19 November 1896, Volume 16, Number 46.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR JESUS?
What are you doing for Jesus?
Sitting with white folded hands,
Watching the fast fading sunlight,
Building air castles and plans.
Do you not know as the moments
Turn into days, months, and years,
Hundreds of souls there are dying,
Needing your prayers and your tears?
What are you doing for Jesus?
I know that some one will say,
“There’s naught I can do for the Master
I cannot preach, sing, or pray.”
True, but we’re “living epistles”
And will be read of all men;
Oh! is your daily life showing
That you’re redeemed from all sin?
What are you doing for Jesus?
Living perchance on your farm;
Resting content in your cottage,
Sheltered from tempest and storm;
Singing and praying on Sabbath,
And saying amen to the Word;
But ’tis the doers, not hearers,
That shall be blessed, saith the Lord.
What are you doing for Jesus?
Do those living nearest you know,
That you believe in a Savior
Who can make whiter than snow?
Does the light he has given shine brightly?
Does it light all who come in your way?
Or is it hid ’neath a bushel,
And give but a dim, smoky ray?
What are you doing for Jesus?
Ye that have heard the great call?
Why stand you shrinking and fearing?
Why not yield to him your all?
Why not go forth to the harvest?
Is he not mighty and strong?
Are not his promises certain?
Then why stand ye idle so long?
What are you doing for Jesus?
Behold the great masses in sin!
Who will go forth with the gospel,
And help to gather them in?
What are you doing for Jesus?
Oh I must ask you again,
What are you doing for Jesus,
And for the lost souls of men?
Georgia G. Elliot.
“GOD so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” — Jno. 3:16. “Not that we loved God, but he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.” — 1 Jno. 4:10. “Beloved, if God so loved, us we ought also to love one another.” — Ver. 11.
Brethren, we feel that God wants us to write a few lines on the subject of divine love. Dear saints, when we think about how God loved us, then we see how well we ought to love him, and if we love God, we will love one another.
“Thou shall not hate thy brother in thy heart; thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. I am the Lord.” — Lev. 19:17, 18.
We can say we love God and love one another, but, dear ones, it means something to have the experience in our soul. Love comes from God. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love. — 1 Jno. 4:7, 8.
Love is one of the most important subjects in the Bible, Salvation is love, because God is love, and when we get God in the soul, we have love. But, dear ones, you that have not preached perfect love, when you read this do not get discouraged. We can have love and not have perfect love. When we were justified, we had love but not perfect love. “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” — 1 Jno. 4:17, 18.
Brethren, let us sink deeper in love, that we may prove to the world that we have apostolic love. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” — 1 Jno. 3:1. The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” — Jer. 31:3.
How then should we love one another? With an everlasting love, because that is what we get from God, we get an everlasting love. Oh praise God for salvation!
We find so many leaving the first love, yielding to sin and being led away by false teachers. “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” — Matt. 24:11, 12.
Dear ones, do you realize why so many are going back into sin? One reason is, dear saints, we have not showed love for one another as we should. Brethren, may the Lord help us to make an advancement on this line. While we testify that we love one another, oh God help us to act like it! Dear ones, if we love our brother we will let him know it. It means more to love our brother than really to show friendship when we meet him, and raise a conversation about the Lord and talk about his goodness to us, and how well we are getting along spiritually. Real divine love will make us, when we meet a brother that is poor in this world’s goods and needy, and we have something to help him, we will ask how he is getting along temporally; and if he needs something that we can give, we will give it to him.
J. D. FERRIL.
THEREFORE, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” — 1 Cor. 15:58.
My soul is stirred within me to intreat of every child of God, that with steadfastness of purpose they cleave unto the Lord. Our thoughts are drawn out more especially to speak of the Christian warfare in passing through fiery trials. God will have a tried people, and it is only in standing firm that we have the promise of victory. A soldier is of little value to his country, that will drop his hands in despair as he comes in battle against the enemy. Just so with those who *give way to the enemy of souls. God is able to keep that which we have committed to his care, and will keep us just as long as we put our trust in him and obey the voice of our commander. We hear him saying, ‘Fight a good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life; resist the devil and he shall flee from you; draw nigh unto God and he will draw nigh unto you.’
Why are so many ready to drop their hands when a battle comes out, and it is God’s will to try us? Will he ever find us worthy to be intrusted with greater riches, when we are not faithful over a few things. Or can we be able to help others and point them to Christ, when we do not fight to victory for ourselves? Praise God, it is our glorious privilege in Christ to come off more than conquerors through him who hath loved us, and washed us in. his own blood. Therefore, having received a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
Dear ones, in the name of Jesus, let us get down to realize our standing in this kingdom. The Word says, Ye shall reign as kings and priests unto God. That does not sound as though we were to be whipped out by the enemy; and neither can you find it in the word of God. Jesus says, “I will give you power over all the power of the enemy.” Do we believe his word? I do. Praise his holy name! When I am passing through fiery trials, when the heavens seem as brass, I believe his word anyway until it becomes a reality to me. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. As we know he is the author of our faith, just look continually to him to finish the same firm unto the end.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught [in the word of God], abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through vain deceit, after the tradition of meh, after the rudiments of this world, and not after Christ.” — Col. 2:6-8. We know that the popular preaching of to-day teaches most anything else but a steadfast walk with God. While they read much truth; yet it is all summed up in a “Do as you please, and you will be saved.” Jesus says, “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” “And, if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully” — 2 Tim. 2:5.
When we are striving for the mastery according to the word of God, we need not be moved, though we may say as the Psalmist, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.” — Psa. 27:13, 14.
God’s promises and commands are inseparable; if we expect the one we must obey the other. Some people complain that they hear too much about doing and not enough about faith. To such I would say, Show me thy faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works; that is, show our love to God by obeying him,’ and then it is easy to believe he will perform his part, when he says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” May the Lord strengthen his children-, is my prayer.
The following is from the book — “Secret of Salvation,” by E. E. Byrum.
AMID all the spiritual confusion and darkness of this world, sin abounds on every hand. Misery and woe are depicted in the careworn faces of mankind, and the nations of the earth seem to have forgotten God, or to have never known him and the blessed ways of his truth. Darkness covers the face of the earth and gross darkness the people, and they pursue the ways of sin and travel in forbidden paths, and in the road that leads to destruction of both soul and body.
