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The Gospel Messenger — Offering #20


From Lexington, Highland Co., O.

In reading over the list of correspondence, from week to week, in the Gospel Messenger, we are made to feel glad that so many of God's people are aroused to a sense of duty, in the way of holding protracted meetings, and so many are crowned with good success.  But on the other hand, we are made to feel sad that we have no such good news to publish, here in this part of God's vineyard.—Our church here at Lexington has no speaker, and if it were not for the help we have occasionally from adjoining churches, we would be left entirely without a shepherd.—We are weak in numbers, but we claim to have the faith that was once delivered unto the saints, and still preached by the general Brotherhood.  Our prayers and desires are that some good, live Brethren will come and give us a good revival meeting.  We have suffered some loss from the division that exists in the Brotherhood, but such trouble is only for the strengthening of our faith.  So come and help us, that we may regain our loss.  The church is in love and union so far as I know.      Allen Ockerman.

From the Tippecanoe Church, Ind.

Last night our meetings closed.  Yesterday nine more precious souls tookupon them the name of Jesus in baptism, to walk in newness of life, sevenhaving been previously reported, making sixteen in all during our meetings.  May the Lord give them grace to be bright, shining lights, and hold outfaithful to the end. It was an enjoyable season to see loved ones taketheir companions by the hand and unite in the service of God.—Others are counting the cost.  The church was encouraged, and some lasting impressionswere made.  Bro. A. Neff commenced the meetings.  Bro. Phiels was with us at two meetings, and Br'n P. Stuckman and D. Younce continued until the close of the meetings.  Health here is good.  The weather is gloomy; rain and sleet for almost two weeks.

Daniel Rothenberger.

From Enterprise, Kan.—Feb. 12.

We left our home in Virginia, February 5th, for a westward trip.  Arrived at this place February 9th.  By the thrift of the people here, this place has its proper name, Enterprise.  Here is the headquarters of the American Land Co.  Going into their office we felt just at home.  We never before met such kind treatment at the hands of strangers.  Here we met J. H. Brady, President and General Manager of this Land Co.  At first we believed we had fallen into good hands, and we have not been disappointed; kindness meets us on every hand.  This company has many thousands of acres of Western land for sale, ranging from $8 to $30 per acre, according to location, improvements, etc.  Any one wishing to exchange homes for a new country, we would advise to call at J. H. Brady's office, Enterprise, Kansas, where general information can be had.—We are resting here a few days, and then will go farther West, to look at this company's land.  While at this place, we attended a meeting five miles South, carried on by Bro. Wrightsman.  This was very interesting and encouraging to the Brethren.  On Sunday evening Bro. Nair, from Virginia, preached a very interesting sermon on "The Foundation of the Christian Religion."  After preaching and a few remarks by Brother Wrightsman, eleven came forward and made the good confession.  This meeting is still in progress, and we hear of others who came forward since Sunday.  This is our first visit to the Western Brethren, and it seems wherever we go we find kindness on every hand.      Jas. H. Larkins.

From the Fairview Church, Appanoose Co., la.—Feb. 19.

We have just closed a series of meetings here, conducted by Bro. Samuel Stump, of Nebraska.  Bro. Stump preached six Gospel sermons, with power, to very attentive congregations.  The brethren and sisters were much encouraged in their Christian duties, and sinners warned to flee the wrath to come.  May the blessing of God rest and remain upon Bro. Stump, and all other Gospel preachers.      Martin Replogle.

From Owl Creek, Knox Co., O.

The brethren and sisters met in council on the 2nd of February and the following elders were present, J. J. Workman, W. A. Murray, D. N. Workman, and the writer.  It was made known by the officers and confirmed by the church that a minister and four deacons were needed.  The voice was taken for a minister and two were a tie.  The church was then consulted and she agreed to let both serve.  Samuel Whistler and S. J. Workman, were the ones chosen.  When the voice was taken for deacons, the lot fell on D. B. Grubb, W. Keifer, George Cocanower and Hinton Workman.  They were all installed.  The church was united and built up, while old members that were frail and not present, expressed entire satisfaction after hearing the result.  May the good Lord bind the church still closer together that her light may shine bright in her hours of trial; that souls which are wandering from home, may return to the fold, enter, and find the enjoyment of the redeemed through Christ.      W. Sadler.

Ashland, O.

From Brooklyn, Ia.—Feb.18.

We have just closed a very successful meeting.  Bro. John Thomas, of Washington County, came to us on the 2nd, to conduct a series of meetings, with the help of the brethren from Deep River.  Continued till the 18th, the weather being pleasant all the time, with good sleighing.  The meetings were well attended, with good interest.  Two were baptized yesterday, and five more have made application to be received by baptism.  We trust many more are about persuaded to come to the Lord.  This is the first series of meetings that we have held in our new meeting house.  It was a meeting long to be remembered in this vicinity.  The brethren labored faithfully, and with power from on high, and as the meetings increased in numbers, the interest increased in proportion.  Our last meetings were the best, with the house well filled, with the best of interest.

J. S. Snyder.

From Dunkirk, O.—Feb. 21.

One more was received into the church at Eagle Creek, by baptism.  Thus slowly the cause is moving onward in this part of God's heritage.  We pray that more will come, and that our joy may increase, and one mutual song of praise may ever ascend to the Father's house.      S. T. Bosserman.

From the Thornapple Church, Mich.—Feb. 17.

By the way of church news, I have the reporting of two accessions to the church here to-day by baptism, and two more applicants.  May the Lord help them to live out the vow they have this day made before God and man, to live faithful until death.  And may they be fed and nourished with such food, necessary for the babes in Christ, that they will grow and become strong and shining pillars in the church, is our prayer.      L. D. Fry.

From Macksburg, Ia.—Feb. 20.

I have just returned from the south-western part of Union county, where Eld. S. A. Garber, of Decatur county, and the writer have been holding a series of meetings among a few isolated members and friends.  There were no accessions to the church, but good impressions were no doubt made, as we tried to hold forth the Word of Life, and seed sown, that we trust, will yet spring up and bring forth fruit unto life eternal.  The 23rd inst., I go to Monroe county, this State, to assist in a series of meetings among the Brethren there.  Pray in behalf of the good work everywhere.      M. Myers.

From White Rock Church, Kan.

In apostolic days those who opposed the introduction of the Christ with his doctrine, commandments and promises, asked him questions in public, to entangle him.  We have just had an example of that in the province of Kansas, of the United States of North America.  Recently a servant of the Lord held a series of meetings in this church at a place where Sabbatarians, a new sect, having its origin at that place, were pretty numerous.  After the way into Christ had been set forth, and the ordinances of the Lord's house and the duties of members presented by the Gospel, were delivered to them, the minister announced that the Sabbath question would be taken up; hence on the evening of February 17th, quite a congregation assembled, and a few brought Bibles along, which fact made the servant of the Lord rejoice.  The meeting opened at 6:30 P. M., and continued two and one-half hours, during which time quite a number of questions, some foolish, some unlearned, and a few wise, were propounded to the speaker, who, at no time, felt the least embarrassed, knowing that the Lord is greater than men and will keep his own.  It reminded one forcibly of the scenes described in the New Testament.  Scarcely could Christ open his mouth to teach but what some scribe, elder, priest, or lawyer would ask a question, and that to try him.—If we judge aright, this was the motive of those who were so full of questions in the vale of White Rock; but, thanks be to the Lord, his servant always had what is written, for his spear and sword and the Lord came off conqueror, as he always does.  God's servants need fear nothing from beneath, so long as they have "the words" of Jesus.      M. M. Eshelman.


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