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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.

 ¶  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.

Ajalon: Historical Fiction

An old man sat rocking quietly on the front porch.  Lost in his thoughts, he paid no attention to his young grandson watching him so intently.  The sun was setting over the nearby hills.

The young grandson watched as his grandfather almost willed the sun to go down with the power of his sad gaze.  The young lad noticed his grandpa’s thumb would twitch a little bit, just at this time of the evening.  Just when the sun was almost down, when you knew in 10 minutes it would be dark, it would begin it’s fervent twitch.


The old man startled away from his gaze at the sun and his thoughts.   “Oh! Erm, hrmm…excuse me lad.  What is it?”

“why do you stare at the sun like that every evening?”

The young man was disappointed at having his question unanswered, as his grandfather had gone back to gazing at the sun. 

The lad waited until he could no longer see the sun.  There was some light left, but very little.  He could see his grandfather was relieved.

“Graaandpaaa” said he, tugging on his grandfather’s sleeve.

“What?  Huh?  Who?  Oh, yes.  It’s you my son.  What is it?”

The young man shrugged off the fact that his grandfather had forgotten he was even there, and pressed on with his question.

“WHY do you stare at the sun like that every evening?”

“Stare at??  The sun?  Oh..erm..hrrmm.. well.  I spose I…     Have I never told you the story?”

“WHAT story?”

“I suppose it is something I do not like to talk about.  Perhaps you are old enough to hear about it now.  There are many who don’t believe it, but I was there.  I saw it with my own eyes.  Many of them did too, but it was far too incredible.  Time makes us forgetful and doubtful I suppose.”

“Grandpa, saw WHAT?  What did you see?”

“Yes, quite so lad.  Sit down right here and I will tell you the story.”

The already seated lad, just blinked at his visibly disturbed grandpa.

“Ah yes, you are sitting.  Well.  It all started when I was back in the army.  A fine regiment I was in, one of the best.  I served very proudly.  One day we had joined up with the armies of four other kings.

You see, there was a new people invading our country.  I don’t know where they came from, Egypt, or to the south somewhere.  Desert people, drifters I heard.  Well, they crossed the river into our country one day, and started warring on our cities.  They conquered two big cities in no time at all.  Well, there was no small stir among us.  We were on full alert.  Then we heard word that one of our cities had made peace with these new strange people.”  He spat on the ground in disgust.  “Traitors.”

“Go on Grandpa.  What does this have to do with how you watch the sun set every night?”

“The sun?  Oh yes, the sun sets every night…  every night.  Except….” The grandfather’s words trailed off.

“Grandpa!  Finish the story.  Please?”

“Well, as I said, my king and four other kings got their armies together to go pay a little visit to these traitors of our land that joined up with the strangers.  We meant not to pay them any kindness either.  We were enraged that they would join up with them.  We put all the regiments together and marched right down there. Somehow, they sent word to their new friends that they were in trouble.  Well,  there was quite a battle that began the next morning!

We fought very bravely, my regiment and I.  My captain was gravely wounded, and I ordered a litter to take him to safety.  As second, I assumed command and ordered my regiment to attack.”

The old man began to stare off again.  His facial features began to change in the last shreds of light the evening held.

“Well lad, we fought till we just couldn’t fight any more.  All around my comrades were falling.  I’d never seen such a fierce battle, nor have I seen such destruction to one army, and what seemed like none to the other.  It was as if…as if…as if God was with them people, and He was fighting against us Hisself!”

“Grandpa, why would God fight against you and your army?”

“I don’t know son.  I just don’t know.  I reckon that land really was supposed to be theirs.  That was nothing compared to what was about to happen.

Well, I don’t mind telling you lad, I begun to get real scared.  I’d never seen so many fall at my side.  Oh sure, battles are always bloody.  You lose friends in almost every one of them.  But this…this was different.  Well, I ordered a full retreat.  The eeriness of it all got right under my skin.  We started to skedaddle out of there.  I directed my men to the cover of some nearby hills.  I knew that if we could survive until dark, we could slip out of there unnoticed.  I reckoned we had a half hour or so before the sun would be gone, and we’d be safe.”

