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Resting

 

Once my hands were always trying,

Trying hard to do my best;

Now my heart is sweetly trusting,

And my soul is all at rest.

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Editorial: Remembering Dr. Boushra Mikhael

Editorial: Remembering Dr. Boushra Mikhael

Humanly speaking the church suffered a great loss on January 26, 2012 when Dr. Boushra Mikhael was called home to be with the Lord. His obituary as it appeared in two major Canadian newspapers and an Arabic paper in Egypt is reproduced here.

Dr. Mikhael was a valued committee member and contributor to Counsel Magazine and his help will be missed greatly. Those who sat under his ministry got to know a man who walked with the Lord. He had a tremendous grasp of scripture and took us always to the Person of Christ. He not only knew Christ but lived Him and was a living example of Paul’s reason for living, ‘For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.’ (Philippians 1:21).

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Nest Among The Stars

If Obadiah, the least among the Minor Prophets, has not had his due at the hands of students, the reasons are not far to seek. His subject is the disturbing one of judgment, and the judged are that tragic man and his descendants, who sought in vain for a place of repentance although sought carefully with tears.

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Christ in the Prophets Part 1

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27.

One of the greatest proofs of the inspiration of the scripture lies in the realm of fulfilled prophecy. Indeed there is indisputable and overwhelming evidence in scripture that the Old Testament prophets spoke with divinely given accuracy concerning events that were yet to come in their day. Human history itself testifies to the fact that what these prophets foretold has already been substantially fulfilled, which gives us great confidence that the things they spoke about that still lie in the future, will be likewise fulfilled with pin-point accuracy.

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Greater Love Hath No Man

Greater Love Hath No Man

Every time the people of the Lord meet to remember Him in His own appointed way, they celebrate the greatest love ever known to man. “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jn. 15: 13. In laying down His life for those He loved, our Savior has demonstrated a love that passes knowledge, (Eph.3:19), a love that is stronger than death, which many waters cannot quench, neither can the floods drown it, (Song. 8: 6-7).

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Are We True Worshippers?

Are We True Worshippers?

Worship has been defined as ‘the acknowledgement by believers of the worth-ship of God with every part of their being’ (DEREK PRIME). W.E. VINE expands on this in his Expository Dictionary, as follows: ‘the direct acknowledgement to God of His nature, attributes, ways and claims, whether by the outgoing of the heart in praise and thanksgiving or by deed done in such acknowledgement’. The words translated ‘worship’ in both Testaments certainly suggest these definitions. In the Old Testament one word used for ‘worship’ means ‘to bow oneself down to someone’ in reverence and awe, while another word often so used has the primary sense of ‘to serve’, and is so translated in many contexts. Likewise in the New Testament, one word translated ‘worship’ means ‘to make obeisance to, do reverence to’ (literally, ‘to kiss towards’), while three others mean ‘to revere’ with awe or devotion, or ‘to act piously towards’, and a fifth word means ‘to serve, to render religious service or homage’ to God. All this indicates that there is both a devotional side and also an intensely practical side to the true worship of God, and that these twin aspects of worship cannot rightly be separated from each other. Devotion and duty are thus married together in worshipping God.

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Romans 9, 10 & 11

Romans 9, 10 & 11

Why did Paul include this block of teaching in a letter in which, as he said, the righteousness of God is revealed (1;16,17)? Firstly, in chapters one through eight he had shown that his gospel was entirely in keeping with God’s character as many of his readers (Jews) should have already understood it from their knowledge of the Old Testament. Secondly, it offered to mankind a righteousness which, coming from God, was infinitely superior to anything that humans could produce by their own efforts. On those two counts and more it was a message of which Paul was not ashamed.

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You Are Cephas

Jesus had spent several years with His disciples. They had heard His teaching and seen His many miracles. They have withdrawn from Galilee and are now in Caesarea Philippi. Hostility by Jewish leaders is intensifying. Jesus questions them, “Who do men say that I the Son of Man am?” They began to tell them what the talk was. Some thought He was one of the old prophets come back to life or John the Baptist risen from the the dead.

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