2 June 1892, Volume 12, Number 23.
Father, take my weary soul
Into thy loving care;
While clouds of sin around me roll
O heed my earnest prayer I
The night is cold and dark,
How can I find the way?
O give me, Lord, a spark
From some celestial ray.
A light to guide my feet
Into thy holy way:
Sink me in love complete,
Lest I should go astray.
Father, thy mighty power
Can drive these foes away,
And change the darkest hour
To bright and tranquil day.
My all I now resign;
And all I hope to be,
My time, my life, my mind
I consecrate to thee.
Oh, now the way is plain,
His light doth round me shine
Devils rage, and rage in vain,
I’m kept by love divine.
THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? – Acts 19:2.
This scripture is of great importance to us. Some say that the Holy Ghost was only given to the apostles. But here Paul finding certain disciples at Ephesus, puts this question to them. And they had good reason for not having received the Holy Ghost.
But suppose this question was asked the many Christian professors of to clay, what would be their answer? We read in Acts 2:38 and 39, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And Christ says in Luke 11; 13, 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.
God has in all ages of the world had and used means to talk to his people to reveal his will unto them, that they might know what to do, and what not to do. It is written (Gen. 3:9), And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? He spake to Moses out of the burning bush, and Moses recognized his voice. And God talked with Moses again on Mount Sinai. (Ex. 19.) God sent an angel to talk to Joseph at different times. God spake to the people through his Son when Christ came into the world. (John 14:10.) And the Lord was here introducing the dispensation in which we are now living. We can readily see what was to be the office of the Spirit of God (or the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, etc.). Verses 16 and 17, — And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him: for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. And verse 18, — I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. He dwelt with them in the person of Jesus Christ, and shall be in them in the person of the Holy Spirit. He was their comforter while he was with them,but now he must go away. 16:7, — For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Ver. 8, — And when he is come he will reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. And 14:26, — But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you. And 1 John 2:27, — But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
These scriptures clearly teach that it is the office of the Holy Spirit to teach his people the truth, and that it teaches no lie. Any one not having this Spirit of truth dwelling in them lacks this medium through which God talks to his people; they need a preacher, and such a one as is recommended in Romans 10:15; 1 Cor. 2. I well remember when I was in Babylon and attended sabbath-school, how the teachers and senior members of the school would differ on many questions concerning the truth. I did not then know what it meant, but it is very plain now that they were not all taught of God: indeed very few of them were. Because God does not reveal the truth in two or more different ways. A house divided against itself cannot stand. To be sure, very few of those persons professed to have received the Holy Ghost, but would many times pray for it, yet never received it. And yet they would insist upon having their own opinion about the probable meaning of the scriptures; and many honest souls, lambs of the flock, were looking on, expecting and needing food, and were starved to death (spiritually), and in a short time they had no experience of salvation, and were unable to give a reason for the same. The love for the prayer and class meeting was gone; they forgot how to trust God; they must trust in their own strength, and that is very small. Still the preacher will allay their fears by telling them, “He is glad to see so many living witnesses for God. And that they are on their way to heaven.” And they can live for years in that way, and never get their eyes open until it may be forever too late. It is true that God reveals the truth to his people by his Spirit, and consequently no one is qualified to teach who has not the Spirit of God. But how many Christian professors of to day are qualified to, teach or prophesy in the light of God’s truth? We must have something more than the opinions of men. May many know when to seek for the truth and become acquainted with God, whom to know aright is life eternal.
Observe the darkness, confusion, and spiritual death caused by following doctrines of men and of devils. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. — Heb. 5:12. Yes, men and women of the world, decked with the worldly attire, with nothing but an empty profession, are set over classes of children to teach them the truth. Is it any wonder that they have left their first love? Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. — Rev. 2:4, 5.
D. C. Stauffer.
WALK IN THE LIGHT.
The word teaches that, If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin — 1 Jno. 1:7. And verse 9 plainly sets forth the second work of grace. The apostle says, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Here we see the apostle makes a distinction between forgiving and cleansing from all unrighteousness. We will first notice in verses 3 and 4 that John was writing to a people whose sins were forgiven, for he says: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us, and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ; also that your joy may be full. And in John 15:11, Jesus speaks to his disciples, saying: “These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” And he was speaking to men whose sins were forgiven, for he had already ordained them, as you will see in verse 16. So this explains 1 Jno. 1:8, where so many people try to justify themselves in sinning.
Notice how the first line reads: “If we say that we have no sin,” then the question should be asked, when? To which we answer: when we were in the condition of those in verse 4, whose joy was not full. Such he says in verse S, are deceived, and the truth is not in them. And in chapter 2:1 he is writing to those same people, commanding them not to sin, which would be disobeying His commandments: and “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him.” Now these were regenerated, and John calls them little children. And in Rom. 7:16, 17, Paulin speaking of his past experience shows what was lacking in their case. He says, “If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” Which sin caused him to do evils (verse 19), and he says, I am carnal, sold under sin (verse 14); and was at enmity against God. Chap. 8:7. This was the experience of Paul before he was sanctified.
M. A. Marcee.
IS THERE A THIRD WORK OF GRACE?
A brother writes from Dagus Mines, Pa. stating that there was a man there preaching a third work, and wishes to know if the scriptures teach such a thing.
To which we positively answer, no. All the sciptural figures of salvation show but two states of grace. Egypt represents the sinner’s condition, entering the wilderness through the Red Sea, conversion, or regeneration, and Canaan, perfected holiness, and beyond that there is no other state of grace follows in the series of figures.
