Volume 24, Number 3
Several passages of scripture compare wisdom to precious metals and gemstones, illustrating its high value to our lives. In Ecclesiastes and Proverbs, Solomon focuses on the pursuit and use of wisdom as a practical and beneficial facet of a godly person's life. Through wisdom, a Christian has the means to make correct decisions. (iStockphoto)
Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
Ecclesiastes and Christian Living (Part Thirteen):
As he closes the seventh chapter of Ecclesiastes, Solomon makes a confession about the search for wisdom, saying that, even to him, true wisdom remained beyond his grasp. Acknowledging this truth, John Ritenbaugh explains that, while wisdom will ultimately elude us too, we must continue to seek it because pursuing it is itself a great reward.
Wool and Linen
by Mike Ford
Not a few people, and even many Christians, think that the Bible contains some strange laws. For instance, Deuteronomy 22:11 forbids the wearing of a garment that contains different fabrics. Mike Ford tackles this particular command, contending that it contains a spiritual principle with a profound impact on Christian life.
by Pat Higgins
A common scriptural refrain—and especially in the book of Deuteronomy—is God's admonishment to be careful to observe His commands. Pat Higgins applies the principle of being careful to observe to two verses that have great significance to us as we near the end of the age, as our carefulness in living by God's every word may have life-or-death consequences.
Is Obama Redistributing Power?
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A major news story of the year has been the accord reached between U.S. and Iranian negotiators that allows Tehran to advance its nuclear ambitions and have its sanctions lifted. Richard Ritenbaugh speculates that the agreement follows American President Barack Obama's stated desire to redistribute from those who have to those who do not, and this time he is redistributing international power.
The Miracles of Jesus Christ:
Healing Blind Bartimaeus
by Martin G. Collins
One of the last of Jesus' miracles was the healing of blind Bartimaeus near Jericho about a week before His arrest. Martin Collins shows that Jesus' compassion for the man's blindness points to His compassion for all those who are spiritually blind, a compassion He proved by giving His life to pay the penalty for sin.
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