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God is the mighty provider! We are truly blessed to recognize Him in His gifts, and to trust Him for the provision for whatever He desires done in our lives. While we often speak of financial or material blessings, what a greater thought that Christ, in each experience in which we impart out of faith and step in His will, is forming something even more glorious--His own self-sacrificing character is being wrought out in us, and each time we act in humble, trusting faith because of a vital union and communion with Him, we experience how He makes the character in harmony with this assurance of His word: "I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir" (Isaiah 13:12). It is His own character wrought out in us that is the selfless motive behind God's invitations to trust Him to give who first gave all to us. What more could we desire?

"The means in our possession may not seem to be sufficient for the work; but if we will move forward in faith, believing in the all-sufficient power of God, abundant resources will open before us. If the work be of God, He Himself will provide the means for its accomplishment. He will reward honest, simple reliance upon Him. The little that is wisely and economically used in the service of the Lord of heaven will increase in the very act of imparting. In the hand of Christ the small supply of food remained undiminished until the famished multitude were satisfied. If we go to the Source of all strength, with our hands of faith outstretched to receive, we shall be sustained in our work, even under the most forbidding circumstances, and shall be enabled to give to others the bread of life." {The Desire of Ages, page 371, paragraph 1}   
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Monday          July 16

The Healing of a Lame Man

In Acts 3:1, Peter and John went to the temple for the three o’clock prayer service. This indicates the essentially Jewish character of the church’s faith at this early period. That is, the apostles did not go to the temple only to instruct or make new converts but because Peter and John were still Jews and, as such, were still committed to Jewish religious traditions (Acts 20:16, 21:17-26), at least up to this point. There they performed an astounding miracle (Acts 3:1-10), which gave Peter the opportunity to preach another sermon.

Read Acts 3:12-26.

 3:12   And when Peter saw [it], he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? 
 3:13   The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let [him] go. 
 3:14   But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 
 3:15   And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 
 3:16   And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 
 3:17   And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did [it], as [did] also your rulers. 
 3:18   But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 
 3:19   Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 
 3:20   And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 
 3:21   Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 
 3:22   For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 
 3:23   And it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 
 3:24   Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 
 3:25   Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 
 3:26   Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. 


What are some of Peter’s main emphases in his sermon?

There is so much, not the least of which is that the ones he is speaking to murdered the Son of God when Pilot wanted to set Him free. Even so, God brought His Son up from the grave to bless those who persecuted and killed Him. This is the grace by which they and we are to be saved, transformed into His image (character).


Five main points characterized early Christian preaching: Jesus was the suffering Messiah (Acts 3:18); God resurrected Him (Acts 3:15); Jesus was exalted in heaven (Acts 3:13); He will come again (Acts 3:20); and repentance is necessary for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 3:19).

In many ways, this is the same message we are taking to the world, even if the context has changed. The apostles were still in a Jewish setting, when instead of changing religions the people basically just had to “migrate” from the old covenant to the new one. As part of God’s people, they had to accept the Messiah and experience the new birth that follows a true acceptance of Jesus.

Now, though the situation is different, the message is still essentially the same: Christ died for our sins, was resurrected, and He will return again. This means, then, that we can find salvation in Him. Even in the context of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14, Jesus Christ crucified, Jesus Christ risen, and Jesus Christ returning must be the center of how we proclaim those messages.

Yes, the three angels' message begins with the proclamation of the gospel of grace.


“Of all professing Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in uplifting Christ before the world. The proclamation of the third angel’s message calls for the presentation of the Sabbath truth. This truth, with others included in the message, is to be proclaimed; but the great center of attraction, Christ Jesus, must not be left out. It is at the cross of Christ that mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss each other. The sinner must be led to look to Calvary; with the simple faith of a little child he must trust in the merits of the Saviour, accepting His righteousness, believing in His mercy.”—Ellen G. White, Gospel Workers, pp. 156, 157.

Amen! Before giving the third angel's message, we must present the first then the second angel's message. The gospel is at the foundation of all truth. It does little good to tell the world about the perversion of the Sabbath if we do not present the gospel message.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--39--Give Ye Them to Eat
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 19, 2018, 08:24:40 AM »
Amen and amen!!  God is faithful to supply our needs as we abide in Him. It is His work, so of course it will prosper as we surrender fully to Him. After over 30 years of doing self supporting ministry, I can proclaim it is not self supporting at all. It is Christ that supports the work I have done. He has been so very GOOD! The reading this morning tells us that the key to success is entire dependence upon Him who gave all that we might know His character.

   The means in our possession may not seem to be sufficient for the work; but if we will move forward in faith, believing in the all-sufficient power of God, abundant resources will open before us. If the work be of God, He Himself will provide the means for its accomplishment. He will reward honest, simple reliance upon Him. The little that is wisely and economically used in the service of the Lord of heaven will increase in the very act of imparting. In the hand of Christ the small supply of food remained undiminished until the famished multitude were satisfied. If we go to the Source of all strength, with our hands of faith outstretched to receive, we shall be sustained in our work, even under the most forbidding circumstances, and shall be enabled to give to others the bread of life.   
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Prayer / Re: Very Urgent Prayer Requests.... Part 2
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 19, 2018, 08:17:36 AM »
Amen. Good is called evil and evil good.  Jesus is even at the doors!
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Prayer / Re: Very Urgent Prayer Requests.... Part 2
« Last post by Wally on July 18, 2018, 05:04:07 PM »
I hope that whoever made this decision, soon hears the cock crowing.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--38--Come Rest Awhile
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 18, 2018, 03:11:13 PM »
Jesus exemplifies to us what life really is--union and communion with God for His infinite purposes of blessing to the universe. When we realize His infinite loveliness of character, we are elated to have the privilege to become partakers of the divine nature, entering into His experience moment-by-moment. When Christ's bride truly wants to do what God wants because love overflows in the heart, when the impulse to help and bless others springs constantly from within, we are ready for heaven, for we have heaven in our hearts. This "buy in" on the part of God's people is nothing short of a miracle--that those who once sought "to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season" (Hebrews 11:25) would rather suffer for Christ's dear sake. Let us realize how much we need unbroken time with God like Jesus did so that reality becomes so clear to us. Catch this--God and Christ, the way that we see Jesus lived, is REALITY. Everything and anything short of this is failure and eternal loss, and shows to us that salvation can only be through Christ and by Christ's character being imputed and imparted to us. What an incredible joy it is to have Him work this out in us as we, by beholding Him, are constantly changed from one degree of character to the next, all the while bearing all of the fruits of the Spirit so that not one is missing, living happily up to all the light of God's law that He has revealed to that point in our experience!

"In a life wholly devoted to the good of others, the Saviour found it necessary to withdraw from the thoroughfares of travel and from the throng that followed Him day after day. He must turn aside from a life of ceaseless activity and contact with human needs, to seek retirement and unbroken communion with His Father. As one with us, a sharer in our needs and weaknesses, He was wholly dependent upon God, and in the secret place of prayer He sought divine strength, that He might go forth braced for duty and trial. In a world of sin Jesus endured struggles and torture of soul. In communion with God He could unburden the sorrows that were crushing Him. Here He found comfort and joy." {The Desire of Ages, page 362, paragraph 4}
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Prayer / Re: Very Urgent Prayer Requests.... Part 2
« Last post by Dorine on July 18, 2018, 01:33:24 PM »
I'm sad to report that Coming Out Ministries will not be coming to our camp meeting. What I was told was that it is a worldwide decision and not just a NAD.  Even though I'm feeling sick about it I know that God is still in control. Thank you for the prayers that were said on behalf of this issue. God always has a plan. We must trust Him.
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Sunday          July 15

Teaching and Fellowship


After Pentecost, Luke shifts the narrative to a general description of the inner life of the church in Jerusalem. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42, NKJV). The four items noted appear to be basically teaching and fellowship. According to verse 46, the teaching was carried out in the temple, while the fellowship was in private homes.

The temple court was surrounded by roofed porches that were frequently used for rabbinic instruction. That the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching shows that the gift of the Spirit did not lead them to a contemplative religion but to an intense learning process under the apostles, whose authoritative teaching was authenticated by wonders and signs (Acts 2:43).

