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Christless Comfort

The theme for this month’s issue of Beacon Lights implies a call to action for believers. This calling is to walk alongside fellow believers when they find themselves in difficult circumstances of life and begin to doubt the goodness of God. Perhaps you are the one who is bent down under the weight of a […]

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Delivering the Helpless

God hates bullying. That needs to be stated not only because there is truth found in the quotation of George Orwell that “restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” It needs to be said, because it is the truth: “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination […]

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I read with interest three Beacon Light articles (June and July 2011) on the subject of the disabled. Two articles by Karen Daling, who now suffers from multiple sclerosis, analyzed her feelings, including the four ways fellow Christians have reacted to her disability: the avoiders, the Pollyanna encouragers, the mourners, and the listeners. One article by Stephanie […]

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We’re Studying Job at Hope (Redlands)

Why do we, the chosen children of God, have to suffer? When one is afflicted, this question can seem overwhelming. In our young adults society, we are currently studying the book of Job. This book gives a sound example of a man who God brought very low through a multitude of trials and afflictions. Job […]

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Thomas Jefferson and the Man from Uz

Philadelphia, 1776 – While the mid-summer heat wave sizzled over the city, Thomas Jefferson sat at his wooden desk to write a statement for the colonies. At first, his part was prepared specifically for the men of Congress. But 40,000 people of Philadelphia soon heard the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. Up and down […]

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Speaking on God’s Behalf

“Suffer me a little, and I will shew you that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.  I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.  For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with you.”     Job 36:2-4 The author of these […]

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Job

Chapter 37 In the preceding chapters we have seen the importance and significance of the speeches of Elihu. Now in this chapter we have the conclusion of the “Elihu section”. I.  The speech of God in the thunder is pointed to, vss. 1-5. In the preceding chapter Elihu had made a reference to the storm […]

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Chapter 32 Elihu Enters This entrance of Elihu forms another main division in this book.  Because of the difference in the language and the thought, some have argued that this “Elihu section” does not belong to the original, but that it was added by some later scribe.  It is also argued that no other reference […]

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Chapter 28 The Principle of Life Each chapter of this last speech of Job forms a distinct development of thought. In the first chapter of his final parable, chapter 26, Job praises God and surpasses his friends in understanding and power of expression.  The second portion of his speech was a further elucidation of Job’s […]

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After a recess of several months it is well that we introduce our readers once again to the study of the Book of Job.  By this time we realize that the study of the Scriptures is not popular—especially the study of the book of Job.  It seems more suitable to many to confine their labors […]

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OUTLINE XXIX A Plea for Consideration (Chapter 21) The speech of Job as it is found in chapter 21 can be spoken of as a plea for consideration because, in the first place, it is a very sober and appealing request to listen yet once more to his presentation of the problem–vs. 2: “Hear diligently […]

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OUTLINE XXV Torture From Bildad (Chapter 18)             This continues the second series of speeches and we have called this “torture from Bildad” because the speech of Bildad amounts to that for Job, even though there may be truths expressed by him and the other friends. We can notice the following parts to his debating: […]

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OUTLINE XXI Conclusion of the First Course (Chapter 14)             In the midst of extreme suffering, over against the arguments of his friends and in the midst of his own awful moments of despair, Job is battling with his faith in God. To follow this drama of faith we must pay close attention to all […]

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OUTLINE XVII Job’s Answer to Bildad – cont. Chapter 10             In chapter 9 Job has agreed to the praise of God as expressed by the three friends and had even given expression to it himself, praising the infinite wisdom and majesty and sovereignty and justice of God. He had also expressed how that he […]

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XIII JOB’S ANSWER TO ELIPHAZ (Chapter 6, 7)             Recall the speech of Eliphaz. His point was rather indirectly made, but nevertheless understood by Job. With all his beautiful moral philosophy Eliphaz had meant to say utter calamity only falls upon the foolish and ungodly; and that they who believe and seek the Lord shall […]

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IX Job Raises the Problem of His Own Suffering (Chap. 3:20-26)             In the previous portion of this chapter we read of the great sin more desirable than life. This last part of his opening speech, verses 20-26, in the presence of his three friends , is a complaint. He first asks the question why […]

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Bible Study Outlines IV Prologue (continued) Satan’s first attempt: (chp. 1:13-22) I.  The power Satan receives: 1. We believe all power is of God, the Almighty. Power is ability to perform. 2. However, we also believe that God gives power to creatures. He gives power to plants, animals, man, and devils. All these creatures have […]

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OUTLINES OF THE BOOK OF JOB Introduction There are a few reminders we ought to make whenever we begin a study of a portion of the Scriptures. These ought to be an incentive for consecrated study. The object of our study and investigation is the Word of God. Whenever the apostles wrote letters to the […]

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