Daily Devotional, Year 4: January 2 (Noble Bereans, Part 33: “Killing The Messenger” CONTINUED)

By admin On January 13th, 2018

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 4: January 2

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Noble Bereans, Part 34: “Killing The Messenger” CONTINUED

To read part 1, click here…”September 2nd (Noble Bereans?)”

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“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,

which killest the prophets,

and stonest them that are sent unto thee;

how often would I have gathered thy children together,

as a hen doth gather her brood

under her wings, and ye would not!

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate:”

Luke 13:34, 35

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St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

So, in this little series, the subject of those noble Bereans has been introduced. And today, it is still worthy of a little more exploration into another area of concern.

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Let’s review the key Bible passage… “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10, 11

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St Paul Preaching (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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Okay, so those in Berea were more noble, because they:

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1. “Received the Word with all readiness of mind.”

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2. “And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

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And so, the Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed, “orthodox” teachings of that day.

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Thus there was an open-mindedness which permeated their hearts, and a willingness to search the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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La Bible, Notre-Dame – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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1ST ANGEL’S MESSAGE PROCLAIMED

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Now, contrary to popular belief, God has not ceased from sending messengers to the world and https://www.pri.org/stories/2011-08-10/revelations-book-revelationto the Church.

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No, in the Book of Revelation, it is prophesied…“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,” Revelation 14:6

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Here was the message of the 1st angel of Revelation Chapter 14.

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3 Angels Message – Wikipedia via www.pri.org – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

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ELLEN GOULD WHITE

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This 1st Angel’s message was pointing forward to the ministry of Ellen Gould White.

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No, she wasn’t a literal angel. But she was a messenger sent from God to proclaim the everlasting Gospel to the very confused church-world which had gone through centuries of false teachings and even through persecution of God’s faithful remnant people. Yes, the church-world had been partially brought out of darkness and misunderstanding by the writings of Luther and other messengers.

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But Luther did not bring ALL the truth; more truth needed to be given.

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Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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And to proclaim the everlasting Gospel became the mission of Ellen G. White, a little lady of irreproachable character, who accomplished more in her lifetime than humanly possible.

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Besides writing massive amounts of letters and books over the span of her 70 year ministry she orchestrated the building of various Christian colleges, churches, and health-sanitariums.

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And in her own personal life, she carried on various daily ministries such as bringing food baskets to her poor neighbors and townspeople.

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“MARVEL NOT, MY BRETHREN, IF THE WORLD HATE YOU!”

1st John 3:13

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Now because of all her good works, one might imagine that she would be lauded with praise by the world, and by the Church.

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But exactly the opposite response was given. No, Satan has waged an extremely successful campaign against Ellen White over the last several hundred years, to destroy her reputation, and even to destroy her message.

 

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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WHITE PROCLAIMED BOTH TESTAMENTS

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgWhat most people don’t realize is that Ellen White was give the commission to preach the everlasting Gospel found in both Testaments, Old and New.

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Thus is found many statements in her writings which have an Old Testament flavor to them. Oh yes, much or perhaps most of her writings are filled with paraphrases of the New Testament!

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Yes, just like the Bible, E. G. White’s writings contain both Testaments. That is the “everlasting Gospel” to be preached to the whole world, prophesied in Revelation 14:6.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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KILLING THE MESSENGER

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGAnd more than slandering her because of her Old Testament statements, Satan even managed to drum up many false charges against White’s almost spotless life. From the charge that she didn’t follow her own health message, to the charge of plagiarism, Satan has been able to destroy the messenger and even much of her message.

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Satan has even raised up several so-called “cults”, which have similar characteristics to White’s ministry, which has only further confused the public and the Church, creating a great big stigma against her as well as her writings.

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AUDIO BOOK CHAPTERS AT PAGE BOTTOM

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Well, at the bottom of these Year 4, daily devotionals, are audio chapters of two of her books, beginning with the 44 chapter book, “The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan”. And no, it is not an infallibly inspired book as is the Bible. But it gives great insight into the history of the Church through the last two thousand years.

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And all those who consider themselves to be “Noble Bereans”, will want to listen to these daily audio book chapters, so that they can pursue truth by investigating this wonderful, but very much neglected and despised message with an open minded search for truth!

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1858 version The Great Controversy by E.G. White – Public Domain

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TO BE CONTINUED IN TOMORROW’S DEVOTIONAL...January 3 (Noble Bereans? Part 34: “Killing The Messenger” CONTINUED FURTHER)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… NOVEMBER 23 (Noble Bereans, Part 20: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding Her Old Testament Statements”), or you can also read…DECEMBER 19 (Noble Bereans, Part 19: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding The Mark of the Beast & The Sunday Sabbath”) or you can also read…November 11 (Noble Bereans, Part 30: “Re-Thinking Ellen White Concerning ‘Cults’”)

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FINALLY WALKING UPWARD INTO THE HIGHWAYS OF ETERNITY

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Day by day, you will find yourself walking, like the Disciples, spreading the precious Gospel seed wherever the Spirit leads.

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Taking the lovely name of Jesus, with every word spoken. Walking through this sin-darkened world, witnessing to those who take notice that of a truth, Jesus is present within you. Even like faithful Enoch, walking through the highways and byways of life in this world, spreading the Gospel-seed of unpretentious love.

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Day by day, you will become more and more closed in with God. Moment by moment, your heart will become intertwined with God’s heart, eventually two hearts beating as one heart.

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And just like Enoch, when the appointed time of sojourning on earth is finally done…you will walk onward…and upward…and into the highways and byways of eternity. (“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24).

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ThomasCole-Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey wikimedia US public domain

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW…

.January 3 (Noble Bereans? Part 34: “Killing The Messenger” CONTINUED FURTHER)

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THE GREAT CONTROVERSY BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This 44 chapter audio book is a brief history of the Church, from the Cross of Christ forward to the Return of Christ.

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This second installment is a 5 minute Preface…

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Martin Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…This is Open Forum Show #51

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