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Two Men and You

The Story Of The Bible

The Holy Scriptures consist of sixty six books. Thousands of years lie between the first human author and the last, but the way its history, its prophecies, its songs and its teachings blend into a cohesive story calls for the superintendence of one Person. He must have existed throughout the years of its production! The Bible claims for itself that it is “God-breathed” or inspired. What is its story all about? Serious students of its pages have made various suggestions as to its overall purpose and plan according to which of its themes interested them. Every valid idea put forward is like a thread woven into the overall fabric of Scripture. It becomes possible to trace these themes throughout its pages like the colored strands in a tapestry. The topics of the glory of God, the sinful condition of mankind, the need for a sufficient sacrifice etc., all contribute to the total impression left on the mind of the thoughtful reader. And each strand of truth that begins in the first book has its counterpart, contrast, and climax in the last.

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The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives was a place frequented by the Lord during His earthly ministry. The Garden of Gethsemane, where the Lord agonised in anticipation of Calvary, is to be found at Olivet. It is also the place from which He ascended into Heaven whilst His disciples watched. It also is the place to which He will return at His Second Advent, to set up His Kingdom on earth. We intend to examine Olivet’s association with the past, and with events yet future.

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Are the “Lost 10 Tribes” of Israel Really… Lost?

In the year 2000, NOVA/PBS produced and aired a special entitled the “The Lost Tribes of Israel.” This television special concluded that tribal peoples in Africa are the lost tribes of Israel! For many years the late Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the World Wide Church of God, taught that the so-called lost ten tribes were no longer Jewish people but the Anglo-Saxon people of Great Britain and the United States. The “Christian Identity Movement”, a growing white-supremacy hate group, teaches that the white people are the lost ten tribes of Israel. Down through history various ethnic groups in Japan, China, Afghanistan, and Persia have been identified as the lost ten tribes of Israel. What does the Bible teach? Who are the alleged lost ten tribes of Israel today? Allow us to first examine the meaning of the phrase the “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.”

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Perfecting Holiness

People who are elderly believers often wonder, “Why is the Lord leaving me here? I want to go home.” Why indeed, when we are qualified for heaven at the moment of conversion (Col. 1:12). Why has he left us here, some living to old age?

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord” (2 Cor. 7:1 NKJ).

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God’s Plan of Salvation

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

I cannot think of any where else in the sacred Text where there is such a comprehensive yet concise exposition of the Gospel of God concerning His Son and its ultimate outcome as outlined in the six short unambiguous statements recorded by an inspired apostle Paul. The following Meditation deals in summary form with each of these, trusting that it will lead to a greater appreciation of Whose we are and Whom we serve.

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Editorial: Therefore I Endure All Things…

“Therefore I endure all things for the elects’ sakes…” 2 Timothy 2:10

Second Timothy is Paul’s last words to the church. The letter has a warm yet sober character to it, as Paul both encourages and challenges his younger fellow worker in the duty that lay before him. The letter has tremendous contemporary application to us today, as like Timothy, duty calls us in our generation and we must answer this call.

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True Wisdom

True Wisdom is in leaning

On Jesus Christ, our Lord;

True wisdom is in trusting

His own life-giving word;

True wisdom is in living

Near Jesus every day;

True wisdom is in walking

Where He shall lead the way.

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