Archive for June 2011

"Nothing but lost souls…"

LOVE (56-0726) 
Nothing but lost souls, is the only thing that’s got any value in it. Money passes away. Homes decay and go away. Everything in the earth moves away. The only value, lasting value, I’d rather have one soul in glory, that I won to Christ, to know and see that that Light of God circles around that soul, through all eternity, my name to be associated with that, than to have every penny of money in the whole earth, ’cause I’d have to lose–lose it all. But what you send up there, is Eternal. And that’s the reason we’re trying.”

NOTHING but lost souls.”

Not our money, not our homes, or our vehicles.

Not our prestige, not our retirement accounts, or our Social Security.

Not the size of our church, not the number of our faithful members, or the amount of money we spend on our Christmas productions & outreach programs.

Not our knowledge of our pet doctrines, not our ability to memorize Scriptures and quotes, or even our ability to prove others wrong… (all of which is fine & dandy).

But even if we are anointed with gifts of the Spirit, the ability to understand all of the mysteries, the zeal to donate our goods to feed the poor, and the passion to subject our bodies (even to be burned for the Gospel’s sake if need be); our works are nothing without a genuine burden & love for others (I Corinthians 13:1-3).

Not just love & concern for those within the small circle that we feel agree closely enough with us to retain our lofty stamp of approval, but a burden & concern for those outside our walls, and even those who seem to literally hate us, or go so far as to despitefully use us (St. Matthew 5:44).

It’s an easy thing to love those who love us, and agree with us, but Christ loved us when we were unlovable. He loved us before we could even claim to be Christians, and long before we came to the knowledge of the Truth (the Message of the hour). Isn’t He our example? Doesn’t being a Christian mean we are to be Christ-like?

Where were we when He found us? What slime-pit of moral decay did He have to stoop to in order to redeem us from the miry clay? Where do we see that type of love being manifested for others? Where do we see that kind of burden for lost, suffering, sinful humanity?

THE INSIDE MAN (53-1212)

And you give me someone that’s just so tore up about lost souls that they just cry and are–are wanting a revival so bad till they can hardly eat, just simply can’t…
If you’ll read the history of the world and the religious history, you’ll find out it always taken that kind of a spirit to bring a revival.”

WHEN LOVE IS PROJECTED (56-0218B)

Until the burden gets on the Christian Church for lost souls, we’re fighting the air. Let us stop speaking… I believe in gifts and signs and wonders, why, certainly. That goes with the body, but let’s not put that ahead of love and lost souls.”

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1 (54-0103M)
If I’d say, this morning in this little group of people and I… God say, “Now look, William Branham, I’m going to make you answer for that group of people, what you tell them. Now, do you want them all to shout?”
“Sure, I want them to shout.”
“Do you want them all to speak with tongues?”
“I want every one of them to.”
“Do you want them all to dance in the Spirit?”
“I want every one of them to.”
“All right, well, that’s very good, but what would you rather have them to do?” Uh-huh.

I’d rather have a church that had such a burden on their heart for prayer that they just stayed at this altar and would be here day and night, and everything else; and in their house, was constantly in prayer, and humble, and trying to get people to come to God, and making calls at the hospital, and visiting the sick, and trying to get people to come to church and do right. I’d rather have that than all the other put together; although the other is right, it belongs in the church.”

Miami, FL (2011)

Thursday, May 12th – Sunday, May 15th
Thursday
Bro. Trevor met me at my house early in the morning, and we drove to the airport. As many times as we have ministered together, this was the first time we’ve flown on the same flights because of different work schedules, etc.

We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and drove to ‘The Church Of Perfection‘ in Miami, FL (Bro. Famil St.vil – Pastor) where we were to preach their 32nd annual convention.

Thursday night I preached on ‘A Present Tense God‘ for the opening of the convention, and many came through the prayer line at the end of the service accepting that our God is still Hebrews 13:8.

