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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--26--At Capernaum
« Last post by Richard Myers on Today at 11:59:21 AM »
Amen Jim. And we are to witness that same loving character in dealing with people. God loves us. He allowed His innocent Son to come to this dark spot in the universe a helpless babe subject to the weakness of humanity to fight the battle of life as we must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss. In today's reading we find just what was waiting for Him when He got here.

     The period of Christ's personal ministry among men was the time of greatest activity for the forces of the kingdom of darkness. For ages Satan with his evil angels had been seeking to control the bodies and the souls of men, to bring upon them sin and suffering; then he had charged all this misery upon God. Jesus was revealing to men the character of God. He was breaking Satan's power, and setting his captives free. New life and love and power from heaven were moving upon the hearts of men, and the prince of evil was aroused to contend for the supremacy of his kingdom. Satan summoned all his forces, and at every step contested the work of Christ.

We see this today in the world and in the church. Satan has been preparing for us. He has had another two thousand years to set the stage for the final battle between good and evil.

     So it will be in the great final conflict of the controversy between righteousness and sin. While new life and light and power are descending from on high upon the disciples of Christ, a new life is springing up from beneath, and energizing the agencies of Satan. Intensity is taking possession of every earthly element. With a subtlety gained through centuries of conflict, the prince of evil works under a disguise. He appears clothed as an angel of light, and multitudes are "giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." 1 Timothy 4:1.


We face more danger from within than without. As it was with Israel, Satan has been working the church to deceive about the character of God and the plan of salvation. Laodiceans are deceived in a very bad way. There is error surrounding us, both from the liberal side and the conservative side. Our only safety is in Christ and His Word.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--26--At Capernaum
« Last post by JimB on Today at 10:38:14 AM »
Had it not been for the sweet, sympathetic spirit that shone out in every look and word, He would not have attracted the large congregations that He did. The afflicted ones who came to Him felt that He linked His interest with theirs as a faithful and tender friend, and they desired to know more of the truths He taught. Heaven was brought near. They longed to abide in His presence, that the comfort of His love might be with them continually.

I just love this description of Christ. How a sympathetic spirit shone out of every look and word! What a kind and loving Savior we have! No wonder they were attracted to Him!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--26--At Capernaum
« Last post by Beacon on Today at 06:56:11 AM »
"Jesus had nothing to do with the various subjects of dissension among the Jews. It was His work to present the truth. His words shed a flood of light upon the teachings of patriarchs and prophets, and the Scriptures came to men as a new revelation. Never before had His hearers perceived such a depth of meaning in the word of God."

Isaiah 8:20 says,,,"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." We need to be led by the Spirit of God and not get caught up in controversy within the ranks of Christianity and more specifically within the ranks of our own church.  Remember that when the devil tempted Jesus, He was victorious base on the theme of  " IT IS WRITTEN " Then the Holy Spirit will guide the listener to a deeper understanding which leads to truth..
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"Jesus met the people on their own ground, as one who was acquainted with their perplexities. He made truth beautiful by presenting it in the most direct and simple way. His language was pure, refined, and clear as a running stream. His voice was as music to those who had listened to the monotonous tones of the rabbis. But while His teaching was simple, He spoke as one having authority.This characteristic set His teaching in contrast with that of all others."

It has been my privilege to conduct several funeral services for families that were not of our faith and each time they heard a solid truth filled message several of the ones present came up to me after the service and told me they had never heard such a comforting message based on the Word of God. It was a humbling experience and made me realize even more what a wonderful treasure we hold in our hands when we and have opportunities to share with others God's truth filled messages. I encourage all you reading this blog day by day to adapt this motto. If God said it - I believe it, and that's good enough for me "[/color]
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There is hope for us only in God. We can turn our eyes upon Jesus, find in His grace the strength to transform our hearts and minds to have pure motives of self-sacrificing love, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who will reveal Himself in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, and meekness so not one of these fruits of His presence is missing in our experience of living by faith upon Jesus!

The demoniac was trapped by the enemy, but Christ came to deliver!!

"Every man is free to choose what power he will have to rule over him. None have fallen so low, none are so vile, but that they can find deliverance in Christ." {The Desire of Ages, page 258, paragraph 6}

I choose Jesus today, and I am so grateful for His loveliness of character that inspires us with with and hope to overcome in Him!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--25--The Call by the Sea
« Last post by Beacon on Today at 06:05:29 AM »
"Jesus had nothing to do with the various subjects of dissension among the Jews. It was His work to present the truth. His words shed a flood of light upon the teachings of patriarchs and prophets, and the Scriptures came to men as a new revelation. Never before had His hearers perceived such a depth of meaning in the word of God."
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Isaiah 8:20 says,,,"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." We need to be led by the Spirit of God and not get caught up in controversy within the ranks of Christianity and more specifically within the ranks of our own church.  Remember that when the devil tempted Jesus, He was victorious base on the theme of  " IT IS WRITTEN " Then the Holy Spirit will guide the listener to a deeper understanding which leads to truth..

"Jesus met the people on their own ground, as one who was acquainted with their perplexities. He made truth beautiful by presenting it in the most direct and simple way. His language was pure, refined, and clear as a running stream. His voice was as music to those who had listened to the monotonous tones of the rabbis. But while His teaching was simple, He spoke as one having authority.This characteristic set His teaching in contrast with that of all others."

