Title : Mission Possible: Pentecost. Summary : With God, all things are possible! Go, tell the whole world about Jesus? That's a tall order, but the disciples hadn't experienced being baptised in the Holy Spirit yet…watch out! Here comes Pentecost! Title : The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant.
Summary : A straight-forward presentation of this parable put into simple English, suitable for children to perform - our Sunday School did it as a puppet show!
Jesus wants us to forgive others in the same way as he forgives us: as many times as it takes. Christ is the Truth and the Light. He is the mirror from which to reflect truly every work done to His name's glory.
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The world needs light. God gives more than money to His stewards. Your talent of imparting is a gift. What are you communicating of the gifts of God in your words, in your tender sympathy? Are you allowing your money to go into the enemy's ranks, to ruin the ones you seek to please? Then, again, the knowledge of truth is a talent. There are many souls in darkness that might be enlightened by true, faithful.
There are hearts that are hungering for sympathy, perishing away from God. Your sympathy may help them. The Lord has need of your words, dictated by His Holy Spirit. All natural gifts are to be sanctified as precious endowments. They are to be consecrated to God, that they may minister for the Master. All social advantages are talents. They are not to be devoted to self-pleasing, amusement, or self-gratification.
Money and estates are the Lord's, to be used wholly to honor Him; for He has pledged His word that if we use His entrusted goods as faithful stewards, we shall be rich in blessings, of which we shall have a supply to bless others. But if we regard the advantages given to us as our own, to be used according to our pleasure, to make a display and create a sensation, the Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, is put to shame by the characters of His professed followers.
Has God given you intellect? Is it for you to manage according to your inclinations? Can you glorify God by being educated to represent characters in plays, and to amuse an audience with fables? Has not the Lord given you intellect to be used to His name's glory in proclaiming the gospel of Christ? If you desire a public career, there is a work that you may do. Help the class you represent in plays. Come to the reality. Give your sympathy where it is needed by actually lifting up the bowed down.
Satan's ruling passion is to pervert the intellect and cause men to long for shows and theatrical performances. The experience and character of all who engage in this work will be in accordance with the food given to the mind. The Lord has given evidence of His love for the world. There was no falsity, no acting, in what He did. He gave a living Gift, capable of suffering humiliation, neglect, shame, reproach.
This Christ did that He might rescue the fallen. While human beings were instituting schemes and methods to destroy Him, the Son of the infinite God came to our world to give an example of the great work to be done to redeem and save man. But today the proud and disobedient are striving to acquire a great name and great honor from their fellow men by using their God-given endowments to amuse.
This they do instead of calling upon them to behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. God's great and strange work is to redeem and save, and thus repair the ruin that sin has made. Some see many things in the Bible that to them sanction a course of action that God will never approve. But when God converts human agents, they will flee to Christ, their life, to be hid with Him in God. They will lift up their eyes to the perpetual desolation which sin has made and is. They will begin to repair the old waste places which have been made by high and low in the law of God.
All who desire a place of distinction have an opportunity to wear the yoke of Christ. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. The gift of correct example is a great thing.
But many gather about the soul an atmosphere that is malarious. These know not, in this their day, the things that belong to their peace. They have, to a great degree, lost the faculty of spiritual discernment. They call good evil, and evil good. The gifts of speech, of knowledge, of sympathy and love, communicate a knowledge of Christ. All these gifts are to be converted to God. The Lord stands in need of them; He calls for them. All are to act a part in preparing their own souls and the souls of others to dedicate their talents to God.
Every soul, every gift, is to be laid under contribution to God. All are to cooperate with God in the work of saving souls. The talents you possess are given you of God to make you efficient co-laborers with Christ. There are hearts hungering for sympathy, perishing for the help and assistance God has given you to give to them. Our churches are sickly, because they do not do their appointed work. They are not as God would have them be.
Oh, that they would awake from their lethargy!
