"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
Volume #21 January - June, 2016 Issue #102
"There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is 'PRESENT TRUTH' that the flock needs now." Early Writings, p 63.
Elder: robert sessler
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Basic Principles of Health, part 3 (final)
In part 1 we discovered that God is concerned with how we treat our bodies. This is because Christ died to redeem and save us from sin and death. Therefore we are not really free to do as we want with our bodies. Even though we have been given the freedom of choice, yet we are still not our own property because we have been purchased by Christ and become His possession, and thus we are to be a holy temple for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Since our bodies are the possession of Christ, and are to be the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, then if we should choose to disobey God’s will and misuse our bodies, we alone must suffer the consequences. But dear ones, God does not desire that we should suffer from sickness and from other problems caused by bad health, but instead God desires us to prosper in health! And it is for this very cause – that we prosper in health, that God has mercifully revealed to us all what the laws or principles are upon which our body functions.
“Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness [temperance], rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power.” Ministry of Healing, p 127.
So there are 8 different principles or laws of Health – Pure Air, Sunlight, Temperance, Rest, Exercise, Diet, Water, Trust. These principles of health can also be viewed as simple remedies which we can use to overcome sickness and disease and regain our health.
We then examined the health principles of Air, Exercise and Nutrition.
We discovered about Air that every cell in our body requires oxygen in order to properly function, so if the air we breath is not fresh and pure, then we are forcing our body cells to function on this impure oxygen. But filling our lungs instead with fresh air helps to purify our blood, and then this purified oxygen-enriched blood is sent to every part of the body. Fresh air also soothes our nerves; stimulates our appetite, allows our digestion to be more perfect, and induces a sound, refreshing sleep.
Now with the health law and principle of Exercise we learned that regular exercise can slow down the aging process, as well as helps the body expel poisons through our skin, lungs and blood, thus helping to prevent various diseases, such as cancer, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Exercise also beneficially increases the circulating of Lymph fluid in our system, which aids us in fighting off infections, and exercise also helps us in digesting our food better, although we should avoid eating about 30 minutes before or after physical exercise.
With the health law of Nutrition we understood that our bodies are built up from the food we eat. Since there is a constant breaking down of the tissues of the body, this damaged tissue is repaired from the food we eat, and thus if the food is not the best then our body suffers. We then learned that the best foods to eat in order to have a healthy body is the diet God originally chose for mankind: which was composed of only fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables, and without any animal flesh.
We then learned that nuts and nut foods can easily take the place of flesh meats. That nuts and soy beans can easily take the place of milk, and olives and its oil can take the place of butter. We also discovered that cows milk mixed with sugar ferments in the stomach and then produces alcohol. We then amazingly learned that some who had died from cirrhosis of the liver, which is caused by alcohol abuse, had never drunk liquor in their life, but they did have a diet made up of ice cream and other milk and sugar combined desserts. And we finally understood that we need to have regular times in which we eat, and generally no more than three meals a day, and all snacking in-between these regular meals is to stop.
So that is briefly what we learned about these first three laws and principles of health in part 1.
In part 2 we discovered the next 3 laws and principles of health. With the health law of Rest we learned that each human being has what is referred to as a constitution, which is like a storage house of energy which the body taps into in order to handle emergencies, deal with stress, overcome sickness, etc. Every time we overwork we borrow energy from our constitutional reserves, and then when this reserve energy is demanded at some future emergency, it may not be there to use and then our health begins to break down.
We then learned that physical rest includes sleep. Our body repairs and rejuvenates itself during sleep, including replenishing some constitutional reserve energy which we have already used. And the best time to go to sleep bed is between 9 - 10 pm, because every hour of sleep we gain before midnight actually benefits our body the same as two hours of sleep after midnight.
With the health law of Sunlight we discovered that it destroys bacteria, and thus helps prevent infections. It has a positive effect on the cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance; showed a 30 - 40% decreased risk for breast cancer occurrence; reduces blood pressure; decreases excess cholesterol; increases red blood and white blood cells; improves circulation, and even aids in weight loss; and when sunlight hits our skin, vitamin D is produced which is essential for calcium to be utilized by our bones and system!
With Temperance, we learned that this health law deals with moderation in all things affecting our daily lives, as well as abstinence in refusing or giving something up which is harmful to our health. Intemperance cost Adam and Eve Eden. So temperance has so much more to do with our restoration to Eden than many realize. Anything that lessens our physical health enfeebles our mind, and thus makes us less capable of discriminating between right and wrong. We then become less capable of choosing the good, and we also have less strength of will to do that which we know to be right. But we also discovered that if we desire to obtain an incorruptible crown of eternal life that God will indeed give us all the grace and divine power we need to deny inclination, appetite, over working, excess and temptation so that we may come off “more than conquerors though Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).
So that is briefly what we learned in parts 1 and 2 regarding these first 6 laws and principles of health. In this Newsletter we will examine the last 2 laws and principles of health, which is Water and Trust.
THE LAW OF WATER
Pure, soft water is indeed a gift of God! Water acts as a solvent, a medium of transportation, a temperature regulator, and a lubricant. More than 60% of our body is made up of water. Our blood, lungs, heart and kidneys are comprised of about 80% water. Our brain, heart, nerves, liver, and skin about 70%. So you can see that water plays a most important part in our health.
Not only this, but throughout each day we lose up to 80 oz of water, or the equivalent of 10 - 8 oz glasses (urination accounts for 44 oz; perspiration and respiration –– 16 oz each; defecation –– 4 oz). But we only gain back about 24 oz from the food we eat. So the amount of water we need to drink each day just to replenish the deficit of water is about 56 oz. Thus we each need to drink at least 7 - 8 oz glasses of water each day, and if we should not do so, then we will become dehydrated and suffer all kinds of problems, ranging from fatigue to poor digestion. And beyond 10% body dehydration can lead to death.
