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Pictured above is Rev. Spiros Zodhiates, General Secretary of the American Mission to Greeks, preach­ ing to 1,200 Greek soldiers, of whom this is only a small section. When they were invited to step forward to receive New Testaments their re­ sponse was most spontaneous. But our hearts broke when some recruits asked for an additional Testament to send home and we did not have any to give them. Is it really worthwhile giving out the Word? These men came from hundreds of villages and these New Testaments may be the only witness that will ever enter some of their home towns. This is evangelism of the most effective kind, because the Lord assures us that His Word shall never return void. We have had the privilege of dis­ tributing over a quarter of a million Bibles and New Testaments, some purchased by us and others donated by the Million Testaments Cam­ paigns. Because the need far out­ strips the supply, we have just set up the first and only Protestant printing establishment in the history of Greece to print gospel literature and Scriptures at a fraction of the previous cost. Your dollar now will go much farther in reaching precious souls with the Word of God, maybe as many as seven families. Pray much that the Greeks may see Jesus through His Word while the door is open. Send your gifts to: Ameri­ can Mission to Greeks, Inc., Dept. K, P.O. Box 423, New York 36, N.Y. (In Canada write to 90 Duplex Ave., Toronto 7, Ont.) If you wish to receive the soul-stirring diary of Mr. Zodhiates’ missionary journey just completed, write and ask for one. It will give you a new under­ standing of Greece, and of its tiny but heroic Protestant minority.



THE KING’S BUSINESS A publication of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Inc. Louis T. Talbot, Chancellor S. H. Sutherland, President •

Ray A. Myers, Chairman of the Board

SEPTEMBER In the year of our Saviour Nineteen Hundred and Fifty-Six

Vol. 47, No. 9

Established 1910

Dedicated to the spiritual development of the Christian home

ARTICLES HOW CHRISTIANITY WORKS — Ted Springer .................................... 11 IN CHRIST IS LIFE — Christ & You & Money .................................... 12 A NEW MERGER — Photo Story ................................................................ 13 WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED TITHING? — C. W. Cram ......... 14 TAPPING THE INFINITE RESERVOIRS — Charles A. Blanchard .... 16 NINE MONTHS AFTER — Charles J. Mellis Jr.................................... 17 TEACH ME TO TELL A STORY — Poem — Lon Woodrum .............. 19 NEW CENTER IN HONG KONG— Photo Story .................................. 32 IN THEIR LANGUAGE — George W. Cowan ......................................... 40 FEATURES READER REACTION ............................ 4 PEOPLE — A monthly column of names in the news .......................... 6 UNDER THE PARSONAGE ROOF — Althea S. Miller ........................ 7 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK ....................................................................... 8 HYMNS YOU LOVE — Phil Kerr ............................................................. 9 JUNIOR KING'S BUSINESS — Ada's First Day — Dorothy C. Haskin 20 WORDS FROM THE WORD — Charles L. Feinberg............................... 22 THEOLOGICALLY THINKING — Gerald B. Stanton ............................. 23 OUT OF THE LAB — Donald S. Robertson ............................................ 24 SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: John & Acts — Chester J. Padgett 25 BOOK REVIEWS — Donald G. Davis ........................................................ 29 DR. TALBOT'S QUESTION BOX ......................................... 38 TALKING IT OVER — A psychologist answers — Clyde Narramore 39 ADVERTISERS' INDEX .................................................................................... 42 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OBJECT LESSONS — Elmer L. Wilder ...................................................... 33 COVER Late summer is a delightful time for vacations and out in California the natives will tell you there is no place like their high Sierras. Snow hangs on the high peaks the year around and the brilliantly blue glacial lakes have an abundance o f beautiful golden trout — fat, glistening ones in sizes up to 16 inches. Photo : All Year Club

