27 August 1896, Volume 16, Number 34.
THE CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE.
Holy Bible! how I love it!
How it doth my bosom cheer!
When through trials and temptations
It has always been so dear.
It will always keep my footsteps
In the light and narrow way,
If in trust I read its contents —
If I always watch and pray.
As I walk the narrow pathway
That will lead to endless rest,
In the arms of my Redeemer,
With my head upon his breast,
I cannot enough be thankful
For the love he showed to me,
When he took my sins of crimson,
Evermore to set me free
From the thoughts of condemnation,
Pride and all formality,
And for selfish exaltation
He has given humility.
Blessed Bible! what a comfort
Its dear pages show to me!
It has taught the way to heaven,
And a blest eternity.
When old Time gives up his ages,
And the earth shall be no more;
With our loved ones we shall gather,
Over on the other shore,
Where all sorrow will be ended,
Where all weeping will have ceased,
Where our Savior will have for us
Homes of love and joy and peace.
— Maggie Woody.
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer.” — 1 Peter 4:7. “Be you, therefore, of a sober mind and be attentive to prayer.” — Emphatic Diaglott.
Dear ones, we are here admonished to be watchful and prayerful. Peter knew of the trials which were coming upon us, and therefore he says in this text that when trials come, we may be watching for them in prayer. How often shall we pray? Ans. “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.” — Luke 18:1. Watch ye, therefore, and pray always.” — Luke 21:36. “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” — 1 Thess. 5:17, 18. Now we find here it is the will of God that we “pray without ceasing.” So, if we wish to do the will of God, we must be continually in meditation with our hearts open to God.
How shall we pray? Read Rom. 8: 26, also 1 Cor. 14:14. Paul tells us here that we are not to pray a prayer that we have heard someone else pray, neither write off or commit to memory some learned prayer, but to pray as the Spirit gives us utterance. Just simply let our hearts open to God and he will give us words which will come in just where they belong.
What shall we pray for? Ans. “Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation.” — Matt. 26:41. When we are tempted and tried, we are to continually look to God and he will keep us from entering into the same. Praise God!
Again, in James 5:15, 16 we are to pray for healing of sickness; Eph. 6:18, for others; Rom. 10:1-3, for sinners; Matt. 5:44, for our enemies.
We will give a few promises. “The Lord is far from the wicked; but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” — Prov. 15:29. It gives power. Read Matt. 17:14-21. After the disciples could not accomplish the work in this case, Jesus tells them that by prayer and fasting only will such cases be delivered. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” — John 14:13, 14. “But I know that even now whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.” — John 11:22.
On these conditions: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” — John 3:22. “Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” — Mark 11:24. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” — Matt. 21:22. First, we must do his commands, and then we must believe that God does hear and answer us.
“Have faith in God.” I have recently heard prayers offered in behalf of a certain meeting that God should have his own way and speak through the one who should stand up to proclaim the truth to the people, and then would say that he was out of the order of the Lord, etc. Now it is an evident fact that there is one of the following reasons, if such is the case: 1st, The prayer is offered in merely form, instead of faith. 2d, If prayer is offered in faith, then someone does not do his duty and take the pulpit, hence giving a chance for someone out of God’s order to take it. Brethren, in the name of Jesus let us keep out of the rut of formal prayer. If we cannot believe when we pray, we might as well stop praying. After we ask God to conduct a meeting in his own way, let us not say that the devil had charge of it; but instead let us rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus, and believe that God holds in subjection every hand and voice that is arrayed against it, and the promise is ours. Brethren, in the name of Jesus let us pray believing and put our faith in practice by acting upon it, and we shall receive that for which we ask. Amen.
B. F. WEIKEL.
War a Good Warfare.
Wonderful words of admonition from an ideal gospel minister to his son in the faith! Truly, Paul understood what it would mean to meet a king with twenty thousand soldiers, having but ten thousand himself, and that if victory would be achieved it would require a good warfare indeed. And so, it would now. Satan is marshaling his hosts by the twenty-thousands, and to meet and overcome these it will require on the part of every servant of Jesus Christ, and especially every minister, the best warfare that human endurance and divine leadership can consummate.
We shall see by the New Testament some of the enemies, or some of the different devices and methods employed by the enemy of souls, which must be resisted, fought against, and withstood. Thank God, we are not ignorant of his devices.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom RESIST steadfast in the faith.”
“The devil is come down unto you, having great wrath.”
“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light,”
“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you.”
Seeing therefore that the servants of God (and especially ministers) have all these things to contend with, as well as other forms of sin not mentioned above, no wonder a good warfare is enjoined; for surely this will be found necessary to overcome. No time for gaiety, amusements, fashions, lectures, or human entanglements of any kind. The man who serves God right to the saving of his own soul and the performing of other enjoined labors, has his hands full without reaching out for anything else, or becoming entangled with spiritual wickedness. It is truly a narrow way, a straight path, and requires singleness of heart, firmness of purpose, an unyielding warfare, to walk therein. The New Testament is not an idle tale. Therefore, its exhortations and doctrines are not to be lightly considered, but exalted above everything else on earth.
The man who will be an overcomer will need to war a good warfare, fight a good fight, keep the faith, pray without ceasing, abstain from the very appearance of evil, and resist sin, even to bonds, blood, and prison. And who was more competent to give advice and exhortation than Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ? — “Prisoner of Jesus Christ!” Of all sublime thoughts or suggestive expressions found in the Bible, this is the highest. To properly serve God, made Paul a “prisoner,” and entailed upon him both hunger and thirst, and deprived him of a certain dwelling-place. What a marvel! And may we be faithful to Jesus, and not subject ourselves, to the same? Hungry for the sake of Jesus! What a blessed state! We may not have experienced this yet. If necessary, in order to war a good warfare, let it come. If standing against sin and rebuking wickedness brings hunger, even so, Lord Jesus. Thy will be done.
Brethren, are you warring a good warfare under the leadership of Jesus the captain of our salvation? If you are, Bible signs are coming, certain. Be ye therefore ready, stand fast, put on the whole armor, that ye may be able to stand in the evil day; and having done all, STAND.
A. D. H.
Out of Sect Bondage.
