Their desire to acquire becomes the whole goal of their lives. This drive to always want more is based on the misconceptions that having more will make me more happy, more important, and more secure, but all three ideas are untrue.
Possessions only provide temporary happiness. Because things do not change, we eventually become bored with them and then want newer, bigger, better versions. It's also a myth that if I get more, I will be more important. Self-worth and net worth are not the same. Your value is not determined by your valuables, and God says the most valuable things in life are not things!
The most common myth about money is that having more will make me more secure. It won't. Wealth can be lost instantly through a variety of uncontrollable factors. Real security can only be found in that which can never be taken from you-your relationship with God. Many people are driven by the need for approval. They allow the expectations of parents or spouses or children or teachers or friends to control their lives. Many adults are still trying to earn the approval of unpleasable parents.
Others are driven by peer pressure, always worried by what others might think. Unfortunately, those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. I don't know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone.
Being controlled by the opinions of others is a guaranteed way to miss God's purposes for your life. This forty-day journey will show you how to live a purpose driven life-a life guided, controlled, and directed by God's purposes. Nothing matters more than knowing God's purposes for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them-not success, wealth, fame, or pleasure.
Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty, and pointless. Nothing matters more than knowing God's purposes for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them. We were made to have meaning. This is why people try dubious methods, like astrology or psychics, to discover it.
When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it, nothing is bearable. All I know how to do is to get by. Someday, if I discover my purpose, I'll feel I'm beginning to live. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope. In the Bible, many different people expressed this hopelessness. Leave me alone. My life makes no sense. Hope is as essential to your life as air and water. You need hope to cope. Hope comes from having a purpose. If you have felt hopeless, hold on!
Wonderful changes are going to happen in your life as you begin to live it on purpose. I will give you hope and a good future.
It defines what you do and what you don't do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren't. You will tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood at that moment. People who don't know their purpose try to do too much-and that causes stress, fatigue, and conflict. It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God's will.
If you can't get it all done, it means you're trying to do more than God intended for you to do or, possibly, that you're watching too much television. Purpose-driven living leads to a simpler lifestyle and a saner schedule. It concentrates your effort and energy on what's important. You become effective by being selective. It's human nature to get distracted by minor issues. We play Trivial Pursuit with our lives. Many people are like gyroscopes, spinning around at a frantic pace but never going anywhere.
Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, or other externals-hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart. You think, Maybe this time it will be different, but it doesn't solve your real problem-a lack of focus and purpose.
Make sure you understand what the Master wants. Diffused light has little power or impact, but you can concentrate its energy by focusing it. With a magnifying glass, the rays of the sun can be focused to set grass or paper on fire.
When light is focused even more as a laser beam, it can cut through steel. There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose. The men and women who have made the greatest difference in history were the most focused.
For instance, the apostle Paul almost single-handedly spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. His secret was a focused life. Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what's the point?
Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose. On the other hand, passion dissipates when you lack a purpose. Just getting out of bed becomes a major chore. It is usually meaningless work, not overwork, that wears us down, saps our strength, and robs our joy. Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth.
They want to be remembered when they're gone. Yet, what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but what God says. What people fail to realize is that all achievements are eventually surpassed, records are broken, reputations fade, and tributes are forgotten. In college, James Dobson's goal was to become the school's tennis champion. He felt proud when his trophy was prominently placed in the school's trophy cabinet.
Years later, someone mailed him that trophy. They had found it in a trashcan when the school was remodeled. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy. You weren't put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity. One day you will stand before God, and he will do an audit of your life, a final exam, before you enter eternity.
Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God. The only thing that will matter is, did you accept what Jesus did for you and did you learn to love and trust him? Jesus said, 'clam the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Did you spend them on yourself, or did you use them for the purposes God made you for? The first question will determine where you spend eternity. The second question will determine what you do in eternity.
By the end of this book you will be ready to answer both questions. What do I want it to be? Ecclesiastes N LT Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. Abraham Lincoln This life is not all there is. Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time on the other side of death-in eternity-than you will here.
Earth is the staging area, the preschool, the tryout for your life in eternity. It is the practice workout before the actual game; the warm-up lap before the race begins. This life is preparation for the next. At most, you will live a hundred years on earth, but you will spend forever in eternity. This is because God designed you, in his image, to live for eternity. Even though we know everyone eventually dies, death always seems unnatural and unfair. The reason we feel we should live forever is that God wired our brains with that desire!
One day your heart will stop beating. That will be the end of your body and your time on earth, but it will not be the end of you. Your earthly body is just a temporary residence for your spirit.
Your relationship to God on earth will determine your relationship to him in eternity. If you learn to love and trust God's Son, Jesus, you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with him. On the other hand, if you reject his love, forgiveness, and salvation, you will spend eternity apart from God forever. When you fully comprehend that there is more to life than just here and now, and you realize that life is just preparation for eternity, you will begin to live differently.
You will start living in light of eternity, and that will color how you handle every relationship, task, and circumstance. Suddenly many activities, goals, and even problems that seemed so important will appear trivial, Glorify Thy Name - Maranatha! Promise Band - Raise The Standard: Part One (Promise Keepers Worship For Men) Conference Edition (Cassette, petty, and unworthy of your attention.
The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears. When you live in light of eternity, your values change. You use your time and money more wisely. You place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of fame or wealth or achievements or even fun.
Your priorities are reordered. Keeping up with trends, fashions, and popular values just doesn't matter as much anymore. You could forget being good and ethical, and you wouldn't have to worry about any consequences of your actions.
You could indulge yourself in total self-centeredness because your actions would have no long-term repercussions. But-and this makes all the difference-death is not the end of you! Death is not your termination, but your transition into eternity, so there are eternal consequences to everything you do on earth. Every act of our lives strikes some chord that will vibrate in eternity. The most damaging aspect of contemporary living is short-term thinking. To make the most of your life, you must keep the vision of eternity continually in your mind and the value of it in your heart.
There's far more to life than just here and now! Today is the visible tip of the iceberg. Eternity is all the rest you don't see underneath the surface. What is it going to be like in eternity with God? Frankly, the capacity of our brains cannot handle the wonder and greatness of heaven.
It would be like trying to describe the Internet to an ant. It's futile. Words have not been invented that could possibly convey the experience of eternity. We know that right now God is preparing an eternal home for us.
In heaven we will be reunited with loved ones who are believers, released from all pain and suffering, rewarded for our faithfulness on earth, and reassigned to do work that DAY FOUR: we will enjoy doing. We won't lie around on clouds with halos playing harps! We will enjoy unbroken fellowship with God, and he will enjoy us for an unlimited, endless forever.
But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world His plan involves far more than the few decades you will spend on this planet. You may feel it's morbid to think about death, but actually it's unhealthy to live in denial of death and not consider what is inevitable. Only a fool would go through life unprepared for what we all know will eventually happen. You need to think more about eternity, not less.
Just as the nine months you spent in your mother's womb were not an end in themselves but preparation for life, so this life is preparation for the next. If you have a relationship with God through Jesus, you don't need to fear death.
It is the door to eternity. It will be the last hour of your time on earth, but it won't be the last of you. Rather than being the end of your life, it will be your birthday into eternal life. Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye, but the consequences of it will last forever. The deeds of this life are the destiny of the next.
