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Camp Meeting 2014

THE MISSING PIECE

Loma Linda University Church 2014 Camp Meeting

Sermons: Speaker, Pastor Randy Roberts (9:00am & 11:45am at Loma Linda University Church)
August 2: The Missing Piece: Assurance
August 9: The Missing Piece: Peace
August 16: The Missing Piece: Blessing
August 23: The Missing Piece: Intimacy
August 30: The Missing Piece: Joy
 
Vespers/Events: (All events at Loma Linda University Church Sanctuary except Church Social)
August 2: A Cappella Fest; Director: Jeremy Morada, (5:00pm)
August 9: Margie Salcedo-Rice & family, (6:30pm)
August 16: PianoForte Symphony, (5:00pm)
August 23: Chiz Rider, (5:00pm)
August 23: Church Social at the Drayson Center, (7:30pm)
August 30: David Levy, (6:30pm)
 

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Camp Meeting 2013



SERMONS, Saturdays, 9:00 & 11:45a, Sanctuary:
 
August 3 - HOME: kitchen
What is at the heart of your family?
 
August 10 - HOME: garage
Is there junk your family needs to jettison?

August 17 - HOME: front porch
What are the most important relationships in your family's world?
 
August 24 - HOME: attic
Are there treasures in your family's past?

August 31 - HOME: hope chest
What are your family's hopes and dreams for the future?

Re:Live, Young Adult Contemporary Service 10:25 – 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary:
 
RE:LIVE, Saturdays, 10:25a, Sanctuary:
Title: homeGROWN
Summary: Leaving, Launching, Living . . . How Will You Prepare?

EVENTS

Friday evenings, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Bernard Taylor's seminar, 7:30 p.m., Randall Amphitheater
Israel's Evanegelism Manual: Hearing Isaiah's Servant Songs Again for the First Time

August 3 - Picnic on the Lawn with Sanctuary Brass, 7:00pm (Church Lawn)

August 10 - Ureach: Called to Serve, 5:00pm (Sanctuary)

August 17 - Vocal Octet Alumni Reunion Concert with William Chunestudy, 5:00pm (Sanctuary)

August 24 - Drayson Family Night, 7:00pm (Drayson Center, LLU)

August 31 - Film: Adventists2 by Martin Doblmeier, 5:00pm (Sanctuary)




 

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2010 Schedule
abundantlifetoday.info/heart
August 7, 2010
abundantlifetoday.info/family
August 14, 2010
abundantlifetoday.info/work
August 21, 2010
abundantlifetoday.info/recreation
August 28, 2010
abundantlifetoday.info/home
September 4, 2010

abundantlifetoday.info/home
September 4, 2010
Loma Linda University Church

 

Suggestions for putting this into practice in your life today

  • Read Revelation 21 and 22 and meditate on the meaning of heaven

  • Write a journal entry reflecting on the meaning (to you) of the word home.

  • Call home and tell your parents or your children how much they mean to you.

  • Contemplate how the following thought might change your priorities:  the only way to truly invest in your heavenly home is to have the right priorities and to deeply invest in God and people.

For further study
Bible passages and other material for further reading and study include the following:

  • Revelation 21 and 22

  • Barnes, M. Craig, Searching for Home:  Spirituality for Restless Souls

  • Nouwen, Henri, Making All Things New

  • White, Ellen G., The Great Controversy, pp. 662–678

  • Yancey, Philip, Rumors of Another World

From the pastor…

How long has it been since you were homesick? Do you remember those sad feelings accompanied by yearnings that would grow more intense as night drew on? Whether or not you have had such an experience as an adult, the truth is, most of us have memories of such an experience as a child.

Home is often made up of a number of things: a certain place, certain memories, certain experiences, the lay of the land, the length of time we have lived there, and a host of other realities. But, above everything else, I daresay that home is made of up certain people. Mom and Dad, our brothers and sisters, our extended family, a group of special friends – all of these people make home a place where we long to be.

"In fact, most of us have a yearning for home. It could be the place where we grew up or the favorite place where we lived or even the place where we currently reside. Wherever it is, there is a certain tranquility that descends on us when we can say, "I'm home."

For the Christian, this yearning for home is more keenly felt than for many others, for we yearn not just for our home here, but for our home there. Heaven – in other words, the presence of God – is our final and complete home. As such, heaven is much more than just a place – it is being in the presence of God, the companion of our souls. And isn't being with God the deepest yearning of our hearts?

