15 August 1889, Volume 9, Number 16.
Faith, Hope and Charity.
Still abide the heaven-born three,
Faith, and hope, and charity!
Faith — to point our heavenly goal,
Hope — an anchor to the soul:
Faith and hope must pass away;
Charity endures for aye!
Hope must in possession die;
Faith — in blissful certainty;
These to gladden each were given
Love, or charity — for heaven!
For, in brighter realms above,
Charity survives — as Love.
Love to Him, the great I AM!
Love to Him, the atoning Lamb!
Love unto the Holy Ghost!
Love to all the heavenly host!
Love to all the human race,
SANCTIFIED BY SAVING GRACE!
In that pure and perfect love,
Treasured up for Heaven above.
Chraistian! may thy grateful heart
Have it’s everlasting part;
And when Faith and Hope are mute,
Find in endless Love their fruit!
“Cursed be the man who trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm whose heart departeth from the Lord.” — Jer. 17:5.
THERE are many who claim that the Lord is there source of strength, and yet as soon as trials come upon them, instead of seeking the Lord in prayer: they go to some poor fallible mortal like themselves, for sympathy and counsel. But what are they doing when they persue this course? they are making flesh their arm; and as certain as they do this they will become weak. We should go to God with our perplexities; when you make mortal man your helper, and pour your troubles into human hearts, you only deprive yourself of strength, for you receive only such help as humanity can give. Christ is our great unerring counselor. Christ has said: “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavn-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart,” and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Will you come? Will you comply with the conditions? If we would go to Christ, we could no longer remain in darkness. Those whose minds are bound about with despondency, who have no will-power to direct them in the right, who are not thoughtful and care-taking, would receive fresh light and vigor, by communicating with Christ. If you allow another to do your thinking for you, you will have crippled energies and contracted abilities. There are many whose intellects are dwarfed because they confine them to dwell upon commonplace subjects. You should wrestle with problems of thought, that require the exercise of the best powers of your mind. God will sanctify your thought, and ennoble your powers and talents when you devote them to His service. You will find your talents increasing by exercise. You will double them by serving the Master as you should, in putting them out to the exchangers. God desires you to be apt, skillful workers The man who is able to put up a house in workman-like manner, should be able to exercise his faculties in doing skillful work in the cause of God. The Lord requires us to use our talents to the very best of our ability. When we render Him our best service, He will not fail to give us wisdom to do a still better service. We have dwarfed and weakened our capabilities by depending upon others to do our thinking; we have been leaning upon broken reeds; but God does not want us to depend upon others. Why do you not go to your heavly Father and make known your wants to Him? Jesus has said: “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 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.” Is not this plain reasoning? Our heavenly Master has chosen words that may be understood by the mind of His simplest child. Why not take this precious promise to hang in the hall of memory? Why not impress upon our mind the things that will be a benefit for us to remember, why not speak of these precious things in the garden of God’s Word, instead of talking of our doubts and trials, suppose you were in a garden where bloomed beautiful roses and lilies, but instead of gathering the beautiful flowers, you should seek for others as a sample of that garden. Would the objectionable things you gathered, properly represent the garden? By no means. If christians gather up gloom and sadness to their souls, and murmur and complain, are they representing God and the Christians life as it is? Christ tells us that if we abide in Him, He will abide in us. And we doing as He has bidden us, will we gather the roses and lilies, and present to the world the hopeful and bright side of religlion? We have purchased the field of truth because of the treasure that is hidden therein. The rich gems of truth do not lie on the surface. You must dig for them. Take your Bible and compare passage with passage, and verse with verse, and you will find the precious jewels of truth. You should put the precious gems of light in a beautiful setting and hang them in memory’s hall. Shall we not arise, and work dilligently in the strength of Jesus, for the treasure we have so long neglected? Arise! shine! for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. It is time that we understood the high claims that God has upon us. Many of us have had a dyspeptic religion. We have fed our souls on dark forebodings, and unbelief, and the most indigestible food; and abundance of wholesome spiritual food has been provided in the Word of God. Now let us turn over a new leaf in our experience. Let us confess and forsake our sins, and come to Christ for the bread of life. Do not stop to bemoan yourself, but roll the burden into the open sepulcher. Our blessed Lord is a very present help in every time of trouble. We are required to represent our Lord in life and character. Satan has misrepresented our Lord, and we have unconciously aided him in his work. The Lord revealed His true character to Moses. The servant of God was pleading with him in the mount and said, “I beseech thee show me thy glory,” and the Lord said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee and will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee, and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy to whom I will show mercy. Then the Father proclaimed Himself as a God who was merciful and gracious, who would pardon inqiuity, transgression and sin, who was abundant in goodness and truth. Will you not venture upon His promises and claim Him as your God? If you talk darkness, you will have plenty of darkness; if you talk light and obey Him, you will have an abundance of light. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green, and. shall not be careful in the year of drouth, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” This is the condition of the man who trusts in the Lord, but there is another condition, into which we may come, that is not of this order; the prophet describes the state of him, who trusts in man in these words: cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and who maketh flesh his arm, whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert: and shall not know when good cometh. But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. When we are not connected with God, we are like the heath of the desert, for the natural heart is deceitful above all things; and desperately wicked, who can know it?” We should pray as did the psalmest, purge me with hysop, and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow; make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which. Thou hast broken may rejoice; hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free Spirit, then will I teach transgressors thy ways: and sinners shall be converted unto Thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. These are words which should be hung in memory’s hall. We should place the precious promises of God where we may look upon them whenever satan casts his darkness upon us. The enemy of God and man would be well pleased to have us dwell upon our darkness and discouragements, so that the religion of Christ would appear a grievious yoke, you should gather rays of light from Jesus every day. You do not know how many sad hearts you will meet; and will you talk only of your discouragements? No, forget them, and talk about the mercies of God, and the magnifying glass of satan will be thrust before your eyes in vain. But if you continue to look at the discouraging features of your experience, they will grow more and more forbidding, until you are completely overwhelmed with gloom. Talk courage talk faith and hope, and you will be all light in the Lord. Keep thinking of the open door that Christ has set before you, that no man can shut. God will close the door to all evil if you will give Him a chance. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God will lift up for you a standard against him. Shall we receive the sunlight of heaven on our pathway? He that spared not His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? we ought to attain to a richer experience. Take up your neglected work; take your children with you before the throne of grace, and plead with God that His blessing may rest upon them until you can present a well ordered, well disciplined family, before your heavenly Father and before the world; let us cease looking at the failings of others. Let us cease speaking of their evil traits of character. When the Lord told Peter what to do, he turned and asked: “Lord what shall this man do? The Lord answered, what is that to thee, follow thou me.” How many are like Peter to-day, they are interested in the affairs of others, but they neglect their own duty. It is our business to follow Christ, and then we can counsel others. What we want is individual salvation and personal piety. O that the truths which I have presented to you to-day, may have a lasting influence upon your characters. O that the members of the Church may come up to the help of God — to the help of the Lord against the mighty! If we have wronged one another, If we have wronged our God we should confess our sins to God and to one another; and we have the promise that “if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When we remove the rubbish from the door of the heart, the Lord will come in and make His abode with us, and we shall have daily a precious story to tell of the favor, love and mercy of our heavenly Father.
