To everyone who becomes a partaker of His grace the Lord appoints a work for others. Individually we are to stand in our lot and place, saying, “Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8.
Those who take up their appointed work will not only be a blessing to others, but they will themselves be blessed. The consciousness of duty well done will have a reflex influence upon their own souls. The despondent will forget their despondency, the weak will become strong, the ignorant intelligent, and all will find an unfailing helper in Him who has called them.
Source: The Ministry of Healing — E. G. White
— a poem from my elementary school
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,
6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 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.