Living

Christian Behavior

God calls us to live in light of His grace, knowing the infinite cost God paid to save us. Through the Holy Spirit we glorify God in our minds, bodies and spirits.

We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with biblical principles in all aspects of personal and social life. For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things that will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty. While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit. It also means that because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we are to care for them intelligently. Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures. Since alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the irresponsible use of drugs and narcotics are harmful to our bodies, we are to abstain from them as well. Instead, we are to engage in whatever brings our thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our wholesomeness, joy, and goodness. (Gen. 7:2; Exod. 20:15; Lev. 11:1-47; Ps. 106:3; Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; 10:31; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 10:5; Eph. 5:1-21; Phil. 2:4; 4:8; 1 Tim. 2:9, 10; Titus 2:11, 12; 1 Peter 3:1-4; 1 John 2:6; 3 John 2.)

Rough Edges

Rough Edges

They looked unattractive, rough, and ugly—nothing to write home about. An employee of the industrial plant we were visiting scooped them up into a huge drum. Then he added sand, sawdust, and water,...

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How to be a Happy Christian

How to be a Happy Christian

Abraham Lincoln famously observed that "most people are about as happy their minds to be." Yet it's pretty clear that happiness isn't just a choice. There are plenty of reasons to be unhappy. How...

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The Heartbeat of Forgiveness

The Heartbeat of Forgiveness

It was an ordinary morning. I got up, washed my face, and quickly downed toast and tea as my mind raced through projects and appointments waiting for me at the office. Then my youngest brother, Rick,...

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“Well Done”

“Well Done”

During one of the worst times in history, one of the best examples of Christian behavior emerged. In 1940 when German Nazis invaded Holland, John Henry Weidner—a Dutch citizen in his late...

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Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

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