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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Last post by Beacon on Today at 09:11:20 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

Jesus said in Matthew 28:18,19 --"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!
Thursday ↥         October 22

The Law of God

Years ago, in France, the nation was debating the question of capital punishment: should it be abolished? Advocates for its abolishment contacted a famous French writer and philosopher named Michel Foucault and asked him to pen an editorial on their behalf. What he did, however, was advocate, not for abolishing just the death penalty, but for abolishing the whole prison system entirely and letting all the prisoners go free.

Why? Because for Michel Foucault all systems of morality were merely human constructs, human ideas put in place by those in power in order to control the masses. Hence, these moral codes had no real legitimacy.

However extreme his position, what we see here is a logical consequence of a problem that is not really so new. Moses dealt with it in ancient Israel thousands of years ago. “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today – every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes” (Deut. 12:8, NKJV; see also Judg. 17:6, Prov. 12:15).

However, if we shouldn’t do what is right in merely our own eyes – that is, we ourselves are not righteous, holy, and objective enough to know what is morally correct – then how do we know what to do? The answer, or course, is that the Lord who created us also gave us a moral code to live by. Maybe our eyes can’t get it right, but the Lord’s always do.

What do these texts teach us about moral conduct? Deut. 6:5, Mark 12:29-31, Rev. 14:12.

If we are going to make redemption central to our Christian worldview, then (as we saw last week) God’s law, the Ten Commandments, must be central, as well. After all, what are we redeemed from if not sin, which is breaking the law (Rom. 3:20)? The gospel really makes no sense apart from the law of God, which is one reason we know that the law is still binding for us, despite its inability to save us. (That’s why we need the gospel.)

Therefore, all Seventh-day Adventist education must emphasize what Ellen White has called “the perpetuity of the law” (The Great Controversy, p. 63), which includes the Sabbath. If education is to help restore the image of God in us as far as possible in this life, then even at the most basic level God’s law must be held up, in light of Christ’s example, as the moral code that shows us what truly is right in God’s eyes.

Friday ↥         October 23

Further Thought
: “The true object of education is to restore the image of God in the soul.” — Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 595. With this idea in mind, we can see why a solid Christian worldview is essential for Adventist education. After all, as we noted earlier, education in and of itself is not necessarily good. People can be educated, even highly educated, in ideas and attitudes that are contradictory to the principles found in the Bible. That’s why, as Seventh-day Adventists, our educational system must be based on the Christian worldview. This means, then, that all general fields of education, science, history, morality, culture, and so forth will be taught from that perspective, as opposed to one that contradicts or even just ignores it. Also, as said earlier but worth repeating: there’s no such thing as a neutral perspective; all of life, all of reality, is viewed through the filters of one’s worldview, whether or not that worldview is cogently and systematically thought out. Hence, it is essential that the biblical worldview form the foundation of all Seventh-day Adventist education.

Discussion Questions:

    What are examples that you can think of from history in which entire systems of education were (or even are) very destructive? What were some of those places, what were students taught there, and what can we learn from them? How can we protect our own educational systems from these destructive influences?

    This week’s lesson looked at some of the key points of a Christian worldview: the existence of God, the creation, the Bible, the plan of redemption, and the law of God. What other important elements should be included in any complete formulation of a Christian worldview?

    An eighteenth-century thinker once wrote: “O conscience! Conscience! Thou divine instinct, thou certain guide of an ignorant and confined, though intelligent and free being – thou infallible judge of good and evil, who makes man to resemble the Deity.” What’s right, or wrong, with that position?

    Look at this Ellen G. White statement again: “The true object of education is to restore the image of God in the soul.” What does that mean? How does this show us why Adventist education must be so different from much of how the world itself views education?
Tuesday ↥         October 20

The Biblical Worldview

As said in the introduction, none of us view the world from a neutral position. For example, an atheist looks at a rainbow in the sky and sees nothing but a natural phenomenon. It has no meaning other than that which humans decide to give it. In contrast, someone eyeing it from a biblical worldview sees not just the natural phenomenon, the water and light interacting, but also a reaffirmation of God’s promise not to destroy the world again by water (Gen. 9:13-16). “How great the condescension of God and His compassion for His erring creatures in thus placing the beautiful rainbow in the clouds as a token of His covenant with men … . It was God’s purpose that as the children of after generations should ask the meaning of the glorious arch which spans the heavens, their parents should repeat the story of the Flood, and tell them that the Most High had bended the bow and placed it in the clouds as an assurance that the waters should never again overflow the earth.” — Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 106.

