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God’s Providence as Seen in the Lives of Elijah and Ahab

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Introduction

Our English word, providence, comes from the Latin word, providentia, meaning foresight or to foresee. The equivalent Greek word is pronoia, but, ironically, it is not used in reference to God in the Scriptures. Divine Providence refers to the foresight of God by which He determines the needs of men and supplies the same for the accomplishment of His Divine Will. God's Providence benefits all men generally (Mat. 5:45). However, He exercises a more specific Providence toward His own faithful people (Deu. 4:40; 5:33; Mat. 6:33; 28:20). Just as we are commanded to "…do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Gal. 6:10), so does God behave in seeing the needs of men and working to accomplish His will and our ultimate good.

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The “Easter” Season—From God or Man?

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The “Easter” season, involves much more than “Easter Sunday.” It begins with…

  1. “Mardi Gras” (French for “Fat Tuesday,” also called “Shrove Tuesday”), referring to the day before the beginning of the traditional season of “Lent,” which is called…
  2. “Ash Wednesday” (observers are often marked by an ash “cross” on their foreheads), which continues for 40 days (46 including Sundays), ending at “Easter Sunday.” Six weeks later…
  3. “Maundy Thursday” arrives, which, in turn, precedes…
  4. “Good Friday,” the alleged day of Jesus’ crucifixion (an ironic name for the day of the Lord’s terrible suffering), and is followed by…
  5. “Holy Saturday,” which then leads to…
  6. “Easter Sunday,” the supposed anniversary of the Lord’s resurrection.

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Ruffner Letter to ACU’s Brown Library

By Roelf L. Ruffner

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” ( Luke 6:26).

March 5, 2016

Abilene Christian University
Brown Library

To Whom It May Concern:

I read in the Winter-Spring issue of ACU Today that ACU will be adding the papers of Max Lucado to an honored place in the Milliken Special Collections and Archives of the Brown Library. As a Christian, a preacher of the Gospel, a student of Restoration history and an ACU alumnus (’76) I wish to express my profound disappointment in the University’s decision.

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About Errors at Harding University

By Walter Pigg

Harding University

With regard to spiritual problems, Harding had some quite a number of years ago, which resulted in a teacher firing. Though that was a step in the right direction, the school would be plagued by a number of false teachers in the years ahead who would be allowed to teach their error to young men and women who were students of the school. We have had a son, a daughter and daughter-in-law who received degrees from Harding in the 1970s. There were danger signals appearing then, which would become more pronounced in more recent years.

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“Lost Books” of the Bible

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Introduction

A widely advertised book titled, Lost Books of the Bible, is on the market. One can even be found advertised in some of the widely distributed mail order household gadget catalogs that come to most of our mailboxes. This book of almost three hundred pages contains twenty-six documents, concerning which the expanded title of the book says:

The Lost Books of the Bible being all the gospels, epistles, and other pieces now extant attributed in the first four centuries to Jesus Christ, His apostles, and their companions, not included by its compilers, in the authorized New Testament; and Syriac MSS of Pilate’s letters to Tiberius, etc. [emph. DM].1

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