The Two Resurrections and the Second Death
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The Appearing. Vintage painting showing the second coming of Christ to rescue His people.

The Bible teaches two different resurrections. Jesus spoke of one resurrection for those who are saved, and another resurrection for those who are lost. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the … [Click to read more …]

Male and Female – In His Image
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Creation and Creator

On that first morning, sweeter than a tree-ripened peach, more beautiful than a flowering valley, God felt a void. There amidst the verdure, the teeming animal life, the crystal, rushing water, something was missing. That something was us. “And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male … [Click to read more …]

I Could . . .
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Today in the U.S. we commemorate the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. When we finally won the war in 1783, America (named the United States in 1777), became a “sovereign state.” Notice the word “reign” in “sovereign,” indicating that we reign over ourselves. Are you thankful as … [Click to read more …]

Keeping Up Appearances
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Man's Head Being Filled Through His Eyes

Have you ever noticed that humans, as a group, tend to be extremely superficial and shallow? We expend enormous amounts of time, money, and energy making sure that we look a certain way – wear particular brands of clothes and shoes, dye our hair, even have surgery. We go to great lengths to change our … [Click to read more …]

Punishment of the Wicked In Light of The Cross
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To me, the biggest lie out of the Dark Ages is not that Sabbath was changed to Sunday, or that when you die you go straight to heaven. To me, no lie distorts the character of my loving heavenly father like the lie that sinners will be tormented throughout the endless ages of eternity. Fact … [Click to read more …]

Death and the Resurrection in Light of the Cross
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It’s that time of year when the leaves spring back onto barren trees and flowers bloom back to life. Every spring reminds me of the second coming and resurrection. I believe God lets everything die in the winter and come back in the spring to demonstrate for us His re-creation and resurrection power. Just as … [Click to read more …]

Whatever
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Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com

Have you seen it?  The head-bob and the eye-roll?  You, the adult, have just said something that your teen has deemed – uh, less than intelligent or, at least, not pertinent to his or her current life situation.  I hate to admit, though, that I have also performed that little operation as well.  Usually just … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Restoration of Relationship With God
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“Before the entrance of sin, Adam enjoyed open communion with his Maker.”–Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 7. After the Fall, however, that close relationship was radically altered in many ways. Read Genesis 3:24, Exodus 33:20, and Deuteronomy 5:24-26. What did sin do to the close relationship that existed between humanity and God? Sin had broken the relationship between … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Made of One Blood
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In Genesis 2:23, Adam is given the task of naming his wife, whom he called Havah. This word is related to the Hebrew verb hayah, which means “to live” (Jews sometimes use the related expression lehayim, “to life!”). The Hebrew word for “Eve” (Havah) can be translated as “life-giver.” Eve’s name represents the fact that she is the ancestor of all humans. We … [Click to read more …]