Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... 10
1
Monday          April 22

The Unmarried Life

A young woman told of the advantages of not being married: “Twice I had the opportunity to go serve in the mission field, and I responded without any hesitation”. A married person, with a family, might have had to take a little more time making that decision because it doesn’t just involve them but also their spouse and children.

What are, according to Paul, good reasons for remaining unmarried? 1 Cor. 7:25-34.

 7:25   Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 
 7:26   I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, [I say], that [it is] good for a man so to be. 
 7:27   Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 
 7:28   But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 
 7:29   But this I say, brethren, the time [is] short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 
 7:30   And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 
 7:31   And they that use this world, as not abusing [it]: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 
 7:32   But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 
 7:33   But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please [his] wife. 
 7:34   There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please [her] husband. 


Most people think that being married is God’s will for them. Didn’t He say, “it is not good that man should be alone?” And yet, we have many examples in the Bible of people who were not married, including the greatest example of all, Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah was told not to marry (Jer. 16:1-3); it was a judgment on a historical situation. We don’t know if that restriction was ever removed, but it is clear that Jeremiah was a great prophet while he was single.

Also, Ezekiel’s marital status did not seem to be of great importance, even though his wife died suddenly. He was not even allowed to mourn but was to continue on with the ministry the Lord had assigned him (Ezek. 24:15-18). The prophet Hosea also experienced a broken marriage, but was able to continue in ministry. While the story seems strange to us, God told him to go marry a prostitute whom God knew would leave Hosea for other men (Hosea 1-3). Looking back, we can see God trying to illustrate the onesided love that He has for Israel and for us, but it must have been extremely hard and painful for Hosea to be the object lesson.

In each of these examples, marital status was not an issue. God was interested in the person’s integrity, obedience, and ability to say what God wanted him to say. We need to be sure that our life is not defined by our marital condition. Many voices today will tell us that unless we are married we are not complete. Paul would respond, “Don’t be like the people of this  world”. Instead, “offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing” (Rom. 12:1, 2, CEV).

What are practical ways you can minister to those who are unmarried, both church members and non-church members?

We can witness the character of Christ to all, We can minister to individual's physical needs. We have been greatly blessed with a knowledge of health that we might minister to those who are sick. And, we might share the truth we read in today's lesson that it is better to not marry that we might serve the Lord with all of our energy and time. Why is it that so many conferences insist that their ministers be married? Do they not trust them to be faithful? Then ought they be more careful in who they ordain?

It is not sin to marry. And God would have some marry. But, today, it would be better for most not to marry. And, it is most difficult to rear children in this wicked world. It is as it was at the time of the great flood when God saw all was evil and destroyed every living thing off the face of the Earth except what was in the sea and in the ark. And if we have children, the children ought to have a mother and a father. This ought to be considered when divorced.  The lesson did not mention when pointing to unmarried men, that Paul was unmarried, yet when in the Sanhedrin, it was a requirement. Was he divorced as was Hosea? If so, he could understand what he was teaching by his own experience.

2
Amen Pastor Sean! By beholding Jesus we are changed into His image from glory unto glory. Thy Word is truth. The Word is a revelation of Christ. And if we have seen Christ, we have seen the Father!


God's counsel to us is "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."Matthew 6:33 & Jesus says..."Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 Then we will be empowered to be useful servants of our Lord and become efficient laborers in His harvest field.
 
"Not by the decisions of courts or councils or legislative assemblies, not by the patronage of worldly great men, is the kingdom of Christ established, but by the implanting of Christ's nature in humanity through the work of the Holy Spirit."[/b]

Amen Brother Beacon!   What does it mean to be converted? It is to be filled with the Spirit who is Christ's representative. When He has possession of the heart, we are partakers of His divine nature. We then have a dual nature. We still live in these vile bodies of fallen flesh, but when Christ's nature is "implanted" in us, we are in a converted state and kingdom of God is within us. How dim are our eyes and understanding. How often do we forget that Jesus wants to live inside of us, in the heart!
3
Amen, Brother Beacon!