When we are finally in his presence, we will be able to fully say, "We're home."

Quotes, thoughts and other ideas on work

In 1 Corinthians 13:11–12, the apostle Paul says, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known" (TNIV).  It is a passage where he speaks of our new life in the fully realized kingdom of God.  The following three quotations are written in reflection of this passage.

"We see only a reflection as in a mirror…"  "Another illustration is presented to show the imperfection of the best knowledge that can be obtained on earth.  Ancient mirrors consisted of pieces of polished metal…  The image seen in such mirrors was frequently blurred and dim.  Our knowledge of eternal truth is now obscure and dim in comparison with what it will be in heaven.  Now our vision is clouded by the infirmities of the physical being, which have their origin in sin; even mental perception is impaired by wrong habits of living, so that spiritual things are only dimly perceived" (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, p. 784).

"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face…" (NASB).  "‘in a riddle,' ‘in an enigma,' as in a puzzle where some of the pieces are missing, so that it cannot be properly put together.…  In heaven that which has obscured will be removed and the things that have puzzled men will be make plain; knowledge will increase, and with the increase of knowledge will come everlasting joy" (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, p. 785).

"Paul's illustration of a child's thoughts and speech, real but inadequately conceived and expressed in comparison with those of [a] mature person (v. 11) aptly conveys the difference between the Christian's present understanding and expression of spiritual things and the perfect understanding and expression he will have in heaven (v. 12).  The metaphor is that of the imperfect reflection seen in one of the polished metal mirrors (cf. James 1:23) of the ancient world in contrast with seeing the Lord face to face (cf. Gen 32:30; Num 12:8; 2 Cor 3:18).  Paul's thought in 12b may be expanded as follows:  Now through the Word of God, I know in part; then, in the presence of the Lord I will know fully, to the full extent that a redeemed finite human being can know and in a way similar in kind to the way the Lord in his infinite wisdom fully and infinitely knows me.  The Corinthians, Paul implies, must not boast now of their gifts (cf. 13:4), for those gifts are nothing compared to what is in store for the Christian in heaven" (W. Harold Mare, The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Vol. 10, pp. 269, 270).

"As through Jesus we enter into rest, heaven begins here.  We respond to His invitation, Come, learn of Me, and in thus coming we begin the life eternal.  Heaven is a ceaseless approaching to God through Christ.  The longer we are in the heaven of bliss, the more and still more of glory will be opened to us; and the more we know of God, the more intense will be our happiness.  As we walk with Jesus in this life, we may be filled with His love, satisfied with His presence.  All that human nature can bear, we may receive here.  But what is this compared with the hereafter?  There ‘are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple:  and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes' Rev. 7:15–17" (Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, pp. 331–332).

"There the redeemed shall know, even as also they are known.  The loves and sympathies which God Himself has planted in the soul shall there find truest and sweetest exercise.  The pure communion with holy beings, the harmonious social life with the blessed angels and with the faithful ones of all ages who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, the sacred ties that bind together ‘the whole family in heaven and earth" (Ephesians 3:15) – these help to constitute the happiness of the redeemed.

"There, immortal minds will contemplate with never-failing delight the wonders of creative power, the mysteries of redeeming love.  There will be no cruel, deceiving foe to tempt to forgetfulness of God.  Every faculty will be developed, every capacity increased.  The acquirement of knowledge will not weary the mind or exhaust the energies.  There the grandest enterprises may be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations reached, the highest ambitions realized; and still there will arise new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, new truths to comprehend, fresh objects to call forth the powers of mind and soul and body.

"All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God's redeemed.  Unfettered by mortality, they wing their tireless flight to worlds afar – worlds that thrilled with sorrow at the spectacle of human woe and rang with songs of gladness at the tidings of a ransomed soul.  With unutterable delight the children of earth enter into the joy and the wisdom of unfallen beings.  They share the treasures of knowledge and understanding gained through ages upon ages in contemplation of God's handiwork.  With undimmed vision they gaze upon the glory of creation – suns and stars and systems, all in their appointed order circling the throne of Deity. Upon all things, from the least to the greatest, the Creator's name is written, and in all are the riches of His power displayed.

"And the years of eternity, as they roll, will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of Christ.  As knowledge is progressive, so will love, reverence, and happiness increase.  The more men learn of God, the greater will be their admiration of His character.  As Jesus opens before them the riches of redemption and the amazing achievements in the great controversy with Satan, the hearts of the ransomed thrill with more fervent devotion, and with more rapturous joy they sweep the harps of gold; and ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of voices unite to swell the mighty chorus of praise.

"And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." Revelation 5:13.

"The great controversy is ended.  Sin and sinners are no more.  The entire universe is clean.  One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation.  From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms of illimitable space.  From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love" (Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 677–678).

 


abundantlifetoday.info/recreation
August 28, 2010
Loma Linda University Church

 

Suggestions for putting this into practice in your life today

  • Take a day off this week and spend it alone at the beach.
  • Spend the first wakeful mornings of each day this week in prayer.
  • Go to be earlier than usual.
  • Take an inventory of how much time you spend watching TV. Cut back.
  • Turn of your cell phone during dinner.
  • Trying ordering your prayers this week according to the ACTS outline:
    A - Adoration
    C - Confession
    T - Thanksgiving
    S - Supplication
  • Memorize Matthew 11:28–30
  • Take a quiet walk alone each evening, and spend the time in prayer.
  • Sleep in one day this week.
  • Ask Jesus to give you the gift of his rest.

For further study
Bible passages and other material for further reading and study include the following:

  • Matthew 11:28–30
  • Mark 6:30–44
  • Exodus 20:8–11
  • Deuteronomy 5:12–15
  • Brunt, John, A Day for Healing
  • MacDonald, Gordon, Ordering Your Private World
  • MacDonald, Gordon, Rebuilding Your Broken World
  • Ortberg, John, The Life You've Always Wanted

In preparation for next week

Genesis 1–2
Revelation 21–22

From the pastor…

Have you ever felt like you needed a vacation to get over your vacation?! Have you ever thought that your leisure time tired you out just as much as your work? Do you live a stressful life that leaves you hoping for rest, soul rest?

Jesus promises us just that kind of rest. On at least two different occasions, he invites his disciples to rest. One is during a period of intense ministry. Things, in fact, were so busy "that they did not even have a chance to eat" (Mark 6:31, TNIV). Jesus took notice of the stress they were under and was sympathetic to it. He said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest" (Mark 6:31, TNIV).

It's such a simple invitation but one that has life contained within it. Spending time in a solitary place alone with Jesus speaks to the needs in the deepest parts of my soul. What about you?

The other time that Jesus invites his disciples to rest is in Matthew 11. Here he speaks to people who are burdened down by all of the duties and demands of their religious lives – lives in which they had never learned to rest in God. To such, Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28–30, TNIV).

It is in the settings of rest in Jesus that true re-creation takes place. Such re-creation goes beyond leisure time, beyond entertainment, and beyond amusement. From such times and places we emerge re-created to join life in the world again.

That is the invitation of Jesus to you! Will you accept it?

Quotes, thoughts and other ideas on work

The following quotations deal with Jesus' invitation to find rest in him, found in Matthew 11:28–30.

"Come to me all you who labor…" "It is not of physical labor that Christ here speaks. He speaks rather of 'labour' of soul and mind, which truly causes one to be burdened with care. This invitation would come with special force in the listening multitude, for the religion of Israel had degenerated into a meaningless round of 'labour' in an attempt to find salvation by works" (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 389).

"The purpose of a yoke was not to make the burdens of draft animals heavier, but lighter; not harder, but easier to bear" (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 389).

"For my yoke is easy…" "Easy. Gr. chrestos, 'fit for use,' 'good,' 'kindly,' or 'pleasant'; not 'easy' in the sense of being not difficult. No one English word is a good equivalent for chrestos" (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 390).

"My burden is light.… Those who take the 'yoke' of submission to the Master, who 'come' to 'learn' in His school, will find the 'rest' of soul He has promised. The heavy burden of legal righteousness, of trying to gain salvation by means of merit supposedly earned by one's own works rather than secured through the merit of Christ, and the still heavier burden of sin itself, will all be rolled away" (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 390).

"While there is no need to restrict the 'burdens,' it is impossible not to be reminded of the 'heavy loads' the Pharisees put on men's shoulders (23:4)" (D. A. Carson, The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Vol. 8, p. 278).

"It is possible that 'learn from me' means more than simply 'listen to my teaching.' T. W. Manson (The Teaching of Jesus, pp. 239–240) proposed that as a designation for his disciples Jesus selected an Aramaic word that meant not 'pupils' but 'apprentices.' From him they were to learn not merely to think but to do. They were to learn not only by listening but by watching. If Manson is correct, the metaphor of the yoke attains a new force. The yoke is not one that Jesus imposes but one he wears! We remember that commonly a yoke was a wooden instrument that yoked two oxen together and made of them a team. In this word Jesus may be saying: 'Become my yoke mate, and learn how to pull the load by working beside me and watching how I do it. The heavy labor will seem lighter when you allow me to help you with it'" (Douglas R. A. Hare, Interpretation, Matthew, pp . 129).

"Jesus' yoke is not lighter because he demands less (5:20), but because he bears more of the load with us (23:4)" (Craig S. Keener, The IVP NT Commentary Series, Matthew, p. 221).

 


abundantlifetoday.info/work
August 21, 2010
Loma Linda University Church

 

Suggestions for putting this into practice in your life today

  • Write a mission statement for your life.  (Stephen Covey, in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has some very helpful material on this).
  • Read one of the books listed below.  If you struggle because you don’t like your job, Dan Miller’s book, 48 Days to the Work You Love, would be a great place to start.

For further study
Bible passages and other material for further reading and study include the following:

  • Ecclesiastes (If you can read it without getting too depressed!)
  • Buford, Bob, Beyond Halftime:  Practical Wisdom for Your Second Half
  • Buford, Bob, Halftime:  Moving From Success to Significance
  • Covey, Stephen R., The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Miller, Dan, 48 Days to the Work You Love:  Preparing for the New Normal, Revised Edition

In preparation for next week

Matthew 11:28–30
Mark 6:30–44

From the pastor…

We spend a great deal of our lives working.  The work by which we earn our living (typically) consumes somewhere between a quarter and a third of our lives!  Many – especially in the current economy – have a second job to be able to make ends meet.  Clearly, that adds both hours and stress to their workload.  And then we get home from the office, the hospital or the factory only to find that there are hours of housework waiting for us.  No wonder we ask, “Will the work never end?!

Despite the fact that we need work in order to support ourselves and that, additionally, we need work in order to have meaning and purpose in life, many of us, if we didn’t have to do it, would do much less of it!

It’s true that if we’re honest with ourselves, most of us know in our heart of hearts that we would not choose a life without any work.  Such a life might sound appealing to begin with, but would soon become appalling because of its meaninglessness.  Work, kept within its appropriate boundaries, is a good thing.

Our question is quite simple:  Can we experience the abundant life that Jesus promised us in the arena of work?

Set your work aside for a Sabbath day, and join us as we consider how Scripture might help us to answer such a question.

Quotes, thoughts and other ideas on work

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
– Henry Ford

Doing the right work with the right attitude and the right spirit is immensely important. Because the most important thing you bring home from work is not your paycheck. The most important thing you bring home from work is you.
John Ortberg and Ruth Haley Barton, An Ordinary Day with Jesus

Earlier in this century, someone claimed that we work at our play and play at our work. Today the confusion has deepened: we worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.
Leland Ryken

In his bestseller, The Reason for God, Tim Keller says the following:
If you center your life and identity on your spouse or partner, you will be emotionally dependent, jealous, and controlling.  The other person’s problems will be overwhelming to you.
If you center your life and identity on your family and children, you will try to live your life through your children until they resent you or have no self of their own.  At worst, you may abuse them when they displease you.
If you center your life and identity on your work and career, you will be a driven workaholic and a boring, shallow person.  At worst you will lose family and friends and, if your career goes poorly, develop deep depression.
If you center your life and identity on money and possessions, you’ll be eaten up by worry or jealousy about money.  You’ll be willing to do unethical things to maintain your lifestyle, which will eventually blow up your life.
If you center your life and identity on pleasure, gratification, and comfort, you will find yourself getting addicted to something.  You will become chained to the “escape strategies” by which you avoid the hardness of life.
If you center your life and identity on relationships and approval, you will be constantly overly hurt by criticism and thus always losing friends.  You will fear confronting others and therefore will be a useless friend.
If you center your life and identity on a “noble cause,” you will divide the world into “good” and “bad” and demonize your opponents.  Ironically, you will be controlled by your enemies.   Without them, you have no purpose.
If you center your life and identity on religion and morality, you will, if you are living up to your moral standards, be proud, self-righteous, and cruel.  If you don’t live up to your moral standards, your guilt will be utterly devastating.
Tim Keller, The Reason for God, pp. 275–276.

