"A MYTH," Arnold Toynbee once re marked, "is a curious animal; for it feeds upon itself, and the more it eats, the larger it grows." Is there a growing body of mythology in the Adventist Church? Casual observation of organizations about us would indicate that we would expect there to be such a development. . .
FOR MANY years we have been busily engaged in our unique mission of giving the three angels' messages and their coordinate parts to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. We have done this as a richly blessed, united movement, especially designed by the Lord to meet the true needs of the world today. Our efforts have not been without success. . .
THEY ARE at the periphery of every congregation and may be the bane of the preacher's pastoral existence. You know them well--the long-haired kids wearing platform shoes--the boys in loud clothes that don't match, and the girls in slinky long dresses or minis. They appear to think only of today--- its fun, its food, its fantasies. In the church organization they are apt to be thought of as the hangers-on, habitually late, often absent, participating unenthusiastically, if at all, in church activities. . .
THE FOUR DECADES between A.D. 1840 and A.D. 1880 were a period of extraordinarily significant change and development in Western civilization. During these decades there was a transition from theism to nontheism in the scientific disciplines; a transition from science as a means for finding and serving God to science as a means for escape from God. . .
THE JEWS were discouraged about rebuilding their temple. About 50,000 returned from exile and immediately set up a new altar on the site of the ancient altar of burnt offering in the courtyard of the temple grounds. Once again sacred services were resumed. . .
THE THEME of the great controversy between Christ and Satan is without question the central and most important theme in the writings of Ellen G. White. Because it is broad and encompassing we can expect to find references or allusions to it in the compilations made from her articles and other manuscripts as well as in the Testimonies for the Church and The Conflict of the Ages Series. . .
GAINING weight is so easy for so many of us, and losing weight is so difficult. Often we hear someone say, "Oh yes, I can lose weight, but it doesn't stay off. It isn't long until I have gained it all back again." Unfortunately, this is too true, and this yo-yo method of losing and gaining, losing and gaining, is really very detrimental to our over-all health status. There must be a better way--a right way to lose weight. . .
JESUS reached the people of Sychar by sitting down at the city well, a place where people commonly came. He didn't begin with a series of meetings in the local synagogue or a rented public hall. His public lectures resulted from a contact made at the well. . .
WHEN CHRIST was dying on the cross "they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink" (Matt. 27:34). Following the usual practice at crucifixions Jesus was offered the sop to help alleviate His thirst. The purpose of the sop was to deaden the senses of a victim and relieve his agony and suffering. . .