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Our Approach to Prophecy (Revised 29/07/20) Would you build a house without planning permission? Would you use second-hand materials? Would you proceed without plans, or design specifications? What about a foundation? Would you simply lay bricks directly on the ground and cement layer upon layer of bricks without checking that the walls are plumb, corners squared or floors level? Your house would not stand the test of time, nor would your reputation as a builder. So why use this approach when building an understanding of prophecy?
Thy Kingdom Come (Revised 30/11/19) After Christ was resurrected He was asked if He would restore the Kingdom to Israel at that time. The disciples were not asking when Israel was to be restored to their land, but when the Kingdom was to be restored. They wanted to know when the Kingdom of God would be restored to Israel.
Counting to Pentecost 2021 Pentecost is the one Feast day that does not occur on a fixed date. Many Churches of God will keep Pentecost on 16 May in 2021, but some will be keeping it on 23 May. Why the difference? Which date is correct?
A Serious Warning The Book of Revelation is a written testimony concerning things that will come to pass at the end of this age. Christ endorsed what John wrote as a true and faithful record and warned that anyone trying to ‘add’ to, or ‘take away’ from His testimony would face serious consequences.
Knowing God The Apostle John said that we will be like God when we are resurrected. We know that we will be spirit beings but in what other ways will we be similar? If we are to be like God then it is important we understand just what He is like. That begs the question - how well do we know our God?
Where is Your Horse The Bible gives us many instructions of things to do, change, think and become in our quest for salvation, to be transformed and become like Christ.
The Magnificent Menorah The Menorah was a magnificent golden lamp stand that provided light in the ancient Hebrew Tabernacle. For millennia it has been used as an emblem for Israel. It features on the national seal of the modern state of Israel, on Israel’s Presidential standard and on the flag of the Mossad. This emblem of Israel is incredibly rich in symbolism of which not many are aware. Nor do they realise the significance of that symbolism for us today.
Israel, O Israel What was Israel’s role? Is modern Israel the prophesied re-gathering? Will they be under the New Covenant or the Old in the Millennium? Did the Church replace Israel? Is there such a thing as spiritual Israel?
Last Trump The return of Jesus Christ is a subject that has fascinated many Christians. Some have tried to predict when it will occur and in what manner He will return. But how many have it right?
The White Horse Rider - He Rides - by our guest writter Jim Patterson (Shepherd's Voice Magazine) The Disciples of Christ asked a lot of questions of Him as they were looking for answers, and specifically about His coming reign and the end of the age. Even after His resurrection, they wanted to know if He was about to restore the Kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6). This writer cannot help but empathize with them on this. If He was walking the earth today on a casual visit in human form, many perhaps would ask him a lot of specific questions along the same lines.
Be You Perfect - even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48). This is an instruction all Christians are striving to achieve. How can we even get close to the perfection that is God?
Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength We are commanded to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The fact that we are commanded to love Him indicates the importance of love to God. Obviously by this command He demands more than merely liking, or having a warm feeling of affection toward Him, but just how much more and why?
The Spirit of Truth and Light vs. the Knowledge of Evil - by our Guest writer Jim Patterson (Shepherd's Voice Magazine). Our adversary the devil is tempting the Church to forsake its calling. He is using an old tactic used from the beginning with Adam and Eve and he is using it again to give us a false sense of wisdom with the knowledge of evil. Help protect yourself and the people you love by reading what follows in these pages.
Kingdom Misconceptions - by our Guest writer Jim Patterson (Shepherd's Voice Magazine). Since the time of Jesus Christ, mankind has held various misconceptions of the Kingdom of God. Our own ideas of government and organizations that are born out of worldly experience can lead us to conceive God’s Kingdom is a glorious ideal of the same form. This article brings us to the conclusion that there is a fundamental difference between the Kingdom of God, and all that we can conceive of or experience in any man-made organizational structure.
Coveting - the Hidden Sin The law that forbids coveting is perhaps the least understood of the Ten Commandments. Most of us accept that the word ‘covet’ means an inordinate desire for something that is not ours. Indeed this meaning is correct but falls woefully short in revealing the full impact of this sin that has invaded the lives of so many.
Getting to Grips with Grace Do you really understand what God’s grace is and why we need it? Do you know what it means to be under the law and what role the law plays when we are under grace?
God's Unfailing Promises Why is a righteous life cut short? How can persecution and martyrdom of the righteous occur when God has promised protection, good health and prosperity? Why do we suffer financial problems, sickness and grief when the Bible says that it is the unrighteous who will suffer?
Grow Your Faith Most of us require proof before we believe anything. We are sceptics by nature. Disbelief comes easy in this modern society where truth is so often obscured by smoke and mirrors, lies and deception. So it seems completely contrary to our nature when we ‘dyed in the wool’ sceptics are so ready to believe and trust in a God whom we have neither seen, nor heard. Where did we get the faith to do this?
