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Computer Forum / Re: Disconnect Me from the Internet
« Last post by JimB on Today at 12:29:33 PM »
The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark, New Jersey, to a nearby Planned Parenthood. Another represents a person who travels with New York’s mayor during the day and returns to Long Island at night.

Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7am and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, 46, a math teacher. Her smartphone goes with her.


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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!   
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Last post by Dorine on Today at 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.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
« Last post by Dorine on December 09, 2018, 06:14:17 AM »
"The doctors turned upon Him with questions, and they were amazed at His answers. With the humility of a child He repeated the words of Scripture, giving them a depth of meaning that the wise men had not conceived of. If followed, the lines of truth He pointed out would have worked a reformation in the religion of the day. A deep interest in spiritual things would have been awakened; and when Jesus began His ministry, many would have been prepared to receive Him."

I love to gaze upon this scene. What a ray of sunshine to be in the presence of Jesus even as a child. It puts a smile on my face to picture these learned teachers asking questions that Jesus so humbly and eloquently answered. How sad that they did not accept His explanation of the scriptures. What about today? Are we spending that time with Jesus and His word every day so that we will have the faith of Jesus that keeps us from sinning. The world holds out to us so many enticements. Many of them not harmful in themselves but when they become first place in our lives they crowd out that valuable and much needed time with Jesus.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--8--The Passover Visit
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 09, 2018, 04:00:26 AM »
Fresh glimpses of Jesus--these are the deepest longing of every soul--even though few in the world come to experientially realize this. Truly, He is "the Desire of all nations" (Haggai 2:7). If you eat a big bag of chips, you might not be hungry for a delicious and amazing meal prepared for you freely at infinite cost, and so it often is in this world. When we fill our deepest longings for intimacy with Jesus with entertainment that diverts us from union and communion with Christ, when we engage in evilspeaking, idle talk, or we neglect to pray, we fail to discern our real purpose for existence (to glorify God) and the greatest joy of life (to know, love and share Him). Christ's sinless character is the gift He offers us right now--how? By accepting His imputed righteousness, His blood shed for us, which simultaneously causes us to experience His imparted righteousness--His presence in our souls by the Holy Spirit, made manifest as all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing.

A precious glimpse of Jesus that encouraged me this morning was in relation to how Jesus treated others. "Young as He was, they had trusted Him implicitly, expecting that when needed, He would be ready to assist them, anticipating their wants as He had always done." {The Desire of Ages, page 80, paragraph 4}

Jesus did not wait for Mary and Joseph to tell Him what help they needed--He sought to anticipate their desires and to bless them. But when He lingered behind in the temple court in Jerusalem, He had a higher design. He was anticipating Mary's wants when He would be dying on the cross, and so the disappointment that seemed so bitter was actually the most effectual preparation for what she would need to understand--her continual need of His presence and an intelligent understanding of the Scriptures pointing to His sufferings at Calvary.

Are you passing through a time of waiting, disappointment, or discouragement? Wherever you might find yourself today, look higher than yourself to the Lamb of God, and find the strength and grace to meet the trial that God is allowing in your life to prepare your character for something better than you can ask or think. And that is why I so love this promise: "It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross." {The Desire of Ages, page 83, paragraph 4}

Having memorized these words in song, as I was waking up this morning, the Holy Spirit flashed them to my heart and mind like words of fire, kindling my heart with faith, hope and love as to the joy that I would get to experience again in Jesus' presence as I read in Luke 2 in connection with the precious chapter, "The Passover Visit" in The Desire of Ages. God means what He says--and there is a transformation in our characters each time we behold the loveliness of Jesus and contemplate Him in all His beauty. Hallelujah!
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Sunday         December 9

Worshiping our Creator and Redeemer

In discussions about worship, we often highlight elements of worship, what it includes and how it is done. But what is the deep meaning of worship? What does it mean to worship God? And why do we do it? In Psalm 29:2, David states: “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Ps. 29:2, NKJV). This psalm points us in the right direction to understand the meaning of worship. To worship the Lord is to give Him the glory and honor He deserves.

Amen! What does it mean to "give glory to God"?

Read Revelation 4 and 5 describe the inauguration of Jesus in heaven at His ascension. What reasons do the inhabitants of heaven give for worshiping God and Jesus, the Lamb of God? See Rev. 4:8, 11; 5:9, 10, 12, 13.

This depiction of worship in the throne room of heaven as Jesus is introduced as the Lamb of God and Savior of the world is awe-inspiring. Worship happens when God’s creation responds to Him with words of adoration and thankfulness for what He has done. Worship is the response of a grateful person for God’s creation and salvation. At the end of time, the redeemed will also join in adoration and respond in a similar way to God’s salvation. “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested” (Rev. 15:3, 4, NKJV).

