Volume 1 No 2
Thanks to all for the support given to our first issue of Face to Face magazine! My hope and prayer is that our second issue will be met with just as much enthusiasm, and will be just as helpful and profitable as we go about living in this hectic, often difficult world.
As I write, the G8-summit is in progress and is discussing, among other things, the effect of climate change on our planet. The Group of 5 emerging nations, which includes South Africa, are joining in the discussions today. As Christians, some argue we have been given dominion over the earth, and since we know that the entire universe is going to be restored in the future we need not be overly concerned. Others argue, however, that as stewards, we should be as responsible as we can with what God has left in our care. As a Christian, or caring citizen, what is our Duty of Care?
Some may be more interested in prophecy. I can recall that even as a young kid I was always fascinated by the talk of Prophecy, and the ‘End Times’. What is it all about? When will it all happen? Many would love a sneak preview as to what the future holds. The Bible is filled with many prophetic writings. What is the purpose of these writings? “Where Are We Now In Prophecy” asks some very interesting questions of us. Are we in the End Times? If so, what should we be doing about it?
These are interesting and often very debatable topics. The article on the Greatest Book Ever Written points us in the direction we should follow in seeking these answers. What does the Bible say about these issues? You may be surprised. Humankind has many theories about important issues. Sometimes we turn to our own understandings. However in Prov. 14:12 the Bible says that there is a way that seems right to you and I, but if we follow our own understanding, it often ends badly for us! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”(NIV). With Face to Face Magazine, the Bible, God’s Word is our ultimate authority. As you read through the magazine my prayer is that God’s word comes alive for you, and not only do you gain understanding of pertinent issues that affect you as you go about living your life, but that you come to an awareness of the good works that you have been called to do.
In Christian love.