March 1, 1926
Elder D. M. Vail
28 Willard Street
Dear Brother in our precious Lord Jesus Christ:
I was pleased to receive those few lines from you for they stirred up remembrances of the many years of our intimacies one with another in the things of Jesus Christ. And, that attachment I felt at our first meeting one another, about forty years ago has continued unto this day. The fellowship of the household of God is very sacred. They are all taught of the Lord, they have come, they have been drawn unto Jesus Christ, they are congregated unto Him, as it is written, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee” (Heb. 2:12). And when He sings his own gospel, the everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure in the midst of His church we are cheered, refreshed, our hearts are made glad by the voice of our Beloved. 0, in these sacred moments it is springtime, summertime, the time of the singing of birds is come; the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land, there springs up a melody in our hearts to our dear Saviour, the chiefest among all the assembled ten thousand: and we in rejoicings in Christ Jesus declare He is altogether lovely. “He is precious” (1 Peter 2:7).
Well, dear Brother, at the time of our first personal acquaintance I felt you were one to whom Jesus was precious, and I felt he was (and continues, he is abidingly precious) to my soul; and so I felt we were one in Christ Jesus. If this is verily so then nothing can sever us, and nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:39).
I have heard there has been troubles among the churches in the Northern States. I do not know what it has all been about, and I do not wish to know, but it is all painful to me. I know that our merciful and gracious God can bring health and cure, and bestow abundance of peace unto his heritage, and I could desire that he would thus deal with the churches everywhere. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee.”
I will bring my few lines to a close. May the Lord in the riches of his mercy be gracious unto us.
I am, I hope, your brother in our sweet Lord Jesus Christ.
FREDERICK W. KEENE
501 Cleveland Street
Raleigh , NC
THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST INQUIRER,
JULY 1, 1926, Vol. 6, No. 1