Ordinance of Humility (Jun 2017)
In this study we look at the Ordinance of Humility and it's significance of old and to todayby using the example Jesus gave us in the footwashing of his disciples and the supper afterwards. The editorial is based on the book The Faith of Jesus, p. 481-491 by M L Andreason
The Holy Spirit - Part 2 (Apr 2017)
In part one of this study, mention was made of the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding and teaching men. He will not only convince of sin, of righteousness and judgment, but will guide into all truth and show things to come. He also has other work that we need to consider.
The Holy Spirit - Part 1 (Feb 2017)
To some Christians the Holy Spirit doesn’t seem very vital. They believe in the existence of the Spirit, but not the importance. They have been taught the Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, but think of Him different from the Father and the Son.
Fatherhood of God (Dec 2016)
Christ spoke more fully on the subject of the Father than on any other. For this there is good reason. In Christ's day, as in our own, many misconceptions prevailed about the Father. It was needful that the world be enlightened in regard to the true character of God. Christ came to give the world a revelation of the Father that men might know what God is like.
New Testament Sabbath (Oct 2016)
This editorial comes close to being part two of the August edition. There is so much
that we all need to learn, and it is hard to pass by such wonderful information. In this edition,
we’ll look at the New Testament Sabbath and God's rest.
Entering Into His Rest (Aug 2016)
In Hebrews chapter 4, Paul was anxious that Israel's experience should not be repeated by those who he would be able to influence. As Israel wandered forty years in the wilderness, so forty years had elapsed from the time of Christ's ascension to the time of the writing of the book of Hebrews. Paul’s real concern was that the Israel of his time was no more ready to enter into God's rest than was Israel at the time of Moses.
Christ the Divine (Jun 2016)
“Ye men of Galiliee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” - Acts 1:11
Jesus had surely promised to come again, and the disciples had hoped that His return would not be long in coming. But thirty years later, no further word had come from Him or His angels about His return. In vain they scanned the heavens for some sign of their returning Lord and Saviour. Why did He not come? Why the delay?
Introduction to the Book of Hebrews (Apr 2016)
To many of us, Hebrews is another book in the New Testament, but here at home, we have taken on for our morning and evening worship, the book of Hebrews and going through it verse by verse, finding a wealth of information of which we were not aware. We here share some of the history leading up to the existence of this extremely valuable portion of Scripture.
Be Ye Perfect (Feb 2016)
This word 'Perfect' or 'Perfection' has probably caused the most controversy and tension in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, especially in the last 40-odd years.
Cease Ye From Man (Dec 2015)
Throughout the Bible, God asks many times for mankind to trust in Him implicitly, putting their full trust in His divine being, and points the folly of trusting in mankind.
From Sunset to Sunset (Oct 2015)
It must be a strange sensation to go to bed on a Thursday night as usual, and has been usual for many years, only to wake up and it is Saturday morning! To our surface thinking, it could be like going to bed with a mouth full of teeth and waking up with one missing! The difference with the teeth, there is physically one tooth missing and not replaced, but with a day missing. There is no gap. One wakes up and another day follows. It may have a different name, but there is no gap, the day closes off into evening, and another day follows regardless of a title or meaning man may invent.
Status Quo (Aug 2015)
Every five years delegates from the world Seventh-day Adventist Church around the world gather in a General Conference Session to hear reports of the work of the church and to make decisions for the further operation of the mission of the church. An important part of these five yearly meetings is to choose new office bearers to lead the church for the following five years.
Our Need of Change (Jun 2015)
“Let no one say, 'I cannot overcome my defects of character'; for if this is your decision, then you cannot have eternal life. The impossibility is all in your will. If you will not, that constitutes the cannot.” – Sons and Daughters of God, p115.
Go Ye! (Apr 2015)
The greatest commission ever given to man since the fall of Adam and Eve, has been for those who know and understand the everlasting gospel of saving grace through Jesus Christ, to share it with our fellow humans and offer them the same hope that we all enjoy.
A Safe Place for Whom? (Feb 2015)
“Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.” ~Leviticus 25:18
Jonathan Henderson recently shared a message at the Week of Prayer at Pacfic Union College, “Adam and Steve.” There was obviously an explosive response to this presentation. As it was presented, it made one weep, for it was obvious from where he was coming from and where he was going to.
