DEWITT TABERNACLE TEACHING SERIES
A PERSONAL TALK WITH OUR
Because I have not been able to keep up with sending a personal letter to
our readers, in response to your letters and gifts, I felt led to write you in
this manner. It is a way to thank
you personally, as well as give you a report on the work as it has progressed
here for the last few years. As most
of you know, my wife, who was my life-time sweetheart, will have been with the
Lord five years this December. She
was 83 when she changed her dwelling place and started her journey into
Eternity. As you can realize, life
suddenly in one night’s time, took on a drastic change!
We had been together for 67 years, counting the two years we dated before
marriage. She was not only the
mother of my three daughters, but she was my spiritual advisor, my best friend,
my sweetheart, my bookkeeper, and one of the best house-keepers and cooks in
this part of the country. Then one
Sunday night, after we had come home from church and had eaten supper, in ten or
fifteen minutes then she was gone
into that other dimension that we call Heaven!
She had not been sick, and as far as I know had not been even feeling
bad. Only the Lord knows what an
empty void is left in one’s life when a precious loved one is taken.
I know that some of our readers have experienced a similar situation, and
have suffered that awesome feeling of loneliness!
And, there is only one source of relief from it, and that is that the
Lord Jesus Himself must come and fill the void!
It is good when some can find another help-mate and remarry, but that has
not been the answer for me. I have
prayed and asked the Lord to become more a part of my life than ever before, and
He is answering my request! Where
once I thought I was totally dedicated to Christ, I now see areas that need much
improving. Because of His mercy,
love, and power, these changes are being made.
I will be 88 in July, and am being led to trust Him to renew my strength
as the eagle. It will only be by His
strength if I stay to finish the work He has allotted to me.
Also, it will only be by the help of you faithful readers who have, year
after year, continued to be a part of this ministry.
My heart goes out to each of you. Some
I have never met and I look forward to a glorious time of getting acquainted,
when we are getting together before we go up.
Our little church here in DeWitt has been able, by God’s grace, to
survive all the wiles of the Devil, and continue to meet together since 1970 (43
years). We started meeting in our
homes, and then in 1981 rented the building that we still meet in.
Some of those who were charter members are still with us and some are
not. As of the writing of this
letter, we have 8 people coming regularly, plus a visitor or two once in awhile.
When asked if our church is growing, I always reply, “Yes, not in
numbers, but in the Spirit!” If we
had all the people who have come to investigate us in the last 43 years, our
crowd would number in the hundreds. But
we have come to understand that the Bride of every age has been in a small
minority only. And so, with this
pattern set before us, we continue to preach and teach that everyone who desires
may come and Drink of the water of Life
freely! Our message is, “God has no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, therefore turn
yourselves and live.” (Ezekiel 18:32)
We speak for our Lord when we say, “As
I live saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but
that the wicked turn from his way and live.
Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, for why will you die…” (Ezekiel
In this year of 2013, I have been busy getting my office back in order.
It had become somewhat disorderly after my help-mate went home.
And I realized that I will not be around forever myself.
Something that a good Christian lady said to me one day in a restaurant
downtown started me to thinking. She
asked, “Do you have a stockpile of sermons that could continue to be published
in our local paper, after you are gone?”
My answer was, “No, I write the sermons each week, and try to get it to
the publishing office before the deadline for that week.”
Apparently, this dear lady had been reading the newspaper sermons for
many years and wanted them to continue. Her
remarks encouraged me very much.
In a filing cabinet in my office I had a pile of weekly newspaper sermons
that I had just thrown in there over a period of 30 years.
There was somewhere around 1500 of them in all.
I had the thought of going through them all, putting them in order
according to date and filing them in folders, so as to be easily pulled out and
re-read or re-printed. This I have
now done with the help of a secretary. Also,
I had 120 notebooks, each one with 3 to 5 sermons in them.
But, they were scattered all over my office, filed in drawers and on
shelves, and when I needed the Scriptures and quotes from a certain sermon, it
was hard to locate it. Now, I
realize that you computer experts can just push buttons and the information is
at your finger-tips. But, I am not a
computer person and do not plan to enter that field.
Although, I am thankful for the use the Lord had made of them.
And so, I have built shelves
in my office and arranged all my sermon notebooks in order, according to titles
and dates preached, so that they are easily accessed.
And, again this was done with the help of a secretary.
Another project that I saw needed attention was my monthly sermons that
had accumulated since 1995. They
were in disorderly piles, and when I needed to refer to them to answer questions
that the people ask, it was hard to find the sermons that already had the
Scriptures and quotes that answered the question.
And now, they are filed in orderly fashion, with an index catalog that
lists all sermons and the number of the book it is found in.
I do not say that anything will come of the work after I am gone, but we
serve an orderly God, and now I feel much better about my life’s work.
The material in my office represents almost 50 years of study and prayer
concerning God’s Word. Forty-six
of those 50 years have been in The
End-Time Message. Even so, we
still have plenty of room to grow in knowledge, wisdom and revelation!
