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  1. 6 points
    The Wanderer

    The Trinity

    Well, regardless of what you believe, we are glad to have you with us here on the forum. Wouldnt be the same without you.
  2. 5 points
    B/W Photodude

    Membership

    I remember a study I read about where they asked people who no longer came to church, "what bothered them the most?". A common answer was no one came looking for them. No church should have missing members that no one cares about or fails to notice when they are no longer there.
  3. 5 points
    Gregory Matthews

    A Great Honor!

    BW: Send the money to me, of course. Pam: Dr. Chen left her position with WHO on May 22, 2017. Of course it is a scam. A real offer would have valued me at more than $850,000. I am offended by the low offer, but I guess that is what happens if you are employed by a charity. JoMo: Thank you.
  4. 4 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Satan Is The "Bridegroom?"

    Pam: I reacted the same way that you did. Most people are not going to view the video cited that was almost an hour long. As I understand his thinking, he presents the idea hat Satan falsely presents himself as the Christ coming at the 2nd Advent. He says that this false Christ is accepted by the deceived as the bridegroom that that virgins have been waiting for.
  5. 3 points
    Kevin H

    NAD leadership?

    I know that I'm critical of them, however I don't automatically dismiss them. They have been a part of the Adventist tapestry. They have a history that we on the one hand need to remember but also know that they often focus on things that we are in danger of overlooking. What scares me about them is that, despite their track record, they often consider themselves the ONLY form of true Adventism and the rest of us nominal Adventists. And they tend to use what ever they can to try to force their views on the rest of us. There are liberal sides and conservative sides. I respect and fear both equally. They all have something to say worth listening to. We have to remember that we all also have things that may be helpful to me but not necessary to you. The only one who had complete undiluted truth is our Lord Jesus Christ. Then we have 12 imperfect reflections of the truth and a further 70 imperfect reflections. We have prophets who all can have the same criticisms raised against them that the liberals and critics of our church can raise against Mrs. White. And these are the ones who are far above us in knowledge of the truth. We should be like this forum, the different voices where we share our views and comment and evaluate and we follow according to the dictates of our own consciences.
  6. 3 points
    Gregory Matthews

    SDA Evangelism Good & Bad

    See: https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2017/12/01/what-drives-me-crazy-about-adventist-churches
  7. 3 points
    Gregory Matthews

    A Strange Dream

    The following story is true, in all of its details as it actually happened to me. I have not attempted to analyze it in an attempt to determine meaning. I will leave that to any of you who wish to do so. Sometime in the late hours of the night, I entered into a dream state. In that state I saw myself walking a narrow path going where I do not know. As I considered my journey, I was reminded in my mind of the time in which our Lord lived, a time when their travel was often by walking and modern travel did not exist. As I proceeded along on my journey, I realized that I could not complete it during the daylight hours and so I lay down on ground beside the path planning to spend the night there. As I reflected on my situation I was reminded of the story Christ told of the Good Samaritan who helped a traveler who had been attacked on a journey by thieves. I hoped that I would not find myself in the same situation. As I slept by the side of the path, a thief came by and seeing me lying there asleep, he began to roll me over in an attempt to steal my wallet. This deeply frightened me as to the potential harm that might happen to me. I decided that I must call for help in the hope that there might be some traveler who would take pity on me as happened in the parable of our Lord. Twice I screamed out: "Help." Out of the darkness of that hour, came a voice: "Greg wake up. You are having a bad dream." It was my wife who had been awakened by my movements and had started rubbing my back, which I thought was the thief attempting to rob me. She has informed me that twice I had screamed out something that could not be understood as any kind of a word in any known language. This has made for interesting conversations between us throughout the day. Nothing like this has ever happened before.
  8. 3 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Jim Nabors, "O Holy Night"

    remembering actor/singer Jim Nabors who passed away this week ~
  9. 3 points
    Kevin H

    Membership

    B/W Photodude: Wanted to like your above quote but there are more than two camps in Adventism. Our pioneers came from diverse churches and brought their diversity with them. They agreed on a hand full of fundamentals then as long as they were not fanatics could believe what they understood in scripture. I think some of the ways you can slice up the pie is fundamentalists and non-fundamentalists: Desmond Ford, the Adventist Theological Society, Main line Adventists and the so-called "Historic Adventists"/Last generation Theology Adventists would all be fundamentalists. While among large view and other pockets here and there we would be non-fundamentalists. , We could also divide up between Lutheran, which would include the Fordites and ATS, the Methodists which would include the Larger view, the teachings from Atlantic Union College from the 1970s and 80s, and the Historic/Last Generation, and the Baptists which would include main line Adventists. You could divide up between the Forensics and God's wrath being an active punishment that needs to be appeased, which would include Fordites,, ATS and Historic/Last Generation. And the non-forensics which would include larger view, AUC in the 70s and 80s, and the God does not kill subgroup. And mainline being undecided. Speaking of which you can divide up between God does kill by imposed penalty: Ford, ATS, Historic/Last Generation; God does kill by natural result by the same action causing heaven to the save causing death to the lost: Larger view/AUC 70s 80s, and the God does not kill: the God does not kill sub group. And Mainline being split between the 3. There are the pro and anti women's ordination groups as well. When it comes to Fundamentalism and God's wrath The historic/last generation would have much more in common with Ford than with me. But when looking at Methodism and the importance of the investigative judgment the Historic/Last Generation would have much more in common with me than with Ford. So you see we have many different subgroups and many different ways we can slice up the pie. This is one of the beauties of Adventism. During our best times we have learned how to play together. During our worst times one or another sub group thinks that they are the only valid version of Adventism and that the rest of us are only nominal Adventists and they want to force their view of Adventism on the rest of us and make us comply. Indeed we need to mentor our new members. Support them. Help them to see the basics of Adventism (the landmarks and 28) but also the unity in diversity that we have.
  10. 3 points
    The Wanderer

    Membership

    I learned a new word tonight. Thank you!
  11. 3 points
    The Wanderer

    Membership

    I should add that I wasnt complaining or feeling bitter, angry etc when I made the above comment...it is just a simple observation For a number of years, I "specialized" in visiting non-active members and bringing them back into the fold. I was good at those kind of personal appeals, but if the/a church is not ready for members to return, or for new members to begin attending, then its just an invitation for repeat offences.:)
  12. 3 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Membership

    Aubrey, I do not have good answers for that and as The Wanderer said . . . . . .
  13. 3 points
    Kevin H

    Coming Out

    While experience is the best teacher, I believe that God would have shown in a way that did not require our experience. When Lucifer started to ask his questions God could have worked with his searching for answers. But sadly instead of looking for answers, Lucifer just began to pat himself on his back for being clever enough to come up with those questions. But even as the "fallen" angels had just experimented among themselves God could have worked with them and their experience to teach the rest of the universe. I have no problem with the idea of these beings having been around for millions if not billions of years. But they did a major hardening of their hearts when they for all practical purposes became child molesters by deceiving the newly created Adam and Eve. We read in Mrs. White about the time Lucifer came back but God told him that it was too late. In the Bible we find God giving these questions for how they respond. One where the right answer was given was when the Canaanite woman was asked "Is it meet to give the children's food to the dogs?" and she replied "Even dogs get the crumbs from the table." Lucifer could have answered "God, you are simply repeating a lie I've been saying about you. I now know that I'm wrong." in which he would have found open arms. God could have worked in many different ways.
  14. 3 points
    8thdaypriest

    Coming Out

    Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. (NKJ) I have understood this verse to speak of God as "the fire". The redeemed will walk in the glory of God, which will consume the wicked. The redeemed come from the fire, refined as gold. The refining process removes impurities, leaving the final product (you) pure. The refining process could involve more than one type of "test" or "trial" or "fire". There's persecution - of different types. There are sufferings - like physical pain, or pain of loosing a loved one, or pain of loosing ones house to a natural disaster, etc. etc. Those types of "tests" don't involve sin on our part. The "test" involves our tenacity - to hold on to faith. Sometimes, when we are tempted, we "take the bait" - and sin. Then we experience the negative, painful consequences. From this we learn that we do not want to do that again. (Or we watch what happens to someone else, after they sin). Can this process not also be part of the refining? Yes - we sinned. But we learned from it. And we were forgiven. I see this type of refining as the major part, to bring a whole multitude to reject sin (because they understand it's consequences), and finally trust the LORD unreservedly. I'm reminded of a verse: "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. (Isa 1:18 NKJ) It's not the sinner who is scarlet or red. It's the sins. The sins cover him like his clothing. He is wearing those sins. But they (the sins) are turned white. They become the white garment, which covers the righteous. Think about it. We will actually be WEARING those old sins. But they have been turned white - bleached (so to speak) by the blood of Jesus.
  15. 3 points
    The Wanderer

    A Great Honor!

    Well, this might be a scam but i do agree with JoMo You have done a lot for many of us.
  16. 3 points
    Aubrey

    A Great Honor!