But is there no way out of this darkness of sin and confusion, where the sin-sick soul can find rest and peace? Did God make man to be lost? Or what are the chances for the future of mankind? These, with an endless number of questions, seem to be coming from every side by anxious inquirers after truth who are groping along in the darkness of this world.
God did not make man to be lost, but it is his will that all should be saved with an everlasting salvation. Man was not placed here in this world in a sinful state, but was created in the likeness of God (Gen. 1: 26), pure and holy, on a plane with his Maker, and could walk and talk with him. This was indeed a blessed privilege. Not only was this the case, but he had the promise that he could remain in that relation as long as he did not disobey God. He was, how-ever, told the penalty of disobedience; nevertheless, he yielded to the voice of the serpent, through whose subtility and cunning devices, plans were laid to cause the curse of sin to be brought upon mankind through disobedience to God.
This enemy of souls began his evil work by telling Eve a falsehood, and persuaded her to disbelieve what God had said. Then it was only an easy matter to accomplish his desires and get her to disobey by partaking of that which was forbidden by the Lord. But now would Adam yield also? Alas! he, too, yielded to the temptation, which resulted in his fall from a state of purity and holiness into the depths of sin and disobedience, causing him to die a spiritual death, and he was driven from the presence of God, and the curse of sin passed upon all men. Rom. 5:12.
After he had disobeyed, Adam was ashamed to meet the Lord, and when he heard his voice in the cool of the day he went and hid himself; for he keenly felt the reproach of his disobedience, and tried to make the Lord believe that he hid himself because he was naked. Before this, however, he was not ashamed, but now his guilty conscience smote him on account of his sin and he was ashamed to meet the Lord, or be brought into the presence of his holiness. But God said, “Who told thee that thou wast naked?” Then he asked him a straightforward question, “Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” God knew what he had done, but Adam, like backsliders of to-day, thought to justify himself somewhat and perhaps lessen his penality by putting the blame upon some one else. So he told the Lord that the woman who had been given him as his wife had caused him to disobey. And when the woman was spoken to regarding the matter, she charged the serpent as being the cause of the whole affair. The poor old serpent had no excuse, or he, doubtless, would have tried to justify himself in like manner.
The seed of sin having been planted in their hearts by the enemy of souls, now came the awful sentence from the mouth of the Lord, and they were driven from his presence, away from Eden’s holy ground, and there shut out into the dark world to prolong their life of sin and eat their bread by the sweat of their face. A sad, sad sentence it was indeed; for the gates of Eden were guarded against them lest they should return and eat from the tree of life and live forever, and thus be restored without repentance of their disobedience.
Now began their life under the curse of sin. While they had been created in the likeness of God, now since their fall their children inherited the same fallen nature as themselves (Gen. 5:3), and this is the inbred or sinful nature that has passed upon all men since that time. The seed of sin having been planted in the hearts of our foreparents is our inheritance from them. The first one born under the curse of sin was a murderer, and took the life of his brother, and the record of mankind since that time has been one of disobedience and the shedding of blood. Even good old David said, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me;” which shows the continuation of the curse of sin as an inheritance, and his knowledge of the same. Yea, we read in Rom. 5:12 that “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Sin was not imputed unto the people until the law was given by Moses; however, death reigned over them that did not sin in the same manner of Adam’s transgression.
God had ways of dealing with the people, both the just and the unjust, down through all ages from the beginning to the present time. Cain was told that if he did well, he would be accepted of the Lord, and if not, that “sin lieth at the door.” But, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous.” It was for that cause that Cain became wroth and slew him, thus becoming a servant of sip.
Noah faithfully preached to the wicked generation, who only scoffed at his words of warning, until the flood came and destroyed all but himself and family. Faithful Abraham pled earnestly for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, but; behold, the wickedness was so great that only Lot and his family could be found numbered among the righteous. Not even his sons-in-law would heed the advice and flee out of the city before its burning.
When the’ law was given, the people were brought under greater obligations toward God, and sin was imputed against transgressors because of their greater knowledge of him through his servants whom he had chosen to deliver the same. Before this time the people offered sacrifices which were acceptable unto the Lord, but now since the law was given, a strict observance of offerings was required. And when sins were committed there was to be offered a sacrifice as a sin offering, besides many others which the law set forth.
As time passed on the people were ruled by judges, and by kings, and they seemed to wax worse and worse until the ushering in of the gospel dispensation, by which full salvation was offered freely unto all men.
HARBOR SPRINGS, MICH.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I feel it my privilege to testify this afternoon. I do praise his holy name! I have just passed through a hard trial, but I can. say, the Lord’s will be done; he is my staff and comfort now. I have just lost my companion, though what is my loss is his gain. Pray for me, that I live true to God in all things. Also pray for my family, that they may be saved. Your sister in the one body,
EMERADO, N. D.
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS: I wish to write my testimony in the TRUMPET, as I have never written before. I can praise God for sweet peace in my soul to-day. He saves me from that awful pit, and my prayer is that all of God’s children may hold on to his love while we live here below. I have been healed since I gave my heart to God. Will all the saints of God pray for wife and me, that we may be true to God. Amen. Your brother in Christ,
A. B. HAVERLAND.
THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 1896.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED.
F. Husted, J. H. Watson, Jno. R. Rackley, A. H. Miller, M. A. Livingston, Mrs. C. H. Knapp, Lucy B. Morrison, Janie Cleek, Emma Miller.
We start this week for the South, to hold an assembly meeting in Louisville, Ky. for about a week, and will probably go from there to St. Clair, Tenn., and remain about a week, and from there at present our way is not definitely marked out. There is a call for a general assembly meeting, we think, near Renfroe, Miss., to begin Dec. 22, and we will desire to be there, aiming to stop at some points between Tennessee and the assembly meeting in Mississippi. Bro. Lundy desires to meet in a general assembly meeting in Augusta, Ga. about January. We would like to stop at many places as there is an abundance of calls throughout the South, but can only make short visits and meet in some general assemblies in a few places, as our time of absence from the office is very much limited. We trust the dear ones everywhere will pray earnestly, that the Lord may use us to his glory.