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When GOD Speaks To You I t is a glorious fact that God has given each of us the power of choice. In the matter of salvation God has done everything and then comes to our heart’s door and knocks. Only we can open that door. He will not force His way in against our will. In the matter of stewardship it is the same. The cattle on a thousand hills are His. Ail that we possess comes from Him. Then, as when we were saved, He comes gently and knocks. He asks us about our possessions. And again, only we can make the choice. We can hug them closely to ourselves or we can, out of an open and pure love, give back to Him in order that His work on earth might go on. For nearly 50 years the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Inc. has enjoyed a steadily increasing ministry. Through the grace of our Lord and Saviour this ministry has expanded until today it includes a Bible institute, college, school of missionary medicine, theological seminary, foreign mission outposts in Hong Kong (see page 32, this issue), radio broadcasts (half hour gospel programs three times each week over nearly 50 stations) and a literature work (tracts, books, monthly magazine [ The King’s Business']). Many new friends are needed right now to carry on and expand this vital ministry. Some of you will have estates and cash amount­ ing to many thousands of dollars. Others perhaps will have only a few dollars. Our Saviour knows your ability to give. And knowing that He knows and cares is all that matters. O f course each gift is deductible for income tax purposes. When you give you may designate how you want your gift used by checking the appropriate box below. Because you have freely re­ ceived, therefore, freely give.

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President Sutherland with Director Hulin Coast-to-coast on a Sunday morning standing radio choir (directed by Earle Hulin, music department head) that is heard three times each week over 48 stations in the Far West. In Oklahoma City, during a month­ long crusade (crowds totaled 501,000) Evangelist Billy Graham was made an honorary chief and christened “Chief God’s Great Interpreter” at a special Indian Day service. And this month, the evangelist’s biography, a story as intriguing as the feathered head­ dresses worn at the Indian ceremony, will be published by Author Stanley High, a senior editor of The Reader’s Digest. In Korea, Doug Cozart and Kermit Johnson of World Vision, at the invi­ tation of four-star General Poik, preached to over 40,000 ROK army troops with the help of two inter­ preters. Hour-long messages were carefully interpreted to the front-line troops and 4,000 Korean soldiers signed up to take follow-up Bible study courses.

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Under the Parsonage Roof by A lthea S. M ille r

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THOU SHALT NOT Y ou can lick your fingers. That stuff is good. Why can’t I put my hands in that stuff? I’m goin’ to.” “ ‘That stuff’ happens to be dough, Ardyth. I don’t lick my fingers, eith­ er. It isn’t good to eat until it’s baked. Just be patient and we’ll have cinna­ mon rolls and warm bread for din­ ner.” “I don’t wanna wait. Why can’t I put my fingers in that dough? You have yours in it.” “Honey, Mama has more than her fingers in it. She’s almost up to her elbows in the stuff and doesn’t like it, either. I have to do this so the bread and rolls will be light and good. The whole wheat flour makes it more im­ portant to knead the dough so the yeast is well distributed. Go out and play now and Mommie will make you a chicken shaped roll.” “All right,” the four-year-old reluc­ tantly agreed. '“But I’ll be back.” “Yes, General MacArthur,” Mother sighed as she gained at least a tem­ porary respite from her daughter’s importunities. Now as fast as her weary arms al­ lowed, Mother worked at rolling the dough to prepare the cinnamon rolls. Why do children take such delight in poking grimy fingers into the dough, she asked herself? It seems by very nature they enjoy getting into messy situations. Ardyth actually envied Mother’s getting into that goo. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat . . .” (Gen. 2:17). That must be the answer, Mother contemplated. We want what we should not have. We reach for forbidden fruit. We poke our fingers in the dough of this world’s pleasures which is ever be­ ing “raised” with the leaven of sin. Ardyth wasn’t sinning in wanting to get her fingers into the dough. It was just that she wanted what she should­ n’t have; what was not good for her. All of human nature is shot through with the same desire. Does not the Word say: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). But thank God for the other side of the picture which affirms that all in Christ are “. . . more than con­ querors through him that loved us” (Rom. 8:37). Dear Lord, help me to teach my daughter now that she can­ not have what is not hers to have.


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T h e C h a n g e l e s s W o r d l i r e were intrigued with an editorial in a recent issue of the Saturday IV Evening Post* entitled “Most People Behave the Way Mrs. Grundy ■■Expects Them To.” The editor states: “It is unfashionable nowadays to suggest that one possible explanation of the increase in divorce and upper-class drinking is the relaxation of former social condemnation of persons who departed from the then accepted standards of conduct. Most people who have a few years under their belts recall the days when a divorce was considered to be pretty much beyond the pale, and a man or woman who insisted upon getting drunk at the wrong places soon discovered that he or she wasn’t being asked out as much as formerly. However, modern social scientists dispute this, and attribute such symp­ toms as marital infidelity and alcoholism to vague factors described as ‘pressures of modem life’ or ‘a sense of insecurity.’ ” There follows a reference to a recent book by Professor A. H. Hobbs of the University of Pennsylvania entitled, The Vision and the Constant Star from which the Post editor quotes: “In earlier days, those who staunchly resisted temptation to temporize and who steadfastly eschewed cheaply won plaudits for good-fellowship were fortified in their inner resolve by strong social and religious pressures. Such strong and clear- cut social and religious pressures—firm social controls—have had their foundations sapped by pseudo-scientific theories and their substance leached from them by secular rationality.” Then the editorial comment continues: “The result is, according to Professor Hobbs, that the average person hesitates to take a firm stand on anything for fea^ of being con­ demned or at least ridiculed as narrow-minded, bigoted, or mid-Victorian . . . . The current leaders in the field of social science will probably reject Professor Hobbs’ theory. He already stands condemned by many of them for having the temerity to introduce common sense into the mysteries of their trade, but there must be many laymen who have been hesitating to come up with ideas like these, and who will be grateful for their endorsement by at least one professor.” This leads us not only to commend the courage of this editor and professor, but also to ponder the ever-changing views of educators, scien­ tists, psychologists and philosophers over the years, and to consider how uncertain is the footing of those who rely upon the thinking of mere men. In the last 25 years these so-called specialists in human thought and behavior have gone through many cycles in their analysis of man’s mind and conduct. The “scholarly” conclusions of the “best minds” of yesterday are ridiculed by the “thinkers” of today and those of today will in turn be utterly rejected by the intelligentsia of tomorrow. One grows weary of man’s words substituted for God’s definitions: “guilt feelings” instead of sin; “insecurity” for lack of peace with God; “pressures of life” for the conflicts of hearts not right with God; “un­ adjusted personalities” for those not bom again by the Spirit of God. It was said of the Lord that “. . . Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man” (John 2:24,25). He alone by His regenerating power can make us right with God and man. Only the inner motive of desiring to please Him who loved us and gave Himself for us can cause us to walk His “straight and narrow way.” While we agree with the good professor that Mrs. Grundy’s watchful eye might aid materially in making people behave as they should, we know from experience that it takes more than that. The Christian wages a warfare against three deadly foes — the world, the flesh and the devil — but he has a Saviour mighty to save and to keep. *Saturday Evening Post, July 7 , 1956, used by permission.


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Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me Words by Edward Hopper Music by John E. Gould

• h i s hymn-poem, originally with ®six stanzas, was first published anonymously in the Sailor’s Mag­ azine, 1871, and a few months later in the Baptist Praise Book. It was not until nine years later that the identity of the author was learned. Edward Hopper was bom in New York City, February 17, 1816. He became a Presbyterian minis­ ter and for 18 years pastored the “Church of the Sea and Land,” especially for seamen, in New York City. For the anniversary service of the Seamen’s Friend So­ ciety, May 10, 1880, he was invited to write a new hymn. Instead, he brought “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me” and read it, revealing for the first time that he was the true author. Hopper wrote several poems and hymns, modestly using various pen names. For many years he suf­ fered with a weak heart and died suddenly while writing a poem about Heaven, April 23, 1888. John Edgar Gould was bom in Bangor, Maine, in 1882. He be­ came a dealer in pianos and musi­ cal merchandise in New York City. Later he moved to Philadelphia and engaged in the same business in partnership with Wm. G. Fisch­ er (composer of “I Love To Tell The Story”). He was a noted chor­ al conductor, a tune composer and the publisher of many hymnals. Gould’s health broke in 1871 and he was advised to go abroad. He traveled several years, seeking health and died in Algiers, Africa, March 4, 1875. His widow wrote that he composed the time for “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me” the night before he left America on the voyage from which he never re­ turned.

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The intense interest in the Second International Congress on Prophecy held in New York last November kindled a demand for a similar Prophetic Conference on the West Coast. The Congress on Prophecy to be held in the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles will bring to­ gether a strong panel of students of the prophetic Scriptures. Among them will be:

John G. Mitchell J. Palmer Muntz R. L. Powell Wilbur M. Smith Louis T. Talbot John F. Walvoord Archer Weniger

Hyman Appelman Herman B. Centz Albert J. Johnson Lewis J. Julianel William F. Kerr Albert J. Lindsey Alva J. McClain James McGinlay

The Congress will be held under the sponsorship of a Committee of One Hundred drawn from many co­ operating churches of the Los Angeles area. HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to obtain a clearer understanding of the swiftly moving currents of world events. God’s Word tells of certain definite signs that will foreshadow the approaching “ end of the age.” For the first time in history on a world scale some of those signs are emerging. Prophetic students believe we are without doubt in “ the last days” of this age of grace. Come and hear what they have to say.

WRITE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION to the American Association for Jewish Evangelism, which is spearheading this movement for the study and proclamation of the “ sure word of prophecy” . AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JEWISH EVANGELISM, Inc. Or. A. B. Machlin, Executive Director W inona L a k e , Ind iana


B eing an umpire isn’t exactly a short-cut to winning friends and influencing people. You call what you see and if the fans and players see it differently you’re in for a rough time. But somebody’s got to call the game and when it’s all over and the heat and fury have died away you find that both fans and players respect your judgment. Maybe life’s a little like that. At least when I get to thinking about the real meaning of life it’s rather easy for me to imagine it a lot like a game. It has its start and excitement and rhubarbs and dull mo­ ments and its finish. Sometimes the game is called off after a few innings because of an unexpected storm and sometimes it runs to the normal nine inn­ ings and sometimes it runs a little extra. But each game ends. And always the umpire makes some decisions. As a kid my recurring dream was that of being a big league baseball player. My mother was a faithful Christian and she prayed that someday I might under­ stand in a personal way the meaning of God’s demand upon my life. In 1947, when I was a high school senior, I was invited to an evangelistic service. There I heard about God’s demand upon every life. I knew I had never done anything about this demand. And more than anything else I wanted to do something about it. So right there that night I told God that I wanted to commit myself to Him. I told Him I wanted His demands to become operative in my life. That’s how I became a Christian. Like I said, I sometimes get to thinking about life being like a ball game. Somebody has to make the final decisions and in life only God writes the rales and makes the un­ alterable decisions. In a ball game no player can ever write his own rales. In the heat of the game he often wishes he could. He can’t. And all the wishing in the world can’t change the facts. In life God has things well in hand. The rules have all been written. We can’t change them. I think the hardest thing for us humans to do is to understand life has hard-and-fast rales. We get to thinking in fuzzy terms. We imagine that just for us the rales can he changed. We say if God is just He won’t condemn us. Yet if we said the same thing about an umpire in a ball game we’d be laughed off the field. What the umpire says goes. If he changed the rules he’d be unjust. And God being God cannot be unjust. Well, I don’t mean to preach a sermon. But these thoughts rather make sense to my way of reasoning. The Bible says that “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.” If you haven’t read the Gospel of John in the New Testament within the last year read it over this week. Check the rules of life given by God Himself. Then give yourself an honest quiz to see if the de­ mands of these rales are binding upon your life. Don’t push it off to some other time. Life is far too important for such indecision. END.

I’m an UMPIRE by Ted Springer

Top photo shows Springer umpiring at the Phillies’ winter camp in Clearwater , Fla. In bottom photo Springer ( right) poses with Champion Joe DiMaggio.




Christ & You & MONEY

A national magazine recently ran an article entitled, “How to live on $50,000 a year.” And according to this article it isn’t easy. In fact after reading it you sorta feel sorry for the 83,280 families who have to struggle through the year on a 50 to 100 thousand dollar budget. In fact a family of four with an income of $50,000 is lucky to save 15 per cent after taxes. A budget expert works it out like this: 1) income taxes, $19,500; 2) shelter, $4,200; 3) general insurance, $240; 4) telephone, gas, electricity, $500; 5) maid service, $2,750; 6) food, $2,400; 7) liquor, $200; 8) clothes, $3,300; 9) education, $2,500; 10) medical, $1,000; 11) car, $2,600; 12) “walk-around money,” $2,600; 13) gifts, $750; 14) summers, $2,500; 15) contributions, $1,000; 16) life in­ surance, $2,000. That’s the grim picture. By the way, the article points out that the 2 per cent allowance for contributions (church, Red Cross, Commu­ nity Chest, etc.) is shamefully low, but all a family with an income of $50,000 a year can afford. (For the Christian viewpoint on this, see “What Is This Thing Called Tithing?” page 14, this issue.) Now most of us don’t have such money worries. But it’s a good illustration. Money can be a good thing, but it can also be a cold, steel trap that squeezes out all meaning and warmth of life. Just the other day we got a letter from an attorney friend in Idaho. We used to go fishing with him in the rugged, primitive backcountry of the Seven Devils Mountains. With a brilliant simplicity he wrote, “Many times it seems that all we strive to do in this life just leads right back where we started and if the material results are not coupled with some spiritual gain, it all adds up to a sorry mess.” There isn’t a single one of us that hasn’t at some time or another