The old man shuddered suddenly as if caught by a bad cold chill.  The young lad lit a lantern and hung it on the porch lantern hook.  The lad noticed his grandfather’s face had paled, and there was a look of fear and shock on his face.

“Grandpa, are you ok?”

“Lad, most don’t believe what I’m about to tell you.”

“I’ll believe Grandpa, I really will!  I love you grandpa.”

“I love you too.  Boy, I want you to know, never forget what I am about to say to you – God is real.  I’ve seen Him. Never doubt that.  Never go against Him”

“You’ve seen God?”

“Well, I’ve seen what He can do.  It’s the same thing.

That evening up there in them hills, being pursued by the enemy, I was confident we could get away from that horrendous battle.  I was so sure we could survive, if we just ran hard enough.  The night would over shadow us and we’d be safe.

Then the rocks began to fall.”

“Rocks fell?”

“Aye lad, rocks!   Rocks from a clear sky…fell right on top of us, they did.  Stones such as you’ve never seen fell like rain.  I thought the battle behind us was bad.  I never seen such destruction until them rocks began to fall.  There was no hiding from them.  How can a man dodge the rain drops?  How can a man dodge them when they’re stones?

That’s not the worst of it though lad.  Not the worst at all.

The sun.  It…just…stayed.  It didn’t move lad.  Not one bit.  It’s as if time itself froze that evening.  I could have sworn we had thirty minutes until dark when we began to run.  We ran for hours.  Few escaped.  It seemed like the Sun was commanded to stand still, right over Gibeon.  I began to notice the moon too, as I skirted the cliffs.  It just hung there, right over the valley of Ajalon.  Lad, I tell you that the sun never went down until our army was totally defeated.
That’s why I watch the sun go down every night.  I can’t escape it lad.  It just doesn’t make sense.

God Hisself fought against me and the army I was in that day.  I don’t reckon there was ever a day like it before, and I hope there will never be a day like ever again.”

“I believe you grandpa,” the lad said, “I believe you.”

Let The Fire Fall

 ‘The Invisible Union Of The Bride Of Christ’

  “Now, before closing. One time I was up in Glacier National Park. We heard, all day long, that they had a–they had a fall, a glacier fire that was going to fall at night. So the people was busy, all day long, getting that thing ready, because they was going to pour that fire out, that night. They put a liquid fire falls, like a great glacier of water. But it’s… Looked like a rainbow, almost, when it comes out, of that fire falling out of this glacier. All around through the park, wife and I, and children, walked around through the day. We want to stay to see that fire exhibition. So it–it–it was promised us that we would see it, and we’d witness it again. They said they have it ever through the summer seasons and so forth. I said, “Well, will we be able to see it?”  
  Said, “We promised it tonight. We’re promised that.” Said, “They’re up there getting it ready now.”
  After all had been made ready for the event! That’s what’s taking place right now. All has been made ready for the event, a Church being pulled out for His Name’s sake, taking His Bride out from amongst the world, these denominations and all the world, and the filth and things of the world.  

  Everybody; the event was made ready. Everybody was standing out. They said, “Now keep watching, right up on top the mountain there.”
  That’s the way It’s always come. That’s the way It’s to come this time. That’s the way It always come. Not through a denomination! Never did God use a denomination, never!
  The reformer goes forth, he gets the Word of the Lord. And then when he dies, they build a denomination out of it. That’s what the Pentecostals and all did. When the new issues, everything, that’s just the way. That’s the way the thing come out. A new word added, then they build a church out of it, made a denomination, separated themself. It had to be that way.
  Now, you can’t beat–you can’t beat nature. Nature falls in the same routine, all the time: stalk, leaf, tassel, so forth, shuck, then the wheat.
  Now notice. All was ready. Everything had been kindled and made ready. And everybody was standing out. I had my head sticking up; my arm around my wife. We was looking. And children standing there, all of us looking up, like that. My! It was something, ’cause we was expecting it. It was promised to us.
  Amen! The Word promises This. “It shall come to pass, before the great and terrible day of the Lord shall come, behold, I will send unto you Elijah the prophet. He shall turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers.”…?… “It shall come to pass in the last days, I’ll pour out My Spirit from on High.” “The former and latter rain shall come together in the last day.” All these promises, through the Scriptures, been given. We’re looking upward. Watch at the true Bride across the nation this hour, looking up. Church, He is coming, one of these days. Just as sure as He come the first time, He is coming again. Get everything ready. Separate yourself from shuck. Lay before the Son. Keep looking up. Be under expectation.

