November December 2019

Like the Master

A mother teaches her toddler to share her toys with her brother, who is one year younger. A father instructs his seven-year-old son about trust and mistrust before he goes to school. Teaching and sharing are a natural part of our daily lives. They should also be a natural part of our daily witness. For […]

What does Paul mean by “mutual submission” in Ephesians 5:21?

How does Paul’s teaching on mutual submission in Ephesians 5:21 relate to his instructions on submission within specific authority structures just afterward (v. 22 — 6:9)?   In Ephesians 5:21, Paul moves from general instructions for all believers to how these apply in specific relationships. To understand his words, we must read them in context.   […]

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First Word – Immanuel

“And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (KJV).  With these words from Jesus, we conclude our Resurrection Commission theme, even if Christ’s Great Commission is just beginning for us (Matthew 28:20b). I do hope that you’ve been challenged and inspired by this yearlong journey. I have.  “I […]

I Am With You Always

As I think about my life Walking through each day, I remember what Jesus said: “I am with you always.”   When I have lost a loved one And grief upon me lays, I remember Jesus saying, “I am with you always.”   While I am feeling anxious In my work or in my play, […]

Don’t Just Stand There!

He was not just a good man who happened to do miracles. Jesus broke with all conventions, doing the unexpected, associating with the downtrodden, ignored, and forgotten outcasts of the earth. Reaching down, lifting up, He did not fill the role assigned Him by the Jews. They figured a proper Messiah would behave far differently […]

Signs of the Kingdom

The Bible Advocate has evolved over more than one hundred fifty years with several changes in name, ranging from Hope of Israel to today’s title. One thing that has not changed is the belief that Jesus Christ will return again and establish His kingdom on this earth. This message is important because it provides hope […]