In health and in sickness, pure water is one of heaven's choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system and assists nature to resist disease.
The external application of water is one of the easiest and most satisfactory ways of regulating the circulation of the blood. Since impurities are constantly being thrown off from the body through the skin, its millions of pores are quickly clogged unless kept clean by bathing at least twice a week.
When God gave water to satisfy our thirst, He also used this precious gift to symbolize the importance of a spiritual life and relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is indeed the “living water”, and His promise is to everyone that is thirsty: “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” John 7:37. As we need water to sustain our physical life, so each day we need Christ in our lives to re-create within us His likeness and character, and thus lead us to everlasting life.
THE LAW OF TRUST
In such a hectic world we live and work in, with all its pressures and deadlines, it can be very difficult to keep from getting tired, run-down, and stressed out. Stress is any situation or action that puts extra pressure or intensity upon you––whether physical or mental in nature. Some of the symptoms of stress upon the body is usually an increase in blood pressure, breathing, perspiration, and heart beat. But by far, worry is the most widely practiced of all the unnecessary stressful situations. And worry, in the great majority of all cases, is absolutely unnecessary!
The direct opposite of worry is trust. Trust means to have full confidence in something or in someone. And it is interesting that the Bible has quite a lot to say regarding trust. It states that we are not to place our trust in weapons or in wealth (Psalms 49:6-7), not in leaders (Psalms 146:3), not in men (Jeremiah 17:5), and not even in ourselves (Ezekiel 33:13). But yet these are the very things which the majority of people place their trust in today.
But where should we place our trust?
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
While it is quite natural for people to place their trust somewhere, how sad that so many place their trust in other areas except in the loving and trustworthy Saviour Jesus Christ.
“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” Psalms 62:8.
Having trust in God, especially when we find ourselves afflicted by disease, can make all the difference––including in the amount of time involved in our recovery. And our Saviour is indeed concerned with our health!
The desire of God for every human being is expressed in the words: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." 3 John 2.
It is our loving heavenly Physician and compassionate Saviour who "forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies." Psalm 103:3-4. Please do not let another day go by without accepting Him as your Friend and Saviour!
We sincerely thank and appreciate your continued prayers, support and patience in awaiting this current Newsletter. It has been over a year since our last issue. During this time this Ministry was continuing to work for our Lord and to spread His present truth all over the world. But as we mentioned earlier, conducting our on-line Home Church every Monday, Wednesday, Friday evenings and Sabbath mornings has taken up a huge amount of our time. Yet it has all been worth it because God has richly blessed our fellowship family, and we do not see our Home Church services ending any time soon.
We also do not want to stop sending out our Newsletters, but we can not hope to produce them on any regular basis like we were able to do so before. So from time to time we will be sending out new issues, especially during those important times when our people need to be alerted to a vital issue. Also beginning with this issue, our Newsletters will be containing the current volume and issue number, instead of only the date.
We again appreciate your understanding and continued prayers and support, and if you are able, please come and fellowship with us in our on-line Home Church.
To join with us please click this link for easy steps on how to do so: http://www.lightministries.com/id947.htm. These steps are simple, and most will be quickly connected. For those who have no or limited internet capabilities, you can also join with our live Church Services over your telephone. Simply dial 1-641-715-3655, and then after being prompted enter the access code 740570. You will then be automatically connected to listen to our live Church Service. Also, please check out our recorded church services at http://www.lightministries.com/id14.htm.
TRUE CHURCH WEBSITE
In the past 14 months the Lord has revealed that He is continuing to bless our TrueChurchofGod.info website. In the month of April, 2015 we had 12,982 hits, which were generated by 2,014 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 5,875 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 1.02 billion bytes of information were downloaded. In May we had 14,7751hits, 2,216 visitors, 6,279 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.07 billion bytes downloaded. In June we had 12,108 hits, 2,070 visitors, 5,442 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.09 billion bytes downloaded. In July we had 12,663 hits, 2,283 visitors, 5,055 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 984 million bytes downloaded. In August we had 13,670 hits, 2,255 visitors, 5,380 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.05 billion bytes downloaded.
In September we had 15,800 hits, 2,676 visitors, 6,665 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.40 billion bytes downloaded. In October we had 17,776 hits, 2,365 visitors, 9,353 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.06 billion bytes downloaded. In November we had 17,759 hits, 2,781 visitors, 8,846 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.45 billion bytes downloaded. In December we had 14,880 hits, 3,020 visitors, 7,029 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.23 billion bytes downloaded.
The year of 2016 has so far been the best year ever for this website! In January we had 18,077 hits, which were generated by 3,011 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 9,864 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 1.45 billion bytes of information were downloaded. In February we had 14,901 hits, 3,187 visitors, 7,662 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.98 billion bytes of information downloaded. In March we had 18,732 hits, 2,922 visitors, 7,323 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.99 billion bytes of information downloaded! In April we had 14,187 hits, 2,445 visitors, 5,563 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.54 billion bytes of information downloaded! In May we had 15,857 hits, 2,791 visitors, 7,208 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 1.55 billion bytes of information downloaded!
So for these past 14 months over 18.86 Billion bytes of information were downloaded from this Gospel Truth website by over 36,000 visitors! PRAISE BE TO GOD!
