19 January 1893, Volume 13, Number 3.
The Duties of To-Day.
Oft we ponder, looking yonder,
At a duty far ahead:
Often fretting and forgetting
Those about us where we tread.
The duties nearest are the dearest;
They are not so far away:
Sweetest flowers, they are ours,
Growing at our feet to day.
Be possessing present blessing,
Wait not for to-morrow’s shower:
There’s a beauty in each duty,
Bringing payment every hour.
Live on to-morrow ! what if sorrow
Points your mem’ry to to-day?
Now, neglected, — the unexpected
Will steal the sweets of yesterday.
To-morrow’s hoping leaves us groping
’Mid the stones not cast away:
Yesterday’s blessing, in vain professing,
Blinds our eyes to these to-day.
Look not backward, live not forward,
Grand and glorious is to-day;
Let us give it while we live it
All the honor that we may.
Pastures greenest, waters cleanest
Where the Shepherd leads to-day.
Of to morrow, need we borrow?
While He feeds us on the way.
Please explain the following texts.
No. 1. Luke 17:37.
No. 2. Jno. 2:17.
No. 3. Jno. 10:8, 9.
No. 4. Rom. 11:29.
No. 5. 1 Cor. 3:12, 15.
No. 6. Eph. 2:8.
No. 7. 2 Tim. 2:20, 21.
Explanation of No. 1. The text reads as follows: And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. This passage and Matt. 24:28 have been great mysteries to Bible expositors. The word eagle only occurs four times in the New Testament; it is always derived from AETOI. In both Matt. and Luke the language is associated with the very end of all things and the coming of Christ. In Matt. it is “Wheresoever the carcass is,” etc., from PTOMA, properly rendered carcass, dead body. In Luke it is body from SOMA, correctly rendered body. Some years ago the Spirit of the Lord showed us that the eagles in Matt. were evil spirits; the carcass, such men and women as were cut off by the word of God and were not humble and willing to get right with God. As birds scent dead bodies on a field of battle and come to prey upon them, so the evil spirits of latter day delusions come to swallow up as their victims all whom the sword of the Spirit slays.
Upon the passage in Luke we have had no special illumination. It may mean the same as the one in Matt. If so, “body” is to be understood the same as carcass, dead body. But eagles are also used to illustrate Christians because of their lofty flight. See Ps. 103:5; Isa. 40:31. And because the language changes from PTOMA — carcass — to SOMA — body — in passing from Matt. 24:28 to Luke 17:37, we are inclined to believe that another lesson is here introduced. The body is the body of Christ, the church. The eagles, true Christians. And in the time of the end all whose names are written in the book of life are gathered out of every sect into the one body of Christ. This idea is strengthened by the immediate context. “In that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, the other left. Two women shall be grinding together, etc. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” This relates to the time when Christ shall come, as is very clearly seen in Matt. 24:36—44. The one taken must refer to the saints that shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Now, the question, “Where?” evidently relates to those that are taken, and not to those that are left. For it having been said where they were, the expression, “the other left,” would imply they remained in the same place. But the expression, “one shall be taken,” would naturally call out the question, Taken where? “And he said unto them [in answer to the question, Where?], Wheresoever the body is [the body of Christ], thither will the eagles [God’s saints] be gathered together.” This to our mind is all very reasonable.
ANS. TO NO. 2 “And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house has eaten me up.” — Jno. 2:17.
The quotation is taken from Ps. 69:9. The context shows that Christ is the speaker. “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children,” etc. The zeal of the house of Israel was great, perhaps only exceeded by their hypocrisy and sin. They compassed land and sea to make one proselyte, and then made him twofold more the child of hell. And this zeal coupled with corrupt hearts is the very thing that obstructed the cause of Christ, and stirred up their hearts to crucify him. And just as an enthusiastic sect zeal-blinded the Jews and caused their fall, so a narrow sect zeal is eating up Christ again, as we are in the end of the Gentile age. “Eaten me up” is a figure of speech, and denotes that their sect zeal devoured and destroyed the real cause of Christ.
ANS. TO NO. 3. Jno. 10:8, 9. — All that ever came before me are theives and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. All that ever came before him does not apply to the prophets when God sent, but all who came claiming to be the true Shepherd and Messiah. The sheep (God’s children) did not hear them as their Redeemer and King.
“I am the door,” the means of approach to God and access into his family. “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” — Eph. 2:18. The expression “shall go in and out, and find pasture” is based upon a sheep herd that is well taken care of by a faithful shepherd, led into good pasture by day, and protected by a safe fold at night. It does not mean that Jesus leads us in and out of the church, which is denoted by the fold. But he bestows upon us all the care that is conveyed in the above words. He both leads us out into good pasture and folds us in a safe fold; but the pasture and fold are both inside his church. Some have applied the leading of us out to our departure out of the church here on earth. But the church of God is all one family in leaven and earth. Eph. 3:14. Hence we do not go out of it at all on leaving our earthly body. The verses here explained show the mode of induction into the church. Christ is the door, and salvation the process of entering.
ANS TO NO 4. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
This simply means that when God determined to give eternal life to any people, even to the Gentiles as in this case, or when he purposed to call them into the fold of his love, he did not depart from his plan. Does not change about, or repent of his good purposes. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Read the connction.
No 5. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, previous stones, wood, hay, stubble. — 1 Cor. 3:12.
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Ver. 15. Some men seem to have a pretty good life, but their creed is very bad, and fallacious, no rock, no God or truth under them. Such appears to have a pretty fair structure but have a poor foundation, hence it cannot stand. Other men profess Christ the true and only foundation, but their lives are not pure and upright. These have professedly a good foundation; but they do not build according to the pattern, and the character-building is not of good materail, hence it must perish before the flames of God’s truth and Spirit, or before the judgment flames of divine wrath.
And in the case of verse 15, it often happens that men are sincere, doing the best they know, but not having gained a knowedge of the pure truth, they have done a mere surface work. So when the fire of holiness comes along, he sees his low standard, dies out to all the world and self and gets fully saved Saved by the fire of the Holy Spirit. But, behold, he how finds that his work was very superficial, and it cannot stand the fire of God, so he sees that what he thought was substantial and thorough work done, was all in vain. He suffers the loss of the whole thing and begins afresh, building only pure gold on the sure foundation.
No 6. “For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Eph. 2:8. Only one thing in this passage do we see that can need explanation, and that is, What is it that is the gift of God? faith, or the salvation spoken of? Evidently the gift relates to salvation, as that is the subject of the verse. “The gift of God is eternal life.” Faith, in the above verse is only spoken of as the means to the end, the condition upon which the saving grace of God is received.
Nevertheless, faith is also the gift of God in a certain sense. Some people have argued pro and con as to whether faith is the gift of God, or the act of the creature. There is utterly no need of such discussing; for both positions are true within their scriptural qualifications. Faith is the gift of God to Israel — Acts 5:31. Also to the Gentiles. Acts 11:18. But to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Rom. 12:3. Faith is the gift of God in the sense that he gives men the light of the Spirit, producing conviction, and drawing the soul to Christ. God gives men faith in the sense of imparting to all the ability to believe, and the foundation of his faith the word of God. But the act of faith is nevertheless the act of the creature. His free voluntary act. An act which he may put forth or not put forth, even after the ability to believe is bestowed upon him by the mercy of God.
No 7. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. — 2 Tim. 2:20, 21. In every tropical lesson, there re two distinct things. First the literal object chosen as the basis of a lesson, second, the spiritual lesson, deducted. Here a great house is used. Any large habitation. In it there are precious golden vessels, and also quite worthless earthen vessels. No particular use is made of the house as a figure, but the lesson is drawn from the vessels. God’s people are vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, and on these vessels he would make known the riches of his glory.” — Rom. 9:23. That is, sanctify them wholly; and that experience purges him from all the earthly minded and sinful vessels. Separates from them, and renders him set apart to God only, and meet for the master’s use.
BUT as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. — 1 Thess. 4:9. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. — 1 Pet. 1:22, 23. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. — Rom. 12:9, 10. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. — Phil. 2:5, 15. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ: to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. — 1 Pet. 4:8, 10, 11. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And this is his commandment. That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. — 1 Jno. 3:11, 14, 16, 18, 23. Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings. — 1 Pet. 2:1. As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which-hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. — 1 Pet. 1:14, 15, 19. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. — John 13:34, 35. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. — Heb. 13:20, 21. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another; love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. — 1 Pet 3:8, 9, 10.
Mrs. M. Grimes.
To the Children of Light: I have been thinking for some time of writing a brief account of my experience for publication in the GOSPEL TRUMPET. I was converted when about fifteen years old, and from that time until the fall of ’81 my experience was very uneven. My Christian life was very spasmodic; for months together I enjoyed the real presence of God; but for the want of proper teaching, and because of improper examples, I would engage in unwarrantable divergences, until by the reproof of the Holy Ghost I was brought to repentance. This was the. best I knew, but was very unsatisfactory, and because of it would sometimes almost despair. But in the autumn of 1881 when being shown by the blessed Holy Spirit the danger of my instability, I resolved from hence to have the one object steadily in view. And now my life was one of constant earnest prayer, and constant abiding peace. I remember only a few times my thoughts began to wander. Put God knowing the sincerity of my heart called me. I knew his voice and hearkend. The following spring I saw my privileges, and began to count the cost; and in August I made an entire consecration of myself, all I had, all I ever expected to have, all I was or ever expected to be; all, all, all, for time and eternity, to God in Christ Jesus. I then and there steadfastly, unwaveringly believed that God through Christ accepted the offering, and the altar (Christ) sanctified the gift. Glory to God in Christ for ever! No longer was the sea of conscience stirred or my affections moved from the one object, the star of Bethlehem. Since this I have found that “men love darkness rather than light, that true Christianity is exceeding unpopular; that hypocrisy is the greatest hinderance to the truth, and that the aim and design of the gospel is salvation for the world (sinners), and purity and unity for the church (believers); that the Lord adds only believers to his church; but sect preachers add many hypocrites, thus committing spiritual whoredom. “The children of God looked upon the children of men, and beheld that they were fair to look upon, and took them wives of all of whom they would.” It is a parallel case, and we know the consequence. All parties and sects are institutions, but the church of Christ is a body of which he is the head.
But this unity for which the Savior prayed is resisted through the perverting influence of conflicting opinions which is not real faith, and no part of that faith which is requisite to salvation. I verily believe if men had a just conception of the worth of immortal souls, and the great responsibility of those whom God calls as co-workers with him in their salvation, they would consecrate their zeal to the one object of saving souls. I realize he keeps them in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on him.
T. A. Melvin.
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Lawrenceville, O., Jan. 13, 1893.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I am fully saved, justified and sanctified through the precious blood of Jesus, giving God all the praise. Praise his holy name! And as my body is greatly afflicted, and I wish to be healed and have a perfect sound body, if it is the Lord’s will, I do ask for the prayers of all of God’s people.
Your sister in Christ,
Amanda M. Xander.
West Salem, O., Jan. 9, 1893.
Dear Editor: As I am afflicted with blindness so I can not read God’s word in which I take so much comfort, I feel led of the Lord to ask all the saints to pray for the healing of my eyes and bodily affliction. I will set the day the 22d of January at one o’clock as the time for prayer.
CALLS FOR MEETING.
I am longing and praying for God’s fire baptized ministers to come and hold meetings here that I may be made perfect in Christ and free from all sin. I remain your brother, longing to be set free,
D. P. Kimmel.
Bladen, Webster Co., Neb.
A MEETING WANTED IMMEDIATELY.
R. A. Neigh, writes from Elm Hall, Gratiot Co., Mich., that a meeting is wanted at once there in a community where holiness has never been preached. Who can answer this call immediately?
Bro. J. A. Miller, Derry, Kan., Desires some one to come there and preach the gospel with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven. Who can visit that place?
At last writing, Bro. Warner had just arrived at Denver, and expects to go from there to Stafford, Kans.
Salvation work was still going on in the West Liberty, O. meeting at last report, and victory on the Lord’s side.
Bro. B. E. Warren reports a successful meeting still in progress at Lawrenceville. Ohio, and souls being saved.
