Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. James 5:7.
The trades unions will be one of the agencies that will bring upon this earth a time of trouble such as has not been since the world began.
In all our great cities there will be a binding up in bundles by the confederacies and unions formed. Men will rule other men and demand much of them. The lives of those who refuse to unite with these unions, will be in peril.
The work of the people of God is to prepare for the events of the future, which will soon come upon them with blinding force. In the world gigantic monopolies will be formed. Men will bind themselves together in unions that will wrap them in the folds of the enemy. A few men will combine to grasp all the means to be obtained in certain lines of business. Trades unions will be formed, and those who refuse to join these unions will be marked men. . . .
These unions are one of the signs of the last days. Men are binding up in bundles ready to be burned. They may be church members, but while they belong to these unions, they cannot possibly keep the commandments of God; for to belong to these unions means to disregard the entire Decalogue.
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” . . . How can men obey these words, and form combinations that rob the poorer classes of the advantages which justly belong to them, preventing them from buying or selling, except under certain conditions.
Those who claim to be the children of God are in no case to bind up with the labor unions that are formed or that shall be formed. This the Lord forbids. Cannot those who study the prophecies see and understand what is before us?
Important issues must soon be met, and we wish to be hid in the cleft of the rock, that we may see Jesus, and be quickened by His Holy Spirit. We have no time to lose, not a moment.
Maranatha p. 182
Prayer Requests
—–Please pray for my girls, especially Anna. Just left the doctor with. a diagnosis of pneumonia!! Her cold symptoms turned into laborious breathing symptoms last night.. So scary that it can happen so quickly! Paige has an ear infection so both will be in antibiotics for a few days Danielle
—–Please pray for K and T. They have an important decision to make. Rose
—–Please pray for Hudson (age two weeks) who is in the hospital with a severe respiratory virus. Judy
Dear Friends, 
When I was a little girl, I had a playmate named Janie, who was a year younger than I.  She lived with her grandmother because her mother did not want to be tied down with a child. Her grandmother resented having to raise this poor little girl often beat her. Janie was never given quite enough to eat and was terribly thin. Perhaps it was because her grandmother could not afford the extra mouth to feed or was frustrated in having to care for her so did everything possible to make the child’s life miserable.
Many times a week, my grandmother would send Janie and me to the store to purchase some item that my grandfather had neglected to buy. He always did the grocery shopping. Collison’s Market was about three blocks from our house, so it was not a long way for us to go.  It was one of those old fashioned neighborhood grocery stores that is rarely seen today. Big barrels of pickles, crackers, dog food, etc. sat open near the counter. Very inviting for a seven year old girl who never got enough to eat.
Mr. Collison knew everyone in the neighborhood by name and took time to talk to each one. That was the problem. Janie and I knew every item in that store, because he took so long waiting on the customers ahead of us. One day while we were waiting for him to finish with a customer, the temptation to eat something out of one of those barrels was too strong for Janie. She reached into the dog food barrel and began to eat the chunks of the smelly, dry dog food. I was horrified! If she had eaten the crackers in the next barrel, I could have understood, but why dog food? She assured me that it tasted good. Finally, I picked up a piece and nibbled on it. It was awful!
How often we are content with the “dog food” of life, when we could have crackers instead. How often we are satisfied with the “crumbs” in life when our Heavenly Father has desires to give us a “sumptuous fare” if we will only ask Him. Jesus bids us, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:9-13 Precious promise!
Yet, how often we ask for something and do not receive it. James explains, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” James 4:3 Paul adds, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Rom 8:26-28
In our limited knowledge, we do not always pray for that which is best. We pray for the “dog food.” We long for the “crumbs.” Our Creator and Redeemer knows what we need to experience in order to fit us to dwell with Him on High. He always has our best interest in mind. He has better things in store for us than we can imagine. He Who sees the end from the beginning knows how to answer our prayer for our best good. He can see what would happen if He answered “yes” to our prayer, so because of His great love for us, He has to answer “no” or “wait awhile” or “here is something better.” God promises, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isa 30:21 Yet how often we fight against His leading. How often we kick and scream and reject His way. We want our own way, even if it is not the best way, even if it will only bring us sorrow.  We forget that “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov 14:12
The wise man advises, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Prov 3:5,6 Jeremiah adds, “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” Jer 10:23
May we shun the “dog food” of life and receive God’s “sumptuous fare” the He so greatly desires to give us.  May we take Him at His word claiming His promises as our own. May we allow Him to take full control of our lives “being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1:6

Labor Unions and Trusts
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