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April 1975

 

Editorial: Planning for the Bimillennial?

THE JANUARY 3, 1975, issue of Christianity Today suggests that Christian churches begin to plan now for the bimillennial. Not the bicentennial but the bimillennial! This term, of course, refers to the two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of Christ. . .

 

The Elder's Guardianship Program

ONE OF THE GREATEST assets of the local church is a capable board of local elders. The wise pastor utilizes all of his elder's talents and capabilities insofar as the responsibilities of their office involve them. To do less limits the effectiveness of the pastor and the strength that the elders can give to the church program. . .

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Why Some Christians Shipwreck

HE WAS a senior deacon in the leading Baptist church of his city, a church renowned across the nation for its missionary zeal and "Victorious Life" conferences. He served on boards of several faith-missionary societies and was chair man of a famous summer Bible conference. His saintly wife was much used in the city as a Bible teacher. His children followed the Lord. . .

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The Singing House

I TIED the napkin around Fred's neck and placed before him his. glass of orange juice, his cereal, his big glass of foamy milk. In my own opinion, I classified myself among the superior mothers whose children are brought up in the approved manner of an enlightened day. Fred ate it all dutifully and then slipped down from his chair. . .

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The Twofold Aspect of the Word of God

While a General Conference field secretary, Elder Read was chairman of the Biblical Research Committee and editor of The Israelite. He is now retired in Takoma Park. WE ALL recognize that John 1:1 highlights the deity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the words: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

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New Temperance Data Service

COMPUTERS and electronic data machines are contributing to the progress of the message by providing quick reference materials, analyzing data, and storing information for later reference. . .

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The Adventist Chaplain

WHAT responsibility does the modern Adventist hospital have for the spiritual health of its patients? Is our present responsibility any different from the original plan given by God in the Spirit of Prophecy for our health institutions? What is the place of the chaplain in our medical institutions? How is he to go about his work? And last, but surely not least, what would Jesus do if called upon to minister in the Adventist hospital today?

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Don't Let Emotions Ruin Your Life

IN LAST month's article on emotional stress and its control the physical effects of stress upon the body and the interactions between the mind and the body were discussed. In this article we turn to the emotional and social tendencies and how these may be responsible for stressful situations. . .

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Let's Talk About It

THE basic ingredient of a relationship is communication. Relationships cannot be initiated or viably maintained without some level of communicative exchange. Many of man's needs go unsatisfied or, worse still, unrecognized without some medium to express and respond to these needs. . .

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The Story Behind the PREACH. Project

A pilot project intended to provide The Ministry magazine to the approximately 25,000 non-Adventist clergymen within the geographical limits of the Columbia Union has been approved by the General Conference and Columbia Union committees. This project, given the acronym PREACH, is slated to begin in the fall of 1975 and will provide these clergymen with a twelve-issue introductory gift subscription to our Seventh-day Adventist professional ministerial journal. . .

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"The Vision of Obadiah"

"THE IMPRESSIONS of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. The heart becomes less impressible, and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of life, and of the great eternity beyond. Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have been in error, but from the fact that we have neglected heaven-sent opportunities for learning what is truth." --The Desire of Ages, p. 490. The Old Testament book of Obadiah clearly demonstrates the truthfulness of this statement. . .

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Peddlers or Prophets?

WHEN THE preacher-to-be is confronted by God's call to the ministry he must decide whether or not he is willing to accept that office on God's terms. He must be aware of the fact that, from that point on, his entire life does not belong to him, but to God. . .

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Designed for Flight

"DOTH THE HAWK fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings to ward the south?" (Job 39:26). . .

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Music Is for the Heart

THE DIALOG over appropriate music for use in religious services and in the home on Sabbath will probably never end this side of eternity. Two principal views persist: the view of the trained musician, versus the untrained. Both of these are familiar to me, as a minister and the son of a minister, as well as a product of Seventh-day Adventist schools, from church school through seminary. As a nonprofessional musician, I would like to submit several personal observations for careful consideration. . .

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Pontius Pilate and the Caesarea Inscription

It was found by an Italian archeological expedition during its third season (summer, 1961) while excavating the Roman theater, situated in the southwestern corner of the city. . .

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Rest in Peace, Richard

AFTER a refreshing, Spirit-filled five-day ministerial seminar at Camp Berkshire, I was returning to my home on Cape Cod. It was about 9:00 p.m., on January 10, and I knew my wife and three young sons would be anxiously waiting to greet me. . .

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Synod 1974---No New Sound in Rome

SOME OF the bright halos of hope that have caused many to anticipate an updating of the Roman Catholic Church as called for by Pope John XXIII have been tarnished in the past ten years. In no case is this more evident than in what has happened with the Synod of Bishops. . .

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Sharing the Revival Experience

THE PHILOSOPHERS were right who said, "The validity of our being lies in our availability to God," and "Sequence and consequence are time's constituents." If this be true, then, under God, it is incumbent upon us to initiate those sequences that will speedily usher in eternal consequences. . .

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Memorials for God Through Faith

IT ALL started with two doctor brothers and their wives, who are both sisters and nurses. These couples are better known as Wendell and Gladys Malin, and Lawrence and June Malin. The four, working together, began a medical work that has expanded into three fine hospitals, employing 716 full- and part-time employees. . .

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