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New Horizons

December, 1999: The Coming of Christ, Then and Now

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The Coming of Christ

One of the highlights of the Christmas season is the performance of Handel's majestic oratorio Messiah. It traces Christ's life and ministry, from his humble birth to his return in glory, using texts of Scripture. And as the year 2000 approaches, many Christians are wondering whether his return is near.

As our attention is drawn to the birth of Jesus, we may wish that we could have been there to see him in person. We know that he has gone away to heaven, and that he will return someday. But while we wait, we "desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man" (Luke 17:22). ("Son of Man" is a term that Jesus used to refer to himself.) Read more

Christmas Ironies

There was quite a commotion the other day over in the public square. Beside the shadows of some angry people was a makeshift stall with a baby in a manger.

"That doesn't belong on public property!" shouted someone. Read more

How Do I Know If I Am Elect?

When people first begin to learn about the biblical doctrine of election, one question that often occurs to them is, "Am I elect?" And the more they think about whether or not they are elect, the more uncertain they become. So, if you believe in the doctrine of election, how do you know if you are elect?

The answer is really quite simple: You continue believing in Christ. Read more

 
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