Sherwood Eddy interviewed 25 young Communists in Moscow one day and asked each one how many hours he gave to the party each day. Not one of them gave less than three hours daily telling others about the virtues of communism. Some of them gave as much as nine hours each day witnessing to their beliefs.
Can it be that Karl Marx has more witnesses in this generation than Jesus Christ? Is this what Jesus meant when He asked, "Will I find any faith on the earth when I return?"
Thank God for His children who obey in sustained manner the command, "Go, tell how great things the Lord has done for you, and has had compassion on you." Mark 5:19b
Swept along on the wave of worldwide elation over the lunar landing and their safe return to earth, President Nixon said, "This is the greatest week since the beginning of the world! Nothing has changed the world more than this mission."
I heartily disagree. The greatest and most wondrous event in the world occurred when the angelic being announced long ago the hope-enkindling advent of the Savior: "I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born--a Savior."
From Bruce Howell's Sermon "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
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