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Here’s another old conditional immortality pamphlet from my father’s collection that I’m bringing into the digital age.  I searched the internet for this particular piece and never found it.  Although I did find out that the author (Horace Lorenzo Hastings) lived back in the 1800’s (1831-1899).  This little track was published by Adventist churches for decades after – my particular copy by Advent Christian Publications & then hand stamped from the Advent Christian Church of Shamrock, Texas (probably in the early 1970’s).  Enjoy!


Forty Questions on Immortality
by H. L. Hastings

1. Who is immortal?
“The King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God.” 1 Tim. 1:17.

Some verses are just ‘refrigerator verses,’ you know?  I mean the kind like John 3:16 which gives a great message, makes you feel good, and you’re not afraid to post it for all to see.  People post verses on bumper stickers, t-shirts, refrigerator magnets, Facebook statuses, and I even have some stenciled on my walls.  I love the reminder of God’s words being everywhere my eyes might happen to fall.  Deuteronomy 6:6-9 comes to mind, which says, “And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.  And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

But what do you do with a verse like this one: “You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin.”  Hebrews 12:4.

Be Gone!

A new year and a new decade has just begun today. Many people use this time of year to reflect upon the past year and set their New Year’s resolutions or goals of things that they would like to change for the coming year. Many of those resolutions are quickly broken by the end of the day.

As Christians, we should be continually reflecting upon our lives and “cleaning house” so to speak. We need to sweep away the bad habits that slowly and insidiously creep into our lives that are not holy or pleasing to our God. Some sin becomes such a habit, that it sets itself up as a stronghold in our lives. We become a slave to this habitual sin and we feel oppressed. We feel we cannot escape it. This sin becomes a false god in our lives.

Here’s another 1960’s old-school sermon from minister J. Ronald Schoolcraft. And even a near half-century later, this message still has words of truth to help us in the year 2009 and beyond!

“To Scare the Devil”

By J. Ronald Schoolcraft

A young warehouse worker took his customer’s order and started down one of the long aisles of the warehouse to get the desired parts. As he went he was whistling gaily the tune “Just Whistle While You Work” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. “My, he’s a happy fellow!” the customer remarked. One of the girls looked up from her stack of records and said “He says he does that to keep the devils out of his mind!”


Thoughts?

Matthew 5:48 – “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Surely Jesus doesn’t mean “don’t ever make a mistake or sin” does he? How could this be? Doesn’t he know “nobody’s perfect?” What is Jesus saying here? Is this an impossible verse?

The second part of the Bible is commonly known as the New Testament.  This is a phrase that means the same thing as “New Covenant” in reference to the New Covenant that Jesus introduced and ratified with his blood.  His disciples, who were Jewish, were surprised and awed at the idea that Gentiles would be able to partake of God’s promises to Abraham.  But there were some Jewish Christians who insisted that Gentiles needed to keep the Law of Moses to be saved.  Paul expounded in great detail about this in his epistles, declaring that the New Covenant which Jesus made has superseded the Old Covenant of the Mosaic Law which had been only a temporary measure.

Here’s the second part of the four part booklet (technically the second half of Part I – with the two halves of Part II to come) – The Two Adams, by Homer D. Baxter.

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THE GARDEN OF EDEN

“And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed” (Gen. 2:8).

This garden eastward in Eden signifies the first usages of the word Eden referred to the earth. The garden was but a small portion of Eden, into which God placed Adam to begin his duties and responsibilities, which consisted mostly of “to dress and keep” it.

blueprint of manIn doing some Biblical research I ran across the following chapter from a short 136 page book titled “God’s Got a Problem on His Hands”.  Now I don’t know much about the “Simple Truth Ministries” & its minister Earl Clampett Jr. (other than this bio) and I might have a quibble or two in certain details, but all-in-all this web-published chapter hammers home a very vital Biblical truth.  One that everyone should pay heed to.

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The Blueprint and Plan for Man

Before we build anything, it’s normal to set into motion a process, called a plan. God did the same when He created man, the earth, the angels, the heavens, etc.


The subject of pacifism and whether it is Biblically supported has been a recent topic of discussion here on kingdomready and it is something that many of us have differing opinions about. I have been giving it a great deal of thought recently since many of my compatriots here on the site see pacifism in the positive and I have always viewed it in the negative (being the true view of Scripture that is). But since I respect their opinions and only wish to know and rightly follow the real truth (whether that be how it see it or how my colleagues do makes no difference – truth is truth), I have been researching the subject with an intense focus over the last couple of weeks.

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