Commentary Saturday, May 25, 2013
Seeing a tattered American flag displayed on the home next door after a windstorm, my aged father-in-law—a Colonel retired from the United States Air Force—set out to offer his neighbor a replacement for the damaged flag. I accompanied him as we met the neighbor, a short, portly man with white hair and a big smile. He had not realized that his flag was in tatters, and he graciously accepted the new flag as it was offered.
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News & Prophecy Friday, May 24, 2013
According to a recent European Pew survey, “France has seen the steepest confidence drop in the EU and in national politicians alike, with the same sour mood in Italy, Spain and Greece” (EU Observer, May 14, 2013). “The EU is disliked by 58 percent compared to 40 percent in 2012, while 77 percent of French people believe European economic integration has made things worse for France… Concerns about unemployment are almost as high in France as they are in Spain, Italy and Greece. Germany, by contrast, is the only country where half the population is in favour of giving more powers to Brussels…” (ibid.). ...Read more »
Commentary Thursday, May 23, 2013
Can we obtain salvation by our own efforts? If we obtain salvation, is it true that “once saved, always saved”? Many people are confused about the truth behind these doctrines. Scripture tells us that a Christian is justified by grace (Titus 3:7). So, what does it mean that we must not lose what we have worked for (2 John 1:8)? If justification is by Christ’s blood (Romans 5:8-10), then why is eternal life the reward of the righteous (Matthew 25:46), while eternal death awaits the unrepentant sinner (Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8)?
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Commentary Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A much-beloved Protestant hymn asserts, “This Is My Father’s World.” The song has a beautiful melody, and the sentiment is tempting. Yet, the reality of the matter—as so pointedly shown by Monday’s tornado tragedy in Oklahoma—is that, in a very significant way, our world today is not our Father’s world. Read more »