Somehow the death of my best friend and companion has turned me into a fountain of tears, by just “enjoying” the peace and quiet we shared no matter where we were. It wasn’t about talking or making plans it was about just being who we are, and without judgment, without plans, a moment of peace on earth, goodwill towards men, is perhaps just in the silence, like the kind you hear, after it snows.
The hurry, scurry, frantic rush is over, the snow has come down like fluffy white wings, twirling and swirling at my feet. The sound of life is quiet. And in this peace the snow and I are in agreement, I wish my life to be full of forgiveness to all mankind. And I learned that from my Jesus who does not condemn, but perhaps he does recommend, we learn from our mistakes, like a baby who falls down, while learning to walk. And we think “adults” are humbled by “falling away” from the place, they used to be, as part of their family? It is in togetherness, that we can see, feel and hear the hearts of mankind wishing and wanting the silence of JOY in our hearts, that can bring tears to our eyes, because it is something down deep inside, that let’s me know, it is LOVE that makes us happy. It’s love that rules the day, It is LOVE that makes us mind. It makes us kind to others every day.
Today I wish to slow down, and make LOVE be the inspiration of my inner happiness, when I find I can help someone else have a better day. Then “we” can have a taste of what HEAVEN is all about. True love is something to shout about. But in the silence of the snow, it is something shared from GOD to us below.
Try true love to GOD and MANKIND. . . and let me know how your day went? I sense a relaxing of my mind already. Can I share what slowing down can be positive and create a healthy state of mind?
“It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the LIFE OF CHRIST. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each each scene, especially the CLOSING ONES. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our CONFDIENCE IN HIM will be more constant, OUR LOVE will be quicked, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His Spirit.
“As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ’s, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be “changed into the same image from glory to glory.”
“The Lord Jesus . . .loves you. If you doubt His love, look to Calvary. The light reflected from the cross shows you the magnitude of that love which no tongue can tell. . . .
“The mercies of God surround you every moment; and it would be profitable for you to consider how and whence your blessings come every day. Let the precious blessings of God, the constant loving kindness expressed to you, for they are as numerous the refreshing drops of rain. Clouds of mercy are hanging over you, and ready to drop upon you. If you will appreciate the valuable gift of SALVATION, you will be sensible of daily refreshment, of the protection and love of Jesus; you will be guided in the way of peace.
“See Him by the eye of faith; bending over you in love. . . .He wants you to live in His presence; to have eternal life and a crown of glory.”
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD for November 29, 2020 by Ellen White.
P.S. Will repeat the Prophecies of Ellen White:
“In India, China, Russia, and the cities of America, thousands of men and women are dying of starvation. The moneyed men, because they have the power, control of the market. They purchase at low rates all they can obtain, and then sell at greatly increased prices. This means starvation to the poorer classes, and will result in a CIVIL WAR. There will be a TIME OF TROUBLE such as never was since there was a nation. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a TIME OF TROUBLE, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time’ and at that time THY PEOPLE SHALL BE DELIVERED, everyone that shall be found written in the book. . . .Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.” MS 114, 1899. MR No. 325, 1899. Ellen White was quoting scripture.
Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. [There is only one who is truly RIGHTEOUS and we are privileged to call upon His name, without His righteousness we can’t be saved. We are all in need of confessing, we are not GOD, and that takes humility, which ain’t so bad once you get used to it! smile here.]
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [THIS IS WHY GOD HAS TO RAISE THE TWO WITNESSES….many do not believe JESUS was raised from the dead. And this misconception must be REMOVED from THE EARTH, literally, as the WORLD watches the two witnesses, being taken to heaven in a cloud, like Elijah, like Enoch.]
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. [THE BOOK OF DANIEL, written during the time of BABYLON, is being fulfilled. The book of DANIEL was SEALED, “even to the TIME OF THE END” It is the PURPOSE OF GOD, to REVEAL HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, in FORGIVING us, because He has placed us in this world, for AN EXHIBIT for ALL TIME, to remind us of what disobedience to HIS LAW OF LOVE, causes MANKIND. If evil were allowed back into Heaven, the Universe would be destroyed. Without a CREATOR, the created just magnify our IGNORANCE of the LAWS OF SCIENCE and what it takes to RULE THE suns, moons and stars out there in His Kingdom.
Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
If judgment begins at the House of God, what will happen to those who have misrepresented the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST, and the ONLY ONE, who can FREELY GIVE, His life for you?
This is why the last message is in the 3 angels of Revelation 14 and it is being REPEATED. These are like the ones who followed Enoch, when he was raised to heaven, before the flood, in the Book of Enoch. GOD did not plan on taking all the souls who wished to be saved from the FLOOD. When they went to look to see where Enoch and his followers were, there was only “snow.” Which is a reminder that when we confess our sins, and turn from our wicked ways, God can wash away our sins and make them “white as snow” on His books in Heaven.
Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
The Lamb and the 144,000 Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. Rev 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
THE SPECIAL RESURRECTION spoken of in Daniel 12, is also in Revelation 14. This partial resurrection is to PROVE, we can be saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and only by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, Isa 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
It was the fall of Jerusalem, when Daniel and his friends were taken captive into Babylon. But the PURPOSE OF RAISING THE DEAD and some to life, and some to see Him coming, is also giving the souls on earth a LAST CHANCE to see, to be humbled, to turn from their wicked ways, repent. BUT like the THIEF ON THE CROSS, who turned to JESUS at the LAST MINUTE, JESUS made a PROMISE.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
THIS IS WHY THE TWO WITNESSES must prove the World, that GOD CAN TAKE US TO HIS HOME IN THE SKY.
Those who do not TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST, and bow down to a computer. . . .have been shown that MANMADE computers, can be hacked, but GOD KNOWS OUR THOUGHTS, HE KNOWS OUR MOTIVES, HE KNOWS WHO IS KIND TO A PROPHET, will receive a prophets reward.
All the prophecies are coming together, and JESUS THE JEW, has been maligned before, even by his own family and friends. Is it not just the fact, those with the last day message, might get to GO TO HEAVEN, just TO PROVE, GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISE, to SAVE THE UTMOST, because he must destroy THE DESTROYER, LUCIFER and his angels.
This will ENCOURAGE those who DO NOT TAKE THE MARK Of THE BEAST….”THE CHIP” the request of a church/state mandate that is already on the books in every state in the United States. A SUNDAY law is not considered a “spiritual law” it can be ENFORCED. As I understand there are other laws that are not “enforced” such as “adultery” on the books of every state. What would happen if the World begins to FORCE us to bow down to a SUN GOD, on SUNDAY? Will we “take the mark of the beast” or “trust in JESUS to be OUR SALVATION?”
There was a quirky way of the JEWS, to not understand the many prophecies that JESUS would suffer at the hands of his own people. BUT THE SURPRISE ENDING, is that JESUS was NOT GOING TO SET UP A KINGDOM ON EARTH. And this is just what the Catholic Church is wanting, they want the KING OF THE UNIVERSE, to change the times and laws of God, so the church revenue goes into the pocket of the POPE.
Do we need a UNIVERSAL CHURCH? no, OUR CREATOR GOD, has JESUS CHRIST TO BE THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH. And for every good SYMBOL there is false symbol. But no one can come ON A CLOUD and TAKE US TO HEAVEN, and not touch down on planet earth, with his feet, UNTIL THE THOUSAND YEARS OF PUNISHMENT is ON THE HEAD OF SATAN, to wander over the earth in ruins, with its pollution, that he has created, and he cannot “recreate.”
If the POPE, a man, 666 wants to be worshipped, like GOD 777, it is too late. This is the original sin in Heaven, where GOD allowed SATAN to control earth, for a period of time. Until the other inhabitants of the Universe, understood what would have happened if LUCIFER had CRUCIFIED JESUS CHRIST, but JESUS IS GOD, and GOD IS NOT DEAD, GOD CANNOT DIE. JESUS A JEW, who only has to have ten laws, to help you see, HE DOES NOT DESTROY, until you have clearly been shown, again and again, that breaking His laws, breaks our hearts, and causes families to be destroyed.
GOD IS GOD OF LOVE, and sometimes GOD HAS TO SHOUT LIKE THUNDER, to help us understand, we should “NOT GO THAT WAY” because we WILL EXPERIENCE PAIN…and suffering…emotional unhappiness…and that is why GOD knew…HIS LAWS ARE PURE AND TRUE. Our happiness depends upon treating our HEART, our CONSCIENCE, with tenderness, so we don’t hurt ourselves or others. We have to learn how to love within boundaries. And that takes courage, and that reminds us to pray and get help every day, because satan is looking for people who are not praying. PRAYER puts an invisible shield around us, every day. PRAYER makes us aware of what is right and what is wrong. PRAYER teaches us HOW TO LOVE.
Jesus fought the desire to END THE CONFLICT between HE AND LUCIFER a long time ago.
Not Peace, but Division Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? Luk 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Luk 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: Luk 12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. Luk 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Interpreting the Time Luk 12:54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. Luk 12:55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Luk 12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Settle with Your Accuser Luk 12:57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? Luk 12:58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. Luk 12:59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.
JUNE 3, 1903 “There are many with whom the SPIRIT OF GOD is striving. The time of God’s destructive judgments is the TIME OF MERCY for those who have no opportunity to LEARN WHAT IS TRUTH. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His HEART OF MERCY is touched; HIS HAND IS STILL STRETCHED OUT TO SAVE!”
I feel sick when I hear the “exclusiveness” of anyone towards his brother, mankind, for God is colorblind, man looks on the outward appearance but GOD looks on THE HEART. We all have the same problem when we lose our BLOOD we die. But those who have first been reconciled to GOD, will receive eternal life.
There is SONG the REDEEMED SING in Revelation 15:3
Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Rev 15:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
The WORD judgments also translates as HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS makes the deed equitable, …. GOD is also being JUDGED and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, is proven by those who TRUST IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS are saved, by HIS grace.
Don’t let anyone steal your crown, that awaits you in His Kingdom.
We are NOT TO JUDGE EACH OTHER…we can’t read their minds or motives.
FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS HAS BEEN MADE KNOWN! in the NIV Bible.
GOD FORGIVES SINNERS, if they wish to be forgiven. And if we don’t forgive others, GOD will not forgive us.
Our Father who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy Kingdom come, They will be Done . . . . on Earth as it is in HEAVEN
Give us this day, our daily bread AND
FORGIVE us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into Temptation, but deliver us from EVIL
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, and the POWER and the GLORY FOREVER….
In tribute to Bach, the term was also chosen by Sir John Eliot Gardiner as the name for his own record label after leaving Archiv Produktion, to continue and complete his Bach cantatas project.
Aaron Shust‘s 2009 song “To God Alone (be the Glory)” was inspired by Bach’s writing “S.D.G.” at the bottom of his musical scores.
