The Last Independence Day

Today is Independence Day. A day we celebrate the freedom our country achieved from Britain. A day when our forefathers stood on their own two feet and declared that we were free to pursue life, liberty and happiness. This day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the spirit of camaraderie that we feel together as a nation.

I wonder today however, if it will be the last I am able to celebrate.

Oh don’t feel I am being melodramatic. It is quite a real thought. As I perhaps watch fireworks tonight and celebrate our independence and freedom, will it be the last time I am able to truly do so?

Will this Independence Day be the last time that ministers, who follow the true Word of God and hold unwaveringly to it’s principles, are truly free? In a nation that has essentially declared that if you are a photographer and are unwilling to take pictures of a wedding between two men or two women you can no longer be a photographer. If you are a florist and will not celebrate in a union between a same-sex couple you can no longer be a florist. If you are a baker and will not bake a cake and put a two man cake topper on it, you can no longer be a baker. How can we anticipate freedom then for the ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who will not perform such unions at all? Not because of hatred, rather the opposite, it is because of our love for mankind that requires us to cry out against the things that are destroying not only their flesh, but their souls!

How long will it be until those who proclaim we should be able to “love as freely as we wish” will in a turn of hypocrisy declare our love to be invalid? I wonder if that is the “religiosity” we will be attacked from. For the early believers, they were attacked initially by the Jews, who feared that their power and standing and the balance with Rome would be shaken. Will it be this new campaign of “freedom” that will actually end freedom for the true believers? We know the day will come when men will persecute us thinking they are doing God a service. If they persecute the true believer they obviously don’t know God. So in a country where people have begun to define “God” in any way they wish, ultimately saying He is all loving and would not punish the evil doer, it is very natural (but hypocritical) that we will be persecuted in the service of this God.
It may be difficult to watch the fireworks tonight with the usual zest, excitement, and love for my country that I have always felt in the past.
God Bless America! But America has already rejected that blessing.
God give us courage and strength to face the troubled times that have been prophesied are ahead.

Bro Trevor

Florida Trip Report, June 2015

It’s been two and a half years since my last Evangelistic Trip looping through Florida.  Oh, I’ve been down to Florida in and out on a plane, but this is the second driving tour through Florida and extending into South Carolina on the way home!

Here’s the quick recap

  • Over 2324 miles
  • 8 Services
  • 6 churches
  • Lots of believers
  • A few games of “Ticket to Ride” with the family and with believers! (one of my favorite games)
  • A few games of Wordsters with Bro Jack’s family!

We started the trip in Sarasota where I preached on “Relationship or Nicolaitanism” and had a very good service. The evening service I spoke on “Lucifer’s Style of Worship” and without prompting there were quite a few that had come to the altar. We had fine fellowship with the believers at House of Fellowship and spent the next couple of days touring the area and fellowshipping in the evenings with the saints.

Bro Trevor and Bro Carl Herms

Bro Trevor and Bro Carl Herms

Wednesday night I was blessed to be able to preach for Bro Carl Herms in Tampa. It was nice of him to extend an invitation to me without ever meeting me, solely on the recommendation of Bro Danny.  I preached “Wilt thou be made whole” and as normally happens with that sermon, many hearts were spoken to, and many came up for prayer.

Thursday we went over to Okeechobee to Bible Truth Tabernacle and Bro Smiley. We always enjoy being with the saints there, and even though the power flickered on and off, and I knocked down and caught in my hand the crown of thorns, we sure had a good service.  I again spoke on “Relationship or Nicolaitanism”.  We had some good fellowship after service with Bro Justin Smiley, a young minister of the church.

Friday and Saturday we spent some time with my good friend Bro Jack Duff. Also on Saturday we had a ministers meeting with the local ministers and quite the discussion on the baptism of the Holy Ghost, how it relates to the new birth, and how it relates to the Stature of a Perfect man.

Saturday evening was the youth service and I spoke on “The Arm of the Lord”. I took the tauntings of the Rabshekah to Hezekiah and modernized them a bit as the tauntings of the devil at the young people. I believe it spoke to many hearts.