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The children wore costumes. White's six year old granddaughter was in the program dressed to represent an angel. I have risen at three o'clock this morning to write you a few lines. I was pleased with the lighthouse, and the scene which had required so much painstaking effort was one which could have been made most impressive, but failed to be made as forcible and striking as it might have been when it cost so much time and labor in preparing it.
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Then if there had been good solid talk on that occasion in regard to children and teachers in the Sabbath schools laboring earnestly for the salvation of the souls of the children under your charge, presenting the most acceptable offering to Jesus, the gift of their own hearts, and impressive remarks short and right to the point, [on] how they could do this, would it not have been in keeping with the work we have been trying to do in the church?
Every stroke now should be in harmony for the one great purpose, preparing of the hearts, that individually, pupils and teachers should be as a light set on a candlestick that it may give light to all that are in the house, which would be carrying out the idea strikingly of a lighthouse guiding souls that they may not make shipwreck of faith. Can you tell me what marked impression the two poems rehearsed by the two ladies on the stand would have to do with this work? The singing was after the order we would expect it to be in any theatrical performance, but not one word to be distinguished.
Certainly the tempest-tossed ship would be wrecked upon the rock, if there were no more light coming from the lighthouse than was seen in the exercises. I must say I was pained at these things, so out of order with the very work of reformation we were trying to carry forward in the church and with our institutions that I should have felt better if I had not been present.
This was an occasion that should have been gotten up not only for the Sabbath school children but words should have been spoken that would have deepened the impression of a necessity of seeking for the favor of that Saviour who hath loved them and gave Himself for them. If [only] the precious hymns had been sung, "Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee," and "Jesus lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly, while the billows near me roll, while the tempest still is.
While these painstaking efforts were being made to get up the performances, meetings were being held of the deepest interest which should have engaged the attention and which called for the presence of every soul lest they should lose something of the message the Master had sent to them. Now this Christmas has passed into eternity with its burden of record and we are anxious to see the result of it.
Will it make those who acted their part in it more spiritually minded? Will it increase their sense of obligation to our heavenly Father who sent His Son into the world at such an infinite sacrifice to save fallen man from utter ruin? Was the mind awakened to grasp God because of His great love wherewith He has loved us? We hope, now that the Christmas is in the past, that those who have put forth so much painstaking effort will now manifest a decided zeal and earnest, disinterested effort for the salvation of the souls of the teachers in the Sabbath school, that in their turn they may each labor for the salvation of the souls in their classes, to give them personal instruction as to what they must do to be saved.
We hope that they will find time to labor in simplicity and in sincerity for the souls of those under their care, and that they will pray with them, and for them, that they may give to Jesus the precious offering of their own souls, that they may make literally true the symbol of the lighthouse in the beams of light shining forth from their own strong efforts in the name of Jesus, which should be put forth in love, they themselves grasping the rays of light to diffuse this light to others, and that there shall be no settling down to a surface work.
Show just as great skill and aptitude in winning souls to Jesus as you have shown in painstaking effort for this occasion just past. Point them in your efforts with heart and soul enlisted, to the Star that shines out to the morally darkened heaven at this time, even the Light of the world.
Let your light shine that the tempest-tossed souls may set their eyes upon it and escape the rocks that are concealed beneath the surface of the water. Temptations are lying in wait to deceive them, souls are oppressed with guilt ready to sink into despair. Labor to save them; point them to Jesus who so loved them that He gave His life for them. The Light of the world is shining upon us that we might absorb the divine rays and let this light shine upon others in good works that many souls shall be led to glorify our Father which is in heaven.
He is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, and it grieves the heart of Jesus that so many refuse the offers of His mercy and matchless love. Will all who acted an interested part in the program of last evening work as zealously and interestedly to show themselves approved unto God in doing their work for the Master that they may show themselves intelligent workmen that need not to be ashamed?
