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CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE CENTER Counselor-centered youth camping, grades 4 through 12— Redwood Camp and fabulous new Ponderosa Lodge. Specialized adult and family weeks— the Conference Center. Outstanding Bible expositors EACH week of the summer. E.g., KES­ WICK CONFERENCE, July 6-12: Dr. William Culbertson, Dr. Earl Rad- macher, Mr. Harold Wildish; BIBLE CONFERENCE, August 3-9: Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter, Dr. J. C. McCaulay, Rev. Leonard Weeks. Write: Mount Hermon Association, Inc., Mount Hermon, California 95041, for detailed schedule or specific brochures. A “Vacation with Double Value” awaits you and/or your family at Mount Hermon this year. 1 9 6 9 Y E A R OF JU B ILE E a t L a k e S h am m am ixh 20 min. east of Seattle off Rt. 10 at 901 exit June 16-23— Dr. Gesswein, Hilding Halvarson July 20-Aug. 3— Harold Wildish, Don Hillis, C. Booth Aug. 29-Sept. 1— Peter Deyneka, and others Children and youth— June 23-Sept. 1 . . . Write Director Reid Jepson, Box 242,-Bellevue, Wash. 98004 for brochure. Phone (206) SH. 6-9110. 50 Golden Years: The Gospel to Youth, Adults, Missions. CHRIST CENTERED CAMPING FOR EVERYONE Hume Lake Christian Camps, America’s most scenic conference center, is located 65 miles east of Fresno in the Sequoia National Forest. The Center is divided into three separate camps: PONDEROSA for high school and college, MEADOW RANCH for junior high, and WAGON TRAIN for juniors 8-11. Adult conferences are held in LAKE- VIEW CHAPEL. Those wishing reservations, brochures, or further information should contact: Hume Lake Christian Camps, P.O. Box 2267, Fresno, Cali­ fornia 93720. Phone: (209) 237-0251.

CANNON BEACH BIBLE CONFERENCES June 3-27 ............................................................................... Village Missions June 28-July 5 ..................................................................................Verla Pettit July 5 -1 2 .................................................................... John K. Moore, Scottish July 1 2 -1 9 ............................................... ........... Harold Wildish of Jamaica July 1 9-2 6 ............................. ...........................................Dr. J. Vernon McGee July 26-Aug. 2 ....................................... .............................. Dr. John Hunter Aug. 2 - 9 ..........................................................................Dr. S. Lewis Johnson Aug. 9-23 _______________ ___________________Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter 1909 BIOLA FAMILY BIBLE CONFERENCES June 22-28, La Mirada Campus. Speakers include Dr. Malcolm Crank, and others along with special musical features. Aug. 10 -10 , Mt. Hermon, Calif. Near scenic Santa Cruz. Speakers include Dr. Charles L Feinberg, Dr. Henry Brant, and Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland. Aug. 17 -23 , The Fir», Bellingham. Wu»h. Same conference team as at the Mt. Hermon Conference. Of special interest to Biola’s friends in Canada. Cannon Beach Conference Center, Box 398, Cannon, Beach, Oregon