God is leading out his own true children from sectarian bondage and oppression, and getting his bride ready for his coming. Amen. Which I believe will be soon; for from the signs of the times we are in the “last days;” “perilous times” are upon us. 2 Tim. 3:1-6. We have not many Timothys in these days, but there are so many preachers who have “itching ears” (2 Tim. 4: 2-5), and the majority of professors of religion won’t endure “sound doctrine,” and “turn away their ears from the truth.” This is one of the signs of the times spoken of in 2 Tim. 3:1. I do praise God that the gates of hell have never prevailed against the church of Christ and never will. He has always had a “peculiar. people,” and always will have; and he is gathering together and calling out his own peculiar people, and the bride is making herself ready. God wants his people to be a free people, he don’t want them bound by sectarian bands and sect leaders who take away all liberty of conscience. It wasn’t so in Paul’s day. 2 Cor. 16:12. Christ is to be “head- over all things,” not a bishop (Eph. 1:21-23), and we are to go where HE says go and teach what he commands us to teach. Matt. 28:18-20. Christ is our only lawgiver. Jas. 4:12. And his church makes no laws, but accepts those which he and his apostles have already given by which to be governed.
I do praise God that he gave us the true light as to what his church is, and led us out of sectarian bondage, where we could be “free indeed.” Husband and I came out of the M. E. Church South more than a year and a half ago. It was no hasty step with us. We were bound and fettered by those in authority, and we saw the awful backslidden state of the Methodist sect (and all the rest as well), and we began to pray over it and ask the Lord about it, and seek light from his word. Our souls were longing for gospel liberty and we often asked ourselves the question, “What shall we do?” To hold our relationship with such a church (so-called) would be partaking of her sins, and being unequally yoked together with unbelievers, which we are commanded not to do. 2 Cor. 6:14. (That there are unbelievers in the Methodist church no one can deny, and some of them holding high official positions.) And then we could not conscientiously keep the vow to support her; take God’s money and give it to help fight God’s truth and his blood- washed children with, and to be spent for cigars, tobacco, jewelry, silk hats, feathers, and other ornaments, all of which God’s word condemns. Then, we did not feel at home in such a worldly church; we could not fellowship with them, “for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?” We loved God: they were “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God,” had “the form of godliness but denied the power.” In talking to God about what to do, he didn’t say, Stay in and try to get the rest saved; no. he said, From such TURN AWAY. That settled the matter with us. We were determined to “obey God rather than man.”
In no sense do we feel that we are what is termed “come-outers,” yet from the word of God we are. “Wherefore COME OUT from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you ”-2 Cor. 6:17. Also in Rev. 18:4 — “COME OUT from her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and receive not of her plagues.” When we heard God’s voice calling us out, we obeyed that voice. We knew what it would cost along the line of persecution, but we were glad to bear it for Jesus and the truth’s sake. God’s word did not say, If ye be reproached as a Methodist “happy are ye;” but, “If ye be reproached for the NAME OF CHRIST, happy are ye.” — 1 Pet. 4:14. We believe in bearing his name and NO OTHER Eph. 3:14,15 The bride always takes the name of the bridegroom. We have no Bible for Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, etc. They are simply human names, and they were sinful in Paul’s day, and why not now? 1 Cor. 1:10-13. We belong to the church of Christ, have our names written in heaven. We have God’s word for everything we believe and teach, which we think is sufficient. 2 Tim. 3:16,17 It is our book of discipline. I send these lines out in the name of Christ, trusting that they may help someone to liberty from the sectarian yoke of bondage, who is feeling its galling effect. and seeking to know God’s will as to what to do. Let me urge you to OBEY GOD at any cost, and FOLLOW WHERE HE LEADS. ‘See that ye refuse not him that speaketh from heaven.’ Heb. 12:25.
MRS. E. J. SNEEKS.
SOUTH BOSTON, IND.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I do praise the dear Lord for full salvation of soul and body. I cannot praise him enough when I think what he has done for me. I was afflicted from my infancy with scrofula and for eight years with female troubles. We spent most of our living for medicine, but to no effect. When I heard the pure word, I stepped out on the promises of God, and now I sing the song “I am healed, I know I am.” Praise his name! Pray for me and my family.
ELIZA J. GARRISON.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I am glad I can report victory in my soul. I now am seventy-four years old and have been a member of the Methodist church for about forty years. I thought I was living all right, but when God sent his true ministers to preach the truth and show me the evil of sectism I came out and am trusting the Lord for all things. I have got a great deal of light from tracts and the Trumpets that people have handed to me. I wish I was able to get some of your books and the Trumpet. We need someone to preach the gospel here. I want to be baptized when someone comes. I want all the saints to pray for me that I may be healed of a cough, and chat I may be sanctified wholly. Your sister,
DEAR READERS OF THE GOSPEL TRUMPET: I feel like writing my testimony this evening, and telling of the wonderful goodness of God to me. Oh, how I do praise his blessed name this evening that he did call me from sin, and show me my lost condition! 1 was low in sin, without a hope of heaven or a thought of where 1 should spend eternity if I should be called from earth. God is not only a physician for the soul, but also the body. He has healed me many times. I had a very bad form of one of woman’s worst afflictions, but was anointed and healed of that dreadful disease. I give God all the glory. I am living for him each day. By his assisting grace, I will make heaven my home. Your sister, saved by power divine,
MRS. E. P. EVANS.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I am praising God for free and full salvation. We are saved through the blood of Jesus and have given up all for his sake, although we had an awful hard struggle at first. Our youngest son died. We thought we could not give him up, but he would tell us to let the Lord have his way. We did and the Lord took him home to glory. Since that time, we put all we have in this world into the Lord’s hands and are serving him and intend to serve him the rest of our days. With the love of God in du; hearts and his salvation in our souls we can overcome all that is sinful. We are persecuted sometimes, but take it to the Lord in prayer and we come out victorious. Praise his dear name. Pray that we may be wholly sanctified. Your brother and sister in the one body,
G. W. AND M. E. HOUSER.
THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 1896.
LIST OF MONET LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
Charlie Akers, Benj. B. Meyers, Mrs. Henry Muntz J. T. Holland, Mrs. E. Chase, Geo. Filhour, Tine Raymond, Mrs. J. T. Salvage, W. A Haynes, Winnie Cope, H. J. Watchman, T. P. Spouls, Chas. Waggoner, W. J. Henry, Jno. M. Bradford. E. A. Lyon, Hattie Ryder, Mrs. M. P. Elam, Dan Murphy, B. F. Chase, Emily Dunmire, R. B. Hicks, Louise Triloff, Eliza Chezem, Otto Bolds, Jessie B. Lewis, Geo. Martin, S. L. Catlin, N. Lovelady.
The New Pittsburg, Ind. assembly meeting will begin Oct. 1, instead of Oct. 15. Further particulars will be given later.
A DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER.
As the brethren everywhere are interested in the spread of the gospel and are anxious to see the people in every land supplied with holy literature, some have suggested that the saints of God and those so interested spend September first in fasting and prayer for the needs of the Trumpet Office, that it may be supplied with the needed machinery, boiler, press, bookbinding outfit, etc., that the Gospel may be speedily sent forth to every part of the world. Now, who will set aside that day for special prayer and prevail upon the Lord to order a special forward move on this line? Ask the Lord what he would have you to do in helping to spread his gospel.
