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Why I Am an Adventist

Randy Roberts
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Randy Roberts

Senior pastor of Loma Linda University Church

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  • October 10, 2020
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I wonder if we could start with a word of prayer gracious God we're just so thankful that even in a time of physical distance seeing a time when some among us are quite concerned about their health a time when we want to practice neighborliness and neighborly love by being respectful of those who are concerned about staying well that even during a time like this we can go to a strange way together where we don't want to use to this because we want to be back physically to go. But in the interim this is truly been a blessing so we pray that you would lead and guide and in this presentation my your spirit shine through above all things is my prayer in Jesus'. Name So let me share my screen here with you and. I've chosen to see here make sure I get this right Ok I think now that's what we need. So I've chosen to talk with you today about Adventism right asked me to talk about some specific aspects about been tism And as I mull that over a thought about it prayed about it whoops this back we're supposed to be I am I decided to do it from a very personal perspective in a way it's a bit autobiographical. But it's very deeply meaningful to me. Now I have to say out of the starting gate that I realized I have way too much material and I've had to move some things cut some things and only present a few of the realities that I've been thinking about in this tropic in this area of content. So I've been thinking about why I'm an Adventist for quite a while I've been thinking about it deeply in probably the last year to year and I have been writing some things on it if they considering. How I would answer that question because I would be very honest with you I think there are people who if asked you Can who are advantageous people who maybe have grown up and have been to those who couldn't answer that question with a compelling reason and that concerns me deeply so I want to talk with you a little bit about why I'm an adult themes I begin by saying I'm going to have this by birth my parents were 7th Day Adventists before me and they blazed a trail that I have been honored to follow now I was talking to my sister my older sister in Texas when I was there a couple weeks ago about our heritage as Adventists and we believe that we are 3rd or 4th and possibly 5th generation we're not certain of that Adventists on my father's side. However my father is soon as he was old enough to do so he wanted nothing to do with the church and left it and lived a very different kind of lifestyle until the Spirit of God doing what the Spirit of God does so well reached out and gripped his heart drew him back to himself and placed his feet in the Count's way of ministry so Dad became a pastor Professor church administrator an evangelist for for over 50 years of his life and made a profound difference in my whole life lives of my siblings in the lives of thousands probably tens of thousands of people or heard about the love of Jesus and His plan for our lives throughout that 50 plus year ministry so my life in my world has been very deeply and clearly influenced by Haven't is now my mother's side of the family it's a different reality my mum was a Southern belle she was a Southern Baptist both of my parents were born and grew up in Fort Worth Texas and mom's family was and remains staunch Southern Baptist folk to this day some of the greatest and best people you could hope to meet are very committed to Jesus very committed to Scripture and and they struggle so when Mum left the Southern Baptists convention to become a part of the 7th Day Adventist Church but those days were dealt with and over the years they maintained a very close connection my mom came from a family of 3 sisters no boys just 3 sisters their last name was brothers so they were the brother sisters. But both of my parents after those early decisions that maybe would have led them in different directions after they made those and then made a decision to be said that they have this faithfully maintained that commitment to Jesus and that commitment to have been to them throughout their lives so I grew up in that context but there does come a time it came in my life it comes in every life when you have to decide is it enough to be Adventist by birth or Christian by birth or is there something more of a test the enter into the picture and that was the case for me I became Adventist by belief by conviction by commitment a lot of this happened during my college and Similary years but in all honesty as it has as I have continued in the trajectory of both life and ministry as I have continued to read and study my appreciation for my respect for him my gratitude for my 7th Day Adventist roots just continue to be so I want to share with you a few of the reasons there's there be a much longer list than this and I realize I'm going to have to cull this down to just choose a few pieces if we're going to have any hope of getting through some of this I'm going to share with you a few pieces why adman says and that is so important so why am I and have been so I'm going to Adventists because Adventism understands that the story is bigger than you and me it's bigger than human. In fact Adventism has a unique focus on the us now as I talk about these different reasons for my commitment to appen to them you recognize that some of these are shared by other Christian faiths as well. But even though we do have some that are uniquely are all for me it's more than just one individual piece it's a larger picture and it's how all of these commitments come together. This one though I think is fundamental. Adventism captures this and what we call the great controversy this great controversy between God and Satan and at the core of that is the character of God who is God Can God be trusted can God be