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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--52--The Divine Shepherd
« Last post by Dorine on July 15, 2019, 05:40:02 AM »
"Because we are the gift of His Father, and the reward of His work, Jesus loves us. He loves us as His children. Reader, He loves you. Heaven itself can bestow nothing greater, nothing better. Therefore trust."

What a powerful chapter on the tender, compassionate care of our Divine Shepherd who is also our Everlasting Father. With each reading we are brought into a deeper understanding and appreciation of His love and faithfulness to each one. Lets remember today that belief 'trusts' and unbelief 'doubts'. Negative thoughts lead to evil actions. Temptations will come, Satan will see to that. Let's not wait until the end of the day to call upon the one who laid  down His life for us that we might have victory and be saved. No matter how busy we are we can always call upon the Lord and He will answer.
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--52--The Divine Shepherd
« Last post by Beacon on July 14, 2019, 07:00:24 PM »
 "As the shepherd goes before his sheep, himself first encountering the perils of the way, so does Jesus with His people. "When He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them." The way to heaven is consecrated by the Saviour's footprints. The path may be steep and rugged, but Jesus has traveled that way; His feet have pressed down the cruel thorns, to make the pathway easier for us. Every burden that we are called to bear He Himself has borne...The Saviour would have passed through the agony of Calvary that one might be saved in His kingdom. He will never abandon one for whom He has died. Unless His followers choose to leave Him, He will hold them fast."

Oh Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee, I give thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow, May richer fuller be. Hymn # 76

"Though now He is hidden from mortal sight, the ear of faith can hear His voice saying, Fear not; I am with you. "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore." Revelation 1:18. I have endured your sorrows, experienced your struggles, encountered your temptations. I know your tears; I also have wept. The griefs that lie too deep to be breathed into any human ear, I know. Think not that you are desolate and forsaken. Though your pain touch no responsive chord in any heart on earth, look unto Me, and live. "The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." Isaiah 54:10.

Oh the wonder of it all, The wonder of it all , Just to think that God loves me, OH THE WONDER OF IT ALL, JUST TO THINK THAT GOD LOVES ME!! Hymn # 75
Gardening / Glyphosate (Roundup)
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 14, 2019, 08:55:42 AM »
There are chemicals that at times we might have to use in the garden, or at least on its border. I have only used a pesticide once when a beetle had destroyed all of my seedlings as they broke through the ground. I replanted and they did it again. I used a pesticide once long before there was any food on the plants. The half life was very short.

There are some things that ought never be put on food plants. Those chemicals which are systemic, taken into the plant, not just applied to the outside, can end up in our food. Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide and therefore ought not be used on a food crop.  We recall the Alar scare when it was being sprayed on apples. It was a systemic pesticide and entered into the apple itself.

Studies being done today appear to be finding that Glyphosate is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria in plants which then makes then vulnerable to agents which lead to their death. It appears that ingesting food that has Glyphosate in it or metabolites from it, will kill beneficial bacteria in the human microbiome. Some are saying that this is quite harmful and results in serious problems regarding human health.

Glyphosate is not just sprayed in GMO crops. It is widely used on grains and beans just before harvest. It appears that the problem so many people have with gluten may not be the gluten at all, but the fact that much wheat is infected with Glyphosate. The amount of Glyphosate being used world-wide is huge. It is a very effective weed killer. But, there is need now to find other chemicals to kill weeds which are not killed by the product. Some weeds after being sprayed for many years have developed a resistance to Glyphosate.      helpful information-NIH May 2018
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--51--The Light of Life
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 14, 2019, 08:19:53 AM »
Amen Sister Dorine!  Do we want truth, even if it exposes error we have believed? Yes, we want the truth. There is no peace in a lie. But, those who love the truth, will love God. Then we shall have peace that passeth all understanding. It is humbling to acknowledge we have been wrong. God will give us grace to do so. It will glorify God. When Peter rebuked Peter three times by asking him if he loved Him, it gave Peter the opportunity to reveal he was converted and repentant for his sin of denying Christ.

  The only condition upon which the freedom of man is possible is that of becoming one with Christ. "The truth shall make you free;" and Christ is the truth. Sin can triumph only by enfeebling the mind, and destroying the liberty of the soul. Subjection to God is restoration to one's self,--to the true glory and dignity of man. The divine law, to which we are brought into subjection, is "the law of liberty." James 2:12. 