Requests For Prayer.
Lucile Baxter, Blair. — Pray for healing of neck trouble; one of the glands is enlarged. Pray also that she may receive light on sectism, and deliverance.
G.Valentine, Pennsylvania, requests prayer for the healing of bodily infirmities for himself and wife, also that he may give up the use of tobacco.
Ed Volker, Allegan. — Entire sanctification and healing of fits.
Adora Donohew, Blystone. — Entire
sanctification and healing of rheumatism.
Carrie Scott, Freedom, Ind. — Healing of afflictions — someone to come and hold meetings.
P. C. Redmour. — Healing of bodily afflictions.
M. A. Bell. Hermando. — Catarrh and failing eyesight.
J. W. Enlow. — Healing of a breaking out on his face.
Pray for Julia Griffin, Allemands, for her healing of afflictions.
Mrs. Ida Cox, New Richmond, Ind. sends an earnest appeal for the prayers of the saints. She is in destitute circum-stances and has a wicked husband, and has three little children to provide for. Remember them with the prayer of faith.
Sister Dillinger, Moyer, Pa. requests prayer for herself and children, for their healing of bowel complaint.
Calls For Meeting.
Some minister with the gift of healing is earnestly desired at Holly Hill, Whitley Co., Ky. Address S. G. Sumner.
Sister Amelia Bowman writes from Peoria, Ill. that they are praying for some of God’s messengers to come to that place.
I would like to hear the gospel preached once more on the Bible line. Isaac Emlaw, Orleans, Ionia Co., Mich.
A good opening is here for meetings, if someone filled with the Spirit will come at once. J. W. Enlow, Wind Ridge, Pa.
I wish the Lord would send a holiness preacher, one who has the gift of healing, into our part of the country. There is much work to do here. Your Sister, Mary Arnolds, Tilden, York Co., Pa.
Workers are desired to help in the meetings at Wichita, Kan., which will be held in the saints’ hall, at No 118, S. Main St.
PREPARING FOR CAMP MEETINGS.
There are a few things might be mentioned that will apply to camp and grove meetings in general. Those attending such meetings should go for the purpose of glorifying God, by doing good, getting good, and becoming better qualified to help others. If convenient, take a tent along, and bedding, etc., enough to make you comfortable. Some blankets and a straw-tick will be sufficient to enable you to care for yourself should the place be crowded. If possible, go prepared to provide for yourself and help others. Do not impose upon the liberality of the brethren, but if you are too poor to pro-vide for yourself do not stay away on that account as they will gladly care for you. Go in faith, and help to bear one another’s burdens, and aid in rescuing perishing souls.
There will be a general camp meeting at South Boston, Washington Co., Ind. Sept. 1-13. All the saints in Southern Indiana and Kentucky who can, are earnestly requested to attend this meeting. Bros. Warren, Schreiber, Moore, and Keeling are expected to be present.
Cheshire, Mich. Grove meeting. Beginning Sept 3. Will be held in Bro. S. W. Tripp’s grove, one-half mile north of the Lindsley schoolhouse. Bro. A. B. Palmer is expected to be there, and whomsoever else the Lord may send. Address Albert Pulsipher, Allegan, Mich.
There will be a camp meeting at Vowell, Winston Co., Miss. Sept. 4-13. Let all come who can. Come prepared to stay- all through the meeting, as we are expecting great things from the Lord. Sept. 6 is set apart as a day of fasting and prayer for the sick and needy ones, and a real advancement in the church. Address R. H. Owens, Freeny, Miss.
A general camp meeting will be held at Kenesaw, Neb. Sept. 4-15. All seekers and lovers of the truth are earnestly invited to come and attend this meeting. All the sick and afflicted in body are invited to come and hear the Lord’s promises unto them and be healed. All that possibly can, come prepared to stay during the entire meeting. There will be four services each day, during the entire camp meeting. Straw furnished on the grounds for horses. Let as many of God’s ministers as possible, make special efforts to get to this meeting. Bros. Vielguth, Roberts, and others are expected. For further information address W. F. Eberline.
Berne, Ind. Tabernacle meeting. Six miles east in Bro. Young’s neighborhood. Begins Sept. 5.
Rowan Co., Ky. Assembly meeting. Sept. 5-13. On Slab camp, in the saints’ meeting-house, eight miles southwest of Morehead Station on the C. & O. road. Address W. T. Hall, or F. Porter, More-head, Ky.
A grove meeting will be held in the southeast part of Salem township, Allegan Co., Mich. Sept. 8-18. Address H. E. Hyde, Burnips Corners, Mich.
The Clifton, Mo. camp meeting will be help at the Clifton camp ground, beginning Sept. 9, lasting as long as the Lord wills. Bros. Schell, Wilson, Stanberry, Collins, Farquar, and others are expected. Hay will be furnished for the teams of those coming from a distance. For further information address B. F. Chase, Thayer, Mo. Box 116.
Reddick, Ill. Tabernacle meeting, Sept. 9 and as long as the Lord wills.
Friend, Mo. Assembly meeting. Begins Sept. 15.
Anthony, Kan. Camp meeting. Be-ginning Sept. 15. Those coming from a distance will find it cheaper to come by rail. Those coming from the north will have the Hutchinson and Southern; from Witchita, the Mo. & P.; from the east, the Frisco. Drop a card and you will be met and conducted to the grounds, where there is plenty of good water, shade, and house room. For further information address S. P. Fulton.
Rising Sun, O. Tabernacle meeting. Sept 15-25. Address Jacob Roush.
Mendon, Mo. Tabernacle meeting. Beginning Sept. 18. Bro. and Sister Kinzie and others are expected. Address J. G. Neff.
Arapahoe, Okla. Camp meeting. Sept. 18-28.
A general assembly meeting will be held by the saints of Kentucky, near Jeffersonville, Montgomery Co.; beginning Sept. 18, to continue over two Sundays, the Lord willing. A general invitation is given to all lovers of the truth. Bro. Keeling is expected. Thos. Carter.
Chauncey, O. Camp or grove meeting. Beginning Sept. 20. Particulars will be given later. Bros. W. A. Haynes and E. G. Masters are expected.
Carthage, Mo. Assembly meeting. Beginning Sept. 20. Let every minister in Mo., Kan., Ind. Ter., and Ark. arrange to attend. Address R. L. Berry.
North Enid, Okla. Camp meeting. Be-ginning Oct. 6. Address W. G. Rippey.
New Pittsburg, Ind. Assembly meeting. Beginning Oct. 1. Address H. C. Wickersham.
Camp meeting in Louisiana, thirteen miles east of Hammond, near Morris Re-treat. Beginning Oct. 10.
Clayton, Okla. Camp meeting. Oct. 23 – Nov. 2, on the home and school ground. M. A. Fly, Clayton, Okla.
Work While It Is Day.
DEARLY beloved in the Lord, in reading the Gospel Trumpet week after week I see calls for meetings. Some that have appeared months ago. But still no one has responded to the call. Again, in looking over the list of meetings advertised I see the greater number are in localities where there has been meeting after meeting.
Now, brethren, why is this? I ask in the name of Jesus, Is it according to the command of Jesus: “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature? ’ — Mark 16: 15. While I know full well that the “harvest is great and the laborers are few,” would it not be self-sacrificing on the part of those that have had one or more meetings each year to deny themselves and let the evangelists go to other places where the evening light has never yet been preached.
But says one, “If we bear the expenses of a meeting or two each year do you find fault with us?” Nay, God forbid that I should fault any one. But, dear one, do you ever think how those that are denied the privilege of assembling in prayer meeting or testimony-meeting, long yea hunger and thirst, for the company of the saints, when they are through circumstances, or of God sent to live in a community where there are none of God’s children — where all is darkness and sin? O, do you not realize the longing they have for the company of the saints, and the salvation of precious eternity-bound souls?
But some may say, “Yes, true, there are plenty of calls, but those desiring meetings do not say a word about the means to take us there.” While this is often the case, because it is the poor of this world that have, through all ages, been the ones to accept the gospel; would it not then be the duty of those that are able, to help send the preacher? You dear ones, who have the means to send the gospel to those who have not, would it, I ask, be a sorrow or joy to you, for only one poor soul to come to you in eternity and say, “It was through your instrumentality that I was saved?” О would it not be joy indeed?
Time is fleeing away; eternity is looming in sight. Then why should we be so eager to hoard up the things of this world? Shall we heap up treasures to be burned at the last day? God is, some of these days, going to call for the proof of our consecrations in the way of our property, when it will not only be the giving of a few spare dollars, but of houses and lands.
And now a word to the preacher. Do you, beloved, love to linger around the “old burned-over” place? Do you love the easy place, a place perhaps where you have labored in the past, have been the means in God’s hand of raising up a church, where you have friends in abundance, and all your needs are supplied? O, why do you still linger, when so many are crying for the bread of life? Oh why not launch out, gain new victories, new territory for Christ, wrest souls from the power of Satan?
While it is true that the flock should be fed, will you not trust the Lord to raise up someone to feed the flock, while you that are called to evangelistic work will make “full proof of your ministry? 2 Tim. 4:5. And while you are denying yourselves of ease and comfort, remember you are doing it for Jesus’ sake and for dying souls.
Think of Bro. Paul, who in nakedness, hunger, thirst, cold, perils and dangers without number, went everywhere preaching the gospel. God is calling for more consecrated workers, consecrated to the full extent of the meaning of that word — more zeal for the work, more burden for lost souls.
The time is coming when one sermon a day, one or two prayers a day will not suffice. But whole days of house-to-house visits, reading the Word, praying and singing; whole nights wrestling with God in prayer for power, wisdom, and the real Christ humility. Then, brethren, you will see the work move forward, souls be saved, the signs follow those that believe, thereby God be glorified, his work be finished, and his coming not be delayed.
Often someone of God’s children has been praying for a meeting in a new place; a call goes out for some Holy Ghost preacher, and for God to open the hearts of the people to receive the truth. But no one responds to the call. The people are hungry for the truth, and because they do not get the truth the enemy sees his opportunity and sends one of his popular ministers to feed the people on his husks and swill — has a so-called “great revival.” Souls are deceived, captives are taken for Babylon, and souls that might have been saved are lost. Beloved, this ought not to be so.
When a place is opened for a meeting, nine times in ten, God does it, and if he does it, he will also bless the work in saving souls. In many ways the work would spread. The Trumpet would find its way into new homes, bringing light, joy. and peace untold.
“Work while it is day,” and while opportunities are before you; for the night comes when no man can work. Yea, do the work as you will wish you had when standing at the tribunal of God, and “reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.” — Rom. 8:18.
“Oh, for consecrated service.
‘Mid the din of babel strife’.
Who will dare the truth to herald,
At the peril of his life?”
Yours in the one body.
J. G. NEFF.
Gentleness and Meekness.
WHILE reading and searching the precious word of God, the Lord showed me that among some of his saints, and workers in the vineyard, as well as in myself, there is a great lack of the real gentleness and meekness of Christ. I realize more and more, as I look around at the poor lost souls, what a great responsibility rests upon the children of God, that we should strive as never before to gain this point.
When we are at our daily labor or in the Lord’s field, do we really show forth all gentleness and patience with perishing souls? Or do we become impatient, and perhaps speak short and cross to them, just because they do not understand and see the light, as readily as we did. This is work for eternity, and to be gentle is our duty, as well as a command. 2 Tim. 2:24. Titus 3:2. Also Paul and his co-workers set the example. 2 Thess. 2:7.
We read in Prov. 11:30 that he that winneth souls is wise. We also find in James 3:17 that the wisdom which is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, etc. Now you see that leaves out any foundation for harshness or impatience. How often when you speak to some that are out in the work, and claiming to be out straight for God, that we should be gentle with souls in darkness, they will reply, “It needs to be strong”; and so it does, but let us see that it is the word of God that must do the fanning, and that our words are seasoned with grace, and tempered with the real gentleness and meekness of our blessed Redeemer.
We should not only show forth this gentleness while in the vineyard of the Lord, but we should be very careful to let our light shine in our homes, and among our own families. Sinners, and especially those of our own household, are watching us; and if we wish to let the Lord get real glory out of our lives, we should see that our everyday walk bears the fruit of the Spirit, and if we do this we will surely be gentle and kind to all mankind. Gal. 5.22. How often, if we are not very, very dose to the Lord, will we speak somewhat harshly, not realizing that our every word, every act, is having its effect on some soul. God help us to see that we measure up to the great Bible standard. Your saved sister,
Sing With the Spirit.
Observation as taught me the great need of an advancement on the part of God’s saints in hymning his praise. We are told in God’s word to let all things be done decently and in order 1 Cor. 14: 40. Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher, says there is a time for all things. Eccl. 3:1, 7. Therefore we conclude that God wants us to keep silent at times, that his name might be glorified. We are to use “understanding” in our singing, as taught by Paul the apostle.
