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Sermon 1 That Factor of Faith                                        Sermon 8 Obedience and Law Before Sinai

Sermon 2 Is it Possible? All Music is Good?                Sermon 9 Jesus My Super Hero

Sermon 3 That Other Mark                                               Sermon 10 If My People

Sermon 4 God Knows Those THat are His - 1                Sermon 11 Comfort to the Mourning

Sermon 5 God Knows Those THat are His - 2                Sermon 12 Achan               

Sermon 6 Seven Sins of Dying Churches                       Sermon 13 The Latter Rain

Sermon 7 The Appearing                                                    Sermon 14 Seven Secrets of Living a Successful

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Sermon 1:                    

Theme for the Day: "Families Exercising Faith in 2008"

Message Title: That Factor of Faith

Scripture Meditation: Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." V.6 (1st part) "But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]".

Songs: "Faith is the Victory" (608) "Faith shall be sight" (


There is no one who would not agree that the very foundation of the institution of family is under attack! – Extreme / Really Severe (ruthless, relentless, brutal, cruel) Attacks!


fam·i·ly [fámməlee]

noun (plural fam·i·lies)


group of relatives: a group of people who are closely related by birth, marriage, or adoption


people living together: a group of people living together and functioning as a single household, usually consisting of parents and their children


lineage: all the people who are descended from a common ancestor


offspring: a child or set of children born to somebody

· They're not ready to start a family.


group with something in common: a group whose members are related in origin, characteristics, or occupation

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Family, as God the Creator intended it was firmly laid on the institution of MARRIAGE. Does anyone doubt that the institution of marriage is under attack?

mar·riage [márrij]

(plural mar·riages)



legal relationship between spouses: a legally recognized relationship, established by a civil or religious ceremony, between two people who intend to live together as sexual and domestic partners


specific marriage relationship: a married relationship between two people, or a somebody's relationship with his or her spouse

· They have a happy marriage.


joining in wedlock: the joining together in wedlock of two people


marriage ceremony: the ceremony in which two people are joined together formally in wedlock


union of two things: a close union, blend, or mixture of two things

· Civilization is based on the marriage of tradition and innovation.


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The attacks on the institution of marriage & family are so malicious (wicked, mean, nasty, hateful) now that families have no option but to exercise faith. Even more so, the Christian family needs to exercise faith. I daresay that the Seventh-day Adventist Christian family must exercise faith! Without faith marriage & family is doomed!

What then is faith? What is this faith that we need to overcome – to be steady, God-fearing, faithful families and individuals in these last days?

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

The General Picture

Faith is complete trust in God. Faith is trust in God’s power – trust in His omnipotence; faith is trust in God’s love – God has great and wonderful plans for us! Jeremiah 29:11 – "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." 3 John 2 "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." He also has this desire: 1 Tim. 2:4 "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."; God’s great love led Him to die for us; faith is complete trust in God’s ability to provideGod is the Jehovah Jireh! – He is the ultimate provider! (I am sure we all have our stories of how God provided! Right? I have some too! (Story here?). Faith is complete trust in God’s ability to help us overcome sin – because Jesus overcame, we can overcome!

If we need money to buy something and we have the money right there in our pockets – do we need faith? Faith is when we don’t see, when we don’t have – when we can’t believe it is possible – when it is impossible for us…then, faith steps in and it takes hold on Jesus – who is "…the author and finisher of [our] faith;" (Heb. 12:2) – then, God acts on our behalf. We must remember that "Faith without works is dead" (See James 2:17-26). Sometimes the "work" just involves praying and stepping out! Other times it means we must use what we have in our hands! (Exo. 4:2)

Coming Down to the Real Stuff

We are in a Great Controversy – an all-out WAR between good and evil. There is a real battle going on between satan and his evil angels and God. This war plays itself out in human relationships in every way, shape and form… Rev. 12:7 "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

More than ever before we see this Controversy being played out as we approach the very end of time! Satan is at war with God, he hates God – and he hates everything that God has set up – he hates everything that God has made – including human beings – and, his desire is to destroy them. So, he attacks God’s principles, God’s commandments and laws. He attacks marriage and family. Moreover, satan hates God’s Church! Rev. 12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." That’s God’s true Church – His Church in the last days, the last part Church – the Seventh-day Adventist Church!

So, you can imagine, if you profess to love God, love His principles and laws and are committed to serving Him, the Creator, in Spirit and in truth – How much hate satan and his demons have for you? A trailer load! He wants to destroy you – in whatever way he can! He wants you to keep company with him in hell – he will take whatever / whoever he gets - he will take individuals…or… families. So, we must have faith!

The Statue:

Lot’s wife became a "pillar of salt". Gen. 19:26 "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." She became – a statue – because she had no faith! She was not thankful – and she did not trust God!

CC, Chap. 48: Don’t Forget

Remember Lot's wife. Luke 17:32. {CC 54.1}

One of the fugitives ventured to cast a look backward to the doomed city, and she became a monument of God's judgment. If Lot himself had manifested no hesitancy to obey the angels' warning, but had earnestly fled toward the mountains, without one word of pleading or remonstrance, his wife also would have made her escape. The influence of his example would have saved her from the sin that sealed her doom. But his hesitancy and delay caused her to lightly regard the divine warning. While her body was upon the plain, her heart clung to Sodom, and she perished with it. She rebelled against God because His judgments involved her possessions and her children in the ruin. Although so greatly favored in being called out from the wicked city, she felt that she was severely dealt with, because the wealth that it had taken years to accumulate must be left to destruction. Instead of thankfully accepting deliverance, she presumptuously looked back to desire the life of those who had rejected the divine warning. Her sin showed her to be unworthy of life, for the preservation of which she felt so little gratitude.

One way that some of us are "statues" is in our lack of witnessing:

In the great judgment day those who have not worked for Christ, those who have drifted along, carrying no responsibility, thinking of themselves, pleasing themselves, will be placed by the Judge of all the earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation. {COL 365.1}

Many who profess to be Christians neglect the claims of God, and yet they do not feel that in this there is any wrong. They know that the blasphemer, the murderer, the adulterer, deserves punishment; but as for them, they enjoy the services of religion. They love to hear the gospel preached, and therefore they think themselves Christians. Though they have spent their lives in caring for themselves, they will be as much surprised as was the unfaithful servant in the parable to hear the sentence, "Take the talent from him." Like the Jews, they mistake the enjoyment of their blessings for the use they should make of them. {COL 365.2}

Many who excuse themselves from Christian effort plead their inability for the work. But did God make them so incapable? No, never. This inability has been produced by their own inactivity and perpetuated by their deliberate choice.

Are we for real? Or are we statues?

The Avenues of the Soul

As families, as individuals, we need to guard the avenues of the soul

AA, Chapter 51:

The apostle sought to teach the believers how important it is to keep the mind from wandering to forbidden themes or from spending its energies on trifling subjects. Those who would not fall a prey to Satan's devices, must guard well the avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts. The mind must not be left to dwell at random upon every subject that the enemy of souls may suggest. The heart must be faithfully sentineled, or evils without will awaken evils within, and the soul will wander in darkness. "Gird up the loins of your mind," Peter wrote, "be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation p. 519 of Jesus Christ; . . . not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16 / Lev.11:44) {AA 518.2}


Be careful what (& who) you see / look at / watch

(2 Sam. 11:2 "And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman [was] very beautiful to look upon.")

