Thought for the day

Thought for the day

When any one can point to one trifling word spoken by our Lord, or to any lightness seen in his character, he may feel that lightness and jesting are excusable in himself. This spirit is unchristian; for to be a Christian is to be Christ-like. Jesus is a perfect pattern, and we must imitate his example. A Christian is the highest type of man, a representative of Christ.
Review and Herald, June 10, 1884 par. 4

1 Corinthians 11:1-16

1 Corinthians 11:1-16

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Guest Editorial–Jim Buller

Guest Editorial–Jim Buller

Country Living is more about lifestyle than location.

It seems that regularly, I hear people talking about how nice it would be to live in the country. But almost in the same breath, they bemoan what they see as the ‘fact’ that most people, (including themselves), are simply not able to make it happen. Usually this is due to a shortage of finances. And it is true that it costs more to live in the country, IF you are living the city lifestyle. If nothing else, it will simply cost more to transport everything the additional distance into the country.
The problem is, the city lifestyle is the ONLY lifestyle that many people know —so of course this lifestyle gets projected into the country when we talk about country living. However, this leaves several important factors out of the equation:
(1) Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing,” and “With God, all things are possible.” (John 15:5, Mark 9:23.)
(2) Country Living is about character building. (See FE 326.) Character is defined as the sum total of all of our habits. (See COL 356.) Therefore, building our characters, by definition, will mean changing our habits, which cannot help but result in a change in our lifestyle.
(3) Country living is God’s answer to not being able to buy or sell. (See Rev 13:16-17, CL 9-10.) Now, we just recognized that it costs more to live in the country, so how can country living possibly be the answer to living without any cash exchange? The city lifestyle, (whether lived in the city or in the country), simply won’t work —unless you are planning to receive the Mark of the Beast. Therefore, in order to be the answer to not being able to buy or sell, what God must have in mind is for country living to minimize the amount of money needed in order to make life happen —to the point that we will eventually be able to get by without it altogether.
(4) Country living is all about being self-sufficient —growing and making the things you need for yourself. This requires a certain amount of know-how, skills, and equipment. By contrast, in the city lifestyle you just go to the store and buy what you need. Apparently much more simple, easy, and convenient. But, the city lifestyle sets us up to receive the Mark of the Beast.
(5) So, why should God “open the way” for us to live in the country, (see CL 24), if we are just going to continue living the city lifestyle, setting ourselves up to receive the Mark of the Beast, and end up being lost?

Again, the problem is that the city lifestyle is the only lifestyle most of us know. So the question is: Are we willing to give up our ease and convenience, let God develop our characters for heaven, and change our lifestyle? Are we willing to start now, wherever we are?

As stated at the beginning of this post, country living is more about lifestyle than location:
• There are those living in the city who live the city lifestyle
• There are those living in the country who live the city lifestyle
• There are those living in the country who live the country lifestyle
• And there are even those living in the city who live the country lifestyle

The problem with living a self-sufficient country lifestyle while located in the city is a shortage of resources such as: having enough space to grow your own food, being able to have an independent water source, and having enough trees to cut for heating and cooking.
However, even if you live in the city there are many things you can do to get started. If nothing else: start gardening in containers; start collecting necessary equipment; begin learning some skills; and store up some food, water, and other supplies so you don’t have to run to the store for every little thing.

Let God know that you are serious about living His country living lifestyle, even if you are living in the city, then trust Him to open the way for you to locate in the country.

Please don’t misunderstand me here. I’m not saying that the city lifestyle is ‘bad’ or ‘wrong.’ It’s just like when Paul said, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Tim 6:10.) We all recognize that money in itself isn’t bad. It’s just that if money, or the city lifestyle, is not related to properly, can cause all sorts of problems.

Thought for Thanksgiving Day

Thought for Thanksgiving Day


God’s people should practice strict economy in their outlay of means, that they may have something to bring to Him, saying, "Of Thine own have we given Thee." Thus they are to offer God thanksgiving for the blessings received from Him. Thus, too, they are
to lay up for themselves treasure beside the throne of God.
Councils on Stewardship, page 300

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

"They must fall who would rise again. We must fall upon the Rock and be broken before we can be uplifted in Christ. Self must be dethroned, pride must be humbled, if we would know the glory of the spiritual kingdom."
Desire of Ages, page 57

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

"The powers of darkness gather about the soul and shut Jesus from our sight, and at times we can only wait in sorrow and amazement until the cloud passes over. These seasons are sometimes terrible. Hope seems to fail, and despair seizes upon us. In these dreadful hours we must learn to trust, to depend solely upon the merits of the atonement, and in all our helpless unworthiness cast ourselves upon the merits of the crucified and risen Saviour. We shall never perish while we do this—never! When light shines on our pathway, it is no great thing to be strong in the strength of grace. But to wait patiently in hope when clouds envelop us and all is dark, requires faith and submission which causes our will to be swallowed up in the will of God. We are too quickly discouraged, and earnestly cry for the trial to be removed from us, when we should plead for patience to endure and grace to overcome."
Volume 1, Testimonies, page 309

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Jacob’s history is also an assurance that God will not cast off those who have been deceived and tempted and betrayed into sin, but who have returned unto Him with true repentance. While Satan seeks to destroy this class, God will send His angels to comfort and protect them in the time of peril…. Their affliction is great, the flames of the furnace seem about to consume them; but the Refiner will bring them forth as gold tried in the fire. God’s love for His children during the period of their severest trial is as strong and tender as in the days of their sunniest prosperity; but it is needful for them to be placed in the furnace of fire; their earthliness must be consumed, that the image of Christ may be perfectly reflected.

The Great Controversy 621

Thought for the day

Thought for the day


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God permits trials to assail His people, that by their constancy and obedience they themselves may be spiritually enriched, and that their example may be a source of strength to others. "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil." Jeremiah 29:11. The very trials that task our faith most severely and make it seem that God has forsaken us, are to lead us closer to Christ, that we may lay all our burdens at His feet and experience the peace which He will give us in exchange.
Patriarchs and Prophets, page 129