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10 December 2010 @ 07:57 pm
Just this evening, I stumbled upon the trailer for Cosmic Conflict 2: The Battle for Truth. No information on Amazing Facts or CosmicConflict.com on the release date yet.

If you have not seen Cosmic Conflict: The Origin of Evil, someone posted the movie online in five parts. Click here to watch Cosmic Conflict. Or you can purchase your own copy of the DVD from Amazing Facts's Store.
06 December 2010 @ 10:27 am
As we draw near to the end of the year, I wanted to share with you a fantastic seminar on Bible prophecy given by a dynamic speaker, David Asscherick. Some of you may already be familiar with this series, as it was produced by 3ABN in 2007 (I believe it was). For those of us who may be brand new to this material, you will be amazed at how relevent the Bible is to our world today. These videos will walk you through the Bible as you have never seen it before.

For those of us who may already be familiar the material, let us start the new year by refreshing ourselves these important Bible topics. We are living in the time of the end and many things are happening right before our eyes. We should guard ourselves from growing compliant. As Jesus Christ said: "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." (Mark 13:32-33)

Discover Prophecy

A Bible Seminar
Presenter: David Asscherick

1. You Can Understand Prophecy
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2. How Ancient Babylon Foretold the End
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3. How Near is the End?
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4. Bible Prophecy Answer for Suffering
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5. The War Behind Wars (Part 1)
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6. The War Behind Wars (Part 2)
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7. Does Jesus Christ Have a Twin?
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8. The Actual... Certain, Unavoidable Identity of the Antichrist
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9. The Rock that Simply Will Not Roll (Part 1)
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10. The Rock that Simply Will Not Roll (Part 2)
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11. How Jesus Christ Will Defy the Skeptics and Return to Earth
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12. How to Get and to Remain Undeceived
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13. There Really is a Final Judgment
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14. Perfect Prophetic Proof of Jesus Christ
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15. When Will the Final Judgment Take Place?
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16. How to Face Death Unafraid
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17. How to Postpone Your Funeral
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18. The Good News About Hell
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19. How Not to Get the Mark of the Beast
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20. The United States in Bible Prophecy
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21. Babylon is Alive and Well
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22. God Has a Church on Earth
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23. Who is Israel?
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24. How to Get On and Stay On the Straight and Narrow
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20 November 2010 @ 04:35 pm
This morning before leaving the house on the way to church for Sabbath School and the Worship Service, I read Psalms 27:14. For the most part I am content with my life as it is, am a decently patient individual, feel truly blessed by the Lord, and filled with His peace; however, there are certain areas of my life where I know that I am impatient. This verse reminded me of the importance of waiting on the Lord, His Will and His Time.

"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD." - Psalms 27:14

I just started reading the book "Spirit Baptism & Waiting on God" by Pastor Dennis Smith [link], and I pray that I will be able to find the patience to wait on the Lord in the areas where I find myself growing impatient. I want to be able to live the words of Micah 7:7, which read: "But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." And also Psalm 38:15, "LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God."
22 October 2010 @ 07:25 pm
Background Characters in the Old Testament. Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. Oct-Nov-Dec 2010. Lesson 4 of the adult Sabbath School quarterly is focusing on Jonathan, son of King Saul and friend of King David. As the lesson points out: "Jonathan’s story [...] tells us that if we choose, we too, can be great in the eyes of God—regardless of where we were born, who our parents are, and how much wealth and talent we have."

For those who might be interested, check out the broadcast of Central Study Hour by Amazing Facts corresponding with this lesson: Jonathan: Born for Greatness.
First blind doctoral student graduates from Adventist seminary
McAllister learned Hebrew by feeling letter shapes
23 Aug 2010, Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States
Keri Suarez/ANN staff

A decade after he embarked on doctoral studies, a blind student has graduated with a Ph.D in religion, marking the first time such a student has earned the degree from a Seventh-day Adventist theological seminary.

Ray McAllister is awarded a Ph.D in Religion from the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on August 1. McAllister is the first blind student to graduate with the degree from a church-run seminary.

Ray McAllister, 35, who graduated this month from the Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, was born with a degenerative eye condition. At age five, one eye was removed; at age 12, he lost sight in the other, resulting in complete blindness.

Before enrolling in doctoral studies, McAllister earned a bachelor's degree in Theology and a master's degree in Divinity.

McAllister's doctorate emphasis, Old Testament Exegesis and Theology, meant he faced intensive use of Hebrew, Greek, Cuneiform and other Biblical languages. The Society of Biblical Literature and the National Federation for the Blind speculate that McAllister may be the first blind doctoral student ever to tackle a degree so heavily dependent upon such languages.

While studying Cuneiform, McAllister's friend, Sally Ann Trottier, whom he later married, created the impressions of Cuneiform letters on note cards so he could feel and memorize them, much like Braille. Toy magnetic Hebrew letters helped him learn their shapes, and a Braille Hebrew bible let him read letters directly with his fingers. He scanned documents so his computer, equipped with a computer-generated voice, could "read" their contents to him.

When the Michigan Commission for the Blind learned of McAllister's efforts, the agency upgraded his laptop with a new voice as well as a Braille display.

Teaching classes -- mandatory for doctoral students -- posed additional challenges. In 2002, when he taught a summer intensive on the Old Testament, McAllister couldn't see his students raise their hands for questions. Using skills he'd learned as an amateur radio operator, he asked students to call out their names if they had a question or comment.

McAllister stored lecture notes in a talking laptop, to ensure he covered the right material. Once, he felt impressed to memorize the following day's lecture. When the next day his laptop keyboard quit working, McAllister lectured from memory.

Now that he has graduated, McAllister looks forward to finding a job. "I would like the opportunity to teach or in some way serve the blind community," he said. "If all else fails, I'll go to massage therapy school."

Source: Adventist News Network
20 July 2010 @ 12:07 pm
I began reading Ransom and Reunion Through the Sanctuary by W.D. Frazee this morning, and an illustration he used in the first chapter to relate God's love for each of us individually really impressed me. Some time in our lives, we may have wondered, Why would God care about me when He has billions of other people to love Him?

How can God really need one individual when He has millions of other friends? Imagine a family with eight children. As they come up into the teens and twenties, seven of them turn out to be good men and women who respect their parents and appreciate all that has been done for them. But one is a rascal, breaking the laws of God and of man. Does Father sit down with Mother and say, "Well, Mother, we've done pretty well. We have seven out of the eight, which is above average. It's too bad about Harry. If he ever decides to come home, of course we will welcome him, but we must not let what he has done break our hearts. After all, we have seven loyal children. Let's be thankful and not worry."

Is that the way a father talks? If he did, would a mother listen to him?

In my imagination I see the family gather on Thanksgiving Day. George, the eldest son, has come home for the reunion. What joy he brings to the parents' hearts! And Mary, bless her, reveals a beautiful character! And similarly with the other five sitting around the table in happy union with Father and Mother. But a tear trickles down Mother's cheek. And another, for she is thinking about Harry, rebellious Harry, out in the world somewhere. And as I look into her tear-filled eyes, it dawns upon me – the fact that she has seven loyal, loving children only makes the hurt worse as she thinks of Harry. She has a place in her heart which nobody but Harry can fill.

Now, what about the One who made mothers? He, too, has a place in His heart which nobody but you can fill. And the love of millions of others which gladdens His heart cannot take the place of your love, your friendship, your fellowship.

Pgs. 14,15

After reading this passage, I was reminded of 2 Peter 3:9, which says: "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." And also 1 Timothy 2:3-4, which reads: "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."

Each and every one of us are individually important to the Lord Almighty, so much so that He was willing to shed His glory, come to this sinful world, experience mocking and beatings, and ultimately die on the cross as an atonement for your sins, my sins, the sins of every single people who has ever lived, is living, or will live.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:16-17
A Touch of Freedom series by It Is Written Oceania

A Touch of Freedom is a five part series produced by It Is Written Oceania. The speaker, Gary Kent, uses the stories of five individuals from the Gospel of John to demonstrate how the Lord can free us from whatever burdens are tying us down in our lives today. These are half hour episodes.