experienced the naked reality of this “sorry mess.” Jesus Christ put it this way, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for your­ selves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also . . . . No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other 99 Perhaps you’ve been trusting in some earthly thing, and we all do. It may be money or a friend or a church or a loved one. And sud­ denly we find ourselves empty and alone and spiritually exhausted. There is no one to under­ stand or care. The things we clung to have rusted away and we are left without any worldly support. And when we admit defeat and confess our need to God we experience a gentle invitation. Jesus Christ says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Wonderful thought. And when He comes He deals with all our fears and failings and sins. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool . . . . I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy trans­ gressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” Here is the sweet and absolute answer to all our needs. When we have found that all else has failed then we are ready to come to Him to find that in Christ is life. — L. H.



Christian Film Producer Ross & friend: in Oklahoma, a whopping success.


will be in Sherman Oaks, a San Fernando Valley suburb of Hollywood. In addition to continuing the feature-length evangelistic films developed by the Graham organization, the new operation will also make production services available to the entire edu­ cational and religious field. Some immediate advantages of the new merger: 1) availability of Graham films on a rental basis, 2) use of the films on TV and 3) use of the films in com­ mercial motion picture theaters. (A test run last month in Oklahoma proved a whopping success. A follow-up program has even been devised by means of a carefully worded “audience reaction card.” ) 13

In Washington, D.C. a fortnight ago Billy Graham made news by announcing a new merger that could have far-reaching results. The merger: the Billy Graham Evangelistic Film organization and Great Commission Films. Under the hard-hitting leadership of Dick Ross (K.B. Nov., 1953; Dec.', 1954) Great Commission Films has been an outstanding producer of dramatic and documentary religious motion pictures for seven years (“Mr. Texas,” “Oil Town USA,” “Souls in Conflict” ). The combined operation will carry on its work under the name of World Wide Pictures with Ross as president. Home offices and studios SEPTEMBER 1956

What is this thing called tithing? by D. W. Cram

W hat is this thing called ‘tith­ ing’?” The qu e s tio n was asked me by a lady demon­ strator in a grocery store, where I was making a few purchases, de­ signed to quiet the pangs of hunger. “Tithing,” I said, “is giving a tenth of all our income to God, to be used in the work of His king­ dom.” She had recently changed churches. She had come from a church where the matter of the tithe was never mentioned. It was a non-tithing church. She had joined a church where more than 600 of its members were tithers. In her moments between serving cus­ tomers, I asked her if she had not received the pastor’s financial let­ ter, enclosing the booklet, God in Account W ith Me (Moody Press). She said, “I haven’t noticed it.” I said, “I’m sure you got it, be­ cause it is mailed to every mem­ ber.” The next day she was demon­ strating in the same place. As soon as she saw me she said, “I found the letter and the little book.” I said, “I felt sure you would.” She said, “My husband and I talked it over last night, and we decided to go on the tithing basis.” I said, “I’m very happy about that. I ’m sure you’ll find it will pay. God promises a special bless­ ing for those who tithe.” “It changes our church giving,” she said, “but we’ll do it.” “Wonderful!” I said. “I hope you do.” I estimated the combined income of the family at $8,000 per year. It meant $800 for God. Take another illu s tr a tio n . A group meeting was being held in

the church. A young couple was there. They were married and had two children. The speaker said, “If we will give a tenth of our income to God’s work, God will make the nine-tenths do the work of ten-tenths.” That statement is scriptural. Mai. 3:10: “Bring ye all the tithes.” Not half of it—not just a part of it. Bring all of it. Where? “Into the storehouse.” And when we do God says He will open the very windows of heaven to bless us. In Malachi’s day the storehouse was in the temple. There was a chamber there in the temple for the purpose of receiving the tithes of “com and new wine, and the oil.” Today God’s storehouse is the church. Not any particular name or sign—any organization where true believers are gathered together for the “furtherance of the gospel.” A Christian college—a Bible insti­ tute—a radio broadcast proclaim­ ing God’s truth—a church organi­ zation—all of these and many more may be God’s storehouse. But to come hack to our young couple. They went home. They discussed the statement of the lead­ er. They decided to tithe. He was getting $400 a month. She told a friend of mine, “$40 a month seems a lot of money to give to the church, when you’ve been giving only a dollar a week.” They were game though. They went through with it. They re­ vamped their church pledge. Each child got an allowance for Sunday school and junior church. They in­ creased their support for a friend of theirs—a missionary in Alaska.

They kept a surplus for emergen­ cies. How did it turn out? The company for which the father . worked often sent him on missions to other plants. For these trips they gave him a bonus of $5.0. The next trip after they began to tithe, the bonijts was $100. No one in the company knew that they were tithing. The mother’s voice rang with joy as she told me the news over the telephone. And then —believe it or not—a few weeks after that .he received a raise in pay. It was $40 a month. That fam­ ily had been faithful in ministering the tithe. God had kept His prom­ ise in Malachi 3:10. I was asked by a man at the General Assembly of the Presbyter­ ian Church recently, “When should one set aside his tithe for the church?” The Word of God answers that question in five letters. First. “Up­ on the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him.” “. . . seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and . . .” you know the rest. “First!” I love Elijah. I love him for his work at Carmel. I love him for A bout th e A uthor Rev. Cram, author of the book, “Moody at the Fair,” served as a mis­ sionary in Point Barrow, Alaska for a total of 25 years together with his wife who taught English to teen-age Eski­ mos. Now 86, he is one of the oldest living alumni of the Moody Bible In­ stitute.



his humanity. I love his juniper tree experience—the place where God met him. There are times when many Christian workers come to the juniper tree, weary, ready to say, “Is it worth while? Do the results justify the sacrifice?” Mor­ rison reached it in China, when he labored years without a convert, Judson in India, and David Liv­ ingstone -in Africa cried out, “0 God! Send someone here to heal this sore spot of the world.” The sin was so great, the slavery so terrible, the degradation so deep, that Livingstone was unable to cope with the situation. Every mission­ ary who has gone to Africa since the days of Livingstone has been an answer to his prayer. Now, let us take a look at Eli­ jah. He comes from nowhere. He meets Ahab. He1speaks. “As the L ord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but ac­ cording to my word.” God speaks to Elijah! “Get . . . hence . . . turn eastward . . . hide . . . by the brook Cherith . . . drink of the brook . . . I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.” Eli­ jah obeyed. “And the rav en s brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.” Then tragedy comes! “The brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.” God speaks to Elijah again. “Get thee to Zar- ephath, which helongeth to Zion . . . dwell there . . . I have com­ manded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” Again Elijah obeyed. He went to Zarephath. At the gate of the city he saw a widow woman gath­ ering two sticks. Elijah spoke to the widow. “Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” As She was going, he called again. “Bring me . . . a morsel of bread in thy hand.” Then Elijah got his reply. “As the L ord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold I am gath­

ering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” In my Bible right after this text —I have written two words, “Con­ dition Desperate.” Now comes the test! Will the woman actually obey the com­ mands as Elijah gives them? Listen! He speaks. “Fear not.” Those are familiar words in the Bible. Isaiah used them to comfort Israel. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God” . . . then he promises strength and help and upholding power. Jesus used them as He came walking on the water toward the fearful dis­ ciples. He told Jairus, “Fear not: believe only,” as He was on His way to heal his daughter. After his “Fear not,” Elijah con­ tinues. Listen to what he says. “Go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the L ord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.” And the record says, “she went and did according to the saying of Elijah.” She baked first the little cake. She took it to the preacher. And again the record says, “and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.” I have often wondered, as to what would have happened if the woman had not obeyed Elijah and “baked first” the little cake for him. What if she had said, “You old fool! Do you think I’m going to believe that fairy story of yours? The barrel of meal shall not waste, nor the cruse of oil fail? Silly! It’s against all the laws of reason and nature.” And so it was. But the God of Elijah made the laws of reason and nature. And He had the power to suspend those laws if it were for His glory. In this case it was for that. We read in the book of James the laws of reason and nature were suspended by means of prayer.

