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Amen Sister Dorine!   Our words may be the straw the pushes a poor soul over the cliff. Let us encourage the poor fragile creatures that know not the love of Jesus. We need to learn the lesson we see in how Jesus worked with Judas. We do not place them in leadership positions, but we ought to love them. And, if in leadership positions, it may be better to leave them there for a moment while we pray about what to do, rather than rushing forward in our own strength and ignorance.
Yes, dear sister, God is withdrawing the Spirit from the Earth. Hearts are becoming ever harder. But, at the same time He is pouring out His Spirit upon His church and bringing in the lost sheep. It will be slow at first because the church is not ready. The last steps will be rapid ones, so we ought not be disappointed that this begins slowly.  Do we see the end is near? If we love Jesus supremely we will. The prophecies are just about finished.

As Pastor Sean has pointed out, the 144,000 are being prepared to live through the time of trouble such as never was without a Mediator. What will enable them to do this without sinning? It is a knowledge of the love of God that will, just as it enabled Jesus to go through Gethsemane and the cross.

This chapter is a warning and a promise, depending on our spiritual state. Many do not understand the danger they are in.

It was Gabriel, the angel next in rank to the Son of God, who came with the divine message to Daniel. It was Gabriel, “His angel,” whom Christ sent to open the future to the beloved John; and a blessing is pronounced on those who read and hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things written therein. Revelation 1:3.
“The Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants and prophets.” While “the secret things belong unto the Lord our God,” “those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever.” Amos 3:7; Deuteronomy 29:29. God has given these things to us, and His blessing will attend the reverent, prayerful study of the prophetic scriptures.
As the message of Christ’s first advent announced the kingdom of His grace, so the message of His second advent announces the kingdom of His glory. And the second message, like the first, is based on the prophecies. The words of the angel to Daniel relating to the last days were to be understood in the time of the end. At that time, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” “The wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:4, 10. The Saviour Himself has given signs of His coming, and He says, “When ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.”

Amen! Lift up the trumpet and loud let is ring. God's trumpets have sounded and are ringing loudly.
Amen Pastor Sean. As we celebrate Father's day with our earthly father's may we give glory to our heavenly Father who is longing to welcome His children home, to live with Him through out eternity. What a glorious thought to meditate on today.

".....We have reached the period foretold in these scriptures. The time of the end is come, the visions of the prophets are unsealed, and their solemn warnings point us to our Lord’s coming in glory as near at hand."

It seems that the closer we come to the return of our Saviour the more indifferent many are to their deep spiritual need. God is calling each one to believe and follow Him. I can't imagine the awful horror that will strike the hearts of those that think all is well when in fact they are facing destruction. All we can do is to be daily connected to Jesus ourselves, pray and be available for God to use us to share His love and mercy for each one. We plant the seed by word and deed and the Holy Spirit does the convicting and the harvesting. May we be faithful servants following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Today is Father's Day, and nothing would bring more joy to our Heavenly Father than for us to behold His character in His Son, Jesus, whose infinite sacrifice makes available to all of us the gift of eternal life, so that we can awake out of the deathly sleep of selfishness (by surrendering the whole heart for Him to cleanse by His grace, making it pure and holy through His Spirit), in order that we may awake to the reality that Jesus is SO SOON TO RETURN! Our Heavenly Father LONGS to be with us in person, so let us proclaim the soon coming of Jesus in word and in deed by living lives that reflect His character! He is uniting His people in the loveliness of Jesus, even as promised:

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God" (Revelation 14:1-5).

The greatest "Father's Day" gift we can offer our Heavenly Father is to offer up our lives as living sacrifices that He may prepare us to be among the 144,000, living victorious in Christ, whose blood shed for us and whose imputed and imparted righteousness alone can make us partakers of the divine nature whereby all of the fruits of the Spirit are seen in our lives without one missing as we gladly obey the holy law of God! Lift up the trumpet, for Jesus is COMING AGAIN!!!

"'But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.' While we are not to know the hour of our Lord’s return, we may know when it is near. 'Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.' 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6." {The Desire of Ages, page 235, paragraph 3}

Jesus' coming is VERY NEAR for what He foretold is COMING TO PASS RAPIDLY!!
Church News / Re: Pastor Leroy Moore Passed Away Today
« Last post by Richard Myers on June 15, 2019, 11:18:55 PM »

A memorial service for our friend, Pastor Moore, will be held at Weimar Institute, Weimar California. It will be held July 27 at 4:00pm in Haskel Hall.  For more information contact Weimar Institute.
Monday          June 17

Family First

The most natural first recipients of our gospelsharing endeavors are the people in our households. There is no more important mission field than this.

What conclusions can be drawn from John 1:40-42 about sharing faith at home? See also Deut. 6:6, 7; Ruth 1:14-18.

An enthusiastic report. Andrew went beyond mere reporting; he arranged for his brother, Simon, to meet Jesus. An enthusiastic report about Jesus and an introduction to Him as a person—what a simple formula for sharing the gospel with relatives in our homes! After the introduction Andrew stepped back. From then on, Jesus and Peter had a relationship of their own.

Helping children to a place of faith. Children in a home can often be overlooked as fitting recipients of gospel-sharing efforts. Parents mistakenly assume children will simply absorb family spirituality. This must not be taken for granted. While children and young people learn from the modeling they observe, it is also true that these younger members of the Lord’s family need individual attention and opportunity to be personally introduced to Him. Deuteronomy 6 is insistent on this point: Attention must be given to the most effective kind of religious education. Regular spiritual habits of personal and family worship are to be encouraged in the home. Time and earnest efforts must be put forth on behalf of children and youth.

The world does not agree with God. Mothers can indeed forget their sucking child and go about other duties not given them by God. "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." Isaiah 49:15. How sad! Some may have to, others do so by choice. Today, men and women often will act independently of God and His Word. How does God look at the work of a mother? There is no job more important no matter how many argue otherwise.

There is a God above, and the light and glory from His throne rests upon the faithful mother as she tries to educate her children to resist the influence of evil. No other work can equal hers in importance. She has not, like the artist, to paint a form of beauty upon canvas; nor, like the sculptor, to chisel it from marble. She has not, like the author, to embody a noble thought in words of power; nor, like the musician, to express a beautiful sentiment in melody. It is hers, with the help of God, to develop in a human soul the likeness of the divine.
The mother who appreciates this will regard her opportunities as priceless. Earnestly will she seek, in her own character and by her methods of training, to present before her children the highest ideal. Earnestly, patiently, courageously, she will endeavor to improve her own abilities, that she may use aright the highest powers of the mind in the training of her children. Earnestly will she inquire at every step, “What hath God spoken?” Diligently she will study His word. She will keep her eyes fixed upon Christ, that her own daily experience, in the lowly round of care and duty, may be a true reflection of the one true Life. Adventist Home, pg  237.

How many mothers in the world think this? How many mothers in the church reject this light and allow their children to develop character which do not reflect the character of our Lord? Thus, is the circle begun. Like mother, like daughter. The example set by the parents goes a very long way to set the character of the child.

What can we learn from the evangelistic efforts of Naomi? Ruth 1:8-22.

Ruth saw Naomi at the lowest of moments: when she tried to push her daughter-in-law away and when, angry and depressed, she lashed out against God as she recounted her losses (Ruth 1:15, 20, 21). No more eloquent testimony than Ruth’s can be given to show that youth can meet and make a commitment to a perfect God, even when introduced to Him by an imperfect parent.

How does the notion of home as the most important mission field affect your attitude toward the people who live with you? Work together as a family to prepare a list of specific efforts your family can make to lead unsaved relatives to Christ.

I have never thought that putting our family first included relatives outside of the home. Yes, we want to see our extended family saved, and yes we may have opportunity to help them. But, Our first mission is to our spouse, children, and parents.They come before ministry to the world and church. Pastors especially need to make a note of this. They get so busy taking care of others, some forget their own family.
Sunday         June 16

Learning From a King’s Mistake

Read the account of Hezekiah’s healing and the visit of the Babylonian ambassadors. 2 Chron. 32:25, 31; Isaiah 38; 39.

Scripture points out that the messengers were interested in the miraculous recovery of King Hezekiah. However, Hezekiah seems to have been silent about his healing experience. He didn’t emphasize the things that would have opened the hearts of these inquiring ambassadors to the knowledge of the true God. The contrast between his gratitude for being healed in chapter 38 and his silence about it in chapter 39 is striking.

“God left him to test him”.This state visit was a most significant occasion; yet, there is no record of Hezekiah seeking special guidance about it in prayer from prophets or from priests. Nor did God intervene. Alone, out of the public eye, with no consultation with spiritual advisers, Hezekiah apparently let the work of God in his life and in the life of his nation recede from his mind. The intent of the historian in 2 Chronicles 32:31 may have been to show how easily God’s blessing can be taken for granted and how prone the recipients of His mercy are to becoming self-sufficient.

Below are some lessons about faithfulness in home life that can be gleaned from the experience of Hezekiah. What others can you think of?