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tem is switchable, so that during the hours of darkness the signal is beamed to China and Russia. During daylight hours, North and South Korea are blanketed with radio outreach. TEAM Radio is broadcasting in six languages 23 hours a day. The Omaha Gospel Tabenacle of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Omaha, Nebraska will conduct its 35th annual Okoboji Lakes Bible and Mission­ ary Conference in Arnolds Park, Iowa, August 1-10. HAROLD R. COOK, director of the de­ partment of missions at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, was named 1969 Moody Alumnus of the Year. MR. AL SANDERS, Vice Presdent of Public Relations for Biola Schools and Colleges, La Mirada, California, and ra­ dio voice of “The Biola Hour,” was named Alumnus of the Year at the school’s recent homecoming exercises. Mr. Sanders has been with Biola in the Public Relations and Radio Department for eighteen years. In making the presen­ tation, DR. SAMUEL H. SUTHERLAND, President of Biola, saluted Mr. Sanders as “ being a man who has attempted many great projects and ministries and has been successful in seeing them suc- DR. W. STANLEY gin on July 1. “ Dr. Mooneyham has lived in the Orient for the past year and has had the opportunity to visit many World Vision ministries,” stated DR. RICHARD C. HALVERSON, who made the an­ nouncement. Dr. Halverson has been World Vision's acting president since the resignation of DR. BOB PIERCE. DR. WILLIAM JOSEPH HEMPHILL, who for the past 12 years was pastor of the San Gabriel Union Church in San Gabriel, California, has announced his resignation, due to ill health. The church this year is observing its 20th anniver­ sary. Dr. Hemphill in 1949 came as Min­ ister of Youth and assistant to the late DR. RALPH E. STEWART. He became pastor in 1956. Dr. Hemphill received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Biola College in 1960. Word of Life Publications, a joint mis­ sion effort of The Evangelical Alliance Mission of Wheaton, has undertaken the production of nine years of Sunday school materials in the vernacular lan­ guages. The final phase of production is now under way with completion sched­ uled for the end of 1969. THE KING’S BUSINESS MOONEYHAM has been n amed presi­ dent of World Vision International. He is cu rrently vice -presi­ dent in charge of In­ ternational Relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associa­ tion. His work with World Vision will be­

Back to the Bible Broadcast marked its 30th Anniversary of broadcasting on May 1. The ministry was f o u n d e d by DR. THEODORE EPP in Lincoln, N e b r a s k a . The 30-minute pro­ gram has an inter-

________________________ national release of Dr. Theodore Epp more than 3520 pro­ grams each week. Back to the Bible sponsors broadcasts in 26 foreign lan­ guages and provides Bible correspond­ ence courses in nine languages includ­ ing English. WALLACE E. JOHNSON of Memphis, Tennessee, president of Holiday Inns of America, Inc., was elected chairman of the board of the Laymen’s National Bi­ ble Committee. The Committee was formed in 1941 to encourage greater interest in Bible reading and study. It sponsors the annual National Bible Week and a variety of educational programs. Bible Week this year will be November 23 to 30. Evangelist LUIS PALAU of Overseas Crusades was the main speaker at the Missionary Conference of Dallas Theo­ logical Seminary held in March. The gen­ eral theme was "Evangelism at Home and Abroad.” Mr. Palau is working with a six-man team holding mass evangelis­ tic crusades in all of the 22 Latin American countries. Los Angeles Baptist College, Newhall, California, has announced several addi­ tions to the faculty for the Fall semes­ ter. MR. PETER KOBE, a graduate of Tay­ lor University, will be Assistant Profes­ sor of Music. MR. PAUL DeSAEGHER, currently the Christian Education Direc­ tor at Faith Baptist Church, Canoga Park, California, will become assistant professor of Christian education. Mr. DeSaegher is a graduate of Westmont College and Talbot Theological Seminary. Central Bible Church of Portland, Ore­ gon, will host the 79th annual Bible and Missionary Conference of The Evan­ gelical Alliance Mission during May. More than 100 missionaries and candidates are expected. Special Bible teacher for the Conference features the REV. RAY­ MOND C. ORTLUND, pastor of the Lake Avenue Congregational Church, Pasa­ dena, California. Radio Station HLKX, a ministry of the Evangelical Alliance Mission in Seoul, Korea, moved into expanded transmitter facilities. The new powerful antenna sys­

