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The printed word is a marvelous, exciting, and adventuresome way to communicate. Since readers are all different, this page will hopefully appeal to a broad variety of people, their worldviews, likes, dislikes, and collective understanding of the world around them. Hopefully you'll see some of those things in the Print Library, designed to help you come to understand why you draw breath on this life-sustaining planet. I invite you to visit this page often.

God's great Master Plan to save humankind!

3/29/19 Updated

I wrote the following article with the idea in mind that God is the most systematic of educators; in fact, his master plan of salvation is of itself, a system. I remember in my Master's program that one of my studies was in Small Group Communication. My professor loved Systems Theory and it was from him that I learned the importance of the theory of systems. With this in mind, I wrote the following article on God's festivals, a perfectly entire system filled with critical and divine component parts. Hope you enjoy the article, perhaps one of the greatest subjects that God reveals to humankind!

The Biblical Festivals That Reveal God's Plan of Salvation

Sin has cut humanity off from God and brought the ultimate penalty of death. But God has a plan to heal the broken relationship and save mankind. That plan is revealed in a series of annual reminders—the festivals of God found in the Bible.

by Jerold Aust

Why do 2 billion Christians remain blinded to God's plan to redeem and save humankind? Remarkably, you can know that plan!

The Biblical Festivals That Reveal God's Plan of Salvation. Starting with the first human couple in the Garden of Eden, humanity has sinned against God—violated His law. Indeed, with the exception of Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life of obedience, all human beings have sinned and have earned the ultimate penalty of death (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

But God has provided a way for humanity to be delivered from that fate. He has set in motion an awesome plan to restore human beings to a right relationship with Him so that they may dwell with Him in joy forever. That plan is found in the pages of the Bible.

We must understand, however, that the message contained in the Bible is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. It is solvable, but not without the framework.

If you have ever put together a big jigsaw puzzle, you first established the framework, made up of the straight edges of the puzzle, so that the rest of the puzzle could be more easily filled in.

God's framework for this prophetic jigsaw puzzle is a succession of important steps outlined in Scripture. These steps are commemorated annually in a series of festivals. Indeed, the biblical festivals reveal and map out the way God intends to save you and the rest of mankind.

God's system of annual feasts (Here's where the system idea came into play; click the link for the rest of the story.)

Archived. http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn84/biblical-festivals-salvation.htm.

If you have never known God's great plan to eventually save all of humankind, I hope this helps set the stage for the greatest educational trip you've ever taken or every thought could be taken. All the best.~jwa

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Do good people go to heaven?

3.29.19 Updated

On my personal page, I talk about God calling us. On my print page, I share God's truth about what happens to us after death. We have a great future ahead!

Here's an article I wrote for the Good News a few years back.

Title: Do Good People Really Go to Heaven When They Die?

Most churchgoers believe that when they die they will go to heaven, But will they? The Bible reveals some astounding truths about the mystery of life beyond the grave.

by Jerold Aust

William was a teenager when his father died. He was devastated because he loved his dad. He remembered the times when he walked beside his dad with his little fingers clutching his father's much larger hand.

He couldn't help but wonder why a loving God, if indeed there were such a Being, would allow his father to die prematurely, before his time. It just didn't make sense. His anger turned him away from the God that he had learned about in Sunday school. "If God works this way, I want nothing to do with him," he lamented.

He sought answers from his pastor, but the minister said he didn't understand it either, that God worked in mysterious ways. This didn't help young William get over his anger. After a few years, he simply gave up in frustration with the thought that there was no answer as to why or where God took his father.

Sometimes, thinking his father was up in heaven and could somehow hear him, William would try to talk to his dad but, as always, there was no response. Little did he know that what the Bible revealed about where his father went and his father's future were quite different from what he had been taught.

Thesis: Are good people promised heaven? (Click on the link for the rest of the story.) Archived.

http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn46/goodpeople.htm.

Have a great weekend.~jwa

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Good leadership is hard to find

3.29.19 Updated

Here's a cover article for The Good News I wrote in the September 2008 issue. Interesting side-note is that one political aspirant in a Southern state was quoting from this article, without attribution. A local newpaper wrote me and explained what was going on. The situation was resolved, peacefully. Hope you enjoy this article on true, good, and real leadership.

What's the Key to Real Leadership?

Everywhere we look we see a great need for real leadership. But what is real leadership? What is its foundation? Can someone be a good leader without displaying real leadership?

by Jerold Aust

The U.S. presidential election transcends American politics, because the reality is that the U.S. president wields enormous power. The United States and its policies have a profound affect on many nations' economies and their quality of life.

