And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:13-14 NKJV
What a wonderful message from heaven to fallen man! The angels did not come and say, “God is over in Bethlehem, and you better get over there, and see if you can get things straightened out between you!” No! God is at peace with man if man will just,
“…take hold of [...]
During this time of year much of the world turns its attention to the Bible account of the first Advent of Christ. You can read about it in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. Just as the angels of heaven brought “good news” to the shepherds, this is a good time for us to share the good news of Jesus with our friends and neighbors.
Jesus saw in every soul one to whom must be given the call to His kingdom. He reached the [...]
Have you thought about the story of Job lately? Some people don’t like his story because it reminds them that following God doesn’t always make sense.
Bryce Pine tree photo by Maurice Ashton
Sometimes following God (being a Christian) finds us experiencing excruciating physical and/or mental distress, for which there is no logical explanation – surrounded by family and friends who say exactly the wrong things.
Here’s the thing, we want the “happily ever after” part of the story without having to [...]
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to [...]
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God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born upon this day*
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy-Published by William B. Sandys in 1833. Author unknown.
There is some good theology in these older Christmas carols as well as some of the new.
The writer of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” knew the power of the gospel when he [...]
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who [...]
In an effort to “get us,” the enemy tells us lies, half-truths and even complete truths (in deceptive ways) in his effort to get us to doubt our Salvation. Let’s look at a few of his arrows.
Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com
Satan says that God doesn’t really love us
One of Satan’s most successful lies is that God doesn’t really love us at all – that He’s out to get us.
Satan will point to things that are happening in our [...]
You can now see the current lesson of the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) It is an hour-long, inter-active study of the lesson for the week and a demonstration of a good Sabbath School class. You can download the video (MP4) or audio (MP3) files and the lesson outlines (PDF) to your computer.
A Youtube version of the Hope Sabbath School “The Eschatalogical Day of Atonement” works very well on mobile devices. You [...]
This week’s introduction runs just over 8 minutes and would be great as a Sabbath School introductory video. You can see previous videos at the SanctuaryLesson Vimeo Channel. If you haven’t seen last week’s introduction, we suggest you view it before the current one, because the two videos together help to simplify what some see as a difficult subject.
WEEK TEN | “The Eschatological Day of Atonement” from Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen on Vimeo. (You can see previous videos by clicking on [...]
Thanks to the work of a small team of volunteers at Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen (link to video tour), a Seventh-day Adventist seminary in Austria, we can invite lesson author Dr Martin Pröbstle into our homes or our Sabbath School classes to introduce the lesson. The introduction to “The Pre-Advent Judgment” runs just over 7 minutes and would work well as a video introduction in a Sabbath School class.)
WEEK NINE | “The Pre-Advent Judgment” from Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen on Vimeo.
You can [...]