So, worship is a response of our faith in God for His mighty works: first, for creating us, and, second, for redeeming us. In worship we give to God the adoration, reverence, praise, love, and obedience we believe He is worthy to receive. Of course, what we know about God, as our Creator and Savior, comes from what He revealed to us in Scripture. Furthermore, what Christians know about God was revealed more fully in the person and ministry of Jesus (see John 14:8-14). That is why Christians worship Jesus as Savior and Redeemer, as His sacrificial death and resurrection are at the very core of worship.

When Christians come together in worship, it is out of this sense of awe and thankfulness that our worship should proceed.

Think about what we have been given in Christ as our Creator and Savior, about what He has spared us from, and about what He offers us-all because He willingly died in our stead. Why should these truths be the foundation of all our worship?

Again, I ask, how do we give glory to God? Why do we worship God? Because He is worthy to be worshiped. Do we know Him? Did you know that Jesus could have sinned? Do you know that it was not easy for His Father to allow Him to come to this dark blot in the universe where Satan claimed dominion, as a helpless babe subject to the weakness of humanity to fight the battle of life as each of us must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss?

How did our heavenly Father feel about Jesus coming into the world where Satan claimed dominion? Did you know that our heavenly Father suffered also? It was not just our Saviour that suffered for our sake. What does knowing this about our God do for our worship?

Why is it that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God? Why is our life tied to God's Word?


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Sabbath Afternoon

Read for This Week’s Study: Rev. 4:8, 11; Matt. 4:8, 9; Dan. 3:8-18; Rev. 14:9; Rev. 14:6, 7; Acts 4:23-31.

Memory Text: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6, 7

Soon after the day of Pentecost, the early Christians spent much of their time in worship. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42, NKJV). The joy that came from knowing Jesus as the Messiah, the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, filled their hearts with thanksgiving and gratitude to God. What a privilege to know this wonderful truth. These early Christians felt the need to spend time together in fellowship, study, and prayer, all in order to thank God for His revelation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and for what He had done in their lives.

The church of Jesus Christ is by definition a worshiping community, called into being by God to be “a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5, NKJV). Gratitude to God expressed in community worship transforms people’s hearts and minds into the character of God and prepares them for service.

Amen! The church of Jesus is to give glory to Him. How do we do that. We can only do it if we are truly transformed in character. When the heart is fully surrendered to Jesus, the Holy Spirit will take possession of it and the life of the converted Christian will reveal all of the fruits of the Spirit, not one will be missing.


This week’s lesson focuses on the meaning of worship and how it preserves unity among believers in Jesus.

Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, December 15.

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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--7--As a Child
« Last post by Richard Myers on December 08, 2018, 07:46:52 AM »
Amen. As we spend time with Jesus, we too will have our minds lifted high above this world. Love, joy, and peace will be the result of beholding Jesus. Let us spend more time with Jesus. It is the solution to all of our difficulties in this world.

Mothers especially need to spend time with Jesus if they have the responsibility of rearing children. There is no more important work than that of mother. Too often mothers, even when involved in ministry, neglect the responsibility of rearing a godly child. It takes time, energy, and wisdom to do this. If a woman is not willing to devote her time to rearing a child, then she ought not bring children into this dark blot in the universe.

   With deep earnestness the mother of Jesus watched the unfolding of His powers, and beheld the impress of perfection upon His character. With delight she sought to encourage that bright, receptive mind. Through the Holy Spirit she received wisdom to co-operate with the heavenly agencies in the development of this child, who could claim only God as His Father. 


Mary delighted in her role of educating Her Son, the Son of God, that He might fulfill His role as Savior of the world. Likewise all mothers may delight in preparing their child to rightly represent the King of Kings. What a joy is the opportunity given to mothers!! We see the result of many mothers as we read of the godly men and women throughout Bible history.

It was a blessing to read Sister Dorine's comments about her memory of her mother's influence when singing hymns. That all mothers would sing hymns and teach their children to do the same!
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Memory Text: “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10

Amen. We either witness the character of Christ, thus leading people to Jesus, or we do not witness His character and bring reproach upon Christ, His church, and Scripture.

