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« Reply #60 on: April 05, 2020, 07:36:46 AM »
Satan told them that in order to maintain their authority, they must put Jesus to death. This counsel they followed. The fact that they might lose the power they then exercised, was, they thought, sufficient reason for coming to some decision. With the exception of a few who dared not speak their minds, the Sanhedrin received the words of Caiaphas as the words of God. Relief came to the council; the discord ceased. They resolved to put Christ to death at the first favorable opportunity. In rejecting the proof of the divinity of Jesus, these priests and rulers had locked themselves in impenetrable darkness. They had come wholly under the sway of Satan, to be hurried by him over the brink of eternal ruin. Yet such was their deception that they were well pleased with themselves. They regarded themselves as patriots, who were seeking the nation's salvation.

As I read this chapter today the thought that kept coming to mind was 'History is going to repeat itself'  It will be the followers of Jesus that will be persecuted and many killed for the sake of so called 'saving the majority'.  If we do not believe or appreciate what Jesus has done for us and if we do not have an abiding relationship with Him how will we trust Him when these things begin to happen. We need to be faithful and loyal to what we know if right. Jesus will be with us and give us strength as we need it. We must not faint or lose hope but keeping our eyes on Jesus cling to the promises of His word.
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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« Reply #61 on: April 05, 2020, 11:28:10 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon!! Amen, Brother Richard!! Amen, Sister Dorine!! Is there anyone else reading these posts who can simply post an "Amen"??? I believe others are reading these present-truth posts, but it would be a great encouragement to know that others are being blessed and settled into the truth both intellectually and spiritually so that we cannot be moved as the closing crisis steals ever so rapidly upon us as Jesus prepares to close His ministry in the heavenly sanctuary and come again in power and great glory!! Please, from a heart that desires to know that others are being blessed, post an "Amen"!!
"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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« Reply #62 on: April 05, 2020, 08:08:31 PM »
"Let us allow Jesus to give us a new heart and a new mind in which all the pride, vanity, and selfishness are fully cleansed away and we experience His character on a moment-by-moment basis all the way to heaven!!"

"Let us give the whole heart to Christ that He can have His church that has ceased to sin because they are filled with the Holy Ghost and reveal His character. Then Jesus shall come and there will be an end to sin and suffering."

"We need to be faithful and loyal to what we know is right. Jesus will be with us and give us strength as we need it. We must not faint or lose hope but keeping our eyes on Jesus cling to the promises of His word."

Let us be "settled into the truth both intellectually and spiritually so that we cannot be moved"

Amen!!!

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« Reply #63 on: April 05, 2020, 08:16:45 PM »
Amen! I don't get to read here as often as I'd like, but am always blessed when I do!  :)

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« Reply #64 on: April 06, 2020, 09:09:37 AM »
Praise the Lord! It is so wonderful to have you share, Lena, and also Sister Dee! We are a family sharing Jesus and the love He pours in our hearts! Hallelujah!! Jesus is coming again SO SOON!!
"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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« Reply #65 on: July 01, 2020, 05:36:38 AM »
Speed it up! How? By becoming like Jesus! If you really desire Jesus to come SOON, then live as He lived, speak as He spoke, and heal as He healed--and the result is before us prophetically as to what happened!

"Jesus had now given three years of public labor to the world. His example of self-denial and disinterested benevolence was before them. His life of purity, of suffering and devotion, was known to all. Yet this short period of three years was as long as the world could endure the presence of its Redeemer." {The Desire of Ages, page 541, paragraph 3}   

The final events are HERE and Jesus is longing for us to win souls with an aggressive missionary spirit of compassion, grace, and winsomeness that reveals the abiding principle of His loveliness! This is only possible when we surrender the WHOLE heart to Him and let Him imbue us FULLY with the Holy Spirit! We do not seek persecution--it is simply what happens if and when souls resist the goodness of God! But God is SO PATIENT that He desires to reach everyone!!

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).

