1 October 1891, Volume 11, Number 19.
What I Live For.
I live for those who love me,
Whose hearts are kind and true,
For the heaven that smiles above me
And waits my spirit, too;
For all human ties that bind me,
For the task by God assigned me,
For the bright hopes left behind me,
And the good that I can do.
I live to learn their story
Who’ve suffered for my sake,
To emulate their glory,
And follow in their wake;
Bards, patriots, martyrs, sages,
The noble of all ages,
Whose deeds crown history’s pages
And Time’s great volume make.
I live to hold communion
With all that is divine,
To feel that there is union
’Twas nature’s heart and mine;
To profit by affliction,
Reap truths from fields of fiction,
Grow wiser from conviction —
Fulfilling God’s design.
I live for those who love me,
For those who know me true,
For the heaven that smiles above me,
And waits my spirit, too;
For the cause that lacks assistance,
For the wrongs that need resistance,
For the future in the distance,
And the good that I can do.
Please explain Matt. 11:11, 12.
Your brother in Christ,
E. G. Averill.
Ans. — The text reals as follows: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” John was greater than the prophets in point of privilege. They predicted the Messiah’s coming, but lived under the law, and never saw him. John the Baptist and fore-runner of Jesus Christ, introduced the kingdom of heaven, and his ministry was the dawning of the gospel dispensation. He saw the Lord; announced him to men as the “Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” He had the distinguished privilege of baptizing him; saw the Spirit descend upon him and heard the voice from heaven: “Thus is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him.” Thus he was raised to a far higher privilege in the development of God’s plan than any of the prophets over saw, and yet his ministry ended before the day of Pentecost, when the copious out-pouring of the Holy Spirit fully set up the kingdom of heaven, and invested it with conquering power. Therefore, “he that is least in the kingdom of heaven,” after its Pentecostal glory appeared, is advanced to a summit of light, and power, of grace and spiritual wisdom that John never attained, and in this respect is pester than he.
Verse 12 contains a spiritual fact clearly impressed by the use of a figure. As one kingdom or power can only make conquest with another kingdom by a powerful military struggle, by desperate war; so likewise, if we would gain the glorious kingdom of heaven, we must proclaim war against sin and all Satan’s kingdom; must enter into life through an earnest wholehearted struggle against all evil, and so take the kingdom by violence. Amen.
Bro. Warner, is it right for the saints of God to purchase organs, and to give their children music lessons, intending to make them music teachers.
Your brother, saved and under the blood,
J. T. Obry.
Answer. — It is right to cultivate, develop and properly use every faculty and natural gift that God has placed in the human being. And with perhaps more direct object to the worship of God than in any other gift. God made man a wonderful musical instrument. Tune and time, the gift and love of music, are not the works of the devil, but the very creation of God, and a natural source of human happiness, and a means of glorifying God. Since music is an innate gift of God, to take musical lessons is but developing and bringing into effectual use the gift of God. The human voice, if properly cultured, exceeds the sweetness and melody of any instrument of music, hence the organ is superfluous, and by no means advisable in the congregation of the Lord. But it is a great, help in learning music, hence may be a blessing in a family. It makes home attractive, and it is a fact that vocal and instrumental music gives an upward bent to the soul. If your children are lovers of music, and wish you to purchase an organ for their home use, you can incline them in the direction of that which is good by gratifying their musical thirst. Nine times out of ten you will let them drift to something more alienating and demoralizing to occupy the time they would devote to the organ.
And as for getting qualified to teach music, I know of nothing but the ministry of the gospel that a good saved person could do more good in: he can even prepare the way for the Lord to come into hearts by developing the gift of music. Singing is an important part in the praise of God; therefore, if it is right to teach people to praise and worship God, it is right to teach them music.
“IF any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not.” God’s children need much heavenly wisdom so as to be able to walk in this present evil generation before the unsaved, as becometh saints of the Most High. In every-day life our deportment should be such as will not bring serious reflection upon the cause of our blessed Master. The tongue is a little member but boasteth of great things. It is indeed a small member, but O how much need there is of bringing it into complete subjection! This can be done by heavenly wisdom. The Psalmist said: “I will set a watch before my mouth that I sin not.” It is a sad fact that the tongue is often used where it ought not to be used; things are said that are not and cannot be to the glory of God, and from which good cannot come. As the Lord has given us this useful member, it should be used exclusively to his glory. To use the tongue for the glory of God, we should strictly observe the divine injunction, “Swift to hear, slow to speak,” and also, “Let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay; for whatsoever cometh more than these cometh of evil. It is real disgusting to hear one run a continual string of talk about every thing he can think about, and then make a boast of having a long tongue, and that he can talk if any body can. It is not always the tongue that can give the most talk, or that can give the best instructions and advice. Such persona seem to think themselves very wise indeed. Thus we find them often making expressions and uttering sentences that place them in a very awkward position before others, and as is not an unfrequent thing, they unwisely wound the feelings of others. It is not their intention to do so, but the lack of wisdom and the unwise use of the tongue often leads to this. The example of our Saviour on this line should be carefully studied and diligently practiced. He was very careful in his speech; often remained silent when others were gossiping, and when he did talk his conversation was mainly about heavenly things. How different with those who are talking every trash and stuff that comes up in their minds, and claim that they are all upon the altar and trusting the Lord, and that their thoughts must be from the Lord or they would not have them or talk them. Seek that wisdom that cometh from above. Always be sure that what you say is to the glory of God. Be very guarded in your speech, especially before the unsaved, that the cause of our Master may be saved from a reproach.
G. W. Сarey.
why Christians die.
MORE Christians die from starvation than from any other cause. They starve not from lack of meat but from neglect of eating; and strange to say, one of the first effects of negligence in eating is the loss of appetite. The starving Christian never suffers from hunger, therefore many are deceived; they do not know their condition, and therefore persuade themselves that they are in good health when they are really dying. They imagine that they are eating meat when really they are not. The disciples of the blessed Master were astonished once when in reply to an invitation to eat, he said, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” They said among themselves, Hath any man brought him to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. This is the meat for which a greater part of the church is perishing to-day. The true disciple is like his Master. Christianity is the religion of Jesus Christ. The Christian is a reproduction of the characteristics of the Christ. To do the will of God, is the meat and drink of every true Christian. A want of appetite is the sign of disease. The man of sound health gets hungry when the body needs meat. Meat satisfies hunger and gives life and strength to the body, and here is nothing more agreeable to the taste of a hungry man in sound health than meat. The same is true of Christian work and the Christian. Doing the will of God satisfies the deepest hunger of the soul. It sustains life and gives strength, and there is nothing which yields so much in solid joy. It is more blessed to give than to receive. This is the highest ideal attainable in the Christian life. Not until doing the will of God becomes the daily food of the soul, can it be said that the disciple is like his Master. In the Christian life, work is food and idleness is starvation.
