Table of Contents-March/April 2017

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Volume 99, Number 2

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…

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2.  Remembering Christ

“This do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).With solemn joy, in smaller and larger groups (or perhaps alone) we shall gather on the evening of Sunday, April 9, 2017, to observe — in obedience to him who did institute and command it — the Lord’s Supper. For some, the years of our pilgrimage have been many and hard, but again we draw nigh to the hallowed place in our Christian experience, once again to keep the Feast…view more

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 3.  The Hard Saying

“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you” (John 6:53).A day earlier, Jesus had fed more than five thousand with just five loaves of bread and two fish. That multitude had followed him apparently because of such miracles. Before this he had travelled from Galilee to Jerusalem to observe the Passover, but needed to flee the city. His popularity amongst the common people caught the attention of, and sparked jealousy in, the Pharisees and Jewish leaders. Jesus’ life was at stake but ‘his appointed time’ was not yet due (John 5:16- 18).…view more

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4. As Oil Poured Out

“Surely the LORD is in this place … this is none other but the house of God” (Genesis 28:16, 17).  The theme text was pronounced by Jacob following his dream of angels descending up and down a ladder from heaven. Do you remember what Jacob did when he awoke? “Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel” (Genesis 28:18, 19). Later God reminded Jacob of this: “I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me” (Genesis 31:13)…view more

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5. The Garden of God

“The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his
boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty. I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him” (Ezekiel 31:8-9).…view more

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6. New and Views

A bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years. The attack comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi fights battles on several fronts. …view more

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7. Today in Prophecy

“And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:3, all scriptures are from the NAS version).8. When I See the Crown of Thorns...view more

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8.  When I See the Crown of Thorns

When “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4 NIV).…view more

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 9. Embracing Trials

Are trials to be embraced, to be avoided, or to be suffered? Should we as Christians take pleasure in pain? Or should we react to trials by complaining, murmuring, and getting upset? It is our suggestion that trials should be embraced as an important part of Christian development. Our fleshly mind pictures embracing a trial similar to hugging a cactus. However, our new creature should think of it differently. view more

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10. That They All May Be One

We do not see unity among the world of professed believers today. But was Jesus really praying for unity among all who call themselves Christians? No, Jesus’ prayer was for the true Church — those who together were following in his footsteps. Their unity is to be twofold: unity of love and unity of purpose, based upon God’s supreme sacrifice. “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).…view more

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