Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Spring 1992

Our Training Ground
Charles Haun

The wilderness is a place of training for conquest. It is not intended to be an end, rather the wilderness is a means to an end.

In the wilderness of Sin there were difficulties and pressures due to circumstances and Egyptian blood, called the mixed multitude. "And a mixed multitude went up also with them" Exodus 12:38. At times, there was no water. At other times, there was bitter water. The children of Israel were allowed to experience all of these pressures, sufferings, afflictions, and trials, because these were God's training tools.

These experiences of the Israelites are intended to become our lessons. "Take, my brethren, the prophets, (that is, consider them) who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience." James 5:10. Watch these for an example. As we look at those who have passed on before us, we see them in the light of the experiences into which God brought them. Some, we can view through many years, and others, to the end of their lives. We will notice that some failed, while others succeeded. Hopefully, through their experiences, we will see and understand certain vital spiritual lessons that God is attempting to teach us in similar circumstances. The results of their successful lives should become our encouragement.

"Behold, we count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful" James 5:11 (NAS). As we look upon the lives of those who are set before us in Scripture, we can view their experiences, and at times, even the results. We have the privilege of watching individuals and groups in the Bible as they are brought through their difficulties and pressures. We can see who succeeded and who failed, and often, the reason why.

The ones who go through the testings victoriously, patiently enduring, plodding on, we count blessed. As we look and learn, continuing to lean on the Lord, we too become blessed ones.