April 2017

The Trumpet

The Trumpet is a monthly paper offered to the good folks of Faith Bible Baptist, Toledo Ohio, and is the work of the pastor.  He assembles the articles and edits them as a ministry to his church.  We offer it to those who read our Web Site but in a different format than is presented to the Church.  The purpose, is simple, to generate spiritual thought, and to encourage spiritual discussion within the body.  Where credit can be given, it is, but there is no claim of originality.  Further, the Trumpet is an avenue of current and future events scheduled for The Faith Bible Baptist Church of Toledo.

May the Lord bless you as you read this months issue of The Trumpet.

Pastor Tim Goodman

April 2017

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Mercy and Grace 

by Dr. Paul Chappell

“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.”  (Genesis 6:13-18)

History has seen many mighty conquerors and military-minded people.  Stories are told of men who led thousands of troops across the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America to claim new land for their empire or kingdom.  Many times brutal force was employed to accomplish their goal.  One man who saw his kingdom expanded through force was Napoleon I of France, who reigned from 1804-1814.

Napoleon’s reign began by an overthrow of the current ruler, and his fighting didn’t stop there.  He led campaigns against the First and Second Coalitions, groups of European nations bent on overthrowing France’s rule.  Napoleon’s attack on European superpowers even took on his name, the Napoleonic Wars. Later he also invaded Russia.

Yet despite his force when dealing with enemies, one story shows a more merciful side of Napoleon.  A young man had been arrested for stealing from the royal palace twice.  Sentenced to hang, the boy’s mother sought mercy from Napoleon on behalf of her son.  Napoleon answered the mother’s plea, “This boy has stolen from my palace twice now; he deserves justice and that justice is death.”  The mother replied, “But I don’t ask for justice, your highness.  I seek mercy.”  “He does not deserve mercy,” replied Napoleon.  The mother passionately begged, “It would not be mercy if he deserved it.”  Touched by the mother’s grief and passion, Napoleon consented and released the boy.

The boy’s mother was right-mercy is not deserved, but freely given.  You can’t earn mercy, nor can you pay for it.  Mercy is not receiving something you deserve (in the boy’s case he deserved punishment, but Napoleon showed mercy in releasing him).  Similarly, grace has been defined as freely receiving something that is undeserved.  Another example of mercy and grace is found in Genesis 6.

The world deserved to feel the brunt of God’s righteous judgment.  The sinful lifestyle of earth’s inhabitants earned them eternal punishment.  Yet even in His righteous anger, God reached out to the people He created with a message of mercy and forgiveness.  He promised that those who repent of their sin and trust Him would be saved from the coming punishment aboard the Ark.

Many people in our world would point to God’s judgment of eternal separation for those who aren’t saved and speak of a lack of love, but the truth is that even with God’s judgment comes God’s mercy.  God sent His only Son to provide a way for people to be saved.  God opens His arms to all sinners, anyone who will accept His gift, and promises them safe passage to Heaven if they will trust Him.

As we approach Easter this month let’s take a moment to think about God’s mercy and grace in your life.  What has God given you that you did not deserve?  What has He not given you that you did deserve?  Never forget how God has blessed you, and remember to thank Him for His mercy and grace in your life.

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Parson to Person

April is going to be a very busy month indeed, starting in the first week of the month.  We begin with the first, hopefully annual, Gateway Baptist Camp meeting the 3rd-6th.  Miss Linda and I will be going to the Arnold Baptist Tabernacle in Arnold, Missouri to join Pastor Sam Robinson and Evangelist Steve Hart in this olden time spiritual adventure.  There is an article entitled “Why Camp Meeting?” in this month’s issue of the Trumpet that I think you will enjoy.  I came across an article entitled “What is a Camp Meeting?”

The following description of the old time camp-meeting comes from the “Memoirs of the Life, Religious Experience, Ministerial Travels and Labours of Mrs. Zilpha Elaw, An American Female of Colour…” published in 1846. Mrs. Elaw writes–

“In the year 1817, I attended an American camp-meeting. Oh, how I should like our dear English friends to witness some of our delightful camp-meetings, which are held in the groves of the United States. There many thousands assemble in the open air, and beneath the overspreading bowers, to own and worship our common Lord, the Proprietor of the Universe; there all arise and sing the solemn praises of the King of majesty and glory. It is like heaven descended upon an earthly soil, when all unite to, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” The hardest hearts are melted into tenderness; the driest eyes overflow with tears, and the loftiest spirits bow down: the Creator’s works are gazed upon, and His near presence felt around.”

