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The New Challenge of Reaching the Secular-minded

Dear Brethren, Shopping is distasteful to me. When I go into a store (with the exception of Bass Pro Shop) I have a purpose in mind and want to get out as fast as I can, but that is not always easy. It was relatively easy to buy “tennis shoes” when I was young. Even if you did not play tennis, that’s what everyone called athletic shoes. There might be two brands and all you had to do was find the right size. Today, there are a multitude of brands, styles, colors, prices and considerations: running shoes, walking shoes, basketball shoes, cross trainers, etc., etc., etc. Does this one or that one pronate inward or outward? I need help, but that is when a salesman is never available! Read More »

How Will You Approach Deleavening

Jesus gave four categories of people in the Parable of the Sower. Some seeds landed by the wayside and birds of the air devoured them. Other seeds fell on stony places with little soil. They came up quickly but then died in the heat. Then there were the seeds that fell among thorns and failed to produce, because the weeds choked them. Finally, we read about the seeds that fell on good ground. These produced well, with crops of varying size (Matthew 13:3–8). Jesus later gave the spiritual significance, showing that different people respond differently to the message of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 13:18–23). Read More »

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees

On the evening beginning the 14th of Nisan, we take the Passover, as instructed by Christ and the apostles. We do it at the same time and in the same manner that the Church of God did it in the first century (1 Corinthians 11:23–25). Read More »

Paid in Full: The Completeness of the Price Christ Paid

If one contemplates it, even for a few moments, a truth about our faith stands out as something truly remarkable. The Creator of all things, the Ever-Living One, became flesh and blood just like us and died to pay for our sins. His sacrifice was prophesied to our first parents (Genesis 3:15). And it is pictured by Passover, the very first of the seven Festivals God uses to explain His plan of salvation (1 Corinthians 5:7). Read More »

50 Years in the Ministry—and Counting, An interview with Lambert Greer

In October of last year, Mr. Lambert Greer observed the 50th anniversary of his ordination into the ministry of Jesus Christ. As the U.S. Mideast Regional Pastor, he and his wife Nancy serve congregations and ministers across 13 states, directly pastoring congregations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. He was kind enough to respond to our request for an interview concerning his personal experiences and what he’s learned after a half-century in the service of God and His people. Our questions and his responses are below. – Editorial Staff Read More »

The Crucifixion Darkness and the Events Surrounding Christ’s Sacrifice

Awesome signs and wonders accompanied the death of the Messiah (Matthew 27:51–53). The earth shook. The temple veil was torn in two. The tombs were opened and, later, many of the saints were resurrected from the dead! Even the sun “failed” for about three hours. The Creator of the universe and “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” had died (John 1:29). Read More »

Commentary - The Ultimate Loss

Profound sadness is the deep emotion one feels when we learn of the death of a child of tender years. It is an emotion that once gripped me strongly, when I learned of the death of two children, ages nine and twelve, a little boy and a girl having fun in the snow, sledding and doing what kids do until—they fell through the ice in a pond and drowned. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died a little later in the hospital, as efforts to resuscitate failed. Read More »
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