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‘The Christian worker must never forget that salvation is God’s thought, not man’s… … Every element of self-reliance must be slain by the power of God.’ — Oswald Chambers, May 5

 Today we’re exploring one of the Church’s new advertisements that was listed on the front page of their website last week. The topic was on the benefits of Self-Reliance.

Practical Courses, Spiritual Benefits “…Self-reliance does not mean that we can accomplish or obtain anything we want. If we are self-reliant we believe that through the power of Christ, and through our own effort, we can work for the spiritual and practical needs of life. Many people can become more self-reliant. … The self-reliance initiative is a tool to help.” [emp. added]

Galatians 3:2 “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

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Ensign, ‘Have You Been Saved,’ May 1998 “We are saved from our sins (see Hel. 5:10) by a weekly renewal of our repentance and cleansing through the grace of God and His blessed plan of salvation (see 3 Ne. 9:20–22).” — Dallin Oaks

Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (more…)

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 The LDS reference for today is an absolute heartbreaker. For the sake of overall brevity, we’re limiting ourselves to just a few comments Dallin Oaks gave in a General Conference speech. To read his article in full, see  Ensign, ‘Have You Been Saved,’ May 1998.

“As Latter-day Saints use the words saved and salvation, there are at least six different meanings.

What do we say when someone asks us, “Have you been saved?” This question, so common in the conversation of some Christians, can be puzzling to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is not our usual way of speaking.

We tend to speak of “saved” or “salvation” as a future event rather than something that has already been realized. … (more…)

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 March 11 – How to be born again. John 3:2-6, 15; “The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

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Galatians 2:21 “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

The scripture above is what I saw every day when I went into the offices of Saints Alive back in the ‘90’s. Ed always had his Bible opened to the front page where he had written that verse down, and so it was visible right there on his desk. The verse became emblazoned in my memory bank – PTL!

This month as I was organizing our articles for the websites, Ed’s bible kept coming to mind as I noticed a recurring theme.

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May 28 – Law v. Grace. James 2:10; “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”

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Journal of Discourses 15:370-371; “He sends forth his servants with the truth, and he makes this promise—he made it through Joseph Smith—If they will believe in Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, be baptized for the remission thereof by one having authority, they shall receive the Holy Ghost and a testimony from Him as to the character of the work in which they have engaged.” – George Quayle Cannon, Salt Lake City, March 23, 1873 [emp. mine]

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January 2 –– Are you spiritual enough? Romans 8:26-27; “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

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General Conference, ‘The Atonement Our Greatest Hope,’ October 2001; “Our salvation depends on believing in and accepting the Atonement. Such acceptance requires a continual effort to understand it more fully.” – James Faust

 

 

 

 

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2014 King DariusJesus. Our King and Priest! Zechariah 6:12-13; “And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: 13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”

Hebrews 8:1; “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.”

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The Seer, p. 153; “God loves the children of men according to their works, or according to their good qualities He perceives in them: those who do the best he loves the best: if they do equally well, He loves them equally. Men should be exercised with the same principle…” – Orson Pratt, October 1853

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Journal of Discourses 16:162;  “Every blessing the Lord proffers to his people is on conditions. These conditions are: Obey my law, keep my commandments, walk in my ordinances, observe my statutes, love mercy,… keep yourselves pure in the law, and then you are entitled to these blessings, and not until then.” Brigham Young, Paris, Idaho, August 31, 1873

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 March 11 – How to be born again. John 3:2-6, 15; “The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

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witnessing-tip-of-the-day-no-greater-love General Conference, ‘Making Righteous Choices at the Crossroads of Life,’ October 1988“But if we are obedient and faithful to the laws, ordinances, and covenants which we accept with our free agency, of our own free will and choice, we can attain eternal life.” – Robert Dean Hales

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witnessing-tip-of-the-day-1262017 February 14 – 1 John 4:19; “We love him, because he first loved us”.

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january-witnessing-tip-of-the-day-6-0 January 23 – The Promise of Hagar. Mormons are led to believe through the Doctrine and Covenants, the promises sprang from Hagar and her seed. D&C 132:34 reads; “God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife. And why did she do it? Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people. This, therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises”.

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november-2016-witnessingNovember 3 – 2 Corinthians 6:16-17; “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

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Witnessing Tip of the Day May01May 11 – Ephesians 2:8-10; “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, “The Family Is of God,” April 2015; “We each belong to and are needed in the family of God. Earthly families all look different…membership in the family of carole-m-stephensGod is not contingent upon any kind of status— … Our opportunity as covenant-keeping daughters of God is not just to learn from our own challenges; it is to unite in empathy and compassion as we support other members of the family of God in their struggles, as we have covenanted to do. …God wants us to be one. God needs us to be one—covenant-keeping daughters united in the diversities of our individual lives who desire to learn all that is needed to be back in His presence, sealed to Him as part of His eternal family.

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EnsiMormon Decisions 10gn, “The Atonement,” November 1996

Today we’re finishing up our look at Mr. Nelson’s talk on the Mormon definition of atonement which also led to the definitions for immortality and eternal life. To read his speech in full simply click on the link above. Let’s get started!

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