“It is our privilege to reach high and still higher, for clearer revealings of the CHARACTER OF GOD. When Moses prayed, “I beseech thee, show me Thy Glory,” the Lord did not rebuke him, but He granted his prayer. . . .
“It is sin that darkens our minds and dims our perceptions. As sin is purged from our hearts, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, illuminating His Word, and reflected from the face of nature, more and more fully will declare Him “merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.”
“In His light shall we see light, until mind and heart and soul are transformed into the image of His holiness.
“For those who lay hold of the divine assurance of God’s Word, there are wonderful possibilities. Before them lie vast fields of truth, vast resources of power. Glorious things are to be revealed. Privileges and duties which they do not even suspect to be in the Bible will be made manifest. All who walk in the path of humble obedience, fulfilling His purpose, will know more and more of the oracles of God. . . .
“The precious faith inspired of God imparts strength and nobility of character. As His goodness, His mercy, and His love are dwelt upon, clearer and still clearer will be the perception of truth; higher, holier, the desire for purity of heart and clearness of thought. The soul dwelling in the pure atmosphere of holy thought is transformed by being with God through the study of His Word. Truth is so large, so far-reaching, so deep, so broad, that self is lost sight of. The heart is softened and subdued into humility, kindness, and LOVE. And the natural powers are enlarged because of holy obedience.” Sons and Daughters of God, by Ellen White for November 28.
When I woke up this morning, I sensed another word for GOD is LOVE. We long to catch a glimpses of His Glory, like Handal, Bach and others who tried to catch notes in music, that would take our minds off the everyday conundrum and place our minds in the holy heavenly music that reaches the SOLO, the SINGULAR, the GLORY, and Holiness of God.
Friday night at our house, the T.V. was turned off, the Record Player was turned on. The new “high fidelity” was enhanced by Classical Music, while we each found something to read and study, separately, but together. This set the stage for inviting God to bring our family together, in worship, in quietness and peace. Friday night was a welcome release from the daily routine of preparing for Sabbath. As we grew older, my big brother Franklin would take me to the Friday night meetings at church with him. And in time I would be the piano player, with Jeniece at the organ and Uncle Jack leading with his arms directing the “timing” of each line. It brings a smile to my face even now, as I remember him “conducting” the “voices” with an anticipation of “when” his arms would “remain in the air”. . . .holding on to just one note. . . .the audience was watching, waiting and holding their voices, to make a great sound, like a GREAT AMEN.
I’m on the rock HAL LE LU YAH……hold it, hold it.
I’m on the rock to stay . . . .hold it, hold it.
I’m on the rock hal le lu yah, I’m on THE ROCK TO STAY. . .hold it, hold it!
I was invited to KONENIA, and found out it was a camp meeting for the BLACK and the woman who invited me was WHITE, but she didn’t know she was WHITE. We were invited to SING with the CHOIR, and then this kind of Uncle Jack Leader, had us moving faster than the music, slowing down, even repeating what we had just sung, and I allowed myself the JOY of being LED, by a vivacious woman, who had the music in her head. . . .she knew how she wanted it to sound. . .and we loved to follow her lead.
I guess Jesus is the same. He wants to led us by the springs of LIVING WATER, and to show us, HOW TO PATIENTLY, trust in Him.
Each day, is like the longest day on earth, as I anticipate the prophecy, and the future, I am impatient, the challenge seems daunting, and being busy helps me forget the “time” is racing forward, to be fulfilled, and Revelation 11, could take me to heaven. I must review this chapter again.
The Two Witnesses from the King James Bible. Rev 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. [THE ALTAR? THE PLACE OF SACRIFICE? But JESUS WAS THE SACRIFICE, the other altar would be the place of prayer, the little altar of INCENSE, where the blood of the lamb was taken, on a evening and morning basis, to be the forgiveness of sin on a daily basis, BUT when JESUS DIED, the veil in the earthly Temple was ripped from top to bottom, and the Holy Ark of the Covenant was NOT THERE. It had been removed by Jeremiah before the sacking of the Temple in 70 A.D. The JEWS had lost touch, with THE MANY PROPHECIES of the COMING MESSIAH, in their day. Their only source of SALVATION by FAITH, had come to them, but they denied His gift and His Sacrifice for all the ages, still BY FAITH, we rest our case, that NO OTHER SACRIFICE can change the DAY, the preparation for Sabbath day, the time the temple veil was ripped, the heart of JESUS burst, he died at 3 p.m. the TIME OF THE EVENING SACRIFICE, was over forever. Jesus would enter the MOST HOLY IN HEAVEN, and He would hold our prayers in HIS HAND, He would and will and does continue to hear and answer our prayers to learn more about HIM, THE KING OF THE JEWS, Our MESSIAH. Jesus rested in the tomb on Sabbath, obeying the law, He rested in sleep.] Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of in Daniel Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
[JESUS TRIED TO TELL HIS DISCIPLES HE WOULD DIE, by being “LIFTED UP.” His disciples learned “self-sacrifice” is a holy dependence upon God. Then Jesus speaking to his disciple John speaks to us, some 1925 years later that God will give POWER to two witnesses, and they shall prophecy 1290 days, clothes in the garments of mourning.]
Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
The olive tree produces the holy fruit of the SPIRIT OF GOD, they are two LIGHTS STANDING before THE GOD of the Earth. They have to be two people, who have based their knowledge on both the OLD and NEW TESTAMENT.
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
[Someone wants to “destroy” them. But the “fire” mentioned here is THE HOLY SPIRIT like GOD is ZEALOUS to for HIS WORD, to be UNDERSTOOD]
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
[These two witnesses, are given POWER TO SHUT HEAVEN, so it will NOT RAIN, they have POWER OVER THE WATERS TO TURN THEM TO BLOOD and they have POWER to SMITE THE EARTH WITH ALL PLAGUES, as often as they like. This kind of POWER was given to Moses and Aaron in the day of the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. It is not NEW for GOD to SEND the WARNING like THUNDER, before HE COMES AGAIN.]
Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
[The BEAST, LUCIFER AND HIS ANGELS, make war against these two witness, and they kill them. Destroying is the spirit of the ANTICHRIST and you will then know who the antichrist truly is.]
Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
[BECAUSE THIS PROPHECY IS TRUE, they will try to make sure the two prophets are not put in the grave, for they might come alive like JESUS DID, in His day.]
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
[Those who dwell on the earth, are HAPPY! They rejoice, they make merry, they send gifts to one another, because THESE TWO PROPHETS TORMENTED THEM, and that is what PROPHETS DO, to those who KNOW IN THEIR MINDS, the guilty conscience, wants them DEAD.]
Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
[JESUS CAME ALIVE, but His Disciples were SHOCKED, there was NOT TO BE AN EARTHLY KINGDOM, and their aspirations were gone. WHAT WOULD THEY DO? They went back to fishing. They had GREAT FEAR FOR THEIR OWN LIFE. AND again, the World will SEE IN PROPHECY, these things were given to us, to help us understand and separate evil from good. Two disciples, would die, rise from the grave and then what?]
Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
[GOD SPEAKS FROM HEAVEN…they hear a GREAT VOICE LIKE THUNDER, saying, “COME UP HERE.” They ascended up to heaven IN A CLOUD and THEIR ENEMIES could do nothing to stop them from being taken to heaven, like Elijah and Enoch before them.]
Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
[THEN A GREAT EARTHWAKE HAPPENS, like the DAY, JESUS DIED, and his blood spilled through a crack in the “rock” and dropped his blood on the MERCY SEAT, on the ARK OF THE COVENT, and the dried blood comes alive, when placed in water. And chromosomes can only be detected in living water. Our Saviour has the LIFE in HIMSELF, HE IS THE GOD, not a god. THE EARTHQUAKE follows the VOICE OF GOD, giving the day and hour that HE WILL RETURN. This WORD from THE PROPHETESS ELLEN WHITE, in The Great Controversy p. 640, in THE TRIUMP OF GOD’S LOVE, p. 375. “The voice of God is heard from heaven declaring the day and the hour of Jesus coming, and delivering the everlasting covenant to His people. (Does that mean the Ark of the Covenant, or the Ten Commandments will come out of hiding, because of these two witnesses? Yes, this is what I believe too.) “Like peals of the loudest thunder His words roll through the earth. The Israel of God stand listening, with their eyes fixed upward. Their countenances are lighted up with His glory, and shine as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked cannot look upon them. And when the THE BLESSING IS PRONOUNCED ON THOSE WHO HAVE HONORED GOD by keeping HIS SABBATH HOLY, there is mighty SHOUT OF VICTORY.”
“Soon there appears in the EAST a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It the THE CLOUD which surrounds The Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God KNOW this to be THE SIGN of the Son of man. In solemn silence they GAZE UPON IT as it draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a GREAT WHITE CHOUD, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the RAINBOW OF THE COVENANT. JESUS rides forth as mighty conqueror. Not now a “man of sorrows,” to drink the bitter cup of shame and woe, He comes, victor in heaven and earth, to judge the living and the dead. “Faithful and True,” “in righteousness (his righteousness) He doth judge and make war.” And “the armies which were in heaven” (Revelation 19:11,14) follow Him. With anthems of celestial melody the holy angels,a vast, unnumbered throng, attend him on His way. The firmament seems filled with radiant forms—“ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” No human pen can portray the the scene; no mortal mind is adequate to conceive its splendor. “His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. And His brightness was as THE LIGHT.” Habakkuk 3:3,4. As the LIVING CLOUD comes still nearer, every eye beholds the PRINCE OF LIFE. No crown of thorns now mars his holy brow. His countenance outshines the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun. “And he has on His vesture and on His thigh a name, King of kings and LORD of lords.” Revelation 19:16. (This is where Handal found the inspiration for his chorus to glorify the name of God ONLY, solo.)
Continuing to copy from THE TRIUMPH OF GOD’S LOVE on page 376 and 377)
“Before His presence “all faces are turned into paleness;” upon the rejecters of God’s mercy falls the terror of eternal despair. “The heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and the faces of them all gather blackness.” Jeremiah 30:6; Nahum 2:10. The righteous cry with trembling; “Who shall be able to stand?” The angels song is hushed, and there s A PERIOD OF AWUL SILENCE. Then the VOICE OF JESUS IS HEARD saying: “My grace is sufficient for you.” The faces of the righteous are lighted up, and joy fills every heart. And the angels strike a note higher and sing again as they draw still nearer to the earth.” p. 377 Triumph of God’s Love, by Ellen White.
