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Personal - Understanding Hebrews 11:1

Dear Brethren, What is the relationship between faith and evidence? Do you personally know? Are you sure? Read More »

Editorial - What Drives Your Decisions?

What drives your decisions? Do you savor the things of God? Most professing Christians never even consider this question. What about you? Are you willing to bravely ask the question and look in the mirror of God’s word for the answer? How easy it is for us to deceive ourselves into thinking we are acting according to God’s will when we are doing the exact opposite. Have you ever thought you were totally right, when you were totally wrong? I have! And I doubt that I am alone among God’s people. Read More »

Find Joy in the Morning this Feast!

Each year, we are commanded to attend the Feast of Tabernacles in the location that God chooses to place His name (Deuteronomy 14:23). And each year, most of God’s people diligently and joyfully travel to these festival locations around the globe, excited about what He has planned for His Feast. We enjoy the spiritual food (the sermons, sermonettes and Bible studies), we enjoy the fellowship, we enjoy the physical food and we enjoy the beautiful surroundings. But what spiritual habits do we intend to employ while at the Feast this year? What actions can we take in order to maximize the spiritual benefits of the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day? More specifically, what is one action we can all take to help make sure we are spiritually maximizing this very special opportunity, both as adults and as young people? Read More »

Jonah the Reluctant Prophet (Or, What it Means to Be "At One")

The Book of Jonah is a book of prophecy about which most everyone, from the smallest toddler to the eldest in the congregation, knows something. Did you realize that the book is read in synagogues on the afternoon of the Day of Atonement? The origins of this practice are lost in the shadows of antiquity. For the Jews, Nineveh’s fasting and repentance—elements that Judaism rightly associates with Atonement—are given as the reason. But even that limits the understanding of this short book. In this article, we are going to look at Jonah from a different perspective. Read More »

The Sacrifices of the Day of Atonement and the Holy Days

Leviticus 16 is a remarkable chapter that sets out, in detail, the actions the High Priest was to undertake on the Day of Atonement (v. 29). The particulars of the chapter relate to the High Priest alone. The only other person in view is the “suitable man” who is to take one goat into the wilderness at the climax of the day (vv. 21–22). We know that in the time of Jesus and the early Church, this day was a day of great pageantry in the temple. Pilgrims to Jerusalem for the Fall Festivals gathered in great numbers to watch and observe the High Priest go through these actions. Yet, the chapter speaks to more than just the ritual of the Day of Atonement, as we find the events portray an overview of the steps in God’s Holy Day plan up to that point. Read More »

He Will Return

If you had all the physical wealth you needed, along with all the talent, political power, and resources available to you to accomplish it, what would you most desperately want to do in this, your physical life? Read More »

The Beautiful Truth of the Last Great Day

What is the fate of those who die having never known Jesus Christ? Indeed, most who have lived and died have never even heard of Him! Will God only save a few in this life, allowing the many billions who’ve walked the earth without any real opportunity to be saved from their sins to simply be lost forever? Read More »

One Minister's Travelogue

The following is a synopsis of reports from Rees Ellis following his visit to the Francophone (French speaking) countries in Africa, as well as Ghana and Ethiopia. Between June 12 and July 7, Mr. Ellis visited brethren and prospective members in Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burundi and Ethiopia. We thought our readers might enjoy this small glimpse into what it means to be a part of an international Work and a globe-spanning family! (Specific names have been removed from this report for privacy purposes.) —Editorial Staff Read More »

For Signs and Seasons

It’s peculiar what can trigger our memories: sights, smells, a song, etc. In my particular case, trimming an overgrown inbox recently brought to mind fond memories, going back years ago. Read More »
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