For Seventh-day Adventists, the Bible remains the foundational text of our faith. It teaches the worldview, the “filter,” by which we are to see and understand the world, which can be a very daunting and complicated place. Scripture creates the template to help us better understand the reality we find ourselves in, which we are part of, and are often confused and befuddled by it.

What truths are found in the following texts that can better help us understand the reality we exist in? Eph. 6:12; Mark 13:7; Rom. 5:8; Rom. 8:28; Eccles. 9:5; Rev. 20:5, 6.

As Seventh-day Adventists, we must firmly adhere to the teachings of the Bible, for this is God’s revealed truth to humans, explaining for us many things about the world that we would otherwise not know or understand. Hence, all Christian education must be rooted and grounded in the Word of God, and any teaching contrary to it must be rejected.

What are some teachings of the Bible that contradict other beliefs that people hold? What should this difference teach us about how important it is that we adhere faithfully to the Word of God?

Wednesday ↥         October 21

Worship the Redeemer

As crucial as the doctrine of creation is to our faith, the doctrine does not appear alone, especially in the New Testament. It often comes coupled with, even inextricably tied to, the doctrine of redemption. And that’s because, frankly, in a fallen world of sin and death, creation alone isn’t enough. We live, we struggle, we suffer (as we all do), and then – what? We die, ultimately winding up no different from animal carcasses left on the side of the road.

How great is that?

Hence, we have, as crucial to our worldview, the doctrine of redemption as well – and that means we have Jesus Christ and Him crucified and resurrected at the center of all that we believe.

Read John 1:1-14. What are these texts telling us about who Jesus was and what He has done for us?

Look also at the first angel’s message: “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth – to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people – saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water’ ” (Rev. 14:6, 7, NKJV). Notice that the “everlasting gospel” is linked directly to God as the Creator. And when we realize that the God who created us is the same God who, in human flesh, bore the punishment for our sin upon Himself – it is no wonder we are called to worship Him. What other response should there be from us when we realize what our God is really like?

For this reason, Christ and Him crucified must remain front and center to all that we teach – a teaching that, in fact, must include the Second Coming, as well, because Christ’s first coming doesn’t really do us a whole lot of good apart from the second, does it? One could argue, from Scripture, that Christ’s first and second coming are two parts of one event – the plan of salvation.

Dwell more on the idea, expressed in John 1, that the One who made all “that was made” (John 1:3) was the One who died on the cross for us. Why should worship be the overwhelming natural response?
Monday        October 19

Leibniz’s Question

Many years ago, a German thinker and writer named Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz asked what is probably the most basic and foundational question possible: “Why is there something instead of nothing?”

How do the following texts answer Leibniz’s question? Gen. 1:1

John 1:1-4 
 1:1   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
 1:2   The same was in the beginning with God. 
 1:3   All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 
 1:4   In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 

Exod. 20:8-11
 20:8   Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
 20:9   Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 
 20:10   But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 
 20:11   For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 

Rev. 14:6, 7
 14:6   And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 
 14:7   Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 

Job 12:7-10
 12:7   But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: 
 12:8   Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. 
 12:9   Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? 
 12:10   In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 

It’s fascinating how in the Bible the existence of God is just assumed. Genesis 1:1 doesn’t start out with a bunch of logical arguments (though many exist) for the existence of God. It just assumes His existence (see also Exod. 3:13, 14), and from that starting point, God as Creator, the Bible, and all the truth revealed in its pages unfolds.

The doctrine of creation is also foundational to any Christian education. Everything we believe as Christians, everything, rests on the doctrine of the six-day creation.

The Bible didn’t begin with a statement about atonement, or about the law, or about the cross, or about the resurrection, or about the Second Coming. No, it began with a statement about God as Creator, because none of these other teachings makes any sense apart from the reality of God as our Creator.