James b NIV We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. Anais Nin The way you see your life shapes your life. How you define life determines your destiny. Your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and value your relationships.
I've been told life is a circus, a minefield, a roller coaster, a puzzle, a symphony, a journey, and a dance. That image is your life metaphor. It's the view of life that you hold, consciously or unconsciously, in your mind. It's your description of how life works and what you expect from it.
People often express their life metaphors through clothes, jewelry, cars, hairstyles, bumper stickers, even tattoos. Your unspoken life metaphor influences your life more than you realize. It determines your expectations, your values, your relationships, your goals, and your priorities. For instance, if you think life is a party, your primary value in life will be having fun. If you see life as a race, you will value speed and will probably be in a hurry much of the time.
If you view life as a marathon, you will value endurance. If you see life as a battle or a game, winning will be very important to you. What is your view of life? You may be basing your life on a faulty life metaphor. To fulfill the purposes God made you for, you will have to challenge conventional wisdom and replace it with the biblical metaphors of life.
Then you will be able to know the will of God. These ideas are the foundation of purpose-driven living. We will look at the first two in this chapter and the third one in the next. Life on earth is a Test. This life metaphor is seen in stories throughout the Bible. God continually tests people's character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty.
Words like trials, temptations, refining, and testing occur more than times in the Bible. God tested Abraham by asking him to offer his son Isaac. God tested Jacob when he had to work extra years to earn Rachel as his wife. Adam and Eve failed their test in the Garden of Eden, and David failed his tests from God on several occasions. But the Bible also gives us many examples of people who passed a great test, such as Joseph, Ruth, Esther, and Daniel. Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test.
You are always being tested. God constantly watches your response to people, problems, success, conflict, illness, disappointment, and even the weather! He even watches the simplest actions such as when you open a door for others, when you pick up a piece of trash, or when you're polite toward a clerk or waitress.
We don't know all the tests God will give you, but we can predict some of them, based on the Bible. You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies. In my own life I have noticed that God tests my faith through problems, tests my hope by how I handle possessions, and tests my love through people. A very important test is how you act when you can't feel God's presence in your life.
Sometimes God intentionally draws back, and we don't sense his closeness. A king named Hezekiah experienced this test. When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life. Even the smallest incident has significance for your character development. Every day is an important day, and every second is a growth opportunity to deepen your character, to demonstrate love, or to depend on God. Some tests seem overwhelming, while others you don't even notice.
But all of them have eternal implications. The good news is that God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows the tests you face to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
This is the second biblical metaphor of life. Our time on earth and our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management. We are stewards of whatever God gives us.
This concept of stewardship begins with the recognition that God is the owner of everything and everyone on earth. God just loans the earth to us while we're here.
It was God's property before you arrived, and God will loan it to someone else after you die. You just get to enjoy it for a while. When God created Adam and Eve, he entrusted the care of his creation to them and appointed them trustees of his property. I am putting you in charge. This role has never been rescinded.
It is a part of our purpose today. Everything we enjoy is to be treated as a trust that God has placed in our hands. And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own? It was an experience we could never have afforded, and we enjoyed it immensely. We swam in the pool, ate the food in the refrigerator, used the bath towels and dishes, and even jumped on the beds in fun!
But we knew all along that it wasn't really ours, so we took special care of everything. We enjoyed the benefits of using the home without owning it. In the story of the talents,9 a businessman entrusts his wealth to the care of his servants while he's away. When he returns, he evaluates each servant's responsibility and rewards them accordingly.
You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness. That means everything you do, even simple daily chores, has eternal implications. If you treat everything as a trust, God promises three rewards in eternity. Well done! Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and a trust from God.
God uses finances to teach us to trust him, and for many people, money is the greatest test of all. God watches how we use money to test how trustworthy we are. God says there is a direct relationship between how I use my money and the quality of my spiritual life.
Let me ask you: Is the way you manage your money preventing God from doing more in your life? Can you be trusted with spiritual riches? What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me? Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. Psalm NET I am here on earth for just a little while.
Psalm TEV Life on earth is a temporary assignment. The Bible is full of metaphors that teach about the brief, temporary, transient nature of life on earth. Life is described as a mist, a fast runner, a breath, and a wisp of smoke.
Our days on earth are as transient as a shadow. Second, earth is only a temporary residence. You won't be here long, so don't get too attached. Ask God to help you see life on earth as he sees it.
Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more. This is not your permanent home or final destination. You're just passing through, just visiting earth. The Bible uses terms like alien, pilgrim, foreigner, stranger, visitor, and traveler to describe our brief stay on earth. Christians should carry spiritual green cards to remind us that our citizenship is in heaven. God says his children are to think differently about life from the way unbelievers do.
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. Your identity is in eternity, and your homeland is heaven. God is very blunt about the danger of living for the here and now and adopting the values, priorities, and lifestyles of the world around us.
When we flirt with the temptations of this world, God calls it spiritual adultery. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.
You would probably have to learn a new language and adapt to some customs and cultural differences in order to be polite and to accomplish your mission. As an ambassador you would not be able to isolate yourself from the enemy. To fulfill your mission, you would have to have contact and relate to them.
But suppose you became so comfortable with this foreign country that you fell in love with it, preferring it to your homeland. Your loyalty and commitment would change.
Your role as an ambassador would be compromised. Instead of representing your home country, you would start acting like the enemy. You'd be a traitor. They have foolishly concluded that because they live on earth, it's their home. It is not. Don't indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. We are constantly entertained, amused, and catered to.
With all the fascinating attractions, mesmerizing media, and enjoyable experiences available today, it's easy to forget that the pursuit of happiness is not what life is about. Only as we remember that life is a test, a trust, and a temporary assignment will the appeal of these things lose their grip on our lives. We are preparing for something even better. It also explains why some of God's promises seem unfulfilled, some prayers seem unanswered, and some circumstances seem unfair. This Album) not the end of the story.
In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life-longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. We're not completely happy here because we're not supposed to be! Earth- is not our final home; we were created for something much better.
A fish would never be happy living on land, because it was made for water. An eagle could never feel satisfied if it wasn't allowed to fly. You will never feel completely satisfied on earth, because you were made for more.
You will have happy moments here, but nothing compared with what God has planned for you. Realizing that life on earth is just a temporary assignment should radically alter your values. Eternal values, not temporal ones, should become the deciding factors for your decisions. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. The abundant life has nothing to do with material abundance, and faithfulness to God does not guarantee success in a career or even in ministry.
Never focus on temporary crowns. Paul was faithful, yet he ended up in prison. John the Baptist was faithful, but he was beheaded. Millions of faithful people have been martyred, have lost everything, or have come to the end of life with nothing to show for it.
But the end of life is not the end! In God's eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not those who achieve prosperity, success, and power in this life, but those who treat this life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully, expecting their promised reward in eternity.
They did not get the things that God promised his people, but they saw them coming far in the future and were glad. They said they were like visitors and strangers on earth So God is not ashamed to be called their God, because he has prepared a city for them. You must wait until heaven for the rest of the chapters.
It takes faith to live on earth as a foreigner. An old story is often repeated of a retiring missionary coming home to America on the same boat as the president of the United States. Cheering crowds, a military band, a red carpet, banners, and the media welcomed the president home, but the missionary slipped off the ship unnoticed. Feeling self-pity and resentment, he began complaining to God. What was I thinking? Why did I waste so much time, energy, and concern on what wasn't going to last?