I have seen dear ones, in our prayer and revival service, hinder the progress of the meeting by a continuance of songs, the effects of which are plainly to be seen in the restlessness of the congregation and the weaker ones of God’s flock. Now this ought not to be. While the songs are edifying to us and serve as inspiration to our souls many times, yet we are commanded to use understanding in our singing. 1 Cor. 14:15 The apostle says, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the under-standing also.” Not only in times when preaching has been expected have halts of too great length been made by singing, but in our prayer meeting s between the testimonies, songs of very great length have been sung, thus hindering those who had a testimony for the Lord.
Oh, that more would sing with the spirit! Fewer failures would be made in our worship of God. Song is an instrument in the hands of God that has done a grand and noble work; the chime of which has often awakened poor souls to a sense of their danger, while asleep in the awful sleep of sin. Then, beloved, let us be careful to make a proper use of the means of grace given us by the Giver of all good and perfect gifts. Then will the church make rapid strides toward the prize that is at the end of the race, to which all have a right. 1 Tim. 4:10. “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” Eph. 6:24.
Yours in him,
W. D. FARNAN.
News from the Field.
BANGOR, MICH., Aug. 19.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: From Shelby, Mich. I went to Charlevoix; held tabernacle meeting a few days with fair success in the salvation of a few souls and healing of bodies. On my way met Bro. Wm. E. Warren at Thompsonville, who was with us at Charlevoix, Bliss, and Dwight camp meetings. The meeting at Bliss was a success; a number of souls and bodies were healed. There is a very precious church established at that place; may the Lord reward them for their kindness and financial help to us. The Dwight meeting was more than a success; many were saved, some sanctified, and some healed, and thirteen baptized. We had a very precious ordinance-meeting at the close of the meeting, Sunday eve, the 9th. Just as we were singing the hymn after communion, people began to come to the altar for salvation and did not stop until seventeen came for salvation. Praise the Lord
for such a sweet, melting time! May the good Lord ever bless and keep the dear ones we left behind, true to him and loyal to his cause. Amen.
A. B. PALMER.
COLFAX, WASH., Aug. 10.
DEAR BRETHREN: May God richly bless you all. The Elberton camp meeting has come and gone with its holy triumphs. Spiritual advancement was earnestly sought and joyfully obtained with gloriously enriched experiences in the hearts of his people. Judgment went forth unto victory. Precious and marvelous answers of prevailing prayer were experienced. Souls were saved, believers sanctified, and backsliders reclaimed, and God’s people sunk deeper into him and more fully established than ever.
The healing power of the Spirit was vividly administered. There were a large number of cases of divine healing through faith in the name of Jesus. Many and various diseases and afflictions of from one to thirty years standing were removed by the power of God. Devils were also cast out. One dear soul was graciously delivered by the laying on of hands. (Mark 16:17). The miracle power of God was also manifest. One dear brother came on his bicycle between six and seven hundred miles to attend the meeting. Another brother from North Dakota was with us in this feast.
There were about forty tents on the ground; eighteen or twenty saints were immersed; spiritual gifts were also sought and obtained. Much good in general was accomplished through the favor of God. About 120 happy saints took part in the ordinances of feet-washing and the holy communion. The true ministers and gospel workers went forth in different directions to labor for the Lord and to carry the everlasting gospel abroad.
F. N. JACOBSON AND CO-WORKERS.
DEAR SAINTS: I do praise God for salvation and for the love and joy and peace I have in my soul this morning that tells me that I am a true child of God. I have something to praise the good Lord for. He has so wonderfully healed my body and I do give him all the glory.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: We are praising God for a full and free salvation that keeps us each day from sin, trusting him for all things; for we know his promises are true. We have taken him for our physician. He has healed us several times in answer to prayer. Praise his name! Yours in the one body,
MR. AND MRS. E. W. DREYER.
I believe that God wants me to tell what he has done for me. Praise his name! He saves, sanctifies, and heals me just now. I had been doing all for him that I had the light to do, but I was not fully sanctified. Now I see more clearly what is my duty and privilege to do, and I am determined by the grace of God to do more for him -who has done so much for me. I praise him that he healed me of deafness, that I hear so well again. It is wonderful how the Lord is working in this country. Many have been healed, many saved and sanctified, and others have requested prayer. Dear ones, pray for us here that the good work may go oh, that we may all be willing for God to use us as he wills. Your sister in Christ,
MINNIE H. CALDWELL.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I feel led to write my testimony for the first time. I am truly praising God for complete deliverance of soul and body from all the snares, of the evil one. One-year last February the dear Lord redeemed my soul from sect confusion, secret society, pride, and everything pertaining to the sinful things of this world; and brought my soul home to Zion, where it is to-day feasting upon the precious things of God. I praise him for the way he is advancing my soul and the many precious lessons he has taught us. He is our physician for soul and body. We find him a present help in time of need. The Lord has done wonderful cases of healing in our family the past year, for which I give him all the praise. Mother was in the last stage of Bright’s disease this spring; was so low she could not turn in bed; but when she complied with the Word in Jas. 5:13, 14, the Lord wonderfully healed her and to-day she is enjoying perfect health. Pray for me that I may be kept humble and submissive to the will of God at all times. Your sister, saved and kept,
ROCK FERRY, ENGLAND.
DEAR SAINTS AND TRUMPET READERS: I feel led to-night to testify to the glory of God. He has saved me from all my sins and sanctified me wholly, and keeps me unspotted from sin and the world. Praise his holy name for the peace which passeth understanding. I do prove his grace to be sufficient and find him a present help in time of need. God is advancing my soul and I mean to go on and explore the land of Canaan; for I find it better on before. Praise our God! Though Babylon rages, we’ll shout as her city doth burn. Glory to God for sending his true messengers to show us this everlasting truth; for I know to-night I have come to Zion the city of the living God with songs and everlasting joy upon my head, and am determined by God’s grace to be true to him and follow him all the way. Your sister in Christ, kept by the power of God,
ELK CITY, PA.
