Search the Scriptures
By Lois J. Stucky
In the state of Alabama, a judge ordered that public school students in his district could not pray, talk about their faith, quote Scripture, let alone read it, or express their religious faith in high school graduation programs. The case was appealed to the 11th Circuit Court. There it was successfully argued by Christian Attorney Jay Sekulow. The Circuit Court Judge overturned the first judge’s decision. ACLU appealed to the Supreme Court but they refused to hear the case, letting stand the favorable decision. Thank God for every encouragement upholding Bible reading and prayer in our public schools!
young people deserve the same as some of us remember, when at our high school
graduation, ministers led in invocation and benediction prayers, and the
township presented graduates with a Bible, with our names inscribed in gold on
the front cover. Let us stay alert
and pray for those who have fallen far from esteeming the Word of God and
acknowledging its great importance in the lives of those being launched out into
the stream of adult life!
this, one wonders, however --does God grieve over a decline He sees in the way
that even His own Blood-bought people regard and treat His Word? In the pages of
history, for example, we read of John Wycliffe of England.
So highly did he exalt God’s Word, that he eagerly worked with others
night and day (1378 to 1382) to make the first translation into English, that
the common people might have it and find in it God’s way of salvation.
The translation was hand-copied and distributed throughout the land. It brought severe persecution from ecclesiastical authorities
in Rome, who sought to keep the Scriptures in their own hands.
There were dungeons, flames, tortures and martyrdoms.
There is William Tyndale as well (1494-1536), who in secret made a
translation into English. When found, he was imprisoned, strangled and his body
burned. These men and others like
them loved God’s Word more than their lives.
communist days in Eastern Europe, there were those who spent years in hiding, in
unhealthful conditions, printing out the Word of God for Gospel-hungry hearts on
simple handmade machines. Some
workers were discovered and thrust into prison. There were others who painstakingly hand copied the Word,
page by page, in order to have what they treasured as their own possession. Even
as we read this, God sees precious saints who are clinging to His Word and the
faith it proclaims at the cost of their lives.
How does the love and esteem of today’s average Christian for God’s Word
compare? Is it not true that many
of us allow the reading of God’s Word to become routine and hurried or even
crowded out? We realize only
faintly the wonder of our God communicating His heart to us through His Word. To think, the great eternal God of ages past and ages to
come, wants to commune with each of us individually, we whose lives are but a
vapor, appearing for a little time and then vanishing away (James 4:14).
We ought to revel in the very thought of communion with Him, and bow
humbly, gratefully and in awe, that through His Word and His Spirit He wants to
do a faith-building, heart-cleansing work within us, and also let us know how
dear we are to Him and how we can live pleasing to Him. How God must long for us
to meet Him in His Word, to be elated by His message of love, to be delighted by
His gracious promises, to be comforted and inspired in life’s dark hours. He
yearns to be all things to us.
Gurnall reminds us in his article on page 7, that God’s Word is not only the
guideline for a safe and spiritually profitable journey through life, but it
will meet us at the time and place where we all give account of ourselves to
God! (Rom. 14:10-12). “The Word
will judge you at the last day” (John 12:48).
That bears keeping permanently in mind.
It should solemnize us, even make us to “tremble” at the Word of God
Search the Scriptures
diligent students of God’s Word need to be watchful. Jesus said to the Jews
that they searched the Scriptures to find eternal life, and yet they missed the
One in their midst who had come to give that eternal life (John 5:39-40).
How important in searching the Scriptures that the eyes of our hearts
search for our Saviour, seeking to touch Him, to communicate with Him, to
purpose to obey Him. How vital as
well that we look to the Holy Spirit to guide us into the depths and instruct us
more perfectly in God’s Word.
every student of God’s Word, how many do you suppose neglect the Word
woefully? George Gallup, who
researches the life of America, is reported in an article in The
American Bible Society RECORD, as saying that although Americans as a whole
may revere the Bible, great percentages of them reveal a “biblical
illiteracy.” Less than half of
those polled knew the first book of the Bible, or who preached the sermon on the
mount. They say they support the
Ten Commandments, but they cannot recite what they are. And, of course, our society shows the results of this
biblical illiteracy. Unless we know
and understand the Bible, we will not know and obey God’s standards.
Gallup sees Bible study as an important key to transforming today’s
was a poem circulating some years ago entitled, “The Bible and the TV
Guide.” It pictures the two lying
side by side on a table in the home. The
gist of the poem is the question: which
claims the greater part of our time and attention?
Today the Bible has even more competition--worldwide web, videos, CD’s,
literacy is best begun in childhood. Parents,
after you have taken to heart in this issue, the message by Kim Butts, “The
Transforming Power of God’s Word in a Child’s Life” on page 8, please hand
your copy on to other parents, or send for copies to distribute to other parents
in your Sunday school class, or prayer meeting.
Grandparents, be sure your grown children have a copy to help them in
bringing up your grandchildren.
The Bible and Revival
Many are longing and praying for
revival. It is a biblical revival
we must have! Revival is a
sovereign move of the Holy Spirit. “But
what means does the Holy Spirit use?” asks John Stott in God’s Book For God’s People.
The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God.
Stott writes, “Never separate the Spirit of God from the Word of God,
for when the Holy Spirit uses this weapon in His sovereign power, He pricks the
conscience, cuts out cancerous growths from the body of Christ and puts the
devil to flight.” It is through
the Bible that the church is revived.
most effective praying we can do for revival is to find the promises in which
God tells us He will pour out His Holy Spirit, and to plead these promises
before God. How encouraging it is
to be reminded that God gave the promises as an expression of His will, and He
is eager, more than eager, to fulfill His promises and get His holy will done.
RIGHT CHOICE Salvation
What a privilege--and what a
responsibility--it is to share God’s Word of Life with others! It is the power
of God unto salvation to everyone who believes it (Rom. 1:16).
We have rejoiced because of the readers who responded to the opportunity
to write for copies of RIGHT CHOICE Salvation herald to hand out to the unsaved
during these summer months when many people can be found out-of-doors.
We have had the privilege of sending to distributors from Minnesota to
Florida, from South Carolina to Oregon and from Maine to Louisiana. A church in Pennsylvania requested 500 copies for
distribution at their outdoor summer concerts, and 1000 went to a couple who do
regular distribution in beach and resort cities of Florida. Thirty copies went to a lady in Georgia with a disabled
husband. She cannot get out to
distribute for long at a time, but wants to reach her community.
you back in prayer these friends who are zealously reaching out to win souls?
Please pray also for the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the RIGHT CHOICE
paper soul winners which extend their outreach.
By all means remember copies of RIGHT CHOICE being mailed or carried into
jails and prisons.
invite other readers to send to us for copies of RIGHT CHOICE Salvation heralds
to distribute. When writing, please
suggest the number of copies you can effectively and prayerfully use.
God promises that His Word does not return void (Isa. 55:11).
There is joy in heaven when one sinner repents (Luke 15:7).
Let us help bring about a great jubilee in heaven!
Praise God With Us--
* For friends who have
faithfully supported Herald of His Coming for as many as 40 or 50 years, but
have now finished their earthly course and gone to their rest.
Rejoice in their helpful participation and in the reward they will
receive. Ask God to raise up others
to carry on in their stead.
Please Pray with
That God will use this issue of Herald of His Coming to enrich the lives of
many, as they are inspired to give time and effort to meeting Him more
intimately in His Word.
* For missionaries who are
translating Scriptures into languages which do not yet have them. Pray
specifically for any missionaries you might know who are serving God in this
* For missionaries involved in literacy work, teaching
people to read through Bible-content primers, leading them to Christ when
possible and helping them become established in the faith.