I have learned that ignoring a calling can lead to depression, anger, frustration, and a deep dissatisfaction with life.  And I have learned that following a calling can also lead to moments of depression, anger, frustration, and loneliness.  Yet, underneath those feelings will be a profound sense of peace and satisfaction.
Kirsten Strand

 

I’m of the opinion that busyness is a deeper threat to the soul than pornography ever was.
Gordon MacDonald

I was lucky I found what I loved to do early in life.  Woz (Steve Wozniak) and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20.  We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees.  We had just released our finest creation – the Macintosh – a year earlier, and I had just turned 30.  And then I got fired.  How can you get fired from a company you started?  Well, as Apple grew, we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well.  But then our visions of the future began to diverge, and eventually we had a falling out.  When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him.  So at 30 I was out.  And very publicly out.  What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating…
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.  The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything.  It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife.  Pixar went on to create the world’s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world.  In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance.  And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.
I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple.  It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.
Steve Jobs, 2005 commencement address at Stanford University

 


abundantlifetoday.info/family
August 14, 2010
Loma Linda University Church

 

Suggestions for putting this into practice in your life today

  • Take a walk with your spouse.
  • Make one encouraging comment to each of your family members each day this week.
  • Forgive a wrong done to you by your spouse.
  • Read a book on marriage with your spouse. (The Love List by Les and Leslie Parrott might be a good place to start).
  • Take your daughter out to eat.
  • Call your parents.
  • Pray for each family member by name. Ask God to help you understand life as they experience it.
  • Play ball with your son.
  • Pray for grace to forgive your ex-spouse for his/her part in the breakup of your marriage.
  • Begin an exercise program with your spouse.
  • Plan your next family vacation together.
  • Take a bike ride with your kids.

For further study

Bible passages and other material for further reading and study include the following:

  • Ephesians 5:21–6:9
  • Cloud, Henry and John Townsend, Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, to Help Your Children Gain Control of Their Lives.
  • Gottman, John, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail.
  • Guernsey, Dennis B., The Family Covenant: Love and Forgiveness in the Christian Home.
  • Leman, Kevin, Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in Five Days.
  • Lewis, Robert, Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood.
  • Meeker, Meg, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know.
  • Parrott, Les & Lelsie, Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts.
  • Stanley, Scott, Daniel Trathen, Savanna McCain and Milt Bryan, A Lasting Promise: A Christian Guide to Fighting for Your Marriage.
  • Thomas, Gary, Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?
  • Thomas, Gary, Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls.
  • Townsend, John, Boundaries with Teens.

In preparation for next week

Reading and study to do in preparation for next week’s topic:

Proverbs 12:14
Ecclesiastes 2:17–26
Matthew 9:37–38

From the pastor…

The focus of our camp meeting sermon series this year is the abundant life that Jesus promises in John 10:10:  “I have come that you might have life and that you might have it in abundance.”  While the promise of such life is precious and filled with hope, the reality is that many of us don’t experience nearly as fully as Jesus intended.  Why?  Often it’s because of the pressing realities of real life.  Our work exerts demands on us; our families have needs of us; at times even our leisure time exhausts us!  So real life often prevents us from living the abundant life.

I don’t know that there is any place more difficult in which to live an abundant life than in the context of our families.  Parents, children, spouses, in-laws, (outlaws!), and all the other various and sundry relations make life challenging.  While we love each other deeply, our humanness and sinfulness at times make living in harmony exceedingly difficult.

The question, then, is simple:  When Jesus promised us abundant life, he did so knowing full well that we live in a real world.  So how are we to live that abundant life in the real world of family life?

Maybe there is help in answering that question in the teachings of the Bible.  Such is our focus in this sermon.

Quotes, thoughts and other ideas on marriage and parenting

Marriage
The following quotations deal with the creation account in Genesis 1 and 2

“For the woman to be called ‘helper’ (ezer) – a word used by both God and the narrator – carries no implications regarding the status of the one who helps; indeed, God is often called the helper of human beings (Ps 121:1–2).  The NRSV’s ‘partner’ may capture the note of correspondence more than ‘suitable’ or ‘fitting.’  The notion of Eve as ‘helper’ cannot be collapsed into procreation, not least because the immediate outcome specified in vv. 24–25 does not focus on this concern; the term does not offer evidence of a hierarchy” (Terence E. Fretheim, The New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 1, p. 352).

“The narrator (vv. 24–25) then draws the reader into the closeness of the male-female bond, citing the implication of the human decision for the future.  These verses show that the bond involves more than issues of procreation; the relationship includes companionship, intimate and otherwise” (Terence E. Fretheim, The New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 1, pp. 352–353).

