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Dear Brothers and Sisters in IAUA (ee-ah-oo-ah) our Father,

Greetings on this day of preparation for the weekly Sabbath. I pray this newsletter finds you in good health and happiness in the service of IAUA. This is day 7 of month 11 of the year 1988 Anno Crucis of the Biblical Calendar.

God's New Years Day is in 13 weeks and six days, day 15 of month 1 (Thursday, April 9 of the 2020, Gregorian Calendar, beginning sunset Friday, April 10).

On God's Calendar, the Biblical month begins on the global day after lunar conjunction. The Biblical year begins with God's New Year's Day (Passover) after the spring equinox (Spring Passover Rule). The Millerite Calendar (Spring New Moon Rule) is the same in the Gregorian 2020 calendar year. The Calculated Rabbinical Calendar is also the same.

I was reading through the Sabbath School Bible Study Guide, the first weekly lesson for the first quarter of 2020. It was formerly not my habit to read the corporate Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. This has changed in the church we are now attending. I am finding a much more interactive Bible Study. Because of my highly active participation, I have been asked to teach. At first, I declined because I know how easily I can slip into teaching all that the Bible says which is not tolerated by the denomination.

I have mentioned, only briefly, in my class participation about Biblical Truth which is not tolerated by the denomination. Therefore, it is no secret that I have different beliefs. I continue to wear the tassels so I assume that they recognize some of my different beliefs. I speak only rarely of my different beliefs to avoid being disruptive and controversial. I pondered whether I could teach without being disruptive and controversial. God was impressing on my mind that I should. I set a test that I would if I was asked again. A few months later they were desperate for a teacher so they asked me again and I agreed.

For the last six months or so I have been teaching about once a month. It has been very enjoyable. My teaching style is quite different but nobody seems to mind. Just a quick mention that a few months later the church went through a little crisis when we lost our pastor. When God prompted me to offer to provide a worship talk at 11 AM, I did not hesitate. The offer was accepted after assuring the Head Elder that I would not say anything not tolerated by the denomination. I have been providing these worship talks once a month for the last few months. I DO NOT call it a sermon or preaching because I am not a pastor and I do not pretend to be, as many do. I am now on the official schedule for once a month.

On page 11 of the Sabbath School Bible Study Guide, I found a story that bothered me deeply. It was titled "Make Friends, Not Adventists". The story had a theme that had been bothering me in the back of my mind for quite a while. I was finally able to realize that the Bible taught that the theme was one of many ongoing apostasies of the denomination.

The theme is that we must focus our efforts on "friendship evangelism" rather than "doctrinal evangelism". I agree that both must be pursued on an approximately equal basis. The growing trend is to dismiss "doctrinal evangelism" almost completely. I believe the result leads to apostasy. The initial doctrinal failures led to partial dismissal of the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses was commanded by Jesus preincarnate as the God of the Hebrews. It was also taught by Jesus incarnate as the basis of the work of the church. It was also taught by Ellen White. These are assertions I have described in many previous articles.

Consider a verse that suggests the idea of something like "friendship evangelism"

Romans 12:18 Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone.

Now consider some verses that support the idea of "doctrinal evangelism".

Matthew 28:20 Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus answered, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind."

John 14:15 If you love me, you will do what I command.

John 14:21 Those who really love me are the ones who not only know my commands but also obey them. My Father will love such people, and I will love them. I will make myself known to them.

1 John 4:1-21
1 My dear friends, many false prophets are in the world now. So don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God.
2 This is how you can recognize God's Spirit. One spirit says, "I believe that Jesus is the Messiah who came to earth and became a man." That Spirit is from God.
3 Another spirit refuses to say this about Jesus. That spirit is not from God. This is the spirit of the enemy of the Messiah. You have heard that the enemy of Messiah is coming, and now he is already in the world.
4 My dear children, you belong to God, so you have already defeated these false prophets. That's because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
5 They belong to the world, so what they say is also from the world. The world listens to what they say.
6 But we are from God. So the people who know God listen to us. But the people who are not from God don't listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit that is true and the false spirit.
7 Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God's child. And so everyone who loves knows God.
8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him.
10 True love is God's love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins.
11 That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other.
12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us. If we love each other, God's love has reached its goal--it is made perfect in us.
13 We know that we live in God and God lives in us. We know this because he gave us his Spirit.
14 We have seen that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world, and this is what we tell people now.
15 Anyone who says, "I believe that Jesus is the Son of God," is a person who lives in God, and God lives in that person.
16 So we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love. God is love. Everyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in them.
17 If God's love is made perfect in us, we can be without fear on the day when God judges the world. We will be without fear because in this world we are like Jesus.
18 Where God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love takes away fear. It is his punishment that makes a person fear. So his love is not made perfect in the one who has fear.
19 We love because God first loved us.
20 If we say we love God but hate any of our brothers or sisters in his family, we are liars. If we don't love someone we have seen, how can we love God? We have never even seen him.
21 God gave us this command: If we love God, we must also love each other as brothers and sisters.

We see over and over in the Bible that God loves us. We respond with love for Him. He has given us Laws that will guide us and protect us. We obey these Laws because we love Him and trust Him. Because we love our brothers and sisters we will tell them all about God and all about His love for us and His Law that protects us.

Do you have a love of All Truth from the Bible?

I pray we may all continue to seek love, peace, and unity in truth preparing for the soon coming of IAUShUO (ee-ah-oo-shoo-oh) Messiah, the Son of God.

Frank T. Clark

Next: 2020-01-10 Make Friends II

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