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Richard Myers

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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #100 on: July 04, 2022, 09:24:55 PM »
Amen my dear friends!  What Savior we have! What trials He faced throughout His life.  :(   He did it for us!


  As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not know the freedom of spirit that would come to them by serving God in truth. Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct. 

And shall we,,,by God's grace!!
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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #101 on: September 27, 2022, 08:00:32 PM »
"In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances."

"He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God."

"Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare."

"To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood."

"Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls."

"These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. "

"Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence."


Here we see laid out for us a perfect pattern of ministry. May it be our Goal to become More Like Jesus Everyday.

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Rescue the perishing,
  Care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
  Weep oer the erring one,
  Lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save.
    Rescue the perishing,
  Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful,
    Jesus will save.
2
Though they are slighting Him,
  Still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
  Plead with them earnestly,
  Plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.
3
Down in the human heart,
  Crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
  Touched by a loving heart,
  Wakened by kindness,
Chords that are broken will vibrate once more.
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Rescue the perishing,
  Duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
  Back to the narrow way,
  Patiently win them;
Tell the poor wandrer a Savior has died.

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Music:William Howard Doane (1832-1915)
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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #102 on: September 28, 2022, 05:05:37 AM »
    Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly.

     Jesus was concerned with the whole body when dealing with people both Physical and Spiritual needs, showing forth love to all, we need to pattern our ministry after His ministry. Often winning one to Jesus may start with meeting their physical needs - hunger, sickness, or some other need, building a friendship and relationship with them, then they are willing to allow us to sow seeds of the scripture in their hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to work on their hearts.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #103 on: September 28, 2022, 05:30:02 AM »
"....The example of Jesus was to them a continual irritation. He hated but one thing in the world, and that was sin. He could not witness a wrong act without pain which it was impossible to disguise. Between the formalists, whose sanctity of appearance concealed the love of sin, and a character in which zeal for God's glory was always paramount, the contrast was unmistakable. Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad. His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer. His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice.        

But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written." He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them. Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act; but His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28.

....There were some who sought His society, feeling at peace in His presence; but many avoided Him, because they were rebuked by His stainless life. Young companions urged Him to do as they did. He was bright and cheerful; they enjoyed His presence, and welcomed His ready suggestions; but they were impatient at His scruples, and pronounced Him narrow and strait-laced. Jesus answered, It is written, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word." "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." Psalm 119:9, 11.

Here is our victory as well. How I regret not committing more scripture to memory in my young years. Now it is so very difficult to retain but we can not give up because of that for Jesus can and will connect the memory pathways when we need it the most if we are diligently praying, reading and studying. This is such an inspiring chapter.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #104 on: September 29, 2022, 07:26:59 AM »
Praise the Lord, Brother Beacon, Brother Richard, and God bless you all who read and are blessed here!! You matter to God! Jesus taught us to value eternal things over temporal things, and He spent His time in a way that revealed this value system. Rather than seeking happiness from sources that are transient, He sought it in communion with God in nature, a reminder that this is how God intends for us to find true happiness! God bless you in following Jesus all the way to heaven as we yield the whole heart to Him so all of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest in the life as we overcome by His grace and are empowered to keep the commandments of God through the faith of Jesus!!

"From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil." {The Desire of Ages, page 89, paragraph 6}

The loveliness of Jesus is so powerful to encourage us to walk by grace through faith in His will! Walk with Him and enjoy constant union and communion with Christ!! 
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #105 on: December 24, 2022, 08:15:17 PM »
"Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad."

"His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer."


"His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice. "       

"But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written."

"He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them."

"Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act."

"His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28.


Should " WE " expect anything different when we stand up for Jesus in our lives??

