2016 Issues

Lessons from Swine

May/June 2016 Handling Truth Wisely Listen to audio:  “Neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6). Graeme Smith Jesus’ instruction to His disciples recorded in Matthew 7:6 required them to decide what were the “pearls” and who were the “swine.” The disciples were not to judge so that they “be not judged” (Matthew 7:1), meaning they were not to condemn anyone, because God is able to open anyone’s []

Camels in the Bible

May/June 2016 Through the Eye of a Needle? Listen to audio:  “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24). Mike Ensley The camel is a fascinating creature. God specially designed them to serve people in hostile desert conditions. Camels have many unique characteristics that allow them to thrive in conditions that make survival difficult for other []

Consider the Ant

May/June 2016 Diligence and Unity Listen to audio:  “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no chief, overseer, or ruler, provideth her bread in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Proverbs 6:6-8 ASV). Chris Kuenzli  In the above text, Solomon brings attention to the ant. He points to the work ethic of the ant and directs those who waste their time to consider how productive this small creature is. He refers to []

Two Lions

May/June 2016 One Faithful — One an Imposter Listen to audio:  “The lion which is mighty among beasts and does not retreat before any” (Proverbs 30:30 NAS). Dan Beard In the scriptures we have many references to lions. We will focus on the two that are most familiar to the brethren: the Lion of the tribe of Judah representing our Lord, and the roaring lion of which Peter warns us, who is none other than the great adversary, the Devil. The Roaring []