Monday, December 31, 2018

Why I Don't Monetize My Ministry Youtube Channel With Advertisements

Negative
  • "A great mistake has been made by some who profess present truth, by introducing merchandise in the course of a series of meetings and by their traffic diverting minds from the object of the meetings. If Christ were now upon earth, He would drive out these peddlers and traffickers, whether they be ministers or people, with a scourge of small cords, as when He entered the temple anciently "and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." These traffickers might have pleaded as an excuse that the articles they held for sale were for sacrificial offerings. But their object was to get gain, to obtain means, to accumulate." {1T 471.2} 
  • "I was shown that if the moral and intellectual faculties had not been clouded by wrong habits of living, ministers and people would have been quick to discern the evil results of mixing sacred and common things. Ministers have stood in the desk and preached a most solemn discourse, and then by introducing merchandise, and acting the part of a salesman, even in the house of God, they have diverted the minds of their hearers from the impressions received, and destroyed the fruit of their labor. If the sensibilities had not been blunted, they would have had discernment to know that they were bringing sacred things down upon a level with common...."{1T 472.1}
  •     Professed Christians reject the Lord's plan of raising means for His work; and to what do they resort to supply the lack? God sees the wickedness of the methods they adopt. Places of worship are defiled by all manner of idolatrous dissipation, that a little money may be won from selfish pleasure lovers to pay church debts or to sustain the work of the church. Many of these persons would not of their own accord pay one shilling for religious purposes. Where, in God's directions for the support of His work, do we find any mention of bazaars, concerts, fancy fairs, and similar entertainments? Must the Lord's cause be dependent upon the very things He has forbidden in His word--upon those things that turn the mind away from God, from sobriety, from piety and holiness?
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     {CS 204.3} 
         And what impression is made upon the minds of unbelievers? The holy standard of the word of God is lowered into the dust. Contempt is cast upon God and upon the Christian name. The most corrupt principles are strengthened by this un-Scriptural way of raising means. And this is as Satan would have it. Men are repeating the sin of Nadab and Abihu. They are using common instead of sacred fire in the service of God. The Lord accepts no such offerings.  {CS 205.1} 
         All these methods for bringing money into His treasury are an abomination to Him. It is a spurious devotion that prompts all such devising. O what blindness, what infatuation, is upon many who claim to be Christians! Church members are doing as did the inhabitants of the world in the days of Noah, when the imagination of their hearts was only evil continually. All who fear God will abhor such practices as a misrepresentation of the religion of Jesus Christ.--R. & H. Dec. 8, 1896.  {CS 205.2} 
  • Buying and selling
    do not combine, with miss. work 4T 350-4
         So far as words go, you have been deeply interested in the truth; but when it comes to showing your faith by works, there has been a great lack. You have not correctly represented our faith. You have injured the cause of God by your manifest love of gain; and your love to trade and bicker has not been for your good, nor for the spiritual health of those with whom you are brought in contact. You are a sharp man in trade, and you often overreach. You have peculiar tact for looking out for the best end of the bargain, watching for your own good rather than that of others. If a man would cheat himself, and you were to be advantaged thereby, you have let him do it. This is not following the golden rule, doing unto others as you would wish them to do by you.  {4T 350.2} 
         While engaged in the missionary work, you have at the same time manifested your scheming propensities in buying and selling. This makes a poor combination. You should be one thing or the other. "If the Lord be God, follow Him:
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    but if Baal, then follow him." "Choose you this day whom ye will serve." God will not accept your labors in the tract and missionary work while you are scheming to advantage yourself. You are in danger of counting gain as godliness. The tempter will present flattering inducements before you to fascinate you and allure you on to indulge a spirit of scheming which will kill your spirituality.  {4T 350.3} 
         The world, angels, and men look upon you as a sharper, as a man who is studying his own interest and securing advantages to himself without looking carefully and conscientiously after the interest of those with whom he deals. In your business life there is a vein of dishonesty that tarnishes the soul and dwarfs religious experience and growth in grace. You are watching with keen business eye the best chance to secure a bargain. This scheming propensity has become second nature with you, and you do not see and realize the evil of encouraging it.  {4T 351.1} 
         Business which you may engage in fairly and squarely, advantaging others as well as yourself, would be all right so far as dealing honorably is concerned; but the Lord would have accepted your service and used your powers, your keen perceptions, in securing the salvation of souls, had you been sanctified through the truth. The desire of the eye in the love of gain has warred against the Spirit.
Positive
  • "They should sow the seeds of truth wherever they may be, at home, in the workshop, in the market, as well as in the meetinghouse." {4T 285.1} 
  • "If Christ is in the heart, He will appear in the home, in the workshop, in the marketplace, in the church." {RC 59.3}
  • "These words explain the secret of Paul's power and success. He kept back nothing that was profitable for the people. He preached Christ publicly, in the market places and the synagogues." 
  •  Paul Also Found Access to Others Through His Trade.-- During the long period of his ministry in Ephesus, where for three years he carried forward an aggressive evangelistic effort throughout that region, Paul again worked at his trade. . . .  {WM 62.3} 
         There were some who objected to Paul's toiling with his hands, declaring that it was inconsistent with the work of a gospel minister. Why should Paul, a minister of the highest rank, thus connect mechanical work with the preaching of the Word? Was not the laborer worthy of his hire? Why should he spend in
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    making tents time that to all appearance could be put to better account?  {WM 62.4} 
         But Paul did not regard as lost the time thus spent. As he worked with Aquila he kept in touch with the Great Teacher, losing no opportunity of witnessing for the Saviour and of helping those who needed help. His mind was ever reaching out for spiritual knowledge. He gave his fellow workers instruction in spiritual things, and he also set an example of industry and thoroughness. He was a quick, skillful worker, diligent in business, "fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." As he worked at his trade, the apostle had access to  a class of people that he could not otherwise have reached. . . .  {WM 63.1} 
         Paul sometimes worked night and day, not only for his own support, but that he  might assist his fellow laborers. He shared his earnings with Luke, and he helped Timothy. He even suffered hunger at times, that he  might relieve the necessities of others. His was an unselfish life.--Acts of the Apostles, pp. 351, 352.  {WM 63.2}  
  •  Paul's Practical Example to Self-supporting Laymen.--Paul set an example against the sentiment, then gaining influence in the church, that the gospel could be proclaimed successfully only by those who were wholly freed from the necessity of physical toil. He illustrated in a practical way what might be done by consecrated laymen in many places where the people were unacquainted with the truths of the gospel. His course inspired many humble toilers with a desire to do what they could to advance the cause of God, while at the same time they supported themselves in daily labor.  {WM 63.3} 
         Aquila and Priscilla were not called to give their whole time to the ministry of the gospel, yet these
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    humble laborers were used by God to show Apollos the way of truth more perfectly. The Lord employs various instrumentalities for the accomplishment of His purpose; and while some with special talents are chosen to devote all their energies to the work of teaching and preaching the gospel, many others, upon whom human hands have never been laid in ordination, are called to act an important part in soulsaving.  {WM 63.4} 
         There is a large field open before the self-supporting gospel worker. Many may gain valuable experiences in ministry while toiling a portion of the time at some form of manual labor, and by this method strong workers may be developed for important service in needy fields.--Ibid., p. 355.  {WM 64.1}  
  • "Business which you may engage in fairly and squarely, advantaging others as well as yourself, would be all right so far as dealing honorably is concerned" {4T 351.2}  
  • Even schools are encouraged to have industries
    Those who have charge of the school-work at ----- and ----- should see what can be done by these institutions to establish such industries, so that our people desiring to leave the cities, can obtain modest homes without a large outlay of means, and can also find employment. In both ----- and ----- there are favorable and encouraging features for the development of this plan. Study what these features are.  {CL 19.4} 
         All that needs to be done cannot be specified till a beginning is
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    made. Pray over the matter, and remember that God stands at the helm, that He is guiding in the work of the various enterprises.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Jesus Picture, Idolatry?