We are not to serve God as if we were not human, but we are to serve Him in the nature we have, that has been redeemed by the Son of God; through the righteousness of Christ we shall stand before God pardoned, and as though we had never sinned. 3SM 140

We have the high privilege of taking our eyes off our own fallen-nature-navel and look to Christ! What resounding impetus this gives to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear! When any new-born Christian is accosted by any temptation, whatsoever, the soul may THRILL with joy at the realization of imminent victory, remembering that; as we meet the present winds of doctrine, we are, through Christ dwelling in us, preparing to stand in the last day: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea... Psalm 46:1, 2

The Lord Jesus came to our world, not to reveal what a God could do, but what a man could do, through faith in God's power to help in every emergency. Man is, through faith, to be a partaker in the divine nature, and to overcome every temptation wherewith he is beset. Our High Calling 48

...we know that He came to this earth and lived as a man among men. The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty, yet Christ and the Father are one. SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5 (EGW), Page 1129

When Christ shall come, our vile bodies are to be changed, and made like His glorious body; but the vile character will not be made holy then. The transformation of character must take place before His coming. Our natures must be pure and holy; we must have the mind of Christ, that He may behold with pleasure His image reflected upon our souls.

Enoch was a marked character, and many look upon his life as something far above what the generality of mortals can ever reach. But Enoch's life and character, which were so holy that he was translated to heaven without seeing death, represent the lives and characters of all who will be translated when Christ comes. His life was what the life of every individual may be if he will live near to God. We should remember that Enoch was surrounded by unholy influences. The society around him was so depraved that God brought a flood of waters on the world to destroy its inhabitants for their corruption.

Were Enoch upon the earth today, his heart would be in harmony with all of God's requirements; he would walk with God, although surrounded by influences the most wicked and debasing. The palm tree well represents the life of a Christian. It stands upright amid the burning desert sands, and dies not; for it draws sustenance from springs beneath the surface.

Joseph preserved his integrity when surrounded by idolaters in Egypt, in the midst of sin and blasphemy and corrupting influences. When [he was] tempted to turn aside from the path of virtue, his answer was, “How shall I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Enoch, Joseph, and Daniel depended upon a strength that was infinite; and this is the only course of safety for Christians to pursue in our day.

The lives of these marked men were hid with Christ in God. They were loyal to God, pure amid depravity, devout and fervent when brought in contact with atheism and idolatry. Through divine grace they cultivated only such qualities as were favorable to the development of pure and holy characters.

Thus it may be with us. The spirit which Enoch, Joseph and Daniel possessed, we may have; we may draw from the same source of strength, possess the same power of self-control, and the same graces may shine out in our lives.—The Signs of the Times, November 11, 1886; Reflecting Christ 307

In His person humanity, inhabited by divinity, was represented to the world. God's Amazing Grace 14

WE ARE, in the right context, SAVED BY WORKS:

But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

The responsibility rests with us. We must receive in thoughts and in feelings, to give in expression. The law of the human and the divine action makes the receiver a laborer together with God. It brings man where he can, united with divinity, work the works of God. Humanity touches humanity. Divine power and the human agency combined will be a complete success, for Christ's righteousness accomplishes everything. Faith and Works 27

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself... Ephesians 1:9

“As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). We are to bear as definite a testimony to the truth as it is in Jesus, as did Christ and His apostles. Trusting in the efficiency of the Holy Spirit, we are to testify of the mercy, goodness, and love of a crucified and risen Saviour, and thus be agents through whom the darkness will be dispelled from many minds, and cause thanksgiving and praise to ascend from many hearts to God. There is a great work to be done by every son and daughter of God. 1SM 263
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What is a sanctified heart? It is one that has been fully (wholly) given to Christ that is then possessed by the Holy Spirit.

The natural man must die, and the new man, Christ Jesus, take possession of the soul.... You [Christ in you Colossians 1:26, 27] may show by your [Galatians 2:20]  life what the power and grace of God can do in transforming the natural man into a spiritual man in Christ Jesus. God's Amazing Grace 226

we must sense the pains of the second death:
He longs to renew your heart, filling it with a love for all that is pure and true. He longs to crucify self for you, raising you to newness of life in Him. From the Heart 259


For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 6: 7-12


If our profession ... [to have] greater truths than other denominations [have] does not lead to deeper consecration, and purer and holier lives, of what advantage is this truth to us? It would be better for us if we had never seen the light of truth, than to profess to accept it, and not be sanctified by it.

To determine how great a matter is involved in the conversion of a soul from error to truth, we must appreciate the value of immortality, we must sense the pains of the second death. We must comprehend the honors and glory awaiting the ransomed, and understand what it is to live in the presence of Him who died that He might elevate, ennoble, and give to the overcomer a royal diadem.

The worth of a soul cannot be fully estimated. How gratefully will the ransomed and glorified ones remember those who were instrumental in their salvation. Not one will forget his self-denying labors, his persevering efforts, his patience, perseverance, and earnest heart yearning for these souls who might have been lost to Jesus Christ, had he neglected his duty or became weary in well doing.
Manuscript 1, February 18, 1880, “Church Difficulties.”; The Upward Look 63
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