    Better strap a helmet on: your head just might explode.
  17. 3 points
    debbym

    Faith and religion

    when Jesus separated the sheep and the Goats, there were those invited to enter the kingdom off God, because they ministered to Christ in the person of those in need. they were not aware they did these things for Jesus. Jesus has identified himself with the human family in need, in grief, in dying, and in guilt, and as sinners. He became guilty who knew no sin, that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. If by the power of the Holy Spirit, we Love God, and hate sin... not by power nor by might but by my spirit says the Lord of Hosts, if we choose to live in the power of God, and not try to do righteousness in our own power and hold our goodness up to God for His approval of us... we honor His love, His mercy, His goodness... and we live not for ourselves but For Him, then we are really living. And that life is an eternal life. God knows His own,. He knows our hearts, what we are and what we are not, and what our heart response to Him is. Every opportunity of His drawing, is given to us by Christ and is an opportunity to accept or reject Jesus. This is a progressive walk of increased understanding, and love for what is of God. in whatever increment we are accepting the work of the Holy Spirit in our heart, accepting the drawing of His love, we are turning to God, and turning form selfishness. I don't know that there is a line of measurement that says... ok your understanding of Christ is now adequate, and you have now passed the line and you are saved. Abraham didn't understand much about Jesus, until Issac was spared on the alter, but Abraham followed God. The disciples didn't understand much about Jesus until Pentecost. Even though they were eye witnesses, they had a progressive walk of comprehension of who Jesus was and what he was here to do, and what he was doing in heaven for them after the ascension.
  18. 3 points
    phkrause

    Faith and religion

    I'm in agreement debbym
  19. 3 points
    debbym

    Faith and religion

    i will not answer for the person you are asking... but i would just mention my view on this... it is really an important question in my book. God speaks to every person, and what each person does with that truth, whatever truth it is... is what they do with their destiny. Only God can see in the heart what the will of the heart is, or what the heart response to God is. I believe there will be people who will be in heaven who have never hear the name of Jesus, but their heart cherished the truth and light God gave them.
  20. 3 points
    Bravus

    Judge Moore & Jesus

    Several accounts of Roy Moore, independent of one another, and more information coming out all the time. He did it. He was known for it, by a lot of people, as a pattern. FWIW I don't let Bill Clinton off the hook either: he abused his power over the years, definitely. It was with adult women, however, in every case: not nothing, but also not child sexual abuse. And 'someone else did something else' is no defense. If the Republican party does not distance itself from this man, its claims to moral authority are gone. GOP strategist Rick Wilson has said as much: http://rssnewshub.com/-/gop-strategist-rick-wilson-laments-the-throat-bur-89
  21. 2 points
    B/W Photodude

    Beware of wolves in Sheep's clothing that come here.

    I am not suggesting that Christians follow the practice of the Jews, I just understand why it is done. As far as Him being unknown God, in the synagogue during Torah reading, HaShem is just substituted for the name of God during the reading of the Torah, but to the reader it is clearly spelled out. In other places Adonai may also be used which means Lord. In fact, the reader of the Septuagint is likely to see the name of God more than the reader of the English KJV Old Testament as the name of God is frequently covered over with the word "LORD." You will see two spellings of Lord in the Old Testament. When you see "LORD", check your Hebrew Bible and you will see the name of God. This same practice of substituting for the name of a Divine person even happened in the New Testament. "The Word" as the beginning of the Gospel of John is said by one writer to be the substitute name for Michael the Archangel who was considered by some ancient sages as Divine.
  22. 2 points
    Jeannieb43

    NAD leadership?

    We can't use Fulcrum7 as our sole source of Adventist activities and beliefs [or even as one of our sources, IMHO]. There's always going to be somebody who picks apart our leaders. Let's just read the Scriptures and concentrate on our own heart's allegiance to God. It makes me rather ill to read all this folderol.
  23. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    SDA Racism

    The Wanderer: As I understand it, the article as # 1 in a planned series. So, wait for the coming additions to it.
  24. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    A Strange Dream

    YES! I watched that about a week ago! For the second time in about as many years! Superbly done! But I will not tell forum members which pill I took
  25. 2 points
    aka

    God Promises

  26. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    "Fibonacci Numbers and Nature"

    Thanks. I have the disk someplace. But, I probably do not have a drive capable of reading it. However, I do have a 3.5" drive that I can attach to my present computer through a USB port and read such. I still have a fondness for PC DOS.
  27. 2 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    A Strange Dream

    to this day I remember a dream I had when I was 6 yrs old: I was outside on the campus of the University here trying to catch a frog with my Dad's top hat which Dad wore for his magician shows. Instead of the grass being green, it was red. And the frog I was trying to catch was about 4 ft tall. Interestingly, the night before the dream, my Dad had brought home a frog he was dissecting in the Anatomy class — and he had just done a magic show for the Kiwanis Club. My little 6-yr-old subconscious put both of those incidents together, and placed them in a venue (the grassy campus) that I loved. The goofy things in the dream were the size of the frog, and the color of the grass. lol ... I hadn't thought of that dream in years...
  28. 2 points
    debbym

    how and why leaves fall

    I just loved this, especially why is it so vital that the leaves indeed must go to preserve the life of the tree. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114288700
  29. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    A Strange Dream

    Be quiet. It is not nice to let some cats out of the bag.
  30. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    "Fibonacci Numbers and Nature"

    The following is an example of fractal art. A detailed pattern is repeated over and over again in greater and lessor scale and the larger representations contain smaller versions within them. There are mathematical equations that you can run on a computer that will generate them based on the numbers that you enter into the equation.
  31. 2 points
    phkrause

    Say What?