Be careful what you hear / listen to

(Rev. 2:7 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches ;")

Be careful what you do / how you act

(Rev. 22:14 "Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.")

Be careful what you smell / sniff / what you put to your nostrils

(Amos 4:10 "I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD."

Be careful what you taste / drink / eat

(1 Cor. 10:31 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.")

Be careful what you talk about / say

(Matt. 12:34 "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." / Luke 24:11 "And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.)

Be careful what you touch / feel / feel up!

(Conflict and Courage, Chapter 13: One Man’s Sin – "Achan had fostered covetousness and deception in his heart, until his perceptions of sin had become blunted, and he fell an easy prey to temptation. Those who venture to indulge in a known sin will be more readily overcome the second time. The first transgression opens the door to the tempter, and he gradually breaks down all resistance and takes full possession of the citadel of the soul.")

Be careful what you think / what your mind dwell on

(Phil. 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" – Jesus was humble and obedient unto death! Phil. 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things." Prov. 23:7 "For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he:" Matt. 9:4 "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?")

Satan’s attacks are sometimes fast and furious and vicious (cruel, nasty, brutal, fierce, inhuman, violent, and sadistic). The Bile says: 1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"

But, don’t be fooled! Satan also often comes subtly - like a deadly gun with a silencer, like a stealth bomber!

(Prov. 23:31 "Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright. 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.")

As we exercise faith we must be careful: 1 Cor. 10:12 "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."

But, God does not leave us alone – he is with us – and He knows how much battering we can take from the enemy:

1 Cor. 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]."

Not only that. We are admonished:

Romans 12:21 "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."

Heads up! This is GREAT NEWS! Good can overcome evil! Good will overcome evil! Good must overcome evil! In the end GOOD wins! (Psalm 73:1 – "Truly God is good…" Ps. 143:10: "…for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good;" Matt. 19:17 "…Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God:")

GOD WINS! GOD, WINS!! We shouldn’t be surprised! It couldn’t be any other way! How could the created possibly defeat the Creator?

No-Joke Spiritual Weaponry & Experiences that we need – sharpened by Faith!


James 5:15 "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."


Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

The word of God is the truth and it sanctifies John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."


Rev. 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."


1 John 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."


Romans 5:5 "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."


Phil. 2:10 "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;" verse 11 "And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father."


Ephesians 6:16 "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench (extinguish, douse, smother, snuff-out) all the fiery darts of the wicked."

So, Brothers & Sisters – Families / My Family:

Let us saturate our lives, let us saturate our minds with God’s love,

Let us fill our minds with pure thoughts,

Let our actions be only those of good works,

Let us fill our hearts with the desire to serve God,

Let us fill our minds with thoughts of the Kingdom of God!



All of this requires faith. Do you desire to exercise faith? If this is your desire, please stand.



Sermon 2:

Topic: Is it Possible that All Music is Good Music?


Meditate: Phillipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."


Part 1:

The Lure of Popular Music

I feel alarmed as I witness everywhere the frivolity of young men and young women who profess to believe the truth. God does not seem to be in their thoughts. Their minds are filled with nonsense. Their conversation is only empty, vain talk. They have a keen ear for music, and Satan knows what organs to excite to animate, engross, and charm the mind so that Christ is not desired. The spiritual longings of the soul for divine knowledge, for a growth in grace, are wanting. {AH 407.3}

I was shown that the youth must take a higher stand and make the word of God the man of their counsel and their guide. Solemn responsibilities rest upon the young, 408 which they lightly regard. The introduction of music into their homes, instead of inciting to holiness and spirituality, has been the means of diverting their minds from the truth. Frivolous songs and the popular sheet music of the day seem congenial to their taste. The instruments of music have taken time which should have been devoted to prayer.

Music, when not abused, is a great blessing; but when put to a wrong use, it is a terrible curse. It excites, but does not impart that strength and courage which the Christian can find only at the throne of grace while humbly making known his wants and, with strong cries and tears, pleading for heavenly strength to be fortified against the powerful temptations of the evil one. Satan is leading the young captive. Oh, what can I say to lead them to break his power of infatuation! He is a skillful charmer luring them on to perdition. {AH 407.4}

A view of one such company was presented to me, where were assembled those who profess to believe the truth. One was seated at the instrument of music, and such songs were poured forth as made the watching angels weep. There was mirth, there was coarse laughter, there was abundance of enthusiasm and a kind of inspiration; but the joy was such as Satan only is able to create. This is an enthusiasm and infatuation of which all who love God will be ashamed. It prepares the participants for unholy thought and action. I have reason to 515 think that some who were engaged in that scene heartily repented of the shameful performance. {AH 514.4}

Many such gatherings have been presented to me. I have seen the gaiety, the display in dress, the personal adornment. All want to be thought brilliant, and give themselves up to hilarity, foolish jesting, cheap, coarse flattery, and uproarious laughter. The eyes sparkle, the cheek is flushed, conscience sleeps. With eating and drinking and merrymaking, they do their best to forget God. The scene of pleasure is their paradise. And Heaven is looking on, seeing and hearing all. {AH 515.1}

Gatherings for amusement confuse faith and make the motive mixed and uncertain. The Lord accepts no divided heart. He wants the whole man. {AH 515.2}

Few Popular Amusements Are Safe.

Many of the amusements popular in the world today, even with those who claim to be Christians, tend to the same end as did those of the heathen. There are indeed few among them that Satan does not turn to account in destroying souls. Through the drama he has worked for ages to excite passion and glorify vice. The opera, with its fascinating display and bewildering music, the masquerade, the dance, the card table, Satan employs to break down the barriers of principle and open the door to sensual indulgence. In every gathering for pleasure where pride is fostered or appetite indulged, where one is led to forget God and lose sight of eternal interests, there Satan is binding his chains about the soul. {AH 515.3}

The true Christian will not desire to enter any place of amusement or engage in any diversion upon which he cannot ask the blessing of God. He will not be found at the theater, the billiard hall, or the bowling saloon. He will not unite with the gay waltzers or indulge in any 516 other bewitching pleasure that will banish Christ from the mind. {AH 515.4}

To those who plead for these diversions we answer, We cannot indulge in them in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. The blessing of God would not be invoked upon the hour spent at the theater or in the dance. No Christian would wish to meet death in such a place. No one would wish to be found there when Christ shall come. {AH 516.1}

David's Dancing Not a Precedent.

David's dancing in reverent joy before God has been cited by pleasure lovers in justification of the fashionable modern dance, but there is no ground for such an argument. In our day dancing is associated with folly and midnight reveling. Health and morals are sacrificed to pleasure. By the frequenters of the ballroom God is not an object of thought and reverence; prayer or the song of praise would be felt to be out of place in their assemblies. This test should be decisive. Amusements that have a tendency to weaken the love for sacred things and lessen our joy in the service of God are not to be sought by Christians. The music and dancing in joyful praise to God at the removal of the ark had not the faintest resemblance to the dissipation of modern dancing. The one tended to the remembrance of God and exalted His holy name. The other is a device of Satan to cause men to forget God and to dishonor Him. {AH 517.1}

The Power of Music.

The history of the songs of the Bible is full of suggestion as to the uses and benefits of music and song. Music is often perverted to serve purposes of evil, and it thus becomes one of the most alluring agencies of temptation. But, rightly employed, it is a precious gift of God, designed to uplift the thoughts to high and noble themes, to inspire and elevate the soul. . . . {CG 523.1}

It is one of the most effective means of impressing the heart with spiritual truth. How often to the soul hard-pressed and ready to despair memory recalls some word of God's--the long-forgotten burden of a childhood song--and temptations lose their power, life takes on new meaning and new purpose, and courage and gladness are imparted to other souls! {CG 523.2}

The value of song as a means of education should never be lost sight of. Let there be singing in the home, of songs that are sweet and pure, and there will be fewer words of censure and more of cheerfulness and hope and joy. Let there be singing in the school; and the pupils will be drawn closer to God, to their teachers, and to one another. {CG 523.3}

As a part of religious service singing is as much an act of worship as is prayer. Indeed, many a song is prayer. If the child is taught to realize this, he will think more of the meaning of the words he sings and will be more susceptible to their power. {CG 523.4}

Instrumental and Vocal.

Evening and morning join with your children in God's worship, reading His Word and singing His praise. Teach them to repeat God's law.

Music was made to serve a holy purpose, to lift the thoughts to that which is pure, noble, and elevating, and to awaken in the soul devotion and gratitude to God. What a contrast between the ancient custom and the uses to which music is now too often devoted! How many employ this gift to exalt self, instead of using it to glorify God! A love for music leads the unwary to unite with world-lovers in pleasure-gatherings where God has forbidden his children to go. Thus that which is a great blessing when rightly used, becomes one of the most successful agencies by which Satan allures the mind from duty and from the contemplation of eternal things. {CE 62.3}

Music forms a part of God's worship in the courts above, and we should endeavor, in our songs of 63 praise, to approach as nearly as possible to the harmony of the heavenly choirs. The proper training of the voice is an important feature in education, and should not be neglected. Singing, as a part of religious service, is as much an act of worship as is prayer. The heart must feel the spirit of the song, to give it right expression. {CE 62.4}


The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. . . . {LDE 159.1}

A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise to have a carnival and this is termed the Holy Spirit's working. . . . Those things which have been in the past will be in the future. Satan will make music a snare by the way in which it is conducted. 2SM 36, 38 (1900). {LDE 159.2}

Let us give no place to strange exercisings, which really take the mind away from the deep movings of the Holy Spirit. God's work is ever characterized by calmness and dignity. 2SM 42 (1908). {LDE 159.3}

Chap. 226 - Drums, Dancing and Noise

"Let all things be done decently and in order." 1 Cor. 14:40.

The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. . .

Those participating in the supposed revival receive impressions which lead them adrift. They cannot tell what they formerly knew regarding Bible principles. {Mar 234.2}

No encouragement should be given to this kind of worship.


Sermon 3:

Title: (Preparing for the Judgment) That Other Mark.


Meditate: Ezekiel 9:1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man [with] his destroying weapon in his hand. 9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them [was] clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar. 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which [had] the writer's inkhorn by his side;




"He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand." {CET 185.1}

"And He called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; and the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others He said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite (slice, cut, hew, chop): let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." Ezekiel 9:1, 3-6. {CET 185.2}

Jesus is about to leave the mercy seat of the heavenly sanctuary, to put on garments of vengeance, and pour out His wrath in judgments upon those who have not responded to the light God has given them. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Ecclesiastes 8:11. Instead of being softened by the patience and long forbearance that the Lord has exercised toward them, those who fear not God and love not the truth, strengthen their hearts in their evil course. But there are limits even to the forbearance of God, and many are exceeding these boundaries. They have overrun the limits of grace, and therefore God must interfere and vindicate His honor (Many have taught the people to live loosely and continue in sin because Romans 5:20 "Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 5:21 "That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord."){CET 185.3} (185) 186

Of the Amorites, the Lord said, "In the fourth generation they shall come hither again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." Although this nation was conspicuous because of its idolatry and corruption, it had not yet filled up the cup of its iniquity, and God would not give command for its utter destruction. The people were to see the divine power manifested in a marked manner that they might be left without excuse. The compassionate Creator was willing to bear with their iniquity until the fourth generation. Then, if no change was seen for the better, His judgments were to fall upon them. {CET 186.1}

With unerring accuracy, the Infinite One still kept an account with all nations. While His mercy is tendered, with calls to repentance, this account will remain open; but when the figures reach a certain amount which God has fixed, the ministry of His wrath commences. The account is closed. Divine patience ceases. There is no more pleading of mercy in their behalf. . . . {CET 186.2}

The crisis is fast approaching. The time for God's visitation has about come. Although loth to punish, nevertheless He will punish, and that speedily. Those who walk in the light will see signs of the approaching peril; but they are not to sit in quiet, unconcerned expectancy of the ruin, comforting themselves with the belief that God will shelter His people in the day of visitation. Far from it. They should realize that it is their duty to labor diligently to save others, looking with strong faith to God for help. "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16. {CET 186.3}

The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are 187 standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But more especially will their prayers arise in behalf of the church, because its members are doing after the manner of the world. {CET 186.4}

The earnest prayers of this faithful few will not be in vain. When the Lord comes forth as an avenger, He will also come as a protector of all those who have preserved the faith in its purity, and kept themselves unspotted from the world. It is at this time that God has promised to avenge His own elect which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them. {CET 187.1}

The day of God's vengeance is just upon us. The seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land. Those who link in sympathy with the world are eating and drinking with the drunken, and will surely be destroyed with the workers of iniquity. "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry;" but "the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." Psalm 34:15, 16. {CET 187.2}

Our own course of action will determine whether we shall receive the seal of the living God, or be cut down by the destroying weapons. Already a few drops of God's wrath have fallen upon the earth; but when the seven last plagues shall be poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation, then it will be forever too late to repent, and find shelter. No atoning blood will then wash away the stains of sin. {CET 187.3}

"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." Daniel 12:1. 188 When this time of trouble comes, every case is decided; there is no longer probation, no longer mercy for the impenitent. The seal of the living God is upon His people. {CET 187.4}

This small remnant, unable to defend themselves in the deadly conflict with the powers of earth that are marshaled by the dragon host, make God their defense. The decree has been passed by the highest earthly authority that they shall worship the beast and receive his mark under pain of persecution and death. May God help His people now, for what can they then do in such a fearful conflict without His assistance! {CET 188.1}

Courage, fortitude, faith, and implicit trust in God's power to save, do not come in a moment. These heavenly graces are acquired by the experience of years. By a life of holy endeavor and firm adherence to the right, the children of God were sealing their destiny. Beset with temptations without number, they knew they must resist firmly or be conquered. They felt that they had a great work to do, and at any hour they might be called to lay off their armor; and should they come to the close of life with their work undone, it would be an eternal loss. They eagerly accepted the light from Heaven, as did the first disciples from the lips of Jesus. When those early Christians were exiled to mountains and deserts, when left in dungeons to die with hunger, cold, and torture, when martyrdom seemed the only way out of their distress, they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for Christ, who was crucified for them. Their worthy example will be a comfort and encouragement to the people of God who will be brought into the time of trouble such as never was. {CET 188.2}


Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. There are many even among those who teach the truth to others who will not receive the seal of God in their foreheads. They had the light of truth, they knew their Master's will, they understood every point of our faith, but they had not corresponding works. These who were so familiar with prophecy and the treasures of divine wisdom, should have acted their faith. They should have commanded their households after them, that by a well-ordered family they might present to the world the influence of the truth upon the human heart. {CET 189.1}

Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. (That is an awesome statement! Something to really think about!) It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul-temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost. {CET 189.2}

We are too easily satisfied with our attainments. We feel rich and increased with goods, and know not that we are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Revelation 3:17. Now is the time to heed the admonition of the True Witness: "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." Verse 18. {CET 189.3}

In this life we must meet fiery trials and make costly sacrifices, but the peace of Christ is the reward. There has been so little self-denial, so little suffering for Christ's sake, that the cross is almost entirely forgotten. We must be partakers with Christ of His sufferings, if we would sit down in triumph with Him on His throne. So long as we choose the easy path

190 of self-indulgence, and are frightened at self-denial, our faith will never become firm, and we cannot know the peace of Jesus, nor the joy that comes through conscious victory. The most exalted of the redeemed host that stand before the throne of God and the Lamb, clad in white, know the conflict of overcoming, for they have come up through great tribulation. Those who have yielded to circumstances rather than engage in this conflict, will not know how to stand in that day when anguish will be upon every soul, when, though Noah, Job, and Daniel were in the land, they could save neither son nor daughter, for everyone must deliver his soul by his own righteousness. {CET 189.4}

No one need say that his case is hopeless, that he cannot live the life of a Christian. Ample provision is made by the death of Christ for every soul. Jesus is our ever-present help in time of need. Only call upon Him in faith, and He has promised to hear and answer your petitions. {CET 190.1}

Oh, for living, active, faith! We need it; we must have it, or we shall faint and fail in the day of trial. The darkness that will then rest upon our path must not discourage us, or drive us to despair. It is the veil with which God covers His glory when He comes to impart rich blessings. We should know this by our past experience. In that day when God has a controversy with His people, this experience will be a source of comfort and hope. {CET 190.2}

It is now that we must keep ourselves and our children unspotted from the world. It is now that we must wash our robes of character and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. It is now that we must overcome pride, passion, and spiritual slothfulness. It is now that we must awake, and make determined effort for symmetry of character. "Today

191 if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 4:7. We are in a most trying position, waiting, watching for our Lord's appearing. The world is in darkness. "But ye, brethren," says Paul, "are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." 1 Thessalonians 5:4. It is ever God's purpose to bring light out of darkness, joy out of sorrow, and rest out of weariness, for the waiting, longing soul. {CET 190.3}

What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world, are receiving the worldly mold, and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth,--these are receiving the heavenly mold, and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth, and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity. {CET 191.1}

Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of an impure man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of the ambitious, world-loving man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of false tongues or deceitful hearts. All who receive the seal must be without spot before God,--candidates for heaven. Search the Scriptures for yourselves, that you may understand the fearful solemnity of the present hour. {CET 191.2}


Will you study God’s word and prepare for the seal of God? Do you want to be the one that receives that SAFE MARK – the seal of God in your foreheads? Those who receive this mark will be saved. Praise the Lord!

Call forward for prayer.

Praise the Lord!!!


Sermon 4:

Sermon Topic: God Knows Those That Are His – Part I (Bushy Park SDA Church – July 9, 2005)

Theme Text: 2 Timothy 2:19

Opening Hymn: 612 (Onward Christian Soldiers)

Closing Hymn: 10 (Come Christians Join to Sing)


Question to consider: "Are you a Christian?"

Texts to consider: Acts 11:25 – 30 (1st called Christians)

Acts 26:27 – 29 (Paul / Agrippa)

1 Peter 4:15 – 18 (Xn cf evildoers)

In the early days of the church the name "Christian" was a bad name. A name meant to ridicule whoever is called by it.

Body of Sermon:

Q. – "Who is a Christian?" A. A Christian is someone who:

Is born again (1 Pet.1:23 / John 3:5,8)

Builds on a sure foundation (1 Cor.3:11)

Does not seek to be saved by working (Eph.2:8,9 – "For by grace are ye saved through faith …")

Shows love (John 13:35 – By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another)

Confesses Christ and carries the message of salvation to others: [a] Rom. 10:9,10 (That if thou confess with thy mouth … ) [b] 2 Cor.5:20 (Now then we are ambassadors for Christ…)

[c] Matthew 28:18 – 20 (All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth)

6. Serves Jesus and waits for His coming:

1 Thess.1:8 – 10 (For from you sounded out the word)

Rev. 14:1 – 5 (The 144,000)

Isaiah 25:9 (And it shall be said in that day, Lo this is our God; we have waited ..)

Conclusion / Appeal:

2 Timothy 2:19 God knows if you are His / He knows if you really a Christian. What will you do with Christ Jesus today?: Will you accept Him as Saviour and Lord? (John 1:12). If you have already done so, considering the foregoing – would you like to rededicate your life to Jesus now? Jesus is coming soon – its high time for us to BE READY.

July 2, 2005

Sermon 5:

Sermon Topic: "God Knows Those Who are His"

Theme Text: 2 Timothy 2:19

"God has no other hands but ours, He has no feet but ours"

Is that statement really true? If it is true, in what sense is it true?

In order to encourage members to work for the Lord many a leader has used the following quote: "God has no other hands but ours, God has no other feet but ours"

Is this statement true? If it is true – in what sense?

The Book of Exodus Reveals:

God has a face – 33:20 "And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live". God has a hand – 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 3:23 And I will take away mine hand; God has a back – 33:21 And the LORD said, Behold, [there is] a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. God has finger(s) – Exo. 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. Deut. 9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God;

*Let’s just end it by saying … man was created in the IMAGE of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) – Genesis 2:27. *

So, could God do the work of witnessing to others? Would God have any help? Would you help? What can you do to help? Is it an opportunity to help? Or is it a privilege?


- Story of Donai … a shining being (an angel?) leads him into tithing, Sabbath-keeping and omission of unclean meat from his diet! (Book – I Saw God's Hand)

- Story of Witnessing Students … the commandments are seen in a dark room next door …shining bright … commandments reappears … with the Sabbath highlighted.

A Special Word to Mothers:

Mothers, the destiny of your children rests to a great extent in your hands. If you fail in duty, you may place them in Satan's ranks, and make them his agents to ruin other souls. Or your faithful discipline and godly example may lead them to Christ, and they in turn will influence others, and thus many souls may be saved through your instrumentality. {AH 267.6}

The Bible says that God will "cut the work short" ("Though the number of children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: for He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma and been made like unto Gomorrah." {AA 379.1}).

God has many miraculous ways to reach people that only eternity will reveal. However, we might have heard of a few ….

God speaks audibly to a man as he was about to shoot himself in the head –

A book is found on the seashore … soaked but still used powerfully by God …

Someone finds a Bible leaf another, a magazine … and is touched by the message it carries

The lamp that would not go out (no oil available … lamp stays lit for weeks – to end of crusade)

Stories from VOM Magazine …

A leaf from a Bible course found holding up a part of an old piano leads to the conversion of a soul … and eventually an entire family … after being there for decades!