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F requently we are asked if it is true that the Unity School o f Christianity o f Lee’s Summit, Mo., teaches the Hindu doctrine o f trans­ migration o f souls. Space permits only a few quotations from Unity authorities but they will serve to prove that this repulsive, unscrip- tural concept is indeed part and parcel o f the Unity creed. Unity S t a t em e n t o f Faith de­ clares: “ We believe that the dissolu­ tion o f spirit, soul and body, caused by death, is annulled by rebirth o f the same spirit and soul in another body here on earth. We believe the repeated incarnations of man to be a merciful provision of our loving Father to the end that all may have opportunity to attain immortality through regeneration, as did Jesus” (p. 4 ). Hebrews 9:27 refutes this: “ It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judgment.” Unity in s i s t s that Jesus went through many incarnations, taking the forms o f Moses, Elisha, David and others. “ These were His days at school,” states Unity, Vol. 14, 1901, “ and he arrived at a state o f con­ sciousness, while manifesting as Jesus o f Nazareth, where he remem­ bered past lives” (p. 149). I Cor. 15:1-4 tells us what really hap­ pened : “ . . . Christ died for our sins . . . was buried . . and rose again the third day.” The complete story is in the Four Gospels. Ernest C. Wilson’s writings be­ came textbooks for Unity. Following are excerpts from his book Have We Lived. B efore? “With each degree o f dawning spiritual consciousness we are coming closer to that great ulti­ mate, the incarnation of Christ . . . Our human incarnations "are steps along the way to the great incarna­ tion . . . Reincarnation is the gospel o f the second chance . . . God’s loving answer to that universal cry o f the human heart distressed by its miss­ ing of the shining mark . . . Imag­ ine some circumstance taking a per­ son into the beyond in the midst o f a busy life . . . Is he not likely to seize the first favorable opportunity o f re­ entering the portals at birth? . . . You will continue your progress from the point you left off and rear a new body . . .” (pp. 61-99). But God says: “Now is the ac­ cepted time; now is the day of salva­ tion” (II Cor. 6 :2 ).

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A full - page advertisement appeared in the November 18, 1968 edition o f the New York Times and certain other large metro­ politan newspapers surrounded by the names and addresses o f what was purported to be over four thousand clergymen through­ out the United States who endorsed its contents. It- reads: “Millions of Americans are distressed and confused by the political and economic drift to the left by the National and World Council of Churches and the open effort being made to soften up church peo­ ple to accept Communism as merely another liberal movement.” It was a most devastating statement. In a very positive way it showed up the whole ideology of both the National Council of Churches (N.C.C.) and the World Council o f Churches (W.C.C.). It is indeed difficult to understand why so-called intelligent in­ dividuals who are supposed to be good American citizens and who consider themselves Christians could possibly follow the line of thinking as expressed by both the N.C.C. and W.C.C. After a meeting of the General Board o f the National Council o f Churches held in February, 1968, the Board issued a major policy statement in which it “ calls on the United States to adopt new foreign policies ending its reliance on the military.” It advocated that the United States “ avoid provocative military action against mainland China . . . press for the admission of mainland China into the United Nations . . . recognize the government of Cuba and acknowledge the existence of the East German democratic republic . . . remove restrictions on imports from Communist countries and on cultural exchanges between the United States and the Soviet Union.” One shudders to contemplate the end result if the United States were to adopt a policy ending its reliance on the military. In a world composed of pagan nations that know nothing but the power and final authority of armed might, it is impossible to come to any conclusion other than that these leaders o f the N.C.C. would have our beloved country come under the domination and be in complete subjection to the whole system o f Communistic ideology. The whole history of Communism has been nothing but control by force. One has only to remember the rape o f Hungary in 1956 and the latest Russian take-over o f Czechoslovakia to realize what are the goals of Communism. Yet these members o f the N.C.C. would have us end our reliance on the military, press for the ad­ mission of China to the United Nations, recognize the Communist government o f Cuba and East Germany, and invite Russia to come


