Daily Devotional, Year 4 – March 7 .  . . . A Suffering Church is a Strong Church! Part 3: “John the Baptist”

By admin On April 4th, 2021

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – March 7

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A Suffering Church is a Strong Church! Part 3: “John the Baptist”

To read Part 1, go here…May 24th (A Suffering Church is a Strong Church!)

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In the Ellen White audio reading of her book, “The Desire of Ages”, she does a masterful job of telling, in story-form, the imprisonment, and final demise of this colorful prophet, the announcer of Christ’s first Coming, John The Baptist.

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John the Baptist by Harold Copping – www.wikigallery.com – US public domain

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“ART THOU HE… OR DO WE LOOK FOR ANOTHER?”

Matthew 11:3

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And in her account she picks up and expands the discouragement that John went through during his imprisonment, as he began to doubt the deity of Jesus.

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And isn’t it true that Satan is always ready to discourage a Believer, and attempt to cause that faithful man or woman, or child, to give up the Good Fight, during the many problems, setbacks, and sad moments which often occur in the lives of true Believers!

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Brooklyn Museum – John the Baptist – The Voice in the Desert -_James Tissot

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JOB’S MANY DISCOURAGEMENTS

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpgJust look at Job, for example! See how Satan tried to make him renounce his Savior! Not only the great tragedies that befell him, but Job’s own wife begging him to “curse God and die”. And then, his three ‘friends’ came and further discouraged Job!

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Yes, Satan has a thousand different ways to discourage and dishearten Believers. Just this current-day world, with all it many pleasures, pastimes, and ambitious pursuits can become very discouraging as the Believer sees the world enjoying itself, while he or she gets bombarded by the enemy’s daily assaults. (Read Psalm 73)

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Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE DESIRE OF AGES

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WELL, THE READER IS INVITED AND HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO SCROLL DOWN AND LISTEN TO THE AUDIO READING OF  THE CHAPTER CONCERNING JOHN THE BAPTIST, FROM ELLEN WHITE’S STORY-FORM BOOK ON THE LIFE OF JESUS, “THE DESIRE OF AGES”. 

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Brooklyn Museum – John the Baptist – The Voice in the Desert – James Tissot

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THE OPEN FORUM

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ALSO, JUST BELOW THAT IS A 25 MINUTE AUDIO SEGMENT FROM HAROLD CAMPING’S NIGHTLY BIBLE-BASED, CALL-IN TALK-SHOW, “THE OPEN FORUM”

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Harold Camping on phone – Courtesy of Family Radio.org

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to joyfully accept the trials which come upon me, knowing that they keep me looking up to Thee…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…(Paul’s Godly Example, Part 3: “Like Paul In Suffering!”)or you can also read… MARCH 4 (Babylon = Baby-Land, Part 4: Why Does God Allow Suffering?), or you can also read…May 26 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 8: “Nick Vujicic: A Pity-Party’s Worst Guest!”)

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

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“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

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Listen to the following revelation concerning the evil which exists within the hearts of men…“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, AN EVIL EYE, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23 

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_moon_of_31.08.2012.jpgPlease tilt your head to the left. Do you see a man with a very long pointed nose. (Obviously, the sketch to the right is just an exaggeration in order to help you find the face in the photo to the left.)

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Do you see an angry look? His right eye-brow is raised as if he is judging.

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This second face in the Moon appears to be that of a combination of a man as well as a fox. Or maybe a wolf. Doesn’t he have a long narrow nose like a wolf or fox? Maybe even a dog. Nevertheless, the expression on his face, as he appears to look down upon the Earth, is that of scorn. Unlike the  first Moon-man’s sad shock and awe; this ‘man/fox/wolf/dog’ appears to be that of anger and scorn. As if he is disgusted at the sinful planet below.

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He is very moral, you see…

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Moon – 2nd face Scorner – highlighted photo – Blue moon of 31.08.2012 – by Cezar Popescu – Wikimedia – Creative-Commons – CC0-1.0-Universal-Public-Domain-Dedication

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner

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TOMORROW:

March 8 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 8: “Cancer, a Faith-building Experience?”)

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