My testimony is: Jesus wonderfully saves and keeps me from sin. When I look around me and see the darkness that covers the minds of the people, I am lost in wonder, love and praise to God for calling me out of these dark places of deception. I do praise the Lord for the blessed light that shines in my soul. I often think of the high and holy calling of God’s little ones. Praise God! I am kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.
Your sister in the love of Jesus.
Frances M. Frey.
Dear Saints: — My soul is so full of the love of God that it flows out to all, though we are strangers in the flesh. I do praise God for this wondrous work of grace He has wrought in my soul. That I realize moment by moment, that I am an overcomer by the blood of Jesus. Let us follow our Master’s example, lay down our lives for the eternal welfare of others. Yours in the love of Jesus.
Jennie C. Rutty.
ANSWER TO QUESTIONS.
A sister who has recently heard the present flashing truth, asks us these questions.
“What do the saints mean, when they say they are standing on the Sea of glass, that is mingled with fire?”
“What do they mean, when they say, they are saved from the burning wreck of babylon?”
The first question is pretty clearly answered in these words: And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a Sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. — Rev. 15:1-2.
This scene appears in connection with the seven last plagues poured out by the seven (the complete force) angels, or messengers of God. This is when God judges the great whore.
In Rev. 16:15, we are told that “great babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine, of the fierceness of wrath.” That is: He judged her iniquity, deserving of judgment, and resolved to proceed and deal it out. In the 17th chapter she is discribed. In the 18th God’s people are commanded to come out of her, lest her plagues fall upon them, and they, by fellowshiping her, partake of her sins. And all God’s true saints who came out of her are ordered to “reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much sorrow and torment give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” — Rev. 18:6-8.
God judgeth her by calling His people out of her. This is an awful testimony against her, and makes her idolatrous worshipers gnaw their tongues for pain. The “torment and sorrow” God’s children are to give her, is not abuse, treacherous treatment or violence. Such are the works of the persecuters of God’s people, and would not be becoming God or His saints. But the pain of distress inflicted upon her is simply exposing and rebuking her emptiness and sinfulness by the Word of God, in the authority of the Holy Spirit. That is unendurable by her. After the true people of God, the bride have come out of her, and Christ also, the Bridegroom, see 18:23. And the arrows of mighty truth have pierced her, then it is said: she is judged.
For true and righteous are His judements; for He hath judged the whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand. — Rev. 19:2. So her judgment and plagues are thus described. Following this we have great joy, triumphs and praises to God from the righteous who have escaped her snares and plagues. — 19:5, 6. This is but a more full description of Rev. 15:1, 2. First are recorded the great plagues on babylon, next the escaped out of her, who had gotten the victory over the beast, — the false powers of Romanism and Protestantism, — the true beasts of Rev. 13, “and over his image, all man framed associations which are gotten up to support the beast, or sect power, “and over his mark” — that is: any outward sign, badge, and regalia, a peculiar sect style of wearing the hair, or any sect hobby speech phraise, sign, or “shiboleth,” or any motions, that indicates that a person belongs to some sect on earth, is a mark of the beast. “And over the number of his name.” The “number of his name is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred three score and six,” or 666. — Rev. 13:18. Every man formed and man headed ecclesiasticism is here summed up, and the pope, who has the Latin letters that sain up 666 on his tripple crown, stands at the head of all these organizations. They who, thank God, have now gotten the victory over all this beast religion, “stand on the sea of glass” — i. e., the clean plain of Divine truth, all the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, and perfectly free from all doctrines, traditions, creeds and systems, of men and devils. “Mingled with fire,” i. e., filled with the Holy Spirit. ’’Having the harps of God.” The spirit of praise, and shout of victory. Hallelujah! About six years ago the Lord wonderfully illuminated our mind on this matter by His Spirit, and caused Daniel to understand the vision.
Second, What is meant by babylon? Names, anciently always indicated some quality, characteristic, or circumstance connected with the person, or object named, Salem, the original name of Jerusalem, meant peace. That city was chosen as a fit emblem of the Church of God. That great city built by the descendants of Noah 120 years after the flood, was doubtless called Babel — which means the gate of God. But when God confounded the speech of the Tower builders there, its name was changed to Babel, (see Gen. 11:8-9) which means confusion. All this occurred in the providence of God, to constitue that great wicked city, a complete type of the false confused, mixed and divided, counterfeit church, all sects. In this tropic use, the name occurs in the Bible far more frequently than in its literal sense,
In Micah, 4:1, 2. We see God’s Church “established in the tops of the mountains,” and the Word of the Lord going forth from Jerusalem” But after the Church was thus founded by the Lord, it went into an apostate condition. Now why dost thou cry out aloud? Is there no king in thee? is thy counselor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail, Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of zion, like a woman in travail: for now shall thou go forth out of the city, and thou shall dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies — Micah, 4:9, 10.
When the masses who compossed the Church “went forth out of the city,” — i, e., Jerusalem, God’s Church, they went even to babylon. — i. e., confusion.
In Rev. 4:1. “Things which must be hereafter” were to be shown to John. This was over three hundred years after the literal city of babylon had been destroyed. So the many things said about babylon in the following chapters of Rev., must refer to the mystic babylon, and not to the literal city long destroyed. See Chap. 17, 18, Read also Jer. 50, and 51st chapters, and by taking a concordance and run that word through the Bible, you will find that eight tenths of its occurrence applies to the great typical city of false confused and sectish religion.
Dear Saints: — May the richest blessings of heaven rest upon each one. Bless- the name of the Lord! Praise God for a full and free salvation that saves me to the uttermost, and keeps me free from all sin, and all the works of the devil. Glory be to Jesus. I know that the Lord saves my soul through the precious blood of Jesus, and sanctifies me by a second work of grace. Praise Jesus! O I am so sweetly saved in Jesus; there is a well of water springing up within my soul. Praise God forever! the day-star has arisen in my soul; old things have passed away, and behold all things have become new. Bless the Lord! All things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His promise. Praise the Lord, we can see the hand of God in every thing; how marvelous are His works. I ever want to live low and humble at the feet of Jesus, looking unto Him who is the author and finisher of our faith.
Your sister in Christ.
Den Brethren: — I know the Lord has wrought a great change in my soul. How good it is to know that God leads me in all the paths of righteousness, and feeds me with the bread of life. Praise the name of Jesus! I know He saves me just now. Your Bro. in Christ, saved, sanctified and satisfied.
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Camp and Grove Meeting List.
RED LYON. PA. CAMP-MEETING,
WHICH will begin, the Lord willing, Aug. 20, and last nine days. Address Bro. Samuel Martz, Pittsville, Venango Co., Pa.
This camp is in a beautiful grove. There were but few tents on the ground last year, but I trust the dear saints have not forgotten their conviction over the matter last year, and their resolutions to move in camp next meeting. Brethren, let us stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance of this matter. Do not forget it this time. We hope to hear that the people will be furnished shelter on the ground, and that it will be what we have advertized — namely, a CAMP meeting. Persons coming by R. R., come to Rockland Station on the Allegheny Valley R. R. There will doubtless be rates secured this year again. Will Bro. Clayton please attend to the matter? Round trip for those who return, and one way for the ministers.
We are happy to learn that the saints are putting up additional buildings.
EAST PA. MEETINGS.
IT has finally been concluded to drop the Massachusetts grove meeting for this summer, with the hope the Lord will send some one to labor there this winter. This gives us space to make the East Pa. meetings come after the Red Lion, and Jerry City camp-meetings, and we know the Lord will send some German help. We will ascertain just who, as soon as we can. The time now selected is as follows:
GROVE MEETING AT AUBURN Schuylkill Co. Pa. Aug. 30, to Sept 4.
NEAR DOW, Schuylkill Co. Pa., beginning Sept 6. 1889, and last until about the 11th. From a conversation with Bro. Palmer, we judge he will be at those meetings, unless specially hindered.
CAMP-MEETING IN CANADA.
FROM correspondence with brethren in Canada, and Bro’s. Clayton and Evans, we are about prepared to anounce a camp-meeting about two miles north of Welland, Ont., to begin about Aug. 30, 1889. To be held by the above brethren. We trust by next issue we will have full authority to make the announcement. We are confident this is of the Lord. Go ahead brethren in the name of the Lord. Amen!
CAMP-MEETING NEAR DEERFIELD, IND.
August 16—25, In a beautiful grove, on the farm of Bro. Samuel Grow, a short distance east of Deerfield, Ind. And all desiring lumber tents, on the ground, can have them put up by stating what kind of a one is wanted, and make calculations, how much the material will cost, and send the money to Bro. H. C. Wickersham, New Pittsburg, Randolph, Co. Ind. and they will be erected free of charge. Saints from all parts are invited to come and tent on the ground. If you cannot tent, come any how, and you will be taken care of, in the name of the Lord. A good well seated pavilion is being erected.
The nearest stations are Deerfield, one mile west on the Panhandle R. R.; Ridgeville, four miles west, on the Grand Rapids & Indiana R. R.; and Union City, eight miles east on the Bee Line (C. C. C. & I.) R. R. All coining to Deerfield notify Bro. Samuel Grow, Deerfield Ind.; those coming to Ridgeville notify Bro. Noah Fowler, Deerfield, Ind.; and those coming to Union City notify Bro. Fletcher Birum, New Pittsburg, Ind. Persons from afar who have not the means to pay board will be freely fed. Come, in the name of Jesus, all who love God, and all who would seek to know Him and His great salvation. We expect a good time in the Lord, all glory to His name. Amen.
Any information desired concerning the meeting, address
H. C. Wickersham, New Pittsburg, Randolph Co., Ind.
GROVE-MEETING NEAR SIDNEY, OHIO.
AUG. 27 to SEPT. 2 ’89. Concerning which Bro. A. J. Fosnight of Sidney Ohio, writes: “We have a beautiful grove. We expect to build one large tent on the ground to accommodate as many as possible.”
The following workers expect to be there, the Lord willing. Bro. G. R. Achor from Kan. Bro’s. Schell and Gardner from Huntington. The saints there earnestly invite all the saints who can to attend.
A GROVE-MEETING NEAR NEW HAMPSHIRE AUGLAIZE CO. OHIO,
Will be held Sept. 5th—11th, 89. Workers, the Lord willing, Bro. and sister Schell. All saints and lovers of truth are invited. For any information address Bro. Isaac Carpenter.
GROVE MEETING NEAR ALBANY, ILL.
THIS will be held in father Byers’ grove Whiteside Co., Ill., Aug 27-Sept 3. Preachers and all saints everywhere are invited. Address Bro. J. W. Byers, Albany, Ill. Next will be a
CAMP MEETING AT HEDRICK, IOWA.
SEPTEMBER 4-11, ’89. This place is in Keokuk Co., and is located on the Central Iowa, Burlington & Western, and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul R. It’s. I believe the brethren expect to have a tabernacle. We desire ministerial help from abroad very much. Who will come? Cannot Bro. Carey or Bro. Achor, or both meet with us there? All saints, and lovers of the truth are earnestly invited.
The proprietors have kindly given the use of their beautiful, little, natural grove or park, which is only five or ten minutes walk from the depot. We expect to get rates on all these roads for all desiring to come to the C. M. and will announce through the TRUMPET as soon as ascertained.
The doctrine of holiness as a distinct second work of grace, we believe has never been preached in this place. We expect to have a tabernacle on the ground if the Lord wills.
The few saints, and friends living near expect to tent on the ground, and will try to provide for all brethren coming from a distance. The town has two good hotels whose charges are reasonable. We will have no stands or huxtering on the grounds? but all needed supplies can be purchased of merchants of the town. Bro. D. S. Warner and Co. expect to be with us. Also we feel that the Lord would be pleased in having Bro. and sister Byers and others of Ill. All persons desiring information, can address Bro. J. W. Abrams, Butler Iowa, or Bro. Arthur Harman, Hayesville, Iowa, or the undersigned.
C. Z. Lindley.
Mt. Pleasant, Ia.
CAMP-MEETING IN NEBRASKA.
THIS meeting has finally been appointed for September 11-18. And our Co. have arranged to assist in the same. We also invite all other ministereal help that can come; and the church there heartily invite all ministers and saints that can come, and whoever desire to get good and do good. The meeting will be held in Bro. M. Hoffer’s grove, Polk Co., which is several miles north of Gresham, on the Chicago & North Western R. R. They have hopes of getting a tabernacle.
All coming on the Union Pacific R. R. from the west stop at Stromsburg; from the east at Shelby. Please notify Bro. Lewis Fox, at Shelby Neb. Those coming from the west notify Bro. F. M. Berrie Stromsburg, Neb., those coming on the Chicago & North Western, stop at Gresham, Neb., notify Bro. James Willis, Gresham, Neb. All such giving due notice to those brethren will be met at those stations and carried to and from the C. M., free of charge.
Wm. N. Smith.
CAMP-MEETING AT ST. JAMES, MO.
COMMENCING Sept. 21, and continue as long as the Lord wills. The treatment the saints received on the camp several miles from that place two-years ago, from a masked mob, has been overruled, to the glory of God, hence there is a great desire for our return. The people will give the Fairground free, which contains a very large seated pavillion, and other buildings convenient for the people to camp. We feel that the moving in the minds of the people there, is of the Lord, and we are led to go. We hope to meet a large concourse of saints at that place. The dear ones we met two years ago from Dent Co. and elsewhere, and others we have never seen in the flesh. Come every body who loves God and His truth, all who know God and all who desire to acquaint yourself with Him. O let this be a glorious feast of heavenly things! We believe it will be a glorious time. Special teaching needed in the camp two years ago, left but little time to bring out the deep things of prophecy and Revelation, which is our special calling to give the people. But with all our teaching and labors, complete salvation is the important object and chief battle cry. We expect the deliverance of a multitude of souls. We earnestly beseech as many as possible of the dear ministerial saints to come up to the help of the Lord in this glorious battle. We are told the pavilion will seat four or five thousand, and there is a great interest in the meeting there.
St. James is located on the Frisco, (St. Paul & San Francisco) R. R., one hundred miles west of St. Louis. We hope reduced rates will be secured on that line. For any information desired address Bro. J. H. Morrison, St. James, Mo.
CAMP-MEETING AT GALESBURG, KAN.
THERE will be a camp-meeting, the Lord willing, at Galesburg Neosho Co. Kan. October 8th to about the 17th. Every body is invited. Let as many bring tents, as can. Others bring their bedding and all will be done that can to make you comfortable.
D. S. Warner and Co.
CAMP-MEETING AT CARTHAGE MO.
THE Lord willing, we will hold a campmeeting with the Church of God at Carthage Mo. October 18th to about the 24th, Let there be a general coming together of preachers and people from every direction. Come prepared lo tent if possible. Or bring bedding. Address James Pine, Carthage, Mo.
D. S. W. and Co,
ASSEMBLY-MEETING IN GRATIOT CO.
THE saints in Gratiot Co. Mich., have decided to have an Assembly meeting in the Hamilton meeting house beginning Aug. 15. Bro’s Palmer and Michels are requested, and whoever the Lord may send. Let there be a general and glorious convocation of saints.
CAMP-MEETING, HESPERIA, MICH.
There will be a camp-meeting, the Lord willing, 8 miles north west of Hesperia, Mich., in Bro. William Spoon’s grove; commencing Aug. 20th, continueing 10 or 12 days, as the Lord wills. All that come by R. R. via. Muskegon, come to Fremont and take stage to Hesperia. Those coming from the south, via. Grand Rapids, take the Newago road to White Cloud, and from there by stage to Hesperia. Minseters will receive reduced rates by stage from White Cloud to Hesperia. Write to Bro. A. L. Snow, of Hesperia, who will see that all are conveyed to the campground. All saints and sinners are invited; come and bring your tents. O may God send some mighty workers to this place, as it is a new field.
Bro. A. B. Palmer and others will be there.
Yours in Christ
M. H. Stowell.
GROVE-MEETING IN WEXFORD CO. MICH.
THERE will be a Grove-meeting the Lord willing 134 miles west of Manton Wexford Co. Mich. Beginning Ang. 80, and continue as long as the Lord will. Teams will meet all that come on trains to Manton the first day of the meeting. Any one coming on other days write and let us know. Trains arrive at Manton from the South at noon, and 4 o’clock P. M., from the north at noon. All saints, and every body wishing to seek light, and do good, are invited. Bro. A. B. Palmer, from Bangor Mich, and other Gospel workers will be there, the Lord willing. Address Bro. Chester Daugherty, Bandola Mich., or C. J. Smith, Sherman, Mich.
ALLEGAN CO ASSEMBLY.
THERE will be an assembly meeting held in the Cheese Factory in Cheshire, Allegan Co. Mich., commencing Thursday Sept. 5th, to continue over Sabbath. Lot all the saints of God rush to the battle and see the kingdom of satan destroyed, and help to pull precious souls out of the horrible pit into which they are about to fall. Every minister that possibly can, should be present, for we believe there is a great work to be done. Come every body that wishes to get salvation yourself, or help others to get it.
A. B. Palmer,
A Grove-meeting near Melrose, Paulding Co. Ohio. Will be held the Lord willing. By Bro. A. B. Palmer, Bro. Gardner and perhaps others.
WILL be held at Jamestown, Ottowa Co. Mich., in Bro. Horton’s grove; commencing Aug. 36, 1889, to continue as long as the Lord Wills. Persons coming from north or south on the C. & W. M. R. R. will stop at Hndsonville, and be met by Bro. F. Keefer. Those coming by way of Allegan, will stop at Byron Station, and be met by Bro. C. Horton. A general invitation is given to everybody.
B. Wooden & S. Michels.
THERE will be a camp or grove meeting at Table Rock, Neb., commencing Sept. 21, and to continue 8 or 10 days, as the Lord may direct. Table Rock is on the St J. & C. B. R. R. and B. & M. R. R. R. We hope to see sister Cole and sister Kaser in these parts by Sept. God bless them and you all for His Name’s Sake. Amen!
W. N. & Jennie Smith.
A GROVE-MEETING NEAR, SPRINGFIELD OHIO.
Will be held, the Lord willing, by Bro. Schell and others. An urgent invitation is extended to all the saints that can come. Coming from the North, South and East, slop at Springfield. From the West, stop at New Carlisle. For information address Jessie McFarland, North Hampton Ohio. Write and inform where and when you will come.
A CALL TO THE SOUTH.
FREQUENTLY there has been calls for a minister to come to the Southern states, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, etc. Quite a good interest is rising up there. Numbers have taken their stand on Bible truth and holiness.
They desire a camp-meeting near Charleston S. C. Now to all saints south we say, that God has a true man of God, ready to go to you any time after Sept. 25th, if means can be furnished to travel on. Therefore let all cooperate at once, through this office, that wish his labors, and state about what you can do, to pay traveling expenses.
THERE will be a grove-meeting held at Tustin, commencing Sept. 5th, and continue as long as the lord wills, Tustin is on the G. R. & I. R. R, Those coming from the south, address Bro. William D Brown, Leroy, Mich., aud stop there. Those coming from the north, address, Bro. F. M. Williams, Tustin Mich. and stop there. Parties will be met at either station, if they do as given above. Can-not Bro. Grover, Michels, or some true man of God come to help in the work? All are invited. Come prepared it you can to tent on the ground, if not, come anyway.
F. N. Jacobson.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
THE BEAVER DAM FEAST.
THIS glorious convocation of saints has made its annual round again. It was a time of great, grace upon the people, great joy, and power, and praise, and a real harvest of precious souls. We do not know as a meeting passed by without life salvation of souls. Three times a day from six to twelve souls presented themselves at the altar of mercy, and usually found the Lord in the grace for which they sought, either pardon, or entire sanctification. Quite a number were healed of the Lord of various diseases. As at the Bangor C. M. also here, souls were searched out, and compelled by the love of God, to give themselves up to Him for the work of the ministry, upon whom the hand of God had been long and heavily laid, because of their disobedience. O how we do thank God that He is rapidly enlisting strong and faithful soldiers to go forth and tight this last great battle of God Almighty. God help who hear the Master’s call to go and labor in His vinyard, not to “confer with flesh and blood,” but confer with God, and “the judge of all the earth will do right.” He knows your circumstances, how many are depending upon you for maintenance, what difficulties are in your way and all about it. And He will see that all obstructions will be removed, and all needs supplied, if He really calls you to leave all and go in the field. Or He will bless you in a mixed line of work, with your hands and with your mouth until the way more fully opens. Only fear not God. He is reasonable, you can safely drop all things into His hands and let Him control and manage. You should regard yourself just as fully consecrated when necessity requires physical labor, as when preaching, only do not tarry longer than God gives you leaf. Thank God! the number of workers is fast multiplying, and the glorious judgment fire is sweeping over the earth. Hallelujah!
We are very thankful to announce to the saints everywhere, that a good work has been wrought in the heart of dear Bro. J. F. Haner. Though zealous and well meaning, the dear Bro. was not in an entirely sanctified state. Hence there were occassonal out-croppings that were detrimental to the cause of God, and the welfare of souls. O how blessed and important the grace of entire sanctification to keep the children of God perfectly humble and harmless. Our heart was exceedingly burdened for this brother at the Bangor C. M., and we all labored with him. But we think the glorious point of his full salvation was reached during this meeting. A great and precious change was wrought, which we have no doubt will result in his much increased usefulness. God bless our dear Bro. Haner and companion, and sisters Fisher and Donnell who have gone forth together, on a westward tour to Nebraska, and wherever the Lord may lead. Dear Bro. Bolds and family from Mo., and Bro. Carter, all sweetly saved were at the meeting. Dear Bro. G. R. Achor also from Kansas, sister McCormack from Iowa, and many other workers from nearer states were present, Bro. Achor will go to Roanoke, Deefield, and Sidney meetings.
