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Worship: Reformation in The Netherlands and Scandinavia / Wellness: “Don’t listen to me! I’m a medical conspiracy theorist!”

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake   The men that formed the rank and file of the Reformers were scholars and theologians, who mastered the whole system of gospel truth. They were not “illiterate, sectarian, noisy controversialists–far from it; they were men who studied the word of God, and knew well how to wield the weapons with which the armory of the Bible supplied them.” {GC 243.3} (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, reviewed an article that lists common so-called medical conspiracy theories. The article states that researchers found at least 49 percent of adults believe at least one of the medical conspiracy theories. (Read more below.)

(NOTE: Before following any advice given here, please read our disclaimer on this page.) 

Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 7254 (jobs for those in need).

Remember to continue praying also for 7587 (full recovery from oral surgery, safe travels for two neices, naturally lowered BP for father and full night’s sleep for mother), 0053, 0779, 8781, 0585 (God’s leading toward medical missionary work), Paula’s lost (found!) wallet, 6252 (witness and journey at new org), 1716 (children’s conversion, nephews to receive lenient sentence and be open to God’s spirit) and all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

“I’ve been richly blessed from your topics.” —2412 (California)

“I thank God for allowing me to go to Times of Refreshing. It changed my life. I felt like a whole new person.” —Jason (The Jason Holt Story)

“This is a powerful ministry!”—0091 (Indiana)

“I love y’all! … It is no mistake that you are in my life.” —-Annette (Michigan)

“Thank you for [the] presentation. It hit home in many ways. It was confirmation for me for things that I have been praying about.” —-7587 (Virginia)

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FaceBook – Reformation in The Netherlands and Scandinavia

FaceBook – Don’t listen to me! I’m a medical conspiracy theorist!

Playback: To listen by phone to former broadcasts, call (712) 770-4019. Access Code: 635270. Reference number for today’s broadcast: 643.

TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 15 – 21

Worship  Sunday – Luther’s Separation From Rome; Monday – Luther Before the Diet; Tuesday – The Swiss Reformer; Wednesday – Progress of Reform in Germany; Thursday – Protest of the Princes; Friday – The French Reformation; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Netherlands and Scandinavia [All topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – Raw, Raw, Raw; Monday – British Hospitals to Ban ‘Super-size’ Chocolate Bars; Tuesday – Ask the Doctor; Wednesday – “You must die of something, but…”; Thursday – Overcome Overeating! Friday – The Danger of Transgender Drugs; Saturday, the Sabbath – “Don’t listen to me! I’m a medical conspiracy theorist!”

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Words of Encouragement

1 Corinthians 2:9-10  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

2 Timothy 3:14-15  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation though faith which is in Christ Jesus.

For Heaven’s Sake…

“From one of the provinces of Holland came Menno Simons. Educated a Roman Catholic and ordained to the priesthood, he was wholly ignorant of the Bible, and he would not read it for fear of being beguiled into heresy. . . . He soon after witnessed in a neighboring village the beheading of a man who was put to death for having been rebaptized. This led him to study the Bible in regard to infant baptism. He could find no evidence for it in the Scriptures, but saw that repentance and faith are everywhere required as the condition of receiving baptism. {GC 238.3}

“Menno withdrew from the Roman Church and [for twenty-five years] devoted his life to teaching the truths which he had received. In both Germany and the Netherlands a class of fanatics had risen, advocating absurd and seditious doctrines, outraging order and decency, and proceeding to violence and insurrection. Menno saw the horrible results to which these movements would inevitably lead, and he strenuously opposed the erroneous teachings and wild schemes of the fanatics. There were many, however, who had been misled by these fanatics, but who had renounced their pernicious doctrines; and there were still remaining many descendants of the ancient Christians, the fruits of the Waldensian teaching. Among these classes Menno labored with great zeal and success. {GC 239.1}

“Nowhere were the reformed doctrines more generally received than in the Netherlands. In few countries did their adherents endure more terrible persecution. . . . To read the Bible, to hear or preach it, or even to speak concerning it, was to incur the penalty of death by the stake. To pray to God in secret, to refrain from bowing to an image, or to sing a psalm, was also punishable with death. Even those who should abjure their errors were condemned, if men, to die by the sword; if women, to be buried alive. Thousands perished under the reign of Charles and of Philip II. {GC 239.3}

“As in the days when paganism sought to destroy the gospel, the blood of the Christians was seed. (See Tertullian, Apology, paragraph 50.) Persecution served to increase the number of witnesses for the truth. Year after year the monarch, stung to madness by the unconquerable determination of the people, urged on his cruel work; but in vain. Under the noble William of Orange the Revolution at last brought to Holland freedom to worship God.” {GC 240.3}

Tausen, “the Reformer of Denmark,” was educated at Cologne to distance him from Protestantism in Wittenberg. While at Cologne, then “a stronghold of Romanism,” Tausen obtained Luther’s writings and soon enrolled at Wittenberg. He returned to Denmark and was unsuspected of being a Lutheran, until he taught the true meaning of the Bible and preached Christ as the righteousness and only hope of the repentant sinner. He was removed and imprisoned and finally expelled from the monastery at just the time a royal edict permitted protection for teachers of Protestantism. The churches were opened to Tausen, and he preached. The New Testament was translated into the Danish tongue. Soon Denmark declared acceptance of the reformed faith.

Olaf Petri translated the New Testament into the Swedish language and ably defended the doctrines of the reformed faith against Romish champions in the presence of the monarch and leading men of Sweden. The “king of Sweden accepted the Protestant faith, and not long afterward the national assembly declared in its favor. . . . It was ordered throughout the Diet that throughout the kingdom, ministers should explain the Scriptures and that the children in the schools should be taught to read the Bible.” {GC 244.1}

(This study is based on chapter 13, “The Netherlands and Scandinavia,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

For Health’s Sake…

According to the article, “Here are some examples of the more common ones:

  • Doctors and the government insist on vaccinating kids even though they know these vaccines cause autism.
  • Health officials know that cellphones cause cancer but won’t acknowledge this because large corporations won’t let them.
  • The fluoridation of tap water is a sneaky way for chemical companies to dump dangerous chemicals into the environment.
  • The government created HIV as a form of genocide against African-Americans and gay men.
  • The government is preventing people from getting natural cures for cancer and other diseases because of pressure from pharmaceutical companies.”

Pastor Flemons says, ” I believe these statements are true. Can you show me the science to debunk these theories? God wants us to know the truth.”

Worship: The French Reformation / Wellness: Dangers of Transgender Drugs

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  In 1512, before Luther or Swingli became reformers, Lefevre of France discovered the grace of God. He abandoned his project on saints and began to devote himself to the study and teaching of God’s word. (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, shared an article about the dangers of drugs given to transgenders: chemical hormone blockers. They block the normal hormonal processes and change the normal chemical makeup in the body. It is chemical castration. As a result, the risk for cancer is greatly increased. Particularly giving such drugs to children, the article quotes pediatricians, is “child abuse.” “Drugs used to treat chronic conditions that can be corrected with lifestyle changes,” adds Pastor Flemons, “is drug abuse.” “If you choose to do something that unnecessarily puts you on drugs for the rest of your life, you’re shortening your life.”

