ONE NIGHT Zechariah was awakened out of his sleep by an angel. The angel portrayed before him a rather interesting combination of golden candlesticks, bowl, lamps, olive trees, and pipes. The profane reader of the fourth chapter of Zechariah would perhaps consider this a Rube Goldberg device, but the spiritually-minded can discover great significance in Zechariah's description of what he was shown. . .
OBVIOUSLY most of us need to do more in the way of establishing a friendly and professional contact with non-SDA ministers. We have been counseled that "we have a work to do for the ministers of other churches. God wants them to be saved. ... He [God] wants them to be among the number who are giving to His household meat in due season."---Testimonies, vol. 6, pp. 77, 78. How can we implement this suggestion? Let us consider three ways of approach . . .
SOME may be puzzled by a striking reading of Matthew 27:16, 17 found in several comtemporary translations of the New Testament.1 These verses form part of the narrative of Jesus' decisive appearance before the Roman governor Pilate. In the course of his deliberation of the case, Pilate determined to release Jesus since he found him to be in no need of conviction. According to the Biblical accounts,2 the usual custom was to release a prisoner at this time of national festivity. . .
A FEW months ago, in another attempt to implement the guide lines of Vatican II, Pope Paul VI named thirty new cardinals, raising the number in the College of Cardinals to a record high of 145. The new appointments were part of his plan to reform the Roman Curia, the Catholic Church's central government. . .
CAN you imagine one hundred thousand envelopes with a purpose proclaiming some phase of the Adventist truth being sent through the mails every day of the year? These envelopes would share significant Adventist happenings such as commemorating anniversaries and calling attention to news worthy current events, evangelistic meetings, and perhaps even prophetic fulfillments. . .
THE skull that, according to Leakey, has made current theories of early man obsolete was found in August, 1972. It is becoming widely known as skull 1470, its museum accession number. An eagle-eyed member of one of Leakey's Kenyan field crews made the discovery, spotting a few scraps of bone weathering out of sandy sediment. Before the first day was over, thirty pieces had been recovered. . .
IN SOME RESPECTS the fourth chapter of Daniel is the most remarkable chapter of the Bible. It was written as a public testimony by one of the greatest kings of all time, telling of his pride, humiliation, and ultimate conversion to the King of heaven. It warns of a trap that yawns before many of us —the trap of snatching independence from our Maker and Lord—a mistake as fatal as severing a tree's roots from the soil. . .
He has tried for several years, without success. Increasingly, though, he has realized that he was burning his future. Now, in desperation, he searches for an organization which specializes in helping people kick the habit. Arising, he thumbs through the Yellow Pages. An advertisement for a Smoker's Dial halts his search. "Call ME 2-2430 for a stop-smoking hint," advises the ad. . .
THE recommendation of the 1969 Fall Council "to encourage the development of career employment for Seventh-day Adventist physicians and dentists including appointments as ... clinicians in conference operated clinics" is being implemented in the Trans-Africa Division. . .