Hence, again, a biblical worldview must emphasize the importance of the doctrine of creation. This emphasis, too, becomes very important, because the teaching has faced a full-frontal assault in the name of science. Evolution – billions of years of life slowly evolving by fits and starts, all by chance – has all but destroyed faith in the Bible for untold millions. It’s hard to imagine a teaching more antithetical to the Bible and to the Christian faith in general than evolution. That’s why the idea that evolution can somehow be made to harmonize with the biblical doctrine of creation is even worse that atheistic evolution. It can’t be done, not without making a mockery of the Bible and of the Christian faith as a whole.

Amen! Thank you for making this perfectly clear since for many in the church this has not been clear, since some of our schools have teachers who disagree and teach otherwise.

God asks us to spend one seventh of our lives, every week, to remember the six-day creation, something He asks for no other teaching. What should that tell us about how foundational and important this doctrine is to a Christian worldview?

Yes, it is important, the Sabbath Day was given that we might not only remember God's power to create, but also of His love since He created it for us. And, as we are reading in today's lesson, He not only created the Earth, He created us. Why is it so important to know of His creative power? Because after He created the Earth and human life, Adam sinned. Now, God is attempting to re-create us in His image. This is impossible for us to do without Him. It was easy for God to create Adam, but not so with sinners. He needs our cooperation. His part is immeasurably large, our part is immeasurably small.

Why is it so hard for God to transform us? Because it required Him risking His Son, and it requires our effort to learn of Him and to surrender our evil will to Him. The Sabbath Day of rest was important before sin, but much more important now since we need to take time to spend in nature and in worship that we forget not that God truly loves us and has great power to help us in our effort to be transformed that He might be glorified.

Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Richard!

We may trust that Christ has a work for us to do--to bring the light of the gospel to light so hearts can know how to be converted and find the strength to resist temptation by abiding in Jesus moment-by-moment!

"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} 

The resurrection of Christ PROVES that God is stronger than the devil's power (sin and death) and that we may walk also today in the resurrection life of Jesus by abiding in Him! Jesus is coming AGAIN very soon and He is inviting us to persevere in humble, hopeful faith! When we live by faith on the Son of God, Jesus comes to dwell in the heart and cleanse us from all our sin so the Holy Spirit will manifest through us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing! Indeed it would be well to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ, especially the closing scenes, for in beholding Christ we may be changed. Then we will realize our continual need of Jesus to do any good thing and walk by faith in Him as He leads us step by step to fulfill our in Him!
Amen Pastor Sean!  We have no wisdom apart from God. The highly educated who believe not in God are without excuse for not knowing God. Why is that so? What saith the Bible about the matter?

From the Book of Romans, the matter goes much deeper that just being mistaken about creation. All are without excuse, and when they continue to fight against the truth, it leads to much pain and sadness in life:

 1:18   For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 
 1:19   Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed [it] unto them. 
 1:20   For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 

 1:21   Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 
 1:22   Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 
 1:23   And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 
 1:24   Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 
 1:25   Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 
 1:26   For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 
 1:27   And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. 
 1:28   And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 
 1:29   Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 
 1:30   Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 
 1:31   Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 
 1:32   Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Last post by Richard Myers on Today at 05:38:43 AM »
Amen!! You have discovered the foundation of our faith and are now able to see the deceptions that have been brought into our church. And, they are even deeper than you have yet seen. The Laodicean message is applicable and it will bring about revival and reformation. Sadly, many will continue to reject the truth as it is in Jesus. The deceptions have been swallowed and it is so very hard to get around the weeds that have been growing in minds. But, the Holy Spirit can and is helping those who like Saul believe they are doing the Lord's work when in fact they are blind to see they are not, but truly want to serve God.

It is  lovely work to be able to reach out to those seeking truth. It requires much patience and wisdom from on high. But, we know that God's Word will not return void. We are doing the work of plowing the ground and  planting seed. I believe unlike my last 35 years, we shall see the results soon since we know Jesus is coming soon!

Often we shall be tempted to discouragement when we see no fruit from our labors, but we ought not. We know that we are doing the work that Jesus has asked of us. We have no reason to weep when the Holy Spirit is leading us and victory is sure. We are to learn the lesson we read this morning that we weep not. Jesus is not only working with us, but dwells in our hearts!