trusted not just by us as human beings but can God be trusted by the universe or Satan's accusations true the character of God is the central reality of this great conflict and we as administers have long understood that and have long affirmed that this that even though we're integral to the story the story is actually much bigger than you and me so the key issue has to do with the character of God Consider this quote by Ellen White this is one of I think her most timeless quote she says it is the darkness of misapprehension of God That is it shrouding the world. Men are losing their knowledge of his character it has been misunderstood and misinterpreted at this time a message from God is to be proclaim a message illuminating in its influence and saving and its power his character is to be made known into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of his story the light of His goodness mercy and truth those who wait for the bridegroom's coming are to say to the people be hold your gut the last raise a merciful life the last message of mercy to be given to the world is a revelation of His character of lot I think Ellen White captures there in vivid terms and in poignant terminology the reality that God is at the center of this this conflict we call the great controversy Adventism has as always recognized that continues to recognize that that it's a bigger picture than just us we are swept up into this conflict but really the key issue is the character of God I give you one simple way that this that this affects us. I'm going to stop sharing here for a moment so I can look at you maybe a bit more clearly one of the ways it affects us is what we believe happens at the end of time for many of our Christian brothers and sisters there's a belief that for some it's a very strong belief that those who are not saved those who have spurned God's grace and mercy will burn forever as a punishment I simply cannot binde my mind around that reality and believe that a God of Love and Grace would do that. Truthfully that's a doctrine that has probably driven more people to reject God than maybe most other doctrines and and it highlights the fact that God's character is at the center of this controversy and the fact that we believe we serve a God of love who will not do that is key in its importance to me I'm an advantage because of God I'm and have been it's because the story is bigger than me. Ok let me see here I'm an avid a secondly because of how Adventism understands the Bible now you can imagine that if you look at the sweep of Christian history there is a significant spectrum in terms of how people have related to Scripture Adventist have always been known to be people of the book we are people who have committed ourselves to studying and understanding God's word believing that it speaks to us today in timeless ways but there are differences in terms of how we as a part of the Christian confession in a larger sense. Belief scripture came to be so let me talk to you just briefly about that here's the opening paragraph of Luke's Gospel many have undertaken to drop an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us just as they were handed down to us by those who from the 1st were eyewitnesses and servants of the word With this in mind says or since I and myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning I to decided to write an orderly account for you most excellent the office so that you may know of a certainty of the things you have been taught. Now that passage maybe more than any other gives us an insight into some of the ways inspiration of scripture works in fact one scholar who isn't 7 as they have them says this There is no passage in the Bible which ships such a floodlight on the doctrine of the inspiration of scripture no one would deny that the Gospel of Luke is an inspired document and yet Luke begins by affirming that it is the product of the most careful historical research remember what Luke said he says I have carefully investigated everything the Spirit of God who worked on Luke inspired him but it didn't cause Luke to turn off his mind I've been reading through this 6 volume series biography of Ellen White now for some time this is by Arthur white it has been a joy it has been an illuminating read I'm now from a halfway or so through the 5th. One of the things that has struck me has been that Ellen White in her writing was very similar to what Luke just said he did Ellen White had research assistants who helped her track down things that she didn't know that became included in her writing and yet the Spirit of God was moving powerfully and prophetically in her life now that informs how we understand scripture and for for us a 7th Day Adventists that's a key point so let me go back to my sharing now and read the next slide very simple because I have a question for you I want you to just think about this for just a moment you don't have to say it out loud you don't have to say it in anybody but in your understanding of house grips your came to be. Were the writers of Scripture more like court reporters or more light news reports that's a key question for any person of Christian faith but it's especially an important question for us as Adventists with a more like court reporters or news reporters My sister worked for many years as a court reporter and I to this day I'm still stunned that she can literally sit at this little machine and even if we were having a kind conversation she could take down with with very little error exactly what we said word for word verbatim it's stunning news reporters on the other hand do something different news reporters ask questions they enter into an event they try to find the truth of who what when where why and how and then they give the news report often in their own language in their own terms now it is true they may use direct quotes it time they may even have somebody on the broadcast to speak in their language but overall we understand when we listen to a news reporter we are getting something that we hope is the truth these days we wonder don't we but that it is coming through that human Cham That's how Adventist understand inspiration I'm going to read you it's going to be several slides so just stay with me but a piece from a much larger section in the 1st selected messages book I want you to listen to how Ellen White talks about this reality called Inspiration she says it is not the words of the Bible that are inspired but the men that were inspired. Inspiration acts not on the man's words or his expressions but on the man himself who under the influence of the Holy Ghost is imbued with thoughts but the words receive the impress of the individual writer's mind the divine mind in will is combined with the human mind and will thus the utterances of the man are the Word of God in our Bible we might ask why do we need Matthew Mark Luke and John in the Gospels Why do we need the acts of the Apostles and the variety of the writers in the epistles to go over the same thing you may have had that question in many cases they tell the same stories she continues the Lord gave his word in just the way he wanted it to come he gave it to her writers each having his own individuality the going over the same history their testimonies are brought together in one book Enter like the testimonies in a social meeting they do not represent things in just the same style each has an experience of his own and this diversity broadens and deepens the knowledge that is brought out to meet the necessities of varied mines the thoughts expressed have not a set uniformity as if cast in an iron mold making the very hearing monotonous in such uniformity there would be a loss of grace and distinctive beauty. The Creator of All ideas may impress different minds with the same thought but each may express it in a different way yet without contradiction the fact that this difference exists should not perplex or confuses us it is seldom that 2 persons will view and express truth in the very same way each dwells on a particular points which has which his constitution and education have fitted him to appreciate the sunlight falling upon the different objects gives those objects a different hue through the inspiration of his spirit the Lord gave his apostles truth to be expressed according to the development of their minds by the Holy Spirit but the mind is not cramped as if forced into a certain mall and friends that's that's stunning pasterns and that the poor significantly significantly from certain others who also claim the name of Jesus there are some religions for example that virtually see scripture as falling down untouched from heaven God's words specifically and no human element within Adventist have never seen it that way not in our official statements and even Ellen White for whom we have such profound regarding appreciation for her prophetic utterances says that's not the way God chose to work he left room for the individual to speak the truth of God in that way it was very incarnation just like Jesus was the incarnation of God it was incarnational in that God gave defined eternal truth and yet communicated through human history mentality I'm an advocate because of how adamant his understand the Bible. Bill Press right along here of the ergonomic admin is because of how Adventism at its best understands salvation. I'm going to read you a text that's. At 1st thought that's a pretty negative text talk about salvation but I read it because of what it says at the end here it is Jesus is giving wos to the pharaoh season Sajid's these he says this in Matthew $23.00 whoa to you teachers of the law and fair says you hypocrites you clean the outside of the cup and dish but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence blind ferrous see and this is the part I want you to know 1st clean the inside of the cup and dish and then the outside also will be clean that's an Adventist understanding of salvation it starts with the heart when we haven't been in our best and there have been those times I grew up in places and times like that the 1st focus has been on behavior but when we're faithful to scripture when we're faithful to what Ellen White shares the truth is simple it's a matter of the heart so a matter of the roots and the fruits will then begin to take care of themselves so with that passage in mind let's read this one I love this passes from desire of ages all true obedience comes from the heart it was heart work with Christ. And if we can sit he will so identify himself with our thoughts and aims so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to his will that Quinn obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses the Will refined and sanctified will find its highest delight in doing his service when we know God as it is our privilege to know him our life will be a life of continual obedience through an appreciation of the character of Christ through Communion with God Sin will become hateful to us I don't know that there's a passage in the writings of Ella white that more powerfully and beautifully captures how we as an infant This understand salvation I mean it every sentence there says it but I love that 2nd sentence sentence it was hard work with Christ he went to the heart why well remember what he said Back here in in Matthew 23 1st clean the inside of the cup and dish and then the outside will also be clean that's what this passage is saying but of all the sentences in this asses there is one that grips me more than all the rest as beautiful as each are and it's this will quit when we know God as it is our privilege to know him our life will be a life of continual o.