Friday, August 28, 2009

Just Another Alarmist

Noah preached and worked for 120 years, urging anyone who would listen to "...get on the boat..." because the world was going to be destroyed by a flood. Number of converts? Zero. Jonah preached the destruction of Nineveh for a few days and the whole city repented. The prophet Elijah said that God would withhold rain for three years because of the sins of the people. He was rewarded with having to run for his life, be fed by ravens, hide in a cave then go to a far city where he stayed in a spare room in a widow's home. But it didn't rain. Jeremiah was called the 'weeping prophet' because of his deep concern over the sins of the people. He was punished for his preaching by being lowered into an old well where he sank in the muck to his armpits. Isaiah powerfully foretold the coming of the Messiah and so rankled the people with his preaching that they sawed him in two.
Toward the end of his earthly ministry Jesus cried out, " O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee..." [Matthew 23:37]. Except for John, all of Christ's disciples were martyred for their preaching and teaching. The apostle Paul was beheaded.
It's dangerous to fight against the Dragon and his evil army; It can get you killed. And if you aren't killed it's clear you will be hated " all men..." for His sake [Matthew 10:22].
So here we are 2000 years later preaching much the same as Noah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John the Baptist, the disciples, Paul and the many millions of believers who came after them. Millions were killed by stoning, hanging, the sword, or burned alive. Who wants to be hated by all men. Popularity! That's what it's about today and many, now in the church, will choose to get along, so they will choose to go along with the crowd that fills the wide one-way street that leads to perdition [total destruction].
Much of the religious news I read these days laments what is essentially a world-wide persecution, prosecution, and hatred of Christians; particularly the alarmists. Adventists are alarmists; both by virtue of doctrine and commission: "Go ye into all the world..." [Mark 16:15].
Jesus is looking for committed alarmists; those who will proclaim His soon coming despite hatred, persecution, and prosecution (to pursue). Who will joint Him in this battle. "Here [am] I; send me." [ Isaiah 6:8].
God Bless. e.c.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Growing India

Last Friday's mail came with a flyer from Maranatha; an Adventist organization that builds one-day churches, digs wells so the village can have water, and other beneficent projects. Amazingly, eight years after a missionary effort was held in one part of the country, where there were about 4500 church members there are now more than 100,ooo. The number of churches has climbed from 20 to more than 450. Surely, the Holy Spirit is working all over the world...but not enough here where I live.
So who is going to take responsibility for the lack of effort(s) and the slow growth or even negative growth right here in River City. I guess I'll have to because I know I have not done as much as I could or should.
Probably you folks as much as I or even more as to why the church is exploding in many parts of the world.
Not everything is bad news however. I saw a program on 3ABN called the Las Vegas Miracle (of all places). I got a copy of the program on DVD and am making preparations to find out how to copy the DVD. I have permission from 3ABN to do this and distribute as many as I wish because the DVD is non-encrypted; but I can't re-sell them.
So...if you would like a copy of the DVD (at no charge whatsoever; postage included) let me know and as soon as I get my computer up and going--and perhaps get a new program--I'll send one right off to you. I know you will be inspired to do more for the Lord.
God Bless! e.c.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Out To Lunch!

Dear reader(s); my computer is showing signs of going South so I am going to have to send it off for some TLC. During the time that it is in the shop I will try to use another computer (you know who's). So if you want to keep checking on what I have to say I am going to keep writing...even if there is only one who wishes to read my thoughts. God Bless. e.c.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wise In Their Own Eyes

This is profane, unpleasant to learn, angering to read, and upsetting to believers in all colors of Christianity. This work of Satan has now been released in DVD in order to further spread Satan's lies through his minions. The devil is enraged because he knows his time is short Consider this a "Parental Warning" about objectionable material! e.c.
Bowling for Columbine did it to the gun culture.
Super Size Me did it to fast food.
Now The God Who Wasn't There does it to religion.