” . . .The voice which penetrates the ear of the dead, they know. How often have its plaintive, tender tones called them to repentance. How often has it been heard in the touching entreaties of a friend, a brother, a Redeemer. To the rejecters of His grace no other could be so full of condemnation, so burned with denunciation, (meaning: noun, public condemnation of someone or something.”denunciation of his reckless methods” the action of informing against someone.” ) as THAT VOICE which has so long pleaded: “Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?” Ezekiel 33:11. Oh, that is were to the the voice of a stranger! Says Jesus “I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of my reproof.” Proverbs 1:24, 25. THAT VOICE awakens memories which they would fain blot out—warnings despised, invitations refused, privileges slighted.
“There are those who mocked Christ, in His humiliation. With thrilling power come to their minds the Sufferer’s words, when, adjured by the high priest, He solemnly declared: “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of POWER, and COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Matthew 26:64. Now they behold Him in His glory, and they are yet to see Him sitting on the right hand of power.”
The story of those who derided Jesus continues with Herod the king, and reminds us of the opening of Daniel 12,1:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. This prophecy has to come BEFORE JESUS COMES. This is about the disciples of Jesus Christ, 12x12x thousands, who will come alive in a special resurrection before Jesus comes back to earth. There is TIME LAG. There is a TIME when the World will consider the EFFORTS OF GOD, to SAVE TO THE UTMOST, and no one can say, “JESUS, did not raise from the dead, he not did he return to heaven. and JESUS is not GOD.” The lies of the High Priest will be exposed. The judgment of the Orthodox JEWS who deny their Messiah is Jesus, is exposed. There are many who wish to crucify Jesus and his followers! However, because we are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, it is time to repent, today and PRAISE THE LORD, He loves you.
Back to Revelation 11.
[There is an earthquake, bit it is not the final EARTHQUAKE. ]
Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Rev 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
The Seventh Trumpet Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Rev 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Rev 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
The Seventh Angel has been handed the vial of the LAST PLAGUE, But HAIL will not be poured out, until the people of the earth, have a LAST CHANCE to see JESUS as HE TRULY IS, the SOURCE OUR SALVATION.
Revelation 11 is considered the hardest book to understand and many highly trained men, will not even try to understand the very LAST DAYS on earth.
I can’t explain how or why, my son Walter asked the question, “What Happens After 9-11? I can only say, he sent me on a mission to find out, and in the process of learning, I became a volunteer to be a witness, and fearless in the face of God’s enemy, the antichrist. However, I wish you to know that this is a blessing or curse, and I prefer it to be a blessing, with me on my knees, in prayer and asking GOD, “Are you sure its me? And who will go with me?” There must be two witnesses. And Walter my son, is an Anderson. And if anyone asks, he very much like me. However Walter has a more stubborn streak in trying to prove to himself, that “I CAN DO IT.” And that makes me laugh, and sigh, about how many times, I tried to do life, and did not know until years later, that when my stomach turns, it is because I am being led by the HOLY SPIRIT, and there are some things, I just have to put in the LORDS HANDS. And all my worry, all my fuss, was not enough to take away my worry. However, when I gave GOD, all my plans for the day, He worked it out, like He did yesterday.
Yesterday, I laid all my plans in the hands of God. And the sequence of events, the timing, the trip to Norton, finding someone to ride with me, as we talked of a soon coming trip, and finding the package they had lost, we came to retrieve, and finding a man outside the house, who tell me where the package was to go, and finding the man home who take the “shocks” and put them in the car, before we go on the trip, means that GOD is watching out for me. He sent me on my way, to get the things done before SABBATH. And I wish to praise His name and not forget to turn him loose, to plan my day. I got so much done yesterday, I was exhausted and went to bed around 7:30 p.m. And I’ve been up since 3 a.m. writing this for three hours, and if I could type and spell, it might have taken me less time. But as usual, I have learned more about God, and I have put the Ellen White quotes together, that I think, I might have got it right.
Here is where I wait for “THE CRITQUE” which is so important for an artist can take the counsel, to make sure I have not accidently made a couch look like a monster. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when I am to not misrepresent JESUS CHRIST, I need a eye to see and help me correct the errors that might make a sentence clearer.
So GIVE IT TO ME! HELP ME MAKE MY WORK COMPLETE. THANK U connie
P.S. The teacher always learns from her students. And that is what motivates me to try harder.
1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
ASSIMILATE according to Wikipedia =
verb (used without object),as·sim·i·lat·ed,as·sim·i·lat·ing.
to be or become absorbed.to conform or adjust to the customs, attitudes, etc., of a dominant social group, nation, or the like:The new arrivals assimilated easily and quickly.
noun something that is assimilated.
In order for “me” to be assimilated into the CULTURE, CUSTOMS, ATITTUDES and SOCIETY of JESUS, I must become acquainted with HIS SUFFERINGS and SORROWS, to the point of being willing to die DEFENDING HIS KINGDOM, in Heaven, as it was on EARTH, His willingness to die defending HIS FATHER, and HIS FATHER’S KINGDOM, HIS FATHER’S Name.
And in this study, my own father died a painful death of bone cancer that began with a prostate cancer. For around three years, knowing his only and favorite son, had hurt me, destroyed my family, and resulted in my husband, putting me into a Mental Institution.
For sixteen years I was labeled, “bipolar.” My fathers death was a huge lost to my husband. He lost His best friend, and best golfing buddy. The yearly trip to be together at the cabin, go jeeping, sight seeing, laughing around the J-circle, that surrounded the kitchen where a sign hung above the stove, MAS PLACE was canceled.
Daddy’s letter begin with, To My Bewildered Daughter, “No one came home for the 4th of July, so I went to the doctor and he found I had cancer.”
The family division: had struck the heart of my dad, who loved my husband like his very own son. And it hurt deeply my husband, that he could not be comforted, nor could he comfort me. My frustration began to errod our marriage, and the label of “Bioplar” was not something my x could comprehend, as my inability to “speak up” and “share my feelings” until after 16 years of weekly counseling, monthly med checks, and bills to “fix me” while my husband ditched me, trying to find those who would understand his hatred of having a sick, mentally ill, cannot be cured, wife, mother, and little Walter would have to live with me, and bear the burden of being unable to express myself, without having a sheet of paper, so I could decide which emoji was “me.” I had to think, HOW DO I FEEL? I had to point to a face. And mostly the emoji I found was the little CONFUSED FACE.x
Something daddy had put off, would alert nine men my Mother knew, who went to get checked, they too stopped putting off what they knew would be diagnosed as prostate cancer. In time my Mother would report nine men did not die, because of Manford, they were tested and each had a treatment that lengthed their lives. This was comfort to my Mother, as the family now divided, had left her in Denver, with all four of us in California.
I purchased a house in gated community because I FEARED MY HUSBANDS ANGER and I knew he hated me. If I would commit suicide, in my frustration, it would solve his problem. I turned to the BIBLE and the recommendation coming from the books of Ellen White, “Do not leave a bad marriage unless you have enough money to support your children.” That was one requirement, I could understand, and my half of his business ventures after retiring at the age of 38, was around a million dollars.
I could study, I could cry, I could get a dog, I could buy a motorhome, and Walter and I could head for the San Joaquin River where it met the Sacramento and he and Joe our dog, would find the men and trailers where the “Kiters” hung out on a regular basis. That motorhome, was my excuse to be in the outdoors, camping, fresh air, and Walter began to take on a sport that would never leave him and his older brother without an excuse to “go kiting.”
This kite flying over the Hood River, renting a home, inviting friends, and meeting at any beach, with family and friends, became my hobby too. Every kite flier needs to pick up the air pump, and launch the kite, as is known as kite slave, but for me, it was not slavery, it was a relief from feeling like I was “unfit” to be a mother and wife. Now that I am over 16 years drug free, I feel sorry for those who are misdiagnosed as bipolar as I am sixteen years BIPOLAR NO MORE.
Now to the message:
“The strength of nations and of INDIVIDUALS is NOT FOUND in the opportunities and facilities that appear to make them INVINCIBLE; it is not found in their BOASTED GREATNESS. That which slope can make them GREAT or STRONG is the POWER OF GOD. They THEMSELES, by their ATTITUDE, toward HIS PURPOSE, decide their own destiny.
[Her word “slope” is meaningful to me as we hiked many trails that took us there by jeep. A slope is always there on mountain trails, beside a stream, with blooming flowers that caught our eyes, and each blooming flower, was categorized and named in our minds, registered in a book, and sometimes pressed between the pages of an old phone book. (I recommend a photo today, rather than collecting) THE SLOPE of a hill can be up or down hill, but for Walter it seemed he would be like a salmon swimming upstream all his life, over ten years of college and he jokes, “I’ve got TENURE.” For me the CHALLENGE to move forward, was to find in the books of Ellen White, this book, and its daily message, to understand there is a slippery slope that goes downward and a healthy way to stay fit, and go upward on the trail to where GOD leads me.
These last few days, of hearing from Terry’s family and my friends, has spoken many words to my heart and soul. But what is funny now about my fear at first, of being a widow, was for an old friend to show up that I had known 16 years ago. I just didn’t want to see Neal Noel. I first met him hanging around the construction site of the new Seventh Day Adventist Church. My cousin and I were painting, in the baptistry, in the hole with ladder, painting the new Jerusalem’s TREE OF LIFE. Everyone knows Neal and he knew everyone, and wished to be the son of my Uncle Dale, whom he had a very high degree of respect for.
My first trip out of the house was a must, the oil had to be changed and the first trip to Alma was a favorite drive for Terry and I. I parked the car, they drove into the shed and began to work on it. I stepped into the beautiful lobby of Tripe Chevrolet only to see as big as LIFE, Neal Noel perching on one of the high stools and table for customers to rest.
He had the idea, that if I needed a shoulder to cry on, his was available. I wanted nothing to do with his comfort, but I knew he could be trusted. As the PCH SCAM began again, and I had already been scammed once. I knew in the past, their words had a threat, and me feeling alone, and the questions they asked, would make me a 73 year old widow, without a friend. Then Neal dropped by my house to make a schedule of when I wanted him to bring the mower and pick up the autumn leaves. This fall even after being trimmed, some of the oldest fullest branches of five huge elm trees would drop a six inch pile of leaves.
As fate or God would have it, I could trust Neal and if the PCH money was coming, it was tempting to wish it were true. Instead I felt a need for protection, and Neal is known for being responsible, dependable, doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke and his schedule takes him to wherever he is needed. Last week he took his friend to the hospital to have a heart cath, and pick him up the next day. He donated a wreath to the Veterans. He is mixture of a man, who plans to fix up something old and broken, much like I was teased about wanting to fix up the ruins of old houses on the road from Denver to Beaver City. “THAT’S CONNIE’S HOUSE.” was how I was teased and agreed that “fixing” something is superior to letting the legend and history become broken, rotted and weathered. Neal and I have something in common. But yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I was alone, and just laying out the dips, for my chips, when the phone rang. I asked him , “What are doing?” He said, “I have a pie.” I really enjoyed the laugh, that what began, by having “leftovers” after the funeral, and making plans in how to clean out the garden and make a place for the leaves, became a way to learn and trust Mr. Noel.
