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Worship: For Heaven’s Sake He was a high ranking religious leader who wasn’t converted. Is this a rare, isolated case or is this the norm? (Read more below.)
Wellness: For Health’s Sake Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, said, “Modern medicine is a lot of hard work, but is it really working? ” (Read more below.)
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TOPICS THIS WEEK – May 28 – June 3
Worship Sunday – The Temptation; Monday – The Victory; Tuesday – “We Have Found the Messias”; Wednesday – At the Marriage Feast; Thursday – In His Temple; Friday – Nicodemus; Saturday, the Sabbath – “He Must Increase” [All topics per Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White.]
Wellness Sunday – The Dangers of Flu Shots; Monday – Benefits of Lemon Water in the Morning; Tuesday – Tips for a Healthy Vacation; Wednesday – Being Transgender May Be Hazardous to Your Health; Thursday – Many Ways of Practicing the Healing Art; Friday – 4 Reasons Why Modern Medicine Is Not Working
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John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Psalm 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
For Heaven’s Sake…
Nicodemus was a high ranking religious leader. He was curious about Christ but had to be careful to approach the Savior at night to guard his reputation. The religious leaders had not accepted Jesus as the Messiah so Nicodemus had to be careful not to affiliate himself with One who had not been approved by the church.
Jesus did not reprove Nicodemus for a lack of faith. Rather, He taught him one of the fundamental principles of the gospel. In order to be saved, we must be converted. This means that we are changed from the inside out, for Christ has given us a new heart. Read Ezekiel 36:26 and Ps. 51:10. These verses speak of a new heart created in us by God. We must surrender our hearts to God and allow Him to have full sway. This work cannot be fully explained. Thus, Jesus likened it to the wind, which blows upon and moves objects, while its origin and destination are a mystery.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for there to be unconverted ministers. The lack of the fruit of the Spirit among ministers is evidence of a lack of conversion.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23.
Pastor Flemons compared Jesus to most ministers today. The Saviour did not demand blind submission as many ministers do today. We read in John 7:16, 17, “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” Jesus was saying that if we want to do His Father’s will, we must know our Bibles. Then we will know that what Jesus taught was truth or if He made it up. He was allowing us to test His word by Scripture.
Many unconverted ministers today are offended if you question them. They get angry if you disagree with them. They have made themselves gods. One final proof of a lack of converted ministry is the lack of obedience to God’s commandments taught in the pulpit. Most ministers no longer teach that we can overcome sin. This is Satan’s way of lessening the obligation to be obedient to God’s law. If we are to be saved, we must be born again. We will bear fruit of that new birth experience.
(This study is based on John 3:1-17 and chapter 17, Nicodemus, in The Desire of Ages (DA), by Ellen G. White.)
For Health’s Sake. . .
He states that there are four reasons why its not.
First of all, modern medicine does not teach us to ascertain the cause of disease. Rather, the focus is on the treatment of symptoms. Until we learn the laws of health that keep our bodies in good working order, we will never have hope of recovery. Therefore, modern medicine does not cure chronic, lifestyle diseases. Rather, the focus is on management of symptoms.
The second reason why modern medicine is not working is that it does not teach patients to change unhealthful conditions. These could be spiritual or environmental. Thus we are exposed to toxins based upon our choices at home, at work, and in society. Toxins are the main cause of imbalances that cause disease. We breathe in these toxins. We see these toxic, scary topics on the television. We are exposed to toxic relationships, which can often be eliminated.
The third reason is that we have bad health habits, and modern medicine does a poor job at helping us overcome bad habits. This is because these same bad habits were part of medical training. Every medical school has designated smoking areas where students and faculty are filling their lungs with thousands of poisons. Even those claiming to be “smoke-free campuses” have designated areas in which people can smoke. Every medical school has vending machines with foods high in sugar and dairy products. Every medical school serves some form of fast food. Almost all of them serve the flesh of dead animals, and all serve dairy products. Bad health habits are the cause of disease. These must be corrected in order to be well.
The fouth and final reason why modern medicine is not working is that this system does not assist nature in expelling impurities and bring the body back into balance. The primary reason for this is that modern medicine uses toxins to treat symptoms caused by toxins. This method can never cure, for it introduces disease-causing chemicals in order to treat diseases. In biblical wellness, we understand that in order to recover we must assist the body to expel its impurities using the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood, and lymph. These are the seven channels of elimination, and when they are working properly, health is the result. Drug medication, as used today in modern medicine as the primary method of treating symptoms, will never improve the overall health of the nation.
We must follow God’s plan, the REFRESHING way lifestyle, in order to have a healing system that really works.