One of the comforts of prayer, is in the fact that we can ask God with confidence to help us, when we are not sure what we want, or what help is best for us. There are times when we know that we are not in a right frame of mind toward God, or toward our duties, and yet when we are unable to see just where our fault is, or just how much we are at fault in this line or that. If at such a time we set ourselves at trying to analyze our purposes, our emotions, and our motives in order to decide wherein we are right and wherein we are wrong, we are liable to be more confused and perplexed over our case, and to entangle ourselves in hopeless self-discussion concerning the perils and proprieties of the different causes of actions that open before us. But if on the other hand, we bow ourselves before God in such an emergency, and trustfully say to him that he knows our trouble, and that he can see our way out of it; therefore we commit our selves to him for instruction and guidance and we may be sure that God will hear our prayer, and will make our path plain before us, or will give us such impulses and such new surroundings as will enable us to know the right and to do it, which would otherwise be impossible for us.
Indeed there is no time when prayer can be more precious to us in the certainty of its advantages, than when we know how to pray as we ought, and the Spirit helpeth our infirmity by interceding for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
F. M. Frey.
Dear Saints in the Spirit: We find in our labors for the Lord and the restoration of souls, a people who believe not in the Holy Spirit as a distinct personage in the Trinity, but that the word and the Spirit are the same. These people are so numerous in this part of the country and oppose us so strongly on this line, that we have asked God to give us wisdom that we might show them by the word of God, that the Holy Spirit’s coming was as explicitly foretold as that of the Messiah. That his coming was as divinely attested too, and that rejecting the Spirit is attended with the same sad results as it is to reject the Christ. Now there was, in the days of Christ, a people who professed to believe in God but rejected this Christ as the Saviour of the world. They professed to have God to their Father, but Jesus said unto them, “If God were your Father ye would love me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself but he sent me.” — Jno. 8:42.
Now there are a people to-day who profess to believe in Christ but reject or deny the Holy Spirit as the “abiding Comforter.” They profess to have Christ to their Saviour, but the Holy Spirit replies in the words of Jesus, “If Christ were your Saviour ye would love me, for I proceeded forth and came from him; neither came of myself but the Father sent me in his name.” Jno. 14:26. Now by the aid of the Holy Spirit we can show this people that it is as rational to reject the Christ and the scriptures pertaining to him as it is to deny the Holy Spirit and the scripture pertaining to him.
Let us notice the scripture concerning the promises or predictions of Christ’s coming. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall braise thy head, and thou shalt brass his heel.” — Gen. 3:15. “And in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” — Gen. 12:3. “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.” — Isa. 11:1.
These three scriptures are sufficient in the prophecy of a coming Saviour. Now we will notice three scriptures in prophecy and promise of the Holy Spirit. “And I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” — Gen. 17:8.
Now if we are the children of God (as many profess to be who deny the Spirit), then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs of tins everlasting possession which is the Comforter that abideth ever. See Luke 24:49; Gal. 3:14, 29; Acts 1:4, 5.
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.” — Joel 2:28, 29.
“If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” — Luke 11:13.
God is true to his word, and this promise is not only to the few on the day of Pentecost, but to them that ask him. Praise God! We have proved the sincerity of this promise.
Now Jesus came and was divinely attested.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” — Luke 2:8-11.
Mark the words “which shall be to all people.” We have never talked with a man who believed not that this was the true Messiah and is such to all who come unto him.
The Holy Spirit came and was likewise divinely attested.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all with one accord
in one place; and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting; and there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” — Acts 2:1—4.
Peter says, “The promise is unto you and unto your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” — Acts 2:39.
We have never talked with any one who denied that this was the Holy Spirit, but do deny that he ever did or can come to any other since that day. But Christ did not come to only those who witnessed the attestation, but “to all people.” The Holy Spirit did not only come to those who witnessed this divine attestation, but unto “even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Jesus came to do the will of the Father. Luke 2:49; Jno. 4:34; Jno. 6:38; Jno. 19:30; and many other scriptures. The Holy Ghost came to do the will of the Father and Son to speak as directed. John 16:13; Jno. 14:26.
Jesus called men to the ministry. Luke 10:1. The Holy Spirit calls men to the ministry. Acts 13:2—4. Jesus directed the work of the ministers he called. Matt. 10:5—42. The Holy Spirit directs the work of the ministers he calls. Acts 16:6—13.
Jesus came that God may be glorified. Jno. 17:4. The Holy Spirit came that Jesus may be glorified. John 16:4. Jesus prayed for oneness of his people. Jno. 17:21—23. The Holy Spirit collects into one. Eph 1:10.
Jesus dealt with the people as directed by the Father. John 5:30. The Holy Spirit speaks and deals with our souls as directed by the Father. John 16:13. The multitude took unto themselves the notable prisoner rather than the Lord Jesus. Matt 27:15—21. And the multitude of cold, formal professors to-day take into fellowship the same, rather than a man in whom the Holy Ghost dwells. The Pharisees in the time of Christ professed to believe in and trust Moses; but Jesus told them had they believed Moses they would have believed him, for Moses wrote of him. Jno. 5:45, 46. The pharisees of to-day profess to believe in and trust Jesus, but the Holy Spirit now saith, “Had ye believed in Jesus ye would have believed in me for he spake of me.” The Lord says of those who reject and disobey him, “Ye are a stiff-necked people: I will come up in the midst of thee in a moment and consume thee.” — Ex. 33:5. Stephen says of those who reject the Holy Spirit, “Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did so do ye.” — Acts 7:51.
May God help the people to see that we are living in the Holy Ghost dispensation, and to reject him is as great, yea, a greater offense than to reject the Saviour. To sin against Jesus can be forgiven, but a sin against the Holy Ghost is not forgiven; and to crucify the Holy Spirit from the soul is to deprive that soul of all possible chance of salvation. Now, by the aid of the Spirit we have shown you the parallelism in the life and mission of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but farther we read in holy writ of Christ’s coming, of his crucifixion, and of his ascension. We read therein also of the coming of the Holy Spirit to this world. But no man can give the scripture wherein he ascended.
Glory be to God forever! He still dwells among men and is fast gathering all into one. It is true the people by the hardness of their hearts are crucifying him as the Jews did Christ, and the day will come when he has searched out the last honest heart; then it is he will be crucified unto the world; then it is his mission on earth will be complete; then it is he will make his ascension to the Father, report his work done, and then comes the end. Amen.
Chas. E. Orr.
Dear Saints: I am glad to report that I am yet led by the Lord, and enjoying the fullness of his love. He leads me in the way of righteousness. Oh! it does my soul good to read the testimonies of the dear saints. Pray for me.
Your sister on the gospel altar,
B. M. Clemons Solomon.
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REQUEST FOR PRAYER.
Pray for Arthur Howard, Guy’s Mills. Pa., that he may be saved and filled with the joys of salvation.
Sister Sallie Royal desires that the saints pray that she may be healed of Consumption. She says she has quit taking medicine and believes the Lord will heal her.
Pray for a sister that she may be healed of La Grippe. Also for two attorneys at law, one of whom is a slave to strong drink, the other, discouragements of life.
