A WORD TO THE READER THIS DEVOTIONAL BOOK HAS BEEN LARGELY COMPILED FROM A SELECT GROUP OF ELLEN G. WHITE’S AND VICTOR T. HOUTEFF’S COMMENTS UPON THE CENTRAL TRUTHS OF THE BIBLE. THE PRINCIPAL DOCTRINES OF THE CHRISTIAN’S FAITH ARE HEREIN SUPPORTED BY CAREFULLY CHOSEN TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE, ALONG WITH SPIRIT OF PROPHECY COMMENTS. THE DAILY READINGS ARE NOT MEANT TO BE MERELY THEOLOGICAL PRONOUNCEMENTS, BUT ARE SPIRITUAL TRUTHS RELATING TO THE WORK OF REDEMPTION WROUGHT OUT FOR US BY OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST. IN THIS DEVOTIONAL BOOK, SCRIPTURAL TEXTS ARE PRESENTED AS THE BASIC AUTHORITY, WHILE THE COMMENTS ENLARGE UPON, AND EXALT THE SCRIPTURAL TRUTHS, MAKING THEM PERSONAL AND BRINGING HOME THE IMPORTANT LESSONS TO THE HEART. IN FINDING APPROPRIATE ELLEN G. WHITE AND VICTOR T. HOUTEFF STATEMENTS DEALING WITH BIBLE TRUTHS. THE COMPILERS HAVE CONSULTED THE PUBLISHED WORKS OF THESE AUTHORS, IN WHICH REPRESENTATIVE STATEMENTS FROM THEIR PEN APPEAR. IN ADDITION TO THEIR WELL-KNOWN COMMENTS, OTHER LESS KNOWN, BUT NOT BY ANY MEANS LESS FORCEFUL STATEMENTS ARE HEREIN PRESENTED. BECAUSE EACH DAY’S READING IS LIMITED TO JUST ONE PRINTED PAGE, MUCH VALUABLE MATERIAL ON THE RELATED SUBJECTS COULD NOT BE USED, AND AT TIMES OMISSIONS HAD TO BE MADE WITHIN THE STATEMENTS QUOTED. THESE OMISSIONS HOWEVER ARE RECOGNIZED IN THE USUAL WAY. FREQUENTLY, AS MANY AS FIVE OR MORE SOURCES ARE QUOTED ON ONE PAGE. AND IN SOME PLACES WHERE A STATEMENT IS ONLY A SENTENCE OR TWO IN LENGTH, THE COMPILERS HAVE FAITHFULLY OBSERVED THE THOUGHTS EXPRESSED IN THE CONTEXT, AND SO PRESENTED THE SEQUENCE AS TO ACCURATELY REPRESENT THE IDEAS COMMUNICATED. THIS BOOK (FOLLOWING THE LAMB), WAS COMPILED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE DAVIDIAN SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST ASSOCIATION, WHO CARRY THE SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY AND CARE FOR THE GOLDEN BOWL SERIES OF PUBLICATIONS. WE INVITE YOU OUR DEAR FRIEND; TO READ EACH DAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING, AND TO PRAYERFULLY MEDITATE ON EACH PASSAGE YOU WILL COME UPON, THAT THE BRIEF DAY-BY-DAY MESSAGES CONCERNING THE INSPIRING TRUTHS OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH, MAY SERVE AS A DAILY GUIDE, ENCOURAGEMENT AND SOURCE OF STRENGHT, IS THE SINCERE PRAYER AND WISH OF US THE PUBLISHERS.

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Every act of obedience to Christ, every act of self-denial for
His sake, every trial well endured, every victory gained
over temptation, is a step in the march to the glory of final
victory.
{Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p.140.1}


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The candlestick represents the church, and the two olive trees
the Old and New Testament Scriptures. Now, “What be these
two golden pipes,” which “empty the golden oil out of
themselves?” We quote from “Testimonies for the Church,”
Vol. 7, p. 249: “The inner lamp must be supplied with the oil
that flows from the messengers of heaven through the golden
tubes into the golden bowl. The Lord’s communication never
comes to man in vain.” Therefore, the two golden pipes that
empty the golden oil into the golden bowl are God’s
messengers of inspiration through whom present truth is
revealed, and the only true interpreters of the Scriptures. The
oil represents the revealed Word of God from the Bible as it is
explained through His appointed servants, and the bowl
describes the publications into which these revelations are
compiled. This is the “Testimony of Jesus” — “the Spirit of
Prophecy.” (Rev. 12:17; 19:10.) The revelation which John
received is called “The Testimony of Jesus.” (See Rev. 1:9.)
Therefore, the testimony of Jesus is also the Spirit of Prophecy,
because his testimony is revealed only by the Holy Spirit
through a human channel. Thus the Scripture interpreted by
Inspiration, is the only testimony that can be, “the testimony
of Jesus” — truth without error.
SR book, Vol. 2 285

 

 

Is a compilation primarily of the writings
of Victor T. Houteff and Ellen G. White.
We sincerely hope and pray that you will
receive a wonderful blessing from the daily
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