Part 1: He Washed Away My Anger
Have you noticed how many people get angry in the name of God and religion? It happens even in the holy city of Jerusalem, a place considered sacred by Christians, Jews and Muslims. What lies behind the raging voices? Is it righteous indignation or something more sinister? Find out through the story of a remarkable man.

Part 2: He Redeemed All My Failures
Meet a woman who was one of the most privileged in all of history yet also one of the most scorned. Watch this program to discover the secret that transformed her life.

Part 3: He Lightened My Pride
Pride can stop even the most gifted people from finding truth and freedom. The hero of today’s program was an intellectual whose pride almost got in the way of discovering the answers to his deepest questions.

Part 4: He Saved Me From the Sidelines
Do you ever feel trapped on the sidelines? Is life passing you by and you aren’t able to do a thing about it? Find courage from a man who was a prisoner in his paralysed body for 38 years before he finally realised his hopes and dreams.

Part 5: He Showed Me Real Courage
Peter was a man’s man: strong, brave and rough. Or so he thought -- until he met someone that loved him yet showed him up. Discover how coming face to face with weakness and failure can help you find real strength and courage.
12 July 2010 @ 11:02 am
Originally posted on Facebook.

Signs of the Times. February 2010. Over the passed year and a half, a few of my friends have experienced the tragedy of losing a loved one, whether it was mother, father, or husband. I wish with all my heart that I could say or do something to make all of the pain go away, but I know that is not possible.

Yesterday while browsing the February 2010 issue of Signs of the Times magazine [link], I came across this article and was impressed by the Holy Spirit to share it.

For my friends coping with grief, I only hope this article may bring a little bit of comfort. For those who have never experienced loss, may this article enlighten and teach us how to be more understanding and compassion.

All my love,

Coping with Grief

by Victor Parachin

"Long ago Barbara and I lost a tiny four-year-old girl to leukemia. Of course we felt she was the most beautiful, wonderful little girl that God had ever put on this earth. We kept saying, 'Why? Why our Robin? Why our gentle child of smiles and innocence?'" – former U.S. president George H.W. Bush

We're not promised a trouble-free life, but when hurt comes, you can minimize its impact, says Victor Parachin.

Sooner or later, grief comes to all of us. A child dies, a spouse succumbs to illness, a friend is killed in an accident, or a family member ends her life. Because grief is a reality, it is vital that we learn how to live with loss and reframe the future. Here are ten ways to cope with grief.

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07 July 2010 @ 08:22 pm
This afternoon I took about 45 minutes to read a short booklet by Mark Finley and Steven Mobley titled "Faith Against the Odds". The booklet is the word-for-word transcript of a seven-part It Is Written series by the same name, available on DVD for $24.95. [link]

Faith Against the Odds, both the booklet and DVDs, share the story of the Waldenses – little-known heroes of faith whose lives illuminated the darkest days of the Middle Ages. It explains the historical context in-between the battle between the Waldenses, a simple people who re-discovered world-changing Biblical truths 300 years before the Reformers, and the medieval Roman Catholic Church, which was amassing political authority and persecuted these people as heretics.

These programs will strengthen your faith through reenactments and on-location devotionals. You will learn of a people who remained true to their faith – against the odds. Find out how each of us can rediscover the essence of the gospel that turned the world upside down.

I caught one of the middle episodes of Faith Against the Odds one Sabbath on Hope Channel and purchased the seven-part series on DVDs. If you find church history interesting, this is definitely a series you would want to watch. I found a copy of the booklet at my local Adventist Book Center for $0.69.
29 June 2010 @ 09:36 pm
Good evening, brothers and sisters.

After updating the community's profile page, I decided to give the entire community a new, customized appearance. My intention was to create a design that will set our little community apart visually from all of the other communities on LiveJournal. However, it is not yet finished.

When viewing the community in Internet Explorer 8, the sidebar links do not work. The sidebar renders fine in other browsers like Firefox. Please be patient while I look into and fix this problem as it may take a day or two.