The Observance of Christmas
Ellen G White

Boys gazing at starry Christmas sky

Is it too early to think about what we shall do with Christmas next year? Perhaps not, because it takes time to change ingrained thinking, and some of us may need a year to change our pattern of thought. I. What Is Christmas?1 Christmas is coming,” is the note that is sounded throughout our world from … [Click to read more …]

Glory In the Lowest
Nathan Brown

Christmas candle

Yes, the celebration of Christmas may have pagan roots. But read on to see how that might actually be a good thing.  It seems almost inevitable at this time of year that an earnest friend, family member or perhaps someone at your church will announce – with all the breathless enthusiasm and urgency of one who has … [Click to read more …]

What Time is Sunset?
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During the 1992 U.S. presidential debate, George Bush Sr. glanced at his watch, and lost the election. Many speculate, that by looking at his watch, Bush was disconnecting from his audience while a young Clinton was charming them. When we watch the clock on Sabbath are we disconnecting from God? God gave us the Sabbath to … [Click to read more …]

The Theological Identity of the Remnant
Ty Gibson

When the “remnant” is brought to view in Revelation, our attention is directed to God’s intent that the movement be defined by a specific theological construct: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony … [Click to read more …]

God’s Love Wins…Again
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Raised in the 1960’s and 70’s in a rather typical Seventh-day Adventist home, my five siblings and I were left to picture God as old, cold, and hard. We learned about John 3:16 and that was great, but what always came through to me at the end was that I was bad, I needed to … [Click to read more …]

Where Did God Say He Wanted His Law Posted?
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The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in ourhearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with … [Click to read more …]

Hot Lunch and Syrian Refugees
Lars Justinen

Back in 1991 my wife and I leased an old red brick building in downtown Nampa, Idaho, as our art studio. For $200/month we got 5,000 square feet of space on the second floor of a 100-year-old building, including a large room we used as our photo studio. After a year we ended up hiring … [Click to read more …]

What Are You Worth?
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He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 22:16 NLT George W. Jenkins not only began his Publix grocery store incorporation during the depression, but he also set up several foundations and charities so that even after his … [Click to read more …]

Biblical Headship (2) in Marriage
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Headship in Eden Was Adam placed in a position of headship over Eve before the Fall, as some suggest? I believe a biblical view of headship removes any tension in the topic. If God put Adam in a position of headship in Eden, this merely means that He placed Adam as the first string in a … [Click to read more …]

God Listened to Me!
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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 …]