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I Corinthians 10:1 – 11:1

LESSON 33 Beware, The Voice of Old Testament History (I Cor. 10:1-6)   Paul re-broadcasts the voice of Old Testament history for our benefit, that is for our warning, admonition and instruction. They who are sincere will take it to heart, others will disregard it. By the trail of dead men’s bones you can trace […]

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The Terror of Mohommedanism

It has been said by Christ, and afterwards by his apostles, that false prophets would arise and would deceive many, that is, that many would follow them. One of these great false prophets was Mohammed, he was indeed the great prophet of the lie. Mohammed was born about 569, in Mecca, Arabia. In early childhood […]

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II Corinthians 5:1-21

LESSON 61 TENT HOUSE AND THE BETTER II Cor. 5:1-5   Chapter 5 begins with the word “for” and indicates that Paul is motivating what he had just said in the end of chap. 4. He spoke of fainting not, of being of good courage, even in the face of death. Because we look at […]

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II Corinthians 3:1 – 4:18

LESSON 57 PAUL’S LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION II Cor. 3:1-6   You are Our Letters of Recommendation. The apostle opens this chapter with the accusation which some of those in Corinth will make when they receive this letter, that the apostle is beginning again to commend himself to them. That is, that he is boasting in […]

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II Corinthians 1:1-2:17

LESSON 53 GOOD NEWS, THANK GOD II Cor. 1:1-14   In II Cor. you see the infathomable love of Christ for His Church. Especially for a Church as infantile as Corinth. Christ, walking among the seven golden candlesticks. That infathomable love reflects itself from the heart of Paul, the Apostle. As parents lavish the more […]

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I Corinthians 15:35-16:24

  LESSON 49 “With What Body do They Come?” I Cor. 15:35-44 It is perhaps the skeptic asking: if there is a resurrection, what kind of bodies will men have as Philosophers now as the Sadducees then, ridiculed the idea of a resurrection by such questions. Paul ushers the question to the front (vs. 35). […]

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I Corinthians 14:20 – 15:34

LESSON 45 Not Confusion But Order I Cor. 14:20-40   The remainder of this chapter deals with the dignity and decorum of the Divine Service. Speaking with tongues (vss. 20-28) prophets (vss. 29-33) women (vss. 34-35) these all have their place. Let them take their place so that the Service may be what it ought […]

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I Corinthians 12:20 – 14:19

LESSON 41 Each Serving All I Cor. 12:20-31   This section continues the thought of the former lesson but now directs it toward an application needful in the Corinthian church. There was danger that some envied the gifts others had, there was danger of the ‘greater’ proudly disdaining the ‘lesser’, and there was the danger […]

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I Corinthians 11:2 – 12:20

  LESSON 37 The Woman’s Place in the Assembly of Saints I Cor. 11:2-16   In the following chapters Paul gives infallible direction to the Church concerning matters of order in divine assembly. Chap. 11 touches on two of these namely: the woman’s place in the service and, the proper observance of the Lord’s Supper. […]

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The Glory of God

This is intended to be a short, introductory outline to a series of after-recess discussions in our Young People’s Societies. I believe the idea is that the societies are in­vited to use one of these each month. Various writers will con­tribute to this column. Perhaps it would be best to have two members of the […]

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Judges – Ruth

OUTLINE XXVIII (Judges 20:1-7) “A Cancer in Israel” Introduction:  “The words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times,” Ps. 12:6.  We had better get this text before our minds at once before we approach the shocking and so-called “unrefined” matters with which this scripture deals. […]

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Judges

OUTLINE XXV (Judges 17:1-6) “MICAH’S HOUSE OF GODS” Introduction:  The events recorded in this and subsequent chapters of this book form a conclusion to the entire book.  The events are all glimpses into the life of a nation concerning which is said:  “In those days there was no king in Israel” and consequently, “everyone did […]

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Judges

OUTLINE XXIII (Judges 15:9-17) Judah Sells Her Deliverer Introduction:  The latter part of the last chapter and the first part of this chapter relate two of Samson’s skirmishes with the uncircumcised.  Certainly in those days there were no pitched battles possible and therefore Samson availed himself of every opportunity to strike at the enemies of […]

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Judges

OUTLINE XVIII (Judges 10:10-16) “Cry Unto Your Gods” Introduction: The first part of this chapter tells us three things: 1. Vss. 1-5, forty-five years of rest and prosperity under two judges.  Vs. 4 is a pastoral scene, one of prosperity and quiet.  2. Vs. 6, that, partly as abuse of this period, partly as result […]

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Judges

OUTLINE XIV (Judges 8:22-27) “Gideon Refuses the Crown” Introduction: Gideon had shown himself a powerful man: you may read about that also in Judges 8:1-22.  He not only pursued the Midianites, tracking them down into their very dens, until the last one was subdued, but he slew also princes and kings.  He spoke wise words […]

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Judges

OUTLINE X (Judges 6:11-16) A Castaway Israel? Introduction: To appreciate our present lesson we must consider it against the background of what we discussed last week, vs. 7-10.  Had not a prophet appeared?  Hadn’t he told them that they were disobedient?  Then the prophet shut the door and left them.  Could this be the end […]

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Judges

OUTLINE V Judges 3:1-5 Israel amid the Canaanites, or: The Church in the World. Introduction: This passage of Scripture must not become a bit of ancient Hebrew history.  It will become just that unless we understand that God, in kindergarten style, is holding before us certain eternal Principles.  These principles underlie the Kingdom of heaven.  […]

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Judges

Introduction:  The Book of Judges treats the early history of the Church in Canaan.  Judges are not kings, e.g. Gideon was Judge but he refused to be king, saying, the Lord rule over you (Jud. 8:23).  Judges are captains, and heads of the people (Jud. 11:6, 9).  Through them God feeds His people (I Chron. […]

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Doing or Un-doing

I may presume that you are acquainted with Old Testament history. You will recall how often we read in the series of Judah’s kings that when a good king had sanctified the Cause of God by establishing His services, there came after him his son, who was wicked and would actually un-do the good work […]

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To Our Boys in Service

Sioux Center, Iowa Dec. 12, 1944 Dear Friends: We always read with interest the letters you write to the readers of Beacon Lights, your paper and ours.  I cannot help but think how difficult, yea, and impossible it is for us to think ourselves into your circumstances.  I saw a cartoon some time ago of […]

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Problems

If I was good at drawing cartoons I would draw a picture of an airplane floundering about on billows of night’s darkness, looking for beacon lights that failed to appear.  On that airplane I would stamp the words: “Some of our Western Societies” and where that beacon light was supposed to blink its light I […]

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A United Heart

Fifth Column, that veiled underling of treachery, has slain more than one country in the past years.  We have witnessed the fall of more than one country in the past few years, the direct cause of which was division.  Division in a country prepares it for destruction.  Division is just that horrible in the church […]

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A United Heart

Fifth Column, that veiled underling of treachery, has slain more than one country in the past years. We have witnessed the fall of more than one country in the past few years, the direct cause of which was division. Division in a country prepares it for destruction. Division is just that horrible in the church […]

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The Terror of Mohammedanism

It has been said by Christ, and afterwards by His apostles, that false prophets would arise and would deceive many, that is, that many would follow them. One of these great false prophets was Mohammed. He was indeed the great prophet of the lie. Mohammed was born about 569, in Mecca, Arabia. In early childhood […]

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