So let us never think God cannot save anyone who seems "beyond hope," for if we realize who were are in the light of Calvary's cross, we will be moved with the same love that led Jesus to lay down His life for us! Let the light of His love shine today through you!!
"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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« Reply #66 on: July 01, 2020, 06:03:36 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. He is even at the door.

Many who witnessed the resurrection of Lazarus were led to believe on Jesus. But the hatred of the priests against Him was intensified. They had rejected all lesser evidence of His divinity, and they were only enraged at this new miracle. The dead had been raised in the full light of day, and before a crowd of witnesses. No artifice could explain away such evidence. For this very reason the enmity of the priests grew deadlier. They were more than ever determined to put a stop to Christ's work.

We see the condition of evil hearts when self becomes more important than truth. It is ugly and cruel. That is why so much is said about crucifying self. The carnal natural brings eternal destruction but when that nature dies we are changed into the image of God. As we look to Jesus we will live in harmony and peace with God and man and souls will be drawn to the healing, saving power of Jesus.
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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« Reply #67 on: July 01, 2020, 09:42:25 PM »
Amen, Jesus is indeed coming very soon. The last steps will  be rapid ones. What is holding up the second coming? Why must we have a chapter as we do today? Is it helpful for us in our day? I think so. Else why are we still here? What was the problem set forth in today's reading? The character of Christ was pointed out to Israel, even her leaders.

How little He had honored their righteousness. He presented a righteousness far greater, which all who would be children of God must possess. Taking no notice of their forms and ceremonies, He had encouraged sinners to go directly to God as a merciful Father, and make known their wants. Thus, in their opinion, He had set aside the priesthood. He had refused to acknowledge the theology of the rabbinical schools. He had exposed the evil practices of the priests, and had irreparably hurt their influence. He had injured the effect of their maxims and traditions, declaring that though they strictly enforced the ritual law, they made void the law of God. All this Satan now brought to their minds.   
     Satan told them that in order to maintain their authority, they must put Jesus to death. This counsel they followed. The fact that they might lose the power they then exercised, was, they thought, sufficient reason for coming to some decision. With the exception of a few who dared not speak their minds, the Sanhedrin received the words of Caiaphas as the words of God. Relief came to the council; the discord ceased. They resolved to put Christ to death at the first favorable opportunity.


In a Laodicean Church, self is alive. When self is alive people suffer, true religion suffers greatly because self is not just alive in the pews, but in leadership. And that is a deadly combination, leaders in which self is alive.

Let us daily make sure that self is hidden in Christ, then Jesus will smile, and others will see the fruits of the Spirit in our lives, especially when trouble comes.
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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« Reply #68 on: July 02, 2020, 08:38:03 AM »
"He who was ever touched by human woe, who healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and speech to the dumb, who fed the hungry and comforted the sorrowful, was driven from the people He had labored to save. He who walked upon the heaving billows, and by a word silenced their angry roaring, who cast out devils that in departing acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, who broke the slumbers of the dead, who held thousands entranced by His words of wisdom, was unable to reach the hearts of those who were blinded by prejudice and hatred, and who stubbornly rejected the light."[/b]

It is difficult to imagine how much sorrow Jesus experienced in His earthly journey. Let us pray that we who claim to be His redeemed children are not stubbornly holding on to things in our own lives which would cause Him more grief. We have a tendency to look at "others" and judge them He who was ever touched by human woe, who healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and speech to the dumb, who fed the hungry and comforted the sorrowful, was driven from the people He had labored to save. He who walked upon the heaving billows, and by a word silenced their angry roaring, who cast out devils that in departing acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, who broke the slumbers of the dead, who held thousands entranced by His words of wisdom, was unable to reach the hearts of those who were blinded by prejudice and hatred, and who stubbornly rejected the light. " when we should be looking inward and examining ourselves to see if we " be of the faith "

"Satan told them that in order to maintain their authority, they must put Jesus to death. This counsel they followed. The fact that they might lose the power they then exercised, was, they thought, sufficient reason for coming to some decision. With the exception of a few who dared not speak their minds, the Sanhedrin received the words of Caiaphas as the words of God. Relief came to the council; the discord ceased. They resolved to put Christ to death at the first favorable opportunity. In rejecting the proof of the divinity of Jesus, these priests and rulers had locked themselves in impenetrable darkness. They had come wholly under the sway of Satan, to be hurried by him over the brink of eternal ruin. Yet such was their deception that they were well pleased with themselves. They regarded themselves as patriots, who were seeking the nation's salvation."