    Morris Goldman was sitting with his granddaughter Rachel on his lap, telling her a story, when his hearing aid started to beep. Surprised, little Rachel looked up at him and said, "Oh, Zadie, you just got an e-mail!"
  32. 2 points
    dgrimm60

    Thankful to God________________________

    LIFEHISCOST THANK you for posting this video===it was very very very good and Praise God dgrimm60
  33. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    Whose voice at the baptism?

    "But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." (Mat 13:16) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. " (John 5:24)
  34. 2 points
    dgrimm60

    how and why leaves fall

    DEBBYM that was interesting === the article talks about evolution === but I say it is wonderful how GOD designed the tress to do this dgrimm60
  35. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Whose voice at the baptism?

    Rachel said below: Good one, Rachel. You are on target with words of wisdom.
  36. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    Whose voice at the baptism?

    to some that voice sounded like thunder, to others, The Voice of God. Its not what I think Its what scripture tells us
  37. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    A Great Honor!

    Gregory, just in case there was any doubt, should this offer suddenly become real to you, I will be happy to serve as your personal assistant for a 20% cut of the action
  38. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    A Great Honor!

    Well thank you.
  39. 2 points
    JoeMo

    A Great Honor!

    Congratulations Gregory! God blesses those who bless others. You have been a blessing to many of us here in AS.
  40. 2 points
    CoAspen

    Kids love adventure!

    Treasure Hunting!
  41. 2 points
    8thdaypriest

    The Trinity

    Thanks friends.
  42. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Eight Nicer Ways To Say Stupid

    Welcome back.
  43. 2 points
    Aubrey

    Eight Nicer Ways To Say Stupid

    A lesser degree of rudeness is still rudeness.
  44. 2 points
    LifeHiscost

    Faith and religion

    I'm satisfied what I do reveals what I have trust in. 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.... Hebrews 11 God is Love!~Jesus saves!
  45. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    On the Fringe of Adventism

    If I understand you correctly, the author is essentially proposing what you tell us you think that we should do. Yes, he put some names to it that you have not done. He is telling us to continue on with the "big tent." What you seem to have missed in the current state of affairs in which some are telling us that we should root out and even dismiss those who are not in agreement with what some believe on points of doctrine.
  46. 2 points
    JoeMo

    Faith and religion

    I can't speak for everyone; but being saved through faith to me means having total dependence on Jesus as the author and finisher of our salvation. Even though I consider myself a Christian, I am FAR, FAR from being a saint. The sins of my past life are more than enough to garner me eternal death; much less the sins I still commit. Faith for me means total dependence of the righteousness of Christ covering my sins. If I have to rely on my own deeds for salvation - even just a little bit - I'm confident that I am doomed. Only the death and resurrection of Christ can save me. It's a mystery to me why He saves us - it must be out of blind, unconditional love. The only response I can have to that is love for Him and trust that He is mighty to save.
  47. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Pacific Union Conference Leaders Takea a Stand

    I have met Sandra Roberts. I have discussed with her at least some of her approach to leadership, administration and ministry in the conference where she is President. My personal opinion: I believe that she is more qualified than are some of the Conference Presidents that I have known. I do not know all of them, so I can not say whether or not she is the most qualified of all of the 50, or so, local Conference Presidents in the U.S. Also, I do not believe that the SECC would continue to elect anyone as President, if its members did not think that person had demonstrated the skills needed to administer that Conference.
  48. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    Pacific Union Conference Leaders Takea a Stand

    Not quite, although I can see how that idea would help her story line. She, along with some men treat this as a rights issue, and nothing could be further from the truth.
  49. 2 points
    The Wanderer

    What makes God real to you?

    {{{{GeoARRGE}}}}}} :
  50. 2 points
    debbym

    Pacific Union Conference Leaders Takea a Stand

    It seems to comes under the category of civil disobedience. just quietly disregarding what you don't agree with, can have the greatest impact. Sometimes just leaving speaks more eloquently. it seems no one has noticed the noise... maybe the silence will speak louder.
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