100 Years of Memories

The Future of Our Fellowship

This June I complete my three-year tenure in office as Moderator of ACOP. This could well be my final word to our readers of this column. So I desire that these final words of parting be worthy of the occasion.

May I ask this question and then try to give an answer. “What is the future of our fellowship?” As we know the future is related to the present, and the present is tied to the past. Just as prophecy is related to history. To answer the above question as to our destination, let us first think upon our origin.

Anyone who may be faintly acquainted with this organization will know that it most certainly had its roots in the latter-day outpouring of the Holy Spirit, under the leadership of our esteemed founder, the late Frank Small. It has never been noted for its numbers and its strength has not been in its genius for this organization. The main distinction in my humble opinion is in its distinctive message. Its emphasis is upon the Deity of Jesus Christ. Not preaching Him as “a God” or part of God, but rather as God and “the fulness of God bodily.” With this of course there is much importance placed upon the name of Jesus.

Then because we found our origin in the very early day of the latter-day outpouring of the Holy Ghost, we place great importance upon the Pentecostal experience with the fruit and the Gifts of the Spirit manifested…

Not in any way minimizing the above, yet my greatest appreciation for this Organization is found in its strong stand for the Grace of God. So you find in this Fellowship the beautiful combination of the Power of God and the Grace of God.

“My greatest appreciation for this Organization is found in its strong stand for the Grace of God. So you find in this Fellowship the beautiful combination of the Power of God and the Grace of God.”

Let me emphasize again our past and our present can only be justified by our distinctive message. Now, what about the future? There is a sense in which our future is in the hands of God. But let us not forget there is a very real sense in which our future is in the hands of our ministers. I am convinced that if we preach this message entrusted to us with conviction and the fear of God, this Fellowship will grow and go. If on the other hand, we compromise, then God will no longer be interested in our Organization as such. Without His blessing, we will go the way of all man-made machines; piled up on the sandbanks of human failure.

Now in conclusion, what we do with what we have will determine our future. Now, as all-important as the message may be, and not taking from the prime importance of the power of the Holy Ghost, one other thing will play a big role in the future of our Fellowship…

The character of our leaders. Will we be men of integrity, sincere, honest, of good report of those within as those without?

For my brother preacher, we can preach our sermons, true to the letter, theologically correct, but if the life is not there to back it up it will sound like brass. Let those who handle God’s Word and speak of His power also know its great sanctifying effect in our lives.

Remember it is a Holy Bible you hold in your hand. Do not forget for a moment that it is the Holy Spirit that will enable you. You are required to be a Holy man of God.

If we keep these things in mind God has written our destiny in the stars. We cannot fail, we can only triumph.

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Smythe Street Church

The Pentecostal movement, and the ACOP, have shaped and directed the formation of Smythe Street Church in Fredericton, New Brunswick. From its ACOP affiliates in initial tent meetings along the river to her present-day location “up the hill”, each bend in her story could be likened to the winding path of the Saint John River that cuts through the city.

The 97-year-old history of Smythe Street Church has seen seasons of intense rainfall and drought, flooded embankments, and shallow streams. This river of faith has often cut through difficult terrain, chipping away at old sediment, widening embankments, and swelling into deep pools that have pushed into a steady, moving river, nourishing new growth.

1924 found the Pentecostal “Holy Rollers” under the influence of the Davis Sisters, Win T. Stairs, Clifford Crabtree, Henry and Margaret Flewelling, and Earl Jacques, causing an evangelical ruckus in tent meetings held in downtown Fredericton along the Woodstock Road.

They garnered so much attention that The Daily Gleaner reports that City Hall banned them from congregating within the city limits. Ironically a town alcoholic had an issue of contention with city hall and in spite offered his building for the group to meet.

1924-47 was a busy time of growth under Rev. Earl Jacques’ leadership. Many stories are told of cutting holes in the St. John River ice to baptize converts to faith, wooden legs floating down river ‘n all.

