Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

March-April 2011
Volume 20, Number 2

In Job 38:1, God answers Job out of a whirlwind, a stunning display of God's power and control over nature. Job had considered God to be much like a man, not realizing how much greater, wiser, and more powerful He is. Finally seeing this to be reality, Job repented of his self-righteousness. How do we see ourselves in comparison to God? (iStockphoto)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
Job, Self-Righteousness, and Humility

Because we are human—and want to be seen in a good light by others—we try to project an image of ourselves that people will like and respect. John Ritenbaugh explains that, unfortunately, the image we project is often based in pride. The Old Testament story of Job provides us an example of a man whom God forced to see himself as he really was, and his true self-image paved the way to a spectacular leap forward in spiritual growth.

Ready Answer
Could You Be a Spiritual Terrorist?

by David F. Maas

Terrorism is frequently in the news these days, and seeing it, we abhor the acts of terrorists as cruelty and violence against unsuspecting civilians. David Maas, however, wonders if we may be causing just as much destruction as the average terrorist through negligence and passivity.

Prophecy Watch
A Distant Reflection

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

George Santayana's famous quotation—"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it"—applies equally well to the church of God. Richard Ritenbaugh compares the history of the early church with the events and trends being exhibited in the modern church of God. Will today's church follow the disastrous example of early second-century Christianity?

Aftermath and Implications

by David C. Grabbe

The devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 have not garnered as much concern as the subsequent crisis involving the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. David Grabbe ponders, not just the effects of this catastrophe on Japan's economy, but also how Tokyo will react on the world stage as a result.

Bible Study
The Miracles of Jesus Christ:
Walking on the Water (Part One)

by Martin G. Collins

Jesus' walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee may be the best-known of His astounding miracles. Martin Collins examines both the miracle and the context, showing that this incident and Jesus' calming words to the disciples unmistakably declared to them just who Jesus really was.

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