About William Earnhardt

William Earnhardt is currently the Bible Instructor and Lay Pastor at the Tampa First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tampa, Florida. He has also served in Oklahoma and Texas.

Working Hard Without Success
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Out of the Sand EB Aug 13

When I first picked up the game of golf over seven years ago, I was excited to get to play with my friend Tom, a buddy from college. I had only been golfing a few weeks when we met one winter on a course in the Chattanooga Mountains. I scored a 137 in the mountains that day and we did not even have time to finish all 18 holes! But five months later, I had been practicing every week on my day off, [...]

Are You a Prisoner of Circumstances or a Prisoner of the Lord?
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Have you ever felt like you were a victim of circumstances? Due to lack of education or money you have missed opportunities? Maybe if you had not

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married right out of high school you could have explored the world instead of getting tied down. Now you are sacrificing your own dreams in order to create a better life for your family. Meanwhile others wish they had married so they could be experiencing a family. Now those are examples [...]

Better Promises Make a Better Covenant
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The story goes of a man who got a job chopping down trees. The first day his foreman noticed he had cut down only ten trees while the other men had cut down a hundred or so. “Oh well,” thought the foreman, “it was his first day,” But the next couple days went the same way, so the foreman decided to have a talk with the new worker. “I am sure you have noticed [...]

The Law and the Gospel are Both God’s Character
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One summer when I was ten years old I spent a week with my grandmother in Western Arkansas. At the end of the week my mother came to pick me up. While we were still visiting, I forget what I said to my mother, but it must have not have been too nice, because I will never forget what my grandmother said to me. She said, “You don’t talk to your mother that way.” I thought she was going to [...]

What Is Your Greatest Treasure?
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Is it  your relationship with Jesus, or is it something else?

A rich young ruler came to Jesus with this question:

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“Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” Matthew 19:16 NLT

Is this a profound question?

It’s really a shallow and selfish question. The young man asking this question is only interested in his own prosperity. A more noble question would be, “How can I express my love for you, Jesus?” Or “How can I be a [...]

Justification and Beyond!
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As a second grader walking home from school with a couple of other boys, for some reason I cannot explain, I thought it would be a good idea to throw some rocks at a car parked near a house. The lady in the house ran outside and demanded that I go get my mother and tell her what I did and come back there. I was surprised this lady “knew” my mother, but since she did I had no choice [...]

Justification: Just Declared Right or Made Right?
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While working as a supervisor for a world-wide delivery company, I had an employee who was just a few minutes late every morning. I asked my supervisor what I should do to get him to be on time. His answer shocked me. “Change his start time a few minutes so he will be on time.”

At first that did not seem right to me. Why change the standard to make a wrong person look right? My boss explained to me that [...]

Preparation Day – the Other Forgotten Day
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Friday evenings always bring fond memories of Sabbaths at home when I was a kid. We always had our Friday rituals even though they changed from time to time. We would play family games, or go on drives when I was little. Later, I remember we would get all the chores and baths done and groceries bought for the week and then would get a  pizza, and bring it home to enjoy with the family, as the sun went down. [...]

Why Does it Matter Which Day We Keep?
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A while back, my community Bible study group that meets Wednesday mornings at my church decided to have a luncheon and invite some friends and neighbors. As we began to have lunch the next Wednesday, one of our guests asked me why we go to church on Saturday. I explained to her that since we believe Jesus is our only example and our only source of salvation, we observe the day that He made holy and that He observed. For [...]

Murder in Heaven!
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There was a time, when heaven was the murder capital of the universe.

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A lot of people have the idea, that once we get to heaven God is going to wave some magic wand, or flip some switch in the back of our heads and presto! We won’t sin anymore. After all it will be impossible to sin in heaven, right? Wait a minute. Where did sin begin? in heaven! While it is true that [...]