Category Archives: Sermons For Sabbath

Babylon and the Church

We are endeavouring to consider the dangers that the church has faced through its centuries so that we can take heed lest we fall. Babylon is a name in prophecy of a harlot – Babylon the great, the mother of harlots. The policy of Babylon was to join truth and error together in a relationship that was unlawful, making the church a harlot. Worldliness is that which the church must come away from. This is what we want to seek to understand and in understanding the scriptures, we need to look at the past, because history repeats itself.

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Education Gods Way

How is our case before God?

Proverbs 6:16-18 tells us what God hates. When God hates something, it means that He hates it. When God ever does something, He’s really good at what He does and when He hates something, He’s really good at hating it. What does He hate? It’s perfect hatred.

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And Ye Would Not

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Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

They are really nice promises that returning in rest we’ll be saved. Then there are these negative lines at the end ‘and you would not.’

Aspects of Christianity that People can easily Get Into

A few months ago I was speaking with a minister from another church and we were speaking about church standards, beliefs and standards of living. Like us they were very conservative, they had high standards, they have a prophet, we have a prophet and the prophet that we have – Ellen White – has given a lot of detail on standards. The Bible gives a lot of detail on standards. Moses gave a lot of detail on standards. Also their prophet gave a lot of detail on standards. We were speaking together and we were sharing different points of belief and Christian standards that we both believed in. In our conversation I brought up the Sabbath and they didn’t believe the Sabbath.

They asked me a question; if someone doesn’t keep the Sabbath will they be lost? You have heard questions where you have a standard and someone said, ‘if you don’t do that standard are you lost?’ It sorts of puts you in a funny situation like this standard is the source of our salvation. Do you get that mentality coming across sometimes? They had standards and one of their standards was that they didn’t drink alcohol. Same as us, we don’t either. I asked him a question and said; do you believe that if someone drinks alcohol that they are lost? The response was yes. If you can’t obey the prophet how can you be saved? Is that true or not? Why would people be lost? They are lost because of disobedience.

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The Root of Bitterness

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Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;  13  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14  Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;  16  Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.  17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

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Probation is Soon to Close

 

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This time is very clear in the scriptures, the time when the door is shut. In Luke it says when once the master of the house has risen up and has shut the door, then you begin to stand without. This event of shutting the door, the master of the house standing up is depicted in Daniel 12. The master, the archangel which is the master of angels; Michael stands up and then there will be a time of trouble such as never was. This time period is referred to in the Bible as the day of the Lord. It is not a twenty four hour period, but a day as in a time of the coming of the Lord. From the close of probation through to the seven last plagues being poured out; to the appearing of Jesus in the clouds is what the scripture shows is an event, the day of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry

The Wrath of God and the Close of Probation

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I believe Jesus is coming very soon. People can say that it has been said for years and years already, but the fact of the current condition of how many people don’t care, tells me that it is even closer.

Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

The scripture in Matthew says they knew not until the flood came. They didn’t know and yet Noah was preaching for a hundred and twenty years and everyone knew the fact of what Noah was doing. It was a global happening of Noah building this boat. It was strange that Noah was a household name but yet the scripture says they knew not until the flood came. Read the rest of this entry

Satanic Christians

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The great controversy is going on in this world more sharply today than in any period of this world’s history; the battle between the prince of life and the prince of darkness. We must overcome in this battle as Christ overcame. That is the direct message to the Laodicea period if we overcome as He overcame then we will get to sit on His throne with Him.

