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Y2K and Millennial Mania

When I first heard the expression, "Y2K," I had no idea to what that referred. Someone kindly instructed me: "Year two thousand." I then inquired as to what the excitement concerning Y2K is all about. I was informed it is twofold: - Those who designed our computers in earlier decades did not factor in the calendar change for the coming ... read more »

Dispensationalism and Zechariah 14

Dispensationalists-those enamored with the notion that Christ will return to the earth to establish a political kingdom over which he will reign for one thousand years-rely heavily upon Zechariah, chapter fourteen, as an important Old Testament element of the premillennial scheme. Dispensational writer Hobert E. Freeman characterizes this chapter as a description of "the destruction of Israel's enemies, salvation of ... read more »

Are There Degrees of Blessedness and Punishment in Eternity?

"Will there be differing degrees of rewards in heaven and different levels of punishment in hell?" Before we address the question directly, recognizing some preliminary observations and principles would be helpful. God is good The Bible is very clear in affirming that God is a being of absolute goodness. The Psalmist declared: "Good and upright is Jehovah?" (25:8; cf. 100:5). ... read more »

The Meaning of Romans 3:31

Please explain Romans 3:31. "Do we then make the law of none effect through faith? Indeed not, we establish the law." The correct interpretation of this passage depends upon four things - the meaning of "law," the significance of "faith," and a consideration of these terms in both the immediate and remote contexts of scripture. We must note at the ... read more »

Three Prayers of Thanksgiving

Out of the biblical doctrine of the "Fatherhood" of God naturally arises the concept of prayer. What child does not need, and wish, to communicate with his father? Thus, in the "model prayer," the Lord taught his disciples to pray: "Our Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:9). One manifestation of prayer that should flow abundantly from the heart of the Christian ... read more »

Addicted to Me

Unalienable rights! We hold these truths to be self-evident! God created us equal! The Creator endowed us with rights-as in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! The Declaration of Independence's motivating expressions stirred colonists to demand their God-given freedom and their entitlement to "dissolve the political bands," while at the same time justification was provided to the world for ... read more »

Jesus Christ in the Book of Revelation

The concluding book of the New Testament begins in the following fashion: "The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show to his servants." (1:1a). One of the intriguing questions discussed by scholars is the phrase "of Jesus Christ" (Iesou Christou [genitive case]). The genitive frequently is expressed in English by the preposition "of," as in this text-thus, ... read more »

The Significance of Christ’s Resurrection

Each spring, millions of people around the world acknowledge, in some fashion or another, that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead some twenty centuries ago. Modern society calls it "Easter." The origin of this term is uncertain, though it is commonly thought to derive from Eastre, the name of a Teutonic spring goddess. The term "Easter," in the King ... read more »

The Classification of Bible Commands

The Bible contains a variety of literature types. It has, for example, historical narrative. Genesis 1-2 (and related contexts) is the only reliable account of the origin of the universe and of mankind in existence. The Scriptures contain lofty poetry and powerful prophecy. All of that aside, however, every honest student must also admit that the Bible is a book ... read more »

The Christian and the Workplace

More and more, it appears, Americans are finding that materialism isn't what it's cracked up to be. Without some sort of spiritual flavor, there is a void in life-an aching of the soul that longs for a greater satisfaction. In 1999, Business Week's lead essay was "Religion in the Workplace-The growing presence of spirituality in Corporate America" (November 1). This ... read more »