The Late Rev. B. G. Leonard, Founding President The Late Rev. Evelyn Thiele-Leonard, Former President
Rev. Mark G. Machado, Current President Stephanie Newness, Acting Secretary
You may call into our conference call line live services to hear the messages of faith every Sunday Morning at 10:30 am Central Time Zone (Communion-The Lord’s Supper is first Sunday of every month), and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm There might not be services on Wednesday eve only! When gone into the missionary fields, please go to our website above for notice dates).
Our conference number is 605-468-8010, access code is 1029217.
We make healing available to all callers with a need, who desire by faith, healing, at the end of all services.
CHRISTMAS WILL NEVER GROW “OLD”
Is having a Christmas tree disobeying God’s Holy Word?
In my travels there are some who have told me that having a Christmas tree is contrary to God’s Word. They use the verses in the book of Jeremiah Chapter 10:
1.Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven;
for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go.
Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Jer. 10:1-5
These people are heathens, anti-God. There are frustrated with the signs of Heaven.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Ps.19:1
So these people in the book of Jeremiah are looking for a way to worship and or glorify a God. As with so many people in their day, and or our day, people make images, idols. Do you think America is exempt from idolatry? Anything we put before the One True God is an idol, object of worship, God forbids any image!
Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Deu.5:8
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Exo.20:4
Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: Deu. 12:2
And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you. Lev. 26:30
Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Deu.4:39
In that day and time, they had to go to the forest to get wood (there were no lumber yards or hardware stores). It says in verse 3 of Jeremiah that it is a workman who did the work.
A message By Brother Mark Machado.
A Christmas message for the young and Christians of all ages.
Greetings in His Mighty Name, …Jesus Christ whose Birth we are so mightily blessed of God to have the privilege of celebrating by His Grace.
I trust that as this Christmas Season is at hand that every one of you, as we, will be able to just take out some quiet time
before the Lord in Communion with Him, remembering all his blessings toward you and yours, thanking Him for all said Blessings. Is this not a time for all to look back, yet in looking back seeing what the future in Him can hold for you?
If when we look back we can truly say that we KNOW that we have a Saviour and, that, that very Saviour has given us a New Life (yes on this earth) and then an Eternal Life, which we would not have if it was not for a very, very special Birth; the Birth of the Holy One of Israel, JESUS CHRIST THE MESSIAH. We read in the Word:
Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born JESUS, WHO IS CALLED CHRIST. Matt 1:16
Pilate spoke of our Lord as:
…JESUS which is CALLED CHRIST. MATT. 27:17 & 22A
The Angels when telling the shepherds of JESUS BIRTH said:
… Unto you is born this day in the city of David A Saviour, which IS CHRIST THE LORD. Luke 2:11
And Andrew said:
…We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. John 1:41
In God’s Word He is also referred to as:
…THY HOLY CHILD JESUS, WHOM THOU HAST ANOINTED, Acts 4:27
GOD ANOINTED JESUS OF NAZARETH WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WITH POWER. Acts 38A
MESSIAH MEANS THE ANOINTED ONE and CHRIST means THE ANOINTED ONE. Therefore, JESUS CHRIST IS THE MESIAH. AMEN?
During the last few weeks I have received some letters from Sunday School teachers, and I quote from their letters:
“The real reason I wrote is to ask you for a little help. I have a Sunday School and since you are teaching young children. I would like to know what should I teach them, where should I start and how should I teach them? There are just some of the questions. The age group is 9 years and under, it’s my first time so I will need some (professional) advise.”
“Why do the children get bored with my teaching, therefore unruly?” It has come to my attention that the children think that I am not really interested in them, that they are just some dumb kids I have to put up with while their parents are in Church.”
Unless we begin at the Christmas event remembering that it is not just a story, that it is an actual event that took place almost 2,000 years ago. Without this fantastic event there is no Gospel of eternal life to be taught anyone born let alone the children.
First, yes the very first things they must know is who Jesus is and what He has done for us. How we can get to know Him in reality, what it means to be saved or to be born again. Because in this way you literally take away the fear of death from their hearts and give them the confidence of eternal life that is theirs in Him. The Word of God says:
…deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Heb .2:15
Also let us read:
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. Heb.3:1
Yes, you as a Sunday School teacher must consider the fact that God in His Word has said Holy brethren, partakers of the Heavenly calling. Yours truly is a calling from God, therefore in all that you do and teach you must consider The Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, in other words, no matter what subject you teach in class it must have its basis in Jesus Christ.
