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Bob Pierce The editors are to be congratu lated on a policy that devotes at least 20 per cent of editorial space to the great business of world mis sions. — President, World Vision, Inc., Los Angeles. Jack Wyrtzen The King’s Business is one of the few magazines I have time to read through each month. How I thank the Lord for the blessing it has been to me as a radio preacher, and for the way it has stayed true to the message of the Book, the Blood and the Blessed Hope for these many, many years. — Director, Word of Life Fellowship, Inc., New. York City. If The King’s Business has been as great a blessing in your own life as it has in the lives of these men, won’t you determine now to make it possible to expand this ministry for our Saviour? Can you think o f a better way to use some of your tithe money than to put the gospel message in printed form? Pray about setting aside $30 or so for gift subscriptions at this most needful time. W hy not give a subscripton to your pastor and each of his assistants; to the Sunday school teachers in your church and to friends and relatives who would profit from a magazine such as The King’s Business? W on ’t you start making out a list now? Each subscription is just $3 (U.S. & Canada; foreign add 50c each). An attractive gift card will go with each order signed the way you tell us to. Thank you for help ing us with this ministry. — Your Editors
We do suggest The King’s Busi ness for those looking for good Christian reading matter and will gladly continue to do so as oppor tunity is afforded us. — Director, “ The Old Fashioned Revival Hour,” Los Angeles. Richard C. Halverson Congratulations on the attractive layout and careful editing that goes into the communication of the gos pel of our Lord Jesus Christ in The King’s Business. You have certainly given the “Whole counsel of God” in a balanced and effective way. —Executive Director, International Christian Leadership, Inc., Wash ington, D.C. Albert' J. Lindsey Only eternity can reveal the tre mendous help that has been given and the good derived from such a publication. — Pastor, First Presby terian Church, Tacoma, Wash. Wilbur E. Nelson I consider K.B. something special in the field of evangelical publica tions. Its variety, its forthrightness, its up-to-date approach make it most worthwhile reading. I suppose it would be possible to publish a t o o t h l e s s magazine that would never elicit criticism, but I should hate to read such a dreary thing. — Pastor. Church by the Side of the Road (Evangelical Free Church), Wheaton, III., and director “ The Morning Chapel Hour.”
I have known The King’s Busi ness from its first issue and rejoice in its faithful witness to the truth. It is a source of blessing to all who read it, and filled with good things for the preacher’s study. — Pastor, First Baptist Church, Tucson. Percy Crawford The King’s Business has been a blessing to me for over 30 years. Its solid Bible teaching causes one to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. Every Christian will profit by subscribing. — President, T h e K i n g ’ s C o l l e g e , Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. M. R. DeHaan, M.D. I have been a reader of The King’s Business for many years, and have found it to be one of the most helpful magazines which I have had time to read. During a busy ministry one cannot read a great deal of the material which comes to one’s desk, and so we have to be rather selective. One of the firsts in my life is The King’s Busi ness. This is not only because it is attractively put up, but because the material is usually to the point, and one does not have to wade through a great pile of straw in order to find a little wheat. The positive, straight- f o r w a r d , uncompromising testi mony such as The King’s Business presents, is like a voice crying in the wilderness, and I will do any thing within my power to com
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Preachers generally have a hard I time filling our comfortable churches in this country. I am won- | dering how many would attend services if they had to meet in a tent in the midst of winter with 20 | inches of snow outside and no heat in the tent. That is exactly the tragic situation of the Evangelical | believers of the town of Volos in Greece, where 80% of the build- I ings were destroyed by earthquake, among them the houses of the Prot- estant believers and also their church. This happened over three years ago and they are still wor shipping in tents and living in piti- l able conditions. It is wonderful that in spite of these circumstances the people are so hungry for the Gospel that they still come. From Rev. Basil Sakellis, the Gos- j pel worker in that area, comes the j following word: "For almost three j years now the earth has been almost ! constantly shaking under our feet. J Our nerves are at the point of a j breakdown. We have experienced I hundreds of minor earthquakes and j we live in a state of alarm all the time.” The most amazing thing is I that the poor believers in Greece | gave $4,000 out of their indescrib- i able poverty for the purpose of re building their church, giving pri ority to the house of God even | while they were homeless them selves. They have now turned to the ! I Christian public of America, to you. They need an additional $11,000 j and to help meet that need the ! American Mission to Greeks has al- j ready sent $1,000. The need is so i imperative and the cause so holy, that we entreat you not to let this j opportunity of serving the Lord go j by. Surely there are 1,000 readers j of this magazine who could sacri fice $10 or more. Will you be one j of them? What a heritage these | people have given us! Here is an j opportunity to say "thank you” to ] them for the missionary zeal of their , forefathers. Send your gift for this urgent need to: American Mission to Greeks, Inc., Rev. Spiros Zodhi- ates, Gen. Sec., Dept. K, Box 423, i New York 36, N.Y. (In Canada: J 90 Duplex Ave., Toronto 7, Ont.)
