The Voice in the Wilderness April 2016


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•Free Subscription• •April 2016• Virtual Edition Contending for American Freedom • Contending for Fundamental Christianity “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” - Mark 1:3


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Dear Friends: Shortly after I was saved it was a blessing from the Lord to have opportunity to be enrolled in a Discipleship program. Over the past 4 plus decades it has been a joy to share this wonderful material with others as they grow in Christ. So now, it is a blessing and a burden of my heart to share these messages on Discipleship with our Voice in the Wilderness family. I was privileged to be involved in several studies that dramatically enhanced my growth in Christ. Through these lessons, I will share what the Lord was doing for me during the first twelve to twenty-four months of my walk with Christ. Dr. James Royce Thom Read more of the fascinating ason For Christ and souls, A Lifetime work of the Lord in the life Testimon y of Serv ice of Dr. J. Royce Thomason, The Voi ce founder of The Voice in Wildern ess the Wilderness. With hat and boots, this Red River cowboy traveled the globe chronicling his ministry for the Lord in The Voice in the Wilderness publication. From tent meetings and dentistry to preaching and writing, Bro. Royce's unique testimony, as told in his own words, will surely inspire and challenge your own service for the Lord. ’s mit an mans ” Roma d Co 3:23 “Dea ns 10 nfess :9 crossr God, I kn - Roma , shed ow I ns 10 me. Fo am din :9,10 grace rgive meg His blo a sinner od an throu of d gh fai my sins and rose Jesus die th in Jesu and thank from the d on the s Chris yo gr t my u for salvaave for Lord, tion by Amen .” Prese as si “A ” mple ll have as th sinne “B ” e d, an a elieve d come in thi short... ne he C om ” Ro art... the trut h is With ha globe cht and boots, in the W ronicling histhis Red Rive r co m ilderness publ inistry for th wboy trave led the e Lord Dr. J. Ro dentistry to ication. From tent m in The Voic his ow yce Thomas preaching n word on’s un and writi eetings and e s, will su ng, ique te sti re mon own se ly inspire rvice fo and ch y, as told in all r the Lo rd. enge your b c through the ministry of in the Ronnie L. Williamson Isa. 40:31 Happy Trails! The Vo nted by ice in the Wildern ess of the Mi Centennialfor Foundenistry of Dr.Celebration r, The Vo J. Royce ice in the Thomaso For Per Wildern n, missions ess and oth er PO Bo Resource Inf x 7037 ormatio As n: www.thevheville, NC 288 oiceinthe 02 wildernes 2•The Voice in the Wilderness - April 2016 Virtual Edition


