from the Editor
Have you ever noticed in the Old
Testament that when a godly man died, it is said that “he was gathered to his people”?(Genesis 25:8) This
probably means that they would spiritually be with the other godly people who had died.
This means that those with whom we
have lived and are happy in their company, will be the ones that we will live with for ever in the life to
come. In this life we choose our company for
Those who love God and love those who
belong to Him, and look upon these people as our friends and brethren, will be those we will dwell with for
eternity. The same is true of those who love sin and evil, and feel
at home with the ungodly, they will be their eternal companions.
However, some people have nothing to
do with God's people in this life and all their associates are ungodly people whom they enjoy to be with, yet
they vainly hope that after this life they will be with the saints of God in heaven.
If a sinner should go to heaven,
everything would be strange to them, and everything that is done there would be foreign and hateful to them. How
could they sing God's praises for the first time, or rejoice and delight in God, if they had never done so on
earth? Heaven would prove to be entirely contrary to their
The Lord will make sure that all
those whom He has saved and changed their hearts to love and desire Him, will be with Himself and all other
believers. At death they are not spiritually separated from the
Lord, nor from those who belong to Him. They are one family of God and will dwell with him
Who are our close friends with
whom we will be with for eternity?
Chu was a Chinese man who lived in
northern China He belonged to the Buddhist religion and had never
heard of Christ or the Bible. His friend Chang was the Buddhist
priest who had recently returned from a trip abroad, and Chu went to visit him to welcome him
As they sat and chatted, Chu happened
to notice an unusual book lying on a dusty shelf. “What have you
here, Chang?” he asked “It is a strange book I picked up on my
journey; a foreign classic. You will not think much of it.” he
But Chu was interested. There was very little to read where he lived. Here was something new to him and he began to eagerly read it. He soon became absorbed in the book.
It was a little gospel of Mark. It
seemed to him to be so simple, yet so sublime. After that Chu came
to visit his friend often and to read the little
book. He now wanted to know about the book and the person it spoke of. Was the book true? When did it
happen? Did Jesus live? Was Jesus really alive? And many more questions, but Chang could not answer
Chu then asked anyone he could find
about the book, but no one knew anything about it. He longed to know where the book could be found, and whether
there were any other books like it?
After a year news reached him that a
missionary had begun to work in a distant southern province of China, and had called his work, “The glad tidings
about Jesus”. Chu longed to meet this man. Some months later a man was to visit that area and Chu asked him to
visit the missionary, whose name was David Hill. He returned with
two books about the Bible and the address of the missionary.
A year later the man went again to
the south and returned with a complete New Testament. Chu was delighted and read it continuously.
After two more years, Chu could stand
it no longer and made his way to the missionary's address. There he
met some Chinese Christians as well as talking to the missionary.
He now understood the word of God better.
Soon his brother became a Christian
and later Chu became a pastor of a church in his home area. His
friend Chang, the Buddist priest, also was saved and became an elder of Chu's church.
Chu's experience proved that “the
entrance of Thy words bring light.” Psalm 119:130. He now had the light of salvation and faithfully served the
had a brother who was unsaved. He
prayed for him, and often spoke to him urging him to seek the Lord, but it was all in vain. Then one Sunday morning he announced with joy and with tears, that a great
change had been wrought in his heart by the Lord's grace.
He then added that he had also
received a letter which informed him that his brother had dropped dead as he was alighting from a
coach. Before this the brother had shown very clearly that he was a
new man in Christ Jesus. Whitefield added, “Therefore let us pray
always for ourselves and those who are dear to us, and never faint.”
Good out of
Martin and Christine were a happy and
prosperous couple in Northern Germany many years ago. Martin had
inherited a good farm from his father when he died. He was a good
farmer and cared well for his farm.
Best of all, they were a Christian family. Every morning and night they read the Bible and prayed together with their
children, and each Sunday they worshipped God at the local church.
But there was one thing which caused
much unhappiness to the family; that was their next-door neighbour.
This man was very well off, but there was no fear of God before his eyes. He hated God and hated religion.
He did every mean thing he could to hurt Martin and his family, even though everyone knew these things were his
doing, he would always deny it. Martin and his family prayed much for him, but nothing changed
One day this farmer asked Martin
whether he remembered his father borrowing a large sum of money from his father. Martin replied that he could
vaguely remember him doing so.“I thought you father paid this money, but I have found this account and evidently
it was never paid.” “Of course he paid it back!” said Martin. “Then
where is the receipt for the payment?” demanded the neighbour. “if you can produce the receipt, it will be all
right, but if not you will have to pay the full amount and thirty years of interest as well.”
Martin and his wife searched their
house carefully, but no receipt could be found, They were compelled
to sell their farm to the highest bidder, who was the troublesome neighbour, and pay the money. They now had just enough money to buy a little cottage with a small block of
But worse was to come: A band of
defeated soldiers who were fleeing from Napoleon the French General, ,raided the area seeking for money. The
neighbour told them that Martin had money.. They forced their way into Martin's house, pushed him aside and
searched the house. They scattered furniture and items everywhere, but finding none, they then rode
Martin and his family were terrified,
but thankful to the Lord that none of them had been seriously hurt.
They then began to clean up all the mess. Suddenly Martin picked up
a small piece of folded paper and to his amazement it was the receipt for the full payment of the money his
father had borrowed.
The hostile neighbour was forced to
return the farm to Martin and repay him the money he had given him.
Martin and his family were filled
with thanks to the Lord and the people in the village recognised the hand of God in this matter. The hostile
neighbour was put to shame and his evil deeds exposed.
Martin and his family knew that Psalm
146:5 belonged to himself and his family,“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help;, whose hope is in
the Lord his God.”
Using the first letter of the answer
to each of the ten questions below, find the name of a book in the New Testament.
1. Samuel told Saul he would find two
men by her sepulchre ? 1 Sam 10:2.
2. All those invited to the supper
began to make these ? Luke 14.
3. Gideon had a small army, “lest
Israel ??? themselves.” ? Judges 7.
4. Peter says that he and others were
what “?? of His majesty”? 2 Peter 1.
5. Bethel's former name? Genesis
6. The name of the King who judged
Paul. Acts 26.
7. Third word in the writing on the
wall? Daniel 5.
8. The country Acquila had recently
come from? Acts 18.
9. Your neighbour's ?? is not to be
coveted. Exodus. 20.
10. About this time Paul neared
Damascus? Acts 22.
“The two Testaments are the two
lips by which God has spoken to us” Thomas
Gisbert vanKoerten was a Dutch
carpenter. When war was declared in 1940, he was called up to serve
in the army. One evening a number of men in his platoon invited him
to go to church with them. There he heard the message of the gospel
and was wonderfully saved.
When he returned home, his wife
realised that he was different. She asked was he sick? He replied,
“No, I am very well, but I have been converted!” She was very angry
with him and mocked his faith in Christ. However, her attitude did
not drive him from the Lord, but made him more determined to live for Him.
When the German army occupied
Holland, Gisbert and many others were employed in building the Soesterberg Airport.
On one Saturday evening when the men
were about to knock off, a large black car drove up, and an Officer
stepped out. He shouted, “Let all the workers gather here! I have an announcement for them!” All the
construction workers gathered quietly before him. “Listen!, on Monday the General is coming here to inspect
everything. A lot has still to be done, so you must work tomorrow
The men were silent and looked at
each other. “Who will refuse to do this?” he demanded. A few men
walked to the front to show that they would not work the next day.
When the German Officer asked why they would not work, they said that the next day was the Lord's
The Officer took out his pistol, then
he said, “I will give you a few seconds to reconsider If you do not
work, there are two options, either you will be taken to work in Germany or I will make an example of you here
with my pistol. If I do that, then you won't have any more Sundays
All of the men drew back and only Gisbert remained. He said quietly, “Tomorrow is the Lord's Day, Sir, I will not work on it.” “I
have the authority to execute you right here and now. Do you
realise that?” roared the Officer. “I know that, Sir, and if God allows it, you can do that, but I would rather
have that than profane God's Day.”
The Officer paused for a moment. He
had failed to change Gisbert by threatening, also he
respected his courage. Then he said, “You are free this one time.”
However, pointing to the others, he commanded, “But make sure you all come to work
Gisbert had remained true to God and
the Lord had protected him.
The puzzle of the
Many people are puzzled about the
pronouns, thee, thou, thine and ye in the King James Bible.
How do we know which is singular –
speaking of only one person, and which is plural? Well, there is a
simple method of knowing this.
If the pronoun begins with a
't' it is singular = 'thee' or, 'thou'. If the pronoun refers to something a person
possesses, the pronouns are 'thy' or 'thine'.
But if the pronoun begins with a
'y' then it is plural = 'ye' or 'you'. If the pronoun refers to something a person possesses, it is
Bible languages were slightly
different from present day English. We can use the pronoun
'you' to refer to one person or an hundred people.
When the King James Bible was
translated in 1611, singular and plural pronouns were used. So when
we read any text in the Bible we can immediately see whether it is speaking to one person or
many. If we read 'thee' it is speaking to one person, if
it has 'ye' it is speaking to a number of people.
A Jewish Doctor
A Christian minister became a friend
of a Jewish doctor and had opportunities to speak to him about the sayings and teachings of Christ. The doctor
seemed to appreciate the Lord's wisdom and grace in His teachings.
One day the minister decided to show
the doctor some of the Old Testament prophecies of Christ and the promises that He would come. The doctor seemed to be interested in what he was saying. Then the minister shook his hand and said, “Why, then doctor, will you not
believe that Jesus is the Messiah?”
The doctor became very offended by
these words and told him that it was needless for him to try to convert him because he would not
From that time the doctor sought to
avoid the minister and had very little to do with him. Then a new minister came to that town and told his
congregation that they should pray for the Jews and speak to them about Christ whenever they had an opportunity
to do so.
One Christian lady who worked in a
laundry tried to do as the minister had said. Shortly after she
became very ill and was treated by the Jewish doctor.
He knew that she was in great pain,
but she never complained or murmured; only praised and thanked God
for His great mercy in forgiving her sins and washing her from all uncleanness. This lady died and was buried
and was soon forgotten by many, but there was one who could not forget her - that was the Jewish
Before she died she gave her Bible as
a special gift to him, and asked him to diligently read it. Then
she prayed that God would take away the veil of Moses from his heart and give him the Holy
Some time later the doctor came to
the minister asking him to baptise him. He said, “Now I am sure that Jesus is the Messiah and we need not look
for another.” The minister asked him how this change had taken
He replied, “You remember the old washer woman! Well I never saw anyone die as she did. She died rejoicing in Christ, as if she was going to a feast. Her death was a victory indeed!
From that moment I have no other wish than that I might die like she did. I took her Bible home with me and read it and read it again, and am still
reading it. It seemed to me as if scales fell from my eyes, I am now sure that the Lord Jesus is the
promised Messiah, and I wish to confess His Name, and after proper instruction from you, to be
A doctor placed a very fat man on a
strict diet. He said, “I want you to eat regularly for two days,
then skip one day. Repeat this pattern for two weeks and you should have lost 2
After two weeks, the doctor was
shocked to learn that he had lost 20 kilograms. “Did you follow my
instructions?” he asked. The man nodded, “But I found it extremely strenuous.” “From hunger you mean?” “No,
from skipping every
Computer:A farmer who had bought his first computer, tried to make
sense of the computer language. He thought of what it meant in
Log on: what you put on the fire to make it burn.
taking the wood off the truck.
Drive: how you drive
when you are in a hurry.
Modem: what you do to 'dem lawns' when the grass
Cursor: what the farmer says when things go
Mouse: the pest on every farm.
Byte: what the mossies do.
Screen: what is used to shut the mossies out.
Laptop: where the cat loves to
what is left in the bag after the
chips are eaten.
Web: what the spiders make.
Online: where the washing is hung out to dry.
a steep hill that is hard to climb.
Engine: where a farmer
looks when it won't go.
Yahoo: what the farmer says when the motor starts.
“It is well with my
Horatio Spafford was a very
successful Christian business man and a lawyer, who owned much property in Chicago, Illinois in
1850. Suddenly a tragic fire swept through that city in 1851,
300 people were killed in the fire and 100,000 were left homeless.
Over night Mr. Spafford lost almost
everything he had in the fire, and was near financial ruin. To add
to his tragedy, his only son died at this time. For the next two
years Mr. Spafford stayed in Chicago to help those who were in need. He worked hard to assist those who
were homeless and poor.
At last he was exhausted and decided
to sail to England and Europe for a holiday. However, he was
delayed from travelling with his wife and four daughters, who he put on the luxury French liner, the Ville Du
Havre, He promised to meet them on the other side of the Atlantic
as soon as possible. However, the ship never reached its
destination; It collided with an English ship, the Loch Earn, and
sank almost immediately. Mr. Spafford's four daughters were lost,
but his wife was saved with forty six other people. Two hundred and
twenty six lives were lost.
The ship carrying Mrs. Spafford
arrived in Cardiff, Wales, nine days later. She sent a telegram to
her husband saying, “Saved alone.” He then boarded the next
available ship to join his wife.
On the way, the Ship sailed close to
the place where his four daughter had lost their lives . Amidst his
deep sorrow and grief, he began to write the words of a famous hymn,
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my
When sorrows, like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
“Though Satan should buffet,
though trials should come ,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ hath
regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed His own blood for my soul.”