Bro. and sister Sharpnack, and sister McCormack of Iowa, and sister Susie Drury of Ill, are going forth in the field together. Bro. Earnest Sprague, will accompany Bro. Palmer to Gratiot Co. Mich. assembly, and camp-meetings north. Bro’s. Kilpatrick, Speck, Bro. and sister Dillon, and sister Amanda Bear, go to Jerry City Ohio camp, Red Lyon Pa. camp, and some, or all to east Pa. grove-meeting. We do hope that Bro. and sister Bear will also join them, when ready to go to the Eastern Pa. meetings, as the Bro. is greatly needed to preach the Word in German there. Bro. Bold’s family have started back to Mo., Bro. Otto Bolds and wife remain east.
The following bretehren were ordained to the minstry by the laying on of hands, having been ordained by the Lord and tried. Bro’s. Henry Sharpnack, J. P. Haner, W. G. Schell, G. R. Achor, Otto Bolds, and sister Mattie Bolds. Sister Ida May Sharpnack and sister Drury were acknowledged “helps” in the Gospel vineyard. There was a very large assembly of saints there. There were, we believe, 24 tents, and a large boarding and sleeping building. We had a most glorious and wonderful ordinance meeting. Also there were 16 buried with Christ in baptism. And received the blessing of the Lord. O the touching farewell, melting farewell hour has come. Behold how these saints love each other. God bless you all Dearly beloved in the Kingdom of Heaven! Amen!
Burket, Ind., July 29, ’89.
THE following Saturday after the Bangor Camp-meeting, we left Grand Junction, Mich., in company with Bro. and Sis. Dillion and sister Fisher to hold meetings in La Grange Co. Ind. We commenced meeting on the farm of dear Bro. and sister Snow, which continued one week, during which time a few souls were made free indeed from all sin. After the meeting at this place, we were conveyed by our dear Bro. M. Sparling to his home. In his neighborhood we began meeting in the name of the dear Lord, and for the good of poor lost souls. This meeting was attended with interest. In this meeting also the good Lord was pleased to establish three or four who had professed, but not the complete salvation of the Son of God. We continued this meeting one week, after which we were taken by Bro. M. Sparling to the home of our much beloved Bro. and sister Greenewaldt, and remained at that place (Brushy Prairie) about one week holding meeting, when we could or had an opening. We had the U. B. meeting-house to hold three meetings, and would held a few nights longer if the U. B’s. were saved so that they could listen to the truth without getting mad at the man who is commanded to preach it as it is. We were conveyed by dear Bro. Yoder, the distance of thirty miles to the Auburn Ind. grove-meeting, where we began meeting in the name of Jesus, on the appointed lime in the grove of Bro. Wm. McClellan. O hallelujah to Jesus! This was one of the most blessed meetings held for some time. The Holy Spirit was present to apply the truth to the hearts of the people, and convict them of sin; and as many as yielded to the call of the Savior, was made free through His all-atoning blood. The entire meeting was held in the grove, and was attended with good interest and large congregations. We closed the meeting the evening of the 26th, and the 27th was conveyed by dear Bro. McClellan to Cedar Creek, the distance being about 12 miles. At this place lives Bro. and sister Houser, daughter and son-in-law of Bro. D. Hastings of Burket, Ind. This dear Bro. and sister desiring to hear the truth procured the Dunkard meeting house for us to hold meeting in Saturday night and over Lord’s day. O hallelujah! We did enjoy preaching to lifeless formes in that cage of deception. We had the privilege of preaching three discourses, two on perfection and one on the true Church. The latter seemed to move every evil element and principle in the whole realm of the Dunkard and Methodist valley of dry hones.
Monday at 1 P. M. we took train at Cedar Creek, for Burket.
We are your Bro’s. in the true faith of Jesus.
S. L. Specie, & A. J. Kilpatrisk.
Hobart, Wexford Co. Mich., Aug. 3 ’89.
To all the Saints: — After the Bangor camp-meeting, on my way to the north, I stopped at Morley. I found that zion’s sky was clouded. Some of the saints were under the influence of a certain preacher who denies the two works of grace, claiming that he has more light from God, than the rest of the Holy Ghost illuminated ministry of God. On our renouncing him, and his false teaching, some of the professors took sides, and very freely manifested the spirit in the 3rd chapter of 1 Cor. One sister was blessedly sanctified, oh may God richly bless, and safely lead all the dear ones in the perfect light of God. Amen! I took train for Leroy, where I was met at the station by Bro. Brown who took me to his home. I resumed the meetings in the White School-house, where I labored before the Bangor C. M. The truth was preached in its purity, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, which made a great stir among the carnal, dead professors, and those under the influence of the wine of babylon.
Several were blessedly saved, two of whom stepped out of the Baptist sect and embraced the truth, and 4 were burried with Christ in baptism. Oh may God bless, and keep the dear ones in those parts, sweetly saved in Jesus. May God reward dear Bro. and sister Brown for their kindness and labors of love to us in the Lord; they are a blessing to the cause, the Lord ever keep and use them and the rest to His glory. Amen! At present I am holding meeting in Hobart, the Lord is with us in His fullness. Pray for me, your humble Bro., saved and wholly sanctified in Jesus. Amen. From here I go to B..dola, Mich. Aug. 7th the Lord willing, to labor a few weeks.
F. N. Jacobson.
Sherman, Wexford Co. Mich. Aug. 7th ’89.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — I commenced meetings in the name of Lord, in the Hobart school-house, July 30th. The attendance was very poor, except on sabbath. The people are quite prejudiced against this way. Dear Bro. Nichols I found to be quite straight. He is a humble and teachable man. I hope that dear Bro. Nichols will become more acpuainted with the beloved saints of God. May God ever bless him, and lead him out more and more, in the knowledge, and understanding of the Word of God. The meeting closed Aug. 6th. I begin meeting here this evening in the name of the Lord, let all the saints pray earnestly, that I may be kept humble in all the will of God, that He may use me much to His glory. Your Bro. saved and sanctified in Jesus.
F. N. Jacobson.
Dear Brethren: — We are filled with the power of God. We are having glorious meetings; the Lord Jesus is with us and the fire is burning. I thank God for a complete salvation, that keeps me from all sin. We have meeting three times a week, we have a good turn out. There are some souls that want to be saved, but it seems hard for them to give up. Glory to God for the true light of the Gospel. I thank the Lord that He ever sent Bro. Warner out to Crowland, to preach the true Word of God, to us poor lost sinners. The seed is sown. Scripture that was hid from us, has come to light through his preaching. Glory to Jesus! I am saved and sanctified and kept by power divine. Pray for us that we may stand the storm for the Methodist sect calls us mormons and tramps, but the grace of God is sufficient to keep us. One came forward in our meeting and more held up their hand, the Lord’s will he done and not ours. Glory to God for a clean heart and willing mind to praise my God. Pray for me that I may stand fast, wherein Christ hath made me free. Your Bro. sanctified and satisfied.
William H Burgess.
Dear Brethren: — We feel led to write our testimony. We are saved and kept by the mighty power of God from day to day, walking in all the light that God bestows on our pathway. We ask the prayers of all God’s little ones, that we may ever be found faithful and true to God. Your Bro. and sister in Christ.
Lewis & Nancy J Zimmerman.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to tell of His goodness toward me. I have not been long serving the Lord, but I would not exchange the joy and peace that I have, for all there is in this world. I feel that He saves me and justifies my soul. I ask the prayers of God’s people that He may fully sanctify me, and that I ever be found faithful and low at the feet of Jesus. Your sister in Christ.
