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  1. Theophilus

    Alexey Navalny

    Surprised he lived this long.
    3 points
  2. Gregory Matthews

    God, One in Three

    God, One in Three: The following links to an important article on the Trinity. NOTE: This is an important issue to our Catholic friends. https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/is-the-trinity-biblical/
    2 points
  3. Gregory Matthews

    Christian Nationalism

    Christian Nationalism: The following article should raise issues that will challenge our thinking. https://atoday.org/religious-liberty-only-for-some/
    2 points
  4. Gregory Matthews

    The Lost Day

    The following keeps circulating. So, I post it for information. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-lost-day/
    2 points
  5. Gregory Matthews

    Science & the Bible

    Dr. Brand has written a valued article, which the Review has published. If you access the article from the link below, page down to the comments that have been made. https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/faith-inspired-scientific-inquiry/#comment-6377846884
    2 points
  6. Kevin H

    Trixie

    There are parts of that show that no matter how often you have seen it, just the thought of what's coming up still generates a laugh. Lines such as " Who wrote Swanee River?" Or "'Cause she's a blabber mouth!!!" few other presentations can make the punch line last decades. I think it was channel 11 in New York City, had until recently played the Honeymooners after the 11pm news; causing New Yorkers to never have said "Oh, here's an episode of the Honeymooners I've never seen before." Nor has any New Yorker ever said "Iet's check out what else in on, I've already seen this episode of the honeymooners."
    2 points
  7. * I have real issues with trans-gender medical procedures for anyone who is not an adult. * I have real issues with parents losing custody of a child due to their refusal to allow trans-gender medical procedures. * I have issues with a public school system that teaches children that they may be able to chose to change their gender assigned at birth. * At the same time, I am aware of clinical issues in which the gender assigned at birth may not be correct. Such cases are rare and they are supported by genetic evidence that documents the issues.
    2 points
  8. Gregory Matthews

    Adventist Today

    Adventist Today is a magazine that reports on SDA issues and sometimes challenges the Church. If you would like to review past issues, currently all issues published 1993 through 2023 are available on the Internet, at: https://atoday.org/magazine-archives/
    2 points
  9. Gregory Matthews

    13 Denominations Unite

    110 Representatives from 13 denominations attend a SDA religious liberty prayer breakfast. \https://www.nadadventist.org/news/tapestry-faiths-north-american-divisions-fifth-prayer-breakfast-sparks-unity-mission
    2 points
  10. Gregory Matthews

    Inter Church Relations

    As a congregational pastor in the Potomac Conference, I would visit other Sunday-keeping congregations because I wanted to become better acquainted with the local pastors and their worship. On an occasional basis that resulted in my being asked to preach to their congregation on Sunday, and I would respond by asking their pastor to preach in my congregation on Saturday. NOTE: As an Army Chaplain, I have been asked to preach to a local Sunday congregation and in my sermon to explain to that congregation what SDAs believed and practiced.
    2 points
  11. Gregory Matthews

    Faith & Politics

    Faith & Politics is a regular, 30-minute program that is broadcast on the SDA Hope TV. In each program, a moderator and 4-experts discuss issues related to how governmental rules may impact on religious expression. The people expressing their views come from a variety of backgrounds and often include people who are not SDA members. I like the program. In common with the typical practice of Hope TV, schedules and subjects of discussion are not published in a form that is available to the general public.
    2 points
  12. Gregory Matthews

    The Hopeful

    The Hopeful is a movie that tells the story of William Miller, a farmer who becomes a preacher and predicts the second coming of Christ, leading to the formation of a new faith community. The movie explores themes of faith, disappointment, and community building during the 19th century. The Hopeful will be shown in theaters across the United States on April 17 & 18. Directed by Kyle Portbury, an Emmy Award winner and nominee of the Australian Directors’ Guild, the film aims to present a historical narrative centered around the early days of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. See: https://atoday.org/hope-channel-international-and-fathom-events-to-screen-the-hopeful-in-theaters/ For more information on the film, including special screenings and ticket sales, visit the official website: https://www.thehopefulmovie.com/.
    1 point
  13. phkrause

    South Africa

    A ship carrying 19,000 cattle caused a big stink in the South African city of Cape Town CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — What stinks? https://apnews.com/article/south-africa-cape-town-ship-smell-cattle-f72c017b48d330372fb22f50d341f8fa?
    1 point
  14. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    1 point
  15. Theophilus

    Who were the Nephilim...???