“Elias [Elijah] was a man subject to like passions as we are and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain.” God is the God of all laws as well as the laws of reason and nature. Often when I speak to someone concerning tithing, I get a reply something like the widow of Zar­ ephath might have given—but did­ n’t. These people think that tithing is taking their money away from them, when in reality it is not. What I am asking them to do is to give God His share so that they can prove Him. I’m asking them to give the tithe of. their income to God’s work so that He can “open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing.” I’m ask­ ing them to become partners with God. When one becomes a tither the entire attitude of his giving has been changed. He no longer doles out a dollar in the collection plate on Sunday. He feels now' that the money he gives does not belong to him. It belongs to God. His spiritual vision begins to take in things beyond his local church. The world needs dawn on him. He gives to missions as he never gave before. Soon the tithe is exhausted. He breaks over into the 30%. The government allows 30% deductions for benevolences. Often the tither goes beyond that. Some time ago a friend of mine told me this story. “As a young man I started out tithing. I have long since gone past that mark.” He was a Sunday school superintendent. He was giv­ ing 50% of his income to God’s work—and it was a big income. Pardon a personal reference. The last year I was on salary I gave 40% of my salary to Christian work. How about it? Do you tithe? Do you get God’s blessing from tithing? Don’t you want it? I do. That’s why I am a tither. END. Next month The King's Business will have an article on "Storehouse Tithing" by Charles L. Feinberg.



Tapping The Infinite Reservoirs

by Charles A. Blanchard

I t is one of the unpleasant facts connected with present educa­ tional life in the United States that presidents of colleges are re­ quired to spend so much of their time in serving tables; that is to say, the raising of funds and the ex­ penditure of funds require a large portion of the thought and time of the college president. The man who ought to be contin­ ually occupied with the soul-life of his students, who should have time to think and pray and labor for the spiritual uplift of those who are to be centers of life and power in the coming age, seems condemned to spend much of his time on ques­ tions relating to endowments, build­ ings, libraries and so forth. Some years ago I began to ask of our heavenly Father that He would lessen my labors in that direction and set me more at liberty for the intellectual and spiritual labors which are the proper office of a col­ lege man. I made three petitions. These petitions were, first, that, if it were the divine will, friends who were contributing regularly to the funds of the institution might be led to bestow larger sums than they had been hitherto giving. I remark merely in passing that this petition was almost immediate­ ly granted. Without solicitation, people who had been giving certain sums annually or occasionally be­ gan to double, in some instances to quadruple, their gifts. The result was that the time required for se­

curing the needed money was greatly reduced, and the effort re­ quired was also lessened. The second request was that God would incline persons who had not been requested to contribute to college needs, persons of whom we did not know, to make appropria­ tions for the work. This was desired as a testimony to the promise-keep­ ing, prayer-hearing character of our heavenly Father. The third petition was that a human helper might be bestowed, if it were the divine will, so that the cares and labors of this sort

which were necessary might be divided so that my own hands might be set more at liberty for what is undoubtedly the principal duty of one who has the care of souls. This request was answered when, at a large meeting in the city of Chicago, a gentleman of whom I had never heard, whose name I did not know, approached me and asked for a place in the college life such as is indicated above. After inquiry had been made from those to whom he referred, he was engaged for service in this direction, and with human limita­ tions proved to be a God-ordained helper. It was largely through him that the fund of $100,000 which we were seeking at that time was se­ cured. The reader will note that the second request was a plea for the special honor of our heavenly Fa­ ther, a request that He would directly move on the hearts of peo­ ple irrespective of any human agency whatever. Shortly after I began to make this request of God a gentleman in Chicago who was an old and val­ ued friend, and who had at various times contributed small sums to the work of the college, passed away. He had spent his life in the ministry, and had no considerable property; but out of the estate which he had directed his executors to pay to the college the sum of $100. Under some circumstances



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