Daily Devotional, Year 4 – June 14 (Noble Bereans? Part 60: “Ellen White On The Ministry of Healing” CONTINUED)

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – June 14

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Noble Bereans? Part??: “Ellen White On The Ministry of Healing” CONTINUED

To read Part 1 of this series, click here…Today’s Devotional – September 2nd (Noble Bereans? Part 1)

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“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 17:11

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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.

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

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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 because of this excellent, open-minded Spirit, 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-minded love for truth 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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WHY PHYSICAL HEALTH?

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In June 11’s devotional (click here to read), a very short introduction was given to the Ellen White book, Christ Object Lessons.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg

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And today, a further explanation is presented to explain why the subject of health should be part of the Gospel. After all, the Bible places very little emphasis on physical health.

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So why should this topic have any place at all in the Gospel of Jesus?

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TEMPERANCE

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Well, the Bible does place great emphasis on the virtue of temperance. Yes, temperance is an important part of the Christian life. Galatians 5:22 even mentions temperance as being one of the fruits of the Spirit.

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And among other things, temperance includes maintaining self-control in diet

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EATING FOR STRENGTH

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But the Bible also mentions eating healthfully…“Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!  Ecclesiastes 10:17

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Here is a little known verse which deserves attention, especially in this day in which junk food is so readily available.

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SANITATION LAWS

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgWell, the Bible has other passages which encourage healthful living.

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Indeed the Old Testament has many precepts dealing with sanitation, which Ellen White wrote extensively as she presented the everlasting Gospel!

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And the Noble Berean is encouraged to listen to the short audio reading of her book, The Ministry of Healing, found at almost the page bottom of today’s devotional.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the heart of the Noble Berean as I search for truth. Give me a love for truth even though I may have to eventually stand alone from general consensus of the “group-think” mentality…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…May 25th (What’s An Aristaphagist?) or you may also read…July 29 (What’s An Aristaphagist!? Part 2: “Eat For Strength!”)or you may also read…September 6 (Nature’s Witnesses, Part 12: “The Health of Creation!”)

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THE END

 

Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!.

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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HEAVENLY OBJECT LESSON

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“Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” Isaiah 24:23

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When God created the Moon and the stars, He ordained them to “rule the night” (Gen. 1:16). The Moon, especially when it is full, can light your pathway through the night, as it reflects the light of the Sun.

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So too, the Christian is to be a light to the world: to this sin-darkened world. But as the Moon must reflect the light of the Sun, in order to be a light to the world, so also must the Christian reflect the light of Jesus, to be a spiritual light to this planet in rebellion. Listen…

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“Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

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However, during an eclipse, the Earth passes directly between the Sun and the Moon, preventing that sunlight from shining on the Moon’s face. This is an incredible object-lesson about when the child of God allows the world to come between him and his Lord. Like the eclipse, that person no longer reflects the light of Jesus, because his or her love of this dark world of sin has eclipsed the light from the “Sun of Righteousness” (see Malachi 4:2).

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And so, this is just one of the many poetic truths seen in the Moon. (For more on this subject of an eclipse, you may link to the article… “Lunar Eclipse & Spiritual Eclipse”)

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This is a drawing of a winter-time total lunar eclipse, first published in Bilder- (Picture Atlas of the Stemenwelt) in 1888

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 1st Face: The Night Watchman”

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TOMORROW:

June 15 (What’s An Aristaphagist!? Part 3: “What Did Jesus Eat?”)

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TOMORROW

June 15 (What’s An Aristaphagist!? Part 3: “What Did Jesus Eat?”)

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_and_the_pauper.jpgMINISTRY OF HEALING, BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This is a sampler of the audio book about the practical aspects of everyday living, such as diet and child rearing…

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Chapter 23 – “Diet and Health”

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

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This recording #215, is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s 90 minute nightly talk shows. This particular program aired in the last few years of his 50 year radio ministry, and includes caller’s questions regarding his teachings on “the end of the church age”…

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