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Faith and Acceptance

Imagine, if you will, that it?s Sabbath and you are in church. The pastor is preaching, and you are in the back row with your friends, some of whom are texting. You dip your hand into your pocket and begin to pull out your cellphone. But as you do so, something inside you (your conscience guided by the Holy Spirit) tells you in no uncertain terms that the thing you are about to do is wrong.

Your friends seem to be enjoying themselves. The temptation to join in threatens to overpower you and a feeling of helplessness overwhelms you. ?What should I do?? you ask yourself.

This is not the time to live by your feelings. It is the time to offer up a prayer and ask God to help you overcome this temptation?then, trust that He will!

?Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.? ?Isaiah 1:18

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'Tis So Sweet

God teaches us His character: that He is loving, kind, benevolent, and passionately in love with us so that we will trust His ways.

We will not always know or understand God?s ways. The Bible is also clear in sharing with us that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not ours. We cannot predict His movements. He is incomprehensible. But when we trust His heart, we know that whatever He chooses to do will be for our good and in our best interest. Now, here?s the kicker: God needs this message to go out into the world. The way He demonstrates this is by His interaction with His friends. God displays His character by placing His relationship with His friends on exhibition. He knows people who do not know Him well will be watching, so He uses relationships closest to Him for the benefit of marketing His goodness to the world. Though the pathway is sometimes bumpy, the result is often immeasurably greater than anyone could have imagined.

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True Conversion

Adventism tends to be an ?intellectual? belief system. That is, most of us are Adventists because we agree that our doctrines most accurately re?ect Scripture?s meaning. We believe they are correct. And that?s mostly a good thing. Other churches focus more on an ?experiential? belief system. They stress the importance of how faith makes you feel and how it changes your life.

The Jewish leaders also had become mostly focused on correctness; and while their practice of rituals was an ongoing experience of religion, the experiences didn?t touch their hearts at all. They didn?t care about the people around them. In spite of the many instructions in their Torah, their Bible, they didn?t care about the poor and needy. They believed that representing God was accomplished by following rituals to be seen by all. They didn?t seem to grasp that representing God meant acting as God would act, treating others as God would treat them. Even with Jesus living that life before them, they refused to see it.

Adventists can be the same way. We easily focus on being correct in our doctrines and living out the rules and rituals of Sabbath keeping and a strict diet. We, too, can forget that we are not saved by information or the ability to eat only vegetables. We?re saved by faith in Jesus, and if that faith is authentic, if the love of God has drawn us to Him, then we will feel love toward those around us. And we will help those people in any way that we can.

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The Reading of the Word

The Bible testi?es that both man and woman were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27). Some would like to deduce from this fact that Adam and Eve were created with di?erent functions (besides physiological ones, the basis of our sexuality), analogous to their view on how the Trinity functions. They wrongly argue that there are di?erent functions among the Godhead?one Person of the Deity can-not do what another Person is doing?so the Son and Spirit must submit to the will of the Father. Therefore, they claim that women have di?erent functions than men, and women must submit to the authority of men as this was God?s original plan, even before sin entered the world.

These interpreters err by creating God in the image of humans. This poses problems for understanding both human relationships and the triune God. As it turns out, the Bible describes the principal role of the Godhead as the Creator, and all Three Persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) play the role of a Creator and are equal in this function (Genesis 1:1, 2; Job 26:13; 33:4; Psalm 104:30; John 1:1?3; Colossians 1:16, 17). This equality is also shared in human relationships. We cannot project our own wishes or ideas onto the biblical text and its overall message.

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The Reading of the Word

Those who prayerfully study the Bible go from each search wiser than they were before. Some of their difficulties have been solved; for the Holy Spirit has done the work spoken of in the fourteenth chapter of John: ?The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.? 

Nothing worth having is obtained without earnest, persevering effort. In business, only those who have a will to do see successful results. Without earnest toil we cannot expect to obtain a knowledge of spiritual things. Those who obtain the jewels of truth must dig for them as a miner digs for the precious ore hidden in the earth.