  All at once, we heard something from the top the hill, a voice come down through the loud speaker, said, “All things are ready.”
  Then this man, standing right there by the side of me, said, “Let the fire fall.” Here it come, pouring down across that mountain, a glacier of fire and blazes a licking, a sight to behold.
  Brother, let’s get all things ready, for one of these days the Fire is going to fall. We’re going up. Now let’s get ready for the Fire-falling time.”

Fire Fall‘ (Glacier Point – Yosemite National Park)

  A precious friend of ours (Bro. Jack Duff – Pastor of ‘Spirit & Truth Tabernacle in West Palm Beach, FL) visited us recently for some special meetings. On Friday night (11/11/11) he used this quote for the basis of a sermon he titled ‘Let The Fire Fall‘.

  Yesterday, Bro. Trevor sent Bro. Jack & myself the link to a video he had found of a park ranger telling a very similar story about the ‘Fire Fall‘. The video also included the details of how the ‘Fire Fall‘ started in 1872, and why they stopped performing the event in 1968 (due to the overwhelming amount of visitors & traffic caused by the event, and because it was not a ‘natural event’).

  My first thought was, ‘It would be fun to re-create this event‘. Spiritually speaking however; you cannot try to re-kindle, or re-create the fire from another generation. We mustn’t try to make our experience match someone else’s, but our experience MUST match the Word of God.

  As nice as it would be to have a video of this event from back in the 1960’s; ‘you can’t get warm by a painted fire‘. While the historical record would be nice to have; by Itself the Letter killeth, but mixed with the Spirit It is quickened to give Life.

  The tree bark the park workers used was dead in & of itself, but when they mixed it with fire it provided life-sustaining warmth. So must we become dead to ourselves & dead to the things of the world so that the Holy Ghost & Fire can be kindled in our lives until it is no longer us, but Christ that lives in us!

For our God is a consuming Fire.”
(Hebrews 12:29)

  I also like that this was not just a monthly event (taking the communion), or an annual event (waiting for a revival), but preparations were made all day long, every single day so that the fire could fall daily!

  May we live so close that a fresh anointing of Fire can fall on us daily!

– Bro. Nathan

What Is The Holy Ghost?

  “Not from revival to revival, but from eternity to eternity you are sealed by the Holy Spirit.”

Diary Of A Message Dad (The Golden Rule)

In St. Luke’s gospel our LORD Jesus tells his disciples, “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Most of us are probably more familiar with the paraphrased version of this verse that is known as ‘The Golden Rule‘ (“Do unto others as yo would have them do unto you“).

Everyone wants to be treated fairly. Our country has gone to war time and time again, civil rights movements and human rights movements have been established, many have shed their blood and given their lives all so that people could be treated fairly.

We want to be treated fairly at church, at school, and at work. We want to be treated fairly by our friends, our family, our teachers, our employers, and our government. Most of us aren’t looking for special treatment above and beyond what everyone else receives, but none of us enjoy being humiliated in front of others, or when we are treated less favorably than our peers.

Are we as willing to constantly check our own actions to ensure we give out equal treatment to others as we are to fight for our own equal rights? Do we limit this checking of actions to our interactions in public (school, work, church, etc), or do we strive to treat our family and friends with the same level of respect?

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (St. Matthew 7:12)

When it comes to marriage; do we treat our spouse the way that we want to be treated? Do we stop long enough to truly listen, and communicate back? Do we give them the attention and respect that we expect to receive?

When it comes to our children; do we remember how we felt at their age, and give them the time, and patience that we desired from our parents?

I see so many parents (and have admittedly caught myself being guilty of the same from time to time) who expect very young children to act like adults.