Our Calling Are we called because we are special or more worthy than others? No! In fact the opposite is true.
He Whom We Serve We have been called into royal service. To serve a King who is above all kings! Never has there been a King, or conqueror like him. He is coming with great power to defeat all the nations on this earth and will rule over them. It is he whom we now serve!
Ambassadors for Christ God has a plan of salvation. He is going to save humanity from the spiritual captivity we have experienced for the last six thousand years. If you have been called to Christ then you have an important role to play in that plan. You need to know about that role and what is expected of you.
Watch and be Ready Christ said he would return. He warned us to watch and be ready. We won’t know the exact hour. But we will be able to determine when the time is nigh. Have you been watching? Have you been preparing? Are you ready for his return?
A Tale of Two Cities Jerusalem and Babylon were two contemporary cities in the ancient world. Both are mentioned in the Book of Revelation as having modern counterparts - Babylon the Great and New Jerusalem. What do these cities represent? And how do these things impact on you?
The Creation Groans A well-known and internationally-famous naturalist once said that he didn’t believe in God as there is too much cruelty in nature. Then I began to think about what he said. Would a loving, merciful and caring God create any creature with such innate cruelty? I had to say no. Then how did this come about?
Greater than Man We humans have an intellect that makes us greater than any other form of life on this planet. Our brains have the ability to think, reason and achieve things far beyond the capabilities of our fellow creatures. But are we the ultimate in intellectual ability, or is there some-one greater than man?
Growing Up When most of us were called we were mere ‘babes in Christ’. God expected us not only to ‘grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ but also to come to ‘the fullness of the stature of Christ’. Have we reached the fullness of his stature, or are we still ‘babes in Christ’?
The Truth About Matthew 18 What should we do when someone offends us? Many point to the instruction in Matthew 18 and advise that we go to our brother, or sister to resolve the issue directly. Others say we should just forgive them. Matthew 18 mentions both options - so which one should we use? To find the answer we need to look at what Matthew wrote in context.
Catching the Vision Abraham sought a city built by God, Ezekiel was shown a vision of a future city and John saw, also in a vision, the New Jerusalem descending from Heaven. Three men, three cities! Is it possible these three cities were one and the same?
A Living City Abraham was promised that his family would be blessed. And much has been written about those blessings. But Abraham could see the bigger picture. He knew it wasn’t just about his family. He looked forward to what God had promised for all families including yours!
Go For It! We all have dreams of who we want be. Where we want to go and what we want do. But how many actually accomplish those dreams? How many end up with the fame and fortune they hoped for? It’s easy to live in a dream world, but not so easy in the real world.
Examine Yourself Have you examined yourself lately? It is important that we do especially as we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We do not want to appear before God in an unworthy manner. Best to judge ourselves than to be judged.
Abolishing the Law Many preach that Christ abolished the law. They say he took the commandments and nailed them to the cross. Consequently the law has no power over us anymore. They say that Christ has achieved God’s purpose by bringing us to God through the cross without having to keep the law. But what does the Bible say?
Every Thought When we came out of this world we made changes to our lives. We made many behavioural changes as we came to associate with other believers. But have we gone deeper than that? Have we dealt with the innermost thought processes and imaginations of our minds? Changing the innermost working of the mind is perhaps the greatest challenge we all face.
On Trial Imagine being on trial. You know you are guilty as accused! And that a death sentence is inevitable! The judge demands you account for your actions. How would you react? Would you deny, or confess your guilt? Most hope that they will never experience such a situation. But the Bible says otherwise. It says we are guilty and will face judgment!
Woe is Us! Woe is a three letter word that packs a powerful punch. Used more than a hundred times in the Bible it is not a word to ignore! Woe conveys some very strong emotions that range from the utter grief and despair to vehement anger. It expresses the grief and despair felt about the wretched conditions suffered by humanity and expresses anger toward its cause and the perpetrator of such misery and sorrow.
From Jericho to Pentecost From the Bible we trace Christ's journey from Jericho to Jerusalem where he spent his final days and examine the events that occurred during those days and the seven weeks that followed up until the Day of Pentecost. What God accomplished during that time impacts greatly on all humanity. This is a 'must read' prior to celebrating the Lord's Supper!
Church Doctrine - The Role of the Apostles What is an Apostle? What was the role of an Apostle in the early Church? Does that role have any relevance for us today? Does it have anything to do with our salvation?
The Truth About Passover Is the Lord’s Supper the same as Passover? Was Christ restoring the Passover to its correct date, or was he introducing an entirely new ceremony for his followers? These questions have been debated in religious circles for centuries without agreement. How can you be sure that you have the truth? What does your Bible say?
"And he said - Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God"
"Jesus said - go thou and preach the kingdom of God" (Mark 4:11 and Luke 9:60)
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