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07 Quarantined No Longer

Phil Mills Sr.
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Phil Mills Sr.

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  • April 7, 2020
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It's been quite a month there's never been a time in this country when there's been such total mandated isolation when I was an academy we learned a little about social distancing back then we joked about the term Academy distance which was the distance that was supposed to be maintained between couples on campus and home and in school over the years we've learned social skills about respecting each other's personal space but we are entering a brave new coven $1000.00 world this is not simply Academy distance nor respecting another space there to be no hug greetings for friends not even handshakes 6 feet distance is maintained in our theme of advise we may need to increase the distance as much as 27 feet if we are inside an enclosed space schools or clubs our loved ones in nursing homes cannot receive visits patients can receive no hospital visits and are alone except for contact with care providers wearing protective clothing and facial mask contact with physicians are often limited tell to tell a medicine then they'll be and Fred dust and 2 of our members had to drastically scale back and change their March 21 wedding plans just a couple weeks ago but that was so a couple weeks ago they end stud Glick and Amy silence and have a wedding today the 2 are being joined by more than 100 cardboard cutouts of family and friends in the Old Rugged Cross Church and poke and Michigan their less happy times with isolation even if you knows their own Church week of prayer prayer meeting Sabbath school all have been live streamed resume and you're watching church today on a combination of zoom and live stream here in Chattanooga Starting today we are on a shelter in place order which means we are all to stay home and for many in Chattanooga This means staying home alone. Quarantines may feel like they're something new but quarantines are not new contagious diseases have been quarantined from ancient times in fact God instructed to that his people quarantine individuals with certain infectious diseases the Black Death has a number of names perhaps most common is that the bonnet Plec are just the plague many historians believe it originated in China in 3047 it swept through Europe through trade routes and war its approach to terrorize cities Nations estimates of the percentage of the population which died range as high as 60 percent it forever changed Europe and is credited with ending the feudal system the highly contagious and often fatal disease of smallpox brought fear and quota and quarantined and this key to broad of Shall a fever and patients with this disease were warranted the polio virus another pandemic also brought community quarantined this is simply a sampling of diseases that have triggered community quarantined over the centuries for decades people with more mild contagious diseases of self quarantine when Ellen White had a cold she wisely self isolated from the rest of the family as you can see which in a quote from manuscript releases Weiland us trialling White wrote a letter to her son and daughter in law it's and them in white she told them about a quarantine quarantining situation that had just occurred she said Sister heard arrived in Melbourne from Africa one week ago last Saturday before we continue let me give you a bit of background to the story the sister heard mentioned in this letter was had heard had heard was an experienced trainer of Bible instructors she had taught on 3 continents North America Europe and Africa Australia would now be her 4th continent but Hetty wasn't only coming to teach at Avondale college. One of our great pioneers Steven Haskell was a widower at Elon White's invitation he'd come to Australia in route to Australia he had this today Africa and stayed there for some months he had known heavy for years she was a mission worker teaching there they renewed their acquaintance and they made arrangements to be married in Australia had he had now arrived in Australia to be married and began work with Stephen Haskell probably a little excitedly had he went off the boat to Brother Daniel's Place brother Daniels was a t. Daniels who later became the longest serving president of the General Conference we've had in our church history had he was going to be temporarily staying with other workers in the Daniel's home but these plans came to a screeching halt it was ascertained smallpox was on board the vessel they had been writing in the Melbourne Health Department a term that one of the passengers or crew members on the boat transporting had he had the deadly and contagious diseases smallpox and therefore she with others was brought back the boat and all were quarantined sent on the quarantining is not something new this appointed Alan White added so we cannot see her but communications have come from her by letter in 897 there were no phone calls was no face time elder Daniels' inquired of the proper ones if he could not see Mrs or misheard the individual in charge of the quarantine replied that Daniel's could see heavy but would also be immediately quarantined the smallpox warranting was 3 weeks and Hetty simply had to wait Ellen why continued brother Haskell can get letters to her but none from her she has written she is in perfect health it was