When Wasting Time Is the Most Productive Thing You Can Do

The hems of my soggy pants brush my ankles, sending chills up my spine.

Grass confetti sticks like static electricity to my shoes with each step.

I stop and stare at the horizon; my hand covers my squinting eyes, an awning shielding the brightness.

I’ve memorized this moment for eleven months, breathless with the reality. Captivated by simple beauty, I sit down and mentally retrace the familiar lines of the landscape.

Water gently laps on the shoreline, the sun illuminating the lake like a flash mob of photographers.

Children’s voices and the hum of a boat echo from miles across; the blue cloudless sky meets inky indigo water. A bird trills from two houses beyond, breaking my trance, diverting my attention toward the beach strewn with sand toys, water skis, and crumpled beach towels.

I hear myself exhale. And think…

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Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. Shelly Miller shows how to slow the torrent by fully living in the moment. On a walk at dusk she discovers when time slows, God’s voice is clear. Answers for questions about loneliness and belonging come quickly through one simple but curious word: Sabbath. As a pastor’s wife, London expat, and mom of two adult children, she knows what it means to get lost in the current and how wasting time can be a life raft. Today, Shelly guides us in finding our unique rhythms of rest. It’s a grace to welcome Shelly to the farm’s front porch today…


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When Wasting Time Is the Most Productive Thing You Can Do

God’s Mercy. Being in the Spirit. Blessing Blockers

Reuben Esh. Calling upon God’s mercy


October 17, 2015, AM

Being in the Spirit on the Lord’ Day

Every believer is called to be in the Spirit.

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” (Revelation 1:10 KJV)

Reuben Esh

October 17, 2015, PM

Blessing Blockers

October 18, 2015

Truth, Light and Life Mission
Penn Laird, VA

What about the Sabbath

I know of no doctrine that has more virulent arguments around it than the Sabbath. Most of the arguments against the Sabbath are based on traditions rather than on the Bible.

Rampant hatred of Jews in the Roman Empire provided an emotional reason for the church to change from Sabbath-keeping to Sunday-keeping.  This anti-Judaism still persists in many parts of this planet. This is in spite of the Apostle Paul’s comments.

KJV  Romans 3:1-4 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Today, people take the Bible very lightly if they pay any attention to it at all.

Let’s establish some Bible facts:

1)  The Sabbath was established at creation. Long before the flood. This was some 2500 years before Moses and the “old covenant”.

KJV  Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

2) the Sabbath predates the entry of sin into this planet.  It is a special covenant between God and His people.

Exo 31:13-17 KJV Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

3) the covenant at Sinai was given directly by God.  It did include the Sabbath.

4) the covenant at Sinai was specifically called the covenant (not the Law) and was specifically the ten commands of God.

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What Was Killing Me Saved My Life

Joseph KidderJoseph Kidder

I was born in Iraq in city of Nineveh 8 miles away from the tomb of Jonah. I lived a wonderful contented life until I went to the Seventh Day Adventist church. It ruined my life, made me angry with God for 4 years and caused lots of problems for me. I was beaten almost to death, thrown out on the street and abandoned by my family. 30 years later I discovered that I am alive today because of that beating.

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Presented in New Market SDA church in 2009

The Mark and Number Of The Beast

Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D.

Throughout the centuries Christians have speculated about the meaning of “the Mark of the Beast” and “the Number “666” of the Beast” mentioned in Revelation 13. Today the interest continues unabated for this apocalyptic endtime Antichrist who will control the economic, political, and social life of mankind by placing a mark and a number upon people.

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Panel Discussion of Dr. Desmond Ford’s Presentation on Forensic Atonement

On September 6, 2008 following Dr. Ford’s presentation “Forensic Atonement Theory in Light of the Christian Gospel” at Loma Linda a distinguished panel engaged in a dialogue and discussed various aspects of the lecture.

Distinguished PanelThe panel was composed of scholars from La Sierra and Loma Linda Adventist Universities: Professor Fritz Guy and Professor Kendra Haloviak from La Sierra University School of religion, Larry Christoffel, Pastor of the Loma Linda campus Hill church and Professor Jon Paulien, Dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University, the moderator of the discussion.

