Archive for January 2011

Florida Meetings (Jan. 2011) Part III

Sunday (Jan. 16th)

I dropped Bro. Trevor off in Boynton Beach at the ‘Assembly Of The Voice Of The Seventh Angel‎’ (Brother Jean Louis – Pastor) where he was to preach at their 8AM service, and then return to West Palm Beach to preach at ‘Spirit & Truth Tabernacle‘ (Bro. Jack Duff – Pastor).

On my last trip to Florida in December I had the privilege of speaking at the two Sunday morning services back to back like that, and it can be a pretty tight schedule.

I drove on to Miami where I preached the morning service at ‘Eagle’s Temple‘ (Bro. Bernard Jean-Mary – Pastor).

The saints in Miami seemed very responsive to what was being said during the service, and I trust that each one of us were a little closer to God when we left the church that day than we were when we had entered.

After the service I went to lunch with Bro. Bernard, and discussed some details of an upcoming overseas trip (Lord willing).

When lunch was over I drove back to West Palm Beach, arriving just in time to change clothes, update Bro. Trevor, and Bro. Jack with the details of my trip to Miami, and print off my sermon notes before leaving for the evening service in Boynton Beach.

I was happy that Bro. Trevor, and Bro. Jack were both able to go with me to this service, and we really had a good time in the LORD. This was the sixth service I had preached in five nights, so I was beginning to feel a little tired, but Bro. Jean brought me to the platform with the song ‘I Must Tell Jesus‘, and suddenly I didn’t feel so tired anymore.

I preached on ‘The Accepted Sacrifice‘, and the LORD impressed many things on my heart to share with the saints during the sermon for His Glory.

Bro. Jack sang a couple of songs at the end of the service, and then we said goodbye to our friends in Boynton Beach.

Bro. Jean, and the saints in Boynton Beach have come to hold a special place in our hearts. We have preached their frequently over the past year, and the LORD has always been gracious to send us a fresh outpouring of His Spirit every time we assemble there.

When I preached there on Thursday night (during this January trip to Florida) several of the brothers welcomed me ‘home’, and it has certainly come to feel like a second home because we always feel so welcome there.

After leaving Boynton Beach we stopped by ‘Rapturing Faith Tabernacle‘ (Bro. Darrel Wesco – Pastor), and were able to listen to the last part of their evening service.

Bro. Wesco had Bro. Trevor, and I come up to greet the saints at the end of the service, and it was certainly an honor to speak briefly to the believers there.

Bro. Trevor made the statement to me after the service that, “If we had not been (in the exact same place) ten years ago, then we would not be (here) now”.

It was ten years ago that we attended Bro. Wesco’s special meetings, and met Bro. Jack Duff who has become one of our dearest friends, and ministering brother. Had we not met Bro. Jack in those meetings we may have never had the opportunity of meeting, and speaking for many of our other minister friends in Florida.

Monday (Jan. 17th)

Monday morning Bro. Jack, Bro. Trevor, and myself were able to meet Bro. Lino Tirado for breakfast. Bro. Lino attends ‘Rapturing Faith Tabernacle‘ (Bro. Darrel Wesco – Pastor), and is a very gifted interpreter.

I had asked Bro. Lino to share his testimony with us (he has had the privilege of interpreting for Bro. Oral Roberts, and many other ministers of the Gospel), and he was very gracious in doing so. We had a very nice time of fellowship with him, and I hope that the LORD will provide an opportunity for him to interpret for us someday.

After breakfast Bro. Jack, and Bro. Trevor took me to the airport and we parted ways once again.

Two of the hardest things about our travels is that sometimes we have to leave our families behind to go and visit our brothers and sisters from different areas, and then we have to leave our brothers and sisters (old friends & new) to return home.

We were certainly happy to return home to our families that we had missed while we were away, but we always miss our brothers and sisters from all of the churches we visit as well.

“Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.”
– ‘A Psalm Of Life’ (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Florida Meetings (Jan. 2011) Part II

Friday (Jan. 14th)

After spending most of the day with Bro. Jack, and Bro. Trevor, I went by ‘Spirit & Truth Tabernacle‘ (Bro. Jack Duff – Pastor) to study for a while before the evening service.

The LORD was mindful of us, as we certainly felt His presence in the service Friday night. I preached on the topic of ‘The Bleeding Sacrifice’, emphasizing the need for sincerity when we accept the Sacrifice of the cross.

After the service, Bro. Jack invited the youth from ‘Spirit & Truth‘ to join us at a local pizza restaurant for some fellowship. We enjoyed the time we were able to spend with Bro. Jack, and Bro. Caleb Wesco (Bro. Jack’s nephew, who is also a young associate minister at ‘Spirit & Truth’) talking about the LORD, and discussing the evening service.