-p.. That immediately in the words of one place is knowing God as the cause and obeying Him as the result so if you're struggling with obedience and this whole paragraph is about obedience seek to know God. Asked the Holy Spirit to give you an intimate and deep and lasting understanding of the character of God so that you might know because when you know God. Your life will be a life of continual read it's that passage alone would be enough to make me Athens I love that comes moving right along in the interest of time I'm an admin a speech because of how Adventism understands God to work God's work and human rests you know this drives us right into the right into the thick of one of our not totally unique but largely unique administers actions that we find right at the beginning of scripture thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all their multitude and on the 7th day God finished the work that he had done and he rested on the 7th day from all the work that he had and so God bless the 7th day and hell of it because on it God rested from all the work he had in creation. I love the Sabbath the older I get the more I love the sound I grew up in a world where many advocates felt negatively about the cell and it was so because the Sabbath had become a burden there was such a focus on you can do this and you can't do that and they can't swear a lot longer than they could and it created a negative environment but by the grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit I've come to understand much more fully the intent of the Sabbath and I think such a powerful blessing in my life I love the concept that God's work is work in which we can rests now here's what's curious to me there's a lot I could say about South but I want to say something that we don't talk about as often. Here in my office in fact I could take you over and I could pull probably 12 to 15 books off the shelf pretty quickly without too much problem written by Christian writers of other Christian confessions talking about Sabbath Sabbath has become a focal point in much Christian writing now for most this is totally true but for most they're talking about the concept of Santa not about a 24 hour period from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday but even but now I'm even finding some that are beginning to do that in other words the world is beginning to recognize the value of sound it's amazing some of the best the ology I've read in recent years have about Sabbath have come from pins that are not have that is so amazing to me I mean I'm gratified biding courage by hope that the Sabbath as we've understood it becomes a blessing to many many of us but here's one example one writer talks about the rhythms of God's work in creation you know it well because you've read Genesis one and the evening in the morning of the 1st day the evening of the morning or the 2nd day the evening them etc always starts with the and it's from that concept that we take our beginning Sabbath that Friday at sunset but here's the rhythm of creation pointed out the rhythm of creation means that for humanity our experience of the world our experience of God be Guinn's with rest God works we rest and then we awaken the next morning to join God in His work that's the rhythm of crease and that's what Sabbath can mean to us it means that God created the world and I did it. And then I can take rests in God's completed will I think there is something deep by the way deeply symbolic in the fact that Jesus rested after completing the work not only of creation but of recreate ssion and of salvation let me go back to screen share here because I want to share something with you that I find interesting this is quite a list I'm just going to hit some high points in it but there's a reason I'm reading it to you so think of how positive this view of Sabbath is Sabbath does it take you day or week to remind myself that I did not make the world and that it will continue to exist without my efforts to day with my work is done even when it is. That day when I remember that God made the world he saw that it was good it's a day when I produce nothing further on down the list it's a day when at the end I say I didn't do anything to be and I don't add and I feel so guilty etc It's quite a list I find myself saying amen time and again as I read this is here's what's interesting this list was not written by 7th they have this is us written by Rob Bell who has taken some heat for some of his theological positions but it just serves to give an example of how others are coming to an understanding of Sabbath of God's work and human rights that's a key part of what it means to be Adventists and that's of car that I absolutely love Ok Moving right along with the rear strong to keep an eye on the time. I'm an admin it's because of the admin to Adventism understands I missed a word there God's plan for human holds and you know what I'm talking about here. We go to this text it's one that we've often read in quoted Paul writing to the Corinthians you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you whom you have received from God you're not you're all in Europe bought at a price therefore honor God with your bodies there's an indivisible whole in terms of how Adventists view humanity we view this this body that God has given us as a temple as a place in which we worship God as a place in which we live the lives God gives us to live of the Adventist view of understanding human wholeness could say it this way we we understand human beings not to have a soul but we understand human beings our soul it's our indivisible whole that's who God created us to be so arced pastoral staff. We have worship every Tuesday morning start of the day a lot of the pastors Anyway take Mondays off because our work week just having talked about Sabbath is nevertheless Tuesday the Sabbath it's a very busy day and we take great joy but anyway we start each week with with worship on Tuesday mornings and this is our whole staff not just the pouncers but the administrative assistants maintenance media all the routes so recently in the last quarter a year or 2 we've actually decided we're just going to read some books and so we're just in fact just this last Tuesday finished. It is a book I wish highly recommend in the. It was written by Dr Paul Grant and Philip Yancey Philip Yancey is well known Christian writer Dr Pollack brand the late Dr Paul brand you're out throughout his life time worked primarily with leprosy patients both in India and in core of the Louisiana this book isn't titled fearfully and wonderfully