May 25, 2015
The first paragraph of Micah contains a stirring indictment:
Micah 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. 3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place. 5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem? 6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof. 7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.
What is the transgression of Jacob? Samaria.
What are the high places of Judah? Jerusalem.
The prophet Micah indicts the leadership of the nation (or nations, at this point in history).
May 21, 2015
Have you ever tried to count the stars? Jeremiah wrote: “the host of heaven cannot be numbered.”
The science of astronomy has given us much interesting information about the universe in which we live-the earth and its moon, the planets and their moons, the stars, and the sun. These findings should enhance the thoughtful Christian’s appreciation for God’s power and wisdom. Moreover, they should sharpen our awareness of the truth of some remarkable statements in the Bible about astronomy.
May 20, 2015
Timothy W. Berrey
The plane lumbered down the runway of the Bangkok airport, eventually found its wings, and I was off to my second Muslim-majority country. There was something different, though, about this trip. For one thing, it was my first mission trip to the Middle East. More importantly, it was my first time to visit a Filipino missionary doing work among Muslims. Statistics commonly assert that approximately ten percent of Filipino citizens work abroad at any given time, most of them in Asian or Middle Eastern countries. The Philippine government refers to them as Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs). From a missions perspective, OFWs have a unique opportunity to bring the gospel to Muslim countries that are officially closed to any kind of mission work.
May 19, 2015
Filipinos–Our Courageous Missionary Colleagues
The March/April 2015 edition of FrontLine
We are delighted to present an edition of FrontLine devoted to the mission field of the Philippines. The authors of the main articles in this edition are all serving in one way or another in that region of the world. It is easy to become tightly focused on our own area of ministry, but with this edition, we invite you to “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (Jn 4.35)
May 18, 2015
Thomas B. Alvis Jr.
Where there is no vision, the people perish (Prov. 29:18).
Andrew Murray in 1901 wondered “why, with millions of Christians in the world, the army of missionaries fighting the hosts of darkness is so small.” His answer is—lack of heart. “The enthusiasm of the kingdom is missing because there is so little enthusiasm for the King” (Key to the Missionary Problem, p. 7). Honesty demands that we acknowledge the steady decline of interest and involvement in missions within our local churches over the past twenty-to-thirty years. In recent conversations with several veteran missionary friends, terms such as dead, dying, calcifying, trifling, pathetic, waning, sickening, and frustrating were used to describe missions within Fundamental Baptist churches. None of us enjoys criticism, but unless we are willing to stop making excuses and to consider what is being said, “the missionary program of today and tomorrow will, to put it soberly, fizzle out like a wet firecracker instead of being the mighty missile that Christ intends and requires” (Ibid, p. 8).