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  1. 6 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Appeal for Sound Methods of Intepretation of Bible Prophecy

    Ron lambert makes three (3) points with which I am in solid agreement with him: * We must use sound methods to interpret and to understand the Biblical prophecies. * We have not always done so. * Our evangelists have not always done so. Once he goes beyond the above points I will leave it to you to decide. I am not going to get into those aspects of his post at this point in time. But, I applaud him for making the above three (3) points which I believe are critical.
  2. 5 points
    debbym

    Tom Petty

    some mumblings about death and Tom Petty... Learning of deaths whether famous or humble private lives, reminds me of my mortality, and how precious each person is to God. The next moment in their timeline they meet with God, in one resurrection or the other. In between birth and death i have already spent so much time denying the reality of the love of God. I am certain God is deeply involved with each persons arriving and each person's passing. Death is the tearing of the fabric of life, the body, the heart, the mind. Is it a kind of giving of birth by nature of human life to the next realm? I know God knows how to walk His children through that passage. Dying can be in almost as many ways as there are people. I have walked with friends who were waiting for it and almost impatient for it to come. However it comes, God can speak to those dying and receive their final wishes in this world. I am so glad God is great enough to deeply and profoundly know every human being born, and their every thought and every dream and every experience of life and how to measure them and prepare for their destiny. Tom Petty had some great talent, lived and loved and impacted his world, and i hope he will be friends with God when he wakes up.
  3. 5 points
    Stan

    EGW nailed it!

    "There is no hope for the success of any religious organization where criticism is cherished as a fine art, and called spiritual discernment." - Ellen White, The Upward Look, p. 28
  4. 5 points
    Gail

    Freedom to post.

    I agree with both Aubrey and Pam. If there is something to be corrected/improved/informed/rebuked, there is a way to add TO the discussion rather than take from.
  5. 4 points
    dgrimm60

    How exact do we need to be?

    GAIL I hear a sermon about the word perfection====the speaker made a point about the word perfect he said we could use the word qualified ===an example===" this person is perfect for the job" we could use the word qualified====" this person is qualified for the job " so GOD THE FATHER===GOD THE SON===GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT are qualifying his people to be in HEAVEN just a thought dgrimm60
  6. 4 points
    dgrimm60

    Beans Instead Of Beef!

    AUBREY that is what I say when I go into TACO BELL----" Beans NO Beef" or ===" Beans instead of Beef" dgrimm60
  7. 4 points
    Aubrey

    Beans Instead Of Beef!

    You'd be surprised. I do hope that you'll check out nutritionfacts.org. If you'd rather, check out these health care professionals and the books outlining their findings: T. Colin Campbell (The China Study), John McDougall (The Starch Solution), Caldwell Esselstyn (Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure), Neal Barnard ( Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes), Michael Greger (How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease), Michael Klaper (Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple), Joel Fuhrmann (The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes), Garth Davis (Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It), Pam Popper (Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life), Jeff Novick (www.jeffnovick.com). At any rate, if you suffer from heart disease, diabetes, or obesity and your current strategy isn't doing anything more than controlling the symptoms while ignoring the cause, it certainly wouldn't hurt to just check these out.
  8. 4 points
    Aubrey

    Beans Instead Of Beef!

    Check out nutritionfacts.org You'd be surprised by the number of people who are REVERSING diabetes by eating a whole-food plant-based diet.
  9. 4 points
    Aubrey

    Beans Instead Of Beef!