Jesus Picture, Idolatry?
  1. what BRI says:Artistic representations of Jesus
    Author: Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
    I am seeing artistic representations of Jesus in many Adventist churches. Does that violate the second commandment?
    https://adventistbiblicalresearch.org/materials/church/artistic-representations-jesus?fbclid=IwAR220W5NQPLKY6FczNczTKZoM-JdpCvb_rJRyUmjEPbEOpnqE_HBwFYhCjw
  2. what EGW says:
    Selected Messages Book 3
    Chapter 45—Balanced Counsel on Picture-making and Idolatry
    https://m.egwwritings.org/ro/book/100.1970?fbclid=IwAR3RO8m0njWoom18G2fQk9B0_BjIrcFETELZ4lQoJ3lHYzt60gBn9xonqAY#1970
  3. It depends, if you worship it, or there is danger of it being worshipped.
    1. like the brazen serpent, ok to look, but a sin to worship.
      1. "And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." Numbers 21:9
      2. "He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan." 2 Kings 18:4
    2. there were images of angels in the sanctuary
      1. Exodus 37:7
        "He made two cherubim of hammered of gold at the ends of the mercy seat"
      2. 1 Kings 6:29
        "And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without."
  4. That is not Jesus!  How do you know it is Jesus?
    1. How do you know it is NOT Jesus? You can only say it is not Jesus if you have actually seen Jesus.  If you have not seen Jesus then you have no proof that it is not him.  Absence of proof is not proof.
    2. How did the Peter, James, and John know that it was Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36)?
    3. How did the people know that it was the saints who were resurrected along with Jesus in Matthew 27:52-53?
  5. EGW saw Jesus in dreams/visions but did not correct / rebuke the artistic paintings/drawings/depiction of Jesus.
  6. EGW was negative about the photographs and bicycles because of the expense, time, and attention given to it.
    1. "As I visit the homes of our people and our schools, I see that all the available space on tables, what-nots, and mantelpieces is filled up with photographs. On the right hand and on the left are seen the pictures of human faces. God desires this order of things to be changed. Were Christ on earth, He would say, "Take these things hence." I have been instructed that these pictures are as so many idols, taking up the time and thought which should be sacredly devoted to God.  {MYP 316.1} 
           These photographs cost money. Is it consistent for us, knowing the work that is to be done at this time, to spend God's money in producing pictures of our own faces and the faces of our friends? Should not every dollar that we can spare be used in the upbuilding of the cause of God? These pictures take money that should be sacredly devoted to God's service; and they divert the mind from the truths of God's word.  {MYP 316.2}

                  A Species of Idolatry
      This making and exchanging photographs is a species of idolatry. Satan is doing all he can to eclipse heaven from our view. Let us not help him by making picture-idols. We need to reach a higher standard than these human faces suggest. The Lord says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." Those who claim to believe in Christ need to realize that they are to reflect His image. It is His likeness that is to be kept before the mind. The words that are spoken are to be freighted with heavenly inspiration. . . .  {MYP 316.3}
  7.  EGW has guidelines how much pictures to use in literature:
    1. "Purpose of Pictures.--The Lord desires His people to move understandingly and intelligently. They are not to create large expenses; yet everything is to be done in perfect order. Our books should be bound with good, durable covers. The sewing should be firm and strong. This should always be. But care should be exercised in the matter of illustrating. Much money should not be invested in this line. When there are lessons in the pictures which lead to a study of the book itself, it is well; but when the pictures draw the attention from the truth contained in the book to themselves, the effort to help the book by illustrations is a failure.--Letter 75, 1900."  {CW 167.1} 
  8. EGW said some people will understand more if pictures accompany lessons:
    1. "But if proper reading matter can be placed in their hands, so that they can read the truth and see the pictures accompanying the reading matter, it will stay in the mind and have convincing power." {CW 146.4}
  9. "A few condemned pictures, urging that they are prohibited by the second commandment, and that everything of this kind should be destroyed.  {2SM 319.1} 
         These one-idea men can see nothing except to press the one thing that presents itself to their minds. Years ago we had to meet this same spirit and work. Men arose claiming to have been sent with a message condemning pictures, and urging that every likeness of anything should be destroyed. They went to such lengths as even to condemn clocks which had figures, or "pictures," upon them.  {2SM 319.2} 
         Now we read in the Bible of a good conscience; and there are not only good but bad consciences. There is a conscientiousness that will carry everything to extremes, and make Christian duties as burdensome as the Jews made the observance of the Sabbath. The rebuke which Jesus gave to the scribes and Pharisees applies to this class as well: "Ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God" (Luke 11:42). One fanatic, with his strong spirit and radical ideas, who will oppress the conscience of those who want to be right, will do great harm. The church needs to be purified from all such influences.  {2SM 319.3}

