Table of Contents – September/October 2018

September /October 2018 Volume 100, Number 5

1. In The Beginning

It is imperative for believers to study the life of our Lord, not only for his doctrinal teachings but also to learn from his dedicated lifestyle. Our world is far different than the one he lived in. So, we need to understand how to apply the principles he left us and live a sanctified life. There are many approaches to studying our Lord’s life. It is not possible to cover every feature in the limited space of this journal. We have selected only a few vital areas on which to focus our more

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2. Jesus’ Biography and Character, The Life of Christ

The story of the Life of Christ (from the Greek christos, meaning “anointed”) technically begins at Jordan, when Jesus was baptized and begotten, or anointed, with the holy Spirit at age thirty. At that moment, Jesus became Jesus Christ, Jesus the anointed. But in a very real sense, the Life of Christ began much earlier, long before even his birth as a babe in Bethlehem. The story of the Life of Christ began in the past unfathomably remote when God Himself was alone, and His creative work had not yet begun…more…read more

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3. Character Teachings of Jesus Deep Lessons


“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21)

When we study the life of our Lord, we often turn to the doctrinal truths that are so important. An understanding of the ransom and sin-offering gives us a wonderful perspective on the meaning of salvation. We rejoice to know of the resurrection of mankind and the prospect of a perfected earth….read more

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4. Three Key Parables

Rich Man, Wheat and Tares, Ten Virgins

“But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples” (Mark 4:34).

The teachings of our Lord and the lessons granted us by the writings of his apostles are all important to us. Comparing the various lessons and parables is like comparing our children. We love them all; one is not of greater value than another. And so, we focus on three parables given by our Lord without claiming that these are in any way more important than the others. However, each conveys powerful lessons, and it is good to think on these, even when the lessons are well-understood and familiar…read more

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5.  News and Views

Current Events

A new survey by the Pew Research Center looks past the headlines that worry the established churches to ask what Western Europeans think about religion.  Despite the region’s widespread secularization, 64 percent of the 24,599 adults Pew surveyed in 15 countries still identify as Christians, even if only 18 percent say they attend church at least once a month…. read more

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6.  Today in Prophecy

The Immigration Controversy

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you
were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34, All Scriptures from RVIC).

In 2015, the Syrian refugee crisis brought a spotlight to immigration. Although many nations signed commitments to admit refugees, the remaining 90 percent of those seeking immigration has created political and social upheaval, especially in the United States…read more

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7.  Touched by the Master

Four Life-Changing Discussions with Jesus
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63)….read more

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8.  Our Benefits in Christ

What Christ’s Life Has Done For Us

“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” (Psalms 116:12)

Without our Lord’s sacrifice, there would be little hope for a better life. But hope is powerful, especially when inspired by the plan of God. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). When we truly believe in God and His plan, the result will be joy and peace. We have peace because we understand all things are in His hands, and joy knowing that His purpose is to ultimately bless all. …read more

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 9. Jesus’ Last Days Our Legacy From Jesus

Jesus also left a powerful legacy of truth in the hearts of his disciples. His tender loving care for each of the Apostles gave them the ability to survive the shocking transition of Jesus’ departure, their own failed expectations, and enabled them to develop thriving ministries….read more

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10.  NEW Website, BBI, Australia — Inside Back CoverThe Life of Christ (Farrar) — Back Cover

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