You may ask the question. “But how can I teach everything He wants me to teach?
We must be born again and understand the significance thereof.
We must be baptized with His Holy Spirit and understand what it is.
We must have the Gifts of the Spirit and know what they are and how they function, so that when we do use them it will always bring honour and glory to His Great name, remembering if it was not for our Saviour we would not have the privilege of having and using them.
We MUST and there is no other way, KNOW His Word, therefore take every opportunity possible and make opportunities to study His Word. If you are honest before God He will always help. Most people believe that somehow God is going to take our responsibilities, we would not be worth anything. Let’s remember that even a mosquito goes and. gets its own food, it doesn’t wait for us to say to it come here your poor thing, have something to eat.
Therefore, make the first opportunity opened up for you to take a (our) 2-weeks course concerning Spiritual Gifts, so that you can walk by His Spirit, then take the (Rev. B.G. Leonard Full Bible Course), thus filling your heart with His truth so that you can give it out. There IS ALWAYS a way with God’s Help. Amen!
Don’t say, “Well I don’t know if it is God’s will for me to take it?” His Word is. His Will. Amen.
NOW (it does not say tomorrow or sometime in the future but) NOW concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant l Cor. 12:1
He does NOT WANT us to be ignorant concerning Spiritual Gifts. Get busy and find a way to get the knowledge. There always is a way.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
ll Tim 2:15
Do you really want God’s approval upon your teaching of His Word in Truth? You read it. Now do it!
ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto ALL good works. ll Tim. 3:16-17
Let us All take special heed to the following:
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. ll Tim. 4:2-5
Remember that as we teach these young children they must be so thoroughly grounded in the Truth of His Word that they be not taken in by the above type and thus be destroyed spiritually.
Do you really want to fulfill your Ministries? Follow the instructions given by God in His Word.
The Word of God has this to say:
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Prov. 22:6
Remember that you are also a part of the Training because of Christ Jesus. If you walk by the Spirit of God and fill your heart with His Word, you will be in a position to teach the children by His Spirit. You must also teach them to receive said Word by revelation and you will never have bored children sitting in front of you, or children wonder if you really have their best interest at heart. Or if you really go before God for the portions of teaching He wants you to give them for that particular Sunday or whatever the occasion may be.
We have had many a Young Person taught at the School and they have gone out and had great success teaching others Young or Old.
Remember it is never too soon in life to get them saved. Just make sure that they understand and they will believe because God will make the TRUTH alive and real unto them and they will want Him as their Saviour and He draws them unto Himself by His Mighty Spirit. Now go to it with all of your might, and in the Spirit of God. Amen.
God Bless you ALL as you MAKE FULL PROOF of your ministries; remembering that unto this end Christ was born. Amen!
I do want to Express my gratitude unto all in the Past Year who have been so faithful to uphold the Work of God down here before Him in prayer and love offerings. Believe me it is all truly appreciated. God Bless you mightily for it all.
Yes and especially the Young In Christ; I want to say thank-you for praying for us. God is truly answering your prayers as you can see by this mail and there will be more news of His blessings in the future mail. Also thank-you for Praying for our missionaries they also appreciate it very much. God Bless you Mightily for it all. I love you.
I am in the process of preparing a book on the Teaching and Training of the Young. This book will be a great blessing to help you as you teach. It is part of the teaching of the (Rev. B.G. Leonard Full Bible Course). As soon as it is printed it will be available, In the Love of Jesus Christ Our Blessed Saviour.
As the saying goes time flies! Another year has come and almost gone. The doors to Africa are continually opening, to God be the Glory! (There were four Gifts of the Spirit training courses this year in Ghana, West Africa. There are several other
By the late Rev. Evelyn T. Leonard.
Testimony from Brother Terry Johnson (concerning a relative of his that nearly died). October 2018
God bless everybody!
