Miscellaneous

This section contains miscellaneous writings from people in our church.



The Principles of Reform

In the past, many people who wanted to be faithful to God have often seen the need to practice reform in their daily lives in order to prepare for heaven. Their goal was to bring their eating, drinking, clothing, contact with others, and so forth, into obedience to Christ. They viewed their task as a privilege and took up their work joyfully.

Unfortunately, reform has often been seen as a burden by professing Christians. And many people today feel that it is a limitation on their natural wishes and tendencies, an unnecessary burden of the law, and an unwelcome intruder.

But do we understand what reform really means? What is its purpose, and how does it apply to our lives? These questions need to be answered so that, as believers, we can render intelligent service to God.

This book gives a basic introduction into the principles behind practical changes in life habits, and how they fit in with the gospel plan of uplifting mankind. 83p

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A Living Experience with God

The time we live in today is remarkable for its superficiality–seldom has it been as widespread as it is now. Masses of people simply exist from one day to the next throughout their lives without ever really getting to the bottom of anything. Although it is true that some people are accomplishing amazing things, there is a trend to shallowness with many that pervades all areas of life.

Are you someone who’s looking for a fulfilling, rewarding life? Do you want more than what a shallow inconsequential lifestyle has to offer? Are you looking for more than clichéd phrases in answer to your questions?

Are you fed up with being put off with empty consolations and soothing words when you ask about the deeper meaning of life? If so, then this booklet has been written just for you!

The goal of this booklet is to lead you to a profound and living experience with Jesus Christ. 193p

The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 907

The soul that loves God, rises above the fog of doubt; he gains a bright, broad, deep, living experience.

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From Thornbush to Apple Tree

From Thornbush to Apple Tree is a book about the basic gospel message written for children. Each page has an illustration by a child, with a lesson underneath.

When the Jewish leader Nicodemus wanted to know about the kingdom that Jesus was establishing, and how it would look, Jesus said, “except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

Therefore, the new birth is an essential element in the proper understanding of prophecy. Only those in whom Christ’s spiritual life is reproduced can really understand, appreciate, and work toward the building of Christ’s kingdom.

This book introduces the topic in a way that children can understand it. 24p

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Song in the Night

Song in the NightThe songs in this collection are a combination of folk, or folk-style melodies, and Biblical poetry. This type of union has been practiced at least since the days of the Protestant Reformation, and possibly much earlier. It is illustrative of the gospel, in which God takes common humanity, with its personality, feelings, and modes of expression, sanctifies it, and fills it with a new life, inspiring it with afresh, and more meaningful message to give to the world, and to the on-looking universe.

“Song in the Night” continues and extends this tradition by combining other folk melodies, such as those from the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Quebec, with suitable religious poems. The results have been very satisfying, and have yielded what many think to be the best songs in the entire collection.

Asides from these original contributions, much of the material has been drawn from previous collections, especially those of the early American period (late 1700 ‘s to mid 1800 ‘s), such as the Sacred Harp and Christian Harmony. It was during this period that the church, during the great Second Advent Awakening, reached it’s purest and most powerful state, in striving to prepare for Christ’s imminent return. Since it remains for the church or our day to take up where they left off, and carry the work to completion, this seemed like a good starting point from which to draw the larger part of the inspiration of this current work. As well, songs have been drawn from earlier revivals, including the Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the Wesleyan revival during the 1700 ‘s in England.

In choosing the Biblical poetry that is used for the lyrics of the songs, the highest standard has been our aim. These words can stand on their own as great poetry. They have an uncommon depth, and cover the full range of experiences that face everyone who names the name of Christ, and takes up his cross after Him. It is not surprising that you will often find the names of Isaac Watts, the Wesleys, Wilson MacDonald, and others, who possessed the gift of poetical expression in no common manner, and who matched this with true Christian piety and devotion. Their work endures because the Spirit of the Everlasting One is in it, and thereby they “being dead, yet speak” to us today.

These songs, with their earnest feeling and intelligent expression of faith, will assist in bringing the Word of God into your daily life, where it belongs. 126p

You can view pictures of sample pages of the book here: Sample Pages. There are also more music resources available on my poetry website: Practica Poetica

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Two Things Called by the Same Name

Two Things Called by the Same NameThis booklet collects together a number of Scriptural distinctions that were made in the truths taught by the Sabbath Rest Advent Church, as those truths developed.

Just as the early Christians learned that there were two “comings of Christ” (one in humility, one in power), and two “kingdoms” associated with those comings (the kingdom of grace and the kingdom of glory), so have we had to make other such distinctions in our understanding of the Bible, in order to gain a clearer and more complete picture of Bible truth.

Two natures (of man), two deaths, two crucifixions, two crosses, two justifications, two laws, two covenants…these are just some of the many distinctions that this book covers. It was written to provided “the gospel in a nutshell”, or the truth in a compact and concise form. 61p

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Two Natures
  3. The Two Deaths
  4. The Two Crucifixions
  5. The Two Crosses
  6. The Two Justifications
  7. The Two Blotings Out of Sin
  8. The Two Marriages
  9. The Two Laws
  10. The Two Covenants
  11. The Two Propensities
  12. The Two Churches
  13. Perfectionism vs So-Called Perfectionism
  14. The Two Seals
  15. Conclusion
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Articles by Bill Race

Brother Bill Race was a friend of Fred Wright, and fellow believer in the message, at least as early as 1962, when they were both involved in the Brinsmead Awakening. Fred described him at that time as “an excellent student of the Bible” (see A Brief History of the Early Years, p. 34). Brother Race celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in 1973. At that time Fred wrote:

“Brother Race has been a real veteran in the unfolding of this message. He has been in it from the very beginning and has weathered with us its worst storms so far and has stood firmly for the truth in every crisis. At our camp meetings he has assisted in the meetings and has brought to light some very precious truths. The readers of The Messenger will have read with interest and enlightenment several studies as presented by him.” (News Review, May 1973)

There were, in fact, 7 articles published in his name, and they are all precious and worthy of republication. I have included them in the Articles section of this website, and include links to them here as a type of index: