Setting Spiritual Goals (January-February 2008) It is not unusual for people to set goals and develop plans for achieving physical success. Why do we not do the same to make spiritual progress? By applying the same principles, we can begin to overcome our faults and grow in godly character.
Why Is This Boy Starving? (March-April 2008) A malnourished Ethiopian boy is measured by aid workers. While the Horn of Africa is currently suffering drought, the world produces plenty of food to help these starving people to endure their difficulties. This disaster is not "natural" but essentially manmade, brought on by a number of human factors beyond the local climatic conditions.
Whither the EU Now? (May-June 2008) Despite the European Constitution's failure in 2005, the bureaucracy of the EU made another attempt to federalize Europe through the Lisbon Treatyand failed again. Ireland's referendum on the treaty stopped its ratification in its tracks. It is clear that not all of Europe's states agree on the EU's direction. Where will it head now?
The Audacity to Hope? (July-August 2008) Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama has campaigned on a message of hope and change, even titling one of his books, The Audacity of Hope. Despite his liberal views, this message of hope has rallied many Americans to his banner. Is the political hope that he is advocating the same kind of hope found in the Bible?
Godly Jealousy: A Consuming Fire (September-October 2008) Deuteronomy 4:24 tells us that "God is a consuming fire, a jealous God." Jealousy, however, is thought by most to be a negative characteristic, related to envy and rivalry. Can jealousy be good? What does God's jealousy mean to the converted child of God?
Are We Ready for Change? (November-December 2008) A monarch butterfly awaits the final stage of its metamorphosis. The Christian life is similar: a series of changes from our sinful, carnal nature to the righteous spiritual nature of God. However, we tend to resist change, satisfied with the way we are. How do we prepare ourselves to make those necessary changes?
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