At death you won't leave homeyou'll go home. Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory.
Proverbs NLT It's all for him. The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. It is the reason for everything that exists, including you. God made it all for his glory. Without God's glory, there would be nothing. What is the glory of God? It is who God is. It is the essence of his nature, the weight of his importance, the radiance of his splendor, the demonstration of his power, and the atmosphere of his presence.
God's glory is the expression of his goodness and all his other intrinsic, eternal qualities. Where is the glory of God? Just look around. Everything created by God reflects his glory in some way. We see it everywhere, from the smallest microscopic form of life to the vast Milky Way, from sunsets and stars to storms and seasons. Living for God's glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.
Creation reveals our Creator's glory. In nature we learn that God is powerful, that he enjoys variety, loves beauty, is organized, and is wise and creative. He revealed it first in the Garden of Eden, then to Moses, then in the tabernacle and the temple, then through Jesus, and now through the church.
He, the Light of the world, illuminates God's nature. Because of Jesus, we are no longer in the dark about what God is really like. We saw his glory It is his nature. We cannot add anything to this glory, just as it would be impossible for us to make the sun shine brighter.
But we are commanded to recognize his glory, honor his glory, declare his glory, praise his glory, reflect his glory, and live for his glory. Because God deserves it! We owe him every honor we can possibly give. Since God made all things, he deserves all the glory. For you created everything. All sin, at its root, is failing to give God glory.
It is loving anything else more than God. Refusing to bring glory to God is prideful rebellion, and it is the sin that caused Satan's fall-and ours, too. In different ways we have all lived for our own glory, not God's. This is the worst sin and the biggest mistake we can make. On the other hand, living for God's glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.
We honor God the same way. When anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to God. Birds bring glory to God by flying, chirping, nesting, and doing other bird-like activities that God intended. Even the lowly ant brings glory to God when it fulfills the purpose it was created for. It is to be remembered that the apostle regarded the community of Christians at Corinth as something more than a society for performing together acts of public worship, whether eucharistic or for prayer, praise and exhortation.
It was a little self-governing republic. This made the third kind of meeting necessary. The common worship of the society, especially the eucharistic service, united it with the whole brotherhood of believers throughout the world, and showed it to be in the succession from the ancient people of God; but it had a corporate unity of its own which manifested itself in actions for which the whole body of the Corinthian believers were responsible.
This meeting had charge of the discipline of the congregation and of the fraternal relations between the community and other Christian communities. Letters seeking apostolic advice were prepared and dispatched in its name; it appointed delegates to represent the church and gave them letters of commendation, and in all probability it took charge of the money gathered in the great collection for the poor saints at Jerusalem.
It exercised the same complete control over the internal administration of the affairs of the congregation. It expelled unworthy members; it deliberated upon and came to conclusions about the restoration of brethren who had fallen away and showed signs of repentance.
The excesses at Corinth arose from the pagan associations connected either with these common meals of the confraternities or more probably with the temple banquets 1 Cor. All these things implied independent self-government; and the apostle asks the brethren to undertake another task which shows even more clearly how independent and autonomous he expected the congregation to be.
He censured Christians for bringing their fellow-believers before the ordinary law-courts should disputes arise between brethren; he urged that such matters should be settled within the congregation. He used stronger language about this than about any other side of the practical expression of their religious life. He is not addressing men belonging to a small rural village where life is simple and the occasions of dispute few and mainly personal.
The Christians of Corinth lived in the grasp of a highly artificial and complicated commercial life, where the complexity of affairs offered any number of points at which differences of opinion might honestly arise between brethren related as masters and servants, buyers and sellers, traders and carriers. It was men living in these surroundings whom the apostle ordered to abstain from going before the ordinary law courts for the purpose of settling disputes which might arise between them, and whom he commanded to create tribunals within the community before which they were to bring all differences.
That means now that our national laws ought to conform to. This advice of St. Paul passed into the ecclesiastical legislation of the primitive Church. We read in the Apostolic Constitutions II. Let the deacons and the elders be present at your judicatures, to judge without acceptance of persons, as men of God with clear conscience.
Do not pass the same sentence for every sin, but one suitable to each crime, distinguishing all the several sorts of offences with much prudence, the great from the little. Treat a wicked action after one manner, and a wicked word after another; a bare intention still otherwise. Some thou shalt curb with threatenings only; some thou shalt punish with fines to the poor; some thou shalt mortify with fastings; others shalt thou separate according to the greatness of their several crimes.
When the parties are both present for we will not call them brethren until they receive each other in peace examine diligently concerning those who appear before you. Such is the picture of a Christian church in the Apostolic age, as it appears in the pages of the Epistles of St. Paul to the Corinthians, and, although no such clear outline is given us of any other Christian community, still we are warranted, as we shall see, in assuming that the Church in Corinth did not differ much from the other churches which came into being through the mission work of the great apostle to the Gentiles.
It has its meetings for edification, open to all who care to attend, where the conversions are made which multiply the little community; its quieter meetings for thanksgiving, where none but the believing brethren assemble, and where the common meal enshrines the Holy Supper as the common fellowship among the brethren embodies the personal but not solitary fellowship which each believer has with the Redeemer; its business meetings where it rules its members in the true democratic fashion of a little village republic, and attaches itself to other brotherhoods who share the same faith and hope, trust in and live for the same Saviour, and have things in common in this world as well as beyond it.
The meeting for thanksgiving represents the centre of spiritual repose, the quiet source of active life and service; the meeting for edification, the enthusiastic, eager, aggressive side of the life and work; and the business meeting, the deliberative and practical action of men who recognize that they are in the world though not of it. We can see our brethren in the faith living, loving, working together, quarrelling and making it up again, across these long centuries, and all very human as we are.
The evidence for the independence and self-government of the churches to which St. Paul addressed his epistles is so overwhelming that it is impossible even to imagine the presence within them of any ecclesiastical authority with an origin and power independent of the assembly of the congregation, and the apostle does not make the slightest allusion to any such governing or controlling authority, whether vested in one man or in a group of men.
So we find it as a matter of fact in the churches to which St. Paul addressed his epistles. He did not write to ecclesiastical persons to whom the brethren owed obedience as to an authority different from, and superior to. He addressed his letters to the whole community, who, in his eyes, are responsible for the progress and good behaviour as for the misdeeds and decline of the society and of individual Christians within it.
His letters are quite consistent with the existence of ministering officials who owe their position to the assembly and are responsible in the last resort to it; but they are not consistent with the existence within the community of any authority whose power comes directly from a source outside the brotherhood. In his letters to the Church at Corinth, the apostle makes scant allusion to office-bearers of any kind. The meeting of the congregation is the one thing which gathers up the unity of administration within the community.
The apostle appears to acquiesce in this state of matters, unless we consider the query as to whether there are no wise men within the society who can settle disputes within the brotherhood to be a suggestion that some kind of recognized officials are needed for the furtherance of the orderly life of the local church.
They form a unity because of their common faith and love; but that unity does not appear to find expression even in one common congregational meeting. The same condition of things is to be found at Colossae and at Laodicea.
The apostle sends greetings to persons of different sexes and positions in life, but never to office-bearers as such. Nor among his many exhortations does he allude to the need of organization under hierarchical authority, still less does he prescribe a form of organization which was to be uniform throughout the whole Church of Christ.
We do, however, find traces of an organization within the Christian communities, if we use the word in the most general way, in the Epistles of St. The meeting of the congregation is almost as prominent in the Church of the Thessalonians as it is at Corinth; it exercises discipline; it selects faithful men to accompany the apostle to Jerusalem with the money brought together in the great collection; it evidently has all administrative powers in its hands. They may not have been office-bearers by election and appointment, but they were engaged in doing the work that office-bearers do in a Christian church.
Altogether apart, however, from the organization of the local churches, whether developed or undeveloped, we find a ministry which existed in all the churches of the Epistles of St.
Paul, and indeed in all the churches of the New Testament. We meet everywhere with men who are called prophets, and who occupy a distinguished place in the primitive churches. Paul esteemed them highly. This ministry to the saints, which is connected with leadership of some kind, is expanded in the Epistle to the Romans to include liberality, showing mercy and leadership Rom. The subject is interesting, but confessedly difficult.
Yet we have light enough, from the writings of the New Testament and the earliest extra-canonic literature, to show us that it was entirely unlike anything which has existed in any part of the Christian Church from the beginning of the third century downwards. Before we begin to inquire what this ministry and organization were, it may be useful to note two things: first, it must be remembered that our Lord has clearly intimated that leadership within His Church was to have a distinctive character of its own; and secondly, there is from the very first beginnings of organization a clearly marked separation between two different kinds of ministry.
The ordinary service which a hired servant renders to his master, such as waiting at table, etc. Kindly personal attentions rendered to our Lord, as by St.
Paul by Timothy, Erastus and Onesimus Acts xix. The service of angels rendered to our Lord and to men Matt.
The service rendered by the O. The work of our Lord Himself Matt. Discipleship in general John xii. The distinctive character of leadership in the Christian Church is given in the saying of our Lord contained in Luke xxii. The Corinthian Christians were to place themselves under the guidance of Stephanas and those like him who had served them and laboured among them.
Everywhere service and leadership go together. They are the natural capacities which men possess apart from their own power of acquiring them and which come from the free bounty of God the Creator. Men are not all alike; their capacities and natural powers differ; and thus when the Spirit works through these powers there is nothing mechanical in the activities set in motion.
They may be the natural capacities for teaching, for evangelization, for the vision, and utterances of spiritual truths, for ecstatic praise, for leadership of men, for organization, for duties to the poor and sick, for the performance of all the practical and social duties needed for the welfare of the community. In 1 Cor. The earliest evidence we have for the beginnings of the organization of a local church is given in Acts vi.
It can be traced through the Pauline epistles and other New Testament writings, and down through such sub-apostolic writings as the Didache, the Pastor of Hermas, the Epistle of Barnabas, the Apology of Justin Martyr, and the writings of Irenaeus. To the second class belonged the ministry of a local church by whatever names they came to be called, pastors, elders, bishops, deacons.
We may call the first kind the prophetic, and the second kind the local ministry. The great practical distinction between the two was that the prophetic ministry did not mean office-bearers in a local church; while the local ministry consisted of these office-bearers. The one was a ministry to the whole Church. In Rom. And in Eph. In the apostolic and early sub-apostolic church the prophetic ministry was manifestly the higher and the local ministry the lower; the latter had to give place to the former even within the congregation over which they were office-bearers.
But while this higher ministry can be clearly separated from the lower ministry of the local churches, it does not follow that these office-bearers did not from the first count among their number men who possessed the prophetic gift. Prophecy or the gift of magnetic utterance might come to any Christian, and St. Paul desired that it might belong to all. This, we can see, was the case in later times. In this respect all are equal and of the same spiritual rank.
The equality, however, is neither monotonous nor mechanical. Some of them, however, were sure to be more appreciated than others. This is equally true of the whole Church of Christ throughout the whole world: for each local church is the Church in miniature.
The relation of the prophetic ministry to the whole Church on the one hand and to the local church on the other is an instructive illustration of the visibility of the Church Universal in every Christian community.
The spiritual voice needs the spiritual ear. The duty laid upon the speakers was to speak forth the Word of God in the proportion of the faith that was in them, or to the full measure of the Christ that was in them; and the duty laid upon the hearers was to test whether what was said to them was really an utterance of the Spirit. It was overthrown or thrust aside and placed under subjection to an official ministry springing out of the congregation, and it has never regained the recognized position it had in the first century and a half.
But whenever the Church of Christ has to be awakened out of a state of lethargy, this unofficial ministry of the Word. From point of view, and that not the least important, the history of the Church flows on from one time of revival to another, and whether we take the awakenings in the old Catholic, the mediaeval, or the modern Church, these have always been the work of men specially gifted with the power of seeing and declaring the secrets of the deepest Christian life, and the effect of their work has always been proportionate to the spiritual receptivity of the generation they have spoken to.
The Reformation movement, which may be simply described as the translation into articulate thought of the heart religion of the mediaeval Church, and which revived in so many ways the ideas and usages of the primitive times, has expressed the two cardinal ideas of this primitive ministry of the Word, in its declaration that the essential duty of the ministry of the Church is the proclamation of the Gospel, and in its statement that the principle of authority in the last resort is always the witness of the Spirit in the hearts of believers.
They were sent for the extension and edification of the whole Church of God, and although they used their gifts in the meetings of the local communities yet they were always to be conceived as the ministers of the Church universal.
Some of them were wanderers by the very nature of the work they were called to; many of them, perhaps most, did not confine themselves to one community. They came and went as they pleased. They were not responsible to any society of Christians. The local church could only test them when they appeared, and could receive or reject their ministrations.
The picture of these wandering preachers, men burdened by no cares of office, with no pastoral duties, coming suddenly into a Christian community, doing their work there and as suddenly departing, is a very vivid one in sub-apostolic literature.
Their presence—men who were the servants of all the churches and of no one church—was a great. They are apostles, prophets and teachers. It existed in the oldest Gentile Christian community, that of Antioch, where a number of prophets and teachers sent forth two apostles from among their own number. The three classes are also placed in pairs: apostles and prophets in the. Likewise a true teacher, he also is worthy, like the workman, of his support.
Every first-fruit then, of the products of the wine-press and threshing-floor, of oxen and of sheep, thou shalt take and give to the prophets. Hermas, Simil. Homilies, xi. Epistle to the Ephesians and in the Apocalypse; prophets and teachers in the Didache and in the Pseudo-Clementine Letters; apostles and teachers in Hermas and in the Epistles to Timothy. The distinguishing characteristic of an apostle was that he had given himself, and that for life, to be a missionary, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of Christ to those who did not know it.
They built on the foundation laid by the apostle; he laid the foundation for others to build upon. This was their life-work. Didache, xiii. Pseudo-Clementines, De Virginitate, i. For fuller list of authorities compare Harnack, Texte u.
For the meaning and work of an apostle: compare Lightfoot, St. Apostle, pp. Ministry, pp. He quoted from Isaiah lxi. He made His followers His representatives in Matt.
The two thoughts are combined in. Their preparation was their intimate personal companionship with their Lord and their apprentice. Clement, Ep. The word however was used in later Judaism to mean the messengers sent from Jerusalem to collect the Temple tribute from the Jews of the Dispersion and who were at the same time charged with the business of carrying letters and advice from the Jewish leaders in the capital of Judaism, and of promoting religious fellowship throughout all the Jews scattered over the civilized world.
Hence Dr. But is is very doubtful if the word was in use in Judaism until after the time of our Lord, and it seems in every way simpler to believe that the Christian origin and use of the word were what are given above.
In Mark iii. Mark i. Thus their training was both intimate companionship and close imitation in service. The account is confirmed by Luke vi. Hort, The Christian Ecclesia, pp. Their call was the living voice of the Master while He was with them in the flesh.
We have no evidence that St. Paul ever saw Jesus in the flesh, still less that he had any opportunity of converse with Him. They had been gradually prepared; they had been led step by step, and had been weaned from their old life in half-conscious ways.
If we take the Pseudo-Clementine literature to represent the opinions of these men and their successors, and discern in the attacks made on Simon Magus an example of their arguments against the apostle to the Gentiles, there is abundant proof of this. The whole argument in the last chapter of the 17th Homily turns on the impossibility of trusting to information received in visions, or of verifying and authenticating them.
And how are we to believe your word, when you tell us that He appeared to you? Paul; he is called an apostle to the Gentiles in the Epistle to the Galatians, and St.
Paul associates him with himself when he claims the privileges everywhere accorded to acknowledged apostles. Paul in the superscription of the letter.
Acts xiii. He quotes Origen and Chrysostom. Lightfoot includes Silas among those who are called apostles by St. Paul, but refuses to include Timothy: 1 because Timothy had not seen the Lord, and 2 because when the apostle mentions Timothy elsewhere he carefully excludes him from the apostolate. He writes in Col.
It is held by many, among others by Lightfoot and Sohm, that the evangelists of 2 Tim. Paul among the apostles who are thus set forth. Paul; but the evidence is very doubtful, and James had not the missionary work which belongs to an apostle. Paul was no true apostle. There is no. This distinction may prove good for the apostolic period, though it seems doubtful that it does, but it entirely falls to the ground in the immediately succeeding times.
I am inclined to conclude that there is really no distinction between a wider use of the term apostle and the evangelist.
The three references exhaust the New Testament uses; it disappears entirely in the immediately post-apostolic literature, it is Album) to be found in the Apostolic fathers nor in the Didache. When it reappears, as in Tertullian, De Praescriptione 4 Qui pseudapostoli nisi adulteri evangelizatores and in Eusebius Hist.
Sohm, Kirchenrecht, i. The evidence for including James, the brother of our Lord among those called apostles by St. Paul is contained in 1 Cor. But this is impossible. Album), p. Paul denied that these men were apostles so far as outward marks went. They were missionaries and had given themselves to the work; they had come furnished with credentials.
In all outward Album) they were apostles like many others; but their message was false; they preached another Christ; they were among the false prophets who the Master had said would come. They were wandering missionaries whose special duties were to the heathen and to the unconverted. In writings like the Didache they are brought vividly before us. They were highly honoured, but had to be severely tested. They were not expected to remain long within a Christian community nor to fare softly when they were there.
Francis, and accordingly formulated the saying into the rule that if the apostle spent more than three days among his fellow Christians, if he asked for money, if he were not content with bread and water, he was no true apostle, and was not to be received.
All these men, called apostles, have one distinguishing characteristic: they have given themselves for life to be missionary preachers of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ.
Hence it seems superfluous to accumulate from the epistles of St. Paul a great variety of marks of the apostolic character and work. They were all engaged in a life work of a peculiar kind, aggressive pioneering missionary labour. The crowning vindication of their career was what they put into it. Didache, xi. But when the apostle departeth, let him take nothing except bread enough till he lodge again; but if he ask for money, he is a false prophet.
Lightfoot has made a list of what he conceives St. Paul thought were the indispensable qualifications for the apostolic office:—the apostle must have been a witness of the Resurrection Acts i. Paul by a miraculous revelation; a commission received either directly from our Lord or through the medium of the Church as was the case with Matthias Acts i. Paul himself, who was not actually invested with the rank of apostle till he received it along with Barnabas at Antioch Acts xiii. It was to this last that St.
Paul appealed over and over again. There could not but be gradations in this wide company of apostles, and these depended on things personal and incommunicable. This gave them a unique position not only within the Jewish Christian Church, but also throughout all Christendom. This also was the basis of the apostolate in the narrower sense of the term. The Risen Christ had appeared to many others besides themselves.
They were missionaries like the others, and made missionary tours like them, but this special and unique preparation which no others possessed gave them a position apart.
Paul by his enemies, and are therefore what they declared a true apostle ought to possess. He must have seen Jesus 1 Cor. Acts i. Personal qualities, like courage 2 Cor.
On the other hand the apostle was then expected to attest himself by certain signs 2 Cor. Paul proved to them that his call and preparation had been as intimate as theirs. These two uses of the term apostle, the wider and the narrower, continued beyond the apostolic age. We can also see it in the difficulties which the early fathers had to determine what was the number of the apostles, and who were to be included within it.
Paul was personal to themselves; it was based on a unique and immediate experience; no succession could come from it. But apostles, in the wider sense of the term, have always existed in the Church of Christ, and are with us still in the missioners and missionaries of the various branches of the Christian Church. In lands where the language of the New Testament is still spoken. Apostle, p. So are the priests who itinerate in the Peloponnesus preaching to great open air gatherings on the market-days at such towns as Tripolitza.
Some could, and did, fill a large sphere and wield an enormous influence; others had to content themselves with a much inferior position; but whether their sphere was large or small they had the same work to do. They were the pioneers of primitive Christianity. They cannot be compared with the officials of a long established church. The only safe comparison is with the missionary of modern times, and their work has the curious double action which must characterize pioneer Christian work in all places and at all times.
They had to teach Christian morality to converts ignorant of its first principles, and this could only be done when stern command mingled with sweet persuasiveness. They had to deal with people who could but awkwardly apply the moral principles they had been taught, and had to select typical cases, and to point out how they must be decided. On the one side their action must appear to be highly autocratic; on the other their influence was entirely personal, and their only means of enforcing their decisions was by persuasion.
They had to show their converts not merely how to live lives worthy of their new profession; they required to train them in the art of living together in Christian society, and they had to do it in such a way as to foster social as well as individual responsibility. So on the one hand they can be represented as shaping constitutions, selecting and appointing office-bearers, and generally controlling in autocratic fashion the communities their teaching had gathered together; and on the other hand this very work can be truly described as the almost independent effort of the communities themselves.
His work is that of a parent training his children, and dependent on natural relationship and personal character for the obedience he demanded, not that of an ecclesiastical superior with official rights to support his injunctions. If this double characteristic inherent in all missionary work be forgotten, it is possible to take the most opposite views of apostolic methods and of the rights which an apostle claimed to have and to exercise.
Many of the differences, which make the Pastoral Epistles so different from the earlier epistles of St. Sohm Kirchenrecht, i. Six months spent in watching a missionary at work would have taught them how to combine their views. No apostle stands forth so clearly before later generations as does St. His letters reveal the man, his modes of work, the authority he possessed and the way in which he used it. We may take him as the highest type of the first, order of the prophetic ministry.
