And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17

And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17
And the Spirit & the bride say, come...Revelation 22:17 - May We One Day Bow Down In The DUST At HIS FEET ...... {click on blog TITLE at top to refresh page}

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31 Series: vs.19

*From The Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31 written in 1847 by Anne Pratt (1806-1893)

Proverbs 31:19

Had not the sacred writer further enlarged upon the character of this woman, had this single praise been uttered of her, it would, to those for whom it was immediately intended, be of itself a high commendation. The Rabbins record an old saying of the Hebrews, that there is no wisdom in a woman but in the distaff; implying, as do the words of the text, that a woman's great praise is her industry. When a Roman lady became a bride, she received many a hint from the marriage ceremony, that she was about to enter on active domestic employment; and again and again, the word thalassio resounded on her ear. This word, which signified the vessel in which were kept the materials for spinning, and the work already spun, reminded her, not only of the spindle and the distaff, to which it might directly refer, but was also significant of the various household occupations, in which the women of ancient days felt it their duty and their honor to excel.
But time has brought its wondrous improvements and great changes, and the well‐constructed spinning machinery of modern days has banished from our cottage‐doors the busy hum of the wheel. The cottager who once turned it gaily round, has now to change her mode of industry, and has only to make up with her needle, into garments, the fabric which she would once have manufactured for herself.
But besides the actual spinning or weaving of the wool and flax, the preparation of these substances gave much employment to the Jewish household. The flax required drying and preparing for use. The wool, after being combed, and picked, and carded, was put up, in round balls, ready for the spindle. It was sometimes left for use with the natural moisture which fresh‐cut wool always yields, and which reminds us of the wool of Gideon's fleeces, out of which, in the Syrian climate, he could wring dew, "even a bowl full of water" (Jdg 6:38). Wool in this state was called plump‐wool; but when the manufacturers were about to make some, of those brilliant garments, whose tints no modern skill can furnish, the wool had to be subjected to the various processes of dyeing.

