably tell others what you believe. Often, though, our beliefs are little more than tradition or opinions. Is it okay to get drunk? Is homosexuality wrong? What kind of music should you listen to? Is it wrong to steal? How do we get eternal life? Is it wrong to study the Bible on our own?
Why do Amish Wear Beards
Why do the Amish men have to wear long beards? Is it Biblical? Why do they not have mustaches?
Prepare your Heart!
In the parable of the sower and the seed that Jesus told, the seed is the word of God. All of the seed sown was good. The problem was the condition of the soil—the heart. How is your heart? Is your heart prepared to hear from God? Are you seeking Him? Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy.
Letter from a Reader
I have been receiving your publication, The Amish Voice, for some time. Your publication has a lot to say about justification through faith only. This last one's title was "The Fivefold Appeal to be Justified by Faith Alone." In reading Hebrews chapter 11, the old patriarchs or elders through faith obtained a good report (verse 2). Ironically, it (the good report) came about through the works they did through that faith. Noah in verse 7 says, "By faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." How do we know he had faith? I believe it is because of his works that we know he had faith, and the two together need to be evident.
With so many modern families affected by divorce, unhealthy marriages and relationships, it is good to look again briefly at the Biblical model of a family. Due to our sinful natures, we still have disagreements and we still get irritated and even angry at times, but our goal ought to be to become more like Jesus every day—leaving the sin behind and becoming a loving, forgiving, happy, healthy, godly family.
All the Rules I Followed Gave Me Pride
I used to get up early and work hard ‘most every day.
There were, of course, those times when it was good to rest and play.
I used to feed the chickens, milk the cows, and stack the wood.
I went to church, obeyed the rules, and I was pretty good.