Message from the publisher:
Scripture Reading: Philippians
The Lord reminds us in the letter to the Philippians that "many live as enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18). In our day the assault against Christ seems to be as strong as ever. Christ’s divinity is under attack, as are His virgin birth, His resurrection, His claim to be the only way to salvation, His teaching against sin, His promise of coming again, and the list goes on. Part of the attack against Him is the attack against His people, as believers in many places are facing persecution and oppression because of their faith.
Such attacks against Christ and His people are not surprising. As the Apostle John states, "Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come" (1 John 2:18). Jesus Christ is, of course, God’s greatest revelation to man and the greatest display of His love. Therefore, we can expect those who stand in opposition to God to do all in their power to undermine the Person and work of Christ.
In an atmosphere of such hostility toward Christ, the need to proclaim the truth about Him is as important as ever. The Apostle Paul, "in chains for Christ" as he wrote the letter of Philippians (Phil. 1:13), rejoiced that his imprisonment encouraged many brothers in the Lord "to speak the Word of God more courageously and fearlessly" (1:14). He emphasized that "the important thing is that in every way…Christ is preached" (1:18).
Some Wonderful Truths about Christ
Paul’s focus and devotion toward Christ is evident throughout Philippians. Here are some of the wonderful truths about Christ embedded in the letter:
• He is the source of grace (1:2; 4:23), righteousness (1:11), overflowing joy (1:26), hope (2:19), confidence (2:24), rejoicing (3:1; 4:4) and glorious riches (4:19). He is also the source of peace (1:2), and in and through Him the peace of God guards our hearts and minds (4:7).
• His Spirit helps us (1:19) and His love comforts us (2:1). He gives us affection for one another (1:8) and unites us as brothers and sisters (4:2).
• He takes hold of our lives (3:12), and calls us to His service (1:1; 2:21-22; 2:30). We are called to believe on Him (1:29), suffer for Him (1:29), live in a manner worthy of Him (1:27), stand firm in Him (4:1) and glory in Him (3:3).
• He is our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior from heaven, the One we eagerly await (3:20). The "Day of Christ" is coming (1:6; 1:10; 2:16), and in anticipation we pray to be filled with love, knowledge, insight, discernment, purity, blamelessness and righteousness (1:9-11). Faithful service done now will not go unrewarded when Christ returns (2:16).
• He is the fullest expression and purpose for life: "To live is Christ" (1:21), and our greatest hope in the face of death: "I desire to depart and be with Christ which is better by far" (1:23).
• He has power to bring everything under His control (3:21) and power to transform our lowly bodies to become like His glorious body (3:21). We can know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings (3:10). Through Him and His strength we can do all things (4:13).
• He is God (2:6), and yet He made Himself nothing, took the very nature of a servant, and became a man (2:7-8). As a man, "He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!" (2:8). His life of humility and service is a perfect example for us to follow (2:5).
• God "exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (2:9-11). He is above and beyond all things, and everything is a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Him (3:7-8).
The Privilege of Sharing Christ with Others
How wonderful our Lord Jesus Christ is, and how blessed the privilege to join with you through the Herald ministry to exalt His Name and proclaim Him and His coming again! Together we have the opportunity to encourage and strengthen many precious brothers and sisters in the Lord and also to reach out to many who are outside of Christ. Surely it should be the ever-increasing burden of our hearts to do all that we can to proclaim the salvation, life, joy, power and glory that are in Christ!
The letter to the Philippians gives stirring examples of the impact and importance of such ministry. Paul himself, even while in chains for Christ, continued to pour his heart out to encourage the believers in Philippi. He looked forward to his deliverance from prison so that he could be with them for their progress and joy in the faith (1:25). In the meantime, he planned to send Timothy to the believers, knowing that Timothy cared deeply for the interests of Jesus and would take a genuine interest in the welfare of the Philippians (2:19-23). And Epaphroditus, who served as a messenger and helper between Paul and the readers, provides a wonderful example of ministry as he risked his life and almost died for the work of Christ (2:25-30). Even the Philippians themselves stood out as the only church to send aid to Paul when he set out from Macedonia and was in need in Thessalonica (4:15-16).
