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www.thenkomos.com PRISONERS OF HOPE March 2009 EDITORIAL BR N. NKOMO Over the last few days
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PRISONERS OF HOPE
March 2009
EDITORIAL
BR
N. NKOMO
Over the last few days I have been dwelling upon a sermon that got me thinking, as all good sermons
should. The preacher stated how it was that his father used to leave home every morning, after prayer, with
eight pieces of Adventist literature. He would take it upon himself to distribute these to people that he met
during the day. Eight pieces of literature a day, for a number of years, represents a significant effort to
reach out to others for Christ.
What has obviously been foremost in my mind is the question, “How much do I do for Christ on a daily ba-
sis?” The question that has been troubling me is, “How much do each of us do on a day to day basis to share
with others the Word of God?” Yes, our lives should be a witness, but I fear that we have begun to hide be-
hind that fact as an excuse not to verbalise the love of Christ for a dying world.
One of the most common excuses that I have heard over the years is that some of us are naturally shy and
that we find it very difficult to speak to people and therefore “cannot be expected” to be able to share the
glad tidings of Jesus with others. What we need o realise is that we are all called to spread the gospel mes-
sage. What we need to realise is that we cannot take the message to the world in our own power, but that
we need to step out in faith after pleading for the Holy Spirit. As simplistic as it sounds, no matter how shy
we are to speak to others about Christ, if we ask that God send us the Holy Spirit as we approach someone
and we by faith open our mouths to speak sweet truths, He will work through us to reach others. If for
some reason, we still feel and fear being tongue-tied, then we should be involved in the literature ministry,
which I will touch upon below.
The preacher mentioned some practical ways in which two Adventists are using means at their disposal to
reach out to the world. The first, the owner of a shoe factory, includes in every box of shoes that leaves the
premises, a piece of our literature. The second, the owner of a plant that assembles pressure cookers, does
the same with every pressure cooking leaving their plant. These are two simple ways that these people use
to distribute literature and they got me thinking of practical ways that we can use to do the same. These are
designed to give us ideas and I challenge each of us to seek other ways.
The first issue is that we should always carry on our person some Adventists literature to distribute. This
already means that we have the intention to do something. We cannot distribute what we do not have.
1) Whenever you either fill up your car or dine out and you tip the fuel attendant or the waiter, why not
“tip” them with both cash and a booklet that has the ability to attend to their spiritual life?
2) Often, especially in smaller shops that many of us visit, the cash register attendants have some worldly
magazines that they read to while away the time. Why not offer them some heavenly material that they
can read and benefited for this life and the next.
3) Some of us have the misfortune of having to visit doctors when we are beset by various ailments, why
not leave, amongst the magazines in the waiting room, some of our literature on healthy lifestyle and
living so that others may discover the truths that we hold onto regarding our health message.
4) Have you ever wondered how it is that a large number of hotels around the country, in South Africa at
least, have Gideon‟s Bibles in the rooms? Where were we when they got permission to deposit these
Bibles, and are we willing to organise bulk purchases of SoP books that can sit alongside the Bibles? In
any case, you and I can ensure that every time we stay in a hotel room we leave a copy of one of our
SoP books in the drawer for the next visitor and also some literature for those that will change the bed-
ding when we leave.
5) Many libraries in around us are begging for books and they are more than willing to accept our books to
be loaned out to the various communities. All we have to do is to drop off the books at the library and
they will take care of the rest.
6) We have a wonderful resource available to us in the form of the Voice of Prophecy. Our individual
churches, via our suggestions, should get involved in acquiring VoP material. We should then intro-
duce systematic enrolling of students whereby, every week, each of us are required to give an enrol-
ment card to someone, or else bring to the church the name and address of someone that you would
like enrolled.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Editorial
Dear Laodecia
Dead Bury The Dead
Mission Spotlight
Lift Up Your Heads
Literature Distribution
Don‟t Blaspheme
Social Purity
Sweet Vegan Delight
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These are a few, but not exhaustive, ways in which we can practically get involved in evangelism and my
prayer is that we will add to these and think how we can get involved in spreading the truth about our risen
and soon coming Saviour to a dying world. The one thing though, to remember throughout the process, is
that our duty is to plant; and to pray that the Holy Spirit attend to the germination of the seed in the heart.

