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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--5--The Dedication
« Last post by Richard Myers on Today at 08:48:32 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean.  What a self sacrificing, loving God we serve!!

Once again in our reading we see the "great controversy" being revealed. There is a fierce battle that surrounds us. Satan is doing all he can to attract us to the world and distract us from seeing this battle. He surrounds us with nets to entrap us. But, even more dramatic is the work of our Savior as He directs the angels to help us see Him more clearly every day. He knows what it is like, for He is our elder Brother who endured much more than we shall ever have to face.

     At the cross of Calvary, love and selfishness stood face to face. Here was their crowning manifestation. Christ had lived only to comfort and bless, and in putting Him to death, Satan manifested the malignity of his hatred against God. He made it evident that the real purpose of his rebellion was to dethrone God, and to destroy Him through whom the love of God was shown.   
     By the life and the death of Christ, the thoughts of men also are brought to view. From the manger to the cross, the life of Jesus was a call to self-surrender, and to fellowship in suffering. It unveiled the purposes of men. Jesus came with the truth of heaven, and all who were listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit were drawn to Him. The worshipers of self belonged to Satan's kingdom. In their attitude toward Christ, all would show on which side they stood. And thus everyone passes judgment on himself. 

Such simple, but powerful truth. What are we living for? If for Christ, then our lives will be a continual surrender to Him, that we might be partakers in the sufferings of Christ. No one enjoys suffering, but we may glory in it since we know it works for our good and God's glory as we abide in Christ and He in us through the Holy Spirit.

Then, the all important question must be answered; How is it that we may learn to abide in Christ continually that we might be brave soldiers enduring the hardship that will come?
Jesus loves us so much that He was willing to be treated as the lowest of humanity, to be born in a lowly manger, to live a self-sacrificing life of poverty, to sympathize and minister to suffering humanity, and then die an ignominious death. By His resurrection from the dead we are pledged with the power to obey God because Christ will live His resurrection life in us while also giving us the completeness of His death to sin in our place. We identify fully with Jesus and so become like Him in mind and character! We receive the perfect robe of His righteousness by faith--a faith that enters into our actual thoughts and feelings and allows us to be blessed with heaven's choicest blessings! Think of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before sin--that is a picture of the kind of holy lives Jesus is creating in these last days because His children behold His agonized struggle the Garden of Gethsemane. Christ's garden of agony is the pledge of our being able to experience, even NOW through constant union and communion with Him in His opening providences and blessings, the joy of Eden's bliss! Let us thank God that He loves us SO SO SO MUCH! Now let us honor Him by walking in that blessing, and pressing heaven in humble, earnest, sincere prayer for the greatest blessings He desires to pour upon us! Praise God!

"'That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.' In the light of the Saviour's life, the hearts of all, even from the Creator to the prince of darkness, are revealed. Satan has represented God as selfish and oppressive, as claiming all, and giving nothing, as requiring the service of His creatures for His own glory, and making no sacrifice for their good. But the gift of Christ reveals the Father's heart. It testifies that the thoughts of God toward us are 'thoughts of peace, and not of evil.' Jeremiah 29:11. It declares that while God's hatred of sin is as strong as death, His love for the sinner is stronger than death. Having undertaken our redemption, He will spare nothing, however dear, which is necessary to the completion of His work. No truth essential to our salvation is withheld, no miracle of mercy is neglected, no divine agency is left unemployed. Favor is heaped upon favor, gift upon gift. The whole treasury of heaven is open to those He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them all into the hands of Christ, and says, All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven. His greatest happiness will be found in loving Me." {The Desire of Ages, page 57, paragraph 1}

We find in Christ our greatest happiness by loving Him with the whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. It is only those who are truly happy in Christ that are ready for marriage, for raising children, and for living the principles of heaven while still physically on this earth. Without the joyful union and communion of the soul with Christ, every blessing Jesus would desire to give us would be spoiled by the miasma of selfishness. But a truly converted heart will only exude selfless love, which is always manifest in all of the fruits of the Spirit so that not one is missing. Already by faith we are seated in heavenly places in Christ when we are truly converted. Christ's dedication as an infant (for He was perfect at each stage of His development, as we may be once we are converted) is the pledge of our complete deliverance from sin and the power He gives us to live lives WHOLLY CONSECRATED to His service. Live in His will and IT WILL EXCEED YOUR HIGHEST EXPECTATIONS!

"Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God's ideal for His children. Godliness--godlikeness--is the goal to be reached. Before the student there is opened a path of continual progress. He has an object to achieve, a standard to attain, that includes everything good, and pure, and noble. He will advance as fast and as far as possible in every branch of true knowledge. But his efforts will be directed to objects as much higher than mere selfish and temporal interests as the heavens are higher than the earth." {Education, page 18, paragraph 3}

Praise the Lord!!!!!!! 
Testimonies / From Islam to Christ
« Last post by Richard Myers on March 19, 2018, 08:44:31 PM »

I grew up in Nampula, Mozambique’s third-largest city where 80 percent of the population is Muslim.

I didn’t feel comfortable with the faith of my mother, who got divorced when I was small. Something in my mind kept telling me that I should examine Christian denominations to find peace in my heart.

One day, I told my mother about my desire.

“Mommy, I want to be a Christian,” I told her.

My mother said, “If you want to be a Christian, don’t call me ‘Mommy’ anymore. Your whole family, including your grandparents, belong to another religion. If you want to be a Christian, you will no longer be my daughter.”

Her words frightened me. I remembered that she had given birth to me and raised me. The thought of being disowned by my own mother scared me. I stopped going to my parents’ place of worship. I didn’t go to any place of worship. I wanted to see how my mother would react.

When my mother saw that I wasn’t worshipping at all, she said, “Fine, you can go look for a Christian church.”

I was so happy! But I didn’t immediately start looking for a church because I was caught up in the world.

One day, a young man approached me on the street, and I was impressed with the way that he spoke to me.

“I think you aren’t feeling well,” he said.

“You’re right,” I said, surprised. “I feel a little ill.”

“Do you know that God loves you?” he said.

“Yes,” I said.

“You must leave all your sins,” he said.

Those words bothered me. I was drinking and going to parties.

The man introduced himself as Armando and invited me to his church nearby.

But after we parted ways, I couldn’t remember the name of the church. A month later, I decided to try to find the church. I looked around the area where I had met the man and learned that the only church was Seventh-day Adventist. So, I went to the church and met pastor Abrao Mututu.

“How can I help you?” he said.

I asked the pastor whether he knew a young man named Armando. He didn’t and asked why. I explained that Armando had invited me to worship in his church.

A few minute later, another pastor showed up. I told pastor Eleuterio Marage about my upbringing and asked, “What do I need to do to become a real Christian woman?”

The pastor said I needed to study the Bible and learn about God’s character.

“Tell me about the Bible and about God!” I exclaimed.

The pastor gave me Bible studies and, three months later, I was baptized on July 25, 2016.

Life became difficult immediately after the baptism. The restaurant where I worked scheduled me to work on Saturday, and I thought, “If I don’t work on Sabbath, then I won’t have any work. If I don’t have a job, how will my mother and younger sister survive because I am the only one taking care of them?”

I reached the point where I had to decide what to do. I weighed working on Sabbath and being lost with choosing to follow Jesus and being saved. A month after my baptism, I decided the only right way was to follow Jesus.

Then I read Jesus’ promise in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (NKJV).

I quit my job.

My mother was upset. “You are the only one supporting your family,” she said. “How will we survive?”

“I believe that God will provide a way for us,” I said. “He won’t leave us emptyhanded.”

God has provided. After I left my job, one of my three older brothers stepped in and began to support my mother and sister.

But what has impressed me the most is how drastically my thinking has changed since joining the Adventist Church. I have a peace that I never had before. I thank my Lord for changing my life. I am now 22, and I haven’t been able to find a full-time job. But by God’s grace I have led four people to baptism over the past year.

There are many young women like me in the world. They are dying because of a lack of knowledge of Jesus, the Lord who saves people in and from their sins. This is the Lord who has taken me from the darkness into the light.
Church News / Lightning Strikes Rwandan Adventist Church-15 Dead, 130 Injured
« Last post by Richard Myers on March 19, 2018, 08:29:07 PM »

Mar 19, 2018 | Kigali, Rwanda | Onesphore Yadusoneye, communication director, Rwanda Union Mission

On March 14, the two government officials in Rwanda visited the families of Adventists whose members died last week when lightning struck the church. The reason for the visit was to comfort and encourage the families and Church members impacted by the tragedy.

Jeanne d’Arc De Bonheur, the Minister of Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs visited the families along with Alvera Mukabaramba, the Minister of State in Charge of Social Affairs and Community Development in the Ministry of Local Government. 

Mukabaramba said the Government of Rwanda felt the tragedy that befell the people from Nyaruguru District in Nyabimata Sector. “The Government of Rwanda has sent us to tell you that it is with you and that it commiserates with you in this calamity that befell Nyaruguru District,” said Mukabaramba. She added the Government of Rwanda will do its best to explain to many people as possible how to lessen the dangers of being struck by lightning.

