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« Reply #40 on: June 19, 2018, 09:05:16 AM »
Pastor Sean you have painted a most beautiful word picture of the experience that comes to the person that spends that special time early in the morning with Jesus. That is where He received His strength to meet the day. If He needed it, we need it much more.

I'm encouraged today as I read how Jesus handled temptations and trials. We can meet them just as He did. 

"But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written." He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them. Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act; but His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28. 

And then there is this familiar text that I love so much.....

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee" Ps. 119:11

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« Reply #41 on: June 19, 2018, 10:58:26 PM »
Amen, dear Sister Ann. It is such a blessing to have you posting in our little fellowship!   What a difference knowing Jesus makes in our lives!!. Thank you for your thoughts on today's reading.

     Jesus loved His brothers, and treated them with unfailing kindness; but they were jealous of Him, and manifested the most decided unbelief and contempt. They could not understand His conduct. Great contradictions presented themselves in Jesus. He was the divine Son of God, and yet a helpless child. The Creator of the worlds, the earth was His possession, and yet poverty marked His life experience at every step. He possessed a dignity and individuality wholly distinct from earthly pride and assumption; He did not strive for worldly greatness, and in even the lowliest position He was content. This angered His brothers. They could not account for His constant serenity under trial and deprivation. They did not know that for our sake He had become poor, that we "through His poverty might be rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9. They could understand the mystery of His mission no more than the friends of Job could understand his humiliation and suffering. 


Such love! That the King of Kings would come to our dark spot in the universe a helpless babe!!
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« Reply #42 on: September 14, 2018, 06:08:58 AM »
There is so much in today's chapter to share but I'm going to stick to just this one simple sentence.

Of the bitterness that falls to the lot of humanity, there was no part which Christ did not taste.

It would be good for us to remember this in that He knows personally what it's like to be in this world. This should encourage us. Christ even experienced what it's like to have a divided home. I had never thought of that until now as I type this out. We can look to Him for strength and as one who personally understands our struggles.

By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}

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« Reply #43 on: September 14, 2018, 07:36:26 AM »
Amen, Jim! Jesus understands our weaknesses and infirmities, and He knows just what we need. While He walked this earth some 2,000 years ago, He is still the same tender, merciful Savior today, and He can provide for us in so many ways as we turn our lives over to Him in full surrender. I love the picture of Jesus presented in The Desire of Ages, as it draws my heart to Him!

"Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering that He saw. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to relieve those who appeared more needy than He. His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory." {The Desire of Ages, page 87, paragraph 1}

May we speak words of encouragement and seek to relieve the suffering around us in the way Jesus did. He loved others because the love of the Father was in Him. When His love reigns in our hearts, we have peace with God and are enabled to go about doing good like Jesus, for He lives out His life in us by the Holy Spirit. 
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #44 on: September 14, 2018, 08:31:35 AM »
"As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not know the freedom of spirit that would come to them by serving God in truth. Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct." 

What a chapter. Like Jim I had a hard time deciding which gem stood out more than the others this morning. This paragraph spoke to me in a specific way. When we don't know the best way to deal with a particular challenge we just only need to watch and listen to Jesus.

This whole chapter in particular opens a window of understanding into my own life and how I respond to situations that I don't agree with. As I read I hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me (through my thought processes) the areas I am most weak in and need surrendering to Him. It's a most humbling and convicting revelation.  Sometimes it just a small thing to us but it could cost us our eternal life if not dealt with. I thank God for the times He must step on my toes. It hurts but it's for my eternal good.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #45 on: September 14, 2018, 09:52:59 AM »
Amen, dear Sister.  If we want to bed a blessing to others, then we need to be fully surrendered. We have an example of how we are to walk. If we will learn of Him who gave all for us, then we will have power to walk as Jesus did. I was impressed with the truth that Jesus had to walk alone not only when He began His formal ministry, or when He was a youth, but also in His childhood. We do not half understand what Jesus endured for our sake.

And, we are to have the same burden as Jesus had. When His witnesses we are to be the light in this world that is soon to perish. We have been given the light that we might do as Jesus did, lead sinners to physical and spiritual health.

  Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly.
     Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men.


What a blessing it is to have this little fellowship that daily enjoys sharing about our Savior. We pray that our little group will grow quickly as we near the end.
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« Reply #46 on: December 10, 2018, 06:21:31 AM »
"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear."