DEAR LAODECIA

BY SR T NKOMO

Dear Luke Warm,

How are you? I‟m ok, just busy working on a presentation. My family is fine, the kids are talking too much for me, there‟s constant jabbering unless they‟re asleep, which is when I get time to study. I‟ve done all my compulsory assignments al- ready and I think I‟m on track. Homeschooling is a pleasure right now because they‟re still at a young age, we just do one or two official school activities during the day then the rest of the time they play or we cook together. I hope your family is well, please greet them for me.

I hope you had a blessed Sabbath, mine was blessed indeed

and I think God that we have this day of rest and fellowship. How was the sermon? Who preached? I didn‟t go to church

this week, I stayed home with one of my friends who wasn‟t going to be able to make it to church for

a few weeks. You have no idea how wor-

ried I am about your state. Testimonies to the Church volume 1 is very clear that we are our brothers‟ keepers, but I don‟t see much „keeping‟ going on amongst us. My new friend has had a tough time, and no-one has taken the time to know her properly. It seems as if no-one cares for each other. I know the Bible did prophecy that among the members, the love of many would wax cold, but the MANY part had never clicked till now. Now I see it. Please pray for them, her husband will be going for a job inter- view very soon and I pray that it works out, because it seems that they only have themselves, to rely on, unemployed as they both are. So much for this General Conference Resolu- tion from the 1880‟s “That we strenuously urge the offi- cers of every church, and of the Sabbath-school, and the missionary society connected therewith, to meet

together for prayer and counsel, as often as once a month; and that proper steps be taken by the officers to ascertain the standing, both spiritual and temporal, of every member, so that assistance may be rendered when necessary [Oct. 23]”

Sadly, that has gone to the place where all the evangelistic zeal has gone…Now it seems that individuals have to do the seeking out, and we‟re not doing a very good job either! I don‟t think we know what it is to sacrifice for others. Maybe it‟s because we don‟t care about each other anymore. Have we let the cares of this world choke out any true love and interest for others? And some others that do take the time to talk to

you, don‟t really talk TO you, but rather, AT you. They come with assumptions, and never ask how you really are. I know it took me a while to realise that some people have company cars, not their own personal cars, yet people assume that just because one has a vehicle, those people are well-off and don‟t have a care in the world. So I guess that‟s what‟s happening- that people just assume…It‟s the same with the assumption that stay at home mothers do it because they can afford it. They don‟t see the tears we shed because we can‟t get our children that container of yoghurt they‟re asking for. They don‟t see the tears we shed because we have to ask others for money to buy our children jerseys when winter comes rolling by. The sadness at not being able to afford all the homeschooling equipment they would like to enhance their children‟s learning and playtime experience. The Bible re- sources they will never be able to buy…

The Bible re- sources they will never be able to buy… But that‟s nothing compared to

But that‟s nothing compared to those who don‟t even have a husband who‟s working. How do they survive? At least we have family members who help feed and clothe us and our children. What about immigrants and refugees who have nothing and no-one? I remember an elder at church saying that we stay in our cliques and don‟t talk to others. I remember thinking “Well, that‟s a gener- alization because I don‟t do that. I do try to find those who I don‟t know and en- gage with them. So obviously there are many others that do it too. You can‟t be a Christian without loving each other-that doesn‟t work!” But ,that was till l I visited this friend I mentioned in the other paragraph. Do you know what it‟s like to stand outside church and have no-one say anything kind to you? And not only that, to have those who do talk to you, making sarcastic comments? When someone feels so unhappy that they end up walking to a far away church to try and find fellowship, then you know you have failed as a church. I remember my hus- band, receiving a text message from a stranger, asking if it‟s right that no-one greeted him. The man had taken his num- ber from the bulletin…Maybe it‟s because it‟s never happened to others. I know what it‟s like because it happened in Kenya. Out of a church of more than 2000 members, we can count on one hand the number of people who were friendly. Maybe that experience has helped me to fully understand the isola- tion this friend of mine went through. Do you know what it‟s like to have no food in your cupboard at all? To need to bor- row money just to buy bread? And to have no hope of any money at any time?

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At least those who get salaries know that even though their expenses are larger than the amount they get, at least they‟ll have food on the table. What about those who are unem- ployed and are trying to find honest, non-Sabbath-breaking work? Where‟s their hope, if not in us, their fellow brothers and sisters?

