God Listened to Me!
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A man holding his hands to his face

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24 More exciting than getting what you ask for from God is just knowing He listens to you! In the summer of 1991 I was enjoying my first full year of Literature … [Click to read more …]

Christ’s Radical Treatment of Women
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It’s hard for us to imagine ourselves in a world where devout men pray every morning on arising, “God I thank You that you did not create me a Gentile, a slave or a woman.” 1 It was in such a society that Jesus ministered. The prominent role played by women in society, as related … [Click to read more …]

Modern Technology is no Match for Old Fashioned Intimacy
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Way back in the late 1990’s, before android devices, I was working for a delivery company, and would sometimes find myself in someone’s office waiting for them to get a package ready. To kill time I would play a little game on my cell phone. I remember thinking to myself, If they can put a game … [Click to read more …]

Stop Hating on Sanctification!
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When I was a soldier I met a guy named Kenny. He smoked, drank, slept with different women all the time and got kicked out of the Army for doing drugs. However, according to Kenny, he was saved because four years before he had prayed a prayer at a youth rally. He didn’t do anything … [Click to read more …]

03: A Matter of Life and Death – Hit the Mark
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For the commandments are like a lamp, instruction is like a light, and rebukes of discipline are like the road leading to life Proverbs 6:23 NET We have an unhealthy relationship with the word discipline. It connotes the worst in our emotions. Pain and some form of suffering are usually associated with this word. And … [Click to read more …]

Are Sabbath School Lessons Enough?
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Seventh-day Adventists pioneers spent days and nights earnestly studying the Bible to arrive at the truths that now define us as a body of believers. They became known as a people who knew their Bibles. But how is it with you and me? Is our faith anchored firmly in the Word of God, or does it … [Click to read more …]

The Loophole Heresy
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Okay, definition first: Loophole – “an ambiguity, omission, etc, as in a law, by which one can avoid a penalty or responsibility”1 Probably, most of us don’t think about loopholes very often. If we think of them at all, it’s in the context of rich people trying to get out of paying taxes or a … [Click to read more …]

How the Church Failed Mo
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Mo is a pretty cool dude. I don’t say super cool because, after all, he is my brother and so pretty cool will have to do. (I’m sure such a “theorem” would be reciprocated by a hearty “my sentiments exactly” on his part.) Anyhow, the point is he’s pretty cool. Now Candice, my special lady, … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Living Like Jesus
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

The Be-atittudes of Jesus
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The beatitudes, sometimes referred to as be-“attitudes,” are building blocks to a complete conversion. Each be-“attitude” gives us a glimpse of Christ, and what we may become when our attitude is converted to His attitude. Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 NKJV The poor in spirit … [Click to read more …]