Mukabaramba requested people who build churches and other facilities, be it public or private buildings, which accommodate many people like schools, hospital, markets and others to always install protection against lightning.

De Bonheur stressed the purpose of their visit was to comfort and support the families who lost their loved ones. They also to thank everyone who supported the families during the burial of the deceased and those who sent the injured ones to health facilities.

“We have brought but a small support to the families who lost theirs. Of course we cannot bring back the lives of those who died but we have come to support them. Be strong,” concluded De Bonheur.

15 people were killed and more than 130 were injured on March 10 when the lightning struck the church of Nyarunazi Adventist church, in South Rwanda Field. Now, only 7 people are still in hospitals and among with one was under special treatment.

The leadership of Rwanda Union Mission says they will have a special time to go to the site to support those affected by this traumatic event.
Church News / Papua New Guinea Quake a Disaster
« Last post by Richard Myers on March 19, 2018, 08:23:05 PM »

Seventh-day Adventists were among the first to respond after a powerful earthquake devastated villages in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The 7.5 magnitude quake struck the Southern Highlands region of PNG on February 26, with 122 reported deaths. Since then there has been a series of at least 70 aftershocks.

An initial report from oil and gas company ExxonMobil listed the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) as part of the initial assessment team that made one of the first visits to the area.

“Anticipating immediate resource needs, the team delivered essentials, including shelter equipment, water and sanitation support to the Para Health Clinic, which serves the Para, Tokaju and Hides areas,” a media release from the company stated.

Adventist Aviation Services (AAS) in Goroka also posted an update to their Facebook page, outlining the details of their involvement in providing aid.

“The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea, through its flying program, Adventist Aviation Services PNG, has had the incredible opportunity to be a first responder . . . to the people of PNG most devastated by the earthquake,” the March 6 post said.

“On Thursday, as it became apparent that relief from other sources would not be available for some time, and as our aircraft and crew became available for duty, AAS CEO Captain Jeff Downs began coordinating with Mission Aviation Fellowship International to clearly identify the rural communities most affected by the earthquake.

“By Friday morning, Captain Downs and AAS flight coordinator Samson Nopi were able to purchase more than 13,000 Kina worth of rice, tinned fish and water and, over Friday and Saturday, delivered 850kg of food and water to villages in need.”

In the impacted area—one of the most remote locations in PNG—up to 80 per cent of the houses have been destroyed, along with roads and other infrastructure.

A report prepared by ADRA PNG emergency coordinator Willie Kunsei said about 143,000 people have been identified as needing urgent humanitarian assistance.

“The people requiring urgent assistance also face the immediate risk of displacement and will have lost most of their assets with short- and long-term consequences to their lives and livelihoods,” noted Mr Kunsei.

Food is scarce, with 64,000 people at risk of extreme food insecurity. Most gardens were destroyed by the landslides and, in some cases, totally covered by landslides.

As aftershocks continue to hit the Highlands, the PNG Government is relying on foreign aid to get relief to the affected areas. ADRA and AAS in PNG will continue monitoring the situation, and working with the Government and other agencies to provide support to affected villages.

“Please, Church family around the world, pray for your Seventh-day Adventist friends and the people of the Papua New Guinea Highlands,” said the communication team from the Western Highlands Mission.
Healthful Living / Re: pancakes
« Last post by Richard Myers on March 19, 2018, 08:12:04 PM »
The waffles are light and fluffy without a rising agent. Also, in Ellen White's day, they made "gems" I believe they were called. They heated cast iron pan with separate chambers. The hot metal caused the mix to rise, just like the waffle iron does. Adding cooked rice to rolled oats will cause the waffles to be very light. In fact one must be careful to not add to much or else the mix will run out of the waffle iron.  :)
Healthful Living / Re: Cayenne for Healing
« Last post by Richard Myers on March 19, 2018, 08:07:43 PM »
It is a powerful stimulant. And we have much light on the reasons why we do not eat them. But, it may be used for medicinal purposes. One benefit is when one has a stroke or heart attack. It will open the blood vessels quickly, from what I understand.
Signs of the Times / Re: A World Gone Mad!!
« Last post by Wally on March 19, 2018, 04:49:26 PM »
More and more it seems as if the  inmates are running the asylum.
Signs of the Times / Re: Atheist Hatred of Christianity
« Last post by Wally on March 19, 2018, 04:47:30 PM »
How about Christians instituting lawsuits against atheists who put up any public display of evolutionary dogma?  How about suing government schools for promoting the religion of Darwinism?

This is just lunacy, pure and simple.
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