Remember what Matt 25 says? Beginning at verse 31 “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy an- gels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from

me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he an- swer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

How will we wake each other up to our duties, if we can‟t take care of each other here in the family? Is it any wonder that we have very few Adventist orphanages in our land? And it‟s not because we‟ve adopted these parentless chil- dren either. My heart breaks for the suffering ones. And for us, because we will have to face a day of reckoning. What will our excuse be?

While you ponder on these words, let us please pray for each other to have our eyes opened so that we can see where there‟s a genuine need. Please pray that we will all have willing feet that will go the extra mile to help others. And please pray that we will all have loving hearts that will act prompted by principle, not by avarice. And don‟t ever forget, you‟re in my prayers “Luke”, you and the rest of the “Warm” family. God bless

LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD

BY

BR E PREWITT

Continued from last edition:

Punctuality and decision in the work and cause of God are highly essential. Delays are virtually defeats. Minutes are golden, and should be improved to the very best account. Earthly relations and personal interests should ever be sec- ondary. Never should the cause of God be left to suffer in a single particular, because of our earthly friends or dearest relatives. "And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them fare- well, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and look- ing back, is fit for the kingdom of God." [LUKE 9:59-62.] GW92, p. 248

Before we take these principles too far, it would be well to acknowledge that “secondary” is not “fifthdary.” Our duty to our families can not be lightly regarded. The man that feeds not his own is worse than an unbeliever. We can do our

duty to our families and still do all that must be done for the world.

No earthly ties, no earthly considerations, should weigh one moment in the scale against duty to the cause and work of God. Jesus severed his connection from everything to save a lost world; and he requires of us a full and entire consecration. There are sacrifices to be made for the inter- ests of God's cause. The sacrifice of feeling is the most keen that is re- quired of us; yet, after all, it is a small sacrifice. You have plenty of friends, and if the feelings are only sanctified, you need not feel that you are making a very great sacri- fice. 3T, p. 500

This testimony was written to a particular man. It may not be true for all that we “have plenty of friends.” We may not all have the same sacrifices to make. But of all God requires “unselfish and willing service.” Sister White continued to write to the gentleman:

make. But of all God requires “unselfish and willing service.” Sister White continued to write to

You do not leave your wife among heathen. You are not called to tread the burning African desert, or to face pris- ons, and encounter trial at every step. Be careful how you appeal to your sympathies, and let human feelings and per- sonal considerations mingle with your efforts and labors for the cause of God. He demands unselfish and willing service. You can render this, and yet do all your duties to your fam- ily; but hold this as a secondary matter. 3T, p. 500.

The thoughts expressed in the quotations above find a varied expression in the book Historical Sketches. There Ellen White bemoans that “As a people, we have as yet scarcely begun to realize the importance of the work entrusted to us.” She writes that “A soul is of more value than all the world; and to let things of a temporal nature come in be- tween us and the work of saving souls is displeasing to the God of heaven.” She pleads “Oh that the servants of God might have a new touch from his divine power! Oh that they had more faith to prevail with God in prayer, and more, far more, earnestness and perseverance in their labors!” HS, p.

127

We are, as it were, asleep to the depth of the requirements of the gospel commission. You might even say we are dead to its claims.

Christ said, "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead." If you could only see the impor- tance of the work as it has been presented to me, the paralysis that is upon many would be shaken off, and there would be a rising from the dead and a coming to life through Jesus Christ. HS, p127.

Once the armor is put on, it “is not to be laid off for slight excuses.”

Christ meant something when he said, "And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life." He intended to impress upon us the fact that we must make eternal things of first importance, and so relate our- selves to the cause and work of God that we shall not be hin- dered by things of a temporal nature. Everything of this character must come in secondary. The armor of God, once put on, is not to be laid off for slight excuses. Ibid.

The freedom of the devil to operate where and when he wills

The freedom of the devil to operate where and when he wills should have an impact

should have an impact on our thinking. If his regular employ is to separate us from the work, then we should be guarded lest he work on our cases and learn from his successes.

What we need now is untiring energy and perseverance, so that we will not be broken off from the work by difficulties and home perplexities. If we do allow our interest to be thus separated, the enemy will understand it, and he will make trouble right in our families to draw us away from the work. Ibid .

The trouble in our families can be best avoided by the angelic ministration mentioned earlier. We ought to take our stand as God's workmen, saying, "The Lord has given us a mes- sage, and we cannot be faithful watchmen unless we stand at our post of duty; we will carry the work through at all hazards," then we shall find that angels of God will minister to our households at home, and will say to the enemy, "Stand back." It is a great and solemn work in which we are engaged, and God will help us to carry it forward, if we learn to rely wholly upon him. Ibid.

