think TOC, June 2008

think Magazine, Volume 3, #6, June 2008

One of the finest things that comes to my mailbox each month is think Magazine. It is published by Focus Press, which you can check out by clicking H-E-R-E. I am posting here the contents of this issue, primarily for my own use, as I may now SEARCH this site when looking for some topic and come across a HIT among the words below which might help me in dealing with some particular topic or passage. I can then find it among the issues of the magazine on my shelves. You might wish to do the same thing some time, so perhaps it will be a help to you, as well.

  • Page 4… FROM THE EDITORS, by Brad Harrub and Jim Palmer. Quote: “In this month’s issue we are addressing the Bible’s place of inspiration and prominence above other writings and religious beliefs. We examine both the writings and the religions of those who teach and preach “other gospels” or other ways for obtaining eternal life and peace. We examine the New Age religion professed by Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle. We’ll notice the rational reasons why Christianity–expressed in its simplicity in the New Testament–is the soul-enriching, life-changing, God-approaching religion for which so many are searching.”
  • Page 5… Notice of new teen magizine, Ignite, and of the availability of PDF files of 2006 and 2007 think magazine. Check it out H-E-R-E.
  • Page 7… ON THE LIGHTER SIDE, “Hospital Visits,” by Jimmy Davy.
  • Page 8… FAITH AND FINANCE, “The Blessing of Money,” A look at some wealthy men and women of God, by Jim Palmer.
  • Page 12… LIFE IN AMERICA, “Those Other Books in the Bible,” by Phil Sanders. RE: The Apocrypha.
  • Page 14… DAILY WALK, “When Pattern Becomes Habit,” by Jim Palmer.
  • Page 15… IN THEIR OWN WORDS, “My Brother and Sister are My Best Friends,” by Seth, age 13.
  • Page 17… “A Most Imperfect Book,” by Dewayne Bryant. RE: The Book of Mormon.
  • Page 18… “The New World Translation and the Authority of God,” by David Morris. Quote: “Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is truly God, but was instead a created being. Therefore, in several passages where Christ is referred to as ‘God,’ the text has been altered in the NWT.” John 1:1; 8:58; 18:6; Colossians 1:16-17; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 1:1.
  • Page 20… “Of New Oracles and New Earth, Oprah Winfrey’s attempt to blend New Age religion with Christianity,” by Brad Harrub. A portion of a new booklet published by Focus Press.
  • Page 24… “Is the KORAN on Par with the Bible?,” by David W. Hester.
  • Page 26… “Christ and the Faith of the East,” by Phillip A. Grey. RE: The Dalai Lama; Hinduism; Buddhism.
  • Page 28… “ISLAM: 600 Years Too Late,” by Burt Jones.
  • Page 29… “Is the Bible Really Inspired of God?,” by Wayne Jackson.
  • Page 30… “Jesus: What Image Does that Name Bring to Mind?,” by David Morris.
  • Page 32… LIGHT FROM THE PAST, “Keeping Women in Their Place,” by Dewayne Bryant. RE: Sharia Law.
  • Page 34… TEEN THINK, “Respect versus Acceptance,” by Joe Wells. Quote: “Although, in the public school system, one religion is viewed as just as good as the next, the Bible simply does not teach that all roads lead to eternal life.”
  • Page 35… HEART OF THE MATTER, “Yes, We Get to…,” by Brad Harrub.
  • Page 36… “Crossing the Bar,” by Eddie Parrish.
  • Page 38… A WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE, “Taking Off Our Mask,” by Cindy Palmer.



A sister in Christ, who reads this blog, Helen Mulaparthi, has converted some of the information in a previous post regarding a chronological Bible Reading Schedule to a very useful calendar format. It is quite an attractive piece of work and can be printed out from the PDF file I have posted to my website (with her permission, of course). It is a listing of the passages one would need to read in order to read through the Bible CHRONOLOGICALLY in one year–printed on to a calendar. The system is produced by brother Skip Andrews and the calendar-formatting is done by sister Mulaparthi. Both have done excellent work here. You can download this calendar by clicking H-E-R-E.


I am very proud to be a part of TEAM CALEB. My young friend, Caleb Baker, is having an important implant surgery today in Nashville. I would ask that you remember Caleb, his family, his doctors and nurses, and all of TEAM CALEB in your prayers today. He has been suffering from seizures in numbers that are almost impossible to believe. We are hopeful that this surgery will be a help in controlling them.

Modern Miracles–True or False?

Many religious groups, e.g., Catholics, Mormons, and Protestant Pentecostals, contend for modern miracles. Since the purpose of biblical miracles was to confirm the truth of a divinely given revelation, one would be forced to the conclusion that these conflicting sects all are teaching the truth. But how can this be? Truth is consistent.

These words introduce an excellent article written by Wayne Jackson at CHRISTIANCOURIER.COM. I would ask you please to re-read those three sentences above and then, having reflected seriously on those words, to read the article: please click H-E-R-E.


There are many wonderful Bible study aids to be found on the THEBIBLE.NET website. I have been helped by many things to be found on that site. Just now I found a useful tool for reading through the Bible. It is a chronological listing of passages to read daily. The author is Skip Andrews and he writes: “Read the Bible in one year in the order that the Bible events actually occurred.” Also, from the Preface, this note is found: “This Chronological Bible Reading Schedule has been developing since 1990. The fourth revision of it is now finished and offered with the hope that many people will desire to ‘give attention to reading’ the Bible every day (1 Timothy 4:13).” Brother Andrews has not only listed the passages, but also included for our consideration historical, topical, doctrinal, and practical notes. This document is an 80-page PDF file. You may read it online or download it by clicking H-E-R-E. It seems to me to be a valuable tool, though I have not completely read through the document.

Jesus Christ the Missionary

Source: Pilot Oak Bulletin, #220, 5/18/08

Jesus Christ the Missionary

by Josh Ketchum

Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus was a missionary? He left his homeland, a place of glory and comfort (Philippians. 2:6-7), and came to a foreign land and culture. Christ came and “dwelt among us” (John 1:14). From the perspective of viewing Christ as a missionary we observe four les­sons for our lives in seeking to spread the gospel.

  • 1. Christ was willing to go. Oh! How thankful we should be that Christ was willing to come to earth and be the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). We should be willing to go in His service to our friends and neighbors always looking for opportuni­ties to share the gospel.
  • 2. Christ saw everyone as a prospect. He went to all types of people, Jesus taught the multitudes of Jews, but he also taught Samaritans (John 4:), a Syrophenician woman (Matthew 15:), a Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:), a Nobleman (John 4:), and the demon possessed (Mark 5:). The gospel is for all.
  • 3. Christ taught in a simple, understandable, and practical manner. He used parables and short statements to give clear messages of truth. He was a master at using questions to probe the mind and heart of his listeners. We need to become skilled at turning daily conversations into opportunities for evangelism. Don’t be ashamed to talk about what Jesus has done for you. Constantly be looking for open doors to invite people to worship or church activities.
  • 4. Christ loved people. A great missionary must have a sincere love for the people he came to evangelize. Christ was “moved with compassion for them” (Mark 6:34). We need to make sure people always know we love them. Christ was a great missionary. We can learn some tremendous lessons for how to be evangelistic in our daily lives as well.

The Book Our Mothers Read

Source: Voice of Truth, Volume 9, p. 72

We search the world for truth.
We cull through the good,
The pure, the beautiful,
From graven stones and written scroll.

Weary seekers of the best,
We come back from our laden quest
To find that all the sages said,
Is in the Book our Mothers read.

–Joyce Mathis