A Century Of Newsletters (Dec 2014)
Yes, you are reading the 100th newsletter published by the ministry of Autumn Leaves, and the 50th edition of Healthbites, both falling on December 2014. As this marks a distinction in this little ministry, we have dedicated this newsletter to wind the clock back to what was happening 100 years ago in the world and in the Seventh-day Adventist movement.
Plagues and Pestilence (Oct 2014)
The editorial in this edition of the newsletter mainly comes from a non-Seventh-day Adventist source, and from my observation for some time, may even be a non-Christian writer. He does quote and refer to Biblical authority on some issues, but mainly reports on health, political cover ups and exposes any issues that are being portrayed as beneficial for humanity, when under the surface have sinister agendas involved.
3T's Our Priority (Aug 2014)
Life is busy, there always seem to be so much to accomplish in any give time, and we never seem to have enough of it, working for ourselves to survive, and all too often, slip into the rhythm of everything for ourselves. Perhaps it may be well for us to lift our heads up from the work overload and analyse what we have achieved after all that work!
Is The Protest Over? (Jun 2014)
“We are all Catholic here, Catholic means universal, it doesn’t mean Roman, so how many of us here are born again? You see, we are all Catholics, so the Protest is over now.” ~excerpts from Bishop Tony Palmer
Great Last Work (Apr 2014)
“Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs
“He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
“He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Saved By? (Feb 2014)
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” ~Genesis 1:1 The first and second chapter of Genesis gives a grand account of God’s divine activity on this earth, its formation and His finished handiwork – and it was very good. Sadly as we read on into the third chapter, we read of the temptation and fall of mankind.
Feasting And Drinking (Dec 2013)
The time of year has come upon us again that closes our calendar year and we will start yet another year of toil and work. While Christmas is known by Seventh-day Adventists to be a festival of pagan origin, and many don't recognise it, it has however crept into our ranks with more and more recognition. How each family handles this time of the year is relatively their own business – each family answerable to God for their actions; but nonetheless, there are still principles that need to be upheld, and there needs to be a voice to offer caution as we indulge in such events.
Spiritual Formation and it's Dangers - Part 3 (Oct 2013)
Last edition, we looked at how personal Contemplative Prayer, also known as Centering Prayer, is meant to lead one into – well, contemplation. That was the more personal aspect of the new wave hitting the world and our church. In this editorial we look at how this new wave is making – and has made – inroads into the Seventh-day Adventist Church world-wide, and there are subtle reasons why this happens.
Spiritual Formation and it's Dangers - Part 2 (Aug 2013)
Last edition, we considered the overall picture of deception of the New Age/New Spirituality that is stealing upon us. We touched on the Alpha and the era it ran in the 1800’s, now a subtle and most deceptive Omega is upon us of which we are to be well aware of.
Spiritual Formation and it's Dangers - Part 1 (Jun 2013)
A new wave of spirituality has merged into Christianity over the last few years, and in reality has been in our midst longer than most of us realise. It is dangerous to say the least, is deceptive and has been unseen and undetected by many – far too many. But upon a little research, one will find that this new system of religion is really only new by name, but the practice is a very old, supernatural and satanic science that has been used to deceive humanity for many years, even centuries.
Careers For Youth (Apr 2013)
While away from home recently, our attention was drawn to a recreation that has developed to become quite an icon in New Zealand over the last 20 years. In years gone by, even to generations previous, cycling was very much a mode of transport that was the norm. It was a necessary and convenient way of transporting oneself and some extra luggage from place to place.
How to Meet a Crisis (Feb 2013)
Most of us in our daily lives encounter trials at some point or other. Some are what we would call trivial in our experience, but that may be to us personally. We may just brush them off as some small obstacle that got in our way on a particular day; we deal with them and carry on. But to another person, those somewhat ‘trivial’ obstacles can become ‘giants in the land’ to deal with and last hours, or even days. It would be fair to say that many of us don’t really know how to deal with trials. Oh yes, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but as we face them, many of us struggle. How should the Christian respond to trials and the different emergences of life? How we respond as children of God should be very different to those who don’t know Him.