And so, my message to my readers is the same one that God gave to our
Prophet. Though the Lord has tarried
His coming, there I desperate need to stay closer to His bleeding side!
This is no time to grow lax, nor give over to any strange doctrine!
To live in this world that has become Satan’s
Eden will drain our faith out, and unless we are replacing it daily, we will
run out! I have been recently
re-studying Br. F. F. Bosworth’s book “Christ
the Healer.” It has been on my
bookshelf for years, but now, in these very evil, faith-draining days, it has
helped my wavering faith so much. I
recommend it to all our readers. He
preached Divine Healing the same as Br. Branham did, as far as I can tell.
I don’t believe you can study the Scriptural teaching found in it
without your faith being raised to a higher level!
Orders can be placed through “World Outreach Publications” – P.O.
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it, read it, and discover that it is always God’s will to heal His sick
Children, when we meet His conditions. And
the basic, foundational, condition is to simply believe that He wants to
Br. Bosworth told a parable in his book that I will share with you. A
multimillionaire spoke to a congregation of 1000 people and made the statement
that he was “able” to give each one of them a gift of $1000!
But their knowledge that he “could give” the money if he wanted to,
did not give them the faith to know that they, as individuals, were going to get
the gift. If they had been asked if
they would soon have the money, they might have answered, “I hope so, I need
the money, but I don’t know for sure if the man is going to give the money.
He only said, “He could,”
But we don’t know for sure that he will.
But now, what if that man
was a reputable citizen, and known for his honesty and that he always keeps his
word. And what if he said, “If
each one of you will leave your name and address with my secretary at the door
as you leave, we will put your check in the mail, and you will have it
shortly.” Then the people would
have reason to believe that the money was as good as theirs!
But again, to make a point, what if the rich man had said, all of you
leave your names and we will put them in a box and draw 500 of them out, and
those will receive $1000? They still
could not testify for certain that they would receive the money!
Now, what if our God was a respecter of persons and that it was only His
Will to heal some of those who are sick and needy?
How could we know which group we were in, and how could we know that the
Gift of Healing was for us all who needed it?
I would have to know that my Father wanted me, Charles William Wood, to
be healed when I needed it, and so let’s look into the Gospels and see that
Jesus healed all that came to Him, believing!
Jesus Healed All Diseases: “And
Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching and preaching the gospel….and healing all
manner of sickness and all manner
of disease among the people. And His
fame went throughout all Syria: and they bought unto Him all sick people that
were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed
with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and
He healed them all (Moffat’s translation).
And there followed Him a great multitude of people from Galilee and from
Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.”
And Jesus went about all the
cities and villages, teaching…and preaching the gospel…and healing every
sickness and every disease among
the people. But when He saw the
multitudes, He was moved with compassion
on them….And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave
them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all
manner of sickness and all manner
of disease.” (Matthew 9:35-36; 10:1)
But when Jesus knew it, He
withdrew Himself from
thence: and great multitudes followed
Him, and He healed them all.”
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a
great multitude and was moved with
compassion toward them, and He healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14)
And when they were gone over, they
came into the land of Gennesaret. And
when the men of that place had knowledge of Him, they sent out into all that
country round about, and brought unto Him all
that were diseased; and besought Him that they might only touch the hem of
His garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” (Matthew
“And a great
multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast
of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases;
and they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
And the whole multitude sought
to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, and He healed them all.” (Luke
“Is any sick among you, let him
call and be healed.” (James 5:14)
My heart goes out to all of God’s Children who are sick!
I know that the good doctors have done all they know to do, yet some of
you are not well. I have been in
that group myself, and have received help from the Master, and by His mercy and
grace, I am still at my post of duty. I
wanted to write you personally and tell you that, having been where some of you
are, I know how to intercede for you in believing prayer.
It is a great privilege to receive your prayer requests.
We know that God has commanded us to “Pray
one for another.” (James 5:14) So
we ask this question, “Would God tell us to pray for each other when it is not
His Will to heal us when we believe?” The
answer is, “Certainly Not!” So,
let this fact remove any doubt in your mind concerning His Will to heal you
personally! When you fully
understand that it is His Will and plan to heal you, then your healing is on the
When the great question mark has been removed from our minds, which has
been as follows, “Is healing from God for everybody?”
and that doubt replaced with the firm, steady, never changing Word of God, it is
then that faith for our healing has found its solid anchor that no Devil can
move! When Peter was called to the
house of Cornelius to show unto him and the church there, the things that were
commanded them by God, he made the following statement, which beautifully
describes the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus!
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all
that were oppressed of the Devil, for God was with Him.”
Here again, we have the Will of God revealed for divine healing of our
bodies! It is this writers firm
conviction that a large part of our failure to believe God for divine healing
has been our inability to understand how great His love and mercy is for His
Children! It’s hard for us to
understand a love that never waivers, even when we are failures in so many
things in our daily walk. May this
revelation overtake us, swallow us up, and change our doubts about Him into pure
Then faith that “worketh
by love” will be present! We
here at DeWitt Tabernacle love each one of you and thank you with our whole
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