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Amen, Brother Beacon! Today is the day of salvation and it is as we surrender our will unreservedly to Christ that we experience the joy of salvation, in which we are brought into harmony with God so that like Christ, we may do our Father's will! While by nature we are sinners, by redemption we become partakers of the divine nature, and we are enabled to do the works of righteousness by faith inasmuch as Christ has pioneered the way for us to have His experience become ours! What a God we serve! He is not just merely interested in getting us IN to heaven someday, but today He desires us to be LIKE HIM in mind and character, receiving new thoughts and feelings from Him by grace through faith as we behold the loveliness of Jesus! The miracle is that He changes us so that we truly come to desire His will over our own, and we also come to experience that His will IS OUR WILL as long as we are abiding in Christ!! Such an experience is always fruitful, bearing all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing because Christ the hope of glory is enshrined in the soul! Let us experience oneness with God like Jesus did today and let Him lead the way all the way to when we see Jesus come in the clouds of glory--and spending eternity with Him!

"Jesus repelled the charge of blasphemy. My authority, He said, for doing the work of which you accuse Me, is that I am the Son of God, one with Him in nature, in will, and in purpose. In all His works of creation and providence, I co-operate with God. 'The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do.' The priests and rabbis were taking the Son of God to task for the very work He had been sent into the world to do. By their sins they had separated themselves from God, and in their pride were moving independently of Him. They felt sufficient in themselves for all things, and realized no need of a higher wisdom to direct their acts. But the Son of God was surrendered to the Father’s will, and dependent upon His power. So utterly was Christ emptied of self that He made no plans for Himself. He accepted God’s plans for Him, and day by day the Father unfolded His plans. So should we depend upon God, that our lives may be the simple outworking of His will." {The Desire of Ages, page 208, paragraph 2} 

God has plans for you today. Are you willing to let Him plan for you and unfold His will for your life step by step? This is heart work--trusting that God loves us and means to do us good! God does not always give us directions for tomorrow, but He will lead us in the way that we would choose if we could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose we are fulfilling as co-workers with Himself!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--21--Bethesda and the Sandhedrin
« Last post by Beacon on June 13, 2019, 06:40:43 PM »
"By sin we have been severed from the life of God. Our souls are palsied. Of ourselves we are no more capable of living a holy life than was the impotent man capable of walking. There are many who realize their helplessness, and who long for that spiritual life which will bring them into harmony with God; they are vainly striving to obtain it. In despair they cry, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from this body of death?” Romans 7:24, margin. Let these desponding, struggling ones look up. The Saviour is bending over the purchase of His blood, saying with inexpressible tenderness and pity, “Wilt thou be made whole?” He bids you arise in health and peace."

God's word says in 2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. God yearns for each of His children to come and find peace and healing. Do not let the enemy tell you that you have gone to far....that you are too evil. Remember the thief on the cross....When he reached out to Jesus, Jesus said. " I promise you today, you will be with me in paradise." This is why Jesus came---To set us free from sin and give us the power to live a Holy Life. There is no guarantee we will be here tomorrow. Death may come unexpectedly. Satan wants you to think there is no need to hurry. Please don't listen to him...Come as you are...Come today... experience the forgiveness and peace that Jesus wants you to have. 


][u]Do not wait to feel that you are made whole. Believe His word, and it will be fulfilled.[/u] Put your will on the side of Christ. Will to serve Him, and in acting upon His word you will receive strength. Whatever may be the evil practice, the master passion which through long indulgence binds both soul and body, Christ is able and longs to deliver. He will impart life to the soul that is “dead in trespasses.” Ephesians 2:1. He will set free the captive that is held by weakness and misfortune and the chains of sin.[/u
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Praise the Lord, Brother Beacon, for how God answers prayer and how we can share with others of His word!

It is so freeing to pray and believe that God will answer in the best way, and not put Him to the test to PROVE if He loves us, for the proof of God's love and goodness is eternally sure--in what He did for us on Calvary's cross!

"The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the blessing will be realized when we need it most. When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us 'exceeding abundantly,' 'according to the riches of His glory," and "the working of His mighty power.' Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19." {The Desire of Ages, page 200, paragraph 4}

God hears us when we pray, and we can trust Him to answer in the way that He knows best because He SO LOVED US that He sent Jesus to earth to be born as a helpless babe at the risk of failure and eternal loss, to live a perfect life by faith, and to die as our Sacrifice, rising with power over death that He gives to us! What love God has for us!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--20--Except Ye See Signs and Wonders
« Last post by Beacon on June 12, 2019, 06:54:39 PM »
 "The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the blessing will be realized when we need it most. When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us 'exceeding abundantly,' 'according to the riches of His glory,' and 'the working of His mighty power.' Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19." {The Desire of Ages, page 200.}