    Mary had followed John and Peter to the tomb; when they returned to Jerusalem, she remained. As she looked into the empty tomb, grief filled her heart. Looking in, she saw the two angels, one at the head and the other at the foot where Jesus had lain. "Woman, why weepest thou?" they asked her. "Because they have taken away my Lord," she answered, "and I know not where they have laid Him."   
     Then she turned away, even from the angels, thinking that she must find someone who could tell her what had been done with the body of Jesus. Another voice addressed her, "Woman, why weepest thou?

She had been so deceived that she knew not Jesus had to die that she might be saved. She did not understand what Jesus had said, that He would come forth from the grave. So it is today in the church, the deceptions run so deep that many are discouraged as they see the condition of the world and the church. But, God has foretold our condition and also that there will be revival and reformation. And, how the Laodicean condition can be changed. Right there after the rebuke is the answer as to what we must do individually to be converted. It also reveals the truth about the power of the gospel message to give victory over the sin that dwells in our flesh. It is the love of God, His grace that transforms sinners into saints. We must feed upon Jesus, we must drink His blood and eat His flesh. How often? How often do we eat bread? Daily. Then daily we must feed our minds on the grace of God. He does not give grace for tomorrow. We must each day spend time with Jesus that we might know and trust Him with all we have and all we are. We cannot trust Him unless we know Him.

It would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Jesus, especially the closing scenes where His grace is seen in great measure as Jesus hangs on the cross that our sins might be forgiven and our hearts cleansed. Why do so many neglect this? Because they believe they are just fine the way they are. They see not that unless a partaker of God's divine nature, they are evil by nature even if in the church and paying tithe. God wants the heart, the whole heart. And that can only be if we are daily giving it to Him. Paul said correctly "I die daily." So it will be with all who understand we need Jesus continually in order to retain our salvation. He that hath the Son hath life, He who hath not the Son hath not life.

How do we know if we have the Son? Do you love the Lord thy God with all thine heart? Or is there pride in your heart? Self must die daily. And that will only happen if your mind is kept focused on Jesus.  We must maintain our relationship with Him. That means trusting Him moment by moment with all we are and all we have. If we let our mind wander away, we have no protection against even the smallest temptation, and will sin. If this is not understood, then why spend time with Jesus, you do not see your need of Him continually. This is the great deception Satan has brought into God's church.

Jesus has warned us in the Laodicean message that the condition applies to the last of the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. And, He has told us how to be converted and that we would then sit with Him on His throne! Such a blessing!! Let us then do all we can to help those around us find Jesus and learn of His great love which is the "gold tried in the fire."
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--82--Why Weepest Thou?
« Last post by Dorine on Today at 04:51:54 AM »
   "Tell His disciples and Peter," the angels said. Since the death of Christ, Peter had been bowed down with remorse. His shameful denial of the Lord, and the Saviour's look of love and anguish, were ever before him. Of all the disciples he had suffered most bitterly. To him the assurance is given that his repentance is accepted and his sin forgiven. He is mentioned by name."

What comforting words for Peter to hear. When we have wounded the Saviour and are bowed down with guilt and shame may these words bless us also. Forgiveness always comes with repentance and Peter mourned bitterly because of his rejection of Christ when Jesus needed him. There are many lost souls that need to hear this message. Even within our church there are individuals who are not reading or studying and have confused ideas and errors that will give them a false concept of Christ. Let's speak of Jesus and His love to all who will listen.
Sunday October 18

The Eyes of the Lord

An Oxford university professor has theorized that we, the world, and everything around us – none of it is real. Instead, we are the digital creations of a race of aliens with super-powerful computers.

While that’s an interesting theory, it does bring up a crucial question: What is the nature of reality?

There are two very broad possible answers, even if only one is rational. The first is that the universe – and all that is in it, including us – just is. Nothing created it, nothing formed it. It just is here. It is simply a brute fact. There is no god, there are no gods, there is nothing divine. Reality is purely material, purely natural. As someone said 2,500 years ago (this is not a new idea), there is only “atoms and the void.”

The other view is that some divine being (or beings) created the universe. That, indeed, seems more logical, more rational, more sensible, than the idea that the universe just is, with no explanation for it. This position encompasses the natural world, the world of “atoms and the void,” but it is not limited to it. It points to a reality that is much broader, deeper, and more multifaceted than the atheistic-materialist view so often heard today.