The tabernacle is a beautiful figure of the way of salvation; and is so used by the apostle Paul in Heb. 9th and 10th chapters. In Rev. 11 the court is “left out,” “given to the Gentiles” — sinners. The holy place, is regeneration; the most holy, entire sanctification. Only two states of grace.
Positive scripture statements teach emphatically but two works and states of grace. A few only will suffice. Rom. 5:1, 2 show us two states of grace. First, justification by faith. Second, “Access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.” “This grace,” is clearly seen to be a state of grace beyond justification, and this is, “the grace wherein we stand;” namely, the apostles themselves and all perfected saints remain in that as the final, permanent, and finishing work of grace. They knew of no grace beyond the one that is next entered after justification. To stand is to be established; and this grace is explained by the same apostle in 1 Thess. 3:12, as having the heart established unblameable in holiness. Two things are implied in the words, “we stand.” First, as compared with the initial grace of justification, wherein the dangerous foe of inbred sin still has a place, and greatly hinders the Christian life, entire santification is a far more stable, fixed and unmovable state, where the soul stands more victorious over all the powers of evil. Second, “we stand” denotes that in this grace salvation is consumated. It is a standing grace, and not a transition state. All that God has prepared in his store house of blessings comes to us in this grace, and we never pass on to any other moral state beyond this grace. We never see the end of this Beulah land of perfect love, and we never pass beyond it to a higher state of moral perfection in this world, or in worlds to come; except the resurrection, immortalization of the body. Even going to heaven itself is nowhere taught to be the entering upon a purer inward state, though it be an infinitely more glorious location. This we can prove by the word. The Hebrew brethren had “come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem — to the church of the firstborn,” and to his precious sprinkling blood. — Heb. 12:22-24. They were converted and in the church. But they were commanded to go on to perfection. 6:1. For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Spirit is also a witness unto us. — Heb. 10:14, 15. Sanctification perfects us forever. Hence there is no third work, for perfection cannot be improved upon. In this grace we grow, increase in wisdom, in the knowledge of God, and in fruitfulness throughout time and eternity, but never pass to a more perfected moral state; never become more pure in heart. “Perfected forever” does not mean that our salvation cannot be forfeited, but it means that no more perfect state of moral purity can ever be reached in this life, or even in heaven. This is because we are “pure even as he (Christ) is pure.” — 1 John 3:3.
The two fold salvation is also seen in Titus 3:5. He saves us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. Regeneration makes us a child of God, and the “renewal” restores the soul in the image of God, our Creator. Col. 3:10. This renews the image of God in man, as he was first created. A third work of saving grace would therefore advance man to a plane of moral perfection beyond where God created him, and would cast reflections on the Creator.
We have occasionally met persons babbling about a third work of grace, and have always found them deluded of the devil, and without the first grace. All these blinded souls define their third grace differently. Some teach that it destroys natural affection. Just the deluded characters that are predicted in the last days. 2 Tim. 3:1-3. It has usually been mixed with free-love, companion-hating, and forsaking, and somebody-else-loving spirits of devils. Avoid it.
IN the Old and New Testaments the words Zion, Jerusalem and church are used synonymously. We read in Heb. 12:22, 23, — But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven. Also Rev. 21:9, 10. The angel said unto John, Come hither, and I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city the holy Jerusalem. The Lamb is Christ, and the bride, his church.
We will prove by the scripture what his church is. First, we notice the foundation of the church. Isa. 28:16. Thus saith the Lord God, Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation. 1 Cor. 3:11, — For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Eph. 2:20, — And ye are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.
Second, its walls and gates. Isa. 60:18. Thou shalt call thy walls salvation, and thy gates praise. Isa. 26:1, 2, — We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may center in. So we see it is none but the righteous that keep the truth that are in the church. Zech. 2:5, — For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
Who is the head of the church? We read in Eph. 1:23, that God hath put all things under his [Christ’s] feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body. 1 Cor. 12:12, 27, — For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. There is but one head and one body, hence but one church.
How do we get into this church? Psa. 87:5, 6 — And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her. The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Praise the Lord! We do not need to join this church, but we are born in it. Acts 2:47, — And the Lord added to the church daily, such as should be saved.
Who are the inhabitants of this church? Joel 3:17, — So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. Heb. 12:22-24, — But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Isa. 4:3, — And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem. Isa. 26:2. The righteous nation which keepeth the truth. O what a glorious church, with no other inhabitants than those just mentioned! Nothing unholy ever enters in.
Who makes the law of the church? Isa. 33:22, — For the Lord is our guide, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. Isa. 2:3, — For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. The church is the Lord’s throne. Jer. 3:17. At that time shall they call Jerusalem the Lord’s throne. Psa. 146:10, — The Lord shall reign forever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord. The church needs no bishop, for Christ is the head. It needs no conference to form a constitution, for the Lord is its lawgiver. It needs no class-book, for our names are written in heaven. Jer. 17:13, — They that depart from the Lord shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord.
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REQUEST FOR PRAYER.
Dear Saints of God: I have been sick for some time. I am getting worse, and want all the saints to pray for me that I may be healed.
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CALLS FOR MEETINGS.
Frederick, Brown Co., S. Dak.
As God’s people are going forth in all directions to preach the everlasting gospel, could not some of God’s anointed servants come here? We have a little village of about four hundred inhabitants. Only one church, M. E. Only four or five members; no prayer meetings, nothing but a dead form. We have a few, however, that are hungering for the pure word. May the Lord send some one, is the prayer of your unworthy servant,
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Are you coming to camp-meeting? June 14—22.
Dear sinner, Jesus Christ offers salvation free. Will you accept it?
Meeting at the new camp ground at half past ten A. M., Sunday, June 5th. Every body invited.
“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” — Isa. 1:18.
The saints at Freedom, Ind. would be glad to have any of God’s holy children to stop there and hold a few meetings.
The Lord willing, there will be a meeting in the hall at Glenn, Mich., begining Thursday, June 9, continuing over Sunday. Sister Mary Cole and Co., and others expect to be there.
Persons coming to camp-meeting should bring blankets, etc., if possible. There will be a number of sleeping-rooms built, but the beds not furnished with covering unless specially ordered.
To all the beloved saints who cannot attend the camp meeting here, we would say, if the Lord will, send in your mite, yea, rather all your might to help pay for buildings, etc.; and verily, you shall not lose your reward. Amen.
Bro. J. D. Hatch writes very encouraging news from Los Angeles, Cal. Souls are being saved, and they desire some holy man of God to aid them in the work. They also desire a camp meeting there this summer. They ask the earnest prayers of all the saints.
JUST ARRIVED HOME.
Grand Junction, Mich., June 1, 1892.
Dear Saints: Praise the Lord with me, and let us ever exalt his dear name together. I have just arrived at home in time to speak these few words to you in this issue. O Glory to the name of Jesus! I am feeling well in body, and very joyful in the love of God. Find all well at home, and the work of our God prospering.
NORWOOD CAMP MEETING.
Camp meeting will commence July 21, 1892 if the Lord wills at the Termenter school-house, five miles east of Norwood, Mo., and six miles west of Mt. Grove. The saints have procured a piece of land at that place for a permanent camp ground. It is a beautiful place for camp meeting. Those coming from the east will get off at Mt. Grove, and those coming from the west at Norwood. There will be arrangements made for conveyance free of charge. Norwood and Mt. Grove are both on the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis R. R’s. Brother Bolds and Co. are expected. We shall be glad to hear from all workers who feel led to attend.
Address Bro’s Peter McKinley,
J. W. Cale,
W. M. Wilson.
GRAND JUNCTION CAMP MEETING.
This glorious convocation of the saints of the Most High, will be held June 14th to the 22d, 1892.
A very large attendance is expected, and it seems to us that the fire of the living God in our soul assures us that it will be the most glorious place, and season of divine power, grace and glory ever witnessed in these last days. Come in the name of Jesus, in the love of God, and in the spirit of earnest prayer, and so come expecting glorious things from the presence of the Lord. Amen.
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CAMP MEETING IN CANADA.
The Lord willing, a camp meeting will be held at Candesville, Ont., June 3—13. Come over and help us. Where ten or more come together, railroads will usually give reduced rates. We will try and get that privilege.
Those wishing to see Niagara Falls, come the day before and stop off at Welland. Those coming on the Mich. Central, stop at Perry Station. Over the Grand Trunk, stop at Marchville. (Air line division.)
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Parties coming address Bro. James Johnson, Candesville, Ont. Parties coming to Welland or wishing any information, address me at Welland, Ont.
Those going to the Grand Junction camp meeting from the east, try and come in time to stop off a few days at least with us. Bro. W. G. Schell is expected.
G. T. Clayton.
The Lord willing the saints south of Melrose desire a grove meeting the 1st of August. We desire any of God’s ministers filled with the holy fire to come. For further particulars write to me at Melrose, Paulding Co.. Ohio.
Your saved brother,
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Welland, Ont., May 9, 1892.
Dear Brethren: The Lord bless you all abundantly. The meeting closed at St. Anns. It was a precious meeting. It continued two weeks. There were but few added to the Lord, but many requested our prayers. The Lord bless Bro. and Sister Morley, who opened their house for God’s little ones, and Mr. Snyder who gave us the use of the hall free of charge.
Yours in him,
G. T. Clayton & Co.
I want to testify to the glory of God. After spending the winter, four or five months in extreme hard work in Father’s field, then resting a little while I thought I must be about his work. I went to Hastings and commenced meeting and held a few days, when I was taken with a very hard chill for about five hours, which threw me into a semi-conscious condition. I returned home, and God healed me. I was only sick two or three days. I took a relapse and went into a worse condition than ever. Almost paralized, and my brain so confused and inactive I could scarcely do anything. The Beloved saints prayed, and continued to pray till I was restored. I was out in the field before I could walk much, and came here to Ia., and began to preach the truth; and how God has strengthened me, soul and body to do my duty, and preach for about two hours at a time; and I have continually gained instrength. Glory to God, who is my strength and life! I feel I am dead to this world, entire, waiting his coming.
I am your brother, hid in the secret of his presence. Amen.
G. R. Achor.
Oakwood. Ohio, May 10, 1892.
Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Family of the Living God: I feel led of God to write a few lines to let you all know how the church is prospering in Washington Tp., or the Melrose church. We had a glorious meeting last Sunday at Bro. Hunts. In the evening we obeyed the commands of the Lord by observing the Lord’s suppper and washing the saints’ feet. Jesus says. “If you know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” Praise the Lord! We had a real pentecost shower.
Your brother and sister, saved and sanctified by the power of God,
J. C. & R. H. Spillman.
St. Petersburg, Pa., May 27, 1892.
Dear Brethren: We report another glorious victory for the Lord. There were five sanctified and six baptized, also a few eases of healing. We are now holding meetings here, which will close with a general ordinance meeting June the 5th. We will hold a few meetings at Turkey City from June the 6th to the 8th. And the 11th and 12th. Bro. Martz and I. and perhaps others, will hold meeting at West Monterey. All are invited. The 14th inst. dear Bro. Gilger baptized two at Monterey, and the next day he in company with two brethren baptized an afflicted sister, who had to be taken from her house by conveyance, and to the water in a sheet; and was thus baptized seated in the sheet. Hundreds of people gathered at the place expecting to see her die in the act, and many had been the threats against the saints if she had died; but our God is truly with and takes care of his elect. Instead of the sister dying she came out shouting wonderfully, and she has been improving in health over since. Hallelujah! Souls are truly flocking to Zion in Pa., and the work is moving on with sweeping victory.