Discussion began over the need to acquire land and construct a building. After various rental properties back and forth across the river, a property was purchased on the corner of Argyle and Westmorland Street. Building of the First Pentecostal Church located on Argyle Street began in 1947.

Earl Jacques was a “People’s Pastor”, a true shepherd of the people with a passion for prayer. Known for being accessible and a man of great wisdom, with a love for laughter, many different churches in Fredericton consider him their church Grandfather.

Until the late 60’s, there were many theological and doctrinal debates and discussions on which path of Pentecostalism should characterize the future. The Pastors Earl Jacques, Bill Stapley, Senior Alison & Junior Howard Post, Märt Vähi, and Verner Drost continued to value their rich Pentecostal heritage.

In 1966, after 20 years, the church membership had outgrown its new facility on Argyle Street. Sunday nights in the mid-1970s was wall to wall seating, often filling the facility. Rev. Howard Post commissioned eighteen families to start a church on the Northside of the river on Bloor Street.

Howard Post was known as a black and white intellectual, an intense and studious man of the Bible whose heart for the deeper truths of the word found him drawing large crowds for his preaching and gift in communicating. In 1976, Post moved West to join the ACOP and start the Pentecostal Missionary Fellowship.

Enter Rev. Mart Vähi, “like a bull in a china shop”. In 1982 after pursuing Mr. Chippan weekly for his property, Märt Vähi and 200 parishioners turned ground at 913 Smythe Street.

The early 1980s was a time of extreme interest rates, up to 22%. Massive building projects were highly discouraged. Through much faith, prayer, manual labour, and heartfelt investment, families took out financial bonds, Märt went without salary for a year, and Smythe Street Cathedral was built and dedicated in May of 1982.

During his leadership, Märt created the Fredericton School of the Bible. He was a radical man of faith; a visionary, always thinking 10 years down the road. Certainly, he made “heads-spin” around him, but he remains revered as “Father Mentor”. He led the church for 12 years, from 1978-1990.

Rev. Verner Drost was brought on staff at Smythe Street Cathedral as Youth and Assistant Pastor in 1987. In 1990, Märt met with Verner and explained that he was returning to his home country, Estonia in Eastern Europe. He asked Verner to become Senior Pastor of Smythe Street Cathedral. Märt then left, began planting churches and raising leaders, and years later began the Village of Hope, a drug and rehabilitation centre with his son Andrew.

Both Märt and Verner were very influenced by the charismatic movement of the late ’60s, but the contrast between the two men’s leadership styles was summed up by an Elder and long-time member, “Märt was like a roaring river, constantly in motion, cutting edge, impulsive and adventuresome. Verner was like calm water, a gentle river, flowing through, peaceful, careful, a teacher.”

Verner Drost’s leadership stabilized the church with good checks and balances, sound bylaws, doctrinal statements, a theological breadth. His leadership over the last 32 years allowed SSC to flow widely into the community. With an Easter Passion play that ran for 20 years telling the gospel to thousands, one of the longest-running Alpha Courses in Canada, and a heart to be a welcoming church, SSC spilled its banks, needing an additional service on Sundays to hold the growth.

Looking forward, Smythe Street Church’s vision is expressed as a range of ‘mountains’ to traverse. New streams are being cut around care for the vulnerable, partnering with others to address homelessness in Fredericton and systemic poverty in Haiti.

There is a renewed focus on clarity in discipleship, as well as aligning NextGen ministries from birth into adulthood. All this is done with attention to the importance of relationships in discipleship, a desire to grow ‘life on life’, empowering new leaders, and striving to think bigger than just SSC but to be Kingdom centred. The new riverbed that lies ahead promises to be both challenging and rewarding.

As Smythe Street Church comes close to celebrating 100 years of its roots in the faith, we pause to reflect on the ebbs and flows of her ministry. From her initial fervor in the 1920s, a line of faithful leaders and ministers have listened for the heart of God for this congregation and guided its influence in the Kingdom.

Written & Submitted by Heidi Billington NextGen Ministries @Smythe Street Church

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39th Annual Conference

The thirty-ninth annual Conference of the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada opened in Zion Apostolic Church, Vancouver, with the shadow of a dark cloud hanging over the entire gathering.

Our host Pastor and Moderator, Brother Batke, had been hospitalized just a few days before the conference and his serious condition was the cause of heavy hearts.

The responsibilities of the conference direction became the lot of the Clerk, Brother F. Assman. Under his direction, the session opened and in due course elected Brother E.L. McRae of Regina, as acting moderator for the conference sessions.

Sister Batke brought a very heartwarming welcome to the conference delegates. She also gave an up-to-date report on Brother Batke’s condition and concluded by reading a letter directed to the conference from Brother Batke.

In my mind, this report and letter will continue as a conference highlight, even though the circumstances producing them were, to say the least, very trying. Later in the conference, a love offering for Brother and Sister Batke and family was received, with June 7th being set aside as a day of fasting and prayer on behalf of Brother Batke.

Zion Apostolic Church, where the conference sessions were held, was recently purchased and dedicated by Pastor Batke and his congregation. The building is well designed and equipped to accommodate such gatherings. Meals for the delegates were served in the adjoining church hall and this part of the conference responsibility was handled by Pastor and Mrs. Dean of Surrey.

Capacity crowds were present for the evening services. Speakers for the night services were, Brother John Francis of Edmonton, Brother G.S. McLean of Eston, Brother R.E.S. Toms of Victoria, and Brother L. Crick of Melfort. Much of the music was supplied by the F.G.B.I Choir under the direction of Brother A.D. Marshall.

Missionary day proved to be another conference highlight. In the morning session, the entire time was given over to business relative to home and foreign missions. The financial report revealed that nearly $100,000.00 was channeled through Missionary Council in the 1959-1960 fiscal year. The activities of the Ladies’ Missionary Circles under the leadership of Sister George Spicer were endorsed wholeheartedly by the conference.

The afternoon missionary service was directed by Missionary Council Chairman, Bro. E.L. McRae. He called upon missionaries Brother and Sister Jamieson, Brother and Sister Powers, Brother and Sister Gordon, Brother I. Gillett, Brother L. Simcoe, and Sister M. Davies to speak briefly about their fields of service. The main speaker of the afternoon was Brother Martin Davies. Once again, Missionary Day revealed that the Apostolic Fellowship remains predominantly “missionary-minded.”

The conference concluded with a vote of thanks to the Vancouver Assembly for their hospitality for being the host this year. Brother Breen extended a tentative invitation to the Conference to meet in Moose Jaw next year.

39th Annual Conference

[Taken from End Times’ Messenger July 1960—Written by: Lorne O. Pritchard]

As our Rooted & Reaching Reunion approaches and we’re set to celebrate ACOPs 100th Anniversary—it’s neat to read about past gatherings and to see that the heartbeat of our Fellowship remains steadfast!

Brother Lorne O. Pritchard wrote: “In my mind, this report and letter will continue as a conference highlight…”

We’re wondering if you have a Conference “highlight” to share with us?

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God’s Wonderful Word

Have you ever thought about how privileged we are to have God’s Wonderful Word? How blessed to have a personal copy which we can see, handle, and read for ourselves. Have you ever stopped to think about all that has happened that we might have God’s word?

We are told the Word was given—“At sundry times,” or [as it says in the] margin “in many parts, and many ways,” (Hebrews 1:1,2).

Written in Different Ages—From the days of Job, and Moses down to the days of the Apostle John. From the early days of Israel’s history down past the days of the destruction of Jerusalem, and the scattering of her people to the four corners of the earth.

Written in Different Countries—Deserts of Arabia, under the shadows of the Pyramids of Egypt, in the cities of Greece, in Babylon, Rome, Jerusalem, country of Palestine, and the shores of the Aegean Sea.

Written in Many Different Places—In simple pastoral life under the open heavens, king’s palaces (David, Solomon, Daniel); in homes of rich and poor, on the shores of the sea, on a lonely island, in dungeons and prison cells, in the presence and sound of chains and soldiers.

Written by Different Types of Men—Shepherds, farmers, fishermen, warriors, kings, psalmists, prophets, tax-gatherers, doctors.

Written in Different Languages—Hebrew, Chaldean, Aramaic, Greek.

Written in Different Styles—Friendly letters, love songs, history, romance, proverbs, poetry, stories, carefully prepared treatises, epistles, and sermons.

Written Under Different Types of Inspiration—Absolute dictation, word for word, Divine superintendency in guarding from error. Guiding in selecting and arranging material and records. Divine inspiration in guiding the recording of things which had been seen, heard, and felt by natural means and faculties, and yet in each case, it could be said, “For the prophecy came not in old times by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21)

The Marvelous Unity of the Word of God—Although written under so many different ways and means, by such a variety of men, so many miles apart, yet each portion is God-breathed, and contains a power, and life, and a detectable something that is found in no other book or writing. The principles of God are always the same; man’s condition and need are always the same; the center is Christ, the scarlet cord of redemption is threaded throughout as the only way of man’s approach to God.

It Does Many Different Things—It convicts, saves, condemns, thunders, whispers, brings anguish and pain, soothes and heals, quits, disturbs, causes tears, gives joy, laughter, sorrow, sends to hell, raises to heaven, adapted for babes, children, young, old, ignorant, and wise.

It is Likened to Many Different Things—A mirror, hammer, sword, light, honey, milk, meat, bread, rain, and snow.

[Taken From End Times’ Messenger March 1961]

By Rev. Glen S. McLean, President of the Full Gospel Bible Institute, Pastor of the Eston Full Gospel Church, and Moderator of the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada.

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The Gospel Lighthouse

Sunday evening, August 6, saw the Gospel Lighthouse, Haliburton, almost filled to capacity for a baptismal service conducted by Rev. Lynton Fairhurst. Much inspiration was derived from the service as each one heartily sang the “old fashioned” Gospel hymns, listened to a forceful presentation of biblical truth relative to water baptism, and witnessed those who were immersed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

One of the candidates was a brother 80 years of age, belonging to the United Church, whom the pastor had the privilege of leading to the Lord a few months ago. Praise God for His mercy!

It has indeed been a privilege to serve as pastors of the Gospel Lighthouse, Haliburton, for the past five years. We sincerely appreciate the whole-hearted cooperation, abundant kindness, and deep affection so frequently expressed by the congregation May the Lord bless each one.

During our stay here we have experienced much growth in this assembly both spiritually and numerically, and our prayer is that God will continue to bless in His own inimitable way.

We now feel God moving us to open a new Apostolic work in Scarborough, ON and in the light of this endeavour we request your prayers. We shall commence meetings in St. Andrew’s Public School, Scarborough, on Sunday, September 10.

Brother and Sister Noel McNeill assumed the Haliburton pastorate on August 15.

[Report given by Pastor and Mrs. Lynton Fairhurst – End Times Messenger October 1961]

This announcement brings to mind how, as a Pastor, you are sometimes called to move on from a place you love…

“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name our Lord Jesus will be honoured because of the way you live, and you will be honoured along with Him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NLT

Let us know in the comments how the Lord gave you the power to accomplish; moving on to something new, following the call…

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The Sand of The Seashore

All nature speaks of the abundance of God’s Grace. The blessings He sends to humble hearts are as numberless as the sand of the seashore.