No doubt, many of our readers are desiring to know how we are getting along purchasing machinery. The Lord has enabled us to get almost enough machinery to begin binding. We purchased, over $1,200.00 worth of machinery for $400.00. We are lacking but two piece of machinery; one, a machine with which to sew the books, which costs $1,200.00; another to trim them, which costs $600.00. We are very much in need of these two pieces, and also the press, to meet the demands for literature. Since the camp meeting in June we have had to hire several hundred dollars’ worth of books printed and bound, and have several manuscripts on hand now which ought to be published in order for the truth to be scattered. Among them is a book of about 300 pages for girls, by Sister Rutty, and Bro. Warner’s book on the Cleansing of the Sanctuary, of between three and four hundred pages, and other valuable manuscripts, which ought to be published as soon as possible. We are very thankful to the dear brethren who have thus far aided in the work. Have just received an order from India and also a list of 200 names, or more, of missionaries and others in India, who would be glad to receive books and tracts and other literature from this office. What is sent to these names will have to be sent free. A number of them are to libraries and reading rooms, and will, doubtless, give light to many people. We believe the brethren are enough interested to supply these orders, as well as the demand in other foreign countries, and wherever there is a call.
Requests for Prayer.
Pray Dec. 1, for the healing of my wife. G. B. Thomas.
Pray for the salvation of my brother. Mrs. Bond, Peoria, Ill.
Pray for the healing of my little ten-year-old girl. H. L. Robertson.
Pray for me that I may be healed of stomach trouble and tumors in the neck. Pray on Friday, Nov. 27, at three o’clock p.m. Your saved brother in Christ, Roy Davis, Morrill.
DEAR SAINTS: I earnestly ask for the prayers of the children of God for the healing of my afflicted body. And pray also for my son, that he may be saved. I am standing alone with God. Pray that I may receive the true light. Your sister, Emeline Snider, Canton, Ohio.
Let all the saints pray Nov. 26, for the healing of Julia Creekmur, of Princeton. She has consumption, which causes her a great deal of suffering.
Pray Nov. 25, for the healing of my little girl of asthma, also that my husband may come back to Jesus. Janie Cleek.
Dear saints, pray for me that I may be healed of cancer. My doctor has given me up; cannot do any more for me, only to relieve me for a time. My prayer is that the saints may get together and pray, that I may be healed. I have been a child of God for a number of years.
Mary E. Grubbs.
Calls for Meetings.
Cannot some of the workers in northern Ohio come in this place and preach the whole gospel? There are five different denominations here, and truly the dark-ness is great. Whoever feels led to come had better write to me and I will make arrangements for meeting. Yours in him, J. C. Harris, Box 113 Columbus Grove, O.
Assembly meetings will be held as follows:
Izard Co, Arkansas. At Violet Hill Nov. 28-30.
Howell Co., Mo., six miles west of West Plains. Dec. 2-7.
Hutton Valley, Mo. Dec. 9-14.
Myrtle, Mo. Dec. 16-21.
All the saints, and especially the Lord’s holy ministry in reach of any or all these meetings are requested and invited to attend. Yours, wholly the Lord’s, A. B. Stanberry, Violet Hill, Ark.
An assembly meeting will be held at Crowland, Ont. commencing Jan. 2, 1897. J. A. Dillon and Co.
There will be an assembly meeting at the meeting-house ten miles north of Brownstown, Ill., to commence Dec. 25, and last as long as God wills. We expect some more of God’s ministers to meet us there. Those coming on the train, can write to me at Funkhouser, Effingham Co., Ill., or Samuel Wrice, Brownstown, Ill., and one of us will meet you at the train. Pray for this meeting. Your brother in Christ, R. L. Parsons.
There will be a general assembly of the saints of God of Texas, to be held at Ft. Worth. Will commence Dec. 24. The brethren extend a general invitation to all the people of God, far and near, to attend. Come prepared to take care of yourself as far as possible. The workers will be cared for. Brothers Byrum and Schell are invited to come, and others that are led to come. For further information write J. W. Pine, Ft. Worth, Tex.
CHILDREN’S HOME AND SCHOOL.
DEAR FELLOW-HEIRS OF THE KINGDOM AND READERS OF THE TRUMPET: We greet you again in the name of Jesus. We feel like glorifying God again by writing once more in behalf of the school and also the Home. We truly praise God for his blessings upon our work, and give him all the glory. He has wonderfully blessed us with success in the school work and gives us complete victory in our souls. Praise the Lord! And as for the Home, we are made to rejoice because of a real coming together and a real melting together in love among the workers. The work is being thoroughly systematized and is moving on in the name of the Lord in harmony and unity, for which we praise God, and give his name all the glory.
Two more sisters are needed to help in the house and we feel that it will glorify God to have some one with real patience and love for children to teach with us in the school, taking charge of the smaller children. Let any feeling themselves called to help in the school or Home examine themselves thoroughly and know the Lord’s will, as any mistake in the matter would be full of danger to the children. A consecrated shoemaker is also needed. The Lord has need of fully saved and consecrated workers in this place. Whom does the Lord send?
The Home sorely needs the help already called for in the TRUMPET, and the schoolhouse is very much in need of new blackboards, replastering, window shades, and some repairs, also a reading chart (McGuffey’s). The Home building needs a wall under one part of the house, and a good barn and a woodshed are needed. Dear reader, we feel a mighty stir in our soul for the welfare of this institution- One thousand dollars is needed at once to equip the Home and school ready to do a proper work here. We know God is in this work and it rests upon God’s true children to make it a success. Its failure means a great hindrance and reproach to the cause of Christ everywhere. Brethren, will you let this work come to naught? What does God want you to do for the advancement of his work here?
The school has been successful beyond our first expectations, for which we give him all the praise. We have sought to make our school work thorough and exact, and to confine our efforts during school hours to the proper sphere of school work. We feel that it would glorify God to have the work made more systematic and thorough, and for this purpose have called for another teacher, as there are two rooms in the schoolhouse that have been used as schoolrooms and we believe should be, for it would be of great advantage to the pupils in increasing the efficiency of the work done. This arrangement of the work is fully as valuable to the children here as it is to city children whose school work is provided for in a similar way. Our whole and only motive is to glorify God in every way we can, and we earnestly request the prayer of God’s people in our own behalf and in behalf of the school, that God may lead and provide for the school in his own way and not according to our will. Reader, help us. Your brother all on God’s altar,
W. B. PRESTON.
As the school law requires children to be vaccinated, is it right for the saints of God to have their children vaccinated?
Where the laws of the land require such and children attend school it is all right and proper that they should be vaccinated if demanded by the law, as that is something that does not often prove injurious to anyone, and submit-ting to the same relieves one from the penalty of the law.