Job Simplified- Chapter: 1

Chapter 1
And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither:
 the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:21
 A good man called Job
 v1 A man called Job lived in a country called Uz. This man was good and honest. Job respected God. And Job refused to do evil deeds.
v2 Job had:
·     7 sons and 3 daughters;
·     v3 7000 sheep;
·     3000 camels;
·     500 pairs of oxen; (Oxen look like cows. But oxen pull the plough.)
·     500 donkeys (small horses);
·     and many servants.
Job was the greatest man in the east.
v4 Job’s sons used to hold birthday parties in their houses. They would eat and drink together, with their three sisters. v5 Afterwards, Job prayed for them. At dawn, he took one animal for each child. He killed the animals. Then, he burned the animals as a gift to God. Job did this because he was worried about his children. He said, ‘Perhaps my children did something evil. Perhaps they insulted God.’ So, Job did these things often.
Job did not pretend that he was perfect (Job 31:33).
Everybody does some evil deeds (Romans 3:23).
This is why Jesus died for us (Romans 3:24-25).
Verse 4
Job was unhappy about the behavior of his children. Job wanted his children to respect God. Job wanted them to help poor people. But Job’s children preferred to hold parties. They were greedy. They drank plenty of wine. They did not think that Job’s religion was important.
Later, in Job 8:4, Bildad said that Job’s children were evil. Job agreed with Bildad – see Job 9:2.
Verse 5
Job prayed for his children.
 The accuser called Satan
v6 On one particular day, the angels (servants of God) gathered in heaven to see God. And the accuser called Satan was also there.
v7 God said to Satan, ‘Where did you come from?’
Satan replied to God, ‘I have travelled across the world. I have been to many places.’
v8 God said to Satan, ‘I have a servant called Job. Nobody else in the world is like Job! Job is good and honest. He respects God. And Job refuses to do evil deeds.’
v9 Satan replied to God, ‘Job respects you because you help him. v10 You are his guard. You protect him, as if a hedge surrounds him. You protect his family. You protect all his possessions. You have helped that man to succeed. Now, he is very wealthy. v11 But if you destroy Job’s property, then Job will really insult you.’
v12 God said to Satan, ‘I permit you to attack everything that belongs to Job. But you may not hurt Job himself.’
So, Satan left God.
Verses 6-7
The book of Job teaches us many things about the devil. The devil’s name is Satan. ‘Satan’ means ‘the accuser’.
Job’s friends did not blame Satan for Job’s troubles. Even Job did not blame the devil. Job and his
friends thought that God made Job suffer. But they were wrong.
Satan causes the troubles in the world. God created a beautiful world (Genesis 2:8). But Satan used a snake to test the first people (Genesis 3). The snake told the first people that they should not obey God. Then they would become like God (Genesis 3:3-5). The people obeyed this terrible advice.
Verse 8
Job was special to God.
Every Christian is special to God. God knows his people (2 Timothy 2:19). God knows everything about us (Matthew 10:30). He sees our secret actions (Matthew 6:3-4). He hears our quiet prayers (Matthew 5:6).
Verses 9–10
Satan is the accuser.
Firstly, he accused God.
Satan said that God was not fair.
But Satan was right that God protects his people. God rescues us when we have troubles (Psalm 40:1–3). God helps us when we pray (Psalm 61). God is like a castle where we are safe (Psalm 61:1–2).
Verse 11
Then Satan accused Job. Satan thought that Job was not really loyal to God. Job served God because Job respected God. Satan thought that Job preferred wealth instead of God. Satan was wrong.
Verse 12
In verse 11, Satan wanted God to destroy Job’s property. But God did not agree to this request. God is not evil. God does not do terrible things to his people. God is never cruel. God refused to destroy Job’s property.
However, sometimes God allows the devil to test us. God allows such troubles so that we learn to trust God more (1 Peter 1:7).
Job’s troubles begin
v13 On the birthday of Job’s oldest son, that son invited his brothers and sisters for a party. They were eating together in his house. And they were drinking wine.
v14 On that day, a servant came to Job. The servant said, ‘Your oxen (farm animals) were ploughing. And the donkeys (small horses) were eating together. v15 But then, people from the nation called Sabea attacked. They took the animals. And they killed all your servants. I alone escaped to tell you.’
v16 While that servant was still speaking, another servant arrived. This other servant said, ‘Fire came down from God in heaven! The fire burned your sheep. And the fire burned your servants. I alone escaped to tell you.’
v17 While this servant was still speaking, another servant arrived. This next servant said, ‘People came from the nation called Chaldea. There were three groups. They stole your camels. They killed your servants. I alone escaped to tell you.’
v18 While he was still speaking, one more servant arrived. This last servant said, ‘Your sons and daughters were in your oldest son’s house. They were eating together. And they were drinking wine. v19 But then, a great wind blew from the desert. It was so strong that the house fell down. Everybody died. I alone escaped to tell you.’
Verse 13
A birthday should be a happy day. But this birthday was a terrible day. On this day, Satan attacked Job. Job’s troubles came suddenly.
Job’s children were not ready for that day. They were behaving quite as they always behaved. They were not trusting God. They were not ready to meet God. Instead, they were ‘eating and drinking’.
Before Noah’s flood, people were ‘eating and drinking’. These people were not ready for the flood. The flood drowned them. And they were not ready to meet God (Matthew 24:37-39).
Verses 14-17
The servants in verses 14-17 announced that Job had lost all his possessions.
Job’s sheep died in a terrible fire.
Enemies stole Job’s camels.
Other enemies took Job’s oxen (farm animals)
and his donkeys (small horses).
In the morning, Job was the wealthiest man in the east.
But in the evening, Job was a very poor man.
Sometimes troubles happen suddenly. Each new trouble makes us weaker. We think that we have no strength.
Satan was very cruel to Job.
Job’s reaction to the terrible news
v20 Then Job stood up. He tore his clothes to show that he was very sad. He shaved his hair to show that he had lost everything. Then, he knelt to praise God. (That is, Job bent his body to the ground.)
v21 Job said, ‘I had nothing when I was born. And I will have nothing when I die. God gave many things to me. Now, God has taken these things from me. But I will still praise God.’
v22 Although Job’s troubles were great, Job’s words were not evil. And Job did not accuse God.
Verse 20
Satan did these terrible things to Job because Satan wanted Job to insult God (verse 11). Satan thought that Job would hate God because of these troubles.
So Job’s reaction was important to Satan.
Job’s reaction was also important to God.
In one day, Job lost everything that he owned.
But Job still praised God.
On that day, Job’s sons and daughters died.
But Job still praised God.
Job had been rich. Now he was poor.
But Job still praised God.
Verses 21-22
Job knew that his possessions really belonged to God (Psalm 24:1).
Job thought that God had taken Job’s possessions. And Job thought that this was fair. God gave him those things. And Job supposed that God had taken those things away. Job did not know that really Satan had done these terrible things. But Job did not accuse God.

