Where is Your Treasure?
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
There are 100,000 causes out there, many of which we might spend our energies on and which would add something positive to the world. How do we choose what we do? How do we choose where we spend time and emotional energy?Read more...
Beware Lying Spirits
Are we really willing to be Protestants?
There are three basic paths in Christianity, as we have seen. The Roman Catholic path is the Bible PLUS tradition. The path we might best identify as Liberal Protestantism embraces the historical-critical method and elevates human reason above Scripture to reduce the authority of some parts of Scripture, so we can think of that position as the Bible MINUS. The authentic Protestant position makes Scripture alone the basis for all evaluation, and so is neither the Bible PLUS nor the Bible MINUS, but simply, going by the Bible.Read more...
Jesus Touched Their Eyes
Get the setting: Jesus is headed out of Jericho. A crowd has gathered. They are clustered round Jesus. Two blind men are sitting by the road. They cannot see but they are able to hear.
...A crowd is approaching. Talking. Bits of conversation. Then they understand.
Jesus is coming up the street!
They have heard of this Jesus; everyone has. This is the One who does mighty deeds for God. If there is any hope for these two blind men, anywhere on planet earth for healing now, it is in this Person. Opportunity has come to this very street!Read more...
Victory in Jesus
Let's gather round the Word of God today and listen for the truth about Jesus Christ. We will investigate Romans 8:1-17, to see what insights are there given about victory in Jesus. This section is drawn from one of Paul's extended discussions, so we'll begin by surveying the material immediately preceding and following. We'll look at Romans 7:14-25 and also briefly consider 8:18-39 and then dive in at the beginning of chapter eight.Read more...
Hope for the Holidays
We've been busy. Morning and evening goes by, then another. As if a blink, two-thousand and fifteen is headed for the history books.
About this time each year some become dispirited and depressed. Hope ebbs. They feel isolated and failed and alone. People gather with loved ones for the holidays but others have experienced collapsed relationships. Their season is very solitary. Gloom enshrouds them. Some experience seasonal affective disorder from lack of sunlight. Daylight is short, the night is long, and a string of failures seems to choke them. It may be gloriously white outside, but theirs is a dark Christmas.Read more...
Ellen White's Christology Demystified
Our aim for this hour:
- Survey Adventist understanding of the nature of Christ from beginnings to the 1950s;
- Review best practices for interpreting Ellen White's writings;
- Review the Bible teaching on the nature of Christ;
- Consider Ellen White's main published statements on the nature of Christ; and,
- Investigate her chief "unpublished" writing: the Baker letter.
This approach should help us more clearly understand Ellen White's view on the nature of Christ. We're addressing her "Christology": what inspired writings tell us about Jesus and His Divinity and humanity in combination.Read more...
1957, Original Sin, and Questions on Doctrine
Let's take a theological and historical journey. We're headed for
- The 1950s,
- Adventist experimentation with original sin, and
- A review of what the Bible teaches concerning the same.
Consider this excerpt from the current Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Number seven, The Nature of Man:
When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil.