Archive for January 2013

Will He hear YOUR prayer?

Will He hear YOUR prayer?

I CORINTHIANS 11:5
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

I CORINTHIANS 11:13
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

Bro Branham has many times referred us to the above passages.  Many times stating things such as “The Bible says it’s a common, sinful thing for a woman pray with her hair cut short. That’s right.”

None of us deny the truth of this. Many of us men hear that and start judging some sisters that trim or cut their hair in our heart.

I read a Scripture the other day that I felt was thought provoking and could apply to us men.

EZEKIEL 14:3,4
»     3     †     Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
»     4     †     Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Here God is telling Ezekiel that he will not be enquired of by men that have idols in their hearts.  Remember an idol isn’t just a fat little man molded out of gold or silver.  An idol is anything we put before God.  Not just in our deeds, but in our hearts.

Ask yourself if there are there things that you love more than God?  What is your desire when you wake up in the morning?  What are your hopes, aims, and dreams consisting of? Do they consist of worldly things or are they consisting of a desire to be closer to Him?  To serve and adore Him more?

If you have desires that you are thinking on, and offer Him a really quick prayer, I wonder if He will be enquired of by you at all.  Worse yet, He may answer you according to the multitude of your idols.

I don’t like the sound of that. Make sure your prayers are effectual – get rid of the idols.

Bro Trevor’s Florida Trip Report (December 2012)

My family and I left for a little time off and an evangelistic trip through Florida on December 13th.  It’s a long trip from Southern Indiana with 3 children in the back, but God has given us wonderful children.  After a few evangelistic trips they are getting quite accustomed to long car rides.

So here’s the quick details:

2701 miles driven
12 days
8 Sermons
1 Christmas Play
Lots of Fellowship
Tremendously Blessed!

We arrived in West Palm Beach, FL and spent the weekend with Bro Jack Duff, pastor of Spirit and Truth Tabernacle.  After a couple hours to rest from the drive, we had a youth meeting over at Rapturing Faith Tabernacle with Bro Wessco on Friday night.  I spoke a sermon that had been building on my heart recently entitled “Wilt Thou Be Made Whole

Saturday we had a nice day of fellowship and getting ready for the Christmas play over at Rapturing Faith Tabernacle again.  It was a nice time of worship.  They performed the play I had written based off the Bro Branham sermon “Where is He King of the Jews?“.  Bro Jack and I even played the priests, something that I did NOT realize I was going to be doing until Saturday afternoon sometime.  I think Bro Jack and I did fine for not having a plan for who was saying which line till about five minutes before the play started!  Still, it was a nice time to think on HIM and the reason we have for the season.

Sunday Morning I preached “Declaration of Righteousness” to the saints from Spirit and Truth.  We had a nice time of fellowship and worship.  We were blessed after the service to see a renewing of vows from a couple that had recently come back together.  What a blessing!  God still moves.

Sunday Evening we went to Bro Jean’s church in Boynton Beach and spoke to the Haitian Believers there.  I took a title “Sanctified by His Glory“.  We dealt with being sure we pleased God in all things so that His Presence could be with us.

Monday morning we headed up to St. Augustine.  We stayed with Bro Jack’s niece and her husband.  They have a wonderful little family and were fine hosts.  We took a couple days to tour around St. Augustine and enjoyed the history of the city.  Monday evening we had dinner with Bro Keith Brown, pastor of Victory Tabernacle in St. Augustine.  Even though we had never met prior, Bro Keith graciously invited me to speak on Wednesday night.  I had wanted to meet Bro Keith for some time, especially after seeing the videos of Sis Brenda Lewis’ homegoing service.  His message to the people that day was fantastic.

After a couple days of touring around, I spoke on the subject of “Our Blindness, Satan’s Lies” Wednesday evening.  We had a nice response to the sermon, and I know that lives were touched.  Praise His Name!

Thursday we slowly made our way to Okeechobee, FL to see Bro Smiley at Bible Truth Tabernacle.  I had felt led to speak on “How the Seven Seals apply to our everyday life”, but that required a projector for my slide show.  Bro Smiley had mentioned the projector wasn’t working so I was trying to find the leading of the Lord on what else I might take for a subject.  About halfway through the song service, Bro Smiley realized the projector WAS working, even though it hadn’t for a week or so, and let me know.  Grateful, but a bit frantic, I changed gears back to what I had felt to do and got my slide show in the back.  I believe the teaching was helpful to many and the saints sure seemed to enjoy it.

Friday we were back with Bro Jack again in West Palm.  We took the morning and played Mini Golf with the kids and did a little shopping. That evening for service, I took the same subject that I did at Bro Smiley’s the night before. We had a very nice service. One sister in particular sure seemed to be set free by the Word that was brought.

