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May 1975

 

Editorial: Nurturing New Souls

WHAT can be accomplished when the pastor and lay members work together for the integration and nurturing of the new members? One answer comes in a recent report from a pastor with whom I was associated in an evangelistic campaign about a year ago. . .

 

TV Spots Increase Your Results

ONE OF THE MOST effective tools for communicating many salient points of the Adventist message can be the thirty-second and one-minute television spot ministries. Faith for Today program planners have discovered in a pilot study beamed at the Phoenix area that as a contact or interest-generating device these can open up a wide area of possibilities for soul winning. . .

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Those "Dark Spots" Before Our Eyes

AT ONE time the Lord's messenger was shown two maps in a vision. The first one pictured the scope of the evangelistic progress the Lord had in mind for His people. She described it this way. . .

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The Mother

SHE CAME wearily into the little northern village, an old woman in the somber dress of a widow. And because her body was bent and worn, because her eyes were filled with an agony of heartbreak, the villagers were kind to her. And they gave her a small empty house in which to rest. . .

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"All to My Wife---Then to My Children"

RECENTLY I overheard an Adventist attorney tell one of his clients, "You would be surprised how many ministers come to me to have their wills drawn up and tell me, 'Make it out so my wife will get everything when I die, and then give it to my children.' " The attorney then added these words, "I haven't felt it was my responsibility to tell the ministers that they ought to leave something to the church. . .

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Word Power

EVERY detonation of an atomic device is a demonstration of the awesome, tremendous power of the word of Cod. Creation deals with anabolism, synthesis, the putting together and holding together of earth's component parts. The atomic bomb deals with catabolism, the breaking apart of that which God's word put together. As we reverently study the Creation and diligently consider the laws of nuclear fission, we begin to behold vast vistas of the power inherent in the creative word of God. God wishes His children to recognize the power of His word and He also wants us to be aware of the power in our own words. . .

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Counteracting the Counterfeits

LAST month's article described how our personalities are molded by our environment and by the people with whom we associate. It suggested that by beholding we become changed either for better or for worse. It is only by beholding Christ, the Representative of God's true character, that we can become like Him. . .

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Needed--A Larger View of Health Evangelism

SOMETHING seems to be holding back the full blessing of God on His people. Something seems to be keeping us from fully representing His love to a world greatly in need of such a demonstration. What must happen to our people to bring about behavior change? What will lead to a true conversion experience?

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Where is Noah's Ark?

PUBLIC INTEREST in the search for Noah's ark continues to swell in spite of the fact that a number of expeditions to the traditional Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey have been unsuccessful in locating it. Symptomatic of such interest is the number of books on the subject rolling off the presses. . .

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The Great Need For Great Preaching

BOTH believers and unbelievers show signs of a need for great biblical preaching. Among believers the need manifests itself in, among other things, the proliferation of home Bible studies and the large sales of religious books. Unbelievers reveal the need in their frantic pursuit of personal fulfillment and in disillusionment with much of modern life, including traditional forms of religion. . .

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Platform Duty

UNFORTUNATELY some church elders consider platform duty as their chief responsibility. It is a primary objective of this series to clarify and amplify the opportunities for true leadership and the soul-winning responsibilities that are the elder's. Of course, plat form duties are important. Let us consider how this Sabbath duty can be performed at its best. . .

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More Than a "Fish Story"

BOTH THE higher critic and the scoffer zero in on the book of Jonah as their favorite target. The skeptic derides the Biblical account of the reluctant prophet as a "whopper of a fish story" while the critic who doesn't accept miracles has to relegate this account to the allegorical. He accepts it as part of the canon because of its spiritual value rather than giving any credence to its historical validity. . .

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Religion in a Scientific World (Part 1)

ON THE 6th of May, 1962, the Christian world was somewhat taken aback to hear the capsule-sized Communist cosmonaut, Gherman Stepanovich Titov, arrogantly inform a Sabbath news conference held at the Seattle World's Fair that "In my travels around the earth I saw no God or angels.". . .

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"All Together Now--Push"

IT REALLY was a beautiful car, but it had a very frustrating habit. It would not start-well, once in a while it would catch, cough, and sputter for a short distance. The family was large, and they were more than busy checking, studying, analyzing---then someone would say, "All together now---PUSH." Others were invited to help, as if it was some sort of privilege to help push a nice new car. . .

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Playing With Fire!

"Why did I do it? Oh, why did I do it?" he sobbed. "I knew it was wrong, I-I-I knew it was wrong, but somehow I couldn't break it off. It was like, like some strange bewitchment. I couldn't free myself, I-I-I " Pastor Fallen's voice trailed off into another spasm of tears as he buried his head in his hands and wept. . .

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Representing Christ in Dress

ONE OF the points upon which those newly come to the faith will need faithful instruction is the subject of dress. In the examination of candidates for baptism this subject should not be lost sight of. Let the new converts be faithfully dealt with. Are they vain in dress? do they cherish pride of heart? The idolatry of dress is a moral disease. It must not be taken over into the new life. . .

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Our "Brother's Keeper"?

PEOPLE are starving in the sub- Sahara region of Africa. In other parts of the world hurricanes and earthquakes are leaving thousands homeless and hungry, only to face the threat of epidemics. . .

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Going to Retire?

WHO is going to retire this General Conference session? For the past few weeks this question has been a popular one. Several on the GC staff have already announced their intentions. As to others, if any, we will have to wait and see. Guessing is a waste of time. . .

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