His duties and the authority which lay behind them were what belonged to the planting of Christianity. His claims to authority rested upon a double basis. Loening Die Gemeindeverfassung des Urchristenthums, pp. The direct command of Jesus St. Paul never forgot that he was doing the work of a pioneer, and that his work was but half done if his communities of converts remained in a state of pupilage. He was therefore careful to cultivate their sense of personal and corporate responsibility.
While he was ready to answer any questions about difficulties which had arisen in the communities, he was very careful to make suggestions only, and to leave the full responsibility for the decisions to come on the shoulders of the society. That is, while he is peremptory that the incestuous person shall be excluded from the community, he is equally determined that the act shall be their own act, and not a mere compliance with a command of his.
It is not to be supposed that all the numerous apostles of the primitive Church were men like St. Yet, the due deductions made, we can see in him the type of these unknown men who were the pioneers of Christianity in the first century; men who carried the Gospel to Antioch, who sowed its seeds in imperial Rome, who made hundreds of little barren spots the gardens of the Lord.
They went first; the prophets and the teachers followed in their steps. While the apostle was the missionary of the primitive Church, the prophet found his work within the Christian communities which had been created by the energy of the apostles. Prophecy Hort, The Christian Ecclesia, p.
For the case mentioned above, cf. Put away the wicked man from among yourselves. Gore, The Church and the Ministry 3rd ed. Gwatkin, art. For the Prophetic Ministry compare: Mosheim, Dissertationes ad historiam ecclesiasticam pertinentesii.
Wherever the Spirit of Jesus had laid hold on men, and believers were gathered into societies, there appeared among them some who believed themselves to be specially filled with the Spirit of the Master, and able to speak His Word as He wished it to be spoken. It had been silent for generations, but its reappearance was expected and longed for by pious Israelites as a sign of the nearness of the Messianic time.
They looked for the return of Elijah or Jeremiah or another of the prophets; and the apostles could appeal to the prophecies of Joel to explain the outpouring of the Spirit and its universal diffusion en the day of Pentecost. We need not wonder then that Christian prophets arose in the Jewish Christian Church, and were to be found there from the very beginning; but what is to be remarked is that prophecy was not confined to the Jewish Church.
It appeared spontaneously wherever the Christian faith spread. We find prophets in the churches of Jerusalem and Caesarea among purely Christian Jewish communities; at Antioch where Jews and Gentiles mingled in Christian fellowship; and everywhere throughout the Gentile churches—in Rome, in Corinth, in Thessalonica, and in the Galatian Church.
Die Gemeindeverfassung des Urchristenthums, pp. Biblica, ff. Church, i. From the beginning too we find the true prophet confronted by the false, who preached a strange Christ, and attempted to turn believers away from the faith.
The primitive Church had its birth at a time when the old religions, whether Jewish or Pagan, had lost their power; when the old religious formulae no longer appealed to the hearts and consciences of men; when an immediate revelation of the mind of the Master was the one pressing religious need for which all craved. Prophecy gave this to the young Christian communities. The effect of the presence of these inspired men, who spoke soberly enough at times, and often burst forth into raptures and recited the visions they had received, can scarcely be overrated.
They confirmed the weak, they admonished the lax, they edified the whole society. Paul himself was called a prophet long after he had begun his apostolic mission. In the narrower sense of the term prophecy had its distinct sphere between apostleship and teaching. It was then that he, together with Baranbas, was set apart by the Spirit acting through the Church, for the work to which God had destined him, and for which he had been qualified by the appearance on the road to Damascus. But this surely contradicts St.
He claimed to have been an apostle from his conversion, in Acts xxii. In the picture St. He expected that it should manifest itself in every community of Christians.
He desired that every member of the Corinthian Church should possess it, and that all should strive to cultivate it. The new revelation of God in Jesus Christ, the new way of approach to the Infinite Father manifested in the appearance of the Son, had created for the primitive Christians a new life and had illumined them with a new light.
It gave them a new insight into the relations between God and man, and a fresh manifestation of the bonds uniting our Father in Heaven with His children on earth. These were the prophets. They were teachers. He had to show the bearings of these divine facts and forces upon beliefs and ways of living.
The distinctively prophetic task was different. The prophet was a producer, not an expounder simply, not a man whose task was finished when he had taught others to assimilate the divine knowledge which lay at their disposal.
The prophet added something more. He was a revealer bringing forth something new. For prophecy presupposed revelation; it rested upon it; and apart from revelation it did not exist. What he uttered came to him as an intuition of the Spirit, as if he had heard a voice or seen a sight.
This does not mean that the prophet spoke in a state of ecstasy or amentia. The apostle counselled that whatever number of revelations had been received, not more than two or three should be uttered during one meeting, and that if a brother received a revelation while another was speaking the speaker should give way.
Prophecy might be ecstatic, and we have evidence that it frequently was, but it was not so necessarily. Non-ecstatic prophecy lasted in the Church for two centuries, and can be shown to have existed among the Montanists, notwithstanding the accusations of their opponents. All inspired witness-bearing was prophecy, and we may almost say that free, spontaneous discourse about spiritual things was its essential characteristic. We learn, for example, from the Didache that, while a definite form of words was prescribed for the celebration of the Eucharist, the prophets were not bound to use it.
In she was transferred to Detroit, Mich. In she was transferred to Flint, Mich. Surviving her are a brother and 2 sisters. She was an active member of the church for many years.
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In young manhood he accepted the third angel's message. He assisted in the founding of the Madison College and Sanitarium. He also assisted in the establishment of other self-supporting centers, including the Fountain Head Industrial School and Sanitarium, today known as Highland Academy and Sanitarium. Mourning their loss are his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Henri Drouault, now serving a second term of mission service on the island of Madagascar.
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Batoebara, editor in our Indonesia Publishing House, at Bandung, Java, that another victory has been won in the field of religious liberty for Seventh-day Adventists. The following published announcement of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Indonesia gives our Adventist students the privilege of having their examinations which fall on the Sabbath taken on other days "Candidates sending in official statement to the Examination Committee, identifying them as members of the S.
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The membership is increasing rapidly in the French islands. On the small island of Martinique it is expected that there will be more than baptisms this year.
On Guadeloupe persons are prospects for baptism. Halliwell, president of the North Brazil Union Mission, he writes concerning the progress of the work of colporteur evangelism in that field "We have put on a recruiting campaign throughout the union, and have taken as a goal one colporteur for every one hundred thousand population throughout the field. We have asked all our ministers and workers to help in this recruiting program, and I am sure it will not be long before we will have many more colporteurs.
Two young ladies are working here in the city of Belem, and in less than three weeks they have orders for almost two scholarships each. There are very few roads and railroads, so all travel is by water.
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Nicoline Maersk. They are returning from furlough to Bangkok, Thailand, where Brother Krautschick serves as business manager of the Bangkok Sanitarium.
The needs of this important institution have been brought to our attention through our church papers and in appeals to the field by the officers of the General Conference. The College of Medical Evangelists appreciates the support of our prayers and our liberal gifts. Let us respond wholeheartedly when the offering is taken in our churches on Sabbath, June Sorenson, president of West Indian Training College, in Mandeville, Jamaica, reports real progress in all lines of endeavor.
The new administration building is completed and has been in use now for a number of months. A short time ago the governor of Jamaica and his wife visited the college, and afterward expressed their feelings of appreciation in the following words "It was a most heartening and encouraging experience to visit the college, which is so original and progressive. The new buildings with their magnificent site and striking architecture are most impressive. The combination of orderly discipline with a lively, cheerful, and natural manner was good to see.
