Sharing Our Lives at the Feast
Article by Mark Schindler
The Feast of Tabernacles is a wonderful gift God has given us to spend time with each other, really sharing ourselves. Through the stories of our experiences, both good and bad, we can be great sources of wisdom and encouragement, spurring our brethren to greater faith and zeal during times of trial. Mark Schindler provides a few examples of how this can be done.
Holy Days: Atonement
Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Atonement, a day of fasting, pictures God's solution to the problem of human sin. This study shows why this solemn day is so vital!
Why Hebrews Was Written (Part Thirteen): Hebrews 2 and the Next Five Years
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
In just a short time, American morality and freedom have descended into an increasingly Godless and restrictive morass. Disciples of Christ need to be extra-vigilant over the next five years as the inevitable decline of this once great nation continues. John Ritenbaugh urges God's people to keep God's Word fresh in their minds through diligent study and practice of His way of life.
God's Promises Are Sure!
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
Using primarily the story of Joseph, John Ritenbaugh expounds the lessons we can learn and the encouragement we can glean from God's dealings with men during the time of the Feast of Trumpets.
Like a Tree
'Ready Answer' by Mike Ford (1955-2021)
The psalmist writes in Psalm 1 that the blessed person "shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water" (verse 3). What characteristics of trees does God want His people to emulate? Mike Ford, who has spent many years in landscaping, shows how trees provide living illustrations of godly behavior that will prepare Christians to partake of the Tree of Life in God's Kingdom.
Do You Desire the Day of the Lord?
'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe
The prophet Amos describes the Israelites of his day as proud and secure in their special relationship with God, while God Himself castigates them for presuming He approved of them. They so misjudged matters that they eagerly desired the Day of the Lord! Using their example, David Grabbe compares them to what Jesus says about the Laodiceans, sounding a warning to us to pay attention to our true spiritual condition.
A Drop to Drink
'World Watch' by Joseph B. Baity
The American West is once again under severe drought conditions, and we are seeing its effects in more than just raging forest fires. And now a first-ever federal water-shortage declaration on the Colorado River will soon be announced. Joseph Baity explains that God often uses droughts as signs that people need to repent of their sins and return to Him.
Three Missing Kings (Part Two)
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
On the list of Judah's monarchs are three kings in a row who share a common, spiritually deadly characteristic. Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah begin their reigns on high notes but end disastrously. John Ritenbaugh chronicles the reasons for their ignominious downfalls, showing that their negative examples highlight a vital principle for New Testament Christians.
A Basket of Summer Fruit
'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker
Summertime reminds us of "those lazy, hazy, crazy days" of our youth. The hot summer months are often times of careless play and distraction, of letting responsibilities lie dormant while we pursue fun and relaxation. Charles Whitaker shows that, biblically, summertime sounds a warning to us to prepare for the fall harvest.
God's Non-transmittable Attributes (Part Four): Immutability
Bible Study by Martin G. Collins
The classical gods of Mount Olympus reflected their worshipers' ideas and morals, and so they were flawed. They fought and schemed, lied and betrayed, lusted and abused. Not so the God of the Bible. Martin Collins explains that God Almighty is immutable; He does not change. This character trait allows us to trust and follow Him in hope.
Was Jesus Married?
'Ready Answer' by Mike Ford (1955-2021)
Over the past century and more, critical scholars have worked to undermine God and the Bible. In concert with sensationalist fiction writers, they have foisted spurious gospels and outlandish theories on an increasingly irreligious public. Mike Ford analyzes a recent find, dubbed "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife," that claims our Savior was married to Mary Magdalene. But was He?
Clouds (Part Three): The Revealing of Christ
'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker
Clouds are frequently associated with the Day of the Lord, the perhaps year-long time of God's wrath on those who opposed Him. What will those clouds conceal and what will they reveal once drawn back? Charles Whitaker surveys the scriptural evidence of the dramatic cloud-cover at the time of Christ's return.
New Fractures in the 'Special Relationship'
'World Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The United States and Britain have enjoyed a Special Relationship for many decades, reflecting the biblical reality that the two nations are brothers, descendants of Joseph's sons. However, sparks are flying between left-wing American President Joseph Biden and right-wing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Richard Ritenbaugh warns that these cracks in the Special Relationship come at an inopportune time.
Three Missing Kings (Part One)
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
The apostle Matthew structured his genealogy of Jesus Christ in three equal sections. To make it work, he had to exclude three kings, but which three? John Ritenbaugh provides background and wades through the jumble of similar names to narrow the answer to four kings and a choice between two sets of three. Which set would God exclude for our benefit?
After Pentecost, Then What?
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
For many decades, the church of God has understood that the annual holy days typify the steps in God's plan of salvation. But what happens between Pentecost and Trumpets, during the long summer months? John Ritenbaugh uses the elements of Israel's trek through the wilderness to expound on the subject of sanctification.
God's Non-Transmittable Attributes (Part Three): Omniscience
Bible Study by Martin G. Collins
The apostle John declares in I John 3:20 that God "knows all things," confirming the extraordinary greatness of the One we worship. Modern theologians call this divine attribute omniscience, "the quality of having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding." Martin Collins gathers biblical proof of God's omniscience, explaining how it co-exists with human free will.
Pentecost Revisited (Part Two): Joshua 5
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
Correctly counting to Pentecost in years in which Passover falls on a weekly Sabbath is more than a matter of consistency. John Ritenbaugh explains that a far greater, more spiritual—and unfortunately, often overlooked—factor in the wavesheaf offering concerns a subject God considers highly important: holiness.
Was Jesus a Vegetarian?
'Ready Answer' by Mike Ford (1955-2021)
Vegetarianism has become a popular lifestyle choice for a vocal minority of people, and some assert that Jesus was too compassionate not to be a vegetarian too. Does the Bible indicate that our Savior abstained from eating meat? Mike Ford argues that Scripture does not support their claims, showing that they ignore plain statements and make unsupportable assumptions when making their case.
Clouds (Part Two): God's Cloud as His Chariot
'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker
A primary image associated with God's presence is a cloud, whether dark or bright, which functions to reveal, and conversely, to obscure Him. In addition, God's cloud also expresses His glory, mostly because of His presence in it. Charles Whitaker also explains God's "portable throne," described in Ezekiel 1 and 10, which is likewise linked to "a great cloud."
Universal Basic Income
'World Watch' by Joseph B. Baity
During difficult times, Americans have become used to receiving "free" money in the form of stimulus checks from the government. Now some politicians are proposing legislation to give cash handouts on a regular basis - a new, permanent entitlement program without regard to employment. Joseph Baity argues that such a program would undercut America's work ethic and accelerate its decline.