(NOTE: Before following any advice given here, please read our disclaimer on this page.) 

QTQT  Treat pink eye with fresh lemon juice, says Pastor Flemons. Completely strain out the pulp. Cheese cloth or a paper towel may be used for that, he says. Then using a dropper, release one drop into the affected eye and close the eye, immediately covering the eye with a cold, wet cloth. That will immediately soothe the burning sensation. Do this two to three times per day until the eye has returned to normal.

Also, listen to the recording to hear the encouraging testimony and answered prayer for one of our listeners.

Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 7587 (full recovery from oral surgery, safe travels for two neices, naturally lowered BP for father and full night’s sleep for mother).

Remember to continue praying also for 0053, 0779, 8781, 0585 (God’s leading toward medical missionary work), Paula’s lost (found!) wallet, 6252 (witness and journey at new org), 1716 (children’s conversion, nephews to receive lenient sentence and be open to God’s spirit) and all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

“I’ve been richly blessed from your topics.” —2412 (California)

“I thank God for allowing me to go to Times of Refreshing. It changed my life. I felt like a whole new person.” —Jason (The Jason Holt Story)

“This is a powerful ministry!”—0091 (Indiana)

“I love y’all! … It is no mistake that you are in my life.” —-Annette (Michigan)

“Thank you for [the] presentation. It hit home in many ways. It was confirmation for me for things that I have been praying about.” —-7587 (Virginia)

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FaceBook – The Reformation of France

FaceBook – The Dangers of Transgender Drugs

Playback: To listen by phone to former broadcasts, call (712) 770-4019. Access Code: 635270. Reference number for today’s broadcast: 642.

TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 15 – 21

Worship  Sunday – Luther’s Separation From Rome; Monday – Luther Before the Diet; Tuesday – The Swiss Reformer; Wednesday – Progress of Reform in Germany; Thursday – Protest of the Princes; Friday – The French Reformation; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Netherlands and Scandinavia [All topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – Raw, Raw, Raw; Monday – British Hospitals to Ban ‘Super-size’ Chocolate Bars; Tuesday – Ask the Doctor; Wednesday – “You must die of something, but…”; Thursday – Overcome Overeating! Friday – The Danger of Transgender Drugs

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Words of Encouragement

Jude 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Revelation 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

For Heaven’s Sake…

An aged professor and zealous papist, Lefevre wrote: “It is God who gives us, by faith, that righteousness which by grace alone justifies to eternal life.”—Wylie, b. 13, ch. 1. Dwelling upon the mysteries of redemption, he exclaimed: “Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.”—D’Aubigne, London ed., b. 12, ch. 2. {GC 212.3}

“And while teaching that the glory of salvation belongs solely to God, he also declared that the duty of obedience belongs to man. ‘If thou art a member of Christ’s church,’ he said, ‘thou art a member of His body; if thou art of His body, then thou art full of the divine nature…. Oh, if men could but enter into the understanding of this privilege, how purely, chastely, and holily would they live, and how contemptible, when compared with the glory within them,—that glory which the eye of flesh cannot see,—would they deem all the glory of this world.'”—Ibid., b. 12, ch. 2. {GC 213.1}

Like the Apostle Paul,  there was one student of Lefevre who was so devoted to Rome that he “burned with zeal to destroy all who should dare to oppose the church. ‘I would gnash my teeth like a furious wolf, . . . when I heard anyone speaking again the pope.'” William Farel then heard the words of his teacher and was convicted of these words: “Salvation is of grace.” “The Innocent One is condemned, and the criminal is acquitted.” “It is the cross of Christ alone that openeth the gates of heaven, and shutteth the gates of hell.”—Ibid., b. 13, ch. 2. {GC 213.2}

“. . . ‘Instead of the murderous heart of a ravening wolf,’ he came back, he says, ‘quietly like a meek and harmless lamb, having his heart entirely withdrawn from the pope, and given to Jesus Christ.'”—D’Aubigne, b. 12, ch. 3. {GC 214.1}

“. . . A dignitary of the church, the bishop of Meaux, soon after united with them. Other teachers who ranked high for their ability and learning joined in proclaiming the gospel, and it won adherents among all classes, from the homes of artisans and peasants to the palace of the king. The sister of Francis I, then the reigning monarch, accepted the reformed faith. The king himself, and the queen mother, appeared for a time to regard it with favor, and with high hopes the Reformers looked forward to the time when France should be won to the gospel. {GC 214.2}

“But their hopes were not to be realized. Trial and persecution awaited the disciples of Christ. This, however, was mercifully veiled from their eyes. A time of peace intervened, that they might gain strength to meet the tempest; and the Reformation made rapid progress. The bishop of Meaux labored zealously in his own diocese to instruct both the clergy and the people. Ignorant and immoral priests were removed, and, so far as possible, replaced by men of learning and piety. The bishop greatly desired that his people might have access to the word of God for themselves, and this was soon accomplished. Lefevre undertook the translation of the New Testament; and at the very time when Luther’s German Bible was issuing from the press in Wittenberg, the French New Testament was published at Meaux. The bishop spared no labor or expense to circulate it in his parishes, and soon the peasants of Meaux were in possession of the Holy Scriptures. {GC 214.3}

“The light kindled at Meaux shed its beams afar. Every day the number of converts was increasing. The rage of the hierarchy was for a time held in check by the king, who despised the narrow bigotry of the monks; but the papal leaders finally prevailed. Now the stake was set up. The bishop of Meaux, forced to choose between the fire and recantation, accepted the easier path; but notwithstanding the leader’s fall, his flock remained steadfast. Many witnessed for the truth amid the flames. By their courage and fidelity at the stake, these humble Christians spoke to thousands who in days of peace had never heard their testimony. {GC 215.2} 

“As in apostolic days, persecution had ‘fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.’ Philippians 1:12. Driven from Paris and Meaux, ‘they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.’ Acts 8:4. And thus the light found its way into many of the remote provinces of France. {GC 219.2}

(This study is based on chapter 12, “The French Reformation,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

Worship: Are you a real Protestant? / Wellness: Overcome Overeating!

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  “One of the noblest testimonies ever uttered for the Reformation was the Protest offered by the Christian princes of Germany at the Diet of Spires in 1529. The courage, faith, and firmness of those men of God gained for succeeding ages liberty of thought and of conscience. Their Protest gave to the reformed church the name of Protestant . . . —D’Aubigne, b. 13, ch. 6. {GC 197.1} (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake Leave the table when you are satisfied and go for a little walk. Take a stroll, not a power walk, says Pastor Flemons, who is a doctor of biblical wellness. Eating slowly and chewing until your food becomes liquified, he says, will help curb overeating. Also, don’t allow your eyes to be bigger than your stomach. Begin with small portions, and replenish your plate if necessary. Eating first, whole foods that have bulk and fiber will also curb overeating cooked food. Try having all of your food set before you at once, rather than in courses. Doing that will give you a better barometer of what and how much you are consuming.