Personally I don’t want to look back in twenty years to find that my memories of our children growing up are that my wife and I were able to train them to sit like little soldiers so that they never embarrassed us as parents, never did anything out of line, and grew up despising us.

My wife and I want our children to respect us as parents. We want them to understand their position as children and ours as parents, but we do not want our children to live in fear of us. We do not want them to feel that they can never make a mistake, or that they cannot come and talk to us when they find themselves in trouble.

I would like to look back in twenty years and be able to say that my children were not perfect little soldiers who never made mistakes, but that they were good children who were full of life, and love, and laughter. I want to remember that we allowed them to be children (even if it meant the occasional dirty clothes, or trips to the bathroom to apply band-aids as a result of their ‘adventures’, and maybe even a few random pieces of broken furniture).

I want them to be able to look back and see that their parents were not perfect, but that we tried to teach them all that we knew about Jesus, and how to live their lives to their fullest ability.

I hope that they will be able to look back and find that their fond memories heavily outweighing the bad.

I trust that they will realize their parents had their best interests in mind with every decision we made, and that we treated them equally, and loved them each the same for their own unique ways.

If you have children please recognize that you are their hero, and try to live up to those expectations before you prove them wrong.

Bro. Nathan

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (St. Matthew 18:10)

*** ‘Diary Of A Message Dad’ is a new blog label that we plan to use as a platform to share personal stories, insights, quotes, and scriptures related to parenting and marriage. ***

The Predestinated Snails

Let’s dramatize just a moment, so you get the picture“.
Rev. William Marrion Branham

The following is a little drama that I felt inspired to write many years ago (February 11th, 1998). I hope the little thought that the Lord laid upon my heart during that time will be a blessing to you as you read it. ~ Bro. Nathan Bryant

Genesis 6:18-20
“But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”

Our drama is set right around the time of the flood.

God told Noah, “Build an ark”, but He didn’t tell him to go collect the animals. The animals came on their own.

The flood was coming. Noah had preached it, and now it was right at hand. There [were] going to be two of every animal (one male, and one female) [to preserve life].

[There had to be a group of snails] living in Noah’s time [who were overcomers].

Now the horses could run, and the birds could fly (making pretty good time), but these little snails [would] have to crawl every inch of the way.

That’s like the bride. Some people are [granted eternal life after the second resurrection because they are] kind to the bride [St. Mark 9:41, Church Age Book p278], but [the true Bride of Jesus Christ will] have to crawl every inch of the way [overcoming] the devil’s temptations and torments [on every hand].

[These little snails would have to make it in] the ark, or their entire species would be wiped off the face of the earth forever.

After a few days this group of snails [were] just like Israel in the desert (murmuring and complaining).

After a few weeks almost half of them had given up [with all kinds of excuses].

“I just can’t do it.”
“I can’t live that kind of life.”
“It’s just too hard!”

But one little snail looked over at [one of those] hypocrites and said, “But God said He would never give us anything too hard [I Corinthians 10:13]. He [will] provide a way!”

“But if only two are going to make it what chance have I got?”

That same Godly snail looked over and [quoted St. Matthew 22:14], “Many are called, but few are chosen”.

“But I just don’t have the strength to go on. We may not even be going the right way…”

[One other faithful little] snail looked over at him and started singing, “I know the Lord will make a way for me. I know the Lord will make a way for me. If I live a Holy life, shun the wrong, and do the right; I know the Lord will make a way for me!”

Oh, it made those other snails so mad. These two (no matter what the situation was) always had a scripture or a song, and they always seemed so happy! Even though they were just as tired as the others, they pressed on to the mark of the high calling [Philippians 3:14].

[Some of those make-believer snails] tried to change God’s Word a little bit.

“Well, what if He didn’t really mean [literal rain]?”
“What if we’re doing this for nothing?”
“What if there is no [ark]?”

Those chosen snails looked at [them] and said, “If God said It, I believe it. I’m standing on It, and claiming [It]. Praise God! Every promise in the book is mine!”

[The vast majority] of the snails gave up, or died in the journey, but these two ‘Predestinated Snails’ pressed on because they had the faith to accept the Word, and apply it to their own lives.