    What? Angels can not reproduce. EGW says what? Not the same. We can only reproduce with out own kind. That's the law of reproduction according to the Lord in Genesis. Lizards are made out of flesh too. So are puppies.
    1 point
  16. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N). Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
    1 point
  17. phkrause

    Christian Nationalism

    Excellent article!!
    1 point
  18. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    1 point
  19. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N). Deuteronomy 10:15 Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.
    1 point
  20. Kevin H

    Last Generation Theology

    In his outstanding commentary, Jacques Doukhan points out that the "HE" in Genesis 3:16 is NOT "he" the husband, but the promised "He" of Genesis 3:15. That the promised "He" was not merely a hope for the future, but "HE" was already there.
    1 point
  21. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    1 point
  22. Gregory Matthews

    Who were the Nephilim...???

    * The word "Nephilim" is in English language Bibles in Genesis 6. By telling us that word is not Biblical, you are telling us that my English language Bible is not a Bible. * The word "Nephilim" is written in the English alphabet. The ancient manuscripts of what we call the Old Testament were never written in the English alphabet. They were written in the Hebrew alphabet. * The word "Nephilim" is a transliteration from the Hebrew alphabet to the English alphabet. It does not form a new word. It is simply an additional method of writing a Hebrew word, which remains the same, in another language. * The rules for transliterating from one alphabet to another may allow for more than one spelling. I lived in South Korea for 35 months and I got to know the rules for transliterating from the Koren alphabet to the English alphabet, [NOTE: Contrary to what some may think, South Korea does have an alphabet. It actually has two systems of writing.] South Korean words had two symbols that could each be transliterated into two different English letters. One example is a South Korean letter that has been transliterated as either an "R" or as an "L." One is considered to be more correct, but both have been used. * The Hebrew word transliterated as Nephilim can also be transliterated as Nefilim, but this is not common. * While I could be wrong, I suspect that your listing of the Nephiyl/Nephil simply another form of the word, as "boys" is another form of the word "boy." Or, it could be an alternate spelling as I stated in my comment just above.
    1 point
  23. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N). Romans 3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
    1 point
  24. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    1 point
  25. I agree that we need to let kids be kids. Give them until their 20s to allow their minds to grow. On the other hand, for those few who do not fit the traditional male/female situation, need to be nurtured by the church. For the argument of "Hey, there are only two genders" while few, there are those who have visible (either outward or with ultrasound etc.) have either both sets or partial sets. As we have those who we can physically see, why can't there be others who may be dealing with the same issues, but not in a way we can physical see. By their 20's they should understand themselves. We need to have a way of support to those who as they mature realize that there is something out of the ordinary with themselves. We need to find a balance in working with people. I think that the liberal extreme that we are finding in many schools can support childhood imagination for people who really are not dealing with these issues. We have two extremes, neither of which are useful, and can cause harm.
    1 point
  26. phkrause

    10 Tips for Studying Your Bible

    January is one of the biggest months for starting a new Bible study. Many people who have never regularly read the scriptures start out the year with the desire to learn more about God’s Word. https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/10-tips-for-studying-your-bible.html?
    1 point
  27. phkrause