So between the two of us, chips and dips, and left over rice, we sat down to the table, now with it fixed up a bit like a fancy table with spoon, fork and knife on a napkin, we “played” as if it was the grandest Thanksgiving ever, and even had wild berry pie with the whipped cream I found in the frig. There is more to this story, but let’s get . . .
BACK TO THE MESSAGE, I will walk up hill and coast downhill, rather than let myself be shaken off the trail God has made for me to follow.
“Human histories relate man’s achievements, his victories in battle, his success in attaining worldly greatness. God’s history descrives man as heaven views him or her. In the divine records all his merit is seen to consist of his obedience to God’s requirements. . . .
“The centuries have their mission. Every moment has its work. Each is passing into eternity with its burden. . . .God is still dealing with earthly kingdoms. He is in the great cities. His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the doings of the children of men. We are not to say, God was, but, GOD IS. He sees the very sparrow’s fall, the leaf that falls from the tree, and king who is dethroned. All are under the control of the Infinite One. Everything is changing. Cities and nations are being measured by the plummet in the hand of God. [plummet =
noun: Also called plumb bob. a piece of lead or some other weight attached to a line, used for determining perpendicularity, for sounding, etc.; the bob of a plumb line.something that weighs down or depresses.
verb (used without object) to plunge.]
Where were we?
“by the plummet in the hand of God. He never makes A MISTAKE. HE reads correctly. Everything earthly is unsettled, but the truth abides forever.
“In the eyes of the world, those who serve God may appear weak. They may be apparently sinking beneath the billows, but with the next billow, they are seen rising nearer to their haven. I give unto them eternal life, saith our Lord, and NONE shall be able to PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. Though kings shall be cast down, and nations removed, the souls that through faith link themselves with God’s purpose shall abide forever.
Fasten your eyes upon Jesus, and by beholding you will become assimilated to HIS IMAGE.” Ellen White, SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD for Nov. 27, page 338.
I must confess, when I read Ellen Whites writings, I feel as though I needed to go back to the BIBLE. I am not to remain in her books, there is a TRUTH in the HOLY BOOK, that I too can reclaim for my own.
OMB-OPENED MY BIBLE TODAY NOVEBER 27, 2020
I opened my Bible and read Matthew 10:22, which I had underlined with orange pencil. It reads, “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of ISRAEL before the SON OF MAN COMES.
A student is NOT above His teacher, nor a SERVANT above His Master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servants like his master. If the HEAD OF THE HOUSE has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!
So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be AFRAID OF THE ONE who can destroy both SOUL AND BODY in hell. [We know the word hell, means the grave, when our time on earth is over, we return to dust, but GOD HAS OUR DNA, G.P.S., and He can make us NEW, He can give us wings, He can recreate us, as we were, so we can know when our angels take us to our mothers when He comes, we will be known as we were like calves in the stall. We will not be seen with bags and wrinkles. God creates and GOD can RECREATE, and He will not take us heaven, without first giving us a NEW BODY, NEW LIFE, NEW ENERGY, and a ROBE OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, that we shall parade around, like a NEW BRIDE, like my little sister did, all adorned in the lacy window curtains, Janet was ready to be married at the age of four of five. Now that’s a happy thought, we even took her picture of her outside holding a bouquet of flowers. lol She now grows orchids and her husband judges orchids for the America Orchid Society.
About the word hell, or sheol, in Hebrew, it is the GRAVE. When our time on earth is over, we go to judgment. And that process has been going on in heaven, so Jesus can return and BRING with HIS REWARD BACK TO US for being faithful like his disciples were. Some 12X12 a figure representing 144,000 or more, who are NOT SLAVES, but willing servants of THE MASTER. Our obedience is because we LIKE HIM, we TRUST HIM, we KNOW HE IS ALL OMNIPOTENT. He can read our minds, He can remind me of the GOOD TIMES GROWING up with a sister, who was almost like my twin.
Mom said, “What one doesn’t think of the other does.” We seemed to have a ying and yang friendship, and playful teasing but not fighting. We enjoyed being together, we had fun, we played together, and it was OK to pretend to fight, but you can wrestle around, and not get hurt. But Janet liked to play dolls, I preferred the backyard kids, and playing cops and robbers, with Franklin and Jan while Sonya and I were the girls they chased and they put us in their dungeon. The hole below their play-house, had a pipe so we could have water. ha Thankfully they did not ask us drink and we played and it was fun.
Today if I walk into Janet’s kitchen and kingdom and know she might pick up the towel, wind it up and give me a switch….but this kind of nonsense is a family trait, like when Franklin gets up on the roof to clean out the gutters at the church school, both Guttches and I moved away from the distance the water hose would get us. If you can’t HAVE FUN, when do a job, then it becomes “work.” So we did our work, and it was fun. And MOM was even worse. When she got through with washing the dishes, she just might toss her wrung out rag towards us, and we would pretend to run it was fun. I think the country kind of life, sort of expects us to pick up the snow and throw it at someone!
Some T.V. reporter was watching the Bronco football team disembark from the airplane. As the team poured out on the runway the reporter said, “You can tell the players who are from the midwest. They are the ones making snowballs to fire at the next bunch coming out of the airplane.” And we laughed, and wished would could have gotten into the “brawl.”
So? What kind of fun have you had today? I sat down at the piano, when asked to play at the Methodist Church. Beside the “ON BUTTON” was a huge stuffed toy tarantula. It was no mystery, it would show up somewhere, and the game began. My younger sister had a green toad, and when visitors came in they would try to figure out which rafter it was on. Then it was their turn to hide the frog.
BACK TO THE COMMENTS on the grave, and life after death. When GOD made ADAM AND EVE, out of clay, He breathed the BREATH OF LIFE, which is RAUCH =
breath of mouth or nostrils (33 t.)
wind (117 t.)
spirit, as that which breathes quickly in animation or agitation = temper, disposition (76 t.; so, distinctively, …
spirit of the living, breathing being, dwelling in the בָּשָׂר of men and animals, “” נֶפֶשׁ (25 t.)
Without the breath of God, we are nothing. His breath returns to HIM who is LIFE. Our thoughts cease, we rest. Like my dad, who would probably lift a eye, roll over and say, “Don’t wake me until Jesus comes.” My dad doesn’t need to know, what all happened to bring sorrow into my life, after he died it gives me peace to know he is RESTING IN PEACE, R. I. P. And I leave him alone, to take the well deserved rest he needs.
Didn’t plan on doing a sermon on what happens after death. WE REST and let GOD do the rest.
Rather be AFRAID OF THE ONE who can destroy both SOUL AND BODY in hell. It was this comment of Jesus, that brought us to wonder, “Who can destroy BOTH SOULS AND BODY in hell?”
I have to laugh. GOD IS NOT THE DESTROYER THE DEVIL IS, and if we choose as living bodies made by Christ, before we were born to find in HIM A RESTING PLACE on a daily basis, HE CAN AND WILL RAISE US FROM THE DEAD.
Jesus goes on to say:
Mat 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Mat 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Mat 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Not Peace, but a Sword Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Rewards Mat 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. Mat 10:41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. Mat 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
TODAY NOVEMBER 27, the day after being THANKFUL FOR WHAT ALL GOD HAS DONE, resulted in my OPENING MY BIBLE, and PRESENTING WHAT TRUTH, and happy memories I’ve found, but do you know, how depressed I was when I woke up, to find I have duties to perform?
I have to find a sitter for my cat. I have to pack to go for a trip to Branson. I have to drive to Kearny and take my car, when the bus does not come to some little town called Beaver City. I have to take two people with me who NEED A RIDE. I do not HAVE TO DO ANYTHING, but JUST ENJOY the FUN, and I must stop worrying and just get up and get something done.
Fix the potluck food, and know that the Minister is not likely to wish me to put the brown sugar on the yams, with marshmellows. I will be a sinner, to fix this food. But it is a potluck and if I’m scolded I have it coming! O My, such a hypocrite am I. Knowingly fixing the family receipe and hoping no one else brings the same thing. I hope they bring the beans with mushroom soup and fried onion rings…why don’t I make that? GOOD IDEA, need to go shopping anyway. Need to find someone to feed the cat while I’m gone. Need to make sure they are trustworthy.
Better get out of these clothes, get dressed, the cat is fed, she’s happy now by the . . .she’s not by the window. . . she’s down stairs. Got there to be reminded the clothes I put in the wash machine need to go in the dryer. And LIFE GOES ON…and a trip to the grocery store, drop off the letter at the Post Office, going out, and its FRIDAY, the PREPARATION DAY FOR SABBATH is coming and I can REST and ENJOY the PEACE AND QUIET OF THE COUNTRY, and that is why I moved here, to receive the blessings of being with my books and inspiration, from a lady I’ve never met, but wish to meet in Heaven, Ellen White.
If you can see and understand my NEED and JOY in following the way I Open My Bible, you would know, for YEARS, I begin to write in a journal what all I’ve learned by OPENING MY BIBLE. The diaries are in hand written books on the top of my computer if some is interested someday to see how God has led the way for me to understand, there is a MYSTERY and PLAN for HIM to expose HIS LOVE, by raising two from earth, to HIS HOME ABOVE. Revealed in Revelation 11 which is the MOST MISUNDERSTOOD and hard to translate, until you realize it is just TRUE, what is says, WILL HAPPEN, the time has come for the WORLD TO UNDERSTAND, there is A NEW JERUSLAEM, that will COME DOWN OUT OUT OF HEAVEN, when the THOUSAND YEARS ARE OVER, we will ride down from ORION, watching earth get closer, as we approach the site, where JESUS WILL STEP DOWN and split the DIVIDE to make a PLACE where WE CAN REST, and live together, be at HIS TABLE, to eat with all the generations of HIS DISCIPLES….who worship at HIS FEET.
Consider getting the IT IS WRITTEN BIBLE STUDY on REVELATION’s 1000 years. You will appreciate what ALL GOD HAS PLANNED to take you to HIS KINGDOM through ORION’S GATES. And after we judged the living, by the OPEN BOOKS, and have had a look at and see the “actions” then we will know the “motives.” And they we can see why The Prophets, were living as if they were in “eternity.” They were looking forward to heavenly rest, from worry, strife and endless confusion. At last, it will be DISCOVERED, that OUR KING and HIS KINGDOM is “it.” And HE is WORTHY to OPEN the 7th and LAST SEAL, to REVEAL HIS BRIDE, HIS CHURCH, YOU ARE HIS TRUE FRIENDS. This JESUS, the JEW, is the KING FOR YOU. And the books are opened with HIS JUDGEMNT OF THE DEAD. And you can look at the books, and disagree with Him. But then when you see the “motives” like a living screen, GOD can give you the permission to JUDGE HIM.
GOD lays himself on the line, if you think, some soul was left behind! And you will find this examination of the books, will take every care off you mind, that GOD is a GOD OF JUSTICE and great MERCY, for after all, YOU MADE IT THERE TOO. lol
Don’t worry about “them.” Worry never got anyone into heaven. JUST LEAVE THAT UP TO GOD! I’m looking forwards to the PUNISHMENT of those who TRUST IN HIM, is not a bad reward. AH HA!
The NEW JERUSALEM will be a GRAND HOTEL, with happiness in serving each other. No waiters, no writies, no authors, just honest kids from the country and city, learning its ok to be humble and mess around a little bit.
I once thought a “drive by fruiting” might happen from those who climbed among the branches on the TREE OF LIFE. “Shoot me one of those green things on your left.” And some monkey in the tree would know what I mean. Heaven is also for kids and having a child like mind ain’t so bad, unless you can’t find the meaning of a painted OLD RUGGED CROSS, is the PRICE PAID for YOUR REDEMPTION and mine. I think I’d like to monkey around the TREE OF LIFE and see who shows up for lunch? That FRUIT OF MONTH CLUB began in Heaven.
“Our life-work here is a preparation for the life ETERNAL. The education begun here will not be completed in this life; it will going forward through all eternity,—-ever progressing, never completed. More and more fully will be revealed the wisdom and love of God in the plan of redemption. The Saviour, as he leads his children to the fountains of living waters, will impart rich stores of knowledge. And day by day the wonderful works of God, the evidences of His power in creating and sustaining the universe, will open before the mind in new beauty. In the light that shines from the throne, mysteries will disappear, and the soul will be filled with astonishment at the simplicity of the things that were never before comprehended. Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now we know in part; but then we shall know even as also we are known.
Think what it will mean to study through the eternal ages under the personal instruction of Christ! Amidst the present conflicts and temptations, in this our day of probation, we are to form characters that will prepare us to obtain a life that measures with the life of God.
We are to have an eye single to the glory of God, and thus grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus CHrist. The more earnestly and diligently we seek for divine wisdom, the more firmly established we shall be in the truth.
By beholding Christ, by talking of Him, by beholding the loveliness of His character we become changed from character to character. Thus we see that there is a work of purification that goes on by beholding JESUS.
Quote taken from Sons and Daughters of God, by Ellen White for November 26.
The little log cabin in the woods, with a little front porch overlooking Rainbow Lake, with the Collegiate Peaks to the west, never left my mind or the happy memories etched in the history of Leadville, Colorado. It’s mistress, its legends were broken, rotted and leathered with the rise and fall of the Silver Mines. Then the Climax Mine came and went with its source of molybdenum, mine tailings, and miners without a job. I was tempted to move to a little house in the town, but at over 10,000 feet high, the elevation itself, some would not take the risk for their hearts sake.
Love for God and mankind has a way of bringing Nature into His plan of wooing us into the idea of Grander Land, in His Home on High.
May you have a healthy, peaceful and wonderful THANKSGIVING DAY! And don’t forget to be THANKFUL for what all God has done for you, to take you where you need to go to learn the difference between good and evil. Every downhill ride on the toboggan took someone to pull the sled to the top of the run, that bounced over a jump, scooted across the lake and pushed the snow away on the ice. Daddy had drilled a hole in the lake to fish for rainbow trout. One year he and mom got the skido stuck in the not quite frozen lake. And the reminder of the folly when you make a mistake in the frozen tundra can cost you your life.
I began to think my parents made this cabin a place to learn how to survive, without running water, we had to melt snow, we had to carry the water from the lake, we had to warm water to take a bath, we had to use the OUT HOUSE. We had to keep the fire going with logs as the snow on the roof melted and made icicles that reached from eves to the snow piles around the windows.
Had I not been given the experience of “living” with the old iron stove, warming water, doing as I’m told, by Mom who knew full well the “work” involved in creating the GOOD OLD DAYS, I could not enjoy the experience of knowing how much HARD WORK it took, to take the family on a journey into the wilderness, even with pulling the sled daddy made to bring in the huge stock of groceries. The great effort they made to help us learn how to enjoy the rest, after doing the work and play, and sitting around the fireplace, while I played the piano, and we sang. Daddy fired up the record player and its tunes we memorized still come to mind today. She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes, and the Holiday tunes, changed the words to new music like the Chipmunk songs, and even the crooning voice of Andy Williams with his love songs. Across the pond in other cabins friends from church gathered to this area. But Bill Clark who helped General Patton in World War II, could tell War Stories, and teach us how to march, and become Pathfinders too. The body of believers in the Old South Denver Church, became the source of Volunteers, who helped make Denver a better place for all mankind. Certainly their brand would be, we are here on earth to help and teach mankind, can make the world a better place.
I’m glad Heaven is a place where our “education begun here will not be completed in this life; it will going forward through all eternity,—-ever progressing, never completed“
I don’t think HEAVEN will be boring, but more like exploring, learning growing, but no one will even THINK of trying to STEAL the Heavenly Throne and make their own EARTH, to try and be a god. THE COST OF HUMANITY, to those born without THE GOD, who seeks to save the lost and redeem the unlovely, to become HIS SONS AND DAUGHTERS is WHY we WONDER, why HE DID IT? Why He first LOVED ME? He seemed to know our earth would be destroyed for a lack of knowledge, and yet the fruits of the tropics, compared to the fruits and foods of the prairies, seem to direct us to the TREE OF LIFE, and its precious GIFTS of ETERNAL LIFE hovering over the WATER OF LIFE.
Heaven is a grand theme. . .that can escape reality. . .but what would it be like to live without FEAR? Not having a HOLY FEAR OF GOD, means we do not respect HIS HOLY KNOWLEDGE of how to care and take care of six thousands years of humans, who have come from the Garden of Eden to this day of a pandemic and having a DAY OF THANKSGIVING, which points us to LOOK UP, because HE MUST COME TO END THE LAST DAYS, because “some” would wish to end the story, by destroying earth itself, and I wonder how the devil feels, when he will walk on earth, in ruins, while those SAVED BY GRACE, look down from heaven for a thousand YEARS to be forever REMINDED what can happen when me get greedy, proud and use others for traction as they try to push and pull themselves up to the top of hill and look down and say, “LOOK WHAT I DID!”
I hate to take my mind to the sour rather than rest with experience that makes we wish to worship at the feet of JESUS….a JEW….who died for me too.
I must ask, “Why is the World so desperate to destroy the LIFE OF CHRIST and HIS DISCIPLES? And what can GOD DO, to CONVINCE YOU, He is superior to those who even “think” they can change the laws of God, and among the last Commandment, is the one that says, “DON’T COVET.”
Exo 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Exo 20:18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. Exo 20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. Exo 20:20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. Exo 20:21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
This HOLY FEAR of GOD, comes to prove us, so we show respect and dignity for the terrible consequence of disobeying the laws, He knows, that will bring “evil thoughts” that given time, would result in “actions” that would “destroy the Universe.”
Those who seek to know what is happening IN SPACE are considered the men with the highest I.Q. They like stories of wars in space. Who will win? and with what will they use to protect and defend them.
Soon, the Chapter 11 of Revelation will be DISCLOSED to the HUMANS ON EARTH, in its purest form of PROPHECY. And when the two witnesses, are taken off the earth, in a cloud, known sinners according to mankind, to be welcomed into the circle of God, we will know, we will have the EVERLASTING ASSURANCE, that TRUTH, JUSTICE and GODS WAY, can truly be understood, with a Holy Appreciation of what it took to WATCH the EXPERIENCE OF HUMANS, who strayed from HIS WORD.
It would be MOST DISTRESSING for GOD to have to make another EARTH and set LUCIFER free to try and weave into the hearts of men, the true HORRORS OF SIN again. That is why around six thousand YEARS, will provide us enough reminders, of the feelings of insecurity, hopelessness, and JOY COME, with our adventures on earth.
We will soar to the galaxies and we will tell our stories, to other sinless WORLDS, and possibly, we won’t want to talk about our failures, but about how God showed us the pain, sorrow and tears, that come with hurting the feelings of others.
I can think of at least one story in my life that has a happy ending, after 62 years of being a penpal with the kid across the creek from Grandma’s House. Ed Harlan would write me of his accomplishments once he moved to Kearny and began his study to be an Education Major and teacher. Many times I’ve looked back at my life, and “what all God has done to teach me,” and I look to the first person I sent a Bible Study to, and as I watched him grow, spiritually, and me forced to go to California and leave my favorite country, its farmland, relatives, and quiet living, we both were dating, we both were writing, but I could not be in a marriage where I was making more money than my husband.
Based on my idea the man would be the “provider.” It would be ok if we were teachers, and making the same salary, but being forced to become a Dental Hygienist, something stuck in my mind, that my profession would be better to be linked with a predental student, I had met at La Sierra College.
I don’t know how it came to be, he proposed, and like the super seller he was, I found myself “engaged” with a watch on my right hand, and I came back to the dorm, having the emblem of MY PROMISE, to marry a man, who would one day, find my family genes, did not make me into a girl that he would desire. I would not become like a “man”, in keeping up with my husbands desire to race to the top of mountains, and race back down, without taking time to smell the roses, or listen to the waterfalls, or even wait for the children to catch up.
This lack of my x, not having a FAMILY experience, or brothers and sisters, who needed us to walk a slower pace, so we could all get to the place on the trail together, was a lesson he had not learned. His speedy ascent and descent, left many behind. Later I learned the word “control freek,” men who must learn to get the whole team to cross the line in a race. And today I do not know, if he has learned how to slow down instead of running around in circles, looking for the peace of mind, he could have, when I die. . . .because THEN he can HAVE the WOMAN of HIS DREAMS, when the first wife dies. Too bad he was not taught to be a gentleman. And perhaps, the Grandma’s genes, her cooking, her laughs, her smiles, her care for all the children with little prizes at Christmas at her house, is still a reminder of Grandma Ordelheide in Denver.
I had a country Grandma and city Grandma, and each was particular about certain things. But Grandma Ordelheide had one rule, “ALL, the children’s feet belong under the table at least one time a day.”
And if we keep Grandma Ordelheides RULE, we might find “why” the children are “acting” the way they do. We get to KNOW each other, their trials, their sorrows their prayers, and in time we can reach out to others, and understand their pain and sorrows. And by experiencing grief, death, and life, we can become more empathetic, understanding, and helpful to others.
And that is WHAT THANKSGIVING MEANS TO ME, sharing our table with all those in need. And a widow across the street, is hovering in COVID DISTANCE, and she was thinking of me, my first Thanksgiving as a widow. And Margie is making a feast, and she included me. And her gesture in thoughtfulness, and our joy in gardening, makes us complete in understanding the void death brings in our hearts.
