Friday, October 9, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Calling Sin by Its Rightful Name
In the traditions of my life-long faith family--the Seventh-day Adventist Church--Ellen G. White stands head-and-shoulders above any other historical voice defining principles of life-style, theology, cultural mores, and social graces. Many tradition-oriented Adventists love to lift a judiciously chosen EGW quotation from her copious writings to reinforce their personal positions on a myriad of issues.
One often quoted passage comes from Ellen White's book Education, p.57.
The greatest want of the world is the want of men-men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.
Look carefully at this often misused statement from EGW, especially at the "call sin by its rightful name" phrase.
Notice that it is both preceded and followed by phrases that call for *personal* integrity *within* the heart of the godly man himself. Thus, the standard of calling sin by its rightful name is not to be directed outward at other sinners. Instead, it is recognition and confession of the sinfulness of our own fallen nature and our relentless proclivity to act out the desires of sinful hearts.
The Apostle Paul said it this way: "You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad" (Romans 2:1 NLT).
Jesus himself said, "Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!" (John 8:7).
Let's admit it. We're ALL sinners standing in constant need of God's saving grace. None of us has the moral ground to point our fingers at someone else and accuse them of sinning. That is the exclusive right of the Holy Spirit. Our job is to bear witness to what God has done for us personally and individually. This is the gospel message that is to go to all the world (Revelation 14:6): "Jesus saves!"
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Among the Jews in the days of Jesus there were two major religio-political groups: the Pharisees and the Sadducees. In broad strokes, these were the "conservatives" and "liberals" of their day.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Origin and Historical
Thousands of young people have benefited from 4-H with active members becoming involved in their local community.
Thousands of young people have been benefited for life by their Scouting experience.
The 4-H model is designed to provide positive training for young people, preparing them for service and responsible living as adults.
A major 4-H focus is to prepare youth for active involvement in their local communities by providing actual experiences in orderly group process and self-governance for a healthy democracy.
As in any functioning, healthy democracy, each 4-H club elects its local officers for leadership, including a President, Vice-president, Secretary-treasurer, and Sgt-at-arms. With the President leading a typical meeting, club members make and second motions, engage in an orderly discussion of the motion, and vote to pass or reject the motion. Club decisions are made according to common democratic practices, guided by Robert's Rules of Order.
The name "4-H" comes from an emphasis on the holistic development of four areas of life:
At each club meeting, following the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, club members recite in unison the 4-H Pledge:
I pledge my Head to clearer thinking; my Heart to greater loyalty; my Hands to larger service; and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
The scouting model emphasizes personal duty for individual Scouts.
The Scouting motto, "Be Prepared," emphasizes personal preparation to adequately perform their duty in the face of life's inevitable challenges.
Scouting provides wide experiences of skills-training and broad awareness through their system of earning "Merit Badges" in a huge variety of subjects.
The Boy Scout Oath or Promise is:
On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.