fearfully and wonderfully in it is drawn from that's where the Psalmist says I will praise you because I'm fearfully and wonderfully made as we have read through this book chapter by chapter I've ended the reading of each chapter saying to my colleagues I just don't understand how one could read about the complexities of the human body from a spiritual perspective and have any question about is so I hear a creator it has woven into my heart and mind yet once again the realities of God's he can do. What he has done with this thing we call a human body that even though we're in a fractured broken world and even though it doesn't work right in this place and time it was designed with exquisite care. A preacher of my youth said something that I think of whenever I think about that he said we were designed for heaven we will never function fully to get there so no we're not functioning fully but praise God we're functioning in truly remark of the ways in the way haven't tism understands this indivisible wholeness of humanity is key because it has to do then with how we care for our bodies now I know we have tended to focus in on certain things but I think we know enough from science now to know that some of the things we have avoided are good to to have been avoided but some of the things we have used. Probably ought have been avoided as well my the only one that dares to admit to a sweet tooth. We need to be consistent in how we understand is things now just like sounds the world around us has caught up with us I'll tell you in in the world of my childhood growing up as a kid both in Latin America and in Texas when we win it and sit down at a restaurant as a family and ask what are your vegetarian options in that day and time and in those places people looked at us like we had just confessed to some deep dark sin like remove vegetarian. There just wasn't that concept meat was such an integral part of the die yet look at where the world around us is today I have been keeping track of the number of Adventists doctrines I've mentioned Sabbath I've mentioned. Eternal hellfire not being one of our doctrines and now I've mentioned health I think heaping track of how many of them have slowly become integrated either into the culture at large or the Christian culture of being gratified by that so one Ellen White comment along those lines before we move to the next item. She says this the relation that exists between the mind and the body is very intimate now who of us would disagree with that wrote a Health Sciences campus many of you are in the Health Sciences physicians and nurses and researchers all the rest you know the truth of that reality to part of my Adventism for which I am deeply grateful Ok I'm going to share one more one last with this we might take just a little bit longer but it's key. It's deeply important to why I'm advantageous and that is I'm an advantage because of how Adventism understands that destination of history now I understand there are many people around us in the culture and even I encounter at times people of faith I'm thinking of one right now it's hard to believe it saddens me but who understand that what we have right now is all that we have this is our one go around so you better spend it well and I agree with the fact of spending it well I agree with the reality of committing ourselves to a cause greater than ourselves of seeking to make a difference in the world for God but that's not what they're saying they're saying history is going nowhere so not that saddens me as a pastor I have had the privilege the sacred privilege many times of walking with families through the valley of the shadow of death in the years I worked as a chaplain I can remember time and time and time again yeah the ring with families around of bad holding him. His final breaths were about to be breathed or had already been breezed in and repeating the 23rd saying the Lord's Prayer together and then from a heart that beats with the hope of the coming of Jesus being able to say to them this isn't the end of the story knowing that i is an Adventist after all that word Act It just means I believe in the advent of Jesus this isn't the end of the story because as an Adventist I believe history has a destination it's going somewhere. So the question becomes where exactly is history go according to an Adventist understanding well history will culminate in the 2nd coming of Jesus in the final and fool establishment of a key new of God something I was thinking this is the last couple of mornings as I was reading my Bible devotional. I mean a section right now in the Gospels I'm reading it each year read through the Bible and this year I've chosen to read through the chronological Bible and so by doing that it means that as I'm reading through the Gospels kind of like we've read earlier and we were talking about inspiration I encounter different gospel writers telling the same stories I've been in sections where a lot of miracles are happening and I thought you know be easy to read this and then Jesus why don't you do this again now why don't you or or somebody you send walk through the hospital up there and he'll every person in every bad one and she banished covert Why don't you do that again I think I know Jesus answered Jesus who say I'm going to be good good good idea you have already I'm going to do that again so I did it the 1st time I came with just a few to give you a foretaste of what I'm going to do for everybody when I return that's the destination of history that's what allows me to stand at a bedside to stand in a funeral home parlor and to say grieve because the people of God throughout time throughout Scripture grieved tears are God's gift to us too to express our sorrow but like Paul said Don't grieve without hope as the others too. Because history's cooling system history is going in the direction of the 2nd Coming of Christ this is one of my all time favorite passages do not let your hearts be trouble trusting God trust also in me my Father's house has plenty of room if that were not so what I've told you that I'm going