News and Views-September/October 2016

September/October 2016 Listen to audio:  V Religious A total of 89 individuals and religious communi­ties across Russia are known to have been brought to court in 2015 for possession of literature dealing with religion or beliefs. None of this literature appears to incite the violation of human rights, vio­lence or hatred. Of these, 79 ended up with punishments, including four individuals who received jail sentences. These figures represent an increase on the previous year, when 56 punishments (all fines) resulted from 65 []

Today in Prophecy – September/October 2016

September/October 2016 “Brexit” Shocks the World “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:4). Listen to audio: In The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, historian Barbara Tuchman wrote, “England’s traditional tolerance was outraged at last.” This observation of England in the time just []

When I Am Weak, Then I am Strong

September/October 2016 Promises Regarding Shortcomings and Weaknesses When I Am Weak, Then Am I Strong “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). Listen to audio:  Cinematographer Conrad Hall once said, “There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” He, of course, was thinking of what would make a film more dramatic. But in God’s plan we learn that the avenue to []

Trusting the Promises

September/October 2016 Promises Related to God’s Continual Oversight of our Affairs – Trusting the Promises “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4 NIV). Listen to audio:  Bible Students have highlighted scriptural texts that meet this broad definition of “Precious Promises” and compiled them into a well-read booklet, originally published in 1954 in Los []

Eye Hath Not Seen

September/October 2016 Promises Relating to Joys Beyond the Veil   “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9,10). Tom Ruggirello  Listen to audio:  As we study the many promises God has made we find extraordinary words that relate to []