Giving The Living Word
To A Needy World
By Lois J. Stucky
"Men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (Luke 18:1). Many of us who worked with Brother W. C. Moore before his homegoing over 20 years ago, have the aforementioned verse tucked securely in our memory because he used it so frequently as he shared in daily chapel and prayer services with the staff of Herald of His Coming. And many times he followed it with Luke 18:7 and 8: "And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily." How this encouraged him as he labored and prayed passionately for revival! He died in faith, not seeing the fullness of the answer, but his prayers are in the golden vials above along with those of many others (Rev. 5:8).
Brother Moore "stood flat-footed" on the Word of God, as he expressed it. In the part of the country Brother Moore came from, that meant "firmly and uncompromisingly." He believed that God said what He meant and meant what He said, as the saying goes, and that carried great weight and authority with Brother Moore. His words and manner of life echoed what David said in Psalm 119:97: "O how love I Thy law!" And that was because he so loved God, and drew near to His heart and understood His ways through His Word.
Brother Moore took very seriously Jesusí Words that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. He prayed his way through many days and years of responsibility and toil in what he called "the glorious service of God." He ever sought the divine Mind in his decisions, and for the divine Hand on his for the least thing as well as the greatest.
It was a delight and a solemn responsibility to Brother Moore to send out messages built on the Word of God to Herald of His Coming readers around the world. He would quote Matthew 24:45,46: "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." Should Jesus return in his lifetime, Brother Moore wanted to be found a faithful and wise servant of the Lord, giving the "meat" of Godís Word to hungry hearts around the world.
We of the present Herald of His Coming staff likewise count it a great privilege to send out messages from Godís Word. Jesus gave key instructions to Peter in one of His last times on earth with His disciples: "Feed My sheep; feed my lambs..." One thing that stands out and makes it of great importance is that Jesus said, "Feed My sheep; feed My lambs..." God trusts His people to share the Word He has freely given us with His "other sheep" who need it. These, too, He loves and wants to grow to maturity, that they in turn become nourishers of others. This is His plan for the building of His Church and the advancement of His Kingdom.
The food of Godís Word is necessary nourishment for spiritual life. And think! It is Living Bread we have to dispense! In this day many people are being served a serpent or a stone--poisoned spiritual food, lies of the devil, rather than the true and living Word of God. How important is the task entrusted to all of Godís people to dispense the Living Bread!
How thankful we at Herald of His Coming are for you friends who extend heart and hand in the task alongside us! You send supporting gifts. You seek God in prayer for us. You hand on your Herald papers to others to read. You supply names and addresses to whom we may mail, or you encourage friends to write us directly. Some of you receive a monthly or one-time package of papers to share with others. You write notes of encouragement. A local crew comes to help with mailing the packages.
Many of us work together dispensing True Bread for the spiritual well-being of the family of God. Whoever humbly, sincerely, believingly partakes of the Word of God comes to know the One who spoke of Himself as the Bread of Life, the Bread of God come down to give life to the world (John 6:32-35). He is the One who can satisfy every pang of spiritual hunger and quench every craving of spiritual thirst. "No one satisfies like Jesus" says the songwriter. True, so true!
O how blessed, in the words of Jesus, to "labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed" (John 6:27).
We know not how to adequately express our gratitude to you fellow workers laboring with us for the "meat which endureth unto everlasting life." Your gifts and prayers are absolutely essential. There is financial need at Herald of His Coming, so please help us pray for the $60,000 we need monthly to meet current expenses. And please add your help as able, if you are one not now doing so.
The messages in this issue and in other issues on our shelves are anointed and stirring messages. They have a vital mission to perform in the lives of readers. Letís not let them yellow with age but get them out where the need exists. Times grow increasingly uncertain. We are yet in an hour of opportunity. Letís not let it pass by aimlessly. We believe that among Herald readers are those who can be counted on to help in time of need. Thank you!
Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). Through your unselfish giving and your concerned praying you are blessed of God. He takes us out of our self-centered and indifferent living and makes us into caring persons in whose hearts is the very love of God. Sharing His love to others brings joyful meaning and purpose to life, a sweetness that is divine. How undeserving but how graced we are by our Lord and Savior! Truly it is His grace abounding to us, in us and through us when in gratitude to Him, as the saints of old, we bring a "tribute of a freewill offering from [our] hand, which [we] shall give unto the Lord [our] God according as the Lord [our] God hath blessed [us] (Deut. 16:10).
To You Who Pray for Herald of His Coming
It has been encouraging to study around 230 responses received from Herald readers who have committed to pray daily for Herald of His Coming as the Lord enables. We do not know what time of day you are praying, but supposing in general you pray at a morning hour, we have discovered the following: while we are at the height of our dayís work, there are friends in Australia, New Zealand and one in Fiji who are praying for the ministry and workers. As our normal work day draws to a close and some of the staff get supper and then continue on past closing time in the office and mail room, there are dear friends in the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Myanmar who have assured us they will pray. They are soon joined by others in India and Sri Lanka. And to us comes joy and strength to carry on as nighttime moves in.
Then as we are getting the sleep we must have for the next day, a good host of friends in Africa are on their knees. As the sun moves from East Africa, through Central Africa to the very westernmost coast in The Gambia, you will find those in prayer who bring Herald of His Coming before the Lord. We sometimes wish we might listen in on their praying, if they pray as enthusiastically from the heart as they write their letters. We might better understand why there comes to us that help needed and those needs supplied. At the same time scattered friends in Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Italy and England add their voices to the praying band.
Shortly before dawn breaks in this country, there are those in Nova Scotia, the West Indies, in Guyana in South America who remember Herald of His Coming in prayer. Then our dear fellow American supporters begin to bear us up, even as we ourselves begin our day with personal devotions and gather in prayer in the office at 8 a.m. EST before commencing another dayís work for our Lord.
We praise God for this prayer fellowship, hearts knit together in love for our Lord and His work. O, please do keep faithful, friends. We need you! And there is much room for others on the prayer line. We welcome each remembrance of this ministry in prayer. The spiritual battle intensifies. God needs stalwarts. Let us each one seek His grace to be in that number!
Praise God with Us
* Give Him glory and honor and praise for His glorious self!
* That through participating friends, this issue of Herald of His Coming is going out on its vital mission to readers in about 150 countries of the world.
* That Christine Ludlow has had her final prescribed treatment and is doing well and is at her desk daily.
* That Herald readers will not hurriedly scan this issue but will thoughtfully read and meditate on the God-given messages and will incorporate their helps into their lives. Pray that individuals and churches will prepare their hearts and be led into revival as a result.
* For pastors on the Herald mailing list, some of whom may be discouraged over unresponsiveness of their congregations and some of whom have too full a schedule to give the time to prayer they want and need to give. Seek to faithfully uphold these God-called men who stand in a strategic place in fostering corporate revival.
* That God will daily refresh and refire us of the Herald staff so that our service for Him will be ever in the power of the Spirit and will be fully effective.
* For Rich Carmicheal, publisher of Herald of His Coming, and for the Herald board of directors as they make important decisions, that they find and do Godís best will in matters great and small.
* For clear direction as to the articles to print each month, that we will be right in line with what God wants His people to hear and to do.
* That God will help us His people to be more effective intercessors, first having our lives humble and pure before God, and then interceding for the Church and for the lost, in what might be the last hours before the night comes when no man can work.
* That God will touch hearts to send in the finances necessary to maintain printings and mailings of the Herald without cutback. Pray God will inspire many to sense a calling to be faithful stewards, putting more sacrifice and more faith into their giving. The key to this is perhaps a new infusion of the love of God into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
* That we will not faint but keep strong in faith and prayer for revival regardless of abounding sin on every hand. Pray God will restrain sin and pray for an unprecedented outpouring of the Holy Spirit in this hour!