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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--39--Give Ye Them to Eat
« Last post by Beacon on January 09, 2019, 09:54:10 AM »
"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. "]Desire of Ages Chap 39

When the Master of the Universe makes a promise of this magnitude and we choose not to believe Him how shall we answer on the final day of Judgement and expect not to be found - " Wanting " Is it not in similar manner the same as denying Jesus?
Perhaps we should say, as did the father of his child.... "And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Mark 9:34

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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--38--Come Rest Awhile
« Last post by Richard Myers on January 09, 2019, 08:08:50 AM »
While composing my post yesterday, it turned into our January Newsletter.   And, I ran out of time. So, I am a day late.

Sister Dorine shared the paragraph that got my attention.

 In the estimation of the rabbis it was the sum of religion to be always in a bustle of activity. They depended upon some outward performance to show their superior piety. Thus they separated their souls from God, and built themselves up in self-sufficiency. The same dangers still exist. As activity increases and men become successful in doing any work for God, there is danger of trusting to human plans and methods. There is a tendency to pray less, and to have less faith. Like the disciples, we are in danger of losing sight of our dependence on God, and seeking to make a savior of our activity. We need to look constantly to Jesus, realizing that it is His power which does the work. While we are to labor earnestly for the salvation of the lost, we must also take time for meditation, for prayer, and for the study of the word of God. Only the work accomplished with much prayer, and sanctified by the merit of Christ, will in the end prove to have been efficient for good. 


It is easy to forget that God is with us and it is Him that empowers our success, not we ourselves. Not that we want to forget Him or that we take the glory to ourselves, but that we need Him in order to be successful at our work for Him. We cannot give to others what we do not have. We need the Holy Spirit working in and through in order to glorify God. When the world sees Christ in us, then we give glory to God. When He is not vitally connected with us, we cannot give glory to Him even though we may appear to be doing a good work.

We need to be in an attitude of prayer continually. May we not forget Jesus today.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--39--Give Ye Them to Eat
« Last post by Dorine on January 09, 2019, 07:38:02 AM »
In our work for God there is danger of relying too largely upon what man with his talents and ability can do. Thus we lose sight of the one Master Worker. Too often the worker for Christ fails to realize his personal responsibility. He is in danger of shifting his burden upon organizations, instead of relying upon Him who is the source of all strength. It is a great mistake to trust in human wisdom or numbers in the work of God. Successful work for Christ depends not so much on numbers or talent as upon pureness of purpose, the true simplicity of earnest, dependent faith. Personal responsibilities must be borne, personal duties must be taken up, personal efforts must be made for those who do not know Christ. In the place of shifting your responsibility upon someone whom you think more richly endowed than you are, work according to your ability.

When we recognize our own spiritual need we are not to excuse ourselves from responsibilities because others are more talented or are in a more favorable situation than we are. God has an individual work for each one and He wants us to work according to our ability with earnest dependent faith. What encouraging thoughts for those who feel they have very little to offer. Look what Jesus did with that little lunch. He will do the same for us today when in humble faith we give Him our all.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--39--Give Ye Them to Eat
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 09, 2019, 05:22:33 AM »
Every time one more precious soul surrenders their life to Jesus, it is so encouraging to think of the infinite possibilities that God has in store for how He will allow them to be used to share His character with others! We need not be afraid for the future as we remember how Jesus has led in our past, and the things He has taught us! He invites us to never become discouraged and to always look to Him in every need we have!

  "The work of building up the kingdom of Christ will go forward, though to all appearance it moves slowly and impossibilities seem to testify against advance. The work is of God, and He will furnish means, and will send helpers, true, earnest disciples, whose hands also will be filled with food for the starving multitude. God is not unmindful of those who labor in love to give the word of life to perishing souls, who in their turn reach forth their hands for food for other hungry souls." {The Desire of Ages, page 370, paragraph 2}   
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Healthful Living / Re: Meal Timing
« Last post by JimB on January 08, 2019, 12:31:48 PM »
I don't think they will ever figure out that it's better for kids to start school at 8 years old, rather than 5 or 6.  Or at least I highly doubt that we'd hear it in the mainstream media.

Interesting observation. However, today I ran across this. I couldn't find the original study that they are referencing done by Harvard Medical School but it appears that someone has recognized at least one issue with sending kids to school too early.

The years prior to the age of 7 are critical in the development of strong bodies and minds. If young children are not engaged in active free play, especially outdoors, they are more likely to exhibit problems with social interactions, paying attention, problem-solving, anxiety, controlling their emotions and clumsiness.
Source
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--38--Come Rest Awhile
« Last post by Beacon on January 08, 2019, 09:14:51 AM »
 "While we are to labor earnestly for the salvation of the lost, we must also take time for meditation, for prayer, and for the study of the word of God. Only the work accomplished with much prayer, and sanctified by the merit of Christ, will in the end prove to have been efficient for good.".

