Truth Magazine October  2022


EDITORIAL: Introduction to Colossians, by Steve Wolfgang

MEDITATIONS: Questions about Abortion, by Kyle Pope

WOMEN’S INSIGHTS: A New Creature, by Sherelyn Mayberry

THE LOVE OF GOD: Did Jesus Die for the Whole World? by Bruce Reeves

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: The Fruit of the Spirit, by Shane Carrington

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: How Are We Supposed to Stand Out for Jesus? by Bobby L. Graham

ARCHAEOLOGY: Going Up to Jerusalem, by Barry Britnell

MENTORING: Selfishness vs. Selflessness, by Chris Reeves

VOICES OF YOUTH: Habits of Hospitality and Service, by Abraham Mayberry


Introduction to Colossians, by Nathan Ward

Colossians 1: Knowing Jesus, by Andrew Dow

Colossians 2: Gnostic Tendencies Then and Now, by Jeff Smelser

Colossians 3: Transformation, by B.J. Sipe

Colossians 4: Living the New Life, by Bruce Reeves

Colossians for Women: Why Textual Study?, by Lauren Bassford


Church Directory

Upcoming changes to your Truth Magazine Subscription

A Letter From the Editor

The last several years have been challenging for Truth Publications
with the pandemic, economy, and supply issues. The board appreciates how
everyone connected with this organization, especially how Lance Taylor
and the excellent staff at CEI Bookstore, pulled together—applying their
considerable talents to streamline operations, improve efficiencies, and
help us meet the needs of our customers. As our website
prominently states, “You and your church need trustworthy books and
resources. We publish and provide Bible-based products to help everyone
grow spiritually.”

To achieve this end, we must operate from a sound financial footing,
adjust to changing economic conditions, and adapt new technologies that
help us accomplish our purpose. Along with most of the publishing
industry, we have shifted to a “Print on Demand” model of operation.
Instead of printing thousands of copies of each item in our inventory,
we print limited quantities and reorder as needed.

The changes that are sweeping the publishing industry also affect
Truth Magazine. Except for a few national publications, which
are largely supported by advertising, most religious, academic, and
professional journals have gone digital.

Throughout 2022, it has been especially difficult to maintain the
production schedule of the print version of Truth Magazine. We have
experienced difficulties in getting the magazine printed, challenges
with distribution via the U.S.P.S, supply chain issues in which the
printer had to stop production until they received paper, ink, or parts,
and escalating costs that have staggered a formerly healthy economy.

As a result, the Executive Committee has recommended to the board
that we shift Truth Magazine from print PLUS digital
distribution to focus solely on the digital distribution of this product
and its growth. We have been developing our digital channels for several
years, mastering the different formats, and seeking to increase the
quality and breadth of our offerings.

Truth Magazine is available on the Amazon Kindle platform as a
monthly periodical. We distribute it as a full color PDF, and in a
version accessible via web browsers (which is especially useful for
brethren who live in the third-world and who do not enjoy broadband
access). Recently, we have been improving our ePub version, which can be
read on a phone, tablet, computer monitor, etc. There has been an
increasing demand for digital content. We have been striving to meet
this demand, and broaden the scope and quality of our digital

We regret the necessity of this change, but it cannot be avoided in
the present economic climate. Our customers/subscribers may be assured
that we will do right by each of you. Hopefully, most of our subscribers
will make the transition to fully digital subscriptions. Since
individual and group subscriptions renew throughout the year, we will
make every effort to address the needs of each subscriber based on their
individual subscription status.

A majority of our subscribers are already receiving Truth
in a digital form. While the shift to digital comes at a
cost, it also means that we can expand our offering, and provide more
monthly columns (on a broader variety of subjects) that will enable us
to provide sound spiritual teaching on relevant topics.