The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--51--The Light of Life
« Last post by Dorine on July 14, 2019, 06:55:41 AM »

"The fact that Jesus spoke the truth, and that with certainty, was why He was not received by the Jewish leaders. It was the truth that offended these self-righteous men. The truth exposed the fallacy of error; it condemned their teaching and practice, and it was unwelcome. They would rather close their eyes to the truth than humble themselves to confess that they had been in error. They did not love the truth. They did not desire it, even though it was truth."

I sometimes wonder why some hear the truth and accept it wholeheartedly and others hear it and are offended. Sin in any form is sin and will keep us from entering our heavenly home. After reading this chapter it is easier to understand the seriousness of rejecting truth. Sins of the flesh are forgivable but the sin against the Holy Spirit is not. Unless we confess our sins they will not be forgiven. Compare Jesus' attitude toward the self righteous leaders to that of the woman taken in adultery. Both were sinning. What made the difference? Was it because the leaders didn't know they were sinning or didn't care and the woman knew she was sinning but didn't want to which opens the way for the Holy Spirit to work on her heart.

I pray that my heart will be putty in God's hands. I want Him to mold me and shape me into His image. I realize that sometimes this can be grueling but when we hang on to Jesus through it all He will bring us safely home.
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--51--The Light of Life
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 14, 2019, 06:08:41 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon!

When we ask for a fresh revelation of Jesus, He will bless us in beholding His character, and we shall be transformed! What a marvelous experience the man who was healed from blindness had when he first looked upon Jesus! May we surrender the whole heart to Christ so that our countenances also will reveal the light of heaven (for the fruits of the Spirit also affect our countenances!), and others will be drawn to the one who can heal all!

"For the first time the blind man looked upon the face of his Restorer. Before the council he had seen his parents troubled and perplexed; he had looked upon the frowning faces of the rabbis; now his eyes rested upon the loving, peaceful countenance of Jesus. Already, at great cost to himself, he had acknowledged Him as a delegate of divine power; now a higher revelation was granted him." {The Desire of Ages, page 474, paragraph 5}

Not only did the blind man (whose sight was restored) see Jesus, but with the eyes of faith this precious man accepted Jesus as Savior! No matter what seems to be hindering us from Jesus, we can remember that HE SEEKS US OUT, and all we need to do is yield the whole heart to His drawing love, and let Him abide in us as our Shepherd, Lord, and Strength. He is the Light of the world, and He will give light to your path today as to what He would have you to do for His glory!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--51--The Light of Life
« Last post by Beacon on July 13, 2019, 07:15:45 PM »
"In the work of redemption there is no compulsion. No external force is employed. Under the influence of the Spirit of "In the change that takes place when the soul surrenders to Christ, there is the highest sense of freedom. The expulsion of sin is the act of the soul itself. True, we have no power to free ourselves from Satan's control; but when we desire to be set free from sin, and in our great need cry out for a power out of and above ourselves, the powers of the soul are imbued with the divine energy of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the dictates of the will in fulfilling the will of God."

"The only condition upon which the freedom of man is possible is that of becoming one with Christ. "The truth shall make you free;" and Christ is the truth. Sin can triumph only by enfeebling the mind, and destroying the liberty of the soul. Subjection to God is restoration to one's self,--to the true glory and dignity of man. The divine law, to which we are brought into subjection, is "the law of liberty." James 2:12."

The Word of God says in John 6:37 "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

The devil will try to tell you that you are too sinful, that you are beyond the limit of God's Forgiveness and Grace - We must learn not to listen to Satan - He is the farther of all lies and deception.  We must cry out to Jesus as did the farther for his child and claim Mark 9:23-25 where it says..." 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. Jesus is just as capable now as He was when that story took place 2,000 years ago. He is just waiting for us to "ASK "
Church News / Atlantic Union College Fails, Selling Off Land
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 13, 2019, 06:12:17 PM »
After much sacrifice over many years, AUC has closed its doors and is selling off its property. Remnant Online
Friday         July 19

Further Thought: Read Ellen G. White, “From the Red Sea to Sinai”, pp. 295-297, in Patriarchs and Prophets; “The Sabbath”, pp. 281-289, in The Desire of Ages; Sigve K. Tonstad, “The Social Conscience of the Seventh Day”, pp. 125-143, in The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day.

“Jesus stated to them that the work of relieving the afflicted was in harmony with the Sabbath law. It was in harmony with the work of God’s angels, who are ever descending and ascending between heaven and earth to minister to suffering humanity …

And man also has a work to perform on this day. The necessities of life must be attended to, the sick must be cared for, the wants of the needy must be supplied. He will not be held guiltless who neglects to relieve suffering on the Sabbath. God’s holy rest day was made for man, and acts of mercy are in perfect harmony with its intent. God does not desire His creatures to suffer an hour’s pain that may be relieved upon the Sabbath or any other day”. – Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, pp. 206, 207.

