February 22nd -- Enchanted Ground

"When saints do sleepy grow, let them come hither,
And hear how these two pilgrims talk together;
Yea, let them learn of them, in any wise,
Thus to keep ope their drowsy, slumbering eyes.
Saint's fellowship, if it be managed well,
Keeps them awake; and that in spite of hell."

Good morning All!

Tonight's FNF will be held at Tanci's place:

Our bible study will be led by Geneva! 
We'll start with food at 6:30pm and the study at 7:30pm.
Geneva asks that you all come early so that we can start her prepared activity on-time!

Please bring your bibles, a friend and fruit to help out. Thanks!

The above caption is from John Bunyan's classic The Pilgrim's Progress and refers to the section of the book where the allegorical Hopeful and Christian have nearly reached the Celestial City yet first have to cross the Enchanted Ground (read here). They fled the Cities of Destruction and Vanity Fair, endured the Valley of Humiliation and conquered Giant Despair and are now sooooo close to the Land of Beulah and the River of Death, just on the other side of which lies the Celestial City. 

Christian reminds the dull and drowsy Hopeful that they were warned by the shepherd not to fall asleep on Enchanted Ground, the last leg of their journey, but instead to remain sober and alert (1 Thess 5:6) and Hopeful, thankful for the reminder, recalls the scripture that says that "two are better than one" (Ecc 4:9).

To stay wake as they traversed the Enchanted Ground, they encouraged one another and told their testimonies-- how they came into the faith and they quoted scripture and promises and spoke of Jesus' love and mercy, God's fairness and the return of Christ.

I think this "chapter" is brilliant and timely-- we, as Christians, are currently slogging our way through Enchanted Ground and many, many people are sleeping on all kinds of events and opportunities to strengthen our faith and to reach out to others about Jesus' soon return. So many will be lost on this final leg of our journey -- not because of religious persecution, not because of despair, not because of ignorance or difficulties but because we are being lulled to sleep (right on the King's Highway) by complacency and an unwillingness to let go of cherished sins that you know God is convicting you about and that the Holy Spirit wants to help you overcome. How's that for a run-on sentence? How sad is that? How subtle is the devil? How vigilant must we be-- especially now?
"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." 1 Thessalonians 5:6

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February 15th -- Truth & Nothing but the Truth

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

T.G.I.S Friends!

Tonight's bible study will be held at Mikhail & Stacy's place:

It'll be a potluck -- really simple. Please bring bread and fruit, thanks.

We'll eat @ 6:30pm and start our study @ 7:30pm.
I'm (Tancia) doing the study so please bring your bibles :)

See you tonight! God Bless!

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February 8th -- Meat in Due Season

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Psalm 145:15

Hello Friends!

Slight change from the FB message board:

Tomorrow night's FNF will be hosted by The Salazars!

The study will be led by Michael Jones!

Please come out on time -- we'll begin at 6:30 with a delicious meal and start our study at 7:30pm.

God bless and hope to see you all tomorrow!


Lastly, thinking back to last Friday's "present truth" message... I wanted to share this quote based on the parable in Luke 12:42-44...

 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

"If those who know the truth, the present truth for this time, would individually realize that a responsibility rests upon them to communicate to those who know not the truth, the light the Lord has graciously given them, they would more nearly meet the mind of Christ. 
They would be His light, penetrating the darkness of error which covers the religious world, and which is as dense as the darkness that enveloped the Jewish nation in the days of Christ. 
Shall Seventh-day Adventists walk in the same path as did the Jewish nation? Shall the message to the Laodicean church be applicable to this people? Shall these who have seen great light, who have had large opportunities and many privileges, cease to do service as witnesses for Christ? 
Those who know the truth, but who feel no special burden to reveal corresponding works, will be like that servant who knew his master's will, but did it not."

This is from
EG White, Letter 35, January 1, 1898 of Last Day Events

Love unnos! 

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