[It would not have been enough for them to simply say they believed Noah. They proved they really did believe his message by making themselves ready (Revelation 19:7).]

Now in the last days (right before God closed the door) the sun was beating down. [Those two little ‘Predestinated Snails’] were in an awful state. The [doubting] snails that had given up were making fun of them, [and] trying to get them to [quit].

One of [those] ‘Predestinated Snails’ turned to the other and said, “Resist the devil, and he will flee” [James 4:7]. The other one [shouted], “Praise God!”, and they kept on.

After a while the other snails [gave up trying to bother] them, and went away.

[As they came over that final hill] they could see the ark sitting there. Praise God! We’re almost that close today. “Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” [St. Luke 21:28b].

They had just enough time to make it in before the door was shut.

If God knew the snails were predestinated to be there before the foundation of the [world], how much more [does] He know that we’ll be there?

If we’ll just press on (and not just read the Word, but write our own names in there and apply it to our own lives) then we’ll be able to make it in before He shuts the door, just like ‘the predestinated snails’.

Someone said, “Well, there’s no need in me trying it. Brother Branham said there’s only going to be one saved out of Jeffersonville.” See? Now, see, it’s showing a parable. That–that–that isn’t… That–that isn’t it. There might be thousands saved. I don’t know. I hope every one of them is saved (See?), but I don’t know. But here’s the way I want to believe it: I’m that one. You believe the same for you. If you don’t, then there’s something wrong with your faith. You’re not sure what you’re doing.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (63-0324M)

Romans 8:29-31
[“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”]

*** Text in between brackets indicates newly added and/or modified text. ***

Is “Heaven is for Real” for real?

(Book review)

Recently I have seen many references from friends about the book “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo. I decided to download the book to my kindle, and give the relatively short book a quick read.

I must say, having a daughter that had a ruptured appendix at a very young age as well, I could identify with the author and the book really gripped me for the first half.

In this book Todd Burpo, a Methodist minister, writes about a situation that happened to his four year old son. Young Colton Burpo has a ruptured appendix, and after 5 days of misdiagnosis, undergoes emergency surgery. During the surgery and the grim prospect of his little boy making it; his father finds a room to himself to cry out to God, and his mother is in a waiting room calling family and friends, and praying. During surgery, young Colton slips away from his body and sees his father in one room and his mother in another room.

The young boy makes it through surgery and recovers. Months later, he astounds his father and mother by telling them of different things that he should not have known about. He accurately describes where his mother and father were and what they were doing while he was in surgery, a fact he could not have known. He also mentions he has a sister in heaven. Mom and Dad are astounded by this because they’ve never told their son about a miscarriage they had prior to him being born. Other things begin to emerge over a period of months about him seeing his grandpa as a much younger man now in heaven and other such things.

It was a really nice story. Sadly, after we get through the tale of the physical surgery and such, and him seeing his mother in one room and his father in another, I have to stop believing it’s anything BUT a story.

You see, it just doesn’t line up with what a vindicated prophet of God taught us. In the book, Colton mentions his grandpa had bigger wings than he did. Bro Branham never mentions this. He tells us that not even all the angels have wings.

Colton mentions sitting on Jesus lap, yet when Bro Branham went beyond the curtain, he was told Jesus was “higher than this”. Colton also describes God having a big throne, Jesus having a smaller one, and the Holy Spirit having a different one as well. This is obviously a problem as the Bible tells us there is one throne, and that God is ONE Lord.

I could point out all the disparities between what we’re taught by Bro Branham and what is set forth in this book, but there would be no reason to continue, really.

It may sound harsh or hard to take, that I’m disagreeing with a four year old boy, but what else can I do? A vindicated prophet of God tells me something, I will take that over a Methodist minister’s tale of what his young boys tells him.

I do want to clarify though; I do believe HEAVEN IS REAL. I just don’t believe the book in question accurately depicts what Heaven is like. I know there are many who are encouraged by this book and the many others out on the market like it. I’m encouraged to know Heaven is real myself. In fact, we have a timeless Book that was given to us called the Bible. IT tells us Heaven is real, if we’d just put our faith in THAT, we wouldn’t need an unlikely story from a youngster to give us a spiritual lift.

