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The Foundation of the Sabbath November 23, 2011

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The Foundation of the Sabbath

     OUR Savior says, “The Sabbath was made for man.”  Mark 2: 27.  The term man must here be used in its generic sense, comprehending the whole race.  If the Sabbath, then, was made for mankind, it must have been made at the time when man himself was created; hence we must go back to the creation for the institution of the Sabbath.

The first part of Moses’ record of the creation (Genesis 1 and 2) is devoted to the origin of the weekly cycle and the Sabbath institution.  Here God sets before us the result of each day’s work.  He carefully distinguishes between the days, stating that each was composed of an “evening and a morning,”–a dark part and a light part, thus describing the twenty-four-hour day.  After carefully enumerating the labor of six of these days, he declares that the work of creation is completed.

What he did on the next day, the seventh of this first week of time, is stated in Genesis 2:2, 3: “On the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Here we have the origin of the weekly cycle, the Sabbath institution, and the distinction between the days of the week.  The Bible speaks of “the six working days” and the “Sabbath day.”  Ezekiel 46:1.  That brief narrative in the very first record of the world’s history, makes this distinction plain.  God himself employed six specific days of the first week in the labor of creating, and the seventh day of that week in resting.  The word ‘Sabbath’ means rest. (more…)

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Autumn Days November 7, 2011

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Autumn Days – a video presentation

A poem celebrating the joys of Autumn!

I don't like Autumn

Autumn Days

I love winter’s chilly blow
Seeing footprints in the snow
Each blade of grass revealing spring
Summer’s sun warms everything

But what I love best of all
Are the reds and browns that tell of fall
Some green remains and that’s find too
Nothing diminishes that golden hue

Hay rides now, with friends in tow
Autumn’s blush on faces glow
Brilliant Maples now will be
A yellow-orange canopy

Cool breezes rustle the fallen leaves
As squirrels hide secrets in the trees
All make ready, for winter is near
Then these bright colors will disappear

God who changes the times and seasons
Has given us so many reasons
To marvel and to make us smile
And with Him come and rest a while

Cause now its harvest time again
Summer’s work has found its end
Time to reap what was sown
And thank the Lord who keeps His own

© by Wonda Elizabeth Perry

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Who Changed The Sabbath? November 2, 2011

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Who Changed the Sabbath? – A Video Presentation

Richard Foster’s New Book: “25 Books Every Christian Should Read” – Should Be Titled “How to Become a Catholic Mystic” October 27, 2011

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Last Day Events – Are They Relevant? October 27, 2011

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Last Day Events – Are They Relevant?

We ask that you take the time to thoroughly examine the facts before drawing any conclusions. Most importantly we desire that through prayer, you would seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and allow the Word of God to speak for itself.

In this study we will we will use the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy (SOP) as our authority.

 

     1). Does the Christian need to maintain a genuine relationship with Christ?  “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”  John 15:4-10.

Note.  In the above verses Jesus counsels His followers to abide in Him, thus Christ stresses the importance of having an abiding relationship with Him. (more…)

Who Should We Pray To? (Video) October 24, 2011

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Who Should We Pray To?

The Biblical Three Person Godhead October 24, 2011

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The Biblical Three Person Godhead

In this study we will seek to uncover the Biblical evidences in regards to the three persons that comprised the Godhead.

In various churches it is commonly taught that Jesus is a created being or a superior-angel and that He did not exist from all eternity. Many of these Churches also believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is not a person, while others conclude that He does not exist at all.  But what do the Scriptures have to say? Let us turn to the Bible to find the answers concerning the Godhead.

1). What is the Biblical definition given for the three persons that comprised the Deity?  “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”–Acts 17:29.  Also read Rom. 1:20; Col. 2:9.

     Note.  The Bible’s definition of the Deity is Godhead and not trinity.  If trinity is not a Biblical term where did the expression come from?  What does it mean?  In a review of history we find that the word trinity was first used in the second century by *Tertullian; yet the doctrine itself was not invented until the fourth century.

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Who Should We Pray To? October 20, 2011

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Who Should We Pray To?

“Through nature and revelation, through His providence, and by the influence of His spirit, God speaks to us.  But these are not enough; we need also to pour out our hearts to Him in prayer”… but what is prayer?  “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend.  Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him.  Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.”

     1). When Jesus was upon the earth, who did He direct the church to pray to?  “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”–Matthew 6:6. See also verse 9.

     2). Who did the early church or the apostolic church pray to?  Let’s read the Bible for the answer: “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voices to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou are God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: And now, Lord, behold their threatening: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word. And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”–Acts 4:24, 29, 31. (more…)