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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--36--The Touch of Faith
« Last post by Dorine on Today at 04:45:05 AM »
The soul that responds to the grace of God shall be like a watered garden. His health shall spring forth speedily; his light shall rise in obscurity, and the glory of the Lord shall be seen upon him. Let us then remember the loving-kindness of the Lord, and the multitude of His tender mercies.

What a promise.  May we continually respond to the grace of God so that His glory will be seen upon us.
I have known 3 pastors in my life time that God's glory shone in their lives.

Pastor Collins (now deceased) who baptized me when I was 13. His face shone with the love of Jesus and his kind, gentle and friendly manner for young people and children melted this heart to serve and follow Jesus.

Pastor Ron Myers (now deceased) who told me
when I was in my 30's (with the most tender and kind twinkle in his eyes) that I needed to be converted.  For 2 solid weeks I cried. How dare he say such a thing. He didn't know my heart. I hated him. At the end of the 2 weeks the Holy Spirit got through to me and I went to my knees and said "he is right Lord, please help me". God never refuses a prayer for help and the next few years were most precious for our family as this pastor shared things we had never heard before. The very things we read here on TRO.

Pastor Glen Corkum (living with dementia) whose face shone when talking of his dearest friend Jesus. Even in dementia all he wants to talk about is Jesus. He never gets ruffled or unhappy. Always encouraging people to give their hearts to Christ.

As I look back over my life I can see how the Holy Spirit led in bringing people into my life just when I needed them most. And now I can say that the influence of my TRO family has touched my life in my senior years and I thank God with all my heart for all those who have allowed God to work in their lives for the spiritual benefit of others.
Evangelism / Morocco/Turkeministan
« Last post by Adventsurrender on Today at 12:54:02 AM »
Dear Sisters and Brothers,

it`s my great desire to reach people in dark areas without or small SDA presence. This dreams was born if first refugees from countries like Syria or Afghanistan came to my country. There where no literature available in their languages and we worked step for steps.
Since this time we started small projects to reach people with Kurdish, Azeri, Farsi background. Next year I want to made small literature evangelism project in Marocco and/or Turkemnistan. In both countries are only some Adventist, most of them are`nt native speakers and it`s very difficult to distribute any literature there. We have translation of SOP-books in Arabic and Berberian language ( but not in Turkmen. Do you have any of you expiriences? Please pray that he should open doors.
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--35--Peace Be Still
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 21, 2019, 10:10:58 PM »
Fear in time of danger reveals unbelief! And, there is no greater sin than unbelief.

How often the disciples' experience is ours! When the tempests of temptation gather, and the fierce lightnings flash, and the waves sweep over us, we battle with the storm alone, forgetting that there is One who can help us. We trust to our own strength till our hope is lost, and we are ready to perish. Then we remember Jesus, and if we call upon Him to save us, we shall not cry in vain. Though He sorrowfully reproves our unbelief and self-confidence, He never fails to give us the help we need. Whether on the land or on the sea, if we have the Saviour in our hearts, there is no need of fear. Living faith in the Redeemer will smooth the sea of life, and will deliver us from danger in the way that He knows to be best.   
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--36--The Touch of Faith
« Last post by Beacon on September 21, 2019, 12:51:33 PM »
"Our confession of His faithfulness is Heaven's chosen agency for revealing Christ to the world. We are to acknowledge His grace as made known through the holy men of old; but that which will be most effectual is the testimony of our own experience. We are witnesses for God as we reveal in ourselves the working of a power that is divine. Every individual has a life distinct from all others, and an experience differing essentially from theirs. God desires that our praise shall ascend to Him, marked by our own individuality. These precious acknowledgments to the praise of the glory of His grace, when supported by a Christ-like life, have an irresistible power that works for the salvation of souls."

With that thought in mind I'd like to share a personal testimony.  Many years ago when my wife and I were expecting our first child we received bad news from the doctor. It's seem that some type of fibroid tumor was growing along with the embryo at an alarming rate. The doctor said there would not be room enough for a normal development of the child with that tumor present. He recommended immediate surgery to remove the tumor but also that their was a large chance the baby would be lost also during the surgery.

My wife and I looked at each other - feelings of strong emotion overwhelming us. We had waited many years for this baby!! Finally I said to the Dr. --- What if we waited another 30 days?  He asked why we would want to delay when it only would increase the risk of loosing baby? We explained that we were Christians who believed in the Divine Power of Prayer available through Jesus. What could he say to that. So it was agreed to wait another 30 days. We then went home and called all our Christian friends and ask them to join with us in prayer that God would see fit shrink / remove the fibroid tumor.

30 days later at the hospital they did another scan....and....the tumor showed to have shrunk to the size of a pea. How great is it to see the power of a prayer hearing / prayer answering God and a beautiful healthy baby girl arrived on schedule. Hopefully it was a strong witness not only us but to the Doctor and other medical staff, along with our many friends who had prayed. To God be the Glory!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--35--Peace Be Still
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 21, 2019, 03:48:29 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Brother Richard!

When we are fully surrendered to Christ and rest in the Father's love and care, we need not be afraid in the different storms and trials of life. We can actually see them as invitations to draw closer to Jesus and see how He will deliver us in the way that He knows is best!