Spiritual fellowship was another distinctive mark of early Christian piety. The believers were constantly together, not only in the temple but also in their homes, where they shared meals, celebrated the Lord’s Supper, and prayed (Acts 2:42, 46). By having such daily celebrations, the early Christians expressed their hope in Jesus’ soon return, when His fellowship with them would be restored in the Messianic kingdom (Matt. 26:29).

Private homes played a key role in the early church’s life. The believers still attended the temple’s daily ceremonies (Acts 3:1), and on Sabbaths they presumably were in the synagogues with their fellow Jews (James 2:2), but the distinctive elements of Christian devotion were performed in homes.

Read Acts 2:44, 45; 4:34, 35. What was an important aspect of early Christian fellowship?

Believing that the end was near, they decided that their material possessions, “private property” (to use a more up-to-date term), were not that important anymore. A common use of their material resources, therefore, seemed appropriate. There was no reason to worry about tomorrow, as the Messiah Himself would provide for their needs in the Messianic kingdom (Luke 22:29, 30). This sharing allowed them to experience a deeper sense of unity, besides becoming an extraordinary example of Christian generosity.

Today, do we have to "worry" about tomorrow? Jesus has promised to provide for all of our "needs."  Do we believe Him with the whole heart? Do we trust Him fully? Will He indeed care for our us and our needs? If we will give Him the whole heart, my testimony is that He will provide for us in the very best way. But, He wants the whole heart, not 98% of it.


How generous are you with what you have been given from the Lord?

Before my conversion, I thought that I could not be like Jesus. He was a rock unto Himself, He was God and did not have to worry about being cold or hungry. I was ignorant of God and His plan of salvation. I now know that Christ depended upon His Father for His needs. He worked no miracle for Himself. So we must depend upon Him for our needs in the same manner. Christ was not a rock unto Himself. And, we have most precious promises if we will trust Jesus with all we have and all we are.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--38--Come Rest Awhile
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 18, 2018, 08:37:32 AM »
I so much appreciate the chapters always pointing us to our continual need of Jesus. This chapter is telling us we must always take time to pray and study the life of Jesus. Working for God is not the same as communion with Him. We have nothing to give if we do not have an intimate connection with Christ.

     In all who are under the training of God is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and everyone needs to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. He bids us, "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10. Here alone can true rest be found.  And this is the effectual preparation for all who labor for God. Amid the hurrying throng, and the strain of life's intense activities, the soul that is thus refreshed will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace. The life will breathe out fragrance, and will reveal a divine power that will reach men's hearts. 


Amen. When we are fully surrendered to Christ, He will give us love, joy, and peace. Herein is true rest!
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I love how close God is to us continually, and that ministry after the similitude of Christ is the greatest gift, the most weighty trust, that He could bestow upon us in preparation for heaven! God has infinite love in His heart for us, and as we behold the infinite loveliness of Jesus, we are changed from glory to glory, and find His character wrought out in us as a result of union and communion with Him. What is His character? It is the revelation of Christ in the law, it is all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing. This is the outflow of the heart and mind that has been renewed to partake of the divine nature, and there is no limit the usefulness of one who has such a continuous experience with God whose love never fails!

    "The Bible shows us God in His high and holy place, not in a state of inactivity, not in silence and solitude, but surrounded by ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of holy intelligences, all waiting to do His will. Through channels which we cannot discern He is in active communication with every part of His dominion. But it is in this speck of a world, in the souls that He gave His only-begotten Son to save, that His interest and the interest of all heaven is centered. God is bending from His throne to hear the cry of the oppressed. To every sincere prayer He answers, 'Here am I.' He uplifts the distressed and downtrodden. In all our afflictions He is afflicted. In every temptation and every trial the angel of His presence is near to deliver."  {The Desire of Ages, page 356, paragraph 3}

Praise God for how by experience in becoming one with God in selfless ministry we have heaven in our hearts! Then it is the most natural thing to want to ever be near Jesus, and do His will as He works in us, and we abide in Him!
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