King's Business - 1928-04


T h e K i n g ’ s B u s i n e s s

April 1928

Our Noonday Tryst With God EL IEV ING that prayer was the keynote to the best work, in training the students coming for instruction, an announcement was made that on January 10, 1927, noon devotional services would be started. The meetings were first in charge o f W . A. Fisher, and later W . R. Hale, both men o f God who were faithful in the services and especially in personal work afterward. The first year has closed, and has surely been sealed with God’s approval. Those who have come in from a shopping trip, from the distracting experiences o f the street, from visiting the sick in the hospitals, from the home where comfort, love, health and real help were needed, listened first to the bells chiming out the Gospel, then to Professor Butler as he praised God upon the great organ, then a brief prayer, then the message from God’s Word, another hymn upon the organ, then all became intercessors as requests for prayer previously brought or mailed in were read— finally the waiting upon Him who alone can answer. Very graciously and clearly the Holy Spirit has di­ rected in these meetings. Marvelous testimonies have been given, from distant points as well as near. Many have testified to the value of prayer life as they have learned by experience o f the, inner chamber. Prayer has been proved “ the outlet of trouble, and the inlet to comfort.” What the church needs today is not better machinery, not new organizations, not novel methods, but men and women whom the Holy Spirit can use. Prayerlessness is today one reason why our Lord delays His coming. From Arkansas, one wrote: “ Pray for my church and for me that we will know His will and be harmonious.” From Pennsylvania—-“ A hard field; pray for a revival.” From West Africa— a native who asks for a better under­ standing o f God’s Word. From Miami, Florida— “ That the work of a pastor may be sustained.” La Jolla, Calif.— “ Am praising God for the Bible Institute of Los Angeles that witnesses so faithfully to the truth.” One who was passing through Los Angeles to New York wrote in, saying: “ I have found great rest and help in the noon meeting. I had wondered if there was such a place. I entered while the organist was playing and found it easy to realize the nearness o f His fellowship.” California;—-“ I have sent in three requests for prayer and the answers have been so marvelously direct that I felt that our Father has a special ear for such intercession.” From one at Folsom prison— “ I want you people to pray for me. I know prayer will save.” From a San Pedro worker— “ Thanksgiving for answered prayers, four pro­ fessions, three restored.” Canada—-“ Thanksgiving for such a band who labor through faith and for love.” China — “ Praise our Father for answering prayer and protecting property interests.” Wilmington worker— “ Praise God for answered prayer and the best year in personal work in my experience.” One, through prayer, learned how to contribute while living, instead o f making a will to be paid after death, o f his means to the Lord’s work. Through attendance on

meetings, students testified to faith strengthened, and others have questions to ask that make one think care­ fully before answering...., We covet the prayers of our readers for these services. And if you are specially needy,. or unusually thankful, send us word and we will rejoice with you. —o— Work of Shop Department Greatly Blessed The responsibility for the Gospel team work in the shops o f Los Angeles has devolved upon Ernest Stuch- bery, who for some time has been assistant superintendent of this branch o f the work. His given name characterizes the man, for a more earnest and Spirit-filled man the In­ stitute has never sent out to deal with the working men. Mr. Stuchbery is directing fourteen shop services during the noon hour, besides doing visitation work among the railroad men and in the hospitals. He tells us the story o f a recent conversion in one o f the hospitals. A man whom the doctors had given up to die, accepted the Lord as his Saviour. Following his conversion, the Lord graciously spared his life and he is growing in grace in a most marvelous way. His testimony in the shops has been genuine and he is wielding an influence there among his fellow workmen that is wonderful. Since being re­ stored to health, he has returned to the hospital ward where he was saved, and done real personal work among the patients. Another man was dying on a hospital cot, without Christ and without hope! The worker went to him with the story of the dying thief on the Cross. “ I know all about God and Jesus Christ,” he said, “ but I have never known Him as a Saviour o f my sins.” But before he was called to leave this life, he found Christ as his Saviour and could meet Him face to face and say, “ My Lord and My Redeemer!” — o— The King’s Business in the Prisons Does it pay to put T he K ing ’ s B usiness into the prisons? One o f the Christian prisoners at San Quentin, California, recently discovered that a number of inmates had been brought to Christ through reading sermons and articles appearing in Christian periodicals sent in to the prisoners. A fter making a study o f the matter, it was decided to print in book form the articles which God had thus used during the year 1927. T he K ing ’ s B usiness was asked for permission to use a Sunday-school lesson com­ ment on “ Nathan Leads David to Repentance” and a poem : “ Looking Unto the Hills.” These contributions were used of God to lead men to a knowledge of the Saviour. W e only wish we could distribute T he K ing ’ s B usiness in a larger way in such institutions, but funds for such purposes are limited. Perhaps this piece of service will be laid upon the hearts of some of our readers.

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