    The European Union

    European Union overcomes threat of Hungary veto to seal $54 billion aid package for Ukraine BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of the 27 European Union countries sealed a deal Thursday to provide Ukraine with 50 billion euros ($54 billion) in support for its war-ravaged economy after Hungary dropped weeks of threats to veto the measure. https://apnews.com/article/ukraine-war-russia-hungary-eu-summit-budget-6d0f11bc16b4b21073f92925de2046e4? ps:Good for them!! 👍
    1 point
  28. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N). Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
    1 point
  29. Gustave

    The Pope & LBGTQ Issues

    Doesn't the President of SDA stand before the SDA Church from time to time to speak on topics that in one way or another effect the SDA Church and its members?
    1 point
  30. Kevin H

    13 Denominations Unite

    Seventh-day Adventism at it's best!!!
    1 point
  31. Legal scholars from law schools around the United States will be meeting at the Caruso School of Law on February 8 and 9 to discuss the future of the Religion Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The conference will begin Thursday, February 8, 2023 with a presentation by two former U.S. Solicitors General Noel Francisco and...View the full article
    1 point
  32. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N). Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
    1 point
  33. Gregory Matthews

    Earthquakes

    Earthquakes: I have an app on my phone that informs me every time there is an earthquake, anywhere in the world. In that past one hour, there have been 19 earthquakes in Northern California and in Alaska. All were small, and probably not felt by anyone. Larger earthquakes that are felt and do damage are rated at a 5, or above, In the past five hours, there have been 3 such earthquakes here on Earth.
    1 point
  34. Gregory Matthews

    Religion in the U.S.

    Religion in America: For a look at people who are not religious, but may hold to some such beliefs see: https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2024/01/24/religious-nones-in-america-who-they-are-and-what-they-believe/?utm_source=Pew+Research+Center&utm_campaign=9851c7913d-Weekly_1-27-24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-9851c7913d-[LIST_EMAIL_ID]
    1 point
  35. news

    Site Alert

    This blog site will be transitioning to a new web host over the next ten days. To facilitate that transfer, I will not be posting any blogs, and comments will be disabled during that time. If all goes well, things will be back to normal by the second week of February. I appreciate all who […] The post Site Alert appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
    1 point
  36. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    1 point
  37. Gregory Matthews

    2022 Economic Census

    Election Year Economics: Economics is likely to be a subject for discussion during this election year. Every 5-years, an economic census is released by the census bureau. The first of several releases of this information was released on January 25, 2024. It has been titled with a "First Look." The following link takes you to an article that informs us of this release. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2024/2022-economic-census-first-look.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
    1 point
  38. Jesus was God the Father's "Son." He existed in heaven prior to being incarnated (by His Father) into human form and nature. He commanded the angels of God, prior to His incarnation. Once incarnated, He was "tempted" to use the authority He held, over the angels. He was tempted to "command" that the stones be made bread. Angels may have the power to do THAT. The angels had been commanded to "serve" Christ. The angels COULD HAVE saved Yeshua if He jumped off the Temple. The angels COULD HAVE rescued Christ from the cross. Satan knew all that. He framed his temptations, to fit the authority that he knew Yeshua held. Does anyone seriously believe that Christ did NOT DESIRE to avoid being crucified? He begged "let this cup pass from me." He was seriously tempted. He bled through His skin, the suffering was so great. But He chose to submit His will to that of His Father.
    1 point
  39. Gregory Matthews

    Spirituality In the U.S.

    Spiritual vs. Religion in the U.S.: The following article examines changes that are taking place in religious life in the U.S. https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2024/01/17/around-4-in-10-americans-have-become-more-spiritual-over-time-fewer-have-become-more-religious/?utm_source=Pew+Research+Center&utm_campaign=fc5b5c3b86-Weekly_1-20-24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-fc5b5c3b86-[LIST_EMAIL_ID]
    1 point
  40. Gregory Matthews