The kingdom that Christ offers us is one that renews our hearts and minds by the converting power of His grace. As we yield fully to Christ, the unseen glory of His character renews so that He spontaneously produces in us love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, goodness, faith and temperance--without one of these traits of His divine nature missing!

"The kingdom of God comes not with outward show. The gospel of the grace of God, with its spirit of self-abnegation, can never be in harmony with the spirit of the world. The two principles are antagonistic. 'The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.' 1 Corinthians 2:14." {The Desire of Ages, page 509, paragraph 1}

Yet we are called to be in this world as lights that reveal the power of His sanctifying word. Jesus prayed shortly before He died on the cross: "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:14-17). May we walk in harmony with Jesus so His prayer may be answered in each of our lives!!   
4
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--55--Not With Outward Show
« Last post by Beacon on April 21, 2019, 08:02:17 PM »
"The Saviour attempted no civil reforms. He attacked no national abuses, nor condemned the national enemies. He did not interfere with the authority or administration of those in power. He who was our example kept aloof from earthly governments. Not because He was indifferent to the woes of men, but because the remedy did not lie in merely human and external measures. To be efficient, the cure must reach men individually, and must regenerate the heart. " [/b]

God's counsel to us is "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."Matthew 6:33 & Jesus says..."Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 Then we will be empowered to be useful servants of our Lord and become efficient laborers in His harvest field.
 
"Not by the decisions of courts or councils or legislative assemblies, not by the patronage of worldly great men, is the kingdom of Christ established, but by the implanting of Christ's nature in humanity through the work of the Holy Spirit. "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12, 13. Here is the only power that can work the uplifting of mankind. And the human agency for the accomplishment of this work is the teaching and practicing of the word of God."
5
Church News / Re: Media Influence to "Eliminate the GC"
« Last post by Wally on April 21, 2019, 05:21:16 PM »
You have correctly labeled that entity an "apostate  magazine," since they routinely disparage and attack our doctrines and those among our leaders who are faithful to present truth.  They should have the honesty and integrity to admit that they are not SDA's and disassociate themselves from the SDA Church.
6
Church News / Media Influence to "Eliminate the GC"
« Last post by Richard Myers on April 21, 2019, 11:54:33 AM »
We have kept most of the difficulties in the church in our private "SDA" Forums. We made an exception with the publishing of the rebellion by conferences ordaining women pastors in direct opposition to the vote of three General Conference Sessions. The world has been made aware of the situation and we felt that the world needed to know we as a people do not follow the ways of the world in making women leaders over men.

Today, we are posting a link to an apostate internet magazine which continues to give influence to their apostasy. They have published an article calling for the removal of the GC president and Vice President. The author of the article would if possible want the General Conference removed completely giving control to local churches. Why this attitude? Because they do not appreciate Bible and Spirit of Prophecy truth. Source

The apostate magazine is suggesting that we "eliminate the current GC President" at the next General Conference Session.  Following this they believe we need to "eliminate the Divisions and Unions." What will this accomplish? The author believes that the rebellion in the church is going to result in "a split of the Adventist Church."

The author is correct in seeing that a separation is happening before our very eyes. Jesus said this would happen. The church will see revival and reformation. There is a "shaking" taking place. He is apparently rejecting the Laodicean message and the Spirit of Prophecy. He thinks along with the apostate magazine that false gospels are not only acceptable, but ought to be encouraged. Let the church be a "big tent" where like the Roman Church, all are not only welcomed, but encouraged to preach and publish whatever they think good. This not new, Israel often followed the practice wherein "every man did that which was right in his own eyes." Judges 17:6.

The structure that God's church has is very good. It allows for the people to have the power to elect its leaders. It is a representative government. Why do we have so many unconsecrated leaders? Because we have so many unconsecrated  churches. The church remains in a Laodicean condition. When the churches are converted, then we shall have consecrated leaders at the local conferences. They will elect consecrated leaders in the unions and divisions. Those leaders who are consecrated in the church now, are a blessing from God. This apostate magazine has no spiritual discernment to recognize the blessings nor the curses which are in the church.