Birdville, Tarrant Co., Texas.
Dear Saints: May God’s richest blessings rest upon you all. We have a little girl who has had the chills and fever for two or three months. We have prayed to God for her healing at different times, and she would net have them for some time; but they would re-appear again. The people here hoot at the idea of the Lord healing any one in these last days; but we know he does for he has healed different ones in our family. We have given ourselves into the hands of God, knowing that he does all things well. Now, dear saints, let your prayers be made in her behalf that she may be healed, and God shall have the praise. We are saved from all sin, standing on the sure-promises of God.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
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Urgent Request for Prayer.
Derry, Kan., Sept. 21, 1891.
Dear Brethren: We have a little boy almost three years old who has always been wonderfully afflicted, insomuch that he is deaf and dumb, and has not the proper use of his faculties: is not able to walk, and has strange manifestations in his body; but is a large, strong and healthy child every other way. We feel that it has been to glorify God in some way, but now the time has come that we desire very much, if it is God’s will, that he should be healed; therefore we earnestly beseech of you for Jesus’ sake to fast and pray with us that it may be accomplished, and be be made a proper child like another of his age. We set Sunday, the 11th day of Oct., to fast all day until three o’clock in the afternoon, when the saints at this place will lay on hands and expect him to be healed in the name of Jesus.
Your brother and sister fully saved,
Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Carey.
A CALL FOR MEETINGS.
Meeting desired at Gordon, Neb. Address Brother J. L. Slone.
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Leroy, Osceola Co., Mich.
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List of Camp and Grove-Meetings.
There will be an assembly meeting at the tabernacle at Bro. Smith’s, about three miles north west of Grand Junction, Mich., commencing Oct. 1st and holding as long as the Lord wills. Those wishing to attend, coming by railroad, will address Bro. Joseph Smith, Lacota, Mich. Those coming by the Michigan Central (Kal. & S. H. division) from east or west, or on the Chicago & West Michigan from north or south, all stop at Grand Junction.
A. B. Palmer. S. Michels & J. A. Dillon.
HENDERSON, PA. ASSEMBLY.
The Lord willing there will be an assembly meeting of the saints at Henderson, Mercer Ca, Pa., beginning Sept. 29, am continuing to about Oct. 11. Let as many saints from west Pa. and Ohio as possibly can, assemble there. And let all pray God to do a glorious work there. Parties coming by R. R.. come to Sandy Lake or Stone- borough. Address Bro. Wm. Frost, Henderson, Pa. Bros. Schell, Warner and Howard, and Co. will be there, the Lord willing.
After the above meeting, myself with perhaps some helpers, will hold a meeting in Wooster, Ohio, beginning about Oct. 13. Brother Gibson and whosoever the Lord will send are invited to come and assist. We hope after closing there to stop at Burbank, O., and reach home near the beginning of Nov. Persons coming to Wooster address Laura J. Ryland.
D. S. W.
Kenesaw, Neb. Camp-meeting.
Will begin Oct. 8. This place is on the Burlington and Missouri R. R. Let there be a general coming together of the saints at this meeting.
G. R. Achor.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Odon, Ind., Sept. 18, 1891.
Dear Saints of God and the Trumpet Readers: From Deerfield, Ind., Bro. Cole and a few of us went to Winchester, and had meeting at night, at Sister Fisher’s. Two consecrated, and we left Bro. Bell to continue the meeting. Bro. Cole and I came the next day to Rockford, where we met dear Bro. Howard who conveyed us to his home. We found him and family well and praising God for perfect salvation, and they and Bro. George and family went with us to the Tamico meeting; this was a joyful day to our souls. After supper at Brother and Sister Fleener’s we were conveyed to the place of meeting. The congregation was small but increased in interest until the close, with victory through the entire meeting. The saints were much strengthened and prejudice removed. Thanks to the dear ones for their kind assistance. We then took train for Odon, where we met Bro’s Wm. Moore and Cloe, who conveyed us to Bro. Moore’s, near the grove where we met with the saints. Quite a number came out to hear the word and listened with much interest Six consecrated for pardon or purity. We expect to start for Hartsells, Ala. to morrow.
Your brothers saved, and requesting the prayers of the dear ones for success for Jesus in the South.
J. N. Howard, J. Cole & Wm. H. Miller.
El Cajon, Cal., Sept. 17, 1891.
Dear Saints: We are now located here upon the Boston Rancho. There are many hundreds of acres in raisin grapes in this vicinity. Upon this ranch alone there are eight hundred acres in grapes. The harvest has begun, giving employment to hundreds of people, among whom are Mexicans, Indians, Negros and nearly every nationality of the globe. The tent is located so as to give these people the word of life in the evenings, who otherwise would seek entertainment elsewhere. Expect to open meeting this evening in the name of the Lord. The battle is great but our Captain is greater, and we open the siege with perfect victory in our hearts, ready for any thing and fearing nothing that can oppose us. (Rom. 8:31.) Pray earnestly dear ones, for us and the work here. We are well and happy.
Your humble co-workers upon the gospel altar.
J. W. & J. Byers & R. A. Cannon.
Carthage, Mo., Sept. 21, 1891.
Dear Brethren in Christ: God bless you. Amen. By the blessing of the Lord we were permitted to be at the Frisco, Ark. meeting, which we hope the Lord made a real blessing to the saints in Arkansas. We found some dear saints in Arkansas that understood what God requires of his children, but they did not know exactly how to keep clear from spurious holiness professors; but we trust the good Lord taught them how to try the spirits by the word of God. There were a few backsliders reclaimed at this meeting for which we give God all the glory. The meeting closed with ordinance services which were as precious as I ever witnessed. The same evening there were some of the dear ones healed of their infirmities, and a shout of gratitude and glory to God bursted forth in the little assembly, like the voice of many waters. During the meeting we discovered that the Holy Ghost had made dear Bro. C. C. Lane overseer of the church of God in the top of the mountains (Boston), and he was ordained by the laying on of hands the evening of the ordinance meeting; and next day in company with Bro. Geo. Bolds and daughter, we took our departure for Carthage, Mo., where wo arrived in safety the evening of the same day and found the saints of this place anxious for a meeting, which commenced the next evening. The meeting at Carthage lasted about ten days, in which backsliders were reclaimed, sinners converted and believers sanctified. I do not know the number that were saved in this meeting, but there were a good many and thank God for it, and to him be all the glory. There were eighteen that followed Jesus and were buried with him in baptism by Bro. Otto Bolds. The meeting closed with ordinance services in which about forty-two took part.
Your saved brethren,
A. J. Kilpatrick & G. E. Bolds.
Portland, Ind., Sept. 22, 1891.
Dear Saints of the Living God: We are praising God for full salvation, and love to be doing the Masters will.
After the Deerfield C. M. we went to Winchester, where God blessed the meeting. There were two consecrated for sanctification. From there we came to Willow Chapel, and held two meetings, then to the James school-house, where the power of God was manifested in convicting sinners. We returned to Willow Chapel, where we are holding meetings in the name of the Lord.
A. R. Bell & B. Longerbone.
Payne, O., Sept. 20, 1891.
Bro’s Daugherty & Mendenhall, Sisters Barbara Kenagy & Mary McCormick, with myself and others left Dark Co., Ohio, for Logan Co., and commenced meeting about Sept. 8, which continued over the following Lord’s day. We had good weather, very good attendance and many anxious and attentive listeners to the truth of God. A glorious meeting and sweeping victory by way of instruction and imparting light to those needing the same was effected by faithful prayer to God and being much in secret communion. Some dear brethren from West Liberty and Sidney, Ohio were there. Many were convicted during the progress of this meeting. May God save such is our prayer. Eight or nine requested our prayers the last meeting. Pray for them brethren. Some were healed by the power of God instantaneously from awful suffering and intense pain. The Lord received the glory. Brothers Daugherty and Mendenhall went to Brother M’s home in Marion, Ohio, to remain about one week and then they are ready for the Lord’s service elsewhere. Sister Mary McCormick goes home. Sister Kenagy goes e’er long with Sister Cole and Co., the Lord willing. In this meeting two consecrations for sanctification were made, and six were baptized. After this meeting we came on to Payne, Ohio, where we expect to remain, writing and studying for the Lord the greater part of the time this winter, the Lord willing. We had meeting at Brother Wm. L. Kilpatrick’s house over Sabbath and had a good time. One soul was saved. Praise the Lord! Brethren, pray much for ns that we may be kept meet for the Master’s use and prepared unto every good word and work.
Your saved brother and sister,
Barney E. & N. M. Warren.
Union Grove, Ill., Sept. 19, 1891.
Dear Brethren and Trumpet Readers: Our last report was written from Chicago. We arrived in that city Aug. 21, and remained there till the 9th inst., visiting friends and relatives, and had a blessed time holding up Jesus and the glorious evening light. Some were deeply interested and eager to attend a series of true gospel meetings. As there was no way opened then to hold meeting, we left with the promise that the next time we came to the city, an effort would be put forth in that direction, when we believe that much good will be done. However, we clearly saw that the most effectual means of reaching all classes of the mass of people, would be in a two or three weeks tabernacle meeting, and we hope and pray that such a meeting will be held there next summer, when a glorious work will be done with the blessing of God. While in the city we had the privilege of meeting with Mother Roberts, the mother of Brother John Roberts, of Denver, Col., and his sister-in-law who came over three miles to hear something about this way. They were very eager to hear the truth. We expect to return in the near future the Lord willing. Let as many an desire gospel meetings, and our services in Wis. and Iowa write us at once. Address us at Grand Junction, Mich., in care of the Gospel Trumpet. The work is moving on and truth spreading. Hallelujah.
F. N. & Susie A. Jacobson.
Hedrick, Ia., Sept. 21, 1891.
Dear Brethren: After the Hedrick camp-meeting, on the 6th we went northeast about twelve miles to the Carter school-house and commenced a meeting in the name of Jesus, and held thirteen meetings, or until the evening of the 16th. Bro. Lindley and some others came, whom the Lord used in presenting the truth to the people. There were twenty-one consecrations. To God be all the glory.
Yours in him,
J. L. June & H. W Hechler.
Willshire, O., Sept. 23, 1891.
To-day finds us saved with victory in our souls. On the evening of the 16th we began a few days meeting in Willshire, which proved a glorious victory on the Lord’s side. During the meeting three souls were converted, also two others sanctified. Among the number that was saved was a dear sister who had been sick nigh unto death. She began to see her lost condition and found but that morality alone would not save her. She sent for us to come and hold meeting at her house. We went, and while we stood at her bedside and talked to her about bow to obtain Jesus, she grasped by faith the promise and was saved from all her sins. The next morning she arose and went to work. Truly this was the hand of God. Glory be Jesus! These signs follow them that believe. Truly we all felt that not only the windows of heaven were opened, but heaven itself had come down to the sanctified wholly. Surely great grace was upon us all. The dear saints are all much strengthened by the meeting, living in peace and in one mind. Now, one special request: I desire that all the dear saints pray for husband; for he is not saved. I feel that God wants me more in the field than I have been, and if he gets saved perhaps the Lord would lead him to go with me to labor for God. Pray also for me.
Norwood, Mo., Sept. 21, 1891.
Dear Saints: Our camp-meeting proved to be a very needed means of God’s goodness. The Lord showed us by his blessed word that we had not been measuring up to it; but praise God! we were willing to get down before the Lord and get perfe..
freedom in our souls, which we did. The meeting was a grand success and the work is moving on gloriously. The word was put down straight. Bro. Stanbery from Carthage staid eight or ten days after the camp-meeting. The Lord blessed him in giving the word where we had assembled for a few more meetings. Bro. Stanbery left for the Carthage meeting, and we went on with the meeting in the name of Jesus. The Lord wonderfully convicted sinners. There were twelve at the altar at one time. Five consecrated for sanctification and five or six others got pardon. All that was done was done in the name of the Lord Jesus, unto whom all honor is due. We went to the water yesterday where four precious souls were buried with Christ in baptism. I want the saints to pray that I may evermore be humble and ready for work at any time. I am saved and sanctified. Praise God for what he is doing for me every day! Your brother,
W. M. Wilson.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints: I feel, led to write my testimony for God for the first time. I can praise the Lord for full and free salvation that keeps me free from all sin. It gives me sweet peace in my soul. Oh that sweet river of peace that flows continually in my soul! I find it a narrow way and a way that I love. I do praise the dear Lord for ever coming to my soul, and that he ever rested his convictions on my heart and made me yield up my sinful ways. The Lord leads me out to bring sinners to Jesus. When he opens a way for me I am ready to work for him. I am willing to do God’s will in every way. I do praise him for giving me the true mind of Jesus. I am saved, sanctified and kept by power divine.
S. A. Green.
Dear Saints: I feel led by the Lord to write my testimony. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin. Thank God! The very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. We are commanded to walk in the light as he is in the light. Pray for me.
R. M. Lathon.
Dear Saints and all Others that may Read This: I feel like telling to the glory of God of his wonderful power to save and to heal. My eyes were at one time so weak that a great many times I would try to read one verse in my Bible and would fail; but to-night they are well. They were healed over two years ago: to God be all the glory, for the glory belongeth unto him.
Your sister in Jesus,
Dear Saints: I feel that I ought to give in my testimony. I do praise God that he ever sent true ministers of the gospel here to preach holiness. Glory to God for his goodness! I never can praise his name enough for what he has done for my poor soul. I praise him for a full and free salvation in Jesus. I know of a truth I am walking in the light of God, saved from all sin, sanctified wholly to do his will in all things. I ask all the dear saints to pray for me that I may hold out faithful to the end.
