“A Safe Refuge” 02/28

Behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26:21.

There is coming rapidly and surely an almost universal guilt upon the inhabitants of the cities, because of the steady increase of determined wickedness. The corruption that prevails, is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of strife, bribery, and fraud; every day brings its heart-sickening record of violence and lawlessness, of indifference to human suffering, of brutal, fiendish destruction of human life….

Our God is a God of mercy. With long-sufferance and tender compassion He deals with the transgressors of His law…. The Lord bears long with men, and with cities, mercifully giving warnings to save them from divine wrath; but a time will come when pleadings for mercy will no longer be heard….

The conditions prevailing in society, and especially in the great cities of the nations, proclaim in thunder tones that the hour of God’s judgment is come and that the end of all things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another—fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed….

The storm of God’s wrath is gathering; and those only will stand who respond to the invitations of mercy, … and become sanctified through obedience to the laws of the divine Ruler. The righteous alone will be hid with Christ in God till the desolation be overpast. Let the language of the soul be:

“Other refuge have I none;
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, Oh leave me not alone!
Still support and comfort me.

“Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
Oh, receive my soul at last!”

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“The Vision Is Sure” 02/27

The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3.

The faith that strengthened Habakkuk and all the holy and the just in those days of deep trial was the same faith that sustains God’s people today. In the darkest hours, under circumstances the most forbidding, the Christian believer may keep his soul stayed upon the source of all light and power. Day by day, through faith in God, his hope and courage may be renewed…. In the service of God there need be no despondency, no wavering, no fear. The Lord will more than fulfill the highest expectations of those who put their trust in Him. He will give them the wisdom their varied necessities demand.

Of the abundant provision made for every tempted soul, the apostle Paul bears eloquent testimony. To him was given the divine assurance, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” In gratitude and confidence the tried servant of God responded: “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10.

We must cherish and cultivate the faith of which prophets and apostles have testified—the faith that lays hold on the promises of God and waits for deliverance in His appointed time and way. The sure word of prophecy will meet its final fulfillment in the glorious advent of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as King of kings and Lord of lords. The time of waiting may seem long, the soul may be oppressed by discouraging circumstances, many in whom confidence has been placed may fall by the way; but with the prophet who endeavored to encourage Judah in a time of unparalleled apostasy, let us confidently declare, “The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.”

Let us ever hold in remembrance the cheering message, “The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry…. The just shall live by his faith.”

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Janice’s Attic: Obedience” (Episode 10)

Hello boys and girls!

Today our good friend, Janice will teach you why obeying is important. She will also show you how to make a banana smoothie and tell you a little bit about bears. Be sure  to stick around to hear part 4 of the story “The Secret Of The Cave.”

“How Big Is A Wolf?”

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“This is my story!”

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6

Can you imagine having a group of pets consisting of a wolf, a lamb, a leopard, a goat, a calf, and a lion? That is the picture that Isaiah presents for us of the new earth. But on this earth wolves are rarely kept as pets.

Wolves vary in size, depending on the race. They range in size from the small Arabian wolf, which weighs about 45 pounds up to the North American timber wolf, which averages about 100 pounds. The largest wolf ever known weighed 175 pounds. The races of wolves that inhabited Bible lands were relatively small: they were hardly larger than medium-sized dogs. But their behavior was certainly different from that of dogs!

One thing that is enormous on a wolf is its feet. An Alaskan timber wolf may have a foot pad more than five inches across. You might think that such big feet would cause the wolf to lose a lot of heat on the ice and snow. But the wolf has a special heat-regulating system that allows its feet to maintain a temperature just above freezing, while the rest of its body is toasty warm.

Wolves have special fur, too. They can curl up and lie right out in the open with their backs to the wind and sleep warmly in temperatures down to 40 degrees below zero. And the wolf is one of only two animals designed so that the moisture condensing from their warm breath will not collect and freeze on their fur. The other animal is the wolverine.

Wolves have incredible endurance. Two wolves in British Columbia were followed for 22 miles as they broke trail, without stopping, through 5 feet of snow! Wolves travel an average of about 30 miles a day in winter, and 50 miles a day is not unusual. Those who study wolves tell us that the wolf is also one of the most gentle of all animals when handled properly–but I think I will wait until the earth is made new to have such a pet. Won’t it be grand!

From “Glimpses Of God’s LOVE”, by James A. Tucker and Priscilla Tucker

Picture is from Google Images.

“Through Heaven’s Gates” 02/26

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; … for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5.

We are living in an evil age…. Because iniquity abounds, the love of many waxes cold. Enoch walked with God three hundred years. Now the shortness of time seems to be urged as a motive to seek righteousness. Should it be necessary that the terrors of the day of God be held before us in order to compel us to right action? Enoch’s case is before us. Hundreds of years he walked with God. He lived in a corrupt age, when moral pollution was teeming all around him; yet he trained his mind to devotion, to love purity. His conversation was upon heavenly things. He educated his mind to run in this channel, and he bore the impress of the divine….

Enoch had temptations as well as we. He was surrounded with society no more friendly to righteousness than is that which surrounds us. The atmosphere he breathed was tainted with sin and corruption, the same as ours; yet he lived a life of holiness. He was unsullied with the prevailing sins of the age in which he lived. So may we remain pure and uncorrupted. He was a representative of the saints who live amid the perils and corruptions of the last days. For his faithful obedience to God he was translated. So, also, the faithful, who are alive and remain, will be translated.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” For three hundred years Enoch had been seeking purity of heart, that he might be in harmony with heaven. For three centuries he had walked with God. Day by day he had longed for a closer union; nearer and nearer had grown the communion, until God took him to Himself. He had stood at the threshold of the eternal world, only a step between him and the land of the blest; and now the portals opened, the walk with God, so long pursued on earth, continued, and he passed through the gates of the holy city, the first from among men to enter there….

To such communion God is calling us. As was Enoch’s must be their holiness of character who shall be redeemed from among men at the Lord’s second coming.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White