Every visit to the homes of Christians is an opportunity for people to meet followers of Christ. Few visitors are likely to open conversation about spiritual things. Christians must find ways that are sensitive and appropriate to the occasion to share the good news.

Christians are not called to show off their material prosperity or accomplishments, though they may recognize these as blessings from God. They are called to “show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” (1 Pet. 2:9,) or, to use Hezekiah’s experience as a symbol, to declare that they were dying, but Christ has healed them; they were dead in sin, and Christ resurrected them and seated them in heavenly places (Eph. 2:4-6).

God blessed me before I was converted with a very nice ski boat, an airplane, an expensive house with fine furniture and a tennis court. Shall I have a Bible study tomorrow night and leave my 911 out of the garage? Why not? Some think it fine to do so. What is wrong with the picture? When I was converted I sold my boat, plane, and fine home. The Porsche belonged to my atheist brother. I am trying to sell it. I leave my Civic in the driveway, I don't have a garage. Why the different lifestyle? Does God care? I think so or I would have kept my trophies along with my toys. Other people would wonder why they ought to give sacrificially to the church when others who are well off continue to live a life of luxury. Let us not bring reproach upon Christ, His Church, or His Word. Let us learn from the King's mistake.

In what ways are you able to use your home to witness to others? How could you share your faith in Christ more forthrightly with visitors to your home?

Sabbath Afternoon

Read for This Week’s Study: Isaiah 38; 39; 1 Cor. 7:12-15; 1 Pet. 3:1, 2; Heb. 6:12; 13:7; 3 John 11; Isa. 58:6, 7, 10, 12.

Memory Verse: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Perhaps we have reached a stage when, thanks be to the Lord, our lives are (at least for now) going well: family is fine, work is fine, health and finances are, too. Or maybe not? Maybe your home, for now, is in pain, turmoil? Either way, when someone comes to visit your home, like emissaries from Babylon who visited King Hezekiah, what answer could be given to the question that the prophet Isaiah later asked the king: “What have they seen in thine house?” Isa. 39:4.

What have people seen in your house? What have heavenly angels seen? What kind of spirit permeates our residences? Can one “smell” the scent of prayer? Is there kindness, generosity, love, or tension, anger, resentfulness, bitterness, and discord? Will someone who’s there walk away thinking Jesus is in this home?

These are important questions for all of us to ask ourselves regarding the kind of home that we have created. This week we will look at some of the issues that can make for a wonderful home life, despite the inevitable tensions and struggles that homes today face.

No matter the issues, it all comes down to one thing. Is Jesus in  the home? Are those in the home abiding in Christ and He in them through the Holy Spirit? Are the fruits of the Spirit seen in the occupants of the home? Or do we see the works of the flesh popping up? Until we understand we need Jesus all the time in order to resist sin, we will not be able to witness the character of Christ to visitors to our homes.

Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, June 22.
Thursday ↥         June 20

Centers of Contagious Friendliness

Compare biblical references on hospitality with actual incidents in the homes of several Bible families listed below. Isa. 58:6, 7, 10-12; Rom. 12:13; 1 Pet. 4:9. Note the attributes of hospitality that are demonstrated.

Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 18:1-8)

Rebekah and her family (Gen. 24:15-20; 31-33)

Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-9)

Hospitality meets another person’s basic needs for rest, food, and fellowship. It is a tangible expression of self-giving love. Jesus attached theological significance to hospitality when He taught that feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty were acts of service done to Him (Matt. 25:34-40). Using one’s home for ministry may range from simply inviting neighbors to a meal to the radical hospitality of lending a room to an abuse victim. It may involve simple friendliness, an opportunity to offer prayer with someone, or the conducting of Bible studies. True hospitality springs from the hearts of those who have been touched by God’s love and want to express their love in words and actions.

Families sometimes complain that they lack the facilities, the time, and/or the energy to offer hospitality. Others feel awkward, unskilled, and unsure about reaching beyond what is familiar in order to associate with unbelievers. Some wish to avoid the complications to their lives that may arise from becoming involved with others. Many contemporary families confuse hospitality and entertaining.

In what ways does your home life reflect your own spiritual condition?

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Further Thought: Ellen G. White, “A Powerful Christian Witness”, pp. 35-39; “Attitude Toward an Unbelieving Companion”, pp. 348-352, in The Adventist Home; “Ministry of the Home”, pp. 349-355, in The Ministry of Healing; “The Ambassadors From Babylon”, pp. 340-348, in Prophets and Kings.