It is very evident that the writers of Holy Scripture knew the kind of illustrations to use when they wished to convey the impression of immense numbers. The most frequent use of the term “sand” is in connection with large numbers. For example, in Genesis 22:17, God says to Abraham, “I will multiply thy seed as the sand which is upon the seashore.” Again in chapter 32:12, to Jacob says “I will make thy seed as the sand of the sea.” In the books of Deuteronomy, Judges, Joshua, Samuel, and right on through Scripture sand is used again and again as the picture of uncountable immensity.

Sand itself is the consequence of the break-up of rocks. Most of us when at the seashore have played with the sand, letting it slip through our fingers, and sometimes we have joined with the children in their sand games; yet never have we attempted to count the number of those grains—we know that such a task is impossible save with God Himself. And the uncountable sand is the picture God uses in His Word to convey the extent and quantity of His blessings to His children.

Sand does not only signify a multitude, it also signifies permanence and durability. The commonest type of sand consists in what remains of the hardest minerals which compose the rocks. Frost, rains, streams, sea, wind, and heat all have an effect in pulverization, reducing hard rocks to mud, clay, and earth, and sand is the residue that endures afterward! The commonest mineral composing sand is quartz, which is so hard that it will scratch a steel knife. There are few things harder than quartz. Thus sand reminds us of the permanence of God’s promises and blessings.

Sand grains themselves are worthy of study, for when examined closely they vary tremendously. The sands derived from a glacier are very sharp and angular. The sands from a river bed are somewhat less angular, while sea sand is fairly well-rounded. Desert sands (that is, those which have come under the power of wind) largely are well rounded. In fact, the grains of desert sands both small and large are very spherical in form.

Sands are usually colored red or russet brown, though there are a variety of colours known. The colour, however, is usually secondary and due to a stain of iron salt. If red or brown sand is washed in a 50% solution of hydrochloric acid the pigmentation is removed and the quartz grains appear crystal white. What an illustration of the power of the Precious Blood of the Lord Jesus to cleanse the multitudes white and clean from their sins if only they will come under redeeming poured-out Life!

The Bible also reminds us that sand is heavy. Job 6:3 says, “My vexation and calamity would be heavier than the sand of the seas.” Yes, sand packs so closely that a load can become an intolerable burden. In geological science, there are also known what are called “heavy sands,” sands which weigh even more than the average sands. These contain a large proportion of heavy minerals such as magnetite, rutile, and zircon. From the viewpoint of the mineralogist, these and allied substances are of particular interest and so he seeks to separate them from the rest of the sand grains. How can this be done?

To the layman, it would appear to be an impossible task—to pick out the grains which weigh heavily! But by a delicate and complicated apparatus, the mineralogist can accomplish it. Sometimes he uses bromoform and magnetic means with various plates and dishes. In fact, there are very learned treatises written about such things, and the writer himself, years ago, did a little at it; the interest to us in the fact that it is possible to remove the heavy sand, which the Bible uses as an illustration of vexation and calamity. Surely this is what God does for every believer who seeks His Grace. He gives joy for sorrow and beauty for ashes.

Finally, it must be remembered that quartz grains were once crystals in some granite or similar rock, but by weathering the quartz become detached, and wind and water and other agencies have smoothed off the perfect crystalline form, and the grains became pitted and rounded. In some cases, however, where the sand grains have been compacted together (and maybe subjected to pressure and heat) the rounded grain of quartz is surrounded by a new mineral material forming once again a true crystal shape.

The textbooks frequently give microscope photographs of this phenomenon! But what a picture of the New Birth! Adam, the first man, was perfect, but by sin he and his whole posterity were spoilt, and that work of attrition and defeat has gone on ever since. We gaze upon the world today and we see iniquity growing worse and worse—the damage continues. Yet, when that fallen spoilt child of Adam comes into saving contact with the Lord Jesus and the power of His precious Blood, the Holy Spirit makes him into a new creature in Christ Jesus. God is able to restore His image in man!

And so, my friend, as you enjoy a holiday at the seaside and idly play with the sand in your fingers, think on these things, and may the Lord Himself draw near and meet you!