7:25 A.M. Thanksgiving Day 2020 and I am hoping it is our last day of celebrating Thanksgiving on earth, for certainly we are facing a NEW YEAR with “traits” of a SOON COMING JESUS CHRIST, and HIS ANGELS, who are EAGER FOR US TO PRAY, so they can ANSWER OUR PRAYERS and BRING AN END TO THE REIGN of LUCIFER and his demons, and BRING IN A NEW YEAR, with marvelous HOPE OF CHRIST RETURNING, and TAKING US HOME ON A CLOUDY CHARIOT OF ANGELS, to His Home in ORION, where there is plenty of room for us “beyond Orion’s gates.”
THIS IS THE HOPE I HAVE for ALL THE WORLD to EXPERIENCE THE BEST GOD HAS PLANNED FOR ALL WHO CALL UPON HIS NAME!
JESUS! LORD! MASTER! SAVIOUR! The Almighty God! The Everlasting Father, The PRINCE OF PEACE, our Heavenly Father, OUR GOD, not ‘a god’ but THE GOD who can CREATE and He must DESTROY the EVIL ONE WHO SENDS OUR MINDS AND imaginations on fire for the worst and THE BEST IS YET TO COME, to purify OUR SOULS and LET US RUN FOR THE PRIZE and the HIGH CALLING OF LOVING JESUS, the son, the man, who gave up all for HIS BRIDE, the church, for US the Sons and Daughters of GOD!
HOPE? Certainly there is HOPE as surely as their are STARS IN THE SKY. But JESUS offers more than HOPE, He assures us we have an INHERITANCE, incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, RESERVED in HEAVEN for YOU! I Peter 1:4 you!
When you grasp for straws, this day, also reach for the WORD, and LISTEN TODAY, to the call from his WORD to your EAR so you HEAR what HE has to say to you this day, of THANKSGIVING.
Play the game of letting someone Open the Bible, and let someone read just a WORD that GOD has prepared for you TODAY.
Just for the RECORD, I am going to OPEN MY BIBLE TOO. I date my Bible when I do this, but there is no date on PSALM 7. HERE “IT” IS:
In You Do I Take Refuge Psa 7:1 Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite. O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: Psa 7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. Psa 7:3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; Psa 7:4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:) Psa 7:5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah. Psa 7:6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. Psa 7:7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. Psa 7:8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. Psa 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. Psa 7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. Psa 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. Psa 7:12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. Psa 7:13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Psa 7:14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. Psa 7:15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. Psa 7:16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. Psa 7:17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
I want to you see the smile on my face, because David is expressing his experience with evil done to him by a friend. But after David would WISH GOD WOULD JUDGE HIM FIRST and WISH TO DIE rather than be unloyal to the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, David ENDS HIS PRAYER, with a PRAISE TO THE LORD, ACCORDING TO HIS LORDS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD, is something so powerful, wonderful and JUSTICE does not fail. And the free gift of HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, is why you and I have FREEDOM OF SPEECH and LIBERTY. Our freedom was purchased with the PRICE of SALVATION, that brought the death of JESUS CHRIST THE JEW, to bring you the PROMISE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH, as HE RECREATES IT, just for you.
I MUST CLOSE, with joy and praise for HIS NAME is what saves us, and drives the demons away, for the blood of the lamb is on the hands of those who crucified JESUS CHRIST, in order to achieve their mission of MISREPRESENTING HIM as the ultimate sacrifice.
Quite a good day to be THANKFUL for our GOD, who is three in one, like a family a father a mother and son.
“Many of the youth repine because they have not ability to do some large work, and they covet talents by which they might do some wonderful things; but while they are spending their time in vain desires, they are making a failure of their life. They are overlooking opportunities which they might improve in doing deeds of love in the path of life in which their feet are set. . . .
“O that you would now consider the things that make for your PEACE, to CHRIST. Satan is concentrating all his energies to bend your will to his, to make you his agent in opposing the plans of Christ, that you may refuse to have JESUS reign over you. Although you know that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE,” Satan . . . will seek to draw you away from CHRIST, that you become HIS AGENT in drawing others away and thus frustrate the plans of God. He is the father of lies, and he weaves a NET of FALSEHOOD in which He binds you with cords of lies to his service. The more intelligent you are, the more attractive, the harder he will work that he may persuade you to lay your talents at his feet, and aid him to accomplish his ends in alluring others under his black banner. If he can only keep the mind infatuated, he will do it Paul inquires, “Who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth?” Satan is the bewitcher, and he has wrought that Christ may be expelled from the soul, and that he himself may be there enthroned.
“I beg of you, sons and daughters, to break from the infatuation [defined by Google = an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something, “he had developed an infatuation with the girl”] of the evil one. Flee to Jesus as your refuge, and lay hold upon eternal life.
“Each day be determined that you keep nigh to God, looking unto JESUS, the AUTHOR and FINISHER of YOUR FAITH.” Sons and Daughters of God, Ellen White p. 336 for November 25.
“Today restless longings of isolation, seclusion and friendship is either the work of God or the work of the devil, to keep us infatuated with HIm and what He knows, or what we do not know. THE MYSTERY OF GOD has the most lively, interesting puzzle for those who SEEK TO KNOW HIM, as He seeks to bring us into HIS PRESENCE.
The very atmosphere of God is filled with TRUST IN HIM, and the night is filled with stars, planets, and a vision of what is, HIS PLAN for MANKIND to have an INHERITANCE, without sin, pain, sorrow or loneliness. It is the NIGHT that makes us wish to walk outside to see the SKY filled with its mysterious and organized plan of GOD to DRAW us to SEE HIM as Our Creator God.
THIS MYSTERY beyond our earth, has a completeness, a stability, a VIEW OF GOD, and BEYOND today, and BEYOND ORION is the maze of color that expresses the elements of LIFE. And in the darkness of the winter, the Solar accordsing to Wikipedia = 1 : of, derived from, relating to, or caused by the sun. 2 : measured by the earth’s course in relation to the sun a solar year also : relating to or reckoned by solar time. 3a : produced or operated by the action of the sun’s light or heat solar energy.
I had no plans to expand SOLAR ENERGY to THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. However, with the encyclopedia giving THE SUN as an example of a measured by the EARTH”S COURSE in relation to THE SUN a SOLAR YEAR, SOLAR TIME and SOLAR production of ENERGY its about time to LOOK TO THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS and ask the Bible what does that mean?
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Ecc_3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. [HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, not ours, He alone is our Salvation.]
Mal_4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
THE BIGGEST BLESSING WE CAN HAVE IS TO LOOK TO THE SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS, arise with HEALING IN HIS WINGS, and to go forth in HIS KINGDOM, in Heaven, AND grow up, like calves who need to be grained (fed), and watered and under the daily care of a farmer, who loves them enough, to get out of bed, to feed and grain the calves, and bottle feed those who have lost their mothers.
A farmer without compassion and kindness to his animals is considered a hard man. The couple who farms together, works together and gets exercise in helping their animals, enjoy the work of their labor.
On my bucket list as a kid was to marry a farmer, but it was a joke to my brother, who also threw in, “Connie wants to marry a fat farmer.” I had found two relatives who were fat, but they had fun, they had joy, they had something in being together that gave them nicknames, like “UPPY” and Betty. And as a child growing up, their HUMOR made them fun to be around. They were spreading JOY. One summer Betty a school teacher and Uppy were standing on the creek bottom, looking at the water over the bridge and the dirt road invisible under the muddy swollen river. As they devised a plan or how or whether they should cross the bottom and find huge washed out holes, there appeared two kids from the farm house on the other side. Jim and Eddie were coming their way, feeling the road, and checking for snags or holes with their feet. Uppy was saying, “I’ve planted that bottom land seven times already this year” and he laughed. It wasn’t until I was older that the COST of buying and planting new seed could shrink the bottom line on profit and loss. It was his casual remark that stuck in my brain for all these years, when he laughed and seemed to take the punishment of wind, rain and bad weather that would erode the income. It was then, I wanted that kind of faith that would weather the storms of life, with a laugh. I needed to have joy in the bad times as well as in the good times.
As the farmers on the west, looked to the kids coming from the east, we could see the water wasn’t too deep. In those days women of great girth wore long dresses, and Betty hitched up her dress, exposed her knees, and we laughed as they began to wade into the river and would eventually get to their home on the other side. With the smile they left us, we sent them off, guided by the kids who had to go home the same way they came. But with the band of laughter, and bit of humor, the crazy band of kids, leading their teacher, and the farmer over the bad times, stuck with me forever and a day.
WHEN the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS comes in the sky, it is my desire to be HAPPY, to be READY, to be in love with GOD who never leaves us, never forsakes us, and who WISHES for us, to be forgiven for the time we waste in NOT LEARNING MORE ABOUT HIM.
Doing this BLOG, praising God, learning more about HIM, has been the best work. In working to learn about Him, I continue to grow more to like Him, understand Him, and yesterday a parade of people came to my home, called on the phone, and it seemed the ISOLATION of DEATH, and and new title of WIDOW had begun again to bring back friends who sent more than cards, they wish to know more about GOD.
I spent more than a hour with a friend with our Bibles open on the kitchen table exploring her questions about the THOUSANDS YEARS IN HEAVEN, WITH CHRIST, that comes before the final reckoning and JUDGEMENT OF SATAN and those he has captivated with his powers. THE EARTH in ruins, instigated by Satan when he realizes he could not fool God, he could not fool all mankind, will come as a SHOCK to him and the World.
GODS LAST PLAN, to REVEAL HIS unselfish SELF, as the SOURCE OF OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, is like the best SUNLIGHT and HEALING the EARTH could wish for. HE COMES WITH “HEALING in HIS WINGS.” I must ponder why he added the words WINGS? As a grade school group we went to the airport and toured an airplane. The stewardess handed us “OUR WINGS” a little pin we could wear, which meant we “could fly everywhere.” When we are given HIS WINGS, it means HE HAS CONQUERED THE WORLD, and we CAN GO ANYWHERE TO FINISH THE WORK, and with our help, and with our neighbors, we are INVITED to learn more about his EXPANSE OF ANGELS surrounding our earth, in the low lying clouds, which should be a reminder of the closeness of GOD to us, year round. And God gives us “our wings” to be angels of mercy and kindness to others also living in this pandemic that has a chance of bringing us together.
Give me that OLD TIME RELIGION it’s GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME. May your day be filled with the GLORY OF THE LORD, and may He put a SONG IN YOUR HEART as you go upon God’s errands TODAY. I guess my song today is GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION , , , and may God send me someone who He is caring for, who wishes to know more about Him.