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Tammy, across the road. The wreaths of flow- once a Signs employee, went into ers, the subdued greetings among the labour. All through the day there were mourners and the occasional tear- questions "How is she Have you bowed head. Her son, Phil, told us And then the news the world now of her life. And God was present.
He has a Kalan Joshua. Visiting her in hospital I sensed He was present in the love those God's presence there. Touching that attending offered the family. He was brand-new skin, tracing the small present in the promise of the resurrec- curled fingers, seeing those fine eyetion. He was present in the family's lashesGod even made him with the tears because they were tears born of right length fingernails.
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Some may say Christians are fooling themselves to find God in all things that it's a convenient way of making Him always come out as the "good guy. They choose Him, and He has given them peace for its season, and will provide joy in its time. A Christian need not fear love or pain because God provides His strength in all situationsin all emotions. He gives us the courage and capacity to live completely. Christianity is not a mind-numbing drug that wraps fairy floss around every cloud.
I have never liked the silver-lining approach. God is not an attitude; He is a reality. Christianity sees evil for what it is present, but on its way out. And Christianity sees goodness for who He is present, and on His way back. At the end of the week, driving home out of the valley, between tree ferns and mountain ash, between one family's joy and another's sorrow, I saw that He is always present.
His fingerprints are on our hearts, and on the earth. Even the pores of the ground exude Him. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. The Lord watches over all who love him Psalm18, 20, NN.
But we are of Wise Damsels good courage in the Lord. Your brother I'm so glad the "Damsels in in Christ. How many six-day Adventists are to the 60s" article January 27 as the Donald F-Wilson, Vic pendulum swings and times do change left not always for the better. But staff at the South Pacific Division is with today's laws and morality I would pleased that "Many Questions" be a fool to stop for fear of being sued Letters, January 27 questioned its use for gross professional negligence, or of Dr Gordon Moyes at the recent division session.
Personally, I'm grateful mugged etc. If they were wise virgins with oil in for the contribution given by two emitheir lamps they would have a mobile nent non-Seventh-day Adventists to phone, be members of the NRMA or the session. Dr Moyes and Stephen similar road-service organisation and Woodward were invited to renew an service their chariot as per manufactur- emphasis on the temperance message. We have a Bible, the We cannot, as Adventists, live aloof, car has its service schedule.
So many superior and uninvolved if we want to people just put petrol in and never look influence the world around us. As a at anything else, or have anyone else result of their presentations, the division session voted important initiatives look at it. If we neglect to take care of all in the area of alcohol and drug-free livaspects of ourselves we get sickif we ing, and major media responses resultneglect our chariot it also gets sick. The outcome of the very meetAfter the "Lessons From the 17th ings decried by "Many Questions" was Century" Features, January 13 it's a positive reaffirmation of reinforcing time to have an article on the "Six-day our traditional stand on the nonuse of Men.
I do not believe that Seventh-day believed in obeying the equally important second half of the fourth com- Adventist young people are just as mandment, Exodus Many of them were Seventh-day Adventists, but not all. Hundreds suffered arrest, imprisonment or the chain gang, including Ellen White's son, William.
The following is from an Adventist suffering imprisonment for working on Sunday. Dear Brother, I will drop you a few lines to let you know how things are shaping themselves here. Brother Dortch's time was out yesterday and he went home.
His buggy has been levied on and advertised on Sabbath to pay the state costs, amounting in his case to The sheriff came in last evening and told us that we would have to go out on the public roads and work at 40 cents per day to pay the rest of our costs. It is going to be very hard on us to go out in the hot sun to work after being shut up for so long.
I tell you things are closing up on us very fast. The decisions on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are very important. The pressures today on young people are different, and our health message is increasingly compromised in budgetary provisions.
In the past few years, actions of the Adventist Health Department in the South Pacific have given a lead that is of greater significance than at any previous time in the department, particularly in the areas of tobacco legislation arid antidrug and alcohol lobbying.
Let us find words to affirm and rejoice rather than shame. Those working in the corporate and the local church areas in this important area need our support. Writers must include their name, address and telephone number. Letters received more than three weeks after the date of the issue carrying the article to which they respond will normally not be printed.
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About the South Pacific Division health director who went cruising Dr Percy Harrold recently gave a series of fascinating health talks to juniors, teens and youth at the Victorian camp-meeting. He began each of his presentations with "I've been out cruising. He then talked about the dangers of substance abuse at the evening meetings.
His messages caught on so much that the young people on the campground also started "cruising," presenting Dr Harrold with their finds. A copy of the booklet Who Needs Drugs was given to everyone attending the meetings.
The week-long meetings, held at the Warburton Vic Heath Care Centre, "provided opportunity for technical update in all areas of nutrition including vegetarian eating, sharing of ideas and future directions planning," says Sanitarium nutrition spokesperson Sue Radd.
Sanitarium nutritionists have been promoting the healthy Adventist lifestyle since the Nutrition Education Service NES started more than eight years ago, and, according to NES director Dianne Butler, "more thancommunity contacts were made in the past year alone.
Wrong Price The Matthew Visual Bible advertised in the first and second quarters lesson pamphlet has an incorrect price. The correct price for Australia and New Zealand is 20 cheaper at A new Acts Visual Bible is also available at the same price.
The Walk Against Want takes place on March 24 this year. Grant Given, Again Macquarie NSW College recently received a third grant ofand another 20, from the Federal Government to buy computers for its new learning resource centre. With two stages complete and the third this year, the Federal grants to the college now total 1. An application for Stage 4 funding, incorporating the administration building, additional classrooms, tennis courts and undercover walkways, is presently being prepared.
Macquarie filled weekly preschool places, trebled kindergarten to Year 12 enrolments to and increased staff levels to 33 this year. It is designed specifically to help parents, grandparents and caregivers raise happy, spiritually healthy children. It will also present realistic approaches to sensitive lifestyle and spiritual issues such as diet and the Sabbath.
Unless it moved recently, it is still in Old. An estimated 10, people attended the meetings held in the city's Uhura Park each day. The meetings received wide national radio and television coverage. Edwin Matthews. Owning our own apartments will mean keeping operating costs down and making it easier to add and sustain other langauges. Feet blistered, fatigued, Map crumpled, musty, frayed to the very edge. Vision flawed. Dust for air.
I could scarcely utter from such painful thirst. Unable to bear the gulf between us I sought to flee beyond. Down, down, down to my endless death. Swiftly grace stooped low, Scraping away at my salt-encrusted core. Such sweet caress brushed upon a tear, Loosening anchor toward the arms of hope.
A tiny wing-warped, dirt-ladden sparrow flies bravely past, Bursting song within its blood-drenched breast "Time, time, time, time. Time to fly, far to winter's crawl of chilling breath. Prepare to wing together. I tell you. Time at last. Time, time, time to bring them home. New-sighted eyes fling joyfully upward, Catching sun's dazzling Secret smiles in an angry sky.
Our Lord gently lowers His kingly mantle upon His earthy child. Bells chang Jewels tumble forth. Crystals of fire crashing upon sunlicked rock, Shattering awake millions of sunken dreams. Beyond the chasm I start To the sound of children, wet, dancing naked under drought-burst sky.