(NOTE: Before following any advice given here, please read our disclaimer on this page.) 

Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 0053.

Remember to continue praying also for 0779, 8781, 0585 (God’s leading toward medical missionary work), Paula’s lost (found!) wallet, 6252 (witness and journey at new org), 1716 (children’s conversion, nephews to receive lenient sentence and be open to God’s spirit) and all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

“I’ve been richly blessed from your topics.” —2412 (California)

“I thank God for allowing me to go to Times of Refreshing. It changed my life. I felt like a whole new person.” —Jason (The Jason Holt Story)

“This is a powerful ministry!”—0091 (Indiana)

“I love y’all! … It is no mistake that you are in my life.” —-Annette (Michigan)

“Thank you for [the] presentation. It hit home in many ways. It was confirmation for me for things that I have been praying about.” —-7587 (Virginia)

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FaceBook – Are you a real Protestant? (Protest of the Princes)

FaceBook – Overcome Overeating!

Playback: To listen by phone to former broadcasts, call (712) 770-4019. Access Code: 635270. Reference number for today’s broadcast: 641.

TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 15 – 21

Worship  Sunday – Luther’s Separation From Rome; Monday – Luther Before the Diet; Tuesday – The Swiss Reformer; Wednesday – Progress of Reform in Germany; Thursday – Protest of the Princes; Friday – The French Reformation; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Netherlands and Scandinavia [All topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – Raw, Raw, Raw; Monday – British Hospitals to Ban ‘Super-size’ Chocolate Bars; Tuesday – Ask the Doctor; Wednesday – “You must die of something, but…”; Thursday – Overcome Overeating!

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Words of Encouragement

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, I a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.

For Heaven’s Sake…

“The principles contained in this celebrated Protest … constitute the very essence of Protestantism. Now this Protest opposes two abuses of man in matters of faith: the first is the intrusion of the civil magistrate, and the second the arbitrary authority of the church. Instead of these abuses, Protestantism sets the power of conscience above the magistrate, and the authority of the word of God above the visible church. In the first place, it rejects the civil power in divine things, and says with the prophets and apostles, ‘We must obey God rather than man.’ In presence of the crown of Charles the Fifth, it uplifts the crown of Jesus Christ. But it goes farther: it lays down the principle that all human teaching should be subordinate to the oracles of God.”—Ibid., b. 13, ch. 6. The protesters had moreover affirmed their right to utter freely their convictions of truth. They would not only believe and obey, but teach what the word of God presents, and they denied the right of priest or magistrate to interfere. The Protest of Spires was a solemn witness against religious intolerance, and an assertion of the right of all men to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. {GC 203.4}

“The reformed princes had determined upon having a statement of their views in systematic form, with the evidence from the Scriptures, to present before the Diet; and the task of its preparation was committed to Luther, Melanchthon, and their associates. This Confession was accepted by the Protestants as an exposition of their faith, and they assembled to affix their names to the important document. It was a solemn and trying time. The Reformers were solicitous that their cause should not be confounded with political questions; they felt that the Reformation should exercise no other influence than that which proceeds from the word of God. As the Christian princes advanced to sign the Confession, Melanchthon interposed, saying: ‘It is for the theologians and ministers to propose these things; let us reserve for other matters the authority of the mighty ones of the earth.’ ‘God forbid,’ replied John of Saxony, ‘that you should exclude me. I am resolved to do what is right, without troubling myself about my crown. I desire to confess the Lord. My electoral hat and my ermine are not so precious to me as the cross of Jesus Christ.’ Having thus spoken, he wrote down his name. Said another of the princes as he took the pen: ‘If the honor of my Lord Jesus Christ requires it, I am ready … to leave my goods and life behind.’ ‘I would rather renounce my subjects and my states, rather quit the country of my fathers staff in hand,’ he continued, ‘than receive any other doctrine than that which is contained in this Confession.’—Ibid., b. 14, ch. 6. Such was the faith and daring of those men of God. {GC 206.2}

“The appointed time came to appear before the emperor. Charles V, seated upon his throne, surrounded by the electors and the princes, gave audience to the Protestant Reformers. The confession of their faith was read. In that august assembly the truths of the gospel were clearly set forth, and the errors of the papal church were pointed out. Well has that day been pronounced ‘the greatest day of the Reformation, and one of the most glorious in the history of Christianity and of mankind.’—Ibid., b. 14, ch. 7. {GC 207.1}

(This study is based on chapter 11, “Protest of the Princes,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

Worship: Progress of Reform in Germany / Wellness: “You must die of something, but…”

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  Luther’s mysterious disappearance spun rumors he had been murdered. Many avowed revenge. Romish leaders were terrified. No longer did they relish the thought Luther was forever silenced.  “The only remaining way of saving ourselves,” said one, “is to light torches, and hunt for Luther through the whole world, to restore him to the nation that is calling for him.”—D’Aubigne, b. 9, ch. 1. GC 185.2 (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Don’t commit suicide. Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says die of ripe old age, if you must die of something. Suicide is not always by a weapon, like a gun. An unhealthy lifestyle is slow suicide. Biblical wellness is life. Biblical wellness is the REFRESHING Way lifestyle. If we Rely on God; Eat healthy; get Fresh air, proper Rest and Exercise; use Self-control; drink enough water (H2O); get In the sun daily; Never give up; and Give to others, we can live to a ripe old age, or live to see Jesus come in His glory.

(NOTE: Before following any advice given here, please read our disclaimer on this page.) 

Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 0779.

Remember to continue praying also for 8781, 0585 (God’s leading toward medical missionary work), Paula’s lost wallet, 6252 (witness and journey at new org), 1716 (children’s conversion, nephews to receive lenient sentence and be open to God’s spirit) and all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

“I’ve been richly blessed from your topics.” —2412 (California)

“I thank God for allowing me to go to Times of Refreshing. It changed my life. I felt like a whole new person.” —Jason (The Jason Holt Story)

“This is a powerful ministry!”—0091 (Indiana)

“I love y’all! … It is no mistake that you are in my life.” —-Annette (Michigan)

“Thank you for [the] presentation. It hit home in many ways. It was confirmation for me for things that I have been praying about.” —-7587 (Virginia)

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FaceBook – Progress of Reform in Germany

FaceBook – “You must die of something, but…”

Playback: To listen by phone to former broadcasts, call (712) 770-4019. Access Code: 635270. Reference number for today’s broadcast: 640.

TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 15 – 21

Worship  Sunday – Luther’s Separation From Rome; Monday – Luther Before the Diet; Tuesday – The Swiss Reformer; Wednesday – Progress of Reform in Germany; Thursday – Protest of the Princes; Friday – The French Reformation; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Netherlands and Scandinavia [All topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – Raw, Raw, Raw; Monday – British Hospitals to Ban ‘Super-size’ Chocolate Bars; Tuesday – Ask the Doctor; Wednesday – “You must die of something, but…”

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DONATE on this site. HELP expand this ministry.

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Words of Encouragement

Ephesians 6:19  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly; to make known the mystery of the gospel.

