Faithful to the end

In this double issue, we focus on the important themes of the second coming of Jesus and mission.

Derek J. Morris is editor of Ministry Magazine

Willie E. Hucks II is associate editor of Ministry Magazine.

On behalf of the entire Ministry team, we want to thank you, the many clergy who read this journal, for your faithful ministry. And when we speak of the team, we recog-nize that it takes more than an editor and associate editor to produce this publication. Indeed, this monthly magazine would not exist were it not for the scores of behind-the-scenes personnel: our editorial specialist, our finance and technology manager, our subscription manager, our editorial consultants, our graphic designer, international advisers and editors, our advertising representative, and the Pacific Press Publishing Association team.

In this double issue, we focus on the important themes of the second coming of Jesus and mission. These two themes are inextricably linked together. Our mission assignment from Jesus is clear: “‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations’ ” (Matt. 28:19),1 and our blessed hope is certain: “ ‘I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also’ ” (John 14:3). We believe that soon “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess. 4:16, 17).

We want to share with you some good news: this entire double issue is immediately available at www.MinistryMagazine.org.2 On that Web site you will also find archived materials, searchable by author or topic, dating back to the inception of Ministry in 1928. Please take advantage of this valuable  collection of resources. Each day of the upcoming General Conference session, July 2–11, 2015, you can also download a different free book from our Web site www.MinistryMagazine.org. Visit daily to download the complete library of 11 books.

For those of you who will attend the General Conference session in San Antonio, Texas, please stop by and visit us at the Ministerial Association booth area (B401) in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

May you find strength and comfort in the words of Jesus: “ ‘Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matt. 28:20).

1 All Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version.

2 Normally, unless you are a subscriber signed up for digital delivery, only the lead article can be read immediately; the complete issue is unavailable online for three months

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Derek J. Morris is editor of Ministry Magazine

Willie E. Hucks II is associate editor of Ministry Magazine.

July/August 2015

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Longing for His appearing

This article deals with the time element as related to the Second Coming and the establishment of God’s kingdom.

Final Breakthroughs for Mission

Because we are in the last great crisis of this earth’s history, the author asks, “Will we listen to the warnings and appeals of our loving God and grasp the opportunity to be a part of the final breakthroughs before Jesus comes?”

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This article unfolds different aspects of the end-time crisis and points the way to survive it

Living in expectation of the second coming of Jesus

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Preparing the world for the coming of Christ

How do we reach people from all walks of life and cultures with the gospel message?

The last generation: How the Advent hope defines us

The author asks, “Could Jesus return today?” and hopes to be among the last generation when Jesus returns!

Preparing for His return

Reflections from our continuning Revival and Reformation Series.

Preaching the Second Coming

Those who attend our churches need to be reminded that Jesus is coming again and that His coming is both sure and imminent.

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