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Dr. Jon PaulienJon Paulien, PhD: Let me introduce our members. We’ll be going a little less than an hour, and around 5 o’clock written questions will be delivered to me and by some magical system I will choose a few of those to share with the panel. …

Dr. F. GuyWe have Fritz Guy who is with us from La Sierra University – a systematic theologian, philosophical theologian, and one of my Professors at seminary, for which I will always be grateful.

Pastor Larry ChristoffelWe have Larry Christoffel, who is one of the pastors here at the campus Hill church. He will bring us, I think, a bit of a perspective of practical pastoral theology.

Dr. K. HaloviakTo my right is Kendra Haloviak, who I was deeply privileged to have as a student at the seminary. And sometimes your students go beyond you, and Kendra would be one of those who I’m very proud of. And she is at La Sierra University, and we share a specialty in the New Testament and in the book of Revelation in particular.

Dr. Desmond FordTo my left of course in the man of the hour [Dr. Desmond Ford] and I’d like to open this discussion with a short testimony. We have hardly ever met, I think just in passing a couple of times. So this is really our closest acquaintance. And I would like to tell you that growing up as a Seventh Day Adventist I was one of those weird children who spent a lot of time in the Bible, and kind of knew the Bible back and forth. I was even in New York City on some Bible quizzes and came out very successfully over the radio as a small child. But there were two books of the Bible that always troubled me. They were not Daniel and Revelation, they were Romans and Galatians. And it just seemed to me, if somehow those could be left out of the Bible, the Adventism I knew could be perfectly defended [laughter in the audience].

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Catch 23

by Richard Noel

In the 1860’s the early “Adventists” chose a special name as the religious institution I belong to was being organized. They chose this name because it directly pointed to the two most important doctrines they had learned from Scripture.

Those two doctrines were and are the Seventh day Sabbath and the soon return [Advent] of Jesus to complete His redeeming of our bodies. All other doctrines were considered secondary to those two doctrines. While the church may have shifted focus in many areas, but these are still the two key identifiers of believers.

Until the death of Ellen White in 1915 Seventh Day Adventists were clearly known as the people of the Book, referring to our teaching doctrines from Scripture. Gradually, laziness and ignorance crept in as we began to use the writings of Ellen G. White to explain the meaning of Scriptures. Continue reading Catch 23

Journey To The Sabbath

Sunday keeping church keeps the Sabbath

Richard Noel

Truth, Light and Life Mission in Penn Laird, VAAt our church our brother Tim Conley, told us about Bible discussions he was having at work with his coworker Kevin Campbell. They were discussing the Sabbath. Tim later told of Kevin discussing keeping the Sabbath. Another member of our church, Frankie Cox, told of visiting a church nearby which had just started keeping the Sabbath. We later got directions to that church from Frankie. In January of 2005 we visited the congregation that had begun keeping the Sabbath.

As it turned out, the new congregation of Sabbath-keepers meets in Penn Laird. The church is a simple building in a country location.

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The Sabbath. Introduction

Ted Noel

Ted NoelWhen I wrote my first study (Daniel) I said that I did not know why I was compelled to write it. I have learned that the process of writing has refined my knowledge of God’s Word, bringing me closer to what Daniel refers to as “insight”. A few of my acquaintances have asked to look at my work, and I pray that they have been as blessed by reading as I have been by writing.

This study represents a side trip for me. I was deeply involved in the companion study to Daniel: Revelation. As visions of fantastic beings and events filled my notebook, our pastor chose to present a sermon on the Sabbath. (Please note that, as I began writing this study, I was attending the Church of the Nazarene, a spirit-filled, but Sunday keeping church.)

I found myself in profound disagreement with Pastor Page on a number of points as he spoke. After the sermon he asked me to come during the week and study the subject with him. I prepared as rapidly as I could, hoping to find a Biblical excuse for Sunday observance.

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Does it Matter? (Is Doctrine Important?)

Ted Noel

Romans 6:14

14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.