 We can learn many important lessons from Chapter 1:
·     God is good. He protects us. He provides for us.
·     The devil is cruel. The devil causes our troubles.
·     Sometimes God allows the devil to test us. At these times, God is still protecting us. God will help us.
When we have troubles, we should still trust God. We should continue to respect God.
Keith Simons

Quit Focusing on Self

"When the mind dwells upon self,
it is turned away from Christ,
the source of strength and life.

Hence it is Satan's constant effort to keep the attention diverted from the Savior and thus prevent the union and communion of the soul with Christ.

*The pleasures of the world,  
*life's cares and perplexities and sorrows,
*the faults of others,
*or your own faults and imperfections--to any or all of these he will seek to divert the mind.

Do not be misled by his devices. Many who are really conscientious, and who desire to live for God, he too often leads to dwell upon their own faults and weaknesses, and thus by separating them from Christ he hopes to gain the victory.

We should not make self the center and indulge anxiety and fear as to whether we shall be saved. All this turns the soul away from the Source of our strength. Commit the keeping of your soul to God, and trust in Him. Talk and think of Jesus. Let self be lost in Him. Put away all doubt; dismiss your fears. Say with the apostle Paul, "I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, *who loved me, *and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20. Rest in God."
Steps To Christ p.71,72 E.G.W.

SDA History: The Civil War

"I was shown the excitement created among our people by the article in the Review headed, "The Nation." Some understood it one way, and some another. The plain statements were distorted, and made to mean what the writer did not intend.
The time had come for our true sentiments in relation to slavery and the Rebellion to be made
known. There was need of moving with wisdom to turn away the suspicions excited against Sabbathkeepers. We should act with great caution. "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (Romans 12:18). We can obey this admonition, and not sacrifice one principle of our faith.

I was shown that some moved very indiscreetly in regard to the article mentioned. It did not in all respects accord with their views, and instead of calmly weighing the matter, and viewing it in all its bearings, they became agitated, excited, and some seized the pen and jumped hastily at conclusions which would not bear investigation. Some were inconsistent and unreasonable. They did that which Satan is ever hurrying them to do, namely, acted out their own rebellious feelings.

In Iowa they carried things to quite a length, and ran into fanaticism. They mistook zeal and fanaticism for conscientiousness. Instead of being guided by reason and sound judgment, they allowed their feelings to take the lead. They were ready to become martyrs for their faith. Did all this feeling lead them to God? to greater humility before Him? Oh, no.
I saw that those who have been forward to talk so decidedly about refusing to obey a draft do not understand what they are talking about. Should they really be drafted and, refusing to obey, be threatened with imprisonment, torture, or death, they would shrink and then find that they had not prepared themselves for such an emergency. They would not endure the trial of their faith. What they thought to be faith was only fanatical presumption. Those who would be best prepared to sacrifice even life, if required, rather than place themselves in a position where they could not obey God, would have the least to say. They would make no boast. They would feel deeply and meditate much, and their earnest prayers would go up to heaven for wisdom to act and grace to endure.   