DEAR GOSPEL WORKERS: I feel it God’s will that I should give in my testimony, which I will do in Jesus’ name trusting it will help someone. I was converted when about sixteen years old and, knowing no better, joined the M. E. sect, where I tried to live a Christian life, for about fourteen years. Last December I was most forcibly convicted that I was only a miserable sinner and that Methodism was not the church, but truly a part of Babylon. My eyes had been seriously afflicted for nine years during which time they gradually grew worse although under treatment by the best oculists in western Pennsylvania. Some of my friends said I would go blind and the oculists said it was almost a hopeless case; but glory be to God, when I‘ came to him in Jesus’ name according to John 15,7; 14:14, he healed me. I can read night and day and any print, for which I give him all the glory. Pray for me that I may sink deeper into His will, and go on unto perfection. Your brother in the one body,
E. G. DELOE.
DEAR SAINTS: I am praising God this morning for real victory in my soul. I find God always true to his promise “to keep him in peace whose mind is stayed on him.” Although surrounded by the spirits of sectism and delusion, and every evil work, God is keeping me clear in my soul. Praise his name! I have realized during my short stay here, more than ever before, the necessity of being fortified against the enemy of our souls. Sectism is the worst spirit we have to contend with, and is a hiding-place for many other false and pernicious spirits. But, praise God, we may overcome them all by living in the spirit of God continually. I do know that he saves and sanctifies me wholly. I enjoy the peace of God which passeth all understanding. To him be all the glory. Your brother on the advance for God,
DEAR BRETHREN: It is not according to what I deserve, but according to God’s riches in glory that he has healed me soul and body. I am sweetly trusting my Savior for all, and I praise his dear name that he ever called me from the error of my way and placed me on the highway of holiness and gave me a clean heart to serve and live for him. After three years of the most intense suffering with sciatica in my back, left hip, and leg, until it had drawn my back all out of shape, and what the doctors called atrophy of the muscles had destroyed the usefulness and strength of nearly the entire left side; and I had spent all my money on medicine, in the end I heard them say that I could not be cured. I went to the Grand Junction С. M. There I placed my case into the hands of Him who fashioned our bodies, and I praise the name of Jesus he broke the bands of the disease and I have not suffered any of the pain that used to keep me sitting in my chair, sometimes all night long, and my muscles are regaining strength every day. Dear ones, pray that I may continue to gain in physical and spiritual strength. Yours in Christ,
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I write this for the glory of God. I had become backslidden in heart, but God’s truth kept following me until a few weeks ago I returned to God, and he has restored to me the joys of salvation. Since I first heard the pure gospel, about four years ago, I have trusted God for the healing of my body and also for the healing of my little boy who is now over two years old and has had no physician but Jesus, who healed him of cholera infantum and rupture when he was about six months old. And two weeks ago Paul my little boy was suddenly taken with what some call a fit, but it answered the description given in Mark 9:20; so my sister (into whose hands the care of Paul has been given since his mother’s death, when he was but ten days old) and I took the contorted body in our lap and called mightily on God. We laid our hands on him and rebuked the devil in the name of Jesus and bid him depart, and he went. Glory to God in the highest! But the devil seemed to keep returning and taking hold of him, but we rebuked him in Jesus’ name and he was defeated and we have the victory. Hallelujah! Paul had always been so hard to govern, but now there is a wonderful change. He is now so much more loving and easily controlled. And one thing more I must add is that my sister Ella, who has been in sectism for twenty-two years, is now delivered from bondage and is walking in the light of the pure gospel. There is a band of us here who love God’s truth. But, oh, how the devil did rage when my sister left the Babylonian cage of hateful birds — Methodism. But his sheep hear his voice which says (Rev. 18:14): “Come out of her my people” and also (2 Cor.6:14): “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” So are all who are in any of these; but all such are told, “Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” And all his sheep when they hear his voice saying these things must obey or lose their souls, for if they have not the love of the truth, which is God’s word (Jno.17:17.), the Word says He will send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth. We have our little but blessed meetings twice during the week and twice on Sunday. We pray God to send some of his anointed ones this way. Yours in the one body, saved and kept by the power of God,
ARTHUR L. AND ELLA. R. BOIES.
DEAR SAINTS: I am praising God for the privilege of testifying to the saving grace of, God. Praise God for a present experience. I can say that the Lord saves and sanctifies me wholly. It has been nearly two years since I was converted to God and it has been the best part of my life. Satan has been raging and mustering all his host to battle, but God gives his children power over all the powers of the enemy and his grace has been sufficient. I realize that I am making spiritual advancement. The Word tells us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God has torn down every idol in my heart and is making the memory of them to perish. I was a member of a secret society at the time of my conversion but gave it up with all the other sins. How I realize the need of all the saints living true to God in these last days when perilous times have come and men are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. It is only by living true to God, and laying judgment to the line that we will cause people to see their condition, that they may make their escape. The Word says, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” It tells us to “be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” “The Son of man shall send forth his angels and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.” “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” When the saints live true to God and the holy fire burns on the altars of their hearts “the sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with the everlasting burnings? He that walketh and speaketh uprightly. ”Dear saints, let us measure our lives by the word of God, that we may not be gathered out as offenders.
God has planted a little church at this place. By reading the Trumpet and searching the Scriptures we found that it taught a Bible doctrine and myself and wife were led out into the light. There are now six dear saints at this place. We would be glad to correspond with any of the saints and should any of the saints be passing this way they would be gladly received by us. Yours in the one body,
OWENS. — Merrit Owens departed this life at his home near McKinley, Okla. Aug. 5. 1896; was born in Iowa Dec. 14, 1870; aged twenty-five years eight months twenty-five days. He leaves a wife, one child, and a mother to mourn their loss. Funeral services by the writer,
J. W. W. Newkirk.
INGRAM. — William Ingram died Aug. 9 1896; aged sixty-seven years five months and twenty-eight days. Was only sick six days. The first two days of illness were spent in almost incessant prayer to God for ease from his pain, after which he told his wife the Lord had forgiven all his sins and taken away his pain. He leaves a wife, two sons, and three daughters, and many other relatives to mourn their loss. Our prayer is, May our God help them to seek his pardoning love at once.
R. B. Hicks.
ROWE — Mrs. Mary E. Rowe, wife of Jno. W Rowe of Marion Center, Pa. departed this life Aug. 13, 1896; aged fifty-one years one month twenty-six days.
She had been a sufferer for many years from the dread disease, consumption, together with other ailments, and about eight years ago became paralyzed partially and remained for about two years unable to leave her bed. She gradually recovered to some extent and was able to go about, but never fully recovered.
Several times during her sickness we were called to her bedside to see her die, but the mercy of God was extended and she each time recovered. On the evening of Aug. 12, she went to bed as usual, feeling well and seemed to sleep well until about three o’clock the father was awakened by her struggling, and on lighting a lamp, she was found to be dying. Thus, sue passed away without speaking a word.
She is much missed by the family, it being so very unexpected. She leaves a husband, five sons, and two daughters to mourn her death. May this be a warning to the dear unsaved ones to give their hearts to God. Services were held by G. H. Huffman. A son,
A. T. Rowe.
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The Duty of the Children of God
We have in the past been mostly setting forth divine healing as a privilege to the children of God, and we desire to not only set it forth in that light, but as a command or duty enjoined upon the children of God. We read in the word of God that it is his will to heal the sick. Psa. 103:3; and in James 5:14,15 are the instructions given for them to follow. In other words, it is set forth as a command or duty, which was placed there for the purpose of having the children of God obey. When the Word says for a person to do so and so, it means that we ought to do it, and Jesus says, John 14:2,3, “If a man love me, he will keep my words.” Now his words concerning healing, are that his children when they are sick are to send for the elders of the church.