As we read the book " The Controversy Between Christ and Satan - We are told that this same type of thinking by the Spiritual and Civil leaders of our world will repeated. The question today is....Are "WE" preparing to meet this crisis?? Are we now reading, studying and re-affirming our relationship with Jesus??  Remember---"He who fails to prepare -- prepares to fail."

Look up and listen for the shout.

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« Reply #69 on: September 26, 2020, 03:26:57 AM »
Why was the resurrection of Lazarus so significant in Jesus' ministry?

"It was a demonstration of divine power sufficient to convince every mind that was under the control of reason and enlightened conscience." {The Desire of Ages, page 537, paragraph 1}

We can see clearly that the Bible is true and that what it said would happen in the last days IS HAPPENING NOW! We are nearing the VERY SOON coming of Jesus, and we also may see the evidence that God is trying to get our attention, that all may come to a thorough repentance and allow Jesus to live in us, the hope of glory, so all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing! Then we will affectionately obey all the Ten Commandments as a delight because we see Christ in the law, the Giver of life!
"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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« Reply #70 on: December 22, 2020, 03:36:58 AM »
Be consistent. By beholding Jesus, become like Jesus in complete surrender to God's will. Jesus consistently did the Father's will, and that was why He was persecuted. We do not seek to arouse antagonism or cause conflict, but as hearts choose either to respond to or reject the grace of Christ, there will be persecution. "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3:12).

"Jesus had now given three years of public labor to the world. His example of self-denial and disinterested benevolence was before them. His life of purity, of suffering and devotion, was known to all. Yet this short period of three years was as long as the world could endure the presence of its Redeemer." {The Desire of Ages, page 541, paragraph 3} 


When God's people are reflecting Christ's character in all its glory as it is prophesied in Revelation 18:1, persecution will be inevitable. We are to do what the early church did, though, and rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer for Him! As far as possible, if we are persecuted in one place, we should go to another to keep spreading the light. Jesus will keep us as we look to Him by faith, for when we are abiding in Him in living faith surrender, all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing! We will affectionately obey His law of love from a heart renewed by divine grace, and though loss, persecution and suffering may be our lot, we will rejoice to go where He leads, because Jesus is coming again soon and we have nothing to fear for the future except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us and His teaching in our past history!
"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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« Reply #71 on: December 22, 2020, 05:26:18 AM »
Thus far the Sadducees had not encouraged the plan of putting Christ to death. But after the resurrection of Lazarus they decided that only by His death could His fearless denunciations against them be stopped.

These accounts should be very sobering and enlightening to us today for they are giving us a glimpse of what is just ahead for God's people. That's why it is so important to keep our eyes on Jesus. Studying His life will teach us how to walk through this world of hate and deceit. He will fill our hearts with His love and power to remain faithful to Him through all the evil land mines we must encounter until the end. But what a glorious end it will be. May we not faint or get discouraged as we see these times approaching for we are on the winning side.
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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« Reply #72 on: December 22, 2020, 09:41:43 AM »
"He who was ever touched by human woe, who healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and speech to the dumb, who fed the hungry and comforted the sorrowful, was driven from the people He had labored to save..

 ..He who walked upon the heaving billows, and by a word silenced their angry roaring, who cast out devils that in departing acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, who broke the slumbers of the dead, who held thousands entranced by His words of wisdom, was unable to reach the hearts of those who were blinded by prejudice and hatred, and who stubbornly rejected the light."


It is difficult to imagine how much sorrow Jesus experienced in His earthly journey.

Let us pray that we who claim to be His redeemed children are not stubbornly holding on to things in our own lives which would cause Him more grief.

