Table of Contents – September/ October 2016

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1. In The Beginning

 The promises of God are unlike any made by man. Vast in number, their scope and meaning are beyond what man could offer. With God, a promise is a guarantee to action. He will do all that He has promised, in His due time. A key to believing in God is understanding that His wisdom will not always give the answer we want, or in the time frame we prefer. He never makes a mistake in the method and timing of His will. Therefore, in order for God’s promises to bring comfort and rest of heart, we must be willing to accept His methods and His timing…read more
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2. Growing Into Christ      Promises Related to Character Growth
The One who created the universe has chosen to create something new in us — a new creation that is more glorious than anything He has ever created. God’s call is to a life of change, growth, and transformation into the image of his Son (Romans 8:29). No greater honor and privilege could be granted to a humble child of God! …read more
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3. Always Pray and Never Lose Hope       Promises Regarding Answers to Prayer

God wants us to develop faith, hope, and love, but especially love (1 Corinthians 13), in order to fulfill His will for our complete sanctification.The process of sanctification is only possible through a vital prayer life, continual communication with God in our hearts and minds and a desire to do His will. It is a process that consumes our entire consecrated lives…read more
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4.  Spiritual Growth through Trials        Precious Promises to Help in Trials
There are those who believe that God intends for Christians to have a life of ease and prosperity. If that were the case, He would have been a miserable failure. The reality is that those who follow the teachings of his Son seem to have more than their share of difficult experiences in life. ..read more
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5. News and Views        Current Events
 A total of 89 individuals and religious communi­ties across Russia are known to have been brought to court in 2015 for possession of literature dealing with religion or beliefs…read more
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6. Today in Prophecy      “Brexit” Shocks the World
In The Proud TowerA Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, historian Barbara Tuchman wrote, “England’s traditional tolerance was outraged at last.” This observation of England in the time just prior to World War I has new meaning given the recent vote in Great Britain to exit the European Union (EU). While many even in England were surprised by the results of the popular vote, it should be noted that Great Britain never committed to a full European union. read more
7. When I Am Weak, Then Am I Strong      Promises Regarding Shortcomings and Weaknesses
Cinematographer Conrad Hall once said, “There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” He, of course, was thinking of what would make a film more dramatic. But in God’s plan we learn that the avenue to human perfection and true beauty will be through the experience with sin and imperfection…read more Listen to audio: 
8. Eye Hath Not Seen      Promises Relating to Joys Beyond the Vail
As we study the many promises God has made we find extraordinary words that relate to the future prospects for the consecrated of this Gospel Age. These thrilling promises describe new and wonderful privileges God has in store for those willing to be conformed to the image of Christ in this life… read more
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9. Trusting The Promises       Promises Related to God’s Continual Oversight
Bible Students have highlighted scriptural texts that meet this broad definition of “Precious Promises” and compiled them into a well-read booklet, originally published in 1954 in Los Angeles, California. However, there are many more Scriptures that fall into this category that are not included in the publication…read more
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“O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14:31
What must be done to overcome this lack of faith, and to have an increase of faith? We answer that, like the apostles of old, we should pray, “Lord, increase our faith.”
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