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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 Seven Churches: Part 3

This is the third of four articles examining the seven churches by way of exposition and practical application. All Bible study should have these two elements: what does the passage mean to those who received it and what can I do about it today? None of us live in any of these cities, our location and circumstances are different but there are lessons for us.

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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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Isaiah 53:10-12 God’s Servant Will Be Satisfied – Part 5 of 5

The final stanza of this servant song can be summarized in one word: satisfied! God is satisfied! The Lord Jesus is satisfied! And we are satisfied too!

1. God is satisfied: 53:10

It pleased the Lord to bruise Him.” One can readily understand other statements about the pleasure God found in the Lord Jesus: “It pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell” (Colossians 1:19); ‘this is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). And the Lord Himself could say, “I do always those things that please the Father”(John 8:29). His person, His life and His ministry were all pleasing to God. But in what sense could this be said of His death?

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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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The Seven Churches – Part 4

This is the final of four articles examining, exploring, and explaining the message of the seven churches. The goal has been to be expositional in looking at the text and also practical in the application for us in this age. The Lord Jesus occupies the same place today as He did in Revelation 1; He is still in the midst of the churches. From that place of prominence He is intimately aware of all that takes place in each assembly and deeply concerned for what is lacking in doctrine and devotion.

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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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The Biblical Doctrine of Hell

C. S. Lewis once listened to a young preacher conclude his sermon with the words that Christ rejecters would suffer “grave eschatological ramifications”. He asked him afterwards if he meant people would go to Hell. “Precisely” the preacher replied, “Then say so”, said Lewis. Yet we understand the reluctance of that speaker and today it might be more difficult than ever to present this topic seriously.

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Editorial: A Call For Moderation and Temperance

“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Phil. 4:5. Wuest states that the word moderation is the translation of a Greek word that means “not being unduly rigorous, being satisfied with less than one’s own due, sweet reasonableness, forbearance”. The thought here is that we ought
to show to all our sweet reasonableness in light of the imminent coming of the Lord for His Church.

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Isaiah 52:13-15: God’s Servant Will Be Exalted – Part 1 of 5

In this first stanza, God speaks about how His servant will be exalted and, in doing so, He makes three predictions concerning the Lord Jesus.

1. He will deal prudently: 52:13

Behold, My servant will deal prudently.” Four times in 1 Samuel 18 the NKJV translates “deal prudently”as“behave wisely”.After his victory over Goliath, “David behaved wisely.” Saul promoted him over all the men of war but then became jealous of him, removed him from his position and made him a captain, but “David behaved wisely in all his ways… when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.” Saul continued to provoke David and again sought to kill him but “David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that his name became highly esteemed” (1 Samuel 18:5, 14-15, 30). Whatever the circumstances in which he found himself, David did the right thing: he behaved wisely.

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