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July 01, 2003
Let's face it: It's hard to go for an hour without some temptation urging us to walk away from Jesus. Pastor Doug offers some solid, biblical advice for overcoming the perils that threaten your relationship with the Father. He shows that by following Jesus’ example, our lives can be filled with victory!
May 01, 2003
Pastor Doug shares his deep, personal affection for mothers and his utmost respect for their special role in God’s creation. A heart-warming, intimate look at mothers past and present,with some special advice and encouragement too.
March 01, 2003
The final words of a person’s life always command our respect—but none greater than our Savior’s. Pastor Doug’s stirring account of Jesus’ final words on the cross will touch your heart.
January 01, 2003
Our Hope for a Hemisphere team has returned from the dynamic satellite series! Don't pass up this thrilling report that will touch your heart with the wonders of God’s great miracles in Africa, where thousands have been baptized by a powerful moving of the Holy Spirit.
September 01, 2002
Getting through the time of trouble is a growing concern for many Christians. Using amazing stories from the Bible, Pastor Doug shows how by leaning on God's promises we can put all fears to rest.
July 01, 2002
Doug Batchelor explores the keys to achieving inner peace in a world full of turmoil. Find out what the Bible says about false peace and how to find the peace that surpasses understanding.
May 01, 2002
Amazing Facts' evangelistic outreach to Africa has officially begun! In March, graduates from our Center of Evangelism and Amazing Facts' staff arrived in the capital of Ghana to conduct 27 evangelistic meetings. We praise God for the 2,000 newly baptized members, but this is only the humble first fruit of a more far-reaching work to be done!
April 01, 2002
The average American family is drowning in debt. It would be wonderful to believe that Christians were immune from operating their budgets in the red. Unfortunately, surveys indicate that we are in as much trouble as anyone else. In this article, you'll discover how to find freedom from debt in a biblical way.
March 01, 2002
Worship is a central theme in the Bible, but Christians seem to be forgetting the holiness of the Lord when they enter into His holy temple. Pastor Doug explains why it's important to exhibit reverence during worship and demonstrate a sense of awe and respect for God and His greatness.
February 01, 2002
For many Christians, God is a great big policeman up in the sky, watching and waiting to see them doing something wrong so He can punish you. But Pastor Doug shows that God is really so much more than this and that He came to give us abundant life. Learn to see God how He really is.
January 01, 2002
Throughout civilization, humanity has longed for a better world. Undeniably, nurturing visions of utopia appear to be a powerful, instinctive desire within us. We are all in search of a better place, a world where there is unity and harmony. Learn how to find that place in this eye-opening article!
December 01, 2001
An Amazing Fact: Tests show that after drinking three bottles of beer, there is an average of 13 percent net memory loss. After taking only small quantities of alcohol, trained typists were tested and their errors increased 40 percent. Only one ounce of alcohol increases the time required to make a decision by nearly 10 percent; hinders muscular reaction by 17 percent; increases errors due to lack of attention by 35 percent by and 60 percent due to lack of muscular coordination. -Paul Harvey
Is it biblically permissible for a Christian to drink alcohol?
If so, how much? This controversial subject has evoked many passionate opinions among Christians...
November 01, 2001
An Amazing Fact:
Wind shear is a sudden change in the speed or the direction of the wind over a very short distance that can create a hazard to flying aircraft. The strong downward winds associated with wind shear abruptly push down on an aircraft, reducing both it's speed and the lift generated by the wings. A pilot encountering wind shear must make quick adjustments to compensate for the loss of lift.
Many airports have installed wind-shear alert systems to warn air traffic controllers of dangerous conditions. But now, experimental aircraft equipped with laser, microwave, and infrared systems are being developed that can "look" ahead of an aircraft into the atmosphere and see dangerous air turbulence changes.
In the Bible prophecies, God has also equipped His church with an advance turbulence warning system.
August 01, 2001
A multi-faceted evangelistic effort throughout the Philippine Islands netted glorious results, with 10,774 individuals baptized in just two months. The first phase of the program began with thousands of Filipino Christians studying Amazing Facts Bible lessons with their friends and neighbors.
The reaping phase began on Sabbath, April 21, in a maximum-security prison in Muntinlupa City, which is about an hour from Manila. Several thousand inmates and their families were allowed to attend a Sabbathkeeping church located on the prison property in order to hear Pastor Doug Batchelor tell his life story.
The inmates were shocked to hear this man of God confess that he had once been a drug user, a thief, and a prisoner like themselves.
April 01, 2001
By Pastor Robb Long
An Amazing Fact: If a lamb is in the habit of wandering far away from the fold, where it could nibble on poisonous weeds or encounter wild dogs, a shepherd might be forced to take drastic measures to save his wayward sheep. In many countries the wise shepherd would, with his own hands, break one of the bones in the lamb's hind leg and then tenderly bind and splint that same leg. As the rebellious lamb heals, he becomes very dependent on and attached to the shepherd. In this way, the lamb is cured of his dangerous wanderlust.
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, also keeps a watchful eye over His flock. In order to save a wayward church member from destruction, He asks His church to play a role in getting that person's attention and wooing him back into the fold.
March 01, 2001
An Amazing Fact: Monkey trappers in North Africa have a clever method of catching their prey. They fill a number of gourds with nuts and chain them firmly to a tree. Each has a hole just large enough to allow an unsuspecting monkey to stick his hand inside the hollowed-out gourd. When the hungry animal discovers this hole and the treasure waiting inside, he quickly grabs a handful of nuts. However, the hole is too small for him to withdraw his bulging, clenched fist. And he doesn't have enough sense to open up his hand and release the deceptive booty in order to escape, so he is easily taken captive.
The tendency to cling tenaciously to tempting treasure plagues unsuspecting humans and monkeys alike...
February 01, 2001
by Pastor Steve Wohlberg
An Amazing Fact: The nation was shocked by a tragedy in late March 1997 when 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult took their own lives. The cult members committed suicide by downing fatal doses of a lethal cocktail mixture of phenobarbital and vodka. Heaven's Gate members sincerely believed that Hale-Bopp, an unusually bright comet, was a sign that they were supposed to leave their earthly bodies (or "containers") and be raptured up to a spacecraft traveling behind the comet that would take them to a higher plane of existence. A message posted on their website stated that "Hale-Bopp's approach is the 'marker' we've been waiting for-the time for the arrival of the spacecraft from the Level Above Human to take us home to 'Their World' in the literal Heavens." They sincerely believed the comet marked their "graduation" from the Human Evolutionary Level. "We are happily prepared to leave 'this world'," wrote cult leader Marshall Applewhite (alias "Do"), who quoted selectively from the Bible and various episodes of Star Trek to support his teachings that they would be raptured to this invisible spacecraft.
January 01, 2001
By Doug Batchelor
An Amazing Fact: Did you know that the longest list of questions found in the Bible is made up of questions asked by God? In Job chapters 38 and 39, God poses query after query to His servant Job, who has daily begged for answers to some tough, heart-wrenching questions of his own.
Instead of providing Job with simple answers, God delivers a string of thought-provoking riddles. They start with words like "Who? Where? When? Have you? Can you? Do you know?" He describes all the miracles of the animal kingdom, and He talks about the weather and the solar system and other mysteries of nature...
December 01, 2000
by Doug Batchelor
An Amazing Fact: The U.S. Commerce Department says about 4 million people are caught shoplifting each year, but for every person caught, an estimated 35 go undetected. If these statistics are accurate, it means that 140 million shoplifting incidents occur each year in a nation of 260 million people.
According to a study in Washington, few shoplifters steal out of need; 70 percent are in the middle-income bracket and 20 percent have high incomes. Only 10 percent would be considered poor. Hotel managers count on one of every three guests stealing something.
Furthermore, according to insurance statistics, 30 percent of all business failures each year are a direct result of internal theft.
November 01, 2000
by Judy Kjaer
An Amazing Fact: A woman who had just returned from a trip to Mexico frantically called the Los Angeles Police Department to report that a live rattlesnake had been placed in her overnight bag. Police went rushing to the scene with sirens screaming. They slowly approached the menacing bag, which the woman had heaved out of a window onto the sidewalk. Cautiously they scattered the contents of the bag-only to trace the rattling sound to her electric toothbrush, which had accidentally turned on!