Hattie J Zimmerman.
Maple Rapids, Mich.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — This morning finds me still praising God for everlasting life, for victory over death hell and the grave. Hallelujah to the Lamb that has given us everlasting consolation, and doth always cause us to triumph. Praise His name forever! We read in Daniel that the saints of the most high shall take the kingdom, and possess it, for ever, even forever and ever. And judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. When Jesus was demanded of the Pharasees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither will they say: lo here, or lo there! for behold the kingdom of God is within you. Oh I do praise the dear Lord of heaven, that He ever counted me worthy of this great salvation, that saves to the uttermost all that will come unto Him. Glory to God! I counsel thee buy of me gold tried in the fire that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see. I often feel as though I was one of the richest persons living. (rich in faith,) My treasures are in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal. Where the traesure is there will the heart be also. The saints in this place, are filled with the power of God. We have glorious meetings. Once in two weeks we meet with the dear ones at Bro Nash’s, in Lebanon Township, and have meeting. The dear ones have been wonderfully built up and strengthened. Your sister all the Lord’s.
Emma A Lyon.
Dear Saints: — I am still saved and trusting in Christ our Saviour. I am all alone in this place, it would be a great blessing to the people if they could have the pure Gospel preached to them here. But as yet there has been no way opened for it, but I am praying and believing there will be in the near future.
Pray for me that I may be kept humble, and that my faith fail not. Yours in Jesus.
M. E. Hurd.
Dear saints: — I praise God for the heavenly rest that I have in Christ. He keeps me walking in the glorious light which He let shine in my soul nearly two years ago. Surely I can say, my soul is escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers. It is a wonder to me, how I could stay shut in by the dark walls of sectism, and lead such a careless life, and yet profess to be a child of God. Now I can see so much to do for others that are yet in darkness. I know I have a treasure in heaven which is greater than all earthly treasures. Dear saints, let us ever be watching for an opportunity to lead those that are in darkness, to the fountain that cleanses from all sin. Is there not some dear children around us that have parents too poor, or too careless of their welfare to get the children’s paper for them? I thank God that He put it in the heart of Bro. Kaumeyer to print the Guide for the children. Pray for me that I sink deep and deeper into the love of God. Your sister in Christ.
Dear Saints: — I am praising God to-day for a full and free salvation, through the blood of the everlasting covenant. Glory to God! I am rejoicing with joy unspeakable an I full of glory. Blessed be our God, who has redeemed me from all iniquity, and enables me to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Glory to God forever and ever. I keep this salvation by obeying God, and never compromising with the world, flesh or the devil. The Lord has given me much light, and by His grace I am able to walk in it; and by so doing, I fully realize that this promise is mine. Great peace have they that love my law and nothing shall offend them. I give all the glory to God, who convicted me of my sins by His Spirit, and brought me to repentance by His goodness, through His great mercy He forgave all my iniquities. Praise Has name! After this He sanctified me through the truth. And sealed me by the Spirit of promise. Glory to God both now and forever more. Your sister in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for salvation that sweetly saves my soul, and sanctifies me wholly. O, glory and honor be unto my dear Lord that redeemed me by His precious blood. Now I can rejoice with great joy for the faith I have in my dear Savior that has such love for me as to change all of my ways to His own will. O, glory to the name of Jesus forevermore! God bless all the dear saints.
Your saved Bro.
Dear Saints: — I know that my redeemer lives, because He lives in me, for five years I went along with an empty profession, with a form of Godliness and no power. It made me tremble to get in a class meeting, I would get up and tell my story, as quick as I could. And was glad the job was over. The class leader would take me by the hand call me a good fellow; and tell me to go on. I would go on the same as before. As the Bible says: they compare themselves by themselves. I could not see but what I was as good as any of them. And so I went on until three years ago last March, when the Lord wonderfully saved my soul. I was troubled with the heart disease for several years. The doctor said I might get well., and I might drop dead any time. I was a slave to tobacco, and would occasionally lake a drink like some of the older members. As I was young, I thought if they could fake it, it would not hurt me. Before the cleansing blood was applied, I felt that I was the most miserable man on earth;
I prayed to God to take out of the world, for I would rather have died, than live in this way. But at last the chains broke and the shackles fell off. The first thing that came to my mind was — the Lord is able to held the heart deseas. Glory to God and the Lamb forever. The decease, tobacco, and every thing went. And today I am rejoicing in the God of my salvation. I praise God for the blessed evening light, and for a salvation, that keeps me in his world. Pray for me that I may ever keep close to the bleeding side of Jesus. Your brother saved through the blood of Christ.
Dear Saints: — Although young in the service of the Lord, I feel led to tell what God is doing for us in this place. Last fall there was not more than a half dozen saints in the place. The number has been wonderfully increased, and now there are 25 or 30 Praise the Lord! I am one of those that found the precious blood of Christ, that cleanseth from all sin. The very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. Praise His name! Through the hearing of the Word I and my husband sought for and recived the blessing of a clean heart, and we are sweetly saved and walking in the light.
Mrs. Hattie E Higgins.
Plumbs Cross Roads, Ohio.
Dear Saints: — I do praise the name of Jesus for the sweet peace I have in my soul continually. Thirteen years ago God for Chris’s sake forgave all my sins, and placed me in the body as it pleased Him. Through ignorance, I joined the U. B. sect. I staid there for two years, and then I jumped out of that pen, and joined the christian sect. I staid in the christian pen eight years, and then I heard through Holy Ghost preaching, that there was something more for me. Three years ago, I went according to the 12th chapter of Romans, and presented my body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which was my reasonable service, and God did sanctify my soul. I am still saved and sanctified wholly.
A man may be temperate without being a Christian, but he cannot be a Christian without being temperate. If this be tenable and true — and we believe it is — then to be a true, positive, well renouned christian, means more than many professing christians desire it should mean to them. For the Gospel of Christ is, or should be to each of us, the power of God unto full salvation. And if it does not meet this requirement it must prove a failure. tBut it is incisive and clear-cut, requiring, elf-denial and temperance in all things. A christian thus temperate, faithfully filling the entire requirement, must be so in both eating and drinking, labor and sleeping, talking and in his whole life.
So if a man use in any wise profane or filthy language, he is not a true temperance Christian. Neither is he such, if he in any way infract the Divine law as to the sanctity of the sabbath day. If he, out of choice for sinister ends, oversteps or falls short, he is not guiltless. And should he eat too much, simply because he loves to do so, he in the eye of God’s law cannot be considered a Christian of strictly temperance principles. The requirements of God’s law are just and righteous altogether, and no man can live after the flesh and he knowingly intemperate in anywise and yet share in these things, the divine favor.
If a man will not deny himself daily, and at all times, and under all circumstances as well, he cannot be the disciple of Christ. Now it is but the merest mockery to talk of raising mederation or being temperate in things of themselves evil or sinful. There cannot therefore, be such a thing as temperance in profanity, lying, stealing, drinking spiritous liquors, using tobacco or eating opium. The only temperance here is in refusing absolutely to do these things for which the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience. If a man therefore will be truly temperate “in all things,” and approvep of God, he will have even here a life of blessedness, and a joyous assurance of a more blessed one to come.