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and help itself to all that the United States possesses. Open and avowed traitors o f our country could not ask for any more than this! Then the leaders o f the National Council of Churches went to Uppsala, Sweden in July of 1968 and participated in formulating a series o f recommendations coming from the World Council of Churches. These included the proposal that “ Christians should urge their government to accept the rulings of the International Court o f Justice without reservation;” to endorse the Marxist philosophy “ from each according to his ability to each according to his need and to adopt “ the principle o f civil disobedience to draft laws by conscientious objectors, giving sanction to non-participation in particular wars for reason of conscience.” These theories to which the National Council o f Churches agreed in Uppsala and which evidently the members would try to push upon the American public are frightening in the extreme. The idea o f the United States sur­ rendering its sovereignty to accept the rulings o f the International Court o f Justice without reservation is nothing less than trea­ sonous. Yet these religious leaders would gleefully sell us as a nation into complete oblivion by advocating the Marxist philosophy of “ from each according to his ability to each according to his need.” It is too horrible to contemplate what would be the end re­ sult if an International Court of Justice could act without reserva­ tion in distributing the world’s wealth by taking it away from those who have and giving equally to those in need. With more than three billions o f people in the world today, it would mean that each person would be allocated just a few hundred dollars. All would be brought to the economic living level o f those in the most benighted areas o f the world. This is exactly what the National Council of Churches would recommend if it had its way. The newspaper advertisement referred to above states that in an official publication of the National Council of Churches entitled, “The Nature of Council Statements,” its recommendations are made “for the purpose of influencing public opinion.” It was re­ ported in the New York Times that policy statements would be sent to “ the President, his advisors, members o f Congress, Secre­ tary General o f the United Nations, party platform committees, and leaders of Protestant and Orthodox communions, the Jewish Community, Roman Catholic Church, World Council o f Churches, and other appropriate bodies.” To think this is the outfit to which the majority of the largest Protestant denominations belong and are making its continuation possible by their support is almost too much to be imagined! This is the end product o f the largest mass ecumenical movement. No one is accusing the leaders in the Na­ tional Council o f Churches o f being Communists, but it is per­ fectly evident that the Kremlin, Mao Tsi Tung, Castro, and all other world Communist leaders could not be made happier by any pronouncements that they themselves might make than they are by the declared intention of the National Council o f Churches and its worldwide counterpart, the World Council o f Churches. We object to their claiming to speak for the Protestants of the United States. We object to their profaning the high and holy calling of the Gospel ministry by generating this sort o f anti- Christian ideology. We object to their trying to sell our liberties and provide us absolutely nothing in return. Most of all, we object to their doing all of this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and Christianity. To us such an attitude is not only treasonous; it is blasphemous, and will bring down upon its perpetrators and par­ ticipants the righteous judgment o f a holy God. H b [

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ly does not want her mother to be fashion-foolish. Ever since she’s been very little, we have been presenting two standards to judge clothes by: (1) Is it in good taste? and (2) Is it appropriate for me? Now that she is beginning to start really thinking on her own, she is able to apply those same questions to my clothes and what emerges is this: Mothers should be dressed in good taste and in clothes appropriate for them. Translated that means, no micro­ mini skirts and no trying to be young, young, young! I suspect a girl who must compete with her mother on clothes and looks must be a very pressured girl. Lt. Bob Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department, has stated three pressures of teen-agers are: (1) Peer group pressure — their friends, (2) Family pressure, and (3) Society pres­ sure. Add those all up with a mother who tries to be like her teen-age daugh­ ter and you really add the pressure! It’s a needless pressure. Do I really want to be a mini-mom? No, thank you! However, I do want to see that look of shining pride in Laurie’s eyes when she says, “ Now, THAT dress I like.” (Teen-agers are mothers’ greatest even-uppers.) When we were shopping the other day, I pulled out a dress for myself and Laurie said, “ Now, that’s a wonderful dress for a mother in her thirties, but personally, it’s not for me.” I want God to make me the mother He wants me to be, not the “ friend- mother” who tries to compete with her children or the other extreme of a “mother-mother” who never plays with her children or never looks well- groomed and styled, but a somewhere in-between mother who, in good taste, and for HER age, is appropriately dressed. A mother who, yes, many times and on many days, plays with her children, laughs and reads with them, but who is most always first and foremost, their mother! God, give me that lovely, quiet dig­ nity, that ever-glowing charm to be me . . . a mother . . . as You have intended. FROM A MOTHER OF FIVE Oh, give me wisdom when wee hands tug at me with their small demands. And give me gentle and smiling eyes; Keep my lips from hasty replies. Let not weariness, confusion, or noise obscure my vision of life’s fleeting joys, So when in years to come, my house is stiU, No bitter memories its rooms will fill. A uthor unknown TRY THIS . . . A child’s sand pail makes a good centerpiece for a birthday party. Put a wrapped ten-cent gift for each child in it, then run paper streamers from the gifts to the children’s plates. Two shiny red apples, cored, make good candlestick holders. THE KING'S BUSINESS

