The lives affected by divorce are real people with real pains. Many have suffered betrayed trusts and bear deep scars. They are not an "argument" or a "doctrine," they are souls--souls that Jesus died for. Like all hard situations, the temptation is to ignore it and hope it will just go away. But as a people of God, we are called to minister Christ to those caught in difficult, dark, painful circumstances. Moreover, as a church in America, we must recognize that these issues are an ever-increasing element of our morally declining society. This series of articles examines the biblical guidelines for marriage, divorce, and remarriage. The author's prayer is that the truth of Jesus will be uplifted, and not his opinion or the agenda of a denomination. "Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar" (Rom. 3:4). [Read Full Article]
The short chapters of this book were originally articles from a column by the same title in "Balance of Truth," a Christian magazine published in Bombay, India. Drawing from over 20 years in an itinerant Bible teaching ministry, John Kennedy addresses many of the recurring problems that beset the Lord's people, whether in their personal lives, or in their life together as a church. In his words, "There is a need to speak out frankly on many issues, and if we are eager to follow the Lord we will not fear plain speaking...Paul says that we grow up into Christ through 'speaking the truth in love' (Eph. 4:15). As these pages are an attempt to speak the truth in love, it is the writer's prayer that they may be accepted in love...May God grant that the sharing of the little insight He has given into His ways may be of help to others in moving on to maturity in Christ." [Read Full Article]
Cebuano translation of "The End Times"
Pagkatapos ipakita sa profeta nga si Daniel ang daghang mga butang mahitungod sa umalabot, ang Dios nagsulti kaniya nga "himoang tinago ang mga pulong, ug takpi ang basahon, bisan pa hangtud sa panahon sa katapusan" (Dan. 12:4). Bisan si Daniel dili makahimo sa pagsabot sa unsay iyang nakita ug nadungog gikan sa Dios. Apan, himaya ngadto sa Dios! Ang panahon sa katapusan miabot na, ang panahon sa pag-abli sa basahon nga gisugo kang Daniel nga pagatak-upan. Aron mabuksan ang basahon, ang Dios nagpabarug ug laing profeta, ang apostol nga si Juan. "Ug siya miingon kanako: Ayaw na lamang pagtimrihi ang mga pulong sa profesiya niining basahona, kay ang panahon haduol na" (Pinadayag 22:10). Kini nga sinulat maoy usa ka pagsipong (o kalangkuban kon summary) sa basahon nga, Ang Pinadayag sa Sinilyohan nga Basahon, Edisyon nga Kinatsila, Hunyo 2009, nga karon gihubad na ngadto sa Inglis. Kini nagahulagway sa plano sa Dios alang sa madaugon nga iglesia, sa katawhan sa Israel, ug sa uban pang tanang kanasuran. Kini nga profesiya (o panagna) karon giablihan alang kanila nga nahigugma sa Dios uban ang tibuok nilang mga kasingkasing, mga kalag, ug kusog. "Tungod kay gibantayan mo man ang akong sulti sa pagkamainantuson, pagabantayan ko ikaw nga mahilikay gikan sa takna sa pagsulay nga hapit na moabut sa tibuok kalibutan, sa pagsulay sa mga nanagpuyo sa yuta. Moanha na ako sa dili madugay; kupti pag-ayo ang imong nabatonan, aron walay makaagaw sa imong purongpurong" (Pinadayag 3:10-11).
Gihubad ngadto sa Cebuano nila ni: Conrado Devibar, Juanito Comparativo Jr., ug Fermorah Comparativo. [Read Full Article]
There is much debate today over the subject of ministry and the place of ministers in the body of Christ. Some have sought to defend a "clergy-laity" distinction, feeling that this is necessary to maintain order and purity of doctrine, while others have sought to emphasize an "every man ministry" or "level brotherhood," often as a reaction against the abuse of authority. Gordon Gentry did not believe ministers were to be given a special place (or office) above others, but that their place was to be "brothers among brethren." The distinction he drew was that ministry is not a "position" but a God-given grace. He encouraged every member to function in the place God has put them in the body, and to serve other members with a supply of Christ. The primary purpose of this book is to stimulate fellowship among brothers on the subject of ministry, sending them back to God and the scriptures for a living revelation of Christ and His design in the body. [Read Full Article]
When we look at the divisions in the Christian world, the question springs unbidden: Why did not God give us an order of service to be followed in the church, as He did in the tabernacle and the temple of old? Is there no pattern of gathering or worship? Is there no significance in corporate testimony? This book gives the answer. The key of organization is revealed as the Spirit of God, moving in hearts subject to His will. True subjection means unanimity without clash of personalities. That is the ideal and shown to be attainable by true subjection to the infilling Spirit. The secret of God's purpose is revealed to be a wonderful unity called the church, sensitive to Him in love, in subjection, in all things which characterize the attachment of a wife to her husband--and vice versa. How this ideal works out in practical ways and relationships is told in the simple but forceful language of this book. [Read Full Article]
Martha Goetzman invites her readers to investigate the scriptures with honesty and freedom, to better understand the woman's God-given nature, role, ministry, adornment and power. Beginning with the order of God established at creation, she outlines the woman's role as helper and complement, and illustrates the power of true submission from the heart. She contrasts physical beauty and outward adornment with the spiritual beauty that is a reflection of the Lord Jesus Christ. She encourages women to recognize and use the special avenues of worship God has provided for them, and to exercise their important ministries of prayer, teaching in the home, prophecy and other gifts of the Spirit in God's order. This spiritual, practical book encourages women to experience the fulfillment and blessings God gives to those who desire His best! [Read Full Article]
Woman: specially designed by the hand of God from a part of man, given back to the man by the hand of God as a helper comparable to him--to be joined together again by God himself, never to be separated by man. How much more special and honored could one be! What a beautiful beginning to a perfect relationship, yet this was the very first thing to come under attack by the enemy of God, and probably the greatest target he has concentrated upon ever since. Should we wonder at the great confusion and conflict that centers upon women and their place in the world and in the church? Yet the Bible unveils God's very positive direction to any who come to find out how to experience this perfect relationship, and how to walk in the total fulfillment God planned to give to man and woman alike. [Read Full Article]
After showing the prophet Daniel many things about the future, God told him to "shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end" (Dan. 12:4). Even Daniel could not understand what he saw and heard from God. But, glory to God! The time of the end has arrived, the time to open the book that Daniel was commanded to seal. To open the book, God raised another prophet, the apostle John. "And he said to me: Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand" (Rev. 22:10). This article is a summary of the book, The Revelation of the Sealed Book, Spanish Edition, June 2009, now being translated into English. It describes the plan of God for the victorious church, the people of Israel, and all the other nations. The prophecy is now opened for those who love God with all their hearts, souls, and strength. "Because you have kept my command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown" (Rev. 3:10-11). [Read Full Article]