By J.H.J. Barker – End Times’ Messenger July 1960

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Apostolic Youth Movement

What About a Name?

Out of literally dozens of suggested names given in at our district rallies, the name “APOSTOLIC YOUTH MOVEMENT” was chosen for our youth department.

A special honorable mention goes to Rev. Bob Larden and his young people of Swift Current for coming up with this fine name. Perhaps you will recall our first outlined basis for a youth fellowship:

→ to increase fellowship among young people of our assemblies

→ to promote missionary endeavour among our young people

→ to reach unsaved youth through our youth

→ to encourage young people in smaller assemblies

Let’s always keep our aim (A.Y.M.) high with our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ.

[End Times’ Messenger September 1957]

United Youth Outreach

We’re proud of the history of the youth outreach of ACOP. There have been so many great initiatives that were used for reaching and discipling students in our churches.

One of those was the quizzing program back in the 1960s that pitted youth groups against each other, a great way of initiating bible study and scripture memorization in their lives. In fact, I was a part of a team from Ontario one year and was tasked with the goal of memorizing the first 7 verses of Acts chapter 6. To this day, I can still quote some of that portion of scripture.

Today’s United Youth Outreach has grown tremendously from the early days of the Apostolic Youth Movement. United exists as a covering and a facilitator for leaders and ministries that have a desire to bring the love of Jesus to Canadian students. Our vision is to reach every youth in Canada with the Gospel and we are fulfilling that mission by empowering missional leaders to impact youth. To date, United leads 10 ministries to see this accomplished.

The name of the organization has changed throughout the years. As you know, it was originally called Apostolic Youth Movement, then Apostolic Youth Ministries, Apostolic Youth Ministries International, and finally United Youth Outreach. The reasoning behind the most recent title change is that it better described what we are doing as we facilitated outreach together through our ministries, and it alleviated the confusion we ran into when people asked what the word ‘apostolic’ meant. The change in our name and logo has been well received.

The heart of United is the same heart that was behind the Apostolic Youth Movement: to see students come into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Over the past 35 years, we have been privileged to see hundreds and hundreds of Christian young people grow in their walk as disciples of Christ. At the same time, these young people and their leaders have been instrumental in seeing thousands and thousands of people won to Jesus Christ across the world.

When a teenager personally experiences the power of the Holy Spirit, the love of Jesus, sharing their faith, or leading someone to meet Jesus, nothing can take that away from them regardless of where they go in life.

Someone asked me for my thoughts on the future of evangelism and outreach, especially to students in this season. I responded by saying that these are the best of times, that the fields are as white as they were in Jesus’ day, and that we simply need to be obedient to Him to pray for labourers to be sent out if we’re going to see the harvest come in.

I believe that Jesus has the best ahead for us.

Larry Moore, Executive Director – United Youth Outreach

A Pod of Peas

Guaranteed to add zest to tasteless Youth Meeting recipes!

Pray! The first step toward more effective youth work. Pray regularly. Pray for individual young people and their problems. Pray for each part of each meeting and activity.

Plan! As sponsor, or leader, prepare personally, well in advance. Then prepare with the young people so that each phase of the meeting fits into place. “Last minute” planning is too late.

Push! You don’t have to crack a whip to do it. The kids look to you for enthusiasm and drive. If you’re sold on youth work, you’ll give it all you’ve got.

Persist! Any task involving people will have some discouragements, but the Lord has rewards for “overcomers.” Stick with the job.

Punch! Vitality, group spirit—requisites in youth work. Any enthusiastic leader, dedicated to their job, will have an enthusiastic organization.

Purpose! Aim high in your long-range plans, as well as your current activities. Expect great things from the Lord.

Praise! Praise the Lord daily for the important job He’s given to you, and don’t forget to praise the young folks in your group from time to time for their efforts. It’ll go a long way!

[End Times’ Messenger September 1957]

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Is Bible School Profitable?

Only those who have experienced one, two, or three years of Bible School training can answer this question fully.