frustrating that she was alone though so close to friend. Courses frustrated man was not made to be alone Dr Stuart Grassi in New York University psychiatrist studied over 200 inmates in prisons who were in prolonged solitary confinement he founded became sensitive to noise they developed distortions and perceptions with allusions and hallucinations they had severe panic attacks they experienced difficulties with thinking concentration and memory but I thought the most impressive finding in Dr grass and research was that even a few days of solitary confinement will predictably shift the electroencephalogram the Igi pattern toward an abnormal pattern characteristic of stupor and illyria. Bible believing Christians are not surprised at these findings this research simply documents scientifically an important truth found true throughout the Word of God But before we study God's word Let's pray defy there as we study your word today I pray that your Holy Spirit will be here to guide all of our study our minds in that we can see Jesus become like Him We thank you for hearing and answering this prayer in Christ name Amen we will begin in Genesis one starting with Verse 3 And God said Let there be light and there was light what it God do but he created light continuing with verse 4 And God saw the light that it was good what did God do in this verse he evaluated what he made and what was God's evaluation of his creation he pronounced it good. If we went through the chapter verse by verse day by day we would find this is a pattern of God's creation God would make something then look at over and evaluate it and pronounce it good this is repeated again and again throughout the chapter Genesis one is an outline and overview of creation when we go to chapter 2 we are given flashbacks and additional details about a few of the events in chapter one so let's continue in Genesis 2. Verse 7 and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being then after making man God evaluates him in verse 18 but for the 1st time something that God made was incomplete unfinished and not yet ready to be declared good and the Lord God said it is not good that man should be alone but God did not simply create Adam to be alone on this earth God made a family he made a community after creating Eve for Adam and placing the 2 together God did not only say his creation of the 6 day was good he said it was very good indeed it was we find the social nature of man is not just mentioned in the opening stories of scripture but it is a theme throughout the Bible an antonym of the word alone is together regardless of your preferred English Bible translation the word together is used hundreds of times in the Bible notice what Paul tells us not for say King the assembling of ourselves together the early church adopted the practice of getting together and it is important not to discontinue this practice as is the manner of son already within the ranks of those early believers somewhere abandoning assembling together they may have stopped for any number of reasons. Perhaps they stopped the practice because it was inconvenient or maybe they stopped it because it was something they didn't like about the service or perhaps it was somebody they didn't like who attended or perhaps they stopped coming because it was unpopular or maybe they did it spasmodically occasionally or maybe they didn't assemble because they were discouraged Whatever the reason this has become the matter of the custom of some and they had stopped attending prayer meetings Sabbath school maybe even church this becomes a vicious cycle because the less you assemble the less you feel like assembly although they profess to be followers of Jesus they did not follow his example for his manner his custom was he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day for 16 the word synagogue is a Greek word for assembly Jesus assemble with others for worship God made a social creatures and God designed worship to be a social activity Leviticus 2338 c.s.b. translation work may be done for 6 days but on the 7th day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest a sacred assembly you are not to do any work it is a Sabbath to the Lord who are ever you live some people say I will Sabbath rest by staying at home others say I will get my Sabbath rest by going to the beach and others insist they get their rest by going to the Bible and studying by themselves but God says the way we have a complete rest is by having a sacred assembly nothing is to interfere with this assembly not work not family not friends. Wherever we live and whenever we live particularly at the end of time for Paul continues by saying and so much the more as you see the day approaching so much the more assembled it's that much more important and that's why we are assembling together on Zoom and live stream we're social creatures and a part of worship is to be social and a part of social is to assemble and worship but we skipped an important phrase in our verse but exhorting one another but what does the word exhorting me and like how many translations such as the e.s.b. use the word encouraging we assemble together to encourage one another the reason we are here is to encourage each other if you're discouraged that's not a reason to miss church that's a great impetus to going to church if you're discouraged come to church to encourage someone else call someone you think may be discouraged invite them to come to church with you give them the link to the service look for them online pray for them and then tell them how happy you were if it was a room to see them the church now will encourage you just as it will encourage them Christ object lesson 338 tells us as followers of Christ we should make our words such as to be a help and an encouragement to one another in the Christian life His followers of Christ example we assemble on Senate as followers of Christ example when we assemble we want our words to help and encourage others in their Christian life. Far more than we do the quotation continues we need to speak of the precious chapters in our experience. Have you noticed how easy it is to tell of his about or discouragements problems difficulties unfortunately these reports may bring us and 70 but they seldom bring us or others any encouragement but when we share the precious experiences Christ has brought to us we become encouraged and our hears become encouraged we should speak of the Mercy and loving kindness of God of the matchless depths of the Saviour's love of words should be words of praise and thanksgiving if the mind and heart are full of the love of God This will be revealed in the conversation Jesus said in Luke $645.00 a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good do you want to know how to judge fruit Let me read it again Jesus tells us a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good and evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks so you can judge for if the mind and heart are full of the love of God This will be revealed in the conversation often an evil man seeks to disguise his evil by hiding be time behind the pretense of Christianity but our conversation reveals our true treasure which we have in our heart it will not be a difficult matter to part that which interns into our spiritual life the great thoughts noble aspirations clear perceptions of truth unselfish purposes yearnings for piety and holiness will bear fruit what kind of fruit they will bear fruit in words that reveal the character of the heart treasure when Christ is that's revealed in our speech. It will have power in winning souls to Him When Jesus is in the heart good thoughts are in the mind and good words come out of our Miles this is the secret of attracting others to Jesus Malakai 316 tells us then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another they didn't know it but another was listening in on the conversation. The verse continues and the Lord listened and heard them so a book of remembrance was written before him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name are words of encouragement to others are precious to God He writes them down in his book of remembrance 2000 years ago there was a crowd talking about jesus jesus was listening to the conversation only one person's words got written in this book I love how it is out of ages describes this and giving us a glimpse into Christ mind while he was hanging on the cross for long hours of that any reviling and mockery have fallen upon the ears of Jesus as he hangs upon the cross there floats up to him still the sound of jeers and curses these words will go into a book but not the book of remembrance with longing heart he has listened for some expression of faith from his disciples is heard only the mournful words we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel how grateful then to the Savior was the utterance of faith and love from the dying before this God into that book of remembrance that dying thief has only a short entry God didn't wait for Heaven to reveal the entry and publish it that short entry of the thief has given many a dying center hope to also trust Jesus while the leading Jews deny him. And even the disciples doubt his divinity the poor thief upon the brink of eternity calls Jesus Lord what is Jesus here is we associate together or curses or doubt or does he hear expressions of our faith does he hear our expressions of gratitude in praise we've looked at the importance of being together in worship but there's also a joy in working together just as children don't enjoy being by themselves or working by themselves we don't enjoy feeling like we're doing all the work by ourselves certainly Martha did look tells us Martha was distracted with much serving and she approached him and said Lord do you not care that my sister my sister has left me to serve alone therefore teller to help me God doesn't leave us to work alone in his cause Paul says we are labors together with God and he stays working together with us to the very end Lois and I'm with you always even unto the end of the world in God's people will be together to the end as well notice interesting passage from earlier writing speaking about the beginning of the time of trouble I saw the Saints leaving the cities villages and notice the next phrase associating together in companies in living in the most solitary places even at the end in remote retreat will be in groups now those in prison even those placed in solitary confinement will not be alone great kind of receipt tells us the enemies may thrust them into prison yet dungeon walls cannot cut off the communication between their souls and Christ. One who sees their every weakness who is acquainted with every trial is above all earthly powers and angels will come to them in lonely cells bringing light and peace from heaven bars cannot shut out Angels bars cannot shut out Jesus and they come there in those dungeon cells the prison will be as a palace for the rich in faith while there their