Oh, let the teachers in the Sabbath school be thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the message for this time, carrying that message into all their labor. There are souls to be saved, and while in the Sabbath school work there has been much form and great amount of precious time occupied in reading of reports and records, there has been but little time to really let light shine forth in clear, steady rays in the very instruction needed to save the souls of the children and youth.
Less elaborate speeches, less lengthy remarks, and plain pointed truth presented, not one word uttered to exhibit profound knowledge, not one word in any speech, but the greatest evidence of real knowledge is the great simplicity. All who have taken knowledge of Jesus Christ will imitate Him in their manner of instruction. The following three statements offer some enlightenment as to what was meant by "theatrical display" in the evangelistic presentation:. The minister of Christ should be a man of prayer, a man of piety; cheerful, but never coarse and rough, jesting or frivolous. A spirit of frivolity may be in keeping with the profession of clowns and theatrical actors; but it is altogether beneath the dignity of a man who is chosen to stand between the living and the dead, and to be a mouthpiece for God.
Again, in we are counseled very definitely that we are not to use theatrical methods.
There appears in the book Evangelism:. Arthur L. White Ellen G. White Estate Washington D. It is the privilege and duty of every Christian to have a rich and abundant experience in the things of God. Toggle Navigation Ellen G. White Joseph Bates John N. Andrews John H.
Kellogg Uriah Smith Goodloe H. The Value of Visual Presentation [Top of Document] Visual presentations have long been known to be an effective means of communication. White reference is well illustrated in Ezekiel's experience in which the power of God was dramatized: "At one time the prophet Ezekiel was in vision set down in the midst of a large valley. Before him lay a dismal scene. Throughout its whole extent the valley was covered with the bones of the dead. The question was asked, 'Son of man, can these bones live? The prophet could see no hope of life being imparted to them. But as he looked, the power of God began to work.
The scattered bones were shaken, and began to come together, 'bone to his bone,' and were bound together by sinews. They were covered with flesh, and as the Lord breathed upon the bodies thus formed, 'the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
Effective Also for Evil [Top of Document] As is so often the case, something that may be effective for good when rightly used can also, if wrongly employed, be effective for evil, even to the point where the rightful use may have to be curtailed. There are indeed few among them that Satan does not turn to account in destroying souls.
Through the drama he has worked for ages to excite passion and glorify vice. The opera, with its fascinating display and bewildering music, the masquerade, the dance, the card table, Satan employs to break down the barriers of principle and open the door to sensual indulgence. In every gathering for pleasure where pride is fostered or appetite indulged, where one is led to forget God and lose sight of eternal interests, there Satan is binding his chains about the soul.
A decade earlier in the Testimonies, sensational dramas were pointed out as preoccupying the minds of men and women and thus hindering their reception of the message of truth: "The world is teeming with errors and fables.
Novelties in the form of sensational dramas are continually arising to engross the mind, and absurd theories abound which are destructive to moral and spiritual advancement. Instead of being a school of morality and virtue, as is so often claimed, it is the very hotbed of immorality. Vicious habits and sinful propensities are strengthened and confirmed by these entertainments.
Low songs, lewd gestures, expressions and attitudes, deprave the imagination and debase the morals. Every youth who habitually attends such exhibitions will be corrupted in principle. There is no influence in our land more powerful to poison the imagination, to destroy religious impressions, and to blunt the relish for the tranquil pleasures and sober realities of life than theatrical amusements. The love for these scenes increases with every indulgence, as the desire for intoxicating drink strengthens with its use.
The only safe course is to shun the theater, the circus, and every other questionable place of amusement. Seventh-day Adventists Wrestle With the Problem [Top of Document] As the number of Seventh-day Adventists residing in Battle Creek steadily increased, and as the size of our various church institutions grew, from time to time we found ourselves faced with the question of dramatic productions. At The Battle Creek Sanitarium [Top of Document] The sanitarium with its large number of non-Adventist guests was faced with the problem of entertaining them.
