Archive for March 2012

PA Ministry Trip

Last week, my family and I headed up to the Rexmont, PA area for a wedding, services, and a short family vacation.

Saturday, we attended the wedding ceremony of a young brother from the Tabernacle and a young sister from Rexmont Christian Fellowship. We pray God’s richest blessings on them as they start out. We’re hoping after the honeymoon period we’ll have a new piano teacher in our area now! My children are ready to start.

 On Sunday, we attended services at Rexmont Christian Missions Fellowship in Rexmont, PA. Bro David Sanger pastors a very fine, precious group of saints. When Bro David found out we were headed to the wedding, he was sure to tell me I’d be speaking for the services that weekend. I took a title of “Millennium without Repentance” that morning. I did a teaching style for the evening and did an overview of the Seven Seals and how they apply to “normal life”.

Bro David Sanger and I
After the services and fellowship on Sunday.  We toured Philadelphia, Hershey, PA, and Gettysburg.  We stayed on a dairy farm where the kids enjoyed playing in the barn.  
We were so very graciously taken care of the whole time we were there.  I can only pray that we were as much of a blessing to the saints in that area, as they were to us.
This preacher was trying to ride a unicycle at a fellowship after the wedding.  Good thing he didn’t break his neck, he had to preach the next morning!
My wife and I at the dairy farm.  Picture taken by the Farmer’s Wife.
God Bless you all!
-Bro Trevor

4 Reasons For Revival

 “So the great thing that we’re after for any revival, is [to bring lost souls to Christ] first; [revive the church back into a spiritual condition, to where it should be, close communion with God]; [bring fellowship among the churches], third; and fourth, [pray for the sick]. That’s–that’s our aim, our try, is sinners first, fellowship and–with the churches, and a close walk with the church to God, and then pray for the sick.” 
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (59-1123)

Who Is My Neighbour?

The commandment to “love they neighbour as thyself” is used seven different times throughout the Bible. (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8)

In St. Matthew 22:35-40 Jesus tells a lawyer that “all the law and the prophets” hang on two commandments. “Love they neighbour as thyself was second only to, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind).”

Quite possibly the same lawyer (wishing “to justify himself“) asks Jesus in St.Luke chapter ten, “Who is my neighbour?” Jesus goes on to tell him the story of ‘The Good Samaritan‘. In this story we find that those who should have felt obligated to help a man of their own religion and nationality (who had been robbed, and badly injured) neglect to do so. Then someone he would have probably avoided even speaking to (because of racial and religious prejudice) had he not been in his current circumstances, goes out of their way to help him at the expense of their own time and finances.

Geographically, religiously, doctrinally, and racially ‘The Good Samaritan‘ was not his neighbor (even though those who passed him by were), but Jesus asks this lawyer, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

The lawyer wisely answers, “He that shewed mercy on him“. Then Jesus tells him to, “Go, and do thou likewise.”

1 John 4:20 tells us that, “If a man say, ‘I love God’, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Who is your neighbor? Is it the family member closest to you? The person on the pew beside you in church who sees things the same as you doctrinally? Those of the same color, religion, or nationality as you?

Who should we help? Those who we know can return the favor someday? Those who can do something in return to help our position in the church, or at work, or in society? Those who believe exactly the way we do?

If ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful
.” (St. Luke 6:32-36)

Blacksburg, VA – Trip Report (February 2012)

Saturday, February 11th, 2012
On Saturday I drove to Blacksburg, VA with my wife Rebekah, and our three children. It was snowing along the way, and there were a few inches of snow accumulated on the ground  (especially in West Virginia where there was an inch or so across the main highway in some areas). This made for a beautiful drive, and the scenery along the way (especially the last hour of the drive) was magnificent.

When we arrived we checked into our hotel, and then met up with some of the believers from the church for some pizza and fellowship.

Sunday, February 12th

Sunday morning I preached on ‘Be It Unto Me (According To Thy Word)‘. This was our first time visiting the believers in Blacksburg, and we had a wonderful time of fellowship. The saints were very receptive of the sermon, and most importantly; the presence of the LORD was in our midst.

The little country church is small in size, but beautiful (matching the character of the people).

Sunday night I preached on ‘Finding The Little Shoe‘, which is something heavy on my heart, and that we feel is timely for the current spiritual climate around the Message. This seemed to really strike home with the brothers and sisters there, and we certainly had a good time in the LORD.

After both services we were able to enjoy some time of fellowship with many of the brothers and sisters from the church, and met many new friends who are on our hearts, and in our prayers.

Monday, February 13th

Monday we had the opportunity to rest in for a little while (which the entire family was eager to do after the drive down & both services), and then it was time to get back on the road for the journey home. 
The LORD blessed us with traveling mercies on the way there and back, and we enjoyed the time together as family trying to be about the Father’s business.