Cleansing of the Sanctuary Message in Christmas Carols
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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 [...]

A Detour
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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 [...]

The Lamb Wins . . . Us
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Solomon and the Shulamite

I have a couple of young male friends who once made a science of flirting. They read books about it, fastidiously putting what they learned into practice.

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Until talking to them, I never knew of the volumes of material written on the subject. I assumed people just followed their instincts. No. Flirting has been raised to a science.

For example, a blogger named Donalgraeme created [...]

“Our Prophetic Message” Videos
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Martin Pröbstle has another 8-minute introduction to this week’s lesson on Vimeo and on Youtube. If you’ve not seen the previous ones, we suggest you review them now at Sanctuary Lessons on Vimeo or on The Youtube Bogichannel (also in German). It will be a great review for a subject which we, as a church, have neglected far too long.

And you can watch the full hour-long, inter-active study of the lesson for the week by the Hope Sabbath School class led [...]

Disappointment to Discovery!
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1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and while he thought he was finding a short cut to India what he found was a whole “new world.” Now granted, the millions of people already living there already knew about it, and there is evidence of visitors well before Columbus. Still that does not change the point of this story. The fact is that while Columbus’ calculations were off, and his trip a “disappointment” as far as finding a new way to [...]

It’s a Good Thing
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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.

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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 [...]

HopeSS: The Eschatalogical Day of Atonement
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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 [...]

Martin Pröbstle on “The Pre-Advent Judgment”
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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.

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HopeSS: The Pre-Advent Judgment
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You can now see the current lesson of Pastor Derek Morris’s Sabbath School Class on the HopeTV. It is an hour-long  “an in-depth, inter-active study of the Word of God.” If you don’t have satellite TV, you can download the video (MP4) or audio (MP3) files and the lesson outlines (PDF) to your computer from the site.

For Sabbath School teachers, this is a good example of how a good Sabbath School class should function.

A Youtube version of the Hope Sabbath [...]

Judged by Our Works?
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Since 1981, when I began preaching in high school, I have preached in many churches from Chiclayo, Peru, to Torrington, Connecticut.  I have spoken to large and small congregations with various needs.  I have illustrated to some conservative churches the need to be a little more liberal, and to liberal churches, how to be a little more conservative, as we all seek a Christ-like balance.

One Sabbath several years ago, I was preaching in one of the most conservative churches I [...]