~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (‘Why It Had To Be Shepherd‘ – 64-1221)
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He is not here, but is risen…”
Take that what He gives you and fight sickness and sin. Fight unbelief away. Tell the devil he’s a liar. Christ said He has overcome the world. “Greater is He that’s in you than he that’s in the world.” Greater is the power of Christ in you than that sickness that you have in your body tonight. Greater is the power of Christ than that little besetting sin that you can’t overcome. Let’s take that Holy Spirit, and fight the devil down, and walk out victorious as the heroes of the cross.” ~ William Marrion Branham (58-0128) ‘The Oneness Of Unity’
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 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.
After eating at a local fast food chain we had quite a few pieces of our chicken left untouched so my Dad offered it a little Hispanic family. After talking to them briefly we found out that they were Pentecostal, and had heard of Bro. Branham. Having previously packed some materials for such an occasion; I was able to share several sermon books & the ‘Life Story‘ CD (59-0419) with them.
BEHOLD A GREATER THAN ALL OF THEM IS HERE
“… the old salt said to the young poet, said, “Where goest thou, my good man?” He said, “Oh, sir.” He said, “I am a poet.” And said, “I’ve wrote of the sea, and–but I have never seen it yet, and I’m going down.” Said, “Oh, I just can’t wait till I see the sea, to hear the gulls, watch the bright blue skies reflecting itself in it’s–in its big body of water, to smell the brine of the salt, and to see the whitecaps spraying up like that.” The old salt took his pipe out, and spit, said, “Huh. I don’t see nothing so thrilling about it. I been there for sixty years.” See? That’s right. He’d been on it so much, it was common to him. See? That’s what’s the matter with the church. We’ve seen the goodness of God so much till it’s become common to us.”
We checked into our hotel in West Palm Beach, and met Bro. Jack Duff (pastor of Spirit & Truth Tabernacle in West Palm Beach, FL), and part of his family for supper. They had just returned that day from services he had preached at in Zimbabwe, and they had some wonderful stories & pictures to share with us from their journey.
Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Immediately after service we drove to Myakka / Sarasota where I preached on ‘Finding The Little Shoe‘ for the afternoon service at the ‘House Of Fellowship‘ (Bro. Danny Stemen – Pastor). The saints responded to the message, and we truly enjoyed our time of fellowship there.
The church in Myakka is beautiful, and the character of the people certainly match it’s beauty.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
(Atlanta, GA & Huntsville, AL)
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
We appreciate the hospitality & Christian love that was shown to us at every stop along the way. It was a blessing to see our old friends, and to meet many new ones as well.
The LORD blessed the services, our time of fellowship with believers from many different churches, and our time vacationing as a family far beyond what we could have ever imagined.
“… unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (I Timothy 1:17)
– Bro. Nathan
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 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 night Bro. Trevor preached on ‘Separation‘, reminding us of the separation that Christ went through to take our place on Calvary.
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.
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.
I traveled to Liberty, KY the last two weekends (April 2nd-3rd & April 9th-10th) with my wife (Sis. Rebekah), and our two boys (Philip & Nathanael).
The LORD blessed us with nice weather on both trips. Even though it was raining pretty hard this past Saturday morning (April 9th), by the time we got on the road the sun had come out, and we were able to enjoy a beautiful drive.
We had a good time of fellowship both weekends with the pastor (who also happens to be my uncle) Bro. Morris Bryant. I preached at ‘Liberty Tabernacle‘ on Sunday morning the first weekend, and Philip (our oldest son) helped me sing a special.
The second weekend Bro. Trevor, his wife (Sis. Anna May), and children (Zion, Azariah, and Glorianna) joined us for the weekend trip to Liberty. We were able to relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday while we watched the children play, and I lost a few games of ‘corn toss‘.
Bro. Trevor preached at ‘Liberty Tabernacle‘ on Sunday morning, and his wife and children joined him to sing a special. My cousin (Bro. Richie Keith) sang a special, and played the bass guitar while I led songs during the worship service.