This is good to understand.  That which needs to be done to relieve pain must be done. We are not to stand by and watch others suffer on the Sabbath. Take care how "social justice" will attempt to insert itself into the Sabbath Day.

Discussion Questions:

    In what ways have you experienced the Sabbath as a demonstration of your trust in God? Have you had a manna-like experience in your life, where God has provided in response to your trust in Him? If so, share it with the class and tell what you have learned.

We do not need a sermon every Sabbath, but what the church needs are testimonies of how God is working in the lives of church members.

    As we have seen in the fourth commandment as found in Exodus 20:8-11 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15, God emphasized different aspects of Sabbath. What is the one aspect of Sabbath that you most appreciate?

Extra time with Jesus.  Do you have extra time from work to be with Jesus, to talk with Him?

    In class or individually, brainstorm some ways you can share the blessings and benefits of the Sabbath in your community.

Many churches will go to rest homes. Church members will visit shut ins on the Sabbath. We can visit the sick, go to prisons. All of these are being done in our churches. Name some more appropriate activities in the community to bless others on the Sabbath.

    What are some of the ways the Sabbath changes your life? Are there other parts of your life in which the patterns and principles of the Sabbath should have a greater impact?

Summary: God gave the Sabbath as a way of remembering Creation and Redemption, but it also has many practical benefits. It teaches us to trust in God’s provision for us; it teaches us to practice equality; and it can become a spiritual discipline that can transform all our relationships. Jesus demonstrated His ideal for the Sabbath by healing the sick and emphasizing the Sabbath as a day to benefit those in need.

Jesus healed on the Sabbath to reveal the false teachings by leaders in Israel.  It was not His custom to spend Sabbaths healing people. It was appropriate to do so, but it was not a lesson that we are to spend our Sabbath time healing the sick. We can do this every day.
Thursday         July 18

Sabbath Rest for the Land

As we have seen, Sabbath was an ingrained part of the lifecycle of the Israelite nation. But the Sabbath principle was not just about a day each week. It also included a special rest each seventh year, culminating in the year of jubilee after seven sets of seven years, meaning each 50th year.

Read Leviticus 25:1-7.

 25:1   And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, 
 25:2   Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. 
 25:3   Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; 
 25:4   But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. 
 25:5   That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: [for] it is a year of rest unto the land. 
 25:6   And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee, 
 25:7   And for thy cattle, and for the beast that [are] in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat. 

What is remarkable about this kind of instruction? In what possible ways could you incorporate this kind of principle into your life and work?

The Sabbath year allowed the farm land to lie fallow for the year. It is a remarkable act of stewarding the land, and the wisdom of this as an agricultural practice has been recognized widely.

The seventh year was also significant for slaves (see Exod. 21:1-11). In the event that any of the Israelites became so indebted as to sell themselves into slavery, they were to be freed in the seventh year. Similarly, outstanding debts were to be canceled at the end of the seventh year (see Deut. 15:1-11).

Like the manna God provided to the Israelites in the wilderness, not planting crops for a season was an act of trust that God would provide enough in the previous year and from what the ground produced by itself in the Sabbath year. Similarly, to release slaves and cancel debts was an act of mercy but also an act of trust in the power of God to provide for our needs. In a sense, the people needed to learn that they didn’t have to oppress others in order to provide for themselves.

I don't see this as necessarily oppressing others. Taking a year off every seven years sounds pretty good to me. That's a long vacation!

The principles and pattern of the Sabbath were to be closely tied to the structure of the Israelite society as a whole. Similarly, contemporary Sabbath keeping should be a spiritual discipline that transforms all our other days. In a practical sense, the Sabbath is one way of living out Jesus’ instructions to seek first His kingdom: “Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs … and he will give you everything you need” (Matt. 6:32, 33, NLT).

What difference should keeping the Sabbath make to the other six days of your week? After all, if you are greedy, selfish, and uncaring from Sunday through Friday, what does it really matter if you are none of these things on Sabbath? (Or truly can you not be those things on Sabbath if you are that way the rest of the week?)

That's right. If we have not Jesus on the Sabbath, a spiritual day, then why would we have Him the other days? But, we are are in a converted state, then what does keeping the Sabbath do for the other work days? They ought to be filled with blessings as we continue to commune with God as we work. Sabbath ought to prepare us for our work days
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