When a man is called of God to preach, has he the right to administer the sacrament without being ordained by the laying on of hands?
We do not read in the Bible anything about the sacrament being administered; that is an ordinance of sectism, and is used to take the place of the Lord’s supper. The Lord’s supper is an ordinance of the New Testament, which consists in breaking of bread and drinking the wine in commemoration of the death and suffering of the Lord Jesus. This is to follow the ordinance of washing the saints’ feet. If there are ordained ministers present they are the ones to take charge of this. However, one whom the Lord has called to preach the gospel, whether he has been ordained or not by the laying on of hands, can administer the same.
It is taught that sanctification restores a soul back to where Adam was before the fall. Now if this is so, why are not children that are born of sanctified parents holy? We find the elements of depravity in such children causing them to go astray the same as the children born of ungodly parents.
Sanctification does restore the soul of man back to its primitive state, or the same experience which Adam had in the garden of Eden; but the Word says that through the sin of Adam sin passed upon all men, and it teaches that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer sent to redeem man from his fallen state, and while the soul is pure, that does not change the word of God where it says that sin passed upon all men. The children do not inherit the sinful nature, or the depraved nature through the parents, but it is inherited through the fall of Adam. If the same were to be inherited through the parents, then whatever condition the parents were in, that would be the condition of the child when born; but such is not the case. It is an easy matter to understand. The soul of man is a spiritual nature and its condition cannot be transmitted from one to another. As the curse passed upon all, the children who are born into the world are born in a state of innocency, yet they have a depraved nature, which will lead them into sin as soon as they reach the age of accountability, whether their parents are holy or not.
CALCUTTA, INDIA, Sep. 23.
My DEAR BELOVED BROTHER: I am glad to tell you that my Good Physician whom I have taken for my only doctor for all cases of sickness, is a wonderful doctor indeed! His remedies are infallible; I am sure the best and will turn out to be the very best when tried. I was sick last week, and notwithstanding the remonstrations of my friends, I claimed the healing from the Lord, the Sun of righteousness with healing in his wings: and I put my case before him according to Jas. 5:13, but he is always as good as his word, you know: so he heard me and healed me from all my sickness, and here I am now a well man, praising the Lord for all his loving-kindness to me and singing with my heart for joy:
“Praise, my soul, the king of heaven:
To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven.
Who like thee his praise shall sing?
Praise him! praise him!
Praise the everlasting King!”
Praise the Lord; he is giving me strength day by day: his is the best ‘tonic’ that we can have after sickness when weak. Now I am quite as well as anybody with all his medical assistance! Hallelujah! Some might say it is not necessary to go to him in cases of indisposition or slight fever, but only in cases of incurable chronic diseases. But it seems to me that we glorify as well as please him more when we bring everything to him, refusing to give any praise unto men which properly belongeth unto Him; for He said, “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” — Ex. 15:26. Oh that we might believe him for every-thing, and then everything will be done unto us. Indeed, if we believe, we shall see the glory of God. Pray for me, that I may walk with him more closely and serve him in the beauty of holiness all the days of my life. Yours with much holy love, in the one body,
A. D. KAHN.
News from the Field.
CLAYTON, OKLA., NOV. 5.
DEAR SAINTS: The camp meeting at this place has come and gone. Truly this meeting was ordered and blessed of God. Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, were represented by the saints of the living God. The shout of victory was heard throughout the meeting. The Lord manifested his power in convincing the people of the truth. Some were saved, believers sanctified; backsliders returned to Father’s house. Hallelujah! About eighty were anointed for healing of their body; some wonderful cases of healing; devils were cast out, all in the name of Jesus. Ministers and workers present were twenty-six. Bros. G. R. Achor, Wm. Smith, M. Williams, Bright, McCulley, Newkirk, Teter, Shipman, and others. On the evening of the 30th of October, the ordinances of God’s house were observed, in which about 163 happy saints participated. Nineteen children of God followed Christ in the watery grave. Promises fulfilled. “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” The unity of the faith was manifested throughout the meeting. We trust that the truths set forth will sink into the hearts of many and result in great good. May God bless all of the brethren and sisters and use them to his glory wherever they go.
The Lord willing, school will begin on the home ground next Monday. A teacher is needed; who will come? Any one the Lord leads to come, can write to Bro. Wm. Newport, Clayton, Okla. for further information. Any one sending means send to Bro. Geo. F. Moody. Oh may God send forth his truth in love and meekness through his servants. Please remember us in your prayers. Your brother, saved just now,
M. A. FLY.
DELLVALE, KAN., Nov. 10.
DEAR SAINTS: I wish to state for the benefit of any who may be interested, that I am, at present, holding meetings at Dellvale, one and one- half miles from Oronoque, and nine miles west of Morton, Kansas, on Rock Island Railway. Your saved brother,
JOHN E. ROBERTS.
SPRINGFIELD, ORE., Nov. 3.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: May the grace of God be your everlasting portion. As we have received many letters in the last two weeks from saints and inquiring friends, it is almost impossible for me to answer them all for want of time and stamps, I will answer them all through the TRUMPET SO you will all know where we are and what we are doing. I will say that we are very thankful for every letter received, as they have been a source of encouragement to us in our severe trials. We also solicit your correspondence in the future.
Our last writing was from this place. From here we went to Roseburg, a distance of about seventy miles over some very rough roads. Found the work there in a very bad condition which had been caused partly by some of the dear brethren ordaining some who were not called to that office and not even saved. Brethren, these things ought not so to be. Yet we found a few honest souls there; may the Lord bless them for their care for us. We had two meetings there and then hastened on our way over the Coast Range of mountains to Myrtle Point, a distance of sixty miles of the worst roads we ever traveled. On arriving at Myrtle Point we found the sectarian element running in full blast. Adventists, Evangelicals, and God’s Regular Army (falsely so called), kept up a series of meetings most all the time we were there, besides two or three other sects had regular meetings each week. We held forth the word of life there for quite a while, also held a few meetings in the country and at Bandon, a small seaport town. But during all our stay at Myrtle point there were but little visible results, as we were bitterly opposed from the first and our meetings were very poorly attended. Nevertheless we found a few who were walking in all the light they had. Also the Lord saved a few, and two were baptized.