LTBL MINISTRIES WEBSITE
In the past 14 months the Lord has clearly revealed that He is also continuing to bless our LightMinistries.com website! In the month of April, 2015 we had 152,272 hits, which were generated by 21,177 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 60,089 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 37.17 billion bytes of information were downloaded. In May we had 161,031hits, 22,846 visitors, 45,504 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 45.72 billion bytes downloaded. In June we had 158,271 hits, 24,126 visitors, 43,065 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 36.31 billion bytes downloaded. In July we had 134,949 hits, 23,260 visitors, 47,726 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 40.02 billion bytes downloaded. In August we had 162,606 hits, 22,287 visitors, 44,629 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 30.52 billion bytes downloaded. In September we had 150,716 hits, 24,816 visitors, 48,869 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 47.43 billion bytes downloaded. In October we had 144,519 hits, 24,014 visitors, 48,874 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 32.33 billion bytes downloaded. In November we had 149,006 hits, 22,528 visitors, 49,682 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 40.24 billion bytes downloaded. In December we had 147,285 hits, 23,764 visitors, 50,745 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 34.78 billion bytes downloaded.
The year of 2016 has so far also been the best year ever for this website! In January we had 178,818 hits, which were generated by 26,567 visitors. In these Visitor Sessions, 60,752 documents of Present Truth were viewed, and over 59.34 billion bytes of information were downloaded. In February we had 162,716 hits, 25,694 visitors, 47,604 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 63.80 billion bytes of information downloaded. In March we had 209,354 hits, 24,962 visitors, 53,990 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 234.13 billion bytes of information downloaded! In April we had our best month ever with 386,494 hits, 24,856 visitors, 55,929 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 888.80 billion bytes of information downloaded! In May we had 306,259 hits, 23,521 visitors, 48,940 documents of Present Truth viewed, and over 678.69 billion bytes of information downloaded!
So for these past 14 months over 2.26 TRILLION bytes of information were downloaded from this Gospel Truth website by over 334,400 visitors! MAY GOD BE PRAISED!!
WLMR INTERNET RADIO STATION
Let There Be Light Ministries is broadcasting our recorded messages over the Internet Radio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year! Our Internet Radio Station is WLMR, which stands for Worldwide Light Ministries Radio. Please click on the following link: http://www.shoutcast.com and then type in the Search bar WLMR.
As our Internet Radio Station is available to most anyone who has access to the internet, then this means that the Biblical Gospel message is being made available to millions of potential listeners from all around the world!
Please pray with us that God will bless this avenue of outreach evangelism with an abundance of listeners so that they may come to learn more of the Gospel Truth centered in Jesus Christ, and thus find true and lasting salvation.
TO OUR SUPPORTERS
Please know that "Let There Be Light" Ministries is not using your support to build itself up into a kingdom, nor are we trying to acquire expensive video, TV or shortwave facilities. But we are trying to spread the truth as quickly and economically as possible. Please also know that you have played an important part in helping spread the Present Truth into various parts of this world, including through the printed page, through the living full-time workers and ministers we sponsor, and also through our websites on the internet. This is how the Loud Cry of the third angel will be spread, and is now being spread! If the Lord impresses you to help in these endeavors, your donations and prayers will be greatly appreciated, and not just by this Ministry. MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU!
"Let There Be Light" Ministries is committed to the spreading of the full present truth gospel message worldwide, and has been doing so since 1986. This Ministry has operating expenses covering the areas of: printing, publishing, and writing of present truth books, booklets, tracts, and other literature; DVD, video and audio taping, production, and distribution; supporting several ministers and workers in foreign Countries; mail order – both domestic and foreign; traveling to hold meetings – both locally, nationally, and internationally; answering correspondence and questions regarding the message of truth; offering National and International Bible studies; sending free present truth literature to contacts in many poor Countries; etc.
Your gracious prayers and support is greatly appreciated and needed. Without the Lord's guidance, blessings, and your support, this Ministry could not continue to reach out worldwide with the precious message of Revelation 14:6-12 & 18:1-5.
May our God and Saviour continue to lead and guide all those who have helped us reach souls who sit in darkness with the precious light of gospel truth. May our supporters remember that they share in each and every soul who has been reached by this Ministry and converted to the Lord and His present truth!
GENERAL FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
We are currently supporting several workers in many different Countries on a monthly basis. We check into the economy of each area and supply a base support which is adequate depending on their situation, but not extravagant. This base support is to ensure that the monthly needs of each worker and family is met for that month so that the worker may devote full time to the ministry work. In addition to this, we are sending extra materials for evangelism, and money for printing, publishing, holding meetings, traveling, and other necessary areas in spreading the Present Truth in their Country. And as the work extends, especially will the expenses for evangelism expand. Whatever you can send to help in this necessary and vital area is greatly appreciated.
The work of spreading God's present truth is not to be limited, but must extend world-wide to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people before our Saviour can come (Matthew 24:14). What better way of spreading the Present Truth Gospel than by having workers who speak the native language, who reside in that particular Country, who can live and preach the truth, visit the interests in their homes, and spread the printed truth translated into their native language!
"Our publications should be printed in other languages, that foreign nations may be reached. Much can be done through the medium of the press, but still more can be accomplished if the influence of the living preacher goes with our publications....The Lord has moved upon men of other tongues and has brought them under the influence of the truth, that they might be qualified to labor in His cause." Testimonies, vol 3, p 204-205.
Please financially help us to continue supporting our current ministers and workers on a consistent basis, so that the spreading of the truth will not be interrupted but can quickly lighten this dark world with the glory of God.
"Every opportunity should be improved to extend the truth to other nations. This will be attended with considerable expense, but expense should in no case hinder the performance of this work. Means are of value only as they are used to advance the interest of the kingdom of God. The Lord has lent men means for this very purpose, to use in sending the truth to their fellow men." Testimonies, vol 3, p 208.
SPECIFIC MONTHLY FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
KENYA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Kenya.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in Kenya.
M Projector, screen, and evangelistic film for non-SDA outreach.
M Mailing cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Purchase of printing machine to aid in publication of present truth--$3,500.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to PNG.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in PNG.
M Mailing cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Used SOP books.
M Clothes to pass out to naked villagers.
M Mailing cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in Philippines.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Philippines.
M Printing 100,000 tracts in Philippines--$1,450.