The movie that has been astounding audiences in theaters around the world is now available on a high-quality, feature-packed DVD. Own the taboo-shattering documentary that Newsweek says "irreverently lays out the case that Jesus Christ never existed."
In this critically acclaimed film, you will discover:
The early founders of Christianity seem wholly unaware of the idea of a human Jesus-
The Jesus of the Gospels bears a striking resemblance to other ancient heroes and the figureheads of pagan savior cults-
Contemporary Christians are largely ignorant of the origins of their religion-
Fundamentalism is as strong today as it ever has been, with an alarming 44% of Americans believing that Jesus will return to earth in their lifetimes-
From exposing the hidden history of Christianity to lampooning the bloody excesses of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (which caused Gibson to attempt legal action against the documentary), The God Who Wasn't There pulls no punches.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker (and former Christian) Brian Flemming, The God Who Wasn't There includes stimulating interviews with:
Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation
Robert M. Price, Jesus Seminar fellow and author of The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man-
Alan Dundes, Professor of Folklore at the University of California at Berkeley-
Richard Carrier, historian and author of Sense and Goodness Without God-
Barbara & David P. Mikkelson, authors of the Urban Legends Reference Pages at
And many others.
Dazzling motion graphics and a driving soundtrack propel this uncompromising film that the Los Angeles Times calls "provocative - to put it mildly."
Special Features
The special features on this DVD are both generous and carefully selected. As DVD Talk puts it: "This DVD delivers the film in a quality presentation, with extras that quadruple the amount of content in a positive way with no filler."
The superb commentary tracks on this DVD are not the usual "making of" chat but instead consist of original material that director Brian Flemming crafted to deepen the experience of The God Who Wasn't There. The two separate tracks are:
"The Atheists." This lively track features evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion). Topics discussed by this towering atheist figure range from the horrors committed in the name of God to the power of science to combat "religion and all other forms of superstition." Relevant audio from other interviewees is also woven into this timely and candid examination of irrational beliefs.
"The Scholar." This track delves deep into the Jesus Myth hypothesis with pioneering scholar Earl Doherty (The Jesus Puzzle). If you are intrigued by the possibility that Jesus Christ did not exist at all, you will find this audio track fascinating. Doherty has been studying for decades the evidence that mainstream academics are only beginning to discover. Prepare to be astounded.

e.c. here; As you ponder the profanity of this project, remember this: "I overthrew some of you, as Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; Yet you have not returned to Me," says the Lord. "Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel. " [Amos 4:11, 12]

If ever there was a time when time was short and growing shorter, this is it. Stay close to Christ and take care lest you be deceived. [Matt.24:11,24].
God Bless! We need it in these days.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Prayer? Shame on Them!!!

Florida Principal, Athletic Director Could Go to Jail for Prayer Before Lunch at School
Saturday, August 15, 2009
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A principal and an athletic director in Florida could be charged with crimes and spend six months in jail after they prayed before a meal at a school event, the Washington Times reported.
Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and athletic director Robert Freeman will go on trial in federal district court Sept. 17. They're accused of violating the conditions of a lawsuit settlement reached last year with the American Civil Liberties Union, according to the Times.
Local pastors and some students and teachers are outraged that Lay and Freeman face criminal charges, and they have protested during graduation ceremonies, the newspaper said.
"I have been defending religious freedom issues for 22 years, and I've never had to defend somebody who has been charged criminally for praying," said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, the Christian-based legal group that is defending the two school officials.
But an ACLU official said the Santa Rosa County School District has been guilty of "flagrant" First Amendment violations for years, the Times reported.
"The defendants all admitted wrongdoing," said Daniel Mach, ACLU's director of litigation for its freedom of religion program. "For example, the Pace High School teachers handbook asks teachers to 'embrace every opportunity to inculcate, by precept and example, the practice of every Christian virtue.'"
The case stems from a Jan. 28 incident in which Lay, a local Baptist church deacon, asked Freeman to offer mealtime prayers at a lunch for school employees. Staver said no students were there and the event took place on school property after hours.
Mach countered that the event was held during the school day and Lay has admitted in writing that there were students present, according to the newspaper.
The ACLU contends that the allowance of the lunchtime prayer was a breach of last year's settlement, in which the district promised, among other things, to prohibit all school employees from promoting prayers during school-sponsored events, espousing their religious beliefs and trying to convert students.

More on this later. e.c.
It's later now, and I'm back trying to think of rude things to say about the ACLU. The suppression of religious expression in this country is going to backfire in the faces of the atheists, agnostics, and ignostics who delight in using law--so called--to advance their humanistic agendas.
The result will be an awakening of the sleeping giant of religious conservatism in this country who will then use the laws (already on the books in many states) to enforce their edition of persecution.
Whether atheist or wild-eyed religious zealot, they hold a shared genetic flaw; intolerance of the opinions and beliefs of others. [Do I do that? Do we do that?] I trust the answer is, NO! But alas, I must admit how comforting it is when others agree with me...(smile). We need to be consistent in our treatment of others; at least some of the time [now that was a bald faced pun]. OK, I'll go home now. You might not want to think about any of what I've posted today.
One thing you can take seriously: God Bless. e.c.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Lift up your hands in the Sanctuary and bless the Lord." [Psalms 134:2]
The Psalmist encourages us to bless the Lord; to bless Him during worship in our church(es); to lift up our hands and bless Him.
Strange looks and sideways glances are the usual fruit one has to pick if they lift their hands in church. At some point in the history of our church we turned shy and self conscious; so much so that to be overt in one's worship (lift up the hands, say "Amen" too frequently, stand up during especially moving music, stand up during Spirit led preaching, and other modest signs of being inspired and moved during worship, and one may be accused of intentionally drawing attention to themselves.
And that's why I really love black churches and black preachers. They are not hobbled by the man-made traditions of Protestant, puritanistic propriety, so-called. We could call it "undignified" to exhibit enthusiasm for our Lord. We could be called exhibitionists for yielding to emotions of Holy love and gratitude for our Saviour. We could be called, 'fanatical.' Do we care?
Yes. I think we do care enough about the opinions of others to allow ourselves to be subdued into not caring enough to send Jesus Christ 'the very best.' I find that sad and sorrowing.
I've mentioned this before (so forgive me) but if you remember the beautiful paintings by Harry Anderson, one shows a family looking heavenward as Christ returns to the earth. Inspiring as it is the painting contains a curiosity; one character (obviously the father of the family) is wearing a suit; like he just came from church rather than from a ..."time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation..." [Daniel 12:1]
Honestly, I can't really remember, but I'm wondering if anyone in that painting has their hands raised in praise to God. I think there is...perhaps in the lower left corner of the piece. If anybody out there knows for certain, or if I'm mistaken about the 'suit thing' I'd like to know.
Just once today lift up your hands and praise the Lord. If we tried it we might like it; we already know He wants our praise.
Blessings. e.c.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Political Gyre

There are, in various parts of the world's oceans, areas where currents intersect, intermingle and become directionless. The waters tend to; not like a whirlpool, but simply circulate endlessly. What goes there remains there.
In the age of plastics, sewer lines that empty into the ocean miles from shore, and things that are either lost or thrown overboard from the thousands of vessels on the sea, currents carry this detritus either to other shores or where it is trapped.
One (North Pacific) has been featured on the news in the past year.
Oceanographers, and other concerned groups estimate that this one contains millions of tons of trapped, floating, materials and is so large that there is nothing that can be done about it.
Some of the trash consists of large pieces but the larger problem is the smaller pieces; some of which are nearly microscopic. Fish and birds that have died and have undergone scientific autopsy have been found to carry (astoundingly) hundreds to more than a thousand particles of plastic in their systems.
There are particles so small that they make their way into the cell where they can mimic certain hormones. These are called xenohormones.
Which brings us to our point after the tour around the barnyard.
Politics and politicians in Washington make up our very own national, toxic, dangerous. There too, things go round and round and nothing can be done about it...or so it seems. The simile of the in all things political in all parts of the world is perfect for illustrating the way the toxic events on this earth are winding down to what the Old Testament prophets referred to as "That Day."
As Seventh-day Adventists we understand why and how our nation is going the way it is. We grasp the spiritual significance of national and international events. We are Adventists! which means we are looking for the return of Jesus Christ. Millions of other believers over the world are waiting for the Lord to return and take them home.
Oh! I almost forgot: There is the health-care debate.......never mind.
I guess I'll just ' ...shut up and get out of the way...'
Be a blessing to someone today because for some, today will be the end of their days. e.c.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fifty-Two Years Ago Today

There was a quiet celebration at our home today; fifty-two years as husband and wife. The day was spent writing cards and letters to each other and joining in simple projects around the cabin; projects designed to bring joy to this day and in days to come.
It was in Burbank, California that we were married by Elder Euel Atchley. I was 20, the bride was 21. Our reception was held in Glendale at the home of a physician and his wife who graciously offered to host the event. They were Dr. and Mrs. Otto Neufeld and the address of their lovely home was 3030 Chevy Chase Boulevard.
That evening was a blur; the wedding, the reception, and the gathering at my wife's parents home after the reception.
A funny thing happened at the reception; we went to a room upstairs to change our clothes, and by force of habit I said; "I'll go change in the next room and you can change here." And the bride responded, "Buddy, we're married! We can change our clothes in the same room!" We still laugh about that. (I did say the evening was a blur, didn't I?)
So young; so much in love. And now, all these years later, so much in love, but not so young. Sometimes I study her face, her hair, and I think to myself how beautiful she is. Her beauty runs deep and courses through her soul because it is the beauty of devotion to God. As for me, I was and am, high maintenance.
I'm thinking about the words of a song; a Christian song; and a repeating phrase that goes..."Through it all, through it all, I've learned..." I guess that will suffice as the theme of our lives so far and will continue as far as we go...together...through it all. Thank you Lord for my bride; the bride of my youth.
Blessings, always. e.c.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ecclesiastes 3:18-22

"I said in my heart, "Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are [like] animals." For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth? So I perceived that nothing [is] better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
At Creation God breathed life intoman and he became a living being (soul) [Genesis 2:7]. The "spirit" of man that "goes upward" at death is the breath of life that returns to God who gave it. (The word translated 'spirit' is the Hebrew word, 'ruach' which refers to 'wind, breath, mind' [Strong #7307].
Solomon writes with a pensive tone as he considers the lot of mankind; in fact, the fate of all living creatures: "For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing." [Eccl. 9:5].
Reading the news on the computer this morning I was impressed (and a little frightened) by the reported violence that is going on in the world and that is escalating as the time is approaching when God will call an eternal "Time Out!" on sin and its baleful effects touches every family and eventually, every person.
So why am I this moment?
Because I know that as all things unwind, run down, and stop, so does man; so will I. But for the rest of today I will follow Solomon's advice (given through the Holy Spirit) and I will rejoice in my own works; building a gate, straightening my office, writing this post, and witnessing for Jesus Christ.
There! I feel better now.
God Bless. e.c.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

"When you are converted, feed my sheep."

Christ spoke these words to Peter. For a long time I have wondered about their precise and practical meaning. Peter was one of the chosen twelve disciples, but why would Christ single him out and admonish him; perhaps in front of the other eleven men.
From the writings of Peter's two books and his role of leadership in Jerusalem he evidently and obviously was converted. But I have questions: When did Peter's conversion take place and what was the event that brought it about.
I realized that this conversion must have taken place during or shortly after the crucifixion of Jesus.
Peter was distraught when Christ's words were fulfilled and he ended up denying Him three times, and threw in a few fisherman-kind of swear words just to underline his denial and get that young woman out of his face; the one who kept at him about his Galilean manner of speaking and having been seen with Jesus.
When the rooster finally crowed Peter fell apart and saw himself as he was; one who was, so to speak, in the church, had lots of (first-hand) knowledge about Jesus, His life, His teachings, etc. Knowledge, Peter had. Experimental, practical, knowledge and a sanctified love relationship with Jesus, he had not.
So what was it that pushed Peter over the edge from having knowledge, having information about Jesus, to knowing himself and knowing Jesus in the deep sense that typifies conversion?
I think I finally understand it. Peter saw the Son of God on the cross suffering a physical and mental agony for him. Peter realized that the Man he had identified as the Son of God was going through the mocking, scourging, and pain of separation from His Father for him. Peter took it personally and it broke him. Putting it another way, it converted him; it changed him from the inside out.
Ellen White says that it would be well if we were to contemplate the final hours of Christ's life. I now know that to see Jesus on the cross, and to take it personally , will work a daily conversion in our lives (in my life).
Our hard hearts need the softening influence of our Saviour every day. The powerful image of the cross and the suffering Christ changed Peter and I want it to change me.
Blessings. e.c.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Just in Case You're Wondering