Saturday (Jan. 15th)

We drove the three hours from the East coast of Florida to Sarasota (on the West coast of Florida).

Bro. Trevor and I both had the privilege to speak in a Youth Service at the ‘House of Fellowship‘ (Bro. Danny Stemen – Pastor). I felt led to share my testimony, and then Bro. Trevor preached a stirring sermon on ‘Separation‘. Several believers responded by coming to the altar for prayer at the end of the service.

There was a ‘potluck‘ following the service, where we had a wonderful time of fellowship with Bro. Danny, and some of the other saints from Sarasota. We were truly blessed, and encouraged by the spirit of love, and unity that we felt from the believers there.

We stopped briefly in Okeechobee on our way back to West Palm Beach, Saturday night. Bro. Smiley, and his family were able to join us for a short time of fellowship together. It was good to see Bro. Smiley (my friend, and brother in Christ) again. He had been out of town ministering in Lima, Ohio during my last trip to Florida in December, so I had not seen him since May of 2010.

Florida Meetings (January 2011) Part I

Wednesday (Jan. 12th)

My plane departed for Florida on Wednesday morning. (Bro. Trevor was gracious enough to forgo some sleep to wake up very early, and take me to the airport).

Our good friend, Bro. Jack Duff (Pastor of ‘Spirit & Truth Tabernacle’ in West Palm Beach, FL) picked me up at the airport, and we enjoyed some food and fellowship over the next couple of hours.

After driving to Miami I preached at ‘Alpha Omega Tabernacle‘ (Bro. Charlie MacDonald – Pastor).

The LORD was certainly gracious while I was there in confirming to me that I was in His perfect will, by permitting me to cross paths with a family from another country that I never thought I would have the opportunity to meet in person. It was a pleasant, but unexpected surprise which I cannot believe was simply a coincidence.

When the service was over I was able to spend some time with Bro. Charlie, and his family. Bro. Hugo MacDonald (Bro. Charlie’s son) is a young minister as well, and has become a dear friend.

I drove back to West Palm Beach after a nice time of fellowship.

Wednesday had been such a wonderful beginning, I knew the LORD had more good things in store for us the rest of the week.

Thursday (Jan. 13th)

Bro. Trevor’s plane arrived on Thursday morning, so Bro. Jack and I picked him up at the airport.

After some more food and fellowship, Bro. Jack took Bro. Trevor to preach at ‘Bible Truth Tabernacle‘ in Okeechobee (Bro. Willie Smiley – Pastor), while I went to Boynton Beach to preach to the saints at the ‘Assembly Of The Voice Of The Seventh Angel‎‘ (Bro. Jean Louis – Pastor).

(Bro Trevor with Bro Smiley)

VGR (Translations & eBooks)

Voice of God Recordings has recently released two updated features that we feel will be very beneficial to the Bride of Jesus Christ.

The first is that they have made the translated sermons in PDF format available to download free of charge on their web-site.

If you go to the following link you can search a specific sermon title, and choose the desired language from the drop-down menu to see if that sermon has been translated.

Translations

*** If you want to see a list of available sermons in a specific language:

Select the desired language from the drop-down menu,
and then do a search leaving the ‘Title’ field blank. ***

The second update is that they have also made all of the English sermons available in formats that are compatible with mainstream smart phones, etc. These are available to download on Amazon.com’s Kindle store, as well as the iBook store (for Apple iPhone, iPad, etc) by searching the word ‘Branham‘.

To read more about the recommended hardware for the new eBooks visit the following link:

eBook FAQs

Sarasota Youth Service

We had the privilege of speaking to the believers at the ‘House of Fellowship‘ (Bro. Danny Stemen – Pastor) on Saturday afternoon (01/15/2011).

It was certainly a wonderful time of fellowship with the saints there.

The Saturday service is available to listen to on their church website:

2MM with Bro. Jean Louis

We wanted to get pictures with all of the pastors we had the privilege to fellowship with last week, but unfortunately we were so busy it completely slipped our mind until the last service (Sunday night).

This is Brother Trevor, and myself with Bro. Jean Louis (pastor of the ‘Assembly of the Voice of the Seventh Angel’ in Boynton Beach, FL).

By the time this picture was taken I had preached six services in five nights, and Bro. Trevor had preached four services in four night so we were a couple of tired preachers.

Florida Meetings (December 2010)

A few months ago as I was praying I told the LORD that there were several places I would like to visit, and minister to, but be able to pay for my airfare so the saints there would not feel obligated to take care of my expenses.

In my own thinking I had considered that maybe I would maybe receive a large offering somewhere else, and be able to apply it to the airfare for the upcoming trips in answer to this prayer. (God doesn’t always do things the way we expect).

