Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

December 1998
Volume 7, Number 11

"There is no free lunch" is a common saying among us, meaning that we have to work for everything. This comes as a result of the judgment of God on Adam after his and Eve's sin in the Garden of Eden. Yet it is through ourlabors that we grow in character and derive satisfaction in life.  (PhotoDisc Photo)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The Fruit of the Spirit:

Of all the fruit of the Spirit, God may have left the most difficult for last! Has anyone, other than Jesus Christ, really exhibited self-control? In the end, however, this is the ultimate aim of growing in the character of Almighty God!

Ready Answer
How Good Is Your Word?

by David F. Maas

Not so long ago all it took was our word and a handshake, and others would trust that we would stand by whatever we had promised. We are known by what we say and how well we keep our word. How honorable and dependable are the promises that we make to others?

Prophecy Watch
The First Prophecy (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In the conclusion to this series, Richard Ritenbaugh explains the extent of God's curse on Adam—and thus mankind—in the Garden of Eden. He is promised great toil and suffering throughout his life, but just as in all things God does, a silver lining appears amidst the woe!

'Tis the Season:
Help for Our Young People

by Staff

As another Christmas season approaches, many in God's church dread having to endure it. Have you ever wondered how our children feel about it? What can we do to help them, not only to get through it, but also to understand why God's way is so much better?


by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

World news, events and trends from a prophetic viewpoint for December 1998

Bible Study
Basic Doctrines:
The Laying On of Hands

by Martin G. Collins

Laying on of hands is a strange subject to most, especially to the nonchristian. However, it is one of the church's fundamental doctrines and plays a large role in baptism, healing and ordination.

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