Question: Does God have to use us (each individual that is willing) to take the message of salvation to the world? What do we do with Matthew 28:18 – 20? (Dwell upon a little)

We need to allow ourselves to be used by God / for God to change us – so we can live for Him:

John 4:24 (Are we true to God? Are we obedient to God?)

John 1:12 (We will be empowered)

John 14:15, 16 (Love is extremely important! It is shown by obedience.)

John 15:14 (Are you a friend of God?)

Rev. 22:12,14 (Do we really want to be happy?)

1 John 2:3-6, 9-11(2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 2:6 (He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.)

Phil. 2:5 (Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus)

1 Pete 3:2-5 (3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation [coupled] with fear. 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 3:4 But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:)

Exo. 33:3-6 (33:3 Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou [art] a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way. 33:4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments. 33:5 For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye [are] a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee. 33:6 And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.)

1 Peter 3:3-5 (3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 3:4 But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands)

Isa. 3:16 – 26 (3:16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: 3:17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of [their] tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and [their] round tires like the moon, 3:19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, 3:20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, 3:21 The rings, and nose jewels, 3:22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, 3:23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils. 3:24 And it shall come to pass, [that] instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; [and] burning instead of beauty. 3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she [being] desolate shall sit upon the ground)

Rev. 17:1-5 (17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 17:5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.)

What does God want for us?

Isa. 61:1-3 (61:1 The spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.) John 8:29 (And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.) John 13:17 (If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.)

Psalm 40:8 (I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.) 2 Cor.5:17 (Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.)


When we follow Christ wholeheartedly; when we seek to do His will in taking the message of salvation to the masses, what will happen? (AA p.842.2)

Christ said of Himself, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." Matthew 10:34. The Prince of Peace, He was yet the cause of division. He who came to proclaim glad tidings and to create hope and joy in the hearts of the children of men, opened a controversy that burns deep and arouses intense passion in the human heart. And He warns His followers, "In the world ye shall have tribulation." "They shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake." "Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death." John 16:33; Luke 21:12, 16. {AA 84.2}

This prophecy has been fulfilled in a marked manner. Every indignity, reproach, and cruelty that Satan could instigate human hearts to devise, has been visited upon the followers of Jesus. And it will be again fulfilled in a marked manner; for the carnal heart is still at enmity with the law of

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God, and will not be subject to its commands. The world is no more in harmony with the principles of Christ today than it was in the days of the apostles.

The same hatred that prompted the cry, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" the same hatred that led to the persecution of the disciples, still works in the children of disobedience. The same spirit which in the Dark Ages consigned men and women to prison, to exile, and to death, which conceived the exquisite torture of the Inquisition, which planned and executed the Massacre of St. Bartholomew, and which kindled the fires of Smithfield, is still at work with malignant energy in unregenerate hearts. The history of truth has ever been the record of a struggle between right and wrong. The proclamation of the gospel has ever been carried forward in this world in the face of opposition, peril, loss, and suffering. {AA 84.3} (A report in 2000 revealed that 165,000 Christians are being killed each year because of their witness for Jesus Christ – VOM Magazine)

What was the strength of those who in the past have suffered persecution for Christ's sake? It was union with God the Father, union with the Holy Spirit, union with Christ. Reproach and persecution have separated many from earthly friends, but never from the love of Christ. Never is the tempest-tried soul more dearly loved by His Saviour than when he is suffering reproach for the truth's sake. "I will love him," Christ said, "and will manifest Myself to him." John 14:21. When for the truth's sake the believer stands at the bar of earthly tribunals, Christ stands by his side. When he is confined within prison walls, Christ manifests Himself to him and cheers his heart with His love. When he suffers death for Christ's sake, the Saviour says to him, They may kill the body, but they cannot hurt the soul. "Be of good cheer; I

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have overcome the world." "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." John 16:33; Isaiah 41:10. {AA 85.1}

(Scripture Meditation) The Lord knows those that are His. Does He know you as His? Does He know me as His? Are you really allowing God to use you? Am I really allowing God to use me? Do we really want Jesus to come?

"Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his." [2 TIM. 2:19.]

Are you God’s son? Are you His daughter? Do you want to be God’s son / God’s daughter today?


Sermon 6:

Topic: Seven Sins of Dying Churches: With Emphasis on Witnessing!

Scripture Meditation:  Matt. 28: 18 – 20 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Opening Hymn: The Church Has One Foundation - 348

Closing Hymn: Watchman Blow the Gospel Trumpet - 368


Refer to the scripture meditation text and make comment: (eg. Jesus has all the power we could possibly need – He will help us – He will tell us what to say – He will tell us who to go to … if we just let Him! If we just make ourselves available! Praise the Lord!)

So, what are the seven signs of a dying church? What is it we have to look for to know if our church is dying? What are the things that, when present is a sure sign that the church is dying?

(You know, we are going to be celebrating our 50th anniversary in August…that put us on the "risk of dying list" list already: We are told that older churches tend to just "go dead")

Sin #1: Doctrine Dilution (thinning or weakening)

One of our consultants sat in a Bible study class of a church that had brought in our team for a long-term consultation relationship. He had been told that the class included some of the church’s strongest leaders. Much to his surprise, the entire Bible study was a debate on whether or not a non-Christian might go to heaven. After much argument, the conclusion was that God would indeed allow such a person into heaven.

… (that) church is in trouble! There’s little motivation for outreach and evangelism if other paths and other religions are equal to Christianity.

Ironically, in our survey of unchurched persons across America, we found that these non-Christians were much
less likely to attend churches with weak doctrinal beliefs than those with strong ones. Amy, a 29-year-old unchurched person from Arizona (said): "Why should I waste my time in a place that does not have much certainty of belief. I can find plenty of uncertainty in the world."

Jesus did not weaken the doctrines and the commandments – He strengthened them!


Sin #2: Loss of Evangelistic Passion (more on this later) Jesus was the greatest evangelist!

Sin #3: Failure to Be Relevant (appropriate, applicable, significant)

Unfortunately, many churches …are out of touch with the changing trends and values of today’s culture.

(On the other hand, the sad thing is that): Some churches … abandon many of the (basic / fundamental) truths of the faith in their quest (effort) to be relevant to the community they serve. But even more churches are woefully unaware of the realities, hopes and pains of those around us. Failure to be true to doctrines of the Christian faith leads to apostasy. Failure to understand the world in which we live and serve leads to irrelevancy (state of being irrelevant / inapplicable / unimportant).

Jesus met the people where they were / taught so they could all understand – His parables matched the peoples’ circumstances and spoke to each heart!


Sin #4: Few Outwardly Focused Ministries (Hold on to your seats for this one!)

In a recent survey of churches across America, we found that nearly 95% of the churches’ ministries were for the members alone. Indeed, many churches had no ministries for those outside the congregation. (What a sad state to be in. Look around at OUR CHURCH! Does it really have any Ministry for those who are NOT MEMBERS? THIS IS SERIOUS!!) (LORD, HELP US!!)

Many churches seem to exist only for themselves. While there certainly should be ministry available for church members, often the balance between external and internal ministries is heavily skewed (tilted, slanted, twisted) toward internal.

When churches seek to care and minister only to their own, it’s a likely sign that decline (diminish, get weaker) is in motion and that death may be imminent (about to happen). (LORD, HELP US!!)

Jesus lived His life for others! And, He died for all!


Sin #5: Conflict Over Personal Preferences

Some of the more vicious internal battles in congregations today are not fights over defending the great truths of the Christian faith. Instead, members have conflict over their preferred worship style, the way a room is painted or carpeted, and the type of pulpit the preacher uses. Battles like these are sure signs that members are more concerned about their needs than the needs of the hurting and unchurched people who live and work next to them.

Jesus’ disciples back then quarreled and, we quarrel today (chiefly about being the greatest / trivial matters). But, Jesus was very focused on His mission!


Sin #6: The Priority of Comfort

A few years ago, my youngest son, Jess, was a high school senior on the football team. Because he gave so much of himself in the Friday night game, he often slept late on Saturdays. Around noon, he’d trudge down the stairs, turn on the television in the family room and collapse on the sofa.

One Saturday, I passed him as his extended body contorted (knotted, twisted, bent) on the sofa and noticed that my football player son was watching HGTV. Curious, I asked Jess why he was watching a home and gardening show. His response was classic—(what do you think he said?) "cause the remote is broken."

Many churches are in definitive patterns of decline because church members simply will not move beyond their couches of comfort. It’s much easier to do things the way we’ve always done them, rather than to get uncomfortable in the world outside the walls of the church.

Jesus did the will of His Father. His personal comfort did not matter to Him (He said: "The Son of Man hath not where to lay His head").

Message: Very clear in the last paragraph – nothing needs to be added! (Read the paragraph again!)

Sin #7: Biblical Illiteracy

Only 3% of churches in America have a planned method of instructing their members to learn the Bible in its entirety. While studying the Bible shouldn’t be limited to a church setting, it’s imperative that churches take the lead in these types of endeavors.

When only three of 100 churches even attempt to provide a way for their members to understand Genesis to Revelation, biblical illiteracy is likely to occur. And biblical illiteracy means that our churches may not be obedient to the calls of Scripture because they don’t know what the Bible says.

Jesus studied the Word of God diligently. He used "It is written" to overcome! (Matt. 4:4)


Emphasis on Evangelism:

Sin #2: Loss of Evangelistic Passion

It is no surprise that declining and dying churches have little evangelistic passion. In my January/February ’05 Outreach column, I highlighted one of the major reasons for evangelistic apathy (I am sure there are several): Many senior pastors either don’t have or have lost their evangelistic passion. Congregations tend to follow the passions and visions of those in key leadership positions, particularly the pastor.

So, we should be witnessing:

1. Jesus and God are in the witnessing business!

John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

John 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

2. The disciples / Apostles were in the witnessing business!

Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

3. The witnessing business did not start in the NT!

Acts 7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.

Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

4. Will our witness be always accepted?

John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

The Prophetess, Ellen g. White said:

Upon the slothful servant the sentence was, "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents." Here, as in the reward of the faithful worker, is indicated not merely the reward at the final judgment but the gradual process of retribution in this life. As in the natural, so in the spiritual world: every power unused will weaken and decay. Activity is the law of life; idleness is death.

"The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal." 1 Cor. 12:7. Employed to bless others, his gifts increase. Shut up to self-serving they diminish, and are finally withdrawn. He who refuses to impart that which he has received will at last find that he has nothing to give. He is consenting to a process that surely dwarfs and finally destroys the faculties of the soul. {COL 364.1}

Let none suppose that they can live a life of selfishness, and then, having served their own interests, enter into the joy of their Lord. In the joy of unselfish love they could not participate. They would not be fitted for the heavenly courts. {COL 364.2}

In the great judgment day those who have not worked for Christ, those who have drifted along, carrying no responsibility, thinking of themselves, pleasing themselves, will be placed by the Judge of all the earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation. {COL 365.1}

Many who profess to be Christians neglect the claims of God, and yet they do not feel that in this there is any wrong.

Though they have spent their lives in caring for themselves, they will be as much surprised as was the unfaithful servant in the parable to hear the sentence, "Take the talent from him." {COL 365.2}

Many who excuse themselves from Christian effort plead their inability for the work. But did God make them so incapable? No, never. This inability has been produced by their own inactivity and perpetuated by their deliberate choice.

The continual misuse of their talents will effectually quench for them the Holy Spirit, which is the only light. {COL 365.3}

APPEAL: (Hymn: Watchman Blow the Gospel Trumpet – 368)

1. Do you want to be a witness? Do you want to join with God, Jesus, and the Apostles? If yes – please stand for prayer.

2. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour now is the time to do so! (He lived and died to save you! You must give up your life to His control!) The scripture says: 2 Cor. 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)

Pray to close.


Sermon 7:

The Appearing,

by Shawn Boonstra

2,500 references to the Appearing

What will it be like?

Did Jesus say He would return? John 14:1 – 3,

What will the Appearing be like?

1. Jesus’ return will be LITERAL – Acts 1:9 - 11, Luke 24:38, 39 2. Christ’s coming will be VISIBLR – Rev. 1:7, Matt. 24:30, 27 3. Christ’s coming will be AUDIBLE – Matt. 25:31, 1 Thess. 4:16, 17 4. Christ’s coming will be stunningly GLORIOUS – Psalm 50:3, Rev. 6:14, Matt. 16:27, Matt. 25:31, Rev. 5:11 Jesus’ coming will mark the end of earth’s History – Rev. 22:11,12, 6:14 – 17, Isa. 25:9

Zeph. 3:17 "The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing."

Lesson Review

Reason for prophecy - John 14:29,

John 5:28, 29


Sermon 8:

Sermon Topic: Obedience and Law Before Sinai


There are some today who not only say, but firmly believe that the ten commandment law (and, by extension the idea of the existence of any laws of God – or, even grace) did not exist before the Sinai experience, i.e. before the ten commandments were given to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, written with the Finger of God, on tables of stone.

But, is that true? We will spend a few moments looking at some experiences that happened before Sinai that plainly shows that there was indeed the existence of God’s laws (and grace) before Sinai.


However, before we go into the matter it is important for us to consider the following:

The first thing we must remember is that we show love to God by being obedient to Him. This is according to Jesus Himself. Jesus said in John 14:15: "If ye love me keep my commandments." Praise the Lord!

God said to Saul through Samuel: "And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel15:22

Jesus in the very famous "Sermon on the Mount", in Matthew 5:21 & 22 said: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." AND ALSO: Matthew 5: 27 & 28: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: v. 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Jesus expanded the concept of the commandments to include also the realm of spirituality – the realm of the mind – the realm of our thoughts! We can also commit sins in our minds – through our thoughts! The basis of God’s laws is love and obedience. The ten commandment law is based on principles and, it is spiritual as well. God has shared with us his laws – for our benefit, for our happiness. God wants us to be happy! If we resolve to love and obey Him, keeping the commandments wil come naturally to us – a way of life! (Jer. 31:33)

Clearly, the law of God, the Ten Commandments, is based on principle, based on love (Agape’) and is spiritual. In other words – it’s much deeper than we think it is!

Let us bear these in mind as we proceed.

