A Gutteridge Galore Thanksgiving
Grateful for a Godly Influence
Here in the United States, November is the month during which we celebrate Thanksgiving. In looking over my 63 years, I find that I am very thankful for the teaching, influence, guidance, and friendship of my “grandfather in the Lord,” Pastor Percy Gutteridge. My first clear memory of Pastor is the summer of 1969. He was the Bible teacher for our church's week-long high-school-youth-group campout in Yosemite Valley, California. I was only a year old in the Lord then, had been baptized in the Holy Spirit less than five months, and all things scriptural were new and wonderful. But this man's teaching – it was deep, yet simple; profound, but practical; and (as I learned subsequently in many years of personal Bible study) not often the sort of thing one was likely to find in books or commentaries.
As he did with some other young “Jesus Movement” pastors of that day, Percy became my mentor, confidant, and friend. Over the years, he had the discernment to encourage me when I thought I ought to be rebuked, and to rebuke me (in his very kind way) at times I thought I was doing quite well. To have become, essentially, the “curator” of his teaching ministry has been as big an honor as it has been an undertaking.
Our online Percy Gutteridge catalog is where just about everything we offer by Pastor Gutteridge can be found. In addition, we're blessed to share with you some new offerings that have been released in the last six weeks.
Thanksgiving and Firstfruits
We've posted two new Grains from Gutteridge podcasts. Part of Pastor's legacy is an archive of about a hundred recorded messages; and through the personal ministry of friend Brian Fettes, those cassettes are being digitized to be shared out in a free, downloadable way. Newly minted Gutteridge fan Mary Cullinane has audited some of the most recently converted messages, and her notes will be the basis for the podcast shownotes through at least the end of 2016. The two new messages are:
The Year of Jubilee (KernelsOfWheat.com/g25), a message based on Leviticus 25:1-55. The spiritual application is astoundingly wonderful – freedom from slavery to indwelling Sin!
The Law of the Firstfruits(KernelsOfWheat.com/g26) – just in time for American Thanksgiving, a message on one of God's principles “which will be a statute forever.”
New Online and in Your E-book Reader
Do you know the identity of earth's most powerful preacher? No, I'm not talking about Pastor Gutteridge, but rather, his message Earth's Most Powerful Preacher. It is the first new article on our newly converted (but not quite ready for prime time) FinestOfTheWheat.org website – a powerful message!
“I Wish I Could See Him Again”
A few years ago, friend Brian Fettes, always on the lookout for “new” (which is to say, “old, but as yet undiscovered”) Gutteridge messages, found himself rummaging around the basement of a Bible college in Alberta, Canada where Pastor Gutteridge taught classes in the late 1980s and early '90s. Brian unearthed a pile of VHS tapes of Percy teaching classes there; and, being Brian, he brought them home (with permission) and arranged for them to be digitized. As an experiment, we are offering two of these old videos as DVDs:
They're available from our distributor, Kunaki.com, for US$2.99 each, plus shipping. (Using a distributor like this relieves us of the burden of duplicating discs, taking payments, shipping, and mailing. Some day, if the Lord brings along a real video “whiz” to help us in the ministry, we'll also post these messages for free on YouTube or Vimeo.) Special thanks to Murry Whiteman (a man of God who also owes much of his spiritual formation to Pastor Gutteridge's ministry) for the album art work.
Two caveats should be noted about these DVDs:
The video format is NTSC, used just about everywhere in the Western Hemisphere, so the discs won't play in the U.K. on PAL-based equipment. (Here's another reason we need that abovementioned “video ‘whiz'”!)
The video quality on these DVDs is… well, they weren't shot professionally, they were recorded on VHS-cassettes more than 25 years ago, and they sat in a basement for over two decades. If your eyeballs won't accept anything other than hi-tech, hi-res, hi-def images on your large-screen TV, steer clear…
Thanksgiving for Percy Gutteridge — and You!
Yes, I thank God for Percy Gutteridge's influence in my life. If time and space permitted, many more men and women could be added to this recitation of gratefulness. But I would like to thank each of you, dear readers, prayer warriors, and supporters, for continuing to make this Finest of the Wheat ministry possible.
Evangelical tradition would seem to dictate that I put some sort of near-end-of-year donation appeal here at the end of the newsletter; but I'd like to let God speak to hearts as He chooses. (It's not that we don't need the gifts; in fact, just last night our treasurer informed me that we've come up short on missions-trip funds for the year.
Instead, I've created a special e-mail address…
…hmm, well this is awkward! In the newsletter we sent out, I gave out a special “prayer hotline” e-mail address which I said I would make available only to our newsletter subscribers. So I guess I'll have to keep my word and not include it in this web-based copy of the newsletter. (I didn't think that through ahead of time too well, did I?) What to do? I reckon you could sign up for the newsletter, if you haven't already. If you do it before the December newsletter comes out, this same newsletter issue — including the e-mail address — will be sent within 24 hours. (No, this wasn't meant to be a not-so-clever ploy to get you to sign up; but I made a promise, and now I've got to keep it. Sorry!)
Thanks be to God for His indescribable Gift (2 Corinthians 9:15 NASB)!
for Finest of the Wheat