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APRIL In the year of our Saviour
Vol. 49, No. 4
Nineteen Hundred and Fifty-Eight
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Under the Parsonage Roof by Althea S. Miller MUSIC LESSON
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■By six-year-old daughter was look- •■■ing through a box of pictures where she found the proof of a family group taken three years earlier. “Mama, here’s a picture of our fam ily. Bobby is in it. Why is it here? He’s in heaven.” Mother stepped to Ardyth’s side. Her eyes sought Bob immediately. He stood at ease, his hands in his pockets, a smile on his face. Mother noted the swelling on that dear face—an indi cation of the nephritis which ultimate ly took his life. Her eyes swept over all the chil dren, nine precious lambs. Her heart momentarily stood still for longing after that which is irrevocably gone. For the first time within her memory Mother longed to go back those three years when all the children were under the roof, before death and high er education had broken the family circle. At this point the Word of God chal lenged: “ . . . forgetting the things which are behind . . . I press on to ward the goal . . .” (Phil. 3:13,14 ASV). The message took on new meaning to a mother’s heart torn by man’s last enemy. The events of a year ago swept in panorama over her memory. A short year ago, but at times an eternity. Then she remem bered Bob’s sufferings for a torturous month before his release. The tears were dried. He’s not suffering now, praise God. How can I thank Him enough for that blessing? George Matheson said of those passing through deep waters: “Thou art receiving a music lesson from thy Father. Thou art being edu cated for the choir invisible. There are parts of the symphony that none can take but thee. Thy Father is train ing thee for the part angels cannot sing. The school is sorrow. “ I have heard many say He sends sorrow to prove thee. Nay, He sends sorrow to educate thee. In the night He is preparing thy song. In the val ley He is tuning thy voice; in the cloud He is deepening thy chords. In rain He is sweetening thy melody; the cold moulds thy expression. In the transition from fear to hope He is perfecting Thy lights. Despise not the school of sorrow; it will give thee a unique part in the universal song. There are songs which can only be learned in the valley.” O Father, make me an apt student!
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Black Oil & Souls to Win Sirs: We really enjoyed the write up in The King’s Business by James 0. Henry. Wonderful how God raises up men to carry out His plan and pur pose. We are interested in the Union Rescue Mission, and read much about Mr. Stewart in their book. What a wonderful man he was; also Daddy Horton, and Dr. Torrey. Pasadena, Calif. Mr. & Mrs. J. Den Hollander Sirs: I am a lay preacher in the Metho dist church. I am enclosing my ser mon for next Sunday. If you can take time off from saving the people that are already saved you might read it. Elk River, Minn. Dan Bailey Sirs: I will not begin my l e t t e r by asking that my subscription be can celled as there are too many articles that I enjoy very much in your mag azine. However I feel Mr. Stedman’s a r t i c l e on predestination deserves more comment. He intimates that God has some basis unknown to us that causes Him to “ love” some of us enough to “ compel” us to come to Christ, and others He does not quite love enough to take this trouble. I suggest that Mr. Stedman stop trying to reason out God’s marvelous ways and simply believe the simple state ment that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish. . . .” Castile, N.Y. Jack Gibson Segregation (cont'd) Sirs: In reading your Reader Reaction letters I was appalled anyone would use such profane and vulgar language to describe good Christian material. It is evident that no matter how much some folks talk about appreciating the Negro that the sins of malice and hate are rampant within their hearts when they will go so far as to sever relations with a sound and evangeli cal magazine which would contribute greatly to their spiritual health and growth, solely because of ill feelings toward their darker brother. The Word says, “ If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen” (1 Jn 4:901. Philadelphia, Pa. K. M. Ross Predestination (cont'd)
