An Infinite Embrace

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The unbeliever may easily imagine a better God than the common theology … offers him; but not the lovingest heart that ever beat can even reflect the length and breadth and depth and height of that love of God which shows itself in His Son … The whole history is a divine agony to give divine life to creatures. The outcome of that agony… will be radiant life, whereof joy unspeakable is the flower. Every child will look in the eyes of the Father, and the eyes of the Father will receive the child with an infinite embrace.

— George MacDonald
Unspoken Sermons: Second Series, page 143 (1885)
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The Herding of the Masses

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I recently read that the most popular Christmas meal in Japan is Kentucky Fried Chicken. Mitsubishi gained the franchise rights of KFC for Japan, introducing it in the mid-70s. They began a marketing campaign to have a “Kentucky Christmas.” It is now so widespread that complete Christmas meals are offered by KFC (including wine), that must be ordered a couple of months in advance.

It is amazing how many things that we as a society do of our own “free will” that are actually mindless societal conditioning: what we eat, what we wear, what we do, how we think, how we live. Perhaps, like never before, we are experiencing the great herding of the masses. Our modern culture is under the control of expansive marketing campaigns: political, commercial and religious manipulation and domination. Nearly all of our calendars are filled with things about which even our more recent ancestors knew nothing. At least every once in a while we should stop and venture to think for ourselves.

Nonetheless, behind it all is the unrelenting purpose and plan of God. For now, He is developing a stark contrast to His future righteous rule of the universe and, be assured, it will not look anything like life as we know it. Most of us, so conditioned by the current world system, can’t even begin to imagine what such life will actually be like. All we currently know is the passing shrines of democracy, capitalism, materialism and Christianity. One day this will all change.

Let those who mix in the world live as if they were not engrossed in it, for the present phase of things is passing away (I Corinthians 7:3, Moffatt).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Sacred Scrolls of the Scriptures

byA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)

This book briefly treats the books of the Scriptures in their relation to one another. Such a simple presentation of the correct apportionment of the truth will be helpful in reaching those who have never considered the importance of this subject.

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Santa Claus and Hell

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As believers in the complete and successful work of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and the sovereignty of God in all things, it’s apparent that our previous misunderstanding of hell is a part of our Creator’s perfect plan. This temporary misconception was never out of His perfect plan in our lives.

Most of us, within the circle of believers who have come to see and understand God’s unconditional mercy, came from backgrounds that involved the teaching of hell. What a wonderful thing it is to have that idea behind us and to realize that it’s not true. However, we might ask ourselves, “Was God sovereign over our lives and environment when we were younger, absorbing this concept of hell?”

Yes! God was perfectly and fully in control of the false and incorrect notions we soaked up in traditional churches and our “Christian” culture. Our sovereign God uses all things to fulfill His perfect plan, including erroneous and inaccurate teaching.

Some of us who are parents may be responsible for the exact same strategy. We either told our children about Santa Clause, or at least allowed them to believe in the fictional Santa along with his strategy of rewarding those children who were good.

When we reached the age where we learned that Santa was not true, it was no big deal; we simply matured out of it. However, when one of our friends or siblings told us that Santa wasn’t real – before we were ready to accept it – our young minds denied this information and we may have said, “No! Santa’s real. I know he is. You’re wrong!”

Perhaps this is a microcosm of “the hell concept” that most of us see in our friends and families thinking. Telling others about God’s successful plan to save the world by the finished work of Jesus Christ may be like telling a seven year old, “There’s no Santa Claus.”

Mike Owens
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Revised and Corrected by the Author

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The Self-Epitaph of a Young Benjamin Franklin (Age 22)

The body of B. Franklin, Printer.
Like the Cover of an Old Book,
Its Contents torn Out,
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected By the Author.

— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
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Mercy upon All

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For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all (Romans 11:32).

God is in all this – every bit of it – the evil as well as the good. He shuts us up in unbelief, that He may have mercy on us, so when folks walk Satan’s way, they are being taken that way by a God who has designs of mercy on them.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Notes from Norman
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100 Scriptural Proofs That Jesus Christ is the Savior of All

and 150 Reasons For Believing In The Final Salvation of All Mankind

by Thomas Whitemore & Erasmus Manford

This reprint of two historical works from the 19th century examines Scripture passages taking the reader through a logical train of thought proving universal reconciliation.

(#1575) 108 pages, paperback.
ISBN: 9781934251522

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The Whole Universe in Harmony with God

Many plain direct statements in the Sacred Scriptures declare that the purpose of God through our Lord Jesus Christ is to bless all humanity and to bring the whole universe into harmony with Himself.

How can this be if myriads of mankind whom He so loves were to be kept alive forever in hopeless misery? And what kind of a god could love the sinner with Calvary love until he died, and then leave him in indescribable suffering eternally?

G.T. Stevenson
Time and Eternity: A Biblical Study
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Time and Eternity

A Biblical Study
by G.T. Stevenson

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We Are Anyway

There is an interesting line by Paul McCartney in the popular song, Penney Lane.

The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray
And though she feels as if she’s in a play,
She is anyway.

Understanding God’s Hand and His sovereignty in all things, we are in a play – God’s majestic and perfectly choreographed play. Like the nurse on Penney Lane, sometimes we feel like we’re in a play, and we are anyway.

Mike Owens
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The Church in Ruins

Brief Thoughts on II Timothy
by Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

This brief survey of Paul’s last epistle will reveal that while almost 2000 years have transpired, the condition of the church has remained the same, and indeed has worsened in accordance with Paul’s warning to Timothy. This book is not a call for a re-awakening of “the church,” because it is apparent that this is not Father’s plan. Rather, it is a call to individual men – men whose place in the Christian religious system has left them empty, stagnant, and restless – to awaken to Father’s call to be His faithful servant and stand outside of that system to look for other faithful men as well.

ISBN: 9781934251591 — 128 pages paperback (#3325)

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Correction Is but a Means to an End

The corrective effects of kolasis aionios[1] last forever. But as a means to an end, it will not last any longer than is necessary to produce the end for which it exists in the first place. When we finally weary of our own selfishness, petty jealousies, and lust for power; when we learn at last, perhaps through bitter experience, that these lead only to ruin and cannot bring enduring happiness, that nothing short of union with God and reconciliation with others will satisfy our own deepest yearnings; when we discover that the Hound of Heaven has finally closed off every alternative to such a union, we shall then, each of us, finally embrace the destiny that is ours.

— Thomas Talbott
The Inescapable Love of God
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[1] I.e.,eonian correction” (Matthew 25:46; erroneously translated “everlasting punishment”)

World Politics in a Nutshell

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God has given us the grand outlines of the political picture for the present period. He is about to bless humanity by means of one Head ruling “one world.” Men are seeking to attain utopia without Him, one faction by uniting the nations into a league, the other by the rule of a single head. These ideologies are clashing because the league is a failure politically and the one man a failure morally and economically. Not until God sends them a false, immoral head who is strong both politically and economically will men seem to gain their goal under the man of sin, the antichrist who will defy the Deity. When God has taught men the futility of their own efforts by terrific inflictions He will send His Christ, Who will bring every blessing by means of subjection to the Deity and His delegates.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 43
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