Spiritual Discovery

The Passover and Its Meaning

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The Passover and Its Meaning

Remembering Deliverance – Looking Toward Restoration Passover is the first of the Spring festivals. It celebrates the power of G-d to deliver His people. In a world full of slavery to so many things—drugs, sex, possessions, etc.—remembering God’s power by rehearsing the story of the Exodus from Egypt is a blessing that God has invited His children to revisit every year. Passover is about more than an event that occurred thousands of years ago. It is so easy in the mad rush of our lives to forget our own personal moment of Exodus from bondage to the god of this world. This...

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The Red Sea Rules

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During a trip to Oshkosh with the Fort Vancouver Pathfinders, I had the opportunity to read a book called The Red Sea Rules. I thought I would share the ten “rules” that were given as a summation of the learning from the Red Sea experience: Realize that God means for you to be where you are. Be more concerned for God’s glory then for your relief. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord. Pray! Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work. When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith. Envision God’s enveloping presence. Trust God to deliver...

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Solomon, Jesus, and the Jot and Tittle

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The Mischna tells a story of Solomon as a young man. As he was copying out the Torah, as all kings of Israel were to do when they became ruler over Israel, he came to the instruction warning kings not to multiply wives, gold nor horses unto themselves. Wise man that Solomon was, he thought he understood why the instructions was given—to keep him from straying from the Torah. There was one word that was of especial importance. By removing the yud (the tittle) he changed the command to give himself permission to do these things. It is this story that Jesus was referring to when he said,...

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A Thorn That Refuses to Be Extracted – To Keep or Not Keep Festivals

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“More holy days for Adventists?“ This is a question that has been a thorn for Adventist leadership since the late 1930s when Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Worldwide Church of God. Today, it’s almost as heated a topic as another that’s been stirring up discussion since the 1950s—whether or not the church accepted the 1888 message. It doesn’t seem to go away. No amount of effort seems to be able to extract this thorny question. It just festers and festers. Could this possibly be because in Leviticus 23 it repeatedly says that these are the festivals of the LORD and...

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Story of Ruth – Female Servitude or Pattern of Salvation

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I was chatting with a friend the other day. She told me that the story of Ruth is not a very good story for the independence of women. Here are some of the reasons she listed. I feel they are worth considering. Ruth needed to be “redeemed” because she was “used goods.” Men in those days liked fresh, unchewed, meat. And Ruth had borne another man’s children. Boaz, who by his own admission was “old,” praised Ruth for not going after younger men. The second right of redemption was his after another man turned it down since Ruth bearing his children...

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Religion – Who Has It Right?

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Religion. Just what does that word mean? According to Merriam-Webster.com, there are four definitions that apply to this discussion. The service and worship of God or the supernatural; commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance A personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices Archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness A cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith These definitions demonstrate that every human being has a religion. An atheist holds to a cause, principle, or system of beliefs with ardor and...

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