The Unstrained Quality “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). Adapted from a discourse by Br. Michael Nekora Mercy is “kindness in excess of what may be expected or demanded by fairness; forbearance and compassion” (Webster’s New World Dictionary). “Kindness” is Strong’s definition for two Hebrew words usually translated mercy. He defines the Hebrew word used in Proverbs and the usual Greek words in the New Testament as “compassion.” Listen to []

News and Views

Religious Listen to audio  Deborah Lipstadt, professor of history at Emory University and author of numerous books on the Holocaust, assessed the results of a poll of more than 7,000 Europeans in seven nations conducted on behalf of CNN. The survey showed that more than 25% of those surveyed from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Sweden believed that Jews had too much influence in business and that nearly one in four believed that Jews had too much influence []

Today in Prophecy

Crime and Punishment “Because the punishment decreed for an evil act is not promptly carried out, therefore people who plan to do evil are strengthened in their intentions” (Ecclesiastes 8:11, Complete Jewish Bible). Listen to audio  Crime occurs in every country of the world, and each country may deal with it differently with varying degrees of success. Current data suggests that the most popular approach is increased imprisonment for offenders, especially amongst industrialized nations. Estimates by Statista, a web-based data agency, estimates []

God’s Wisdom From Three Perspectives

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars” (Proverbs 9:1). by Jerry Monette Listen to audio  What were the three books of wisdom — Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job — trying to teach, and how did they go about teaching it? The wisdom literature is different from other Old Testament books in that it addresses the individual, not the nation. These books say little about institutional religion or the nation as a covenant people. They primarily focus []

Which Sin is the Worst?

Weaning Away “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). by Jonathan Benson Listen to audio  Are some sins worse than others? Are all sins equal? Which sin is the worst? Do we judge certain sins more harshly than other sins depending on our personal experiences or opinions? To begin, we will look at some lists of sins found in []