2 Peter 1:19  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.

For Heaven’s Sake…

“The tidings that he was safe, though a prisoner, calmed the fears of the people, while it still further aroused their enthusiasm in his favor. His writings were read with greater eagerness than ever before. Increasing numbers joined the cause of the heroic man who had, at such fearful odds, defended the word of God. The Reformation was constantly gaining in strength. The seed which Luther had sown sprang up everywhere. His absence accomplished a work which his presence would have failed to do. Other laborers felt a new responsibility, now that their great leader was removed. With new faith and earnestness they pressed forward to do all in their power, that the work so nobly begun might not be hindered.{GC 185.3}

“But Satan was not idle. He now attempted what he has attempted in every other reformatory movement—to deceive and destroy the people by palming off upon them a counterfeit in place of the true work. As there were false Christs in the first century of the Christian church, so there arose false prophets in the sixteenth century. {GC 186.1}

“A few men, deeply affected by the excitement in the religious world, imagined themselves to have received special revelations from Heaven, and claimed to have been divinely commissioned to carry forward to its completion the Reformation which, they declared, had been but feebly begun by Luther. In truth, they were undoing the very work which he had accomplished. They rejected the great principle which was the very foundation of the Reformation—that the word of God is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice; and for that unerring guide they substituted the changeable, uncertain standard of their own feelings and impressions. By this act of setting aside the great detector of error and falsehood the way was opened for Satan to control minds as best pleased himself. {GC 186.2}

“… Wittenberg itself, the very center of the Reformation, was fast falling under the power of fanaticism and lawlessness. This terrible condition had not resulted from the teachings of Luther; but throughout Germany his enemies were charging it upon him. In bitterness of soul he sometimes asked: ‘Can such, then, be the end of this great work of the Reformation?’—Ibid., b. 9, ch. 7. Again, as he wrestled with God in prayer, peace flowed into his heart. ‘The work is not mine, but Thine own,’ he said; ‘Thou wilt not suffer it to be corrupted by superstition or fanaticism.’ But the thought of remaining longer from the conflict in such a crisis, became insupportable. He determined to return to Wittenberg. {GC 188.2}

“Without delay he set out on his perilous journey. He was under the ban of the empire. Enemies were at liberty to take his life; friends were forbidden to aid or shelter him. The imperial government was adopting the most stringent measures against his adherents. But he saw that the work of the gospel was imperiled, and in the name of the Lord he went out fearlessly to battle for the truth. {GC 188.3}

“With great caution and humility, yet with decision and firmness, he entered upon his work. ‘By the word,’ said he, ‘must we overthrow and destroy what has been set up by violence. I will not make use of force against the superstitious and unbelieving…. No one must be constrained. Liberty is the very essence of faith.’”—Ibid., b. 9, ch. 8. {GC 189.2}

“. . . We have a right to speak: we have not the right to act. Let us preach; the rest belongs unto God.  . . .”

(This study is based on chapter 10, “Progress of Reform in Germany,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

Worship: The Swiss Reformer / Wellness: Ask the Doctor

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  The disciples of Christ were “humble and teachable. The less they had been influenced by the false teaching of their time, the more successfully could Christ instruct and train them for His service. So in the days of the Great Reformation. The leading Reformers were men from humble life—men who were most free of any of their time from pride of rank and from the influence of bigotry and priestcraft. It is God’s plan to employ humble instruments to accomplish great results. Then the glory will not be given to men, but to Him who works through them to will and to do of His own good pleasure.” {GC 171.1} (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says you should kindly ask the doctor to speak to you and explain your health issue in plain English. The polysyllabic medical terms are described in Latin and are confusing to the average patient. Then ask the doctor to explain what side effects are common to the medications being prescribed. Don’t be intimidated. If your questions offend so that the doctor doesn’t want to answer them, get another doctor.

(NOTE: Before following any advice given here, please read our disclaimer on this page.) 

Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 8781.

Remember to continue praying also for 0585 (God’s leading toward medical missionary work), Paula’s lost wallet, 6252 (witness and journey at new org), 1716 (children’s conversion, nephews to receive lenient sentence and be open to God’s spirit) and all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 15 – 21

Worship  Sunday – Luther’s Separation From Rome; Monday – Luther Before the Diet; Tuesday – The Swiss Reformer; Wednesday – Progress of Reform in Germany; Thursday – Protest of the Princes; Friday – The French Reformation; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Netherlands and Scandinavia [All topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – Raw, Raw, Raw; Monday – British Hospitals to Ban ‘Super-size’ Chocolate Bars; Tuesday – Ask the Doctor

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Words of Encouragement

John 16:20  Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

John 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth for much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

For Heaven’s Sake…

“Zwingli … having received ordination as a priest, [] ‘devoted himself with his whole soul to the search after divine truth; . . . The more he searched the Scriptures, the clearer appeared the contrast between their truths and the heresies of Rome. He submitted himself to the Bible as the word of God, the only sufficient, infallible rule. He saw that it must be its own interpreter. He dared not attempt to explain Scripture to sustain a preconceived theory or doctrine, but held it his duty to learn what is its direct and obvious teaching. He sought to avail himself of every help to obtain a full and correct understanding of its meaning, and he invoked the aid of the Holy Spirit, which would, he declared, reveal it to all who sought it in sincerity and with prayer. {GC 173.2}

“’The Scriptures,’ said Zwingli, ‘come from God, not from man, . . . ‘When … I began to give myself wholly up to the Holy Scriptures, philosophy and theology (scholastic) would always keep suggesting quarrels to me. At last I came to this, that I thought, `Thou must let all that lie, and learn the meaning of God purely out of His own simple word.’ Then I began to ask God for His light, and the Scriptures began to be much easier to me.’—Ibid., b. 8, ch. 6. {GC 174.1}

“The doctrine preached by Zwingli was not received from Luther. It was the doctrine of Christ. ‘If Luther preaches Christ,’ said the Swiss Reformer, ‘he does what I am doing. Those whom he has brought to Christ are more numerous than those whom I have led. But this matters not. I will bear no other name than that of Christ, whose soldier I am, and who alone is my Chief. Never has one single word been written by me to Luther, nor by Luther to me. And why? … That it might be shown how much the Spirit of God is in unison with itself, since both of us, without any collusion, teach the doctrine of Christ with such uniformity.’—D’Aubigne, b. 8, ch. 9. {GC 174.2}

“Step by step the Reformation advanced in Zurich. . . . Repeated attacks were made upon Zwingli. In the papal cantons, from time to time, disciples of the gospel were brought to the stake, but this was not enough; the teacher of heresy must be silenced. Accordingly the bishop of Constance dispatched three deputies to the Council of Zurich, accusing Zwingli of teaching the people to transgress the laws of the church, thus endangering the peace and good order of society. If the authority of the church were to be set aside, he urged, universal anarchy would result. Zwingli replied that he had been for four years teaching the gospel in Zurich, ‘which was more quiet and peaceful than any other town in the confederacy.’ ‘Is not, then,’ he said, ‘Christianity the best safeguard of the general security?’—Wylie, b. 8, ch. 11. {GC 180.3}

