With the budding of a new season comes the yearly reminder of God’s renewing work in the creation that surrounds us. With this in mind, we desire that this spring magazine be a reminder to you of God’s renewing, redeeming grace, not simply as it is pictured in the world around us, but as it is gloriously portrayed in the lives of men and women across the globe who have embraced the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.
In Psalm 107, the psalmist writes, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Letthe redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary and gathered from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” The imperative that is charged to the redeemed is a gradual unfolding of praise to the God of our salvation: “Give thanks to the Lord!” Why? The psalmist answers: “For He is good!” Why is He good? Again, the psalmist replies: “For His lovingkindness is everlasting!” Further prodding of the psalmist asks, what has He done for these redeemed? His answer: “He has redeemed [them] from the hand of the adversary and gathered [them] from the lands!” From where then are these gathered ones that make up this redeemed congregation? The psalmist informs us, they are “from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south!”
As you flip through the pages of this magazine, it is our hope that your hearts would be lifted up in Psalm-107-type praise as you encounter truths and testimonies of God’s never-ending, world-encompassing love. You will find, first, an excerpt from Paul Washer’s second book in the “Recovering the Gospel” series, The Gospel Call & True Conversion. Second, you will read testimonies from all over the world of God’s continual redemption of sinners through the preaching and proclamation of a crucified, dead, and risen Savior. Finally, you will hopefully get a good idea of what the men which you labor to support are doing in Indonesia.
We not only hope that the Christian reading these testimonies would be encouraged by hearing of the Lord’s work in claiming souls for the Kingdom, but we also greatly desire that every man, woman, and child consider the condition of their soul in light of a holy God that offers free grace through the Cross of a crucified and risen Messiah.