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E D I TO R I A L Recent JAMES RAY, Editor Events with Great Mission Churches Touching God! CRANBERRY BAPTIST CHURCH Beckley, West Virginia (Pastor Roger Pauley) HAMILTON BAPTIST CHURCH Hixson, Tennessee (Pastor Virgil Smith) LAKEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH Harrison, Tennessee (Pastor Ronnie Gilbert) Ladies meeting led by Mary Ray NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH Dalton, Georgia (Pastor Rick Spence) BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Cary, North Carolina (Pastor Brian Norman) BLESSED HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH Kettering, Ohio (Pastor H.C. O’Bryant) EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH Clifton Forge, Virginia (Pastor John Godfrey Jr.) FAIRVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH Athens, Tennessee (Pastor Jack Scallions) FAIRVIEW CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Athens, Tennessee (Graduation Commencement) CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH Mount Vernon, Indiana (Pastor Kevin Petty) To schedule James Ray for your church, you may contact him at: or by phone at 423-802-5198 (cell) or BIMI 423-344-5050, Ext 2103. D They pressed upon him for to touch him (Mark 3:10). eep in the heart of every human being is a longing put there by their Creator for the need of knowing God. Although it is always GOD who initiates contact, the need and longing are nevertheless there. Jesus said, “The true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). Today, pagan religions enslave mil- lions in mental bondage to false gods and unreal deities. However, the need still re- mains in the human family for peace and rest which only come from God. Someone has suggested that there is a vast empty part of the heart that can only be filled and satisfied by God. The world today— every language, culture, tribe, and nation—needs a “touch from God.” Only Jesus Christ can fill that vast empty place in their lives. He told Philip in John 14:9, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Only Jesus can satisfy that longing to know God. But how can they know if they never hear? How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear (Romans10:14)? God asked the question how shall they hear? We must answer with Isaiah, Here am I; send me. Then God will respond as He did to Isaiah, “Go, and tell” (Isaiah 6:8). We are the bridge over which they must cross to God. We are the stream through which the water must flow. We are the hearth over which the flame must burn. We are the means to bring people in touch with God. People touching God is OUR business. Touching God is OUR responsibility. When Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch if he understood the Scripture he read, the man replied, How can I, except some man should guide me (Acts 8:31)? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus (Acts 8:35). And how shall they hear? How can they know? How can they hear? How can they touch God . . . UNLESS WE GUIDE THEM. The work of every missionary, every pastor, and yes...every Christian is to bring people in touch with GOD. Late one night in Australia I sat in the home of a broken man. He had lost his fam- ily and everything. That night I led him to faith in Christ. When I stood to leave, he said, “Thank you, Mr. Ray, for bringing God into my life.” How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things (Romans 10:15)! Philip changed the man’s life─forever. Philip took the Ethiopian’s hand and placed it into the Hand of God. And . . . the eunuch . . . went on his way rejoicing — IN TOUCH WITH GOD. NATIONS • 3