“‘One flesh’ does not refer to sexual intimacy in a narrow way, but recognizes that man and woman constitute an indissoluble unit of humankind from every perspective.  Hence the author refers to but does not focus on the sexual relationship.  Leaving one’s parents certainly implies marriage in that culture, and marriage certainly entails sexual intimacy.  Being naked in the presence of the other was natural, with no embarrassment attached to totally bodily exposure.  Inasmuch as this is still generally true for married persons, nakedness must be understood in both literal and metaphorical sense (3:7, 10, 21); spouses also have no fear of exposure in the broader sense, no need to cover up” (Terence E. Fretheim, The New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 1, p. 354).

“… as Matthew Henry has delightfully put it:  ‘Not made out of his head to top him, not out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved’” (David Atkinson, The Message of Genesis 1–11, p. 71).

“Whatever the story of the Fall in Genesis 3 implies for the relationship between the sexes, Genesis 1 and 2 make the equality of men and women, women and men, as the image of God, unmistakably clear.  The removal of a piece of the man in order to create the woman implies that from now on neither is complete without the other.  The man needs the woman for his wholeness, and the woman needs the man for hers.  Each is equal in relation to the other.  Nothing could make clearer the complementarity and equality of the sexes” (David Atkinson, The Message of Genesis 1–11, p. 71).

“One thing seems clear.  You can’t develop true biblical oneness in marriage by having one person’s identity disappear or be engulfed by the other, forming one big blob…  One person’s identity is never to be lost in the other, but God’s design is that the two come together in a powerful way to form a new oneness that is unique” (Scott Stanley, Daniel Trathen, Savanna McCain, and Milt Bryan, A Lasting Promise:  A Christian Guide to Fighting for Your Marriage, pp. 16–17).

“Once they had sinned, the couple did a very curious thing:  they immediately covered themselves up…
“Consider this.  They had seen the tree with their eyes, grabbed the forbidden fruit with their hands, and eaten it with their mouths.  So why were they covering what they covered?  Tradition and some translations say they made loin coverings.  Why did they cover that part of their bodies?  Why not make little fig leaf blindfolds (since they had seen with their eyes), or little fig leaf mittens (since they had touched the fruit with their hands), or little fig leaf gags (since they had eaten the fruit with their mouths)?  Two answers to this question stand out for us.  First, they covered up the part of their bodies that was one of their most wonderful ways of expressing intimacy.
“Second, the couple not longer felt the glorious freedom of utter acceptance, so they covered up where they were most obviously different.  Let that one sink in a bit.  Isn’t that what we all do all the time?  We cover up our thoughts, feelings, and opinions more when we are with someone who sees things differently.  When people are mostly like us, we don’t fear rejection.  It’s the differentness that leads to fear of rejection.  In marriage, it’s the same way.  The same differences that are so much a part of the attraction to begin with become the basis for friction and frustration over time.  For too many couples, how these differences are handled leads to ever-increasing barriers to oneness that grow to destroy the whole marriage” (Scott Stanley, Daniel Trathen, Savanna McCain, and Milt Bryan, A Lasting Promise:  A Christian Guide to Fighting for Your Marriage, pp. 20–21).

Parenting
The following quotations deal with Proverbs 22:6

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6, TNIV

“The verse … counsels parents to learn the way in which their particular child can be expected to be of most service to himself and others, and in which he will find most happiness.  The specific station in life appointed for a man is determined by his capabilities (Ed 267).  To every individual God has assigned a place in His great plan (PK 536).  God has equipped man with the capabilities needed to fill this special place.  Therefore the choice of a lifework should be in line with the natural bent.  The efforts of the parents and the child should be directed toward discovering the kind of work heaven has already determined.  Inspiration declares that this verse enjoins parents to ‘direct, educate, develop,’ but that to do this ‘they must themselves understand the ‘way’ the child should go’ (CT 108)” (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 3, p. 1020).

“Remember that a proverb is not a promise; therefore, this one is no guarantee for any method of parenting.  It should never be interpreted so caring parents whose offspring give up the faith or get into trouble are at fault” (Paul E. Koptak, The NIV Application Commentary:  Proverbs, p. 517).

“‘Way he should go’ is (lit.) ‘at the beginning of his way’…; thus, four views on the proverb have been proposed.  The moral view stresses the good way; the vocational view stresses the position a young man would take in society or court; the personal aptitude view stresses the learner’s capacities; and in the personal demands view, the proverb ironically observes that that a spoiled child will never change.  In my judgment, the proverb speaks not so much of early childhood training as of the initiation to adulthood and the teaching of its expectations and responsibilities” (Paul E. Koptak, The NIV Application Commentary:  Proverbs, p. 518).

“The point is that proper training early on will have lasting results” (R. Murphy and E. Huwiler, New International Biblical Commentary:  Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, p. 109).

 


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Suggestions for putting this into practice in your life today

  • Take an inventory of how you spend the 168 hours in a typical week.  It might shed a spotlight on your true priorities!
  • Take an inventory of how you spent your money from the last paycheck you received. Again, it might provide an important insight into your true priorities!
  • Spend at least fifteen early morning minutes every day of this week in communion with God through Scripture and prayer.
  • Give something you value to someone in need.
  • Memorize a verse of the Bible each day this week.
  • Find a worthy cause or charity in which you can make an investment of time or to which you can make a substantial (for you) offering.
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood and, as you do so, pray for the neighbors who live in each home.
  • Forgive a family member who stands in need of your forgiveness.
  • What are the specific investments of time, energy or money you make into service for the kingdom of God and others?
  • Make the decision to mentor a child.  (EXCELL is a wonderful way to do this!)
  • Read through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7) every day this week.
  • Pray that God will open the door for you to share with someone else how you came to faith in Christ.

For further study

Bible passages and other material for further reading and study include the following:

  • John 10:1–10
  • Matthew 6:19–34
  • Paul’s epistle to the Philippians
  • Ellen G. White, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, pp. 95–101
  • John R. W. Stott, The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, pp. 153–173
  • John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted:  Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
  • Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy:  Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God
  • Eugene H. Peterson, The Jesus Way:  A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus is the Way

In preparation for next week

Reading and study to do in preparation for next week’s topic:

Matthew 10:34–39
Ephesians 3:14
Ephesians 5:21–6:9
Matthew 12:46–50
Isaiah 49:25

From the pastor…

In the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that he is the Good Shepherd and that, as such, he cares deeply and eternally for his sheep.  There are a number of different benefits that he offers to his sheep, such as nurture and safe pasture and protection.  In that, he is unlike other shepherds who came before him (and many more who have come after him) who don’t have the good of the sheep in mind.

In that context, Jesus says something which will be the key theme of our camp meeting series this year.  Here’s how John puts it:  “Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:7–10, TNIV.  Emphasis added).  The old King James Version says that Jesus came that we might have life and have it “more abundantly.”

Would you classify your life as abundant?  What makes it that way?  Or, if you would not classify it that way, what would it take for you to experience an abundant life?  We might even ask, is it really possible to live abundantly here and now?  Such a potentiality must seem, for some, to be a pipe dream.  And yet, Jesus tells us that giving us an abundant life was a key part of why he came; that such is what the Good Shepherd offers to his sheep.

Our camp meeting series is going to consider how we can live the abundant life that Jesus promises us, and how we can do so in the midst of the very “ordinariness” of our daily lives.

Today we begin by looking the role of our heart (or, in other words, our deepest commitments).  Our key passage is Matthew 6:19–34, right in the heart of the Sermon on the Mount.  In this section, Jesus deals with topics like possessions and money and the necessities of life and worry and clothing and food and a variety of other related topics.  We could summarize what he here says this way:  “You have needs of all of these things for the living of your life in a real world.  And your Father knows you need them.  But remember this cardinal truth:  Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (see Matthew 6:33).

Jesus’ words suggest to us that in keeping God and his kingdom as our highest priority, all the necessities for the living of a full life will be given to us as well.  Since that is the case, the questions then are clear:  What has the ultimate devotion of your heart?  To whom – or what – does your heart truly belong?  Is God given the place of top priority in your life?

Quotes, thoughts and other ideas on John 10, Matthew 6, and the abundant life

Regarding John 10:10 – “… that they might have life more abundantly”:  “‘Life’ includes the physical, intellectual, and spiritual.  Physical life is regarded as abundant in a body that is full of vigor and in perfect health.  Jesus’ miracles of physical healing gave an abundant physical life to those whose life forces were ebbing.  But physical restoration was by no means the complete fulfillment of Jesus’ mission.  Man also has intellectual and spiritual life, which must also be made alive and abundant, for ‘man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord’ (Deut. 8:3).  Important as the physical and the intellectual aspects of a well-rounded life are, no life is fully complete unless the spiritual nature is nurtured” (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 1005).