                   Pictures Used by God
  10.      The second commandment prohibits image worship; but God Himself employed pictures and symbols to represent to His prophets lessons which He would have them give to the people, and which could thus be better understood than if given in any other way. He appealed to the understanding through the sense of sight. Prophetic history was presented to Daniel and John in symbols, and these
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    were to be represented plainly upon tables, that he who reads might understand.  {2SM 319.4} 
         It is true that altogether too much money is expended upon pictures; not a little means which should flow into the treasury of God is paid to the artist. But the evil that will result to the church from the course of these extremists is far greater than that which they are trying to correct. It is sometimes a difficult matter to tell just where the line is, where picturemaking becomes a sin. But those who love God and desire with all their hearts to keep His commandments, will be directed by Him. God would not have them depend on any man to be conscience for them. He who accepts all the ideas and impressions of unbalanced minds will become confused and bewildered. It is Satan's object to divert the attention from the third angel's message to side issues, that minds and hearts that should be growing in grace and in the knowledge of the truth, may be dwarfed and enfeebled, so that God may not be glorified by them. --Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, pp. 211, 212.  {2SM 320.1} 

Can we eat seaweeds, ferns, and mushrooms biblically? Leviticus 11

Can we eat seaweeds, ferns, and mushrooms biblically? Leviticus 11

Summary: If they are clean & safe, Yes. Manna, yeast, and salt, are some things that don't fit it Lev 11's descriptions of clean animals, clean seafood, or fruit and seed bearing plans.

Confusions:
  • Seaweeds
    • they are from the sea and rivers, but don't have fish and scales.
  • Mushrooms
    • they are not even plants
  • Ferns
    • they are plants but they are not seed-bearing or fruit-bearing, but multiply by spores

Solutions:
  • Manna
    • these are not plants w/c are fruit/seed bearing
    • they are also not from the sea w/ fins and scales
    • they also don't have characteristics of clean animals
  • Yeast / Leaven
    • these are not plants w/c are fruit/seed bearing
    • they are also not from the sea w/ fins and scales
    • they also don't have characteristics of clean animals
    • "A moderate amount of milk and sugar, and a little salt, white bread raised with yeast for a change, graham flour prepared in a variety of ways by other hands than her own, plain cake with raisins, rice pudding with raisins, prunes, and figs, occasionally, and many other dishes I might mention, would have answered the demand of appetite. If he could not obtain some of these things, a little domestic wine would have done her no injury; it would have been better for her to have it than to do without it. In some cases, even a small amount of the least hurtful meat would do less injury than to suffer strong cravings for it."  {2T 383.4} 
  • Salt
    • these are not plants w/c are fruit/seed bearing
    • they are also not from the sea w/ fins and scales
    • they also don't have characteristics of clean animals
  • Mushrooms
  • Ferns
    • "And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." Gen 1:30

What others say:


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Easiest way to remove air from clutch cylinders and line

Background

We have been trying to bleed the clutch of my brother's Toyota Hiace 1999 for a week now (on our free times during the week).  There was dripping.  I removed the rubber cap but the inside of the cylinder was not wet, the drip was not from the piston rubber, it was from the outside.  I removed the slave from the bolts and found the pipe loose.  I realized the drip was not from the cylinder / piston but from the screw / link of the connecting pipe.  It was not tight because my brother mis-screwed it in, so it was re-creating its own thread.  Since it was already halfway in, I just force-screwed it in with a pipe wrench (because the hex screw had destroyed the bolt).  Until it stopped dripping.  This took the longest because of lack of space.

So my dad and I were trying to bleed the clutch after the drip was gone.  We've done this to many of our older vehicles, but this one just didn't work out.

So I went and read in the internet, trying to visualize where the air pockets might be hiding.  Also considering other ways of bleeding: reverse bleeding, vacuuming, quick filling, but these needed more equipment.


Problems & Solutions

The first problem was that the master was oriented in such a way that the end of the cylinder was higher than the feedpoint.  That means that air would naturally stay there when the fluid dries out, and even when it comes in.  Additionally, the piping went over the master cylinder, meaning more prone to air pockets.  Then it went down to under the vehicle.  Another possible problem was that the slave had the bleed downward. I was thinking, if you want to take out the air from the slave, the bleed bolt must be the highest hole in the slave cylinder.

So I discussed with my brother what I thought was happening.  And thought that maybe if I fully extrude and fully intrude the slave, the air pockets might exit from the top.  Reasoning that air is nearer from the top than from the bottom.  Also, maybe the reason why normal bleeding needs hundreds of pumps was that they are trying to make the air from the top exit from the bottom.  But this case had too much air because even fully pumping the pedal didn't even make the slave move a little, when it was mounted against the clutch "seesaw".

So I removed the slave from the bell bolts and told my brother to pump.  The slave cylinder slowly began to come out.  When it was almost out, I told him to stop.  I then pushed the cylinder while opening the bleed nozzle, and positioning the slave so that the bleed nozzle was higher than the rest of the cylinder, to try to get rid of the air in the slave. Did this about twice.  When totally intruding the piston it was coming back out a little because of the spring. So I made sure the second time I did it, that the bleed nozzle was closed before letting the piston move out caused by the spring.  Then I tried to ask him to pump again, and I tried to contradict his pumping.  I felt the air was cushoning the effort. So I let the piston almost come out of the slave and then asked my brother to release the pedal (tank open position), meaning if I push in the slave piston all the displaced fluid would go back to the tank.  And that's what happened.  Additionally, I also tried to ask him to pump again to fill the slave, then asked him to keep the pedal on the floor, and I tried to push, initially it pushed, but on later tries, it didn't!  Meaning that the master's rubber was actually blocking the fluid from going back into the master on that position.  Good, it means the master is ok, it really is just the air.  After several tries, having some confidence that the pumping would be slow enough for me to react before the piston totally comes out, I asked my brother to continue pumping, then when the piston was almost out, I tried to push it in w/o telling my brother to pump.  With this, I found that sometimes, depending on the position of the master, I could make the fluid go back into the pump, but sometimes it wouldn't (on position down).  I tried to play this about three times and noticed that the fight became solid.  My brother also said that there was now some resistance.  Obviously from my fighting the slave back.  It seemed that this fullout-fullin-fullout-fullin action was pumping the air out into the tank above.  We did it a few more times until it seemed as though there was no more improvement.  My brother said that there was resistance on the bottom half but the top half was still airy. But I was too tired to continue pushing back the slave against the spring, against the master, and against the gravity.


