|Posted on Sunday, August 01, 1999 - 10:47 am: || |
As an Adventist Sabbath was everything. Jesus was just a word. I heard stories about him, but he was a sideline attraction to the main event--the Sabbath. But as I studied my way out of the SDA church, the doctrines (pillars!) fell away revealing Christ. I realised that Jesus Christ is what it is ALL about. Now He is my continual Sabbath Rest and things are where they should be.
|Posted on Monday, August 02, 1999 - 1:06 pm: || |
Jesus is the pearl of great price, the light of my life, my righteousness before God, the forgiver of all my sins, my defender, my protector, and the one that supplies all my needs. I can never thank Him enough for all the suffering and agony He went through to save me from eternal death. He is the bright and morning star now and throughout eternity. Someday I hope to thank Him in person for all He was willing to go thorugh for me that I might have hope and help in this life and eternal life with Him someday. In the garden of Gethsemane He could have turned His back on all of us and gone back to His Father, but He did not, but set His face like a flint to finish the work God gave Him to do. What a sacrifice He paid for us in the gift of His suffering and death. He knew what it was to be truly alone with no human comfort and He chose to go through it for all for us. Won't it be wonderful someday to see Him and actually talk with Him and tell Him how much we appreciate all He did for us. I know that many of us have entered in a small way into His sufferings, but we can never know what He went through in His suffering for us.
May we all hold on to Him, the pearl of great price, and not let the cares of this life discourage us, as He promises to be with us always even to the end of the world. We may be alone but He is always with us. That is such a comfort and we can definitely rely on His word. He is the God that provides for us all.
I just want to thank Him again and again for all He did for me, and with His help I will make it through this life and meet Him someday in the earth made new. .
|Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 1999 - 8:13 am: || |
Instead of someone I'm trying to please, Christ seems more and more like the breath I breathe.
Paul said, For me to live is Christ", and in Romans 10:
"The Word that saves is right here, Maggie
as near as the tongue in your mouth,
as close as the heart in your chest."
|Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 1999 - 8:49 am: || |
As a Sunday-keeper, it was difficult when my parents would visit. My children would refer to "Sunday School" and at first I would try to cover it over. Then in later years, my parents knew that we went to church on Sunday but when they visited, I would always go to church with them and skip my own church on Sunday. I was talking with a Methodist pastor/counselor and told him I felt like I was being a hypocrite when I did that; that I was living a lie. He pointed out that I what I was doing was obeying the commandment "Honor thy father and thy mother." That took a lot of guilt off of my shoulders.
Another thing he shared with me was the analogy concerning the different denominations. A man in Peru splashes in the ocean and says "This is the Pacific Ocean". A man in San Francisco splashes in the ocean and says "This is the Pacific Ocean." Which one is right? Both are. And God is larger than the Pacific Ocean. He is in all these locations (denominations) - to meet each person at their need.
Before my dad died this year, we talked about my adoption and my relationship with Jesus, and I think he died in peace, knowing that he would meet me in heaven someday. He was such a wonderful christian and so devoted to the SDA church. I always felt bad that I couldn't help him see that there is so much MORE available from God! It's like he lived on bread and water and I wanted so desperately to show him the entire feast that was there! Someday I WILL show him that feast!
|Posted on Friday, August 06, 1999 - 2:44 pm: || |
Sherry, I WILL be there at the Feast with you and
I hope I will be abel to see that grand event with
you and your father.