There are a few in the ranks of Sabbathkeepers who sympathize with the slaveholder. When they embraced the truth, they did not leave behind them all the errors they should have left. They need a more thorough draft from the cleansing fountain of truth. Some have brought along with them their old political prejudices, which are not in harmony with
the principles of the truth. They maintain that the slave is the property of the master, and should not be taken from him. They rank these slaves as cattle and say that it is wronging the owner just as much to deprive him of his slaves as to take away his cattle. I was shown that it mattered not how much the master had paid for human flesh and the souls of men; God gives him no title to human souls, and he has no right to hold them as his property. Christ died for the whole human family, whether white or black. The colored race are God's property. Their Maker alone is their master, and those who have dared chain down the body and the soul of the slave, to keep him in degradation like the brutes, will have their retribution. The wrath of God has slumbered, but it will awake and be poured out without mixture of mercy.  

I will here give a copy of a letter written to Brother A, of Oswego County, New York: "I was shown some things in regard to you. I saw that you were deceived in regard to yourself. You have given occasion for the enemies of our faith to blaspheme, and to reproach Sabbathkeepers. By your indiscreet course, you have closed the ears of some who would have listened to the truth. I saw that we should be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. You have manifested neither the wisdom of the serpent nor the harmlessness of the dove.
    Satan was the first great leader in rebellion. God is punishing the North, that they have so long suffered the accursed sin of slavery to exist; for in the sight of heaven it is a sin of the darkest dye. God is not with the South, and He will punish them dreadfully in the end. Satan is the instigator of all rebellion. I saw that you, Brother A, have permitted your political principles to destroy your
judgment and your love for the truth. They are eating out true Godliness from your heart. You have never looked upon slavery in the right light, and your views of this matter have thrown you on the side of the Rebellion, which was stirred up by Satan and his host. Your views of slavery cannot harmonize with the sacred, important truths for this time. You must yield your views or the truth. Both cannot be cherished in the same heart, for they are at war with each other.
You have lost the sanctifying influence of the truth. You have lost your connection with the heavenly host. You have allied yourself with the first great rebel, and God's wrath is upon you; for His sacred cause is reproached, and the truth is made disgusting to unbelievers."

We need not, and cannot, expect union among the nations of the earth. Our position in the image of Nebuchadnezzar is represented by the toes, in a divided state, and of a crumbling material, that will not hold together.
I saw that it is our duty in every case to obey the laws of our land, unless they conflict with the higher law which God spoke with an audible voice from Sinai, and afterward engraved on stone with His own finger.

I was shown that God's people, who are His peculiar treasure, cannot engage in this perplexing war, for it is opposed to every principle of their faith. In the army they cannot obey the truth and at the same time obey the requirements of their officers. There would be a continual violation of conscience. Worldly men are governed by worldly principles. They can appreciate no other. Worldly policy and public opinion comprise the principle of action that governs them.

If those who choose to become like the beasts, by drinking liquid poison, were the only sufferers; if they alone would reap the fruit of their own doings, then the evil would not be so great. But many, very many, must pass through incredible suffering on account of others' sins. Wives and children, although innocent, must drain the bitter cup to its dregs.

Many were blinded and grossly deceived in the last election, [reference to the 1862 midterm
congressional elections--Elections to the United States House of Representatives were held in 1862, mostly in November, in the middle of President Abraham Lincoln's first term. His Republicans lost 22 seats in Congress, while the Democrats picked up 28, for a net swing of 50 seats (or 27 percent) out of a total House membership of 185....A typical result came in Lincoln's home district of Springfield, Illinois, where John T. Stuart, a Democrat and one of Lincoln's former law partners, defeated the Republican incumbent. Anti-black sentiments that overwhelmingly favored forbidding immigration of freed slaves and preventing black suffrage was primarily responsible.] and their influence was used to place in authority men who would wink at evil, men who would witness a flood of woe and misery unmoved, whose principles are corrupt, who are Southern sympathizers, and would preserve slavery as it is.