Your sister in Christ,
Dear Trumpet Readers: We feel led to write our testimony that you may know how we are getting along in the Lord. We are trusting the Lord for all things. He has not given us healing faith, but has given us gifts of singing, praying and talking, which is by the same spirit. Since the Lord has redeemed us, we find so much comfort and consolation in reading the Trumpet. We work for the Lord in prayer- meeting every Wednesday night. The brethren often visit us and the Lord is with us in the work and is blessing us. Pray for us that we continue faithful to the end. Your brother and sister,
G. T. & F. D. Ethridge.
Dear Saints: I feel led by the Lord to add my testimony to the great list of testimonies that are printed in the Trumpet. I am praising God for a full and free salvation; a salvation that cleanses, and keeps me each day from all unrighteousness. O glory to God! Every hour I feel his cleansing power. I have been in the narrow way for seven months, and the longer I stay, the brighter grows the way; for the world has no charms for me. I am praising God for a salvation that will not freeze out in the winter nor melt away in the summer. Glory to God! There is quite a number of God’s children scattered around here that have tasted life’s pure river. We have prayer-meeting at the Milton chapel once a week. I am free from all sects and all creedism. The blessed old Bible teaches me that I do not need to belong to any sect to enjoy this great salvation. Before I was plunged into the fountain I was a constant user of tobacco. I both chewed and smoked the filthy weed. But when the blood of the Lamb was applied to my soul, it cleansed me from all filthiness of the flesh. Glory to God! I am so glad that he ever brought me out of nature’s darkness into the marvelous light of his love. I am giving God all the glory. It is not through any good thing that I have done, but it is all through God’s love and mercy toward me that I have been grafted into the true and living vine. I love to read the Trumpet; it is food for the soul. Pray that I may prove faithful, and ever be found at the post of duty to do the will of our blessed Master.
I remain your brother, saved and sanctified wholly through the precious blood of Jesus,
Wm. F. Williams.
To all the Saints of God: I want to tell what the Lord has done for me. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord; and who does he mean but his chosen ones? I know this morning that I belong to the chosen ones, and that I have been redeemed and washed in the blood of the Lamb. I am saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God. I wrote for the prayers of God’s children some time ago for the removal of what had the appearance of a cancer. I can say to the glory of God that I know he has healed it, and also raised me from a bed of sickness for which I give him all the praise; and he has heard and answered prayer for me, for which I praise his holy name. Every thing works together for good to them that love the Lord; and I know this to be so, for this sickness that I had, taught me a grand lesson of faith and obedience to God. I praise God that I am firmly established on the solid Rock Christ Jesus, and that the enemy cannot move me though he may do his best We will be tempted and tried but we are only following the footsteps of Jesus; and with all temptations he has made a way of escape, and we will come off more than conquerors. How it makes our hearts to rejoice to know that we have such a Saviour that will never leave nor forsake us even in the darkest hours, but will speak sweet peace to our souls! I praise God for sending Bro. J. W. Byers to Manchester, and that he preached the gospel of God in all its purity. I accepted it and came out of Babylon, and I now belong to the one church, the church of God which the gates of hell shall not prevail against. I pray God that he will send some of the holy ministers this way again before long, for the little church of God is longing to hear the gospel in its purity. Praise God! he has a few of his people here that love to assemble themselves together every Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon for the purpose of praising God with prayer, testimonies and songs of praises. Pray for me that I may be kept humble and always ready to obey the voice of God.
Your saved sister,
Fannie L. Hosier.
Dear Saints of the Most High God: I feel that it would be to Father’s glory to tell of his healing power. O glory to his name! I was afflicted with a cough and he healed me and also healed my children at different times. Oh bless his name! I do know he saves and sanctifies me. I do praise God that he called us from among the spiritually wicked, and we have obeyed him, and he has become our Father. I do know that he dwells in me. He says if we are ashamed to confess him, he will be ashamed to confess us before the holy angels. Oh, may all who profess to belong to Christ, look to themselves and see of what spirit they are. We know that all those who do not confess him in them, are of the anti-Christ spirit.
Your sister in Christ,
Dearly Beloved Saints: We are so glad we accepted the truth. It is joy and peace all the way along. We are kept by the power of God from all sin. The Lord healed us of La Grippe. Praise his name forever! We like the Trumpet and do not know how we could do without it. Pray for us that we prove faithful.
Your brother and sister in the love of Jesus,
Russel & Betsy Ann Baringon.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel that I ought to testify through the Trumpet, as I never have the privilege of testifying to many of God’s people. This morning finds me fully on the Lord’s side. When I say I am fully on the Lord’s side, I mean that I am sanctified through and through, made free by the blood of the Lamb. He says, whom he makes free is free indeed. He has delivered me from all sects and all bondage. In 1889 I heard the word preached, and was saved, but in 1891 I moved off to where I could not hear any holiness preaching, and became very cold. After seeing my condition, I went to the Lord, and gave myself to him, and he pardoned me and then sanctified me; so now I am praising God for full salvation in Jesus. We do need a preacher here very much. We have been expecting Brother W. W. Bradley for some time to come here and hold a meeting. Will you all pray that we might have the word preached here.
Your brother in Christ,
L. M. McKee.
Grover Hill, Ohio.
Dear Saints: This another Lord’s day finds me saved and kept by the power of God walking in all the light he gives me. Praise his holy name! I once was a sinner, but God for Christ sake forgave all my sins, and afterward sanctified my soul and cleansed me from tobacco. Glory to God forever! I can testify to the healing power. My baby took sick with some kind of fever, and I was away from any of the saved people, but I called mightily on the Lord for his healing, and the work was done. I took sick of skin disease in my hands last January, and I was away from the saints of God and was troubled with heart disease also, and could not exercise faith to be healed; my folks got medicine for me, but it did not heal me, so I threw the medicine away and asked the Lord to heal me, and I would give him all the glory through the Trumpet. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever! I am free from every thing contrary to the will of God. Pray for me.
M. A. McDorman.
Dear Saints of the Living God: I want to tell you just now what God is doing for me. He is keeping me sweetly saved from any known sin; and by his blessed Holy Spirit I am resolved to stand firm upon the rock. Praise his holy name! Now dear ones, I am praying every day of my life for God to send some of his holy fire-brands this way; and I can tell you that you will find a welcome in our humble home. My house is open for worship. Now I write this all to the glory of God; for I am the Lord’s alone.
Your sister in Christ,
HE HEALETH OUR DISEASES.
My testimony as to what the Lord has done and is “doing for me: “He forgiveth all mine iniquities; he healeth all my diseases.” He is my physician for both soul and body; my strength and my Redeemer.
My three children had the Measles very bad, all at the same time; and while several of our neighbors were dying with the same disease, he gave me strength to take care of my children. When they were getting better, I found that I had taken the disease too. I did not get scared and go to the M. D. I went to my physician — Christ, gave my case entirely into his hands, asking him to heal me; yet feeling perfectly resigned to suffer even death if it were his will. I went to bed and slept soundly all night, which I had not done for a long time. The disease had begun to break out in the evening, but I awoke in the morning feeling quite well, only a little weak. I told my husband when I awoke that I was well and the Lord had healed me, and that I was not going to have the Measles.