Our reason for existence is captured in the statement, “Taking His
Hand, Helping Each Other Home.” Recognizing the authority of God and
Christ, we take His hand. He leads, we follow. Having done so, we then
are able to help each other (those who are outside of Christ, as well as
our brethren) in three ways: Our physical homes are made whole through
the application of sound biblical principles. Our spiritual home (the
church) is made strong through faithfully proclaiming the gospel
message. By submitting to the will of God, and through the forgiveness
made possible by the blood of Christ, and by God’s grace, we can reach
our heavenly home.


Mark Mayberry

What Do You Need to Do Next?

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subscriber, have some options.

You can fully transition into the digital
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will contact you in a timely manner. Please be considerate of our team
members during this time. Moving to a digital only magazine was a
difficult decision for our board of directors, but a necessary one
during these pressing times.

Our goal is to provide trustworthy content for you and your
congregation. Thank you for your kindness and understanding as we make
the necessary changes to continue to provide these materials and


The Staff or CEI Bookstore |

Featured Column: Homeschooling



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Just Like That,
Everyone Is Homeschooling

By Diana Dow

Synopsis: This month, we welcome Diana Dow to our team of regular
contributors. The current situation has caused parents to consider what
their child’s education should look like. In future articles, Diana will
share her insights in this area.


And just like that, everyone is homeschooling. Whether they want to
or not, parents of school-aged children have been forced to consider
homeschooling. They have had to think about what education for their
child looks like, should look like, and will look like in the

The Covid virus has disrupted our everyday lives to the very core.
From gathering essentials to greeting each other on the street, every
aspect of our routines has been turned upside down. Our means of travel,
worship assemblies, and children’s education have all undergone
questioning, analysis, and experimentation to find the best way to live
in our new environment.

This is good. Sometimes our complacency and willingness to do what is
expected need to be challenged. We need to know why we do what we do. We
need to consider other ways of doing things. Perhaps we will find a
better way to go about our daily lives, or we may be reassured that what
we have always done is still best.

Public worship is one area that has been tested. We have come face to
face with traditions passed down from previous generations and have seen
them for what they are. We have had to consider what it means to gather
together. How can we contain a physical virus and still support each
other as we fight a spiritual virus? Every Christian has now had to give
some thought to what God expects (Heb. 10:23-25; 13:15-16).

The way we educate our children has also come under scrutiny. Most
schools in this country have completely shut down at certain points,
while many have only been partially functioning for over a year. No more
is it just assumed that students go to school, sit in a classroom with a
live teacher, and accomplish expected academic goals. Every aspect of
our education system has come into question. Do children learn as well
on a computer as they do with face-to-face instruction? Can a child
learn in isolation from others? More importantly, how is my child’s
education going? Is it something I should leave up to the public
schools? Can I do an equivalent or even a better job of educating my
child myself? What is a teacher’s responsibility to my child? What is my
responsibility to my child?

These are valid questions. Sending a child to school without
wondering if there might be a better way is no longer an option. 2020
turned our educational system upside down, and it is time for parents to
take a long hard look at how that affects their child.

Homeschooling has stepped out of the shadows of the 1990s. Those were
the days when I insisted my young son stay indoors during school hours
for fear of being noticed by others. When asked why my seven-year-old
was not in school, we would get puzzled looks, and I would get questions
about my credentials. Now, nearly thirty years later, my youngest is a
high school senior who freely goes where he needs to during a school day
without any thought to whether or not he should be “in school.”
Homeschooling has gained respect and has proven to be successful.

For many towns, the local school is the center of activity that
brings a sense of community and belonging. When someone chooses to
educate their child at home, it can be insulting to those who work, send
their kids, and possibly attended the school themselves. It can be
puzzling why someone would think differently about educating their
children. When brethren hold these two opposing philosophies in the same
congregation, it can cause a divide.


Understanding comes through respectful and informative dialogue. I
plan to write a series of articles about homeschooling that will help
open the dialogue and bridge the divide. I hope that, through
understanding, we will build our bond of brotherly love based on an
appreciation of the choices each has made and not on what school our
children attend (Rom. 12:10; 1 Thess. 4:9-12; Heb. 13:1).