Oh what a beautiful example of what Jesus wants me to be. And He has promised to produce these same attributes in me if I continue to submit to Him and abide in Him. He takes my ugliness and dresses me in His beautiful garments of righteousness which will reveal the fruits of the Spirit without one missing.  Just like Jesus.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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« Reply #47 on: December 10, 2018, 11:24:51 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine! I also was impressed by the same paragraph today! What blessed unity we see here as we behold Jesus' loveliness of character!

Do we realize our value? It is infinite! We cost the Son of God His very life at the cross of Calvary, and His whole life was a sacrifice to save souls from sin and ruin! We see how Jesus valued souls, and I love how He inspired them with faith and hope to be victorious in overcoming!

"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear." {The Desire of Ages, page 91, paragraph 1}

All of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing are revealed in the life of a converted Christian; in practical terms, this looks like living as Jesus did in His sphere. How? By beholding the loveliness of His character, we yield the whole heart and mind to Him, and He transforms us into His image! This experience will widen and deepen, so we will become even more fruitful the more we learn of Him, for it is a joy to obey Him to the extent that He has revealed the light of the path we are to traverse. God is so good to us, and I love being able to look at people like Jesus did--with their infinite potential as they experience His character!   
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #48 on: March 06, 2019, 08:29:29 PM »
"In every gentle and submissive way, Jesus tried to please those with whom He came in contact. Because He was so gentle and unobtrusive, the scribes and elders supposed that He would be easily influenced by their teaching. They urged Him to receive the maxims and traditions that had been handed down from the ancient rabbis, but He asked for their authority in Holy Writ. He would hear every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; but He could not obey the inventions of men.[/color]

Here is given to us an example of the importance of clinging to a " Thus Saith The Lord. " as we share God's wonderful plan of salvation in a gentle loving compassionate way with others.

"Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering that He saw. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to relieve those who appeared more needy than He. His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory."

The above paragraph is a basic outline given to us by Jesus for effective outreach when sharing the gospel story with others. There is a saying that goes like this... "IF YOU WERE ON TRIAL FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN --WOULD THERE BE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT YOU??"... By God's Grace let us determine to... "Be like Jesus, this my song,,In the Home and in the Throng; Be like Jesus all day long! - I would be like Jesus
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« Reply #49 on: March 07, 2019, 02:03:29 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon! As we dwell upon the life and character of Jesus, we are inspired with faith and hope to have His love brought into our souls, and to let His love flow out in healing streams to others. But where did Jesus get the experience with God that blessed the world?

"From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil." {The Desire of Ages, page 89, paragraph 6}

Jesus loved to be with His Father, and when He could, He went into the quiet places of nature to commune with God. As we have quiet hours with God in which He speaks to us personally and individually, how can we not be happy because we have a God that loves us and wants to spend time with us? Then as we find duty a delight and sacrifice a pleasure in our day-to-day responsibilities because our lives are elevated and transformed by His grace! We can remember that Christ is right by our side, and through a full, continual surrender to Him allow Him to abide on the throne of our hearts! He will be graciously weaving out the pattern of life in our experience that will be to His own glory each moment as we enjoy the union and communion of the soul with Him like Jesus did! Praise God!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #50 on: March 07, 2019, 02:35:36 PM »

Amen Pastor Sean!  If we would be like Jesus, we would spend time with Him as He spent time with His Father. And if we spend time beholding their grace, we would be like them in character and would not make excuses for sin as so many do. Even among ultra conservative Christians we find excuses being made for sin, when there is no excuse for sin. I often hear that God does not account sin to those who do not pre-meditate their sin. Or, that their sin was not "willful." These are not excuses that will keep one in harmony with God and allow one to retain their salvation. Again, there is no excuse for sin, willful or not, pre-meditated or not. When one is filled with the Holy Spirit, he does not sin a known sin. Murder is murder no matter that one did not pre-meditate it.

Of the bitterness that falls to the lot of humanity, there was no part which Christ did not taste. There were those who tried to cast contempt upon Him because of His birth, and even in His childhood He had to meet their scornful looks and evil whisperings. If He had responded by an impatient word or look, if He had conceded to His brothers by even one wrong act, He would have failed of being a perfect example. Thus He would have failed of carrying out the plan for our redemption. Had He even admitted that there could be an excuse for sin, Satan would have triumphed, and the world would have been lost. This is why the tempter worked to make His life as trying as possible, that He might be led to sin.

"IF YOU WERE ON TRIAL FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN --WOULD THERE BE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT YOU??"...

Amen, Brother Beacon!

Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.