"The nobleman longed to know more of Christ. As he afterward heard His teaching, he and all his household became disciples. Their affliction was sanctified to the conversion of the entire family. Tidings of the miracle spread; and in Capernaum, where so many of His mighty works were performed, the way was prepared for Christ's personal ministry." {The Desire of Ages, page 200, paragraph 2}[/b][/u]

This coming Sabbath Day it will be my privilege to share God's word with the remnant at Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada and before doing so I will be praying and claiming the promises of God's Word as pointed out in the above paragraphs and that the message and not the messenger will be uplifted and that the hearts and minds of this congregation will be drawn closer to our Wonderful Councilor and Guide, Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour. Where ever you are on planet earth I wish each of you a very Blessed Sabbath Day when it begins this evening.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--19--At Jacob's Well
« Last post by Dorine on June 12, 2019, 06:00:58 AM »
"Not by seeking a holy mountain or a sacred temple are men brought into communion with heaven. Religion is not to be confined to external forms and ceremonies. The religion that comes from God is the only religion that will lead to God. In order to serve Him aright, we must be born of the divine Spirit. This will purify the heart and renew the mind, giving us a new capacity for knowing and loving God. It will give us a willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship. It is the fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit. By the Spirit every sincere prayer is indited, and such prayer is acceptable to God. Wherever a soul reaches out after God, there the Spirit's working is manifest, and God will reveal Himself to that soul. For such worshipers He is seeking. He waits to receive them, and to make them His sons and daughters"

What a profound revelation for those who are struggling with sin and searching for something better. And for those who have accepted Christ and are renewing their relationship every day they will grow in God's love and grace and be beacons of light to those that do not know Him. God's mercy has a mighty drawing power to bring hope to the hopeless. It doesn't matter where you have been or what you have done He is waiting for you to reach out to Him. He wants to make you His sons and daughters. Oh the mercy of God is beyond our reasoning but I'm so very thankful for it.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--19--At Jacob's Well
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 12, 2019, 02:05:46 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon! One soul is worth more than worlds, and we are never to become discouraged as we faithfully share the message! I just was on a mission trip in the Iron River area of Michigan, and while only one man from the community came, one precious soul who already was active in that church realized the Lord was calling for her rebaptism! As I rebaptized her on June 6, 2019, there was such joy in her heart, and another young person of only 12 years of age again confirmed that he wanted to be baptized. Often the "souls" we are seeking to reach are RIGHT AROUND US (maybe even in our family, or already attending our local church, or on the mission trip we are experiencing!). We know Jesus wants to reach all, and thus the gospel is to go to the ones both near and afar!!

The gospel is to go to the world. Everyone is to have the opportunity not only to have access to the words of Scripture, but to see the gospel wrought out in the life of those who know and live the character of God. Christ came to Samaria because it was God's will. The gospel produced fruit there because the woman that He met at the well sensed her need, and Jesus could readily supply the need of her soul because she was open to what He wanted to impart to her and willing to turn from her sin to have something infinitely better. So it is with us. We are in a continual need of Jesus. Only by surrendering the whole heart to Him and letting Christ lead in all aspects of our lives are we enabled to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil that so readily seek to cause us to turn from Jesus. We can rejoice in how Jesus' ministry produced fruit in the lives of the Samaritans because of how He ministered to them, and as we follow His method of mingling with people as one who desires their good, ministering to their needs, showing sympathy for them, winning their confidence, and then bidding them to follow Jesus, we also will see Christ work to bring many sons and daughters to glory!

"The gospel invitation is not to be narrowed down, and presented only to a select few, who, we suppose, will do us honor if they accept it. The message is to be given to all. Wherever hearts are open to receive the truth, Christ is ready to instruct them. He reveals to them the Father, and the worship acceptable to Him who reads the heart. For such He uses no parables. To them, as to the woman at the well, He says, 'I that speak unto thee am He.'" {The Desire of Ages, page 194, paragraph 2}   
     "When Jesus sat down to rest at Jacob's well, He had come from Judea, where His ministry had produced little fruit. He had been rejected by the priests and rabbis, and even the people who professed to be His disciples had failed of perceiving His divine character. He was faint and weary; yet He did not neglect the opportunity of speaking to one woman, though she was a stranger, an alien from Israel, and living in open sin." {The Desire of Ages, page 194, paragraph 3}       


God sees the possibilities of every soul in ways we cannot even imagine. Each of us was uniquely created by God to glorify His name. Sin has marred that revelation, but like trying to put water in a gas tank in a car, sin does not empower the life to go forward, but causes ruin and stalling, leading to the ultimate destruction. As we learn that only the fuel of unselfish love--the grace of God that we may receive by faith--is the way by which we are to live, we will have strength to overcome, and the evidence that Christ does have our whole heart will be very evident: all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives, and not one will be missing as we gladly follow every ray of light of truth revealed from God's law of love and go wherever His Spirit leads!! Hallelujah!!!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--19--At Jacob's Well
« Last post by Beacon on June 11, 2019, 06:06:05 PM »
"The worker for Christ should not feel that he cannot speak with the same earnestness to a few hearers as to a larger company. There may be only one to hear the message; but who can tell how far-reaching will be its influence? It seemed a small matter, even to His disciples, for the Saviour to spend His time upon a woman of Samaria. But He reasoned more earnestly and eloquently with her than with kings, councilors, or high priests. The lessons He gave to that woman have been repeated to the earth's remotest bounds." 