    Whole-food, plant-based way of eating is the WAVE OF THE FUTURE! It's the only sustainable, healthy way of eating. I can't wait for the younger generations to make the transformation complete!
  10. 4 points
    Gregory Matthews

    The Chalk Man

    For something to remember, see: http://goodnewsplanet.com/the-chalk-guy-is-back/ Note: All are in 2-D, they are not 3-D. To see more simply google "The Chalk Man." The Internet is full of his work and similar.
  11. 4 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    decibels in church :)

  12. 4 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Freedom to post.

    for the Adventist Record, and similar publications, I think it behooves them to have a time limit on whatever comments are made regarding specific topics. Otherwise, new articles of interest could get buried in ongoing (and probably repetitious) beatings of a dead horse... On the "correcting" / "rebuking" .... I guess if I write something that's not factual and I'm representing it to be factual, I'd want someone to tap me on the shoulder and say, "waittaminnut" ... what I don't particularly like is to be attacked for my opinion of whatever. If someone doesn't like my opinion, I don't mind. But it's pretty rude to denigrate or ridicule someone simply because their opinion differs from your own. That said, opinions can be informed or uninformed... best to make "informed" opinions, and not make assumptions.
  13. 4 points
    CoAspen

    SDA Congregaton, Apostate?

    When ever someone condemns 'social justice', I am reminded of the Biblical injunction, treat others as you would treat yourself. Social justice, Christ came to seek and save and heal the sick. There are parts of christianity who seem to believe that to be involved in others lives and raise them up is evil. Reminds me again of Christ words, where were you when I needed clothes, was sick or in need. God save us from the self righteous who always seem to focus on what others are doing...I believe Chris spoke about those also, some not so very kind words.
  14. 4 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Kingdom of AdventiStan

    there are many generic Christian forums .... if I was a non-SDA Christian looking to find a forum in which to participate, and joined this forum without any indication that it was geared towards Adventism, and subsequently found out, it would make me think there was a hidden agenda. I don't think there's anything wrong with putting "SDA" or "Adventist" in the name of the forum. It's like Catholic fora or Baptist fora. If I was interested in discussing things with folks who subscribe to those beliefs, it'd be kinda nice to know in advance that I've found the correct place...
  15. 4 points
    JoeMo

    Kingdom of AdventiStan

    I hope this question doesn't offend anyone. Why do we have to tie the name to Adventism? The name "Adventist" will automatically make many people infer that it is a site exclusively for SDA's. I realize that I am not the boss of anything here in Adventistan; but I am certainly interested in attracting a larger audience than Adventists. There is enough of a core of Adventists here to keep the subject matter under control. Just my opinion. If the majority here want to keep the site mainly for Adventists, I'm okay with that, too. I'm staying regardless. I like it here.
  16. 3 points
    aka

    Facts of our Faith

    We believe that God never changes: "I am that I am. "Exodus 3:14 "For I am the LORD, I change not." Malachi 3:6 "Christ is the same Yesterday, and Today, and Forever." Hebrews 13:8 "... with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17
  17. 3 points
    CoAspen

    14,000,000 Loss

    One of the responces to the article asked the question, 'Is bringing them back, the best thing to do?' They mentioned that it sounded like control. I also wonder if our approach to the matter is because we feel that somehow they are 'lost'. Maybe a reexamination needs to be done of our motives in the beginning. Bring people to Christ or to the SDA church? It's an old question but I believe still largely unanswered. Is numbers a measureing stick of spiritual health?
  18. 3 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Just like old times ...

  19. 3 points
    Gregory Matthews

    A comment on Annual Council

    The REVIEW has posted my comment, in full, as I wrote it in the OP, on their website.
  20. 3 points
    JoeMo

    Graphic Quotes

    Today is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it!
  21. 3 points
    Jeannieb43

    Annual Council Day 3

    Sorry to sound negative, but as for me personally, whatever the "brethren" decide in Autumn Council will govern what the organization itself will do in the coming months, but it will have nothing to do with me personally and with my spiritual experience. In other words, I have my own relationship with God and with my fellow man but (fortunately) I don't need any other human being to tell me what or how to worship or believe. I realize I'm fortunate, living in the United States, to be able to worship without interference from government forces. But the organization of our church is becoming so top-heavy, IMHO, that I have ceased paying much attention to the comings-and-goings of the people in leadership. There are, and have been, several leaders who have inspired me over the years. But at my age they've mostly all passed away now. They've left me with gems from the Bible and Ellen White which I read and reread to gain strength throughout the day. My biggest task now is to be a friend and a leader to others in my sphere of influence, whatever and whoever they might be. I'm becoming acquainted with lots and lots of new people now that I've left my home of 50 years and moved into a new community. I'm the only Adventist, and the only vegetarian, in this senior community now where I live. I've made lots of new friends, though. Hopefully my life will somehow inspire them to want something that I have, and maybe some of them will learn to love Jesus through me.
  22. 3 points
    The article that Bravus cited contains a large amount of speculation without a shred of either objective evidence to back it up or of inspired writings. NOTE: I am not saying that this applies to every statement. Yes, speculation may be truth and it may not be truth. I am simply saying that speculation is without significant support.
  23. 3 points
    debbym

    Facts of our Faith

    JoeMo, the principle of being righteous by ones labor, or efforts and depending on the efficiency of a fallen human being to reach heaven, results in corruption, and abuse of power. whatever individual or organization, or agency that is built on this mechanism. people can do a lot of great things but this does not prove they are right with God. remember the crowd that cried out, but we did great things in your name.... and Jesus said, "I never knew you." it is faith in God that results in everything that comes from us being able to be set aside, and leaves room for something other that what we can generate on our own. This surrender and seeing nothing worthy in ourselves, and looking completely outside of ourselves, is our protection from self righteousness. When we depend on humanity, rely on corruptible human tradition and authority we stand outside faith in Jesus alone, and this is the liability of every human being. whole adventist churches can be swept up in this and lose their way, as can others in other denominations. this error is not exclusive to any group.
  24. 3 points
    steve9534

    Spliting, O.K.

    I have read Spectrum sporadically for 35 years and they seem to take interest in every divisive and hurtful thing they can find or manufacture within the church. It would be unfortunate for our church, which was founded in part through the efforts of a woman, to split over this issue. I have had the opportunity to attend SDA churches on 4 continents, in many different circumstances, and don't I see this happening. Some people will almost surely leave regardless of whether women are ordained or not, so IDK that one decision is preferable to the other in that respect. Given that EGW had such a prominent role in the beginnings of the church, it would make sense to me that women be ordained at least in the divisions where doing so would not be terribly disruptive. steve
  25. 3 points
    8thdaypriest

    What makes God real to you?

    Thought I would post an answer to prayer. If you remember I posted that I have suffered from barometric migraines for some 45 years. Four months ago, I was reading on migraine.com (a website/forum I follow) an article about vasomotor rhinitis (an auto-immune disorder). Folks with this have VERY sensitive nerves in their sinuses. They react to just about everything (falling barometric pressure, chemical smells, a visit to Walmart, etc. etc.). A doctor had written an article about how vasomotor rhinitis could trigger migraines. His recommendation was to use Flonase faithfully twice a day, and if that worked, then cut to once a day. I followed his advice, and I am VERY happy to report that my headaches have improved at least 75%. My life is truly changed. I can now make a lunch date and actually expect to keep it. Thank you LORD!! Now I'm going to post a promise that I believe the LORD spoke to me. I am posting this in advance, so that you can share the experience. In June of 2016, I had an idea for a toaster accessory. See, I like just ONE piece of toast in the morning (with olive oil butter and chia seeds) with a cup of tea and a few almonds. As anyone who has used a slotted toast knows, the side of your bread that faces the empty slot will be browner (or burned) than the side facing away from the empty slot. I would always watch the toaster, to make sure my toast didn't burn. I complained about this one day to my husband, and his retort was, "Well invent something!". So -- I contacted a design engineer and paid him to come up with a prototype of what I call the "Toaster Mate". I now hold the non-provisional utility patent, and also the trademark of the name. But let me tell you about the miracle part. On July 22nd, while praying out loud about whether to pay $5K for a design engineer, and a patent search, my prayer was interrupted by what I have come to call "The Voice". The Voice is very strong. I don't believe it is audible. It just feels audible. Anyway. The Voice said, "Go forward Rachel. I am going to bless you." So I paid the money, and also have paid a patent attorney. When the USPTO sent "actions" (meaning objections) to some of the claims in my patent application, I was about to give up. Every time the patent attorney files an answer to one of those "actions", it's another $500. The Voice said "All is not lost" several times that day. The USPTO granted my patent in 5 months. THAT is very unusual. So - Now I OWN the patent, and I OWN the trademark. Now I am searching for the right marketing agent. See - large manufacturers and retailers don't want to deal with inventors. They want to deal with agents (like the Shark Tank stars). Inventors are usually too emotional about their inventions. I have prayed about this also. I believe the LORD will connect me with the right agent. I am telling you about all of this now - before I get a contract - before a company buys my patent and my trademark. I'm telling you about this now - before it happens, so that YOU can experience the miracle with me. I believe totally, that the LORD will find a buyer for me, and I will earn royalties. I have promised the LORD half of any profit I am paid (after taxes) from that contract. Any profit that comes to me will TOTALLY be a miracle. I do not know WHEN this will happen. I just believe it WILL happen. The picture below is my hand, putting my prototype into my toaster. I've been using that prototype for the last 8 months, and it works beautifully. No more burned toast. The Toaster Mate is made of unglazed ceramic and weighs about 3.5 ounces.
  26. 3 points
    debbym

