Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

A Time to Mourn, A Time to Laugh (March 1999)

March 1999
Volume 8, Number 3

The Bible contains an apparent paradox in its teaching on the subjects of laughter and mourning. Solomon's "a time to laugh; a time to mourn" (Ecclesiastes 3:4-5) provides the proper perspective on these opposite emotions. In the right measure at the right time, they both provide wonderful benefits.  (PhotoDisc Photo)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The Beatitudes, Part Three:

Blessedness and mourning seem contradictory to our way of thinking, but obviously Jesus saw spiritual benefits to sorrow. John Ritenbaugh shows why true, godly mourning gets such high marks from God.

Ready Answer
A Time to Laugh

by David F. Maas

At the right time and in the right situation, laughter can indeed be the best medicine. David Maas explains how theraputic humor and merriment can be both physically and spiritually.

Prophecy Watch
God's Anointed

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When we think of messiah, we think of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Bible, however, has a much broader definition of the term. Richard Ritenbaugh shows that the pagan emperor Cyrus the Great was also a messiah!

Are You Drinking of the Master's Cup?
by Staff

When we partake of the tiny cup of wine at the Passover service, we usually think of its symbolism as Christ's blood shed for our sins. However, the cup itself and its contents have another, vital meaning for us!


by Staff

News, events and trends from around the world for March 1999.

Bible Study
Basic Doctrines:
Faith Toward God

by Staff

What is faith? Is it something we work up or does God give it to us? Do we have the faith to be saved? Do we really trust God?