    SDA Diversity

    As the Seventh-day Adventist denomination expands in membership, it is also growing in the range of doctrinal beliefs,, and in life-style practices. The reality is that the SDA Church in North America, China, Europe, and in other nations, may each differ in some manner with the SDA Church in other places. North American can no longer claim to be the sole repository of theological scholarship. Mature scholars are coming forth who are willing to examine the doctrinal foundations of the SDA faith. Their work is being published in their native languages as well as in English, often in independent publications. Independent Organizations: These organizations are not formally connected with the SDA denomination. However, while they may challenge in their reporting on SDA issues, doctrines and practices, they are supportive of the Adventist church. https://atoday.org/ https://spectrummagazine.org/ SDA Organizations: These organizations are formally connected with the SDA denomination. But, they report and challenge in a manner that is not typical for most connected organizations. https://www.rmcsda.org/ The Rocky Mountain Conference publishes Mountain Views which is primarily distributed to RMC members. However,Individual issues are posted in the listed web site. Just page down to the section where they are posted. The current issue has been posted. Articles of interest include: ”What Difference do Doctrines Make in Our Daily Life? by Reinder Bruinsma and “A life-Changing Witness,” by Denis Fortin. NOTE: Both men are academic scholars and have served on high levels of the SDA Church. https://www.avondale.edu.au/research/avondale-academic-press/ Avondale Academic Press is connected with the SDA University in Australia. It publishes cutting edge books such as the 2014, Biblical and Theological Studies on the Trinity. Oak & Acorn is a part of the Pacific Union Conference. I am not able to cite a reference. It publishes cutting edge books.
    1 point
  41. Gregory Matthews

    GC President

    The following article explores the issue as to how the GC President is elected, and it proposes another method. https://atoday.org/finding-a-better-way-to-select-the-general-conference-president/
    1 point
  42. Introducing InVerse, a Sabbath School Bible Study Guide by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, focused on religious liberty for young adults. Authored by Pastor Joe Reeves with prophetic interpretations, historical references, and inspired writings. Order physical copies or download online.View the full article
    1 point
  43. Gregory Matthews

    SDA Diversity

    Diversity: The following article addresses an issue that is considered to be a growing SDA problem. More than 50 comments (I made one.) have been posted at the end of the article. The article will challenge some. https://spectrummagazine.org/views/the-shaking-how-should-adventism-solve-its-white-flight-problem/
    1 point
  44. Gregory Matthews

    SDA Diversity

    NOTE: This issue is serious enough that this past week the SDA, Hope TV program :”Faith & Politics,” discussed it. Five SDA leaders participated in this discussion.
    1 point
  45. Gerr

    Who were the Nephilim...???

    Wellllllllllll, not exactly, since the equipment still works. But when I get to be 92 I have my doubts it will still be in working order! Are you going to divulge your secret?
    1 point
  46. melvin mccarty

    Who were the Nephilim...???

    Are you jealous? :-)....mel
    1 point
  47. John317

    Who were the Nephilim...???

    Good quotes, Messenger. I believe them.
    1 point
  48. Tom Wetmore

    Who were the Nephilim...???

    I second that, Mel. 92 years young it seems to me.
    1 point
  49. melvin mccarty

    Who were the Nephilim...???

    Tom I'm on my 92nd lap around the sun and I quite agree with you. I used to KNOW all the proof texts and all the standard answers. Now I question the relative importance of all that....mel
    1 point
  50. John317

    Who were the Nephilim...???

    Good question. Humans won't be alone on the new earth, but they also won't be procreating. We can't be sure what the relationships will be like, but we do know that there won't be sexual intercourse and new babies born. Why not? Because the earth will already be populated, which was the purpose of having sex and reproducing. Once the goal of filling the earth up with humans is reached, the reproduction ceases. I am sure that God will have something better and more fun for us than sex. I don't think God is going to take away something as wonderful as sex is without replacing it with something equally good if not superior. Our bodies will be different. I seriously doubt we have to use the bathroom. Our bodies will probably use all the food we eat. I'm speculating a bit here, I know.
    1 point
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