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  1. bonnie1962

    Transgender bathroom rights

    We have a few places locally that have single use restrooms. Seems to work fine most of the time. A couple places locally have had unisex, men/women restrooms. Not sure why there needs to be such a problem with this. I am not a big fan of Target but I would be a little more prone to shopping there now after they started getting slapped down pretty good and threatened with boycotts for announcing all patrons and staff could use the bathroom of their choice. It sounds as if all Target stores will have men/women/unisex. I would hope once the unisex bathrooms have been resolved that it have an effect on schools and competitive sports
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  2. Gregory Matthews

    US Military Service

    SDA Military Service: The following article reports on the experience of an SDA who served in the US military during the early 1940s. In the comment section, I have written a more up to date report on military service and the SDA Chruch. https://adventistreview.org/experiences/testimonies/our-boys-in-the-army/#comment-6478571785
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  3. Gregory Matthews

    Four Books

    Four Books: The following article reports on four recent books (2019 - 2023) that report on life in Adventism. I suggest that they may be of interest and worthy of reading. In In addition, the article reports on scheduled Zoom conferences that will discuss the books. https://spectrummagazine.org/culture/books-film/faith-and-reason-x-spectrum-series-writing-from-the-borders-of-adventism/
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  4. Communism and religion have always clashed. From Soviet Russia to modern China, regimes suppressed faith to ensure state loyalty. Religion’s power to inspire resistance made it a threat, but faith is resilient.View the full article
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  5. Theophilus

    God & America

    I worry more about the states that have a ton of Evangelicals in them. They scare the dickens out of me.
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  6. Gregory Matthews

    Ukiah SDA Hospital

    Ukiah Hospital Honored: The following article reports in the national recognition given to a SDA hospital. https://atoday.org/adventist-health-ukiah-valley-earns-top-marks-for-social-responsibility/
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  7. Gregory Matthews

    Hurricane Beryl

    phkrause Members 125k Location: Deltona, FL Members Posted 10 minutes ago Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders are still assessing the needs of those affected by Hurricane Beryl, a categry four storm that ripped through a string of islands in the Caribbean on June 30 and July 1, 2024. The powerful hurricane claimed the lives of three people and caused power outages, triggered landslides, uprooted trees and damaged roads and bridges, stranding residents. https://adventist.news/news/adventist-church-begins-assessing-damage-in-the-aftermath-of-hurricane-beryl [NOTE: I have transfer ed this post by Phakrause to this location from another place where he posted it--Gregory Matthews.]
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  8. phkrause

    Tom Zapara

    La Sierra University Mourns the Death of Tom Zapara La Sierra University is saddened to announce the recent death of the business school’s namesake and key donor, Tom Zapara. Zapara died on June 16 at the age of 100, just one month before his 101st birthday. https://adventistreview.org/obituary/la-sierra-university-mourns-the-death-of-tom-zapara/
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  9. Theophilus

    Project 2025

    Can this be explained somewhere else then? I tried to read all of this stuff,and There's a lot here I don't get --like the Ham thing. The children of Ham are not the true Israelites--the descended children of Shem are I thought (Shemites, Semites) .It's(all this information) liked being chased by a snowball.
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  10. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  11. Gregory Matthews

    Panda Bears

    Panda Bears: A 3 & 4 year-old couple of Panda bears has been shipped from China to the San Diago Zoo. Prior to their shipment form China, the two were given English language lessons to help them understand what the zoo keepers were saying to them! The first two English terms that they learned were "Good Boy" and "Good Girl."
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  12. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) Jeremiah 17:10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
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  13. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
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  14. Gregory Matthews

    Interfaith Relations

    Serfan Hoschele, has written a book on the interfaith relations that the SDA Church has had with other groups. The following link takes you to a review of that book. NOTE: the link also provides some comments on two other books. So, be certain that you are reading the part commenting on the SDA book. https://digitalcommons.andrews.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3336&context=auss
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  15. The Kansas and Florida rulings challenge the Biden administration's Title IX policies on gender identity inclusion.View the full article
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  16. Gregory Matthews

    Project 2025

    One of the most fundamental mistakes made by beginning students of the Biblical languages is to think that Strong and Young define the words used in the Bible. They do not. What they do, and thy do it well, it to tell us how a Biblical word had been translated in an early, English, translation of the Bible. They do not do such for later translations of the Bible. Biblical words are defined in what is called a lexicon. The Biblical words were words used in the common language of the time in which they were used in the Bible. As such they had common meanings that often extended beyond how they were translated in the Bible. Strong and Young do not give us those meanings. I can understand why Stinsonmarri does not seem to use a lexicon to understand the Biblical words. To use a lexicon, must have a minimal understanding of the original Biblical languages. Absent that, one cannot properly use a lexicon. Stinsonmarri has not demonstrated that she has that minimal understanding of the original Biblical languages. If she has such, I will welcome her sharing it in her posts. Such would be well worth her time.
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  17. stinsonmarri

    Project 2025

    I study the language and what the Bible says. First, the Paleo Hebrew language is a Kanaanite language. The Kanaanites knew YAHWEH before Abraham arrived in Kanaan! When you view the true NAME, EL is singular, and ELOHIYM is plural. Paul wrote the Book of Hebrew, and he made it clear. I am a historian by degree and have studied independently and in several colleges. My education has been questioned here because I disagree with my denomination's treatment of EGW (Ellen G White), who stated emphatically she was not a prophet but a messenger. I also accepted the TRUE SACRED NAMES and have many Bible and studied manuscripts and other writings. I understand that the Kanaanites and some Philistines knew and served YAHWEH for centuries. This is in the Bible Gen Chapter Fourteen and Chapter Twenty! However, they, too, begin to fail, so Abraham becomes chosen! He had to learn the truth, and many did not understand some truth of THE UNITY of THE ELOHIYM! My journey towards this understanding began with my mother's search for a church that observed the true Sabbath. I was five years old, born in 1950. At that time, the SDA church did not believe in the trinity. EGW, a pioneer and messenger whom I deeply respect, also did not believe in the trinity; she believed in the FATHER and the SON, as did most early pioneers in my faith. Her writings, including MR No. 1107—The Importance of Unity; The Holy Spirit a Mystery, strongly advocated that the trinity is untrue. I will provide what the Bible said using many versions, defining words through the Oxford Dictionary, Etymology Online Dictionary, Strong Hebrew, and Greek. Please keep in mind that the truth is finally coming out about the Kanaanites: Israeli archaeologists have found an ancient comb dating back some 3,700 years ago and bearing what is likely the oldest known full sentence in Kanaanite alphabetical script, according to an article published Wednesday. Science X Network Hear, O Israel, YAHWEH our ELOHIYM is YAHWEH echâd. (Deut 6:4) [HRB] echâd- A numeral from H258; properly united. Strong Hebrew Dictionary Proof United: Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one (echâd, unified) flesh. (Gen 2:24) [HRB] In the beginning was THE WORD, and THE WORD was with ELOHIYM, and THE WORD was ELOHIYM. HE was in the beginning with ELOHIYM. Everything existed through HIS HANDS, and without HIM, not even one thing existed of the things which have existed. HE was THE TRUE LIGHT; which lighted every man that cometh into the world. THE WORD became flesh and made HIS dwelling among us. We have seen HIS GLORY, THE GLORY OF THE ONE and ONLY SON COEXISTENCE WITH THE FATHER, full of GRACE and TRUTH. (John 1:1-3, 9, 14) [WOY, T2009, BSB, HRB and Definitions from Oxford Languages] ELOHIYM, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by HIS SON, whom HE hath appointed HEIR of all things, by whom also HE made the worlds; who being THE BRIGHTNESS of HIS GLORY and the Exact REPRESENTATION of HIS BEING, and upholding all things by THE POWERS of HIS WORD; when HE had by HIMSELF purged our sins, sat down on THE RIGHT HAND of THE MAJESTY on HIGH. (Heb 1:1-3) ) [WOY, T2009, BSB, HRB and Definitions from Oxford Languages] Dia is the Greek word for by I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and THE ANCIENT of DAYS did sit, whose garment was White as Snow, and THE HAIR of HIS HEAD like the Pure Wool: HIS Throne was like the fiery flame, and HIS Wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before HIM: thousand thousands ministered unto HIM, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before HIM: The Judgment was set, and the books were opened. I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like THE SON of Adam came with the clouds of Heaven, and came to THE ANCIENT of DAYS, and they brought HIM near before