Saturday we got up and thanked our gracious hosts and said our good byes.  We headed over to Sarasota, FL to be in fellowship on Sunday at House of Fellowship with Bro Danny Stemen.  We had a nice fellowship with many of the saints on Saturday evening.  Sunday morning I spoke on “Wilt thou be made whole” and that evening I took the “Seals Talk” again.  The response of the people was amazing.  I was told one of the young men at the altar was just giving his heart back to the Lord that morning.  God’s presence could be felt and I was humbled at the work of God in the lives of the people.

Bro Danny Stemen and I

Monday morning we were up and away headed back home, with a quick stop at the Chick-Fil-A in Ocalla, FL where some believers work, just to say Hi and God Bless and grab some Chicken Minis!

We thank the Lord for a good safe journey and a blessed trip.  I hope that we were as much of a blessing to those we came in contact with, as they were to us.

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

Bye Florida!

Fractured Fairy Truths: The 3 Little Pigs

Pig 1 built his house with straw.  He wasn’t quite as willing to work hard.  After all, why should he? He chose rather to bask in the love and grace of the Lord.  His house was strong because he trusted that God made it thus.  So he put up as little effort as was necessary.  “Unless the Lord build the house,” said he, “they labor in vain that build it”.  

Pig 1 looked over at the other pigs and scoffed.  How hard they worked.  Didn’t they realize they were free in Christ? Trying to do it all on their own.  Oh how it was too bad they didn’t just trust God and have faith. They were going to burn out with all their works one day and their houses that they worked so hard on would surely crumble.

And thus Pig 1 felt his house was secure.  He was satisfied with his faith and he could recognize the errors of the ways of others.

Pig 2 built his house with sticks.  He trusted in the Lord.  He felt he was much holier than Pig 1 of course.  He spent more time doing what he felt was right.  Pig 1 took his “freedom” too far.  A little holiness goes a long way.  No, he would never be so “borderline” as pig 1.

Of course, he was not quite as legalistic as Pig 3. That stuffed shirt walked around with his holy nose in the air all the time.  He worked just as hard as Pig 3 but he felt he was wiser about the materials he chose to work with. Pig 3 lacked discernment; after all, the building guide said wood was just fine.  It mentions bricks too, but who did that pig think he was to presume he understood more than he?

No, Pig 1’s house would surely blow away at the first trial to come.  Pig 3’s house?  Pig 3 was bound to make a mistake someday, and surely there was going to be a mistake.  No pig is perfect after all.

And thus Pig 2 felt his house was secure.  He was satisfied with his faith and he could recognize the errors of the ways of others.

Pig 3 built his house out of bricks.  He was working for the Lord.  His house took so much longer to build than the first two pigs, but he felt he had a more sure foundation.  He took pride that He had labored and toiled for the kingdom.  He knew he had built a solid house out of solid material that the building guide had recommended.

He pitied pig 1 and pig 2.  My how pig 2 tried.  Really he tried, he just seemed to be lacking.  Not quite as willing or strong enough to truly go the distance as he had.  And to think of his revelation!  My, the wood is for the nominal believers.  How could he not see that true believers used bricks?

And my, pig 1…poor pig one.  Did He even read the building guide?  I mean, all it seemed like was he flitted around and never actually served Christ.  To construct a house so minimally dressed.  To spend so little time on something so important seemed so foolish!

There was no way that the houses of pig 1 and pig 2 would ever stand the test of time.

And thus Pig 3 felt his house was secure.  He was satisfied with his faith and his works and he could recognize the errors of the ways of others.

And so it was the pigs served the Lord and built their houses in various ways.  Oh, they were kind enough to one another.  Occasionally one might slip to the other about how they were building wrong. That was never taken well.  How could one pig presume to think their house was better than the other?  Were they not all pigs?  Did they not all consult the building guide?

Until it happened that one day a big bad wolf who had been prowling through the area and seeking to devour whatever he could came upon the houses of the pigs.  The pigs were wary of the wolf but knew they were safe in their houses.

The big bad wolf approached the house of the first pig.

“Little pig, little pig, let me in!”
“NO – I know you Mr. Wolf.  I rebuke you!”

And the Wolf blew the house down and ate the first pig.

Not being satisfied with eating ONE pig, the big bad wolf approached the house of the second pig.

“Little pig, little pig, let me in!”
“NO – I know you Mr. Wolf. I rebuke you!”

And the Wolf blew down the house and ate the second pig.

Not being satisfied with TWO pigs for lunch, the big bad wolf approached the house of the third pig.

“Little pig, little pig, let me in!”
“No – I know you Mr. Wolf.  I rebuke you! I rebuuuuke you!!”

And the Wolf kicked open the door of the third pig, and ate him.

Now,  what can be learned from this little story?  Pigs will be pigs, and compare themselves to others.  They will believe they are holy because they are better or different than the other pigs.  Yet they are still pigs.
Had they been lambs, they would have had a shepherd around to kill the wolf at first sight.

II CORINTHIANS 10:12
 ¶  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Are You Apostolic?

 61-0806 THE.SEVENTIETH.WEEK.OF.DANIEL_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
  Some Brother down in Georgia drawed it for us over here as we went through the church ages. And we’re sure we can understand what this means. This white in the church here, that means it was all apostolic.

The true church of God has always been, and always will be apostolic.
They believed in going to church. 
They believed that God used the ministry, and the gifts.
They believed in signs and wonders following the church.

Brother Branham taught us that “as long as God is still calling, the apostolic age still goes on“. So look into the mirror of God’s Word, and see, ‘Are You Apostolic’?

I. Is going to church apostolic?

And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” ~ St. Luke 4:16

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.” ~ Acts 17:2

61-1224  SIRS.WE.WOULD.SEE.JESUS_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
  …usually it’s my custom to go to church somewhere on Sunday, if I possibly can.

60-0304  THIRSTING.FOR.LIFE_  PHOENIX.AZ
  And this little deer will get out to itself, away from the herd. That’s the one the wolf works on. And to you, old man or woman, when you separate yourself from believers… People say, “I can stay at home, be just as good a Christian as I can at church.” You can’t.
  The Bible said, “Not forsake our assemble ourselves together, and that much more as we see the time coming.”
  If you’re a Christian, you long to go where other Christians are, and fellowship with other Christians. So you cannot stay away from church and live the same life. You–you can’t do it, because it’s like, “I–I–I–I’m hungry, but I’ll never go to a table. I just… I’ll never eat. I just–I ain’t going to do it.” See? You’ve got to go and feed on the Word of God, and fellowship one with another.

 Our Lord Jesus, the Apostle Paul, and Brother Branham all attended church when possible. This is apostolic. ‘Are You Apostolic’?

II. Will an apostolic church preach the Gospel?
And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” ~ St. Mark 16:15
“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come.
Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” ~ St Luke 10:1-2
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?” ~ I Corinthians 12:28-29
And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ
.” ~ Ephesians 4:11-13
63-0630E  IS.YOUR.LIFE.WORTHY.OF.THE.GOSPEL_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
  Any man that can stand in the pulpit and look upon the sin of this day, and not cry out, there is something wrong with that man.
64-0830M  QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.3_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
 Q349. Now. Brother Branham, is it true that no one should preach but you? We have seen your–we have seen you ordain men. We do–don’t believe you would do that if there were not–if they were not to preach.
  Mercy. Brother, sister, ever who told you that nobody’s to preach but me, I’d sure be a poor subject to God with all that. No. Every man or that feels a call of God upon his life, get into the ministry and start preaching; we need them
.

65-0829  SATAN’S.EDEN_  JEFFERSONVILLE.IN  V-2 N-20  SUNDAY_
  This morning I wanted to hear Brother Neville, myself. And I heard him many times, and never heard him any time but what I appreciated him. But this morning, that timely message, I know I had the leading of the Lord to listen to that this morning. Very fine! And I see why you people like to come and listen to him, also. And he’ll always do you good, I’m sure, to listen to him.
Even when Jesus was on earth in a physical body He ordained, and sent out men to preach the Gospel. The Apostle Paul sent out brothers like Timothy to preach the Gospel, and taught of a true five fold ministry. Brother Branham ordained men to preach the Gospel, and even encouraged others to listen to them. This is apostolic. ‘Are You apostolic’?
III. Should signs and wonders follow the apostolic church?
And these signs SHALL follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover
. ~ St. Mark 16:17-18
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him;
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will?” ~ Hebrews 2:3-4

Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” ~ Romans 15:19

 15-3     THE.REVELATION.OF.JESUS.CHRIST  –  CHURCH.AGE.BOOK  CPT.1
Now remember this. Christ in the True Church is a continuation of the Book of Acts.

57-0325  THE.LAMB.AND.THE.DOVE_  OAKLAND.CA 

  And now look what the church has done. It’s either got off on a bunch of fanaticism, and either went real starchy and stiff and take none of it. But, brother, there’s a middle of the road where the real true Gospel is preached and the–the real true Bible signs and wonders following; a sweet Holy Spirit leads that church. That’s the kind of church to go to, an intelligent church, preaching the Word, standing on the Word, with a real full Gospel sermon, real Spirit of God; everything in the Spirit, everything is decent, everybody in order, everything in love; that’s the kind of a church we want. How many wants to belong to that church?

61-0416  ABRAHAM.AND.HIS.SEED.AFTER.HIM_  BLOOMINGTON.IL 

  I believe in the signs and wonders following the believers. That’s exactly what God said. That’s what I stand by. That’s what I believe.” And I know that it’s true.
Our Lord Jesus, the Apostle Paul, and Brother Branham all believed in signs and wonders following the true church of God. This is apostolic. ‘Are You Apostolic’?