Bible Adventures: “Waiting Patiently?”

Do you have a hard time waiting for something? Do you count the days on the calendar  for Christmas or your birthday? Noah and his family had to be patient when they were waiting for the rain to come and during the flood. Let’s see how long they had to be patient.

Can you imagine being stuck with all those animals inside the ark for so long? It must have been really stinky and stuffy inside! Trusting in God helped them to go through that hard time. They knew that He was with them and that eventually they would see dry land again. We have to be patient too and trust that what God says will happen. And the most important thing we have to wait on is the Second Coming of the Good King. He said that He would come again and even though it’s been a very long time, He will keep His promise. And if you have accepted Him as Your King and Best Friend you will go to live with Him when He returns.

Prayer: Thank Jesus that He is coming again and will take you home with Him. Ask Him to help you to patiently wait in your life.

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“Conformity To The Will Of God”

A gracious woman retaineth honour. Proverbs 11:16.

You may never be called to do a work which will bring you before the public. But all the work we do that is necessary to be done, be it washing dishes, setting tables, waiting upon the sick, cooking, or washing, is of moral importance; and until you can cheerfully and happily take up these duties you are not fitted for greater and higher duties. The humble tasks before us are to be taken up by someone; and those who do them should feel that they are doing a necessary and honorable work, and that in their mission, humble though it may be, they are doing the work of God just as surely as was Gabriel when sent to the prophets. All are working in their order in their respective spheres. Woman in her home, doing the simple duties of life that must be done, can and should exhibit faithfulness, obedience, and love as sincere as angels in their sphere. Conformity to the will of God makes any work honorable that must be done….

We are not in heaven, but upon the earth. When we are in heaven, then we shall be qualified to do the lofty and elevating work of heaven. It is here in this world that we must be tested and proved….

The highest duty that devolves upon youth is their own homes, blessing father and mother, brothers and sisters, by affection and true interest. Here they can show self-denial and self-forgetfulness in caring and doing for others. Never will women be degraded by this work. It is the most sacred, elevated office that she can fill. What an influence a sister may have over brothers! If she is right she may determine the character of her brothers. Her prayers, her gentleness, and her affection may do much in a household…. These noble qualities can never be communicated to other minds unless they first exist in your own. That contentment of mind, that affection, gentleness, and sunniness of temper which will reach every heart, will reflect upon you what your heart gives forth to others. If Christ does not reign in the heart, there will be discontent and moral deformity. Selfishness will require of others that which we are unwilling to give them. If Christ is not in the heart, the character will be unlovely.

It is not the great work and great battles alone which try the soul and demand courage. Everyday life brings its perplexities, trials, and discouragements. It is the humble work which frequently draws upon the patience and the fortitude. Self-reliance and resolution will be necessary to meet and conquer all difficulties. Secure the Lord to stand with you, in every place to be your consolation and comfort (Testimonies for the Church 3:79-81).

From “Lift Him Up”, by Ellen White, pg. 268.

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“Karen The Lightbearer: The Rescue” Epilogue

In the waiting room Karen, Eddy, Sloppy Joe, and the two brothers watched the clock. It was 8:00 PM and the doctor didn’t come out yet. Then another hour passed and still the doors to the surgery room didn’t open.

“I hope nothing went wrong,” said Trust feeling a bit apprehensive. “If anything worse happens to Honest I…I don’t know what I’d do.”

“We have prayed for him,” said Karen, “Now we must let His Majesty decide what is best.”

“I just can’t bear the thought of Honest being blind the rest of his life. That would be extremely heart breaking for him and for us.” Trust added.

“Yes it would be.” Karen agreed. “But we must trust Him. If Honest does remain blind the rest of his life, the Good King can use it for His honor and glory. Do you know what the Ancient Believer Paul said? He said that he would rather boast in his infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon him (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul had a physical weakness and he believed that the Good King could use him in spite of it. And boy did He!”

Trust was still disturbed. “I hope it’s the Good King’s will for him to see again. If he remains blind he will feel terrible. I don’t want him to go through anymore pain.”

The doors opened and the doctor came out.

Trust got up from his seat. “Doctor, is he going to be all right?” he asked anxiously.

Everyone else got up and waited for his answer.

The doctor looked at them and smiled. “He’s going to be fine. His eye sight is perfectly restored. Usually it takes a while after the operation for the patient to focus but right after we were done he woke up and announced that he was able to see again. I believe that a miracle has taken place.”

Tears of joy flowed from Trust’s eyes. He then bowed his head and clasped his hands. “Thank you, Your Majesty,” he prayed.

Concord was very happy too. “The Good King has healed our brother!”

Trust then turned to him and embraced him. “Indeed He has.”

The doctor didn’t know who this Good King was but he was glad that the brothers were happy. “The patient is resting now. Tomorrow morning you should be able to see him.”

“Thank you, doctor,” said Concord.

Karen, Eddy, and Sloppy Joe smiled. This was a very joyful night!

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The next day everyone went to see Honest. He gazed at his friends with tears flowing like flooded streams. “I’ve got my sight back. I’m so happy. Thank you, Trust, for encouraging me to go through with this. I thank the Good King for guiding the doctor and the hospital staff during the surgery.”

The youngest brother smiled.

Karen spoke up. “You were in many prayers, Honest. We prayed for you and so did the new Believers at the abandoned television station.”

Honest was so touched by the fact that so many people cared about him that he cried some more. Then he asked everyone around his bed to hug him. They all embraced him and Honest thought he was going to suffocate from all the love that was being shown to him. But he didn’t care.

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In the late afternoon Honest was able to go home with his brothers. On the way they stopped at the old television station and Honest thanked everyone there for praying for him and for paying for the surgery.  The leader and the people were joyful that they were able to help out.

“Praise His Majesty! C’mon let’s sing to Him!” exclaimed the leader. Then he and the people lifted up their voices and sang a song to the Good King. The brothers joined them.

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“Do you have to go again?” Sloppy Joe asked Karen and Eddy. “You two haven’t been here long and I was hoping we could do some talking.”

Karen and Eddy didn’t want to say goodbye to their old friend again, but they knew that they had to go.

“The Good King told us through His Spirit that we must leave so that we can get to our next destination on time.” Karen said.

“On time? What do you mean?” Sloppy Joe asked.

Eddy spoke up. “It is time for us to free the people of Small Faith, my people,from the Natives of Doubt. We must get to them before something worse happens to them.”

Sloppy Joe didn’t like the idea of his friends fighting against such a vicious tribe. “I have heard a lot about The Natives of Doubt. They are very brutish and will not hesitate to kill whoever they can.”

“Boy do I know!” said Eddy. “When they invaded my home I nearly escaped with my life. They chased me and threw weapons at me.”

“And you want to confront them?” Sloppy Joe asked giving him a confused look.

“Not really,” Eddy admitted, but then said, “The Good King has strengthened my faith that I am ready to face the challenge that will come my way. I will see my people again and the Good King will use us to free them from the Natives of Doubt. The Good King has shown us through our adventures that He can bring good out of anything. He will do the same here.”

“In every situation we had found ourselves in, the promise of Romans 8:28 has always been our theme. We trust His will in this.” Karen said.

“But I need you two to show me how to be a faithful Lightbearer.” Sloppy Joe said, hoping that he could convince them to stay for just a little bit.

Karen smiled gently. She knew that he was still worried about them going to their next mission. “You don’t need us to show you how to be faithful in the call that was given to you. The Holy Spirit will be your teacher. Be opened to Him and let Him lead you in the adventures that will open up. Remember that no matter what anyone else says, the Light of Truth will always be true.”

Sloppy Joe nodded. It still pained him to say goodbye but he was willing to take the first step in his calling as a Lightbearer. “I will be obedient to the Good King’s dear cause.” he vowed.

“Good for you!” said Karen. Then she and Eddy hugged Sloppy Joe and said goodbye to him.

Sloppy Joe watched them go and said to himself, “I hate goodbyes. I hate it when we always have to say goodbye. I’m looking forward to that day when I and my friends will be together forever.” he then walked away and went back to his motel.

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The three brothers and the leader along with the crowd helped Sloppy Joe repair the motel. They fixed the door and put things back in their proper places. It was a big mess but they managed to get it all cleaned up in one day.

Sloppy Joe slumped in his chair. He was exhausted. Concord, Honest, and Trust sat next to him. When the crowd left, their leader stayed behind to talk to the motel owner.

“Sloppy,” he began, “since we have given our hearts to the Good King we have desired greatly to know more about Him. We have begun to read His Word but we don’t understand the prophecies. We can see that time is growing short and we want to know what we should do during these last days. Can you please teach us the prophecies like you did with those that attended your meetings?”

Sloppy Joe was thrilled. “I will gladly show you what the prophecies mean. But it won’t be me showing you, it will be the Holy Spirit. Tomorrow night I’m going to continue the meetings. Please come and when it is over I will give you study guides for the ones you and your people have missed.”

“Thank you, but are you sure you have enough room here for us and others who are coming?” the leader asked him when he saw that the motel would probably be too small for all of them.

When Sloppy Joe considered how big the gathering would be, he realized that he would need something bigger to conduct the meetings. He then remembered something:

“How about that television station? I think that would work great.”

The leader loved the idea. “Yes! They’ll be plenty room for everyone who wants to come! We’ll get it cleaned up early tomorrow morning so that it will look neat and welcoming.”

When the leader left, Concord  turned to Sloppy Joe. “This has been quite an adventure for us. You, me, and Honest were captured, then Karen and Eddy saved us, then the leader and the crowd changed their ways, then Honest’s eyes got restored, and now you are a Lightbearer. The Good King’s hand has been with us from the beginning to the end. I wonder what other wonders He will perform?”

Sloppy Joe laughed. “Perhaps more than we can count.”

THE END

Halloween And The Last Days

This message was written by Steve Wohlberg of White Horse Media.

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TRICK OR TRUTH

Halloween is upon us. On lawns and rooftops, inside malls, and at parties, ghosts, ghouls, skeletons, beady-eyed bats, spider webs, and R.I.P. tombstones appear everywhere. Of course, it’s all fun and games, right? Soberly think about that for a moment. Halloween makes darkness and death seem fun–yet these bona fide realities surround us daily, and they’re not cute.