At another time I was taken with a severe pain in the stomach, and after ten o’clock in the morning, I could not work, and had my family and a stranger to get dinner for. About eleven o’clock I asked the Lord to heal me, so that I could get up and get dinner, for the stranger intended to leave as soon as he had his dinner, and was waiting. In a very short time the pain was gone, and I arose and had dinner ready in good time. Praise the Lord! To him be all the praise forever.
Yours in Jesus, kept by power divine,
Mrs. H. R. Bucher.
To the Dear Saints: I can say I am all on the altar, and Jesus does sanctify me wholly. I was sanctified the 13th day of April, 1891. Praise his holy name! Oh, such joy and peace in my soul, continually flowing as a river! I was converted about twenty years ago and joined the Baptist sect. I feel as though I had never done anything for my Master, but just sat back with folded hands. Now I feel that God has something for me to do, and I am just wailing to be guided by his Holy Spirit. I do not get to meet with the dear saints very often on account of afflictions of the body. I have been anointed for healing, and how I did feel the power of the Holy Spirit go through me! I believe God is healing me. My diseases are very trying ones. I feel that God has a work for me to do, and it is not his will that Satan should keep me bound down. Please pray for me that I may be healed, and that I may be a bright and shining light; and pray for my family who are all unsaved.
Your sister in the Lord,
Mrs. Etta Chenoweth.
Dear Saints: I can testify to the glory of God that I am saved and sanctified through and through to do his whole will. My life is hid with Christ in God, and I am on the Bible line for glory, with the real fire of God in my soul. Glory to God for the victory I have in my soul this moment. The Lord heals all my afflictions for which I praise his holy name. Dear saints, pray for me.
Your brother, saved and kept by the power of God,
J. A. Cannon.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I will write my testimony. Praise the Lord! I am standing upon the rock Christ Jesus. I know that he saves me from the evils of this world. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Yes, praise the Lord! we do know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. God gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should be saved. I praise God for believing in the Son. He saves me now and sanctifies me wholly. He says, “Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” And he says, “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” Praise the Lord! I claim that faith. God wants all his ministers to have that faith.
Your brother, saved and washed in the blood,
J. B. Strickland.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: I thought I would write my experience in the Christian warfare. Twelve years ago I attended a meeting and got convicted of my sins. I told the Lord that on such a night I would go to the altar, but I lied to God, because I did not go to the altar that night. So on that night after we got home the Lord caused me to have a vision. He showed me both heaven and hell. The first seemed to be a beautiful city paved with gold., in which were bright angels flying hither and thither. The other was a largo lake of fire, and in it were poor lost souls writhing in pain and torment. I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Repent and believe and be saved, or he cast into hell now.” I awoke and my brother and I both stood in the center of the room. He asked me what I wanted, and I told him I must get out of here. I broke down and cried, Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. The Lord spoke peace to my soul, and I could praise him with a loud voice. All went well for about a year and a half. I then joined the M. E. sect, and all went well with me for about seven or eight months, when I backslid on account of the doings in the so-called church. Since then I have tried everything in this world for pleasure, but found none. About a year ago I went to a sect meeting and rose for prayer. It seemed as if I was farther from God than ever. I quit going to meeting, but kept praying the Lord to save me and teach me his will. And about five months ago he led me amongst a little band of saints, and saved my sin-sick body from all disease. Praise his holy name! Pray for me.
Your brother, saved and sanctified by a second work of grace,
S. H. Brand.
Dear Saints: I feel happy and free in my soul just now. Praise God! It is wonderful how God can keep his children. I am so glad to know that Jesus saves me and sanctifies me wholly, and keeps me by his power each day I live. Thank God for freedom and victory in Jesus! I have been in this way two years, and I am not yet tired of it. The Son has made me free and I am free indeed. If we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. I want all the dear saints to pray for me that I may ever be true to my Lord and Master.
Your sister saved in Jesus,
M. L. Boon.
Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord to write a few lines for the Trumpet. I do praise God that I am saved and sanctified, and made whiter than snow by the blood of the Lamb and the word of testimony. Glory to God! I am saved from all sin. I am in the world but not of the world. I am dead to the world and working for the Lord. I have been saved about nine years. I am going to do God’s will whatever that may be. I love this despised way. My Lord was despised also. Dear saints, pray much for me that I may keep low down at his feet and do his will.
Your brother in the Lord,
Dear Saints: I feel that it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony through the Trumpet, as I have never done so before. Praise God, I feel free in Christ Jesus, and I am so glad that I ever found this straight and narrow way, where I can walk in perfect love and harmony, knowing that Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. I am so glad that I have overcome the world and denied myself, and have taken up my cross and am following him. We know that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life; and we know there is no other way given under heaven whereby we can be saved. It is only in and through Jesus Christ. Dear saints, may God help us to run with patience the race that is set before us, ever looking to Jesus; and may we walk as dear children of the Father, and let his ways be our ways; then we may know that we are right. Glory to God! Now may God bless those who have stayed their hopes on him. Pray for me, that I may he found faithful in the work of the Lord, turning many from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. I am standing on the promises of God.
Your brother, washed in the blood of the Lamb,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I would like to write my experience to you all. I am saved from all sin and walking in all the light God gives me. I ask God’s children, to pray for me and mine.
Dear Trumpet Readers: This afternoon finds me saved and kept by the mighty power of God ready to be revealed in the last day; ever willing to do the Lord’s bidding. May the Lord bless every Trumpet worker, is my prayer. Amen and amen.
Died. — in Lee, Mich., July 21, 1891, little son of F. and E. Johnson. He was 2 years, 3 months and 21 days old, and budded on earth to bloom in heaven. Funeral services by
A VISION OF BABYLON.
Breckenridge, Mich., Sept. 12, 1891.
Dear Brother in Christ: I am saved. The Crusaders came to Breckenridge to hold meeting. I thought I would go and hear them once. I did so, and soon found they have not the true Spirit of God. There was something that told me that that was no place for me. I went no more. But as I went to town some evenings to trade I passed their place of meetings. Suggestions came to my mind to go in. So I was lead to pray to God to show whether they are of God or not. I said, “If they are right I do not want to oppose them, and if they are wrong I do not wish to uphold them.” That night God gave me this vision: It seemed to me I was passing their meeting-house as before, and a large snake, about fifteen feet long came out from under the north-east corner of the house. And he was spotted white and black, and had eyes like a hall of fire, but did not seem disposed to hurt me, but had a kind of pleasant look which inclined to draw me right up to him. And as I stood looking at him there was a man stepped up to me and said to me, “Friend, that is a dangerous animal.” And he said, “I will show you my power over him.” So he set his foot on the snake and crushed him. The man looked so clean and nice I could not help looking at him. And he said, “Come, go with me.” So he took me out on a highway that looked something like a race track. After we left the meeting-house I looked back and it was all on fire inside, and the bell was ringing slowly like a bell tolling for a funeral. If you can give an interpretation of the vision I wish you would do so through the Trumpet. May God bless you and keep you faithful.