Bro. Wm. Randolph writes from Gaskill, Kansas, that he expects to begin meeting there, and souls are hungering for the truth.
The meeting at Arkansas City, Bro. Willis reports, is still in progress; about thirty consecrations, and the work moving on with increasing interest.
The German Work.
Since our last report a few more dollars have been sent in for the German work. We now have about one- half enough money to purchase the outfit for the paper. With the money on hands we expect to order the type at once, for the German tract and book work, which can also be used to print the paper as soon as the full outfit can be purchased. We are now ready for a German compositor to set the type. We believe the Lord has some consecrated German brother or sister who is capable of doing the work, and who desires to make themselves useful in helping to rescue perishing souls. Some one can in this way preach the gospel to thousands of people ,and be the means of saving many souls. Who is ready for the battle? Who is consecrated to the work? “The Master has need of thee.” Let us hear at once from some one whom the Spirit of the Lord is moving to come.
Grand Junction, Mich.
While living in Southern Ind. I was clearly impressed by the Spirit of God to come to this place to teach the school of saints’ children. I am here, having followed Jesus. The school has now been in progress one week and the Lord richly blessed my soul, giving me a double assurance that I was in his order. He makes me to deeply feel the responsibility resting upon me. He gives me to understand my sufficency is of him. The untruthful enemy has endeavored to discourage by darkening circumstances, but I know in whom I trust and am fully persuaded that what He has promised he is able to perform. May God help me to teach those youthful hearts, in simple way, the sweet story of Jesus, and every soul be won to him. I pray God to ever make the school and grounds, a hallowed place. In such sweet harmony and so completely consecrated as the holy influence of God will pervade at all times. I trust the time will soon come when more of God’s little ones can be cared for. Let every saint of God pray and act to this end. Oh in these last days, dear ones, be zealous, be true, be prayerful, in Jesus’ name Be victorious. It would be an awful thing for us to learn in the judgment day that because of our neglect some way, a soul was lost forever. It means much to do every duty, but do it then trust. Any one having any suggestions for good of school or words of cheer, be glad to hear from you. Pray God to bless our school.
Your saved brother.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Plano, Cal., Jan. 3, 1893.
Dearly Beloved Saints of the Most High God, Greeting: His hand has been good upon your humble servant and brother since last reporting.
After coming to Visalia, Dec. 18, Bro. and Sister Bentley brought us over to Farmersville. After holding services for a few days and finding the people greatly indisposed to meeting, at least during the holiday diversions, we discontinued, and sat down and wrote for the space of two weeks upon our book. THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY. The Lord greatly blessed us in this work, being comfortably homed with the kind family of Bro. and Sister Brundage. The Lord reward the kindness of that blessed household. Truly the Lord reconfirmed, our calling to publish his present, awful and glorious truth with the pen. For a season, at least, if not for the remainder of life, writing seems to be our chief calling; but we think we can arrange our work so as to do a good deal of preaching along with the writing.
Saturday, Dec. 31, Bro. Bentley conveyed us to Plano, about twenty miles south. We held meeting in the Presbyterian house that night and over Sabbath, Jan. 1, 1893. We had fair congregations and the seed sown, we are persuaded, was not lost. Last night we had a meeting in the house of Bro. and Sister Jacob Frame, in the village. Bless the Lord! we had a very precious outpouring of the Spirit. Five consecrated for entire sanctification, some of whom were gloriously anointed with power and great joy from heaven, and we hope all will hold fast the perfecting grace by the mighty arm of faith. After the meeting was dismissed and the shouts of praise were still ascending to God, two of the dear boys of the family were touched by the Spirit of the Lord and gave their hearts to God and their young hearts were made happy in the love of God.
Bro. Elias Frame was ordained to the sacred calling of the ministry, by the laying on of hands, he having been preaching for some years. His brother Jacob is also called and consecrated to the work. Also a dear Bro. Conrad received the truth and expects to cut loose from the Baptist sect and work for the Lord. We pray God that these brethren may be greatly prospered and used of the Lord.
We have recently sent for publication a line of meetings homeward; but other lines of work for the Lord, seem to make it necessary that we omit the northern part of the tour and go directly eastward, as soon as we can leave this part of the state. Perhaps our first stop will be Denver. Also being now used to the mild climate here, it does not look prudent to rush suddenly into cold northern regions, since we could not remain long at any rate. We should greatly love to visit points in the northern part of the state, and in Oregon, and Idaho, but we will have to return this time, without making the round. We hope to return again with a company, in the Lord’s time, and visit all those points. At present the publication of some works for the glory of our God, makes it needful that we work homeward. Were it not for these things we should surely remain here, on the coast, until Spring. And again as we pass near places we are much desired, we cannot miss the opportunity of making a few brief stops. We will notify brethren at these places, as the time approaches.
We have meeting here, again tonight and then return’ to Farmersville and Visalia and hold some meetings at the latter place. Please all pray for us and the salvation of precious souls.
Teegarden, Ind., Jan. 14, 1893.
Dear Saints, Greeting: We are glad to report we are still active in the work of our Master. Arrived in Teegarden last evening; greeted a number of the little ones on the depot platform. The Lord willing we will hold the fort in these parts for some time, for there are several meetings to be held also in Walkerton. Our address will be for the present, Teegarden, Ind.
Yours in the body,
J. A. Dillon & Co.
Danville, Ill., Jan. 10, 1893.
Dear Trumpet Readers: May God bless you all. Am happy to report victory on the Lord’s side. Am holding meetings in Pleasant Grove school house, four miles east of Danville. God is blessing the work by doing the work and using such material as he has on hand. We give God all the glory. A singer is very much desired. Some six at the altar for pardon so far. We pray God to send a singer here, as our meetings lack that very necessary article. Audience increasing.
Pray for your humble brother in Christ,
Fairfax, Mo., Dec. 27, 1892.
Dear Saints: To night my testimony is that Jesus saves and sanctifies me wholly just now.
I do love the way he traveled,
Far above the way of sin,
On the blessed road to heaven,
With the Lord enthroned within.
We met with the dear saints at Forest City December thirteenth and fourteenth. We were glad to find the work of the Lord prospering in that place. Quite a number have been saved in the prayer meetings. We had meeting in private houses; two souls consecrated all to God and were sanctified wholly, another justified and the saints we trust were edified. I am now at home for a few days; expect to be in the field again as soon as the Lord wills.
Yours in Christ,
Janet K. Sillers.
Broken Bow, Neb., Jan. 6, 1893.
Dear Trumpet Readers: Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent the bow, to cast down the poor and needy and to slay such as be of upright conversation. — Psa. 37:14. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken, only, let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
I went to Gordon, Neb., Nov. 29, 1892. Held meeting ten miles north of Gordon, with complete victory in the name of Jesus. Several were justified by faith and obedience, by meeting the condition of God’s word, afterwards met the conditions for perfection. Six were buried with him by baptism into death; four the 25th of Dec., two the 26th of Dec. 1892. The meeting closed with a glorious ordinance service. Then I came to this place; began meeting here Jan. 1. 1893. Three dear souls were at the altar last night. Will continue as long as the Lord wills, then I go to Howard Co., Neb., if the Lord wills.
Your brother, sanctified wholly,
M. A. Fly.
Chambersburg. Pa., Jan. 9, 1893.
Dear Trumpet Readers: This morning still finds us sweetly saved in Jesus, joyful in glory, with a real victory in our souls, standing on the Bible line for God. We are still doing what we can for the Master; talking this Bible salvation to the people, that does save men and women from their sins. We visit from one place to another, and in our travels find so many people making their own conscience their guide instead of the Bible. We will not be judged according to our conscience, but by the word according to our works. Some may have a defiled conscience; some a seared conscience, and some a guilty conscience, etc. They say they worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. Oh such blindness! Truthfully the dear Savior says, My words have no place in you. They have no room in the inn for the Savior. “This people draw nigh to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their heart is far from me.” The hirelings are crying, Peace! peace! when there is no peace. We are in the gleaning time. Pray for us.
Yours in the holy war,
F. Rosenberry & daughter.
23 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, Cal., Jan. 10, 1893.
Dear Saints: We are praising God for perfect victory. Reached this city last week. Found the church at work and souls being added to the Lord. Left the dear saints at San Diego in a prosperous condition. A number were recently saved there. A Catholic lady heard the singing on the streets and followed us to the hall. While in the meeting she heard the gospel. Conviction fastened upon her heart. She went home and cried and prayed all night. Next eve she came again and fell down at the altar confessing her sins to him who alone has power and is faithful and just to forgive. She accepted the narrow way and received forgiveness. Oh, what a wonderful transformation went through her soul and was manifested in her face. She now rejoices that she has found the church built upon Christ. Hallelujah! Four saints were baptized one week ago last Sunday, and the following evening Bro’s Upton and Misner were ordained to the ministry, by the laying on of hands and prayer. We are comfortably settled again in this city and are claiming victory over the devil and all his many doctrines. Praise the Lord, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. All correspondents please address us here.
Your brother and sister separated unto the gospel,
J. W. & J. Byers.
St. James, Mo., Jan. 10, 1893.
Dear Saints of the Living God: We greet you in the beginning of this new year in the name of Jesus; and may the riches of God’s grace and blessing be upon you all through this God given year; and may your lives be as profitable in the service of our Master, as I desire and pray that mine may be. We are happy to report this morning that we are saved and have complete victory in our
souls all the time, and reigning all the time. Glory to God! O how precious, how blessed and sweet it is to abide in Christ and have this great salvation! Well, dear ones, after many conflicts with the enemy of all good and many trials and temptations, husband and I are out free to work in the gospel held. Praise God, we closed our temporal business, and started the sixth of January, all to do what our Master has called us to do, to work in his vineyard. One year ago I got light to go myself; I went, but it was so hard it seemed to leave my family, but the the dear Lord gave me grace and the promise to save our children if I would obey him. Blessed be his holy name! In one year he has saved one of our children and gave her and my husband to go with me in the work. This is truly the happiest new year for me I have ever known. My soul goes out in gratitude and praise to God, and my hearts desire and delight is to work for the salvation of souls. We are having a precious little meeting here in Bro. Copeland’s neighborhood. The church here and at the Iron Works is in good condition, and we have wonderful seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord There are so many calls for workers. Pray for us that we may be humble and efficient workers for the Master.
Your saved sister,
Bushong, Kan., Jan. 9, 1893.
Dear Saints of God: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you. We came to this place about four weeks ago, and after much prayer and fasting and exhortation, the Lord did wonderfully melt the hearts of the people and caused them to flow together. There has been a great settling down. The church is in a condition to “strive together for the faith of the gospel.” May the Lord so strengthen them and establish those who are not fully established that they will be able to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Some have consecrated and received the standing grace who had never yet reached that state. God is also doing a glorious work among the children of the saints. Some have been saved in every family where there are children. Seven of the dear young people have found peace with God and are very firm little soldiers ready to testify to the saving grace of God, and to declare their fixed purpose to serve him. Several others are yet seeking. We have not yet visited any place where there has been such a general move among the children. Praise the dear Lord! We felt very much burdened for the young from the beginning, and spoke very earnestly of this, and the saints took it to God in much earnestness. The parents became greatly burdened for the their children. We took for our foundation the precious promise, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Praise the Lord! He has wonderfully proven the steadfastness of his promises. Oh, dear saints, step out on the word of God. There are many places where there are unsaved children among the saints, and the parents and. saints generally wait for a protracted meeting when some band of workers come around to see their children convicted and brought to Christ. Take hold of the promises. The earnest believing prayer of God’s children offered night and day will avail much, it will send conviction to the hearts of the children, and it will move God to do all that he can do according to his will to get them saved. There would be an ingathering of the children at many places if the saints were only more earnest and would trust the promises of God fully. Oh, dear ones, rise to your duty on this hand. The little ones are exposed to sin, and many of them living in sin and exposed to death and hell. Can we be clear of their blood if we do not do all we can to save them. God help us as workers in the field to … … … … … …. We are holding meetings at present in private houses. We are expecting to see others saved yet and are ready to go any where the Lord may send. If any one desires our labors please address us at Bushong, Lyon Co., Kan.