F. N. Jacobson & Co.
New Carlisle. O., May 10, 1892.
To all the Saints Greeting: After a long period of silence, we again feel impressed to tell through the columns of the Trumpet of the dealings of the dear Lord to our souls, which are wonderful. Since wife and I left Bro. Warner at Wooster. Ohio last Oct, we have been compelled to stay at home must of the time, but the Lord has been very good to us during this time; although we have passed through some very severe trials, yet we have proved him a very present help in every time of need. Praise his name! The 17th of April a number of us wont to Sidney. O., and joined Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick in a meeting, where the power of God was wonderfully manifested in the saving of souls and sweeping away the powers of darkness. From the above named place we went live miles cast, and preached to a congregation of attentive listeners who had never heard the pure word preached in its fulness. Many endorsed the truth, but no one was saved. We again returned, and on the 27th a few gathered at the waters’ side, and one was buried in the symbolic grace. The Lord blessed us in this act of baptizing in the name of the Lord. Some of the brethren went on to Kentucky; and after holding a few more services, which were blessed of God, we came home, and are now laboring with our hands. We are now ready to take the field again and go whithersoever the Lord sends us. Pray for us.
Geo. W. & A. Howard.
Phoenix, Arizona, May 22, 1892.
Dearly Beloved Saints: We have arrived in this city, and the work is opening up. We find it quite hard to get a place to put the tent. People charge here for nearly every
thing: charge ten dollars a month for a lot to put a tent on. But the Lord is opening the way, and filling us with his power. We met Bro. Bunch and family and Bro. Smith and family, and found them enjoying salvation. Pray for us, that the Lord will give us glorious victory. We found the weather very hot and the climate healthy. The Lord is blessing our souls richly.
Your brother saved to the uttermost,
Sidney, O., May 30, 1892.
Dear Brethren in Christ: God bless you. Amen. We thought it would be good to write and let the saints know where we are and how we do. After the services held at a meeting house east of Swander’s Station were over, we took our departure for Dodge, Ky. On our arriving at Cincinnatti, O. we met with dear Bro. J. N. Howard from Hayden, Ind., who accompanied us to Dodge, Ky., where we arrived the evening of the same day, and was received by dear Bro’s Wade and Stevenson. Bro. Thos. Carter from St Louis, Mo. arrived at Dodge the next day, and all things being ready the meeting commenced Apr. 29. Now as far as I know it was the first meeting held in Kentucky that was perfectly free from sectarian machinery, and held in the name of Jesus only. The meeting had been in session only a short time when we discovered that some of the holiness professors were deceived of the devil, and were under the anti-christ spirit. But thank God! the majority of them, were near enough to God to understand the signs of the times, and hear the voice of Jesus; and they followed him, and were established in the present truth. The last day of the meeting there were eight followed Jesus in baptism, being buried with him by baptism into death. Now may God bless the little church of the living God which he has planted in the Kentucky hills, and may it please the Lord to add many precious souls to the number of the already saved of God. We took our leave of the saints at Dodge Monday morning, and arrived at New Albany, Ind. about noon the same day, and were conveyed by carriage to Mooresville, by the brethren that came for us. The meeting commenced at this place the same evening of our arrival. We soon found that the sect devil was trying to rally his scattered forces, but without success. The poor souls that are fighting against the cause of God at Mooresville ought to take Gamaliel’s advice. Acts 5:38, 39. The meeting went on over the heads of the opposers to the glory of God. Four souls were converted, and two or three sanctified; and after the close of the meeting there were four buried with Christ by baptism by Bro. Howard. To God be all the glory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. God bless the church at Mooresville, Ind., for Jesus’ sake.
Yours and Christ’s, saved and sanctified,
A. J. Kilpatrick, J. N. Howard & Thos. Carter.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Oolagah, I. T., Feb. 4, 1892.
Dear Saints: My wife and I are saved and sanctified. Glory to his name! There are no other saints here, but we have meeting every Sunday night. The Lord is with us in all our trials. Bless his holy name!
Yours in Christ,
M. A. & Ruth Fly.
Dear Saints: Jesus saves and keeps me by his power. Pray for me, that the Lord may send some one here to preach the gospel.
Dear Brethren: I know that my Redeemer liveth, and the life I live is by faith in the Son of God. Hallelujah! My life is hid with Christ in God. Praise his name! Your brother in Christ,
I am happy to say that the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin. He gives me perfect victory over the world, flesh and the devil. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” I trust him for all things. Pray for me, also for my wife that she may be saved and healed.
Dear Saints: My testimony is, I am saved and all on the altar, walking in all the light that shines on my pathway. I do thank God for this blessed evening light, and what he has done for me. Pray for me.
Your sister in the Lord,
N. A. Hunt.
Dear Saints: The Lord has pardoned my sins, but I feel the need of a deeper work of grace in my heart.
I desire the earnest prayers of the saints that I may be wholly sanctified, and kept by the power of God.
Your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints: The blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin, and it is so sweet to trust in him at all times. Praise his name! He has healed me of my afflictions many times. It has seen so long since I have heard a gospel sermon. I hope some of the saints will come and preach the gospel and rescue souls.
Your sister in Christ,
M. E. Hinson.
Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I do praise God for salvation that makes me free from all sin. And oh, I do praise the Lord that I never belonged to any sect. I want all the saints to pray that I may abound more and more in the love of God. Amen.