I. N. Kanaga.
Grand Junction, Mich. July 26 ’89.
Love to all the Saints: — My last report was from the Bangor camp-meeting, where the Lord so wonderfully blessed our souls.
From the camp-ground I was called to Geneva Center, where the saints have a large tabernacle, in which we had a very interesting singing school; in which the dear saints were blessed in song, and their talents improved in hymning the precious anthems, as we are commanded to sing with the Spirit, and with the understanding.
From there we were called by the dear saints to the TRUMPET OFFICE, where we were treated so kindly when we readied there from Mo. O this is surely a heavenly place for the saints of God. We surely see the hand of God here in this publishing house. As God places the members in the great building as it pleases Him. Here we see young men and ladies forsake the pleasure of comfortable homes with parents and friends, and so consecrated and wholly given up, that God has called them to labor in this office from morning till night, in printing and sending out matter for God. They do all this for the Glory of God, without any charges whatever: perfectly contented with food and raiment.
Dear Bro. Spaulding has been laboring here hard for four or five years, and only receives enough to support himself and family; and so it is with all the workers. All the rest of the means is used in spreading the Gospel truth. Here we had a good time in our singing-school, as God has given them all good talents for music.
From thee we went fifteen miles east, to Cheshire, and taught a classy and the Lord most wonderfully blessed us. O, the heavens seemed to pour out light and glory upon us evry singing. The saints at this place are very firm and straight, with exception of a few. We expect to go to Mo. saints of God, let us all lift our voices to God in thanksgiving to Him, for the abundance of crops this year all over the country. Surely the Lord has smiled upon this continent. This ought to be one of most fruitful years of ingathering of souls, as well as grain. And let us not forget to render unto Him, part of our substance, and show our gratitude to God by giving to His cause. God is raising up and sending out laborers in the vineyard, who forsake their homes and farms. As you often pray to God to send more laborers in the vineyard; do you really mean what you pray? if so, consecrate up to your prayer. These dear ministers, whom God is sending out through our prayers, must be fed; also their famlies must be clothed and supported. Oh, may God help the saints to consider this. You, who have good homes, and comfortable beds to rest upon, remember that some of God’s ministers, and their famlies, are suffering for want of food and clothes. I would say in conclusion: Saints, do not forget the dear Trumpet family. Anything will be thankfully received in the way of provisions or food; and I have found out that it takes a large ammount of money to run a publishing house; as it takes several hundred dollars a year to buy paper, ink, and other planting material. Now dear ones, may God help you to so consecrate, and be as though God sent you here to farm or work for Him, whatever your work may be, and have your eye single to the glory of God, and He will bless your souls. Amen!
My permanant address is St. James, Mo. I am your Bro. all for God and His cause, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost.
C. C. Kennedy.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God for salvation that saves me from all sin, and sanctifies my soul. I do thank God that He ever gave me an honest heart, and a willing mind to accept the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. I do praise God for the sweet peace and freedom which we have in Christ; and for the full assurance we have that we are His children; for “the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” — Rom. 8:16. Dear ones pray for me that I may he kept low at His feet.
Your sister saved in Christ.
Lottie E. Wressell.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for salvation that saves us from all the sin of this present evil world. I feel that the Lord has forgiven all my sins, and has cleansed my heart from all unrighteousness. Oh, I praise God for this blessed evening light, and I want to do all I can to help spread it over this darkened land. It is not much that I can do, but I know God will give us our reward. Praise His name forever and ever!
Your sister in the body of Christ, dwelling in the land of promise.
St. James, Mo.
Dear Saints of God: — I praise God for full and free salvation. And that He is able to keep me forever, free from all sin, and sects. In sorrow He is near, in tribulation He upholds me by His mighty hand. I find Him a present help in time of need. I am saved and sanctified to Jesus forever. Through the grace of God, I am still standing on the rock Christ Jesus. He has taken away all fear and given me a clean heart, and made me free in His love. Your Bro. built in the Church of God.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — My testimony is: on the 26th of Dec. 1880, I came to God a gutlty sinner, and He for Christ’s sake forgave them all, and He blessed me with His peace and love in my soul. Hallelujah. That evening I joined the M. E. sect on probation. Two reasons prompted me to do so. 1st, Because I felt myself more at home with the M. E. congregation. 2nd, Because so many of my school mates joined that sect, as I then attended the college for the blind at Jacksonville Ill. But in due time I discovered when temptations and trials came upon me, that there was a foe in the temple not subject to God and His perfect will, this foe was inbred carnality. Romans. 7:8, 6:7. I wrestled with God for deliverance from that duel state. Up to that time I had not heard Bible holiness preached, the first I heard sanctification preached was by the blessed Holy Ghost who said to me one morning, in agonizing prayer before God that, sanctification will set you free, this was much comfort, and joy to me. In due time coming in contact with holiness teaching, I obeyed Rom. 12:1, 2. Soon afterwards I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire in the fulness. Praise the Lord, this took place at the fiftieth national holiness camp-meeting held at Lincon Ill. I felt myself free, and in perfect fellowship with all the holy people of God. If I had then only heard the evening light of God on the one, holy Church of Jesus, and the evils of sectism, I know that I would have leaped over all the sect partition walls of mystic babylon. Hallelujah to God, for the mighty sounding heavenly voice of Rev. 18:1-4. Amen and amen. In the fall of ’82 I again returned to Jacksonville to resume my studies at the institute at Jacksonville. But I soon felt and saw that the M. E. sect of which I was a member in good standing, was no place for me, because I then clearly saw her formal and spiritually dead condition. I scarcely found any food there for my hungry soul. I soon saw that something had to be done, for I began to starve for holy food, I also began to congeal spirituality, by living among the formal religious icebergs of the M. E. sect. But now I am in the land of Beulah, hallelujah! In the summer of 1883, I called for my letter, and I stood free, free to work for God wherever He had any for me to do. I attended F. M. meetings principly, from the fall of ’83, to the spring of ’84, because they then seemed more spiritual than any other sect. And because they preached and endorsed holiness more than any other sect. While I thus held myself, free and enjoyed both liberty and power with God, on the 20th of Apr. ’84, having been persuaded by the F. M. preacher to join his very sectish sect, for so she is, I consented to my sorrow, for from that time till June, I felt like a bird closely caged up. You see I went from mountain (big sect) to hill (little sect) Eze. 35, Amos, 8:11-12. About this time I heard of the marvelous healing of sister Emma Miller, published in the Guide, which was the means of bringing me out among the dearly beloved saints of God, at the Bangor C. M., held in June 1884, praise the Lord! The first straight Gospel sermon preached then, was on the one Church, which I accepted, and fully endorsed. Oh Lord I love thy law, and thy pure truth, for thine eyes are on the same. Hallelujah! Pray for me Your humble Bro., saved from all sin and sectism, sanctified wholly.
F. N. Jacobson.
Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Dear Saints: — May the grace of God abound in you more and more. Amen! Praise the Lord for salvation full and free. Hallelujah to God for this blessed evening light. Bro’s. Ashbaugh, Brown and Obry came and preached the Gospel in its true light, several have found Christ, and more seeking. Praise God! There is a great work here to be done. The devil is stirred, and babylon is fallen. Glory to God! I have the sword and shield, and can conquer in the name of the Master who never lost a battle. Praise His blessed name! We are saved and kept by the power of God unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Our hearts cry I out praise the Lord, for His wondrous works to the children of men. As He is, so are we in this world. We walk by faith, not by sight. — 2 Cor. 5:7.
