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  1. I think we all wonder how we will stand or fold when it comes to a case of life and death. I do recall somewhere that we all believe that for the big things, we consider ourselves capable of standing like Daniel. But unless we have done so in the little things, we will not be able to.

    Somebody once said to never underestimate the inevitability of the gradual. I think that is very true.

    In your post though, I am happy to say that at our last baptism, I had the honour of reading out the baptismal vows, all of them, to our candidate in front of the church. So know that at least in Hemel Hempstead we read the vows 🙂

    Kind regards,


    • Standing with God on the little things.... Maybe that's what God was reminding Jeremiah in Jer.12:5 “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,
      Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace,
      How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?" Since reading that, I'm better able to check my whining, seeing that what God has asked of me isn't anything close to what Jeremiah went through. And "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." Phil. 1:6 God help me to stand.

  2. Taking up a personal cross, can mean many things. For those that know the Sabbath as a delight, it can be strange to think of IT as a "cross". But of course for people that have fellowshipped on Sunday for many years, and have used Sabbath as a "common" day, Sabbath-keeping involves radical changes.

    The new-comer does well to sit down and count the cost, because it will cost them something. Dietary changes also involves a cross; dress reform involves a cross; denying ourselves the indulgence of pride involves a cross. But as we become accustomed to the new life, these things become delights.

    "Those who lift the CROSS OF THE SABBATH have a tremendous battle to fight with self and with selfish interests which would interpose between their souls and God. Then when they have taken this great step and their feet have been planted upon the platform of eternal truth, they must have time to become accustomed to their new position..." (Evangelism p.373)

  3. I think many of us have a lot to learn in parts of the world where we don't have to face the threat of death (yet) to serve God. May the Lord help us to develop some backbone in time.

    By the way, at every baptism in Trinidad to this day, the baptismal vows are still read out beforehand. At least, as far as I know.

  4. I would say that our self examination based on what we consider the important doctrines and behavioral patterns of our faith, may be somewhat different than those found in the Bible. I would suggest reading 2Tim 3:1-5 an see if there are any similarities to our society today. If we understand the period of time correctly, it is difficult to ignore the pertinence of these verses. It would seem that we are looking for specks sometimes and missing the beams. Joel 2:28-32 are words of encouragement for us today. Especially verse 32.

    • Self-examination is sometimes useful but it is important to put that in the perspective of looking away from ourselves to Christ. Big picture Christianity is always about sharing our experience in Christ with others. Sitting on the veranda in our easy-chairs discussing the issues of life is all very well, but sooner, rather than later, we have to pat the veranda posts good bye and get out into the cut and thrust of the real world and put our theory into practice. Christianity was never meant for monasticism!

  5. That stung a bit.
    But then, it is what I needed to hear.
    I fear I find it far too easy to make excuses, the major one is 'I'm disabled and it's hard for me to get around'

  6. Me too. I just heard the lord say to me the exact same words and I couldn't even make it though the next day. I know he is working in my life for each day I tell myself I must die daily. Help me to see you dear Jesus


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