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Does God punish sinful people through tragedy?

Actually, Naftali, your question is very similar to a situation that Jesus addressed, as recorded in Luke 13:1-5. There had been an uprising in Jerusalem, and Herod intervened by using violence (see “Christ’s [...] because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2,3, ESV). Jesus then mentioned another tragic situation: “Or those eighteen on whom the tower [...] others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4,5, ESV). Jesus points out that although calamities happen in this world, it doesn’t mean the

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Is God real?

prophecy, rather than on experience, or even a personal encounter with Him. You can read about this in Luke 24, where, on the road to Emmaus, He gave His followers a Bible study, rather than immediately revealing [...] not to others, for your faith. I also highly recommend reading (or re-reading) the marvelous little book, “Steps to Christ,” to grow your faith in a living, real God. And, of course, the classic, The Desire [...] of Ages, speaks volumes about the reality of God. You may download these and many other inspired books by Ellen White from this website: egwwritings.org. Regarding the state of the Seventh-day Adventist

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Contemporary issues

Every wind of doctrine

recently, there's been a book written by a man by the name of Simon Singh. And the title of the book really attracted me, it's called The Codebreakers. The Codebreakers. And the book tells the story of the [...] not go out and preach their doubts. They went out and preached their certainty. Luke, 1:3-4. "It seemed good to me," Luke says, "also having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first to [...] quintillion is, you can tell me after the meeting because I have no clue. Simon Singh says in his book The Codebreakers that there are 159 quintillion combinations of the German codes. So, the Germans

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Why did Adventists separate from Protestants and worship on Saturday?

Bible only. And it was this Bible principle that led us into the understanding of the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, which outlines many important events that are soon to take place. These [...] His apostles kept. In Luke 4:16 we read this about Jesus: “And as His [Jesus’] custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.” In the book of Acts, which details the

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What is the biblical way to study the Bible?

understand (2 Timothy 3:15), then it is written for all of us, of all ages. The Bible is a wonderful book that is not bound to culture — that’s why it could be translated into hundreds, even thousands, of [...] explained to the disciples on the road to Emmaus “in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). That means all Scripture is vital for us and has important instruction for us (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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Cyprus captures the spirit of reformation

Organizers say event has opened doors of good will and built bridges with individuals and communities.

Kasteliotissa Medieval Hall, free of charge. More astonishingly, the only available date in a fully booked calendar of events was October 31, the exact date that marks the beginning of the reformation. [...] made a short presentation. The oldest Bibles, dating back to the 11th century, included a gospel of Luke preserved in Kykkos monastery. More surprises were in store, including unexpected guests -- descendants

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Why does the Seventh-day Adventist Church ordain pastors, and is it biblical?

concept that began with Jesus calling and appointing (ordaining) the 12 apostles (see Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16, Matt. 10:1-4, John 15:16). In fact, in a unique sense, you could consider that it was modeled [...] ordaining the twelve disciples and placing His hands on their heads in the ordination service. In the book, The Desire of Ages, in the chapter titled, “He Ordained Twelve,” (note the actual title given to

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Is playing the stock market gambling?

4:19). Sometimes we want things that we really don’t need. Jesus said, “beware of covetousness” (Luke 12:15) and we are specifically warned against the love of money and desiring to be rich (1 Timothy [...] because, like casinos, they are promoted by people hoping to profit off other people’s greed. The book “Counsels on Stewardship” by Ellen G. White has many wonderful counsels regarding how to use our financial [...] and other essentials) Finally, use what is left for discretionary expenses (such as clothing, books, and gifts). A budget is a valuable tool to make sure one has enough money for all of these things

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Is it acceptable for an Adventist to speak in tongues?

in Greek is glōssa , which can refer to the organ of the body by which we speak (Mark 7:33, 35; Luke 1:64) or to what is spoken — a language (Acts 2:11). The context of Acts 2 is the outpouring of the [...] the “new tongues” mentioned by Jesus in Mark 16:17 as a sign that would follow the believers. The book of Acts records the fulfillment of this and other signs, including miracles of healing, casting out

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Do I need to make restitution?

you to read (or re-read) that inspired book on the life of Christ, “The Desire of Ages,” by Ellen White. I’m certain that you will be greatly blessed by this book. You can download a free copy by visiting [...] visiting www.egwwritings.org and clicking on “eBooks.” In addition, if you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend finding a local Seventh-day Adventist Church where you can fellowship with other believers [...] goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold” (Luke 19:8, NKJV). In response, Jesus replied, “Today salvation has come to this house” (vs. 10). Commenting

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