HIM. And there was given HIM DOMINION, and HONOR, and a Kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve HIM: HIS DOMINION is AN EVERLASTING DOMINION, which shall not pass away, and HIS Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. But the king of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days. But, lo, MICHAEL, ONE of THE FIRST RULERS, came to help me. And I stayed there with the kings of Persia. And at that time shall MICHAEL stand up, THE GREAT PRINCE which standeth for the nations of 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 the people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (Dan 7:9,13, 14;10:13;12:1) [WOY] I AM ALPHA and OMEGA, THE BEGINNING and THE ENDING, saith YAHSHUA EL, which IS, and which WAS, and which is to COME, ALMIGHTY. And I saw in THE RIGHT HAND of HIM that SAT on the Throne a Book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, THE LION of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the Book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the Throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood A LAMB as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits (angels) of ELOHIYM sent forth into all the earth. And HE came and took the Book out of THE RIGHT HAND of HIM that sat upon the Throne. And when HE had taken the Book, the four beasts (angels) and four and twenty elders fell down before THE LAMB, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And behold, I come quickly; and MY reward is with ME, to give every man according as his work shall be. I AM ALPHA and OMEGA, THE BEGINNING and THE END, THE FIRST and THE LAST. (Rev 1:8; 5:1, 5-8; 22:12, 13) What is 1 John 5 7 in the Catholic Bible? The Spirit is the one that testifies, and the Spirit is truth. 7 So there are three that testify, 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord. 9 If we accept human testimony, the testimony of God is surely greater. (2024 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Why was the Trinity rejected? The Encyclopedia Britannica (11th edition) states: "To some Christians the doctrine of the Trinity appeared inconsistent with the unity of God. ... they therefore denied it, and accepted Jesus Christ, not as incarnate God, but as God's highest creature by whom all else was created. ... Still, even the added wording does not proclaim the Trinity doctrine by itself… Again, the word Trinity did not come into common use as a religious term until after the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325, several centuries after the last books of the New Testament were complete. It is not a biblical concept. United Church of God 3. THE PASSAGE WAS NEVER CITED IN THE TRINITARIAN DEBATES There is something else which must be appreciated. If this verse was actually part of First John, it is inconceivable that it would not have been used in the Trinitarian debates of the fourth century. However, neither side has ever cited it as a reference to the Trinity. It is missing from the writings of Christians such as Irenaeus (died about A.D. 200), Clement (died about A.D. 210), Tertullian (who died around A.D. 220) and Athanasius (who died in A.D. 373). If this verse were found in the text of First John, it would have been the primary verse used in these debates, but it was never cited! Finally, I believe in the Bible, and translations, including transliterations, have covered up or selected words that cause many to become confused and misinterpret the Bible. It saddens me that many people will be lost due to the lack of knowledge or become delusional and believe a lie. (Hosea 4:6 and 2Thess 2:11,12) Spiritual beings are THE FATHER, SON, and THE HOLY SPIRIT. YAHSHUA made the angels, and they are also spiritual beings, including those who have fallen. We do not know what the spirit body is made of and do not need to speculate. We do know THE ELOHIYM have eyes, hands, feet, and mouths, and the Adams, male, and female, were made to resemble THEM! We know THEY eat food. Also, the angels have no gender. The Catholic Church rejects 1 John 5:7 because the number three is a separate individual number and not the same as Tri, which is a part or one-third to make a whole! The Greeks have always accepted other pagan gods and combined them with their philosophy. The Romans and the Greeks worshiped Mithras of the Persians and called him Jesus. A lot needs to be learned about how they combined all the ancient religions when Constantine became Emperor and Pope! I do not want anyone to accuse me of trying to make you believe! Truth is a choice! I offer truth and all must study what is offer and work out their own soul salvation through THE HOLY SPIRIT! There is only one truth according to the Bible. Beware it is up to everyone to be obedient to the Word over man. That is the problem with those who follow Trump! What I have provided exposes the 1925 Project! Blessings!
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  18. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  19. Gregory Matthews

