2018 Issues

Lessons from the Master Teacher

An Example of Humility Listen to the audio:  “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am” (John 13:13). by Tim Thomassen Before celebrating his last Passover feast, Jesus spoke our theme text to his disciples. The Greek word used for “Master” (Strong’s 1320) means “instructor,” and is sometimes rendered “teacher.” John 13:13 refers to Jesus as our Master. Thus it is appropriate to think of Jesus as our Master and our Teacher. Jesus, knowing that the []

Jesus’ Last Questions

Engaging His Listeners Listen to the audio:  “And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions” (Matthew 22:46). by Todd Alexander A question from Jesus during his earthly ministry was powerful enough to sanctify a growing faith in each of his Apostles, redirect the heart of a potential disciple, and quiet the Pharisees. During his last week, Jesus’ questions included an urgency that the Apostles would only appreciate much later. Today, []

News and Views

Religious Listen to the audio:  A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past — even as relatively few Americans are bothered by this trend. Compared with five years ago, a growing share of Americans say it does not matter to them how they are greeted in stores and businesses during the holiday season — whether with “Merry Christmas” or a less-religious greeting like “happy holidays.” Currently, []

Today in Prophecy – The Battle for Jerusalem

The Battle for Jerusalem Listen to the audio:  “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 … earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3). On December 6, President Donald Trump announced the “beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.” His statement included a recap of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act enacted by the U.S. Congress, urging the []

Bread and Cup

Symbols of Jesus Life Listen to the audio:  “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine” (Genesis 14:18). (All quotes from ASV, except as otherwise specified). by James Parkinson There are hints of the Memorial of our Lord’s sacrificial death early in the Old Testament. About four thousand years ago “Melchizedek [Meleki-tzedeq, King of Righteousness], king of [Jeru]Salem, brought forth bread and wine; and he was a priest of God Most High” (Genesis 14:18). Again, the Memorial emblems are foreshadowed. And []