Spiritual Blindness (Part Two): The God of This Age
'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe
Many modern translations of II Corinthians 4:4 render the verse to refer to Satan as "the god of this world." But is this justified? Does God anywhere else consider the Devil a "god"? David Grabbe explains that the Bible as a whole shows God to be the One who blinds people's understanding of the truth for His own purposes, not Satan, who can only twist and distort the truth in self-serving ways.
From Start to Finish (Part Three)
'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)
The Bible contains dozens of merisms: phrases of opposites like "day and night" that include the whole spectrum of possibilities between them. "The First and the Last" is another example. Charles Whitaker explains that this divine title describes God's intensive activity - from start to finish - in bringing His purpose for humanity to fruition.
The Flood Is Upon Us!
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
In His Olivet Prophecy, Jesus likens the situation during the time of the end to the days preceding Noah's Flood. Later, in Revelation 12, He reveals another flood spewed from Satan's mouth, one designed to destroy God's people just before Christ's return. John Ritenbaugh gives insight into how this end-time flood is manifesting itself and what we can do to avoid being swept up in it.
When Was Jesus Born?
Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)
The world claims Jesus was born on December 25, a date most scholars who take chronology seriously find is unsupportable. If He was not born on the traditional Christmas Day, when was He really born? John Reid explains that the Bible provides all the clues we need to establish, not a specific date, but a two-week period in which He was likely born.
The Model Prayer (Part Two): Our Father in Heaven
Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Jesus begins His instructions to His disciples about how to pray with, "Our Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:9). There is more to this simple salutation than meets the eye. Richard Ritenbaugh explores how these four common words put those who pray in the proper frame of mind to address Almighty God and receive the help they need.
The World's Buckling Supply Chain
'World Watch' by Joseph B. Baity
The COVID-19 pandemic produced an unexpected side-effect: a prolonged, global interruption of the transport and delivery of goods, which has become known as the supply chain crisis. In turn, the mere trickle of parts and components has diminished manufacturing output and slowed economies. Joseph Baity explains the intricacies of the supply chain and wonders if it is yet another lever a strong leader like the Beast could use to gain power.
Spiritual Blindness (Part One): The God of This World
'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe
Christians come from varying backgrounds and experiences, so not all church members react the same way to some of God's attributes. Those raised by critical parents may find forgiveness hard to fathom, while those brought up in a strict home may have trouble understanding love and grace. David Grabbe discusses one of these problematic characteristics of God, that He blinds certain people to the truth as He works out His purpose.
From Start to Finish (Part Two)
'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)
The New Testament translates the Hebrew word, yacad, with the Greek word, katartizo, but their meanings are not the same. Rather than meaning "to begin" or "to found," katartizo has to do with mending or restoring. Charles Whitaker dives into the connotations and denotations of this intriguing Greek word and its significance to a Christian's walk with God.
Thanksgiving or Self-Indulgence?
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
Each year, Thanksgiving Day falls between Halloween and Christmas, and some Christians contend that the three holidays are equally off-limits to church members. Is this true? Are all of this world's holidays forbidden to God's people? John Ritenbaugh shows the proper balance Christians should seek when determining whether to observe a holiday not found within the pages of Scripture.
Halloween
Article by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In recent years, Halloween has become the second-most popular holiday on the calendar—even to the point that some churches sponsor parties on it! Many nominal Christians shrug off its pagan and occultic features as "just good, clean fun for the kids." Richard Ritenbaugh shows that this night of ghouls not only lacks any biblical foundation, but the Bible warns us against participating in such activities.
The Model Prayer (Part One): Introduction
Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most nominal Christians know what is called "the Lord's Prayer," found in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, because they recite it frequently. Jesus, however, never intended His teachings in these verses to become "vain repetitions," rote recitations that soon diminish into meaninglessness. Richard Ritenbaugh contends that Jesus gave His disciples a basic outline or model from which they could craft their own meaningful prayers to the Father.
The Pragmatic Japanese
'World Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Nations are composed of people, and people are driven by self-interest. Japan, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean yet not far from rival nations on the mainland, has a history of abrupt changes in policy when the geopolitical situation alters against their self-interests. Richard Ritenbaugh explains why the current state of the world may force the Japanese to shift their foreign policy once again.
Dominion and Glory and a Kingdom
'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe
After the Jewish leadership tried to indict Jesus with false testimony, the high priest asks Him directly, 'I adjure You by the living God that You tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.' Christ's affirmative answer raises more questions than it answers. David Grabbe uses the Old Testament sources of Jesus' answer to explain just what He conveyed to the chief priests, elders, and council members.
From Start to Finish (Part One)
'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)
The Bible contains seven instances - in Isaiah and Revelation - of God declaring Himself to be "the First and the Last" or "the Beginning and the End." These phrases constitute a merism, the use of extreme opposites to signify, not just the extremes, but also everything in between. Charles Whitaker examines the "first" or "beginning" part of this merism, showing that it speaks to God's foundational works.
The Feast Is Over . . . Now What?
Article by Staff
The Feast of Tabernacles is always the highlight of our year, but what do we do afterward? How can we sustain the high level of zeal that began at the Feast? An episode from the book of Nehemiah provides a template we can use to bolster our faith and motivate growth in our relationship with God.
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.