In positions of trust in the Northern army there are men who are rebels at heart, who value the life of a soldier no more than they would the life of a dog. They can see them torn, and mangled, and dying, by thousands, unmoved. The officers of the Southern army are constantly receiving information in regard to the plans of the Northern army. Correct information has been given to Northern officers in regard to the movements and approach of rebels, which has been disregarded and despised because the informer was black. And by neglecting to prepare for an attack, the Union forces have been surprised and nearly cut to pieces, or what is as bad, many of the poor soldiers have been taken prisoners to suffer worse than death. If there were union in the Northern army, this Rebellion would soon cease. Rebels know they have sympathizers all through the Northern army.

The great leading rebel general, Satan, is acquainted with the transactions of this
Lincoln's "spirit cabinet"
war, and he directs his angels to assume the form of dead generals, to imitate their manners, and exhibit their peculiar traits of character. And leaders in the army really believe that the spirits of their friends and of dead warriors, the fathers of the Revolutionary War, are guiding them.

In some cases when generals have been in most terrible conflict, where their men have fallen like rain, a reinforcement at the right time would have given them a victory. But other generals cared nothing
how many lives were lost, and rather than come to the help of those in an engagement, as though their interests were one, they withheld the necessary aid, fearing that their brother general would receive the honor of successfully repulsing the enemy. Through envy and jealousy they have even exulted to see the enemy gain the victory and repulse Union men. Southern men possess a hellish spirit in this Rebellion, but Northern men ...possess a selfish jealousy, fearing that others will obtain honors and be exalted above themselves. Oh, how many thousands of lives have been sacrificed on this account!
Those of other nations who have conducted war have had but one interest. With a disinterested zeal they have moved on to conquer or to die. Leading men in the Revolution acted unitedly, with zeal, and by that means they gained their
independence. But men now act like demons instead of human beings.

Many professed Union men, holding important positions, are disloyal at heart. Their only object in taking up arms was to preserve the Union as it was, and slavery with it. They would heartily chain down the slave to his life of galling bondage, had they the privilege. Such have a strong degree of sympathy with the South. Blood has been poured out like water, and for nought. In every town and village there is mourning. Wives are mourning for their husbands, mothers for their sons, and sisters for their brothers. But notwithstanding all this suffering, they do not turn to God.

In regard to the South, I was referred to Deuteronomy 32:35-37: "To Me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. For the Lord shall judge His people, and repent Himself for His servants, when He seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left. And He shall say, Where are their Gods, their rock in whom they trusted?"
Testimonies For The Church vol.1,p.355-368 E.G.W.

Creation Moment 5/28/2017 - A Personal Creator

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?Psalm 8:3, 4

"Our Creator is “mindful” of each one of us. He takes as personal an interest in you as if you were the only being He had created.
So we can believe in God:
  1. Because of the intricate design in everything He created about us.
  2. Because of the longing for God within us that leaves us restless till we find our rest in Him.
  3. And because when we seek and find Him, God satisfies our every need and longing – to the full!
Now, it's only reasonable that a personal God would want to reveal Himself to His created beings just as a father desires that his children know him. And God reveals Himself to us in the Bible." DiscoverOnline

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31 Series: vs.18

*From The Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31 written in 1847 by Anne Pratt (1806-1893)

