Worship: Forgive, Anyway! / Wellness: Watch “Forks Over Knives”


Worship: For Heaven’s Sake
We are “not heart-readers.” We are only “fruit inspectors,” says Pastor Flemons. Nevertheless, it is a human response to refuse to grant forgiveness to one who does not seem to be sorry for the wrong done against us. However, the message is that God requires Christians to respond from a higher-than-human standard.

“After completing the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus added: ‘If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.’ He who is unforgiving cuts off the very channel through which alone he can receive mercy from God.” . . .{MB 113.3}

To those who believe, like Pastor says he once believed, that there is justification for withholding forgiveness (even with a willingness to forgive), especially when the offender’s apology does not meet the Bible standard of true repentance, the same passage continues with this special message.

“We should not think that unless those who have injured us confess the wrong we are justified in withholding from them our forgiveness. It is their part, no doubt, to humble their hearts by repentance and confession; but we are to have a spirit of compassion toward those who have trespassed against us, whether or not they confess their faults. However sorely they may have wounded us, we are not to cherish our grievances and sympathize with ourselves over our injuries; but as we hope to be pardoned for our offenses against God we are to pardon all who have done evil to us.”  {MB 113.3}

The real truth is that we all owe our debts to our Heavenly Father who owns everything that exists, including us and everything that we possess, even the very hairs of our heads. We are not owners of anything, says Pastor Flemons. We are only stewards of everything. We are to freely forgive in order to be freely forgiven. Freely forgiving others will encourage them to go to whom they truly owe the full debt: GOD. For however we treat others, it is reckoned that the same treatment is done to God. For the Bible clearly says, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). If we fail to freely forgive and instead, withhold forgiveness, forgiveness will be withheld from us. We are forgiven as we forgive. We simply reap what we sow. (Read Galatians 6:7.) That is the biblical principle.

[For further details, read 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Ellen G. White’s Thoughts from the Mount of BlessingMB 113.3; Matthew 6:12; Psalm 24:1. Also, please listen to the recording to hear the commentary of Pastor Flemons, who sang a portion of 1 Chronicles 29:14.]

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Worship: For Health’s Sake Shelem Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says that America’s ten-year cardiovascular death toll (mostly from eating animal products) doubles the number of those who died in the Holocaust. He says that such statistics would not exist, if people would only follow the original diet found in Genesis 1:29 (the whole-food, plant-based diet of nuts, grains, fruits, and vegetables). The information shared on the documentary film “Forks Over Knives” tell the same story–that your diet makes a difference. It is vitally important to your health what you eat. In fact, what you eat can heal you better and quite a lot safer than having your body (likely your chest) cut open to remove any damaged body part.

Watch “Forks Over Knives.” It is a film that can save your life! Dr. Oz agrees that it is a film that everyone needs to see. Pastor Flemons says that he has seen it multiple times. “It is a powerful video,” he says and adds that it teaches this powerful lesson: “If you watch what you put on your fork, you can avoid the surgeon’s knife.”

[For further details, please listen to the recording and by all means, watch “Forks Over Knives.”]

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Sharing and Caring Time Sis. Maria encouraged listeners with readings from Chapter 2, “Genuine Heartfelt Prayer” in the book Power of Prayer, a collection of writings on prayer by Ellen G. White, p 12. [Quotes below have been located in another hyperlinked source.]

“. . . If we keep the Lord ever before us, allowing our hearts to go out in thanksgiving and praise to Him, we shall have a continual freshness in our religious life. Our prayers will take the form of a conversation with God as we would talk with a friend. He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Often there will come to us a sweet joyful sense of the presence of Jesus. Often our hearts will burn within us as He draws nigh to commune with us as He did with Enoch. When this is in truth the experience of the Christian, there is seen in his life a simplicity, a humility, meekness, and lowliness of heart, that show to all with whom he associates that he has been with Jesus and learned of Him.” {COL 129.3}

“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.” {SC 93.2}

“The darkness of the evil one encloses those who neglect to pray. The whispered temptations of the enemy entice them to sin; and it is all because they do not make use of the privileges that God has given them in the divine appointment of prayer. Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence? Without unceasing prayer and diligent watching we are in danger of growing careless and of deviating from the right path. The adversary seeks continually to obstruct the way to the mercy seat, that we may not by earnest supplication and faith obtain grace and power to resist temptation.”—(Steps to Christ, 94, 95.) {Pr 267.1}

“Do not neglect secret prayer, for it is the soul of religion. With earnest, fervent prayer plead for purity of soul. Plead as earnestly, as eagerly, as you would for your mortal life, were it at stake. Remain before God until unutterable longings are begotten within you for salvation, and the sweet evidence is obtained of pardoned sin.—(Spiritual Gifts 2:264.) {Pr 13.2}

“Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Wellspring of life, and strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or engage in prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and you lose your hold on God. The spiritual faculties lose their vitality, the religious experience lacks health and vigor.—(Messages to Young People, 249, 250.) {Pr 182.1}

Pastor Flemons will be speaking at the Inwood SDA Church, 2041 Buckhill Road, Gerardstown, West Virginia, this Sabbath (tomorrow).

Special Prayer  Please include in your prayers today Listener 3637, who made no request.

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“I want to give God thanks . . . . We are experiencing great love and miracles. . . . Thank God for His people who make life easier! . . . I thank God for you all . . . as I learn how to live a pure life of natural remedies. I love you.” (0053)

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FaceBook Worship Wellness Segment – Why we must forgive before repentance

FaceBook Wellness Segment – You need to watch Forks Over Knives

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – June 14 – July 20

Worship  Sunday – The Marriages of Lot and Isaac: To Whom So Many Owe So Much; Monday – Jacob, One of the Few; Tuesday – Joseph, One of the Few, Part 1; Wednesday – Joseph, One of the Few, Part 2; Thursday – Moses, One of the Few; Friday – Forgive, Anyway!

Wellness  Sunday – Challenge: Eat a Plant-Based Diet! Monday – The Challenge: Rely on God; Tuesday – Challenge! Be Temperate; Wednesday – Joseph, One of the Few, Part 2; Thursday – Challenge – Get Fresh Air! Friday – Watch “Forks Over Knives”

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Words of Encouragement

1 Kings 17:13, 14  And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. (Also read 1 Kings 17:8-16 and Conflict and Courage for July 19, CC 206.)

Psalm 119:15, 16 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. (Also read With God at Dawn for July 19, WGD 202.)