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Are Earthquakes a Sign That the End Is Near?

Many who are misinformed or mistaken about the Scriptures believe that a worldwide increase in earthquakes is a sign that the end is near - that Christ will soon return to set up an earthly kingdom or to destroy the planet. With the tragedy in Haiti recently, a number of false teachers and the Biblically ignorant have again begun to ramp up their teaching to this effect.

Most of the error that is taught on this subject stems from the misinterpretation of just a few Bible passages. A mere examination of the context of these passages by an honest truth-seeker would clear up many mistaken notions.
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"You Are GOD, You Alone"

by David Padfield

There can be no question that guilt is one of the great destroyers of the soul. Guilt, whether imagined or real, leads individuals on a downward spiral which will destroy their relationships in life and render them worthless in the kingdom of God. An individual with a guilty conscience often becomes bitter and lashes out to those who are trying to help.

Sin is at the root of the problem, for sin leads to guilt and depression, and sinful handling of sin further complicates matters leading to greater guilt and deeper depression. Proverbs 5:22 well describes this progression of sin, "His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin." However, guilt can be a good thing when it brings one to a realization of one's sins.
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Membership In A Local Church

by Robert F. Turner

You became a member of the church that belongs to Christ when you were baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:26-27). The Lord added you to the number of His followers, metaphorically assembled, when you became obedient to the faith (Acts 2:36-41, 47). As a member of the body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23) you accepted certain obligations: to submit to His leadership revealed in His word; and to give yourself freely to the service of your Lord (Rom. 6:17-18; 1 Pet. 3:15). This is your status whether you become a member of a local church or not. But the Scriptures clearly teach you to work and worship with other brethren (Heb. 10:25). Their presence and accessibility, present both privilege and obligation to all who would be faithful to Christ.
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Immodesty - Does God Care What We Wear?

Jefferson Davis Tant (From Truth Magazine - June 7, 1979)

Immodesty, lust, adultery, deceit, drunkenness, murder. Not a very pleasant listing of words, is it? And some might wonder why we would put immodesty and murder in the same category. The reason is that all of the words listed belong in the same narrative, and are listed in the progressive order of events, beginning with immodesty and ending with murder. You should recognize the story of David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11-12:25.
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"But...I'm already a Christian!"

"But, I am already a Christian!" "Why should I study the Bible with you?" Although sometimes couched in defensive language, maybe uttered in disbelief, wonder, and even resentment, these words highlight a barrier to study among Christians, who may be members of differing denominations.

We may ask, "How important is unity to you as a Christian?" "How important should it be?" "Why should we even try to resolve these differences?" In short, the motivation for study between Christians of differing denominational backgrounds is two-fold: Unity and Salvation. Before we begin to examine these answers in some detail, let us consider the concept that generates these questions.
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Daniel and the Kingdom

by Kyle Campbell

Is the kingdom the church? If the kingdom is the church, then all of the “end time” prophecies of Jesus establishing a kingdom on the earth made by the vast majority of denominations are false. There are two prominent prophecies about the kingdom in Daniel 2:31-45 and 7:1-28.

Daniel 2:31-45

Nebuchadnezzar dreamed he saw an enormous, dazzling statue (604 B.C.). The statue was in human form with various metals comprising its different sections. To bring about its destruction, a rock appeared. The rock struck the statue on its feet, felling it. The fall resulted in the destruction of the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold of the statue. A wind swept away the pieces of the statue without leaving a trace. The rock, however, became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.
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"Do This In Remembrance of Me"

by David Hanson

Terms such as "The Lord's Supper: (1 Corinthians 11:20); "the breaking of bread" (Acts 2:42); "communion" (1 Cor. 10:16); and "the table of the Lord" (1 Cor. 10:21) are biblical expressions designating an act of worship. "Eucharist," "sacrament" and "church ordinance" are terms invented by men (they are not found in the Bible) to designate the Lord's supper.

Jesus instituted the Lord's supper in an upper room of a house in Jerusalem on the night before his crucifixion. Four accounts of this event are presented in the Bible (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; and 1 Cor. 11:23-26). His words were anticipatory. The memorial was established before the event it commemorated took place.