This person, he is a relative of mine. He got married on that Friday, later on that day he was celebrating with his new bride, and anyway things went to far and he ended up falling two stories out of a building, an apartment building, he ended up crushing his back and damaging his brain, and he was unconscious, and a lot of people thought he would not even survive that (and should not have survived), and thought he would be dead. So, they took him to the emergency hospital. They have one of the best trauma centered hospitals here in Oakland, California USA. Sometimes there is a TV show called ER, they are always talking about this place, it is called Highland Hospital. I went in to see him and could not see him as his trauma was that great, as he was about to die. So, she (his new wife of a few hours) was very hysterical along with all the family members. A new bride of eight hours at the most. I tried to get a hold of Brother Mark. It was late, in the Midwest, there is a two-hour difference (from the West Coast). So, the next day I got a hold of him. We united in prayer in faith we moved in on the situation (by using the Gift of the Spirit). Brother Mark ministered and he saw the spirit of death that was hovering over him. Casted it out and it was gone. His body was pretty broken up, he was in a coma, Brother Mark ministered to him for those things, and his back, the coma that he was in and other structural things, but also there was some spiritual darkness. There were other things, but recently he went to Hawaii and brought back some trinkets. They were idols, He gave me one, not knowing what they really represented, and of course, I took mine and threw it away. But he still had some around. Without Brother Mark knowing (by his natural ability, but by faith) about those things, he casts out spirits that were behind them, which surrounded those things, even the spiritual darkness he just cast it out! Knowing he had to get rid of those things. To make a long story short, we were at the hospital, and toward the evening I went into the room, and my relative there gained consciousness, which no one thought would happen (by God’s Grace and Love). Now his vertebrates in his back and all the swelling was gone in his feet, in his legs, he was sitting up in the bed, opening up his eyes, and mumbling a little bit. Which was good, as they had a tube down his throat so he could not even talk at that time. Acknowledge that I am sharing this with you because this is the power of God, that we all have available to us. Every grad (of the Rev. B.G. Leonard Gift of the Spirit Course) has this ability. I thank you Brother Mark for being there to minister in faith together, I just wanted to share that with the family (of God) to let you know we have the power, it is not a hoax, not just a great teaching about it.
We highly encourage you to join us every week for our call in Church services on our conference call line to hear the message of faith, as we minister healing to those in need, by faith, at the end of every service. Our conference call numbers is 605-468-8010. Access code number 1029217. Sunday mornings 10:30 am, Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm, central time zone.
Please also feel free to browse our website ctcoftexas.com for any and all information about this God Ordained Training Ministry to help equip the body of Christ.
We with much appreciation, thank you very much, for those of you who have given us your updated information. If you have not, please send us your current email address so that we can better communicate with you.
We thank you whole heartedly, and ask God to bless you mightily for all that you do to help us, so that we may continue to further the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matt 24:14
Have The Most Blessed Merry Christmas and The Happiest New Year!
Truly in the love of God in Christ Jesus, Brother Mark Machado, Sister Stephanie Newness, and staff at Christian Training Centre of Texas, USA.
The Late Rev. B. G. Leonard, Founding President The Late Rev. Evelyn Thiele-Leonard, Former President
Rev. Mark G. Machado, President Stephanie Newness, Acting Secretary
WE WELCOME YOU TO JOIN US by calling into our conference call line live services to hear the messages of faith every Sunday Morning at 10:30 am Central Time Zone (Communion-The Lord’s Supper is first Sunday of every month), and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm (There might not be services on Wednesday eve only! When traveling to the missionary fields, please go to our website above for notice dates).
Our conference number is 605-468-8010, access code is 1029217.
We make healing available to all callers with a need, who desire by faith, healing, at the end of each service.
Summer Newsletter 2018
Greeting to all of you in the mighty name of our risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
With a heavy heart I want to remind you that the twenty-sixth (26th) of this month of June will be one (1) year since Sister Evelyn has fallen asleep in Jesus. But! We will see her again in the clouds in the air!
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
We thank you all so very, very much for all your help in prayer, tithes, offerings, and all that you do to help us further the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
We kindly asked you to please give us your email address so that we can keep you updated monthly.
It has been a very busy year and the calendar continues to fill up.
Brother Machado has been to Ghana West Africa, and Cote D’Ivorie. You can view the accomplishments of the Africa missionary work on our website at ctcoftexas.com/missionary trips/Cote d’IVoire 2018 Page 1 and/or Ghana 2018 Page 1 , Ghana 2018 Page 2 .
Brother Machado and Brother Jorge Cervera are working on the translation of Rev. B.G. Leonard book Gospel of Grace (Evangelio de Gracia). Our goal is to have it done and printed next year.
Sister Stephanie has been diligently continuing the correction for Gospel of Grace in English, also keeping up with the bookkeeping and errands that need to done for the ministry and continuing while Brother Mark is in the missionary field.
