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Truth Magazine March 2021

In my Editorial for the March issue of Truth Magazine, I focus on “Godly Couples.” When families share the bond of faith, hope, and love, they sustain and support each other in triumph and trials. May we impart to one another strength to serve, the courage to confront adversity, and grace to endure loss.

In his Meditations column, Kyle Pope writes on “Bearing Fruit.” This must be an active part of a Christian’s life, but how can the disciple of Christ fulfill this responsibility? How can the believer make fruit-bearing more than merely a figure of speech, but a realized feature of life in Christ?

In the Women’s Insights column, Lindsay Mast asks, “Why Does Support Matter in Running the Race? Sometimes, carrying on is dauntingly hard. That’s why God gave us a spiritual support network. Let’s learn to use it.

This month, we start a column that focuses on “Challenges Facing Christians.” Initially, we consider the Progressive Movement, which is also called Humanism, Liberalism, or Secularism. Although atheistic to the core, its proponents manifest a religious fervor rivaling the most ardent fundamentalist. I offer an overview of the subject.

In the Principles of Praise column, Matthew Bassford discusses “The Need for Humility.” Pride is one of Satan’s most effective poisons; humility is its antidote. Let us manifest a spirit of lowliness in our walk and our worship.

In the Q-n-A column, Bobby Graham fields the question, “Is It Scriptural to Say that the Church Needs to ‘Disfellowship’ One of Its Members?”

In the Archaeology column, Leon Mauldin leads us on a virtual tour of “The Pool of Gibeon,” the site of sad and needless loss of life. Once again, archaeology illustrates and illuminates the principles from the biblical text!

This month is an OPEN ISSUE of Truth Magazine, which includes the following articles.

Christians and the Cancel Culture, by Joe R. Price. Let us be alert to “the cancel culture’s” tactics, equipping ourselves with God’s spiritual weapons to pull down Satan’s strongholds.

Review of the New American Standard Bible, 2020 Update, by Samuel Stinson. For many of us, the NASB 1995 Update has been a reliable and trusted tool for studying God’s message of salvation. How does the 2020 Update compare? What advantages or disadvantages does it possess?

Diagnosing Routines, by Darin Henry. Wayne Gretzky, the famous hockey player, once said, “No matter who you are, we’re creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.” Let us explore the significance of spiritual routines.

Church Attendance Numbers, by Dennis Abernathy. Attendance and contribution statistics are data points that may or may not accurately reflect a congregation’s underlying spiritual condition.

When People We Love Die Lost in Sin, by Ron Halbrook. While we desire that our friends, family, and loved ones will be saved, sadly, not everyone is willing to trust and obey. How do we deal with the compounded heartache of death in such situations?

Our goal, “Taking His Hand, Helping each other home,” describes our mission and motivation. We hope that you will benefit from these informative, Bible-based articles.

If you have not yet subscribed to Truth Magazine, we encourage you to do so. The magazine is available as a printed monthly journal and accessible through various digital platforms (Amazon Kindle, ePub, and PDF versions, and through your favorite web browser).

Yours,

Mark Mayberry

Truth Magazine February 2021

Subscriptions for current issues of Truth Magazine are available at CEI Bookstore/TruthBooks.com. The most recent two (2) years are behind a paywall and available to paid subscribers. Subscribers receive a monthly email from MailChimp, announcing the availability of a new issue. If you are already a paying customer and have not received a link to download the newest version of Truth Magazine, please contact Mark Mayberry.

Bruce Reeves serves as guest editor of the February issue of Truth Magazine—choosing the theme and the writers and helping with editing responsibilities. Thanks, Bruce: Well done!

In his Meditations column, Kyle Pope focuses on “Outsiders.” Even in the Lord’s church, folks sometimes feel isolated from others with whom they should feel connected. Let us consider the causes and the cure to such problems.

In the Women’s Insights column, Aleta Samford concludes her series on “Teaching Our Children” by focusing on “The Law of Review & Application.” We appreciate her excellent articles. Bible class teachers have benefited from her insights and observations.

In the Doctrine column, David Flatt concludes his examination of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. We thank brother Flatt for the excellent articles that he has submitted over the past 4+ years. His contributions are much appreciated.

In the Principles of Praise column, Matthew Bassford addresses “Examples of Reverence”—an essential quality that is reflected in our obedience (Heb. 11:7), worship (Heb. 12:28), and in sharing the gospel with others (1 Pet. 3:15). Matthew surveys Sacred Scripture for examples of those who exemplified reverence and those who did not.

In the Q-n-A column, Bobby Graham responds to a reader who asks, “Why do some denominations ‘baptize’ babies?”

In the Archaeology column, Barry Britnell encourages readers to “Try the Impossible.” Peter experienced a crisis of faith when he shifted his focus from Jesus to the surrounding storm, but he also dared to step out of the boat! His courage is an inspiration to us all. Are we, also, willing to dare and to do?

The theme section of the February issue of Truth Magazine focuses on “Jesus, Name Above All Names.”

