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EDITORIAL
JAMES RAY, Editor
Steps to
Nowhere PHILADELPHIA BAPTIST CHURCH
Calhoun, Georgia
Pastor Timothy McCulley
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Oxford, Alabama
(Honoring Dr. & Mrs. C.O. Grinstead for
50 years of Ministry at Trinity Baptist Church)
FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH
Sparta, Tennessee
(Pastor Curtis Guest)
WESTSIDE INDEPENDENT BAPTIST
CHURCH Tallassee, Alabama
(Pastor Rick Dorley)
NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
Dalton, Georgia
(Pastor Rick Spence)
HAZELGREEN BAPTIST CHURCH
Alsip, Illinois
(Pastor John R. Reed)
EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Newnan, Georgia
(Pastor Terry Arp)
EDGEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH
Trenton, Georgia
(Pastor Jim Lilley)
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Recently, as I was traveling from England to
Scotland, I stopped at a rest stop. This stop had
no service of any kind—no gas, restaurant, or
facilities. The one thing that caught my eye was
an ancient stone staircase, leading from my
level to…well, NOWHERE. Perhaps there once
was a house or residence at the top of those
stone stairs but an observer would never know
it now. These were steps to NOWHERE.

Today’s world is like those steps. Millions
of people are living out their days as a mere
existence. They work, eat, sleep, and then they
eventually just die with no goals accomplished.

Millions follow pagan religions that offer no
hope. In Bali, Indonesia, Mary and I followed
a group of women bearing platters of food on
their heads down a lonely path and watched
them place their food at the feet of stone idols.

Then they departed, believing the idols would
consume their offering. Millions the world
over bow to statues which cannot hear, speak,
or move—steps to nowhere!
Religions that offer no hope are steps to
nowhere. On the island of Bali, Mary and I saw
crumbling brick gods—at every crossroad—
in every back garden. In Singapore, we saw
a giant Buddha being REPAIRED (not very
impressive—a god who must be repaired).

We saw a giant sleeping Buddha, again not
impressive—a god who is asleep.

and rubbed it as the plane was landing
(not very convincing).

None of these gods or other gods of
the earth can offer their followers a
personal relationship. However, our
God and Savior Jesus Christ reveals
Himself to Believers in a loving,
personal way.

Peter wrote, Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that ye should
follow his steps (1 Peter 2:21). Ah—if
you follow HIS STEPS, those footprints
will not lead you to NOWHERE but to
life and peace both now and for eternity.

THOSE STEPS will be STEPS TO
Somewhere! On a plane flying into Germany, Mary sat
beside a young woman who was a government
scientist. The girl was petrified of flying but she
had a refuge—a little fuzzy toy chicken—her
good luck chicken. For comfort, she rubbed it
Read the article in this issue of Pastor F. B. Meyer.

Meyer went after people. He was energetic and
vigorous. His sermons were born out of deep
and serious study of the Scripture. He was at
the prison gate every Monday morning, on the
streets soul winning during the week, in the city
active in the government. F.B. Meyer pastored
his church in Leicester, England, but in reality, he
pastored—Leicester. 3