2016 Issues

Overcoming Disabilities

Teaching the World in a Live Performance “No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NET Bible). Ryan and Lisa Hangs and family It is natural for man to grieve the loss and limitation attendant with a disability (Psalm []

News and Views

Religious A new Pew Research Center analysis finds that, as of 2014, about a quarter of the world’s countries and territories (26%) had anti-blasphemy laws or policies, and that more than one-in-ten (13%) nations had laws or policies penalizing apostasy. The legal punishments for such transgressions vary from fines to death. — Pew Research Center, 8/2/2016 There hasn’t been a mosque in the Greek capital in 150 years. That’s about to change. The Greek parliament approved plans to build a state-funded mosque []

Today in Prophecy – Israel’s Burden

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3). Israel continues to be a focal point in the Middle East. Turmoil within and surrounding dangers make for a challenging environment. Within Israel According to data compiled by the Israeli Shin Bet Security Agency, 2015 was the deadliest year for terrorism there since []

Spiritual Lethargy

Lethargy Saps Our Joys Overcoming “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest, Then your [spiritual] poverty will come as a robber” (Proverbs 24:33-34 NASB). Brad and Debbie Sweeney The prospective bride of Christ presently lives in “the best of times.” It is an unparalleled era of clearer Scriptural understanding of the Creator and His divine plan in which to place our complete faith. We also possess unprecedented amounts of leisure time, freedom, and opportunity to []

Overcoming Intolerance

A Fruit of Love  “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called … showing tolerance for one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1-2 NASB). Robert and Sharon Whittaker In our quest for maturity in Christ, tolerance in our relationships with others is a necessity. It is a basis for developing all the fruits of the spirit, for without it how can we be joyful, peaceful, long-suffering, gentle, and godly — not just outwardly but from the heart? []