there to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am I want to read to you what it's a little bit of a long passage I'll say that right up front but what may be my favorite white passage it's describing what happens as as time steps into eternity when Jesus comes in establishes the kingdom and when all that will happen at that time occurs what will that look like in terms of the future so here we go beautiful works from great controversy she writes Satan's work of rebellion is forever ended for 6000 years he has wrought his will Philly the earth with Wall and causing grief throughout the universe the whole creation is growing and travel together in pain now God's creatures are forever delivered from his presence and temptations the whole earth is at rest in his quiet and the righteous break forth into singing I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the 1st heaven in the 1st earth were passed away Listen to this the fire that consumes the wicked purifies the air every trace of the curse is swept away no eternally burning hell will keep before the ransomed the fearful consequences of sin. One reminder of a lone remains our redeemer will ever bear the marks of his crucifixion upon his wounded head upon his side his hands and feet are the only traces of the crew were this in his Rock the Earth originally given to man as his kingdom betrayed by him into the hands of Satan and so long held by the mighty foe has been brought back by the great plan of redemption all that was lost by sin has been restored God's original purpose in the creation of the earth is Forth is fulfilled as it is made the eternal abode of the reading. There the redeemed shall know even as also they are know the loves and sympathies which God Himself has planted in the soul show their find truest and sweetest exercise remember the preacher from my youth you were designed for Heaven you'll never function fully till you get here get there that's what this is saying the cure pure communion with holy beings the harmonious social life with the blessing angels and with the faithful ones of all ages who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb the sacred ties that bind together the whole family in heaven and earth these help constitute the happiness of the Redeemed. Their immortal minds will contemplate with never failing to light the wonders of creative power the mysteries of redeeming love there will be no cruel deceiving fode attempt to forgetfulness of God every faculty will be developed every capacity increased the acquirement of knowledge will not weary the mind or exhaust the energies read that sentence Well students there are the grandest enterprises may be carried forward the loftiest aspirations reach the highest ambitions realized and still there will arise new heights to surmount new wonders to admire new trues do comprehend fresh objects to call for the powers of mind soul and body all the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God redeemed and the years of eternity as they roll will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of Christ as knowledge is progressive so will love reverence and happiness increase the more men learn of God the greater will be their admiration of his character as Jesus opens before them the riches of redemption in the amazing achievements in the great controversy was Satan the hearts of the Ransomes thrilled with more fervent devotion and with more raptures joy they sweet the hearts of gold and $10000.00 times $10000.00 and thousands of thousands of voices unite to swell the mighty chorus of praise and every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea and all that are in them heard I saying blessing and honor and glory and power beyond him the city of upon the throne and unto the lamb for ever and ever and then this paragraph the great controversy is ended sin and sinners are no more the entire universe is clean one pulse of her many in gladness Beach through the vast creation. From Him who created a home full of life and light and gladness throughout the realms of illimitable space from the minute us and him to the greatest world all things animate and inanimate in there unshadowed beauty and perfect joy it Claire that God is love to have at the center of our faith system that living vibrant. I'm just thankful to be out of it. Clearly what I've shared as is not comprehensive but it begins to get at those elements in those pieces that to me personally have so much meaning and are part of this community of faith of which I'm blessed and bruised to be a member I don't look down on others and reject them is not me Christian but I do think Man I wish you have what I have so profoundly thankful for it and continue to grow in it and I want that to be a living vibrant part which is built on the foundation of Jesus who always comes 1st but is fleshed out in a belief system that is about God. It's about humanity it's about eternity it's about rest it's about wholeness it's about so many different pieces of what God has in mind it has if you're for us so I've been concerned concerned that too many happens today don't have a robust a compelling answer to the questions why are you at that. They concerned enough that I've been working it through a computer in my mind in my prayers. Because I won't there be no doubt as to why I am. Afraid again race is God I thank you and I praise you and I bless you for this gift you have given to us given to me what a privilege one more let us ever and always hold it in humility with firm conviction with charity and grace toward us but let us never beat him and let us be willing as Peter said in his letter to be ready always to give an answer for the hope that is within us but to do it with humility and grace or thank you for this might we shared with every person every open door that you provide. Under you every step is our true. In Jesus and. This media was brought to you by audio 1st 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 sermon this lead to visit w w w audio verse or.

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