This text presents the classic antinomian (Greek nomos = law) argument: “We are under grace, not under the Law.” The implication is that the Law is no longer important. God’s grace will take care of everything. You don’t have to worry about obeying the old commands: they have been abolished! This is clearly an attractive thought for many people. However, taken logically, this is absurd. For if the law doesn’t matter, then we can rape, pillage, and murder, and God’s grace will cover it all.

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What Law?

Ted Noel

What is the law? Where do we find it? In the Old Testament, in Deuteronomy 4, we find two sets of laws mentioned.

13 “So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
“And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it.

ДекалогGod gave the Ten Commandments. He spoke them (Exodus 20:1) and wrote them with his own finger on tables of stone (Exodus 31:18). God also commanded Moses to instruct the people in “statutes and judgments”. We find these “statutes and judgments ” discussed at length in Exodus and Leviticus. They are the laws of civil governance and of the ceremonies of the Tabernacle. Moses wrote them down, then commanded in Deuteronomy 31:26

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God’s Plan for the Sabbath: Does It Still Exist?

Ted Noel

A large number of Christians (nearly all) make no pretense of observing the Sabbath. In fact, most of them are largely unaware of any concern regarding the issue. To them, Sunday is the natural day to go to church and observe an hour of worship prior to the sporting event of the day. Can all those people be wrong?

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The Apostolic Record: Which Day Did They Keep?

Ted Noel

The New Testament, after the Gospels, is largely the record of the apostolic church. If the Apostles taught that Sunday was the proper day to observe, then we certainly should see evidence of it. Many theologians think that they see such evidence. Let’s look at it.

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Apostolic NT Practices

Ted Noel

Since we have found that the texts purported to support Sunday observance are incapable of withstanding examination, what evidence do we have of Sabbath observance? Is the NT as silent about Sabbath as it is about Sunday? Or did the apostles leave a record of their Sabbath-keeping?

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The Apostolic Record: What Did the Apostles Teach?

Ted Noel

As the truth of the Sabbath is presented, one difficulty repeatedly presents itself. No matter how much one tries, there can be found in the NT no explicit repetition of the Fourth Commandment. Five of the ten are quoted in full, and four of the other five are implicit in numerous statements. But, of all ten, the NT after the gospels appears on first glance to be silent on teaching the Sabbath. Are we to assume that they taught nothing about it? Or, did they teach about it, but regard it as so fundamental that it required no further written explanation?

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How We Lost the Sabbath

Ted Noel

Since it must be clear by now that Jesus kept the Sabbath, the apostles kept the Sabbath, and the early church kept the Sabbath, what happened? How, without anything remotely approximating a divine command, did the common day of observance get changed from Sabbath to Sunday? I will attempt to briefly summarize the history of the change. Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive review. Anyone wishing to pursue the issue in greater depth is referred to the books by Bacchiocchi and Odom.

The first hint of change did occur during the lifetime of some of the apostles. The first Jewish revolt (66-70AD) led to a change in the way the Jews were treated by the Romans. It began with a decision by the priests to quit offering prayers for the benefit of the Emperor. Cestius Gallius, the Roman governor of Syria, marched to Jerusalem to put down this insurrection. The church, heeding Jesus’ warning (Matthew 24:15-20) left the city when Gallius inexplicably withdrew. The revolt continued, and in 70AD, the Roman army under Titus destroyed the city with massive loss of life, but without loss to the church.

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Is the Sabbath Really Saturday?

Ted Noel

No historical fact is better established than the fact that the Sabbath which Jesus observed began at Friday sundown and extended to Saturday sundown. This is so well established that most modern theologians simply take this fact as a given when writing on the subject. But some Christians have objected, pointing out the obvious fact that the Bible does not use the word “Saturday” for the Sabbath. How do we really know that Saturday is the Sabbath?

It has been pointed out by many authors that the weekly cycle was observed carefully since creation. However, we do not need to go back that far. When Jesus was on the earth, he observed the Sabbath. In doing so, He, as God, confirmed the correctness of the observation of the weekly cycle since creation up to His time. Our task, then, is to confirm the maintenance of the weekly cycle since Christ. In the process, we can attach modern names to days.

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