Your brother and sister wholly given up to the work of God,
R. M. & Lizzie Haynes.
HOW I FOUND THE LORD.
For the glory of God and the salvation of precious souls, I tell my experience. I was brought up a Protestant. My father was a Methodist and my mother an Episcopalian. When I was twelve years old my father died, and left my mother and I to fight the battle of life alone. Ere long I was obliged to go out and work for a living. We found it very hard to get along. My mother was not very strong and could do very little to help me. I was unwilling to work so hard and rebelled at my hard lot. In my seventeenth year I was married. But for some years we lived very unhappy, chiefly because of my disagreeable nature.
During all this time I had thought many times of eternity and death, and judgment. I always felt frightened, but used to console myself with the thought that God was merciful, and would not let me be lost forever. My husband and I both went to theaters, picnics, fairs and concerts. Also spent Sundays riding about to see the country or going to the beach, seldom thinking of God or His day to keep it holy.
When I had been married about six years I got acquainted with a Catholic family and became very much attached to the oldest daughters young girl of sixteen. I became very anxious to know something about the Roman Catholic belief, and asked many questions concerning it. The more familiar I became with its teachings, the better I seemed to like it, and the more anxious I was to join the church. My husband was bitterly opposed to it, and when I mentioned my intention of joining, to him, he said if ever I did, he would leave me and take our girl with him. For a time I thought no more of joining, but secretly went to their meetings when I could, and said all the prayers and performed all the duties the church required, as far as I knew, thinking that if I died, God would receive me, as I had asked the priest to pray for me, telling him just how I was placed. He said, I was a Catholic at heart, even if I never could join the church, and would not be lost. Oh, the sin I committed in the deceit I practiced toward my husband day after day. I once mentioned this to the priest, and asked him if he thought it was right for me to tell my husband lies in order to go to church. He said it would be all right, as my husband was a heretic and whatever I did to him would be counted no sin. I became very restless, thinking of all the sin I had been committing; and although I placed implicit confidence in all the priest said, still in my own mind there was a war going on, and the evil one always got the victory. I felt sure that if I joined the church, was baptized, went to confession and received communion, I would be saved. At last I could wait no longer, but resolved to be baptized into the church. I really was afraid that if I did not do so, I would be lost forever, as I thought it was the only true church of Christ. The day I took the oath of allegiance to the pope, and was baptized, was the most miserable one of my whole life. From that hour I felt worse than ever before; although I went many times to confession and communion. I found no rest, no peace, no hope, no salvation. I had read some parts of the Bible when I was younger, but had given it up some time before. I feel sure God convicted me of sin the day I joined the Romish sect (for I cannot call it church), and continued to do so, until I really did not know what to do with myself. After I had been in that ..t four months, and believed in all its teachings for nearly four years, I began to doubt whether I was right or not. The more I thought of it the worse I felt. I finally went to my confessor and asked him if I could read the Bible. He gave me permission to read the New Testament. I well remember the first thing my eyes rested on when I opened the Book. It was the 23d chapter of St. Matthew. I did not read long before the Holy Spirit showed me I was in the wrong. I would not read any more then, but actually got angry and said, I would not believe what I had read. I had been steadily resisting the Holy Spirit’s convictions in my heart ever since I had joined the sect and fought it still more when I read that. I declared I would not read any more. But in a few days the Spirit drew me to read some more. I kept on that way for nearly two months, and went so far as to mark everything, that I thought in any way, led to the Catholic belief. I finally read the 17th and 18th chapters of Rev. and saw plainly that it pictured the Roman Catholic belief. I would not even then yield to the Holy Spirit and God’s own word, but continued to fight against the convictions. I would not go anywhere to church with my husband, except when I had to. There were meetings going on in the neighborhood where we lived, and many people were getting saved. It made me very angry to see so much fuss going on, and when my husband got saved there, I felt more bitter than ever. After that I resolved, I would not even go with him as often as I had, but made every excuse to stay away. One Sunday afternoon I went to see a good Christian woman. I had just entered the house, when she asked me if I would go and hear Amanda Smith preach that night. I considered for several minutes, and finally said I would go. All that afternoon I was reading the Bible, and talking to my friend about the way I felt. In I the evening I went and heard Amanda Smith. She took for her text these words, “Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37. I immediately said in my heart, That is myself. After she had spoken for a short time, on the love and mercy of God to us by sending Jesus to die for our sins, and inviting us to come to him and be saved, casting none away, she asked if any one wanted to find the Lord that night. I felt that I did, and went forward and knelt down. How miserable I felt as I knelt there, no tongue can tell. I commenced to cry out to God for mercy, and confessed all my sins to him alone. How black they all were before me, and for a little while I almost felt as if there was no salvation for me. But the words of the text again came to my mind. I knew I had come to God and confessed my sins, and I asked him to forgive me. I believed just what the text said, that Jesus received me and made me his child. Praise God forever! All the heavy burden rolled away, and such peace came into my soul that I had never felt before. I knew I was born of the Spirit, that Jesus had given me the witness in my own soul that I had passed from death unto life. I used to laugh at revivals and make fun of people who said they were sanctified and holy. But after Jesus forgave me my sins, I wanted all the Lord had for me, and when I knew that the old nature, or carnal mind, or as it is called in the Catholic belief original sin, could be taken away and my heart cleansed from all sin by the precious blood of Jesus, and be filled with the Holy Spirit, I told the Lord I wanted it, and presented my body a living sacrifice to him, and submitted my will my time, my voice, my friends, my reputation, everything I knew of, and everything that might come up in the future, and was willing to be led by him and glorify his name. I believed that Jesus received and sanctified the gift I gave him, and he filled me with his Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord! he keeps me every day by his power, and fills me with himself. “He brought me into his banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Solomon’s Song 2:4. Glory to God! I am feasting on the good things he gives me. I am happy all the time, although I have trials and temptations and troubles, I take everything to Jesus and he carries me through. I have taken Jesus for my physician and he heals me. Praise the Lord forever! I never take medicine of any kind, never have a doctor. Praise the Lord! I am his, body, soul, and spirit. Dear reader, have you made your peace with God through Jesus Christ? If not, do not put it off, do it to-day; eternity is coming, where will you spend it? There is no salvation after death. “Now is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time. 2 Cor. 6:2. “Babylon is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Rev. 18:2. “Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Rev. 18:4. Babylon is sectism, confusion, and abomination in the sight of God. Jesus will save you if you will come to him alone, not join any sect, nor have your I name on their books, but have your name written in the Lamb’s book of life. Repent of your sins, turn away from them, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be baptized. God bless and save you is my prayer.