It is a fearful thing to have great light and blessing, to have many opportunities and privileges, and yet make no saving use of them. Those who do not make a saving use of their opportunities, will be condemned by the privileges God has granted to them; but those who walk in the light will have increased light. Those who have had the light of truth, and yet have failed to walk in the light, are under the same sentence of condemnation as were Chorazin and Bethsaida. Shall not these warnings be heeded? Shall not these admonitions have weight with us? In the near future it will be seen just who have been walking humbly with God, and who have been obeying his orders. Those who have been walking in the sparks of their own kindling will lie down in sorrow. It will be seen that they have made a terrible mistake. O let us awake! light is now shining; let the windows of the mind and heart be open to welcome the heaven-sent rays. Shall Jesus say of those who profess to obey the truth, and yet who fail to walk in its light, “In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them”? [Matthew 13:14, 15.] CE 140.

7
Lessons From Nature / Re: Ron Wyatt's Noah's Ark
« Last post by Richard Myers on April 21, 2019, 10:30:51 AM »
Here is a picture of the mudslide called "Noah's Ark". The visitor's center is also shown. When I was there in 1991 it was vacant and in need of maintenance.


8
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--54--The Good Samaritan
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 21, 2019, 10:10:19 AM »
Amen, Brothers Beacon and Richard!

The simplicity of the gospel shines forth as we see how love in the heart leads to doing all we can by God's grace to help others, even as Jesus has helped us who were in infinite need of His grace and salvation!

"In the story of the good Samaritan, Christ illustrates the nature of true religion. He shows that it consists not in systems, creeds, or rites, but in the performance of loving deeds, in bringing the greatest good to others, in genuine goodness." {The Desire of Ages, page 491, paragraph 1}

I am thankful for this beautiful spring day as I realize Jesus invites us to merge ourselves in Him so His love will spring forth spontaneously to others!   
9
Gardening / Re: Spring Garden Time?
« Last post by Richard Myers on April 21, 2019, 06:05:07 AM »
I have not seen any evidence of slugs, but yes I have seen earwigs. "Quick work"?  I did not know the little guys could finish off a flat of kale so fast! Thanks for the info. I am on their trail and will put an end to their murderous intentions!

We live in the end time. Much evil is in the world. Last night my driveway alarm kept going off. I got up a number of times to see what was causing it to sound, but found nothing. This morning I found the sensor turned on its back so it would not detect movement. Not long ago, I had the diesel drained out of my truck. It holds 40 gallons. Not sure exactly how much was stolen then, but I now don't keep much in the tank. It looks like I am going to have to install a few more alarms.   It is a good thing that nothing happens that God does not allow. It must be getting pretty bad for those who do not have faith in God's love and care. More opportunity for us to point them to our God.
10
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--54--The Good Samaritan
« Last post by Richard Myers on April 21, 2019, 05:57:09 AM »
Amen Brother Beacon!  We need to live for Jesus moment by moment in order to love others as Jesus loves us. After all, what is a Christian? Do we not minister to others, as Jesus ministers to us? If not, then what are we?

     The lawyer's question to Jesus had been, "What shall I do?" And Jesus, recognizing love to God and man as the sum of righteousness, had said, "This do, and thou shalt live." The Samaritan had obeyed the dictates of a kind and loving heart, and in this had proved himself a doer of the law. Christ bade the lawyer, "Go, and do thou likewise." Doing, and not saying merely, is expected of the children of God. "He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." 1 John 2:6.   
     The lesson is no less needed in the world today than when it fell from the lips of Jesus. Selfishness and cold formality have well-nigh extinguished the fire of love, and dispelled the graces that should make fragrant the character. Many who profess His name have lost sight of the fact that Christians are to represent Christ. Unless there is practical self-sacrifice for the good of others, in the family circle, in the neighborhood, in the church, and wherever we may be, then whatever our profession, we are not Christians.   
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... 10