Rain spills its tears upon my wounded, weary soul. I open wide, as far as a cracked and ravenous desert can bear And allow the drenching to rush on in.
Filling the void, a torrent of living delight. No longer pierced, broken, captured But made alive inside the shadow of the passing cross. Scars, splinters a phantom gladly adorns. I sit in retrospect, waiting, waiting Quietly closed. I close myself in, gloved in feathered lace, And hum soft songs of going home. Irene Attwood writes from Morely in Western Australia. A T he judge bangs his gavel and orders my release. Freedom After 15 years of unjust imprisonment.
Prison gates open wide for me on Friday, May 22, Then come 20 months, two days and 21 hours of glorious time with my wife, family, friends and church. I feel like I've been born again. What comes next isn't so glorious.
It's like dying again Prosecutors organise another trial. The result is another conviction. Another year prison term. Outside the jurors laugh and joke with one another, relieved that the trial and their week-long sequestering is over. Inside, prosecutors smile and shake hands with one another.
I turn to look at my wife, Edie, before they take me away. For months to come the tears and horror-stricken expression on her face will haunt my restless days and nights. Time passes. I wander through it in a dazed fog. Optimism wilts.
Faith stumbles on wounded legs. Letters pour into my cell from around the world. First a trickle. Then a deluge. Promises of funds to pay lawyers for an appeal. Prayer for Edie and me. Thousands of prayers. Prayer Prayer I want to feel grateful. Instead, I feel numb. The melody of an old hymn plays in the back of my mind.
I can't remember the words. Come to think of it, I can't remember names or much of anything else from one day to the next. And your Rachel has a special sweetness. In heart will break spite of blindness in one eye and dete- in two, riorating sight in another, she's a Remember, someone is spunky, cheerful girl. I open the envelope. Inside is a praying for you. I'm not sure what it is, but it's Comfort frecovered with happy puppies, teddy quently comes in small packbears, rainbows.
Her letter is written with painstaking ages when we care. Peter And came in first, lr,e she brags. CrNo complaints that she can't run the race heri self.
But against the bitter cold, wind and rain. The hymn's haunting melody plays again in my mind as I reflect Rachel's Jeris Bragan writes from a prison in Tennessee, words. It's like a choir of angels singing USA. Adapted, with permission, from the Someone is praying for you Adventist Review. Television will sometimes being awakened early in become interactive and linked to comI the mornings by the clip-clop of a puters and printers. And it's predicted horse as the bottled milk was deliv- that, by then, 60 per cent of children ered.
Occasionally I'd get out of bed, will live in single-parent homes, and run to the lounge-room window and multiple marriage partners will be conpeer out into the dark dawn. I could sidered normal. That image is still etched in my emotionally unsettling. We often dream of the good old days because mind.
There are no longer horse-drawn there was some sense of control. How do Christians cope with milk deliveriesthere are few milk deliveries at alland milk doesn't change Where do we turn for securicome in a bottle. Whether we like it or ty not, time brings changes. Things, as Christians believe in an immutable God. He says of Himself, "I the Lord they say, are not like they used to be.
Many changes have helped us enjoy do not change" Malachi 36, NIV. He life more. Who would like to wash is always predictably loving, gracious, clothes in an old copper Who would holy, righteous, fair and just.
In prefer the old icebox to a refrigerator Scripture, God reveals Himself as How did people clean houses without a totally dependable. Jesus, God's Son, is unchanging. He vacuum cleaner Many advances in technology have been readily wel- showed, in human form, what God is like. He demonstrated that He was comed. Personal computers used as word keenly interested in helping ease the processors make typewriters obsolete. The gospel is unchanging. The fact But when the well-informed computer literate talks of rams of memory or that Jesus lived a perfect life, died for megabytes, I wonder what the uniniti- us, rose again, ministers His forgiveated think Of large male sheep with ness and justice in heaven and will huge mouths and gigantic teeth ready someday return, is certain.
Paul chalto take a bite of the unsuspecting It lenged the Galatians, saying, "Even if isn't easy to keep up with the rate of we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we change. But not all changes have brought preached to you, let him be eternally blessings. The media provide much condemned" Galatians 18, NIV. The Bible is unchanging.
Isaiah, realentertainment and information, but they also show all types of vanity, ising that everything on earth has a limited life, said, "But the word of our insanity and profanity. The pace of life has also increased. God stands forever. Why sit in a restaurant do not changethey are the Christian's for a meal when you can get quick food security. But what about the church Is it to at a drive-thru American researcher George Barna, be the rock of all ages in a sea of uncerin The Frog in the Kettle, said only 3 tainty Should the church change per cent of the information used now Jesus and the apostles warned of will be useful in Some simple doctrinal change that would lead to changes we could expect by then apostasy.
This type of change was and include cars equipped as complete is undesirable. If the church stayed in offices with phones, faxes and comput- communication with God and the 8 Scriptures, this would not have happened. But there were some changes that were valid. Jesus Himself was an agent of change.
He was confronted by religious people who couldn't comprehend why He didn't fast. You see, Jesus didn't fit into their religious leader or Messiah mould.
He commented on their complaints about fasting by saying, "No one pours new wine into old wineskins" MarkNIV. Jesus encouraged change and knew that the gospel needed new forms of expression. Jesus' revolutionary approach cost Him His life. Paul, in Corinthians, shares the reason for his evangelistic success in different cultures "To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law though I myself am not under the law, so as to win those under the law.
To those not having the law I became like one not having the law though I am free from God's law but am under Christ's law, so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
I do this for the sake of the gospel.
The service, and probably each part of the service, began with the benediction: “Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,” which was followed by an invocation. The service, and probably each part of the service, began with the benediction: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, which was followed by an invocation of Jesus and the confession that He is Lord One of the brethren began to pray; then another and another; one began the Lords Prayer,97 and all joined. Evangelical Beacon (Trinity International University) Collection home. Browse collection. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Cassette release of Raise The Standard: Part One (Promise Keepers Worship For Men) Conference Edition on Discogs. Name Address City/State/Province Zip/Postal Code/Country Please check method of payment El Check enclosed payable to Ministerial Association El Charge my Visa MasterCard Credit card number Expiration Signature Mail order to General Conference Ministerial Association, Resource Center Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD Phone Maranatha Music Camino Capistrano San Clemente, CA U.S.A. Tel: #1 / Publishing & Licensing: Music Services Maryland Way Suite It was a time of spiritual refreshment, nurture, instruction and sharing. Church members who participated have returned to active duty, challenged and invigorated. This program followed the conference sponsored Maranatha 4 program held earlier this year. The South New Zealand Conference plans to run two Maranatha Seminars next year. It was a time of spiritual refreshment, nurture, instruction and sharing. Church members who participated have returned to active duty, challenged and invigorated. This program followed the conference sponsored Maranatha 4 program held earlier this year. The South New Zealand Conference plans to run two Maranatha Seminars next year. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Cassette release of Raise The Standard: Part One (Promise Keepers Worship For Men) Conference Edition on Discogs. Men who are office-bearers in a local church and are called deacons as a title of office (1 Tim. iii. ); men who may be office-bearers but who may get the name applied to them not because of office but because of the work they doa work which has not yet ripened into a permanent office as in Phil. i. 1, and as in Rom. xvi. 1 (Phoebe, our.
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