Summary


In addition the known ways of bleeding: pumping 100-200 times, vacuuming, speed-filling, reverse bleeding; I would like to submit another method which might work more economically, less laboriously, and more intelligently.  I just don't know how to call it.  But the principle is to use the full excursion of the slave (w/c is about 5 times of the master) to pump the air to the tank (because it probably is nearer there).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Depressed Youtubers? Solution to Stressed, Depressed, Lonely, and Exhausted Youtubers

  1. take a weekly Sabbath rest

    1. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:11)
    2. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
      Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
      But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: (Exodus 20:8-10)
    3. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:24)
  2. try to think of something else that doesn't have to do with yourself

    1. "As soon as one begins to contemplate his feelings, he is on dangerous ground. If he feels joyous, he is confident he is in a favorable condition, but when a change comes, as it will, for circumstances will be so arranged that feelings of depression will make the heart sad, then he will be naturally led to doubt that God has accepted him. It is not wisdom to look at the emotions, and try to test your spirituality by your feelings. Do not study yourself; look away from self to Jesus."
      http://www.egwestate.org/message/gods_word_assurance.asp
    2. watch good movies
      1. Life is Beautiful
      2. Gospel of John
  3. decide to be happy

    1. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he... Proverbs 23:7
    2. I Will Not Be Depressed—I am sometimes greatly perplexed to know what to do, but I will not be depressed. I am determined to bring all the sunshine into my life that I possibly can.—Lt 127, 1903. {2MCP 492.4}
      I have much to make me sad at heart, but I try not to speak discouragingly, because someone who hears my words may be sad at heart, and I must not do anything to increase his sadness.—Lt 208, 1903. {2MCP 492.5}
  4. smile at people

    1. people will smile back at you and you will be happy
  5. worrying is sin

    1. Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
      Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 
  6. help someone

    1. if you cannot solve your problem, why bother?
    2. just do some good in this life, help other people with their problems that you can solve
    3. "It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35
    4. it will distract your self-centeredness (w/c is making you depressed)
  7. don't do things that will worsen your state

    1. rebellion
      1. have you seen the prisons?
    2. death
      1. "Thou shalt not kill" 
    3. atheism
      1. the countries that don't like Christianity are North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc... 
  8. "die daily" (1 Cor 15:31)

    1. "I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily." 1 Cor 15:31
    2. just imagine you're dead. nothing hurts. (but if you were actually dead, you wouldn't know.  so that's not the solution, aside from it is sin.)
    3. "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Romans 6:6
    4. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Gal 2:20
    5. quit living your life, live Jesus' life
  9.   do something

    1. "It is the idle mind that is Satan’s workshop." Ed 189.1
      http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=Ed&lang=en&pagenumber=189
  10. Overcoming Emotional Instability

    1. "You belong to a family who possess minds not well balanced, gloomy and depressed, affected by surroundings, and susceptible to influences. Unless you cultivate a cheerful, happy, grateful frame of mind, Satan will eventually lead you captive at his will. You can be a help, a strength to the church where you reside, if you will obey the instructions of the Lord and not move by feeling, but be controlled by principle. Never allow censure to escape your lips, for it is like desolating hail to those around you. Let cheerful, happy, loving words fall from your lips."—Testimonies for the Church 1:704 (1868). {2MCP 489.2}
  11. did someone say something that made you sad?

    1. Listen not to the suggestions that he puts into the mouths of men and women. You have a victory to win. You have nobility of character to gain; but this you cannot gain while you are depressed and discouraged by failure. Break the bands with which Satan has bound you. There is no need for you to be his slave. “Ye are My friends,” Christ said, “if ye do whatsoever I command you.”—Letter 228, 1903. (Medical Ministry, 490). {2MCP 490.1}
  12. are you restless? 

    1. You should labor with care and observe periods of rest. By so doing you will retain your physical and mental vigor and render your labor much more efficient. Brother F, you are a nervous man and move much from impulse. Mental depression influences your labor very much. At times you feel a want of freedom and think it is because others are in darkness or wrong or that something is the matter, you can hardly tell what, and you make a drive somewhere and upon somebody which is liable to do great harm. If you would quiet yourself when in this restless, nervous condition and rest and calmly wait on God and inquire if the trouble is not in yourself, you would save wounding your own soul and wounding the precious cause of God.—Testimonies for the Church 1:622 (1867). {2MCP 490.2}
  13. are you dwelling upon the disagreeable?

    1. When you see iniquity all around you it makes you all the more glad that He is your Saviour, and we are His children. Then shall we look at the iniquity around us and dwell upon the dark side? You cannot cure it; then talk of something that is higher, better, and more noble {2MCP 490.3}
      Now we may go into a cellar and stay there and look around into its dark corners, and we can talk of the darkness and say, “Oh, it is so dark here,” and keep talking about it. But will it make it any lighter? Oh no! What are you going to do? Come out of it; come out of the dark into the upper chamber where the light of God’s countenance shines brightly. {2MCP 490.4}
      You know our bodies are made up of the food assimilated. Now, it is the same with our minds. If we have a mind to dwell on the disagreeable things of life, we will not have any hope, but we want to dwell on the cheery scenes of heaven. Says Paul, “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).—MS 7, 1888. {2MCP 491.1}
  14. how much time will you spend looking at dark clouds?

    1. By Faith Reach Through the Darkness—If I should look at the dark clouds—the troubles and perplexities that come to me in my work—I should have time to do nothing else. But I know that there is light and glory beyond the clouds. By faith I reach through the darkness to the glory. At times I am called to pass through financial perplexities. But I do not worry about money. God takes care of my affairs. I do all that I can, and when the Lord sees that it is best for me to have money, He sends it to me.—MS 102, 1901. {2MCP 493.1}
  15. don't let Satan win

    1. Playing Into Satan’s HandsDon’t go to others with your trials and temptations; God alone can help you. If you fulfill the conditions of God’s promises, the promises will be fulfilled to you. If your mind is stayed upon God, you will not go from a state of ecstasy to the valley of despondency when trial and temptation come upon you. You will not talk doubt and gloom to others. You will not say, “I do not know about this or that. I do not feel happy. I am not sure that we have the truth.” You will not do this, for you will have an anchor to the soul both sure and steadfast. {2MCP 494.1}
      When we talk discouragement and gloom, Satan listens with fiendish joy; for it pleases him to know that he has brought you into his bondage. Satan cannot read our thoughts, but he can see our actions, hear our words; and from his long knowledge of the human family, he can shape his temptations to take advantage of our weak points of character. And how often do we let him into the secret of how he may obtain the victory over us. Oh, that we might control our words and actions! How strong we would become if our words were of such an order that we would not be ashamed to meet the record of them in the day of judgment. How different will they appear in the day of God from what they seem when we utter them.—The Review and Herald, February 27, 1913. {2MCP 494.2}
  16. not all prayers are answered as you wish

    1. Paul's Thorn and God's Grace (2 Cor 12:7-10)
      7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
  17. imagine Jesus' suffering and you'll forget yours

    1. nails into hands
    2. spear into side
    3. crown of thorns into head 
    4. naked
    5. all the hurt, sin, and suffering of mankind put on you
    6. being without sin and suffering all the results of sin
    7. he was despised and afflicted of men (Isaiah 53)
      1. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
        Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
        But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 
        He was oppressed, and he was afflicted
         
  18.  where to get power to overcome emotions?

    1. "All power is promised those who go forth in faith to proclaim the everlasting gospel." {TM 459.2}
    2. "It was His Spirit that inspired their efforts, and He can abundantly bestow upon His workers today the same courage, zeal, earnestness, and devotion. It was Jesus who gave these men grace, power, fortitude, and perseverance, and He is willing to do the same for every one who would be a true missionary." {FE 211.1}

  19. everything works for the good

    1. Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
    2. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
       

Monday, September 03, 2018

Prophesy, Prophetic Gift, Prophecy, Prophet - Cautions and Promotions

Cautions


  • have to be accurate. "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
    Isaiah 8:20
  • punishment for false prophets is death"If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, 'Let us follow other gods' (gods you have not known) 'and let us worship them,' you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to deathbecause he preached rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you" (Deuteronomy 13:1–5 NIV).
  • "But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death." Deu 18:20
  • listening to false prophets - disaster
    "'So now the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you'" (1 Kings 22:19–23NIV).
  • false prophets in the end of time (Mat 24)
    4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
    5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
  • message affirmed by others. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (2 Peter 1:20)
  • do not contradict other prophets
    "And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets." (1 Cor 14:32)
    "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." (Matthew 5:17)

Promotions

  • "For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted." (1 Cor 14:31)
  • "Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy." (1 Cor 14:1)
  • "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." (1 Cor 14:39)
  • "Ask, and it shall be given you" (Luke 11:9)
  • "Despise not prophesyings." (1 Thess 5:20)
  • "And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophetsand that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!" (Numbers 11:29)
  • "I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues" (1 Cor 14:5)
  • spiritual gifts can be acquired (school of the prophets/theology, school of medicine/nursing, language/communication school, prophecy seminar...). "For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:" (1 Cor 12:8-10). "For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted." (1 Cor 14:31)
  • "and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy" (Joel 2:28)
  • "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17)

When the Holy Spirit specifies our sins thru someone...
  • "For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet." (John 14:18-19)

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

pwede ba magluto pag sabado?

Cooking on Sabbath for Seventh-day Adventists - Bible, EGW/SOP, Church Documents



  • Bible

    • Manna in Exodus 
      “Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.” 
      16:27 (NIV) 
      Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none.
       28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you[c] refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 29 Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days.

  • SOP / EGW

    • Those who neglect to prepare for the Sabbath on the sixth day, and who cook food upon the Sabbath, violate the fourth commandment, and are transgressors of God's law. All who are really anxious to observe the Sabbath according to the commandment, will not cook any food upon the Sabbath. They will, in the fear of that God who gave his law from Sinai, deny themselves, and eat food prepared upon the sixth day, even if it is not as palatable. God forbade the children of Israel baking and boiling upon the Sabbath. That prohibition should be regarded by every Sabbath-keeper, as a solemn injunction from Jehovah to them.
      https://egwwritings.org/?ref=en_3SG.253.2&para=106.980
    • On Friday let the preparation for the Sabbath be completed. See that all the clothing is in readiness and that all the cooking is done.... The Sabbath is not to be given to the repairing of garments, to the cooking of food, to pleasure seeking, or to any other worldly employment. Before the setting of the sun let all secular work be laid aside and all secular papers be put out of sight. Parents, explain your work and its purpose to your children, and let them share in your preparation to keep the Sabbathaccording to the commandment. {OFC 64.5}https://egwwritings.org/?ref=en_OFC.64.5
    • Cooking on the Sabbath should be avoided; but it is not therefore necessary to eat cold food. In cold weather the food prepared the day before should be heated. {CCh 226.2} https://egwwritings.org/?ref=en_CCh.226.2

  • Church Documents of SDA Church (adventist.org, BRI, GC Ministerial)


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fastest Render Settings in Davinci Resolve 15

Render Settings - Custom

Video
Format: Quicktime
Codec: MPEG4 Video (this is the fastest encoding codec i've tried) (BIGGEST factor)
Resolution: lower is faster (but less nice to watch), i use 720p
Frame rate: 30 fastest, then 24 still fast, but 23.976 was almost half as the two
Quality: doesn't seem to matter in my testing

Audio
Codec: AAC
Data Rate: 128Kb/s

with these settings i can get up to 98fps rendering at 100% cpu speed, but due to cpu heat throttling only sustains about 44fps at 50% cpu clock.

my laptop is Samsung Series 7 Chronos (i7-3635QM at 2.40Ghz, 8gb ram, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and GeForce GT 640M, 500gb harddisk)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wearing Makeup -- Related Quotes from Bible and EGW Writings

Wearing Makeup -- Related Quotes from Bible and EGW Writings



Lev 19:28 Ye shall not ... print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.



Jer 4:30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.



1Pet 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1Pet 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.



2Ki 9:30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.



1Tim 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
1Tim 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.



1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.



Isa 3:16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
Isa 3:17 Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
Isa 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
Isa 3:19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
Isa 3:20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
Isa 3:21 The rings, and nose jewels,
Isa 3:22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
Isa 3:23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
Isa 3:24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
Isa 3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
Isa 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.



Prv 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.



{3T 376.2} People of discernment will look upon your attempts to beautify the external as proof of weak minds and proud hearts.



{CG 424.3} The pure religion of Jesus requires of its followers the simplicity of natural beauty and the polish of natural refinement and elevated purity, rather than the artificial and false.



{CG 424.2} And they will have no need to be adorned with artificials, for these are always expressive of an absence of the inward adorning of true moral worth. A beautiful character is of value in the sight of God. Such beauty will attract, but not mislead. Such charms are fast colors; they never fade.



{3T 376.2} In no better way can you let your light shine to others than in your simplicity of dress and deportment. You may show to all that, in comparison with eternal things, you place a proper estimate upon the things of this life.



{ML 143.5} The majority of pleasure lovers attend the fashionable night gatherings, and spend in exciting amusements the hours God has given them for quiet rest and sleep in order to invigorate the body. . . . They are robbing the cheeks of the glow of health, and then to supply the deficiency use cosmetics.



{HL 189.2} 798. Many are ignorantly injuring their health and endangering their lives by using cosmetics. . . When they become heated, . . . the poison is absorbed by the pores of the skin, and is thrown into the blood. Many lives have been sacrificed by this means alone.--H. R. {HL 189.2}798. Many are ignorantly injuring their health and endangering their lives by using cosmetics. . . When they become heated, . . . the poison is absorbed by the pores of the skin, and is thrown into the blood. Many lives have been sacrificed by this means alone.--H. R.



{CTBH 88.3}Ladies may resort to cosmetics to restore the tint of the complexion, but they cannot thus bring back the glow of health. That which renders the skin dark and dingy, also clouds the spirits, and destroys cheerfulness and peace of mind.



{HR, October 1, 1871 par. 15} "CURLS AND COSMETICS ARE ALL IN REQUISITION TO ENHANCE THE BEAUTY OF 'THE HUMAN FACE DIVINE;' BUT WHAT IS THE RESULT? YOUTH'S ROSES ONLY FLEE THE FASTER,,,”



{HR, January 1, 1874 par. 2} They were irritations of the skin, caused by the use of cosmetics. The entire skin of the face had lost its healthy, velvety smoothness, and showed an unnatural, disagreeable roughness. In the appearance of her face, thus marred by poisonous substances, and in the bright glow upon either cheek, giving such an unnatural appearance, we could trace causes for her ill health. Here was one of fashion's slaves who had sacrificed health and natural beauty in using poisonous preparations which had been taken up by the pores of the skin and diffused through the system.



{PHJ, May 1, 1905 par. 11} The sufferers may resort to cosmetics to restore the complexion; but these can not bring back the glow of health.



Conclusion

{CG 424.3} The pure religion of Jesus requires of its followers the simplicity of natural beauty and the polish of natural refinement and elevated purity, rather than the artificial and false.
{CG 424.2} And they will have no need to be adorned with artificials, for these are always expressive of an absence of the inward adorning of true moral worth. A beautiful character is of value in the sight of God. Such beauty will attract, but not mislead. Such charms are fast colors; they never fade.
{3T 376.2} People of discernment will look upon your attempts to beautify the external as proof of weak minds and proud hearts.
{3T 376.2} In no better way can you let your light shine to others than in your simplicity of dress and deportment. You may show to all that, in comparison with eternal things, you place a proper estimate upon the things of this life.



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Holidays, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas according to Ellen G. White (Spirit of Prophecy)