If you chose to read it, take it for what it’s worth…a nice story, a tale of something incredible, and perhaps a bit of embellishment.

"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.”


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.”

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.”

Calling from both sides

But I don’t mean to hurt you; I mean that we get this straightened out. You’ll see one of the greatest revivals that ever swept the country. That’s right. We get back to the starting place, begin right. There’s only one thing to do; that’s come back, if you see you hit the wrong road, make back-tracks, go back and see where you started from.
Man usually, when he’s borned in the Kingdom of God, his face set right straight towards Calvary. Now, if he’s just a little bit emotional, he will go off on fanaticism. If He’s just a little bit his shrewd education, he will get so starchy, that he sets over on this side. That’s right. But the true Church of the living God, goes right down to the center of the highway, preaching a sane solid Gospel, calling from both sides. Amen.
That’s what we need today, a church that he wouldn’t be ashamed for anyone to come into. It’s perfectly governed by the Holy Spirit, no fanaticism, no starchy, just a good warm church, filled with God’s Spirit. Watch that, the good solid Gospel teaching pastors. That’s what we need. Amen. God help us to have it. God wants us to have it.

I’d like to use this post to “call from both sides”. Bro Nathan and I were discussing the VGR quote of the day from 5/31/2010 the other day. We both noticed how, depending on your view point, you may read/hear this quote.

If you were to highlight important parts of the following quote, what would you highlight?

Listen, did you ever think what that offices of the church is? It’s God’s dress, inside dress, an apostle, a prophet, a seer. Foresee, before Satan ever gets to it, done told it. What is it? God dressed up in His church. These offices is God’s dress-wear. When you see those offices, pastors, teachers, evangelists, what is that? That’s God’s dress-wear, God’s Presence, God’s Spirit and It’s working through man. And if that office denies any of this Word, then it’s not God-dressing. No, not that. That’s that wolf in sheep’s clothing. Watch that fellow. Beware of him. But when he just takes what the Word says, remember, that’s God, ’cause He’s speaking His Word. See? But if he says, “Well, it isn’t…” Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, my. Get going, sheep; get going!

Go ahead, try it. Think it through.

Here’s a couple scenarios we thought of:

What one viewpoint might highlight:

Listen, did you ever think what that offices of the church is? It’s God’s dress, inside dress, an apostle, a prophet, a seer. Foresee, before Satan ever gets to it, done told it. What is it? God dressed up in His church. These offices is God’s dress-wear. When you see those offices, pastors, teachers, evangelists, what is that? That’s God’s dress-wear, God’s Presence, God’s Spirit and It’s working through man. And if that office denies any of this Word, then it’s not God-dressing. No, not that. That’s that wolf in sheep’s clothing. Watch that fellow. Beware of him. But when he just takes what the Word says, remember, that’s God, ’cause He’s speaking His Word. See?
But if he says, “Well, it isn’t…” Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, my. Get going, sheep; get going!

What another viewpoint might highlight:

Listen, did you ever think what that offices of the church is? It’s God’s dress, inside dress, an apostle, a prophet, a seer. Foresee, before Satan ever gets to it, done told it. What is it? God dressed up in His church. These offices is God’s dress-wear. When you see those offices, pastors, teachers, evangelists, what is that? That’s God’s dress-wear, God’s Presence, God’s Spirit and It’s working through man. And if that office denies any of this Word, then it’s not God-dressing. No, not that. That’s that wolf in sheep’s clothing. Watch that fellow. Beware of him. But when he just takes what the Word says, remember, that’s God, ’cause He’s speaking His Word. See? But if he says, “Well, it isn’t…” Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, my. Get going, sheep; get going!

You see? We can make the same quote emphasize two totally different viewpoints. I’m reminded of the following quote:

Moses and his sign, God-given sign, Scriptural sign… Do you believe Moses’ sign was Scriptural? How did Moses know? How did Moses know it was God? When he went down there he understood, being born to be a prophet, he had the Word of the Lord he knowed. So he goes down there to deliver Israel, and he found out he was out of date. The people didn’t want him. A prophet can never deliver his message unless the people wants to hear it. So God just called His prophet in the wilderness. Sure. Took him out there and let the people suffer a little longer till they was ready. Moses was ready; God was ready; but the people wasn’t. They stayed forty years longer because they wasn’t ready. That’s exactly right.

Are we ready to hear the message – the ENTIRE message yet? Or do we only want to hold to the parts we like to emphasize?

I implore you, please pray to our Lord and Savior and ask for His revelation in our lives. The sooner we throw down OUR ideas, and are open to HIS leading and ALL the Word says, the sooner we can take our promised land.

May His coming rejoice your heart,
Bro Trevor

Being Led By The Spirit

I was reading Numbers chapter 9 this morning and my attention was drawn to how closely the children of Israel followed the pillar of fire:

NUMBERS 9:17-23
17 And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents.
18 At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents.
19 And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not.
20 And so it was, when the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the commandment of the LORD they abode in their tents, and according to the commandment of the LORD they journeyed.
21 And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed.
22 Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed.
23 At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

If the cloud stopped; they stopped (whether it was for two days, or a month, or a year), and as soon as the cloud started moving again they moved (whether it was in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the middle of the night).

I hope that we can be so sensitive to the Holy Spirit that when He says ‘Move’; we move, and when He says ‘Don’t move’; we stand still.

If it’s in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the middle of the night.

If we’ve been in the same geographical location, or doing a certain thing for the Lord two days, or a month, or a year. Would you have me wait here Lord, and remain the same, or go into action somewhere else, or be doing something else?

I’m reminded of the following quote (also found in the Church Age Book p172):

“Notice, what harmony. Jesus never did anything until seen of the Father or the Father showed Him first: (Harmony between God and Christ. See? John 5:19) So will the Bride, and He shows Her His Word of Life (He shows Her), and she receives It. She never doubts it.
Nothing can harm Her, not even death; for if the Seed be planted, the water will raise it up again. Amen. (Now, I got a great big “Hallelujah.”) Here is the secret: the Word is in the Bride and the mind of Christ to know what He wants done with the Word, and She does it in His Name. She has THUS SAITH THE LORD.
Then it is germitized; so the Holy Spirit waters it until it is grown and serves its purpose.
They do only His will
. (Amen. I’ll believe that.) No one can persuade them different. They have THUS SAITH THE LORD, or they keep still. Then they will do the works of God. For it is Himself in them, continuing His Word to fulfill as He did complete in His day. All things when He was here–He did not complete all when He was here, for it was not time yet”.

Whatever You want is what I want.
How can You use me today?
Where would You have me go today?
Is the pillar of fire standing still? Is this where I’m supposed to be today? Is this what I’m supposed to be doing today, or is It leading me somewhere else or to do something else?
Would You have me to wait, watch, and pray, or should I be out somewhere witnessing, singing, preaching a sermon, or living a sermon (a written epistle read of all men)?
Will I be the only Bible that someone reads today?

Oh, how we need in Jeffersonville thousands of lived voices, the thunder of God thundering out in sweetness, and holiness, purity, undefiled lives, walking around in the earth today without a blemish. Yes, sir, real Christians, that’s thunder against the enemy. The devil don’t care how loud you can holler; the devil don’t care how much you can jump, how much you can do this or shout. But what hurts the devil is to see that sanctified, holy life consecrated to God; say anything to him, call him anything, just as sweet as it can be and move right on. Oh, my. That throws him away; that’s the thunder that shakes the devil.

“Lead me Lord I’ll follow anywhere you open up the door”.
“Let your word speak through me”.
“Lord I want to be a witness”.

“Where You lead me I will follow”.

“Millions now in sin and shame are dying. Listen to their sad and bitter cry. Hasten brother, hasten to their rescue. Quickly answer; ‘Master, Here am I'”.

“Here am I; send me!”