But not all the troubles at home can be blamed on the evil one. Many are the direct result of our poor organization and chosen business principles. How would God have us to or- ganize our homes?

Oh, my brethren, put on the whole armor of God, and move with wisdom and intelligence. Do not work weeks and months to bring around a condition of things that will bind you hand and foot so that you cannot engage in the warfare as bold soldiers of Jesus Christ, and then mourn and com- plain because your circumstances are such that you cannot give yourselves wholly to the work. Ibid.

It is not God who lays upon you this burden. He has given you reason, and he wants you to use it. He would not have you arrange things at home so that when you go out to la- bor your minds will be continually upon your families. Be- fore you make any move with reference to your families, he would have you consider carefully whether you are piling up burdens that will hinder you from engaging in his work. I have felt sad as I have heard different individuals tell how difficult it was for them to give themselves to the work of God. They do not like to consider the steps that they have taken to place themselves in this position. Ibid.

The worst of these cases is that prayer for help in solving our problems will not likely bring relief. Our burdens could be lighter if we would only counsel with God.

If God should work a miracle to bring them out of this posi- tion, they would go right to work to bring about another similar state of things. Such do not feel the necessity of counseling with God; they prefer to follow their own incli- nation and judgment. Ibid.

Amen.

MISSION SPOTLIGHT

COLPORTEUR

The following are just snippets, snapshots- if you will- of what a colporteur in a faraway part of the world does. Far from us here in South Africa. May it provide encour- agement to those that are contemplating going this route to spread the gospel of God.

Last week I finished working a literature booth at the coun- try fair and will work another next week. There were sev- eral very good contacts and about 500 silent messengers handed out. As is customary some of the best contacts were with other vendors. I took one vendor a sample of my ve- gan pizza that a church friend made for me. They thought it was wonderful and traded me a bottle of their health prod- uct for two vegan cookbooks. They are not vegetarian but are open. Two young men that worked the carnival rides stopped at the booth several times. One of the men read through 10 chapters of the Great Controversy (Darkness Before Dawn) the first day while working. The next day he took and read half of Minis- try of Healing. The next day he took another book. I sought him out to see if he was reading the books and when I approached him he was intently reading the book. In many instances these "silent messengers" are

speaking loudly,

country. There were several short Bible studies at the booth. Churches that do not take advantage of their county fair are missing golden opportunities that probably will not exist next year at this time.

that probably will not exist next year at this time. nay, screaming out all across the

nay,

screaming out

all across the

I had man stop at the booth who purchased three sets of our children's books and a Bible Readings seven years ago. He read part of the Bible readings and lent it out. The per- son that borrowed it lost it. I gave him another copy in pa- perback and a "Mark of the Beast” by Vance Ferrell. The man said that “we really don't need to know about that be- cause we will not be here anyway”. Like so many he has bought into the rapture theory and everything taking place in Israel. Since we were not able to study it out, I used an approach that works very well in this situation in terms of jogging the person into realizing their need for further study. It goes something like this Me: " Do you think, Jim, I could be in error believing that the rapture does not take place before the tribulation?

Jim: " Oh certainly." Me: " I agree that none of us are infallible." Me: " Do you think it is possible that YOU could be in error in terms of when the rapture takes place?" Jim, " Yes, it is possible." Me: "If I'm wrong about this and yet am right with Jesus and expecting to be here during the tribulation but am

raptured out before

happy to go." Jim: "Yah, you would have nothing to loose." Me: "That's right, but what if you are incorrect and not thinking you would be here, have not studied this out and face the mark of the beast totally unprepared. Then what would happen ?" Jim: "Yah, I see what you mean. How much IS that book?" Me: "The only payment I really want is for you to read it but some folks of- fer a donation to help out. I would be very apprecia- tive." Jim is very happy to help out, will value the book more because of the do- nation; he has an interest in the subject that he did not have before and I have a little gas money.

I will not drop an anchor" I would be

little gas money. I will not drop an anchor" I would be This week I worked

This week I worked another literature booth at the local county fair. The responses were encouraging and some were nothing short of incredible. We had a table on one side of the booth with 16 magabooks laid out. Another table was set up in front with free literature on each side and a drawing box in the middle. Then there was a back table with several sets of books sitting up and staggered across the table. Behind that was a 5ft tall colorful vinyl banner saying "Building Character through Stories" and showing several sets of books. I tied balloons shaped like poodles and swords (sword of the spirit) and handed out "Amercia Super Power of Bible Prophecy", “Shiloh", and a Bible Story and a health brochure to everyone who stopped at the booth. Each day I posted a thought provoking question on the free-drawing box and offered a free book to those who answered the question correctly. Questions were asked such as " Is there a verse in the NT KJV that specifically addresses living together? The answer is "yes" and the verse speaks of "chambering" Romans 13:13. Another ques- tion was "Do the wicked receive the gift of eternal live?" Romans 6:23. Another was "How many cattle entered the

ark?" This often led to a discussion on health. Cont p7

LIFT UP YOUR HEADS

NEWS: The east of England may be the most godless re-

gion of the UK, according to

a "belief map" published by a

theology thinktank today. Almost half of adults there believe the theory of evolu- tion makes God obsolete, and more than 80% disagree with creationism and intelli- gent design, which propose that humans were created by God in the past 10,000 years, and that life owes its

complexity to divine intervention…

is a widespread lack of religious sentiment across Britain. Na-

tional average figures revealed that less than a third of adults see evolution as part of God's plan, 89% dismiss intelligent de- sign and 83% reject creationism as plausible explanations for

the existence of human life. COMMENT: Reading such articles makes one truly begin to appreciate how wide the road that leads to everlasting death really is. It also makes one wonder what it is that we are doing as the remnant to get the gospel to all the people in all the world. If we were to be arraigned for “turning the world upside down” would we be found guilty, or would we be set free by the courts of the land?

guilty, or would we be set free by the courts of the land? The survey suggests

The

survey suggests there

NEWS: The Obama administration plans to reverse a regula- tion from late in the Bush administration allowing health-care workers to refuse to provide services based on moral objections,

an official said Friday. The rule protects the rights of health care providers who refuse to participate in certain proce- dures….Under the rule, workers in health-care settings, from doctors to janitors, can refuse to provide services, information or advice to patients on subjects such as contraception, family planning, blood transfusions and even vaccine counseling if they are morally against it. COMMENT: Should the new president of the USA go ahead and reverse regulations that were put in place by the last ad- ministration, it will likely have far-reaching implications for truly upright Christian men and women that desire to stand for right though the heavens fall. It would mean, for example, that

if someone desired an abortion you would have to counsel them

and perform the ungodly procedure. If the repeal is successful, this is one more nail in the coffin on civil liberty and freedom under the Obama administration.

NEWS: As Christians worldwide kneel in prayer to begin the holy season of Lent, students at three Jesuit Catholic univer- sities are busy celebrating extramarital sex, homosexuality, cross-dressing and pornography, the Cardinal Newman Society has revealed. From February 23 to 28, Georgetown University is hosting "Sex Positive Week," sponsored by feminist and ho- mosexual student clubs. On Monday, the event "Sex Positive … What's That?" featured a speaker from Black Rose, an organiza- tion "which provides a forum for the many different expres- sions of power in love and play. This can include dominance & submission, bondage & discipline, fetishism, cross-dressing, to name a few."

Yesterday's talk, on Ash Wednesday, "Torn About Porn?" was advertised to include "discussion about arguably alternative forms of pornography that are not supposed to be exploitative, but rather radical and empowering." On Saturday, February 28, pornographic film director Tristan Taormino will speak at the university on "Relationships Beyond Monogamy" - …. She will discuss her book "Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sus- taining Open Relationships" with Jenny Block, author of "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage." Taormino is also the author of "True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Per- version."…This week is "Transgender Awareness Week" at Seat- tle University, which includes a session on allegedly trans- gender Bible heroes and heroines and "Criss-Cross Day," where students are encouraged to "come dressed for the day in your best gender-bending outfit." The events are sponsored by the university's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the student Trans and Allies Club. COMMENT: Shocking that the dominant Christian religion in this world would have such things going on at some of their in- stitutions of higher learning. How long will God be mocked? Angels must weep when they see how the devil has so many professed Christians bound in a spell.

NEWS: Teenagers who preferred popular songs with degrad- ing sexual references were more likely to engage in intercourse or in pre-coital activities, researchers claim in an article pub- lished in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "This study demonstrates that, among this sample of young adoles- cents, high exposure to lyrics describing degrading sex in popu- lar music was independently associated with higher levels of sexual behaviour," Dr Brian A Primack from the Centre for Re- search on Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the US, wrote in his report. "In fact, exposure to lyrics describing degrading sex was one of the strongest asso- "

ciations with sexual activity COMMENT: Science is only now beginning to understand how important it is that we guard the avenues of the soul. By be- holding (in this case hearing), you become changed. Oh that we would only listen to spiritually uplifting music.

NEWS: An anti-gay U.S. Christian preacher and his daughter have been barred from entering Britain as they could spread "extremism and ha- tred," the British government said Thursday…British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she had decided to prevent Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the country. "Both these individuals have engaged in unacceptable behav- ior by inciting hatred against a num- ber of communities," a Home Office spokeswoman said. "We will continue to stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our commu- nities from coming to our country." COMMENT: So much for freedom of speech. Let us awake and preach while we still can before they actively seek us and at- tempt to prevent our message getting out.

us awake and preach while we still can before they actively seek us and at- tempt

One vendor spent a total of 3 hours or more in my booth talking about health and then purchased over $300.00 worth of our health books even though one of her parishion- ers working a booth directly across from me told her church Baptist members at her (and my ) booth that we were a cult, do not believe in Jesus, and believe we are saved by works. I took this lady wonderful salads each day from my garden. Her church member turned a few people away but most were won over by former knowledge of our Bible Story books, as many have them, by our good spirit, and by all the activity at our booth. Many of these Baptist folks would not turned away. Some were so moved by the studies I held at the booth that even though they were counseled to stay clear of us they accepted books on pointed prophecy and one fel- low took a paperback on the Mark of the Beast back to one of the booths the Baptist's were working and proceeded to read the book in spite of friends telling them not to. I have never seen the devil work so hard against us and yet evil was overcome with kind and continually persistence and the prevailing presence of God infected the people.

In the booth to my right the prosecuting attorney was work- ing finger printing the children. After a few days we warmed up to each other. I eventually learned that he is very consci- entious and moral Catholic gentlemen who has read his Bi-

ble through and at the core has many protestant be-

liefs

in purgatory, does not believe the church was founded on Peter. He accepted the book National Sunday Law. I ap- proached him that" being an attorney I thought he might

enjoy the book."

does

not believe the Pope is infallible, does not believe

I came down with a severe bug due to putting forth so

much energy for 12 hours day after day but was sustained enough to weather the last few days with a whole roll of pa- per towels for my nose and a thousand sneezes. Probably a few people were infected with more than the Holy Spirit but I had no choice other than to stay home and I trust the price was not too much to pay for the people receiving so much truth. I will visit many again later in their homes but mean time trsut and pray and that the Silent Messengers are

speaking loudly to some and shouting to others as the time

is at hand.

The Holy Spirit is moving upon the people. If we will just be moved they will be moved to listen and respond. We do not have to be at fairs though as there are opportunities every- where if we are only watchful, waiting, anticipating, and pre- pared to speak and act. I try to carry literature with me everywhere even when I'm off duty and out of uniform.

LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION

BY BR N NKOMO

and out of uniform. LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION BY BR N NKOMO We would once again like to

We would once again like to issue our heart-felt thanks to those that assisted in the second literature distribution that we had two Sab- baths ago. A special thank you to Blessed Hope who rendered special items, to all those that gave sermonettes on the train and to those people that donated cash to assist us in reaching out to our communi- ties.

Following on from the distribution of 320 SoP books that we did in the middle of December, the Lord, through His faithful agents on this earth, allowed us to purchase 500 Bibles that were handed out to very gleeful and grateful passengers on the afternoon trains in Cape Town.

The demand for the Bibles was so great that they finished “ahead” of schedule and a member of the group gladly sur- rendered his personal Bible when one of the passengers begged for a Bible.

Our prayer is that before we leave for our mission work in Tanzania, that we will be able to organize another distribu- tion; so please join us in our prayers.

our mission work in Tanzania, that we will be able to organize another distribu- tion; so

DO NOT BLASPHEME THE HOLY SPIRIT

BY SR EG WHITE

Mk 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:mBut he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

Christ told them plainly that in attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan, they were cutting themselves off from the fountain of blessing. Those who had spoken against Jesus Himself, not discerning His divine character, might receive forgiveness; for through the Holy Spirit they might be brought to see their error and repent. Whatever the sin, if the soul repents and believes, the guilt is washed away in the blood of Christ; but he who rejects the work of the Holy Spirit is placing himself where repentance and faith cannot come to him. It is by the Spirit that God works upon the heart; when men willfully reject the Spirit, and declare It to be from Satan, they cut off the channel by which God can communicate with them. When the Spirit is finally rejected, there is no more that God can do for the soul.

The Pharisees to whom Jesus spoke this warning did not themselves believe the charge they brought against Him. There was not one of those dignitaries but had felt drawn toward the Saviour. They had heard the Spirit's voice in their own hearts declaring Him to be the Anointed of Israel, and urging them to confess themselves His disciples. In the light of His presence they had real- ized their unholiness, and had longed for a righteousness which they could not create. But after their rejection of Him it would be too humiliating to receive Him as the Mes- siah. Having set their feet in the path of unbelief, they were too proud to confess their error. And in order to avoid ac- knowledging the truth, they tried with desperate violence to dispute the Saviour's teaching. The evidence of His power and mercy exasperated them. They could not prevent the Saviour from working miracles, they could not silence His teaching; but they did everything in their power to misrepre- sent Him and to falsify His words. Still the convicting Spirit of God followed them, and they had to build up many barri- ers in order to withstand its power. The mightiest agency that can be brought to bear upon the human heart was striv- ing with them, but they would not yield. DA, p321/322

God works by the manifestation of His Spirit to reprove and convict the sinner; and if the Spirit's work is finally rejected, there is no more that God can do for the soul. The last re- source of divine mercy has been employed. The transgressor has cut himself off from God, and sin has no remedy to cure itself. There is no reserved power by which God can work to

convict and convert the sinner. "Let him alone" (Hosea 4:17) is the divine command. Then "there remaineth no more sac- rifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." Hebrews 10:26-27. PP, p405

In this our day men have placed themselves where they are wholly unable to fulfill the conditions of repentance and con- fession: therefore they cannot find mercy and pardon. The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not lie in any sudden word or deed; it is the firm, determined resistance of truth and evidence. 5BC, p1093

It is not God that blinds the eyes of men or hardens their hearts. He sends them light to correct their errors, and to lead them in safe paths; it is by the rejection of this light that the eyes are blinded and the heart hardened. Often the proc- ess is gradual, and almost imperceptible. Light comes to the soul through God's word, through His servants, or by the di- rect agency of His Spirit; but when one ray of light is disre- garded, there is a partial benumbing of the spiritual perceptions, and the sec- ond revealing of light is less clearly dis- cerned. So the darkness increases, until it is night in the soul. Thus it had been with these Jewish leaders. They were convinced that a divine power attended Christ, but in order to resist the truth, they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. In doing this they delib- erately chose deception; they yielded themselves to Satan, and henceforth they were controlled by his power. DA,

and henceforth they were controlled by his power. DA, p322/3 Every day, in their refusal to

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Every day, in their refusal to repent, they took up their rebellion afresh. They were preparing to reap that which they had sown. The wrath of God is not declared against men merely because of the sins which they have committed, but for choosing to con- tinue in a state of resistance, and, although they have light and knowledge, repeating their sins of the past. If they would submit, they would be pardoned; but they are determined not to yield. They defy God by their obstinacy. These souls have given themselves to Satan, and he controls them ac- cording to his will. TM, p74

The most common manifestation of the sin against the Holy Spirit is in persistently slighting Heaven's invitation to re- pent. Every step in the rejection of Christ is a step toward the rejection of salvation, and toward the sin against the Holy Spirit. In rejecting Christ the Jewish people committed the unpardonable sin; and by refusing the invitation of mercy, we may commit the same error. DA, p324/5

Cont: p10

SOCIAL PURITY

How much is included in the seventh command- ment? "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery; but I say unto you, That whoso- ever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matt. 5:27, 28.

"And bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Cor. 10:5.

Does God know the thoughts? "Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off." Ps. 139:2.

What are the people of God exhorted to omit? "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; nei- ther filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks." Eph. 5:3, 4.

What does the apostle class this inclination? "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these:

Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness." Gal.

5:19.

Of what will those who are guilty in this direction be deprived? "I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Gal. 5:21.

If one professing godliness is known to be impure, what is our duty regarding Him? "But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator." 1 Cor.

5:11.

If one received evil communications, how will they affect him? "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good man- ners." 1 Cor. 15:33.

When a person allows corrupt thoughts to be sown in his heart, what may he expect to reap? "Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Gal. 6:7, 8.

