The Raymond S.D.A. Church was raised up and organized through the evangelistic efforts of Elder John Matteson during the years of 1867-68. Elder Matteson can well be called the “apostle” of our message to the Scandinavian people in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. However, we find that Elder Matteson’s first apostleship for the Adventist message began in the United States.
This poem is published in memory of our dear sister, Mary Elizabeth Gordon, who read this poem at our Friday night vespers service only weeks prior to her recent passing. She took her faith very seriously and put tremendous stock in the imminency of the Book of Revelation’s predictions. This particular poem, of course, focuses on Revelation 14:6-12 (as well as Revelation 18).
what is it about our end time eschatology that allows us to go about our comfortable lives of plenty, safety and security while turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, and a stony heart to the poverty, suffering and pain of the vast majority of the world's population? As long as we identify the evil as something external, then we can stay ignorant of the real evil that touches all of us.
The Wisconsin Camp Meeting is the highlight of the year for many Seventh-day Adventists in our area. It's a week in the great Wisconsin outdoors, playing games, hanging out with friends, singing songs, going on field trips, listening to inspiring messages, and most importantly growing closer to Jesus.
Often we look at the Ten Commandments as if they were given in a vacuum. As if God just presented a sterile document, almost a contract if you will, and all God's people have to do is sign on the proverbial dotted line. But that is not how the story went. It is a story of epic drama, and it has immense implications for our lives today. And when we look into this story, not only do we get a vastly different picture than usually pops into our head when we think of the Ten Commandments, but the Law itself comes alive and we see it in a new light.
The Bible isn’t just a revelation of His will, rather, it is a revelation of God Himself! The way God reveals His will is through a revelation of His character. How does God reveal His character? The answer is not just intellectually but experientially. We understand God by experiencing Him in our lives, better still, by having the indwelling life of Christ displace our own. We learn about God as He abides with us in the person of the Holy Spirit.
This article focuses on the second of those qualities: Jesus' imminency--the "coming-soon" aspect of His story and character--and seeks to address the question: How soon is soon, when it comes to Jesus and our eternal salvation?
The Second Advent has been on our minds since the beginning of our movement. So much so, that we put it in the name of our movement: Seventh-day Adventist. "Seventh-day" refers to our commitment to keeping all of the commandments, including the fourth commandment of Sabbath, and "Adventist" refers to our faith in Christ’s imminent soon return.
H.M.S. Richards, a man who loved God and inspired many people with his spiritual writings, shared the following short story to remind us of God’s care and devotion to each of us.
During a fatal illness a hopeless unbeliever in his despairing bitterness commanded his little girl to print a placard with the words “God is no where,” and to hang it on the wall at the foot of his bed, where he could see it constantly. She obeyed, but in her excitement she disarranged the letters so that the motto read, “God is now here.” With the father’s surprise at these unexpected words the Holy Spirit brought faith to his heart.
If you go to www.egwwritings.org and you look for the book entitled The Great Controversy, you'll notice that two versions come up: The "regular" version and the 1911 version. The fact that there are two versions may cause questions:
- Wasn’t it an inspired work? How does inspirition work?
- Which one is the “correct” one? What was changed?
- Did the GC meddle with her writings? Do they pull the doctrinal puppet strings?
- Does she have the authority to make changes? What about the Spirit?
- How were her books written?
In our series on the Great Controversy, we’re going to be asking some of the tough questions when it comes to Ellen White, her inspiration, and her relationship to the Bible and to history.
I want to say up front that I do appreciate the prophetic ministry of Ellen White and that I believe in the gift that the Holy Spirit gave her. However, I want to consider some of the following quotes: