Missions

Early Days of Gospel Broadcasting in the Philippines

    The time: evening of December 7th, 1941. The place: radio studio in downtown Manila. The half-hour program of the “Gospel Messengers” was just about to go off the air but the clocked showed they still had another minute. The broadcaster picked up a card, handed to him earlier that day, - “A perfect Convoy of Dreadnaughts”. On this card were printed seven verses, each with “Fear not”. In that remaining minute the broadcaster read: “Fear not, I have redeemed thee.

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 27 - The Progress of the Gospel

CHAPTER 27 The Progress of the Gospel “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.” (2 Thess. 3:1) No doubt most will be aware that the more literal translation is “that the word of the Lord may run.” In making this prayer request, Paul remembered how the Gospel spread so quickly in Thessalonica, as he had written in the first epistle, “The Lord’s message rang out from you, not...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 19 - Post-War Religious and Political Conditions

CHAPTER 19 Post-War Religious and Political Conditions “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” (1 Cor. 16:9) Before writing about the Lord’s work in the Philippines after World War II, it might be well to review both the political and religious background in these islands.  These conditions do have a bearing on the development of the work. When we arrived in 1922, the Philippines was a dependenc...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 20 - Rehabilitation in San Juan

CHAPTER 20 Rehabilitation in San Juan “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-12) During the four years of our absence from the Philippines, some rebuilding of the work had been done with the help of visiting servicemen.  Some of the believers who had been scattered returned to San Juan and to the...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 21 - Church Growth

CHAPTER 21 Church Growth “And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.” (Acts 16:5) What a great deal of missionary effort lies hidden under this brief statement.  How much preaching and teaching by Paul, Silas, and Timothy must have been involved in this remarkable church growth.  Remarkable indeed—for seldom have churches grown daily.  No doubt most of the growth in this verse was in individual believers added to the church...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 22 - More Church Growth

CHAPTER 22 More Church Growth “Then … the churches …were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.” (Acts 9:31) Here are three basic factors in church growth. First, churches must be strengthened. In the introduction to the previous chapter, we say they were strengthened in the faith. For church growth there must be good, solid teaching from the Word of God. The edification of the believers leads to ...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 23 - The Bible School of the Air

CHAPTER 23 The Bible School of the Air “Their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” (Rom. 10:18) The Apostle Paul was quoting from Psalm 19:4 the words of David of how God’s creation, visible in the heavens, declares the glory God. Through creation God speaks to all mankind. The apostle uses these words to describe the spread of the Gospel of Christ throughout the world. He himself had a large share in the dissemination of the Gospel. “S...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 24 - Camp Work

CHAPTER 24 Camp Work “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” (2 Cor. 2:14) In a few words the Apostle paints a wonderful picture of victory. Christ has triumphed over all His foes and leads us who are His redeemed in His triumphal procession. Roman triumphal processions were accompanied by the burning of incense. In Christ’s victory parade the incense is the fragrance of the k...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 25 - Fellowship in the Gospel

CHAPTER 25 Fellowship in the Gospel “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:9) That great devotional writer and speaker of a former generation, Dr. F. B. Meyer, once wrote, “Whilst willing to devote my energies to those with whom my belief necessarily allies me, yet I refuse to be a mere denominationalist and I glory most in being the brother of all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” Sentiments like...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 26 - Fellow-workers in Christ

CHAPTER 26 Fellow-workers in Christ “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” (Phil. 4:1) There is no doubt that the Apostle Paul deeply appreciated the fellowship of others serving with him in the Lord’s service. Frequently he wrote about his “fellow workers,” “fellow servants,” and “fellow soldiers.” When he traveled he was seldom alone, nor were his co-workers usually Jews like himself...
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