Chapter 76—Holidays And Anniversaries
The Need of Guidance in Holiday Observance—I saw that our holidays should not be spent in patterning after the world, yet they should not be passed by unnoticed, for this will bring dissatisfaction to our children. On these days when there is danger that our children will be exposed to evil influences and become corrupted by the pleasures and excitement of the world, let the parents study to get up something to take the place of more dangerous amusements. Give your children to understand that you have their good and happiness in view.1 {AH 472.1}
Through the observance of holidays the people both of the world and of the churches have been educated to believe that these lazy days are essential to health and happiness, but the results reveal that they are full of evil.2 {AH 472.2}
We have tried earnestly to make the holidays as interesting as possible to the youth and children, while changing this order of things. Our object has been to keep them away from scenes of amusement among unbelievers.3 {AH 472.3}
Shall the Angel Record, “A Day Lost?”—After a day of pleasure seeking is ended, where is the satisfaction to the pleasure seeker? As Christian workers, whom have they helped to a better, higher, and purer life? What would they see if they should look over the record the angel wrote? A day lost! To their own souls a day lost, a day lost in the service of Christ, because no good was accomplished. They may have other days but never that day which was idled away in cheap, foolish talk, of girls with boys, and boys with girls. {AH 472.4}
Never will these same opportunities offer themselves again. They had better been doing the hardest kind of labor on that holiday. They did not make the right use of their holiday, and it passed into eternity to confront them in the judgment as a day misspent.4 {AH 473.1}
Birthdays—a Time to Praise God—Under the Jewish economy on the birth of children an offering was made to God, by His own appointment. Now we see parents taking special pains to present gifts to their children upon their birthdays; they make this an occasion of honoring the child, as though honor were due to the human being. Satan has had his own way in these things; he has diverted the minds and the gifts to human beings; thus the thoughts of the children are turned to themselves, as if they were to be made the objects of special favor.... {AH 473.2}
On birthday occasions the children should be taught that they have reason for gratitude to God for His loving-kindness in preserving their lives for another year. Precious lessons might thus be given. For life, health, food, and clothing, no less than for the hope of eternal life, we are indebted to the Giver of all mercies; and it is due to God to recognize His gifts and to present our offerings of gratitude to our greatest benefactor. These birthday gifts are recognized of Heaven.5 {AH 473.3}
A Time to Review the Year’s Record—Teach them to review the past year of their life, to consider whether they would be glad to meet its record just as it stands in the books of heaven. Encourage in them serious thoughts, whether their deportment, their words, their works, are of a character pleasing to God. Have they been making their lives more like Jesus, beautiful and lovely in the sight of God? Teach them the knowledge of the Lord, His ways, His precepts.6 {AH 473.4}
Making God’s Cause First—I have said to my family and my friends, I desire that no one shall make me a birthday or Christmas gift, unless it be with permission to pass it on into the Lord’s treasury, to be appropriated in the establishment of missions.7 {AH 474.1}
How Shall We Observe Thanksgiving?—Our Thanksgiving is approaching. Will it be, as it has been in many instances, a thanksgiving to ourselves? Or will it be a thanksgiving to God? Our Thanksgivings may be made seasons of great profit to our own souls as well as to others if we improve this opportunity to remember the poor among us.... {AH 474.2}
There are a hundred ways that can be devised to help the poor in so delicate a manner as to make them feel that they are doing us a favor by receiving our gifts and sympathy. We are to remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive. The attentions of our brethren are most liberal to those whom they wish to honor, and whose respect they desire, but who do not need their help at all. Custom and fashion say, Give to those who will give to you; but this is not the Bible rule of giving. The word of God declares against this way of gratifying self in thus bestowing our gifts, and says, “He that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.” {AH 474.3}
Now a season is coming when we shall have our principles tested. Let us begin to think what we can do for God’s needy ones. We can make them through ourselves the recipients of God’s blessings. Think what widow, what orphan, what poor family you can relieve, not in a way to make a great parade about the matter, but be as a channel through which the Lord’s substance shall flow as a blessing to His poor.... {AH 474.4}
But this does not embrace all your duty. Make an offering to your best Friend; acknowledge His bounties; show your gratitude for His favors; bring a thank offering to God.... Brethren and sisters, eat a plain dinner on Thanksgiving Day, and with the money you would spend in extras with which to indulge the appetite, make a thank offering to God.8 {AH 475.1}
Let not any more Thanksgiving days be observed to please and gratify the appetite and glorify self. We have reason for coming into the courts of the Lord with offerings of gratitude that He has preserved our lives another year.... If a feast is to be made, let it be for those who are in need.9 {AH 475.2}
A Day to Give Thanks [Note: Part of a thanksgiving sermon delivered at the Battle Creek Tabernacle, Nov. 27, 1884.]—I think we have something to be thankful for. We ought to be glad and rejoice in God, for He has given us many mercies.... We want this Thanksgiving to be all that it implies. Do not let it be perverted, mingled with dross; but let it be what its name implies—giving thanks. Let our voices ascend in praise.10 {AH 475.3}
Why Not Holidays Unto God?—Would it not be well for us to observe holidays unto God, when we could revive in our minds the memory of His dealing with us? Would it not be well to consider His past blessings, to remember the impressive warnings that have come home to our souls so that we shall not forget God? {AH 475.4}
The world has many holidays, and men become engrossed with games, with horse races, with gambling, smoking, and drunkenness.... {AH 475.5}
Shall not the people of God more frequently have holy convocations in which to thank God for His rich blessings?11 {AH 476.1}
Holidays Afford Opportunity for Missionary Service—We want men in the church who have ability to develop in the line of organizing and giving practical work to young men and women in the line of relieving the wants of humanity and working for the salvation of the souls of men, women, youth, and children. It will not be possible for all to give their whole time to the work because of the labor they must do to earn their daily living. Yet these have their holidays and times that they can devote to Christian work and do good in this way if they cannot give much of their means.12 {AH 476.2}
When you have a holiday, make it a pleasant and happy day for your children, and make it also a pleasant day for the poor and the afflicted. Do not let the day pass without bringing thanksgiving and thank offerings to Jesus.13 {AH 476.3}
Chapter 77—Christmas
Christmas as a Holiday—“Christmas is coming,” is the note that is sounded throughout our world from east to west and from north to south. With youth, those of mature age, and even the aged, it is a period of general rejoicing, of great gladness. But what is Christmas, that it should demand so much attention? ... {AH 477.1}
The twenty-fifth of December is supposed to be the day of the birth of Jesus Christ, and its observance has become customary and popular. But yet there is no certainty that we are keeping the veritable day of our Saviour’s birth. History gives us no certain assurance of this. The Bible does not give us the precise time. Had the Lord deemed this knowledge essential to our salvation, He would have spoken through His prophets and apostles, that we might know all about the matter. But the silence of the Scriptures upon this point evidences to us that it is hidden from us for the wisest purposes. {AH 477.2}
In His wisdom the Lord concealed the place where He buried Moses. God buried him, and God resurrected him and took him to heaven. This secrecy was to prevent idolatry. He against whom they rebelled while he was in active service, whom they provoked almost beyond human endurance, was almost worshiped as God after his separation from them by death. For the very same purpose He has concealed the precise day of Christ’s birth, that the day should not receive the honor that should be given to Christ as the Redeemer of the world—one to be received, to be trusted, to be relied on as He who could save to the uttermost all who come unto Him. The soul’s adoration should be given to Jesus as the Son of the infinite God.1 {AH 477.3}