What is even the thought of foolishness said to be? "The thought of foolishness is sin." Prov. 24:9.

On what condition does God accept the sinner? "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abun- dantly pardon." Isa. 55:7.

What other consideration should lead us to sobri- ety? "But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." 2 Peter 4:7. Where should one's thoughts be held?

Then how should one treat him who indulges in low, impure conversation? "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of dark- ness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." Eph. 5:11, 12.

In conversation, against what should one be strenuously guarded? "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Eph. 4:29.

What are the proper things to engage one's mind? "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil. 4:8.

NOTE. - To male and female alike this rule applies. All should avoid associating with those who indulge in low, impure thoughts, as their presence and influence are alike contagious. One soon receives the mould of a frequent companionship, whether the companion be good or bad. All should strive against the reception of grovelling, vulgar thoughts; for, as has been truthfully said, "no one can suc- ceed long in keeping himself from vicious acts whose thoughts dwell, without restraint, upon unchaste subjects. Purity of life depends upon purity of mind; and the only way to secure the first is by the cultivation of the second. Incessant mental occupation is the only safeguard against sin.

What is promised to the pure in heart? "Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God." Matt. 5:8.

From what source come our words? "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Matt. 12:34.

Of what will all give account in the day of judg- ment? "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judg- ment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Matt. 12:36, 37.

PRISONERS OF HOPE This newsletter is authored by members of the SDA church whose desire

PRISONERS OF

HOPE

This newsletter is authored by members of the SDA church whose desire is to provide a thought provoking newsletter for Adventists dwelling on the banks of Jordan; in the process appealing to entire fidelity to the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.

Continued from p8:

Heb 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it]. God bears long with the rebellion and apostasy of His subjects. Even when His mercy is despised and His love scorned and derided, He bears with men until the last resource for leading them to repentance is exhausted. But there are limits to His forbearance. From those who to the end continue in obstinate rebellion, He removes His protecting care. Providence will no longer shield them from Satan's power. They will have sinned away their day of grace. RH, September 17, 1901

No soul is ever finally deserted of God, given up to his own ways, so long as there is any hope of his salvation. "Man turns from God, not God from him." Our heavenly Father follows us with appeals and warnings and assurances of compassion, until further oppor- tunities and privileges would be wholly in vain. The responsibility rests with the sinner. By resisting the Spirit of God today, he prepares the way for a second resistance of light when it comes with mightier power. Thus he passes on from one stage of resistance to another, until at last the light will fail to impress, and he will cease to respond in any measure to the Spirit of God. Then even "the light that is in thee" has become darkness. The very truth we do know has become so perverted as to increase the blindness of the soul. MB, p93

Because of love rejected, grace despised, the sinner will be destroyed. DA, p600

SWEET VEGAN DELIGHT

Nectarine & Mango Sorbet

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup unbleached cane sugar (you can use honey if you are so inclined)

1 1/2 lbs. nectarines, peeled, pitted, and sliced

1 mango, peeled, pitted, and sliced

1 cup orange juice

1 T. lemon juice

pitted, and sliced 1 cup orange juice 1 T. lemon juice In a small saucepan, place

In a small saucepan, place the water and sugar, and bring to a boil. Stir the mixture to help dissolve the sugar, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. In a blender or food processor, place the nectarines, mango, and cooled sugar mixture, and process for 1 minute. Add the orange juice and lemon juice and puree the mixture until very smooth. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instruc- tions. Or if you do not have an ice cream maker, place sorbet mixture in a plastic container, cover, and chill for 3-4 hours or until partially frozen. Process sorbet mixture in a

blender or food processor. Return the mixture to the plastic container, cover, and freeze

3 additional hours. Repeat the processing procedure, transfer back to the plastic con-

tainer, cover, and freeze until solid

Orange & Pineapple Freeze

1

400g can crushed pineapple (You can substitute with 2cups fresh pineapple)

4

bananas, peeled

2

cups orange juice

1

t. vanilla

Drain the crushed pineapple and reserve the juice. Line a large casserole with plastic wrap, and spread the drained pineapple evenly over the plastic. Place the peeled ba- nanas around the edge of the casserole dish. Place the casserole dish in the freezer for several hours or until fruit is thoroughly frozen. In a blender or food processor, com- bine the frozen fruit, reserved pineapple juice, and the remaining ingredients, and

blend until smooth. Serve immediately in chilled glass.

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