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Confronted by Grace

For centuries, the Jews had faithfully worshipped in their synagogues each Sabbath, hoping and waiting for the Messiah to come (John 1:41; 4:25). Their prophets were silent because there had been no word from God for four hundred years. Into this silence, the Messiah was born in Bethlehem. He grew up in Nazareth, humbly dwelling […]

Sisters of Faith Medley

I Am Clean It all started at a daycare. The position I got wasn’t the one I expected, but I loved it — playing with, feeding, consoling children. At this time in my life, I had good friends, a great job, a wonderful husband. Life was good. So it was a big surprise when suddenly […]

Transforming Vision into Reality

The Church of God (Seventh Day) has a vision of a vibrant 21st century church. In the previous two Bible Advocate issues we explored two elements of that vision: Christ Centered and Bible Based. Since many of you are studying the ten vision points at length in the quarterlies, we don’t need to cover all […]

For Sarah’s Sake

With the May-June Sola Fide issue in readers’ hands and the July-August Sola Gratia edition wrapping up, I’m thinking today about the inseparable union of grace and faith, particularly witnessed in the first family of faith, Abraham and Sarah. Paul writes more than once about this couple. They are crucial figures in his exposition of […]

How Can I Know?

After ten months of unemployment, I was finally being offered a great job. But there were strings attached — more like one big rope. Accepting this job required that I uproot my life and move twelve hundred miles north. Thinking of leaving everything and everyone I knew and going to an unknown environment, with a […]

An Influential Faith

Taking in the world around me, I can’t help but dream of being a conduit of healing and change. I see these things that aren’t right with the world, and I want to make them right. I know I’m not alone. We want to influence our culture. We foresee a more perfect world and then […]

God Forbid!

How else are we to relate to our Creator and Redeemer than by faith? Do we possess something — something other than faith — that recommends us to our Lord and Savior? If we stand at all, we stand by faith only, naked and empty handed before the great God Almighty. Faith changes everything! Jesus […]

Once a Prisoner

Romans 3:9-20 contains a simple formula to remember: God is salvation; the rest of us are in need of salvation. In these verses, Paul lays out a solid foundation for his teaching of salvation by grace through faith. He implies that since we all wander, we all need a shepherd. I remember hearing years ago […]

Living and Dying Well

My cell phone rang at a stoplight. “It’s cancer.” My body sagged into itself. Though my husband had gotten work, we were still digging out from the financial reversals of a layoff. How would we afford cancer? How was I going to manage this, plus care for my mother, sinking into dementia? Just like that, […]

Faith Alone

In English class we learned that a phrase like faith alone is a conceptual unit but not a complete sentence. It lacks a verb and fails to answer the standard questions who, what, where, when, why, and how. But in the 1500s faith alone stood for the complete sentence “Justification is by God’s grace alone, […]