Sunday morning I again spoke on “Relationship or Nicolaitanism” at Bro Jack’s church, and Sunday evening we were in service at the Haitian church in Boynton Beach on the same topic.  I told some of the believers who were driving around with us for the fellowship the reason I’m preaching it so many times is not because I’m a lazy preacher, but because I feel the topic is so relevant and needful in our churches today.

Bro Trevor and Bro Jason Watkins

Bro Trevor and Bro Jason Watkins

On Monday we drove up to Beaufort, SC to be at another church for the first time.  Bro Jason Watkins had invited me to come by the last time we had met while in a service in Ohio. We enjoyed the fellowship and for the service on Wednesday evening I preached on “Wilt thou be made whole”. I know many hearts were touched by the Spirit of God.

We really could feel the prayers of the believers with us. We never encountered one problem the entire trip.

We had a nice family time while we were there as well,as we celebrated my son Zion’s 14th birthday.

 

 

We’re thankful to be back home, and my faithful wife is busy with the laundry and all kinds of household things.  I’ve been weeding the garden as the rains must have been incredible while we were away.  Shortly, we’re headed over to Bro Nathan’s services that are going on this weekend!

Keep me in prayer as I begin to contemplate the leading of the Lord for a few overseas trips that I have open doors for.

God Bless everyone!

Bro Trevor

 

Fitting Friday, Shadowed Saturday.

GEFire

GE Fire, 4/3/2015

It’s 3 o’clock here in Southern Indiana. Today it is dark and rainy. Multiple storms have been passing through the area. A large company in Louisville had a major fire at a warehouse. Streets are flooding all around. My drive to work felt like I was going through a war zone or a major catastrophe. Being around 1 mile from the warehouse fire, there was burnt plastic garbage strewn across the parking lot of the office complex from the fire. There was a definite ominous feel to the day.

Flooding

Flooding

Fitting isn’t it? On this day in what was likely A.D. 30, our Lord Jesus was crucified. The world rejected it’s Savior, not only rejected but condemned to die a horrible death.

I have been thinking for the last couple of days on what it must have been like on that day for the disciples and the few who still followed Jesus. How must have they felt? What must it have been like when the earthquake happened, the inner veil in the temple was rent, and the sky darkened because the sun hid it’s face in a total eclipse? It was enough to make a roman soldier cry out “Surely this man was the Son of God”. It must have been much more ominous than my drive to work today!

As I’ve considered how the disciples must have felt, I remembered, not only did they see Jesus crucified on Friday, but NOTHING happened on Saturday for them. We focus on Jesus dying on Good Friday and the resurrection on Sunday. What about Saturday? Because we can watch movies like “Jesus of Nazareth” or “The Gospel of John” in 3 hours time, we can “experience” Jesus’ death and resurrection very quickly. We grieve as we see him depicted on the cross, but it’s OK because in the next few scenes He will be risen! Hallelujah!

And we forget what it must have been like for the disciple on Saturday. All day, all night, nothing but the memories, nothing but the fear, nothing but doubts and frustrations. Their ideas, their plans, their expectations – all dashed to pieces. In one week time from “Triumphal Entry” to Ignominious death. How do they cope? What are their thoughts?

Fitting also we have a blood moon eclipse happening on Saturday morning this year. Fitting because on Saturday morning in A.D. 30 – Jesus was gone. The life giving rays of the Sun on the moon will be shadowed by the world.

Today has been so fitting of a day for remembering the price Jesus paid. Yet, I sit in a comfortable office, surrounded by small catastrophe’s in a fallen world removes me quite a bit from that day in A.D. 30. Tomorrow, I’m going to try to watch some of the eclipse, and endeavor to spend the day thinking about what it must have been like in the Shadow of Saturday.

