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Background on the Promises of God

The following is written in the style of a research paper presented to those having but a preliminary knowledge of the Bible. When appropriate, students at both university and high school levels might well consider presenting such papers on scriptural topics. – the Editor Recently we saw a bumper sticker …

Background on the Moabites

The history of the Moabites and the Ammonites begins with Lot, who was a most interesting character. He was a man of faith, ability and ambition, but were it not for the New Testament statement about him, we would most likely draw some wrong conclusions. Lot termed righteous Lot is …

Ecclesiastes

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. The key word in Ecclesiastes is vanity — the futile emptiness of trying to be happy apart from God. The Preacher (traditionally taken to be Solomon — the wisest, richest, most influential king in Israel’s history) looks at life “under the …

II Corinthians 2

Dealing with wicked behavior is grievous, be it our own or another’s sin. The way the apostle Paul handled the case of the Corinthian brother who had taken his father’s wife provides an instructive example of how to deal with a deadly sin when it occurs in the midst of …

The Leap Day Readings

Later this month many of us will face an unusual situation. When we consult our Bible Companions, we will find that there are no daily readings listed. What shall we read that day? Opportunity for detailed look Have you ever experienced an empty feeling after reading certain books of the …

Adding to or Taking Away from God’s Word

Our daily readings for 1999 concluded with these words: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Rev. 22:20-21). Life passes us by so rapidly that when we pause to reflect we …

Micah

During the reign of King Uzziah, Judah expanded its territory and the land became very prosperous. This affluence continued for awhile under Jotham but eventually declined under Ahaz who was an evil king and adopted many abominable heathen practices (II Kgs. 16:3,4). Hezekiah, the next king, worked hard to cleanse …

Hosea and Gomer

Of all teachers, experience provides the most unforgettable lessons. What we learn through experience is long remembered. Mistakes that are painful or cost us a great deal seldom are repeated. Experiences equip us to be more sympathetic to those going through similar problems; we have felt what others now feel. …

Paul’s Living Letters

The readings for October include three of the letters the apostle Paul sent to ecclesias of the first century: Galatians, Ephesians and Philippians. We also begin the book of Acts, which contains the historical context of each of these letters and several others. While the message of these letters sets …

Mountains in Ezekiel’s Prophecy

Mountains dominate the landscape that surrounds them, they are visible for miles to all who pass by. The mountains of Israel are used by Yahweh as a stage upon which to reveal Himself and His plan to mankind. Mount Carmel, Mount Sinai, Mount Ebal, Mount Gerizim, and Mount Zion all …