Authors

Preparing the Apostles

John 15,16 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman” (John 15:1, scriptures from NASBunless otherwise noted.) by Nathan Austin In the Upper Room, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, predicted his betrayal, and the denials of Peter. He encouraged them, explaining his relationship to the Father and promising the holy Spirit. He then said, “Get up, let’s go from here” (John 14:31). We can imagine them filing out of the upper room and beginning their journey to Gethsemane. Knowing []

The Fellowship of Father and Son

Jesus’ High-Priestly Prayer, John 17 “When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you’ ” (John 17:1. Scriptures drawn from the ESV, Rotherham and Barclay’s). by Owen Kindig Three themes will occupy this study: (1) Honor or Glory, which God bestows upon his first-born children — access, protection, transformation — and God receives when all of His creation is thus elevated. (2) []

The Hope of Glory

Sweet as Honey “Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29). by David Rice Jesus’ closing prayer for his disciples included his request that they join Jesus himself in heavenly glory. When Jesus audibly expressed this prayer, the disciples would not have comprehended the grandeur of his request, the remarkable privilege that those words portended []

Abram and the First World Wars — A Review of Genesis 14

Loyalty Rewarded “Blessed be Abram of God Most High … who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand” (Genesis 14:20 ASV). by Kome Ajise Nations have gone to war for a wide range of reasons, such as to protect or defend their territorial area, or access to valuable resources, or to be free from a domineering power. Five kings in the West, from the Valley of Siddim, were invaded, conquered, and put to tribute by four kings from the East. Later they []

The Battle of Ai

Learn from Failure “Get thee up; wherefore art thou thus fallen upon they face?” (Joshua 7:10 ASV). by Brad Sweeney The lessons that happened to Israel during the Battle of Ai (Joshua chapters 7 and 8) were written also for the instruction of the Gospel Age Church. These lessons will also apply to all mankind as they walk up “the highway of holiness” during Christ’s thousand-year Mediatorial Kingdom. The capture and destruction of the fortress city of Jericho gave the Israelites their []