    Sex Offender at SDA School

    this guy was not in a public restroom. this guy was identified as an apparent male and devious predator, to be entering a girls restroom in a private Christian school ... nothing here correlates to transgender use of a public restroom for left or right, or for humor. so thankful he was corralled and quickly, i hope.
  27. 3 points
    Aubrey

    Beans Instead Of Beef!

    I'm not going to address the principles behind why your diet worked, but I do want to mention that my husband has been applying the principles of eating a whole-food, plant-based diet and while it goes against practically everything he learned about controlling his blood sugars (i.e., he was taught to eat a low-carb, high-fat diet), his blood sugars are lower--they are regulating(!)--and he's managed to lose 10% of his weight in only 8 weeks. I, too, have lost weight. Our typical day of food looks something like: Breakfast: A berry smoothie made with 1/4 cup of berries, a 1/4 banana, 1/2 cup beans (!), 1 tbsp ground flax seed, 1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon, 1 tsp amla (gooseberry) powder, 2 oz pomegranate juice and 2 oz nut or rice "milk". 3 mini oat bran muffins made with applesauce and a mashed banana instead of oils/eggs. These muffins also have nuts, dried fruit, seeds. I make a batch each week for us to use. 1/4 cup of nuts/seeds. We steer clear of cashews and peanuts and mainly have a blend of pistachios, almonds, pecans, macadamias and walnuts. Brazil nuts once a week. 1/2 cup of popped sorghum. Lunch: 1/4 cup hummus on gluten-free bread or a rice cake. 1/2 cup fresh veggies (peppers, celery, carrots) 1 piece fresh fruit. Or, we may have a salad that incorporates most of the above. 12 mini sheets of nori/seaweed. Dinner: A huge salad with oil-free dressing. Bean chili (sometimes we add veggies to this too--cauliflower goes great(!)--and it always has black pepper and turmeric/curcumin in the spice mix). Fresh steamed broccoli (if we didn't incorporate broccoli in our lunch or dinner salad). Baked potato, sweet potato or squash. Then we go back for "seconds" of anything we want. Personally, we will never go back to eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). Never again a high-fat, low-carb diet. Never again using sugar substitutes.
  28. 3 points
    debbym

    Sex Offender at SDA School

    sounds like they spotted him before he had any time to trouble any of the students. yes!! The staff did a great job!!
  29. 3 points
    debbym

    Beans Instead Of Beef!

    legumes also include peas and lentils and garbanzos, soybeans, peanuts, in addition to pintos, and red beans. black beans. kidney beans, navy beans, northern beans, black eyed beans and others.. has anyone here eaten the legume lupins?
  30. 3 points
    scarney

    Beans Instead Of Beef!