Mrs. S. Moore.
Los Angeles, Cal.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Dear Saints: I feel it my duty to write my testimony, and tell you how God has saved me. We have had the word preached to us for about six years on the line of holiness, but the ministers haven’t practiced what they preached, therefore it was a great injury to the cause of Christ. But praise his precious name! he knew our condition and saw fit to send a true child of God here (Bro. Husted) to open the way that we might see the light, which we accepted, and found it great peace to our souls. I want the children of God to pray for me, that whatever my work may be, that I may have strength in my Redeemer to do it.
Your saved sister in Jesus,
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony as it has been some time since it was last published. The dear Lord has been with me and blessed me every day. He has suffered me to go through many severe trials; at times it looked as though they were greater than I was able to bear, but by trusting God and holding on to his promises he brought me out more than conqueror over all the powers of the devil, and I know that I am more settled and fixed on his blessed word. Praise God! Last June when the Lord saved me I felt that he wanted me to work in the Trumpet office. At times I got very anxious to come, believing that he could use me to his glory, as I am a printer by trade. The Lord wonderfully provided me the necessary means and I obeyed his calling last month. I found a glorious saved family, all doing with their might what their hands find to do, and perfectly contented to work for the salvation of perishing souls. Since I have been here the Lord has kept me sweetly saved, and given me strength to do the work that he has called me to. Although I am many miles away from home, yet I am perfectly contented to go or stay wherever my Master leads me. I can truly say with the Psalmist, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Shortly after I was saved the Lord healed me of a terrible disease, and last week he suffered the devil to bring the symptoms back so bad that I did not work part of one afternoon. I did not get very much alarmed at my condition knowing it was only a trial of my faith, and that God could and would deliver me. I called for the elders of the church, and they prayed over me, anointing me with oil in the name of the Lord, and rebuked the disease, and now I am well again. Praise God forever! I ask all the dear saints to pray for me, for I am not very old in experience.
Your brother, saved and sanctified,
Dear Saints of the Living God: I feel it would be of interest to some of God’s children, and perhaps encourage some others if I give my testimony. I earnestly desire God’s little ones to pray frequently for my family and myself that we may be all of one mind, and that the mind of Christ, that the house do not fall. I received the book on Divine Healing and read and re-read, and am greatly benefited in soul. The remark of Sister Cole that we should not question the ways of the Almighty, and others, caused me by God’s help to search myself. I give my experience as I now see it, not as I then saw it. Two years next month, God’s faithful servants found me in a backslidden condition, my feet well nigh slipped, my steps almost gone: but by their faithful, patient labors I was reclaimed and gloriously sanctified soul and body. For about five months I was with the saints, joyful in glory, dead to the world and all its pleasures and sorrows.
“Oh, this blessed holy rest,
On my Jesus’ loving breast!
Oh, the sweetness and completeness
Of perfected holiness.”
I praised the Lord at all times, day and night. After five months, I would get very much discouraged. At times. I would be happy, at other times be sad and sorrowful; but bless the dear Lord for the light that now shines on my pathway. I now see I was looking at the giants and cities that were walled up to heaven. Numbers 13:27-33. I was asking the Lord why these things were in my pathway, and why he did not drive out all the lions. Isaiah 25:8-10. I was questioning the ways of the Almighty, murmuring. It seems I could I not go out to meet Goliath, I wanted him driven out of my path. O praise God for his faithful servants. I have been searching the scriptures more vigorous than ever before, and find these promises: They that live godly shall suffer persecutions. — 2 Tim. 3:11, 12; With persecutions, and eternal life to come — Mark 10:30; Many are the afflictions of the righteous. — Psa. 34:19: If in this life only I have hope, I am of all men most miserable. — 1 Cor. 15:19; Then think it not strange concerning the fiery trials. — 1 Pet. 4:12-16; I am troubled on every side — 2 Cor. 4:8, 9, 17. But my light affliction is but for a moment with many other promises. O bless the Lord at all times, let his praise be in my mouth continually. Amen. The lion is not on the highway, he is outside and chained (so said John Bunyan), and cannot reach me unless I step to his side. O glory to Jesus forever! And if like David I go forward in the strength of our dear Savior, Goliath is easily slain. Although at times my way is so hedged it seems I can do nothing but stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Dear ones, pray earnesly for me and mine, that my faith be strengthened and I be more patient in endurance. I have no desire to go back. I know Canaan is a goodly land. It is a blessed reality. Oh it is so sweet! I do praise God I ever was permitted to cross over, and enjoy the land, and I know our dear Lord will drive out all evil beasts. Isa. 11:9; Eze. 34:25. Bless his name forever! I will not forget all his benefits. Praise ye the Lord all his saints. Amen.
Your brother in the faith delived to the saints,
In conclusion of this part of our subject we will notice the manner of eating.
FIRST. People usually eat too fast, in a hurry, and do not masticate their food sufficently for digestion to continue its process in the stomach. Digestion properly begins in the mouth, in the act of chewing. While chewing the food the saliva is commingled with it, first, to moisten it preparatory to deglutition or swallowing; second, to assist in its digestion of the food in the stomach. The saliva contains dissolving properties that digests certain portions of the masticated food. But here, while eating, you take a bite of graham bread and following that, a drink of a fluid of some kind to moisten the pure graham, which does limit the necessity of the amount of saliva to perform the duty of digesting the food; hence indigestion is the natural result. Let me repeat it plainly, by moistening the food with water while chewing deprives the necessity of the salivia to moisten the food; consequently the saliva is not necessarily emptied into the mouth, because not needed to moisten the food; hence the food remains undigested in the stomach, from the fact the juices can digest only food that is masticated properly, fine, ferments, becoming an irritating cause, producing a gaseous substance inflating the stomach and bowels; mistaken sometimes by ignorant M. D’s to be dropsy.
Dyspepsia of the most severe form is developed from this careless manner of eating. The great and all-wise Creator has provided all the fluids necessary for the mastication and digesting all the foods necessary for us to eat to support our bodies. Anything else we had better leave alone. When I was a lad I was afflicted till I was no account, scarcely, for anything. For about two years I was bed-fast much of the time, and beyond the skill of M. D’s. Being an invalid. I was cast into the company of old people, and I heard them say if a person would eat without drinking, they would not have the dyspepsia. I thought it must be a horrible disease, so if that would keep it off, I would quit drinking while eating. I did so accordingly, and within one year I was as stout as any of my father’s family. I could go through the hardships and hard labor with most any one else. I have never drunk anything while eating since; and it is about thirty years, and I can eat anything I need without any desire to drink. Doubtless, I owe my life to this fact; for I am most certain I would have, long ago, been a victim to that popular, self-bred monster, as many of our fellowmen are, who are fast thrusting the venomous dagger into their vitals.
It requires different lengths of time for different foods to digest, of which I give some of the most important: rice, boiled, one hour; barley and milk, boiled, two hours; venison, broiled, one and one-half hours; turkey and goose, two and one-half hours; eggs, hard-boiled, three hours and thirty minutes; soft, three hours; fried, three and one-half hours; beef, roasted, three and one-half hours, broiled, three hours, pork stake broiled, three hours and fifteen minutes; fat and lean, five hours and fifteen minutes; new salt pork, four and one-half hours; butter, three and one-half hours; bread, baked, three and one-half hours; potatoes, three and one- half hours; cabbage, four and one-half hours; dumplings, three hours. And in view of those facts to eat a piece between meals, in less time than it takes the food to digest, stops digestion of the food previously eaten and then before the function is resumed and completed the next meal comes and digestion is stopped again, and the food goes undigested into vicera, a harsh irritant; irritating, drying up the fluid of the bowels, making them inactive, causing a torpid condition of the bowels, producing hemorroids, ulceration of the bowels, from which originate, sympathetically, almost every conceivable form of disease that humanity is heir to.
It is a very bad habit to eat between ordinary meals. The gastric juice contains acid, and when the digestion stops, the acid produces a sour condition of the stomach; because it is not used, but lies in the organ useless, producing what, in common, is called heartburn, etc., too tedious to name. As I used to make chronic diseases a specialty in practice, I could give testimony of some of the most wretched cases of this kind, that would make you shudder. Yet many poor, drug-duped, human beings are under the empiric practice and the popular quackery of educated ignorance. The educated M. D’s are massing wealth in their coffers by the wilful ignorance and negligent disobedience of the people themselves, which they might as well bestow upon their own family, if proper care to obey the holy mandate of Heaven’s imperial majesty. We observe, that the medical man, who brings his patient to the strictest dietetics and enforces his diction with austerity, is the one who succeeds and is paramount among his association. Not that he is intellectually or in any wise smarter, but simply because he observes the laws and health.
The Physio-Medical school of practice is the most successful medical practice, from the fact, they follow closely nature’s laws of regimen, as their name indicate; yet they do not ascend to the climax of pure science of life or of man’s requisite being. Because they introduce their remedies when the patient is far better off without medicine. The Hydropath, without any medicine is a blessing to suffering humanity, when he restricts his despirited, suffering pateint to the wheaten grit, the beefsteak without gravy, the bread without butter, pudding without sauce, soups without pepper, pumpkin pies, etc., without ginger; and all kinds of pastries without the relished shortening; yet he is ignorant, largely, of the fundamental laws of God in his divine provisions for mankind to alleviate his sufferings. Although, if this rigid dietetic rule will ameleorate his sufferings, why not observe’it in health to prevent those serious maladies that man imposes upon himself by not observing them. As I observed; previous, that the dyspeptic was relieved and cured by leaving of those superfluous habits of tobacco, coffee, tea, fat pork, etc.; therefore if leaving them off will cure those troubles, to leave them off will prevent them. Hence if you wish to enjoy good health and to bestow good health upon your future posterity, observe the divine laws of God.
G. R. A.
He that believth on the Son hath everlasting life, and he that believth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him. — Jno. 3:36. Verily, verily, I say unto you he that believeth on me hath everlasting life. — Jno. 6:47. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. — 1 Jno. 5:11, 12.
This is all right, and is everlasting and eternal to us if we make it so. It is left entirely with us, we can make it eternal, life or we can make it eternal death. There are some who believe if they are saved they cannot fall away to that degree, but that they will be brought back and finally be saved in the end. O my Lord, help me to show that this is false, that this is a doctrine of devils! I was talking with a man not long since who was a near neighbor for years, with whom I have worked day after day and been with him more or less in different ways, and did not know that he made a profession. I went to see him since I was saved, and I talked to him as I would to any other sinner, and he seemed to resent it. Why, says he, “I have been converted.” Then he went on and told his experience, and said he was converted when he was sixteen years old, but backslid within six hours, and was never reclaimed, and never experienced that joy since. He is now nearly seventy years old. I tried to reason with him and show him that his conversion did not do him any good now; but he said, “I want you to understand that I was converted and was as happy a boy as ever lived.” So I had to leave him. Now this man has lived in a sinful state fifty-five years and counts on about six hours of a converted state to save him. Oh the deception of the evil one to destroy souls! Now my Bible teaches me that a person may live the fifty-five years a straight Christian life, and fail in the last six hours and be lost.
May the Lord help people to understand this, that it is those who endure to the end that are saved. We may be saved now, and in the end be lost. As I said above, it is left with us whether it is eternal life for us or not.
“Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous that he shall surely live, if he trust in his own righteousness and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked. Thou shalt surely die, if he turn from his sin and do that which is lawful and right; if the wicked restore the the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life without commuting iniquity, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. Yet the children of thy people say the way of the Lord is not equal; but as for them, their way is not equal. When the righteous turneth from his righteousness and committeth iniquity he shall even die there by. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness and do that which is lawful and right he shall live thereby. Yet ye say the way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways. — Ezek. 33:12.