Those who work indifferently and half-heartedly will never succeed. Young and old should read the word of God; and not only should they read it, but they should study it with diligent earnestness, praying, believing, and searching. Thus they will find the hidden treasure; for the Lord will quicken their understanding. ?Messages to Young People, pp. 259, 260.

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The Right Connection

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. ?Isaiah 26:3, KJV

My Bluetooth headset serves as a spiritual reminder each time I walk too far away from my cell phone. You see, the way that I know that it has lost connection with the phone is that I feel a brief, buzzing vibration and hear the message, ?Out of range! Trying to connect.? This repeats every thirty-?ve seconds until I move close enough to my phone to hear, ?Connected!?

Sometimes, we Christians begin to ?ll our minds with things outside of Christ, not realizing that whatever we focus on the most is what we will begin to connect to, be in?uenced by, and believe. We must ask ourselves regularly, ?What am I connected to?? Is it watching the news, reading articles and books, perusing the internet? Maybe it?s bills, health challenges, or family problems. Are the things that we are connecting to fostering the peace of God within us, or are they catalysts of fear and doubt? More importantly, are we focused on these concerns and interests in lieu of spending time with God and meditating on His life-giving, hope-?lled Word? . . .

In this life, we will have many issues and concerns. We need to take them to Jesus in prayer. Then we must spend time in the Word of God to get encouragement, wisdom, and guidance concerning them. Rest assured that God?s Word is relevant for all situations and circumstances. To the degree that we keep our mind on God and His Word, we will experience the peace of God that passes all understanding. The negative feelings will begin to dissipate, and we will know that we have the right connection!

Shondolyn Young Richardson

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In Denial of Denying

After Jesus? arrest, He was taken before the high priest to be questioned. Peter followed along and waited in the courtyard to see what would happen. While he was standing around, three different people approached Peter and told him that they had seen him with Jesus. Each time, Peter flat-out denied their accusations. After the third instance, the rooster crowed, and Peter remembered Jesus? words. This cut him to the core, and he left the courtyard and wept.

I have never really denied God in front of my friends or teachers, but I have avoided talking about God. By not talking about Him, I concealed my faith and missed the opportunity to share God with others. He says to go out and tell the whole world about Him so that people will know of the love and joy that come from God. Although I didn?t deny God, I didn?t advertise the fact that I was a Christian.

In my eyes, denying and hiding are about the same. Either way, we aren?t acknowledging our connection to God. Have you ever denied God or hidden your faith? What can you do differently next time to own your relationship with God so that others can see?

?Jensen Sutton, sophomore

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To Heal the Brokenhearted

Jesus came not only to preach the gospel to the poor but also to ?heal the brokenhearted??or, as a literal translation might put it, He came to heal those whose hearts have been crushed.

Many things can crush our hearts. A romance that has gone bad. A promotion that we were all pumped up about but didn?t get. Seeing our youth reject all that they have learned and seen in God?s house and choose the world instead.

Some of us have hearts that sin has broken and crushed to smithereens. We have done evil things, and now we are burdened with guilt because Satan?s agents remind us in glaring detail of our fallenness.

Jesus said that part of His mission is to heal the broken-hearted; to bind up those hearts that are bruised and bleeding.

Is your heart broken? . . .

Yes, He knows how to heal our hearts. His very presence brings peace and comfort to those who accept Him.

And never before was this healing ministry needed more than it is now. There are people all around us who are hurting. They come to church dressed up and smiling?hiding the pain they?re feeling inside. . . .

They need the touch of Jesus. We must direct them to Him.

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The Ten Commandments

Commandment 1 said we are not to have any other gods, and commandment 2 said we should never make idols of these gods. Commandment 3 tells us never to use God?s name lightly. Commandment 4 reminds us to keep the seventh day of each week holy as God?s Sabbath. This is a memorial reminding people that God created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh.

