Are Adventists Old-Covenant Christians? (part 4)
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In the previous two posts,1 we reviewed the major systems of covenant thought in the Protestant tradition.  We split the systems into categories A and B – “A” being those that affirm the perpetuity of the law and “B” representing those that reject the perpetuity of the law. We also saw how Adventism’s understanding of … [Click to read more …]

Why Circumcision?
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Monday’s lesson, mentions circumcision, and if the Gentiles ever needed to be circumcised. Some have wondered why in the world God wanted the penis involved in a sign of loyalty. Some atheists have made fun of Christianity and the Bible over this topic.  What we need to understand is, the penis was the part of … [Click to read more …]

Are Adventists Old-Covenant Christians? (part 2)
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Covenant with the Lord

As mentioned in the last post, Adventism’s understanding of the covenants is not well known either to us, our inquirers or our critics. Some critics even go as far as to suggest that Adventism’s covenant progression is an unheard-of new heresy. Part of the difficulty in responding to these charges is that, while Adventists have historically written … [Click to read more …]

Are Adventists Old-Covenant Christians? (Part 1)
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A few years ago I went through one of the most defining seasons of my life. Having been raised a Seventh-day Adventist I had come to the place where I had to confront, once and for all, the legalistic faith I had developed. The journey was both difficult and exhilarating at the same time. The … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – Cry of the Kalahari: Part 2
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Deer at Edge of Woods

The desert sun streamed down mercilessly as the little man crept forward with his bow. From his thin, wrinkled appearance one might suppose he was in his seventies, but his body was accustomed to the scarcity of food and water, and his reflexes were lightning fast. Steeped in the accumulated wisdom of his ancestors, he … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Covenant
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Rainbow Across Blue Sky

As we saw, the Bible teaches that the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenantal promise never to destroy the earth by water again. Sure, thanks to science, we now know that a rainbow occurs when sunlight is both refracted and reflected in drops of water, dispersing the light at various angles. Light enters a … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The New Covenant – Part 2
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Given for You

The prophecy of Jeremiah about the new covenant contains a double application: first, it refers to Israel’s return to God and His bringing them home; second, it refers to the work of Jesus the Messiah, whose death ratified the covenant and would change the relationship between humans and God. It’s in the New Covenant that … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Covenant
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Covenant” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The New Covenant – Part 1
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God's Law

Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. What do these texts mean both in their immediate context and in ours today? Jeremiah uttered these words amid the greatest crisis the people had yet faced: the coming Babylonian invasion, when the nation was threatened with all but certain extinction. Here again, however, as in other places, the Lord offered them … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Covenant at Sinai
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Israel Assembled at Mt Sinai

How was the covenant made between Israel and God at Mount Sinai? Exodus 24:1-18 Moses and some leaders went to Mount Sinai. These leaders included Aaron and his two sons, who represented the priests; and the 70 elders and leaders, who represented the nation. The men accompanying Moses had to stop from afar, but Moses was … [Click to read more …]