John Trew Dickson

Chapter 7 Going Forth To Preach

The Church at Antioch was greatly privileged by having in its midst brethren with very definite gifts from the risen Head; and while these were gathered together, as they “ministered to the Lord and fasted,” the Holy Ghost made known to them the mind of God regarding two of their number who were already outstanding in gift and usefulness. “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them” (Acts 13:2). And apparently they acted immediately upon the command, for ...

Chapter 6 Across The Ocean

In 1881 when W. J. McClure was twenty-four years old, after having become established in Assembly truths, and having spent a number of years coming in and going out among the saints in happy service with them in the Gospel work, he became exercised about going to the United States of America. His purpose was to continue working with his hands, and as much as possible make known what the Lord had taught him in the Gospel and in believer’s truths which had become so precious to him. The bret...

Chapter 5 Gathering To His Name

After learning from the Scriptures the blessed truth of the eternal security of the believer through God’s great salvation, William J. McClure had much exercise of heart as to what denomination he should join. Having been brought up as an Episcopalian, he was still associated with that body, but he felt the need of spiritual food, and began to visit the different churches. As a result he eventually joined the Baptist Church, became quite energetic in Christian work and set himself to prepa...

Chapter 4 Belfast

Early in the nineteenth century, hand-loom weaving had become quite an industry in Northern Ireland as the soil was very suitable for growing flax, and thus began the manufacture of the far-famed homespun “Irish linen.” With the invention of the power loom, linen factories sprang up in the towns, throughout Ulster, Belfast taking the lead, and this industry, along with the opening of two large shipyards, drew many working-class people from all over the country. The town of Belfast flo...

Chapter 3 Early Christian Life

The young convert was not favoured like many who have had the great blessing of being raised in a Christian home, or even under the influence of a godly Sunday School teacher, and who at the very start of their Christian life have been nourished by those who cared for their souls. But just as in the case of Saul of Tarsus, (whom God had called to be a chosen vessel to bear the name of Jesus before the Gentiles), the Lord had a “disciple named Ananias” at Damascus ready to be the first to...

Chapter 2 The Story of His Conversion From His Own Pen

“1874 will long be remembered by many in the British Isles, but by none more gratefully than the writer. In that year the mighty power of God was seen in the awakening and conversion of young men, who afterwards devoted their lives to the gospel in the home and foreign fields. Moody and Sankey had come over from America, and were not only used directly in the salvation of thousands, but indirectly in the salvation of many more, through stirring believers up to greater activity in the gospe...

Chapter 1 Birth And Early Life

The beautiful green isle of Ireland has achieved an outstanding place in the annals of the past, and the inhabitants today take pleasure in pointing out to visitors its many places of great historical interest. Kings reigned in that small territory and there are still abundant indications to prove that a high state of civilization existed there, many centuries ago. It is said that long before the Danes invaded the British Isles, students went from the continent of Europe, to the College o...

Foreword

“Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God and escheweth evil?” That the Lord should select for His divine commendation such men as Job, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Daniel, is marvellous in our eyes, but it reveals to us that even here and now our Lord graciously anticipates that day when He shall say to His servants “Well done.” W. J. McClure was one who faithfully served his own genera...

Chapter 15 California

Of those associated with Mr. McClure in California were Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Foster. They were both born in his home town in Ireland. Shortly after their marriage, they were brought under the power of the gospel, and not only awakened to see their deep need of Christ, but also received the assurance of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. The peace which they found through the atoning blood of Jesus made a wonderful change in their home and their lives. The Bible became their consta...

Chapter 16 Texas (1902)

From 1893 to 1902 Mr. McClure labored with untiring zeal in California and as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia, preaching the Gospel and instructing the saints, both in public and in the homes. He was an evangelist who sought to make known the Gospel at every opportunity and watched for results. One who shared in the happy days in Monrovia in 1901 writes: “Brother McClure shepherded those assemblies in California for many years, watching over and laboring among them; teaching an...
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