“The deputies had admonished the councilors to continue in the church, out of which, they declared, there was no salvation. Zwingli responded: ‘Let not this accusation move you. The foundation of the church is the same Rock, the same Christ, that gave Peter his name because he confessed Him faithfully. In every nation whosoever believes with all his heart in the Lord Jesus is accepted of God. Here, truly, is the church, out of which no one can be saved.’ —D’Aubigne, London ed., b. 8, ch. 11. As a result of the conference, one of the bishop’s deputies accepted the reformed faith. {GC 181.1}

“The council declined to take action against Zwingli, and Rome prepared for a fresh attack. The Reformer, when apprised of the plots of his enemies, exclaimed: ‘Let them come on; I fear them as the beetling cliff fears the waves that thunder at its feet.’—Wylie, b. 8, ch. 11. The efforts of the ecclesiastics only furthered the cause which they sought to overthrow. The truth continued to spread. In Germany its adherents, cast down by Luther’s disappearance, took heart again, as they saw the progress of the gospel in Switzerland. {GC 181.2}

“As the Reformation became established in Zurich, its fruits were more fully seen in the suppression of vice and the promotion of order and harmony. ‘Peace has her habitation in our town,’ wrote Zwingli; ‘no quarrel, no hypocrisy, no envy, no strife. Whence can such union come but from the Lord, and our doctrine, which fills us with the fruits of peace and piety?’”—Ibid., b. 8, ch. 15. {GC 181.3}

(This study is based on chapter 9, “The Swiss Reformer,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

Worship: Luther Before the Diet / Wellness: British Hospitals Ban Supersized Chocolate Bars

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  Before Luther could even appear before the general assembly of dignitaries to present the cause of the Protestant Reformation, he was excoriated by a papal representative. (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, shared an article about plans to crackdown on chocolates sold in hospitals in England. The BBC article states that such efforts are only the beginning. They are targeting “an epidemic of obesity, preventable diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer.” Indeed, according to the article, “It is estimated that nearly 700,000 of the NHS’s 1.3million staff are overweight or obese.” The seriousness of their intentions are underscored by the intent to outright “ban sugary drinks if hospital outlets did not cut down on the number they sell.” Pastor Flemons said of sugary drinks and chocolates being sold in places of health and wellness, “Why not ban them all?”

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Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 0585 (God’s leading toward medical missionary work), Paula’s lost wallet, and 6252 (witness and journey at new org).

Remember to continue praying also for 1716 (children’s conversion, nephews to receive lenient sentence and be open to God’s spirit) and all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

“I’ve been richly blessed from your topics.” —2412 (California)

“I thank God for allowing me to go to Times of Refreshing. It changed my life. I felt like a whole new person.” —Jason (The Jason Holt Story)

“This is a powerful ministry!”—0091 (Indiana)

“I love y’all! … It is no mistake that you are in my life.” —-Annette (Michigan)

“Thank you for [the] presentation. It hit home in many ways. It was confirmation for me for things that I have been praying about.” —-7587 (Virginia)

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 15 – 21

Worship  Sunday – Luther’s Separation From Rome; Monday – Luther Before the Diet; Tuesday – The Swiss Reformer; Wednesday – Progress of Reform in Germany; Thursday – Protest of the Princes; Friday – The French Reformation; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Netherlands and Scandinavia [All topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – Raw, Raw, Raw; Monday – British Hospitals to Ban ‘Super-size’ Chocolate Bars

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Words of Encouragement

Galatians 3:6, 7  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Luke 10:27, 28  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou has answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

For Heaven’s Sake…

“As the news was circulated at Worms that Luther was to appear before the Diet, a general excitement was created. Aleander, the papal legate to whom the case had been specially entrusted, was alarmed and enraged. He saw that the result would be disastrous to the papal cause. To institute inquiry into a case in which the pope had already pronounced sentence of condemnation would be to cast contempt upon the authority of the sovereign pontiff. Furthermore, he was apprehensive that the eloquent and powerful arguments of this man might turn away many of the princes from the cause of the pope. He therefore, in the most urgent manner, remonstrated with Charles [V] against Luther’s appearance at Worms. About this time the bull declaring Luther’s excommunication was published; and this, coupled with the representations of the legate, induced the emperor to yield. He wrote to the elector that if Luther would not retract, he must remain at Wittenberg. {GC 146.2}

“Not content with this victory, Aleander labored with all the power and cunning at his command to secure Luther’s condemnation. With a persistence worthy of a better cause, he urged the matter upon the attention of princes, prelates, and other members of the assembly, accusing the Reformer of ‘sedition, rebellion, impiety, and blasphemy.’ But the vehemence and passion manifested by the legate revealed too plainly the spirit by which he was actuated. ‘He is moved by hatred and vengeance,’ was the general remark, ‘much more than by zeal and piety.’—Ibid., b. 7, ch. 1. The majority of the Diet were more than ever inclined to regard Luther’s cause with favor. {GC 147.1}

“With all the power of learning and eloquence, Aleander set himself to overthrow the truth. Charge after charge he hurled against Luther as an enemy of the church and the state, the living and the dead, clergy and laity, councils and private Christians. ‘In Luther’s errors there is enough,’ he declared, to warrant the burning of ‘a hundred thousand heretics.'” {GC 148.1}

The Lord [then] “moved upon a member of the Diet to give a true delineation of the effects of papal tyranny. With noble firmness, Duke George of Saxony stood up in that princely assembly and specified with terrible exactness the deceptions and abominations of popery, and their dire results. In closing he said: {GC 149.2}

“’These are some of the abuses that cry out against Rome. All shame has been put aside, and their only object is … money, money, money, … so that the preachers who should teach the truth, utter nothing but falsehoods, and are not only tolerated, but rewarded, because the greater their lies, the greater their gain. It is from this foul spring that such tainted waters flow. Debauchery stretches out the hand to avarice…. Alas, it is the scandal caused by the clergy that hurls so many poor souls into eternal condemnation. A general reform must be effected.’—Ibid., b. 7, ch. 4. {GC 149.3}

“A more able and forcible denunciation of the papal abuses could not have been presented by Luther himself; and the fact that the speaker was a determined enemy of the Reformer’s gave greater influence to his words.” {GC 150.1}

From the beginning, Luther had been anxious to appear before the emperor. But his health was much impaired. Still, he had written to the elector: “‘If I cannot go to Worms in good health, I will be carried there, sick as I am. For if the emperor calls me, I cannot doubt that it is the call of God Himself. If they desire to use violence against me, and that is very probable (for it is not for their instruction that they order me to appear), I place the matter in the Lord’s hands. He still lives and reigns who preserved the three young men in the burning fiery furnace. If He will not save me, my life is of little consequence. Let us only prevent the gospel from being exposed to the scorn of the wicked, and let us shed our blood for it, for fear they should triumph. It is not for me to decide whether my life or my death will contribute most to the salvation of all…. You may expect everything from me… except flight and recantation. Fly I cannot, and still less retract.’—Ibid., b. 7, ch. 1.” {GC 146.1}

Eventually, Luther did go to Worms. Even though he had refused to recant, he was returned to Wittenburg. En route, he was seized and confined away from his foes and friends to the castle of Wartburg, an isolated mountain fortress.