Just as the Lord called these three men and the Christians in Philippi (and many others like them mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament) to share the message and love of Christ in the first century, so He calls you and me in this hour to look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others (2:4). Our attitude is to be the same as that of Christ Jesus (2:5), an attitude of humility and service. The Church and the world are in desperate need of those who, as humble and blameless children of God, will "shine as lights in the world; holding forth the Word of life" (2:15-16). This is our time to proclaim the Person and work and love of Christ.
The task before us can seem overwhelming, and in our own strength it certainly is. But we can find our confidence, courage, hope and joy in the truth that the Lord is near (4:5) and that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (4:13). We also have the promise that it is God who works in us to will and to act according to His good purpose (2:13) and that He will meet all of our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (4:19). We can be confident of fruitful labor (1:22) because of the Lord’s grace, strength and purpose at work in us and through us.
Thank You, Dear Friends
With all these things in mind, I extend the appreciation of the staff of Herald of His Coming to all of you who stand together with this ministry. As we think of you, Paul’s appreciation for the Philippians comes to mind: "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart…" (1:3-7).
We realize that it is through your partnership that the Lord anoints and provides for the Herald ministry. Just as Paul could confidently write to the Philippians, "…I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance" (1:19), so we know that it is through your prayers and the help of the Spirit that Herald of His Coming continues on in ministry. Likewise, we know that it is because some of you dear friends send "aid again and again" (4:16) that the Herald ministry is able to continue sending revival and salvation literature without charge. We believe your gifts are "a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God" (4:18). We consider this ministry deeply blessed by the prayers, gifts and encouragement supplied by you dear friends who, like Timothy, look to the interests of Jesus Christ, and take a genuine interest in the welfare of others (2:20-21). We offer thanks and praise to the Lord for you!
Special Help Needed in Light of Postal Changes
As we face new challenges, it seems we need your partnership as much as ever. One particular challenge involves changes in the U.S. Postal System that will significantly impact the cost of mailing to readers outside the U.S. who receive larger quanties of Heralds for distribution. Previously, we were able to use international economy surface mail to send about 120 mail bags each month with quantities ranging from 60 to 400 Heralds. However, as of May 14, the U.S. Postal System discontinued their international surface mail service, and now offers airmail service only, which is much more costly.
We are still working out the details with the Post Office regarding which category of airmail we are able to use, but it now appears that the changes will cost the Herald ministry an additional amount of between $2,500 and $4,000 per month to mail the same quantities. Please pray that the Lord will help us discover the best option through the Post Office or through some other mailing service, and that He will provide the additional funds needed. Pray also for funds needed for other postal increases, such as the increase in bulk mailing rates that we use for mailing single copies to U.S. readers.
Please pray especially for the Lord’s provision during these summer months, which are traditionally lean months. If you are able to offer any financial help either on a one-time or ongoing basis, your support will be greatly appreciated. Every gift, even a gift of a few dollars, makes a big difference when many of you friends are involved.
Our Work for the Lord Is Not in Vain!
As we look to the Lord together, may He grant us the grace and the resources for the Herald ministry to continue to proclaim Christ and His coming again! May He use this ministry to help the love of many readers "abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that [they] may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God" (Phil. 1:9-11). We rejoice that on the Day of Christ we will see that our work for the Lord has not been in vain.
Preparations for Greater Outreach
We have received a release from the State of Indiana for a small addition (924 square feet) to the Herald office and will now apply for a building permit. Lord willing, the addition will be built by fall. Please pray for the Lord’s blessing throughout this process. The additional space will be of great benefit to the ministry!
Though we feel financial pressure to even sustain current mailings, we believe it is on the Lord’s heart to open the door for the Herald ministry to reach more people in the Church with revival literature, and more lost people with salvation literature. Please join us in seeking His anointing and provision for greater outreach!
We Hope to Hear from You Soon!
Your partnership is vital to this ministry. We hope you will write soon to a local office listed on the bottom of page 10 or to the U.S. Herald office at:
Herald of His Coming
P.O. Box 279
Seelyville IN 47878