Brother Lopez (Mr. Lopez) has been a faithful groundskeeper for the ministry about forty (40) years! Maybe you have wondered how many rewards you will have in eternity? Mr. Lopez will have more than most all of us? Why? Because God says in His Holy Word that we will receive eternal rewards by helping (by the stuff) those who go into the battle (Those in God’s frontline)
For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day. I Sam. 30:24-25
WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PARTAKE OF THE REV. B.G. LEONARD FULL TWO WEEKS COURSE ON THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT. OUR NEXT TRAINING COURSE HERE AT HEADQUARTERS IS OCTOBER 14TH -28TH. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOSTING ONE OF THESE FANTASTIC TEACHING AND TRAINING COURSES FOR ADULTS AND /OR THE YOUNG IN YOUR AREA PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US VIA ANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED ADDRESSES OR PHONE NUMBERS. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
WE CURRENTLY HAVE ABOUT TWENTY (20) ACTIVE REV. B.G. LEONARD FULL BIBLE COURSE STUDENTS. IF YOU HAVE GRADUATED THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT COURSE YOU CAN PARTAKE OF THE FULL BIBLE COURSE BY CORRESPONDENCE OR AT OUR HEADQUARTERS. HE (Brother Mark Machado) WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU TO CONTACT HIM!
At the time of this writing there are several locations in the United States that Brother Machado will be preparing to go to preach, teach and minister, including a large Evangelical Event in San Antonio, Texas called Crusade 300, at The Alamo Dome which holds 72,000 will be the venue. You can find updates on this event on the web, and Facebook. This came to Pastor J. Robles, who pastor’s a church that Brother Machado had been to several times. At one particular time Brother Machado and Sister Evelyn ministered healing until 4:04 AM. It was a fantastic revival with many signs miracles and wonders.
There are many nations asking for the teaching and training of Rev B.G. Leonard’s two weeks Bible course on the Gift of the Spirit. Brother Machado has scheduled to return to Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in the near future to present this fantastic Bible based training to many new students who are eager to walk in the truths that Jesus Commission all believers on Christ to do.
BY REV B.G. LEONARD
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed (prepared) their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Mt. 25:1-12
This, Jesus cannot say of the converted. He would be denying His own Word.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one. John 10:27-30
Now the foolish, speaking scripturally, are described therein as unsaved. (NOT the unconverted who say: “THERE IS NOT GOD.” Such are, Biblically speaking: FOOLS.)
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. (This is your hard-rock atheist.) Psa.14:1A
The FOOLISH ARE CATEGORIZED SOMEWHAT DIFFERENTLY.
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: Jer. 5:21
They are not of the WILFULLY blind which CANNOT see because they do not want to see; but they are NOT born again.
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3B
He cannot UNDERSTAND the kingdom of God. The Word of God is a closed book to him. Such folks are those:
which have ears, and hear not: Jer. 5:21C
Without HEARing which is of FAITH they cannot be saved; for it is written:
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. Rom. 10:9-19
9 The light of the righteous (the saved) rejoiceth (not his lamp, his light): but the LAMP of the WICKED shall be put out. Pro. 13:9
Whereas, of the SALVATION WHICH IS THE POSSESSION OF THE RIGHTEOUS (THE BELIEVER) IT IS WRITTEN:
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. Isa.62:1
The wise, you will note, were the exact opposite of the first five in almost all respects.
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. Matt. 25:4-5
Here all ten are alike.
Jesus, when speaking concerning Lazarus, His friend from Bethany (now Dead), said to those around Him:
Our friend Lazarus sleepeth. John 11:11C
To Jesus Himself, to the apostles and believers of the early Church, as well as the patriarchs of old, the dead were “ASLEEP.” So, we have ten people asleep in the grave; five of them believers and five non-believers. That the five foolish ones were not agnostic can be presumed; that they were not atheists is guaranteed. That they were without life (spirit) of God, which one receives via the new birth (that miracle of regeneration which is wrought in the human heart through faith in the finished work of Christ), is just as evident!
All life is spirit. All spirit is life. When Jesus died on the cross this truth was made apparent.
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, YIELDED UP THE GHOST (SPIRIT). Matt.27:50
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save THE SPIRIT OF MAN which is IN him? 1Co. 2:11A
Who (God) maketh his angels SPIRITS. Ps 104:4A
In the Scriptures of God, oil symbolizes spirit; and unless and except there is something wrong with that oil that is referred to in Holy Writ, it symbolized the Spirit of God
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. 2 Co. 5:17
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Ro. 8:9C
This does NOT refer to the Baptism of the Spirit.
