AE vol. 7, no. 6, May 1941
**Woolloongabba (Pastor N. Mather and Evangelist G. Williams).—Blessing was experienced by our Assembly even before the convening of special Easter services, when visiting brethren to the Conference-Convention ministered the Word.
On the preceding Sunday, Sister Williams brought conviction upon her hearers as she dwelt upon the Middle Cross of three.
The following night during an old-time prayer meeting a dear sister received Acts 2: 4.
On Good Friday, Pastor Roberts, of Melbourne, delivered a message in the Holy Ghost on Gideon. Hearts were stirred to pledge a greater loyalty to Christ. Prophetic utterance was in evidence, and seekers made their way to the altar.
Sister Pery, of Halifax, and Pastor E. Wilson, of Bendigo, gave short messages on Sunday morning, after which Pastor Dalten Armstrong, of Partes, spoke on the threefold aspect of Resurrection, i.e., Christ's Deity, Witness and Power.
In the afternoon the children's meeting and that usually held for men, combined. A large gathering was present and prizes were .distributed to the children.
Pastor Reid, of Sydney, fearlessly and powerfully delivered a message on "Felix."
At night, Pastors Wiggins, of Toowoomba, W. H. Akehurst, of Mackay, and Mrs. Duncan, of Sydney, took part, in the service. Pastor Duncan then preached the Gospel and its power to save and deliver. A number came forward for the supply of various needs, and one found Christ as his Saviour.
On Monday evening Pastors W. Enticknap and T. Hallop brought a short word. Pastor Greenwood, of Melbourne, then preached on "Sowing and Reaping," backing home his message by Scriptural illustrations and' showing that the unrepentant sinner has a sorrowful reaping. Deep conviction, followed and many sought deliverance from the chains of sin that bound. The Lord was present to grant the plea of all, and much rejoicing was evident.
We are encouraged to pray, and believe that this is but the beginning of many refreshing showers. Joel 2: 23, 24.
Parkes (Pastor D. Armstrong). —"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His Holiness."
It is with pleasure, and with thanks to our Loving Heavenly Father, that we send in this little report after so long a silence. ' The, saints here in Partes, realising the great need in our, town, and feeling somewhat desperate at prevailing conditions, sought God earnestly as the Word of God unfolded to them the possibilities that lie within the roach of the sincere, the seeking heart of faith, For many months we have felt the wondrous moving of God's Spirit upon our meetings in various ways; meeting dear ones who had become a little hardened, convicting those who were unfaithful in things some had counted as small details, giving others a greater hunger for the Word and best of all for Himself. Others have been moved to feel they have not been witnessing for Him as they should, and again, He has, unbeknown to many, worked in some hearts, and in love and grace removed little roots of bitterness, so dangerous to God's work and the fellowship of the saints. Praise His dear Name, He has done it all.
With these happenings in the heart, and the earnest seeking of God in our weekly prayer meeting, there has been a rising tide of blessing, and our joy was full as one dear old hungry heart gave her heart and life to Jesus in her home while we were all praying for her a mile away in the Church. What a bright testimony she has, and what a joy to us to see the Lord answering the cry of our hearts: "Wilt thou not revive us again that Thy people may rejoice in Thee."
Then we had the opportunity of having for just two short week ends and a couple of week night meetings, our Pastor C. G. Enticknap, from Queensland. The second Sunday night brought blessing and joy to our hearts and tears to our eyes, as three of our young people, for whom we had been praying much, responded to the earnest appeal of our beloved Pastor Enticknap, and to the still, small voice in their hearts, and boldly yielded themselves to their wonderful Saviour and King. Praise the Lord. How happy we are as we catch in our hearts the echo of the rejoicing in heaven.
But the end was not yet, and the following Sunday night, while Pastor was ministering to the folk in the Forbes Assembly about twenty-two miles away, God continued to keep His hand upon us for Good. That meeting was one long to be remembered for the way the Spirit of the Lord led and also convicted till three more of our young people re-consecrated their lives to Him, Who loves us, saves us and is able to keep us.
From time to time in the morning meetings of a Sunday, we are stirred to a closer walk with Him as our hearts are spoken to by His Wondrous Word of Life. To Him, again we say, be ALL the Glory.
And so, as we close this little report of God's, goodness, we ask all fellow-citizens of the household of faith to continue to pray for us as we know you have and as we do for you. We send to each Assembly our greetings of fellowship, commending you all to the Lord and the Word of His Grace.
HOW TO KILL YOUR C.A. GROUP.
Don't come to meeting; but if you do, come late.
When asked how you enjoyed the meeting, tell the folk you got nothing out of it.
Tell everyone how dead and lifeless the services are.
"When asked your opinion on any matter in a meeting discussion, do not say a word; but after the meeting tell all who will listen what is wrong with the plans decided upon.
Never do anything to help. Let the others roll up their sleeves and work, then complain how the group is run by a clique.
Save your money for your own needs and let the offering plate go by unnoticed.
Talk to your neighbour while the meeting is in progress, but never talk to God in prayer about the group.
Never ask anyone to come to the meetings. Let the officers do that.
Talk about nothing being done, and then when a special effort is made do nothing to help in it.
Keep your eyes open for something wrong, and talk only about the faults you can find in your fellow C.A. 's instead of praying for one another,
"He chose this path for thee; what needst thou more!
This sweeter truth to know that all along these strange bewildering ways
O'er rocky steeps and where dark rivers flow,
His loving arms will bear thee all the days.
A few steps more, and thou' thyself shalt see
This path is best for thee."