Is it possible to be a satanic Christian? Jesus Christ came and battled to take on the powers of darkness and break the hold of the evil one. Christ was tempted in three main points in the wilderness. The three great points in which temptation comes to us is recorded in Luke 4:8. There we see Jesus’ response to the evil one. The devil took Jesus up to a mountain and he showed Him all the kingdoms and glories of the world. In a visionary presentation of the glories of the world, Christ was there beholding these things and Satan saying if you worship me I will give you all these things. I am the prince of this world and I will deliver them to you if you worship me. From a look at that, we would have thought,, that is easy, who wants to worship the devil?’ The devil took Christ into his hands and took Him up to a high mountain. The power in which these things were displayed is more than what we realize as we read these words coldly. This was an incredible temptation to Christ. Read the rest of this entry

Six Days Shalt Thou Labor

 

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Beware how you neglect secret prayer and a study of God’s word. These are your weapons against him who is striving to hinder your progress heavenward. The first neglect of prayer and Bible study makes easier the second neglect. The first resistance to the Spirit’s pleading prepares the way for the second resistance. Thus the heart is hardened, and the conscience seared.—(Messages to Young People, 96.) {Pr 181.4}

Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Wellspring of life, and strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or engage in prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and you lose your hold on God. The spiritual faculties lose their vitality, the religious experience lacks health and vigor.—(Messages to Young People, 249, 250.) {Pr 182.1}

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What Has Diet Got to do with My Salvation?

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When we talk about food and religion we get interesting mixes of opinions and thoughts. Some believe that we are saved by a special diet and some people say because we are saved we don’t need a special diet.

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What has health got to do with our salvation? Has health got anything to do with our salvation? Am I saved by having a certain diet? Am I lost because I eat bacon? Am I saved because I don’t eat bacon? How does health and diet impact my spirituality? Many people are divided on the topic. Many texts are used to support that diet has nothing to do with our salvation. Classical texts that are used are Romans.

Romans 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things:another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth:for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up:for God is able to make him stand. Read the rest of this entry

How to Resist Temptation

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I’d like to tell you something that I don’t like. I don’t like to see people eaten by lions. Neither does God. He doesn’t like to see people consumed by a roaring lion. But unfortunately, there is too much of this going on. The devil goes about like a roaring lion seeking for whom he may devour. He’s looking. He’s not just strolling around the earth just whistling his tunes and enjoying himself, he is looking for people who he can devour. The best place to look if you want to devour somebody is in a place where they’re not to devoured. You need to go to a place where there’s still life and unfortunately, that just so happens to be God’s church. The devil comes to church licking his lips wondering who he can have for a snack. For those who may be forsaking themselves from assembling, he has definitely got them on his menu to eat and God doesn’t like that. He doesn’t enjoy seeing people eaten. Read the rest of this entry

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not


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When two people get married, things go on in the mind. Does he really love me? Constantly there is a looking for evidences that the person loves me. There has often been confusion on this point because someone may ask, do you love me? They may say, yes I love you but you don’t seem to love me. I think, well, I told you I love you. I go to work don’t I? Doesn’t that mean I love you? But many people say, well yes intellectually, but I’m needing something else. Something to fill the emotional need of being loved the way I want to be loved.

There is a practice of some in seeking to determine whether the object of their affection returns that affection or not to take a flower and picking of the petals one at a time, they repeat the phrases, “she loves me, she loves me not”. It is believed that the phrase that is spoken when the last petal is taken, supposedly represents the truth whether they are loved or not. That’s how far people go to work it out. Read the rest of this entry

Does God Destroy?


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If anyone ever wants to follow the Lord or have the privileges of being in the kingdom of heaven, then we must experience the cross. But this cross is not just easily experienced. It is easily said, but it is not easily experienced. It is a hard experience. In Luke 13 Christ gave His experience and He likened it to a strait gate, a gate which was difficult to enter into. Someone came up to the Lord:

Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Read the rest of this entry

When Pigs Fly


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Is it possible to live a perfect holy life in this present world? I mentioned this when I was younger and the response was ‘when pigs fly’ you can live perfect in this life. It is a phrase that is used to imply it is just impossible; it’s never going to happen. It is the response of many that it is impossible to overcome sin in this life. I am very surprised how many people don’t believe that you can; that there is a way to live without sin in this present world, as in not sinning. Many people don’t believe it yet they call themselves believers and teach ‘just believe and you will be saved yet they don’t believe.

