America’s new war in Iraq and Syria does not seem to have any chance of success. Statements in numerous papers allege that “Obama leaves behind a world of chaos”; that America “will be at war for generations to come”; that the “military campaign against ISIS will fail, possibly with disastrous consequences”; and that “the West is irrevocably set on another bloody adventure in the Middle East.” How should a true Christian view this situation? Is there ever justification for us to fight in war? We are quoting extensively from Herbert W. Armstrong’s writings on military service and war and from our free booklet, “Should You Fight in War?” We point out that historically, true Christians have steadfastly refused to fight in war—but that many nominal Christians compromised in the face of political propaganda and persecution.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:17 to “take the helmet of salvation.” What else are we to “take” from God, and what is the connection with the helmet of salvation? Why are we reading about the cup of salvation; the shield of salvation; and the garments of salvation? The Bible speaks also about the helmet of the hope of salvation. What exactly is this hope? What exactly is salvation? And what is the only way to obtain salvation?
Once we acknowledge our meek human existance, we may wonder how valuable we are to God. However, according to His plan, He needs leaders to help Him rule His soon coming Kingdom. Those who are called to that duty are very valuable, indeed.
God has established Holy Days which lay out in great detail the plan of salvation which He is offering to mankind. There is tremendous, unquestionable PROOF of God's role in human history, and the Holy Days give witness to this fact!
The Feast of Trumpets symbolizes the return of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the righteous to eternal life. The book of Revelation contains seven messages to seven congregations of the Church of God. What relationship exists between the last four of those seven messages and Christ’s return? What does the Bible say about the time of Christ’s return? Is that time already fixed? Why does Christ say that even He does not know the exact time? Is the time of His coming conditioned upon certain events which have to take place first? What does it mean that the time of Christ’s return is solely within the authority of the Father?
We all face trials and must stay resolute in relying of God to guide us through them. Paul faced many trials, including very difficult physical ones and he stayed the course in his focus towards God. We must do the same, especially in the festival season.
Are we struggeling with trials and weaknesses? Are there reasons for them? The Bible reveals examples of individuals who struggled with weaknesses and trials and how they were able to overcome them.
Ephesians 6:15 tells us that we must have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. What exactly does this mean? What about our feet; our preparation or readiness; and the gospel of peace? What is that gospel? Paul warns us not to accept a different gospel, another Jesus, or a different spirit. He also shows us that the belief in the true gospel is absolutely necessary for salvation; and that we ourselves must have peace if we want to stand up for the gospel of peace.
Depression is a crippling reality that many people face. It is something that can be overcome, but only truly by turning to God and asking in prayer for His help and support.
When we hear about the grizzly beheading of people; when planes are shot out of the sky; when riots erupt in our cities; when unspeakably degrading activities are paraded across our television screens…WHAT should we think or do? More to the point—what are we thinking and what are we doing?
The mindset we take as Christians in how we face trials can determine where we ultimately complete the race Paul spoke of. Do we feel we are missing out on life's temporary pleasures as Christians? Or do we have an attitude of praising God for the opportunity He has given to us—an opportunity that will grant us eternal life in the family of God!
Light is oftentimes used in relationship to Christians, and some of the descriptive terms which are applied to the match can be helpful to review our challenge to be lights of the world.
How do we approach every day? Our thoughts and actions should be predicated on goals. Do we get discouraged by our lack of strength? We should learn to rely on God and understand that He does all things for us. There is no need to become discouraged because God is there for us.
God commands us to love Him with all our heart. How can we do this? The Bible does not teach that the natural man has a good and willing heart. At the same time, we do not read that God has created him with an evil and deceitful heart. How then did it become that way? And how is it possible to get ourselves a new heart?
Some teach that a seven year treaty will be adopted between a modern king of the North or the beast and a modern king of the South, consisting of Arab nations, just prior to the return of Christ, and that that treaty will be broken after 3 ½ years. Others teach that that treaty is going to be made between the king of the North and the Jews. They base this teaching on Daniel 9:27. However, this passage does NOT teach such a treaty, but something different altogether. It is VERY important that you understand the truth, because a wrong teaching might find you completely unprepared for the return of Jesus Christ.
Since the moment of being called to the truth, and then eventually taking that necessary step to get baptized, how have we grown since? How have we learned along the way up onto this point? We still sin but what's important is how we overcome sin, by learning from our mistakes, which will then bring us ultimately to perfection.
We are warned to be prepaired for Christs return. When God's wrath is unleashed upon this world our preparedness is what will insure we don't suffer.
Many people who claim Christianity have gravitated to party politics--that is, they take sides based on their own slant on who is right and who is wrong. However, it is far too easy to become polarized as we view what is taking place, and we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the mire of this society and away from God's Kingdom.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."-Matthew 5:14