And as the poet went on to say, Father:
Millions now in sin and shame are dying; (Over in Africa, down in India, around the world, thousands an hour, meeting You without knowing You)

Now, it might be your neighbor; it might be the woman you work with, the man you work with, but they’re…
Millions now in sin and shame are dying; (In creeds and denominations)

There is millions now in sin and shame, are dying;
(look on the streets)

Are we sensitive enough to The Holy Spirit to be led where He would have us go, and stay where He would have us stay? To do what He would have us do, and to say what He would have us say?
Or have our senses been numbed so badly by the things of the world (by complacency, and worldliness, and the hustle, and bustle of everyday life) that we can no longer hear where that still small Voice is leading us?
Are we willing to pay the price and go wherever He leads?
Are we so in tune with His Will that we have THUS SAITH THE LORD or we keep still?

If we aren’t then the time has come to fall to our knees and cry out to God until we know what He would have us do, and where He would have us go. Until we know that we are in His Perfect Will, and that it is Him doing the leading, or we stop and seek what He would have us do until the pillar of fire starts moving again.

Now the children of Israel didn’t just lay in their tents all the time and assume the cloud wasn’t moving. They had to watch to know if It was still there, or if it was leading them somewhere else.

Don’t just assume that the Holy Spirit doesn’t want you to do something simply because you aren’t seeking Him to find out. There’s a work for all to do, but maybe you’ve just fallen asleep in your tent instead of watching where He’s leading, and have failed to see that the pillar of fire has moved on without you.

– Brother Nathan Bryant

Job (The Biblical Man) – Who are you?

This is the beginning of a series of posts on a look at the life (and book) of Job, in the Bible. What began as a question on Facebook, turned into a full fledged research/discussion project. Please enjoy the recap I am doing here.

Who are you?

Well, what about it? WHO are you? How do you define your purpose, your being, your existence?

Some may say, “Well, I’m a carpenter, a father, and a good friend.” Others may say “I’m a mother of 4 children” Yet does this define WHO you are? Rather you are speaking of WHAT you are.

Strip away all the things from you. Take away your house, your kids, your occupation, and everything that you “do” and “are” from day to day. WHO are you now? Will your answer be “a penniless pauper”?

Are you someone? Do you have purpose and meaning in life without the “things” around you that sustain you and give you meaning?

Starting to sound like a familiar story? Yes, Job, from the Bible. A man with a houseful of children. Lands, animals, and wealth were his possessions. He walked into the city and was respected of all men. Then, things changed.

Twice God challenged the devil to observe Job’s life. Twice Satan said, “put forth thine hand” to take things, people, and even health from Job. All but his life was taken. Once a loving father. Now a man surrounded by many graves. Once one of the richest men on earth, now penniless. Once a highly respected man. Now horribly disfigured. Scary to behold. Scorned. Held in derision. Where people used to look at him and respect him, now they look and tremble at his sight. Feared because of his appearance.

Weakly he falls on an ash heap to morn and scrape his wounds. Was he now just a man sitting on the ash heap? Or was he more?

You see, without God, life has no meaning. A belief in evolution, that man was created randomly, STARTS the thinking that life is without meaning. What begins randomly, stays random, and ends random. If you believe you were created randomly, can you believe you have purpose? You would be just a random accident.

Because of this, many today without God lose all vision of purpose and meaning. They end up taking their life, or even the lives of others. They fail to see more around them than what they can see or touch. Take away everything they have falsely placed purpose in, and they have nothing left.

Now, Job was not entirely perfect. He went through quite a depression. He wished for the day he would die. He cursed the day he was born. He didn’t understand what he had done to cause this. Did he ever lose his purpose? No. He could have just killed himself. He didn’t.

Was Job more than a man on an ash heap wishing for death? YES!! This was GOD’S BEST sitting there. God knew the metal that was in Job. He was taunting His adversary with him. Job was fulfilling the ultimate purpose. Job was glorifying God. Through everything that happened, God received glory.

Behold purpose and meaning! Do you think it a small thing to glorify God with your life? Do you think He is not worthy of such glory? Do you think He is unfair to do such? If so, you have not yet seen Him. You have not considered His glory and majesty. He gives our every breath. We exist because of Him and for Him. There is no other purpose.

So, I ask again. Who are you?