Your sister in Christ,
Mary M. Burks.
Dear Saints: I wish to give you my testimony. I was converted in 1889, and the Lord sanctified me wholly in 1890. I have had the peace of the Lord ever since. I love all the gospel, and love to obey it; not a word do I hate. I desire the prayers of all the saints. I live free from all sin every day of my life, watching for his appearance when he shall come.
I remain your brother in Christ, and sanctified in Jesus’ blood,
To all the Redeemed: We are praising God this morning for salvation that saves us from all sin. Oh, tow wonderful it is to live in this blessed evening light! I am so thankful that we are permitted to see this time. We are doing what we can for lost souls; have prayer meeting and childrens’ meeting at our house every Sunday. Pray that we may be kept humble.
James T. & Sarah A. Thornton.
Dear Brethren: I am happy to tell you that I am still saved in Jesus and all on the altar, ready to do the Lord’s will in all things. He has given us the victory over the world, the flesh and the devil, and I find him a present help in every time of need. Pray for me that God may use me to his glory,
Your sister saved in Jesus, and kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last times,
HEALED OF CANCER.
Beloved Saints: This morning finds me saved and free from sin. I have been in a bad condition with a cancer in my face; have had several doctors, and none of them did me any good, but I rather grew worse. I have spent almost all my living in the last nine years, and had to scatter my little children for a year. But bless God! he has healed me without the use of drugs; enabled me to bring my children home, and now I can work and keep them all together. I praise God for all his goodness to me. Would love to have the saints come here and preach the Word in its purity, for it is needed at this place if it is needed anywhere. Pray for me.
Yours in Christ,
Sarah R. Hopper.
Dear Saints of God, Greeting: God bless you all for Jesus’ sake. Amen. I am praising God to night for full and free salvation. I am so glad that God has led us out in the glorious evening light. Praise God! We are having good meetings here at Teegarden and Walkerton. Souls are under conviction. I am made to cry out from the depth of my heart, O Lord, remove every obstacle and open the way that I may be able to go out in the vineyard to work more than I have in the past. Pray that God may keep us humble, low down at his feet, doing his will in all things. Your brother saved and sanctified.
S. P. Strang.
New Rochester, Ohio.
Dear Saints: It is with much love to God that we write our testimony. We are saved through the precious blood of Jesus and kept by his mighty power, ever ready to do his will at all times.
Your saved and sanctified brother and sister,
Wm. & S. Brown.
Dear Saints: We are standing firm or Christ, the solid rock, sanctified to do his will. Praise his name! For about forty years I chewed tobacco, and had never been able to quit it; but when made to realize what a filthy habit it was, by the help of the Lord quit it, and he took away the appetite for it. I am in the true church of God and out of all sectism. Pray for us.
Your brother and sister,
W. H. & M. Miles.
Dear Brethren: I do not know how to praise God enough for his goodness to me. I had a hard spell of sickness, and my friends tried to get me to take medicine, but I trusted my case in the hands of the Lord. Bro. Kinsey anointed me in the name I of the Lord and I was healed. Blessed be the name of Jesus!
Alice J. Brinegar.
Dear Trumpet Readers: The dear Lord has fully saved my soul, and delivered me out of sectism, and from the appetite of tobacco and coffee. I had been living up to about all the light I had for thirty years; but when the word of God was preached in its purity it was food to my soul, and I gladly accepted the truth. Praise his name!
Your sister, saved, healed and kept by the power of God,
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: We have been fully saved for eight years. When the light of holiness was taught in our community we gladly accepted it, and presented our bodies a living sacrifice according to Rom. 12:1. We are free from all sectism and all the powers of the enemy, sanctified to do his will. If the Lord leads any of his holy ministers to this place they will be gladly received.
Your brother and sister in Christ,
F. H. & E. Faucett.
Dear Brethren: I feel like giving a short testimony for the Lord. Sixteen years ago last Dec. God pardoned my sins, and I was made to rejoice in his love. Shortly after my conversion I joined the M. E. church, South, and I am still there. I have been reading the GOSPEL TRUMPET for about a year with much interest; and since reading it I have been led to believe that these sects and organized churches are all wrong. I do not claim to be sanctified, but I have been seeking sanctification for several years, but have had much to discourage me. Some of our preachers preach against it, and many of my brethren in the church oppose it. So I have been living an up and down life, in a strait between two. Dear saints, pray for me, that I may reach that experience where I can have full fellowship with them that are sanctified wholly.
Your brother in Christ,
J. S. Sears.
[Dear brother, you will have to walk up to the light you have on the word of God, or you will never receive the desired blessing. Read John 12:35. As you receive light upon his word, God will give you grace to do his will if you will do your part. He says, “Come out of her, my people.” “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.”]
Dear Trumpet Readers: Quite often have I felt like writing my testimony through the Trumpet. This time I will obey the Holy Spirit, and by his help tell of the goodness of God. To me he surely is “a rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm.”
He it is that pardoned all my sins six years ago, and six months later cleansed me from all unrighteousness, and has kept me through these years and guided me in the path of his righteousness and in his wonderful light. Glory be to his holy name forever! He is guiding me to day. I ask all the dear saints to pray for me, that the Lord may keep me faithful unto the end. Help me to pray also for my dear husband, that the Lord may enable him to forsake all and follow him. I find the Lord more precious to my soul than ever any body could have told me.
Your humble sister in Christ,
Mrs. J. L. Fischer.
