Volume 14, Number 10
Although Christianity's basic principles are quickly understood by most people, a Christian spends his entire converted lifetime learning a new way of life--God's way. How much we learn and put into practice depend upon whether we allow ourselves to be taught. Are we teachable? (iStockphoto)
Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
Communication and Leaving Babylon (Part One)
Everything we can know is communicated to us in some form. Usually, we are able to identify the sources of these communications through our senses. Yet, as John Ritenbaugh explains, we are also open to invisible communication from the spirit world—communication designed to conform us to "the course of this world."
Are You Teachable?
Scripture is full of advice about being humble and taking heed to God's instruction because, frankly, many think they know it all already! Bryan Nelson provides several basic points to help us become better students of God's Word.
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Part One):
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We rarely think about the birth of Jesus except during the Christmas season, when it is abused by traditional notions found nowhere in Scripture. To remedy this, Richard Ritenbaugh delves into the Gospel accounts of the annunciation of His coming to Mary and Joseph.
Taking Our Lead From God
In the world, it is common practice to use whatever means necessary to grasp the brass ring, but such selfish ambition should be absent from the church. Rod Keesee ponders the example of Korah, asking, "Have we Christians allowed ourselves to be led by men or are we really following God?"
The Red Dragon:
Rising or Falling?
by David C. Grabbe
China seems to be the present media-darling among nations, as news shows, magazines, and reports of all kinds tout its emerging greatness. However, David Grabbe shows that behind its economic successes are latent weaknesses that are set to converge soon.
Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Three):
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
by Martin G. Collins
Bible students do not often consider Christ's parables to contain intrigue, but His Parable of the Wheat and the Tares has its share! Martin Collins explains this story of a sinister enemy sowing his agents among the saints.
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