“While his enemies flattered themselves that he was silenced, they were astonished and confused by tangible proof that he was still active. A host of tracts, issuing from his pen, circulated throughout Germany. He also performed a most important service for his countrymen by translating the New Testament into the German tongue. From his rocky Patmos he continued for nearly a whole year to proclaim the gospel and rebuke the sins and errors of the times.” {GC 168.3}

(This study is based on chapter 8, “Luther Before the Diet,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

Worship: Luther’s Separation From Rome / Wellness: Raw, Raw, Raw

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  Foremost among those who were called to lead the church from the darkness of popery into the light of a purer faith, stood Martin Luther. Zealous, ardent, and devoted, knowing no fear but the fear of God, and acknowledging no foundation for religious faith but the Holy Scriptures, Luther was the man for his time; through him God accomplished a great work for the reformation of the church and the enlightenment of the world. {GC 120.1} (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, recommends a diet that includes lots of raw foods. Raw foods provide live enzymes and energy for the body. They also increase elasticity for joints and alkalinity for the blood. Those with chronic conditions will find that this is the best diet. He cautions, however, that fruits are to be eaten in a separate meal from vegetables. The exception would be neutral fruits, like lemon and avocado, which are great for vegetable salads. Romaine lettuce contains far more nutrients than iceberg lettuce, he warns. And eating mostly of cooked foods increases the likelihood of indigestion and constipation, which causes toxins to remain in the body, which then increases the risk of disease.

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Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 1716 (children’s conversion, nephews to receive lenient sentence and be open to God’s spirit).

Remember to continue praying also for all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

“I’ve been richly blessed from your topics.” —2412 (California)

“I thank God for allowing me to go to Times of Refreshing. It changed my life. I felt like a whole new person.” —Jason (The Jason Holt Story)

“This is a powerful ministry!”—0091 (Indiana)

“I love y’all! … It is no mistake that you are in my life.” —-Annette (Michigan)

“Thank you for [the] presentation. It hit home in many ways. It was confirmation for me for things that I have been praying about.” —-7587 (Virginia)

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 15 – 21

Worship  Sunday – Luther’s Separation From Rome; Monday – Luther Before the Diet; Tuesday – The Swiss Reformer; Wednesday – Progress of Reform in Germany; Thursday – Protest of the Princes; Friday – The French Reformation; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Netherlands and Scandinavia [All topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – Raw, Raw, Raw

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Words of Encouragement

1 Corinthians 13:3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

1 Corinthians 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

For Heaven’s Sake…

Luther had been “a true son of the papal church and had no thought that he would ever be anything else. In the providence of God he was led to visit Rome. He pursued his journey on foot, lodging at the monasteries on the way. At a convent in Italy he was filled with wonder at the wealth, magnificence, and luxury that he witnessed. Endowed with a princely revenue, the monks dwelt in splendid apartments, attired themselves in the richest and most costly robes, and feasted at a sumptuous table. With painful misgivings Luther contrasted this scene with the self-denial and hardship of his own life. His mind was becoming perplexed. {GC 124.2}

“By a recent decretal an indulgence had been promised by the pope to all who should ascend upon their knees ‘Pilate’s staircase,’ said to have been descended by our Saviour on leaving the Roman judgment hall and to have been miraculously conveyed from Jerusalem to Rome. Luther was one day devoutly climbing these steps, when suddenly a voice like thunder seemed to say to him: ‘The just shall live by faith.’ Romans 1:17. He sprang to his feet and hastened from the place in shame and horror. That text never lost its power upon his soul. From that time he saw more clearly than ever before the fallacy of trusting to human works for salvation, and the necessity of constant faith in the merits of Christ. His eyes had been opened, and were never again to be closed, to the delusions of the papacy. When he turned his face from Rome he had turned away also in heart, and from that time the separation grew wider, until he severed all connection with the papal church. {GC 125.1}

“Rome became more and more exasperated by the attacks of Luther, and it was declared by some of his fanatical opponents, even by doctors in Catholic universities, that he who should kill the rebellious monk would be without sin. One day a stranger, with a pistol hidden under his cloak, approached the Reformer and inquired why he went thus alone. ‘I am in God’s hands,’ answered Luther. ‘He is my strength and my shield. What can man do unto me?’—Ibid.,b. 6, ch. 2. Upon hearing these words, the stranger turned pale and fled away as from the presence of the angels of heaven. {GC 140.1}

“Rome was bent upon the destruction of Luther; but God was his defense. His doctrines were heard everywhere—’in cottages and convents, … in the castles of the nobles, in the universities, and in the palaces of kings;’ and noble men were rising on every hand to sustain his efforts.—Ibid., b. 6, ch. 2. {GC 140.2}

“It was about this time that Luther, reading the works of Huss, found that the great truth of justification by faith, which he himself was seeking to uphold and teach, had been held by the Bohemian Reformer. ‘We have all,’ said Luther, ‘Paul, Augustine, and myself, been Hussites without knowing it!’ ‘God will surely visit it upon the world,’ he continued, ‘that the truth was preached to it a century ago, and burned!’—Wylie, b. 6, ch. 1” {GC 140.3}

“Precious was the message which he bore to the eager crowds that hung upon his words. Never before had such teachings fallen upon their ears. The glad tidings of a Saviour’s love, the assurance of pardon and peace through His atoning blood, rejoiced their hearts and inspired within them an immortal hope. At Wittenberg a light was kindled whose rays should extend to the uttermost parts of the earth, and which was to increase in brightness to the close of time.” {GC 126.2}

(This study is based on chapter 7, “Luther’s Separation from Rome,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

Worship: Early Reformers – Wycliffe / Wellness: Only a few hours to sleep? Do this!

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  The Word of God must prevail at all times, regardless of Its opponents. (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says when you know you will have very little time to sleep for whatever reason, here’s what you should do. Go to bed first. Set an alarm. Then get up and do what you need to do; and drink extra water throughout the day. The hours before midnight are twice as beneficial as those after midnight. It is best to go to bed no later than 9:30 p.m.

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Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 5827 (her and family to draw close to God, nephew and family finances and move by December, Gunn family – bereavement).

Remember to continue praying also for 9317 (brain tumor), 1919 (God’s will be done in her family, Brittani and Lorian’s family, the hurting and sick, Pastor Flemons, Audrey, TOR and Broadcast), 3464, 3719, Stella David (pain), 8781, Pacolet woman (overmedicated), 5638, and all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

“I’ve been richly blessed from your topics.” —2412 (California)

“I thank God for allowing me to go to Times of Refreshing. It changed my life. I felt like a whole new person.” —Jason (The Jason Holt Story)

“This is a powerful ministry!”—0091 (Indiana)

“I love y’all! … It is no mistake that you are in my life.” —-Annette (Michigan)

“Thank you for [the] presentation. It hit home in many ways. It was confirmation for me for things that I have been praying about.” —-7587 (Virginia)

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 8 – 14

Worship  Sunday – The Revelation; Monday – The Church Triumphant ; Tuesday – Destruction of Jerusalem; Wednesday – Persecution in the First Centuries; Thursday – The Apostasy; Friday – The Waldenses; Saturday, the Sabbath – John Wycliffe [Sunday-Monday topics per Acts of the Apostles. All other topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – A Little Wine for the Stomach’s Sake; Monday – Treating Drugs with Drugs; Tuesday – What to Do if You’re in Pain; Wednesday – Juicing for Hypertension; Thursday – Nausea and What to Do About It; Friday – Why Diarrhea and What to Do About It; Saturday, the Sabbath – Only a few hours to sleep? Do this!