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T he Voice IN THE Wilderness PRINTED MISSIONARY Ronnie and Terry Williamson Evangelist/Editor Steve and Rebekah Lilly Staff Missionaries CONTENTS 4 The Voice in the Wilderness is a nonprofit, independent incorporation, founded by Rev. Dr. J. Royce Thomason D.P.D. Ph.D., evangelist and medical missionary. The organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world, especially in foreign lands. The program consists of building mission stations, supporting American missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching Christ to the lost. We are supported by the gifts of those who care. Contributions to The Voice in the Wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures. Gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to The Voice in the Wilderness. A fundamental publication, published quarterly in behalf of the work of the Lord and preservation of the liberties of our United States. Printed material from other sources does not necessarily imply an endorsement from this ministry. There is no subscription charge; all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it. For Personal Correspondence, Contributions, Address Changes, New Subscriptions, § § § § A Study on Discipleship including 7 Guidelines for Knowing Right and Wrong Developing Standards Based on Biblical Teaching 8 Get Ronnie and Terry Williamson • Steve and Rebekah Lilly Evangelist/Editor Staff Missionaries Learn more at FREE Online Resources December 2010• Free Subscription• Mini-Voice Edition & Prayer Letter “Difficulties afford opportunities for learning God’s faithfulness which otherwise we should not have. It gives me great comfort to remember that the work is His and that He knows how best to carry on and is infinitely more interested in it than we are.” – Hudson Taylor THANK YOU for being a friend to this ministry and the giving of your prayers and support! NEWS BITS FROM HERE AND THERE Washington Waste - reports the following on waste and uncontrolled spending in Washington..: The Social Security Administration sent $18 million in stimulus funds to 71,688 dead people, and $40.3 million in questionable benefit payments to 1,760 deceased individuals; the Department of Agriculture sent $41.1 billion in farming subsidies to dead farmers; The Department of Health and Human Services sent $3.9 million to 11,000 dead people to help pay heating and cooling cost; and Medicare paid up to $492 million in claims for medical supplies prescribed by dead doctors and $8.2 million for medical supplies prescribed for dead patients. It would be interesting to know who was cashing these checks. (Editor: From first-hand experience, I know of numerous individuals deceased yet still listed as registered voters. In the county in which I live, some years ago, there was a big investigation of “dead voters.”) ObamaCare - The Heritage Foundation says, “The President just doesn’t get it. According to the national exit poll, just 16% of voters want to leave ObamaCare as is. A full 48% of voters want to see it out-right repealed, and another 31% want to see it changed in some way. Americans do want to relitigate ObamaCare. U.S. Takeover - Policy of the elitist take-over group robs from any and everybody to expand their powergrab. Property ownership and privacy means nothing to this crowd. Look at Obama on Israel, for example. He is against Israel’s plan to build on their own land in East Jerusalem. Is this man anti-U.S./Israel and pro-Muslim/Socialist or what? Pray for us! Dr. Ronnie L. Williamson Dr. J. Royce Thomason Memorial Voice in the Wilderness P.O. Box 7037 Asheville, NC 28802 Voice (828) 649-1043 Write to us Monthly Prayer Letter For more resources and ministry information visit or write, PO Box 7037 Asheville, NC 28802 In this last month of 2010, we have all been busy at the tasks He has called us to. Special meetings and KJB services have filled the calendar for December, and we are already making special project and traveling plans for 2011. The Virtual Voice for December has been completed and can be viewed online at We are also excited to share additional resources with you via our website, such as the Online Audio Bible page where you can read through the Bible in a “I want one of those!”.... year with text and audio streaming. Thank That was the story just told by a Texas you for your continued interest and supman on the phone with The Voice in port, especially at this critical year-end the Wilderness office. He had been time, and please make note of our special standing in line at Chik-fil-A when prayer and praise list. his eyes caught sight of an interestPrayer Praise ing lapel pin on the suit coat of an• Offerings for softother man in line. He stepped close • Travel Safety ware updates to get a good look and saw that it was • Health a King James Bible pin. “Hey, I like • Increased Support • 2500 KJB Signathat...Where did you get it?” In a • KJB Project tures quick minute, the owner of the pin, • Venezuela Church • New updates to an evangelist, took the pin off, gave it Planting Projects website to him, and directed him to our min- • Car for Pastor • New opportunities stry where he could obtain more. Niller - San Felipe, for 2011 Thousands of these little procla• Safe travels and Venezuela mations are voicing our stand on God’s Word, the King James Bible. • Foreign travel and good services Over 2500 have now signed the King Missions teaching • Special offerings James Declaration. 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Let’s begin this study with this brief outline: • The Power of Christ (Matt. 28:1-6) • The Promise of Christ (Matt. 28:6-7) • The Provision of Christ (Matt. 28:7-10) • The Propagation of Christ (Matt. 28:11-20) In Matthew 28 the word all is used multiple times. In verse 18, the Bible says, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” In verse 19 we have the command, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Then verse 20 says, “Teaching them to observe all things…”. The chapter concludes with this promise, “I am with you alway.” It is interesting to me that our Saviour would give us such a commission. As one preacher said, “All means all, and that’s all, all means.” Immediately, we might say, well that’s asking a bit much. So as believers, let’s consider exactly what Jesus is telling us here. Is this optional?—when He says, “observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” This is not an exhausted list, but the Bible uses the word in many critical places. • Proverbs 3:5 & 6—verse 5 “all thine heart”—verse 6 “all thy ways.” • Matthew 28:18—“all power”—verse 19 “all nations”—verse 20 “all things”—verse 20 “always.” • Luke 12:30-31—note the word “all.” • I Corinthians 10:31—“all to the glory of God.” • II Timothy 3:16—“all scripture is given by inspiration of God.” • Jude 3:5—“I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” Now you say, I did not see the word all in that passage. Well now turn to Exodus 20:1 & 2 and see what the Bible says, “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God which have 4•The Voice in the Wilderness - April 2016 Virtual Edition


