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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--15--At the Marriage Feast
« Last post by Beacon on March 12, 2019, 08:13:05 PM »
"As men set forth the best wine first, then afterward that which is worse, so does the world with its gifts. That which it offers may please the eye and fascinate the senses, but it proves to be unsatisfying. The wine turns to bitterness, the gaiety to gloom. That which was begun with songs and mirth ends in weariness and disgust. But the gifts of Jesus are ever fresh and new. The feast that He provides for the soul never fails to give satisfaction and joy."

Hebrews 4:16 says..."Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Jesus wants us to come with confidence and seek His blessings.

"Each new gift increases the capacity of the receiver to appreciate and enjoy the blessings of the Lord. He gives grace for grace. There can be no failure of supply. The word of Christ supplied ample provision for the feast. *So abundant is the provision of His grace to blot out the iniquities of men, and to renew and sustain the soul.* "

Psalm 42:5 says...  "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance."
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
« Last post by Dorine on March 12, 2019, 10:46:11 AM »
"And he who seeks to give light to others will himself be blessed. "There shall be showers of blessing." "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." Proverbs 11:25. God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ's, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,--the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,--we must participate in His labors for their redemption."

This portrays such an intimate relationship that Jesus wants with us. He wants us to work side by side with Him through the ups and downs of such a journey. Not because He can't do the work without us but because He wants us to experience the joy that comes when we are united with Him. The rewards are limitless but many only see the trials and hardships. We need to lift our eyes above the darkness of this life and enter into His presence by spending that thoughtful hour each day. Just me and God.

"If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many today when prejudice withholds from good. How different would be the result if they would "come and see".
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Amen, Beacon!

When Jesus reigns on the throne of our hearts, He fills us with the fruits of His character: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Not one of His divine attributes will be missing as long as Christ has His rightful place in our hearts as we are surrendered fully to Him! What a joy to spend time with Jesus and then be able to encourage others to see His loveliness of character, too!

"It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth 'knoweth God.' 1 John 4:7." {The Desire of Ages, page 139, paragraph 3}
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Hi Claudia. Your post has given me much to ponder. Agreeing with you re who [of us women] would in our right minds want to be ordained to work with the conference today? There's a great work to be done off the radar. I'll try to respond further to your post as time permits..
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--14--We Have Found the Messias
« Last post by Beacon on March 11, 2019, 08:09:24 PM »
"When the Spirit of God, with its marvelous awakening power, touches the soul, it abases human pride. Worldly pleasure and position and power are seen to be worthless.Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” are cast down; every thought is brought into captivity “to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then humility and self-sacrificing love, so little valued among men, are exalted as alone of worth. This is the work of the gospel, of which John's message was a part."

Jesus has told us..."That ( "without Him we can do nothing" ) We need His spirit of humility and self-sacrificing love. This requires a total trust and surrender of our lives to Him. Do we really mean it when we sing the words..."All to Jesus I surrender - All to Him I freely give?  If we are to be effective vessels for His use...I believe we need to experience this type of conversion. Then and only then will we experience the true joy and satisfaction in sharing His love with others before it's too late.    [/b]

"Many of those gathered at the Jordan had been present at the baptism of Jesus; but the sign then given had been manifest to but few among them. During the preceding months of the Baptist's ministry, many had refused to heed the call to repentance. Thus they had hardened their hearts and darkened their understanding. When Heaven bore testimony to Jesus at His baptism, they perceived it not. Eyes that had never been turned in faith to Him that is invisible beheld not the revelation of the glory of God; ears that had never listened to His voice heard not the words of witness. So it is now." 
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Signs of the Times / Re: Turkey Purges Resistance to Caliphate
« Last post by Plain Adventist on March 11, 2019, 05:34:06 PM »
It's amazing that we live in a time like this. Signs are all around us that Jesus is coming soon. I am so thankful that I learned about Daniel 11 when I did.
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Signs of the Times / Turkey Holds Islamic Summit
« Last post by Richard Myers on March 11, 2019, 12:34:15 PM »
19 Islamic nations attended a summit in Istanbul, Turkey where Erdogan called on the nations of the world to support East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. He said that to make Jerusalem a capital is in violation of UN resolution. Support for Erdogan as a leader of Muslims is growing.


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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--13--The Victory
« Last post by Richard Myers on March 11, 2019, 08:04:49 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. And we do not have to wait to praise His holy name. We may not have crowns to throw down at His feet, but we can fall on our faces and give Him the whole heart. He is worthy!

And what is it that reveals His worthiness? What causes me to fall on my face? What reveals His love for us? Where do we see grace unabounding?

He not only became an exile from the heavenly courts, but for us took the risk of failure and eternal loss.


I know that I continue to share this one truth, but it is worth dwelling upon again and again. Why? Do we really understand what is being said? What risk did Jesus take? Could Jesus have failed? Yes, He could have failed, else this would not have been revealed to us. Jesus could have failed. We could interpret this in a number of ways. How do you see it? He could have come down from the cross and left us to suffer for our own sins. That would have been failure to redeem sinners. But, this is not how I interpret this. I do not see the eternal loss being spoken of here as being an eternal loss for us. We deserve what we would have gotten if Jesus had changed His mind and come down from the cross. Yes, it would be an eternal loss, but there would have been a greater loss. What was the real risk that Jesus took and what is the real eternal loss being spoken of here?

Jesus could have sinned. He could have yielded to Satan's temptations in the wilderness. He could have destroyed the soldiers who mocked Him, or the priests. He could have, could have, could have, but He did not. And if He had sinned, He would have been eternally separated from His Father for eternity! The innocent Son of God placed Himself in such a position as to risk failure and eternal loss. Such love for us while we were yet sinners! Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!!

But, this is not the end of the suffering if Jesus had failed. It was not just the pain Jesus would have suffered, how about His Father, our heavenly Father? Think of His pain in being separated from His Son. This is why it took three times for Him so agree to allow Jesus to stand in between us and death. When Adam sinned, it was not easy for our heavenly Father to agree, but He did. Such love!!

    Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! pg 49.


Yes, it would be well to dwell upon this truth often! It is God's grace unmatched, unbelievable, and past our ability to truly comprehend. Even the unfallen worlds wonder in admiration!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--13--The Victory
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 11, 2019, 03:18:31 AM »
Amen, Beacon!!

Some thoughts are worth dwelling upon again and again. The story of Jesus' infinite sacrifice, and the Father giving His Son to come and die for us--all the sufferings of Jesus and how heaven is now within our reach--this is WORTH repeating!! What love!! As I again contemplate the reality that in Christ God has offered me a gift of eternal life that exceeds my capacity to understand (and thus, my ability to know its full value this side of heaven) I am overjoyed to be able to commune with Christ and come to appreciate the gift a little more today!!!

"Never can the cost of our redemption be realized until the redeemed shall stand with the Redeemer before the throne of God. Then as the glories of the eternal home burst upon our enraptured senses we shall remember that Jesus left all this for us, that He not only became an exile from the heavenly courts, but for us took the risk of failure and eternal loss. Then we shall cast our crowns at His feet, and raise the song, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.' Revelation 5:12."  {The Desire of Ages, page 131, paragraph 2}
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--13--The Victory
« Last post by Beacon on March 10, 2019, 08:02:50 PM »
"Satan had questioned whether Jesus was the Son of God. In his summary dismissal he had proof that he could not gainsay. Divinity flashed through suffering humanity. Satan had no power to resist the command. Writhing with humiliation and rage, he was forced to withdraw from the presence of the world's Redeemer. Christ's victory was as complete as had been the failure of Adam.
So we may resist temptation, and force Satan to depart from us. Jesus gained the victory through submission and faith in God, and by the apostle He says to us, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."
James 4:7, 8.


PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW --

 "Never can the cost of our redemption be realized until the redeemed shall stand with the Redeemer before the throne of God. Then as the glories of the eternal home burst upon our enraptured senses we shall remember that Jesus left all this for us, that He not only became an exile from the heavenly courts, but for us He took the risk of failure and eternal loss. Then we shall cast our crowns at His feet, and raise the song, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing." Revelation 5:12.

AND AS THE CEASELESS AGES OF ETERNITY ROLL AND WE WING OUR FLIGHTS TO VISIT THE VAST CREATION - IT WILL EVER BE OUR JOY TO " TELL THE OLD, OLD STORY OF JESUS AND HIS LOVE." NEVER AGAIN WILL SIN RISE UP TO SPOIL THE PEACE & BEAUTY OF GOD'S CREATION. THERE WILL BE NO PAIN, NO SORROW, NO SADNESS, NO DEATH. THANK YOU JESUS.

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."
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