Jesus instituted the Lord's supper immediately after he and his disciples partook of the Passover meal. Because of this close connection, the Passover meal is an important background for understanding the Lord's supper. God instituted the Passover meal as Israel's celebration of deliverance from slavery (Deuteronomy 16:1-8). The Lord's supper is the Christian's memorial of what it cost God to deliver him from the slavery of sin.
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Terms of Membership

by Irven Lee

The Lord built His church and paid for it with His blood. He is its head and has all authority in it. It is not my church, your church, or our church. It is not ours to plan its mission or work, nor do we enter it except by pleasing God so that, He of His own free will, adds us to it. We do not plan the terms of entrance any more than we plan the organization, work, or worship. Every one is accepted on the Lord's terms or he is excluded from it and has no inheritance in it (Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:23-25).

God is no respecter of persons, so He does not reject one because of the color of his skin or the color of his hair. Neither the conduct of his ancestors nor his own past life makes it impossible for him to become a child of God. He can be born of water and of the Spirit and, by the grace of God, enter the kingdom. He can be adopted into this great family and join with other redeemed people in crying, "Abba, Father." God is interested in one's present humility and worthy plans for the future. A man's sins can be washed away in the blood of Christ and be remembered against him no more (Rom. 2:6, 11; John 3:5; Rev. 1:5).
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Are You Serious?

by Bill Lambert

We have a habit of rationalizing our behavior, don't we? Somehow, we find it hard to accept responsibility for the things which we do, even when it is clear that we have violated some rule or gone too far. We use various tricks to deny any guilt which may be associated with the wrongdoing. Oftentimes, when faced with the facts, we may respond with, “You are not serious, are you?” Far too often, sin becomes trivial to us, but God is serious about it. We will do well to take it seriously also. Sin is indeed a “big deal,” bringing about separation from God. (Isaiah 59:1,2) One of the purposes of God's law was to teach the extreme sinfulness of sin. (Romans 7:13) A function of the New Testament record is to discourage sin. (1 John 2:1)
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Has the Bible Been Changed?

by Greg Gwin

We are frequently asked about the reliability of our Bibles. Specifically, how can we be sure that the Bibles we are reading today are true to the original messages delivered so long ago. In particular, can we be sure that the New Testament has not been altered and changed in the almost 2000 years since it was written?

The answer to these questions is a resounding YES, we can be absolutely certain that we have good, reliable copies of the messages as they were originally written. To illustrate how we can have this confidence, consider this illustration:
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The Providence of God

by Thomas Thornhill

Anyone who studies the Bible carefully comes face to face with the providence of God. His hand is seen in events that unfold throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. If one really believes the Bible one will also believe in the providence of God. Yet, many who see God's hand in past events will deny that God is still active in the affairs of His universe and His people. The problem is that God's providence has been cast into mysterious and unexplainable terms, resulting in many unwarranted and false claims of special divine providence. Admittedly it is not easy to understand how God does what he does but does one really need to know HOW God does something in order for it to be accepted and believed. God may be INVISIBLE to us, but He certainly is not INACTIVE. He has not ceased to provide for that which He has created.
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The Lost Tribes of Israel

The unrest in the Middle-East continues to prompt preachers to insist that Israel has a special place with God. In a previous study we noticed the errors associated with that notion. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-35) and has fulfilled every promise he made to Israel (Josh. 21:45). Associated with this erroneous view of Israel is the false idea that somewhere in the far distant past after the kingdom of Israel was divided, ten of the tribes of Israel were lost to wander the earth and that before the end of time, they will be recovered and returned to Palestine, the promised land of the ancient people of Israel. This is another dangerous and blatant false doctrine associated with speculative theories relative to the end of time. Today on this program we will investigate and see just what the Bible has to say about this particular idea...
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Sin, Guilt and Depression

by David Padfield

There can be no question that guilt is one of the great destroyers of the soul. Guilt, whether imagined or real, leads individuals on a downward spiral which will destroy their relationships in life and render them worthless in the kingdom of God. An individual with a guilty conscience often becomes bitter and lashes out to those who are trying to help.

Sin is at the root of the problem, for sin leads to guilt and depression, and sinful handling of sin further complicates matters leading to greater guilt and deeper depression. Proverbs 5:22 well describes this progression of sin, "His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin." However, guilt can be a good thing when it brings one to a realization of one's sins.
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