These, the foolish five, the five-minus understanding, were minus oil. They were never born of God; never born again. The other group, the wise five, the five who took oil in their vessels, with their lamps, were believers unto eternal life. They all had lamps (none of them were stillborn). These lamps signify the spirit of man which is in man, i.e., his life, which, at death, returns to God Who gave it. (Those lamps do not take a person very far once you hit the grave.) There is a life that goes beyond death, hell, and the grave, eternal life. This, the wise had!
The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Pro. 13:14
When the bridegroom cometh, the five foolish ones shall be held in the snares of death; but the five wise shall depart those snares, it being established that the grave cannot hold them. They shall rise at the resurrection of the just. The others must remain in the tomb till their hour to arise. As to the statement in the parable, it compares with the following statement from Holy Writ:
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Da. 12:2
Further proof from the scriptures to my statement that those who had oil in their vessels had salvation –eternal life—is made manifest by the following from the life of Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, whose name before his conversion was Saul. He was of Tarsus of Cilicia, a city of no mean (common) distinction, says the Word. Raised in the Jewish faith, this man was an unholy terror to all Christians. He went out of his way to brutalize the Christians, whom he believed were blasphemers and injurious because they believed Jesus was the long-promised Messiah and call Him The Son of God. See this man, then known as Saul of Tarsus, as he gives legal sanction to the stoning of Stephen for bearing witness to the fact that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah.
And Saul was consenting unto his death. Ac. 8:1C
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Ac. 8:3
His own testimony, delivered after his conversion, reads, in part, as follows:
4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:
20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. Act. 22:4-21
And if you would question God’s care for His fantastic Apostle to the Gentiles, you would more than likely Hear Him Say:
…He is a chosen vessel unto me. Act. 9:15B
Again, and again, in the Word, God refers to our bodies as vessels. In these bodies we dwell; that is in the body of the Christian dwells the new creature, he that is in the body of God; and we read of the wise:
There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; Pro. 21:20
The wise, having oil, were prepared and ready to depart with the bridegroom when He appeared on the scene. His purpose in coming was that He might receive them (i.e., His bride) unto Himself; and we read:
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Mt. 25:10
This is a fantastic message, (given here in part) that God gave Brother Leonard on the “Ten Virgins”. The complete chapter will be in his book Eternity to Eternity which will be printed in the future. You may procure this complete chapter only in written form for a suggestion donation of $5.00. Please feel free to contact us via the information listed at the beginning of this newsletter to receive your copy.
Hi brother Mark!! I just wanted to write you and say, glory and praise to God and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the ministering that took place at Christine’s was SUCH a blessing for ALL those who were present, and EVERY single one of us have experienced miraculous healing and change in our physical bodies as a result. Hallelujah!! Thank You, Lord God of Israel and Lord Jesus. 🙂 Specifically, for me, my arches have never felt this whole and normal (because, as the Lord revealed, one of the bones in my arches never fully developed until the ministering, now!), and as a result, even also my legs (which are now even) have since then been feeling amazing, along with my knees, hips and lower back. There used to be pain almost constantly in either my feet or knees or hips, 2 of those or all 3, but now that is gone as I am healed and the problem was fixed!! Praise You, God! Christine shared with me also specific things that she and each of her family members have experienced and are experiencing now, since the ministering, and they are so blessed and encouraged. Isn’t God just so good!??? Thank you again, so much, for taking the time to minister to and with me/us, that week. God bless you mightily in Jesus’ precious name! Amen, 🙂 C.J. from NC
I was on my way to work with a horrible speeding heart rate, I could not breath as I was having a hard time catching my breath, and as soon as Brother Machado ministered to me. I was instantly healed! My heart went back to normal! C.T. from FL
I Brother Machado, with all my heart cannot thank you enough for your loving support so that we here at Christian Training Centre of Texas Headquarters can continue the fantastic work of God that he gave to Brother Leonard and Sister Evelyn so that the church of Jesus Christ in its entirety can receive the same knowledge and truth that Jesus Christ commission everyone who has accepted Him as their personal Lord and Saviour to preform so that God will be glorified as we obey His Word and do His Will!
Truly in the love of God in Christ,