This counsel appeared in in an article entitled "Position and Work of the Sanitarium," but its warnings are by no means limited to the sanitarium: "Those who bear the responsibility at the sanitarium should be exceedingly guarded that the amusements shall not be of a character to lower the standard of Christianity, bringing this institution down upon a level with others and weakening the power of true godliness in the minds of those who are connected with it. Worldly or theatrical entertainments are not essential for the prosperity of the sanitarium or for the health of the patients.
The more they have of this kind of amusements, the less will they be pleased unless something of the kind shall be continually carried on. The mind is in a fever of unrest for something new and exciting, the very thing it ought not to have. And if these amusements are once allowed, they are expected again, and the patients lose their relish for any simple arrangement to occupy the time. No more running around! We must come together! We need to decide on a course of action together, and then stand behind each other to support each other once we make that decision.
They learned to work together and care together about what they were doing, where they were going, and how. Now, in a similar way, we pause for a few moments to care together about people in our congregation. But it was hard work. Since no other people from his home planet of Titanium were on planet earth, UU Man grew up learning everything by himself.
He grew to know a lot, and he had a lot of stamina, but even he could make mistakes. And even he could get tired sometimes. Beyond that, UU Man began to realize that, maybe, he felt, maybe possibly, just a little bit lonely pause, UU Man sits. Meanwhile young heroes stand and approach , a group of young people with amazing abilities heard about UU Man, and they decided to seek him out. They were looking to connect, to join together with something larger than themselves. So they found UU Man…. I am Worship Woman. My special power is that I inspire awe and wonder.
My special power is that I make things fair. My special power is that I can attend endless meetings and stay awake through all of them! My special power is that I challenge people according to their gifts and then in a stage whisper to UU Man , and I can make them feel positive no matter what they say or give! We want to be superheroes, too! Can you teach us? Step One: Your planet of origin blows up. Step Two…. Go back to step one. What do you mean? There is no way you can become superheroes!
What are you doing? We tried it that way once before. You are right. Scarcity man is using his special powers on you to shut down your creativity and passion! You DO have enough! You CAN be superheroes! We CAN be superheroes! Congregation repeats, the young heroes come to their senses, and Scarcity Man is forced to run away. What would we have done without you?!
The Super Villains hover around the edges. What could possibly bring all these forces together in one room? What great, daunting task could possibly drive these forces together? The annual Stewardship Drive!! Da dum all turn with very concerned faces.
My special power is that I challenge people according to their gifts, and I can make them feel positive no matter what they say! I call this meeting of superheroes to order! I know this is a difficult time of year, but we must discuss money groans arise around the room.
We thrive as a community when everyone contributes people start to nod. No one has that kind of money. There are great resources to help you decide pulls out fair share guide. These were sent to you in the mail, and you can also see them online at the great website, you know the one I mean, for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka. You can find the website address on the back of your Orders of Service. You can fill out your pledge card here today extends one toward Scarcity Man, who raises his hands fear, as though the card is toxic, then hands it to UU Man.
Just see me, The Steward, after the service in the North room, if you have questions. Or you can mail it in later. Or even — and this is new — the website has an online pledge card. The Steward, but you know things are scarce. But we do need to let you know that our staff have not had a raise in four years, and that we want to more fully fund our social justice and programming efforts. This year we created special cards so children and youth can pledge too! Just think about your allowance or babysitting or birthday money — or one visit to Caribou Coffee!
They came to him because they were seeking connection. They were seeking a mentor. They were seeking a force and a relationship that would support them when they were troubled or confused, and challenge and guide them in their own struggles when they ventured out on their own UU Man stands up, begins to mime an animated conversation with the young superheroes, sharing his knowledge. Well, UU Man did step up! Just sit down extends an arm to the group, and people start to sit, but they resist. You are spending a lot of energy on nothing. We sure are spending a lot of energy on nothing.
And why do I feel this awful urge to sit in a chair and stare at the wall? So just sit, WAM Woman. And stare. You too, UU Man.