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Words of Encouragement

Ephesians 6:14-17  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 5:18-20  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Heaven’s Sake…

“Before the Reformation there were at times but very few copies of the Bible in existence, but God had not suffered His word to be wholly destroyed. Its truths were not to be forever hidden. He could as easily unchain the words of life as He could open prison doors and unbolt iron gates to set His servants free. In the different countries of Europe men were moved by the Spirit of God to search for the truth as for hid treasures. Providentially guided to the Holy Scriptures, they studied the sacred pages with intense interest. They were willing to accept the light at any cost to themselves. Though they did not see all things clearly, they were enabled to perceive many long-buried truths. As Heaven-sent messengers they went forth, rending asunder the chains of error and superstition, and calling upon those who had been so long enslaved, to arise and assert their liberty. {GC 79.1}

In the fourteenth century arose in England the ‘morning star of the Reformation.’ John Wycliffe was the herald of reform, not for England alone, but for all Christendom. The great protest against Rome which it was permitted him to utter was never to be silenced. That protest opened the struggle which was to result in the emancipation of individuals, of churches, and of nations. {GC 80.1}

“Wycliffe was one of the greatest of the Reformers. In breadth of intellect, in clearness of thought, in firmness to maintain the truth, and in boldness to defend it, he was equaled by few who came after him. Purity of life, unwearying diligence in study and in labor, incorruptible integrity, and Christlike love and faithfulness in his ministry, characterized the first of the Reformers. And this notwithstanding the intellectual darkness and moral corruption of the age from which he emerged. {GC 94.1}

“The character of Wycliffe is a testimony to the educating, transforming power of the Holy Scriptures. It was the Bible that made him what he was. The effort to grasp the great truths of revelation imparts freshness and vigor to all the faculties. It expands the mind, sharpens the perceptions, and ripens the judgment. The study of the Bible will ennoble every thought, feeling, and aspiration as no other study can. It gives stability of purpose, patience, courage, and fortitude; it refines the character and sanctifies the soul. An earnest, reverent study of the Scriptures, bringing the mind of the student in direct contact with the infinite mind, would give to the world men of stronger and more active intellect, as well as of nobler principle, than has ever resulted from the ablest training that human philosophy affords. ‘The entrance of Thy words,’ says the psalmist, ‘giveth light; it giveth understanding.’ Psalm 119:130{GC 94.2}

“As a professor of theology at Oxford, Wycliffe preached the word of God in the halls of the university. So faithfully did he present the truth to the students under his instruction, that he received the title of ‘the gospel doctor.’ But the greatest work of his life was to be the translation of the Scriptures into the English language. In a work, On the Truth and Meaning of Scripture, he expressed his intention to translate the Bible, so that every man in England might read, in the language in which he was born, the wonderful works of God. {GC 87.2}

“At last the work was completed—the first English translation of the Bible ever made. The word of God was opened to England. The Reformer feared not now the prison or the stake. He had placed in the hands of the English people a light which should never be extinguished. In giving the Bible to his countrymen, he had done more to break the fetters of ignorance and vice, more to liberate and elevate his country, than was ever achieved by the most brilliant victories on fields of battle.” {GC 88.2}

“The great movement that Wycliffe inaugurated, which was to liberate the conscience and the intellect, and set free the nations so long bound to the triumphal car of Rome, had its spring in the Bible. Here was the source of that stream of blessing, which, like the water of life, has flowed down the ages since the fourteenth century. Wycliffe accepted the Holy Scriptures with implicit faith as the inspired revelation of God’s will, a sufficient rule of faith and practice. He had been educated to regard the Church of Rome as the divine, infallible authority, and to accept with unquestioning reverence the established teachings and customs of a thousand years; but he turned away from all these to listen to God’s holy word. This was the authority which he urged the people to acknowledge. Instead of the church speaking through the pope, he declared the only true authority to be the voice of God speaking through His word. And he taught not only that the Bible is a perfect revelation of God’s will, but that the Holy Spirit is its only interpreter, and that every man is, by the study of its teachings, to learn his duty for himself. Thus he turned the minds of men from the pope and the Church of Rome to the word of God. {GC 93.2}

(This study is based on chapter 5, “John Wycliffe,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

Worship: The Waldenses / Wellness: Why Diarrhea and What to Do About It

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  The long period of papal supremacy was designed to extinguish the light of truth. But it could not. God has always had witnesses who stood firm in faith as light bearers to truth. (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says diarrhea is the body’s way of quickly flushing out toxins or excess acids from the body. Generally, diarrhea occurs because there is emotional stress, or some food has been eaten and is causing an irritation, or a virus or some disease is present. All promote acids or toxins in the body system. What can you do? Take activated charcoal. To avoid a black powdery mess, be careful to add 1 teaspoon (up to 1 tablespoon) of activated charcoal powder to a glass of about 6 or 7 ounces of water. Never add the water to the charcoal powder. Then, stir and drink. Most often only one glass is all that will be needed; but you cannot overdose on activated charcoal.

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Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 9317 (brain tumor) and Tate family (Geraldine “Cooky” passed).

Remember to continue praying also for 1919 (God’s will be done in her family, Brittani and Lorian’s family, the hurting and sick, Pastor Flemons, Audrey, TOR and Broadcast), 3464, 3719, Stella David (pain), 8781, Pacolet woman (overmedicated), 5638, and all others who have requested our prayers. Thank you.

Listeners Speak Out!

“What you’re doing is definitely the work of GOD. . . . People are truly being blessed.” —4190 (California)

“I’ve been richly blessed from your topics.” —2412 (California)

“I thank God for allowing me to go to Times of Refreshing. It changed my life. I felt like a whole new person.” —Jason (The Jason Holt Story)

“This is a powerful ministry!”—0091 (Indiana)

“I love y’all! … It is no mistake that you are in my life.” —-Annette (Michigan)

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 8 – 14

Worship  Sunday – The Revelation; Monday – The Church Triumphant ; Tuesday – Destruction of Jerusalem; Wednesday – Persecution in the First Centuries; Thursday – The Apostasy; Friday – The Waldenses; Saturday, the Sabbath – John Wycliffe [Sunday-Monday topics per Acts of the Apostles. All other topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – A Little Wine for the Stomach’s Sake; Monday – Treating Drugs with Drugs; Tuesday – What to Do if You’re in Pain; Wednesday – Juicing for Hypertension; Thursday – Nausea and What to Do About It; Friday – Why Diarrhea and What to Do About It