    Aubrey, I would like to suggest you add Linda Carney MD to the list. :-) (Disclaimer: She is my wife) Check out her web site at https://www.drcarney.com It is all about whole food plant based no oil nutrition and she has a lot of experience helping people with More Health and Less Medicines. :-) Sean
  31. 3 points
    dgrimm60

    Spliting, O.K.

    HEY ALL CAN WOMEN lead out and give sermons ?====can women lead out and give bible studies? ====do women need to be ordain to give bible studies+++NO do women need to be ordain to give sermons===NO so let the women give sermons and lead out in bible studies women lead out in sabbath school===did they need to be ordain? -- the article stated that what if the topic were ordination of LGTB that the majority were be against this---- But the METHODIST church did women ordination----this lead to LGTB ordination---- as GODS CHURCH are we wanting to follow the world=== the ISRAEL NATION wanted a KING just like the world so what happen === the Nation went in to a spiritual down fall WELL i have said my peace like it or not dgrimm60
  32. 3 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Spliting, O.K.

    it never fails to amaze me how much time and energy is wasted on the women's ordination issue in the SDA church... Satan isn't concerned about who delivers the gospel message... he's just ecstatic that the SDA church is arguing about it. Can't believe so many have fallen for this ploy.
  33. 3 points
    JoeMo

    Let the fun begin!!(Trump Time)

    He was wrong once. He thought he had made a mistake, but he really hadn't made one.
  34. 3 points
    aka

    Freedom to post.

    Here's a well known adage: "It is better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
  35. 3 points
    Aubrey

    Freedom to post.

    The thing that bothers me the most is the "correcting" and "rebuking" and "approving" that goes on here. If I say something, I'd rather not have someone following my post with an "explanation" of what they thought I was saying; or a post where someone says I didn't provide enough sources for my ideas or opinions. That aggravates the @#$% out of me and prevents me from posting more than I do. Before I post, I often think, "Well, if I do say such and such, someone's bound to come by and tell me that I really meant to say this or that." And it's not just those comments about MY posts. It's when I see the rebuking that goes on when others post. They say that things would be different in real life conversations and that online is so hard to read tone and motive...but honestly, I have a really strong feeling that there are certain people I would NEVER engage in conversation in "real life" because I know I'd have to hold my tongue--having nothing nice to say. (Holding my breath...)
  36. 3 points
    Kevin H

    SDA Congregaton, Apostate?

    How sad. And it's sad that to be considered a good faithful Seventh-day Adventist you need to follow the beliefs of people who received letters from Mrs. White and Willie telling them that despite massive quoting of her works that they do not understand her message and were basically using her words to try to add bite to their message.
  37. 3 points
    debbym

    SDA Congregaton, Apostate?

    it is pathetic to become accused of being apostate for such an incident. Fear seems rife, and the vanity of the human mind seems to have no limit.
  38. 3 points
    debbym

    Discipleship

    I find this to be so true, to continually hear the masters voice... to not ever be far from the Shepard.
  39. 3 points
    Stan

    OK, someone else do this, and show, please :)

  40. 3 points
    8thdaypriest

    No evil in heaven

    I don't believe it will take a thousand years to explain to me why certain of my family members are "not there". I'm not THAT slow. I want to hear all about the original rebellion, and stories from all the patriarchs, and study science and mathamatics, and meet some people from other dimensions, and tour the gardens of Heaven. Wow!! I can think of sooooo many things I would rather do then hear about other people's sins.
  41. 3 points
    phkrause

    Rosh Hashanah

    How Is Rosh Hashanah Celebrated? Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday marking the first and second days of the Jewish year. (In 2017, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall on September 22). It’s the day G‑d created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4830/jewish/How-Is-Rosh-Hashanah-Celebrated.htm#utm
  42. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    Tech Addiction

    Ill be busy in the nearest black hole and traveling at the same speed as time, exploring.
  43. 2 points
    I'm saying that citing only one-self is not good academic practice. And then I'm saying that Mr Javor's understanding of 'this 200-year-old nebular theory of the solar system’s origins' is flawed, which means that he is not in a position to reject it. One doesn't have to accept a theory to credibly challenge it, but one does have to understand it.
  44. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    Facts of our Faith

    More likely would read: "what SOME Adventists believe."
  45. 2 points
    james423

    Lesson 1 - The Apostle Paul in Rome

    Overall Question: What do we know about the Apostle Paul and his relationship to the city of Rome and the believers there? Memory Text: Romans 1:8 New International Version First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. Sunday – The Apostle Paul’s Letter Romans 16:1-2 New English Translation Now I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 so that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and provide her with whatever help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many, including me. Acts 18:23 New Century Version He stayed there for a while and then left and went through the regions of Galatia and Phrygia. He traveled from town to town in these regions, giving strength to all the followers. Acts 18:23 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Paul was not only an evangelist who raised up new churches; he was also a pastor in the sense that he maintained an active concern for the continuing welfare of his churches. For some of these churches, raised up on the First Missionary Journey, this was Paul’s fourth visit. Monday – Paul’s Desire to Visit Rome Romans 15:20-27 New Living Translation 20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. 21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.” 22 In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been preaching in these places. 23 But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long years of waiting, I am eager to visit you. 24 I am planning to go to Spain, and when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship for a little while, you can provide for my journey. 25 But before I come, I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers there. 26 For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. 27 They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially. Romans 15:24 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY There is no conclusive evidence, Biblical or historical, that Paul ever succeeded in reaching Spain…Paul hoped that the Roman Christians would do all in their power to prosper his journey into Spain. Perhaps he felt that he might receive from them the same kindness and respect as from other churches that had sent companions to escort him on his journey. This ancient demonstration of hospitality is common in the Orient today. Romans 15:26 Note from the New Living Translation – “Macedonia and Achaia were the northern and southern regions of Greece. Tuesday – Paul in Rome Acts 28:16 Modern English Version When we arrived at Rome, the centurion handed the prisoners over to the captain of the guard. But Paul was allowed to remain by himself with the soldier who guarded him. Acts 28:17-31 New Life Version 17 Three days later Paul asked the leaders of the Jews to come to him. When they had gathered together, he said, “Brothers, I have done nothing against our people or the way our early fathers lived. And yet, I was tied with chains in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18 I was put on trial, but they found no reason to put me to death. They would have let me go free. 19 But the Jews did not like this. So I had to ask to be sent to Caesar. It was not because I had anything against my people. 20 The reason I have asked you to come is to tell you this. It is because of the hope of the Jewish nation that I am tied in these chains.” 21 They said to Paul, “We have had no letters from Judea about you. No Jew who has come here has ever said anything bad about you. 22 We would like to hear from you what you believe. As for this new religion, all we know is that everyone is talking against it.” 23 They planned to meet him on a certain day. Many people came to the place where he stayed. He preached to them about the holy nation of God. He tried to get them to put their trust in Jesus Christ by preaching from the Law of Moses and from the writings of the early preachers. From morning until night he spoke to them. 24 Some of them believed his teaching. Others did not believe. 25 As they left, they did not agree with each other. Then Paul said, “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your early fathers through the early preacher Isaiah. 26 He said, ‘Go to these people and say, “You will hear and never understand, you will look and never see, 27 because these people have hearts that have become fat. They do not hear well with their ears. They have closed their eyes so their eyes do not see and their ears do not hear and their minds do not understand and they do not turn to Me and let Me heal them.”’ 28 “I want you to know that the Good News of God of knowing how to be saved from the punishment of sin has been sent to the people who are not Jews. And they will listen to it!” 29 *After he had said these things, the Jews went away and argued with each other. 30 Paul paid money to live in a house by himself for two years. He was happy for all who came to see him. 31 He kept on preaching about the holy nation of God. He taught about the Lord Jesus Christ without fear. No one stopped him. Acts 28:30 COMMENTARY BY ADAM CLARKE As a state prisoner, he might have had an apartment in the common prison; but peculiar favour was showed him, and he was permitted to dwell alone, with the soldier that guarded him. Finding now an opportunity of preaching the Gospel, he hired a house for the purpose, and paid for it by the fruits of his own labour. Here he received all that came unto him, and preached the Gospel with glorious success; so that his bonds became the means of spreading the truth, and he became celebrated even in the palace of Nero…It is said that during his two years' residence here he became acquainted with Seneca, the philosopher, between whom and the apostle an epistolary correspondence took place. In an ancient MS. of Seneca's epistles in my own possession, these letters are extant, and are in number fourteen and have a prologue to them written by St. Jerome. That they are very ancient cannot be doubted; but learned men have long ago agreed that they are neither worthy of Paul nor of Seneca. Wednesday – The “Saints” in Rome Romans 1:7 New International Reader’s Version 7 I am sending this letter to all of you in Rome. You are loved by God and appointed to be his holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Romans 1:7 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Saints, literally, “holy ones.” The term is common in the NT to describe Christians. It does not necessarily denote persons who are already perfect in holiness, but rather those who by their profession and baptism may be assumed to be separate from the world and consecrated to God. Ephesians 1:4 God’s Word Translation Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence. Hebrews 2:9 Christian Standard Bible But we do see Jesus—made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace he might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death. 2 Peter 3:9 Contemporary English Version The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost. Thursday – The Believers in Rome Romans 1:8 Contemporary English Version First, I thank God in the name of Jesus Christ for all of you. I do this because people everywhere in the world are talking about your faith. Romans 1:8 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES They were in the capital of the Roman empire; in a city remarkable for its wickedness; and in a city whose influence extended everywhere. It was natural, therefore, that their remarkable conversion to God should be celebrated everywhere. The religious or irreligious influence of a great city will be felt far and wide; and this is one reason why the apostles preached the gospel so much in such places. Romans 15:14 Easy-to-Read Version My brothers and sisters, I know without a doubt that you are full of goodness and have all the knowledge you need. So you are certainly able to counsel each other.
  46. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    The End of the Church # 1

