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When God Redeems

I woke up in the dark, barely able to breathe in the heat. I had no idea where I was, how I got there, or what had happened to me. I stood and banged on the door. As my eyes adjusted, I realized I was in a garage. I banged again. Someone I didn’t know […]

Pen Pal Predicament

Growing up in the CoG7 is not always easy. Sometimes you are faced with difficult questions from friends. It can be hard to explain to friends why you cannot eat certain foods or why you don’t celebrate some holidays. I have had many experiences with this, but I want to share only one as an […]

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 […]

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Learning to Love the Church

I used to think Christianity was a religion full of rules and regulations, all designed to determine if you were a Good Christian or a Bad Christian. But all of that is wrong; none of it is in the Bible. All of that “do good, get good” stuff is mere religiosity, cannibalized Christianity. The truth […]

Protecting the Ten Commandments

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever (Isaiah 40:8). From legal assaults on public displays of the Ten Commandments to attempts to remove God from public schools, the Enemy has tried time and again to prevent God’s Holy Word from reaching its destination: the heart of […]

The Gospel According to Isaiah

Christians, rightly, give emphasis to the New Testament as their principal source of doctrine and their guide for daily living. The four Gospels describe clearly the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And they lay down a pattern for disciples in every generation to follow. The Epistles, as well as Acts and Revelation, give added […]

Catch the Fire!

It was a time of great spiritual awakening. If you lived during this period (late 1700s to 1950s or 60s), you would have felt the fire of evangelism sparking in the hearts of so many around you. You might have been caught up in the fire yourself, like tens of thousands of others. These left […]

A Sabbath in Paris

France is renowned for its churches and cathedrals, and I admit that as a Christian and armchair historian, I’m fascinated by them. On a recent vacation to Paris, two weeks after the fire at Notre Dame, my family got to visit a few of the centuries-old Gothic wonders, witnessing their awesome beauty firsthand. Their ability […]

When We Don’t Understand

by Gordon Feil Job isn’t a mythical character. There’s ample reason to regard him as a historical person (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). Job’s worldview was turned on its head by the events he endured and the emotions he experienced. The story of these related in the book of Job teaches us that God is sovereign. He […]