Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Christian Dating Today (April 1998)

April 1998
Volume 7, Number 4

Once upon a time, it was fairly easy to find a spouse in the church of God. Young people had plenty of activities, summer camp, feasts and college to get to know others of the opposite sex. Now, however, the church is scattered. What does a young man or woman do? How should they pursue dating in these times?  (PhotoDisc Photo)

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

Joy, the second fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22, is more than just happiness. There is a joy that God gives that far exceeds mere human cheerfulness. John Ritenbaugh shows how the Holy Spirit produces it in us.

Ready Answer
Joy and Trial

by Mike Ford

What does the Bible mean when it says we should count it all joy when you fall into various trials? What is this joy we must experience? How do we come by it? Using his personal experience with his wife's cancer, Mike Ford shows how joy and trial go together.

Prophecy Watch
Trends in Global Religion

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Ron Sellers, a religious trend watcher, sees great instability in world religion, and it is mirrored in God's church. Richard Ritenbaugh shows how this dovetails with Bible prophecy of the end time.

Christian Dating:
Advice for Today

by Staff

How are the young people in the greater church of God supposed to approach the dating situation today? This article addresses this issue and gives advice on dating, sex and enjoying your youth.


by Staff

News, events and trends as they relate to prophecy and the end times for April 1998.

Bible Study

by Martin G. Collins

Bible study on peace, the third of the fruits of the Spirit.