    Did you know that your dog is famous on the internet now? lol (the one I saw on your site)
  47. 2 points
    dgrimm60

    Monty Hall

    LIFEHISCOST I am sure he will be missed by family and friends an d fans dgrimm60
  48. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    Happy Sabbath To All

    I am glad that i can contribute in a positive way like this. We often think of "the darkness" as missed opportunities, when in fact it is an opportunity in work clothes
  49. 2 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    SDA Guilty of Contempt

    That's pretty sick... At age 46, Shortis (the Adventist) really ought to know better, imho.
  50. 2 points
    aka

    Hurricane Irma?

    Hurricane season came each year to Staten Island NYC. I never feared it as kid when it got really windy and raining. It was very exciting for me. One time I woke up to heavy adult voices. I was about five years old at the time. The bedroom door was open and I saw how a policeman was walking to my grandfather's room. Mother came to close the door of the bedroom I was in and said all was alright and I should go back to sleep. I believed her fibbing. The truth of the matter was the popular tree had uprooted in the storm and fell on the roof. One of its lower branches crashed through grandpa's window and pinned him to the bed. The shock of it all caused his weak heart (83yrs) to burst a couple of days later, and he died as the result from the shock of having that tree branch burst the window and pinning him down to the bed. Personally, at this stage of my life I do pray (as you all do as well most likely) for a quiet swift death. Painless and with out chronic suffering over a long time. That's the ideal of course and I have no dibs on the right to have such a wish fulfilled. But it's nice to walk in hope that I'll be alive when Jesus comes to pick up the righteous dead and then us living ones. At the old-folks home where my 85 yr old father-in-law lived they went looking for him because of him not showing up for breakfast. Upon opening the door to his room they discovered him sitting at his desk with his head bowed into the book he was reading. Apparently he had had a swift brain stroke and was gone from life in a quiet way. The doctor on call was telling us that he too wished for himself such a pleasant was of passing-on.


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