Proverbs 31:18

The regular and constant industry for which the excellent woman is commended, gives every reason for the conclusion that the work which she wrought, or which she superintended, would be of a good and valuable description. Diligence and perseverance in any pursuit give skill and taste in its performance, and enable the worker to excel one who is little interested in his work. Such a matron would, in time, become known and confided in for promptness and regularity, and for durable and beautiful workmanship; and as Boothroyd renders the passage, would see "that her traffic is profitable."
Dr. Clarke suggests that this burning of the lamp, however,implies rather a careful vigilance than a perpetual industry, in the Hebrew mistress.
     Even as early as the time of Abraham we find a "burning lamp" mentioned, which appeared to him as a revelation from God (Gen 15:17). Gideon, when he led out his men against the host of Midian, bade them take their lamps in their pitchers; and from these early records of patriarchal times, even to the days of those whose pens concluded the pages of holy writ, we find the lamp and the oil continually referred to. Lamps were used in the tabernacle, and at marriage festivals were hung around the room, and cast down their light from above. Herodotus describes the lamps of the ancient Egyptians, as "small vases, filled with salt and olive oil, in which the wick floated and burned during the whole night;"
In all ages, the lamp beaming from the chamber window on the dimness and gloom of the outward world, has awakened pleasurable and poetic associations in the mind of the traveller; and whether we are attracted by the small light of a cottage candle, seen from afar, or the still fainter lustre of an eastern lamp, yet our minds form some picture of the home within. The writer of the book of Proverbs, whose eye might rest on such a lamp, would imagine a home of industrious application.

Your Badge

Continue in the faith.
Acts 14:22

"PERSEVERANCE is the badge of true saints.
The Christian life is not a beginning only in the ways of God,
but also a continuance in the same as long as life lasts.

He only is a true conqueror, and shall be crowned at the last,
who continueth till war's trumpet is blown no more.

Perseverance is, therefore, the target of all our spiritual enemies.

The world does not object to your being a Christian for a time, if she can but tempt you to cease your pilgrimage, and settle down to buy and sell with her in Vanity Fair.
The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent your pressing on to glory.
Satan will make many a fierce attack on your perseverance; it will be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to hinder you in service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and that you want rest. He will endeavor to make you weary of suffering, he will whisper, "Curse God, and die." Or he will assail your doctrinal sentiments: "Sensible men are getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks: fall in with the times."

Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close upon your armor, and cry mightily unto God, that by His Spirit you may endure to the end."
Charles Spurgeon

A sinner's Real Prayer

Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
For thy name's sake, O LORD,
pardon mine iniquity;
for it is great.
Turn thee unto me,
and have mercy upon me;
for I am desolate and afflicted.
Look upon mine affliction and my pain;
and forgive all my sins.
Psalm 25:6,11,16,18

On the Streets of Babylon: Trajectory to Rome

Babylon is fallen, is fallen,... 
Come out of her, my people,
Revelation 14:8/18:4
There seem to be those on the Streets of Babylon heading on a "trajectory straight to Rome"

"Mark Driscoll, founder of the infamous Acts 29 church planting network and the pastor who resigned from Mars Hill church amid accusations of staff abuse and misconduct, is now back into full-time ministry. In a video posted on his website, he answers a question from a follower, “whose interpretation of the Bible is right, Protestants’ or Catholics'”?
Driscoll .. stating,
 It’s important to remember that when it comes to Catholicism, They believe in one God,
three persons, Father, Son, and Spirit, the Trinity. They believe in the virgin birth, the sinless life, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. So, a lot of the things that I would call the closed-handed big issues, yeah, we agree as Protestants with the Catholics.
 Mark Driscoll, .... has taken a soft stance on Roman Catholicism. Roman Catholics hold to a false gospel and confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church depends on a confession of this false gospel. Not that Mark Driscoll was ever a qualified Bible teacher, but this is more evidence of the ecumenical trajectory of evangelicalism." Pulpit&Pen


And when the day of Pentecost was fully come,
hey were all with one accord in one place.
Acts 2:1

Gods Purpose for His Church
The Training of the Twelve
The Great Commission
The Gift of the Spirit
At the Temple Gate
A Warning Against Hypocrisy
Before the Sanhedrin
The Seven Deacons
The First Christian Martyr
The Gospel in Samaria
From Persecutor to Disciple
Days of Preparation
A Seeker for Truth
Delivered From Prison
The Gospel Message in Antioch
Heralds of the Gospel
Preaching Among the Heathen
Jew and Gentile
Exalting the Cross
In the Regions Beyond
Berea and Athens
The Thessalonian Letters
Apollos at Corinth
Days of Toil and Trial
A Message of Warning and Entreaty
Called to Reach a Higher Standard
The Message Heeded
Laboring Under Difficulties
A Consecrated Ministry
Salvation to the Jews
Apostasy in Galatia
Paul's Last Journey to Jerusalem
Paul a Prisoner
The Trial at Caesarea
Paul Appeals to Caesar
Almost Thou Persuadest Me
The Voyage and Shipwreck
 In Rome
Caesars Household
Written From Rome
At Liberty
The Final Arrest
Paul Before Nero
Paul's Last Letter
Condemned to Die
A Faithful Under Shepherd
Steadfast Unto the End
John the Beloved
A Faithful Witness
Transformed by Grace
The Revelation
The Church Triumphant
The church is God's appointed agency for the salvation of men. It was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world.
Christ is a sure foundation. Upon this living stone, Jews and Gentiles alike may build. It is broad enough for all and strong enough to sustain the weight and burden of the whole world.
The church is God's fortress. His city of refuge, which He holds in a revolted world.

SDA Issues - Blame Eliel for public embarassment to the Church

"Stories of LGBT+ Adventists and their families have caught the attention of major news organizations, pointing both to the power of the stories and their uniqueness as accounts from within the faith community. Two stories in particular—one about an Adventist pastor who came out as bisexual and another about the Adventist parents of a transgender daughter—have received national media coverage.

Johnston’s video went viral on social media, and after coverage in Spectrum, the story was picked up by Religion News Service, NBC News and other major outlets.

Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and LGBTQ Nation were among the outlets that covered the Widmers' “Outspoken” story. That the stories of Alicia Johnston and the Widmer
family hit national media was no accident. Eliel Cruz, an LGBT activist, faith organizer and Andrews University alum, used extensive connections with religion reporters and LGBTQ reporters to help the stories spread.
Realistically, mainstream media doesn't care about Adventist stories. They don't pay attention to it,” Cruz said. He attributed the oversight to Adventism’s insularity and its relative foreignness to most North American media. However, Cruz noted that journalists have picked up stories he pitched them both because they are “really interesting stories” and because he can contextualize Adventist stories in ways reporters unfamiliar with Adventism might not be able to." CVV
......and the enemy who sowed them is the devil,...
Matthew 13:39

IN the NEWS - Evil dripping in the News (again)

It's Ending as it Began: On an Evil Note
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually...But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,...
Genesis 6:5/2 Timothy 3:13
"Yet another undercover video of Planned Parenthood officials discussing abortion in gruesome, callous terms has been released.

The National Review reports that in the most recent video released by the Center for Medical

Progress, Planned Parenthood officials discuss how they fulfill orders from companies for fetal tissue.

One woman in the video, Dr. Lisa Harris, the medical director of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, is seen stating, “Given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here. . . . Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.”

Another Planned Parenthood official, Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, who is director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, makes this shocking statement: “If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not PBA [partial-birth abortion].”

Another official flat-out admits that they perform partial birth abortions and yet another makes a callous joke about an eyeball falling down into her lap while she performed an abortion.

But not only did these abortion officials discuss the procedures in gruesome, callous terms, they revealed that they sell fetal tissue from abortions."

SDA News - President Ted Wilson's Statement

"On Monday night we were saddened to learn of the senseless loss of life in Manchester, England, where a bomb exploded, killing 22 and wounding 120, many of whom were young people. I have been in touch with Pastor Raafat Kamal, president of the Trans-European Division, letting him know of our sorrow and prayer support.
I invite you to join me in praying for the people of Manchester, for
the families who lost loved ones, for the wounded, and for our church members who can be instruments of encouragement and hope to the people of that grieving city through Total Member Involvement. The hope of Christ’s soon coming can bring great hope for the future.
In addition to praying for those affected by these recent horrific events of which we are keenly aware, let’s also remember to pray for the many victims whose tragedies may not be reported in the news, but who are experiencing terrible suffering in silence." ANN 
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil:
but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
Proverbs 12:20