We have a tendency to look at "others" and judge them when we should be looking inward and examining ourselves to see if  "WE" be of the faith. "
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« Reply #73 on: December 22, 2020, 03:41:52 PM »
Thus far the Sadducees had not encouraged the plan of putting Christ to death. But after the resurrection of Lazarus they decided that only by His death could His fearless denunciations against them be stopped.

These accounts should be very sobering and enlightening to us today for they are giving us a glimpse of what is just ahead for God's people. That's why it is so important to keep our eyes on Jesus. Studying His life will teach us how to walk through this world of hate and deceit. He will fill our hearts with His love and power to remain faithful to Him through all the evil land mines we must encounter until the end. But what a glorious end it will be. May we not faint or get discouraged as we see these times approaching for we are on the winning side.

Amen sister Dorine. After so many years of posting each day, I don't like to always repeat what I have shared in the past but I do when I am impressed it is important. This morning I was impressed with a paragraph that you two have shared. We are going to meet with very many difficulties, and some of them will be in the church. When we meet those who continue to reject truth and continue to spread untruth, how are we to react? Would there ever arise a time for denunciation? Or, even Fearless denunciations?

When we study our Bible, we find that there are times when there needs to be a Fearless denunciation of what we see. I think of Moses when it came down off the mountain but the tablets of stone. That was righteous indignation. Are we ever to experience righteous indignation? Yes, we are. Even though, in the Seventh Day Adventist Church it is denounced.
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« Reply #74 on: March 19, 2021, 05:04:36 AM »
History is repeating. As Christ's righteous character was an open rebuke in love to the religious people of His time, so when Christ's character is perfectly reproduced in His people, the world will not be able to endure the revelation and persecution connected with the final events of earth's history and the close of probation for the world will unfold. Jesus invites us to abide in Him and experience His character, so we can be living witnesses and help hasten His return. Only by a complete, continual surrender to Him of the entire heart will the blood of Jesus avail to cleanse us from sin, and He will fill us with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as we live by faith upon Him. This revelation of character is directly connected with the final gospel proclamation that must go to the whole world!

"Jesus had now given three years of public labor to the world. His example of self-denial and disinterested benevolence was before them. His life of purity, of suffering and devotion, was known to all. Yet this short period of three years was as long as the world could endure the presence of its Redeemer." {The Desire of Ages, page 541, paragraph 3}

With the love of Christ constraining us, let us go forth to reveal to the world the loveliness of Jesus and trust in Him with our whole heart! We can be thankful that He has pioneered the way before us, and pressed down the cruel thorns we will face as we choose to be faithful to God in these trying times of the last days!
"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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« Reply #75 on: March 19, 2021, 06:11:50 AM »
"His life had been one of persecution and insult. Driven from Bethlehem by a jealous king, rejected by His own people at Nazareth, condemned to death without a cause at Jerusalem, Jesus, with His few faithful followers, found a temporary asylum in a strange city. He who was ever touched by human woe, who healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and speech to the dumb, who fed the hungry and comforted the sorrowful, was driven from the people He had labored to save. He who walked upon the heaving billows, and by a word silenced their angry roaring, who cast out devils that in departing acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, who broke the slumbers of the dead, who held thousands entranced by His words of wisdom, was unable to reach the hearts of those who were blinded by prejudice and hatred, and who stubbornly rejected the light."

