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  1. "I have heard Seventh-day Adventists telling their Baptist and Methodist friends to search the Bible for themselves because their pastors could be wrong. I have watched some of the same Seventh-day Adventists listening to their own favorite Adventist preachers, without bothering to search the scriptures, because, after all, their pastor is Adventist, so he is automatically right, right? Wrong! We all make mistakes, as we all continue to learn and grow." This statement says it all!

  2. Well said, William. In the end, it will just be "you" and Jesus, so you'd better know what you believe and why. At the same time, some people go to the opposite extreme, never doubting their own beliefs, or seriously considering that they might be mistaken, even though the entire SDA Church (correctly) disagrees with their position. We need a healthy balance of personal conviction and self-doubt.

  3. You made this comment: "Interestingly while Jesus claimed to be God, the majority accused Him of blasphemy and had Him crucified for making such a claim".

    Please provide me the text or texts verifying that Jesus claimed to be God.

    Thank you,

    • John 10:30-33 NLT The Father and I are one.”

      31 Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. 32 Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”

      33 They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

    • Matthew 26:62-65 62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

      64 Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand[i] and coming on the clouds of heaven.”[j]

      65 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your verdict?”

      “Guilty!” they shouted. “He deserves to die!”

  4. Hi William - I always appreciate your weekly post, though am curious to know why you chose to share your own topic instead of sharing your insights as they relate to the week's lesson topic.

    You usually share with us your thoughts once a week at the end of our weekly studies. Though your post appearing to be part of SSN's weekly lesson guide, I have never read your insights as they relate to weekly study topics.

    Always thoughfully presented, it would be a welcomed addition if your writings could become part of our ongoing studies.

    • Thanks Brigitte for your kind words. Sometimes my posts are directly related to the week's study and sometimes just to the general theme for the quarter as in this week's lesson. Sometimes my posts are just related to Sabbath School in general. My posts are called featured posts. As far as why I choose what to write about each week, a lot of it depends on what I am "inspired" to write. Thank you for reaching out to me and for being a part of our discussions.

  5. Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

    Is there anything too hard for God to do for his people, for his church, for us. When I use the words 'his church', I am not speaking about a religion, not speaking about the SDA denomination. God church is universal. Many people who will be save might not come under the banner of SDA. The coining of the word is ever so recent. Many people who will be saved will not come under the banner of being a Jew because the Jews came after Abraham. Abraham was not a Jew. God church will be comprised from Adam to the last person who - love the Lord with every faculty of their body and their neighbor as themselves. Some will never have kept the sabbath as we know it now. He who know the truth and do it not shall be beaten with many stripes. Do we know the truth? Are we living the truth? Someone asked- What is truth?

    • Yes, Lyn - it is very important that all who believe have a strong, individual faith-relationship with our Lord Jesus. Your quote is from Jer.32:27. God gives the lost and weak His promise to save them, to give them a new heart with which to worship and obey Him.
      Gen.18:14; Luke 18:27. His Justice, imbued with marvelous Grace and Mercy will be His way until the End of Time.

      Rev.7:9 - After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

      Yes, we know the Truth - Jesus is the Son of God the Father. He came to seek and save the lost, to give them Holy Light on the path through this earthly life, leading them unto the eternal life after death.
      Guided by the Holy Spirit, each believer works out by faith their personal relationship with God as they walk together along the way.


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