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The Governor's Pardon

"For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."  Galatians 2:19, 20

John Henry Smith sat on death row for nearly a quarter century awaiting his execution.  The inmates in regular population, and the prison guards, often referred to John as a "walking dead man" as the date of his death by electric chair drew near.

On the eve of his execution, John ordered and consumed his last meal, a king's feast which consisted of a huge Porterhouse steak; Maine lobster tails; corn on the cob; a baked potato with sour cream and chives, and broccoli spears.  After visiting with Chaplain Hall, John looked over at his favorite prison guard Bobby Ray - a personal friend - who had come to say good-bye and to escort him to the electric chair.


Our Deliverance Even Greater Than The Exodus!

In freeing our souls from the bondage of sin, God has wrought for us a deliverance greater than that of the Hebrews at the Red Sea. Like the Hebrew host, we should praise the Lord with heart and soul and voice for His "wonderful works to the children of men." Those who dwell upon God's great mercies, and are not unmindful of His lesser gifts, will put on the girdle of gladness and make melody in their hearts to the Lord. The daily blessings that we receive from the hand of God, and above all else the death of Jesus to bring happiness and heaven within our reach, should be a theme for constant gratitude. What compassion, what matchless love, has God shown to us, lost sinners, in connecting us with Himself, to be to Him a peculiar treasure! - Patriarchs and Prophets, 288, 289. From Devotional: To Be Like Jesus, p. 13.

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It was a blessing to be in Holy Communion today at church.  It is a necessary and powerful reminder that we are ever …

A Blind Woman's Prayer

A Blind Woman's Prayer

I read a true testimony here lately about a blind lady who heard the gospel present truth about Jesus Christ and became a devoted follower of Christ.  From that point on, she earnestly desired to read the braille Bible, but her fingers were not sensitive enough to follow the raised print to learn the letters.  Despite her best efforts and the painstaking efforts of her teacher, she could not follow the lettering.  She was very disappointed and wept bitterly over this.

But then something amazing happened.  This dear lady began to earnestly pray to the Lord to make her fingers sensitive enough to read the braille.  She persisted in her petitions to the Lord.  But afterwards she fell very ill.  During the illness her fingers became very sensitive to touch, and she was able to read the braille print!  She was able to read the precious truths of God's word for herself! Glory to God!

God Answers Persevering Prayer

This woman's persistence calls to my mind…

Our Savior's Highest Honor (Repost from E.G. White Estate)

This devotional was just so good that I had to share it with you my readers.  I pray that it blesses you the way that I have been blessed by it.  Look upon Jesus our Lord and know that "by his stripes, we are healed." - F.M.

Daily Devotional July 16, 2017 Our Saviour’s Highest HonorAnd one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. Zech. 13:6.
“I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.” Revelation 21:1. The fire that consumes the wicked purifies the earth. Every trace of the curse is swept away. . . . One reminder alone remains: Our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded head, upon His side, His hands and feet, are the only traces of the cruel work that sin has wrought. Says the prophet, beholding Christ in His glory: “He had bright beams coming out of his side: and there was the hiding of his pow…

Hypocrisy in the Church: Confrontation in Antioch

"When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.  Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles.  But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.  The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray." Galatians 2:11-14, NIV

During the especially volatile racial atmosphere in the southern United States of the 1950s-1960s, a certain man conducted a very bold experiment.  John Howard Griffin, a white male, had his skin and appearance medically altered to appear black.  Then he presented himself as a black man in his social circle and throughout the south to experience what it was like to live as a black man in a racist society.  
Griffin's experiment of temporarily living in someone else's skin garnered him an award and some measure of success as a wr…

Unity in the Early Adventist Experience

How shall we search the Scriptures? Shall we drive our stakes of doctrine one after another, and then try to make all Scripture meet our established opinions, or shall we take our ideas and views to the Scriptures, and measure our theories on every side by the Scriptures of truth? Many who read and even teach the Bible, do not comprehend the precious truth they are teaching or studying. Men entertain errors, when the truth is clearly marked out, and if they would but bring their doctrines to the word of God, and not read the word of God in the light of their doctrines, to prove their ideas right, they would not walk in darkness and blindness, or cherish error. Many give the words of Scripture a meaning that suits their own opinions, and they mislead themselves and deceive others by their misinterpretations of God’s word. As we take up the study of God’s word, we should do so with humble hearts. All selfishness, all love of originality, should be laid aside. Long-cherished opinions m…

Some Thoughts on Galatians 1:1-5

Paul, an apostle - sent not from man nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead - and all the brothers with me, To the churches in Galatia:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:1-5, NIV

Railroad at Tioga Falls, West Point, KY
Photo Credit: Fred Moore, Jr. 2017
When our church group gathered for the hike along the winding forest trail, we were traveling blind.  We had no idea where the winding path would take us, nor what sights awaited us.  The shadowy canopy of tall poplars and spruces gave us a welcome reprieve from the mid-summer Sabbath afternoon sun as we climbed the steep leading to the open ridge above.

We reached the ridge marking our halfway point of the journey, then stopped for a break.  While there I snapped the photo above of the lonel…