“THEN SHALL WE KNOW, if we FOLLOW ON to KNOW THE LORD: His going forth is PREPARED as the Morning.” Hosea 6:3
“The END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND. What WE HAVE DONE must NOT BE ALLOWED to place a PERIOD to OUR WORK. The CAPTAIN of our SALVATION says, “ADVANCE. The night cometh, in which NO MAN can work.” CONSTANTLY we are to increase in usefulness. Our lives are ALWAYS to be UNDER the POWER OF CHRIST. . . .(As I read I felt the muscles in my shoulder relax. What is so comforting in the beauty of the MORNING, the soft shadows, the wakening call of a pheasant, a mourning dove or sparrow? Why do the slowly moving shadows on the barks of the tree out the window, creep from pinks to golden reds in contrast to the shadow on the darker side? I wish to “catch” the colors of sunrise in each season. Fall in particular is a cascade of hues with rich rusty dried weeds in contrast to the new spring green of the wheat fields making a patchwork quilt out the landscape above and below the Sappa Creek in the valley. Backroads beckon to me to gather into view the blue and rusty red stems, with curly crunchy long leaves off the corn stalks now like streams of autumn sometimes crawling like little animals, over the dirt and its powdered roads. Tractors are pulling mowers and “cutting the verges” short to help the snow drift with the prevailing winds that will help each snowflake flow across, and DRIFT downwards towards the ditch. Excuse me if I drive s-l-o-w and take in the preparation going on this time of year in order to prepare for the WINTER, ICE and SNOW.)
“Prayer is a HEAVEN-ORDAINED means of SUCCESS. Appeals, petitions, entreaties, between man and man, MOVE MEN, and ACT as PART in the CONTROLLING the AFFAIRS OF NATIONS. (The morning in Namibia picture, entered a song into my head, with the beats of the Jungle Book and its plaintive, mournful, sad, piteous, sigh and cry with sounds, not words pounding within my chest. And the sand beaten with the hooves, feet, or webbed tracks of the nights prowling beasts, attract my eye downward, but I cannot resist looking upward, past the mist of blues in the shaggy trees, for I must look towards the sun, and know its exciting waves, are causing my eyes to remember the pull and tug of snow, a top the Rocky Mountains in all their grandeur. It’s not JUST another MORNING with me. And the lost of friendship of my brother and his family who shared their lives for six years in Malawi Africa. And the song in my heart weeps.) BUT PRAYER MOVES HEAVEN! That POWER ALONE that COMES IN ANSWER TO PRAYER will MAKE MEN WISE in the WISDOM of HEAVEN, and ENABLE THEM to WORK in the UNITY OF SPIRIT, joined TOGETHER by the BONDS OF PEACE. Prayer, Faith, CONFIDENCE in God, bring a DIVINE POWER that sets human calculations at their real worth,—nothingness.
IN ALL AGES….GOD….has given human beings divine revelations, that THUS HE MAY FULFILL HIS PURPOSE of unfolding gradually to the mind the Doctrines of Grace. His manner of imparting the TRUTH is ILLUSTRATED by the words, “His going forth is PREPARED as the MORNING.” (My dad had a thing and a song for the sunrise, “Dear one, the World, is Waiting for the SUNRISE, every flower is covered with dew, the thrush on high, its sleepy mate is calling and my heart is calling you.” His nickname is Moolie and with his clubs he beat his way to “greens” and picked up with friends, to tee off, and gather in the sweetness of the sights and sounds of seasons even Canadian Goose packed into the golf course overnight. And rainbows of color would spring from the water, and the printing of color in the DENVER POST, was exactly what Manford wanted to achieve, in mixing his palette of red, blue and yellow dots. My dad was doing more than printing, he was painting, literally, and on newsprint daily. He understood the science he needed to create the image. And his daily life, wished for his three daughters and son, to become like the image he imagined we would all become, as a family. Which is exactly the opposite of “nothingness.” Let us continue.) “He who places himself where God can enlighten him, advances, as it were from the PARTIAL OBSCURITY of DAWN to the full radiance of NOONDAY. (Now I see the Taj Mahal, the Ganges, the Burning Ghats of INDIA and hear the plaintiff warbel of priests calling the worshipers from the Minarets to the first of five give daily prayers towards Mecca. And I see the ones behind the walls in Israel, kneeling on their woven mats, and praying for entry into the promised land, that “something” beyond their cement broken apartments.) “As the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth UPON ITS ERRAND OF MERCY AND LOVE, as the GOLDEN BEAMS of the DAY flood the canopy of heaven, and beautiful forest and mountain, awaken the world by dispelling the DARKNESS of night, so the followers of CHRIST should go forth upon their MISSION OF LOVE.” (Ellen White and I have a common love for she lived on the Eastern Slope of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. She camped and hiked and even canned the black berries they picked. She understood the unwelcomed “women” in her day. She lost two sons, she understood the pain and grief of mourning, and her duty to put on an understanding face, because she knew. She had a heart for her MISSION and we say she was TRUE BLUE BLOOD, with her loyalty tied to the mercy and love of Jesus Christ.)
“It is the duty of every youth to place himself decidedly and without reserve on the side of Christ in order that he may. . . .grow up to the FULL STATURE OF A MAN in CHRIST JESUS. He will THEN be WRITTEN as MAN IN THE BOOK OF GOD, and WILL BE A MAN not only in the estimation of men, but in THE SIGHT OF GOD.” SONS and DAUGHTERS of GOD, by Ellen White p. 335.
The phone rang during my tears. The anonymous phone call I answered as he wished to know, “What are you doing?” And I shared THE WORD I am sharing with you. This special conversation was him giving me the freedom to continue in trusting in God, to let God led. And what comes to mind, is the small piece of leather, on each side of the bit, in the mouth of the horse. Jesus gets off the saddle, and he leads me, the horse, to the living water, the quiet stream below the house on THE SAPPA, where the slow flow of the “crick” takes me back to where I came to LOVE THE COUNTRY, its people, its seasons, its corn huskers and the COLOR RED, which is a HAPPY COLOR, and now I CAN WEAR IT and go the CORNHUSKER GAMES, in my long red dress, with its slide slit, and long sleeved jacket. When a bunch of young bucks came by they said, “GVR” and that translates “giver.” To them the woman in red is a giver, not a taker, a woman labeled because she wants to help. Another woman smiled and said, “I like you dress.” I returned her fashion statement with, “And yes, I’m saved by the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ.” She smiled back and said, “I’m a believer too” and she smiled as she continued her walk going the other way.
I have to smile at the distaste some have for the COLOR RED. My Grandma’s favorite JOY was to see the RED BIRD, land and splash in her homemade birdbath, made from some part of a disk or aging iron machinery that gathered in the “grove” behind the house, where the old outhouse stood.
I had to answer the anonymous phone call. I knew we had made some kind of spiritual connection. And when he hung up my tears had dried up. He knew I would be ok. And if that is HOW the HOLY SPIRIT WORKS, then I got a good dose of it TODAY. The even drops of water on the clothesline, make their parade against the green grass dotted with the scattered autumn leaves. And today I can smile, without tears, for God gave me a phone call to remind me, HE CARES.
Yesterday I got an unusual phone call from a woman who said she had an epiphany. The Holy Spirit connected with her, as she read the book THE HARBINGER by Rabbi Jonathan Kahn I had given her years ago. She had TIME to go through her bookshelves and she said, the book you gave me, looks like it’s never been read. I had not read that one, it was purchased to give away with others. She wanted to return it and buy one for herself. That dusty book, with its HARBINGERS of things to come, begins with OLD TESTAMENT ISAIAH 9:10 which is the repeat of the children of God, who were scorned as GENTILES, who were trampled and dispersed by “The Diaspora” that scattered JEWS all OVER THE WORLD, with their PECULIAR, PEACEFUL, JOY in following their Lord.
THE RESULT of Britain giving way to a PLACE for the JEWISH NATION, might rather be called, THE HIDING PLACE. For hidden among the JEWS are those being enlightened by the HOLY SPIRIT, to seek UNITY with a “BORDER” that Presents the SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE, after a war, there can be PEACE, if will circle around the CAMPFIRE and LAUGH how we have FOUGHT with our FRIENDS, and like Trampas, we have a few sore spots, but in the END it’s better to make friends than enemies.
And if I’ve learned anything from going to church school, it is TO SMILE…because that SMILE certainly WILL in the END, make FRIENDS…just give it TIME and take time to REST. Bless you and have a good day and don’t forget to LOVE LIKE JESUS DOES! TRUTH may cut deep, but there is no scar when the wound heals…and you may have gained a friend instead of pounds.
P.S. I agree with Wikipedia’s idea of “morning” to the degree of GODS BLESSINGS come in an orderly, peaceful fashion, making NOON an EXACT TIME OF DAY. It may be morning, night or noon, but GOD can CALL HIS HOLY SPIRIT INTO PLAY any time of day. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE DAY, beginning IN THE DARK at SUNSET and RISE OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT anytime, that light breaks the darkness, we can have JESUS 24/7 in our heart. BUT THE WEEKLY CYCLE of night first then day, seems to be a “sign” of WHO DID CREATE THOSE STARS, planets and moons out there? Today GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT may break the spiritual darkness. TODAY IS NOT ABOUT finding NOON to be the EXACT MIDDLE OF THE DAY. TODAY there something about GOD’S TIMING IN THE DARKNESS of winter, with a REST, with sewing inside by the fireplace, with the Yule LOG on the andirons in the cabin or the flicker of a candle light, and Holy Spirit, that brightens the smile on our faces?
Whatever has happened to me in the last few days, has turned me into a slobbering mess, and renewed bunch of thankful people, new friends and old friends that are so much dearer to me than yesterday.
I was invited to come to their prayer group tomorrow night at the Methodist Church, the very church where Ellen White began as a child. And the Method of Teaching today, is to let the HOLY SPIRIT, bring it on. I shall watch and listen to see and hear the voices catching on…that GOD IS GOOD, a FRIEND and SHEPHERD over HIS FLOCK. He is still there KNOCKING ON THE DOORS OF OUR HEARTS.
Good time to let Him in. OPEN THE DOOR. YOUR NAME IS WRITTEN IN HIS BOOK OF LIFE. LET HIM IN! BE THANKFUL, FOLLOW HIM. Now, I’m even chuckling, with a smile in my voice, through my tears. BLESS YOU!
I came here in 2004 invited to be a BIBLE WORKER, and 16 years later, those I first met, have returned to be my best friends, how strange it is to see those who came to watch Linda and I paint the baptistry in the NEW SDA CHURCH in BEAVER CITY, are the same ones I dearly loved then and have found THEM, in this crisis. How crazy and silly and wonderful can a community be, given enough time to get to know me.
Will a certain person get the nerve to go to church with me? humm Can I now INVITE my old friends to church because they too have FOUND the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST, is the answer to all who find IN HIM, a HIDING PLACE.
