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To Deny Christ – What Does It Mean?

Jesus made this statement, “. . . whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” What did Jesus mean by this statement? What does it really mean to deny Christ? Read this article to find out.

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Salvation – What Does It Mean?

What is the reward of the saved? Does salvation mean that man will be restored to what he was before “the Fall?” Will the saved go to heaven? See what the Bible says about this subject.

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All About Water Baptism

Make no mistake about it, baptism is a requirement for salvation. Since God alone is immortal (1 Tim. 6:15-16), He reserves to Himself the power of imparting eternal life or death (John 5:21, 1 John 5:11-12). Because all men have sinned-that is, they have broken the...

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The Nature of Man

Is man’s nature plastic and changing, capable of unlimited improvement? Is it evolving for the good? You may be surprised what the Bible reveals about human nature!

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Why Were You Born?

Why did God create man? What is man’s purpose here on the Earth? Read this very informative article and find what God has in store for man.

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Is God Fair?

In His dealings with men, is God fair? If He is, why does He allow so much suffering? Read this article to find out.

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All of a Sudden, He Got Religion

We may have heard the joke Bob Hope once made about religion. He said he was on an airplane when the left engine quit. People began to gasp, then suddenly the right engine quit. The lady next to him screamed, “Do something religious.” Bob Hope said,...

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The Apostasy – When Did It Begin?

Many church groups today were once a part of the Worldwide Church of God. The last count is over 200, and the number seems to be growing. Some believe the apostasy occurred as late as 1995, but the common view held by the majority of these groups is that after Herbert...

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The Falling Away – Has It Happened?

The Apostle Paul prophesied that a “falling away” would occur shortly before the return of Christ. Has it happened yet? And if so, when? In 1974 two dramatic announcements were made to the ministry and membership of the Worldwide Church of God. The...

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The Fruits of Immorality

Whether realized or not, an invisible law that God has set in motion affects all mankind. Some refer to it as “karma.” Others call it “cause and effect.” Regardless of how men may choose to label it, this law is irrevocable. It produces either...

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The Coming Millenium

Statesmen, scientists, and world leaders desperately want a one world government. They know this alone can avert nuclear war. Will world government bring world peace? See the Bible answer.

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Part One—The Patriarchs: Noah

Noah is the first of the patriarchs we should examine. Righteous Abel and Enoch lived before his time, but we have little information about them. Noah was the tenth in line from Adam, having descended from the line of Seth. He was the son of Lamech, as well as the...

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Part Two—the Judges: Joshua

Upon the death of Moses, Joshua was chosen to replace him. He was the conqueror of the Promised Land, and set the stage for the period of the judges that followed. This is why he is included in the section of the judges. The Byzantine historian, Procopius, wrote that...

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Part Two—the Judges: Gideon

The Israelites served God all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived him. But in time a new generation arose that had not seen Gods power and works. They forsook God and turned to Baal worship (Judges 2:7, 10-11). According to the punishment...

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Part Two—the Judges: Jephthah

After the death of Gideon, the Israelites again turned from God. We read: And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the...

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Part Three —The Kings: Asa

Upon Solomon’s death, his son Rehoboam took the throne. He was unrighteous, and early in his reign the ten tribes of the North broke away from the house of David. Rehoboam reigned 17 years and upon his death, his son Abijah took the throne. Abijah reigned only...

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Part Three —The Kings: Jehu

Jehu was not a righteous man in the sense that he was dedicated to God’s Way of Life. But he should be considered great because of his zeal in obeying God’s instruction to avenge the house of Ahab. He was given a commission through the prophet Elijah-a...

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Part Three —The Kings: Hezekiah

The father of Hezekiah, Ahaz, was a wicked king (2 Chr. 28:1-4), but Hezekiah did not follow in his footsteps. We may never know why some evil kings did not follow in the footsteps of their righteous fathers, or why some righteous kings did not follow in the footsteps...

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Part Three —The Kings: Josiah

Josiah, the last of the righteous kings of Judah, is the final king to be considered in this section. Josiah is perhaps unusual because a wicked father and wicked grandfather preceded him on the throne. His grandfather, Manasseh, was the most wicked king that ever...

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The Beauty of the Sabbath

by David Kortum

If your Dearest Friend gave you a Precious Gift, and asked you to Remember and Protect that Blessed Gift, would you? What Will Your Response Be to God’s Holy Gift?

Acts 20:7

by David Kortum

Many have been taught, or accepted by tradition, that the Bible says Sunday is a day of worship. Christ strongly warned about errant tradition (Matt. 15:6, Mark 7:13). Christ’s strongest condemnations were reserved for those who distorted the Truth of God, while compelling others to accept their errors (Matt. 23:13-36).

The Last Great Day

by David Kortum

The Concluding Chapter of the Human Experience – A Promise God Will Fulfill

“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Rev. 21:4).

Considering all of the heartbreak and sorrow that this world has seen, this would seem impossible—were it not for the incomprehensible greatness of God—and the compassion, mercy (grace) and purpose that He holds for all humankind.

The Feast of Tabernacles

by David Kortum

The Feast of Tabernacles takes place ”at the year’s end” (Ex. 34:22). This main fall feast is also called the ”feast of ingathering.” The complete harvest year ends at the beginning of autumn. Just as Firstfruits pictures the early harvest—this church age; The Feast of Ingathering, Tabernacles, pictures the much larger fall harvest—the great harvest of souls during the millennium!