Do you believe that there is a way to overcome all the defects of your character? We will look at what the Bible has to say because the response of the majority is ‘when the pigs fly.’ Read the rest of this entry

Adventists In Apostasy


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Can such a thing happen? You might think yes. Of course there are certain Adventists that have gone into apostasy, they’ve left the church and they don’t come to church anymore, therefore they are in apostasy.

We often think when we have this question, Adventists in apostasy, immediately we look around at other people and think, ‘look what they are doing’ and all these bad things that people do proves that they are in apostasy. Today’s message is designed not to look at other people but to consider ourselves whether we are in apostasy or not. I believe that the word of God encourages us to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith. There is often too much examining about this and not enough of examining ourselves. The question is Adventist in apostasy, are you in apostasy? Read the rest of this entry

Ambassadors for Christ – Should a Christian Vote?

 

Should a Christian vote? Should a Christian have anything to do with politics? Should we fight gay marriage/abortion or any of these controversial topics?

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Read the rest of this entry

1. God’s Voice in His Word


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I’m going to take something for granted tonight and that is that you all want to fine tune into God’s Voice. I’m assuming that is why we are here. If we want to fine tune into God’s voice, we need to make some adjustments, adjust the tuning knob so that we can get a stable communication from God to us. One of those adjustments that you can make is turn off your mobile phone. If your mobile phone is on, you can turn it off, it’s an easy adjustment. This will help you to tune in to what God is saying. Some other adjustments you can make are; Get some good nights sleep. If we are tempted to talk too late, remember that we’re defeating the purpose of being here. We need to have good sleep to be able to tune into what God is saying.

Today subject is in regard to God’s voice in the written word, the Bible. I don’t feel that I need to convince people that God speaks through the Bible. We understand that the Bible’s called the word of God and when you speak you generally use words. But, if you want to fine tune, (this is fine tuning, we’re talking about) into God’s voice through the written word then another adjustment you can make to fine tune your ability to understand God’s word, is stop watching television. You can’t expect to get the same stimulus out of a black and white page, as you do out of the media that is so rampant around today. If that is what our mind is fed upon then when we come to the Bible we will find it difficult to really hone in to the words of Christ and allow them to become livings. So, if you’re interested in fine-tuning into the written word, God’s speaking through the written word, then stop watching television and anything that is acquainted with that whether it will be theater or all those sorts of things. Read the rest of this entry

The Truth Hurts

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The purpose of this study is that we will come away knowing the reason why truth hurts. I find it interesting that when the truth of the Bible comes to people, not everyone receives it with joy. Not everybody is happy to hear the truth as it is in Jesus.

If you reflect through history, the truth has caused a lot of problems. It’s caused a lot of fighting, persecution and killing. Even from the start, there was trouble between two brothers, Cain and Abel. Cain did not appreciate the truth or what his brother did. Abel’s work was righteous. The Bible tells us that is the reason why Cain killed his brother. People have often expressed that before the truth came along they actually had quite a nice life. They were happier, they enjoyed many more things and they had a lot more peace. Then when the truth came, they had struggles they never had before. They find out that they shouldn’t be doing this and they shouldn’t be doing that. There seem to be more restrictions than you can poke a stick. All these things burden the individual and they say, “Why, what’s all the go with the truth? I was better before the truth came along.” This is a Biblical fact that truth disturbs people. The truth is disturbing. Notice what the apostle has to say.

Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

Before God’s commandments came along, before I had knowledge of right and wrong to the extent that God would have us know, my life was quite okay. I mean yes, there were troubles and I had difficulties, but all in all, it was okay.

