Truth Magazine April 2021

In my Editorial for the April issue of Truth Magazine, I address the subject of “Competence.” Here in Alvin, I have been helping team-teach a teenage boy’s Bible class on “Becoming Men.” As Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we must also. Therefore, let us develop skill sets that will enable us to lead our families, and effectively serve God and man.

In his Meditations column, Kyle Pope presents the first of a two-part series asking, “Is Matthew 24:34 a Transition Verse?” This article is also connected with the theme, “Questions re Eschatology,” and the Truth Lectures to be held in Athens, AL, in July. Details about the upcoming lectures are found inside this issue.

In the Women’s Insights column, Sherelyn Mayberry offers her reflections on the beautiful hymn, “How Long till the Morning?”

In our new column, entitled Challenges Facing Christians, Kevin Maxey examines the impact of the progressive movement on education.

In the Principles of Praise column, Matthew Bassford offers examples of pride and humility in worship. While God opposes the proud, He gives grace to the humble.

In the Q-n-A column, Bobby Graham responds to a reader who asks, “What scriptural authority would you give for worshiping the Holy Spirit as in the song ‘Glorify Thy Name’?”

In the Archaeology column, Trent and Rebekah Dutton take us on a tour of the world-famous Israel Museum, which is located in Jerusalem about 1.5 miles west of the Temple Mount.

The theme section of the April issue of Truth Magazine contemplates various “Questions Regarding Eschatology.”

Does Apocalyptic Language Foreshadow or Exaggerate? by Kyle Pope. The OT often used apocalyptic language to describe significant divine judgments. When the NT employs similar language, does it foreshadow an ultimate reality or exaggerate something that will never actually happen?

Did 2020 Signal the End? by Andrew Dow. The events of 2020 do not indicate when the world will end but remind us that the world will, indeed, end. Let us, therefore, prepare for the day when we will stand before God in judgment.

Teaching a Future Judgment to the “Nones” by David Deason. An increasing number of people identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. How should Christians approach helping such lost souls prepare for the day of Final Judgment?

Is God Cruel to Send Souls to Hell? by David A. Cox. The idea that God is cruel because He will send people to hell is rooted in a lack of understanding of God’s character.

Creation and the End of the World, by Jim Deason. The soul who rejects a belief that God created all things will also struggle to believe He could bring the universe to an end. The same evidence that supports one doctrine also supports the other.

“No One Knows,” and the Deity of Christ, by Mike Willis. In Mark 13:32, regarding the day and hour of His return, Jesus said, “no one” (including “the Son”) “knows” except the Father. This article considers how He can be deity even though He claimed not to know the time of His Second Coming.

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.

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Mark Mayberry