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Christ the Creator

Did your parents ever tell you that you’d gotten too big for your own britches? Usually your parents were giving you fair warning that you had stepped over the disrespect line and you needed to step back quickly or experience a refresher course in who was the parent and who was the child, right?

Well, I’m thinking that, with respect to honoring the holiness and sanctity of God, we crossed that line so long ago that we don’t even remember it. […]

Why She’s Still Relevant
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Ellen White gets it! She understands the twenty-first-century heart-cry to know and experience God, to do something meaningful and enduring in life, and to grapple with issues of poverty, alienation, health, education, diversity, inclusiveness, integrity and eternity.

Yet she’s dead.

The principles she espoused transcend time and are more pertinent and applicable than ever.

Yes, there are myriad books today on health, spirituality, life balance and eschatology. But the reason I believe Ellen White cuts through the nebulous maze of conflicting theories and […]

The Sabbath; A Sign of Grace and Holiness
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“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”  Genesis 2:1-3

The Sabbath is an illustration on how the Lord makes us holy. […]

Radical Commitment
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What is your attitude toward obedience?
a. I’ll do what I want. I don’t care what God wants me to do.
b. If God will give me what I want first, then I’ll give Him what He wants.
c. I’ll give God what He wants first, with faith that He’ll give me what I want.
d. I’ll give God what He wants, regardless of what He gives me. 1

I think most of us hover between c and d, right? Well, I do anyway. The […]

Mulligans and Grace
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Friday’s section of “The God of Grace and Judgment” asks the question, “What’s the deadly spiritual trap of thinking that because we’re saved by grace, it doesn’t matter what we do? How can you protect yourself against falling into that deception?”

On the golf course we have another word for grace. It is called a “mulligan.” After you make a terrible shot, your partner may offer you a mulligan. You take another shot and the first shot does not count. It’s […]

By His Stripes
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Carrying the Cross

Marilyn Sewell, a Unitarian minister, made the following statement while interviewing Christopher Hitchens, a well-known atheist:

“The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the Scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement 1 (that Jesus died for our sins, for example).”2

Wait! What? How is that possible? I mean, either you believe that Jesus died for your sins and you’re a […]

God as Redeemer – Eternal Redeemer!
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As a Bible Worker in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, I work on the front lines of the battle between good and evil. Many times I have seen families and individuals appear to be overcome by Satan, and it has brought me to tears on many occasions, but then I pray and then remember the power of my Redeemer.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

And he […]

Why Does the Angel Keep Saying That?
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In Luke 1:26-38, the angel Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her that she is going to be the mother of the Messiah. In verse 30, Gabriel tells her not to be afraid.

In Matthew 1:19-25, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream and tells him not to be afraid to marry Mary.

In Luke 2:8-20, an angel appears to shepherds and tells them not to be afraid because of the good news the angel is bringing.

So why does the angel […]

Thursday: Creation and Recreation
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What wonderful promises are found in these texts? Isa. 65:17, Isa. 66:22, 2 Pet. 3:13, Rev. 21:4. Also, how are they linked with the biblical model of Creation, as revealed in the opening chapters of Genesis? 1

The whole Christian hope rests on the promises of a new heaven and a new earth, a heaven and earth without the devastation that sin has brought to the one we inhabit now. Without that hope, that promise, we have literally no hope at all. The promise of eternal life is […]

The Origin of the Sabbath and the 7-Day Week
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Many, even among those who call themselves Adventists, question the true origin of the Sabbath and of the 7-day weekly cycle. Of course, the Bible claims that God instituted both during the Creation Week described in Genesis. However, critics of the biblical account claim that the seven-day week was actually invented by the Assyrians, or by Sargon I (King of Akkad at around 2350 B.C.), passed on to the Babylonians, who then passed it on to the Jews during their […]