Shortly after our arrival there we lost one of our horses, so that left us with only one horse and no money to buy another one. But the Lord helped me to get work to help pay for another one. About two weeks ago we started back over the mountains, and when about one-half way over, the wagon tongue came loose from the wagon on one side, causing the wagon to turn quickly to one side and turn upside down, with four of us in the wagon, and it well loaded. At the same time the horses started to run, leaving the wagon box on us. They took the gears, leaving a little in a place until all was left but the tongue and doubletrees, and when I found the horses they had both run off the bank and were both on their backs in the canon. But God did not let any of us get hurt, which truly seemed like a miracle. The first thing I thought of as I got up and saw the horses running and heard the baby crying, was Rom. 8: 28, and I said, “Yes Lord, it does;”
and truly it was for our good. And although among strangers, God gave friends; and after two days’ hard work by the blacksmith and myself we were again able to come on our journey rejoicing.
We expect to stop and hold meeting in this country for a few weeks and then take my wife home for the winter, as it is too wet and rainy to take the family along with me. If there is any saved sister in Oregon who hasn’t a home and would like to make her home with my wife, it would be very acceptable, and give me much more liberty in the gospel work. Bro. Beebe and I expect to begin meeting at a place about twenty-four miles distant, the last of this week. Pray for us. If any one would wish our labors along the line from here to Woodburn, please let us know. We are yours and Christ’s, saved, sanctified, and in the one body,
J. L. GREEN,
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: This morning finds me walking in the light. Praise the Lord for his goodness to me! What a blessed experience to let God work in us! I died hard but the resurrection is glorious. I am poor in this world, but rich in Jesus. From your humble brother in Christ,
GEORGE E. COMPTON.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I believe it to the glory of God for me to add my testimony for the first time. This finds me sweetly saved and trusting in Jesus for all things. Bless the Lord forever more! Truly the harvest is great and the workers are few. We realize this more and more. Dear ones, pray for me that I may be found true and faithful in doing his precious will in all things. Yours for Jesus,
E. E. KIRCHNER.
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS: I feel that it would be to the glory of God to tell what he has done for me. I am truly praising God for complete deliverance of soul and body from all the snares of the evil one. 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,
L. D. WILSON.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony to the TRUMPET for the first time. I am saved through the precious blood of Jesus. Praise God! I cannot praise him enough for what he has done for me, it is wonderful. He has manifested his mighty healing power for both soul and body. It is glorious to live a true child of God. He keeps me sweet in my soul every day. I can, like David of old, say, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I I give God all the glory and praise. Amen. Pray for me. Your humble Sister in Christ,
DEAR SAINTS: A few months ago was the first time I ever heard the gospel taught in the evening light. One of God’s children (while we lived in Grants Pass, Oregon) visited us often in our home, and we feel so thankful to God for giving us this opportunity of hearing the Bible taught in its purity. We thank the dear Lord for showing us the way out of sectism. But we want to live nearer to God, and be wholly sanctified. Will some of the saints pray for us? And if there are any of God’s children living in this place, will they please let us know by writing to me at this place?
GEORGE W. LACY AND WIFE.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I have been impressed by the soffit of God to write a few lines for the Trumpet, as I have been reading the Trumpet for almost three months now. A good Christian has been sending it to me. I see no lines from Idaho, and I write this to the honor and glory of God. I have been converted to God for almost three years, and have had several rich blessings from God. I have been made to shout his praises. Bless his holy name! but I am not sanctified. I try to get nearer Jesus each day. I thank God that I ever got to read the GOSPEL TRUMPET. I want to get where I know I am sanctified. I want all God has in store for me. I find such sweet peace in Jesus. The world has lost its attraction for me. Praise the Lord! There are none here that claim sanctification. I pray God that he will send us a band of workers here, all for Jesus. I have learned many lessons and gone through many fiery trials. I praise God’s great and holy name; he has brought me out triumphantly through them all. I ask the prayers of all the dear saints of God. Yours in Christ,
DEAR BRETHREN AND SISTERS: The Lord says, Ye are my witnesses, therefore I will write my testimony for the first time through the TRUMPET. The Lord has done great things for me. He forgave all my sins and has healed all my diseases. I have found a wonderful Savior, who fulfilleth all he has promised.
He has healed me of an awful disease. I had a cancer in my mouth and had such great pain that I could neither eat nor drink. Six years ago on the 24th of June, the Lord healed me so that I could eat the same day and all the pain left me. Three weeks afterward, I was completely healed. I give God all the honor, thanks, and praise, who measures to us his infinite love and mercies. Hallelujah!
I thank God that he has delivered me out of sects. I belonged to the Evangelical Association and saw how they lived in sin; and the Spirit of God told me to come out from among them. But I did not know where to go; I visited different meetings, but nowhere did I find the true gospel preached until two years ago. I heard the evening light in the Open-Door Mission and I found that it was the truth, and to-day I can say that I made much advancement, and I have been growing in grace and the knowledge of God. I know that the Lord has cleansed my nature and given me a clean heart. I thank the Lord that he is gathering together his saints and elect, and his bride is getting ready; for he will have a clean bride, without blemish when he cometh.
Dear brothers and sisters pray for the Mission where Bro. Tufts is. The sins of Chicago reach unto heaven, but with the power of Jesus and his blood we can resist the enemy. Pray for me and for my children, and the work in Chicago. Amen. I remain your saved sister in the one body,
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I have often felt it would be to the glory of God for me to write my experience to. the Trumpet, although I have been saved such a short time. I joined the M. E. sect when I was only twelve years old, and didn’t know anything about salvation; so I lived on in sin (for in sectism it is taught that we can’t live free from sin) continued going to parties, socials, picnics, etc., and thought them all right. Was also an active member in the Epworth League and led the devotional service in the absence of the leader. My father was a member of the same sect and claimed the experience of sanctification, and I knew by his life that I hadn’t an experience of justification. But still I kept on professing that which I did not possess. I lived on this way for five years, when I first heard the gospel preached in its fullness, and saw just what it took to be a Christian. But still I did not see how God’s people could all be one.
So I became opposed to the word of God. My father then accepted the truth and stepped out to obey the Lord in the ordinance of baptism, and then that made me all the worse. I became more and more opposed. I told him that he had broken the family up, and there was no more use of the rest of us trying to live Christians with him going to one church and the rest to some other.