    Opinion Polls

    Opinion Polls: Every day, news reports tell us the latest in opinion polls. How much do you understand them? The following lilnk takes you to a 10-question survey that tests your knowledge of opinion polls. https://www.pewresearch.org/methods/quiz/how-much-do-you-know-about-public-opinion-polling/?utm_source=Pew+Research+Center&utm_campaign=3c5fa9cf34-Weekly_7-6-24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-3c5fa9cf34-[LIST_EMAIL_ID]
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  20. Gregory Matthews

    Bible & Public Education

    The Bible & Public Education: The following article addresses the current issue of the place of the Bible in public education. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/opinion-what-these-states-get-wrong-about-the-bible-and-the-ten-commandments/ar-BB1pltoA?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=DCTS&cvid=2033e170885a4b2493f3d87557294823&ei=12
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  21. Gregory Matthews

    Olympic Evangelism

    Olympic Evangelism: The following article informs as to an evangelic outreach planned for the coming Olympics. It should be noted that ASI is an independent organization that is not controlled by the SDA Church. https://atoday.org/asi-and-awr-launch-extensive-outreach-campaign-during-paris-olympics-2024/
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  22. bonnie1962

    Transgender bathroom rights

    My husband did same only his little trip was accidental. He didn't realize it was a unisex bathroom until he saw high heels under the gap between floor and door. He was afraid to come out and expose himself as a man thinking not knowing what the women would do. I think the biggest danger to this is high school, probably to both transgender and the rest of the students as well. I would have to think gays and lesbians would be far more interested in typical facilities than unisex. A gay man that is also a pedophile would not be nearly so noticeable in a mens restrooms as he would in a unisex bathroom. Let there be a restroom/shower/changing facilities. Transgender, straight gay or ?? is then free to use that facility if they prefer.
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  23. Gregory Matthews

    The President & Immunity

    The decision of the Supreme Court on Presidential Immunity is of critical importance. If you would like to read the actual 119 page ruling, you may access it at: https://d3i6fh83elv35t.cloudfront.net/static/2024/07/scotus_immunity-7-1.pdf
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  24. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  25. Gregory Matthews

    Scripture in Life

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  26. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  27. Gregory Matthews

    Campmeeting

    Campmeeting; In the following article, President Ted Wilson suggests that Campmeetings may be a major method of evangelism. In the comment section, I respond to his view on that subject. In short, I suggest that a evangelistic method effective 100 years ago may not be effective today. https://adventreview.org/feature/the-joy-of-camp-meeting/#comment-6487342824
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  28. stinsonmarri

    Transgender bathroom rights

    The problem with people who feel that gay or transgender people are so awful is that they do not understand nor try to understand the meaning of love. Love the person, hate the sin. States that have made sound so much like hating black people that different fountains were made. Self-righteousness is a sin, and it has covered lies on Kanaan. Noah was drunk, but certain people felt that was ok, and a young child was accused of touching his grandfather. The Paleo Hebrew word states he was a child. Then here comes the big lie accusing his father, when the Bible said clearly he saw his father's nakedness and turned and called his brothers. Where were they? They were standing outside the tent! So, now certain people can label all blacks should be enslaved. Noah sinned and cursed a young child, and certain people could not see the truth for lack of understanding. That day, Noah lost his grace. And feeling disgusted because of a choice, yes, a choice gay people made gives anyone to act repulsive. We are NOT THE CREATOR; YAHSHUA IS! I have not seen them participate in their act in a gym with other children. None is taking up for their sin; it is thinking that one person is better than the other. Sodom and Gomorrah knew YAHWEH, and the Bible proves it. The king of Sodom was standing right next to Melchizedek, the black, Kanaanite King-Priest of Ursalim. Abraham praised along with Melchizedek YAHWEH EL SHADDAI and then returned the tithe that the king of Sodom had stopped giving. It was from the king's loot Abraham gave Melchizedek the tithe. The point is that YAHWEH would have saved all the wicked people if ten were righteous in the city. Then take Lot, his wife was a Sodomite, and YAHWEH spared them. What did his oldest daughter do? She talked her sister into having sex with their father. That is incest! Ruth was a Moabite, and Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah. Both of his sons, YAHWEH destroyed. Judah blamed Tamar; traditionally, his third son was supposed to marry her. When he became the right age, Judah went back to what he Tamar. She dressed as a whore in a city where he brought his sheep. This city did not have any whores. Judah gave her his ring, bracelet, and staff. He did not have the funds to pay or know who she was! They had sex, and she became pregnant and had twins. He did send his servant to pay the whore, but they said they had no whore. When Tamar started showing, the first thing Judah wanted to do was to have her stoned! He confronted her, and she gave him his collateral. He admitted that Tamar was more honorable than him. One of this Kanaanite woman's sons, Pharez, is the lineage of YAHSHUA. Tamar and Judah never had another relationship. Pharez's descendant, Salmon, married Rahab, the whore, and they had Boaz, who married Ruth, who is from the incestual Moabite people! Their son was Obed, who had Jessie, and he had David. David killed Uriah for sinning with Bathsheba. The baby did not live, but Bathsheba, a Kanaanite, had Solomon! Only these four Kanaanite women are mentioned in Matt Chapter One! This proves that Noah could not curse anyone and had no right. He knew that the birthright was given to Kanaan instead of Kush! Just look at the sinful line of YAHSHUA! Gay people lived in Sodom! Black people came through the line of YAHSHUA! THE HEAVENLY FATHER is no respect of people, be they gay, transgender, committing oral sex, whore, liar. Peace breaker or whoever! Love the person, hate the sin. Many gay people will be saved and accept the truth, just like all other sinners will have that opportunity. Finally, what I see today is people who are members of churches and have shown more hatred of others, just like Matthew Chapter Twenty-Fours said! "The love of many will wax cold." It is trying to be above THE MOST HIGH, HIS SON, and THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Hebrews called IsraEL, which means to overcome! YAHWEH warned them that HE first gave them blessings if they would keep HIS Covenant. They didn't, were cursed in Deut Chapter Twenty-Eight, and were totally destroyed. They do not exist anymore! Japheth is dwelling in Shem's tent! (Gen 9:27) These are the Jews who accepted the Pharisee's belief over YAHSHUA, THE MESSIAH'S TRUTH. It is called the Rabbinical Judaic belief. Their belief in the Mishina, the Talmud, more than the Torah! So, I will stand and speak out and stop hating people because of what they do or how they act. YAHWEH is the JUDGE, and be careful; you can be judged, the Bible said!
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  29. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) Psalm 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
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  30. stinsonmarri

