Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own action. In the midst of that turbulence, rejoice! In the midst of that tribulations, rejoice! In the midst of that situation confronting you, rejoice! Because when there’s life there’s HOPE!
In the days of Jotham, as in the reign of Uzziah, the great prophet Isaiah was pouring forth his eloquent utterances. He is the great gospel seer, who spake more of Jesus Christ than all the rest. We will now read three of his prophecies, which he gave forth in the form of songs. The first song describes Israel under the figure of a vineyard, and was, from its form and beauty, well fitted to win the attention of the people.
How much is our condition like that of Israel and Judah! What more could God have done for us? We have the Bible and the ministry of the gospel: as a family we are a garden walled around, and our country is the fruitful field of true religion. What fruit are we yielding? If we are barren, what must we expect? Judgment is always in…
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For many years I’ve been volunteering at an English Bible class in Brazil. Our goal is simple: use English to encourage people to study the Bible.
Every Saturday morning we meet for some 70-80 minutes and sing some gospel songs, pray together, and study the bible. The challenge is that they have a little bible study guide – with daily questions and texts, and the following Saturday we meet to discuss what we learned during the week. You can check out the lessons here for free: https://absg.adventist.org/archives
But this past weekend I was observing the study guide of one of our class members, he is a quite shy young man – it had been thoroughly studied, underlined and the questions had been read and duly answered. Wow.
I was so happy to see Leandro’s dedication to look up the vocabulary of the texts he was studying not for English’s sake…
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At quarter past 7am, i was astonished by the crowd I met inside, are these people here for the photoshoots? I asked the lady standing beside me “yes” she said…wow, it must be a real deal, i said to myself. At exactly 8:15am, my so called guy called my attention to a short meeting that was to take place and myself and few others gathered round while we listen to the first speaker. Is this some sort of admonition gathering? I asked myself even when I know it was a rhetorical question. After an hour, then second speaker took turn then i began feeling disturbed as he also begins admonishing us for how many hours we don’t know. What were they telling us?….how to make money without education by making use of any opportunity that comes our way, so I said to myself “oh girl you don enter am” meaning “girl you just started”. Not until few minutes to 11am were we asked to stop and rearrange our chairs, as we were busy doing that we all heard the sound of the microphone audible enough to be heard outside the hall. In anticipate, we all sat down watching and listening to what they have to offer us, the first speaker up to the sixth speaker all talking about how their lives changed through the business they’re all into and that we should try and join them by buying the products, use the products and share the products by bringing people to join them telling them its for photoshoots and become models just as we were also deceived.
wow, sounds absurd right? I don’t think so! What I felt sounded absurd was their mode of speech. In a social gathering such as that, should the organizers be Vulgar in their speech? Complaining about not sitting right, complaining about talking to your neighbours, abusing about the use of mobile phones in the hall, in this 21st century? That’s absurd! I said to myself, to crown it all, we were given a form to fill which would cost us #16,000 each on that same day and different questions started dropping in my mind…who does that?, Who asked me to come here in the first place?, 16k?, where do I get that amount of money from? Then I decided to take to my heels but I wasn’t allowed to go out. “Yes I’m in for it” I said to myself. Having observed their long process in submitting the form, I called the guy that invited me, “guy I can’t wait for these long process thing you’re doing you know this wasn’t what you brought me to come and do and I’m still going to another place before heading home. When are you paying the money? He asked me, “I don’t know yet probably when I have the money” I said to him “are you saying now that you’re leaving?” He asked me and as a smart girl that I am, yes! I said reluctantly trying not to be too forward, then he said to me…Ok no problems, you can go!
“What a freedom” I said to myself as I began taking my foot one after the other till I felt the ray of the sun smiling at me outside the hall. It felt like I’ve just been saved from a plane that’s about to crash as I took a deep breath.