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Latest Discipleheart Posts

Living In Times Of Judgment

 

Enoch The Heavenly-Minded Messenger - Dan Augsburger

I spent many hours reading everything I could about Enoch and was very blessed. I was especially helped in finally understanding why the birth of his brought him into a new walk with God. Because of time limitations the presentation could not share all I had learned. However, the ppt pdf is more complete and is highly instructive. Eventually a little booklet will be made on the life of Enoch. Here is the audio of the presentation on Enoch given in Ponoka and an expanded ppt pdf on his life—Dan

Enoch Audio MP3 Ponoka

Enoch PPT PDF#

 

Here is the audio and related content for a series on living in times of judgment. I have spoken in four churches and one academy by the time we head home. In our meetings in Alberta we have considered Noah: The Faithful Messenger; Lot: The Vexed and Entangled Messenger; Elijah: The Courageous Praying Messenger; Jonah: The Self-Centered Reluctant Messenger; God's Will And The Last Days; and Preparing For Living In Times Of Judgment.  While at Ponoka I also came across a four-part series of articles that couches the Laodicean Message in the context of Elijah's mission to the people of His day. There are numerous instructive parallels. You can find the audio for that presentation as well, along with the articles and the powerpoint pdf.

On the Living In Times of Judgment Link you will find audio and video resources, two powerpoint pdf, and numerous articles on the subject matter. There is a wealth of information, so be sure to visit the page.

 

New Prayer Series Recording

Prior to coming to Alberta, Rose and I were in Ithica, Michigan and taped a short series of prayer. You can find that on the audio resources page.

 

Revival And Reformation

I have revamped the Revival and Reformation page and added resources. 

 

Christian Family

Confess Past Neglect; Start Anew#

"I beseech the parents in our churches to make a solemn covenant with God by repentance and confession. Confess your past neglect, and in the fear of God take up the work of educating your children in righteousness. A spiritual revival and reformation must take place. Then God’s people can claim the blessings he has promised. When parents take up the cross and follow Christ, when they bring their lives into conformity to the will of God, their children will be converted. The world will take knowledge of them that they have been with Jesus and have learned of him. By their deeds of true religion they will bear witness to the power of Christ’s grace." {Ms195-1901.16}

Train Your Children For God

"Tell your children exactly what you require of them. Then let them understand that your word is law, and must be obeyed. Thus you are training them to respect the commandments of God, which plainly declare “Thou shalt,” and “Thou shalt not.” It is far better for your boy to obey from principle than from compulsion. If as teachers in the home the father and the mother allow children to take the lines of control into their own hands and to become wayward, they are held responsible for what their children might otherwise have been. From babyhood the child should be taught that the mother is master. Never is the mother to do anything that would give Satan opportunity to arouse or strengthen the disagreeable passions of her child. She should not use the rod, if it be possible to avoid doing so. But if milder measures prove insufficient, punishment that will bring the child to its senses should in love be administered. Frequently one such correction will be enough for a lifetime to show a child that he does not hold the lines of control."—Mrs. E. G. White, Review and Herald, September 8, 1904

 

Discipleheart Calendar

Calgary Central SDA Church, Calgary, AB Canada

January 18-20, 2018

Living In Times of Judgment (See Video and Stream here)

Airdree SDA Church, Calgary, AB Canada

January 26,27 2018

Prevail In Prayer

Olds SDA Church, Olds AB, Canada

February 2,3, 2018

Ponoka SDA Church, Ponoka AB, Canada

February 5,7,9,2018

VIDA, El Suyatel, Honduras

February 14-March 1, 2018

Cicero SDA Church, Cicero, IN, USA

March 3, 2018

Praying Through

 

New Sections

Audio Resources

Find audio resources and other media of Dan Augsburger at the Audio Resources page.

 

New Posts

Audio Resources

Ask Believe Rejoice Audio

I spent most of a week with the Ithaca SDA Church in Ithaca Michigan where I spoke on prayer. Though there was a handout, it was mainly six Bible studies on prayer. Rose also shared our testimony.

ITHMI1 Introduction and Wedding At Cana Click for MP3

ITHMI2 Naaman Click for MP3

 

Christian Family

Train Your Children For God

"Tell your children exactly what you require of them. Then let them understand that your word is law, and must be obeyed. Thus you are training them to respect the commandments of God, which plainly declare “Thou shalt,” and “Thou shalt not.” It is far better for your boy to obey from principle than from compulsion. If as teachers in the home the father and the mother allow children to take the lines of control into their own hands and to become wayward, they are held responsible for what their children might otherwise have been. From babyhood the child should be taught that the mother is master. Never is the mother to do anything that would give Satan opportunity to arouse or strengthen the disagreeable passions of her child. She should not use the rod, if it be possible to avoid doing so. But if milder measures prove insufficient, punishment that will bring the child to its senses should in love be administered. Frequently one such correction will be enough for a lifetime to show a child that he does not hold the lines of control."—Mrs. E. G. White

 

God's Church

The Church Is To Assume Divine Proportions

"The church on earth is God’s temple, and it is to assume divine proportions before the world. This building is to be the light of the world. It is to be composed of living stones laid close together, stone fitting to stone, making a solid building. All these stones are not of the same shape or dimension. Some are large, and some are small, but each one has its own place to fill. In the whole building there is not to be one misshapen stone. Each one is perfect. And each stone is a living stone, a stone that emits light. The value of the stones is determined by the light they reflect to the world." {RH December 4, 1900, par. 1}

 

Holy Spirit

Power From On High#

"When the church shall come out from the world, and be separate from its maxims, habits, and practices, the Lord Jesus will work with his people; he will pour a large measure of his Spirit upon them, and the world will know that the Father loves them."

 

New Quote On Backsliding

Jeremiah 3:22 (NKJV) 22 “Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, For You are the Lord our God."

"I want to tell you, God lives, and Christ is making intercession for us; and when He sees you backsliding, He places His hands before God, saying, “Give them another opportunity. I have graven them upon the palms of My hands. They have forsaken Me, they have gone away from Me. I want to exert an influence over My people, that they shall be brought back again.” Now that is the work that the Lord has presented to me to be done. God help us every one to be wide-awake." {Ms139-1906.60}

 

Should We Use Simple Words

This is taken from a recent post "Should we use simple words" on the Some Questions About Witnessing Answered section: "The truth will need to be presented and made as simple as the A-B-C of the alphabet is made to the primary pupil. Take the simplest truth, bringing Christ before the mind, and angels will cooperate with you in making the impression upon the honest inquirer. You are to be the agent through whom God will speak to the soul. Precious things will be brought to your remembrance, and with a heart overflowing with the love of Jesus, you will speak words of vital interest and import. Your simplicity and sincerity will be the highest eloquence, and your words will be registered in the books of heaven as fit words, which are like apples of gold in pictures of silver. God will make them a healing flood of heavenly influence." Youth's Instructor, May 4, 1893

 

Prescott: Power For Christian Living

"This is God's great gift — the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; “for the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” This is the power that sets us free. This is the power that delivers us from being bondservants, and brings us into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, to be kings and priests unto God."

Dan's Blog on Fault-finding

"I feel an intense interest regarding every faultfinder; for I know that a quarrelsome disposition will never find entrance into the city of God. Quarrel with yourself, but with no one else; and then be converted. Confess your sins right here where you are, before you return to your homes. With words of confession, humble your hearts before God. Manurscript Releases, vol. 7,  p. 271.2

What Hinders Conversions

This is an exceedingly important page on what hinders the conversion of our children. 

Christian Unity Sermons

There are new sermons to read in this section! Here is an excerpt from one of them: "The heart of the Saviour is set upon his followers fulfilling God’s purpose in all its height and depth. They are to be one in him, even though they are scattered the world over. But God can not make them one in Christ unless they are willing to give up their own way for his way. {SW February 2, 1904, Art. A, par. 17} When Christ’s prayer is fully believed, when its instruction is brought into the daily lives of God’s people, unity of action will be seen in our ranks. Brother will be bound to brother by the golden threads of the love of Christ. The Spirit of God alone can bring about this oneness. He who sanctified himself, can sanctify his disciples. United with him, they will be united with one another in the most holy faith. When we strive for this unity as God desires us to strive for it, it will come to us. {SW February 2, 1904, Art. A, par. 18}—Mrs. E. G. White

 

New Sections

Forgiveness

"The question of forgiveness needs no interpretation. There is never a time or place where it is right for you or for me to say, “I will not forgive my brother; I will not walk in fellowship with him.” He who does this places himself in opposition to the teachings of Christ."

Forgiveness is so very important! One cannot walk with Jesus without forgiving and asking forgiveness where needed. I hope the articles and testimonies will encourage others to extend the gift of forgiveness.

God's Church

"Believers are to shine as lights in the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. A church, separate and distinct from the world, is in the estimation of heaven the greatest object in all the earth. The members are pledged to be separate from the world, consecrating their service to one Master, Jesus Christ. They are to reveal that they have chosen Christ as their leader. The work in Cape Town is an important work and the church is to be as God designed it should be, a representative of God’s family in another world." 

Prayer and  Young People

"Then, children, ask God to do for you those things that you cannot do for yourselves. Tell Jesus everything. Lay open before him the secrets of your heart; for his eye searches the inmost recesses of the soul, and he reads your thoughts as an open book. When you have asked for the things that are necessary for your soul’s good, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them."

Many instructive articles and letters were written to young people, instructing them in the way of salvation, encouraging them to believe in Jesus and telling them how to pray.. Some of the instructions relative to prayer are most interesting. Read and learn!—Dan

Righteousness by Faith

"The prayer that Christ has given us, that the will of God shall be done in earth as it is in heaven, is to be answered. Wonderful is this prayer, which we are to offer to God, and then fulfil in the daily life! The science of holiness, the ethics that the gospel inculcates, acknowledges no standard but the perfection of God’s mind, God’s will. It is the character and mind of Christ which, by conversion and transformation, men are to receive. Through His Son, God has revealed the excellency to which man is capable of attaining. And before the world God is developing us as living witnesses of what man may become through the grace of Christ. Oh, why do so many grieve the heart of Infinite Love?" 

New Posts

"The moment the sinner lays hold of Christ by faith, his sins are no longer upon him!

"Jesus is the only hope of the soul. By faith every soul may say with the Psalmist, “Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.” The moment the sinner lays hold of Christ by faith, his sins are no longer upon him. Christ stands in the sinner’s place, and declares, “I have borne his guilt, I have been punished for his transgressions, I have taken his sins, and put My righteousness upon him.” In Christ the sinner stands guiltless before the law. But how vain is the hope of entering heaven if we have no present faith in Christ, no delight in spiritual things, no joy in anticipating the joys of heaven. The child of God finds his comfort and peace in Christ. He delights to dwell upon the holiness of his future, immortal home. The Lord commands, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” The Christian’s constant endeavour should be to come into perfect conformity to the life of Christ; we must look away from the darkness, and face the light. Do not, by your attitude of unbelief, charge God with partiality or unfaithfulness. Your doubt casts reflections upon the verity of His promises. When in living faith you come to Jesus, and become doers of His Word, you will taste and see that the Lord is good. You will say to all, “By His stripes we are healed.” You will think of Jesus, you will talk of Jesus, as One who is willing and able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him. If you believe in Christ as your Saviour, His perfect obedience is set to your account. You are pardoned as you look to Jesus as your substitute and surety. The promise of God is, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – {PrT January 30, 1890 Par. 6} 

If you fail to come to Jesus because you are sinful, you will always remain sinful, and will die in your sins. You cannot feel His cleansing power unless you rely upon Him with implicit faith. You can do nothing yourself to remove one stain of sin. Jesus alone is able to make you clean. Will you come to Christ and be made whole, or will you remain away in unbelief, and still mourn over your wretched state? Look and live. By beholding, we become changed into His image. When you look at the darkness, and talk of the darkness, you are scattering seeds of evil. Words of discouragement and complaint are like tares sown in a field. They fall into other minds, and spring up and bear a harvest after their kind; and souls may be lost through your suggestions of unbelief. Long after your period of darkness and temptation has passed, the words forgotten by yourself will live in the memory of others, and when temptation comes upon them, the fruit of the seed sown will appear." – {PrT January 30, 1890 Par. 7}

Will Disunity Weaken the Church?

"There is nothing which will weaken the strength of a church like pride and passion. If one engaged in the work of God does things in contradiction to another engaged in the same work, that is strife and variance. If we do this to be esteemed or to exalt self, it is vainglory and death to spirituality and to Christian love and unity of action." Read more by clicking on the link. 