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Hollywood has invaded Formosa, reports Orient Crusade’s “ Far East News Service.” Twentieth-Century Fox is building sets in Taipei to shoot “ Inn of Eight Happinesses,” which is the life story of Gladys Ayl- ward, missionary to inland China in the early ’30s (featured in The Reader’s Digest condensed book section titled “ The Small Woman,” Aug., ’57). Ingrid Bergman, an actress much publicized for her unstable love-life, will play the lead. President Chiang Kai Shek has loaned the film company 5,000 Nationalist soldiers to help make the film. Although Miss Bergman’s choice to portray Miss Aylward has been widely pro tested, the missionary has dedicated the entire project to the Lord. She has personally visited every loca tion where the shooting of the film will take place and has “ claimed the ground for God and the testi mony of Jesus Christ. W e’re setting people to praying all over,” says The Small Woman, “ that Miss Bergman may be converted as a result of being in the film.” Across the East China Sea, Men- nonite Missionary Carl Beck recently loaded his car with tapes and scripts and set off on a one-week tour of his rural Japanese parish. Result:
24 “ farmer stations” are now car rying weekly gospel programs to 15,000 farm families (an audience of perhaps 100,000 listeners) for about 8% c per week per station for a 15-minute broadcast. The stations operate on a direct-wire hookup with loudspeakers in each farm home. “ These families depend on it for news, entertainment, culture, disaster warnings, telephone and telegraph messages,” says Beck. “ At suppertime we’re assured of an al most 100% listening audience.” The possibility of space travel has at least one theologian doing some airy thinking. “What,” asks Dr. James M. Malloch in the Anglican Theological Review, “ has God done to redeem those beings inhabiting other planets or do they need re demption like the human race? D o e s t he Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 extend beyond our planet earth? Or if we found another faith on Mars, would we have to accept it as the gift of God to another planet with which we had no business whatever to inter fere?” Mused Malloch: “ Theolo gians have handled successfully [other] problems raised by Coper nicus, Galileo and Darwin. Let them now tackle the serious theo
logical problem raised by Mars.” Billy Graham having recently fin ished his 28-day Carribean tour, turned up the following statistics: he and his team traveled 6,000 miles, spoke in 21 cities and 17 countries. Graham addressed 398,- 950 persons himself, his team an other 499,630 people. Recorded de cisions: 6,494. On April 27 Graham opens his San Francisco Crusade with 1,077 churches co-operating. With the announcement by Har old Street, executive director of Evan gelical Literature Overseas, that October 12 will be “ World Mission ary Literature Sunday,” comes other news of missionary literature gains. Trevor Shaw's French publica tion Envoi will soon have an edi tion in Lingala, the language of the north-central Belgian Congo. John Robinson, director of Overseas Mis sionary Fellowship Publishers in Manila has issued a four-language catalog called “ Literature for Life.” Betty Elliot's Through Gates of Splen dor is being translated into the lan guage of Finland, Germany, Hol land, Japan, Norway and Sweden. Jack McAlister's World Literature Crusade swings into its 11th year and works in 50 countries and is supported by 110 denominations.