Commandment 5 tells us to honor our parents, to be kind to them and care for them. Commandments 6 through 10 tell us not to murder, to be faithful and true to our husband or wife, not to steal or lie, and never to be jealous of the things other people have.

These commandments are God?s ten most important rules for us. If we love Him, we will obey them.

God didn?t invent the Ten Commandments that day on Mount Sinai. His law has always existed?even in heaven before He created this world. His commandments are an expression of His character, of who He is and how much He cares about us. God is loving, and that is exactly what His law is all about.


Learn more about "The Life of Moses," the third in a series of illustrated children's Bible story booklets.

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Overcoming the Distraction Dilemma

We may be busy, very busy, but that is no excuse to miss daily quality time with God. We are not busier than Jesus, and we never will be. Jesus was so busy that He often didn?t even have time to eat as He dealt with the needs of those pressing around Him. Yet it was often during these busiest times that He spent His nights in prayer. As a result of His time with God, He came back to His work renewed and invigorated. We have much to learn from His example.

The small belief we have in the true effectiveness and power of prayer is painfully evidenced by the little time we give to it in our daily lives. If we truly understood the gift God has given us in the divine appointment of prayer, we would no longer be fitting prayer around our schedules; we would be seeking to fit our schedules around prayer. We would be praying throughout our days, and every decision that arises, rather than stretching our tired brains, would be an instant call to prayer.

Charles Spurgeon, a revivalist known for his success in ministry due to prayer, stated, ?Sometimes we think we are too busy to pray. That is a great mistake, for praying is a saving of time.?

If God is truly going to be free to work powerfully in our lives, something has to change?and that something is our priorities.


Learn more about this brand new pocket/sharing edition of the best-seller, Daring to Ask for More: Discover for Yourself the Keys to Answered Prayer

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Violating the Spirit of the Law

In the Bible, justice includes concern for widows, orphans, immigrants and foreigners, and the poor. This social quartet represents the most vulnerable in society (Deuteronomy 10:18; 14:29; Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:16; Zechariah 7:10; James 1:27). Doing justice?pouring our hearts out for others in good deeds?is a sign of the heart, not a basis for justi?cation. We are not justi?ed because we help the vulnerable, but we help the vulnerable because we are saved. God?s justi?cation, accepted through faith in Christ Jesus, changes our attitudes toward those who need help.

Justice matters to God. He hates partiality (Exodus 23:3; James 2:9) and views our care for the poor as a thermometer of our relationship with Him. There is ample evidence in biblical texts that God underlines social justice and condemns injustice (Proverbs 22:22; Isaiah 1:23; 29:21; Ezekiel 18:12; 22:7, 29; Amos 2:6; 4:1; 5:12, 24; Habakkuk 1:4; Zechariah 7:10; Hosea 12:6). This theme is repeated in New Testament passages such as Mark 12:38?40 and James 2:1?7. . . .

Failing to have compassion for the vulnerable and the out-cast shows that we have a poor relationship with God. A heart transformation is needed. In his ?rst epistle, John boldly declares, ?If someone says, ?I love God,? and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also? (1 John 4:20, 21, NKJV).

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Violating the Spirit of the Law

The Lord saw that it was essential for us to be surrounded with the poor, who in their helplessness and need would lay claim to our ministration. They would be an aid to us in perfecting Christian character; for in providing food for their tables and clothing for their bodies, we would cultivate the attributes of the character of Christ. If we had not the poor among us, we would lose much; for in order to perfect Christian character, we must deny self. . . .

When spending your money, think of what Jesus would do were He in your place. He calls upon His followers to tread in His foot-steps of self-denial and self-sacrifice. The character of the Christian is to be a reproduction of the character of Christ. The same love, the same grace, the same unselfish benevolence, seen in His life, is to characterize the lives of His followers. ?Our High Calling, p. 198.

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