Dear Saints: I am a man eighty- three years old. I can say to day that I am saved and ready to meet my God in heaven. I experienced religion when twenty-one years old. I have always believed in the truth of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, but I did not prove faithful to the trust God gave me. I became united with the sect and lived there for a number of years, till God showed me their corruption and led me out. I had been living in a backslidden state about thirty-five years until last fall. I came to Plainville, and there met with some saints of God as I was peddling in this place. They invited me to their meeting, and I went. The true way was made so plain to me I was willing to walk in it, and get back to Father’s house where there was bread enough and to spare. I am now rejoicing in God the rock of my salvation. The Lord has cleansed me from tobacco, which I used fifty-eight years. Glory to God! I give him all the praise. I am now walking in the light, and if there is any more for me I want it. I am determined now to serve the Lord with all my might, mind and strength, and prove faithful unto death.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am still saved and kept from all sin. Praise the Lord for ever saving a poor, lost sinner like I was! for I was one of the worst, and when I became willing to quit following the devil, the Lord saved me. I do the trusting, and the Lord keeps me each day. And I ask the brethren everywhere to pray for me. My prayer is that the Lord will send some of his holiness preachers here.
J. R. Truelove.
Rhoda B. Moon, daughter of Sister S. Moon, departed this life April 22d; aged 2 years, 5 months and 8 days.
Little Rhoda was a sweet child. May God comfort the mourning, and may they prepare to meet the little one in glory. Text, Matt. 24:44. Services by
Died, Feb, 9, 1892, Goldie L. Wilson; aged 6 years, 6 months and 10 days. The pet of the family of brother Jno. A. and Sister Alice A. Wilson, She was very loving and patient during the sickness of three weeks, not giving up for a dose of medicine, but lay and prayed and trusted the Lord all the time. She was heard to repeat the words, “Dear Lord, dear Lord, many times by those who stood around her. She also asked the saints to pray, which they did; but the good Lord had his way. Goldie was a very loving, affectionate child. But the Lord doeth all things well. May he bless the bereaved parents and sisters and keep them blameless until they meet their loved ones around the throne of God.
Written by her aunt,
Died, in Isabella Co., Mich., April 25th 1892, Ananias Wright; aged 62 years, 4 months and 25 days. This dear brother gave himself to the Lord during his last sickness, and was made to shout his praises. A wife and four children mourn the loss. Through his affliction Sister Wright sought the Lord and found him precious to her soul. God bless all the bereaved.
Died, April 19th, at her home in Moberly, Mo., Sister Sarah J. Roberts, wife of Jno. J. Roberts, in the 42d year of her age. Bro. and Sister Roberts were united in marriage March 19, 1878. Ever since they have spent a peaceful and happy life together until death severed the earthly tie. At the age of 11 she was converted, and when the death summons came it found her prepared, having her work done. She sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, leaving an unmistakable evidence behind that she was going home to Father’s house, “not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” The day she died was one of the very happiest of all her life; and was spent in talking, singing, praying and praising God. One of the songs she sang was:
“I have anchored my soul in the haven of rest,
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep o’er the wild, stormy deep,
In Jesus I’m saved ever more.”
She prayed aloud that day three times with great power, entreating, and praising God with the many dear friends that came in to see her and hear her talk. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” We pray God to abundantly bless Bro. Roberts and the dear children, and keep them faithful unto the end, and then the meeting will be glorious.
Mollie L. Robinson.
Springfield, O., May 22, 1892.
Died, about five miles from West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio, our beloved sister Salina Mast; aged 35 years, 4 months and 23 days. She leaves a husband and three children (one of whom is but a babe) to mourn their loss, which is her gain. The holy life of our departed sister has truly made a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of acquaintances; and may they one and all be saved, and able to say with her, and the apostle Paul: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is layed up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. — 2 Tim. 4:7-8.
May the Lord bless the bereaved ones of the deceased, and console them by the presence of his Spirit, and eventually gather them to himself, is our prayer. All the kind friends are gratefully thanked for lending helping hands during her sickness. Services were largely attended. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Tabor meeting house, May 15. Texts, Job 14:4; Jno 11:25; Rev. 4:13.
Your brethern in the service of our Master,
B. E. Warren & Wm. G. Schell.
A person possessing a sound body enjoys a great blessing indeed, a blessing that is beyond price; yet the one who has a sound mind in a sound body enjoys something even beyond what the other can realize. There are disorders of the mind, feelings and sensibilities, produced by strains on the mental capacities of those afflicted, as well as by disorders of the body. Some one has told us, and we also know by experience, that a hearty laugh during or after a meal is productive of the best results on the operation of digestion. We also know that a person who is thinking deeply, grieving or worrying cannot eat or digest food to the satisfaction of the body. A healthy mind then must be one that can lay aside the serious things of life (in the sense of worrying), and call up all the cheerfulness in his nature for the benefit of his digestion.
Fear is also a disease of the mind, and is an epidemic that can be taken from persons who are not afflicted in the same way. We have seen small children catch, and become thoroughly inoculated with this dreadful mind- destroying disease in the course a few minutes. Strange to say, they were exposed by their own parents to such disease breeders as “bears,” “bad- men,” etc., coming after them in case they did or did not do so and so. Teachers in our schools have also used fear as a rod of government. Shame on such parents and teachers, who are unable to command the obedience, love and respect of children without resorting to such inhuman methods! How many parents and teachers are aware that if a child grows up into a timid, scared (afraid to call its mind its own) state, that somebody is as responsible to God for that child’s mental state, — for that poor little crippled mind — as though they had by one blow, instead of slow torture, brought things to the same state. The child comes into the world without fear of danger. The only fear it knows is known by another name, “love;” and is shown in not wishing to do anything, as far as it understands, to displease its parents. Fear is an instinct given to animals for the protection of themselves. Man has no such instinct, and if fear is implanted it must be done by knowledge. This knowledge in the child’s case comes from a source (the parent or teacher) which the child trusts fully. It learns to fear, even as it learns to talk, by being presented with fear. How many, many little ones are afraid of the “dark,” as they express it; and how often do they sob themselves to sleep because some criminal mother in her efforts to quiet them, has told them some horrible tale of coming “bad men,” “bears,” etc.
This disease, “fear” at last upsets the mind, and through the mind deranges the body; and humanity has another load to bear because of criminal ignorance. Governing children, persons or animals by this means cannot be too strongly condemned. See how many poor animals have become unfit for use, how many children are unfitted for life all because they have this “fear of man” punishment always before them.
Does the parent and teacher ask in despair, Shall we not punish our children when they persistently disobey? Yes, if necessary. The rod so strongly recommended by Solomon can still be used. But never, as you value the minds of those God has given into your care, never threaten them either before or afterward. This we give as the fruit of actual experience. God holds us all responsible for the way in which the flock is taken care of. See to it that you are not destroying, the “mind health” of any of God’s little ones, whose angels always behold his face in heaven. Love brings these minds back to health. Love is of God, and you will find his store houses full of the same remedy. Amen.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Dear Brethren: I am saved, that too, by a second work of grace.
Your brother in Christ,
Dear Saints of God: I am led of God to tell the world that I am saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God, and am praising him for a perfect salvation; and I know that I am complete in him. May God bless all the dear saints, and keep them low down at Jesus’ feet is the prayer of your brother in Christ,
Dear Saints: I am so glad that I can say I am walking in all the light God gives me, and am so glad that I ever met with Brother Warner and Brother and Sister Byers at Hedrick, Iowa camp meeting. Their sermons showed me plainly that I was traveling a dark road; but God has led me out of darkness into his glorious light.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I do praise God this morning that I ever gave my heart to him, and for his keeping power. Bless his name! He saved me through his all atoning blood. I realize we are living in perilous times, when we see scriptures being fulfilled in these last days. As I am one of the weakest of God’s little ones I ask your prayers, that I may ever do his will.
Dear Trumpet Readers: This morning finds me saved from all sin, and sanctified by a second work of grace. Bro. Curtis, Wilson and his sister are holding meeting here now. The Lord does so wonderfully bless our work, and souls are being saved. Praise God for salvation!
Yours in Christ,
Dear Brethren and Sisters in Christ: I am saved just now, and kept by the mighty power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last times. I came to God a sinner, and confessed my sins to God, and he forgave all of my sins. Then God said, “Go on unto perfection.” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God. that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. — Rom. 12:1, 2. And when I presented this body of mine a living sacrifice, God sanctified my soul.
Your brother in Christ,
James B. Morrison.
Dear Saints: I wish to say to the glory of God, that we are saved in Jesus and kept by the mighty power of God through the Holy Ghost, and trusting the Lord for all things, and as our physician and our healer. Our little five year old daughter had a severe attack of cramping a few nights ago, and was healed by the miraculous power of God through prayer and constant holding on to God by faith. Bless His holy name forever and ever for a free and full salvation which saves from all sin! Glory to God! Hallelujah to his blessed name! Pray for us.
Your brother in Christ,
A. W. Whisman.
Dear Saints: I praise God for what he is still doing. Bro. Achor held a meeting four miles north of us, and a number of souls were saved. After he left, there were three converted and four sanctified in our prayer meetings. We have prayer meetings four times a week with the real power of God; and the sinners when they are sick, nigh unto death, send for the people of God to come and pray for them. Dear ones, let us live so true that sinners will be made to acknowledge we are of God. Let your light so shine that God will be glorified. God is our physician. My mother who is seventy-three years old is just recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia. She was so very low that we thought her time had come, but we laid the case before God to have his will done, and he healed her. Praise his name forever!
Your sister in Christ,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led by the Lord to write my testimony. I am saved and sanctified wholly, for which I give the Lord the praised. Before I was sanctified I was a sickly person, but God has healed me, and I do know that his grace is sufficient for all things. I do praise his name for all that he has done for me. Pray for me, that I may continually stand fast in the Lord.
Your brother, saved in Christ,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led to tell you that we are living for God alone, and he is keeping us by his mighty power. I love to read the Trumpet and hear the dear saints tel of the goodness of God to their souls. The Lord has given me the victory over tobacco and has taken away the appetite, for which I give him all the praise.
Your brother in Christ,
W. L. McIntosh.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I do realize just now that God is the rock of my refuge, a hiding place in time of storms and a stronghold in time of trouble. Oh, bless his dear name! I have been passing through great tribulation since I last wrote; but as God the Father was with Daniel in the lions’den, so has he been with me, and is with me just now; and if through my suffering one precious soul can be saved, I will count it great gain. We are few in number at present. Pray for us, dear saints, that we may be instrumental in God’s hands. I am praising God for a full and free salvation that keeps me from anger, malice, envy and strife, and that enables me to forgive the very greatest offence.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am praising God this morning for salvation that saves me from all sin, and gives us the victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. I thank God for his word; it is a lamp to my feet and a light to my pathway. Jesus says, “I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life; but if we walk in the light we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. I do praise God that Jesus saves me just now, and sanctifies me wholly. Pray for me.