Mother then began to accept the Word, so I thought we children would have to stand alone or else move out in the one body. Then Bro. Masters came to Chauncey to hold meeting there. I attended pretty regularly, but it didn’t take very long for him to cut me off by the Word. I soon saw just where I stood and that I was no better than any sinner. I then left the Methodist sect and also the Epworth League, but then it seemed that I could not bring my stubborn will in submission with the word of God; and still kept procrastinating. God showed me my duty, but I failed to do it. That was one year ago this winter. After meeting closed, I felt more wretched than ever, I promised God that I would get saved if he would only spare me one more opportunity. I was under conviction all summer, but still went to parties and enjoyed the pleasures of the world, but not with a clear conscience before God. But I praise God to-day that he sent Brothers Masters and Haynes in here this fall, and I did accept the truth, and I do know to-day that I am saved, and sanctified and kept by the power of God, and do know that I am dead to sin and alive unto God. Pray for me.
Although I told my father when he left the M. E. sect that he would break the family, I praise God to-day that He has taken care of us, and to-day the family is bound together better than ever before. Praise his holy name! From your sister, saved and in the one body,
DEAR SAINTS OF God: I feel led to send in my testimony to the glory of my blessed Redeemer. Praise his holy name evermore, for he is able to save unto the uttermost! Since my childhood days, life was a burden to me, and often I thought if I only had died when a child, I should have escaped untold misery, pain, and grief, both unto myself and others; and that all on the account of not taking heed to the tender voice of the loving Savior Jesus, who came to save sinners, who often knocked at the door of my heart.
At an early age, when only eleven, Jesus knocked at the door of my heart and continued with great patience and faithfulness from time to time, and year to year. But my ambition and the desires of my heart to become rich and to be of notoriety in this world—those desires deadened my convictions until I heard no more the gentle voice of the Friend now so dear. Only sinking deeper and deeper into sin!
But finally, at the age of twenty, the Holy Spirit started anew to awaken me from the awful slumber of sin and death, more forcibly than ever before. I attended continued prayer-meetings; my heart was touched, and Jesus became mine; joy filled my heart and about two months afterward I joined the Baptist sect. But then my peace left me, and my heart sought for something which was then justification. I went and told my troubles to the pastor of the sect, but he could not give me any advice that would give me any comfort unto my troubled heart. I took in hand ray Bible, and in Romans 7, I saw my picture. Verse 19, “For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.” Not understanding it aright, I finally concluded that if Paul, the great apostle, experienced that he could do only that which he would not, my heart might be at ease; for it could not be any other way. But in a short time I looked at myself with surprise, when I found myself at the foot of the hill, going backwards instead of advancing. And often when alone, I asked myself, “Where will this lead me to? and where will it end? The answer was, “Where you were before.” Awful! awful! I thought. I then tried to improve, but without success. Finally, my heart had lost all divine grace. My picture was in Peter 2:20-22.
So my ways were evil from morning until evening, and then they did not cease; in darkness was then my delight. And another four years of awful misery, pain, and shame followed, each day sinking me deeper into sin, often tired of life; I was under the control of the devil. Five times I can recollect I was in peril of death. Still the wonderful love, patience, and long-suffering of God continued.
To-day I must give God the glory and say truly it is the great goodness of God that draws human mankind unto repentance. Until a little over a year ago when at the brink of hell, yes, at the top of wickedness, God once more knocked at the door of my heart, and led me in wonderful ways and gave me the blessed opportunity of hearing the pure gospel of Jesus Christ preached by Brother Hans, at Ableman, Wis. Praise the Lord, all my soul! I do praise God; it was the commencing of my life to live to the glory of God. With my load of sin I came humbly to Jesus, and he set me free, cleansed me from all my sins, and filled my soul with peace and joy.
But the enemy then did not rest. He often caused me to look back, yes, and many lessons I had to learn in the past year, because of listening to his lies. But glory to God, I shall be victorious in the name of the Lord, who has saved me and is able to keep me saved in the future. I know I am resting on the solid rock Jesus. Praise his holy name! I now ask all the children of God everywhere to pray for me that I may sink deeper in the love of Christ and abide in humble submission at Jesus’ feet, completely hid away in him.
Dear Trumpet readers, what God has done for me he can do for every one, save even to the uttermost. May God bless you all. Truly, “If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat the good of the land; but if ye refuse and rebel ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isa 1:19 — 20. Yours, saved by the precious blood of Jesus,
H. E. RINDFLEISCH.
McGees Mills, Pa.
BRYAN. — Mother Bryan was born March 7, 1838; died Nov. 10, 1896; Aged fifty-eight years nine months and three days. Of her it can truly be said, she died the death of the righteous. During the greater part of her illness she was void of her reason, but through it all she was almost continually praising the Lord. She leaves a saved companion to mourn the loss of a faithful wife We laid her body away to-day to await the resurrection.
I. B. McCoy.
WILLCOMB — Minnie Adeline Hill was born in Calais, Maine, Feb. 15, 1873; and her earlier days were spent in her native city. At the close of her school days she removed, to Ipswich, Mass., where she remained until her marriage with Bro. Winfred Willcomb, which took place Feb. 13, 1895. After their union Mr. and Mrs. Willcomb removed to Cambridge, until the failing health of the latter necessitated a return to Ipswich.
Early in life Mrs. Willcomb gave herself to the Savior and her life was devoted to his service. She took a deep interest in the little ones and much of her interest was devoted to their instruction in the things of Christ. The closing days of her life were full of peace; calmly and quietly she entered the valley of death and early in the morning of Nov. 6 with a sweet trust in her Savior, she fell asleep, “and was not, for God had taken her.” A husband and infant daughter are left to mourn their loss,
Winfred H. Willcomb.
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To The Afflicted.
Is life miserable to you? Remember Jesus came to help you. He was wounded for your transgressions and by his stripes are ye healed. He bore your sicknesses upon the cross and it is not his will that you continue in distress and suffering. He is one who is touched at our infirmities and acquainted with our griefs and sorrows. Now what you want to know is what to do. The word of God says, “Is any among you afflicted let him pray.” Have you been praying? You must pray the “prayer of faith.” ‘When ye pray, believe that ye receive, and ye shall have.’ Mark 11:24. Ask the Lord for just what you need, and believe. Examine yourself before God, and see to it that you are in line with his word; and if not, make all things right with him at ones and then you can come to him in confidence for other things. Come to him believing, not doubting, and you shall receive the desire of your heart.
