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V Religious Listen to audio:  To the Catholic Church’s “seven deadly sins,” Pope Francis has added the “15 ailments of the Curia.” Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who serve him of using their Vatican careers to grab power and wealth, of living “hypocritical” double lives and forgetting that they’re supposed to be joyful men of God. — Start Tribune, 1/19/2015 While Christianity is waning in many parts of the world, in China []

Today In Prophecy

Leadership Crisis in the World Listen to audio:  “ When  the righteous are in authority,  the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2, 21st Century King James). Fifty-six  percent of respondents to the Survey on the Global Agenda agreed that the world has a leadership crisis. The major global issues of today — economic inequality and violence in the Middle East among them — have failed to be addressed effectively by most countries. As governments have grown, factional []

Resurrection of the Faithful  Church

Received by Jesus Listen to audio:  “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). David Rice Our lead text indicates that the raising of the saints to their heavenly reward was to be at the return of Jesus. The saints that died long ago rested in the peaceful sleep of death until the end of the age, awaiting their reward. Thus, when the []

Resurrection of the Great Multitude

Hope Even for Those Who Compromise Their Covenant Listen to audio:  “Behold a great multitude which no one could count from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb,  clothed in white robes and palm branches … in their hands … saying, Salvation  to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-10. All quotations from NASB, 1963). God’s heavenly call is only to the 144,000, the Bride, the little []

Resurrection of the Ancient Worthies

A Good Report and a Better Resurrection Listen to audio:  “These all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (Hebrews  11:39,40). David Stein The term “Ancient Worthies” is used by Bible Students to identify those faithful worshipers of Jehovah who lived before Jesus died. We can identify the first and last members of this class. The first was Abel who was murdered by []