Your sister sanctified by the blood of Jesus. Pray for us that we may keep low at the feet of Jesus.
Nannie Hayes & Annie Morton.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write a few lines to the glory of our Master: King Emanuel, who has saved and washed me in His own blood; and to-day keeps me in the hollow of His mighty hand. My aim is to see this King reign over all this world till the works of the devil is destroyed, and truth and righteousness take His place. “John” saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And as the bride shall walk with Him. And God shall give us all things. As Abraham gave all his wealth to his son, so the Father gives all things to His Son, and the Son gives them to whom He will, and He has all praise in Heaven and in earth. If a husband loves his bride, there is no one nearer than she, and if she need help he is ready to help. If we are the Bride of Christ, He can not help but love us, He must love His own, and He has loved us from the beginning. When we were yet sinners, and hated Him, He had love for us, and now being made heirs of God and joint heirs with Him, who has overcome the devil and his power, hell and death, and will cast them into the pit of fire and brimstone, where the smoke rises from everlasting to everlasting, from they who have lived in sin and trespass. But glory to God, He will take the bride to Himself, and wipe away all tears from their eyes. Now if God so loved us, why not trust Him, and Him alone, for He is worthy, and He is good, and it is God who gives us the desire in our hearts to serve Him. But too many are not willing to trust Jesus for all things.
“And when I was willing with all things to part, He gave me my bounty, His love in my heart; so now I am joined with the conquering band, who are marching to glory at Jesus’ command.” His people are free, praise the Lord for the victory over the world, flesh and the devil. Our God has triumphed, He has left the grave. He is risen, and we with Him. Too many are at the grave, waiting for the resurrection, while others are already sounding the trumpet in Juda, and all over the land. Your Bro. in Christ.
F. W. Berkheiser.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I am saved in the all-cleansing blood of Jesus, from all sin. I have complete victory in my soul. Praise the Lord for salvation from all sin just now. Jesus says: he that keepeth my commandments, he it is that loveth me. Jesus says: I am the way, the truth and the life; if any man come unto me he shall be saved. Praise His blessed name for salvation. Praise the Lord for the Church which Jesus established, and not man. Jesus says: if you 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. Glory to God for complete salvation.
Your saved Bro. under the blood sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Dear Saints: — Oh how I do praise God for this evening light. Glory to Jesus.
I know if God is willing He will heal me, though He tells me to be contented with such things as I have. There are only a few of us here and we have no prayer-meeting. Pray for us all that we may stand true to God alone. Your sister I saved sanctified and satisfied.
Dear Saints: — I am still saved and kept by the power of God. Hallelujah! praise God this after noon for a salvation that cleanses from all sin. Glory to Jesus! I do praise God just now for His healing power. He has healed me several times.
Feeling that it is the will of the Lord, I ask the saints of God everywhere to pray for the healing of the saltrheum in my hands. I have had the saints lay on hands twice, but God for some cause has not healed them. But my trust is in the Lord, knowing He doeth all things well.
Pray for me, your sister in Christ Jesus.
Mrs. N. A. Williams.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God this morning for a perfect salvation that saves me from all sin, and keeps me spotless by the power of God, ready to be revealed. Oh bless the name of Jesus, for this joy unspeakable and lull of glory, that is flooding this temple just now. truly “’tis heaven come down to the sanctified wholly.” Yours saved and delivered from the power of darkness, walking in the light as He is in the light. Glory to Jesus!
J. D. Kendrick.
Dear Saints: — I am so glad that the blood of Jesus does cleanse me from all sin. My trust is in the Lord, and He makes me happy and joyful in Him. We read in the Word that they that trust in the Lord, shall he as Mount Zion, which cannot he removed, but abideth forever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even forever. Four years last December, the Lord forgave all my sins. Three months later the very God of peace sanctified me wholly, made me clean for His use; later still the blessed Jesus healed my afflicted body. I had been afflicted for seventeen years and through faith in Jesus I am made every whit whole, soul and body. All disease is taken away, and I am sound and well. He fills my mouth with praises both day and night, and I can truly say, my last days are my best days. God gives me delight in His Word; He anoints me to read His Word to His glory; He fills me with His Spirit, and gives me the power, and it fills my heart with glory to tell to hungry thirsty souls of the redemption story. There are a few saints here, and we do need the prayers of all the dear saints of God. We are asking the blessed Lord to send some of His anointed ones here to preach His pure Gospel.
Pray for me and my companion, that God may keep us humble.
Your free sister in perfect love, sanctified wholly.
Eliza J. Reynolds.
Dear Brethren: — Praise the Lord for salvation in Christ Jesus. Babylon is in a great rage against the saints in these parts. But praise God! the Word say, babylon is fallen We are praying God to wonderfully work at the Deerfield camp-meeting, though we may not be able to attend the meeting.
Your Bro. saved through the blood of Christ.
B. F. Harris.
Dear Saints: — May the Lord wonderfully bless His dear children, and keep them filled with the Spirit and perfected in love. I am praising God for His love toward me in bringing me into the light and knowledge of full and free salvation, so that I can live holy in this life. A little over a year ago I heard holiness preached for the first time. I was fully convinced we must live holy, though a short time before it seemed impossible, according to the light I had of the Word. But the awful truth came in such power that I knew it was from God, and was true, and in answer to prayer I learned what the true Church is. During my stay in babylon, I felt that some, if not all the sects were far away from God, and daily prayed to God if any were right, to show me which it was, for my whole desire was to be in the true way. Bless God! He did show me that none was right, and called me out of the M. E. sect where I had been 23 years. I immediately obeyed the call. Some thought that if I had not been so hasty I might have had more influence in showing others their mistake; but I knew the light was from heaven, and the voice was God’s that said: “come out.” Afterward I nearly lost the Spirit by working in a sect meeting, having such an earnest desire for perishing souls that I let my whole soul and mind into the work. But God knowing I was honest and wanting to save me, awakened me by the awful words found in Gal. 2:18, and I too saw I would soon be partaking of her sins, and receive of her plagues, so I immediately obeyed. Since then I have been able to keep straight with God, having victory in my soul over the world, flesh and the devil. I realize this moment that I am dead indeed unto sin, and alive unto God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Your sister saved and under the blood.
N. L. Shroyer.
Cedar Vale, Kan.
Dear Trumpet Raders: — Glory to God! He keeps me every day by His mighty power, saved and sanctified wholly. Glory to God for His keeping power. I am free from babylon, and I praise God for it.
Praise God for salvation just now.
Your Bro. and sister saved to the uttermost
M. & M. Frazee.
St. James, Mo.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — This morning I am saved and sanctified, with the real love of God in my soul. I am praising God this morning for complete freedom from sin. I praise God for opening the way for a camp-meeting at St. James, for the powers of darkness are great. We lave prayer-meeting every sabbath. Several have gone back, but there are a few who stand true to God. He says: many are called but few chosen. I realize it is joy and peace to dwell in Christ. He says: in me you have peace, but in the world you have tribulation.
Your Bro. saved, sanctified, and kept by the power of God.
John H. Haley.
St. James, Mo.
Dear Saints: — I am saved and sanctified, and realize that the blood of Christ cleanses me from all sin. I have that sweet peace in my soul, that the world cannot give nor take away. Your sister saved and under the blood.