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Recently I read a really “ gung ho” article about a 35-year-old mother and her several children. She was pictured and praised as being a model mother; one we should all strive to be! She was vivacious and glowing (I liked that part), she also was a mini-mom, a teeny-bopper and a real teen swinger (that part was a little harder to grasp). She prided herself on being mistaken for her 13-year-old daughter. She did all the latest rock and roll dances with her children and wore the most mod clothing, specializing in micro-mini skirts with tall boots. She was, as the article described, the envy of all moth­ ers everywhere. Her really “ in” attitude on every­ thing made me sound like some old lady in tennis shoes from the dark ages. Her children were all so proud of their mini-mom that I was most curious to see just how out-of-date my children thought I was, so I conspicuously left the magazine open for my 13-year-old Laurie to read. Later, as I was stirring something on the stove in my house slippers and a rather tired dress, Laurie asked, “ Hey, Mom, did you read about THEIR mother?” “Uh huh,” I answered, “What did you think about her?” The look on her face was worth a novel of words, but she said, “ Oh, brother, why doesn’t she grow up?” “ You mean you don’t think that mini- mom is just the neatest thing?” I prod­ ded hopefully. “ Honestly, Mother,” she answered, “ A mother like that is disgusting. She ought to act her age.” That kind of reaction pleasantly sur­ prised me because it came from the same little teen-ager who not two days before, told me, “ That hairdo of yours is not quite ‘in,’ Mother.” It also came from the same gal who said, after she saw my finished sewing project, “Now, that dress would be really nice if it were one inch shorter.” (Incidently, I did take it up that inch and it does look better.) So, she’s very style-con­ scious, just like your daughter, and she’s very aware of what is and what is not in fashion, but she very definite­

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Joshua might as well have advised regrouping and closing ranks after the defeat at Ai but it would have done no good. There was sin in the camp and Achan must be dealt with. Paul might have overlooked the evils in Corinth and started with the love chapter but the carnalities had to be faced before the spiritualities could be preached. One might as well tell a sick man that all he needs to do is to go out and act like a well man. There is something wrong with a sick man and the trou­ ble must be removed; then naturally he will act like a well man. Trying to get church members to witness, tithe and engage in other church activi­ ties before they get right with God and men is trying to play the game without the ball. We are trying to recruit a larger orchestra when most of the present members neither practice nor play. When the joy of salvation is restored, we are ready to teach transgressors God’s ways and sin­ ners will be converted. If pastors would call their congregations to repentance, if conferences and conventions would call their crowds to repentance, more would be accomplished in a day than in a year o f promoting evangelism without revival. If it be objected that conventions meet to attend to church business, we ask, “What greater business can we have than the renewal of the church?” Our first business is not to evangelize but to get ready to evangelize. There is no use trying to excite an unprepared, undedicated mob o f church members to rush into a movement for which they are not ready in mind or heart. There is no point in sending out a Gideon’s thirty-two thousand without training, a carnal, mixed multitude march­ ing to spiritual warfare o f which they know noth­ ing and for which they couldn’t care less. The top item on the agenda is to produce a better grade of Christians before we add more names to the roll when we already have too many o f the kind that most of them are. We need seriously to ponder our Lord’s words to the Pharisees: “Ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him two-fold more the child o f hell than your­ selves” (Matt. 23:15). The Pharisees had many good points. Jesus said of them, “Whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do.” They read the Scriptures, went to God’s house, tithed, lived separated lives. They were anxious to preserve religion in Israel. There was a time when winning converts to the religion o f Moses was the good and right thing to do. But religion had become institu­ tionalized and now they were propagating a dead faith and every new convert was both a lost hea­ then and a lost Jew. Generally, — there are excep­ tions of course that prove the rule — we are propa­ gating a subnormal and degenerate brand of Chris­ tianity today. Dr. Findley Edge says that we are developing a massive number of twentieth-century

Lets find the B a l l !

b y Dr. Vance H a vn er S ome small boys , out to play ball, discovered when they reached the playground that they had not brought a ball. After some moments of frustration, one of them said, “ Forget the ball and let’s get on with the game!” We are trying to go ahead with evangelism nowadays before we have had repentance and re­ vival in the church. I never thought I would see the time when there would be such ignorance of and indifference toward our first and foremost need. I have looked and listened and read and al­ most without exception we are being exhorted from pulpit and press to go on with the game before we have found the ball. They tell us that we should forget our faults and failings, our theological differences and our worldliness, close ranks and march ahead. But as in Viet Nam there is no front line today. The enemy is around us, among us and behind us as well as before us. One traitor in the ranks can cause more trouble than a regiment out front.



these people begin to learn what revival really means, many will be offended and fall away until by the end of the week there will remain only the Gideon’s Band which means business. We cannot have revival until we cut down the Sunday crowd to a nucleus. We must begin the fire with kindling wood. In the sixth chapter of John our Lord preached His crowd away and revival follows a similar course. Dr. Torrey used to say it begins with a few members o f any church who will get thoroughly right with God. Then that faithful minority will endeavor to permeate the unfaithful majority within the church and the unreached mul­ titude without. We are so obsessed with statistics — someone has said there are three kinds o f lies, black lies, white lies and statistics — that we can­ not think in terms of the true church within the church. Revival whittles Gideon’s thirty-two thou­ sand from a motley mob to a Master’s Minority. We have been doing it the big way; revival does it the little way. We have been bringing the flag back to the regiment; revival calls on the regiment to catch up with the flag. Revival does not start the game until it finds the ball. We have been saying, “ Forget the ball!” Revival says, “ Find the ball!” If experts could do it, we would have had a renewal in the church long ago. We have had con­ ventions, conferences, panel discussions, symposi­ ums (where we pool our ignorance), books, maga­ zine articles, sermons galore on methods, tech­ niques, how to make evangelism relevant . . . but we still have no revival. One of these days, if the Lord tarries, when the last committee has met and the last expert has appeared on the panel and the last report has been read and the last word said on communication, dialogue, relevance, in­ volvement and all the gobbledy-gook of neo-this and neo-that, — when all has come to despera­ tion, God will step in and say, “You fellows have had it long enough; now I’ll take over.” He may begin in a way that will upset all our nice little calculations, embarrass the avant-garde boys and turn the faces of specialists a bright red. He may begin at a little country church at Frogpond. He may begin across the sea or with some other race or denomination. Sam Jones used to say: “ It’s mighty hard to say ‘Amen’ in the other fellow’s meeting.” May we be Christian enough to welcome the breath o f the Spirit, no matter from which direction that breeze may blow. And may we be humble enough to sing:

Pharisees active in church work without being motivated by the Holy Spirit. He says, “ It is much easier to make Pharisees than to make Christians.” Unless the church repents and has a complete overhauling instead o f a tune-up job, our evan­ gelistic and missionary drives may only add a multitude of proselytes just like the crowd we already have for the most part — for like pro­ duces like — and it is possible that many may be two-fold the children of hell, unsaved pagans and unregenerated church-members. Worldly churches produce more of the same sort. Churches weak or unsound in doctrine pro­ duce more of the same kind. Churches that operate in the energy o f the flesh, instead o f by the Spirit, produce more of that variety. We must improve the quality of our churches, for new converts tend to take on the qualities of the churches that con­ vert them. It is not enough to get excited and rush out to add a host of new proselytes. Any false cult or worldly organization can do that. Our first busi­ ness is not to evangelize but to get the church ready to evangelize. There are those who think that organized Christianity is dying and that there is little pros­ pect of reviving the church. A prominent pastor said recently that if things continue as they are now going, Christianity will be practically non­ existent by the year 2000. It may well be that our Lord is about to spew lukewarm Laodicea out of His mouth. But until He does, we must still exhort the church to repent. It is easy to grow impatient with the churches and turn to other agencies that promise to do a quicker and better job of evan­ gelism. It is true that the professing church has become rich and increased with goods and, worst of all, has need of nothing. I do not know what it will take to show our proud and prosperous and popular church people that in our Lord’s sight we are wretched and miserable and blind and poor and naked. We are lukewarm and need to come to a boil. Some churches have sat in comfortable tepidity for years. To build a fire in them would be resented by a smug membership that hangs a “ Please Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. It may be that institutional Christianity will not repent. But our Lord has one other proposition: “Be­ hold, 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.” Today while institutional Christianity shapes up into the world church getting ready for Antichrist, our Lord is calling out of this Laodicean age those “ anyones” who will hear His voice and open the door and live in fellowship with Him. To most people revival means crowds, singing, Gospel preaching, additions to the church. But that is evangelism, not revival. Revival begins with a church full o f people on Sunday morning but when

"Lord, I hear of showers of blessing Thou art scattering full and free, Showers the thirsty land refreshing ; Let some blessing fall on me .”

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themselves? These are a few an­ swers to that question which may apply to group Bible study as well as individual study: Encourage teens to read Bible versions in modern-day English and to use special study Bibles. Suggest that students compare Bible lessons in the King James Version with one or more o f the following reliable translations: Norlie, Olaf. Norlie’s Simpli­ fied New Testament, 1961 Phillips, J. B. The Four Proph­ ets, 1963 Phillips, J. B. The New Testa­ ment in M odern English, 1958 Taylor, Kenneth. Living Psalms and Proverbs, 1967 Taylor, Kenneth. Living Gos­ pels, 1966 Taylor, Kenneth. Living Let­ ters, 1962 Taylor, Kenneth. Living Proph­ ecies, 1965 The Amplified Bible, 1965 Verkuyl, Gerrit, editor. The Berkeley Version in Modem English, 1945, 1958 Way, Arthur S. The Letters of St. Paul, 1921 Young, Robert. Literal Trans­ lation o f th e H oly Bible, 1877; reprinted 1953 The works of Phillips and Tay­ lor are especially appealing to teen-agers because o f their con­ temporary expressions. One par­ ent commented that her teen-age boy, a Christian, had little inter­ est in Bible reading until he be­ gan Kenneth Taylor’s Living Let­ ters. A number o f study Bibles can be examined in Christian book­ stores. These Bibles — with ex­ planatory notes, cross references, concordances, dictionaries, topical indexes — can aid teens in their understanding o f the Bible. Have teens search the Scrip­ tures right in class. I f a teacher simply tells his students what the Bible says without giving them opportunity to search the Word in class to discover what it .says and means and implies for their lives, he can hardly expect them to search the Word during the


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T eachers of young people face the task o f how to get teens interested in Bible study. eens do not appreciate being threatened or driven to study the Word. Sometimes young people can be encouraged to read the Bible by holding contests, requiring regular reading reports, and hav­ ing projects such as reading the Bible through each year. One soon learns, however, that such tech­ niques do not necessarily guar­ antee that the teens have actually learned Bible content or found information which will be of as­ sistance in daily living. The best way to come to know the Bible is by studying it. Bible study includes searching, meditating, understanding and applying. “ Search the Scripture . . . for they . . . testify o f me” (John 5:39). This verb “ search” means

to investigate and to explore. The Bereans in Acts 17:11 searched the Scriptures daily. Meditating on the Scriptures means seriously contemplating the meaning and implications of the Word. “But his delight is in the law o f the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psa. 1:2). Wise students o f Scripture seek to understand what they read. “Which things also we speak not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spir­ itual things with spiritual” (I Cor. 2:13). The next step in Bible study is the willingness to apply the Word of life. Being a hearer and not a doer of the Word brings self- deception (James 1:22). But how can a teacher get teens to follow these steps, to actually enjoy study ing the Bible for



week on their own. How the Bible is taught in class determines, to a large extent, the degree o f in­ terest the students will have in the Bible during the week. Suggest that teens look for an­ swers to questions as they study Bible portions. The fo llow in g questions may be asked when a Bible book is being studied: What can you discover about the author o f this book? Where was the book written? When was the book written? To whom was the book first sent? What problems in the lives of the immediate recipients o f the book made the book necessary? What are the peculiar and re­ peated words and phrases? What does the book teach about God? What is the main theme o f the book? What are some of the key verses of the book? What are some of the places within the book where major divisions o f thought seem to occur? How would you outline the book? What are some of the outstand­ ing chapters and paragraphs in the book? In studying a Bible chapter, paragraph in a chapter, or a single verse, the following ques­ tions may be asked : What is the theme? How may the contents be out­ lined ? What words and phrases need definition? What differences in wording do you note in other translations? What characters are referred to? What places are referred to? What was the purpose behind the inclusion o f this portion? What conclusions can be gained from this portion regarding what we should believe and how we should live? What do you consider to be the best verse? Are there any commands we should obey?

lum materials for youth which include units of study on Bible books, personalities, and topic prov ide a balanced scriptural diet. Guide youth in following the basic steps of inductive Bible study. Whether the B ib le is studied by books, paragraphs, verses, personalities, or topics, these steps should be followed, usually in this order: Observation — What does the Bible say? Interpretation — What does the Bible mean? Application — What does the Bible mean to me? Each Sunday school lesson should help young people discov­ er (not just hear, but discover for themselves) what the Bible is saying, how what is said is to be interpreted or understood, and how it relates to their lives. Provide weekly opportunities for Bible study beyond the Sun­ day school. The study of the Scriptures should be the primary purpose and function of the Sun­ day school. Of course a number of churches provide other Bible study opportunities for youth to supplement the Sunday school ministry. Many churches have re- leased-time classes once a week during school months for children and early teens. Several denomi­ nations have produced study ma­ terials for released-time classes (e.g., the Lutheran Church—Mis­ souri Synod, and the Southern Baptist Convention). Pastors’ in s t ru c t io n classes (called confirmation classes in Lutheran churches, and communi­ cants’ or catechism classes in some other churches) usually consist o f a series of studies for junior highs (sometimes juniors and senior highs too) on Satur­ day mornings or schoolday after­ noons. The courses may include a survey of Bible doctrines, a sur­ vey o f biblical history and/or de­ nominational church history. Midweek services can also give teens additional opportunity to study God’s Word. In an Illinois church, senior

Are there any promises we should claim? Are there any lessons we should remember? What errors o f living should we seek to avoid? Which words and phrases did you like best? Interest youth in studying Bi­ ble personalities. Young people will discover some answers to life’s problems as they see that Bible characters were confronted with similar problems. They will discover that the Bible does not set forth pat answers for all per­ sonal problems, but gives time­ less principles for living. Many of the answers to teen-age prob­ lems will be found as the. teacher guides the students in the study o f B ib le personalities. When studying a Bible character, en­ courage teens to look for answers to some of the following ques­ tions : What is the meaning o f the in­ dividual’s name? What is the ancestral back­ ground of this individual? What significant religious and secular crises occurred in his life? What advantages for personal development were enjoyed by this individual ? What traits of character were manifest? What important friends did this individual have? What important influences did this individual exert? What failures and faults oc­ curred in his life? What one main lesson in his life is of special value to you? What influence did the culture of the day and the location where he lived exert on this person? What important contributions were made by this individual? If this individual were in our present society, what might be his occupational status? Engage youth in studying vari­ ous topics in the Bible. For ex­ ample, young people can come to understand more about prayer by studying the prayers recorded in the Bible. Printed Sunday school curricu­

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