Since I will be preaching in Blades, DE next weekend (LORD willing), and Bro. Trevor is going to be preaching in Townville, SC the following weekend, he went ahead and gave me an early birthday present while we were together in Liberty. Part of the present was an original copy of the November 1952 Reader’s Digest that I certainly appreciated because that issue has ‘The Healing of Donny Morton’ article Bro. Branham refers to many times.
After enjoying the time of fellowship with friends & family it was time to say our goodbyes, and head home again. We certainly appreciate all of the kindness and hospitality that Bro. Morris, and the brothers and sisters at ‘Liberty Tabernacle‘ showed us over both weekends.
The little flock meets together in Bro Tom’s home. They are a diverse group with a few Caucasian, and the rest of the group is divided equally between Hispanic and Congolese. Thankfully the Congolese believers speak English, so we only needed translation of the preaching into Spanish.
We had a blessed time of fellowship together. I found the spirit to be very sweet amongst the believers. We were also visited by a small group from Austin, TX, and were blessed to hear of their testimonies about how they all came together. I’ll share a little of that testimony.
A brother had begun to share the Message and testify to a young man who was working with him. He told the young man he needed to read the Church Age Book. The young man said he would like to read it, and proceeded to ask the brother every day if he brought him the book. By the third day, the brother figured there must be something to this young man, and remembered to bring the book to him. The young man took the book to his home and was sitting out on the front deck of the apartment he lives in reading the book.
Unbeknownst to all of them, there was a brother from Honduras living at the same apartment complex. He was unaware of any other believers in his area. He was walking down the sidewalk by the young man’s apartment as the young man read. The brother noticed the young man reading, and WHAT he was reading. He fell on his knees and began to praise the Lord. He got up and asked the young man, “where did you get this book?”
He began to tell the young man and his wife about the prophet William Branham. The young man’s wife said she had heard about this before. Her parents had began to receive the last day Message as well.
It was certainly a joy to fellowship with these fine believers who are believing and learning the Message in Austin, TX.
I preached Saturday evening on “Rest vs. Rebellion”. The people were encouraged to rest in Christ. Sunday morning I preached “Culture Degrades Truth”, and exhorted the people to drive the enemy out of their land completely, and to raise up living stones in their homes.
The fellowship was wonderful, and I look forward to a return trip in the not too distant future.
Bro. Trevor, and I traveled to Columbia, SC last Friday where we had the opportunity to attend a minister’s meeting on Saturday (coordinated by Bro. Tim Calhoun, and hosted by Bro. Gerald Hughes).
We certainly enjoyed our time of fellowship with the attending ministers.
Our good friend, Bro. Danny Stemen from Sarasota, FL was the guest speaker, and we were very encouraged by the wisdom the LORD has given our brother.
Saturday night we attended a tent meeting at Bro. Gerald Hughes’ church where Bro. George Scharneck from South Africa preached a stirring sermon on ‘Crisis‘, and many came forward for prayer at the end of the service.
We drove on to Anderson, SC Saturday night after the service. Bro. Trevor preached on ‘Culture Degrades Truth‘ Sunday morning at our good friend, Bro. Luke Gibson’s church, and as Bro. Luke said, “Bro. Trevor really outdid himself”. It was a wonderful time in the LORD.
Sunday night I had the opportunity of preaching at Bro. Luke’s church as well, and spoke on ‘The Accepted Sacrifice‘. There was certainly a sweet Spirit of HIS presence in our midst, and several came forward for prayer at the end of the service
We always enjoy our time of fellowship with Bro. Luke, and it was good to see our brothers and sisters from ‘The Tabernacle Of The Lord‘ again.
Monday morning Bro. Trevor, and I drove home, and enjoyed our time listening to ‘The Seed Of Discrepancy’ (65-0118), and reflecting on the fellowship, and services we were able to enjoy over the weekend.
The LORD blessed us with beautiful weather for our trip to South Carolina, and the majority of the way back (only running into a little bit of rain the last two hours of the drive home).
We forsook some sleep over the weekend in exchange for some wonderful fellowship, and came home with our hearts stirred, and our souls refreshed.
We received several new invitations over the weekend, and are both looking forward to the upcoming travels this year as we continue in HIS service.