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The past year, Adventist Today has had the opportunity to report on events and people in the Adventist community where its independence was critically important.

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  • When Adventists get involved in the political system of whatever country in the world, our independent journalism is essential.
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Dr. Sakae Kubo is the author of 15 books based on his ability to read the Bible in its original languages. A widely respected speaker and scholar, he served as professor of religion at Andrews University in Michigan, dean of the School of Theology at Walla Walla University in Washington, dean of Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts and president of Newbold College in England. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago after completing his undergraduate and seminary degrees at Andrews University. Among the volumes he has authored over his long career are Theology and Ethics of Sex, So Many Versions: 20th Century English Versions of the Bible, God Meets Man, Acquitted: Message from the Cross, The God of Relationships, Open Rapture, Once Saved Always Saved?, Calculated Goodness, A Reader’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and A Beginner’s New Testament Greek Grammar.
 
 
 
Table of Contents
Dedication ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….1
Editor’s Note ……………………………………………………………………………………………………2
Contents…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3
Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………….5
The Nature of the Kingdom………………………………………………………………………………..9
The Four Soils…………………………………………………………………………………………………10
The Seed Growing of Itself, the Mustard, and the Leaven……………………………………..15
The Tares and the Net That Caught Fish of Every Kind………………………………………..19
The New Patch, The New Wineskins, and the Old and New Wine…………………………23
The Children in the Marketplace………………………………………………………………………..27
The cost and value of the kingdom…………………………………………………………………….30
The Empty house……………………………………………………………………………………………..31
The Unfinished Tower and Unprepared Army………………………………………………………36
The Hidden Treasure and The Pearl of Great Price ………………………………………………40
Candidates for the Kingdom………………………………………………………………………………45
The Lost Sheep and Coin ………………………………………………………………………………….46
The Gracious Father ………………………………………………………………………………………..52
The Lost Brother ……………………………………………………………………………………………..57
Prayer in the Kingdom ……………………………………………………………………………………..61
The Importunate Widow and the Friend at Midnight ……………………………………………62
The Pharisee and the Publican……………………………………………………………………………67
Forgiveness and Grace in the Kingdom……………………………………………………………….71
The Unprofitable Slave and the Gracious Master …………………………………………………72
The Unmerciful Servant ……………………………………………………………………………………77
The Two Debtors ……………………………………………………………………………………………..81
The Good Samaritan………………………………………………………………………………………….84
The Two Sons…………………………………………………………………………………………………..88
Judgment in the Kingdom………………………………………………………………………………….92
The Rich Fool ………………………………………………………………………………………………….93
The Rich Man and Lazarus ……………………………………………………………………………….97
The Unproductive Fig Tree………………………………………………………………………………102
The Cruel Vine Dressers …………………………………………………………………………………105
The Wedding Feast and the Banquet ………………………………………………………………..109
The Sheep and the Goats…………………………………………………………………………………117
The Wise and Foolish Builders………………………………………………………………………..122
Second coming of the king………………………………………………………………………………126
The Watchmen, the Thief, and the Steward……………………………………………………….127
The Unjust Steward……………………………………………………………………………………….130
The Ten Virgins ……………………………………………………………………………………………133
The Talents and the Pounds ……………………………………………………………………………136
About the Author ………………………………………………………………………………………….141
Notes …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..142
 
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