Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Setting Spiritual Goals (January-February 2008)

January-February 2008
Volume 17, Number 1

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.  (Corbis RF / Alamy)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
Pentecost Revisited (Part Two):
Joshua 5

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.

Ready Answer
Setting Spiritual Goals

by Staff

Business advisors and self-help books recommend that we set goals and make plans to succeed in our chosen areas of endeavor. Why do we not do this to help us overcome sin? There is a simple, easily remembered formula we can use to organize and prosecute the battle against our faults and weaknesses.

Prophecy Watch
Prophecy's Place

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Similar to the old E.F. Hutton commercial, when the preacher speaks on prophecy, everyone listens. Studying prophecy is good, argues Richard Ritenbaugh, but doctrine and Christian living are far more necessary and helpful to our practicing and growing in God's way of life right now.

Praying Always (Part Six)
by Pat Higgins

We have learned that Jesus' command to pray always contains the advice Christians need to strengthen their relationships with God as the return of Christ nears. In concluding his series, Pat Higgins shows how praying always assists us in several other areas of Christian living.

Global Rebalancing:
Money, Power, and Islamic Banking

by David C. Grabbe

The United States of America is a global economic colossus by any measure. However, the world's financial winds seem to be changing. David Grabbe points out the emergence of powerful Middle Eastern concerns and Muslim banking practices that threaten America's economic clout.

Bible Study
The Miracles of Jesus Christ:
Healing a Cripple by a Pool (Part One)

by Martin G. Collins

During His ministry, Jesus healed many people. The apostle John chose to highlight the healing of a crippled man at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5. Martin Collins covers the significance of the pool itself, Christ's choice in healing this particular man, and the curious question He put to him.