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  1. GHansen

    That Jesus Christ was Born a Jew, Luther (1523)

    I hope that if one deals in a kindly way with the Jews and instructs them carefully from Holy Scripture, many of them will become genuine Christians and turn again to the faith of their fathers, the prophets and patriarchs. They will only be frightened further away from it if their Judaism is so utterly rejected that nothing is allowed to remain, and they are treated only with arrogance and scorn. If the apostles, who also were Jews, had dealt with us Gentiles as we Gentiles deal with the Jews, there would never have been a Christian among the Gentiles. Since they dealt with us Gentiles in such brotherly fashion, we in our turn ought to treat the Jews in a brotherly manner in order that we might convert some of them. For even we ourselves are not yet all very far along, not to speak of having arrived. Luther, M. (1999). Lutherโ€™s works, vol. 45 : The Christian in Society II. (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald, & H. T. Lehmann, Eds.) (Vol. 45, pp. 200โ€“201). Philadelphia: Fortress Press. Therefore, I would request and advise that one deal gently with them [Jewish people] and instruct them from Scripture; then some of them may come along. Instead of this we are trying only to drive them by force, slandering them, accusing them of having Christian blood if they donโ€™t stink, and I know not what other foolishness. So long as we thus treat them like dogs, how can we expect to work any good among them? Again, when we forbid them to labor and do business and have any human fellowship with us, thereby forcing them into usury, how is that supposed to do them any good? If we really want to help them, we must be guided in our dealings with them not by papal law but by the law of Christian love. We must receive them cordially, and permit them to trade and work with us, that they may have occasion and opportunity to associate with us, hear our Christian teaching, and witness our Christian life. If some of them should prove stiff-necked, what of it? After all, we ourselves are not all good Christians either. Luther, M. (1999). Lutherโ€™s works, vol. 45 : The Christian in Society II. (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald, & H. T. Lehmann, Eds.) (Vol. 45, p. 229). Philadelphia: Fortress Press.
    2 points
  2. Gregory Matthews

    Library of Congress Video

    I have recently been reminded that the Library of Congress had a 30+ minute video of my life. That video reports on my life and in addition my experiences in dealing with military discrimination against women (about the 17 minute mark) and soldiers who faced religious conflicts and/or issues due to being a female. To view my 30+ minute video first click on the following link, or copy it into a search engine. https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.78662 On that page, click on the Link <View Digital Collection> link on the upper right of the page. Next, either click on the <Complete Interview> link, to view the 30+ minute video, or download the video. NOTE: You may have to wait for 60 seconds for the video to load.
    1 point
  3. Gregory Matthews

    No Easy Solution

    The following article illustrates that some controversial issues do not have an easy solution. https://atoday.org/advocates-use-cases-of-women-jailed-for-stillbirths-at-adventist-hospitals-as-consequences-of-overturning-roe-v-wade/
    1 point
  4. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) deliver us ๐Ÿ›Ÿ Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
    1 point
  5. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) Perfect in one ๐ŸŒˆ John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
    1 point
  6. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) given understanding ๐Ÿ“– 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
    1 point
  7. Live4Him

    Military Service?

    You know I had never thought about it like that. If opposing Adventists would shoot each other. I oppose it for sure on a voluntary basis. I don't know any Adventists who are in the military who are not forced to violate the Sabbath at some point. If there are they are very few. When you join the military it doesn't come with an "except for Sabbath" clause. Circumstances like Desmond Doss might be different. As he was drafted and he refused to violate the Sabbath. I am not necessarily against an Adventist carrying arms during a necessary war. But the problem is most wars are purely political. Solomon plainly says there is a time to kill and although the background powers behind world war 2 may have started it to gain a certain outcome on the world stage, Hitler did have to be stopped. I would have no qualms whatsoever about fighting against Hitler. Repeatedly God had Israel fight to destroy nations that were doing evil. But your point is a very valid one and makes one stop to think.
    1 point
  8. Gregory Matthews

    Military Service?

    The official U.S., SDA position on military service is: * A recommendation that SDA members only serve as unarmed conscientious objectors, which would generally place them in the medical field. * Military service is an individual choice and SDAs may remain members in good standing regardless of the role that they have in the military * Pastoral care should be provided to all SDA members. * The U.S. Army does allow for chaplains and medical personnel to be conscientious objectors. * I served for 20 years on active duty in the Army and with some additional time in Reserves and National Guard units. That service included enlisted service and commissioned service as a chaplain. For all of those years, I was officially listed as a conscientious objector.
    1 point
  9. TrevorL

    Military Service?

    Greetings Greg, I am still surprised that SDAs serve in the military. For example would Russian SDAs shoot and kill Ukrainian SDAs and vice versa? Did this occur in WW1 and WW2, British and USA SDAs killing German SDAs and again vice versa? I am conscious that some SDAs have served in the nursing and medical side, but even this is considered as part of the overall military mechanism. My grandfather was treated for gas exposure in WW1 and then some months returned to the front line and was injured in the last push of WW1 and died young, in 1927. (Another version of all quiet on the Western front). He was buried in a Catholic grave, but I do not know if he was in any way religious. My dad was fostered out when his father went to war in 1917 and eventually grew up in a different religious environment, where we are conscientious objectors to combatant and also medical parts of the military. Kind regards Trevor
    1 point
  10. Gregory Matthews

    Adventist Health West Lawsuit

    On May 26, 2022, a class action lawsuit, representing thousands of employees, was filed against Adventist Health System West and its associated companies, in the United States District Court for Eastern District of California. The complaint alleges that when Adventist Health System West laid of thousands of employees if failed to comply with the provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation act (COBRA) and California law which provided enhanced rights, to continued health-care coverage. The complaint alleges that Adventist Health falsely claimed to be exempt from such provision of the law due to it being a church plan. The complaint alleges that in truth Adventist Health and its associated companies is a five (5) billion dollar company that is not a church, and therefore is subject to the provisions of COBRA and to California law. The following link takes you to the 23 page complaint that outlines the issues to be litigated. https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.caed.411519/gov.uscourts.caed.411519.1.0.pdf
    1 point
  11. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) Grace to you ๐Ÿ’ Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
    1 point
  12. Gregory Matthews

    Look to the sky.

    For the first time since 2004, the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be in a rare alignment which can be seen with the naked eye. This will not happen again until 2040. See: https://www.kcra.com/article/how-to-see-5-planet-alignment-june-2022/40180733
    1 point
  13. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) God will help us ๐Ÿš‘ 2 Chronicles 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. โ€ฆ
    1 point
  14. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) God gives us understanding ๐Ÿ˜‡ Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
    1 point


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