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brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Then notice what follows in chapter 20, nothing other than the Ten Commandments. You will remember the commission from Christ is to “observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” What part of all do we not understand? To hear and to do all is the understanding given by Scripture. Jesus said, “If you love me kept my commandments.” Now when I got saved, the Lord provided several discipleship opportunities that help me grow in Christ. From then until now I have shared what I learned with others that they may grow in Christ, as well. First of all, I was so blessed to get in a Discipleship Class and learn what the Bible teaches about: • Salvation • How to Grow as a Christian • Christian Stewardship • The Local Church • Soul Winning • Bible Memory • Bible Study As time permits, we will give a brief overview of some of the areas above. For us to observe all things that Christ has commanded, it is important that we have a Biblical understanding of these topics. I encourage you as we go along to take notes and write out Biblical references for further study. One statistic I read said there are approximately 168,000 new Bibles sold, given away, and distributed in the U.S. everyday. Yet the transforming power of God’s Word is ignored and rejected more by this generation than ever. These are some interesting facts: • The Bible can be read aloud in about 70 hours. • There are 66 Books in the Bible, 29 Old Testament-27 New Testament • There are approximately 783,137 words—3,116,480 letters • The Bible contains 6,468 commands, over 8,000 predictions with 1,260 promises • If we get busy living by the Book, God will take care of the rest. Amen! • 3,268 verses are fulfilled prophecy—God will keep His Word. • Did God give us a huge volume of 66 books just so we would have plenty of reading material? I cannot over emphasize our study, general knowledge, the ability to apply God’s Word, as well as, memorize God’s Word for daily life. At this point I do not want to get the cart before the horse, but an area that is important and seems paramount to most young people is the will of For more resources, visit •5


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God. Permit me to give some scripture and illustrate this critical point. Rarely after a person gets saved does God thunder out from heaven—Go to Africa. Now, why the subject of Africa constantly comes up, unless it’s out of the fear of going to Africa or some dark, scary place, I don’t know. Jesus said for us to observe all that He has commanded. If that were not possible He would not have given that commission. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Here is a great illustration given by the preacher F.B. Meyer from his own life experience: When I was crossing the Irish channel one dark, starless night, I stood on the deck by the captain and ask him, “How do you know the harbor on such a dark night as this?” He said, “You see those three lights?” Those three must line up behind each other as one, and when we see them so united we know the exact position of the harbor’s mouth.” When we want to know God’s will, there are three things which always concur. God’s Word, God’s Witnesses, and God’s Will. God in His Book corroborating whatever He says in our hearts. That’s God’s Word revealing to us God’s mind and God’s commands for our life. Then God give certain witnesses to us. The counsel of our pastor, parents, and other Godly people, along with those witnesses and the circumstances of life will confirm the counsel of those Godly people. Then the Holy Spirit of God guides us toward this walk of faith in Christ. As we wait on the Lord in our daily service, these areas will align—His Word, His Witness, and His Will in Christ for our lives. Someone summarized George Muller’s formula for knowing God’s Will: • Submit your will (9/10ths of the problem-My will not thine be done) • Seek the Spirit’s Will through Scripture • See providential circumstances • Supplicate for guidance • Stand still and wait on the Lord I Corinthians 10:31 Matthew 6:33 “One of the most important documents a man ever signs is his Will. I can tell better what a man had in his heart by reading his Will than I can by reading his obituary. His obituary tells the world what his friends thought of him; his Will reveals what he had in his heart.” - A. M. Vollmer For as (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he- Proverbs 23:7. Out of (the heart) are the issues of life - Proverbs 4:23. A bequest in your Will to The Voice in the Wilderness, Inc. can assure that the outreach of this ministry at home and abroad will continue after you have gone to your eternal reward. Prayerfully consider us in your Estate Planning. Thank you! 6•The Voice in the Wilderness - April 2016 Virtual Edition IS GOD’S WORK IN YOUR WILL?