A week or so later I received a new credit card in the mail, because the bank we use had bought out another similar bank which had their own credit card. (Previously our bank had used a third-party credit card that did not acquire ‘points’ for purchases made).

I was informed that this new card had a large amount of ‘points’ that had been transferred over from purchases made on the third-party card. As I investigated this, it turned out they had pro-rated the ‘points’ back to the life of the other cards, and I had enough for three free flights!

As I called the brothers I had on my heart (in regards to the prayer that had been answered) things began to come together perfectly as we planned for an extensive trip to Florida in January.

A short while later one of the brothers called me back, and asked if I would be interested in using one of the flights for a weekend trip to Florida in December as well (since he would be out of town that weekend, and would like for me to fill in for him at his church while he was gone).

My wife and I were married for five years on December 10th, 2010, and I left for Florida the next day (Saturday, December 11th). I preached three different services on Sunday, December 12th, and it was just the LORD helping me because my voice and throat were still recovering from a sinus infection that had caused me to lose my voice almost completely several days the week before.

I am so thankful to the LORD for answering my prayer in an unexpected way (to GOD be the glory), and I certainly appreciated my wife for being so selfless, and loyal in agreeing to celebrate our anniversary on a different weekend so I could go speak to a part of the Bride of Jesus Christ in Florida.

We will be posting a report of the
January 2011 Florida services soon.

Things have been put in motion for the third airplane ticket to be used later this year (LORD willing) as well. I will post the testimony in regards to that once everything has been confirmed.

Bro. Nathan

Up2Date II (Perversion)

62-0123 FORSAKING ALL (TEMPE,AZ)
Look in the world today. The history of the world has never seen so many perverts as we got today. And my mail is filled with mothers, crying, from over here in California. Reading the newspaper, that perversion, why, it changed in California, I think, on around thirty percent, over the year before. Perversion, it’s everywhere, filth. Schools, religious schools, have to excommunicate people out of their schools, has a hard time picking out. Perverts, “changing the natural course,” just like it was in Sodom, we see it that way.

63-0605 GREATER THAN SOLOMON IS HERE (TUCSON, AZ)
There’s never been a time, since Sodom, that homosexuals and perversion was on the march as it is now. You ought to go in my office and read the mail of mothers from California and around, about their boys’ living. Oh, it’s terrible! And I picked up a paper here, a couple years ago, flying over Los Angeles, and where it said that–that the great sin of Sodom was on such an increase there till it had increased twenty percent over the year before. And all out through, even to government officials, and it’s everywhere. Sin!
It’s because that women has made themselves so cheap. They have brought it upon themselves. And it’s–it’s a cheap affair. Used to be, you took off your hat, to a woman on the street. And now you’d do it, she’d laugh in your face. See? You–you… We’ve made ourself a bunch of corruption, so degrading ourselves.

Helpful Bible Study Tools

The following links are a helpful resource for extensive studies of The Bible.

Brother Branham refers to, (and speaks highly of) both translations. (See the following quotes).

– Bro. Nathan Bryant

Ephatic Diaglott (Online)

THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (60-0401E)

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Lamsa, today, the translator of the Lamsa translation of the Bible. And such a privilege… You know, I would rather you’d give me a little rose bud, right now, than a whole wreath after I’m gone. I think maybe he’d think the same thing. I certainly can prescribe to his translation, for meeting him and finding such a lovely spirit of a real true Christian believer. God bless his gallant soul. I don’t know as I’ve ever met any more spiritual man than Dr. Lamsa.

THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (CHURCH AGE BOOK)

… let us read both the King James version and the translation by Dr. Lamsa. To our gratification we find the words in both amazingly the same so that there is no difference actually in content or doctrine. We may even conclude that God has allowed these newly discovered manuscripts and recent publications of already known scripts to come before us to prove the authenticity of what we already had. And we find that though translators may fight each other, scripts do not.

THIRSTING FOR LIFE (60-0304)

Now, I’ve got an old Emphatic Diaglott of the original Greek translation, and it’s the one–most outstanding things. I’d advise it to any of the clergymen.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE HOLY GHOST (59-1219)

Now, reading from the “Emphatic Diaglott” of the Greek translation, where I was at last evening, which is laying open before me now. That’s the original translation from the Greek to the English. It doesn’t go through other translators; it’s–and other versions, it’s right straight from the Greek to the English.

FELLOWSHIP (60-0611B)

I’ve got the Emphatic Diaglott of the original translation off of the Heb–of the–the–from a–Vatican City, of the original Greek. Then I’ve got the Aramaic and many of the others that proves that he said, “Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?”