What is True Unity

What is true unity? What kind of distinctions are there in true unity? The following is highly instructive. Read more by clicking the link: "When the Holy Spirit moves upon human minds in this life, all petty complaints and accusing between man and his fellow man will be healed by the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness shining into the chamber of the mind and heart. There will be no distinction made between rich and poor, white or black, in their worship of God. All prejudice will be melted away. When we approve God, it will be in one brotherhood. We are only human beings, pilgrims and strangers, bound for a better country, even a heavenly. There our songs will catch the inspiring theme, and thanksgiving and praise will go up to God. Christ would have us realize that our bonds of interest are one. His principles of truth bind heart to heart, be they rich or poor, high or low, and all are united to the great Center, Christ, who gave Himself for us." 

Unity in Family Government

The need for unity is paramount for the wise management of children. Notice the following: "Parents who exercise a spirit of dominion and authority, transmitted to them from their own parents, which leads them to be exacting in their discipline and instruction, will not train their children aright. By their severity in dealing with their errors, they stir up the worst passions of the human heart, and leave their children with a sense of injustice and wrong. They meet in their children the very disposition that they themselves have imparted to them. Such parents drive their children away from God, by talking to them on religious subjects; for the Christian religion is made unattractive and even repulsive by this misrepresentation of truth. Children will say, “Well, if that is religion, I do not want anything of it.” It is thus that enmity is often created in the heart against religion; and because of an arbitrary enforcement of authority, children are led to despise the law and the government of heaven. Parents have fixed the eternal destiny of their children by their own misrule. They have placed their children in the ranks of the enemy, to serve the prince of darkness rather than the Prince of Light.

 

Unity (New Section)

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Unity is a great need among God's people. This section will provide information on the need and pathway to unity, as well as answering some of the questions that emerge when discussing unity. The following quote is a portion of what is found in the "Some Unity Questions Answered."

"We should not allow any feelings to come into our hearts against any of our brethren, for this is not the spirit of Christ; it is not the principle of truth to be finding fault and thinking evil of our brethren. If there are any difficulties that arise in your midst, seek every way that you can to adjust them; this is your Christian duty. You may think that your brother is wholly in the fault, but if your brother does not come to you you must go to him, and try to come together. You must be in harmony; unless you are in harmony with another [person] Christ cannot abide in your heart."{5MR 6.1} 

 

Trials and Difficulties

This is a new theme under the practical Christianity page. Here you will find articles and thoughts on why Christians experience trials and difficulties, as attested to in the following two paragraphs.

 

Trials Are Sometimes Answers

"We do not always consider that the sanctification we so earnestly desire and for which we pray so earnestly is brought about through the truth and, by the providence of God, in a manner we least expect. When we look for joy, behold there is sorrow. When we expect peace, we frequently have distrust and doubt because we find ourselves plunged into trials we cannot avoid. In these trials we are having the answers to our prayers."

 

Trials Are Essential

"Trials are essential in order that we may be brought close to our heavenly Father, in submission to his will, that we may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. God's work of refining and purifying the soul must go on until his servants are so humbled, so dead to self, that when called into active service, they may have an eye single to the glory of God. Then they will not move rashly from impulse, and imperil the Lord's cause because they are slaves to temptation and passion, because they follow their carnal desires; but they will move from principle and in view of the glory of God. The Lord brings his children over the same ground again and again, increasing the pressure until perfect humility fills the mind, and the character is transformed; then they are victorious over self, and in harmony with Christ and the Spirit of heaven. "

 

Snippets of Articles

Unity: The Fruit Of Conversion

"There is not a quarreling man—no matter if your profession is as high as heaven—nor a quarreling woman; not one that loves to talk and berate and wound and injure the souls and reputation of God’s people, that will ever enter the portals of the city of God."

 

The Science of Prayer

The instruction given me by One of authority is that we are to learn to answer the prayer recorded in the seventeenth chapter of John. We are to make this prayer our first study. Every gospel minister, every medical missionary, is to learn the science of this prayer. My brethren and sisters, I ask you to heed these words, and to bring to your study a calm, humble, contrite spirit, and the healthy energies of a mind under the control of God. Those who fail to learn the lessons contained in this prayer are in danger of making one-sided developments which no future training will ever fully correct. {SW February 2, 1904, Art. A, par. 2}

 

United Prayers

“Our Saviour follows His lessons of instruction with a promise that if two or three should be united in asking anything of God it should be given them. Christ here shows that there must be union with others, even in our desires for a given object. Great importance is attached to the united prayer, the union of purpose. God hears the prayers of individuals, but on this occasion Jesus was giving especial and important lessons that were to have a special bearing upon His newly organized church on the earth. There must be an agreement in the things which they desire and for which they pray. It was not merely the thoughts and exercises of one mind, liable to deception; but the petition was to be the earnest desire of several minds centered on the same point.”{ CCh 242.1}

 

Are You Expressing Affection?