From the Word of God
"These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may [continue] to believe in the name of the Son of God." [1st John 5:13]

A word from EGW
"Only one day at a time--think of this. One day is mine. I will in this one day do my best. I will use my talent of speech to be a blessing to some other one, a helper, a comforter, an example which the Lord my Saviour shall approve. I will exercise myself in patience, kindness, forbearance, that the Christian virtues may be developed in me today. "If you are right with God today, you are ready if Christ should come today." In Heavenly Places, page 227.

Different words, different sources, same message. There is no need for the people of God to be uncertain or fearful about their standing with Jesus Christ when they are "...right with God..." But what does that mean? The Bible answers the question; "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." [1st John 1:9].
The Gospel is profound and it is simple. It's profundity is a study into which the heavenly angels desire to look. And yet, it's simplicity is such that the least of God's children can grasp it's meaning and understand that they are saved by faith in God's grace. Like the patriarch Abraham (Avraham), their belief and trust in God and His word(s) is counted as righteousness. [see Genesis 15:6].
Here is reason to shout! Hallelujah, Lord
Thank God for His blessings and for the Sabbath, which like the Christ is coming soon. e.c.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Who/What is The Antichrist?

In today's Christian religions there are diverse views about the Antichrist. The division of opinion comes in two basic colors; 1) those who see the issue as spiritual, and 2) those who interpret it as political/spiritual.
In the first group are those (including Seventh-day Adventists) who recognize the existence of a cosmic war between Christ and Satan; between the forces of good and the forces of evil. They/we also understand that this war began in heaven with the rebellion of Satan (nee, Lucifer), who garnered the sympathy of one-third of the angels. Lucifer and his lot lost the war in heaven but have been winning here on earth to the extent that since the war began, billions of souls have been lost to Christ; souls for whom He died.
Those in the second group believe that Antichrist comes onto the world scene as a charismatic person who at first seems to be benign and but later turns sinister. This is the basis of the plot in the wildly successful Left Behind series of religious novels.
Novels or not, these books capture much of the essence and highlight the polarization of the spiritual vs. political perspective in the continuum of beliefs regarding Antichrist.
If one bothers to read the Bible rather than novels loosely based on fabrications from Biblical truths, they will find that both John and Paul wrote about the Antichrist. Paul uses the phrase son of perdition in the second chapter of his second letter to the Thessalonians. John, recording the prayer of Jesus in chapter seventeen of his book, also speaks of the son of perdition. Clearly, they cannot be the same person because Jesus is speaking of Judas Iscariot who was long dead when Paul was writing. So what is the connection?
The phrase, son of perdition is code for Satan's plan for the Christ (to kill Him) and for the church (to kill it). Satan failed to murder Jesus because He gave up His life for all mankind [John 6:51].
Here is the most significant and important point of this post: Judas Iscariot was not an outsider. Judas dwelt among the chosen of Christ; he was one of the twelve disciples. Antichrist dwells in the church as an apparent chosen because it is within the church that Antichrist is able to accomplish the following; 1) persecute and kill the saints, 2) think to change times and laws, 3) blaspheme God by claiming to be God's representative on earth, 4) claim to forgive sins, 5) nullify the daily ministration of Christ as it is carefully outlined in the book of Hebrews (a book written well after the death and resurrection of Jesus), 6 divert worship from Jesus Christ to mere humans (Mary) and institute the veneration of pagan symbols and pagan days of worship [Ishtar (Easter), Dies Natalis Solus Invictus...Birthday of the Invincible Sun (Christmas)].
No, the Antichrist is not some man [Henry Kissinger, Obama, or some bloke in Spain]. He sits in Rome in splendor misleading the world's billions of believers into offering him worship and veneration.
One more thing; Antichrist is not a single person because as John writes [1st John 2:8] there were many Antichrists. Antichrist is two things; a principle that works to counteract the true Christ and, this deadly work always has been and always will be carried out through the hands of men willingly in league with the original Antichrist; Satan.
Here is a need to know so that each of us can explain this important issue to those who do not know; those who (as I have said) get their theology from novels written by men who pervert the Truth of the Word for pecuniary gain (read, money) and who themselves have swallowed either Futurism or Preterism in one continuous gulp.
Think on these things. God Bless.
p.s. Steve Wohlberg has written about the history of Futurism and Preterism. It is worth knowing. You need to know. I will say only this; the roots spring from followers of Ignatius Loyola.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Never Part Again