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Not I, but Christ be honored, loved, exalted,
Not I, but Christ be seen, be known and heard;
Not I, but Christ in every look and action,
Not I, but Christ in every thought and word.
Oh, to be saved from myself, dear Lord,
  Oh, to be lost in Thee,
Oh, that it may be no more I,
    But Christ that lives in me.
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Not I, but Christ to gently soothe in sorrow,
Not I, but Christ to wipe the falling tear;
Not I, but Christ to lift the weary burden,
Not I, but Christ to hush away all fear.
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Christ, only Christ, no idle word eer falling,
Christ, only Christ, no needless bustling sound;
Christ, only Christ, no self-important bearing,
Christ, only Christ, no trace of I be found.
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Not I, but Christ my every need supplying,
Not I, but Christ my strength and health to be;
Christ, only Christ, for spirit, soul, and body,
Christ, only Christ, live then Thy life in me.
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Christ, only Christ, ere long will fill my vision,
Glory excelling soon, full soon Ill see;
Christ, only Christ, my every wish fulfilling,
Christ, only Christ, my all in all to be.

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HEARS TO WISHING "YOU ALL" A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION!
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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #106 on: December 25, 2022, 07:26:39 AM »

"Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly.
Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men."

The life of Jesus challenges us to live as He did. He teaches us how to treat others with love, and gentle compassion yet hold true to the standards of heaven. He shows us how vitally important it is to know scripture that protects us from sinning. He shows us what it means to walk with Him and abide in Him and to be a light to the world as He was. As we celebrate His birth with family today may Christ be the center of all our thoughts and activities. The greatest gift ever given was the precious gift of that Baby in a manger who came to redeem us from sin, transforming us into His character and to show us how to live while waiting for His second return.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #107 on: December 25, 2022, 11:32:35 AM »
Amen my dear brother and sister!  What a lesson for us!  As a child He suffered much. And His mother suffered with Him. So it will be for all who walk in the path of Jesus. And, in the middle of tribulation, we have so very much to be thankful for. In Christ we have love, joy, and peace, just as the child Jesus had.

    He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.   


Do we understand that all are endowed with precious talents?  Then let us encourage all just as Jesus did.  Have a blessed Christmas!! Tell all you come in contact with that there is a God that loves them. He came to dwell among man that we might see evidence of His love.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #108 on: March 20, 2023, 08:08:49 PM »
"Jesus met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare.'

"To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood."

"Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls."

"These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. "

"Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear."


Gossip is a weapon of Satan. How many Secrets have "WE" shared thereby causing more Pain, Sorrow & Sadness. I don't want to be an agent of Satan, do you?? I want to be like Jesus. How about " YOU " ?

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Earthly pleasures vainly call me,
  I would be like Jesus;
Nothing worldly shall enthrall me,
  I would be like Jesus.
    Be like Jesus, this my song,
  In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus, all day long!
    I would be like Jesus.
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He has broken every fetter,
  I would be like Jesus;
That my soul may serve Him better,
  I would be like Jesus.
3
All the way from earth to glory,
  I would be like Jesus;
Telling oer and oer the story,
  I would be like Jesus.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #109 on: March 21, 2023, 04:21:11 AM »
"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear."   

As we walk and abide moment by moment with Christ we learn of His life and how He overcame temptation. What a privilege and blessing is ours to carry on the work of Jesus. Not just in our own lives but searching for souls in need of redemption. They may not know they are lost but God uses our example to show them the peace and joy they too can possess if they but come to Him, surrendering all and putting their full trust in God. How we represent Christ will have an eternal affect on the lives of others. May all who cross our path today be it family, friend or stranger know that we belong to Jesus because we are just like Him.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14

Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
« Reply #110 on: March 21, 2023, 06:50:45 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine! What unity we find in our sharing today, as the Holy Spirit impressed us all to share the same part of the chapter!

What a Savior and Example we find in Jesus!

"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear." {The Desire of Ages, page 91, paragraph 1}

Christ is offering us His experience, His love, and His victorious character in place of our defective, sinful one. Oh, what marvelous grace God lavishes upon us that we can surrender the whole heart to Him to cleanse and purify, and He will make it new and pure, filled with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as we abide in His will and obey Him from the heart up the light of His truth revealed from His holy law! Praise God for His unchanging grace and strength upon which we can safely build our characters anew in Christ! He is able to cleanse us from all our sins and to keep us from sinning! Praise God!!

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen" (Jude 24-25).
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}