Worship: For Heaven’s Sake Paul had arrived at the finish line. This was the end of his course. Jesus had already conquered death and had promised to raise Paul up at the last day. Paul was now ready to be offered. He had kept the faith. (Read more below.)
Wellness: For Health’s Sake It was a morning of testimonies that no pen can sufficiently describe. Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, testified of a healing after he prayed during a visit with several seniors who are call-in listeners. Sister Stella David, 78, had only been able to speak in a whisper, due to an abnormality in her neck muscles near her vocal cords. But she shouted strong praises to God immediately after his prayer and again during the morning’s broadcast. You must hear it for yourself. Also listen for details about Pastor’s visit with Melinda, who has a brain lesion; about little 5-year-old Caleb, who joined us on Facebook; about Carrie, who is resting in rehab. What you won’t hear is the testimony of one who was prayed for because of a text received during the broadcast. In her text just following the broadcast, she said, “This is the first time in a LONG time I was able to get up off my knees without help bracing myself!!! God bless you, Pastor and the ministry!!!” [Corrected version.]
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QTQT Just testimonies all over the place! Hear them for yourself.
Special Prayer was offered for a call-in listeners 9275 (November finances) and 1716 (bereavement healing and full surrender of children, family to God), Caleb, Melinda, Carrie and sister (cancer), Stella David, and an unnamed listener.
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TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 1 – 7
Worship Sunday – Condemned to Die; Monday – A Faithful Under-Shepherd; Tuesday – Steadfast Unto the End; Wednesday – John the Beloved; Thursday – A Faithful Witness; Friday – Transformed by Grace; Saturday, the Sabbath – Patmos [All topics per The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White.]
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Words of Encouragement
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For Heaven’s Sake…
“During Paul’s final trial before Nero, the emperor had been so strongly impressed with the force of the apostle’s words that he deferred the decision of the case, neither acquitting nor condemning the accused servant of God. But the emperor’s malice against Paul soon returned. Exasperated by his inability to check the spread of the Christian religion, even in the imperial household, he determined that as soon as a plausible pretext could be found, the apostle should be put to death. Not long afterward Nero pronounced the decision that condemned Paul to a martyr’s death. Inasmuch as a Roman citizen could not be subjected to torture, he was sentenced to be beheaded. AA 509.1
“Paul was taken in a private manner to the place of execution. Few spectators were allowed to be present; for his persecutors, alarmed at the extent of his influence, feared that converts might be won to Christianity by the scenes of his death. But even the hardened soldiers who attended him listened to his words and with amazement saw him cheerful and even joyous in the prospect of death. To some who witnessed his martyrdom, his spirit of forgiveness toward his murderers and his unwavering confidence in Christ till the last, proved a savor of life unto life. More than one accepted the Saviour whom Paul preached, and erelong fearlessly sealed their faith with their blood. AA 509.2
“Until his latest hour the life of Paul testified to the truth of his words to the Corinthians: ‘God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.’ 2 Corinthians 4:6-10. His sufficiency was not in himself, but in the presence and agency of the divine Spirit that filled his soul and brought every thought into subjection to the will of Christ. The prophet declares, ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.’ Isaiah 26:3. The heaven-born peace expressed on Paul’s countenance won many a soul to the gospel. AA 510.1
“Paul carried with him the atmosphere of heaven. All who associated with him felt the influence of his union with Christ. The fact that his own life exemplified the truth he proclaimed, gave convincing power to his preaching. Here lies the power of truth. The unstudied, unconscious influence of a holy life is the most convincing sermon that can be given in favor of Christianity. Argument, even when unanswerable, may provoke only opposition; but a godly example has a power that it is impossible wholly to resist. AA 510.2
“The apostle lost sight of his own approaching sufferings in his solicitude for those whom he was about to leave to cope with prejudice, hatred, and persecution. The few Christians who accompanied him to the place of execution he endeavored to strengthen and encourage by repeating the promises given for those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. He assured them that nothing would fail of all that the Lord had spoken concerning His tried and faithful children. For a little season they might be in heaviness through manifold temptations; they might be destitute of earthly comforts; but they could encourage their hearts with the assurance of God’s faithfulness, saying, ‘I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him.’ 2 Timothy 1:12. Soon the night of trial and suffering would end, and then would dawn the glad morning of peace and perfect day. AA 511.1
“The apostle was looking into the great beyond, not with uncertainty or dread, but with joyous hope and longing expectation. As he stands at the place of martyrdom he sees not the sword of the executioner or the earth so soon to receive his blood; he looks up through the calm blue heaven of that summer day to the throne of the Eternal.” AA 511.2
This study is based on the Second Epistle to Timothy and chapter 50, “Condemned to Die,” in the book The Acts of the Apostles (AA), by Ellen G. White.)