This means in cases where their own prayers will not prevail with the Lord. According to the scripture just quoted from John, those who love the Lord will obey his words, and instead of sending for a doctor send for the elders of the church, and instead of taking medicine take the Lord. Take his word and put it in practice. It will do more for you than all the doctors and medicines in existence. It is not trusting the Lord very much, nor giving him the honor, respect, nor praise due him to undertake to have his help in healing and also earthly physicians and medicines. You who are fearful that the Lord will not fulfill his word in case of sickness, let me ask you a question, Is it because you are afraid he is unable to fulfill his promises? if so, turn to Eph. 3:20. There we read that he is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Now, shame on the one who would rather trust in the arm of flesh than in one who has the ability of God, and has given such wonderful promises. His promise is that the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. If you have not the needed faith ask of God, and he will give it you.
It is your privilege to either be healed or to know the reason why you are not. Are you willing to consecrate yourself wholly to God where you can say, “Lord, thy will, not mine be done?” To one who has not known the great promises of the Lord and his power to heal we can set forth the blessed privileges, but those who have been walking in the light, or hearing the truth preached in all its purity, should be ready to follow the Lord and consider it their duty to take God as their healer as well as their Savior from sin. If you have not been walking up to all of God’s word on this line, begin now; honor God, believe his word, move out upon his promises, begin to thank him for what he has done in the past; thank him for light and truth, and the privileges that he has extended to his children, and he will not withhold his great blessings from you.
There are many of God’s children so situated that doctors are sent for contrary to their wishes for someone of the family. But, dear ones, as for yourself you can have the privilege of taking God alone, and no one can keep you from praying for your family, even though someone else should send for an earthly physician. But when you learn to move out upon the promises of God with an unwavering faith it will soon work such wonders in your family as to win others to the way of truth and trust in God. Where the children of God stand true to him, and true to his word, friends and neighbors will be compelled to believe in the mighty healing and saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dear ones, have you been doing your duty on this line; and, further-more, the money which you once spent for doctor bills, and is saved now because of the blessings of the Lord, do you spend the amount saved in spreading the gospel? See to it that ye render unto the Lord what is due unto him.
TO ITS OPPOSERS.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor.” — 1 Thess. 4:3, 4.
From the above we draw the settled opinion that sanctification is a scriptural doctrine, based wholly upon God’s word, which effects an experience and character far above that received in justification. For this is understood to be given to believers (1 Thess. 1:1. 1 Thess. 4:1-6.), and not to sinners. Therefore, these Christians of Thessalonica were commanded to advance in this spiritual world. And he tells them, “For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus, ver. 2. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.”
Now this is plain and emphatic, and I would say to all fighters of sanctification. Before you let Satan eradicate the truth (Matt. 13:19.) from your heart, consider this thoroughly. If you will, then there is no doubt but what you can. be able to comprehend God’s will concerning this. This is to be understood in a twofold light, which we will proceed to consider.
First, as an inestimable gift of God. Now I am sure if all would consider it this way, they would soon be led out into the avenues of God’s eternal truth, where they could see plainly the way of salvation and life. But instead of this, it is fought against on every side, and by some who do not really realize what they are doing. Some seem to consider it only a doctrine of man, and think it unnecessary to give it thought, being so deluded by false teachers. And there is a class who fight it because it requires too strict a life. The Lord help such as I have named to see themselves as God sees them. And may the scales fall from their eyes, that they may see “everything clearly.”
Then, we will say it is a gift from the hand of God. Yes, a gift, something that GOD wants to impart unto you. Then you should place your mind upon God and his word about this. And if he has devised this experience, and written it in his Word, you should be humble enough to accept it with reverence. Every particle of the economy of grace is consistent with the highest of reason. God knew this to be a blessing to humanity; that with this experience they would be capable of standing against the trials that are to try the Christians, and enjoy that which He designed they should.
Then, I can say that God cannot carry out his eternal purpose with you (2 Thess. 2:13.) until you have embraced that which he purposed you to have. May God help all who are not sanctified to consider it a fundamental device of divine providence, something He had ordained before this world began (2 Thess.2:13. Eph. 1:4. 1 Pet. 1:2.), and has now made it known through Christ, the apostles, and his word.
We as civilized people should seek that which would edify us; we should always seek that we may be pure, charitable, temperate, wise; and, more than this, we should increase more and more in these divine attributes. Do not be afraid of getting too good; for you cannot. But be wise and embrace that which will do you good, that which will save from all the evils in this world, and conform you to the image you lost through the fall; namely, holiness (sanctification).
I do not see why you should be so antagonistic to this. It surely is no harm for a man to get good. And if a man can be saved and cleansed from all sin; yea, find a deliverance from the propensities of man, and all elements foreign to the principles of divine love, would we not be wise in seeking to attain unto such a noble state? You will have to answer, Yes.
God is absolutely made up of good. There is no sin in him, nor there never was. He is entirely divine. In Him is incorporated all the attributes of good. Hence he is the fountain head of all good. Jas. 1:17.
Sanctification is something that cleanseth a man from all sin (1 Thess. 5:22-24.); it eradicates from man impurities, and all other elements opposed to good, incorporating in man the divine nature (2 Pet.1:4.) and making him one with God (Jno. 17:17-22) and agreeable with all good; cleanses him with the precious blood (Heb.13:12.) of Jesus, not only making him one with, but “one in God in Christ.” — Jno. 17:21 It imparts in man the real vitality of good, making man competent to reign over sin, and manifest in his life (1 Pet. 2:21-23) as in Christ’s, the divine principles of love.
This is something that is good; and of course it was concocted in the mind of God, and emanates directly from him. Hence it is a gift of God. Do you not want it? Cease fighting it at once, for you are not fighting man so strongly, but God who devised it. 1 Thess. 4:7, 8. It is a good and perfect gift for it has proceeded directly from God. And “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” — Jas. 1:17. Amen.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I am praising God for a full salvation. Oh, what a precious Savior we have! When we are sick, he heals us. I was thrown out of a buggy and it tore my knee cap off and made me so lame that I could not walk and the Lord healed me. I ask the prayers of all God’s children that I may have faith to take the Lord for my doctor at all times. Your brother in Christ,
FRANK H. PHILLIPS.