UGANDA, East Africa:
M Monthly operating expenses for the publication work already established there.
M Mailing cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
ZAMBIA, Central Africa:
M Monthly operating expenses for the publication work already established there.
M Start up costs to open a Health Center and Herbal Store--$6,000.
M Donations of any amount to help with construction of a home–$12,000 total cost.
M Mailing cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Donations of any amount to help purchase a vehicle–$6,000 total cost.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Zimbabwe.
M Printing of booklets and tracts in Zimbabwe.
M Donations of any amount to help with construction of a home–$12,000 total cost.
M Mailing cartons of KJV Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books.
M Donations of any amount to help purchase a vehicle–$6,000 total cost.
Please be sure to mark all donated monies for any of the above Ministry or Foreign Mission needs. 100% of all donated monies will go where specified. Unspecified donations will go where needed. Thank you very much for making this evangelistic work possible, and may God's richest blessings attend you and yours.
LETTERS to "LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
Dear brethren in the Lord, thank so much for the literature you sent me I have recieved. Kindly consider sending more so that I share with my friends.
May God richly bless your Ministry.
For a few weeks now my husband and I have been checking out your web site. We are ex SDAs and have been for quite a few years now. We home church and as far as we know we are all alone....
In 1983 I wrote to the SDA conference to request that my name be removed off the church role for the very reason of corporate responsibility. They removed it. At this time I was not married to my husband I was single. We have been married for twenty years and are in our late sixties. About 3 years ago I thought I would check again and sure enough I was not on the church role.
2 weeks ago for some reason after reading your material about corporate sin my husband said why don’t you check again. So I did as it seemed to me that God was directing through my husband, the conviction was very strong. So I rang the Auckland head conference and spoke to a lovely lady who managed the church records. I asked her if she would check again for me, She did and could not find me on her computer records of membership. However she said she would check around because she had some old archive books she could look through. I told her the date of my baptism which was in 1969. One hour later she rang me to tell me she had found my name in the old book she read it out and sure enough it was me, my baptism date correct the minister who baptised me, it was all there. I was horrified to think that all these years I thought it was completely gone. I requested that she remove it completely to cross it out in indelible ink to remove all traces of it so that it could not be found at all. She became very upset and said that it was against the law etc. I asked her if she could go to the conference secretary and ask on my behalf. If he agreed could they take a photo of the entry before removal and after removal and send it to me, to put my mind at rest.
Thanks be to God they did it. A short time later I received an email with the photos before and after shots and they had completely removed my name. I was amazed at their compliance, especially since she had to go to the head conference leader to have it done.
I thanked her from the bottom of my heart for her marvellous service and kindness to me. She then wrote me an email requesting to know why it was that I was so adamant about my name being removed so completely. She was very curious.
Here was a golden opportunity to witness and so I sent her your booklets on Social And Corporate Sin and the History of Separation parts one and two. I told her she would find it very confronting but to check out all what was said with her Bible and the SOP. And to remember the text in Isa 8:20 which says ‘‘To the law and the testimony, if they speak not according to my word then there is no light in them.”
So far I have not heard a thing and it has been a week. If she shares it with anybody there, it will cause a very big shaking, and it is amazing how God worked to get the message into the New Zealand Conference Office....
WE love your written material as it is right on the truth and has been a great blessing to us. It has over and over said the very things that we have learnt, and you have put it so wonderfully, they are well laid out and we love the way you pen and prove all your statements.
I thought that I would let you know our impressions and the way God had lead about my name on the books of the SDA church....God Bless.
Kindest Regards, S.G., New Zealand.
Am glad for your teachings, how wonderful message you give!!! Sincerely our God inspired you an everlasting message...Happy to share more of your teachings. Happy to hear from you. Stay blessed.
In love...V.O., Internet.
It is always a pleasure for me to read your writing sermons. What's more enlighten [of] my faith. May God whose work you are doing continues to illuminate you about his thought for the present truth.
Judge 06:14. B.J., Internet.
Dear Servant of God,
I am absolutely happy to send you my heartfelt greetings. I feel as if my feet are not touching the ground because of what I have received from you and to crown it all the wonderful beautiful and uplifting conversion in the word of your website. I was so touched and I really embrace your life changing website. I have read it and it has indeed convicted my heart and a burden has been laid in me until I have been forced through the grace of the Lord to write to you, thank and encourage you for what the Lord is using you for. I will never cease to pray for you and I wish you were here to help us grow to the stature of our Lord Jesus Christ...
Peace and blessings.
Yours Co-laborer in Christ..., in God we can do. P.C., Kenya.
Dear Elder Robert,
After doing an internet search on "Zion" and coming across and reading your excellent article, I then went to your website. After looking it over, a connection with Ellen G. White and Seventh Day Adventists was noted. I have been taught that this is a cult. But after reading a little more on your website, and doing a brief internet search on her, I am open to learning more, though tremblingly so. The words that were read thus far on your website are good words, and words which ring true, though one must be careful. Yet, the Lord is leading me, this I know, and He will preserve my soul.
I am a Christian alone, for there is no one else in my area known to me who is genuinely seeking to live for Christ Jesus. I am married and have one son, who is married. For about six years now, I've attended a church in another state via internet streaming, but in the past couple of years, and more and more so of late, serious concerns have arisen in my heart, concerns which I believe are of the Lord for my protection. It is a non-denominational Christian church that is seeking to minister to the remnant of God's people, and to live a holy life, but many things are not right. However, I believe that there are some there who are truly saved and who earnestly seek and desire to serve the Lord.
I am reaching out to you at this point simply wanting to know more about you. Perhaps even to stream via the internet what I can, given my home situation. But, and if only from a distance, I am longing to know others who are true, and who are seeking with all of their hearts to serve and live for the Lord Jesus Christ, by the grace of God the Father, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Hoping to hear back from you soon.