Believe That Ye Receive. — Mark 11:24.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I am going to write a few words and tell you what the dear Lord has done for me. I have been suffering for three months with a very sore throat. I took it to the Lord in prayer, but did not get better. I called a few of God’s children together, and after they had prayed for me, I felt the healing power of God, and I praised him for what he had done for me. But in a few days I felt it come back again, and I was not strong enough to drive it away. When the brothers and sisters would ask me how I felt, I would tell them I was worse again, and I did get worse right along.
But praise the Lord for the TRUM-PET! I picked it up one evening when I was feeling very bad, and read a piece in it from a brother in India, how he would tell his friends, when they asked him how he was, “I am all right, praise the Lord, hallelujah!” It made me feel ashamed of myself for not having more faith in God I got right down on my knees and asked the Lord to forgive me for my weakness and to give me more strength and wisdom. And, thanks be to God, from that hour to this I was better, and could tell my friends next morning, “All right, praise the Lord, hallelujah!” Your sister, saved and kept,
NORTH POINT, PA.
DEAR BRETHREN IN CHRIST: We are praising God for salvation that saves and keeps us saved from all sin, and all diseases; as the Lord promised to the children of Israel, if they would obey him. See Deut. 7:15 and Is. 33:24. “The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.” Zion or Jerusalem means us. Praise God!
In Psa. 91:10 he says, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling; for he shall give his angels charge over thee, to’ keep thee in all thy ways.” He says in Rev. 18:4, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Now we have come out of her, therefore do not expect to receive of her plagues, which is all manner of diseases.’ If we had to receive of her plagues and sins, we might as well stay in her.
“Well,” says some one, “doesn’t the Bible say in Heb. 12:6, ‘Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth?” Yes, we would say, every one that needs it. In Job 5:17 it says, “Happy is the man whom God correcteth, therefore despise not the chastening of the Almighty.” He chastens us to correct us. He could not correct us if we did not go wrong or disobey him. Now read Prov. 5:11, 12 and Deut. 8:5. “As a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.” How does a man chasten his son? Just when he needs it or disobeys. If he doesn’t disobey, he doesn’t get chastened; neither will God chasten us if we do not disobey.
Read 2 Samuel 8:14 in connection with Jno. 15:7. He says, “If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.” Now we are abiding in him, and his words (these words we have quoted from the Bible) are abiding in us, as well as the rest that we have learned in the Bible. Therefore when the devil wants to put diseases on us, we do like Christ did in Matt. 4:4, tell him it is written, “The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick;” then ask God to keep us well. He says he bore all our sickness, then what is the use of us bearing it. Praise God for a perfect Savior!
My prayer is that God’s children will stay saved, and get healed and stay healed. Yours in him,
J. M. AND L. HOWARD.
THAT God’s people should be one people, is generally conceded by those who have professed the name of Christ; and yet there are diversities of opinion in reference to the extent of this oneness and the principles upon which there should be unity. If I mistake not, the church of God is established upon the immutability of heaven’s truth, and that rests upon the infallibility of God’s wisdom. The church, which is “the body of Christ,” in a consolidated form, should as a whole, be a perfect representative of the one Savior, who was characterized by having but one object in view, the will of God. Every particle of legislation given by divine inspiration; or under the supervision of the Almighty, is given only for the government of the body of Christ. If the execution of these laws is given exclusively to the mind of Christ and Christ being the head of the church, there can be but one mind in one head.
As all the members of this body are directly under the executive forces of the one head, they are brought into perfect sympathy with each other. They all rejoice, suffer, and mourn together as the case may be. I Cor. 12:26. The mind that governs this body does not issue a decree for one member that elevates, encourages, and causes rejoicing, while the same law is calculated to cast down, discourage, and to bring disconsolation to another member of the same body. Neither does the head ever direct one member in any line whatever, and permit a deprecative spirit to arise in some other member, that causes it to depreciate the object of the other’s pursuit. But the head having some object in view, and the body being the means used to accomplish its purpose, it calls for a concentrated force of every member.
As the only way to know the mind of an individual is by the outward manifestations of the body, just so it is evident that the only way the mass of thinking people will be convinced of the sublimity of the gospel, and the revolutionizing principle that should actuate the pure in heart, will be by such characteristics of love and carefulness, manifest by the church, as exalt the head, and which will gain the reverence of all who are searching for facts. And the only way in which this grand effect can be produced is by every member rejecting all influences of satanic origin, and destroying every wedge. Be it ever so small, that would sever the member to any extent from the body; for such will invariably close the channel of divine circulation, the effect of which is spiritual paralysis; and when a member becomes paralyzed to any extent it is not susceptible to the gentle touch that inspires other members to act, neither will it be sensible of many blows given the more tender and active members. The sympathetic cords not being touched, it seems to be independent of every other member, because it does not receive the sweet and healthful influence that permeates a sound body. Such semi paralytics in the spiritual realm oft- times try to explain such a condition upon the ground that we each retain our own individuality. To all such we give answer, that in Jesus Christ “all things are become new,” and if you have retained anything that is antagonistic to the perfect unification of all who are ingrafted into the true vine, you are yet in possession of an element that should have been swept away in the efficacious stream of atoning blood. It is a privilege, and a duty to be so surrounded by the atmosphere of heaven, giving a reception to the vitalizing properties of wisdom’s stream, that there will be nothing in the doctrine of Christ, or any issue beneficial to the kingdom of God, on which we as representatives of Christ will be divided. We must stand united. That which is sustenance for one part of the body, will nourish every other part. If anything should get the minds of any of those who are saved, divided on any issue religious or political, let all such be appraised of the solemn fact that the author of division is at work, and a careful investigation should be the next step. Oneness is the characteristic of this great reform, and the devil knows if he can break that band his purpose will be accomplished. But it is God himself, it cannot be broken; yet you may get out of the circle of truth. So be watchful.
W. A. HAYNES.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I am praising God for healing of my body. I was blind and had rheumatism and nervous trouble, but thanks be to God that I can see to read and write again. I am praising God for a full salvation that keeps me each day from sin, trusting him for all things. I want you all to pray for me that I may grow in faith every day; for I want to work for my Master and spread this glorious gospel far and near. Your sister in Christ,
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I greet you in the name of Jesus. I wish to testify to what God is doing for me. He has saved me from all sin. Praise his name! Now I am singing his praises all day long. I have complete victory over all temptations, and am walking in the light as he gives it to me. I stand a living witness of his healing power. I was a very great sufferer with lung trouble for sixteen years, but God made me sound and well. I ask God’s free children to pray for me, that I may stand fast in the faith, ready to be revealed in the last time. Your sister, saved to the uttermost,
DEAR SAINTS: I can report victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Praise the Lord! “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Pray for me that I may be rooted and grounded in love and ever abide in the calling wherein I was called. “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Your brother in the one body,
ASA F. STANLEY.
NEW PITTSBURG, IND.
DEAR READERS OF THE TRUMPET: It has been some time since I have written to the TRUMPET. We are glad to report victory through our Lord and Savior. He saves and heals me both soul and body, from everything that is worldly. I do praise God for healing me of a throat trouble which the doctors call bronchitis. It was done right away. I give God all the glory. We are learning more how to trust him every day. We had a grand assembly meeting here. We are dead to the world, the flesh, and the devil. We give God the glory. Dear ones, pray for me that I may be kept humble, low at the feet of Jesus, Your sister,
MATTIE M. JESSUP.
DEAR TRUMPET: This is the first time I am writing my testimony. It is over one year since I gave my soul into God’s keeping, to trust him for all things. In all my life I have days of sickness throughout the year; but last year I had none, for God kept me well. Praise his holy name forever! I know if I do my part, he will do his. I once was a drunkard, and in drink I took delight, till God opened my eyes to see my sad plight. It was fourteen years ago in Fargo. I took a vow that with God’s help I would drink no more. I have faithfully kept that vow and I feel very happy now. And now thank God I have taken his cure. Pray for me. I remain your brother in God,
LOVES LAKE, LA.
DEAR TRUMPET AND ALL THE SAINTS OF GOD: I am glad to report victory over all the power of the devil. Glory to Jesus! Holiness is being raised to the top of the mountain. Zion is being redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. The Lord is adding to the church such as are being saved and willing to walk in the light as he is in the light. The sick are being raised up, according to James 5:14,15; and the afflicted, healed. Glory to Jesus! This part of the field is ripe and the laborers are few. I hope the dear Lord will move on the hearts of some of the northern brethren to come to Louisiana shortly. Dear brethren, you are certainly needed in the South. Let all lend a helping hand with your prayers.
I want to ask the prayers of all the dear saints that I may have boldness to speak the word. This leaves us all on the altar for Jesus, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called,
G. B. AND D. L. THOMAS.
GRAND CROSSING, ILL.
I feel led to testify of what the dear Lord has done for me. About a year and a half ago my wife died with consumption. I gave her all the nourishment that I could myself. A few-weeks before I felt a pain in my left side. It increased very rapidly and soon I could feel the left lung was inflamed. My breathing was short, and every jar of the body increased the pain. Some time before this I experienced the pardoning of my sins, and therefore left my case in the hands of the Lord, and prayed earnestly that he would spare me for the sake of my little child; but I was not relieved. So I went to a brother and was anointed with oil in the name of the Lord and prayed for. Two days after, I went into the woods in search of something. I suffered much pain, felt tired and weary, but strong in faith. And while there I heard the voice of God within me saying, “Fear not, for thou hast years yet to live,” and all my illness left me. Praise his name forever! I ran and leaped and praised the Lord. I am well and strong to-day, but I need my Redeemer’s help in everything. Yours in him,
JAMES P. OMAN.
DEAR BRETHREN: I feel moved to testify to the love I owe to our King. Blessed and holy is his name forever! Some nine years ago I was born anew into the kingdom. I was led to believe different from other professors. The Lord showed me at once that I must have nothing to do with sectism. I tried to reason with different Christian professors about the way, proving to them that denominational churches were established to the will of men, and not to the will of God; that God’s church was perfect unity in the faith, all in the one body. Of course, my company as a Christian was not wanted. I was shunned by sect professors and my testimony was like a firebrand among them. I said “Lord, where are thy children?” I felt e Elijah of old, that I was all alone. I did not know that there was one other person in this wide world that saw the light that I did, but I believed the Lord had his followers. I prayed the Lord to make known unto me his children, and lo, and behold, he did. Hallelujah! How glorious the Lord surprises his little ones when he sees fit! Blessed and holy is his name forever! I have been praying the Lord to send some of the saintly brethren here to preach the everlasting gospel. Yours in the one body,
CYRUS J. ALDEN.
DEAR SAINTS AND TRUMPET READERS: I feel led and feel it my duty to write my testimony for the first time, hoping it will be for God’s honor and glory. I have taken him for my Savior and physician. Praise his holy name! He has healed me and my little girl several times since last February and to him be all the glory. Last July my boy, twelve years old, was taken sick with fever. He was in bed three weeks. I prayed but he got worse, so I wrote to the dear saints at the Trumpet Office and asked them to pray with me for his healing, and I promised God that I would write my testimony and he should have all the glory if he would heal him. He began to get better right away, is fat and heartier now than ever, and has been going to school since Sept. 7. God shall have all the glory. Praise his dear name! I am so thankful he has let me live to see this reformation and the blessed evening light and that he gave me a willing heart to want to serve him. I am waiting for God to send some of his true ministers here to preach the pure gospel and baptize me. I want you all, dear saints, to pray that I may be wholly sanctified and become of use to my Master. Your sister all for Jesus,
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST: I feel it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony. I am thankful to the Lord that I am saved and sanctified, and ready to do his will. I will tell you of his dealings with us. About one year and a half ago our little girl was very sick, near death’s door, and the good Lord manifested his power wonderfully in healing her. My dear husband was afflicted at the same time with consumption, and from overwork and worry I became afflicted with sympathetic heart trouble. I sent to the Trumpet Office for prayer, and I did feel the touch of God over my entire body, and I thought God had healed me. But the next day about noon I began to get worse and until midnight my temperature was one hundred and thirty, and I thought I could not exercise faith to be healed and sent for a doctor and doctored quite a while, but did not get healed; was relieved of smothering spells. Finally, I quit doctoring. This spring I had the grippe and the Lord did wonderfully heal me, and since I have been anointed for my other affliction, I am much better, but not well.
Now dear ones, I do ask you all to pray for me that I may have wisdom to care for my body, and that the Lord may speedily relieve me. My faith in the ability of God to heal has never wavered in the least. On the twenty-fifth of May the dear Lord saw fit to take my dear husband to himself. How wonderfully He manifested himself in being a burden bearer! Only by experience can any one realize how the Lord relieved me and gave me grace in that trying hour. Your fully saved sister,