    Transgender bathroom rights

    The point that was being made was the misunderstanding about transgender people. They do have hormonal and hereditary problems. It is not psychological, as scientists try to imply. It does affect them psychologically, and it also brings on depression. If I am not mistaken, I agreed with the conversation about a no-gender or unisex bathroom. What I'm afraid I have to disagree with is that they are included in the LGBTQ community. There is a difference between a disease that causes the body to go off course and a person who wants to change their sex organ for a sinful act! The Bible says we are not judged; that is where I stand. Also, the Bible makes it known what is a sinful act. Wherefore ELOHIYM also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of ELOHIYM into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause, ELOHIYM gave them up unto vile affections, for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was fit. And even as they did not like to retain ELOHIYM in their knowledge, ELOHIYM gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fit; Rom 1:24-28 My concern is these Scriptures are not just dealing with homosexual acts! People are blinded to the entire truth that Paul is speaking about here. Paul is also referring to married couples who dishonor their bodies between themselves and are also committing vile affection. Women who are changing their natural use against nature with their husbands! In Genesis, ELOHIYM says to be fruitful and to multiply. Putting your mouth where it does not belong between a husband and wife is just as unnatural as the homosexual, which ELOHIYM is stating next! When Paul says likewise, which means similarly saying that now it is two men or two women, things are more unseemly participating in the very act of using their mouths and bodies in error. Why? Because they are of the same sex, where the first horrible act is between husband and wife! We need to review what Paul is explaining about disobeying at the beginning and conclude that all sinful individuals who do sinful things will be destroyed! For the wrath of YAHWEH is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which may be known of ELOHIIYM is manifest in them; for ELOHIIYM hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of HIM from the Creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even HIS ETERNAL POWER and MAJESTY; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew ELOHIIYM, they esteemed HIM not as YAHWEH, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And changed the magnificence of the incorruptible ELOHIIYM into an image made like corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of YAHWEH, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of ELOHIIYM, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them. (Rom 1:8-23, 29-32) When people do not try to understand that their faults and sins are no different to YAHWEH! YAHWEH is not concerned about a liberal or conservative. It is when one tries to make one sin worse than all the world's sins. No one should try to make sin a political issue. It is a sin issue like all sin issues. Many are going to be surprised that an LBGT person, male or female when, changes just before YAHSHUA comes, and the other will not because they do not try to understand. I agree with the no-gender bathroom to cut down a lot of hatred. Finally, I want to be clear: no one, be it a married homosexual or a murderer, cannot become a member if they are still committing a sinful act! This is becoming a problem, and we need to pray. We all need to humble ourselves and look at ourselves before putting anyone down. Let our lives speak for us, being merciful, humble, and grateful that we are working out our soul salvation and witnessing to others so THE HOLY SPIRIT can save us all! I have made corrections!
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  31. Gregory Matthews

    Wrong Evangelism

    The following article is worthy of considerable thought. The main theme is that what some have made to be a central focus of our evangelism today is ineffective and does not produce results. I happen to agree with the idea that our evangelism today must differ from what may have been effective 100 years ago. I also think that it is of value to us today to understand our past history. So, from this perspective, I do believe that The Great Controversy has value to us today. If we think that mailing 1,000,000,000 copies of that book to people who have not requested such is a terrible waste of funds that could be much better spent in accomplishing the mission that God has given us today. https://atoday.org/the-wrong-way-to-reach-the-world-2/
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  32. stinsonmarri