Many years ago I worked as a health care administrator. I found myself living in a small rural town with a population of under 5,000.  After settling into my new facility I became impressed that it would be good to see if there would be any spiritual interest in that community. There was one other family who attended the nearest SDA church, which was in another community, that lived very close to us. So we invited them home for supper and I shared my conviction that we should offer some type of spiritual guidance to the people of our own community but I would need their help. The husband of this couple owned a music store and also did piano tuning and he knew a lot of the local people and he offered to be the greeter.

So we prayed about it, set a date, and they agreed to help us by designing a simple brochure which was mailed to all the postal area of our community  Our home had a large finished basement with a very large table which could comfortably seat 12-14 people and lots of room for parking. So we sent out invitations and used their name as the one's to contact. After that the wife of this couple took me aside and said,. " I just want you to know that my husband is not a member of our SDA church but he attends church with me and plays the organ and piano for church services. It was a surprise but I told her it would be no problem.

As the date for the meetings drew near we had zero response from community. The four of us had been meeting and praying together for the Holy Spirit to convict the open hearts in our community but everybody remained silent.  One night just before "opening night"  we gathered again to pray and after the prayers I felt convicted to say to this cordial music man..." Listen...If no one comes, I think it would still be good for us to go ahead with our Bible Study as planned...what do you two think about that? They readily agreed. To make a long story short. When we were finished with our studies I asked this very talented and friendly man "How would you feel about taking your stand for Jesus and officially become a member of God's remnant church? Without hesitation he said. YES!! I was hoping you would ask!! It was very happy day at their baptism to see them united in the Lord.

It seemed like a small harvest but I want to tell you that he and his wife became involved with Maranatha International and were involved in many mission trips to many parts of the world taking God's message of love, hope and salvation to those with special needs and today they are still faithful attending and supporting their local home church. Some day it will be so wonderful to see how God used what seemed to be a failure and how many people around the world might be in heaven because of their commitment. To God be the Glory.
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Amen, Brother Beacon!

We need Jesus continually in order to do any good thing. We need self to be surrendered entirely in order for Christ to work His selfless will in us!

"So with the followers of Christ. We can receive of heaven's light only as we are willing to be emptied of self. We cannot discern the character of God, or accept Christ by faith, unless we consent to the bringing into captivity of every thought to the obedience of Christ. To all who do this the Holy Spirit is given without measure. In Christ 'dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him ye are made full.' Colossians 2:9, 10, R. V." {The Desire of Ages, page 181, paragraph 1}

Christ is all in all! Let us make manifest His character not by our own wisdom, but by Him working in us to will and to do of His good pleasure! Christ will reveal all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing in our lives as we abide in Him!

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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--18--"He Must Increase"
« Last post by Beacon on June 10, 2019, 03:43:11 PM »
"Jesus knew that they would spare no effort to create a division between His own disciples and those of John. We also, while loyal to truth, should try to avoid all that may lead to discord and misapprehension. For whenever these arise, they result in the loss of souls. lHe knew that the storm was gathering which would sweep away one of the greatest prophets ever given to the world. Wishing to avoid all occasion for misunderstanding or dissension, He quietly ceased His labors, and withdrew to Galilee to prevent a loss of souls. Whenever circumstances occur that threaten to cause division, we should follow the example of Jesus and of John the Baptist."

What on earth can compare to the experience of being a partaker of the divine nature, the fullness of the Godhead bodily? Nothing truly satisfies the soul like Jesus. All the temptations and allurements that Satan presents to seek to cause us to break the tie of our souls with Christ once we are fully surrendered will not truly satisfy. Christ's presence alone can make men and women truly happy. Turn to Him, look and live, and find in Him the strength and grace needed for this day!

"We can receive of heaven's light only as we are willing to be emptied of self. We cannot discern the character of God, or accept Christ by faith, unless we consent to the bringing into captivity of every thought to the obedience of Christ. To all who do this the Holy Spirit is given without measure. In Christ 'dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him ye are made full.' Colossians 2:9,10,"



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Heavenly Music / Re: Most Beautiful Hymns
« Last post by Richard Myers on June 10, 2019, 09:50:04 AM »
Amen Marelis. It is one of my favorites also. We often would sing it in our family worship. Jesus is coming in a few more days!! We long to see Him face to face!  Thank you for sharing, it reminded me of the hymn which I never hear in church. My daughter would remind me that the way I liked to sing it was not how it is written. I liked to slow down the  "sounding through the air."  That part of the melody is beautiful.
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