American voters determine who will occupy the most powerful position in the world, but only after carefully scripted campaigns designed to present the candidates in the most favorable light—as the epitome of leadership, compassion, strength and wisdom—run their course.

Both men (or women) try to be all things to all people, so inevitably the country will be disappointed when the winning candidate fails to live up to the high expectations. Leaders and leadership aren't always the same

If we ever needed real leadership, now is the time. This campaign should cause us to consider several crucial questions: What is real leadership? Does God view leadership differently than most people do? How does He define leadership? And how can we apply it?

Some leaders assume that since they occupy positions as leaders, they automatically exhibit leadership. But this is not accurate. While a leader is generally defined as someone who is over a country, organization or group of people, the quality of leadership concerns how a leader acts toward others.

If a leader views himself as elevated above others and them beneath him, he is unlikely to be a good leader. His perspective erodes the respect others have of him. While he may think everything is fine, others secretly lament his approach toward them. As Proverbs 29:2 tells us, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan."

Too many people in authority falsely equate their positions as leaders with being automatically more intelligent, better educated, more talented, superior to those they have the privilege to lead. Conversely, a good leader is inclusive, honorable and fair, compassionate and merciful, and honors others. His leadership should be characterized by humility and he/she should realize that leaders lead through service to all others (see Micah 6:8). Good leadership is all about serving those who are being led: "But Jesus called them to Himself and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many'" (Matthew 20:25-28).

Good leadership is serving those who are led (sub-topic)

Click on the link for the rest of the story :). Archived.

http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn78/key-real-leadership.htm.

Have a great weekend.~jwa

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Shocked by the Bible, Changed by the Truth!

3.29.19 Updated

Here's an article I wrote for the GN, March/April 2010. I fully enjoyed writing this article, for personal and professional reasons. This article was a complimentary piece to the interview I had with Joe Kovacs, author of "Shocked by the Bible!" Hope you are encouraged by it.

Shocked by the Bible, Changed by the Truth

The Bible holds many shocking truths that few people have ever known or recognized. Fewer still are those who go beyond the shock of the Bible and allow themselves to be changed by the truth. Will you be one of them? by Jerold Aust

Jack had a good thing going while stationed in Hawaii in the U.S. Navy. Everything was under control. He sang on live television (no room for mistakes), played football on a Navy team, performed in clubs with a dance combo, and drove to the beach in his baby-blue convertible.

As the flight scheduler for all the Navy and Marine fliers on the islands, his office commanded a spectacular view of the ocean. Hollywood could not have produced a better environment.

Life was good until the day his barracks supervisor, a "salty" boatswain's mate, added another sailor to his room. For the past year, Jack had treasured the peace and freedom of solitude, but that would soon end.

Chuck, the new addition) regularly listened to a particular radio preacher every evening. The preacher authoritatively painted frightening scenarios about biblical prophecy and the end of this age of man and alternated personalble accounts of real life, as it was.

Jack had enough of the preacher and asked Chuck to turn down the sound. He did. A week later Jack asked Chuck to turn up the sound. His curiosity trumped his agitation.

Jack was amazed at what the preacher reported the Bible said, and he set himself to prove wrong both the preacher and Chuck. But while digging into the Bible, he discovered the preacher was right.

Up until that time, Jack had been in control of his life, or so he thought. But no longer. His days of peaceful serenity were over. Initially shocked by the Bible, he noticed his life beginning to change by the truth he was discovering.

Are we following truth or tradition? (Click on the link and read the "rest of the story.")

Archived. http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn87/shocked-by-the-bible-changed-by-truth.htm .

Have an enjoyable week.~jwa

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A World Held Captive now will be set free!

3.29.19 Updated

Greetings again. It's been some time since we've met on this page. Let me share with you my latest article in the latest Good News Magazine on "A World Held Captive". I hope it's helpful to you.

The world is now blinded from God's inviolate truths but it won't always stay blinded. What's so amazing about this subject is that the very truth revealed in this article will not be believed or at the least, will be treated as nonessential.

Human beings are all wrapped up in what they're doing; that is their world. Everything outside their world is incidental and trivial. But the truth of this subject strikes at the very heart of their future.

One day, at Christ's return, all humanity will understand what you read here and in the Good News Magazine. Satan will be restrained for 1,000 years and because he will, people will no longer be influenced and constrained (bound; confined) by him.

Have a great weekend and Sabbath.~jwa

Archived. http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn90/world-held-captive.htm.

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The Greatest Addiction of All!