I thought it interesting that a “Female of Colour…” immigrate from England had her first taste of Old Fashioned Camp Meeting and it seems to have had quite an impact on her life. I only wish some of our church family could experience Old Fashioned Camp Meeting for themselves.

April has us enjoying Easter this year on the 16th.  We will have our annual Sunrise Service (6:30 am) on the 16th.  I know 6:30 isn’t actually sunrise but that’s early enough for some of our, how can I say it, not so early risers.  After the sunrise service we will of course have breakfast with the “men” serving as cooks and we will gladly accept the ladies help in cleaning up.  Always a great time!  Of course we will have our regular morning service no evening service.

Linda and I will be traveling again on the 17th-18th for a “Pastor & Wife Retreat” in Shipshewana, Indiana.  Linda and I look forward to this get away every spring.  On the 30th we have our 5th Sunday Pot Providence Fellowship Dinner.  With our regular morning service and an early afternoon service, no evening service.  Busy month!

I want to say thanks again for your faithfulness.  It truly is a blessing serving the Lord here at Faith Bible Baptist Church.  Linda and I pray for you daily.

Pastor Tim Goodman

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Baptist We Should Know

Clarence Larkin

1850 – 1924

American Baptist pastor, Bible teacher, and writer, Clarence Larkin was born October 28, 1850, in Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  He was converted to Christ at the age of 19 and then felt called to the Gospel ministry, but the doors of opportunity for study and ministry did not open immediately.  He then got a job in a bank.

When he was 21 years old, he left the bank and went to college, graduating as a mechanical engineer.  He continued as a professional draftsman for a while, then he became a teacher of the blind.  This last endeavor cultivated his descriptive faculties – something God would later use in him to produce a monumental work on dispensational theology.  Later, failing health compelled him to give up his teaching career.  After a prolonged rest, he became a manufacturer.

But he was not happy.  He felt that God wanted him in the Gospel ministry.  When he was converted he had become a member of the Episcopal Church, but in 1882, at the age of 32, he became a Baptist and was ordained as a Baptist minister two years later.  He went directly from business into the ministry.

His first charge was at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; his second pastorate was at Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, where he remained for 20 years.  He was not a premillennialist at the time of his ordination, but his study of the Scriptures, with the help of some books that fell into his hands, led him to adopt the premillennialist position.  He began to make large wall charts, which he titled, “Prophetic Truth,” for use in the pulpit.  These led to his being invited to teach, in connection with his pastoral work, in two Bible institutes.  During this time he published a number of prophetical charts, which were widely circulated.

When World War I broke out in 1914, he was called on for addresses on The War and Prophecy.  Then God laid it on his heart to prepare a work on Dispensational Truth (or God’s Plan and Purpose in the Ages), containing a number of charts with descriptive matter.  He spent three years of his life designing and drawing the charts and preparing the text.  The favorable reception it has had since it was first published in 1918 seems to indicate that the world was waiting for such a book.

Because it had a large and wide circulation in this and other lands, the first edition was soon exhausted.  It was followed by a second edition, and then, realizing that the book was of permanent value, Larkin revised it and expanded it, printing it in its present form.  Larkin followed this masterpiece with other books: Rightly Dividing the Word, The Book of Daniel, Spirit World, Second Coming of Christ, and A Medicine Chest for Christian Practitioners, a handbook on evangelism.

Larkin, a kind and gentle man, deplored the tendency of writers to say uncharitable things about each other, so he earnestly sought to avoid criticisms and to satisfy himself with simply presenting his understanding of the Scriptures.  Though he did not intend to publish his own works, the Lord led in that direction.  During the last five years of his life, the demand for Larkin’s books made it necessary for him to give up the pastorate and devote his full time to writing.  He went to be with the Lord on January 24, 1924.