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Words of Encouragement

Ephesians 6:12, 13  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Psalm 51:12, 13  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

For Heaven’s Sake…

“In every age there were witnesses for God—men who cherished faith in Christ as the only mediator between God and man, who held the Bible as the only rule of life, and who hallowed the true Sabbath. How much the world owes to these men, posterity will never know. They were branded as heretics, their motives impugned, their characters maligned, their writings suppressed, misrepresented, or mutilated. Yet they stood firm, and from age to age maintained their faith in its purity, as a sacred heritage for the generations to come. {GC 61.1}

“In lands beyond the jurisdiction of Rome there existed for many centuries bodies of Christians who remained almost wholly free from papal corruption. They were surrounded by heathenism and in the lapse of ages were affected by its errors; but they continued to regard the Bible as the only rule of faith and adhered to many of its truths. These Christians believed in the perpetuity of the law of God and observed the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. Churches that held to this faith and practice existed in Central Africa and among the Armenians of Asia. {GC 63.1}

“But of those who resisted the encroachments of the papal power, the Waldenses stood foremost. In the very land where popery had fixed its seat, there its falsehood and corruption were most steadfastly resisted. For centuries the churches of Piedmont maintained their independence; but the time came at last when Rome insisted upon their submission. After ineffectual struggles against her tyranny, the leaders of these churches reluctantly acknowledged the supremacy of the power to which the whole world seemed to pay homage. There were some, however, who refused to yield to the authority of pope or prelate. They were determined to maintain their allegiance to God and to preserve the purity and simplicity of their faith. A separation took place. Those who adhered to the ancient faith now withdrew; some, forsaking their native Alps, raised the banner of truth in foreign lands; others retreated to the secluded glens and rocky fastnesses of the mountains, and there preserved their freedom to worship God. {GC 64.1}

“The faith which for centuries was held and taught by the Waldensian Christians was in marked contrast to the false doctrines put forth from Rome. Their religious belief was founded upon the written word of God, the true system of Christianity. But those humble peasants, in their obscure retreats, shut away from the world, and bound to daily toil among their flocks and their vineyards, had not by themselves arrived at the truth in opposition to the dogmas and heresies of the apostate church. Theirs was not a faith newly received. Their religious belief was their inheritance from their fathers. They contended for the faith of the apostolic church,—’the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.’ Jude 3. ‘The church in the wilderness’ and not the proud hierarchy enthroned in the world’s great capital, was the true church of Christ, the guardian of the treasures of truth which God has committed to His people to be given to the world. {GC 64.2}

(This study is based on chapter 4, “The Waldenses,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)

Worship: When the Church Was Hijacked / Wellness: Nausea and What to Do About It

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  “The apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, foretold the great apostasy which would result in the establishment of the papal power.” (GC 49.1) (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says nausea is a God-given warning or mechanism to pause digestion. The energy needed for digestion has been redirected to deal with some stressful event, or something has gone physically wrong with digestion. Overeating will interrupt digestion and cause nausea. A blockage due to the poor combination of foods eaten in the same meal can cause nausea. The pancreas may have failed to properly secrete digestive juices. There can be the presence of far too much acid due to cancer, for instance, which then overburdens the liver. All can cause nausea. What can you do about it? Give digestion a break. Here are three options: (1.) Go on a juice feast. (2.) Drink ginger tea. (3.) Take up to five drops of lobelia.

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Special Prayer was offered for call-in listener 1919 (God’s will be done in her family, Brittani and Lorian’s family, the hurting and sick, Pastor Flemons, Audrey, TOR and Broadcast).

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 8 – 14

Worship  Sunday – The Revelation; Monday – The Church Triumphant ; Tuesday – Destruction of Jerusalem; Wednesday – Persecution in the First Centuries; Thursday – The Apostasy; Friday – The Waldenses; Saturday, the Sabbath – John Wycliffe [Sunday-Monday topics per Acts of the Apostles. All other topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

Wellness  Sunday – A Little Wine for the Stomach’s Sake; Monday – Treating Drugs with Drugs; Tuesday – What to Do if You’re in Pain; Wednesday – Juicing for Hypertension; Thursday – Nausea and What to Do About It

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John 12:25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Hebrews 3:19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

For Heaven’s Sake…

“He declared that the day of Christ should not come, ‘except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.’ And furthermore, the apostle warns his brethren that ‘the mystery of iniquity doth already work.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4, 7. Even at that early date he saw, creeping into the church, errors that would prepare the way for the development of the papacy. {GC 49.1}

“Little by little, at first in stealth and silence, and then more openly as it increased in strength and gained control of the minds of men, “the mystery of iniquity” carried forward its deceptive and blasphemous work. Almost imperceptibly the customs of heathenism found their way into the Christian church. The spirit of compromise and conformity was restrained for a time by the fierce persecutions which the church endured under paganism. But as persecution ceased, and Christianity entered the courts and palaces of kings, she laid aside the humble simplicity of Christ and His apostles for the pomp and pride of pagan priests and rulers; and in place of the requirements of God, she substituted human theories and traditions. The nominal conversion of Constantine, in the early part of the fourth century, caused great rejoicing; and the world, cloaked with a form of righteousness, walked into the church. Now the work of corruption rapidly progressed. Paganism, while appearing to be vanquished, became the conqueror. Her spirit controlled the church. Her doctrines, ceremonies, and superstitions were incorporated into the faith and worship of the professed followers of Christ. {GC 49.2}

“This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of ‘the man of sin’ foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan’s power—a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will. {GC 50.1}

“Satan once endeavored to form a compromise with Christ. He came to the Son of God in the wilderness of temptation, and showing Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, offered to give all into His hands if He would but acknowledge the supremacy of the prince of darkness. Christ rebuked the presumptuous tempter and forced him to depart. But Satan meets with greater success in presenting the same temptations to man. To secure worldly gains and honors, the church was led to seek the favor and support of the great men of earth; and having thus rejected Christ, she was induced to yield allegiance to the representative of Satan—the bishop of Rome. {GC 50.2}

“It is one of the leading doctrines of Romanism that the pope is the visible head of the universal church of Christ, invested with supreme authority over bishops and pastors in all parts of the world. More than this, the pope has been given the very titles of Deity. He has been styled ‘Lord God the Pope’ (see Appendix), and has been declared infallible. He demands the homage of all men. The same claim urged by Satan in the wilderness of temptation is still urged by him through the Church of Rome, and vast numbers are ready to yield him homage. {GC 50.3}

“But those who fear and reverence God meet this heaven-daring assumption as Christ met the solicitations of the wily foe: ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.’ Luke 4:8. God has never given a hint in His word that He has appointed any man to be the head of the church. The doctrine of papal supremacy is directly opposed to the teachings of the Scriptures. The pope can have no power over Christ’s church except by usurpation. {GC 51.1}

“Romanists have persisted in bringing against Protestants the charge of heresy and willful separation from the true church. But these accusations apply rather to themselves. They are the ones who laid down the banner of Christ and departed from ‘the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.’ Jude 3.” {GC 51.2}

(This study is based on chapter 3, “The Apostasy,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)