In Christ Jesus, S.T., U.S.A.
I'm very thankful that I came across your website and discovered that someone else believes and understands what "Babylon" truly means. I discovered the truth by reading the pioneer writings from 1840-44....(as Sister White counsels us to do, which "will keep us from being deceived by Satan") they were very clear of the definition of what constitutes Babylon and thus, was very instrumental in helping me to understand our early foundational teaching on this subject. As a result of lengthy and careful study, I withdrew my membership from the SDA church in October of 2014 (was a member for over 20 years). And now, I am trying to share this message with others even though very, very few will hear.
I will be sharing your website with other Adventists hoping they will "see the truth as it is in Jesus."
Thank you for letting your light shine through your ministry. Its been refreshing to know that there is someone else who understands this vital message and that I am not the only one. :)
Stay faithful to Jesus.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, S.M., USA.
We greet you in the name of Jesus. Our message last week centered [on] the life and power of Christ. We can truly become like Jesus only by the awesome, inward work of the Holy Spirit.
Paul and Silas had just been severely beaten and thrown in to prison for preaching the gospel of Christ. Yet that very night they were praying and singing to the Lord - Act 16:22-25. The Lord in His faithfulness put with in their heart a song of deliverance - Ps 32:7. I like the ministry of Paul because when ever one turn in love to Jesus, he will discover the power of the blood that was shed on Calvary. So the love that prompted Jesus to shed His blood on Calvary become a vibration force that turns us to His loving presence. With love I don’t have anything to fear in life.
There was a complete joy in our fellowship last week...
May our good God bless and keep you in his love and may you forever stay under His protecting wings.
With love from your brother S.E., Nigeria, West Africa.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM FOREIGN WORKERS
FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Brother Bob,
1 Jn. 3:1-3.
Christian greetings from Kenya, We are just done with a two week mission endeavor, in which one week was dedicated to house to house work in ____, ____, and the other to a camp meeting. We had with us brethren from Tanzania, a dedicated team of singing evangelists. A brother from Tanzania gave discourses on Prophecy down to our time.
In the second week brethren ____ and ____ joined us from Uganda, and five other brethren from the Caribbean islands. These brethren gave discourses on Righteousness By Faith and Prophecy. It was a very invigorating camp and the spirit of repentance and confession prevailed throughout the camp period.
This was a landmark camp as it brought together brethren that had gone separate ways since the 2004-6 crisis that saw the church disintegrate into atoms. Some had been separated since 1993. This reunion was occasioned by an appeal by one brother to have us all come together and review our differences and the impact of this on the work of God in general. Confessions were made of the errors held and how they have been left behind. It was such a rejuvenating moment to have brothers confess and drop the doctrinal errors, true and perceived, that had held them away from others. It was at this point that we felt the need to have concerted efforts to portray practical unity by enabling, as a team, the camp then ahead....And this camp meeting has been as a fountainhead of future unity. Praise God, He can do more than any human endeavor! Pray with us that it be lasting unity to the glory of God....
Dear Brother Bob, I'm glad to let you know that we went to Tanzania on 16th, following a rescheduling of camp dates. God blessed our stay there wonderfully. Brother ____ handled Church History; ____ Righteousness By Faith and Health, and myself the Sanctuary and Stewardship. Brother ____ of Tanzania had Prophecy. It was a good meeting held by the lakeside with fresh breezes keeping the concentration level high all the day. At the end of the camp ten souls gave themselves to the Lord through baptism officiated by brother ____.
We left there on Sunday 23rd and arrived home safely by grace of God. Praise God. On the same day, 23rd, an effort meeting began in Western Kenya with brother ____ and others. I joined them on Tuesday and ____ came yesterday. Brother ____ is handling Health, ____ Church History and the Law of God and myself Prophecy. The meeting is going on well with attendance. We solicit for more prayer for the manifestation of the power of God....
As I write this mail, am from our end year camp meeting at ____. As early mentioned, our visitors arrived on the 18th December.
I had received the letter you copied to me and I thought brother ____ could try to attend, but he did not. However, brother ____ and ____ attended. Though it began at a low key, it picked momentum on Tuesday with many attendees flocking from many parts of the county. Of the most recent meetings we have had, this proved the biggest with almost one hundred campers, the climax having been on Sabbath, yesterday. Numbers apart, I praise God for sustaining us in health during the whole period.
Another point: Being el-Nino time here we have reason to thank God for as He controlled the clouds unlike several weeks before. So we went through the camp dry-shod. Furthermore, though our camping area is prone to power black-outs this was a unique as we did not experience any such mishaps. I believe this was to prayers. Glory be Him with we have to do.
On Sabbath we had the largest number of attendee with some from SDA church from the locality. In fact, one requested for prayers after Sabbath services. When we went there in evening Bro. ____ spoke from Jn. 4:19-23 and the family was greatly impressed. May prayer rise heavenward for such souls as these that God might help them make positive decisions in these last days.
Brother ____ spoke Righteousness, Free Will; ____ on Church History; ____ on Family Religion; ____ on The Representatives of God; ____ on The Foundation of Our Faith- the Pillars; ____ on Health and myself on the Sanctuary. It was indeed a blessed meeting, and a blessed Sabbath.
God bless you all for all your prayers and everything.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES
(Combination of 5 letters) Dear Bro Bob,
3 John 2.
Hi bro Bob how are you? I hope and pray that you are fine through the grace of God. We here too are okay by God's grace. As of now we are busy doing Vacation Bible School in different Baragays. Since the summer vacation started, we started also our effort with the children, with the help of all our youth here. And with those children that already finished in Vacation Bible School, we continue our effort with them every Sabbath afternoon. We still gather them every Saturday afternoon in our house, teaching them to sing, and pray and telling them Bible stories. And we are happy because children are very willing to participate and easy to convinced than those older ones. As of now we again started yesterday doing Vacation Bible School in other more Barangay here. It is really a blessing with them especially with our youth members, because they became busy having a part in doing God's missionary work while vacation from school, and its part of their training....
Also Bro Bob, this coming April 24, me and my whole family and other youth will be leaving for the work and Camp meeting in ____ in ____ region that will be held on April 27-May 2. And after ____, on May 3-10 we will go to ____ for the work there. And since our means are drained for the work that we are doing here and for my continued and long travel for the past few months, I am appealing to you to please send my support for the month of May on or before April 24 so that we can use it for our travel and allowance going to this scheduled work, and I am also appealing to you if you have added help to this, we will greatly appreciate it. Thank you bro bob for understanding and for all of your help and support in our work here. Please pray that all our effort, God will bless and will bring more souls to the feet of Jesus....
As of now, we are already here in ____. We arrived here last May 15. We leave here last April 24, and our first destination was in ____. Before we went to ____, we dropped by with our brethren in ____ and spent our Sabbath there, and on Sunday, (Apr 26) we went to ____ for our flight going to ____ for the tent effort and camp meeting there. We arrived there on Monday (27). It's really a blessed journey as the Lord brought us there safely and especially as we have seen our brethren and sisters from the whole ____ area and others from ____. During this whole week, first we go house to house visitation, inviting those people from the neighborhood to attend the tent effort that will be held in the plaza of the barrio during the night. On the next day we had our study session from morning till 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and from 4-6 pm, there's a teaching session or Bible school for the children from the outside, and from 6-8 pm is the time for the adult unbelievers. We divided the time, the first half time is for the health lecture, and then the [remaining] half time is for the Gospel message. We did it for four days. And the people were blessed for this effort. We too were blessed, especially for the encouraging messages that we heard from the Lord during this whole camp meeting.
After our camp meeting in ____, we went back to ____ and go directly to ____, for the youth camp that was being held by our brethren there. It was also a whole week program for the youth, training them how to enter missionary work, how to give one-on-one Bible studies, how to be medical missionaries, strengthening and encouraging them to be faithful sentinels and light to the world. This was a great blessing for the youth and even for adults. We all went home refreshed and blessed by the Lord. To God be the glory!
After we arrived home on May 15, we just rest for few days for the long journey and on May 18 we again go back to work for the Lord. We were invited in one of the barrio here to held one week Vacation Bible School for their kids here. So me and other youth taught the children stories about Jesus, to sing songs for Jesus, to memorized Bible verses and do some religious activities. The children were so happy and blessed and though they still want it to continue but we end it up and promised them that we will be back to teach them again next time.
As of now brother bob, we are visiting several people here everyday, giving them Bible studies and helping them to know the Lord more, and also helping them in whatever way we can. One lady decided to accept Jesus as her personal Saviour and she wanted to be baptized.
I believed bro bob that the Lord is really soon to come, and we had a little time to work. That is why me and my husband always tell to our brothers and sisters especially the youth that what we need now is invest everything for the Lord - the strength, time and means - for Christ is coming so soon. May God help us all to be faithful to Him and be ready for His soon appearing....
You know bro Bob, before the crisis on the Godhead with bro Harry, our church here on ____ are growing. We have a lots of new brethren who are spending Sabbath with us already. But you know, when bro Harry and their family decided to accept the doctrine on Trinity or Oneness, and we were separated from each other's fellowship, these people didn't attend our Sabbath fellowship anymore. They were discouraged for what had happened. And you know, only four of us remain...But we continue on in God's strength to stand for the truth. And we decided that we need to double our effort in doing missionary work and seek those faithful ones so that we will have somebody to fellowship with. And the Lord bless our prayers and effort. Slowly, one after another, souls were added to the church again and up to now. As of now, the Lord's church here in ____ has more than 40 members, not included the new members with other churches that we are laboring too. God is so good to us that He gave us new brothers and sisters in the faith that gives us strength. As of now, we are opening a new field of labor in other town. Hopefully, with the guidance and help of God, He will help us established His new home church there, for there's a family there whom we are laboring and are very interested in hearing the prophecy. Sometimes they went to our church here in ____ on Sabbath, and sometimes we went to their house.
Also bro Bob, in our church in ____, it’s a small island, the Lord also opened another work there. One of the influential people in that island who was a former SDA's but backslidden from the faith, invited us to their house when we went in that island last June 18 and we talked and shared to him and to his family the soon coming of our Lord and how we may be ready to meet Him. He has so many questions regarding our faith, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we were able to answer it. He was convicted of the truth, and he was so hunger and thirst to know more of it so he let us stayed in their house for few days. He is now decided to serve and follow the Lord. And on our church fellowship last Sabbath here in ____, June 27, he, with all the brethren in that island and others that he invited all attended. We are very happy that this brother turned back to the Lord. This coming Thursday, we will visit him again and help him be established in the truth. Please pray that he will continue to walk with God.
You know, there are a lot of invitation for us to work in other places, but we can’t all do it at the same time. That is why, we are calling help from our youth here who wants to enter the missionary work who are willing to sacrifice, be trained and be sent into the field. I do believed bro Bob that the Lord is coming soon, people are now opened to hear the message and we need to do the work that we need to do, the fields are white already to harvest. Truly that the harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." Mat 9:37-8.
Please pray for us here bro Bob. May the Lord give us the grace and strength to face the trials in our way that we may not be discouraged by the attacks of the enemy but we may be strong so that we can continue the work that we are doing for the Lord. And then we can go home to our loving heavenly Father. You too are always included in our prayers....
