Monday, September 24, 2012

Veggie Smoothies - Recipe 1

The title sounds funny; but honestly, this is a good idea. Everyone should do it.

The basic premise is this: create a smoothie that is primarily made up of fresh vegetables, add a few pieces of fruit to make it palatable, and consume for the best health. In effectiveness, juicing is the champion (pun intended). But smoothies are next in line.

For my family, this begins the third week of smoothies. We have been drinking them every morning, about thirty to forty-five minutes before breakfast. I decided to share our ideas with the general public so that everyone can have the opportunity to try something new.

Veggie Smoothie - Recipe 1 (makes five servings)

  • 2 bunches of beet greens, with stems and baby beets (about 4 loose cups when chopped)
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 4 small purple carrots (about 1.5 cups chopped)
  • 1.5 bananas
  • 1/2 of a lemon, peeled half-way (do include seeds)
  • Enough water to just cover the contents of the blender
Blend for three to five minutes, or until smooth. Drink up! (It will come out to be a burgundy color, because of the beets and stems).

Personal Take: 
I liked this one. I was a little concerned that it would not take sweet or at least pleasant. But I was surprised; everything neutralized everybody out. You could taste the lemon zest though (if that is something that bothers you). I did not blend for long enough though, so we were chewing the lemon pith (and a few carrot pieces). But when my mom does it, it comes out fine. =P Oh well...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Apologies.

This quarter -- July to September, 2012 -- PlugIn2God put the focus on prophecy. "History Revealed" covers that end which has been revealed by God before it has even taken place. When John writes it, hardly any of the events of Revelation had taken place. Sure, five emperors of Rome had reigned (Revelation 17:9-11); but that is only one of the few key aspects of the book that had already occurred. Now, to us readers in the twenty-first century, many of the events have taken place; and we await very little of the conclusion of the fulfillment of the prophecy.

I would, however, like to apologize. Unlike the first two quarters, the third quarter did not provide a study booklet. It did not provide supplementary material. The web page was not even updated.

There were many factors that caused this. But ultimately, Satan stepped to ensure that the correct material was given.

But God is faithful. "For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations" (Psalms 100:5).

THE REMEDY

I was able to publish (online) an in-depth Bible study in the form of note cards. each note card covers a different topic, going through the book of Revelation in chapter order. I pray that this will be a means to spread light.

Each card has a suggested number of devotional periods needed to cover the card.Each card also features the topic title in a blank design. This is so that you can design it yourself! Use whatever reminds you of the topic the most.

These cards present you with approximately one hundred (100) devotional periods (the maximum being one hundred and five [105]). They can be used for personal devotions, family worship, Sabbath School, Bible study classes, or small groups. They are versatile and should be used to the utmost capacity.

Please: before studying the Word of God in any context -- whether for school assignments, devotions, or church -- please pray. The Bible is self-explanatory, yes; but we still have a duty to ask God to enlighten us. God is ever willing to give us what we ask for, so long as it is in His will. And believe me: He wants to give us light. The seven-headed candlestick in the tabernacle was never to go out. It was to burn continually, ever shining its light over the shewbread (representing the Word of God).

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). 
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). 
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst" (John 6:35).


The light from the candlestick represents the Holy Spirit, who guides us into all truth (Leviticus 24:1-4; John 16:13). Pray for enlightenment and guidance before you begin to study the Word of God. "Never should the Bible be studied without prayer. Before opening its pages we should ask for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, and it will be given" (Steps to Christ, p. 90).

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In-Depth... in Revelation (PDF)
 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Power of a Testimony

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 12:11).

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Everyone says that exercise is good for me. I mean me. Whenever I complain about exercising, people tell me, "Nope, you are wrong. It would do you well." It leaves me chagrined most of the time. 

Today, however, I actually tried. I went and took the time to willingly take a simple walk on our hill. Do you know what the best part was? I can testify to the usefulness and value of exercise. Because I experienced it, it now has meaning for me.

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The principle of Christianity is the having of an experience. It is growing in grace. It is coming to a knowledge of our Lord and Savior. It is my experience.
"He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true" (John 3:33).
Testimonies are a significant form of witnesses because they are based on the facts of one's experience. No one can argue with your testimony because, at the end of the day, they did not experience it -- only you did. God invites us to have an experience for ourselves so that we can see whether or not He is who He claims to be.
"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him" (Psalm 34:8).
The word testimony is translated in several ways, including the following: witness, evidence, report, and precept. Isaiah 8:16-20 utilizes the precept definition. Most other Old Testament verses using the word testimony are saying "as a witness" or "as evidence" or, essentially, "as a reminder". Setting up the law in Israel was a testament to God's authority as a lawgiver (Psalm 78:5). The tabernacle of the testimony was called such because it held the ark of the testimony -- the continual symbol of God's stationary presence in Israel (Exodus 25:8; Numbers 17:4; Numbers 7:89). A testimony is something that stands as an indicator. It is "firsthand authentication of a fact" (Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2012). 

God's people are strong because they have a testimony. They have something that they stand for and believe in; they have an experience which they have lived; they have something that sets them apart, that shows them to be a testimony to others. They are different, and they know why. They have a story, and they are willing to share. Lives have been changed, habits have been overcome, styles of life have been altered to meet with and fit in Christ. They have a story: and it is His story. They make something of their life.
"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God" 
(Heb 11:5). 
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" 
(Rev 12:17).