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J t was during his first term as president that Thomas Jefferson con ceived the idea of making a scrapbook contining the life and words of Jesus as they are recorded in the four gospels and in chronological order. He cut the passages he wanted from two or three Bibles and pasted them in his hook. A year or so later he added parallel columns of the passages in French, Greek and Latin, and bound the 160-odd pages in morocco, titling it The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. In 1895 the U. S. Government bought the book from the heirs and it is now in the National Museum in Washington. In 1904 the 57th Congress had a limited number printed for \ distribution among its own members. Since then it has occasionally been printed by pub lishers for sale to the public. The book is known as the Jefferson Bible. Jefferson said of it, in a letter to a friend, “ A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen: it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.” But Jefferson was careful to leave out everything that is miraculous or supernatural! His book contains all the parables but no miracles. The Sermon on the Mount is there, but not a word of Christ’s con versation with Nicodemus. The 14th chapter of John, the farewell address and the great prayer of intercession are missing. How can we "have a Bible without John 3:16? It is probably the grandest verse in all literature, yet Jefferson left it out. The arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus are all there in his little book, but it was the death and burial of only a victim of a miscarriage of justice. Jefferson’s Bible closes with this sentence: “ There they laid Jesus; and rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.” There are no visits of the women to the tomb, no meeting with the two men on the road to Emmaus, no showing of scars to the doubting Thom as, no resurrection, no ascension, no coming again and no salvation. Edmond de Pressense, noted French Protestant clergyman of the 19th century, had this to say of the resurrection, “ The empty tomb of Christ has been the cradle of the church, and if in this foundation of her faith the church has been mistaken, she must needs lay herself down by the side of the mortal remains, I say, not of a man, but of a religion.” Jefferson took the foundation of the church and the way of eternal life out of his Bible. And all he had left was a “ precious morsel of ethics.” “ And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Cor. 15:17-20). —Ernest H. Goff
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Of Men, Women & Things We Eat
fat from the meat on your plate; eat fish once a week if you like it. You might even get your wife to switch to an unsaturated cooking and salad oil like Saffola (Safflower Products Corp., San Francisco). In short you’ll use moderation. Men are vitally concerned about the amount of cholesterol in their blood because medical research seems to indicate it is a matter of life and death. But medical science has only probed the periphery of this complex problem. The research will go on and the answers will become definite. And when medical science has solved the problem of heart attacks there’s not a man among us that won’t be willing to take whatever action that is necessary to be protected. Wouldn’t you? And the same goes for other realms of our life— both physical and spiritual. W e want healthy bodies. And we want a sane, serene relationship with God. It’s of interest to note what Jesus Christ said about a man’s diet. Some men of that day were worried about he relationship of diet and spiritual matters. When these men questioned Christ He answered them in words that are almost shocking in their stark sim plicity. “ Are you, too, so lacking in grasp? Do you not perceive that whatever enters the person from the outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart. . . . What comes out of the man defiles him; for from within, out of a man’s heart wicked reason ings proceed— unchastities, thefts, murders, adulteries, covetings, wickednesses, falsehood, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, thoughtlessness. A ll these wicked things come from the inside and defile the man.” This is the eternal view. Man’s diet rules change with the times. His spir itual rule is fixed; eternal. W e need not wait for more light on our spiritual problem. The answer is complete in Jesus Christ. He alone can wipe out past sins; fill a man with peace that is as unbending as granite boulders. W e’ll do just about anything to prolong our physical life a few years . . . or even a few months. Isn’t it just as reasonable to take the necessary steps to assure our eternal destiny?