Pre- Sinai Experiences that show that God’s commandments existed before Sinai:

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the fruit which they were forbidden to eat. As a result they sinned and were driven out of the Garden of Eden! Genesis 2:17 says: "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Clearly, their sin constituted disobedience. Obedience is very important to God. It’s very important when we speak about law and commandments. The commandments are about obedience to God, as well as relationship. If we have a relationship with God, if we love God we will be obedient to Him (Jesus in the New Testament: John 14:15). The Bible said that without law there would be no knowledge of sin (Romans 7:8 "For without the law sin [was] dead." ALSO: Romans 3:20 "…for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.") In Adam and Eve’s case God’s law (at the time) was His command to not eat of the fruit. They had knowledge of that law. Hence, when they disobeyed – they sinned. Notice that there was a penalty for disobedience (surely die). That was no different from the teaching in Romans 6:23! ("…For the wages of sin [is] death ;…")

Even BEFORE Adam and Eve sinned God did something to show that there was a law. Further, this event showed that law was a part of God’s character and that He was setting up a foundation to ensure / to show that He wants man to follow not only what He says but also what He does. Genesis 2:2, 3 says: "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. V. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." Notice, He "sanctified it". Later God revealed in the Decalogue (on Sinai) that this foundational act was the center – the linchpin - of His commands to man / the identifier of Him as Creator – in essence; it was His SEAL – it was the fourth commandment. Furthermore, the establishment of this command, this principle bound up in the example of God from creation week shows that God wanted to pursue a close relationship with man! The commandments – all of them are about relationship!

The Bible says in Genesis 6:8 that "…Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord"! Yes grace is not just a New Testament concept. We won’t spend much time here to develop the concept of grace in the Old Testament here. Suffice it to say that grace implies God’s unearned favour. Without sin there would be no need for grace – and it is only when there are laws to be broken that sin exists (Romans 3:20, 1 John 3:4, etc.)

The experience of Abraham: The Lord said: Genesis 26:4 "And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;" 26:5 "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." That can’t be any plainer!

The experience of Joseph. The Bible says in Genesis 39:7 -9: "And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 39:8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what [is] with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 39:9 [There is] none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou [art] his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? That was also long before there was a Jew – long before the giving of the commandments at Mt. Sinai! Joseph knew that there was a command to not commit adultery, that it was sin (wickedness) to have sexual relations with a man’s wife.

The experience of Joseph’s brothers and the actions of their Jacob: Genesis 42:25 "Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them." Genesis 42:35 "And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money [was] in his sack: and when [both] they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid." Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said unto them, If [it must be] so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: 43:12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry [it] again in your hand; peradventure it [was] an oversight: 43:15 "And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand,…" These men lived by the principle of the eighth commandment!

The experience of the recently liberated Israelites – the Manna Experience: The entire chapter sixteen of the book of Exodus. It tells of how God fed them in the wilderness – and how He actually taught them / disciplined them to observe the seventh-day as a day of rest and worship. He showed them that obedience in that matter was required of them. That was before he wrote on the tables of stone and gave them to Moses! God had recently delivered them from slavery – and He wanted them to rest on the seventh-day of every week; He wanted them to follow the principle / the foundation for relationship that He laid down from creation week!

These experiences give a clear picture of the existence of law (and grace) before Mt. Sinai.


Sermon 9

Sermon Title: Jesus My Super Hero.

Opening Song: 294 "Power in the Blood"

Scripture Meditation:

Closing Song: 526 "Because He Lives"

Good evening Church! My sermon tonight has the title: "Jesus My Super Hero". This sermon is about Jesus and how He used His super-powers to save the world. In comic books, TV shows and cartoons, there is sometimes a super-hero – and also a super-villain. I tell you, Jesus is that super-hero! As a matter of fact, He is the hero of this sermon. The villain is the devil and his companions; can you name some super-heroes you have seen on a TV show? Well, you may give some names like: Super Man, The Flash, and so on. These super heroes have special super powers to make them the heroes they are. In Jesus’ life He used several powers to save the world. Apart from using God’s power to heal the sick and give sight to the blind, He used these three amazing powers: DETERMINATION, LOVE and FORGIVENESS. First, we’ll take a look at DETERMINATION.


In Jesus’ days, the world was a wicked place, He was even born in a wicked city called Nazareth. In Nazareth Jesus grew up doing carpentry; He was determined to learn. His father taught Him to saw the wood, smooth it and even make something out of wood, and, He did it well. You see, when you are determined to do something and work on it, you will do it well. Another thing He was determined to do was to preach the gospel. He went from place to place preaching and teaching with His disciples. He was determined to finish His duty on earth, to be the Saviour of the world, to die on a cross at Calvary! Now, that’s determination!!

You know what? I think we should be more determined in sharing the word of God: and if we are determined we will do it well.

The next amazing power we will look at is FORGIVENESS.

Forgiveness, as some may say, is a very hard thing to do, in fact ti was pretty hard for Jesus when He was being crucified, when the pain was unbearable for any other human being, He said these words: "…forgive them, for they know not what they do ". Could any of you say that if it were you? I doubt it. In the Bible forgiveness has been a top priority. Peter asked Jesus how much times he must forgive his brother. He asked: "…should I forgive him seven times?" But, Jesus answered that he should forgive his brother, not seven times but seventy times seven! He didn’t mean he should forgive him 490 times alone, but we shouldn’t stop forgiving our brothers. Now, back to the super heroes. Some super powers include super strength, super speed and x-ray vision. Forgiveness has those super powers: it is stronger than anyone could ever think! It sometimes lift the burdens of a heavy heart! Talking about super speed? Jesus is fast to forgive! When we commit our sins we ask Him for forgiveness and before we are finished asking we are forgiven – now that’s fast! Talking about x-ray vision? Forgiveness sees straight through a person. It sometimes show the characteristics of who we are.

The third amazing power we will look at is LOVE.

Love is said to be the most powerful thing on earth, and "God is love"! Amen!!? It was because of love that He had the idea to save the world. In John 3:17 it says: "…for Jesus was not sent to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him, might be saved." Our villain in the story of redemption made a plan to destroy the world – like in comics and TV shows; but, because of God’s love, He also made a plan – to save the world. The devil started his plan by disguising himself into a serpent and deceived Eve. That is why Jesus came on earth to cleanse the world of all sin. The devil realized this and tried to tempt Jesus to sin – but Jesus did not give up! The power of love is awesome! It gave God the strength to carry on and to go on the cross of Calvary. Love is strong in many ways, for example, without love Jesus couldn’t have saved the world. We should thank God for His love! In Jeremiah 31:3 it says: "The Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying, yeah I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee." What a loving God! Amen!!?

In comic books, TV shows and cartoons there is usually an end to the story; some stories have happy endings but some have a sad ending; but, thank God this story has a happy ending! Amen! It ends with the second coming of Jesus! Amen!! But, let’s go back to the super heroes again. When they had produced the movie "Superman Returns" I am sure it was advertised! The second coming of Jesus is advertised in the Bible in John 14:1-3. It says: 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. Amen! And, as I close, I say, when God makes a promise it will be fulfilled! Amen Church? Amen!


Do you ant to make Jesus your super hero and ask Him to come in your heart and control your heart? If so, please stand with me.



Presentation made by:

Matthew Farquharson

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at SVSDAC Children’s Crusade.

