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January 1st, 2013 |

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “ in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  Shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday, I was trying to think about how I could be more thankful to God.  As I was thinking I was recalling how God has changed me.  I thought about how I haven’t done that sin in a long time, or how I haven’t said that unkind word in a long time.  I began to think “I am becoming more like Jesus.”  I realize I am not by any means perfect, but I am getting better.  Maybe you feel that way.  Maybe you feel not perfect, but when you look at yourself you see less faults than before.  I felt that way for about 3 minutes.  But then I felt that something was wrong, terribly wrong  Why?  Because Steps To Christ p. 64 says…”The closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes; for your vision will be clearer, and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature.”

When the prophet Isaiah beheld the glory of the Lord he declared “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5)  You see the closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes.  Often our feelings are not a right compass for morality for “the human heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)  We may often feel righteous when in reality we are sinning against God.  We are told that the greatest deception of the human mind in Christ’s day was that a mere ascent to the truth constituted righteousness.  The Jews during Jesus time thought that because they knew about the Sabbath, because they knew about the Bible, because they were God’s chosen peculiar people, they thought they must be righteous. But have you ever wondered what is the greatest deception not for the world, but for God’s church in the last days?

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Be Courageous

August 12th, 2011 |

“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.”  (Revelation 18:1)

“The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are “the times of refreshing” to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus.” Acts 3:19, 20.

Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers.” (The Great Controversy p. 611-612, Ellen White)

The World’s Most Spiritually Dangerous Substance

June 19th, 2011 |

It doesn’t take a Bible scholar to know that certain actions if not repented of, will disqualify us from entering heaven.  If for example a person secretly gave me a small dose of poison every day, and after two weeks of drinking such a substance I died, certainly God would consider that person a murderer.  Now let me ask you a question, if that person became a baptized Christian, but they still continued to poison others unrepentant, would they enter heaven?  No?  But what if this individual goes to church every week and reads his Bible yet they continue to poison people.  Could they enter heaven?  You’re correct they must stop poisoning people and repent in order to enter the kingdom of God for it is written  “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:151)

The shocking reality is, today there are multitudes of professed Christians who are poisoning people.  They know if they continue to do so, that person will die, yet they do it anyways.  Because they are addicted, they have attempted to justify themselves, saying “well it won’t keep me from heaven”.  But as we agreed already such is faulty logic, dangerous logic.

These professed Christians are using deadly substances arsenic, methane, methanol and stearic acid 2. The worst thing is these professed Christians are using this poison on themselves.  Cigarettes come with a warning from the U.S. Surgeon General stating that using such will kill you.  God also gives an even greater warning in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, it is written…“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.3

If someone were to enter a church and start smoking, certainly people would be outraged. That smoker would almost instantly be thrown out of the church. Of how much more value in God’s eyes are you compared to some walls of a building!  Of how greater magnitude then is the sin of defiling yourself with cigarettes than it is to pollute a building?  1 Corinthians says you are the temple of God.  How then shall anyone justify defiling the temple of God? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.”  Let us be perfectly honest with ourselves, those who persist in the use of tobacco cannot enter the kingdom of God for “there shall in no wise enter into it (heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie” (Revelation 21:27 KJV).  If we do not overcome sin in this lifetime, sin shall overcome us and we will find ourselves in the wrong resurrection. “But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope” (Ecclesiastes 9:4). Where there is life there is hope. The good news is the Bible says where sin abounds grace does much more abound.4 But where is our hope?

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  1. See also Proverbs 28:13
  3. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 All texts are from the NKJV unless otherwise noted
  4. See Romans 5:20-21

Competitive Sports & Christian Character

May 28th, 2011 |

Several years ago I attended an Angel’s major league baseball game.  As I sat in the audience my favorite player hit his second home run of the game.  And I like the rest of the fans stood on my feet, and cheered.  It was an exciting moment, fireworks were exploding, tens of thousands of people were cheering, and in the midst of all this fanfare, I suddenly heard a still small voice whisper “Do you get this excited about Me?”   I sat down slowly, and contemplated such a statement. I knew the answer, “Lord, I don’t get this excited about you, I don’t get this excited about souls being won to you.  I get more excited over a sporting event, than I do the kingdom of God.”

How is a Christian to handle competitive sports?  May Christians participate in boxing or football?  Should Christian parents expose their children to such events?  “The tendency of most athletic sports is a subject of anxious thought to those who have at heart the well-being of the youth. Teachers are troubled as they consider the influence of these sports both on the student’s progress in school and on his success in afterlife. The games that occupy so much of his time are diverting the mind from study. They are not helping to prepare the youth for practical, earnest work in life. Their influence does not tend toward refinement, generosity, or real manliness. “1  The question many have is, which sports are appropriate for Christians to participate in?  Which sports are sinful in God’s sight?  Such are good questions.  The Bible has good answers.  Therefore let us study the Bible to discover the truth about competitive sports.  Read More »

  1. Adventist Home p. 500, Ellen White

Alcohol & The Christian: How Much Is Too Much?

February 5th, 2011 |

Imagine your best friend let you borrow a brand new $70,000 car.  In fact, your friend was so kind that they allowed you to use it every day for many years, you would only have to pay for maintenance and gas.  Would you take care of it? Of course!

Now one day that new car had a mechanical problem, and you didn’t know how to diagnose it. If you had a choice between asking the manufacturer or myself for help who would you ask to give you advice? The manufacturer of course!  Why? The answer is simple, the creator would know exactly how everything works.

The Bible says we are created by God. Since God is our Creator did He give us a manual on how to live? What about what we eat and drink? Let’s be specific, what does the Bible say about alcoholic beverages? Should a Christian drink alcohol? Is it a sin to drink alcohol? Can it keep us out of heaven? No matter what we may think we know, we must realize that the Creator would know exactly how everything works and what we should and should not drink. Therefore let us study the Bible, God’s inspired life manual, to see what God says to these relevant questions for our life.

But before we open the Bible let us ask for the Creator’s help, let us pray.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We know that your way is always best; for you know all and have power over everything on earth.  We ask today that you give us wisdom as we search your word to discover what your plan is for our lives in regards to alcohol.  We ask that you teach us Father, send your Holy Spirit to guide us in our understanding and whatever your will for us is… may we follow you for we know that you desire only good things for us.  We thank you Lord that no matter the question, you have given us clear guidance in your word.  Thank you for first loving us and sending your son Jesus for us.  Bless us now and we thank you for hearing our prayer.  We pray all these things in the name of your son Jesus, amen.

A Biblical Definition

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