Truth Magazine February 2021

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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.

Truth Magazine December 2020

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Contents

In my editorial for the December issue of Truth Magazine, I explore the topic of “Expectations, Exceptions, and Excuses.” God expects full obedience. While extenuating circumstances may occasionally hinder us, we must not use such exceptions to excuse apathy or neglect.

Kyle Pope contemplates the different meanings attached to the expression, “No Problem,” depending upon our age and background in his meditations column. In life and matters of faith, when people use the same words with different concepts in mind, the result is confusion and chaos. This makes it crucial that in biblical interpretation, we allow the Bible to define its own terms.

In the Women’s Insights column, Lindsay Mast focuses on “Running the Race by Fueling Well.” Serious athletes recognize the need for a balanced, healthy, and proper diet. Similar principles apply in the spiritual realm. Is your soul feasting on the word of God, or are you binging on junk food?

In the Doctrine column, David Flatt’s article is entitled “Glorifying God with One Voice.” Focusing on the text of Romans 14-15:7, David considers the inspired apostle’s instructions for unifying saints of differing personal convictions.

In the Church column, Phillip E. Stuckey concludes our study on worship by addressing giving. Are we showing God honor and reverence each Lord’s Day by giving generously, willingly, and joyfully to the church?

In the Q-n-A column, Bobby Graham fields a reader question, “What does it mean when the Bible says that the temple’s veil was rent asunder (Matt. 27:51)?”

In the Archaeology column, Trent and Rebekah Dutton lead us on a virtual tour of “Masada and the Dead Sea,” two locations that showcase the rugged landscape of the Jordan Rift Valley’s southern end, where many significant Biblical scenes unfold.

The December issue of Truth Magazine is an open issue, containing an assortment of articles:

Lipscomb’s New Lanier Center for Archaeology, by Daniel H. King, Sr. While these changes at Lipscomb University are interesting from an academic standpoint, from a spiritual perspective, they reflect a continued denominational drift among brethren.

Selecting Leaders Wisely, by Keith Hamilton. A google search on “leadership” yields 2.6 billion results. Instead of searching the internet for inspirational quotes on this subject, let’s turn to God’s word for guidance.

Knowing God, by Craig V. Thomas. Paul’s highest calling was to “know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10). To attain the resurrection from the dead, we must share the same mindset.

From time to time, we provide brethren with the opportunity of addressing significant issues from different perspectives. Accordingly, we include these two articles relating to the observance of the Lord’s supper. These include “COVID and Communion,” by Mark Mayberry, and “Answering Erroneous Arguments re the Lord’s Supper,” by Chris Reeves.

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).