Your saved brother, saved at the St. Louis camp-meeting,
Wm. H. Zimmerman.
To spiritual minds the above needs no interpreter. The Crusaders are a branch off the Salvation Army abomination. At the St. Louis camp-meeting some saints who had been running to their meeting found that they were not right and consecrated anew to God. Truth declares that Babylon is fallen and is a habitation of devils, and whenever she puts on the fairest face she is the most deceptive, hence, the most dangerous beast. “ And she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” — Rev. 18:8. Amen.
HIS POWER TO HEAL.
Dear Saints of the Living God: I feel that it would be to the glory of God that I testify to my healing. I had been a terrible sufferer since last Dec. of a disease that was fast taking me to my grave. I got so very bad that I could not take care of my little baby any more, and could scarcely walk through the house. I told my husband that there must be something done, or I would die, and he said the only thing we can do is to give my case to the Lord. And I said amen to it. And then he wrote to the Trumpet and told them to pray for me. He also wrote to a few brethren and had them to have special prayers for me. And I can praise God to-day that he answered their prayers, and has healed me. Glory to his name! The Lord has also healed our baby which was six months old last June. When Brother Ezra Smith and Brother Mendenhall came to our place, we fulfilled James 5:14, 15, by anointing with oil, and laying on of hands. Glory to Jesus! the work was done, and in two weeks she gained four pounds. Oh what a wonderful Saviour is Jesus! He is our I physician and none other will I trust.
Your sister in the body of Christ,
Sadie A. Gibson.
Mount Vernon, Ohio.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I believe it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony. I know this evening while I write these lines that the precious blood of Jesus flows over my soul, and cleanses me from sin, and that the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. Praise his holy name! I was converted five years ago, but did not stay that way all the time. But praise God! over three years ago I was permitted to hear holiness preached, when I accepted the truth and was sanctified by a second work of grace, which has enabled me to live saved all the time. Praise God! there are a few at this place that are standing true to God. Pray for me.
C. C. Lane.
To all the Saints of the Most High, Greeting: May the riches of God’s blessings rest upon you all, is our prayer. We can say, All glory to God! we are saved this morning and are kept by the mighty power of God, ready to be revealed in the last day, bless the Lord! Well dear ones, I want to say to you all that God saved my soul two years ago last January. He found me steeped in tobacco, tea, coffee, whiskey, gambling and all other things of the devil that he presented to the mind. Well, God cleansed me from all these idols, and saved my soul. Bless the name of Jesus! I write this to the glory of God, feeling led of the Lord that this will do some good. When I used tobacco I would go to bed with the pipe and a chew in my mouth. I had to be watched to be kept from setting the bed on fire, and before I got up in the morning I had to have tobacco. Well, God forgave me and cleansed me from all filthiness of the flesh. Amen! He showed me that I had served the devil in the morning before I did my chores, or had my breakfast; and he wanted me to read and pray before breakfast. This I did for a while, and then I went to having our family worship after breakfast, and I began to get lean; but glory be to God! he is now making me strong. Well dear ones in the Lord, follow him wherever he leads, and it will be well with you. Amen.
Your saved brother and sister,
L. B. & A. E. Hammond.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led to write my testimony to the glory of God. This morning finds me saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God ready to be revealed in the last time. O glory to God and the Lamb forever and ever! for the peace and joy that God does give to his little ones who trust in him. Surely these are perilous times in which we live. O how the devil has tried to devour my soul, and crush me down! But God says his grace is sufficient, and he is a present help in time of need. Bless his name!
From your sister in Christ,
Nancy E. Turner.
Black Lake, Mich.
Dear Saints: This is my first testimony to the Trumpet. I can praise the Lord for a complete salvation that saves me from all sin, and fills my soul with his love. Oh! I do praise God for leading me into this sweet evening light. Pray that I may ever be found at the feet of Jesus learning of him.
Your sister in Jesus,
Alma H. Schwass.
Myrtle, Ind. Ter.
Dear Saints: As I do not see any testimony from near here, I thought it would be the glory of God for me to write a letter to the Trumpet. I am saved and sanctified, clear out for Christ. We are all poor in this world’s goods down here; crops were burnt here last year, and the country was so new that it makes hard times. But we have precious souls here that need the true gospel preached to them. The sect meetings are very dead and formal. I hope some one will feel called of God to come this way. There are none here that are oat clear, but myself and a family at Sheridan, Bro. and Sister Rutherford, and that is eight miles from this place.
Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. H. F. Barrows.
To all the Dear Saints, Greeting: Bless the Lord! my feet are again on the rock Christ Jesus. Praise God for his tender love to me! He saves me now, and my heart is made to rejoice once more in his love. The devil tried to make me believe that I was mistaken, but Jesus tells us to bring our gifts to the altar, and the altar sanctifies the gift; and I just took him at his word, for his word is truth. I must tell you how the Lord spared the lives of myself and daughter. On the night of the 15th of April, the house we were in was struck by lightning and wrecked. We were stunned, but our lives were spared. Oh, praise his holy name! I feel that I was spared that I might make my peace, calling and election sure. And now dear ones, pray for me that I may be able to withstand all the fiery darts of the devil, and that I may work for him who has done so much for me.
R. S. Wallace.
Dear Saints: I want to write my testimony. I lived an up and down life almost a year; but the dear Lord came with power and delivered my soul out of darkness into light.
From your saved sister,
Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I praise the Lord for salvation that saves my soul from all sin. Oh, the living peace and joy and glory that I feel in my soul from day to day! My soul is saved with an everlasting salvation. My life is hid with Christ in God. I am reigning in this life far above the wickedness of this world, saved, sanctified wholly, and kept continually by the mighty power of God. Pray for me.
Dear Saints of God: I feel that it is the will of God that I send my testimony for Jesus. May God bless you all greatly, and may all stand firm in the Lord, is my prayer. I can testily that I am saved to the uttermost. Glory to God for the salvation of Jesus that keeps me free from committing sin every day and hour, by putting my trust in him! I have been healed by the power of God many times for which I give God all the glory. I am both justified and sanctified. Pray for me that I may always be strong in the faith of God, and that I may meet you all in heaven.
Yours in him,
Dear Saints: I feel it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony once more to witness to what he can do, and what he will do if we let him. He has saved my soul and healed my body of many afflictions and made me perfectly whole, for which I give him all the glory. I can truly say that I am better in all parts of my body then I ever was. I doctored with five different doctors, and they said there was no cure for me. I lived at that time near Berrien Springs, and I went up to South Haven to a grove meeting, and lad Brother Warner and others lay hands on me for healing, and I was immediately healed. I am able to do all the work that my hands find to do, and would say to others, Take our dear Saviour for your guide and earthly doctor.