It has been my privilege to conduct several funeral services for families that were not of our faith and each time they heard a solid truth filled message several of the ones present came up to me after the service and told me they had never heard such a comforting message based on the Word of God. It was a humbling experience and made me realize even more what a wonderful treasure we hold in our hands when we and have opportunities to share with others God's truth filled messages. I encourage all you reading this blog day by day to adapt this motto. If God said it - I believe it, and that's good enough for me "
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--25--The Call by the Sea
« Last post by Richard Myers on March 23, 2019, 07:23:08 AM »
Amen dear Sister!  When we spend time studying the life of Christ, we will then have a  true standard by which we may measure our character. We then will indeed fall on our faces and pray for wisdom and grace.
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That's a good question, cp. I am not sure. Have a blessed Sabbath.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--25--The Call by the Sea
« Last post by Dorine on March 23, 2019, 06:51:55 AM »
"Men of the highest education in the arts and sciences have learned precious lessons from Christians in humble life who were designated by the world as unlearned. But these obscure disciples had obtained an education in the highest of all schools. They had sat at the feet of Him who spoke as "never man spake."

Not everyone can afford to attend the worldly schools of highest education but the highest education one can receive is free to all. Admission requirements are to believe the lessons being taught and to follow the greatest professor the world has ever known. To witness rough common and uneducated men changed into self-controlled, caring and very knowledgeable men was a witness no one could deny. Jesus still uses such men. I can't help but think of Doug Bachelor.


If there are still areas in our lives that are not as they should be we need to spend time in the presence of God so that we too will be overwhelmed with the contrast between ourselves and the Majesty of heaven. We too will fall to our knees as did Peter and exclaim "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." This applies to women as well. I was impressed with how Peter hung on to Jesus as he said these words. Are we willing to hang on to Jesus as did Jacob and refuse to let go until we are blessed?

Once again I've been so blessed by the reading of this chapter and spending that thoughtful hour with Jesus. Happy Sabbath to all.

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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--25--The Call by the Sea
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 23, 2019, 03:31:33 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon!

As we realize how sinful, weak, and erring we really are in the light of Calvary's cross, as we compare our lives to the divine, unchanging standard of God's holy law and the perfect example of Jesus, let us not despair to think that God cannot transform us fully into His image! It was sinners Christ came to save, and it is erring people that He loves to use in His service if we are willing to be made willing, and learn of Him! As we think of the transformation God brought about in His disciples, we can remember that God loves to do an infinite work through finite vessels. Then, the glory can only go to God, who alone can miraculously transform sinful, erring people into converted, consecrated agencies for sharing the gospel of His grace. Thus our great need is this vital connection with Christ, whereby every impulse of our nature is brought under the divine influence of the Holy Spirit; the heart and mind are renewed by divine grace as the Holy Spirit reveals through the fully surrendered soul love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance so not one of these fruits of the Spirit is missing! This miracle leads to a willing, affectionate obedience to do the will of God in any area to which God may call us. As Jesus called the disciples, so today He is calling you and me to serve Him and love Him with all the heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. With Christ on the throne of our hearts, this will be our delight!!

"God takes men as they are, and educates them for His service, if they will yield themselves to Him. The Spirit of God, received into the soul, will quicken all its faculties. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the mind that is devoted unreservedly to God develops harmoniously, and is strengthened to comprehend and fulfill the requirements of God. The weak, vacillating character becomes changed to one of strength and steadfastness. Continual devotion establishes so close a relation between Jesus and His disciple that the Christian becomes like Him in mind and character. Through a connection with Christ he will have clearer and broader views. His discernment will be more penetrative, his judgment better balanced. He who longs to be of service to Christ is so quickened by the life-giving power of the Sun of Righteousness that he is enabled to bear much fruit to the glory of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 251, paragraph 1}

May you be blessed to remember how Jesus has led in your life. He is working such great miracles in hearts yielded to Him!! Happy Sabbath!!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--25--The Call by the Sea
« Last post by Beacon on March 22, 2019, 08:12:03 PM »
"He who loves Christ the most will do the greatest amount of good. There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, by putting self aside, makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon his heart, and lives a life wholly consecrated to God. If men will endure the necessary discipline, without complaining or fainting by the way, God will teach them hour by hour, and day by day. He longs to reveal His grace. If His people will remove the obstructions, He will pour forth the waters of salvation in abundant streams through the human channels. If men in humble life were encouraged to do all the good they could do, if restraining hands  were not laid upon them to repress their zeal, there would be a hundred workers for Christ where now there is one."[/color]

There is much truth to the saying..." God does not necessarily call "the qualified" ( according to socially acceptable and recognized human Degrees and Titles ) He "Qualifies" the one's that He has called through the Power of the Holy Spirit and thus each one of us can be used for His Glory " IF WE ARE WILLING"  

"In the apostles of our Lord there was nothing to bring glory to themselvesIt was evident that the success of their labors was due only to God. The lives of these men, the characters they developed, and the mighty work that God wrought through them, are a testimony to what He will do for all who are teachable and obedient."

The U.S. Marines have a motto that goes like this  "Semper Fidelis"  which means "always faithful" in Latin. When we become members of the family of God we also promise to Honor and Defend the One who died for us. We sing " Onward Christian Soldiers " Let us remember what a high honor we have been called to and be faithful to execute the commands of our Leader - Jesus Christ thereby bringing Honor & Glory to Him.
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