Blessings from Heaven (Part 3)

Blessings from Heaven (Part 3)

The Sermon on the Mount is Heaven’s benediction to the world—a voice from the throne of God. (Ellen White, Preface to Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, pg. vii)   Jesus continued His discourse with the people on the mountain side, saying, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).   Meekness was not somethi

The Art of Suffering for Christ: Reflections on 1 Peter

The Art of Suffering for Christ: Reflections on 1 Peter

“God wants me to be happy.” Have you heard that before? Have you said that before? A growing discontent, resident in more modern pop-culture Christianity, seems more willing to “justify” engaging in ethical and intellectual immorality with the rationalism of “happiness.” But the question needs to be asked: “To what end?” What is the end-game or end

Showing Honor to the Woman: Reflections on Marriage in 1 Peter

Showing Honor to the Woman: Reflections on Marriage in 1 Peter

In today’s culture, households are usually either hierarchical or egalitarian institutions. Unfortunately, when some read the New Testament (NT) they misunderstand and misappropriate the divinely inspired counsel overemphasizing either of these modern notions of society. One concept that is misunderstood and misused is the concept of submission. Th

The Lord is Risen

The Lord is Risen

The night of the first day of the week had worn slowly away. The darkest hour, just before daybreak, had come. Christ was still a prisoner in His narrow tomb. The great stone was in its place; the Roman seal was unbroken; the Roman guards were keeping their watch. And there were unseen watchers. Hosts of evil angels were gathered about the place. H

Parents Know Best: Government Vouchers and Adventist Education

Parents Know Best: Government Vouchers and Adventist Education

Introduction In 2001 when I arrived at the General Conference to begin representing the world church to the U.S. Government, I knew two things: First, religious freedom is a tremendous blessing given by God, and it is the unique responsibility of Adventists to defend it publicly. In so doing, we don’t only preserve a fundamental human right, we are

Promise or Replacement? Old Testament Language in 1 Peter

Promise or Replacement? Old Testament Language in 1 Peter

  One of the significant issues in theology that rarely gets addressed is how Christians should relate to the Old Testament also known as the Hebrew Bible (HB).[1] Some people say Jesus came, so that the OT could be done away with, but that can’t be since Jesus and the apostles quote from, point to, submit to, and exalt the Revelation of God that w

Life Changing Power (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #13)

Life Changing Power (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #13)

I lived my entire life as an atheist before I first stepped foot into a Sabbath keeping church. I never went to church on Sunday, so it was not difficult for me to make any traditional transitions in going to church on Saturday. I was led out of atheism first by the book Steps to Christ, which led me to read the gospels, where my mind was totally b