Romans 7:9  …but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

This message is about Jesus coming to give eternal life. Sometimes we feel the only thing we get is death from hearing about this message of eternal life. “I feel condemned. I feel that I am a great, great sinner. I feel filthy and dirty. I feel like my habits are choking me to death and I can’t get out of them. I feel in bondage more than ever before since the truth came.” Read the rest of this entry

Christianity and Sports

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I often wonder why the truth is not popular. The desire for an easy religion that requires no striving, no self denial, no divorce from the follies of the world has made the doctrine of faith and faith only a popular doctrine. Faith requires us to grow and because growth is part of faith then growth produces things. If something isn’t growing, it is dead. The Bible teaches us that faith without works is dead. Faith requires striving, self-denial and a divorce from worldly follies. This is what makes truth unpopular.

I want to share a message that will cause us to examine ourselves, to know whether we are in the faith.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

The Words of Scripture are calling upon us to examine not the person next to us, not the people down the road, not the people in the other churches, but examine yourself whether you are in the faith. Know your own selves, it says. Is Jesus Christ in you or not; is the question you need to ask yourself. Do I have Christ living in me? I need to examine and scrutinize myself. Is it Christ or is it something else that is in me. If Christ is not in me then I am a reprobate. Reprobate is a morally deprived, unprincipled, wicked person. Unfortunately, that’s how we are without Christ, all of us. It doesn’t matter where we are born, what class of society we are in, what people think of us, if we do not have Christ in us then we are morally deprived, unprincipled, wicked people. Read the rest of this entry

The Abnormality of Normality Part 2


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What is normal? It’s manufacturer settings. That’s what we look at. We are in a bond service of Sabbath and we are going to continue what we didn’t conclude and we learned that all disease comes from sin because the wages of sin is death and disease is just the working of death. From the day Adam and Eve ate of that tree, there was this breaking down, the process of dying started at that point. Through sin, the whole human organism has been deranged and we find ourselves falling into sin so easily because of our makeup and we have since the creation, we have not been normal. I read that 75% of mental illnesses occur in people under 25 years old. It just goes to show that in our day, things are only getting worse when it comes to mental illness and we want to understand how it is that we can have health. Read the rest of this entry

05 How to Have Patience


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Again we are considering this theme of entering into the state of love. As we go through, we will find that it is so intertwined each in one of these subjects, that one cannot really do without the other. They are so part and parcel of each other that it is like the body that has many parts and every part is necessary for the whole. Each section of love that we consider is of valuable importance and has a living connection with the other character traits. Read the rest of this entry

Do You Care What You Wear?

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Does God care what you wear? Yes He does. Do you care what you wear is the question.

The Seven Last Plagues

Do you care about the seven last plagues? Do you care about being damaged during the seven last plagues? In the seven last plagues, there is a list that I believe if we have read this chapter, we are familiar with the list of events that are going to unfold in our history in this world. Read the rest of this entry

10 How to have a Fruitful Conclusion

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I have had the privilege of studying the beautiful character traits of Jesus Christ and I hang my head in shame that they do not abound in me as much as I would like them to. Nevertheless the scripture does say to strive to enter in. The command to enter in is only for those who are without. As we look at Jesus Christ, we often feel ourselves far from His character but these are the words, strive to enter in. Enter into what? There are only two things to enter into, either a place or a state. These two things encompass everything that there is to enter in and the scripture here implies to both the state and the place.

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

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11 The Lord Our Righteousness

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We have been unfruitful and in the investigative judgement, God is looking for things we may not have yet. To the sincere heart this may cause some discouragement so it is my purpose that we look again at how God is looking for fruit and how we get fruit.

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment;

I pray your love or fruit will be heavily on your tree.

Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

What was the offence in the garden? An unfruitful tree is an offence. Here the prayer is that your love will abound and there will be more and more of this love and that there will be no offence in the day of Christ. Read the rest of this entry

The Voice of God

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How many here when they pray would like God to speak to them in clear audible noise? Wouldn’t that be great? When you have an issue and you lay it before the Lord and say Lord, just tell me straight so I can just know exactly, often this discourages many Christians because when we pray we make audible noise and God doesn’t seem to do that and it’s really hard to have a relationship when one person talks and the other person doesn’t seem to talk. We would love God to tell us and talk to us in plain English.

Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Read the rest of this entry

Count It All Joy When Ye Fall Into Divers Temptations

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When we come to the Lord, we’re all excited and pumped. We’re just praising the Lord every step of the way and singing our songs. Nothing can get us down anymore until something gets us down and then we get into discouragement. We want to consider when Christian excitement, the energy that we receive ebbs away and when it ebbs away, does that mean we’ve lost our experience?

Jesus gives a parable in relation to receiving the kingdom of heaven, being converted and having a spiritual experience. This parable is revealed in the type of seed, and the sowing of the seed. Matthew 13 is the explanation of the actual parable. He gave it earlier in the chapter and now He is telling what it means and He comes to this part where the seed falls upon the rocky ground.

Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word of God, and anon with joy receiveth it;

13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Read the rest of this entry

Weighed in the Balances

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Jesus is coming and I believe that we all acknowledge that. It is very important that we do acknowledge Jesus is coming. But it is more important to be ready because if you a know that He’s coming, and are not ready for his coming, then that knowledge is going to profit you nothing. That’s what the Bible says. I could have all understanding, I could understand all mysteries and have faith, but if I have not love, I am nothing. The burden of the message today is how to be ready and that’s quite a broad subject. I want to talk directly about character. As we go through this time of study together, I know the Lord would desire us to examine our own characters; to look at ourselves and how we are travelling in this world.

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The Sabbath of the Lord Thy God

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I have something very, very important to share with you today. It is very important because your whole life hangs upon this and our time together is not for entertainment; it is not exciting but is very important and so I pray that we can be awake.

We can read what the Lord says for us in order to inherit eternal life. What does the Lord require of you? What is the requirement?

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed 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?

Last week’s message was in regards to being balanced. It wasn’t about a bit of sin and a bit of righteousness. It was about having justice and mercy in its correct proportions. Having the right thing but having a correct outlook towards other people. This week’s subject is about what God requires of us; to walk humbly with Him. That’s what God wants. It is as simple as that. We can finish our sermon right now. To walk with Him is what He wants; nothing short of it. Read the rest of this entry

When God Gives Up

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. The whole point of Jesus coming to earth was to set the captives free, to set us free from bondage. We considered on Sabbath that we’ve been praying for the Holy Spirit and if we receive the Holy Spirit, then where the Spirit of the Lord is there will be freedom and liberty. Therefore we should give our fellowmen freedom and liberty and not to crowd other people’s minds with our minds and not to dominate other people’s minds but give them freedom.

Luke 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. Read the rest of this entry

Does God Care What You Wear?

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God’s Character

How many here love God? God is a very interesting person and is there a privilege to stop our busy lives and actually get to know who God is and what sort of person He is. As we get to know Him, we admire Him for who He is and some of these traits of God that I admire is His humility. How many people here desire to be humble? Do you believe it’s a requirement to enter into heaven, yes or no?

The Lord is not greedy. God is a God of sharing and that is very evident. The fact that He gave flowers and then gave us a nose to appreciate the smell that comes from the flower, He could have said “no, that’s all mine, I will not give anyone else the pleasures of mine”, but He equipped us to appreciate the things that He appreciates. God is not greedy, He does not covet things and if you believe that we can go to heaven if we are covetous, we cant. Read the rest of this entry

The Royal Wedding

There once was a royal wedding between a prince and a woman from a middle class background. When we talk about weddings and marriages, often there is a great sense of fairy tale and ‘pie in the sky’ concept connected with marriage because many people get married and expect the best and have high hopes but when they get married, it is not exactly what they imagined marriage to be. Marriage has always had attached to it fairy tale concepts but the Bible is clear that this royal wedding is no fairy tale. Read the rest of this entry

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