Friday
Friday afternoon Bro. Trevor, and I drove to the Everglades, and took a ride in an airboat. We were constantly seeing alligator after alligator during the forty-five minute ride in the shallow, muddy, sawgrass marshes, thanks to the drought they were having. We estimated close to fifty decent sized ones, and just as many babies. Several were close enough that we could have literally reached out, and touched them (had we been so careless as to lean out of the boat and put our hand out).

Friday night Bro. Trevor preached on ‘Culture Degrades Truth‘. I have heard him preach that sermon many times, but not like he did that night. God really anointed him, and several came forward for prayer. It was a wonderful service. Afterward we had the privilege of some fellowship with our good friend, Bro. Jack Duff (Pastor of ‘Spirit and Truth Tabernacle‘ in West Palm Beach, FL).

Saturday
Saturday afternoon we drove over to Key Biscayne for a relaxing time kayaking in the salt water just off of Miami, and enjoyed the rest of the day in quiet study at the hotel.

Saturday night Bro. Trevor preached on ‘Separation‘, reminding us of the separation that Christ went through to take our place on Calvary.

Sunday

Sunday morning I had the privilege of preaching on the radio for my first time. Bro. Famil has a radio broadcast Sunday mornings at 7AM in Miami that he cordially invited me to speak on. I preached on ‘Who Is Jesus, And What Is The Message?’ (giving a short introduction to why we believe Jesus is the Messiah, and that God sent a prophet in these last days).

After leaving the radio station we stopped for a short breakfast, and then went on to ‘The Church Of Perfection‘ where Bro. Trevor taught Sunday school. After the Sunday school, I preached on the thought of ‘The Same Devil Under A Different Name‘ (describing how Satan changes his name, and tactics slightly to deceive people). Several came forward for prayer at the end of the service.

Sunday night Bro. Trevor preached on how the Bride of Jesus Christ is ‘Extraordinary‘. Our time of fellowship in Miami truly was an ‘extraordinary’ experience, and I pray that the words that were spoken over the weekend will sink down deep into the hearts of both young and old to help them in their journey.

Up2Date III (Nature)

WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT? 
LAKEPORT, CA
60-0722

  He said there would be… The sea would be roaring. Look at it today: tidal waves, never heard of them before in history. Here they are breaking on the shores and killing people. Earthquakes in divers places... I just don’t have the right statistics, but I forget how much that the earthquake has come to a place where every so many hours, there’s so many earthquakes all over the world. Just coming all the time, for the little shell that we live on is becoming thinner and thinner all the time.
  And men go right on living, saying, “There is no such a thing as hell,” look up in the face of God, and deny there is such a thing as hell, and setting on a pot of it. Falling volcanics… And the earth all out of cater… Science says the earth, out in the sea, it’s becoming more shallow; at the North Pole, it’s becoming deeper, because the earth is a spreading out. Oh, it’s just about ready to be delivered. And people see these things…  And He said there would be an unrest in the last days, no peace, unsettled. Look at today, at every nation scared to death. The radio and television screens are set everywhere, I… of the… I mean, radar screens setting everywhere, watching somewhere for a missile to be let loose. And the first missile lets loose, it’s going to be explosion all over everywhere, because every nation is ready. The little nations can’t be ignored any more, because they got the same thing the big nations got. And it’s ungodly men, and it’s ungodly nations.

Delaware (2011)

Saturday, April 30th – Sunday, May 1st
My flight left early in the morning, and (after an extended layover so mechanics could replace the computer on the plane I was getting ready to fly on) arrived in Salisbury, MD where I was greeted by my Uncle (Bro. Jeff Bryant – Pastor of ‘Christian Life Church’ in Blades, DE).
I preached Saturday night & Sunday morning, and the LORD really blessed the services.

After the service Sunday morning Bro. Jeff took me out to eat, and then my oldest brother (Bro. Allen Bryant who is a deacon, and musician at Bro. Jeff’s church) took my back to the airport in Salisbury, MD for my flight home.

It was a very short visit, but the LORD had His Hand in it, and it was very wonderful to see family and friends that I don’t get a chance to see very often.