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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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« Reply #60 on: January 14, 2021, 09:08:52 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon! Amen, Brother Philip! And in light of your comment, Sister Dorine, about how "first must come a repentant heart which prepares the way for Christ to forgive and transform the life," we can be SO THANKFUL that God gives us repentance as we come to Him. We come to Him as we are, and as we behold Him and yield fully to Him, His love awakens love in our hearts, gives us true repentance in sorrowing for the sins that have hurt Him so we turn from them in true confession, and we are then led to walk in affectionate obedience to do the will of God! What love we see in Jesus' treatment of Peter--and that is an example of how Jesus treats us, too!

When Jesus went to heaven after He rose from the dead, what was He first doing in the presence of our Heavenly Father?

"Jesus refused to receive the homage of His people until He had the assurance that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father. He ascended to the heavenly courts, and from God Himself heard the assurance that His atonement for the sins of men had been ample, that through His blood all might gain eternal life. The Father ratified the covenant made with Christ, that He would receive repentant and obedient men, and would love them even as He loves His Son. Christ was to complete His work, and fulfill His pledge to 'make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.' Isaiah 13:12. All power in heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life, and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, that He might impart to them of His power and glory." {The Desire of Ages, page 790, paragraph 3} 

It is finished. The sacrifice is complete. The Father accepted fully what Christ did for us at Calvary as a perfect way to save all who will come unto Him and be saved from sin, healed from the disorders of their sin-sick souls, and become partakers of the divine nature so that all of the fruits of the Spirit may be seen in the converted life as Christ will live out His life through the abiding soul! What affectionate obedience to all of the Ten Commandments will come as we look to Jesus and realize how valuable we are to God! One soul is worth more than worlds!
"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 #61 on: January 14, 2021, 09:18:56 AM »
"After 3 1/2 years with Jesus, you would think that the disciples would believe Jesus when He said He would die and come forth from the grave. They doubted Him to be the Son of God even after He came forth from the grave.

How can this be? Are we this dull of mind also?

After all, we have so much more light and yet look at the church and think about how long we have wandered in the wilderness. And in our own lives, what is this? Why are we not more faithful in our lives? Why do we forget so easily?"

Perhaps we have been focusing on the wrong things. It seems that our human nature has a strong tendency to focus on the "problems" that surround us "instead of the Power" that is available to us in and by our Lord & Saviour.

I.E. When the disciples and Jesus were crossing the Sea of Galilee and a huge storm came upon them that they forgot that Jesus was in the boat with them and they focused on the storm. It was not until all their human strength was exhausted that they turned to to Jesus and asked the dumbest question...." Lord do you not care that we perish! Jesus then arose and quietly said..." Shalom " and there was an instant calm.

This is a lesson that was recorded for us whereby we can learn that what ever trials and challenges we face, we need to remember what Jesus said in John 14:27,

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

WE MUST FOCUS NOT ON THE "PROBLEM", BUT ON THE "ONE" WHO HAS THE "POWER" TO SAFELY BRING US HOME."
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Re: The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Reply #62 on: January 14, 2021, 10:12:10 PM »
Amen Brother Beacon! Even though the disciples had forsaken Jesus, even though they still could not believe, look at the love Jesus had for them.

   Christ's first work on earth after His resurrection was to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them. To give them proof that He was their living Saviour, that He had broken the fetters of the tomb, and could no longer be held by the enemy death; to reveal that He had the same heart of love as when He was with them as their beloved Teacher, He appeared to them again and again. He would draw the bonds of love still closer around them. Go tell My brethren, He said, that they meet Me in Galilee.
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« Reply #63 on: April 11, 2021, 04:07:50 AM »
Let's choose to be happy! Jesus is risen! He is soon to return from heaven after completing His ministry as our High Priest! Just like the disciples who were tempted to sorrow after the resurrection of Christ because they did not really believe the good news, let us REALLY BELIEVE that God loves us and means to do us good, trust Him completely, and praise Him continually--even in adversity! As the good news really sank in, they could not help but be happy, peaceful and obedient Christians who would share the glad tidings of a crucified and risen Savior! May we surrender the entire heart to Jesus, let Him convert us thoroughly, and then allow the Holy Spirit to manifest through us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing! Such an experience of the power of the gospel is a needed witness in these last day!

"Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! "Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen." Bid them look not to Joseph's new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 794, paragraph 6}

The glory of God is to be seen in His true followers as they live by faith on the Son of God and give the present truth for that specific time in earth's history. Just after Christ rose from the dead, the present truth was that Christ had fulfilled prophecy in dying on Calvary and rising from the dead, and now the present truth for our generation is that the three angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-12 are to be proclaimed with a LOUD VOICE to the WHOLE WORLD to give everyone an opportunity to receive the everlasting gospel that has power to transform sinners into saints and thus avoid receiving the mark of the beast and be ready for translation when Jesus comes in power and great glory upon completing His ministry as our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary! What a message to share and what a powerful Savior we serve! Hallelujah!!
"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 #64 on: April 11, 2021, 04:26:03 AM »
"Christ's first work on earth after His resurrection was to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them...

...To give them proof that He was their living Saviour, that He had broken the fetters of the tomb, and could no longer be held by the enemy death; to reveal that He had the same heart of love as when He was with them as their beloved Teacher, [/u]

"He appeared to them again and again."

"He would draw the bonds of love still closer around them. Go tell My brethren, He said, that they meet Me in Galilee."

How very thankful we should be that we have such a patient, understanding, compassionate Savior who understands all our needs and has promised to never leave us or forsake us!!
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« Reply #65 on: April 11, 2021, 05:39:37 AM »
   As they heard this appointment, so definitely given, the disciples began to think of Christ's words to them foretelling His resurrection. But even now they did not rejoice. They could not cast off their doubt and perplexity. Even when the women declared that they had seen the Lord, the disciples would not believe. They thought them under an illusion.

The power of doubt in ones life, we see it here, even with the report from the women that they had seen the risen savior and gave them a message from Him, they could not bring themselves to believe he was risen from death. We need to trust and obey the will of God, giving him all of ourselves, that doubt may be but to rest, and we may go forward with the work he has for us to do.  I was impressed with this statement this morning, Stop and think of the power of doubt in our lives, and with God's power through prayer, and studying His word, may we surrender and allow the Lord to finish the good work he has started in us.

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« Reply #66 on: July 07, 2021, 06:06:30 AM »
"Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! "Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen." Bid them look not to Joseph's new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God."

What a message we have to take hold of and joyfully share with all who will listen. Soon we will see our Jesus and the heavenly host that we have talked of, lived for, hoped and believed in. May the news of the empty tomb stir up thoughts and feelings of rejoicing and relief and protect us from ever taking His great sacrifice for granted. Only as we spend that thoughtful hour each day contemplating the life of Jesus will this truth be kept fresh in our hearts.
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--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Reply #67 on: July 07, 2021, 07:05:26 AM »
Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless..Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also..

"..From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us..

..Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God.

In Matthew 28:18,19 it says.. --"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

Let us go boldly, but with a humble spirit, and share the GOOD NEWS - Jesus loves you and invites you to be an active laboring laborer in His vineyard. What a Great Honor and Privilege!
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Re: The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Reply #68 on: July 07, 2021, 08:04:43 AM »
Amen Sister Dorine and Brother Bacon we do have a glorious message to share with the world. Christ is Risen.

  While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept.  Their unbelief in the testimony of the women gives evidence of how low their faith had sunk. The news of Christ's resurrection was so different from what they had anticipated that they could not believe it. It was too good to be true, they thought. They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject.

The danger of false teaching is pointed out here, when combined with doubt and unbelief can do to ones faith. The truth of scripture is so important to ones Christian faith, there are just as many false teachings about the second coming of our Lord Jesus. We are called to present the truth of God's plan of redemption to the world and there are those whe seek the truth, God calls for them "to come out of her my people."


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« Reply #69 on: July 07, 2021, 08:34:05 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine, Brother Beacon, and Brother Philip!

What if you feel sad when Jesus is seeking to make you glad? Good news! God is patient with us in the emotional healing time it takes to REALLY BELIEVE that God loves us and that JESUS IS RISEN!! It is true! You can walk in the victory of life and life more abundantly! Keep your eyes on Jesus and let Him lead your life!

"Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! "Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen." Bid them look not to Joseph's new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 794, paragraph 6}

As we behold the infinite loveliness of Jesus and think only of others like He did, we will better realize that He has plans for us that exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think! When we yield the WHOLE HEART to Christ, there is TRUE CONVERSION and all of the fruits of the Spirit in the life without one missing as we walk in affectionate obedience to God's law of love!
"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: October 01, 2021, 08:07:01 PM »
"Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also.

From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen!

He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor.

Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God."


Today we live and serve a RISEN SAVIOR. Has paid the Price of our Redemption and because He Lives we to shall live if we remain True and Faithful to the instruction manual-- The Bible. I once read a post that said the word BIBLE means..."Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth." If we are willing to believe and obey the instructions found in His Holy Word - The Bible, we will be able to look up and say....

"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." Isaiah 25:9

Happy Sabbath to all God's children around the entire planet and beyond.
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Re: The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Reply #71 on: October 02, 2021, 06:44:24 AM »
Amen dear Brother Beacon!!  The lesson we are to learn from this reading is summed up nicely in what has impressed you and me.

Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! "Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen." Bid them look not to Joseph's new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God.


The situation with the disciples not realizing they ought to have been believing in the Words of Jesus reminded me of the disciples in the boat when they knew they could not save themselves. Where was their Savior? Laying right at their feet! And, how many times have we repeated this sad situation wherein we neglected to seek help from the One who if not in the heart, is standing within arms reach!  Let us remember even when we have brought reproach upon our Lord, that "He lives to make intercession for us.....for a short time longer. We have so very much to be thankful for. To whom much is given, much is expected. Have you been greatly blessed? Have you been given great light? Then let us take the gospel everywhere we go. Have a blessed Sabbath dear friends.
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« Reply #72 on: October 02, 2021, 06:51:28 AM »
"While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept. The day that was a day of rejoicing to all heaven was to the disciples a day of uncertainty, confusion, and perplexity. Their unbelief in the testimony of the women gives evidence of how low their faith had sunk. The news of Christ's resurrection was so different from what they had anticipated that they could not believe it. It was too good to be true, they thought. They had heard so much of the doctrines and the so-called scientific theories of the Sadducees that the impression made on their minds in regard to the resurrection was vague. They scarcely knew what the resurrection from the dead could mean. They were unable to take in the great subject."

Just as the disciples faith sunk because things were not happening the way they expected I wonder if the same danger doesn't exist today. Jesus is soon to come but it seems that hearts have grown cold with unbelief with so many. Jesus is close beside us and eager save each one. He says 'hold fast till I come'. Don't get caught up in all the distractions that surround us. Keep our focus on Jesus and trust Him to take care of the things that are not in our control. Hearts are so full of earthly fears and discouragements that there is little room for Jesus. Let's praise God today for His numberless blessings and show to the world that we have a God who loves us and our trust is completely in 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

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« Reply #73 on: October 02, 2021, 06:58:06 AM »
Amen dear sister!! Reminds me of this song:



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« Reply #74 on: December 27, 2021, 08:20:18 PM »
"Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless."

"Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also."

"From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us."

"Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God."

 I serve a risen Savior
  He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
  Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
  I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
  He’s always near.

 He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
    He lives within my heart.
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In all the world around me
  I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
  I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
  Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
  Will come at last.
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Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
  Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
  To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
  The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
  So good and kind.

Lyrics & Music by Alfred Henry Ackley (1887-1960)


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« Reply #75 on: December 28, 2021, 04:37:32 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon!

Praise the Lord for what Jesus did after His resurrection!

“Christ’s first work on earth after His resurrection was to convince His disciples of His undiminished love and tender regard for them. To give them proof that He was their living Saviour, that He had broken the fetters of the tomb, and could no longer be held by the enemy death; to reveal that He had the same heart of love as when He was with them as their beloved Teacher, He appeared to them again and again. He would draw the bonds of love still closer around them. Go tell My brethren, He said, that they meet Me in Galilee.” {The Desire of Ages, page 793, paragraph 4}


Let us walk by faith in the anchored hope in Christ as our risen Savior as He is now ministering in our behalf in the heavenly sanctuary, preparing a place for us and preparing us for the place by bringing us through trials and tribulations to help us develop godly traits of character! All of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing as long as we remain in union and communion with Christ, gladly obeying Him where He leads the way!
"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}