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Michael Jackson: Dead

David Bowie: Dead

Prince: Dead

You? Me? Someday, we’ll be dead too.

Then what?

Believe it or not, honest answers to life’s deepest questions are found inside one book, it’s the world’s all-time bestselling book too; although sadly, few read it. Too many are mesmerized by high-tech video games instead. Can you guess what book that is? No, it’s not Harry Potter, but The Holy Bible. This sacred volume explains the truth about sin, death, spiritual darkness, a very real devil, and a holy heaven–and this is no trick.

About sin it tells us: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 NKJV)

About death it notifies us: It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV)

About the devil it informs us: “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9 NKJV).

About the last days it predicts: “But know this, that in the last perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4 NKJV).

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Doesn’t this sound a lot like our world today? Just turn on CNN or Fox News. Look at all the politicians, government officials, world leaders, and celebrities who keep messing up. All too many are “boasters,” “proud,” “lovers of money,” and “without self-control.”

Deadly natural disasters–such as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, storms, floods, and fires–are also on the rise, as are vicious conflicts among nations. The Holy Bible predicted this too. Notice carefully: “There will be signs…wars and commotions… nation will rise against nation… there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines, and pestilences… fearful sights… on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity… men’s hearts failing them for fear and the expectation of those things which are coming upon the earth” (Luke 21:25, 9-11, 25-26 NKJV).

As we approach the dark night of Halloween, news reports include horrific accounts of terrorist atrocities, violent crimes, and racial killings. Divisive debates over sexual orientation rage daily. Spiraling heart disease, diabetes, and cancer take their toll, even among trick-or-treating kids. It’s heartbreaking. Society is surely teetering on the verge of a tremendous crisis.

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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

Every four years, Americans vote on their choice about who should become the next president of the United States. But I’ve got news for you. No matter who wins the White House–whether Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Green Party– no human being can solve this world’s problems. Only God can, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Eternal Ruler of the universe.

And guess what? He will.

His Holy Book predicts:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat: both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up… Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:10, 13 NKJV)

According to this biblical prophecy, Heaven’s plan isn’t to slap a Band-Aid on global immorality and disunity. In other words, God Almighty won’t use peace treaties, the United Nations, earthly governments, law enforcement officers, “climate change” legislation, or any proposal initiated by fallen men to permanently soothe earth’s rampant woes. Ultimately, such measures won’t work anyway. Instead, His purpose is to utterly eradicate evil by melting “the elements… with fervent heat.”

On that big day, all manmade toxicity, satanic cruelty, and gross wickedness will be “burned up.” Now read this: “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26 NKJV). When the dust settles God Himself will recreate “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

The last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, also testifies:

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:4-5 NKJV)

Doesn’t that sound fantastic? No more suffering, funeral services, or salty tears. Silent cemeteries won’t exist. Sin, sinners, and Satan will vanish forever. Dear reader, this isn’t Hollywood fantasy, or an empty promise made during election year, but God’s truth. “These words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:5 NKJV), says the Holy Book.

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The good news of the Bible is that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). “In Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). His love is so great that two thousand years ago He sent His Son into this dark world to unselfishly sacrifice Himself on a cruel cross to pay the price for our sins–including yours and mine. “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3 NKJV) is the biblical message. Truly, this is Heaven’s greatest “treat” for guilty souls longing for hope, help, and forgiveness.

Amazingly, R.I.P. applied to Jesus Christ too when His lifeless body was placed in a clammy tomb just outside Jerusalem. He lay silent for only three days: then “God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:30 NKJV).

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Dear reader, Jesus Christ will soon return “on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30) His face will shine brighter than the sun. For all who repent of their sins, and trust Him as their Savior, the darkness will end. They will have “everlasting life” John 3:16 NKJV) in God’s earth made new (see Revelation 21:1).

It’s not an accident that you are reading this tract. God’s love is drawing you today. Yes, even you. So during this Halloween season, don’t be duped by the Devil.

According to God’s Holy Book, what you have just read this isn’t a trick–it’s the truth.

Choose Jesus Christ today.

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Bible Adventures: “The Floating Zoo”

Hello boys and girls! Today we are once again going to visit Noah. He now has many animals on his ark. What kind of animals were in there? Let’s go inside and see.

God led all those animals into the ark. Isn’t that neat? Noah and his family had to work very hard in feeding and cleaning these animals. I’m sure there were times when they didn’t enjoy it, but it must have made them happy when they remembered that they were doing what God wanted them to do. First they obeyed God and worked together when they were building the ark; then they obeyed God and worked together when they had many animals to care for. They didn’t stop even when their jobs got hard and smelly.

Activity: Imagine that you are in the ark with Noah and his family, helping to take care of the animals. Write down the kinds of animals you would take care of. What kind of food would you give them? What animals would you enjoy being with the most? How would you feel if you had to bathe them and clean up after them?

Prayer: Ask God to help you to work as a team with others. If there is a job you have to do that you don’t like to do (clean your room, help with dishes or laundry) ask God to help you to remember that when you work you are making Him happy.