"If Dad is cold and reserved towards Mom, and Mom is cold and reserved towards Dad, their mutual love will dry up. Children who don't observe affection between their parents, tend to mirror the same thing and are more reserved. As stated at other times, "we reproduce our characters in our children"!

 

Words For Parents

Fathers and mothers, how can I find words to describe your great responsibility! By the character you reveal before your children you are educating them to serve God or to serve self. Then offer to heaven your earnest prayers for the aid of the Holy Spirit, that your hearts may be sanctified, and that the course you pursue may honor God and win your children to Christ. It should give to parents a sense of the solemnity and sacredness of their task, when they realize that by careless speech or action they may lead their children astray. – {RH February 1, 1912 Par. 4}

 

Words For Mothers

"The king upon his throne has no higher work than has the mother. The mother is queen of her household. She has in her power the molding of her children’s characters, that they may be fitted for the higher, immortal life. An angel could not ask for a higher mission; for in doing this work she is doing service for God. Let her only realize the high character of her task, and it will inspire her with courage. Let her realize the worth of her work, and put on the whole armor of God, that she may resist the temptation to conform to the world’s standard. Her work is for time and for eternity." – {ST March 16, 1891 Par. 1}

 

Thoughts on Training Up Children

"Happy the child in whom such words as these awaken love and gratitude and trust; the child to whom the tenderness and justice and long-suffering of father and mother interpret the love and justice and long-suffering of God; the child who, by trust and submission and reverence toward his earthly protectors, learns to trust and obey and reverence his God. He who imparts such a gift, has bestowed a treasure more precious than the wealth of all the ages,—a treasure as enduring as eternity.".

 

Thoughts on Scripture Memorization

"I do have a method. I learn a verse, repeating it as often as I need, till I somewhat know it—I say somewhat because it takes working with it several times before it will be fully retained. Then I learn the second verse, repeating it until I have it down. Then I repeat verse one and two until I have them down as a group. Then I learn verse three, repeating it until I have it down. Then I repeat from verse two to verse three. When I have that down, then I repeat from verse one to verse three, repeating that group until I have all those verses together. Then I learn verse four and repeat it until I have it memorized. Then I repeat verse three and four together until they are down. Then I go from verse one to verse four. This continues to the next natural break. In the Psalms that usually means four to eight verses." 

 

Thoughts on Parenting for Dads

"Few fathers are fitted for the responsibility of training their children. They, themselves need strict discipline that they may learn self-control, forbearance, and sympathy. Until they possess these attributes they are not capable of properly teaching their children." 

 

Thoughts on Christian Joy

"Put away all fretting and complaining, for this is the snare of the devil. Let us make a pledge before God and the heavenly angels that we will not dishonour our Maker by cherishing darkness and unbelief, by speaking words of discouragement and mistrust. Let every word we utter, every line we write, be fraught with encouragement and unwavering faith. If we live faith, we shall talk faith."

 

Precious Thoughts on the Holy Spirit

"The Holy Spirit is to be prayed for, trusted in, believed in. ... The Holy Spirit will be poured upon the church in strong, heavenly currents if God’s people will believe, if they will turn their attention to that which is true, and living, and real. After Christ’s ascension, the disciples were gathered together of one accord in one place. {Lt133-1899.14}

As they made humble supplication to God their differences were swept away. They became of one mind. And after ten days of heart-searching and self-examination, each taking his own case in hand, for it had to be an individual work, the way was prepared for the Holy Spirit to enter the cleansed, consecrated soul-temples. Every heart was filled with the Spirit, which came with a copiousness and power, as though it had been held in restraint for ages, ready to be poured out upon the people who asked for it, as if God desired to show His people that it was His prerogative to bless them with the choicest of heaven’s blessings. What was the result? Thousands were converted in a day. {Lt133-1899.15}

 

Reformation

Light Unshackled (YouTube Video)

This is a wonderful documentary on the reformation by the same people who host my website. Rose and I attended one of the first showings and were very blessed. I believe you will also be blessed.

Descent Into Darkness (1 of 4)

Lighting A Flame (2 of 4)

Fanning The Blaze (3 of 4)

Passing The Torch (4 of 4)