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Who is Jesus? - Issue 1 of Basic Course

Meet the most amazing Man! He became like us so we could become like Him. One short, simple prayer could be the beginning of a whole new life that's more wonderful than anything you ever imagined.

01-01-2009
Meet the Answer Man
Meet the Answer Man

Life sure can be confusing! We search for answers, but often end up with more questions. What are we here for? Why is there so much pain and heartache in the world? Where can we find hope, even when things seem to be going all wrong? Where can we find the strength to face life’s challenges? Where can we find happiness that lasts?

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01-01-2009
“What Manner of Man Is This?”
“What Manner of Man Is This?”

He was born on the dirty floor of a barn. As an infant, He narrowly escaped a jealous king’s death squad when His parents fled with Him to a foreign country, where they remained until it was safe to return. Until the age of 30, He was a carpenter like His earthly father. But His heavenly Father needed Him for another job that only He could do.

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01-01-2009
One Solitary Life That Changed the World
One Solitary Life That Changed the World

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family.

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01-01-2009
Shock Absorbers
Shock Absorbers

Oh, that ditch again! I was driving home and—as I had done every day for months—had to drive very slowly over a dip in the road to avoid a bone-jarring jolt.

My car was due for a general servicing, so I took it to the mechanic I regularly go to. As he got behind the wheel to pull it into his shop, I was feeling pretty good about myself for having remembered to have my car serviced. He had moved it only inches, however, when he stepped on the brakes, turned to me with a look of surprise, and asked, “How...

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01-01-2009
The Gospel of John
The Gospel of John

The four Gospels of the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—tell the beautiful story of Jesus’ life on earth. If you read the fourth Gospel first, the Gospel of John, you will find that it is one of the easiest to understand, contains the most words of Jesus, and outlines His loving plan for your life. Following are some of the key passages and verses from the Book of John which deserve special attention as you read and study:

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01-01-2009
Prayer for the Day: Silent Prayer

Dear Jesus,

Sometimes when I feel weak, when I feel low, when I feel muddled and lack words to express what’s on my heart, I bring a silent prayer to You. I know You understand, because You lift my would-be worries and fears, and You kiss away my tears.

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01-01-2009
Stress Reducers
Stress Reducers

Question: I’m under pressure at work and pressure at home, pressure to succeed, pressure to provide for my family, and pressure to be a good parent and spouse—pressure from every side. So often I just don’t know how to cope! What can I do?            

 

Answer: Stress is becoming an almost inescapable part of modern life—almost, because there are things one can do to avoid getting under undue stress or living in a state of constant stress. While some of the following tips are of a strictly physical nature—getting sufficient exercise or eating the right kinds of foods, for example—others add a...

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01-01-2009
A Declaration of Love
A Declaration of Love

Love is the primary solution to all of man’s problems of today, as well as those of the past—true love, the love of God and the love of fellow man. This is still God’s answer, even in such a complex and confused society as that of the world today.

It is people’s rejection of the love of God and His loving laws that causes them to be selfish and cruel to their neighbor—man’s inhumanity to man, which is so apparent in today’s weary world with all of its enslavement by oppression, tyranny, and exploitation. Hundreds of millions suffer needlessly from hunger...

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01-01-2009
Hey Wait a Minute!
Hey Wait a Minute!

Dave and Anne met at a travel agency. Dave was buying an airline ticket from Anne, when they got into a conversation that went something like this:

Anne: I’m sorry this is taking so long. I’m so tired I can hardly think! I don’t know which is worse—the illness I’m just getting over, or the medication I’ve been taking for it! It’s going to be a long day!

Dave: I know what you mean about the medicine. Personally, I do a lot better by simply keeping God’s health guidelines in the Bible. Then I can have faith that God will either keep...

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01-01-2009
What Jesus Said on the Cross
What Jesus Said on the Cross

Love for enemies

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

“Them” were the Roman soldiers who had been following Pontius Pilate’s orders when they nailed Jesus to the cross to die. They had been following orders, but they had also been cruel and vicious in their mocking and whipping, proving what was in their own hearts. “Them” were also those in the mis­guided, manipulated mob that had called for Jesus’ death and forced Pilate’s hand—the same common people who had hailed Jesus as their King only a few days earlier (Mark 15:6–14; Mark 11:8–10). How cruel,...

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01-01-2009
I Love You—Just You
I Love You—Just You

I love you as if you were the only one. My love is reaching out to you right now. My love, My forgiveness, and My mercy are all right there, just for you, if you will only receive them.

I love you just the way you are. I am not stacking up all your faults and failures and mistakes to hold against you. I see only the good, and I see possibilities that others do not see.

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