Jesus, the Powerful Creator, by Tyler Sams. By virtue of the creation which He brought into existence, Jesus demonstrates His great power and assures us that our confidence in Him is well-placed.

Jesus, the Divine Servant, by Shawn Chancellor. By understanding His role as the Divine Servant, disciples today gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifice of God and His Son and a better understanding of how they should relate to one another.

The Lamb of God, by Jeff Wilson. John heralded Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). This imagery reminds us of Isaiah’s prophecy (53:7) and Peter’s declaration regarding the price of human redemption (1 Pet. 1:8-19).

Jesus, the Compassionate High Priest, by Daniel H. King, Sr. Down through history, countless men served as Jewish high priests—offering gifts and sacrifices, serving as intermediaries on behalf of the people. Jesus, our Great High Priest, excels them all.

Jesus, the Glorious King, by Shane Carrington. The gospel of Matthew powerfully portrays Jesus as our glorious King, who embodied loyalty, love, and leadership. As His subjects, let us offer our allegiance and praise.

Jesus, Our Righteous Judge, by Robert F. Harkrider. For those who disregard Lord’s invitation, the judgment will be a fearful occasion; yet, for those who are saved by His grace through faith, that day will be a time of victory and vindication.

Our goal, “Taking His Hand, Helping each other home,” describes our mission and motivation. We hope that you will benefit from these informative, Bible-based articles.

If you have not yet subscribed to Truth Magazine, we encourage you to do so. The magazine is available as a printed monthly journal and accessible through various digital platforms (Amazon Kindle, ePub, and PDF versions, and through your favorite web browser).

Truth Magazine January 2021

Subscriptions for current issues of Truth Magazine are available at CEI Bookstore/TruthBooks.com. The most recent two (2) years are behind a paywall and available to paid subscribers. Subscribers receive a monthly email from MailChimp, announcing the availability of a new issue. If you are already a paying customer and have not received a link to download the newest version of Truth Magazine, please contact Mark Mayberry.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

MONTHLY COLUMNS

EDITORIAL: The Peril and Prevention of Pride

by Mark Mayberry

Synopsis: Kings and commoners, the nations of men, and even God’s people are frequently filled with pride only to be brought low. Contemporary culture shakes its fist in the face of God, but Psalm 2 reminds us that He will have the last laugh.

MEDITATIONS: “The Eyes of the LORD are on the Righteous”

by Kyle Pope

Synopsis: As Solomon wrestled with the meaning of life, modern-day disciples sometimes struggle with questions. Let us turn to God’s word for answers.

WOMEN’S INSIGHTS: The Rock of My Heart

by Sherelyn Mayberry

Synopsis: Matthew Bassford and Glenda Schales have combined their lyrical talents in producing a memorable and moving hymn. Sherelyn reflects upon Scriptures that undergird this song of praise.

DOCTRINE: REFLECTIONS ON ROMANS: God Ruling the World by Hope

by David Flatt

Synopsis: Nearing the end of the Roman epistle, Paul concludes his overall thesis and comments upon his future plans.

PRINCIPLES OF PRAISE: The Need for Reverence

by Matthew Bassford

Synopsis: With the start of a new year, we begin a new column that focuses upon principles of praise. As a faithful gospel preacher and gifted writer of spiritual hymns, Matthew is well qualified to guide us in this study. Welcome, brother!

QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

by Bobby L. Graham

Synopsis: A reader asks, “Will animals exist in eternity on a reconstituted earth?”

ARCHAEOLOGY: Shining Light on Ancient Lamps

by Luke Chandler

Synopsis: Seeing ancient oil lamps helps us find greater meaning in Jesus’s teaching.

MONTHLY THEME

Reflections on Psalm 2: Introduction and Overview

by Evan and Marie Blackmore

Synopsis: As we sing, read, and pray from Psalm 2, we celebrate God’s triumph over His adversaries.

Reflections on Psalm 2: The Nations Rage

by Heath Rogers

Synopsis: Rebellious men defy divine authority, viewing Scripture as shackles. Insolence and insubordination will ultimately fail, while God’s word stands forever.

Reflections on Psalm 2: The Lord Responds

by Warren Berkley

Synopsis: God’s people can be confident that no enemy or enemies of God will ever defeat or destroy any purpose or plan of God.

Reflections on Psalm 2: The Son Rules

by Joe R. Price

Synopsis: The divine proclamation of God’s Son as His Anointed King prompts Christians to remain loyal to Christ when earthly rulers dishonor Him by denying His rule.

Reflections on Psalm 2: Reverence or Recompense

by Leon Mauldin

Synopsis: We each choose whether we will have a spirit of reverence and obedience to God’s Anointed or a spirit of rebellion and disobedience; God will judge us accordingly.

Reflections on Psalm 2: Christ, Our Refuge

by Curtis Pope

Synopsis: In this concluding article, Curtis contemplates our refuge in the Son (Ps. 2:12), comparing the city of refuge motif with the sanctuary we now have in Christ Jesus.