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Following Jesus Now

Wednesday morning devotional given during the 2019 Spring Meetings.

years ago, I was an atheist in high school. I thought the Bible was a book of myth and fantasy, not so different from other religious books. When someone handed me The Great Controversy , I decided here [...] earth, Rev 10:1-2; cf. 1:13-16; Daniel 10:4-6). In His hand He holds a little book that’s open. John takes the little book and eats it; and it was sweet in his mouth but bitter in his stomach (vv. 8-10) [...] be left behind. That’s the whole idea of “present truth” that Peter talks about in my favorite book of the New Testament—2 Peter 1:12 – “For this reason I will not be negligent . . .” What reason? Verse

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Troubled Resolutions

Start the year off right with the “one Thing” that is needed

needed” (Luke 10:41, 42, NKJV). Like Martha, many of us become busily engaged with resolutions during this time of year: lose weight, save money, read more, eat less, take a vacation, write a book, call

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TED providing the key for the future of mission

story of the prodigal son, and was reinforced by three church leaders miming the story as the words of Luke 15 were read. With the uncertain weather in Europe over the past week some members had difficult [...] Mihalec in an EPC interview talks about how to keep your marriage together and recommends a good book. This article originally appeared on the Trans-European Division’s website.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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