There is a hymn only us older folks recall or, perhaps, sing a few notes. There is a phrase that repeats and it goes like this; "...we'll never, never part again..."
This morning was bitter-sweet. Our son, his wife and four children left just moments ago for Sea-Tac airport in their odyssey-like return trip to their home in Maine. It's bitter because we haven't seen the whole family at one time for years. It's sweet because eight people cooking, eating, showering, dressing, and doing all the things that one's daily ablutions demand are very demanding in a 360 square foot cabin we call home.
Mercifully, we have three other outbuildings where they can sleep; all of them cozy, warm, and not too far from the cabin. The silence now is eerie, a little welcome, a little saddening.
But there is coming a time...soon we hope and pray...when Jesus Christ will take us to His house where there are many rooms. You know the verse; "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be also." [John 14:1-3]
So we come back to the words of the song, "Never Part Again". As I recall, there is point and counterpoint in the chorus that goes something like this;
Never part again?
No, never part again
We'll never, never part again."

We waved goodbye to those we love but could not see behind the darkened limousine windows . Just before it disappeared from sight, a hand (my son) waved their last goodbye. Walking down to the cabin I thought about this song and was cheered by the closing words of the chorus..."We'll never, never part again."
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus." [Revelation 22:20]
Goodbye Scott. Goodbye Delores. Goodbye Chris. Goodbye Nathan. Goodbye Beniah. Goodbye Aryona. We love you!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Associated Press
ISLAMABAD -- "Hundreds of rioting Muslims attacked Christians in eastern Pakistan on Saturday, burning and looting their homes in a rampage that killed eight Christians, including a child, in the latest violence against minorities in the conservative Muslim country.
The unrest started late Thursday, when members of a banned extremist Muslim organization began torching Christian homes in a village in the Punjabi city of Gojra after allegations that a Quran had been defaced, Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti said...."
It was Jesus Christ who said...'Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.'
Certainly it is sad to witness organized hatred in radical, allegedly pious peoples of the earth. They are religious. They are not spiritual because they have neither the Christ nor His Holy Spirit. Therefore, guided solely by a fanatical fervor, they feel free to advance on the innocent (including children) an unholy, unmerciful, unloving, attack designed to leaves scars on the minds and bodies of whomever they view as "the enemy."
We need to pray for those who are steeped in any religion built on a foundation of hatred and revenge.

Worth Thinking About

This post is to share something I read in Fundamentals of Christian Education. It is worth the time to read and ponder.
"For want of patience, kindness, forbearance, unselfishness, and love, the revealings of the traits (of character) flash forth involuntarily when off guard, and unchristian words, unchristlikeness of character burst forth sometimes to the ruin of the soul. 'Rejoice not in iniquity.' Mark it. The apostle meant where there is a cultivation of genuine love for souls, it will be exhibited for those most in need of that patience which suffereth long and is kind, and will not be ready to magnify a small indiscretion or direct wrong into large unpardonable offences, and will not make capital of other's misdoings." FCE pg. 279.
Ellen White was writing about teachers and students but I was so impressed by her words, and was equally impressed by the faults in my own character that I have read and reread these words and have pondered and prayed over the message they brought to my mind.
This morning I spoke to the Lord and asked for the His grace and power that would let me live this day in meekness, kindness, and gentleness...not something that one normally, naturally wants to do.
Pray for each other that we will be one in the body of Christ...His church.
God bless. e.c.