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  • Does the Bible Describe More Than One Tithe?

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    Many people are surprised to learn that God, in His Word, reveals seven annual festivals (Leviticus 23). These special times of the year have been set aside by the Creator God as “holy convocations” (verses 2-4), sacred meetings or gatherings at which God’s people are to assemble together. Like the weekly Sabbath, God set apart these festivals as sacred to Him. God shows us in His Word that these holy festivals are times dedicated for group worship and abstention from normal work. They serve to enlighten God’s people regarding His marvelous plan of salvation for all mankind.

  • Questions and Answers About Tithing Is tithing voluntary?

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    Yes, in the sense that everyone who honors God by obeying His instructions does so on a voluntary basis. God never forces anyone to act against his or her will. At the same time, however, He expects us to tithe and equates failure to tithe with robbing Him, explaining that not tithing will bring a curse (Malachi 3:8). So tithing is not voluntary in the sense of something that is optional. Nor does God allow us to arbitrarily decide the minimum amount we should give Him. Through His tithing system He reveals the minimum amount we should return to Him from all He gives us.

  • Jesus Christ’s Olivet Prophecy: Where Are We Now?

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    Jesus Christ, in His Olivet Prophecy recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, foretold several major trends that would increase and intensify before His return. The trends He emphasized were religious deception, wars, famines, disease epidemics, earthquakes and devastating storms. This is especially apparent in response to His disciples’ inquiry concerning what signs would precede His return and the end of this age. “Take heed that no one deceives you,” He warned. Many would come claiming to represent Him, “and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.

  • The Grip of Lions and Veils with Audra Grace Shelby

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    A terrorist. Two hostages. A desert lair in Yemen. The stage is set for a transfixing, fact-based, yet fiction novel, The Grip of Lions and Veils. Author of Behind the Veils of Yemen, missionary-author Audra Grace Shelby weaves a mesmerizing tale of danger and deception. Gleaning from her own real-life experiences as an American woman whose missionary family was called to Yemen, this reality fiction is real enough to be grippingly true, but fictional enough to be highly entertaining. With terror hurtling through the Middle East, especially Yemen, Shelby's latest book is both timely and Insightful . 
     
     

  • God’s Own Literal Children

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    Scripture reveals that all people have descended from the first two human beings, Adam and Eve. We are their extended family. Through direct creation in God’s likeness, Adam was a son of God (Luke 3:38; compare Genesis 5:1-3). Therefore, since we are descended from Adam, we are also children of God. God is our Father because He fathered our first human father. As Acts 17:28-29 tells us, “We are the offspring of God.” But God’s purpose goes far beyond the creation of mortal, perishable human beings. He is in the process of fashioning and forming “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17), fathering His own spiritual children—immortal and incorruptible children imbued with His very nature and character.

  • Growing to Spiritual Maturity

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    “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection” (Hebrews 6:1).
    Correctly understanding the scriptural truth that the Holy Spirit is God’s power that can transform our lives helps us better understand His purpose and will for us. Paul wrote that “we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15, NRSV). He also said, “Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). This growth process involves....