IF THE most honest man in the neighborhood one never known to break a promise, whom banks trusted without question were to promise to do a certain thing that was well within his power to do, and were this man voluntarily to sign to that undertaking in the presence of a judge and put up all his possessions as surety, we would certainly understand that he intended to keep his promise. We would also know that he considered the matter extremely important. . .
WHAT is the ideal size of a church? When has it become too big? When should it think in terms of fostering a new congregation in an adjacent territory? These are questions that might bring a variety of responses. . .
"MY PEOPLE perish for want of knowledge." * This is the Lord's complaint in Hosea 4:6. The people in the days of Hosea were starving for real food, the Word of God, and it was the priests who were to blame for this famine. . .
"Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three" C\ Cor. 13:13, A.R.V.). "Faith, hope, love" the indestructibles, the abiding things! The apostle Paul in his beautiful message to the church makes it clear that "these three" will abide. They were placed by God in the very heart of man in the beginning. , ,
THE HOT sun shone brightly against the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Ten thousand people lined the seashore singing hymns, awaiting the beginning of the baptism. History was made that day as 644 people were immersed in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Four hundred and eighty of them were brand-new Seventh-day Adventist Christians. The others were backsliders and Christians who sought a renewal of their faith. . .
WHEN YOU go fishing for bass you may catch a bluegill; but when you go fishing for bluegill it isn't very likely that you will come up with a bass. When Jesus compared the work of evangelism with fishing He knew that some men would be easier to catch than others, just as some fish are easier to catch. . .
PERHAPS the greatest single neglect in the whole human experience is proper preparation for marriage. Yet whether we realize it or not, people are being prepared for marriage. It is my firm conviction that the tragic results evident in so many homes are the product of this preparation. . .
THE ARGUMENT about the most plausible explanation for the origin of plants and animals on this planet is difficult to win. The idea of Creation can receive only indirect support from scientific evidence, because the creative acts were supernatural events and therefore lie outside the realm of science. . .
"THE MYSTERY of the cross ex plains all other mysteries." The Great Controversy, p. 652. Locked up in this statement is a profound truth, which, when fully grasped and acted upon, can greatly improve our private and public ministry. There is a mysterious power emanating from the cross that draws men heavenward. . .
WHATEVER became of sin? Since 1973 when Karl Menninger's book raised this question, there has been a noticeable shift in emphasis of the role played by both clergymen and the church in the treatment of the mentally ill and the maintenance of mental health. . .