Does it matter if we have moved from the RED HORSE, to the BLACK HORSE AND THE JUDGEMENT HOUR IS ON THE LIVING? and the last church is weak, pea green church, who must first find their source of SALVATION IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS? hummm He was there all the time, waiting patiently in line, oh my, where had time gone? Has something really happened spiritually in sixteen years in our own town? We have some of the MOST beautiful STAINED GLASS WINDOWS, in the Old Churches in town, and we have nine churches in a population of around 650. No one likes to leave THEIR SANCTUARY, because it seems like HOME with all the memories of funerals, weddings. TODAY we take SANCTUARY in HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and we become a witness and a sanctuary to others, we can point them the way to HIS LOVE.
Seems like we are all like a herd of people, waiting patiently in line, to be fed by the Words of JESUS, “Neither do I forsake Thee.” HE still hears and answers prayer for ALL NATIONS TO WAKE UP.
“He only who created the MIND and ORDAINED its LAWS can PERFECTLY UNDERSTAND its NEEDS or DIRECT ITS DEVELOPMENT. The PRINCIPLES of EDUCATION that He has given are the ONLY SAFE GUIDE. A qualification essential for every TEACHER is a KNOWLEDGE of these PRINCIPLES and such an acceptance of them as will MAKE THEM a CONTROLLING POWER in his or her OWN LIFE.
EXPERIENCE in practical LIFE is INDISPENSABLE. ORDER, thoroughness, punctuality, self-control, a sunny temper, evenness of disposition, self-sacrifice, integrity, and courtesy are essential qualifications.
Because there is so much cheapness of character, so much of the counterfeit all around the youth there is the MORE NEED that THE TEACHER’S WORDS, ATTITUDE, and DEPORTMENT should represent the elevated and THE TRUE. Children are QUICK to DETECT AFFECTATION or or any other weakness or defect. The TEACHER can gain the respect of his or her pupils in no other way than by revealing in his or her own character the principals which he/she seeks to teach them. Only as he/she does this in his/her daily association with them can he/she have a permanent influence over them for good.
For almost every other qualification that contributes to his or her success, the teacher is in great degree dependent upon physical vigor. The better her health, the better will be her work.
So wearing are the responsiblities that special effort on his part is required to preserve vigor and freshness. Often he becomes heart wary, with the almost irresistible tendency to depression, coldness, or irritability. It is his duty not merely to resist such moods but to avoid their cause. He needs to keep the HEART PURE and SWEET and TRUSTFUL and SYMPATHETIC. In ORDER TO BE ALWAYS FIRM and CALM and CHEERFUL, he/she must preserve the strength of brain and nerve.” EDUCATION by Ellen White page 277.
Freshman year, 1964 Union College, required reading for EDUCATION 101 is THIS BOOK for TEACHERS. And somehow its influence on my life, that freshman year, draws me back to let its pages EXPLODE with CONFIDENCE in MANKIND to be TEACHERS, with all the creative BENT of MIND AND SOUL that we can MUSTER to bend the HEARTS of MANKIND towards good, GOD and FRIENDS.
COLOR screams at me when the prism in my west window throws its RAINBOW unto the floor in the AFTERNOON. COLOR stretches across the Western SKY at sundown and I grab my camera. THE SEASONS dictate a change of clothes, a change of patterns, a change of music, a change of thought. And what better way to CELEBRATE, with SIGHT AND SOUND that reverberates through our SOULS to THINK BEYOND the STARS?
CHRISTMAS, sets the stage for brotherly love, with happy colored lights. THANKGIVING sets the stage for a variety of plums in the TURKEY FEATHERS, pumpkin pie and pumpkin colored sunsets. Monet captures the colors of the seasons, by painting the palate of the ever changing colors of a HAYSTACK. And what is boring in black and white, comes alive with a hint of a the scream of a red cardinal piercing the sky as it cries out for attention from the tops of leafless trees nearby.
Connecting NATURE of the Old One Room School House and THE FAMILY that welcomes “the children” is where I want to be on Sabbath with the farmers teaching us weekly of their particular problems, with weather, cattle, goats, sheep, feed, and broken wire fence repairs. Once “electrified” the cows hear the buzz and leave the fence alone. Otherwise, they just PUSH THROUGH, thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Then they totally ignore the farmer and the cows just look at him, and stare, as if “What did we do?” “We didn’t do anything w-r-o-n-g.” Don’t tell me cows can’t talk….because that is what they said, last week, according to Steve, in Sabbath School Class.
FARMERS have more daily struggles, work, duties and demands than most people have in their daily routine. And the shear NEED for HELPING EACH OTHER, depends on which direction the wind was blowing last week, that brought a towering cloud of soot and warning, a prairie fire was headed towards the Tanners farm.
Steve ran out to hitch up the tractor, that had the wrong hitch for the plow. The plow itself was not ready to be pulled out of its lodging among the pines line. The tire on the tractor was flat, it needed air. All the while the dark cloud from the south was getting larger, and moving towards the farm. A field of unharvested corn caught on fire and dry corn stalks were fire starters moving with the 30 plus mile hour wind. The fire came within three miles of their house. BUT not one house was burned down on the fires eight mile run. They had the help of fire retardant dropped from an airplane. Do you get the feeling “farmers” need each other, to pitch in and help, in an emergency?
Each Sabbath we are asked “Do we have any praises?” First we PRAISE THE LORD for what all HE HAS DONE. THEN: we THINK of OTHERS who are buried down with burdens with COVID, members in the NURSING HOMES, care workers exposing themselves to the virus, and families not able to reach through the closed doors, to touch, teach, and sing with those who are desperate for comfort.
If we ever needed the LORD before we really NEED HIM NOW, and in those little groups huddled in the church, are the smiles, songs and stories of what’s happening now, and what can we do to bring some “light” and “life” into the “lives of others.”
I need a LIST of colors, a blank piece of paper, and a RAINBOW to streach through the clouds. And sure enough I found one. I hope you enjoy THE RAINBOW that cut through the clouds. . . as we chased it down the cloud to watch the sunset a slice of heaven poked through. So don’t stop LOOKING UP and OUTSIDE to get a a VIEW of WHAT ALL GOD IS DOING to help you get the IDEA, HE CARES TOO.
HAPPY HUNTING WITH YOUR CAMERA this SEASON…while deer hunters are hanging out in the FISHERS coffee shop/gas station/motel corner of town. With a name like FISHERS, we have a family that are also fishers of men, and Bible toting verses, so much he also hung out a SIGN of BIBLE VERSES to fight covid.
Happy hunting for colors this time a year.
TIS THE SEASON TO BE THANKFUL….and HAPPY IS THE DAY WHEN the turkey gets away….thank you vegetarians. lol
“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” Psalms 1:3
Dangers beset every path and he who comes off conqueror will indeed have a triumphant song to sing in the city of God. Some have strong traits of character that will need to be constantly repressed. If kept under the control of the Spirit of God, these traits will be a blessing; but if not, they will prove a curse. If those who are now riding upon the wave of popularity do not become giddy, it will be a miracle of mercy. If they learn to their own wisdom, as so many thus situated have done, their wisdom will prove to be foolishness. But while they shall give themselves unselfishly to the work of God, never swerving in the least from pinciple, the Lord will throw about them the everlasting arm and will prove to them a mighty helper. . . .
This is a dangerous age for any man who has talents which can be of value in the work of God; for Satan is constantly playing his temptations upon such a person, ever trying to fill him with pride and ambition; and when God; would use him, it is too often the case the he becomes independent and self-sufficient, and feels capable of standing alone. . . .
Prayer and effort, effort and prayer, will be the business of your life. You must pray as though the efficiency and praise were all due to God, and labor as though duty were all your own. If you want power you may have it; it is waiting for your draft upon it. Only believe in God, take Him at His word, act by faith, and blessings will come. . . .The blessing of heaven, obtained by daily supplication, will be as the bread of life to the soul and will cause them to increase in moral and spiritual strength, like a tree planted by the river of waters. Sons and Daughters of God, Ellen White, p. 345
“Wherefore thou art no more a SERVANT, but a SON; and if a SON, THEN AN HEIR OF GODS THROUGH CHRIST.” Galatians 4:7
“The Galatians were given up to the worship of idols, but as the apostles preached to them, they rejoiced in the message that promised FREEDOM from the thraldom of sin. Paul and his fellow-workers proclaimed THE DOCTRINE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH, in the atoning SACRIFICE OF OF CHRIST. They presented Christ as the One who, seeing the helpless condition of the fallen race, came to redeem men and women by living a life of obedience to God’s law, and by PAYING the PENALTY of DISOBEDIENCE. And in LIGHT OF THE CROSS, many who had NEVER BEFORE KNOWN OF THE TRUE GOD, began to comprehend the greatness of THE FATHER’S LOVE. Thus the Galatians were taught the fundamental TRUTHS concerning “God the Father,” and “our LORD JESUS CHRIST, who gave himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and OUR FATHER.” “By the hearing of FAITH,” they received the SPIRIT OF GOD, and became “the children of God by faith in Christ.”
“Paul’s manner of life while among he Galatians was such that he could afterward say, “I beseech you, be as I am.” His lips had been touched with a live coal from off the altar, and he was enabled to rise above bodily infirmities, and to present Jesus as the SINNER’S ONLY HOPE. Those who heard him knew that he had been with Jesus. Endued with power from on high, he was able to compare spiritual things with spiritual, and to tear down the strongholds of Satan. Hearts were broken by his presentation of the love of God, as revealed in the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, and many were led to inquire, What must I do to be saved? . . .The cross brings us near to God, reconciling us to Him. With the relenting compassion of a father’s love, Jehovah looks upon the suffering that His Son endured in order to SAVE THE RACE FROM ETERNAL DEATH, and ACCEPTS US IN THE BELOVED.” Sons and Daughters of God, Ellen White p. 344
Being a widow causes a great hole in my heart, and I am impatient to have it filled with God’s love, so more and more, I wish to spend time in relaxing in His presence. Sabbath is something I look forward too. It seems to be HOLY DAY, without confusion, with friends who enjoy a good discussion about the Holy Bible, and its many ramifications, and applications TO OUR DAY. What “they” did not understand “in the olden days” we come to understand in THE LAST DAYS, as rules that bind us closer together in LOVE for GOD and our FELLOW MAN. Perhaps the “fear” of being seperated, makes me know how much I wish to be “united” with God and His children. And a house of worship near you, needs your input, questions and this makes a garden of fruit, nuts, grains and vegetables that provide us fodder for HEAVENLY THEMES and SONGS. This “FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” makes us wonder what someone will THINK UP NEXT to ask the Sabbath School Teacher? And certainly we would NOT want to lessen the impact of GOD KNOWING EVERYTHING and capable of teaching us anything, we need to grow in our mental, physical, spiritual and social relationships. Sometimes He throws challenges our way, to see what we will say. And perhaps His humor will shine through too!