"As Jesus rested by faith in the Father's care, so we are to rest in the care of our Saviour. If the disciples had trusted in Him, they would have been kept in peace. Their fear in the time of danger revealed their unbelief. In their efforts to save themselves, they forgot Jesus; and it was only when, in despair of self-dependence, they turned to Him that He could give them help." {The Desire of Ages, page 336, paragraph 2}

We need Jesus to save us, and He has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. What love, joy and peace comes to our hearts in full surrender to Him! 
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--35--Peace Be Still
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 20, 2019, 09:45:16 PM »
Amen Brother Beacon, and this we shall do if we have a testimony of what Jesus has done for us. We cannot help but tell all we can find that Jesus is God and He is love!! What a God we serve!!
Sabbath Afternoon

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Cor. 2:14-16, Exod. 32:1-14, 1 Pet. 2:12, Phil. 2:15, Eph. 2:19, Heb. 10:23-25.

Memory Text: “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised; And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” Hebrews 10:23, 24

In seeking to fulfil the Christian mission, we should not underestimate the potential of the church as an organized community of believers. We have already noted the challenges that we can face when seeking to deal with injustice and poverty. But by working with fellow believers in a community of faith, we can be a blessing to those around us.

Amen!  We are to heal the sick, raise the dead, and preach the gospel of grace. We are to use the "right arm" to minister to the needs that hearts might be opened to the truth as it is in Jesus.

The temptation is that when we get together as a church we become distracted with keeping the church itself going, forgetting that the church exists to serve the world in which God has placed it. As a church body, we must not ignore the suffering and evil that exists all around us. If Christ didn’t ignore it, we must not either. We must be faithful to our mandate to preach the gospel, and along with that preaching comes the work of helping the oppressed, the hungry, the naked, and the helpless.

The health message will soften hearts that otherwise might be closed. It is ministering to physical needs that hearts are softened. We are to plow the ground before we plant the Seed.

Together as a church community and organization, we are the body of Christ (see 1 Cor. 12:12-20). As such, we as a community should walk as Jesus walked, reach out as Jesus did, and serve as the hands, feet, voice, and heart of Jesus in the world today.

Amen!  As we heal as did Jesus, we will be successful across all classes, both the poor and the rich.

Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, September 28.
Church News / Re: Maranatha International 50th Anniverary On Now! Live Streaming
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 20, 2019, 09:16:12 PM »
Watch again Sabbath morning.   

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Testimonies of those who are doing God's work!
Church News / Maranatha International 50th Anniverary On Now! Live Streaming
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 20, 2019, 08:08:34 PM »

Testimonies of those who are doing God's work!
Thursday ↥         September 26

Encourage Each Other to Good Works

Even with the best motivations and intentions, and believing that we are on the side of God and goodness, working for the Lord can be difficult and discouraging. The sadness and pain of our world are real. This is one reason we need a church community. Jesus modeled this kind of supportive community with His disciples. He rarely sent people out on their own, and even when that happened they would soon come together again to share their stories and renew their energy and courage.

Read Hebrews 10:23-25. Hebrews 10:25 is the best known of these verses, so what do the preceding two verses add to our understanding of the well-known verse? What are some of the ways in which we can encourage each other “toward love and good deeds” (NIV)?

In almost any task, cause, or project, a group of people working together can achieve more than all of those people working individually. This reminds us again of the picture of the church as the body of Christ (see Rom. 12:3-6), in which we all have different but complementary roles to play. When we each do what we do best, but do it in a way that allows our influences to work together, we can trust by faith that our lives and work will make a difference for eternity.

While results are important when seeking to do what is right—the results are about people and their lives—we sometimes have to trust God with what the results might be. At times when working to alleviate poverty, to protect the vulnerable, to free the oppressed, and to speak up for the voiceless, we will see little progress. But we have the hope that we are working in a far greater and inevitably victorious cause: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:9, 10, NIV, see also Heb. 13:16).

This is why we are called to encourage—literally, to inspire with courage—one another. Living faithfully is both joyous and difficult. Our God of justice and our community of justice are our greatest supports and what we invite others to join.

Whom do you know or know of who regularly works at alleviating the suffering of others? How could you encourage that person or group in the good work they are doing?

Friday ↥         September 27

Further Thought: Read Ellen G. White, “A Faithful Witness”, pp. 546-556, in The Acts of the Apostles; “Kindness the Key to Hearts”, pp. 81-86, in Welfare Ministry.

“The work which the disciples did, we also are to do. Every Christian is to be a missionary. In sympathy and compassion we are to minister to those in need of help, seeking with unselfish earnestness to lighten the woes of suffering humanity …

We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the suffering and afflicted. We are to minister to the despairing, and to inspire hope in the hopeless.

The love of Christ, manifested in unselfish ministry, will be more effective in reforming the evildoer than will the sword or the court of justice … Often the heart that hardens under reproof will melt under the love of Christ”. – Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, pages 104, 106.

“Slavery, the caste system, unjust racial prejudices, the oppression of the poor, the neglect of the unfortunate—these all are set forth as unchristian and a serious menace to the well-being of the human race, and as evils which the church of Christ is appointed by her Lord to overthrow”. – General Conference president A. G. Daniells, speaking of the work of Ellen G. White at her funeral, Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, p. 473.

Discussion Questions:

    There are many people, groups, and organizations seeking to relieve need in the world. What unique strengths, insights, and resources can the Seventh-day Adventist Church bring to this task?

    Can you remember a time when you have felt encouraged and supported by your church community? Learning from that experience, how can you extend that same encouragement to others?

    As well as the support of a church community, what other things can help you avoid becoming “weary in doing good”?

    What are some of the justice and poverty projects and initiatives you are aware of that the Seventh-day Adventist Church around the world is currently supporting? How might you be able to contribute to this aspect of the church’s work?

Summary: Yes, as Christians, we are called to minster to the needs of others, especially others who are hurting, suffering, and oppressed. And though we have our individual responsibilities in this area, as a community focused on ministering to others, we can be much more effective working together as a church family.
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