The Day of Atonement

by David Kortum

The Day of Atonement pictures a profound and necessary event, to take place after the second coming of Christ. Most of Christianity has not understood this, because of unawareness of the significance of God’s Holydays and what they portray.

The Feast of Trumpets

by David Kortum

This time and event will completely change the world. This will bring about a completely new beginning for all of humankind.

Christ will Rule as King of kings and Lord of lords (Isa. 2:2-4, Mic. 4:1-4, Rev. 17:14). The kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ (Rev. 11:15; 1:6; 5:10). He will reign, ultimately – in peace, for ever and ever (Isa. 9:7).

The Only Sign That Was Given

by David Kortum

Do “three days and three nights” occur between sunset ‘Good Friday’ and sunrise Easter Sunday?

Did Christ mean what He said, and say what He meant, when he said “three days” and “three nights”? Even as with Jonah and the great fish—so will the Son of Man be “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Jon. 1:17, Mat. 12:40).

The Feast of Firstfruits, Part 2, God’s Purpose

by David Kortum

God has had a Plan in place from the very beginning—and not only was the Sacrifice of His Son the vital initial component of the Plan from the beginning, but God has had a Plan in place for those who would be called to accept the Sacrifice of His Son and to conform, transform, their lives in preparation for God’s holy world-ruling Kingdom—initiated at Christ’s return.

The Feast of Firstfruits, Part 1, The Count

by David Kortum

With all of the other Holydays—Annual Sabbaths which God has ordained and commanded—it is simply a matter of looking at a date on the true calendar and then one knows which day to keep as the commanded Annual Sabbath.

But not so with the Feast of Firstfruits. This day does not occur on a fixed date. One must count—beginning with the day after the Weekly Sabbath of the Days of Unleavened Bread—in order to ascertain which day is the Feast of Firstfruits. 

Why would God instruct His people to count, in order to identify and keep this commanded Annual High Sabbath?

The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Part 2

by David Kortum

It is faithfully recorded, in the New Testament, that the Church, long after the crucifixion, was keeping these Holydays.

“We sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread” (Acts 20:6). Paul and companions plainly observed the Days of Unleavened Bread at Philippi.

The Holy Spirit would not have inspired such words—unless confirming that the Days of Unleavened Bread still existed!

The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Part 1

by David Kortum

To observe Passover alone, and then fail to observe the seven days of unleavened bread, means, in the symbolism, to accept Christ’s blood, and then to continue in sin. To wrongly say we are under grace (meaning license) to continue in sin.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread depicts completely putting away sin—meaning fully keeping the Commandments of God!

The Passover

by David Kortum

Judaism considers Passover a most vital holy occasion in their repertoire of observances, while they wait for their Messiah. Christianity recognizes Christ’s Sacrifice as the central reality in their worldview and belief—yet they do not memorialize it. Seldom does either religion do genuine justice to the Truth as signified, and fulfilled, by Jesus Christ our Passover (1 Cor. 5:7). He was Immanuel—God with us—the Messiah. As the Savior He has fulfilled the most critical pivotal event in ALL of history.

Passover Instructions

by David Kortum

(These instructions are taken from early guidance provided for properly partaking of Passover in one’s own home.) The Passover In your own home If you are unable to come to a location where there are Services to observe the Passover, you may observe it in your own home alone or with your family, as follows:… Read More

Watching and Preparing

by David Kortum

How many times have we read scripture from John, Ezekiel, Daniel and Christ concerning End Time prophecy and wondered if our interpretation of the prophecy is correct? I am not going to give a prediction concerning when Christ will return. The Bible clearly instructs us in Matthew 24:36 that we would only be guessing, for… Read More

It’s Unforgiveable

by David Kortum

It’s Unforgivable His name was Karl. He was a 21-year-old German soldier who wanted to be forgiven by a Jew for the atrocities he committed against Jews during World War II. As he lay dying in a dark, isolated, hospital room, he told his story to Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish inmate from a nearby concentration… Read More

Compete Against the Self

by David Kortum

We are currently in the midst of summer, when many are able to spend a little extra time with their family or friends. Children are out of school and the days are long. It is a time when the weather affords us an opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing, and hiking…. Read More

Conquer Deception Through Christ

by David Kortum

A National Geographic documentary television show called “Brain Games” delves into the human brain and its capacity to be easily manipulated. A test is conducted on the streets of America in which a random person is asked to view a photo image. The image is the famous picture of a Chinese student protestor standing in… Read More

How Does God Grow His Church?

by David Kortum

God’s Church is the body of Christ on earth. “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular” (1 Cor. 12:27). 1 Corinthians 6:15 states, “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? …” “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…. For the body is not… Read More

The Appearances of Jesus

by David Kortum

We have long understood that Jesus Christ was crucified on a Wednesday and was resurrected on the weekly Sabbath, three days and three nights later. He was put in the tomb as Wednesday was coming to an end, just prior to sunset. He came out of the tomb seventy-two hours later, as the weekly Sabbath… Read More

Hope for Ferguson

by David Kortum

Ferguson, Missouri, received nationwide attention in 2014, but not for good things. Seldom, it seems, are places highlighted or newsworthy for good things. Ferguson received notoriety for events that occurred there, and the nation is still debating and grappling with the issues of race relations and police tactics. One side sees it as an opportunity… Read More