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Guidelines for Knowing Right and Wrong All of us face many issues in life. Spiritual discernment is critical in making daily choices. I have used the word JOY to illustrate these guiding principles. Your choices and standards are to be founded on Biblical Teaching and principles and not changing culture and material things. • Jesus—Do my thoughts and actions honor or dishonor Jesus? Do my thoughts or actions violate the Word of God? Is Jesus pleased with what I am doing? Would Jesus do this? Will this action bring glory and honor to Jesus? • Others—Who are the people associated with this action or activity? What kind of testimony does my actions give to the unsaved? Will my actions hinder me reaching and unsaved person for Christ? Do my pastor, parents, and Christian friends approved of my actions? What impact do my actions have on my attitude, thoughts, and conscious, as well as, my influence on other Christians? • Yourself—Will my actions and associations help me to grow in Christ? Could my actions and thoughts lead to negative results in my relationship with Christ and others? Could I be doing harm to my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit? Am I becoming defensive and proud in my actions? Will this enhance my compassion toward the lost and further spiritual hunger for God’s Word? Some Don’t, Do’s and Thoughts • Don’t create your own darkness, doubt, despair, and depression. If you set and count your own heartbeats you can disrupt the rhythmic action of your heart. One can think pain and disease into the body. Do think on the goodness of the Lord Jesus. Think on these things – Phil. 4:8-13. • Don’t spend the majority of your time, talents, and treasures on this world. Do spend time reading, writing, and studying God’s Word and solid Christian materials. Listen to Christ honoring music and talk with Godly people. • Don’t testify of your failures, disobedience, weaknesses, and speak in such an inward way about self. Do look up, out, onward, forward for the glory of God and not the gratification of a defeated self. • Confession with cleansing I John 1:9. • Compartmentalization and condemnation—If ye love me keep my commandments. • Stuck on feeling versus standing on faith. Don’t be held by what you feel, but by what you will. For more resources, visit •7


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• If you are not led by the Holy Spirit, you are not filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, yet beneath the open heavens He was anointed of the Holy Spirit before He entered His public ministry. Psalm 32:8, Proverbs 3:5 & 6, Isa. 40:31 The Disciple develops his standards based on Biblical teaching: Matt. 12:43-45 Col 1:18-19; 3:1-2; 3:17 Heb. 10:25 1Cor. 6:19-20 11Cor. 6:14-17 I Thess. 5:22 In light of these scriptures what should your stand be on these issues. Tobacco Alcoholic Beverages Sex Drugs Movies Public Swimming Friends Sports Vacations Places I go Attitude and temper My speech My dress and appearance Books, magazines and television Clubs and groups Business partners Courtship and Marriage Education Life’s work Hobbies, entertainment, etc. Income Calendar My mind Every believer should study and be equipped to face the challenges of this old world. Discipleship is like education. There is a lot that goes on in education and homeschooling that has very little to do with true education. [By the way, there is education and there is pseudo-education. Just as there is science and pseudo-science. Far too much done in the name of education and science is false.] Discipleship is about discipline, discernment, character, commitment, choices, organization, and transformation. God’s Word gives us all we need to be all we need for success. All the subjects and topics we are covering are critical to our walk in Christ. It’s kind of like what you need to run your automobile. Do you need the motor, transmission, wheels, and gasoline? Yes, we need all the components necessary for the automobile to function properly. And so it is - We need all of God’s Word to be victorious over darkness and the devil. How big is your God? Sadly, many believers live in the light of a very small faith. Ponder these thoughts as an encouragement to serve our great God. 8•The Voice in the Wilderness - April 2016 Virtual Edition



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