Some think the Lord’s ways are not right. They do not want any of their sins remembered against them, but if they fall from their righteousness they want credit for all their righteousness that they did before they fell. I tell you your way is not remembered in one case, more than the other. Some may say this is old Bible scripture. So it is, but it refers to the new, and that exhorts to j faithfulness. O my brethren, be convinced of the error of this doctrine, which is termed “once in grace always in grace.” While they promise them liberty, they themselves, are the servants of corruption, for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are entangled therein and over-come, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than after they have known it to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. — 2 Pet. 2:20-22. Read also the 3d chapter of same epistle. I cite you especially to the 15—17 verses. It is as Peter says. Paul in all his epistles is exhorting and admonishing, reproving and rebuking. What is it all for if we cannot fall away?
C. B. Butler.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Forest City, Mo.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel that the Lord would be pleased to have me write my testimony. I am saved. Praise the Lord and give God the glory for his wonderful love to us. I realize the blood flowing over my soul washing me whiter than snow. Praise the Lord!
Your brother in Christ,
Dear Saints: I love to read the testimonies of the true followers, of the Lord. Well, I praise the Lord for his goodness to the children of men. I will say the Lord has done and is still doing wonderful things for me, whereof I am glad. Praise his name forever! Pray for me that I may be faithful.
Your humble brother,
B. F. Harris.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am yet a child of the King. Love to serve the Lord. Jesus is my Savior, my healer and my keeper. I had heart trouble over twenty years, and Jesus healed me over three years ago, and I am not troubled any more. Was healed through faith in Jesus. Bless his holy name! Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day and forever.
With Christian regards for the New Year,
I am your brother,
S. F. Huston.
Dear Trumpet Readers: May God abundantly bless you all. We are happy and glad to report that we are still saved, and enjoying God’s love shed abroad in our hearts. Though we are still standing alone with our dear blessed Savior, we are not discouraged at all, for we have the promise, “He that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Bless God! for the blessed promises we find on record. May God continue to smile on his children is the prayer of
Your sister and brother in Christ,
O. A. & S. E. Ma..quiss.
Dear Brethren: I have been saved and sanctified wholly by believing the truth, and am kept by the power of God, ready to be revealed at the last time. Pray that I may stand firm to the end. Pray for the dear people in south Miss. Darkness and sectism prevail almost supreme here; we need help. Bro. J. Cole has been in this part of the country, and is now holding meetings in Ellisville, Jones Co., Miss.
Your brother, saved and sanctified, and walking in the light as He is in the light.
H. R. Stephens.
Kansas City, Mo.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I praise God for what he is doing for me, and that he ever permitted my brother to come to Wichita: for he told me of the blessed gospel and of the blessed Jesus that can save to the uttermost. I went to meeting with him and became convicted, but resisted. My brother saw me tremble, and he asked me if I was cold. I told him no, but told him I thought it was the Spirit of God. Brother told me not to resist the Spirit of God, but to give up and repent. Praise God for ever! When I got down on my knees and asked God to forgive me I know that he forgave me. I soon found that I still lacked something, and I sought for holiness of heart, and the Lord sanctified me. Praise God for his saving power.
Your sister, saved and sanctified by two distinct works of grace,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel this morning it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony. I have heard the true word of God preached so much I knew I could not say I did not know the way. The Lord pardoned my sins some time ago, but I did not tell it, and I went on sinning; but finally told the Lord if he would forgive my sins I would tell it, and he forgave them; and by the help of God I will serve him the rest of my life. Pray for me that I may know how to do his will in all things.
Your sister in Christ,
Salisbury, N. H.
Dear Saints of God: I am trusting in Jesus to-night, the dear friend of sinners, whose arm is not shortened, who is not slack concerning his promises to those who love him. My greatest desire is to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for his commandments are not grievious, his yoke is easy and his burdens are light. Dear Brothers and Sisters, my prayer is that God may fill you with all the fullness of God and make you, an heir and a joint heir, with Jesus Christ, and you may enter in through the gates into the city, and go no more out forever.
Your sister in Christ.
S. F. Drew.
Dear Saints: I feel led by the Holy Spirit to give in my testimony again, to the goodness of God. To day I feel to glorify God for healing me, both soul and body, and for the peace that flows in my soul like a river. I know there is power in Jesus’ blood to keep me from sin. He saves me to day, and I have faith he will keep me saved to morrow, if I will obey his commands. By his grace I am marching from victory to victory. Satan often tries to lead me astray, but I always hear Jesus saving. Behold I am with you always. He helps me tight my battles, and I find it much easier to beat back a conquered foe, than it is one that has conquered. I am marching in the strength of my King, anywhere, everywhere he leads me, I will follow. Oh, may our God bless us and keep us blessed, and help us to be more useful to him.
Yours in Christ,
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers, Greeting: May God bless and keep all his little ones doing his sweet will. I feel it my duty to write my testimony, that others may know what the dear Lord has done for me. He cleansed me from all sin. Over three years ago, the Lord showed me where I stood. I am now sixty-three years old. I am so glad the dear Lord has shown me the true light of his gospel. Praise his name for lifting me out of the miry clay of sin and setting me upon the solid rock, Christ Jesus. I once belonged to the Campbellites, but like a good many others, backslid. But since I got saved, I find I did not have very far to slide. I hope all God’s children who are in sectism will obey the call and come out, for he says in Rev. 18:4, — “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and receive not of her plagues.” I am so glad that he saves me just now, with victory in my soul, over the wickedness of this world, and am all given up to the Lord, consecrated wholly to him. I am dead to sectism and all manner of secret organizations from Star Spangled Banner to Master Mason. I could not tell how many different ones I have belonged to. I praise God that he has shown me that it is contrary to his will. I have been a terrible slave to tobacco, coffee and tea. Praise God for cleansing me of it all! I have no desire for it whatever. O praise the Lord! It is wonderful to know what the dear Lord can do for us when we are all given up to him. Pray for us.
Your brother and sister in Christ,