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Good News Magazine

July—August 2009

Why does the world seem to be crumbling into chaos? Can we restrain the forces of anarchy? Is it possible to right the course of our severely straying civilization and solve our problems? Sadly, we seem to have no comprehension of the unseen spiritual forces arrayed against us, and we either reject or ignore the God who offers the only viable solutions to the enormous problems afflicting our troubled age.

From Sabbath to Sunday: How and Why the Change?

When did Sunday, the first day of the week, come to be seen as a substitute for the seventh-day Sabbath commanded in Scripture?

God's Appointment With You

Did you know that God set aside a special day so you can have meaningful, lasting contact with Him? Nearly 6,000 years ago our Creator declared the seventh-day Sabbath a day of rest and fellowship with Him.

The Fruit of the Spirit - Meekness and Gentleness: Strength With a Tender Touch

The biblical qualities of meekness and gentleness are misunderstood and undervalued in today's society of extremes—where all too often people tend to angrily overreact or passively underreact.

Sounding a Warning

Humanity is heading down its own perilous road toward a far more serious type of bankruptcy.

The New World Disorder: Where Is It Taking Us?

Why does the world seem to be crumbling into chaos? Can we restrain the forces of anarchy? Is it possible to right the course of our severely straying civilization and solve our problems? Sadly, we seem to have no comprehension of the unseen spiritual forces arrayed against us, and we either reject or ignore the God who offers the only viable solutions to the enormous problems afflicting our troubled age.

The Warnings Are Loud and Clear But Are You Listening

Are warnings being given now that people are intentionally choosing not to listen to?

What's at the Heart of National Problems?

In the Bible we find page after page of God's warnings to ancient Israel of the inevitable negative consequences of national and individual sins. But are we any different? Is there a message here for us today?

A Modern Menace: Emerging and Reemerging Diseases

Worried health officials have declared the latest swine flu outbreak to be a worldwide epidemic, though so far it has proven not to be as deadly as first feared. But is this a warning of greater dangers to come? Does Bible prophecy give any indications?

A Lesson in Prayer

You've probably heard about the power of prayer and how prayer can bring about wonderful changes in your life. But have you ever prayed and nothing happened? Have you recited the same words over and over, hoping God would somehow help you make a decision or supply an answer to an unsolvable problem? It's not that God doesn't care. The problem could be that you don't know what Jesus taught about prayer.

World News and Trends: Don't overlook the importance of events in Europe

In a world currently focused on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Israel—not to mention a biting recession—it's easy to overlook important European events. Yet the European Union (EU) stands once again perched on the brink of approving the Lisbon Treaty (really the renamed EU Constitution) designed to drastically increase the structure, power and influence of this transnational governmental body.

World News and Trends: Major American policy shifts pressure Israel

Ethan Bronner, reporting in Jerusalem for the International Herald Tribune, raises an important question in regard to U.S.-Israeli relations: "Iran seems to be hurtling toward nuclear weapons capacity, Hezbollah could win Sunday's election in Lebanon [thankfully, it did not] and Hamas is smuggling long-range rockets into Gaza again. So why is President Barack Obama focusing such attention on the building of homes by Israeli Jews in the West Bank?" ("Obama Puts Israelis to Test," June 6-7, 2009, emphasis added throughout).

World News and Trends: UN Nuclear Agency focuses on Iran, Syria

A report by the United Nations Nuclear Agency says that Iran has increased its number of centrifuges enriching uranium [to almost 5,000] and that inspectors have discovered traces of manmade uranium at a second site in Syria, heightening concern about possible undeclared atomic activity there" ("Atomic Agency Singles Out Iran and Syria," International Herald Tribune, June 6-7, 2009).

World News and Trends: The grim dilemma of human government

Governments get into deep trouble when many things go wrong at once.

World News and Trends: President promotes perversion

LGBT is an acronym that stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender." You'll probably be seeing it more often in the coming months, especially after U.S. President Barack Obama declared June 2009 "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month" for the United States.

The World's a Mess: Can You Be Positive?

Even though fear and anxiety are affecting more and more people, there is a way to be positive in spite of the troubling news that dominates our lives. Read on to discover a cause for optimism!

Four Biblical Keys to Understanding World Events

Important world events are happening all around us. But what do they mean? Can we understand? Here are four key principles for analyzing world events from an all-important biblical perspective.

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