Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

July-August 2012
Volume 21, Number 4

Most Christians understand intellectually that God is sovereign over all things. At the same time, we see events in His Word that make us uncomfortable, such as His wholesale destruction of various peoples in the Old Testament. However, part of our growth as Christians is learning to give our lives completely to Him in faith. Do we truly trust Him in all things?  (iStockphoto)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty (Part One)

Most converted Christians realize that God is sovereign, or they at least recognize His sovereignty over all things intellectually. But sometimes the Bible reveals something about God that makes them uncomfortable. John Ritenbaugh asks if we truly accept His sovereignty without reservation despite our lack of complete understanding.

Ready Answer
The Sin of Fear (Part One)

by Pat Higgins

Human beings are fearful folk. All kinds of strange phobias have been documented, and some people are so timid that they jump at their own shadows when caught unaware. Yet, our fears can have far more serious consequences. Pat Higgins shows that the Bible warns that the wrong kind of fear is sinful and could keep a person from entering God's Kingdom.

Prophecy Watch
Meet the Minor Prophets (Part Four)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most of the books of the Minor Prophets were written before the exile of the people of Judah to Babylon, but the final three—Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi—come from the years after their return to the land. Richard Ritenbaugh summarizes the final two books, showing how they create a bridge to the New Testament and the coming of the Son of Man.

Drug Money in America

by David C. Grabbe

Around the world, pharmaceuticals are big business, bringing in just short of a trillion dollars to the various drug companies, and U.S. companies can claim more than a third of that total. David Grabbe reveals just how pervasive and influential the drug industry and its money have become with patients, physicians, and governments.

Bible Study
The Miracles of Jesus Christ:
Exorcising a Young Boy (Part One)

by Martin G. Collins

All of the synoptic gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—contain the story of Jesus, after His transfiguration on the mountain, casting the demon out of the young boy who would have seizures and fall into the fire or into water. Martin Collins explains why the disciples could not cast the demon out themselves and why Jesus could and did.

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