Comfort One Another

Caught Up Together “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven … and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). David Rice Sometimes passages of scripture that we consider technical are actually embedded in the context of comforting exhortations. That is the case with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Paul evidently heard that some of the brethren he had lately become acquainted with in Thessalonica had passed into the sleep of death. This naturally brought sorrow to the brethren, as it does []

Thoughts on the Book of Ruth

David’s Great Grandmother “Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16, all citations from NASB). by Ioan Hosu The Book of Ruth has been said to be part of a Bethlehem Trilogy, incorporating the narrative of Ruth and the last two narratives of the Book of Judges (chapters 17-18, then 19-21). Bethlehem was the birthplace of King David, as it would be the birthplace []

Lessons From Hezekiah

A King With a Good Heart “Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. … He did that which was right in the sight of Jehovah, according to all that David his father did. … He trusted in Jehovah God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any []

News and Views

V Religious One of the most consequential shifts in American religion has been the rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans. This trend emerged in the early 1990s. In 1991, only six percent of Americans identified their religious affiliation as “none,” and that number had not moved much since the early 1970s. By the end of the 1990s, 14% of the public claimed no religious affiliation. The rate of religious change accelerated further during the late 2000s and early 2010s, reaching 20% by 2012. []

Today In Prophecy – Christian Persecution

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Produced by Open Doors for two decades, the annual World Watch List (WWL) lists the world’s worst areas for Christian persecution. Of the 50 nations profiled on the Open Doors 2016 World Watch List as the worst for persecution, more than half ranked worse than in 2015. According to WWL analysts, this reflects increased persecution in one or more of five key spheres: private life, family []