3.29.19 Updated

Here's an article (GN Magazine; November 2007) that I enjoyed writing because it gets to the heart of humankind's problems. I hope it helps you. This should be archived on UCG.org.

THE GREATEST ADDICTION OF ALL

Most people know about common addictions to drugs and alcohol. These are difficult enough to face and manage. But the one addiction that is greater than all others is unrecognized by most people. Thankfully, it can be overcome.

by Jerold Aust

"I can't get in trouble. I'm a celebrity," boasted Lindsay Lohan on the night she was arrested for driving under the influence with a suspended license and carrying cocaine.

The newspaper article reveals a sad commentary on the imperious actions of some famous personalities who sometimes do what they want simply because they can.

Interestingly, the article's headline asks, "Have We Lost Our Way?" It assumes that we once knew the right way to live and have merely strayed from it. But it assumes wrong. Certinaly, drugs and alcohol impair good judgment. Yet a greater addiction, more widespread than any other, distorts true values—and most don't realize that they have have and live this addiction. Are you aware of it?

RESEARCH INTO ADDICTION

In the introduction to their book Addiction (2007), John Hoffman and Susan Froemke write of their first encounter with various addictions and attitudes toward them. As laypersons, they were researching and preparing to produce a series on addictions for a major cable TV channel. "Neither of us had an in-depth knowledge of the subject" (p. 14).

"Addiction, as it turns out, is a problem that is messy—riddled with misconceptions, profoundly lacking in nationally recognized treatment standards, and highly stigmatized. Conversely, we also came to realize that although the science of addiction is relatively new, tremendous shifts in attitudes are occurring," they write.

The authors note that addiction is a chronic (ongoing) brain disease. "A vivid contributor to this change in attitude is the fact that science now gives us the ability to see inside the brains of addicted people. We can see that the addicted brain is different; that it is altered. With brain research has come great advances in the medical treatment of addiction and the promise of even more effective treatments on the horizon."

Hoffman and Froemke attended the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New York City in 2004, which included a comprehensive seminar on addiction. They learned how medications can help control the cravings of alcoholic addiction.

"But the turning point in our education occurred at the standing-room-only lecture of Nora Volkow, MD, on 'The Addicted Brain.' We learned how drugs erode the voluntary acts of an individual. Volkow's vivid explanation of how the brain's ancient reward pathways are hijacked due to the spikes of the brain chemical dopamine through repeated drug use was eye-opening" (p. 15).

The "Go!" system (second subtopic)

Note: The "Go!" system and "Stop!" system is at the heart of why we do the things we do and don't do what we should. Click on the link for the rest of the story. (Should be archived.)

http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn73/addiction.htm.

All the best to a happier life.~jwa

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Winning with your strengths!

3.29.19 Updated

Winning With Your Strengths

If you're unhappy in your job, should you change your job? Should you find a career that matches your abilities and interests? Here's how concentrating on your talents can help you find happiness and success.

by Jerold Aust

Jake had always wanted to play college basketball. But he soon discovered that "there were better ball players selling popcorn and cokes in the stands than players on the basketball court. Once I figured that out, I readjusted the focus on my future."

Meet Jake. In 1956, at age 18, he excelled in high-school basketball. He averaged 30 points a game during his last two years of high school and was recruited by a few large and small universities. Jake was unusual in that he was only 6 feet, 1/2 inches tall but played center on his team. Fans got excited watching him play because he had good timing, was quick, often outwitted his taller opponents and possessed an accurate soft 12 foot jump shot.

He stood out in high-school basketball, but in college he found himself outclassed. College freshmen trying out for the basketball team needed height and superior ball handling. Jake excelled in high school basketball but he knew he couldn't grow taller and that learning to handle the ball like a good guard wasn't in his future. What to do?

Jake did the next best thing. He studied to become a basketball coach. Jake focused on something he could excel at, and success followed him. Being all-state in high school basketball helped him to succeed as a high school basketball coach; and he loved kids.

There is more to Jake's story; he left a legacy that was remembered for a few decades.

Well-meaning Advisers (first sub-topic; click on the link for the rest of the story).

http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn19/winning.htm.

Win with your strengths, my friends :). jwa

---------------------- The Feast of Peace

3.29.19 Updated

I wrote this article in 2000; seems like yesterday :).

The Feast of Peace

God instructed the ancient Israelites to leave their homes every year to observe a festival in a location He chose. What is the significance of this feast, and what does it mean for you?

by Jerold Aust

Many people have attended church services all their lives and never heard of the Feast of Tabernacles. The festival is seldom mentioned in churches, although it is mentioned prominently in the Bible. Jesus Christ observed this festival, as did His apostles long after His death and resurrection.