From your saved sister, sanctified and low down at Jesus’ feet,
La Paz, Ind.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: I would love to tell my experience. Ten years ago the 5th of last January I connected myself with the denomination called the Campbellites. I remained there until four years ago this fall. When Bro. Michels and Co. came to this place I became convicted and sought for sanctification, when really, I had never had any experience while connected with that denomination. I went on professing to have the second application of the blood applied to my heart. I found often a foe within me not subject to the will of God, and I felt miserable many times, and could not locate myself, spiritually speaking. After I found I had never been converted while in the sect, I sought lime and again for a pure heart. I would place all upon the altar but myself; that I could not resign to the will of God. A brother told me some time ago I would find it to be a real death; and true, I did, but the resurrection was glorious. Oh, dear ones! we see by their fruit that many have claims to-day on the land of promise without a good title, and are continually doing things that bring a reproach upon Christ’s cause. I am glad I stand with Jesus alone, and have fellowship with those only that are in the true vine. We are told that the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is; for our God is a consuming fire. Dear ones, are you claiming something to-day you do not have? Remember we are living in perilous times, when, were it possible, the very elect would be deceived. Oh! may we not be in bondage to any man or set of men, but free as the Son maketh us free. We believe in clinging to God, and him alone, and we need no man-made creeds to lead the people. See that ye walk as children of the day; because ye are not the children of darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Elk Dale, Mo.
Dear Saints: I feel like writing my testimony. I praise God for a full and free salvation, and for sending the holy people here to preach the straight truth. I was saved in Sept., 1890, and wholly sanctified in November. I praise God for his blessed keeping power. I love to read the Trumpet. Pray for me.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel that it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony and tell what the dear Lord has done for me. Praise his name! I am just stripped from everything that is of the world and am all sold out for Jesus. I want to do everything to the will of God, for we know that his will shall be done and not ours. Oh praise the Lord! I am just so glad I accepted salvation when I did. I have been saved now about four months, and the way gets brighter each day I live. Oh I can never get done thanking God for what he has done for me. I love to go to the prayer-meetings and love to read the testimonies of the dear saints. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin and the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. I ask the prayers of all the dear saints.
Your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints: I am glad to report that I am sweetly saved, sanctified, and praising God for his keeping power that keeps me free from all sin. Glory to God! I desire the prayers of all the dear saints of God. Oh how I would rejoice to assemble with the children of God! But I am going to serve God in spite of the devil. There are no meetings here only sect meetings, and they have become poison to my soul. One year ago I scoffed at the saints and said I never would be a saint; but when Bro. Wooden came to Blendon and preached up to the Bible standard, I thought my heart would break. Glory to God! it did break and I am dead to the world. Old things have passed away, and behold all things have become new. Oh! if sinners only knew the sweet peace, I do not believe they would stay away. Pray for me.
Your sister under the blood, made white and tried,
Emma E. Puls.
Dear Saints: I feel led to write my testimony to the Trumpet I have just been reading some of the dear saints’ testimonies, and it is such strengthening food to our souls to know that many precious souls are coming out of Babylon and are true witnesses for the Lord. Praise his name! I love to read the Trumpet; it is always received at our home with many thanks and praises to God for his truth that is now being spread through the land. We have some good meetings at Evergreen Bethel, and there are some true and noble hearts who are willing to accept the whole truth of God. We praise the Lord for sending Bro. D. S. Warner and company south. All that met them who are lovers of the truth feel greatly benefited by their visit here. We trust that the Lord will send them back again. Oh! may God ever bless him and all the Trumpet family. Our dearly beloved Bro. Frank Williamson preaches for us once a month at Evergreen. Praise the Lord forever and ever! I know the dear Saviour is with me to-night and I feel his Spirit and his divine love in my soul.
Your brother and sister, sanctified by the blood,
M. W. & G. A. Thomas.
To all the Dear Saints, Greeting: I wish to write my testimony through the Trumpet I am well and saved; sanctified by a second work of grace whereof the Holy Ghost is a witness. Praise God forever! If the Son therefore shall make you free ye shall be free indeed. — John 8:36. I am free from Babylon and all sin, and am in the body of Christ the church of the living God, having perfect victory in my soul over all the powers of darkness. Glory to his name! I am so glad that I have found a Saviour that can save us from all sin. Dear saints, you that know the worth of prayer, pray for me that I may be kept humble and obedient to his will.
Your saved brother in Jesus,
Samuel J. Miller.
Dear Brethren: I can say to the glory of God that I am saved and sanctified by the cleansing blood of Jesus, and his love flows like a river in my soul. I praise God for taking from me the appetite of tobacco and healing my body. Oh dear saints of God! may the Lord bless you and help you to do his will in all things, that you may have a right to the tree of life, and enter through the gate into the city. Glory be to God and the Lamb forever and ever! I pray that the dear saints of God may stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith. He is our peace who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us, and hath lifted our feet from the mire and clay and placed them on the solid rock Christ Jesus. He is the chief corner stone in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth up unto a holy temple in the Lord. May we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive. O may we look unto Jesus that we may by faith dwell in him, rooted and grounded in love, so that we may not be moved from the hope of the gospel by the lies and slanders of the wicked! Remember that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, and obey his holy word. I love to do the will of the Lord; it is joy supreme to mo. I would say to all the saints of God, Have no fellowship with any spirit that teaches false doctrine; but follow the Lamb and he will lead you in the ways of peace. Bless God for salvation, unspeakable and full of glory! We learn in God’s word that he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way the same is a thief and a robber. Christ is the door; by him if any man enter in he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture. But he that is a hireling and not the good shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. We find a great many of those hirelings trying to deceive the people in this land. We are glad to hear the true gospel once more. Last Sabbath Bro. Powel was with us, and we obeyed the examples of our Saviour. Nineteen saints took part in washing feet and the Lord’s supper, and seven were buried in baptism. Glory to God! the evening light shines in this place. May God bless you all.
Your saved sister and brother,
Mary & R. G. Morse.
Cedar Vale, Kan.
Dear Saints: I praise God for full and complete salvation and his wonderful keeping power. I lived in the Baptist sect fourteen years. I joined when I was eighteen years old. Saw this evening light last January at a meeting held here, and I came out of the sect. Praise God! I am free. I am sanctified wholly and preserved; kept free from all condemnation. Pray for me.
Your humble brother,
Milton A. Fly.
Dear Brethren: It is for the first time that I endeavor by the grace of God to write my testimony for the Gospel Trumpet. I rejoice in reading the testimonies of the saints, and in learning of the work in the Lord’s vineyard, in the saving of precious souls. Oh praise the Lord! Let us not be weary in well doing and in sacrificing for the dear Lord. It is the faithful soul that will reap the bright reward at the coming of the Lord. My all is on the altar, and the Lord has taken from me, all pride and worldly pleasure. Dear saints, I ask that you pray for me, also that the time may speedily come when my sisters in the flesh and my parents, and all who are dear by the ties of nature, may see eye to eye with me. Oh! may the dear Lord help us to watch and pray that we may be ready to meet the Bridegroom when he comes. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass; and to stand before the Son of man.” May the Lord’s blessings rest upon you all.