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The Life and Times of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1929-1968

Martin Luther King Jr. was a major leader of the U.S. civil rights movement beginning in the mid-1950s. Americans celebrate his birthday as a national holiday each January, recalling the struggle to end racism and bigotry in America. King was an eloquent Baptist minister who advocated and participated in nonviolent means to achieve civil right for blacks and equality for all.

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Who Jesus Really Was

The Gospel of John concentrates on Jesus’ divine identity. John says nothing specific about Jesus’ birth. His interest is to show the true identity and eternal nature of the One who became the human being, Jesus. John begins his Gospel before time began, we might say, in order to inform us about Jesus’ existence. He says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”1

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Christmas Past and Present in the Church

Have you ever wondered how Christmas came to be part of the annual Christian calendar? Here’s the fascinating story, which we begin with a surprising observation. Neither Jesus nor the apostles commanded or even suggested that the church should have a Christmas festival — and no evidence of such a celebration is in the New Testament.

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God Speaks to Us!

man reading a Bible near a windowThe Bible is a window. Have you opened it lately?

Almost all American households have one or more Bibles. Yet more than half of the adults in these households do not read their Bibles during an average week, and only 10 or 15 percent do so daily.

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Revelation: Book of Cosmic Symbols

revTo understand Revelation it is helpful to think of this writing as first and foremost a book of symbols. For example, we see the victorious Christ, riding on a horse (Revelation 19:11-16). He smites the nations with a sword. But what good is a sword in an age of nuclear weapons? Does Christ need a physical weapon at all? The sword is a picture, a symbol, of an event and divine power — the return of the Messiah, who destroys the forces of evil.

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Immortality: The "Mother of All Changes"

There’s nothing certain in life except death and taxes, goes the old saying. We might be able to deal with taxes by making more money or getting government to lower them… but death? What can we do about death? Nothing.

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The Real Christmas Miracle Story

Every Christmas season, Christians give thanks to our heavenly Father for his love and grace, showered upon us through the birth of Jesus. The traditional carols we sing memorialize the meaning of Jesus’ birth — “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” “The First Noel,” “Silent Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” — and many others.

“Silent Night” is one of my favorite carols because it speaks so directly to the inspiring scriptural story. Here are some of the words:

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With What Body Are the Dead Raised?

The resurrection of believers to immortality at Christ’s appearing is the hope of all Christians. It’s not surprising, then, that when the apostle Paul heard some members of the church in Corinth were denying the resurrection, he challenged their misperceptions.

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Are There Three Resurrections?

Are There Three Resurrections?

Some people teach that there will be three resurrections:

1)    Of the saints at Christ’s return, before the millennial reign of Christ,

2)    Of those who have not had an opportunity for salvation, at the end of the millennium, and

3)    Of people who refuse to repent, shortly before the lake of fire.

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Who Is "Babylon"?

harlotWho is the "great harlot" and Babylon the Great? The "great prostitute," as the Greek is sometimes translated, is discussed in several chapters of Revelation under the figure of Babylon (17:1-19:3).

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