Sermon 10

Title: "If My People…"

Scripture Meditation: 2 Chronicles 7:12 - 14

Opening Hymn: "Pass Me Not" - 569

Meditation Song: "Years of Time…"

Closing Song: "Lord, I’m Coming Home" - 296

Jesus is Coming Soon!

2 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

if [if] (plural ifs) CORE MEANING: a conjunction used to indicate the circumstances that would have to exist in order for an event to happen.

· You can come with us if you want to.

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*"My people":

Q. Who are God’s people today?

A. His true Remnant Church. Modern Israel. Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord.

1. Rev. 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

2. Rev. 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

3. Gal. 3:29 And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

4. John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

5. 1 Pet. 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

2:10 Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

* "Which are called by my name"

Which name? Moses asked God His name so he could tell the people when they asked and God replied:

Exo. 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial unto all generations.

And, what is the characteristic of the I AM? (Exodus 34: 4 – 9)

Exodus 34:4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.

34:5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.

34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation].

34:8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it [is] a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

The I AM continued through the life and work of Jesus:

When Jesus came to this earth he used the phrase "I am" in referring to himself and his many characteristics and the works He came to perform. Some examples of what He said or agreed to when spoken of Him:

I am meek and lowly in heart: (Matt. 11:29)

I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. (Matt. 28:20)

I am…the Christ the Son of the Blessed (Mark 14:61, 62)

I am …the Son of man (Mark 14:61, 62)

I am among you as he that serveth. (Luke 22:27)

I am…the Son of God (Luke 22:70)

I am come in my Father's name, (John 5:43)

I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)

I am the bread which came down from heaven. (John 6:41)

10. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (John 6:51)

11. I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)

12. I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. (John 8:23)

13. I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; (John 9:39)

14. I am the door of the sheep. (John 10:7)

15. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, (John 10:9)

16. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. (John 10:10)

17. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

18. I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine. (John 10:14)

19. I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (John 11:25)

20. I am…Master and Lord. (John 13:13)

21. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

22. I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: (John 14:10, 11)

23. I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (John 15:1)

24. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5)

25. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:16)

26. I am a king. (John 18:37)

Those who accept and follow Jesus Christ today are called Christians. If we are called by the name of Jesus, let us strive to be like Him – and bear and represent His name well! Jesus not only died for us – His living for us is just as important. He lived the example and offers us the power to be obedient.

* "Shall humble themselves"

We must be humble before the Lord:

What does the Bible teach on humility?

1. Gen. 18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw [them], he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, (Abraham)

2. Micah 6:8 He hath showed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

3. 2 Chron. 34:27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard [thee] also, saith the LORD. (King Josiah / King of Judah)

4. Psalm 9:12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

5. Psalm 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

6. Prov. 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Maybe we will like it better if we humble ourselves before God, than for the Lord to do it…


Luke 14:11 (Jesus said)

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

* "And pray"

Steps to Christ, chap. 11: "The Privilege of Prayer".

"Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where are treasured p.95 the boundless resources of Omnipotence? Without unceasing prayer and diligent watching we are in danger of growing careless and of deviating from the right path.

Jesus left us a model prayer (Matt. 6:9 – 13) and, we can learn a great deal from how Jesus prayed (for His disciples / for us) in John chapter 17.

Moreover, the Bible says: "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thess. 5:17)

Jesus said:

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

John 16:23 Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you.

* "And seek my face"

Seek to obey the Lord…Jesus said: John 14:15: "If ye love me keep my commandments".

* "Turn from their wicked ways"

We must turn from our sins. 1 John 1:7 – 9: V. 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. V. 8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. V. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Unfair business practices, stubbornness, obeah, lying, stealing, lusting, adultery, coveting, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, idol worship, etc.

2 Timothy 3:1 – 5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.


HEAR (from Heaven)

FORGIVE (their sin)

HEAL (their land)

God is a promise keeper!

If / when God fulfils all these promises to us we have absolutely NOTHING to worry about! And we would have a place in His Kingdom!


Do you want to be heard by God? Blessed, forgiven and healed by Him?

Remember, once the conditions are met the fulfillment of the promises are sure.

Ask for show of hands and then stand…


Sermon 11

Comfort to the Mourning

The Word of God addresses the subject of human sorrow, because God cares! He is a loving and wonderful God – and He never planned it to be like this. He did not plan for human beings to have to mourn (grieve, express grief, weep for, grieve over, grieve for).

The prophet Isaiah wrote prophetically when he wrote:

Isaiah 61:1 The spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;

61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty (loveliness, good looks, prettiness) for ashes (ruins, remains), the oil of joy (delight, happiness, pleasure, enjoyment, bliss) for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (weight, weightiness); that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

God created us to be happy and for His Glory!

God promises that your mourning will come to an end:

Isaiah 60:20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

The prophecy in Isaiah was fulfilled in Jesus!:

Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.

NOTE: Jesus is the one that can give you all the things that are / were promised by God – Jesus can / will give you beauty, joy and praise! And, Jesus wants to make you (us) trees of righteousness.

Jesus himself said:

Matthew 5:4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Back to Isaiah:

Isaiah 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

What does "comfort" mean?

As a NOUN:


state of being comfortable: conditions in which somebody feels physically relaxed

· Enjoy the comfort of your own home.


comfortable thing: something that makes you feel physically relaxed (often used in the plural)

· the comforts of home


relief from pain: relief from pain or anxiety

· They brought comfort to the wounded.


somebody or something providing relief: somebody or something that provides relief from pain or anxiety

· The family has been such a comfort to me since my wife died.

As a transitive verb (past and past participle com·fort·ed, present participle com·fort·ing, 3rd person present singular com·forts)


cheer somebody: to bring somebody relief from distress or anxiety

· The victim's parents were being comforted at home by relatives.


make somebody comfortable: to make somebody feel pleasantly relaxed

· She was comforted by the warmth.


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NOTE: God promises to make you experience comfort. It is God’s will for people to experience comfort.

If you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour comfort is inevitable – you must be comforted – and your comfort will, eventually be an eternal comfort: You will never again have to mourn. You will instead have joy.

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.

21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. (1st part)

Only Jesus can give you real joy. Only Jesus can give you true comfort.

Only Jesus can put an end to mourning - FOREVER.

Will you accept Jesus today?


Spirit of Prophecy Passages


SpiritofProphecyPassages/Evangelism - Sis. White.doc 


SpiritofProphecyPassages/The Shaking etcetera.doc

SpiritofProphecyPassages/Witnessing and use of talents.doc

There are many books written by Ellen Gould White that are part of the Spirit of Prophecy writings. Please enquire about them at your nearest Adventist Book Centers. There are many. A few of them are: Christ Object Lessons, The Great Controversy, Steps to Christ, Desire of Ages, Patriarchs & Prophets, Prophets & Kings, Ministry of Healing, Early Writings, Counsels on Diet & Foods, Evangelism, Education, etc., etc., etc.

These books not only makes wonderful reading but they represent the inspiration from God that identifies His true remnant church in these last days. We believe Ellen G. White was inspired by God. The Spirit of Prophecy is one of the identifying marks of God's true church of the last days (Revelation 12:17, Rev. 19:10 & Rev. 14:12).