As of now we are doing a crusade here in the whole island of ____. We started it last August 16 and will end on Sept 5. During the day, we are doing house to house labor, at first few days, we just invited the people to come and attend the crusade and after few days, we are visiting those people who attend the crusade esp. those who shows interest for hearing more truth. At 5pm we started it by teaching the children, for there are so many children here, and at about 6pm we have Health lecture and on 7pm its time for them to hear the Gospel message. The Lord graciously blessed this effort for the people awakened to the reality of how important to have the Lord and the Bibles in our lives and most of all to be prepared for what is coming to our world esp. for Christ near appearing. After a week of our crusade we transferred to the other side of the island to also warn and give the other residents there an opportunity to hear also God's message.
As of now, we are busy in doing follow up labor in their houses so that we will be acquainted with them. A lot of them now shows interests to have their own Bibles and some of them are requesting from us to give them Bibles. Last 2 Sabbaths that we'd been there, some attended also. Please continue to pray for our work here. May the Lord poured out His Holy Spirit so that many more souls would be convicted and converted to Christ and to the truth. This coming Saturday will be our last day of the crusade but we will go back there from time to time to strengthen those interests. To God be the glory....
It was our first time to do a crusade here in ____, although we already did a crusade in ____ but only 3 days, but this one was 3 weeks. After three weeks of labor, we held a Sabbath fellowship there and they all attended. You know bro bob, we had experienced there that there was a man that was invited by his friend who was already convicted by the truth, and this man tried to attend and as he was hearing the message for the first day, he said that it was good and since we had also a health lecture there, and as we tackled about the bad effect of smoking and alcohol, he said that he already stop smoking a long time ago. On the next day, he attended again and was deeply convicted that he will now serve the Lord. On the third day, he was not able to attend because he was force to go on fishing for his daughter needs money for her tuition fees in the school. Since the source of income in that island is fishing only, some needs to go deep under the sea, and they used compressor. And this guy too used it, knowingly or unknowingly that it could harm him. As he go on fishing, he died. We don’t know why it happened to him, the Lord only knows the reasons. But we are hoping that before he died, he repented of his sins and gave his heart and life to the Lord....Truly, everything happened is under the permission of God. Maybe, the Lord take his life that time as he was convinced of the truth and repented of his sins. We will only know it when the resurrection morn comes....
Till here for now bro bob. Please continue to pray for our work here and for our next plan for His work. We are planning that we will do a crusade again in other places every after two months, as the Lord leads. May God bless all of us as we continue doing His will.
In Christ, s.b., Philippines.
FROM UGANDA, EAST AFRICA
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Elder Sessler.
Greetings Isaiah 43:7.
''Even every one that is called by name; for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.'' We have reason whatever to glorify our heavenly Father in every line of life. We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk them" Eph 2:10. "For it is God which worketh in you (us) both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Ph 2:13.
During the online meeting on 10th/5/2015 I was having fever and dizziness and body pain I just endured. We had just arrived from Kenya Camp meeting. We had troubled journeys too and from we drenched by rains and got there when it was dark on muddy paths in foreign country when all doors are closed, [and it] was quiet trying and nervous. But we thank God that He accorded us journey safety. Met with brothers and sisters that side. The main issue was the Righteousness of Jesus Christ and Family Life, [and] we were blessed with Church band from Tanzania. This time round the Church was filled to the brim.
I still ask for a hand to service Risograph. And [because these] silent messengers must not stop getting to different home's and cities, towns and villages. We still need transport however small. It will be for glory of God....
All hasn't been sunshine, there have been moments when I walk in the tunnel and very shadow of death. But Lord's mercies that we not consumed. (Lam 3:22).
The way the Lord works with each individual is not always easily fathomed....I was called for an emergency – one of my brother in the flesh was dying [and] what he needed was counseling and guidance. He had proved an [hard one to] reach, but God me grace [to] talk to him. He accepted to go the hospital were tests proved him Positive TB and in the last stages. Started treatment and he is responding positively. Needs a lot of nutritional help.
Whilst there we visited ____. A miracle of special grace happened; one renown/celeb or star musician in the Pentecostal Church called. We had visited town, but he waited for over 3 hours. For ____ had compiled a prophetic booklet in Luganda. After reading this booklet he was able to see the need to move out [in faith] for he had prayed and the Lord had called him to teach prophecy. Shortly after sharing he was able to see the true Sabbath. He has called most of his friends, Pastors and others [and] they are ready to record and distribute these messages....
11th July 2015, visited ____ Home Church. Shared on the importance of believing the truth, for among us [some] have acted totally against normal common sense. Br ____ spoke on the importance of Proper Interpretation of Scriptures. Then ____ shared about what should be earnest requests – “Show me thy glory”. It was sweet moment with our brothers and sisters gave out tracts, hymns and a few booklets....
Christian greetings from this way. [We received] our heavenly blessing to us [as] we had a nice camp meeting at brother ____’s. In ____ District the theme was the Righteousness of Christ and Health Reform. We had expected our brothers from Kenya and Tanzania, save they had also set commitments at the same time.
We gave out lots of tracts and few booklets. Elder we shall need to print out these booklets. There is a great need. The reasons as to why we are separated are well set out in the booklets. The good Lord needs to touch someone to come to this aid.
The ministry this side needs a small van and I personally need, I still need a lap top and I pad and color printer for the speeding up things this side.
There has been terrible exposure of the Pentecostal Pastors [here], more so those who have huge/Mega Churches and big following. Big names, [and] these men and women are using witch/priest craft and have joined themselves to rings/cells Baphomet, Illuminate cults. They are in sea of blood sacrifice in order to perform miracles and maintain wealth. The nation is swallowed up in spiritism or spiritualism. These are they that have the last word in many areas of people’s lives. Luke 8:17 “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither [any thing] hid, that shall not be known and come abroad”. Ephesians 5:12 “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret”....
But even with all this unmasking, but they in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 cor 4:4.