What do the following texts have to say about the ideas raised in today’s lesson? Ps. 53:1: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good." Prov. 15:3: "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Isa. 45:21: "Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me." Luke 1:26-35: "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."

These Bible texts clearly teach that God exists and that He acts in human history. To disbelieve the existence of God is to live as a fool, or one who rejects wisdom, for God is the source of wisdom. Christ is made unto us "wisdom" (1 Corinthians 1:30). When we see how God sent His Son into the world by having the virgin Mary receive the miraculous conception in her womb by the Holy Spirit, we begin to realize that God's ability to do what would seem to be impossible should cause us to humbly yield our whole heart to Him that we may be converted and manifest all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing in our lives. To live a life trusting in God's existence and cultivating an intimate union and communion with Him is the privilege of every one who may truly experience eternal life as described in John 17:3: "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." When we have this experience, we go beyond questioning the facts of God's existence to appreciating the reality of salvation's experience which can be known but not fully explained!
Central to any Christian education is the reality not just of God, but of the kind of God that He is, a personal God who loves us and who interacts with us. He is a God of miracles who, though using natural laws, is not bound by those laws and who can transcend those laws when He wills (such as in the virgin conception of Jesus). The teaching of this view is especially pertinent in our day because so much of the intellectual world, claiming (erroneously) that science supports it, openly and unapologetically teaches the atheistic and naturalistic worldview.

Think about how narrow and limited the atheistic worldview is in contrast to the biblical worldview, which (as said above) encompasses the natural world but isn’t limited by it. Why, in the end, is the biblical worldview, the theistic worldview, simply so much more logical and rational than its atheistic rival?

All around us are mysteries we cannot explain--like even how the atom holds together. We are to see not only the rationality of the reality of God's existence, but we need to appreciate the actual experience of knowing God such that we love Him with the whole heart and fear to sin against Him. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our lives will be the witness of continual obedience that testifies not only to a theistic worldview, but the reality that the world as we know it is soon to perish and that God is calling all to repentance. Let us appreciate what Christ is offering us in His word as a reality that triumphs over all doubt and confusion from minds that are not surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Only in the word of God do we have an inspired history of our race and existence, and all other attempts to explain away the word of God are simply insidious attacks like the first temptation in the Garden of Eden to doubt the word of God. Let us live lives of holy boldness in implicit faith in God's word by manifesting a character that Christ gives us by continually abiding in Him!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--81--The Lord Is Risen
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 18, 2020, 03:10:43 PM »
What a blessing to share here as a Remnant Online family!

Jesus desires all of us to be happy, peaceful, and obedient, and when we see the glorious promise of the resurrection, how can we not choose Him? In light of His infinite love, shall we not praise Him continually and make His service appear attractive, as it really is? What a joy it is to know the TRUE STORY of this world's history from the Bible and the GREAT CLIMAX that we may look forward to! But even before Jesus returns, we may have a true conversion by beholding the loveliness of Jesus, surrendering the whole heart to Him in true repentance as His blood cleanses us from sin, with the spontaneous result that all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing! Then as we grow more like Jesus, we may gladly obey His law of love to the extent that we know it and that is has been revealed to us, and we may walk in the path that He appoints for us!

"The voice that cried from the cross, 'It is finished,' was heard among the dead. It pierced the walls of sepulchers, and summoned the sleepers to arise. Thus will it be when the voice of Christ shall be heard from heaven. That voice will penetrate the graves and unbar the tombs, and the dead in Christ shall arise. At the Saviour's resurrection a few graves were opened, but at His second coming all the precious dead shall hear His voice, and shall come forth to glorious, immortal life. The same power that raised Christ from the dead will raise His church, and glorify it with Him, above all principalities, above all powers, above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come." {The Desire of Ages, page 787, paragraph 2}

We have a world to encourage with this GOOD NEWS! The goodness of God leads us to repentance! And how each one receives the good news of God's true character determines their eternal destiny. God does not force anyone to be saved, but if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will be in earnest about how to bring others to Jesus that they may know the life that is more abundant for time and all eternity!
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