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March 02, 2011

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Certainly the Seminary should teach Hebrew thought, which must include the ability to read and understand Hebrew writings in the context of time and circumstances. However, the vast majority of its graduates will enter the ministry as pastors. As such, their role is not so much conversation, or debate with their peers, but feeding, reassuring, and guiding their flock.

In that context, New Testament thought is to the point: particularly, the Gospel of John, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John. The emerging church as it closed the first century and was about to enter the second was embattled for several sides. The eternal questions: “Where did I come from? Why am I here? What happens to me when I die?”were up close and personal.

Thus these Scriptures are replete with assurances of a Creator/Redeemer God. Furthermore, His ministry clearly demonstrated the controlling power of His “Word” to heal, to bring forth life, and to save.

The Three Angel’s Messages are of a Creator/Redeemer God. A God Who is so intimately acquainted as not only to know the hairs of each person’s head but the circumstances of each person’s life from birth and before.

Wouldn’t it be wise to preach the judgment in term of having a Friend in court? A Friend who has such intimate knowledge, concern, and love for each soul?

As a father with three great grandchildren, I find great comfort to be found “safe in the arms of Jesus”, my Maker and my Redeemer.

The New Testament writers shared that belief in the most positive declarative sense. Let us spread the Word!

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