Table of Contents-January/February 2017

Volume 99, Number 1

1. In The Beginning

Exhortations to Godliness are a bulwark of the New Testament. Even the Gospel accounts, which are the foundation of the New Testament, are intertwined with exhortations by recounting the words, advice, and teachings of Jesus. The record of what Jesus did and how he conducted himself also constitute exhortations by way of example. view more…

2. The Greater Context of Hebrews Six On to Maturity

“Every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised … Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on” (Hebrews 5:13,14, 6:1). view more…

3. Comfort One Another Caught Up Together  

“The Lord himself shall descend from heaven … and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). view more…

4. Thoughts on the Book of Ruth David’s Great Grandmother 

“Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16, all citations from NASB). view more…

5.  Lessons From Hezekiah A King with a Good Heart 

“Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. … He did that which was right in the sight of Jehovah, according to all that David his father did. … He trusted in Jehovah God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him” (2 Kings 18:1-5). view more…

 

6. News and Views Current Events 

One of the most consequential shifts in American religion has been the rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans. This trend emerged in the early 1990s. In 1991, only six percent of Americans identified their religious affiliation as “none,” and that number had not moved much since the early 1970s. By the end of the 1990s, 14% of the public claimed no religious affiliation. The rate of religious change accelerated further during the late 2000s and early 2010s, reaching 20% by 2012. Today, one-quarter (25%) of Americans claim no formal religious identity, making this group the single largest “religious group” in the U.S. — PRRI, 9/22/2016 view more…


7. Today in Prophecy Christian Persecution

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Produced by Open Doors for two decades, the annual World Watch List (WWL) lists the world’ view more…


8.  The Return of Jacob Wrestling Till Daybreak

“If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God” (Genesis 28:20,21). view more…

 

9. The Justice of Festus Roman Jurisprudence

“The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Luke 16:8). view more…

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