In my own life, my three years of Bible School have been the most beneficial years of my life; it is impossible to sit under the teaching of understanding and learned men in the Word of God, and it not change your life.

Just to mention some of the blessings, I will begin from my first term. I was truly saved before coming to Bible School, but because of lack of teaching of the Word I did not realize that there was not only the peace with God to be experienced, but also the peace of God to be enjoyed Philippians 4:7—this came in the teaching of Theology.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Later in our first term, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, this too became experimental in my life. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”—Acts 2:4 KJV

During my second term in our studies on Christian Evidence, it was made plain to me, that there is no doubt as to the genuineness of the Bible. Our studies in Bible Construction and other books of the Bible are endless blessings.

Some may think that Bible School is a place to go for a good time. In my experience, I think this is entirely wrong. Bible School is not a place for a good time; on the other hand, it is in no sense a place for a dull time, but above all else, it is a place to meet with God.

Every student should go to Bible School with determination and a sense of responsibility, remembering that those who labour to teach the Word are not doing so for themselves, but as a service to the Lord Jesus Christ and a benefit to all who attend.

Bible School is also the place where I learned the value of prayer and a burden for the souls of lost men and women.

Yes, Bible School is profitable, if each student attends with an open and genuine heart, “studying to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”—2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

Written by: Pearl Nesbitt—FGBI Graduate [End Times’ Messenger October 1961]

It’s not too late to be immersed in the Word and shaped by community this fall 2021! Eston College equips students to know the scriptures and the power of God to further the Great Commission.

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Full Gospel Bible Camps

Ever since the institution of the Feast of Tabernacles in the Old Testament, God has been calling his people to set aside a week each year to “camp” in temporary dwellings – for the Jews it was to commemorate the 40 years of desert wandering – for Christians it is an opportunity for spiritual renewal and refreshing.

The bible camp formula is quite simple:

  • Get people away from their routine actives, and the pressures of everyday life
  • Create a positive environment with good food and good fellowship
  • Create a spiritual atmosphere through worship
  • Preach the Word of God
  • Lift up the Name of Jesus
  • Encourage people to yield to the Holy Spirit

Then watch as a people are saved, healed, delivered, renewed, and empowered by the Holy Spirit!

For me, bible camps have been places where I have grown spiritually and where I have had profound encounters with the Holy Spirit.  The same has been true for my children and now my grandchildren. 

It is my prayer that all of the bible camps across our Fellowship will thrive and that every person who attends will experience spiritual renewal and refreshing.

Wes Mills
President of ACOP

I am sure that you would agree that the dedication and love that goes into each camp or VBS is much-needed and worthy of your support through prayer.

Most of us have had valuable camp experiences and we invite you to share your camp memory in the comments. It does not matter which camp you attended—if you are a life-long camper or a one-and-done camper we’d love to hear from you.

See you in the comments!

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Is The Family Altar Obsolete?

Did you know that 60% of our Christian homes today do not have a family altar?

In colonial days, the Word of God was read and cherished and the home was the centre of the spiritual and religious life of each family. Broken homes and divorce were scarcely heard of.

In the Old Testament, God not only exhorted but commanded that His Word was to be diligently taught to the children by their parents. God’s Word was not found on a printed page but was passed down from generation to generation.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 KJV

God has given His supreme plan for the home in the New Testament. Fathers are instructed to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 KJV

Today, we are in an age of higher learning and prosperity, does this take the place of God’s Word in the home? Are our homes of a higher standard and more closely knit together through education and material gain?

Statistics give the answers; delinquency is rising at an alarming rate and broken homes and divorce are more frequent every day.

No, the family altar is not out of date. The home of tomorrow will depend upon what we give the children of today. The age-old saying remains as true as it was on the day it was first uttered, “The family that prays together, stays together.”

—Written by Sylvia Quist (Third-year student at FGBI) printed in End Times’ Messenger June 1959.