ONCE upon a time a fierce storm raged across the fertile plateau on which Bogota lies. Vengeful torrents drowned the crops, swept away homes, and destroyed man and beast alike. As the flood waters kept rising the people helplessly watched their sacred city crumble. Some who managed to flee to islands of high ground chanted prayers and called on their gods for deliverance. . .
THERE are many little villages around the world, and Holland is not without its share. What about the message of the three angels in relation to the people of these tiny spots on the map comprising the lowlands and islands of Holland?
THIS is the year nineteen hundred and seventy-two, the most exciting year in the history of Adventism! As I pen these lines more than sixteen hundred evangelists all across North America are proclaiming the everlasting gospel in special evangelistic campaigns. In Inter-America from the West Indies to Costa Rica the same is true. . .
DUBLIN, grand old city of the Emerald Isle, occupied an important place on the stage of Adventist action during the summer of 1971. Twelve students from Andrews University representing five different countries joined my wife and me; Mrs. Elsie Fitzgerald, organist; and Dr. and Mrs. Wilbur K. Nelson, of Loma Linda University's School of Public Health, for a field school of evangelism. . .
HOW many times have you preached to a one-man audience? Most preachers and lay workers would readily agree that the most difficult sermon to preach is one delivered to a one-man audience. It may also be said that decisions made where one man is the challenger and one man the recipient are often more genuine and lasting. . .
SEVERAL, years ago a layman approached me just prior to the beginning of one of our evangelistic campaigns and stated, "If you will not take any offerings during this campaign, at its conclusion I will write you a check to cover the entire cost of this campaign." I turned to him and said, "My brother, I will not let you rob these people of the blessing that comes from freely giving an offering to God. Nor will I let you, because of your generosity, make invalids out of these new converts. . ."
REALIZING that I have labored twenty-five years under "baptism conformity" makes me ashamed before my God, my fellow Christians and myself. As MISSION '72 has marched into the picture with great opportunities, the overbearing, burdening question of my soul is, Are my test tubes cleaned and ready? And how about those of my church?
ONE of my first contacts with Islam, as an earliteen son of an Adventist minister-missionary, resulted in my giving Bible studies to a Muslim man. Every week I rode my bicycle across the fields to his house. And every week at the close of the study he offered me tea cakes, which, because it was between meals, I politely refused. . .
THE spiritual significance of baptism is clearly stated in Gal. 3:27: "As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." We further learn that baptism is a symbol of death to our old way of life. "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?