Arguments = No Revival

You get around where there’s arguments; you get into that type of atmosphere. If there’s something in the church, someone who’s disobedient, and very ugly acting in the church and causing trouble, you’ll never be able to have a revival as long as that kind of an atmosphere is around. And so, you have to have everybody…
If you’ll notice when the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost, they were all in one place and in one accord (Is that right?) and waiting for a promise. And when we get like that, Brother Boze, the revival will be here then. That–that’s right.
(53-1212 ~ WMB)

Let’s get any arguments out of the way. I’d rather have revival!

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

From The Archives Pt4

From The Archives Pt4: “Simple Truths” by Bro. Nathan Bryant

The included quote is still just as true as when Brother Branham spoke these words in July of 1963, and when this was originally posted on July 25th, 2005.

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

A friend of mine asked me the other day “What does the Bible say about cursing”. I assumed this meant profanity and not the kind of cursing that Balak wanted Balaam to do on the children of Israel.

I’d like to share a few scriptures that I thought were appropriate to the subject that I sent my friend. Perhaps others will be blessed by this.

Let’s begin with taking the name of the Lord in vain. This is not something the Lord is pleased with,yet many people view this as “not as bad” as some of the major curse words today. But look at the following passages:

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exo 20:7)
And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (Lev 19:12)

I think the passage in Leviticus really brought it home for me. “Profane the name of thy God”. I can’t imagine this! How could we take the name of the Holy One and profane it. This really ought to be unthinkable to any of us! To mix the unholy with the holy!

Now, many people would look at this topic and say “this word is good, this word is bad, this word is ok”. Even further we have words that we say “that’s just a mild form of this or that word.” I don’t want to get into all that with this post. I really want to look at the principle of cursing itself.

Consider the Scriptures:

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. ( II Tim 2:16)

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Eph 4:29)

So how about those? Is your “babblings” profane or vain? Is your communication corrupted? These things will increase into more ungodliness! They already ARE ungodly…and will cause MORE!

Yet Paul finishes in Ephesians by saying “but that which is good to the use of edifying”. I think that’s the main point here. Ultimately Christians should be full of grace. Why would Christians, who are supposed to be reborn with the Spirit of Christ, be speaking anything that is not edifying and filled with grace? Why would it be negative? Why wouldn’t it be BLESSING instead of cursing?

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

You see, it’s more than whether the actual words we are speaking are “right” or “wrong” but our communications are an indicator of what’s inside.

Just as Jesus once said:

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (Matt 12:34)

And there we have it. Are you speaking cursings, negative thoughts, and words that refer to vile things? If so, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”. Are you speaking blessings, positive words, and those things that are filled with praise and virture? Well then, “out of the abundance of the heart…”

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

From The Archives Pt3

From The Archives Pt3: “Gone Fishin” by Bro. Trevor Emond

This one was originally posted on September 11th, 2007, but the burden for outreach to fallen humanity burns more in our hearts now than ever before.

Signs and wonders still follow.

Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. (Luke 7:22,23)

 

This winter has been especially cold, snowy, and icy for us in the Jeffersonville area.  With that we’ve had a difficult time keeping the sidewalks clean enough at the Tabernacle for it to be safe to have church without worrying about believers slipping and falling.

The brother that takes care of the maintenance at the church was out one Saturday trying to clean off some ice so we could have service the next day and as he was shoveling he ended up slipping and falling.

The doctors found a tear in his rotator cuff.  He was unable to lift his arm up, or even bend his elbow without searing pain.  It was sad to see him keeping rhythm with his left hand instead of his right as he led songs the past couple of services.  Well, Wednesday night, he was keeping the rhythm with his right arm, the one with the tear in the shoulder.  Bro Collins testified about it, saying that he couldn’t even lift his arm, but God had healed our brother and he could lift his arms above his head with no pain!  God also healed the problem he was having in his foot!

Truly God is merciful and good to us.  He didn’t promise us divine health, but He promised us divine healing.  Signs and wonders are STILL following the Message of the Hour.

Of course, you all heard about the brother who couldn’t speak for over 2 years, prayed the closing prayer in service (yes audibly!) about a year ago, right?