    Transgender bathroom rights

    When I was a little girl, I knew a woman who was a twin. She was about to get married, and she started looking different. Her face changed, and she developed a slight beard. I learned she was in the hospital. My mother, who was close to her, explained it to me. She was supposed to be a boy, but the female hormones overtook the male. Now, the male hormone was coming on strong. The doctor told her that she had to make a choice, to either be a male or stay a female. She chose to stay a female despite the challenges she would face. She would not be able to bear children. The man she was about to marry left her. But she found happiness. She got married to a wonderful, spiritual-minded man. They adopted children, and she lived a full life, passing away at a good old age, surrounded by her loving family. That was in Connecticut, where I grew up! Then, I met a female when I returned to Georgia, my birthplace. She looked like a woman, but she had two sex organs. Sometimes, she wanted a woman, but mostly a man. The reason I know is I was in a place of sin, and they took her back into a room, and men were paying to see her genitals. I felt so sorry for her, and she had to take medicine, but she died early. I could not understand the awful things these two ladies went through for a long time! Then the HOLY SPIRIT gave me this Scripture: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I YAHWEH thy ELOHIYM am a *zealous EL, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (Ex 20:5 WOY) *Now I look up the Paleo-Hebrew word to its root, and it is Zealous, and Strong tried to make this word to be bad to become jealous. YAHWEH is not jealous of who Satan! Satan is jealous of THE MOST HIGH, Isa 14:12-14 and Eze 28:14 prove who covet and killed HIS CREATOR, YAHSHUA, THE SON OF ELOHIYM! Zealous is a strong passion. Check it out for yourself! Iniquity is sin and falls on the third and fourth generations of people with sinful desires. If Satan can mess up certain plants, he has the power to offset people's hormones and things we cannot explain. I do not feel the same about homosexuals who choose, just like a prostitute, murderers, or people committing the same sexual acts that homosexuals do but with their heterosexual spouses: liars, haters, backbiters, gossipers, and so many more. I am not the judge YAHWEH IS, and I have helped many gay people, and they knew where I stood. They respected me, and I them. Transgender are not gay people. Their bodies are messed up, and many have a lot of complications. I do not see that a bathroom is where predators go and rape people or children! Most predators are heterosexual men and women who commit these awful acts. Why do we always blame everything on gay people? Anyone without sin casts the first stone. I pray for them like someone prayed for me. My mother and I had never been gay, but I did other things that were wrong out in the streets. Sin is sin, and we need to treat sinners like YAHSHUA did. He told Mary not to sin anymore, and HE made her feel decent. Change does not come overnight. I would worry about my daughter, but I would watch her friends and the people she socializes with. These social media on the phone are outrageous, bullying, and more, causing young people to kill themselves. Sexual predators are on the phone, and we should not let them be own late at night or at dinner. Limit their time. Bathrooms are for people to use to excrete their fluid and waste. I prefer an unisex bathroom because you do not have a whole lot of people in there; I want privacy. More companies are making it that way so one person at a time can use it. They are making several of them now in restaurants and other places. Happy Sabbath!
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  33. Gregory Matthews

    Geology & Deep Time

    A SDA Geologist has authored a book that is gaining attention on the Internet. If you look, you can find multiple sources of information. In this book, the author argues that basic geology informs us that the Earth cannot be as old as is commonly thought. The following two references will provide you with an understanding of the issues. https://adventistreview.org/cliffs-edge/a-dissent-from-deep-time/ https://www.amazon.com/Stories-About-Earths-History-Geologists-ebook/dp/B09NL9MC7G
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  34. Gregory Matthews

    The Old Woman Dances

    The old woman and the gunslinger An old woman prospector shuffled into town leading a tired old mule. the old woman headed straight for the only saloon to clear her parched throat. She walked up and tied her old mule to the hitch rail. as she stood there, brushing some of the dust from her face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. The young gunslinger looked at the old woman and laughed, saying “hey old woman, have you ever danced” The old woman looked up at the gunslinger and said, “no, i never did dance… never really wanted to.” A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, “well, you old bag, you’re gonna dance now,” and started shooting at the old woman’s feet. The old woman prospector - not wanting to get her toe blown off -started hopping around. everybody was laughing. When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon. The old woman turned to her pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air. the crowd stopped laughing immediately. The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly. the silence was almost deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old woman and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels. The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old woman’s hands, as she quietly said, “son, have you ever kissed a mule’s ass? The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “no maam… but… i’ve always wanted to.” There are a few lessons for us all here: Never be arrogant. Don’t waste ammunition. Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are. Always, always make sure you know who has the power. Don’t mess with old women; they didn’t get old by being stupid… I just love a story with a happy ending, don’t you? https://yaleman.org/2013/04/12/the-old-woman-and-the-gunslinger/
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  35. When it’s applied too broadly, it loses its punch. People become numb to it, and its ability to highlight real dangers fades. This is a serious issue in a world where actual extremist threats, like white supremacist groups or violent anarchists, exist. If we keep crying wolf, we might miss the real threats.View the full article
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  36. phkrause

    ADRA

    ADRA Ukraine Rates Among Top 100 Charitable Organizations in Ukraine The ranking was based on activities that took place in 2023. https://adventist.news/news/adra-ukraine-rates-among-top-100-charitable-organizations-of-ukraine
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  37. Recent debates on employers firing employees for advocacy, such as anti-Israel views, highlight a critical question: Can an employee be dismissed for expressing deeply held moral or ethical beliefs? According to 29 CFR 1605.1, such beliefs, if held with the strength of traditional religious views, are protected unless they cause undue hardship. View the full article
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  38. Gregory Matthews

    Conscientious Objectors

    Conscientious Objectors: The news today (June 21, 2024) has reported on two Air Force people who wish to be discharged as Conscientious Objectors (CO). This has brought back memories, as I was often involved in such military cases. My function in such was not to tell he Hearing Officer (HO) what the ruling should be. Rather my function was develop the evidence that the HO would use as a basis for the decision. My first CO case gave me some national recognition, and during my time as a military chaplain, the HOs rendered decisions that were 100% of the time in compliance with my presentation of the evidence. My first case, which was in my first tour as a chaplain involved a JW, I developed evidence that supported his application for a CO discharge. The Commanding General stated that such would never happen as long as he was in command. He was transferred and the JW was granted the CO Honorable Discharge. My last case involved a SDA nurse who worked at a military hospital. She did not want a CO discharge. She simply wanted to practice her duties in the manner that she thought God wanted her to do them. Due to my reputation, I was asked to became involved. At best she was facing the possibility of a criminal conviction, a Bad Conduct discharge, and at worst some prison time. My intervention resulted in her getting an Honorable Discharge. That resulted in her telling the Church that I was a servant of Saten because I did not support her desire to practice her clinical duties in the manner that she wanted to perform them. So, what do I think of the two Air Force people: They do not meet the legal standard for a CO discharge. Perhaps (questionable) someone will feel sorry for them and grant their request. "But I do not consider that to be highly likely.
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  39. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) 2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
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  40. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  41. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a long history of advocating for religious freedom, dating back to the mid-19th century. #ReligiousFreedom #SeventhDayAdventistChurch #IRLA #LibertyMagazineView the full article
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  42. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  43. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  44. news

    War Treatment of Women in the Ancient Near East

    To understand Deuteronomy 21:10-14, it is important to set those instructions into the context of how women were treated in war in the Ancient Near East. As noted by William Webb, God was introducing an incremental, redemptive ethic into a very messed-up social situation. Deuteronomy 21 shines much more brightly when seen in the context […] The post War Treatment of Women in the Ancient Near East appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
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  45. Gregory Matthews

    Schools

    Schools: You may have been told that SDA schools are shrinking in enrolment. The following article reports on extensive research on the national picture related to schooling in general, by Pew Research. It is well worthy of consideration by all interested in Adventist education. https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2024/06/06/us-public-private-and-charter-schools-in-5-charts/
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  46. Gregory Matthews

    SDA Education in China

    SDA Education in China: The following article informs as to the status of SDA education in China. https://spectrummagazine.org/views/interviews/the-difficulties-recruiting-adventist-teachers-to-china/
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  47. Theophilus

    SDA Challenges

    What!!!! I must've been sleeping through church all these years. The 2nd coming hasn't happened yet.
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  48. stinsonmarri

    Transgender bathroom rights

    If we be kind and loving and stand for truth. All sinners who want to change will change. Our help is to lead by example and let THE HOLY SPIRIT do the rest! Blessing!
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  49. news

    The Big Principle: The Ideal and the Real

    The work of William Webb and Gordon Oeste suggests a very important principle of interpretation, when it comes to the Bible. Since God meets people where they are, God’s revelations are couched not only in the language, time, and place of the biblical writer, they are accommodated to the understanding of those receiving the revelations. […] The post The Big Principle: The Ideal and the Real appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
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  50. Gregory Matthews

    A Bit of Humor

    I find the below funny, but with a bit truth. https://atoday.org/satire-gc-recognized-as-greenest-organization-on-planet-for-recycling-of-old-ideas/ Remember, the above is satire.
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