The power of the home in evangelism. “Far more powerful than any sermon that can be preached is the influence of a true home upon human hearts and lives. … “Our sphere of influence may seem narrow, our ability small, our opportunities few, our acquirements limited; yet wonderful possibilities are ours through a faithful use of the opportunities of our own homes”. – Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, pp. 352, 355.

Discussion Questions:

    Ask anyone in class if it were the influence of someone’s home that helped them make a decision for Christ. Discuss just what it was that made such an impression. What can the class learn from that experience?

    In what practical ways can you as a class minister to a family with an unbelieving spouse?

    As a class, talk about some of the pressures in the home that work against faith. Write up a list of some of these things; then across from them, write down possible solutions.

    The private lives of Christians are a means of witness to children, unbelieving spouses, other relatives, and visitors. While faith sharing at home may not always be as complete as one would like or result in the conversion of relatives and visitors, imperfect family members seek to point the way to a perfect Savior. Through generous hospitality expressed in the Savior’s name, they bring within the realm of grace all whose lives they touch. Think about the influence of your home on those who come to visit. What could you do to make it a better witness of faith for all who step within your doors?

Tuesday ↥        June 18

Peace That Wins

What counsel does the New Testament have for marriages divide by religion? 1 Cor. 7:12-15; 1 Pet. 3:1, 2.

The blessing of being a Christian partner. In 1 Corinthians Paul responds to converts’ concerns that staying married to an unbelieving spouse might be offensive to God or bring defilement upon themselves and their children. Not so, says Paul. The sacred state of marriage and its intimacies are to continue after a partner’s conversion. The presence of one Christian partner “sanctifies” the other partner and the couple’s children. The word “sanctifies” should be understood in the sense that unbelieving spouses come into contact with the blessings of grace through living with their Christian partners.

Heartrending as it is, the unbelieving partner may decide to abandon the marriage. Though consequences will be serious, the merciful word of our God—who always upholds human freedom of choice—is “let him do so”. The believer “is not bound in such circumstances” (1 Cor. 7:15, NIV).

Called to live in peace. The clear preference of the Word of God is that despite the challenges of a spiritually divided home, a way might be found for the peace of Christ to reign there. The hope is to keep the marriage intact, to give evidence of the triumph of the gospel in the midst of difficulty, and to promote the comfort of the partner with whom the believer is one flesh, though he or she be unbelieving.

What might be the limitations of a spouse’s responsibility toward a nonbelieving partner?

Lovingkindness, unwavering fidelity, humble service, and winsome witness on the part of the believer create the greatest likelihood of winning the non-Christian spouse. Submission in a Christian marriage arises out of reverence for Christ (compare Eph. 5:21). When a spouse relates with Christian submission to an unbelieving partner, the first allegiance is always to Christ. Faithfulness to the claims of God on one’s life does not require a spouse to suffer abuse at the hands of a violent partner.

Is someone in your church struggling with an unbelieving spouse? If so, in what practical ways could you possibly help?

Wednesday ↥         June 19

Family Life Is for Sharing

In the following verses, trace the New Testament uses of the words “follow” (KJV) or “imitate” (NIV). What do they tell us about the process of becoming and growing as a Christian? What do you think they suggest about the relationship between modeling and witnessing? 1 Cor. 4:16, Eph. 5:1, 1 Thess. 1:6, Heb. 6:12, 13:7, 3 John 11.

The New Testament emphasis on imitation acknowledges the important role of modeling in the learning process. People tend to become like whom or what they watch. This principle applies to relationships generally and especially in the home, where imitation is common. There children imitate their parents and siblings; married partners often imitate one another. This concept provides an important clue to how couples and families can bear Christian witness to other couples and families.

The power of social influence. We witness from our homes when we provide opportunities for others to observe us and to share in our home experience in some way. Many simply have no good example of marriage or family relationships to follow. In our homes they may see how the spirit of Jesus makes a difference. “Social influence”, wrote Ellen White, “is a wonderful power. We can use it if we will as a means of helping those about us”. – The Ministry of Healing, p. 354.

As married couples invite other couples for meals, fellowship, or Bible study, or when they attend a marital growth program together, the visitors see a model. The display of mutuality, affirmation, communication, conflict resolution, and accommodation of differences testifies of family life in Christ.

In this context, however, of what must we always be careful? Jer. 17:9, John 2:25, Rom. 3:23.

Follow believers who follow Christ. All human examples are flawed; however, the witness of the Christian home is not about modeling absolute perfection. The New Testament notion of imitation is a call for individuals to follow believers who follow Christ. The idea is that individuals will grasp Christian faith as they see it demonstrated in the lives of others who are as human and fallible as they are.

What could you do to make your home a better model for Christian witnessing?
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