Your saved brother in Christ,
Dear Saints of the Living God: I do praise the Lord that I can testify for Jesus with this glory in my soul. Oh, the unspeakable richness of the fullness of his love to forgive all our sins, and then to sanctify us through his blood! God has shown me that, as we have gone through the fire of holiness, so also we must go through the fire of persecutions. Some have already gone through, and came out white and spotless, while others are just entering in. Watch says the word, for these things shall come upon us. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. — Rom. 12:21. These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple. And he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. — Rev. 7:14, 15.
Your sister, saved and sanctified by a second definite work of grace.
M. D. Heldenbrand.
Dear Saints: I am praising God or full and complete salvation. I was saved when I was eight years old, and lived for God till I was fourteen; when I became careless and was drawn into the world, and lived a backslidden life for two years. When Bro. Achor and company came here last Jan. I was deeply convicted, but would not yield. The saints prayed for me and talked with me, but it seemed as though I was rocked asleep in sin. But one night when Bro. Achor was preaching it seemed that something said to me, if I did not turn to God that night I was lost forever; and when the altar was set out I was the first one there. The dear Lord forgave my sins, and three days after I was sanctified. I praise God that I did heed his call before it was too late.
Your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints of the Living God: I feel led by the Spirit of God to write my testimony for the Trumpet. I was converted about three years ago. and lived a Christian for two years, when I became united with the Free Methodist sect, not discerning Christ’s body which is the church; and by so doing took upon me the mark of the beast. I did not see my error until some kind friend sent me the glorious GOSPEL TRUMPET, which was food to my soul; but never fully discerned Christ’s body until Bro. Michels came in our midst and preached Christ’s body and a second work of grace, which I received with joy, and now stand gloriously saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God, ready to do his will at all times. Amen.
Dear Friends: I received the book on Divine Healing in good condition, and am well pleased with the book. When I read the testimonies of persons who have been healed, it brings tears to my eyes; and when I look back on my past fife and see how have slighted the mercies of God, it fills my heart with sorrow. I read the Bible and pray, but it seems as if the combined powers of hell are against me. I ask all the saints of God to pray for me, that I may receive pardon of all my sins and be adopted into the family of God. I do want to be one of his children. The preachers around here are all sectarians, and it only confuses me to hear them preach. I would to God some of his preachers would come to this place and preach the whole truth. May God send some of them. Pray for me.
Your friend in need,
Jno. R. Davis.
Dear Brethren: About nineteen months ago the dear Lord came to me by his Spirit while I was reading at home, and convicted me of my sinful condition. I was all alone in the house and commenced crying to God to have mercy on my soul. The Lord heard and answered my prayer, and it was not long until he blessed me abundantly and gave me grace to stand for him. About three months later I felt convicted for a pure heart, and met the requirement of God, and he sanctified my soul while I was alone in my room. My father and sister were fully saved, and I thought it very strange that they would not lay all superstition aside, as I called it, and go to Methodist meeting with me; so I commenced praying for God to bring them into the sect. I was honest in my heart, and prayed very earnestly. But in so doing God opened his word before me and showed me wherein I was blind, and showed me also that I must come out of the. sect and not partake of her sins. It was then that my Methodist friends turned cold and bitter against me. But the Lord gave me the grace to stand, and showed me what I must do; now I am rejoicing in the freedom of the one body of Christ. Halleluiah to God and the Lamb forever!
Your brother in Christ,
Jerry T. Stowe.
Dear Saints: I was born in Holland and raised up under the influence of the Holland church till I was eleven years old, when I came to this country with my parents, and came to Mills County, Iowa. Six months after we came to this country God saw fit in his kind providence to call our mother home, and from that time I went out into the world to battle for myself, and went from place to place to work. I grew up, and went into the pleasures of this world.
I was soon afterward converted, joined the Protestant Methodists, and after moving away joined the M. E’s; remained with them about four years. A man came into our neighborhood, who belonged to the Church of God organization, and after hearing him preach for sometime, I was blindly led to join his sect, and became their elder, and remained with them until a short time ago; when a dear brother came here preaching the pure gospel as it is in Christ. He came to visit me, and that night it seemed as if the Spirit of God told me, warning me, saying, “Be careful that you do not sin against light and knowledge, and that you do not offend one of these the least of my brethren; for he that offends one of the least of my brethren doeth it unto me.” The next morning I was ready to receive instruction instead of trying to convince the brother that he was wrong, and he showed me very clearly the two works of grace. I saw that I was wrong in the past, and I said, “Now, Lord, make it all plain to me and I will obey thee.” I asked myself the question, “Have I the mind of Jesus? And is the evil nature all gone?” I saw there was an evil nature in me which I had to keep in subjection, and there was an uprising within me at times that I had to keep down; but bless God! my theories were uprooted and all points made plain. I picked up the Bible and could read scarcely anything but what I could see the two works of grace in it, and that night I acknowledged the truth and bowed at the mercy seat, and placed all on the altar, which is Christ. For some reason the Lord withheld the blessing from me, and it seemed that I would have to go home without it, but I was determined to never let go of the Lord till his promise was fulfilled in me. I had one thing yet to do, and that was to make right with one person that I had treated with indifference, which I did the next day. And O how the peace and joy of God flowed into my soul like a river! Bless the Lord forever! I cannot help but praise his name. And how he has led me all along up till the present time with songs and joy within my soul. And how he has revealed his word unto me, for it seems like a new book; and it is no longer to me in parables because of unbelief, but it seems clear and easy to understand. But I am not above temptation, but they are all from the outside, and I have peace and joy within. Bless the Lord!
Your brother saved and trusting Jesus,
Dear Trumpet Readers: The Lord has saved my soul and I am walking in all the light he gives me. The truth has been preached in this part of the vineyard, and souls set free in Christ. I am free from sectism and from the filthy weed — tobacco.
Your sanctified brother,