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  1. When I was a kid my parents did not allow me to read comic books. I still managed to read them though because every child at school had a stash of comic books. They were swapped and traded, and shared with friends. They were as pervasive as computer games are today. Most of the comic books that I read were about war heroes. Biggles and his mates were always beating up the Huns. This is not to be unexpected in a post-war world. My view of World War 2 was shaped to a large extent by a victorious superhero battling an evil enemy in black and white on cheap newsprint.

    I mention this because sometimes we get a very warped view of history given to us. And even in the adult world, our history books are just as fictitious as my early reading of World War II history. Worse, they are even deliberately so. Today the epithet, "Fake News", is thrown around with reckless abandon when we want to discredit the perception of others.

    Bias in recording and interpreting history became known as "Whig History" in British cirles and was characterised as:

    ... fiercely partisan and righteously judgemental, dividing the personnel of the past into the good and the bad. And it did so on the basis of the marked preference for liberal and progressive causes, rather than conservative and reactionary ones ... Whig history was, in short, an extremely biased view of the past: eager to hand out moral judgements, and distorted by teleology, anachronism and present-mindedness. Cannadine, David (1993). G. M. Trevelyan: A Life in History. W.W. Norton. p. 208.

    I mention this because this week we are delving into the historical psalms and we will need to ask ourselves whether the Hebrews are remembering both the good and bad things that happened to them and how they relate to them.

    It may also serve as an opportunity to examine our view of our own church history. We Seventh-day Adventists come with a history and while we often talk about God's leading in the past, our minds are sometimes shuttered to the times when we have not followed God.

    Is the only thing we learn from history that we don't learn from history?

  2. What have you learned from the past? The assignment this week is to think back and pull out a experience that you had in the past that led you into paths of rightousness.

    Let me start currently, in the past few days, listening to a SDA sermon confirmed and encouraged me that I am to discourage critism of our church leaders, and members. Guidance and teaching, into truth is good. Basicly the Sermon was encouraging us to get busy spending time in a relationship with Christ daily, and helping others not only physically, with hammer and nail, but also with spiritual encouragement. He said that this takes away our fear, and tendencies to slip away, avoiding Christ from slipping out of our grasp. Now helping family is a good thing, too.
    1 Timothy 6:12.
    1 Timothy. 6:18-19.
    Psalm 62:6.

    Now for the distant past. We got in a van and went around to other SDA churches, taking the church service with our mini sermons, and testifying of our love for Christ, with a program called, Say Yes To Jesus. We gave out certificates for all those who read or reread Steps to Christ. We were led in paths of righteousness for His name name sake.


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