DEAR ONES IN CHRIST: I will write my testimony for the first time. I am praising God for a full and a free salvation that keeps me free from sin each day. I have victory in my soul over all the powers of Satan. I am glad that I ever learned to trust the Lord for all things, for which I give him all the glory. Pray for me. Your brother in the one body,
LEONARD D. WILSON.
DEAR SAINTS AND TRUMPET READERS: I can say I have accepted the Lord as my all and in all, justifier, sanctifier and healer. When I consecrated for sanctification I laid all on the altar and trusted the Lord to do the work and I was willing to obey the Lord and do his blessed will in all things: willing to go or stay where he would have me, and I know the work was done. Praise His holy name! I thank God for victory in my soul over all unbelief, doubts, and fears. Pray for me that I may keep low and humble at the feet of Jesus. Your sister in the one body,
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I feel like testifying to what the Lord has done for me. He saves and keeps me each day, and gives me sweet rest of soul. I take Jesus for my physician and find him a present help in every time of trouble. I have had a spell of fever this summer; was very sick and thought I would write for the Trumpet family to pray for my healing, but it seemed to me that I would not live for the letter to reach them. So, I began to talk to the Lord and tell him all my troubles and he heard me. I was willing for the Lord to have his way about it and told him if it was his will, to heal me. He showed me that he was willing, and this sickness was not unto death but for the glory of God. Then I promised him I would tell the people what he had done for me and would do all for his cause I could. He then showed me that all I needed was faith, and I asked him to strengthen my faith. Then I claimed the promise and got up and walked through the house praising God for what he had done. Pray for me. Your sister,
MEADOW BROOK, ORE.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: This leaves me saved and kept by the power of God. О I do praise God for a salvation that keeps us from all sin, and from everything that is not of God. I am determined to serve him while I live. He has also healed me of heart disease and sanctified me. Praise his name! I am having some trouble with kidney disease. Pray for me that this disease may be rebuked in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Last spring the Lord sent brother W. H. Green and wife and niece here to preach the true word of God. It made an impression on me and I saw I was in a lost condition. So I gave myself to God, and I was received. In about two months I was anointed by Brother Randolph and wife of Salem. I was sanctified and healed of heart trouble. Pray for my husband and family that they may be healed soul and body — one daughter of heart disease. She is out of the reach of medicine. Your sister consecrated to God,
M. E. HALL.
DEAR SAINTS: I praise God this morning for a full and free salvation that keeps me sweet every day. I praise him too for the victory I have in my soul over all the powers of darkness, flesh, and the devil. I love to tell what Jesus has done and what he is doing for me now. He healed my lungs not long ago and I am giving him all the glory. About four months ago Jesus spoke peace to my soul and to-day he keeps me from all sin. He brought me out of sects and put me in his church to spend and be spent to his glory. I have given my time, myself, and my all to God, and the devil may howl; for God is my helper and I’ll serve him the rest of my days I beg the saints to pray for my mother that she may be sanctified and healed and used to the glory of God. Pray also for my father to be saved. It seems the devil has such a stronghold on him that he is so unconcerned about his soul. Pray fur my sister and two brothers that are unsaved. Though father and mother forsake me I will stand and fight for God, buried with Christ, dead unto sin and made alive unto God. Praise God forever and forever! Your sister, saved, sanctified, and healed,
LULA V. WAYMIRE.
DE SOTO, MO.
DEAR READERS OF THE TRUMPETS. I feel it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony. I thought I was living a Christian life (although the wav seemed hard) till the dear Lord sent Bro. Collins and Co. and I soon found out that I had backslidden and had the spirit of fight instead of the meek and patient spirit of my dear Redeemer. But the dear Father knew I was honest and I went to him with a truly repenting heart, and found him to be true, and, as the Word says, faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Glory to his name, he gave me grace to meet all the demands that are required of those that have got out of the way. He took out of my heart all the bitterness against those that were my enemies and to-day I am free; because the Bible says whomsoever the Son makes free is free indeed. Now I want the prayers of all God’s little ones that I may be wholly sanctified and know my heavenly Father’s will concerning me. Your sister in Christ,
“What so ever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might,” — Eccl. 9:10.
Dear ones. I have observed among the saints what I believe is a very general lack of diligence — diligence not alone in spiritual matters; but in attending to our secular matters as we should. Let no one confound diligence and loyal performance of everyday duties “as unto God” with that other thing which God’s word so severely condemns; namely, greedy, grasping desire to accumulate the things of this world, neglecting the service of love due to God and our fellow men.
Surely, God’s word does teach that we should be alive and energetic in our secular affairs; and I know that failures on this line have in many places brought reproach upon the cause. Hence the urgent need of advancement. Let us look at some scriptures,
Prov. 22:20 reads: “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean |obscure| men.” Again, “He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor” Prov. 11:27.
Now let us turn New Testament light upon these precepts of Solomon. In Col. 3:22-25 Paul, in exhorting servants, said: Obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as unto the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Of course, this is directed especially to “servants;” but no one can reasonably say that God does not wish all his children to labor “heartily as unto the Lord.” “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” — 1 Cor. 10:31. Sec also Col. 3:17. “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love. * * * And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.’’ — 1 Heb. 6:10,12.
Those whom God has placed upon the farm or in some other line of secular work, if they neglect the same, thinking God wants them to give up everything of this world and trust him to send ravens with food and raiment, will see themselves in God’s mirror by reading Prov. 24:30-34..
Brethren, if there is anyone whose farm should be free from weeds and thistles, fences and buildings in good repair, farm implements housed and cared for, crops well cultivated, and stock indicative of good care, surely that one is the sanctified child of God. As day laborers and followers of all the trades and professions, children of God should be examples in punctuality, painstaking, honest service, and all that goes to make up a desireable servant — “approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” Sisters, your houses, in kitchen, pantry, and throughout should be models of neatness, cleanliness, order, and economy. Are they? By this I mean the necessaries and comforts of a home, neatly, carefully and tidily arranged and everything as you would have it if Christ were your boarder.
All that I have said here is even more urgently imposed upon those in charge of and all connected with missions, children’s homes, camp grounds, and like institutions carried on in the name of God. All the internal and external workings and appearances of the place should be such as to command the respect of saint and sinner, and to invite sinners to live a better and higher life. Wherever you are, if you are slothful, wasteful, and allowing things to go to ruin, you needn’t pray for nor expect God to prosper you nor keep you supplied with the necessaries of life. And if you have without interference allowed the pests of house or farm to thicken around you, when it was in your power to prevent^ the same. I find no promise in God’s word that he will rid you of them — at least till you have done all in your power.
Finally, read Eccl. 10:18 and also hear this from Prov. 18:9 “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”