Celebrating Freedom – Adventist Black History
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Since February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada, we are going to look at how issues of race, slavery and ministry were addressed by the early Seventh-day Adventist church, as well as how they are discussed in the Bible.

Of all possible topics to be discussed, race, religion and politics are perhaps the most polarizing. Yet they cannot and should not be ignored, as they have a profound impact on society and the church.  Even in 2012, [...]

Sabbath: Holy Ground
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How many hours of sleep do you get on an average night? Do you get the full eight, or do you feel lucky to get five? How many hours a week do you work (for pay)? How many more do you work at home? Do you ever feel really rested? I heard someone remembering being young and hating being told to go to bed … and wishing that someone would order him to bed now that he’s grown.1

Do you think [...]

The Lawgiver and Promise Giver
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Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and [...]

If You Love Me …
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Dear Human,

So many of you seem to be confused about what kind of Person I am, and I want to remind you of some things that I said a long, long time ago.  I want you to know that, no matter what anybody else tells you, everything I ever said is still true.  Please remember that I created you with my own hands, and I love you. 1

When I ask you to do or not to do something, it’s because [...]

Too Big …
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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 [...]