rich rich in faith and the gloomy walls will be a lighted up with a heavenly light as when Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises at midnight in the Philippian dungeon in being together continues to Jesus come this morning we've been looking at a bible theme that God created us with a nature that social we've seen that God Himself said it isn't good for us to be alone and the good news is that we don't go to heaven alone those who teach that the saved go to heaven when they die are teaching a false doctrine that Miss is one of the great joys of the 2nd coming in the resurrection the redeemed all go to heaven together much of the enjoyment of life comes by enjoying something together with another my wife and I have been walking together around our neighborhood we've been watching the colors of spring flowers on the trees and other plants and more than half of the enjoyment we experience is enjoying it together the saved experience the same wonder and surprise as they came up come up from the grave or are translated alive at the 2nd coming the Bible makes this clear 1st Teslin eons for 16 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air in social we ever be with the Lord. In the great faith chapter Paul says that the great heroes of faith don't go to heaven in advance of us God having provided some better thing for us that they without us should not be made perfect he was leaven 40 we are designed to do things together we will experience the deliverance from sin and together we will through all of the amazing experiences of traveling together from Earth to have it we will marvel at the sounds and sights of the New Jerusalem together we'll enjoy the delicate perfumes of the flowers the delicious tastes of the fruit and will be doing this together with our friends and being together doesn't stop when Jesus comes and we 1st get together the 1st get to heaven we won't be in heaven alone we will be there with our friends the friends that brought us to Jesus the friends we brought to Jesus and every saint is given a crown look at the description of these grounds some of them had very bright crowns others not so bright some crowns appear to heavy with stars while others head but few the song that asked the question will there be any stars in the stars and my crown is answered every one in heaven has not just one but at least a few stars in their crown if we refuse to be friends with God's people here we should not think we will be there for fellowship with friends and heaven is just a continuation of the friendships of heavenly minded friends on this earth letter $12893.00 says one or 2 must not think that they can be prospered by keeping aloof from their brother and think they can go to heaven allow Heaven is a social place notices description from Education Page 306 there that is in heaven the loves and sympathies that God has planted in the soul will find truest in sweetest exercise. God has placed the seeds of love and sympathy in our hearts this says these are our part of the preparation for heaven but the quotation continues that pure communion with holy beings the harmonious social life with the blessed angels in with the faithful ones of all ages the sacred fellowship that binds together the whole family in heaven and earth all are among the experiences of the here after I remember being a freshman at Loma Linda School of Medicine after about 6 weeks it was the very 1st time in my life that I actually felt alone and lonely I didn't know anyone no one knew me and I didn't have time to socialize I was too busy studying one evening reading a book our high calling I ran across this statement that I've never forgotten I've never even forgotten the page number I don't know I didn't know it at the time but later learned the background of the statement this was an excerpt from a letter to the author sun will invite us away for a short training school for missionary endeavor it was Willie his 1st time away from home he was a teenager and homesick his mother wrote him a beautiful letter I will only share one paragraph from this letter when I understood this paragraph within a very short time my loneliness left me I've never had it again let me read the paragraph that it was so transform this transformational for me all right calling page 64 Your only safety and happiness are in making Christ your constant counsellor you can be happy in him if you had not another friend in the whole wide world in the wide world your feelings of unrest and homesickness are loneliness maybe for your good. Your Heavenly Father means to teach you to find in him the friendship and love and consolation that will satisfy your most earnest hopes and desires in a certain respect Jesus is lonely for us in a foreign loneliness makes us lonely for him it's a good day because he alone can fully remove our loneliness Have you found that friend. The apostle John did he was a prisoner banished to Patmos actually Apostles tells us Patten at Patmos a barren island a barren rock the island in the agency had been chosen by the Roman government as a place of banishment for criminals but to the servant of God This gloomy about it became the gate of heaven how could a gloomy lonely abode become a gate of heaven it continues here shut away from the busy scenes of life and from the active labors of former years he had the companionship of God in Christ in the heavenly angels and from them he received instruction for the church for all future time God created our minds for companionship