This chapter once again pointed out to what extent truth and error hate each other and if the heart does not yield to the love of Jesus it will fester and eventually end in the most despicable manner. My heart is stirred deeper as I think about the contrast between Jesus and those who are satisfied with their own righteousness. This shows evil in it's true light and the end result of harboring pride and self righteousness.  In the end the lost will have absolutely no excuse to present to Christ for rejecting Him. May our hearts be filled with the love of Jesus and with gratitude spilling over for all He has done and is doing for each one of us. There are still many who have not rejected Him. He is looking for an army of witnesses to search for them and show them the character of Jesus. The harvest is great but where are the workers?
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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« Reply #76 on: March 19, 2021, 07:28:46 AM »
Caiaphas had studied the prophecies, and although ignorant of their true meaning, he spoke with great authority and assurance: "Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not." Even if Jesus were innocent, urged the high priest, He must be put out of the way. He was troublesome, drawing the people to Himself, and lessening the authority of the rulers. He was only one; it was better that He should die than that the authority of the rulers should be weakened. If the people were to lose confidence in their rulers, the national power would be destroyed. Caiaphas urged that after this miracle the followers of Jesus would likely rise in revolt. The Romans will then come, he said, and will close our temple, and abolish our laws, destroying us as a nation. What is the life of this Galilean worth in comparison with the life of the nation? If He stands in the way of Israel's well-being, is it not doing God a service to remove Him? Better that one man perish than that the whole nation be destroyed.   
     In declaring that one man should die for the nation, Caiaphas indicated that he had some knowledge of the prophecies, although it was very limited. But John, in his account of this scene, takes up the prophecy, and shows its broad and deep significance. He says, "And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad." How blindly did the haughty Caiaphas acknowledge the Saviour's mission!   



Amen Pastor Sean and Sister Dorine;

This struck me this morning as I read, Caiaphas under the control of Satan in getting the Sanhedrin to look for a way to stop Jesus work, was in fact accomplishing just what scripture and God and prophesied would happen, and God's plan was being acknowledged, God was accomplishing his will. We see this same principle at work in the building of the tower of Babel, God had told the peoples after the flood to go forth and populate the earth, they refused and gathered together to build the tower, to save themselves rather than trust God's promise of the rainbow, then God confounded their languages, and they broke up into groups and went forth and the world was populated as God ordained. God's will will be accomplished. Shall we surrender and follow God's will in our lives that we may be his workers.

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« Reply #77 on: March 19, 2021, 08:48:11 AM »
Amen Brother Phillip!  God's will will be done, even by the wicked. He knows the end from the beginning. The suffering of Jesus was part of the great sacrifice made for us that we might be delivered from evil.

Pastor Sean and Sister Dorine have shared the same as I will.

  Jesus had now given three years of public labor to the world. His example of self-denial and disinterested benevolence was before them. His life of purity, of suffering and devotion, was known to all. Yet this short period of three years was as long as the world could endure the presence of its Redeemer.   
     His life had been one of persecution and insult. Driven from Bethlehem by a jealous king, rejected by His own people at Nazareth, condemned to death without a cause at Jerusalem, Jesus, with His few faithful followers, found a temporary asylum in a strange city. He who was ever touched by human woe, who healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and speech to the dumb, who fed the hungry and comforted the sorrowful, was driven from the people He had labored to save. He who walked upon the heaving billows, and by a word silenced their angry roaring, who cast out devils that in departing acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, who broke the slumbers of the dead, who held thousands entranced by His words of wisdom, was unable to reach the hearts of those who were blinded by prejudice and hatred, and who stubbornly rejected the light. 


What love!! Yet, this grace does not touch all. Many are called, but few choose to follow. They do not allow His grace to enter their hearts. And, some who have tasted of His grace will turn and be lost also. How very sad. As Brother Phillip has said, let us surrender our all that we might serve Him faithfully. By beholding His love, we shall be transformed daily into His image (character). 2 Cor. 3:18.
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« Reply #78 on: March 19, 2021, 04:21:20 PM »
"He who was ever touched by human woe, who healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and speech to the dumb, who fed the hungry and comforted the sorrowful, was driven from the people He had labored to save..

"He who walked upon the heaving billows, and by a word silenced their angry roaring, who cast out devils that in departing acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, who broke the slumbers of the dead, who held thousands entranced by His words of wisdom, was unable to reach the hearts of those who were blinded by prejudice and hatred, and who stubbornly rejected the light."

"It is difficult to imagine how much sorrow Jesus experienced in His earthly journey."

Let us pray that we who claim to be His redeemed children are not stubbornly holding on to things in our own lives which would cause Him more grief.

We have a tendency to look at "others" and judge them when we should be looking inward and examining ourselves to see if  "WE" be of the faith.
Look up and listen for the shout.