The Day Not to Be Ignored—As the twenty-fifth of December is observed to commemorate the birth of Christ, as the children have been instructed by precept and example that this was indeed a day of gladness and rejoicing, you will find it a difficult matter to pass over this period without giving it some attention. It can be made to serve a very good purpose. {AH 478.1}
The youth should be treated very carefully. They should not be left on Christmas to find their own amusement in vanity and pleasure seeking, in amusements which will be detrimental to their spirituality. Parents can control this matter by turning the minds and the offerings of their children to God and His cause and the salvation of souls. {AH 478.2}
The desire for amusement, instead of being quenched and arbitrarily ruled down, should be controlled and directed by painstaking effort upon the part of the parents. Their desire to make gifts may be turned into pure and holy channels and made to result in good to our fellow men by supplying the treasury in the great, grand work for which Christ came into our world. Self-denial and self-sacrifice marked His course of action. Let it mark ours who profess to love Jesus because in Him is centered our hope of eternal life.2 {AH 478.3}
The Interchange of Gifts as Tokens of Affection—The holiday season is fast approaching with its interchange of gifts, and old and young are intently studying what they can bestow upon their friends as a token of affectionate remembrance. It is pleasant to receive a gift, however small, from those we love. It is an assurance that we are not forgotten, and seems to bind us to them a little closer.... {AH 478.4}
It is right to bestow upon one another tokens of love and remembrance if we do not in this forget God, our best friend. We should make our gifts such as will prove a real benefit to the receiver. I would recommend such books as will be an aid in understanding the word of God or that will increase our love for its precepts. Provide something to be read during these long winter evenings.3 {AH 479.1}
Books for Children Are Recommended—There are many who have not books and publications upon present truth. Here is a large field where money can be safely invested. There are large numbers of little ones who should be supplied with reading. The Sunshine Series, Golden Grains Series, Poems, Sabbath Readings, [Note: Reference is made in this article to noncurrent publications. As the principles set forth in this connection are applicable today, these specific references are left in the article.] etc., are all precious books and may be introduced safely into every family. The many trifles usually spent on candies and useless toys may be treasured up with which to buy these volumes.... {AH 479.2}
Let those who wish to make valuable presents to their children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces procure for them the children’s books mentioned above. For young people the Life of Joseph Bates is a treasure; also the three volumes of The Spirit of Prophecy. [Note: Early E. G. White books preceding the present “Conflict Of The Ages Series.”] These volumes should be placed in every family in the land. God is giving light from heaven, and not a family should be without it. Let the presents you shall make be of that order which will shed beams of light upon the pathway to heaven.4 {AH 479.3}
Jesus Not to Be Forgotten—Brethren and sisters, while you are devising gifts for one another, I would remind you of our heavenly Friend, lest you should be unmindful of His claims. Will He not be pleased if we show that we have not forgotten Him? Jesus, the Prince of life, gave all to bring salvation within our reach.... He suffered even unto death, that He might give us eternal life. {AH 480.1}
It is through Christ that we receive every blessing.... Shall not our heavenly Benefactor share in the tokens of our gratitude and love? Come, brethren and sisters, come with your children, even the babes in your arms, and bring your offerings to God according to your ability. Make melody to Him in your hearts, and let His praise be upon your lips.5 {AH 480.2}
Christmas—a Time to Honor God—By the world the holidays are spent in frivolity and extravagance, gluttony and display.... Thousands of dollars will be worse than thrown away upon the coming Christmas and New Year’s in needless indulgences. But it is our privilege to depart from the customs and practices of this degenerate age; and instead of expending means merely for the gratification of the appetite or for needless ornaments or articles of clothing, we may make the coming holidays an occasion in which to honor and glorify God.6 {AH 480.3}
Christ should be the supreme object; but as Christmas has been observed, the glory is turned from Him to mortal man, whose sinful, defective character made it necessary for Him to come to our world. {AH 480.4}
Jesus, the Majesty of heaven, the royal King of heaven, laid aside His royalty, left His throne of glory, His high command, and came into our world to bring to fallen man, weakened in moral power and corrupted by sin, aid divine.... {AH 481.1}
Parents should keep these things before their children and instruct them, line upon line, precept upon precept, in their obligation to God—not their obligation to each other, to honor and glorify one another by gifts and offerings.7 {AH 481.2}
Turn Thoughts of the Children Into a New Channel—There are many things which can be devised with taste and cost far less than the unnecessary presents that are so frequently bestowed upon our children and relatives, and thus courtesy can be shown and happiness brought into the home. {AH 481.3}
You can teach your children a lesson while you explain to them the reason why you have made a change in the value of their presents, telling them that you are convinced that you have hitherto considered their pleasure more than the glory of God. Tell them that you have thought more of your own pleasure and of their gratification and of keeping in harmony with the customs and traditions of the world, in making presents to those who did not need them, than you have of advancing the cause of God. Like the wise men of old, you may offer to God your best gifts and show by your offerings to Him that you appreciate His Gift to a sinful world. Set your children’s thoughts running in a new, unselfish channel by inciting them to present offerings to God for the gift of His only-begotten Son.8 {AH 481.4}
“Shall We Have a Christmas Tree?”—God would be well pleased if on Christmas each church would have a Christmas tree on which shall be hung offerings, great and small, for these houses of worship. [Note: Reference is made in this article to current building projects. As the principles set forth in this connection are applicable today, these specific references are left in the article.] Letters of inquiry have come to us asking, Shall we have a Christmas tree? Will it not be like the world? We answer, You can make it like the world if you have a disposition to do so, or you can make it as unlike the world as possible. There is no particular sin in selecting a fragrant evergreen and placing it in our churches, but the sin lies in the motive which prompts to action and the use which is made of the gifts placed upon the tree. {AH 482.1}
The tree may be as tall and its branches as wide as shall best suit the occasion; but let its boughs be laden with the golden and silver fruit of your beneficence, and present this to Him as your Christmas gift. Let your donations be sanctified by prayer.9 {AH 482.2}
Christmas and New Year celebrations can and should be held in behalf of those who are helpless. God is glorified when we give to help those who have large families to support.10 {AH 482.3}
A Tree Laden With Offerings Is Not Sinful—Let not the parents take the position that an evergreen placed in the church for the amusement of the Sabbath school scholars is a sin, for it may be made a great blessing. Keep before their minds benevolent objects. In no case should mere amusement be the object of these gatherings. While there may be some who will turn these occasions into seasons of careless levity, and whose minds will not receive the divine impress, to other minds and characters these seasons will be highly beneficial. I am fully satisfied that innocent substitutes can be devised for many gatherings that demoralize.11 {AH 482.4}
Provide Innocent Enjoyment for the Day—Will you not arise, my Christian brethren and sisters, and gird yourselves for duty in the fear of God, so arranging this matter that it shall not be dry and uninteresting, but full of innocent enjoyment that shall bear the signet of Heaven? I know the poorer class will respond to these suggestions. The most wealthy should also show an interest and bestow their gifts and offerings proportionate to the means with which God has entrusted them. Let there be recorded in the heavenly books such a Christmas as has never yet been seen because of the donations which shall be given for the sustaining of the work of God and the upbuilding of His kingdom.12 {AH 483.1}


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Christmas, Birthday, Anniversaries Biblical Celebration