^ he number of middle-aged men who drop dead from unexpected heart attacks is a rather unsettling sta tistic. For a good many years doctors chalked up these deaths to the stress and strain of modem living. Wom en, so the theory went, didn’t suffer nearly as many such attacks simply because they knew how to handle stress better. A woman doesn’t mind having a good cry once in a while. And a gOod cry is a relaxing thing. The housewife can sip a cup of coffee while doing the morning dishes and cut off the vacuum long enough to hear another episode in the lives of One Man’s Family. But somehow this theory wasn’t adequate. Re searchers were baffled as to why volatile Italian busi nessmen had so few heart attacks compared with Americans. No one apparently has the answer. But one promis ing clue hinges on what we eat. An alarming per centage of men who have heart attacks also have a high amount of cholesterol in their blood. Cholesterol is found in eggs and fats, both animal and vegetable. Women under 50 rarely are bothered with an excess of cholesterol. But a man by the time he reaches 21 can be well on his way to stocking his arteries with enough of this fatty substance to cause a fatal heart attack. Further research revealed that not all fat increased the amount of cholesterol in the blood of men. Those businessmen in Italy were having no trouble appar ently because much of the fat in their diet comes from olive oil. And olive oil is classified (along with fish oils and certain untreated vegetable oils) as an un saturated oil which acts as a check on our cholesterol balance. Because Americans have a dedicated passion for efficiency, most of our naturally anti-cholesterol fats have been saturated so they won’t spoil without being kept in the refrigerator. It’s a fine idea for enterprising merchants. But it’s apparently sent a good many bread-winners to an early grave. What’s the answer to a man’s diet problems? I don’t know. But I suppose it wouldn’t be an al together worthless idea to cut down on the eggs you eat; substitute non-fat milk for whole milk; trim all
The King's Business/April 1958
The Scripture Press Story
I f you were to ask Victor Cory what was the strong point of the old uniform Sunday school lesson leaflets he’d have an answer without a moment’s hesitation. 1 “ The kids just loved them for making soldier’s hats and spitballs.” And he’d mean it. If you were to ask him what is the strong point of Scripture Press departmentalized lessons he’d also have an answer without a mo ment’s hesitation. “ Scripture Press lessons are all- Bible and presented in such a prac tical and attractive way everyone loves to study them.” Obviously no youngster would take these glittering literary goodies and turn them into anything as commonplace as soldiers’ hats or spitballs. Victor Cory is founder and pres ident of Scripture Press. Cory’s claims may seem boldly extravagant. To him they are not. And he seems to have some fairly solid statistics on his side. Since launching out in 1934 on the prem ise that the uniform lessons were dull and lacked real Bible orienta tion, Scripture Press has boomed to the top non-denominational pub lisher of Sunday school materials. Today Scripture Press is serving 59 denominations and other Pro testant groups. Latest figures show that more than 2% million chil dren and adults study Scripture Pi*ess lessons. And in anyone’s lan
the millionaire who befriended the late Death Valley Scotty and built Scotty’s f a b u l o u s desert castle. W h e n e v e r S c o t t y grandeously bragged about his secret gold mine his close friends knew he meant A. M. Johnson. The castle now be longs to the Gospel Foundation of California.) The Johnson’s had been led to the Lord by the mighty ministry of Paul Rader and Mrs. Johnson seemed to have some of Rader’s ability to put the gospel across. Having been a sorority girl herself she knew the pull the world had on young people. Sunday after Sun day she’d hammer away with the gospel. Bernice recalls the verse that finally convicted her was Mat thew 6:24: “ No man can serve two masters . . . ye cannot serve God and mammon.” O n e d a y M r s . Johnson asked, “ Bernice, does God say we must not serve God and mammon, or that we cannot?” Bernice looked pained. “ It says we cannot .” And for days afterwards that verse haunted Bernice Tucker. At the same time Bernice’s aunt Jennie (sister-in-law to Paul Ra der) was out to win the now con victed coed to Christ. Aunt Jennie planned a valentine party to which Bernice and Victor were invited. After the party Aunt Jennie got the young folks to talking about what the Bible says about hearts. Says Bernice: “ I can see us yet grouped around that table. Scrip-
guage that’s a success story of size able proportions. The proportions of this success story take on added meaning in the light of Cory’s background. He earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case School of Applied Science (Michigan) and then went on for additional work at Heidelberg University (Ohio). At Heidelberg Cory took on an extra-curricular job as manager of the college, paper. But engineering was his vocation and from college he went first with American Tele phone and Telegraph and then with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago. In 1920 Victor met and fell in love with a Bernice (rhymes with furnace) T u c k e r , a v i v a c i o u s young coed from the University of Chicago. Bernice was majoring in English with minors in history, psychology and philosophy. Neither of the young lovers took religion very seriously. Both be lieved that leading a respectable life was all that was necessary as far as a person’s relationship to God was concerned. Both attended church and Sunday school, how ever, and Bernice’s teacher was concerned about this brilliant coed who spouted psychological and phil osophical phrases so glibly. The Sunday school teacher was Mrs. A. M. Johnson, wife of the president of the National Life In surance Company. (Johnson was
‘Bernice, can you imagine a young woman who would love a young man enough to marry him, and who wants to be the kind of wife God intends her to be, a real help meet in every sense of the word, can you imagine, I repeat, that young woman wanting another man?’ “ At that very instant the light dawned. ‘No,’ I said, ‘I can’t.’ ‘Well,’ she said, ‘when you love the Lord completely, you won’t want the world.’ For the first time I felt I could trust myself to the Lord and expect Him to mean so much to me that I wouldn’t want the world.” That night Victor read his Bible and prayed till two a.m. And before he went to sleep he too had accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and Lord. Because of this double con version that Valentine’s night in 1920 the Corys have since regard ed themselves as spiritual twins. Bernice taught high school after graduating in June. Two years later they were married in Chi cago’s North Shore Church. From the outset of their married life the Corys were active in Chris tian work. They worked in the Sunday school, in Christian En deavor and during their first sum mer of marriage they held street comer meetings on an average of four nights a week. During the years four sons were bom to the Corys but even when they were babies the Corys con tinued teaching Sunday school. . With so much of their time de voted to Christian work, Victor was shocked when Paul Bader suggested he’d have more time for Christian work if he’d give up his engineer ing job. Cory felt plainly insulted. But he promised Bader he’d pray about it. That very week Cory had a posi tion offered to him to become man ager of the Tabernacle Publishing Company. He took a hasty look at his life’s work and then resolutely burnt his electrical bridges behind him. C O N T IN U E D
Victor & Bernice Cory On Valentine’s night, spiritual twins
true?’ she said. ‘What you just read. I know it isn’t true, because I love the Father, and I love the world, too.’ “ Victor was sitting next to me. Aunt Jenny knew how I felt about him. I think there was a sly twin kle in her soft eyes when she said,
ture after Scripture being intro duced. She’d comment and answer our questions. The “ heart” verses led naturally to other pertinent v e r s e s o n separation from the world. When she read 1 John 2:15, I stopped her, ‘Aunt Jennie,” I in sisted, ‘that isn’t true.’ ‘What isn’t
The King's Business/April 1958
The Scripture Press Story/continued
After a stint with the Taber nacle Company Cory became assis tant manager to William Norton of Moody Press (then the Bible Insti tute Colportage Association). He was with Moody until his job was done away with at the depth of the depression. It was at Moody that Cory got the idea for starting a Sunday school publishing business. Eunice Fischer had graduated from Moody and was then a director of Chris tian education in a nearby church. She wrote to the school for help in finding adequate lesson material. She candidly suggested that the school practice what it preached and start printing lessons that would be really Bible-centered. MBI President Gray took her suggestion seriously and turned it over to Clarence H. Benson of their Christian Education Dept. Dr. Ben son was thrilled. “ I already have the lessons,” he said. “ M y curricu lum classes have worked on them for eight years. They are all ready to publish.” But the idea didn’t appeal to Press Manager Norton. The depres sion was on and he wasn’t sure they’d find many customers for a new type of Sunday school lesson. Cory heard about the tabled plans and hurried to Dr. Benson. Dr. Benson agreed Cory could have the lessons if he could get adequate financing. William R. Thomas was vice-president of the Geographical Publishing Company and a friend of Victor Cory. When Cory told Thomas about the Sunday school publishing venture he immediately offered to finance the work. The way it turned out the Corys were able to repay the loan with interest in an amazingly short time. At first Mrs. Cory had no idea of working with her husband. She was fairly well occupied with four sons and a rambling nine-room home to care for. But they soon realized the lessons turned out by
Dr. Benson and his students needed editing and Mrs. Cory was the only one available. They hired a housekeeper for $5 a week and Mrs. Cory plunged into the work on a full-time basis. They worked far into the night and often were so weary they’d chew crackers to keep awake. After a few weeks of editing Mrs. Cory asked her husband, “ Are these les sons supposed to be only for Pres byterians?” Victor had a faint smile on his lips. “ No, any group,” he said. His wife pointed to paragraphs in a half dozen lessons. “ Well, I don’t think it’s the thing to have the Westminster C a t e c h i sm in every lesson.” Cory knew then that he had found the right person to perma nently edit the newly organized Scripture Press material. Mrs. Cory not only proved she had an eye to spot weak spots in the material but she barged into the somewhat com plicated art of copy fitting and page layout with an ease that amazed their printer. When she couldn’t solve a problem by the accepted journalistic method she’d resort to algebra. The Corys still laugh when they recall an incident in the early days with their printer, Standard Pub l i s h i n g C o m p a n y of Cincinnati (Scripture Press owns no printing equipment). Standard appreciated the new Chicago account and gen erously let the Corys use art work from their own fine of Sunday school materials. One day some ex ecutives from Standard were in Chicago for a business meeting and decided to pay a courtesy call on their new client, Scripture Press. The Corys business was then lodged in one room of a rooming house at 741 N. LaSalle St. Cory was lean ing out the window when the taxi stopped with the Standard men. “ You should have seen their faces,” Cory recalls. “ They natu
rally were looking for a fair-sized business building. The took out a paper and double checked the ad dress. I waved to them and asked who they were looking for.” “ Must be some mistake,” one of the men called up to Cory. “ W e’re looking for a business establish ment — Scripture Press.” When the men got up to the tiny (10% x 11 foot) room that housed their new Chicago account they just stood in the door and laughed. “ The whole scene was so ridicu lous,” says Cory “ that it’s been a joke ever since.” But Standard stayed by the struggling new account from Chi cago. And it wasn’t long until Scripture Press was on its way to its present success. The Corys later moved the business to North Clark where they took over two-and-one- half floors plus the entire basement. From there they moved to North Wabash where they had a total of six floors on both sides of the street. And within the past few months Scripture Press has moved to its own big new building in suburban Wheaton. It’s been a short 24 years for the Corys. Their boys are grown (the oldest a department head at Scrip ture Press). M r s . C o r y i s s t i l l editor-in-chief. Victor Cory still carries a work-horse load o f 12 to 14 hours a day. Nothing gets by without his approval. When Bob Cook (long-time president of Youth for Christ International) j o i ned Scripture Press last year as vice- president and manager of distribu tion, he was amazed at the detailed interest Cory takes in every phase of the work. “ He,” says Cook, “ even comments in detail on all the reports I turn in.” For an electrical engineer and a housewife, it would seem the Corys have done a more than average job of letting the Lord use them to build a great Sunday school pub lishing enterprise.
Easter Meditation/by J. Sidlow Baxter
Power for Today
W L ■■ Ww hat infinitudes in one short phrase: "That I may know him, and the power o f his resurrection . . (Phil. 3:10). What vistas the super-victory o f that vacated sepulchre opens up! The Bible tells us that our "Saviour Jesus Christ . . . hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” You and I are meant now to know "the power o f his resurrection” toward our selves as Christian believers. This power o f the resurrection in our lives should provide a titanic liberating and transforming force in mind and heart and life. This is a power for today’s needs. The resurrection-power o f our Lord always operates in three ways. First, it is a subduing power, "According to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things to himself.” That subduing power will have a climactic demonstration in the coming translation o f the saints; but there is also an advance operation o f it here and now in the subduing o f evil tempers, unruly tongues, flaming passions, en slaving desires, inordinate ambitions, fear, pride, hate, jealousy, temptation, circumstance and innate proclivities to sin. It is grandly real to those who are living in it. A crowned Christ in the consecrated heart o f a believer means real victory over self and sin and Satan, through the continuous operation o f "the power o f his resurrection.” Second, "the power o f his resurrection” is a transforming power within us. Read Philip- pians 3:21. It tells us that by His resurrection- power our Lord is going to transform this body o f our humiliation, that it may be fash ioned like unto the body o f His glory. There is an anticipative fulfillment also o f that in those yielded hearts where He reigns as King. By "the power o f his resurrection” He trans
forms the character, conforming it more and more to His own. Third, "the power o f his resurrection” is a vitalizing power already operating in us in a way which anticipates its ultimate expression at our Lord’s return. All o f our ministering, our speaking and writing, our serving and organizing, our witness for Christ both in pub lic and in private, has an inward glow and a communitive vitality which gives it telling- power —far more at times than we ourselves sense, as the Saviour’s resurrection-life fills us. There may still be opposition, for there will always be those who resist Spirit-given witness even though they cannot refute Spirit-given wisdom. Those Jewish leaders o f the first cen tury could not answer the wisdom either o f our Lord or o f Stephen, yet they slew them both. We must never stir up opposition; nor must we be surprised when it comes. Over coming-wisdom and spiritual power will be given at each emergency. Often we shall be mightiest when we seem weakest. Whenever a Stephen is martyred, there is always a Saul— a future Apostle Paul—looking on and about to be converted! We find, as Paul found, that when we are weakest (in ourselves) we are strongest (in Christ) and we learn to say with him, "I will rather glory in my infirmities, that the power o f Christ may rest upon me!” "That I may know Him.” Ah, I long to know Not just a Christ of far-gone years ago; Nor even reigning on a heavenly throne, Too high and distant to be really known. I long to know Him closely; this is how, Alive—and in this ever-pressing "now”; Communicating His all-conquering power, A living One, within my heart this hour, Who now no longer lives from me apart, But shares His resurrection in my heart.
The King's Business/April 1958
By the British writer Gordon Chilvers
Unlimited POWER for Us
w , W m hat God is able to do for us and through us is so astounding as to be almost unbelievable. Time and time again in Scripture we read of the tremendous power of God. As far as its employment is for our benefit, the omnipotence of God is ours for the asking. Our Lord gives a remarkable il lustration of this fact in an inter view He had with a distressed fath er. The man had a lunatic son; he brought him to the disciples, but found they could not cure him. In agony he cried to the Lord: “ If thou canst do any thing . . . ” (Mark 9: 22). The Lord replied: “ If thou canst believe?” You say: “ Can I?” I say: “ Can you?” Jesus then picked up the father’s point with a wonderfully penetrat ing power. He showed the way of power and where its limits lay. “ All things are possible to him that be- lieveth.” Here we have the omnip otence of faith. “ If we believe” is the limitation. W e often blame God for our failure. If we were to search our own "hearts we should find that the blame for our weakness and failure is all on our side. The faith spoken of may be weak faith, but being faith it is that which counts. When the suspension bridge across Niagara was erected, a kite took a string over to the other side; to this string a cord was attached and drawn over. Then a rope which drew a larger rope, and after that a cable strong enough to sustain an iron cable. This suppo r ted the bridge, and over it heavily-laden trains now pass in safety. It could never have been done but for the small kite. This story represents a faith which, t hough weak, yet reaches to Christ and heaven. Faith
may be weak but it is faith in an omnipotent God. Yet the lack of faith is a true and sharp limitation. Christ was able to raise the dead and cure any sort of disease, yet we read of Him: “ And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief” (Matt. 13:58). Every one of us can enjoy this power or prevent it from working in us. To that extent we are lords over our own lives and God will not compel us to have His pow er when we do not want it. One verse from the Epistles of Paul shows us God’s side of the mat ter. God “ is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20). Whatever we ask for in prayer, God is able to give. This is a great en couragement to us. God is able to do what any man asks whether he be an inspired apostle or the hum blest believer. We can ask what we will (provided that it is within the will of God) and He will be able to grant our request. No man yet asked up to the abil ity of God to give. When Herod wanted to make an outstanding present to Herodias’ daughter he of fered her anything she asked up to one-half of his kingdom. It was a great gift but it could easily be mea sured and so was sharply limited. God has never put any such re striction on our asking. Moses asked God to show him His glory. There and then God gave him all he could bear at that time. Over 1000 years later he was with the Lord in glory on the mount. Solomon asked for wisdom: God gave him riches and honor as well. Martha and Mary asked for a cure in illness: God
gave them a resurrection from the dead. Paul asked for simple service: “ Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6) : he wrote letters which have molded the lives of mil lions of God’s children. Once at a crisis in the work among the sol diers at Portsmouth, two workers, almost in despair, got down on their knees to ask God for funds. They asked for a few hundred pounds and the answer was £15,000. Again God is able to do what we think. There are certain thoughts that we have but we would not voice in petitions because we feel they are too ambitious. But we need not hesitate, God is able to do all we think. H ow e v e r high our thoughts rise they never get beyond the power of God to clothe them with reality. W e have no dream, no ambition, no desire but God is able to accomplish it. Finally, Paul says that God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. Paul extends language to its capacity to convey to us what God is able to do. He heaps word upon word and it still seems that he has not said all that he could say about God’s pow er. W e look to the horizon, we try to measure the land that is ours, but far beyond what we can see is what God has prepared for us. W e shall now notice some of the things God is able to do. God’s abil ity will keep our life safe despite all attack made by man or devil. “ . . . I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have commit ted unto him against that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). W e are secure because God keeps us. This is fundamental. It is not much use our knowing
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