Jesus Shines On Death

April 6, 1971
1971 HFP, Volume 3 Number 8

As the strange days of 1971 rolled on, the Soviet Union launched its first Salyut space station. President Nixon pledged to withdraw 100,000 more troops from Vietnam by December. North Vietnamese forces ambushed an outpost manned by Delta Raiders from the 101st Airborne. Charles Manson was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the Sharon Tate murders, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld busing as a means to achieve racial desegregation in public schools.

As our circulation grew to 300,000 the Lord was blessing us with greater opportunities to communicate the Gospel. Editor Duane Pederson was the convocation speaker at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Our friends Evan Williams and John Marston of Harvest Flight spent three days ministering on the Ball State campus prior to the event, and played at the convocation before Duane spoke. John wrote to us later that "the Lord moved in the city of Muncie this past week in a tremendous way." Our friends Richard and Roy had obtained numerous bulk bundles of the HFP and drove cross country from Hollywood to their home in Ontario, Canada, distributing the HFP in eight cities and two college campuses along the way. They were also looking into the possibility of reprinting the HFP in Canada.

This issue included several photos of a beach baptism at Santa Monica beach west of Los Angeles. Another Jesus Festival of Music was being planned for the Hollywood Palladium for the week after we went to press. We printed photos of the eager crowds at a previous Festival where "new brothers and sisters were added to God's forever family." Our switchboard section, the Wall, was three full pages and listed Jesus houses, Bible studies and gatherings in 31 of the 50 states as well as in Canada.

Dale Yancy's front-cover cartoon depicts a sleazy cemetery salesman trying to sell a shocked elderly couple a "slightly used tomb, just vacated this morning after only 3 days use," referring of course to the resurrection of Jesus. Dale also created our dramatic back-cover poster of a wooden cross with the title "Just For You."

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