It is not about "US" it's about "Jesus" and how He will bless us through the power of the Holy Spirit to bless "Others". In our degenerated human physical limitations Jesus recognized our need for Rest & Recuperation and we should be willing to acknowledge that our Creator knows what is best for His human family. We should also avoid all human praise making sure that all of our relationships point to the only source of Grace, Mercy, and healing power both spiritually and physically.

"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."
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--38--Come Rest Awhile
« Last post by Dorine on January 08, 2019, 06:17:30 AM »
"In the estimation of the rabbis it was the sum of religion to be always in a bustle of activity. They depended upon some outward performance to show their superior piety. Thus they separated their souls from God, and built themselves up in self-sufficiency. The same dangers still exist. As activity increases and men become successful in doing any work for God, there is danger of trusting to human plans and methods. There is a tendency to pray less, and to have less faith. Like the disciples, we are in danger of losing sight of our dependence on God, and seeking to make a savior of our activity. We need to look constantly to Jesus, realizing that it is His power which does the work. While we are to labor earnestly for the salvation of the lost, we must also take time for meditation, for prayer, and for the study of the word of God. Only the work accomplished with much prayer, and sanctified by the merit of Christ, will in the end prove to have been efficient for good."

I am reminded again this morning of how much I need Jesus. I am so thankful for His wonderful promises to supply my every need"We are invited to ask wisdom of Him. He "giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not." Isa. 9:6; James 1:5.

God wants to do a mighty work in us and through us; individually and corporately. But it must start in the individual heart. Maybe that is why we are seeing so many running here and there looking for a 'new' way to reach people for Christ and to feel good about their own condition. It seems that Christ's methods have become 'old' and 'stuffy'.Only the work accomplished with much prayer, and sanctified by the merit of Christ, will, in the end, prove to have been efficient for good."
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--38--Come Rest Awhile
« Last post by JimB on January 08, 2019, 05:00:18 AM »
Amen pastor Sean!

Just this past weekend I listened to someone talk about how in the beginning of his Christian journey he still struggled with the picture in his mind that God the Father was someone who was waiting to keep you out of heaven. Jesus was good! He loved Jesus but was wary of the Father. This is not something new but look at this.

In Christ the cry of humanity reached the Father of infinite pity.

The Father is of infinite pity. In another place she calls Him the fountain of all affection. What a loving God we serve. This is why Jesus said that if you've seen Him you've seen the Father.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--38--Come Rest Awhile
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 08, 2019, 03:41:15 AM »
The powerful and touching picture of Christ's communion with the Father and the resulting strength that it brought to Him inspire us to find a like experience. We need His life to become ours, and we may have it as we learn of Him, spend time with Him, and allow His thoughts and feelings to transform our character into His likeness by the power of the gospel of His grace. There is no limit to this experience!! What a comfort and refreshment we find in His personal presence!!

"In Christ the cry of humanity reached the Father of infinite pity. As a man He supplicated the throne of God till His humanity was charged with a heavenly current that should connect humanity with divinity. Through continual communion He received life from God, that He might impart life to the world. His experience is to be ours." {The Desire of Ages, page 363, paragraph 1}

Continual communion means a continual revelation of the divine nature: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, goodness, faith, and temperance. These attributes of His character will flow forth from our lives as long as we live by faith on Him, and learn to follow the inspired invitation moment-by-moment: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5). 
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--37--The First Evangelists
« Last post by Beacon on January 07, 2019, 09:48:27 AM »
"Jesus Himself never purchased peace by compromise. His heart overflowed with love for the whole human race, but He was never indulgent to their sins. He was too much their friend to remain silent while they were pursuing a course that would ruin their souls,--the souls He had purchased with His own blood. He labored that man should be true to himself, true to his higher and eternal interest. The servants of Christ are called to the same work, and they should beware lest, in seeking to prevent discord, they surrender the truth. They are to "follow after the things which make for peace" (Romans 14:19); but real peace can never be secured by compromising principle."  Desire of Ages Chapter 37 Pg 356

We must share and declare the truth in all it's purity with love and compassion

I am reminded of the words of this little chorus and this is made possible by the promise of the Holy Spirit. This is my prayer for today.

" Though none go with me still I will follow, though none go with me still I will follow, though none go with me still I will follow...No turning back, No turning back. -- Let us today rededicate our lives to Jesus to be used as He sees fit by example and by the sharing of the Good News and by the power of the Holy Spirit we will enabled to Stand Like The Brave.
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