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Judgment is Set.


The judgment has set, the books have been opened;
How shall we stand in that great day,
When every thought, and word, and action,
God, the righteous Judge, shall weigh?

Refrain

How shall we stand in that great day?
How shall we stand in that great day?
Shall we be found before Him wanting?
Or with our sins all washed away?

The work is begun with those who are sleeping,
Soon will the living here be tried,
Out of the books of God’s remembrance,
His decision to abide.

Refrain

O, how shall we stand that moment of searching,
When all our sins those books reveal?
When from that court, each case decided,
Shall be granted no appeal?

Refrain


Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Great Controversy: Whose Side Are You On?

Note: The following article is appropriate for all ages, and should be read with family and friends.

Before our earth was created, a war began and is still going on in our world today. This war is called  the Great Controversy. The word controversy (pronounced "khan-tro-verse-ee") is taken from the Latin word controversus (pronounced "khan-tro-were-sus") meaning disputable or, more literally, turned against.

Between whom is this controversy? It is between Jesus Christ and His enemy, the Devil.

So who is turned against whom? The Devil is turned against Jesus and is opposing Him.

And what exactly is being disputed? The Devil thinks that Jesus is not as powerful as He claims to be.
"And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread" (Luke 4:3 KJV).
"And the LORD said unto Satan, 'Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?' Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, 'Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face' " (Job 1:8-11 KJV).
Why does Satan assert this? He believes that he can be like the Most High. 
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High' " (Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV).

What was the result of this dispute? There was war in heaven.
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:7-9 KJV).
How does their disagreement affect me? The Devil wants to coax everyone to sin and eternal separation from God; and he wants to oppose and oppress all who follow Jesus.

"...'Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.' And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman [the pure church] which brought forth the man child [Jesus]" (Revelation 12:12-13 KJV).
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17 KJV).
 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23 KJV).
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8 KJV).

Will the dispute be solved? Yes; because Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect and pure life, and willingly died, He overcame the Devil and disproved his lies.
" 'Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.' This he said, signifying what death he should die" (John 12:31-33 KJV).
"The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death--- his death on the cross. For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name" (Philippians 2:5-9 GNB).

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV).

How will the dispute be solved? At the last judgment, Jesus will be proven to be just and innocent of the charges by the testimony of His life and actions.

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me" (John 8:12-18 KJV).

"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, 'Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night' " (Revelation 12:10 KJV).

Which side should I choose? The side of victory and life is the side God would like us to choose -- Jesus' side.
" 'I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them' " (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV).
" 'Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne' "
(Revelation 3:20-21 KJV).
What will I gain by choosing God's side? I will gain life everlasting, and treasures of heaven.
"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14 KJV).
" 'Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also' " (John 14:1-3 KJV).
" 'But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you' " (Matthew 6:33 KJV).
How do I choose God's side? I must reject the Devil by confessing my sins show the world my commitment by being baptized; and confess Christ by living the life of purity and perfection.
"And [the jailer] brought them out, and said, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.' And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway" (Acts 16:30-33 KJV). 
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed" (Romans 10:9-11 KJV). 
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" 
(Galatians 5:1 KJV).
 
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do" (Galatians 5:13-17 ESV).
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments" (John 14:15 ESV).
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12 KJV).
Whose side will you choose to be on?
[_] Jesus Christ
[_] The Devil

Monday, September 03, 2012

7: The Number of Perfection

Why seven? The number is obviously important, or else God would not have employed it so often. Seven churches in Revelation; seven pairs of clean animals into the ark; seven days of Passover. Seven years for love. Seven lamps of light. Seven days for cleansing. Seven years in Hebron. Seven seals of the end time.

The Creation week, too, follows the rule of seven. Notice the following verses:
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. 
(Genesis 1:31-2:3 KJV) 
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 
(Exodus 20:11 KJV)

Of that seven-day week, God chose the seventh day as the day of rest - His Sabbath day.

The word "sabbath", as a common noun, really means "rest". The "sabbaths" as outlined in Leviticus -- those for agriculture, those for feasting, and those for solemnity -- were all days when the children of Israel did no work. These were later done away with at the cross (Colossians 2:14-17) because had fulfilled the shadow.
The Passover was followed by the seven days’ feast of unleavened bread. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year’s harvest, a sheaf of barley, was presented before the Lord. All the ceremonies of the feast were types of the work of Christ. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt was an object lesson of redemption, which the Passover was intended to keep in memory. The slain lamb, the unleavened bread, the sheaf of first fruits, represented the Saviour.
(Desire of Ages, p. 77) 
But the Sabbath -- the proper noun -- is everlasting. "And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD (Isaiah 66:23 KJV)." The Sabbath is the day when we specifically put aside earthly things, and really commune with God. We rest from earthly cares, and focus on God.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 
(Exodus 20:8-11 KJV)
 God wants us to be perfect. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48 KJV)." Thus He made the Sabbath: a day where we may spend time with Him, and learn and know His will for our lives and for the world.

Pre-sin, the communion of Sabbath was a time for Adam and Eve to come to a fuller knowledge of their Lord -- to spend time with Him, and learn and know His will for their lives and for the world. "And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:" (Mark 2:27 KJV).

The idea was perfection. Learning more of God and His will by focusing fully on Him was why the Lord rested. He was giving us an example of attitude and behavior.

Would you like to acknowledge God's day of perfection and rest as the seventh day, and follow His example by keeping it holy? God wants to spend time with YOU.