SOURCE: Truth for the World Update, November 2007
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HOT Off the Press
by William S. Howard
The term “hot off the press” is peculiar since the print room is rather cool and the press is certainly inky, but never hot. “Wet off the press” would be more accurate. The term, “hot off the press,” of course, means some news or some thing which has been anticipated or desired and is now finished and ready to be distributed. The Gospel is the good news that always stays news. It is the news that always keeps the presses rolling. It always needs to be “hot off the press” and ready for the next soul. There is always another soul who needs to be told of God’s grace, His mercy, and His salvation. There is always another town, village, or country that needs the Word of God. There is always a generation that needs to be taught and a generation of Christians who must teach.Through the years Truth for the World has produced tons upon tons of printed materials (over 5 tons last year in tracts alone) which are shipped for the purpose of evangelism around the world. All are free of charge. the Gospel, the news that remains news, brings salvation. It goes hot off the press to a world in sin. The print work at Truth for the World is a continuation of what was accomplished by Gutenberg in Germany (Fifteenth Century), by the early Christians in the first century and by the scribes before them. They all took the Word of God (and lessons from the word of God) and copied it. They passed it to those in their generation and for all generations that followed. This helped to teach the lost and build up Christians. The same job is being done today on a larger scale to an enormous world population.
The printed word is of great importance in civilization and salvation. God has established His Word which includes teaching, commands, promises, warnings, and the offer of mercy for all mankind for all time. It is permanently set upon the earth. He could have accomplished this in several ways, but how did He choose to do this? He did it in print. Since He put it in book (or scroll) form then we are intended to read. Reading is easily learned by small children because we are designed to read. It is a part of everyday life. It is also the means by which God’s laws are communicated. Jesus replies to Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4:4 with the words, “It is written.” By those words He is saying the laws of God are established, set and recorded for all to learn. Words have meaning and the Word of God applies to all of mankind. Jesus then quotes Deuteronomy 8:3 by saying, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The words proceeded from the mouth of God were placed into print by the Prophets and Apostles. As each inspired writer finished his work, another section of God’s word to man was completed. To the righteous this was highly prized, anticipated and greatly desired (1 Peter 1:10-12). They copied, circulated, and taught from it. Is the printed word necessary today? The answer is obvious. Though there are many ways to communicate (as there have always been many ways to communicate), the printed word outlasts them all.
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