The Landmarks of Prophecy

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I recently learned about the Landmarks of Prophecy Bible Study Seminar. It’s a very interesting, in-depth study of Bible prophecy. It started on October 31st and is going on until the 22nd of November (if I remember correctly). Every evening, another episode is streamed live from their website (clicking on the image above will take you to the site), but you can also watch past episodes from there or from their Youtube playlist.

To be honest, I’ve been debating whether I should share this here on my blog because I know that many Christians only like to hear about the “soft stuff”. I guess I should explain what I mean by that.

Often times, we as christians focus in on a few specific books, chapters and verses in the Bible and ignore all the rest. We only want to hear the things that make us feel good and, when it comes down to it, we are not really that concerned with knowing the entire truth of the Bible.

I was always guilty of this myself. I would read the Bible every day, but I would never venture outside of the standard books and chapters that I’d always been reading. I’d read from the same verses and chapters from, say, the Psalms and the Gospels, while the books like Daniel and Revelation would remain closed.

I think it’s a shame how little time we spend studying and talking about Bible prophecy as Christians. According to the Bible, we are living in especially prophetic times, yet most of us know barely anything about the Bible’s prophecies. How can we claim to be Bible-believing Christians when we pick and choose what to read and study and what not to?

I’m inviting you to check out the Landmarks of Prophecy website, as well as their Youtube playlist where you can watch past episodes. Have your Bibles in hand and ask God to speak to you through His word, and to make a difference in your life though His prophecies.

Important: Don’t rely on Pastor Doug (the main speaker) to spoon-feed you the truth. These people are mere humans with faults just like anyone else. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the truth as you study.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. — John 16:13 (NKJV)

P.S. Don’t worry if you’re reading this after the 22nd of November (2014). I’m pretty sure the episodes will still be accessible after the series is over.

See you soon,

Kelsey :D

“I’m not a Bum. I’m a Human Being.”

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. — Luke 12:6-7 (NKJV)

God cherishes every person under the sun. No matter what someone has done, or what their situation is, treat them as Jesus would, with genuine love and care, not just feeling for those in need, but that will truly willing to do something to make a difference for people.

The Mother’s Work

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The mother’s work often seems to her an unimportant service. It is a work that is rarely appreciated. Others know little of her many cares and burdens. Her days are occupied with a round of little duties, all calling for patient effort, for self-control, for tact, wisdom, and self-sacrificing love; yet she cannot boast of what she has done as any great achievement. She has only kept things in the home running smoothly; often weary and perplexed, she has tried to speak kindly to the children, to keep them busy and happy, and to guide the little feet in the right path. She feels that she has accomplished nothing.

But it is not so. Heavenly angels watch the care-worn mother, noting the burdens she carries day by day. Her name may not have been heard in the world, but it is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

There is a God above, and the light and glory from His throne rests upon the faithful mother as she tries to educate her children to resist the influence of evil. No other work can equal hers in importance. She has not, like the artist, to paint a form of beauty upon canvas, nor, like the sculptor, to chisel it from marble. She has not, like the author, to embody a noble thought in words of power, nor, like the musician, to express a beautiful sentiment in melody. It is hers, with the help of God, to develop in a human soul the likeness of the divine.

Source: The Ministry of Healing chapter 31

Share this with any godly moms you know and let them know that their work is greatly appreciated. :)

See you soon,

Kelsey :D

Jesus’ Ministry = Our Ministry

Throughout His ministry, Jesus stressed the importance of loving, forgiving, and caring. That’s why He was not ashamed to mingle with those considered to be society’s sinners and outcasts. This is why He left the crowd that was following Him and visited Zacchaeus, the tax collector. It is also of great interest to note that the Gospel of Luke does not record any rebuke or reproach while Jesus was in the house of the sinner Zacchaeus. Jesus simply shared His love and acceptance.

Looking at Jesus, Zacchaeus understood: “Jesus has no other agenda but to help me and save me!” This love of Christ not only converted Zacchaeus, but also brought him to a reformation of his life, to a divine transformation.

Ellen White wrote: “Christ came to bring salvation within the reach of all. Upon the cross of Calvary He paid the infinite redemption price for a lost world. His self-denial and self-sacrifice, His unselfish labor, His humiliation, above all, the offering up of His life, testifies to the depth of His love for fallen man. It was to seek and to save the lost that He came to earth. His mission was to sinners, sinners of every grade, of every tongue and nation. He paid the price for all, to ransom them and bring them into union and sympathy with Himself. The most erring, the most sinful, were not passed by; His labors were especially for those who most needed the salvation He came to bring. The greater their need of reform, the deeper was His interest, the greater His sympathy, and the more earnest His labors. His great heart of love was stirred to its depths for the ones whose condition was most hopeless and who most needed His transforming grace.”

The life of Christ clearly demonstrates that change in life is achieved more successfully through love and care than through sermonizing, confrontation, or criticism. As Ellen White reiterates: “We must expect to meet and bear with great imperfections in those who are young and inexperienced. Christ has bidden us seek to restore such in the spirit of meekness, and He holds us responsible for pursuing a course which will drive them to discouragement, despair, and ruin. Unless we daily cultivate the precious plant of love we are in danger of becoming narrow, unsympathetic, bigoted, and critical, esteeming ourselves righteous when we are far from being approved of God.”

Source: http://www.adventistreview.org/141527-18

P.S. Above is a very simple animated cartoon about the story of Zaccheus that a friend of mine helped me stumble upon today. It’s a bit long, but before I knew it, I had watched through the whole thing and was deeply touched by the depiction of the story in this video.

See you soon,

Kelsey :D

The City With Broken Walls

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“In my younger days, I didn’t understand. Surrendering myself was part of the plan. Without giving it over, we can’t receive all there is, all He has, for you and for me. We need self-control.” – Glenn Kaiser

I’ve been learning a whole lot about temperance and self control in my life the past few months. I believe God has been teaching me that I need to live more temperately.

Until now, I never quite understood how important temperance is in pretty much every aspect of life. And as Christians I believe we ought to consciously exercise self-control all the time, even in the little things. Actually, we should start by focussing especially on the little things.

The Bible says:

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” — Luke 16:10 (KJV)

And what I’ve seen is that when it comes to becoming more temperate, it’s best to start with the little things.

Do you always eat way to much candy or chips while at home? Set a limit for yourself and don’t let yourself go over that limit no matter what. If that’s too hard, try something even smaller. Do you always leave your clothes on the floor in your room when you change? Make yourself pick them up and put them straight into your dirty clothes basket or hamper. If that’s still to hard try something simpler.

Don’t feel bad if it’s hard at first and you keep having to kinda lower the difficulty level. Ask God to show you where you should start. Then, just do it.

At the end of the day there’s no getting around the fact that developing self control is something that takes effort. But God wants us to be temperate in whatever we do, because without self control, we are extra vulnerable to the temptations that the devil throws at us. This is why Solomon said:

“Like a city whose walls are broken through
    is a person who lacks self-control.” – Proverbs 25:28 (NIV)

With God’s help, let’s consciously work on being more self-controlled in our everyday lives.

See you soon! <3

Kelsey7