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About our cover THINKING IT THROUGH
If you want to do something, reach for your Bible!
When Natan Shcharansky was released after serving thirteen years in a Soviet labor camp, he refused to leave without the Psalms, which he said had been such a help to him. A few years ago, the pilot of a plane hijacked by terrorists and held at the Beirut airport said that during the seventeen-day ordeal he read the Bible so much he nearly wore it out. We're told also that the most widely circulated publication among troops during the Persian Gulf War was the Bible.
Clearly, the Scriptures give us spiritual light when we most need it. And they not only assure us of God's care; they enable us to prove it.
Worldly thinking sometimes contends that the Bible is of little help, that it's too complex or contradictory. The fact remains, though, that the Bible is a book of simple, powerful messages. One of those messages is that there is a God and that turning to Him for help is doing something very practical. Throughout the Old and New Testaments we read of people struggling against the currents of materialistic thinking—against the very elements that underlie the world's suffering—and winning through divine power. We can do the same today.
INSIDE: LOOKING INTO THIS ISSUE
A spiritual activism on behalf of the environment
with contributions from Sancy Childs
A Bible forum
Nancy Hormel Reinert
Our daily opportunity
What's required for spiritual healing?
Peter B. Vanderhoef
Dorothy B. Wilson
The Bible: human paradox and spiritual reality
Michael D. Rissler
Prayer, praise, and thanksgiving
For as far back in my childhood as I can remember,...
Daniel W. Winter
"Oh how great is thy goodness, ... which thou hast wrought...
Alejandro Eduardo Adrián Laporte with contributions from Rosa Maria Tartabini
A couple of years ago I sat down and wrote a list of healings...
Deborah A. Collier Tonkin