The ancient Greeks taught a form of dualism; that is, they believed that there was a great distinction between our bodies and our souls. In contrast, Scripture teaches that human beings are an integrated unit of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Whatever affects one part of the human frame affects all parts. The disciples taught that physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health were interconnected and could not be separated.
Satan wants to control our minds through our bodies; Jesus longs to control our bodies through our minds.
Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide
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“Apple trees do not produce apples in order to be apple trees: they produce them because they are apple trees.
Christians don’t do good things in order to be saved: they do them because they are saved.”
“When the New Testament speaks of redemption, then, unless our linguistics are at fault, it means that Christ has paid the price of our redemption. To the extent that the price paid must be adequate for the purchase in question this indicates an equivalence, a substitution.”
Leon Morris “The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross”
The Serenity Prayer
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
Complete, Unabridged, Original Version.
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
You are never more like Satan, when you are proud. You are never more like Jesus when you are humble.
A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and his beard cut as always. He started to have a good conversation with the barber who attended him.
They talked about so many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they touched the subject of God. The barber said: “Look man, I don’t believe that God exists as you say.”
“Why do you say that?” asked the client.
“Well, it’s so easy, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist. Ok, tell me. If God existed, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be no suffering nor pain. I can’t think of loving a God who permits all of these things.”
The client stopped for a moment thinking, but he didn’t want to respond so as to cause an argument. The barber finished his job and the client went out of the shop. Just after he left the barber shop he saw a man in the street with long hair and a beard (it seems that it had been a long time since he had his hair cut and he looked untidy).
Then the client again entered the barber shop and he said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”
“How can you say they don’t exist?” asked the barber. “I am a barber and here I am.”
“No!” the client exclaimed. “They don’t exist because if they did there would be no people with long hair and beards like that man who walks in the street.”
“Ah, barbers do exist. What happens is that people do not come to me.”
“Exactly!”- affirmed the client. “That’s the point. God does exist! What happens is people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”
Many blessings in New Year 2015!
All of us at Fairfield Seventh Day Adventist Church