with angels notice as Christ object lessons page $200.00 the mind that God created for the companionship of angels that's the human mind and we can have enjoyed companionship began Now when crisis on earth he was lonely the friend of all he only had a few real friends desire of ages in fact 24 tells us at the home of Lazarus Jesus as Jesus had often found rest the Savior had no home of his own he was deep pendant on the hospitality of his friends and disciples think of it the creator of the universe the ruler of the heavenly host willingly relinquished his rulership. And became a man making himself dependent on others but Halliday this gave others the opportunity to show hospitality in a sense Jesus is still dependent on our hospitality and the day of rewards he says to the righteous Matthew 253-5240 I was hungry and you gave me food I was thirsty and you gave me drink I was a stranger and you took me and I was naked and you clothed me I was sick and you visited me I was in prison and you came to me and the righteous will answer him saying Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you are thirsty and give you drink when did we see you a stranger and take you in or naked and clothe you or when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you and the king will answer and say to them surely I say to you in as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brother you did it to me you say Jesus remains dependent on our hospitality and often when we are a thirsting for human fellowship he had been glad to escape to this peaceful household of Mary Martha and Lazarus is it lad to be escaping to your home are you inviting Jesus into your home he still thirst for human fellowship he says Behold I stand at the door knock if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me that invitation is to anyone you meet with us are you inviting him to your meals when we ask the blessing we are not simply asking for his blessing on the food we are asking for his presence at our table. Jesus has designed a way to banish loneliness from the most lonely Education Page 127 with the Word of God in His hands every human being whatever his life a lot in life may be cast may have such companionship as he should use in its pages he may hold converse with the noblest and best of the human race and may listen to the voice of the eternal as he speaks of men as he studies and meditates upon the things into which the angels desire to look he may have their companionship he may follow the steps of the heavenly teacher and listen to his words as when he taught on mountain and plain and c He may dwell in this world in the atmosphere of heaven let me pause here for a moment we can have the atmosphere of Heaven in this world in the midst of contagious air we can breathe freely of the air of habit and we can bring the air of heaven its oxygen to others imparting to erse sorrowing in tempted ones thoughts of hope and longings for holding us himself coming closer and still closer into fellowship with the unseen like him of all who walked with God drawing near and near the threshold of the eternal world until the portal shall open and he shall enter there he will find himself no stranger the voices that will greet him are the voices of the holy ones who unseen Where on earth his companions voice is that here he learned to distinguish and to love he who through the Word of God has lived in fellowship with heaven will find himself at home in Heaven's fellowship this is the companionship that heaven offers God never quarantined quarantines us from Heaven's companionship on this earth we face play against a plague. That will not change until Jesus comes this isn't the last quarantine letter 528092 plagues are in our world and the Spirit of God is being gradually withdrawn from the children of man. But these need never affect our companionship in heaven the angels will dwell with us when humans depart when humans fear to be near us the word of God can be in our minds when Bibles are taken away and Christian will never be quarantined from Jesus and the heavenly angels we can have their companionship and their peace is our Of Ages 331 asked through Jesus we enter into rest heaven begins here we respond his invitation Come learn of me and in thus coming we begin the life hard life eternal heaven is a ceaseless approaching to God through Christ the longer we are in the heaven of bliss but us the more and still more of glory will be opened to us and the more we know of God the more intense will be our happiness as we walk with Jesus in this life we may be filled with His love satisfied with his presence all that human nature can bear all that human nature can barely read it again we may receive here but what is this compared with the hereafter there are they before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple and he that sit on the throne shall do well among them as the hunger no more need of thirst any more neither shall the sun light on them nor any heat for the lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them and shall lead them and to living fountains of waters. And God shall wipe away all tears from their arms now and throughout eternity we can have a relationship with God that is near still near a friendship with God that is near still near a happiness with a gun that's more intense him still more. Begins here answering. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit w w w audio verse or.

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