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Why Camp Meeting?

Beginning in 1890, people came to camp meeting on horseback and buggies.  WHY?

Folks left their farms and homes for ten days after the crops were ‘laid by’ to experience spiritual renewal.  Living in tents and meeting under trees, thousands gathered for worship and Bible Study.  They spent this time apart, seeking to know God and to deepen their relationship with Him.

So, WHY should you come to camp meeting today? 

Now, as then, camp meeting is uniquely designed to move you out of your schedule and distractions to experience time in a spiritual environment apart from the world.  The experience of an Old Fashioned Camp Meeting is an opportunity to reflect, refresh and rebuild your personal relationship with God.

At Camp Meeting, you can experience powerful worship services based on unchanging Biblical truths from prominent pastors, evangelists and Bible teachers.  Your children and grandchildren can experience the best of ministry that will introduce them to Christ and prepare them for a lifetime of godly living.

You can experience personal growth in your relationship with God and have fellowship within a community of believers.

God has greatly blessed the work of the Old Fashioned Baptist Camp Meeting.  From its altars, numerous generations have been challenged to a deeper walk with Christ.

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A Shining Christian

A Soulwinning Christian Shines the Gospel Light 

By Jerry Ferrso

Associate Pastor, Lancaster Baptist Church

Everyone appreciates light.  It does not matter how small it may be.  If it is shining, it can lead us out of darkness.

The Bible reminds us that God desires His children to shine in this present world!  Philippians 2:14–16, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life….”

I believe as Christ-followers we would agree on the importance of letting our light so shine!  But it is sad how many Christians have let their light dim.  As we consider these verses, I believe they contain two practical principles to help keep our lives shining.

First, we are instructed to stop complaining.  If anyone had reason to complain it was the Apostle Paul.  He was in prison when he wrote the book of Philippians.  His crime was faithfully preaching the gospel of Christ.  Yet he amazingly writes to inform us that if we want our light to shine, we need to stop complaining.

Second, we are challenged to be “blameless and harmless.”  Blameless is being free from fault.  As a Christian, we will not live our lives without sin, but we should live our life without the dimming effect of sin.  Here is a practical acrostic for the word shine that we can apply to our outreach:

S — Seek to Keep Your Relationship with the Lord Your Highest Priority.

How can we faithfully share Christ with others if our relationship with Him is weak and in decline?  Stay close and excited about the Lord, and sharing Him will flow much easier from your heart.

H — Humbly Yield Your Life to the Lord on a Daily Basis.

We have to constantly yield our lives to His plan for us.  One of His desires for our lives is to be an engaging witness for Him. For this to take place, we need to die to our desires and be dialed into His passion of people coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

I — Initiate Relationships for the Sole Purpose of Sharing Christ.

We need to establish new relationships with people for the purpose of sharing the gospel with them.  Too often we get comfortable with the people we already know, and we fail to build new relationships because of our fear of being rejected.  Take courage and walk across your office and become someone’s friend.  Remember the stakes are huge.  We are talking about Heaven and Hell!

N — Never Give up on People.

We need to exercise patience with people.  People need time to consider what we have shared with them.  I have found that our tendency is to dismiss people too soon.  If a person does not make a salvation decision in a two or three week period, we move on to the next prospect.  I am sure my dad is thankful that people were patient with him.  It was years before he fully understood the gospel and made a decision to accept Christ.  People need time to digest the biblical teaching on salvation because most likely it contradicts everything they have ever known.

E — Encourage Yourself by Your Obedience in Going and Sharing the Gospel.

Christians get discouraged in the area of witnessing.  When discouragement comes, we are less eager to share the gospel.  One way to stay encouraged is by not focusing on your results, but on your obedience.  If I keep my focus on obedience, I am able to stay encouraged and I continue to look for those moments to share Christ.  If you keep sharing, it is only a matter of time before you will be reaping!