Acquire the Fire, West Palm Beach, FL meetings

I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to West Palm Beach, Fl.  Bro Jack Duff, pastor of Spirit and Truth Tabernacle hosted the annual “Acquire the Fire” youth meetings.

Bro Jack invited me to be one of the speakers for the meetings and so I gladly spoke for two of the services.

Bro Joe Underwood opened the meetings with a topic of “Flames of Holy Fire” and I was on my feet as I heard him declaring that if your fire wasn’t lit by the Message of the Hour then it never really got lit.  I was so encouraged to be part of a group of ministers “lifting the hands of Moses” as it were. Bro Joe really inspired the young people to keep putting logs on the fire to keep it burning hot.  Things like their daily walk with the Lord, listening to tapes in their own free time, and coming to church help to keep things burning hot.  He used the following scripture:

And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.  ~ LEVITICUS 9:24

The next morning (Saturday) I spoke on a topic of “Lucifer’s Style of Worship“.  I used the following quote:

“Sin in its initial form is to reject the revealed Word of God, what God–or will of God. When God has revealed something as His will, and to reject that is to blaspheme, or to reject God.”

We talked about how Lucifer rejected the revealed Word/Will of God and there was no redemption.  I showed how we DO have redemption, but not if we knowingly reject the Word/Will of God.

That evening Bro Andrew Glover preached a good sermon on “He Cares”.  I loved how he took the story of the mother opossum and the little fishy to illustrate that if God cares for those little animals, He cares for you.  He said the devil lies to young people all the time by telling them, “no one cares”.  The young people were greatly encouraged and the Spirit of the Lord was indeed present.  Many were prayed for and the Scripture Bro Joe opened Friday with became prophetic of the meetings and God was consuming the altar of the young people and many could not help but fall on their faces before God.  I personally have not felt the power of God so strongly upon me as I’ve prayed for one young sister in particular as I have since being at Still Waters camp.

Sunday morning I delivered part 2 of what I was speaking on Saturday morning.  I took the topic of “Mixing“.  AfbleachandAmmoniater recapping part 1 I began to show what the Bible talks about on the doctrine of Balaam.  In a visual illustration, I typed ammonia to Moab and I typed Bleach to the Children of God.  I had both in front of the audience on a table with a little jar for mixing the two.  The brother in the front row was certainly concerned!!  I did not mix the two and no one in the audience wanted me to either!  I used this type to show how dangerous it is when we try to mix doctrines, culture, creeds, music, etc into the Word of God for our day.

Remember, it was a unpardonable sin, three times in the Bible, for any persons to add one word of their own interpretation to God’s Word after It had been vindicated the Truth.

In the garden of Eden, right, in the garden of Eden, one word added caused death.

When Balaam added the word, that, “We’re all the same,” they, God never did forgive Israel that. Every one of them perished in the wilderness, except the three that God brought out.

Sunday evening Bro Jack gave Bro Kenny Capps some time to give testimony.  Bro Capps spoke about his experiences with Bro Branham and gave witness to the things he had personally seen and heard.  He exhorted the people that even the little things the prophet said would come to pass.

Bro Andrew finished up the services on Sunday evening with “It’s going to take a stronger wind than this”.  He encouraged the young people that what they were going through wasn’t strong enough to defeat them as long as Jesus was in the ship to speak “Peace be Still”

There was much worship of the Creator during the meetings, along with plenty of fun songs the young people could jump and dance (appropriately) to!  A fun time and a blessed time to give honor to the King!  I enjoyed the services immensely and was able to play saxophone during the singing.

All in all the meetings were wonderful.  I pray that those who were touched, were touched in a lasting and impactful way.  I’m looking forward also to the day where we can sing and worship and NOT get worn out so bad!!  Even so, Come Lord Jesus!

-Bro Trevor

 

From The Archives Pt2

From The Archives Pt2: Beating A ‘Dead’ Religion by Bro. Nathan Bryant

This one was originally written on May 5th, 2008, but seems very timely.