What is the meaning of this feast, and why don't we hear more about it?

Of those who have heard of it, most think of it as Jewish, if they think of it at all. The notion that the Feast of Tabernacles was only for Old Testament Jews is not only wrong, it is dead wrong. Remarkably, people who keep the Feast of Tabernacles are thought of as strange and sometimes demeaned. However this fits with what Jesus experienced. Jesus Christ said that if a person follows His way they would suffer for it as He did. "If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you" (John 15:20).

Bottom line: the Feast of Tabernacles can be described as the Feast of Peace since the coming Kingdom of God to this earth, with Christ over it, will bring peace to this earth that will last forever (Daniel 2:44).

You may be able to find an article I wrote years back that addresses the Feast of Peace. http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn30/feastpeace.htm.

Have a great weekend.~jwa

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My article on Jeroboam in the Florence, Italy and Israel archives

3.29.19 Updated

In 2007, I was asked by Haifa University and I believe Nava Blum who maintains the Israel History Index, if they could archive my article on Jeroboam. I was surprised that they had read it and that they deemed it helpful to archive it. Naturally I was happy that it was noticed by them.

You can click on the link and find it. The print is very small so you will need to scroll down to my article under "Ancient Periods to the Diaspora" and from there scroll down to "The Two Kingdoms." There, the first article is mine. Hope you enjoy it.

http://vlib.iue.it/history/asia/Israel/index.html.

All the best.~jwa

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Early Solomonic Discernment

3.29.19 Updated

Solomon's early life was full of wisdom and good discernment. Let me share this article I wrote back in 1998. It's good today.

Profiles of Faith

Solomon: Lesson from a Wise King

by Jerold Aust

"Divide the baby with a sword, and let the matter be settled." As the king's shocking words echoed throughout his chambers, those who heard his decision were stunned.

It was a heartrending scene: Two women stood before King Solomon, each claiming to be the mother of the same baby boy. The first mother told of how she and the second woman had each given birth to a son, three days apart. Her son was born first. The second mother accidentally laid on her son while they slept, and he died. Discovering that her son was dead, the second mother switched the babies, placing her dead son beside the first mother—asleep at the time—and taking the first mother's living son to her bed.

When the first mother arose in the morning to nurse her son, she found the boy dead—but on closer examination discovered it was the other mother's child. She knew her son was in the arms of the second mother. Now, standing anxiously before the king, she hoped that he would somehow perceive she was the one telling the truth so she could be reunited with her baby.

Solomon issued his verdict: "Bring me a sword. Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other" (1 Kings 3:24—25). The two mothers' reactions were worlds apart. The first mother pleaded with the king: "O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!" But the second mother's words were chilling: "Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him" (verse 26).

Their reactions told the king all he needed to know. "Give the first woman the living child," he ordered, "and by no means kill him; she is his mother" (verse 27).

The source of Solomon's wisdom was God.

All the best.~jwa

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World Peace: The Impossible Dream?

3.29.19 Updated

Eight years back, I wrote an article on World Peace. I want to share it here with you.

World Peace: The Impossible Dream?

by Jerold Aust

A shocking headline on CNN's Web site proclaimed: "Doomsday Clock Advances 5 Minutes." The accompanying article stated that "doomsday drew closer Thursday and is now just nine minutes away, according to the keepers of the symbolic Doomsday Clock. [Because of] recent nuclear test explosions in India and Pakistan, the minute hand of the clock—a measure of how close humankind is to destroying itself—was advanced to 11:51 p.m., with midnight representing a worldwide nuclear holocaust."

How close the world came to nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan we may never know. Nor, for that matter, is that particular danger past; it could easily heat up again and perhaps pass the point of no return.

The "wars and rumors of wars" that Jesus Christ foretold (Matthew 24:6) are here. But the peace He promised beyond them seems as elusive as ever.

Mankind has never known lasting world peace, yet peace for mankind is both planned for and guaranteed. But could the horrifying terrorist acts of Sept. 11, the senseless nail-studded suicide bombs that kill grandmothers and grandchildren alike, and the threat of nuclear war between Pakistan and India help signal the coming of a true worldwide peace?

It sounds like an obvious contradiction, but it isn't. Ironically, the worse it gets on the world scene, the closer we are to lasting world peace (Luke 21:29-31). The signs of the times laid out in Jesus' Olivet prophecy (recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21) suggest we're dangerously close to a holocaust. But what does that have to do with lasting peace?

Who defines peace? Lasting peace can only come from God (Isa. 11).

Have a great Sabbath and weekend.~jwa

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