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Iran and Russia’s Prophetic Alliance

Current Events and the Bible 

By Rick Houk

Chairman of Bible Department,

West Coast Baptist College

Syria’s “Arab Spring” has become much more than an internal political unrest.  With other nations taking sides in the conflict, Syria becomes another link between Iran and Russia—a force prophesied to strike against Israel in the last days.  Sanctions have been placed on Syria’s current regime under President Bashar al-Assad for their harsh crackdown on opposing political groups.  Reuters wire service reported on April 26, 2012 that, “Sanctions prohibit EU and US firms from buying Syrian oil or doing business with Syrian companies handling imports of crude and refined products.  Most former suppliers have dropped out for fear of violating measures designed to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his crackdown on opponents.”  Who has stepped in to sell Syria the fuel supply they need for heavy vehicles such as tanks? Iran and Russia.

This isn’t the first time Russia has sided with Iran against Western governments.  Russia has been adamantly opposed to the US and EU establishing antiballistic missile defenses in eastern Europe to protect against a potential Iranian nuclear threat.

While some of these geopolitical developments are new, it was predicted a very long time ago.  The prophecies of Ezekiel 38 and 39 indicate in the future of Israel that there will come a time when Iran and Russia will invade Israel.  The two countries particularly mentioned in Ezekiel 38:2, 5 are the nations of “Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal” (v. 2) and “Persia” (v. 5).  These are united against Israel with other nations north of Israel and in north Africa.  Linguists have said the word chief in our King James Bible is from the Hebrew word rosh.  Rosh means “chief” or “summit,” and some have said that because of its association with Meshech and Tubal, identified as Moscow and Tobolsk (a Russian province), that Rosh may be Russia. Persia is modern-day Iran, which changed its name to Iran in 1935, and in 1979 to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The significance for us is to see how these nations are developing alliances that will lead to an open assault on Israel during the tribulation.  The Ezekiel prophecy is stating that Russia and Iran particularly along with their allies will invade Israel like a storm cloud that covers the land (Ezekiel 38:9).  What we see in the present time is the distancing of Russia, Iran, Syria, and Egypt from Europe, Israel and the US.

While Russia may be acting in cold self-interest, Iran’s desire to annihilate both Israel and the US comes from their own Islamic eschatology.  In a Fox News report from November 7, 2011, the following was reported concerning Iran’s president and his view for the future and a coming Islamic ruler:

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are convinced that the End of Days has come.  They believe the Shia messiah known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi” will appear soon to establish a global Islamic kingdom known as the caliphate.

What’s more, they believe the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to annihilate Israel (which they call the “Little Satan”), and the US (which they call the “Great Satan”).  We should not, therefore, be surprised that Iran is probing for weaknesses in American intelligence and homeland security.

Khamenei told Iranians in July 2010 that he personally met with the Twelfth Imam.  He also claimed to be the personal representative of the Mahdi on earth, and said all Muslims must “obey him.”  Meanwhile, Western intelligence agencies say he continues to work with Ahmadinejad and the Iranian military to develop nuclear warheads and the ballistic missiles to deliver them.

Much of the media has focused on Iran’s threats to wipe Israel “off the map.”  But journalists have generally ignored the fact that the Iranian regime is equally determined to destroy the US.

On October 26, 2005, for example, Ahmadinejad said, “God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the US and Zionism.”

Iran and her allies will not be satisfied to live in peace with Israel and the US, but will only be satisfied when both are erased from the face of the earth.  How this works into future events is obvious, and we should do all that we can to reach lost souls in these last days.

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How to Become a

Member of

Faith Bible Baptist Church

By Profession of Faith and Baptism

If you will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and follow Him in baptism by immersion, we welcome you into our fellowship.

By Letter

As a Baptist whose church membership is elsewhere, if God directs you here we will be pleased to welcome you into our church family.  We will happily take care of appropriate details for transferring your membership.

By Baptism

If you know in your heart that you have been saved and want to become a member of Faith Bible Baptist Church, we invite you to join us by baptism.  This gives testimony of your salvation and your obedience to His direction.

By Statement of Faith

In the event church membership records are not available for a transfer of membership, or if you were once a Baptist church member, we will accept you upon your statement of faith.

You may express your desire to fulfill any of the above by presenting yourself during the invitation at the close of each worship service.  Of course, any decision assumes your commitment to being faithful in prayer, church attendance, tithing and participation in our Lord’s work at Faith Bible Baptist Church.

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