I carry with me a photograph of a log cabin in Washington state. Although we visit this mountain retreat winter and summer, we never stay long enough for it to become a common place to us.
There's a variety of wildlife on this mountain, from the faithful hummingbird sentinel at the top of a tall, leafless sapling to the elusive elk, whose hoof prints tell us they frequent the top of our mountain.
September 01, 2000
Most people associate the book of Ezekiel with one of two things: God's chariot with the "wheel in the middle of a wheel," or the dry bones that come back to life. Both of these visions have inspired several lively songs, but rarely are they the subject of practical or serious Bible study.
In this article I want to focus on the vision of the valley of dry bones, found in Ezekiel 37:1-14, because we can learn many profound things from this fascinating passage of Scripture.
The book of Ezekiel was written by the prophet bearing the same name, which means "God will strengthen." A Hebrew from the tribe of Levi, he was among the elite of Judah who were captured by Nebuchadnezzar and carried away to Babylon. Ezekiel prophesied between the years 600 and 570 B.C. and was a contemporary of the prophet Daniel...
August 01, 2000
by Pastor Doug Batchelor
An Amazing Fact: The coconut tree is sometimes called the tree of life because of its amazing versatility. My father, who was a World War II pilot, says that when planes went down in the Pacific Islands, the stranded pilots sometimes survived for many months on little more than coconuts. From coconuts we get food, milk, butter, clothing, baskets, oil, wax, and even soap. Their shells can be used to make a bowl and other utensils, and their husks can serve as fuel for a fire.
Trees are essential to the life and well-being of this planet. For instance, most of the medicine we have today is derived from trees-even more than from plants. Aspirin is made from salicylic acid, which is found in the bark of willow trees. Taxol, a drug used to treat ovarian cancer, is extracted from the bark of the rare Pacific yew tree. Hundreds of other medicines are derived from trees in the rainforests of Central and South America.
July 01, 2000
by Joe Crews
An Amazing Fact: While under the influence of a light hypnotic trance, a man who submitted to a scientific hypnosis experiment was ordered to pick up a glass from the table. Although he was a strong, athletic type, the man could not budge the glass from its position. His most strenuous exertions could not lift the glass that was light enough for any child to remove.
Why could he not do it? Because the scientists, after placing him in the trance, had told him that it was impossible to pick up the glass. Because his mind was convinced that it could not be done, his body was unable to carry out the command to lift it. What a dramatic demonstration of the fact that no person can really obey commandments he believes are impossible to perform!
Does God Require the Impossible?
It is probably safe to say that the majority of Christians today are resigned to falling short of the moral law. In fact, they are quite satisfied that God doesn't expect them to fulfill that law completely, either in the flesh or in the spirit.
June 01, 2000
by Pastor Doug Batchelor
An Amazing Fact: It is estimated that between 30,000 and 40,000 people die from snakebites each year, 75 percent of whom live in densely populated India. The most deadly snakes in India are the cobra, Russell's viper, saw-scaled cobra, Indian krait, and Ceylon krait.
Burma has the highest snakebite mortality rate, with 15.4 deaths per 100,000 people per year. Australia has some of the world's most poisonous snakes, but the average death toll there is only six persons per year. In South America about 4,500 people die annually from contact with the Fer-de-lance.
None of the snakes just mentioned are found in the United States, where the chief offenders are coral snakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes.
May 01, 2000
By John Bradshaw
An Amazing Fact: The Sun is a fantastically hot cosmic-radiation powerhouse, with a surface temperature of about 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Its interior temperature is estimated as high as 18 million degrees Fahrenheit. The pressure at the center of the sun is about 700 million tons per square inch. That's enough to smash atoms, expose the inner nuclei, and allow them to smash into each other, interact, and produce the nuclear fusion that gives us our light and heat. In fact, the material at the core of the sun is so intensely hot that if you could capture just enough to cover a pinhead, it would radiate sufficient heat to kill a man one mile away!
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