A Psalm For Thanksgiving

November/December 2017, Volume 99, Number 6 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. … Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (Psalms 23:1-6, all texts from NASB).” — Ray Charlton Listen to audio… “The LORD is my shepherd,” David remembers the lifelong blessing of having Jehovah as his caretaker and guide. Isaiah echoes, “Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm []

News and Views- Nov/Dec 2017

November/December 2017, Volume 99, Number 6 Listen to audio… Religious The US State Department has released its annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2016. The annual report provides a detailed and factual overview of the status of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries and territories, and documents reports of violations and abuses committed by governments, terrorist groups, militias, and individuals. The State Department’s document is highly critical of terrorist groups like Daesh, as well as a number of countries, including China, Saudi []

In the Beginning

November/December 2017, Volume 99, Number 6 Listen to audio… Counting Our Blessings This issue was inspired by the hymn, “Count Your Blessings,”  written by Johnson Oatman. It encourages us, amidst the trials of our lives, to bring our troubles to the Lord in prayer, and to remember that God is over all. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 NASB). He “comforts us in all our affliction so that we will []

Today in Prophecy

The Threat of Nuclear War Listen to audio… “The day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works … burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). North Korea recently vowed to obliterate the United States with a nuclear strike, bringing North Korean President Kim Jong-un ‘final victory’ for the Korean War fought between the two countries between 1950 and 1953. []

Giving Thanks Or Murmuring

November / December 2017 Volume 99, Number 6 “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18. All scriptures from NASB unless noted otherwise). Listen to audio… Thanksgiving and murmuring are words that contrast the Christian’s attitude toward the experiences that the Heavenly Father gives them as they walk the narrow way. This conflict can have a profound effect on the believer, fostering or trying God’s purpose through these experiences. Those who have a []