When ____ visited and brought more [converted] pastors to brother ____ they went ahead and recorded some prophetic sermons in local language, to ____’s surprise this was done in very heart of the biggest catholic mission in ____ with the most modern gadgets in the country. Those who love God are disgusted with what they see and hear in this Churches, - Immorality, sexual abuse of boys and girls, money games, darkrooms and all hateful abominations are done or caused to be done....
Paul testifies that before the second advent of Christ there will be similar manifestations of satanic power. The coming of the Lord is to be preceded by "the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:9,10. And the apostle John, describing the miracle-working power that will be manifested in the last days, declares: "He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do." Revelation 13:13, 14....
May the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob bless the labours of thy ministry. Thanks for the support and your earnest prayers for the Ministry this side and else where.
Yours in the Blessed Saviour, B.K., Uganda.
FROM ZIMBABWE, AFRICA
(Combination of 4 letters) Dear brother Bob.
I wish to cheer you up in that I am well, and this week I have been with the Namibian and as well as the Zambian brethren. It was good to be together again for the ministers meeting where we were gathered to find ways of solving some of the problems that are troubling the Home Churches in southern Africa. We deliberated on such issues as the Jewish Annual Feasts, the Lunar Calendar, Gospel Order implementation among others. It was a four day meeting which was held in Namibia....The church had to pronounce its position in regard to them, although the subject of the Lunar Sabbath was not finalized and the matter was further referred to the next meeting scheduled for August. Church organizational issues were also fine tuned.
To date, I have a total of three Sabbaths together when I failed to be together with the brethren. Two of these were due to the lack of means for transport and one I had attended my parent's sickness. But although I managed to travel to be with the brethren most of the times, it is because I had to sacrifice the welfare of my family and denied the family's right to basic needs in order to accomplish the Lord's business....
I think, for now, I may do well to remind you my brother of the necessity of having a vehicle in the ministry to alleviate transport problems. PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR ON THIS CONCERN.
The whole thrust, however, during the course of the past three months was to ground souls in the important truths for this time. We are having 3 candidates for baptism which is expected to take place on the 16th of August. While preparing these souls for baptism, 4 more souls have been won to Christ.
I am expecting too to attend Namibian camp meeting scheduled for 23-30 August. After this, there is yet another camp meeting, a Zambian one, of which I was invited to attend....
The infant church here in Zimbabwe will try to help sponsor for the trip but the resources will not be enough to cater for both destinations. FOR THIS REASON THEREFORE I APPEAL ONCE AGAIN MY BROTHER FOR AN EXTRA SUPPORT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS MISSION. Could the Lord bless the Ministry with enough means, please remember to help me.
On another note my brother, I have for now run short of tracts for evangelistic work. If you will be ready to send me materials, let me know before you send that I may give you the current postal address that I am using....
The work in Zimbabwe is growing to an extent never known before, it requires me to travel more often to meet the demands of the work wherever brethren are to be found, but I am not able because of this problem.....
I am writing this report today overwhelmed with the work going on here. May the Lord God bless His work! Soon after my arrival from the camp meeting in Namibia, an opportunity was once again granted me by the Lord to spread the truth. One day I was talking to the nearby school Head about the word of God who was impressed so much so that he went and arranged with his administration to give me time each school assembly to give the word to the whole school consisting of 200 pupils including staff team....
My first call of duty regarding this work was on 15 September, just a week after the opening of the schools. That same week, I had three impressive sessions with the school (____ secondary). I presented some devotions each morning whenever they had school assembly. There was great interest generated both from pupils as well as teachers. I was further requested to be a guest at the ____ club which is held twice a week. The members of the ____ were at first 66 but the number continued to grow each session....
The 66 members of the ____ represented 12 different denominations which also included Roman Catholic church. But when I began the Three Angels' messages sessions, the number redoubled to 122 with some members of staff also eager to know about the Beast power. In fact much of what made me present at first about the Sabbath truth were the questions which were triggered by the students themselves. This enable me to introduce the sealing message more easily. At first they were not accustomed to taking time to listen to Bible being taught, but eventually the Lord blessed them with zeal and interest....
I made use of the charts and the chalkboard to illustrate major ideas of this truth such that they all understood. But the day finally came when I was supposed to bring out clearly who the Beast power, his Image and his Mark were. This took place on the 5th of November 2015. The classroom in which I was delivering my lectures was fully packed with nearly the whole school. I just can not forget the experience of this day because I felt within my heart a fear which I have not felt before. This was because after that session some pupils who are devout Roman Catholics approached me and expressed their frustration against the message openly.
I remember getting down to my knees praying to the Lord to restrain the brewing storm not to ignite into and around the whole community before the message had done its work....
However, much to my surprise and comfort was the positive attitude shown by most of the influential members of staff who strongly supported the truth regarding the facts about the Beast power. The Lord heard my prayer because instead of the ____ to disband in protest to the message, or perhaps the membership to decrease, it actually increased. I distributed the Great Controversy and Steps to Christ books to teachers and some tracts to almost every pupil who attended my presentations...
As if it was not enough, much of the work was then generated by the pupils who took the message to their homes. One specific example I will cite is about pupils who come from the nearby orphanage home who took turns to narrate everything they heard to the Home's administrator. Then one day as I was walking around the business center, a certain old man approached me and saluted me with my name and then introduced himself. He was th Home's administrator who then went on to narrate his story about what he heard from the children and that he was once a student at Solous University (a Seventh-day Adventist Institution) in the mid 70s. He told me that even today he is an ardent keeper of the true biblical Sabbath despite not going to the SDA. He then invited me to the orphanage home to begin giving a series of lectures to the children. TOMORROW SABBATH, will be another day when I shall be visiting the home for some Bible lessons. May the Lord bless His work. Amen.
Yours truly and loving brother B.N., Zimbabwe.