“Jesus claims that he came that men and women might have life and might have it more abundantly.  The Greek phrase used for having it more abundantly means to have a superabundance of a thing.  To be a follower of Jesus, to know who he is and what he means, is to have a superabundance of life.  A Roman soldier came to Julius Caesar with a request for permission to commit suicide.  He was a wretched, dispirited creature with no vitality.  Caesar looked at him.  ‘Man,’ he said, ‘were you ever really alive?’   When we try to live our own lives, life is a dull, dispirited thing.  When we walk with Jesus, there comes a new vitality, a superabundance of life.  It is only when we live with Christ that life becomes really worth living and we begin to live in the real sense of the word” (William Barclay, The New Daily Study Bible:  Gospel of John, Vol. 2, pp. 69–70).

“The command to seek ‘first’ the kingdom is not intended chronologically, as though the disciples were free to pursue material goods after seeking the kingdom, but means ‘above all else.’  The disciple can have only one priority, God’s kingdom/will” (M. Eugene Boring & Fred B. Craddock, The People’s New Testament Commentary, p. 39).

“But the question might be, ‘If I choose God as my Master and place my value and worth and source of security in heaven, who will take care of my daily needs on earth?’  So Jesus directs the attention to the issue of ‘worry.’  In particular, this Master will take care of the basic needs of Jesus’ disciples so that they can give attention to more important issues of life, especially summed up in the expression, ‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness’ (6:33)” (Michael J. Wilkins, The NIV Application Commentary:  Matthew, p. 296).

“All who are connected with the light will let their light shine to the world, and will, in their testimonies, praise God, to whom their hearts will flow forth in gratitude.  Those who have a vital union with Christ will rejoice in the assurance of his love.  Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them glad by his presence.  Walking in the light, they will never disgrace their profession or bring reproach upon the cause of Christ.  It is the privilege of every child of God to store his mind with divine truth, and the more he does this the more vigor and clearness of mind he will have to fathom the deep things of God.  He will be more and more earnest and vigorous, as the principles of the truth are carried out in his daily life” (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, January 1, 1880, par. 2418).

“All of us, if we only knew it, are on a hunt for the holy life that cannot be reduced to the way we look or what we do or what others think of us.  We are sometimes reminded of it by the persistent legends of the Quest for Holy Grail – the chalice from which, at his last meal with his disciples, Jesus drank with them the wine that became his promise and command, his life in them.  It is the holy cup from which we drink the holy life, the life that Jesus set before us when he said, ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly’ (John 10:10).  Abundantly.  The adverb, perisson, – not surprisingly, given his exuberance – became one of St. Paul’s favorites.  (In various forms it has at least eighteen occurrences.)  There are numerous variations on the hunt for the Holy – holy grail, holy places, holy men and women, and, perhaps most wonderfully, Holy Scripture.  Many of the quest stories are by now thoroughly secularized, but the quest for something other than and more than muscle and money keeps reappearing in unlikely guises.  Quest for The Holy is ingrained in us – biological researchers will probably turn up a quest chromosome in our genetic make-up someday.  We are after something – more life than we get simply by eating three meals a day, getting a little exercise, and having a decent job.  We’re after the God-originated and God-shaped life; a holy life” (Eugene H. Peterson, The Jesus Way:  A Conversation On the Ways That Jesus is the Way, p. 147).

 


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Loma Linda University Church ~ Camp Meeting 2010


Fridays, August 6-September 3
7:30 p.m. Jonah: From Whale to Wail, Bernard Taylor, Campus Chapel

Sabbath, August 7
9:00 & 11:45 a.m. abundantlifetoday.info/heart, Randy Roberts
7:00 p.m. Picnic on the Lawn (Sanctuary Brass and Summer Band)

Sabbath, August 14
9:00 & 11:45 a.m. abundantlifeotday.info/family, Randy Roberts
6:30 p.m. Re:Live (LLUC Young Adult Ministry) Musicians

Sabbath, August 21
9:00 & 11:45 a.m. abundantlifetoday.info/work, Randy Roberts
6:30 p.m. Christian Edition

Sabbath August 28
9:00 & 11:45 a.m. abundantlifetoday.info/recreation, Randy Roberts
7:00 p.m. Family Fun Night, Drayson Center, LLU

Sabbath, September 4
9:00 & 11:45 a.m. abundantlifetoday.info/home, Randy Roberts
6:30 p.m. PianoForte & Orchestra

*all events take place in the LLUC Sanctuary unless otherwise noted.

 

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