In a special sense Seventh-day Adventist have been set in the world as watchmen and light heaven. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of the the most solemn in port - proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention."
The attempt to understand Ellen G. White and her visions has taken many forms. Couperus' article, "The Significance of Ellen White's Head Injury" - termed "overkill" by one basically approving neurologist - is the author's effort to understand how Ellen White might honestly feel, believe, and claim that God was coming to her repeatedly in vision - even if it wasn't so. The notion that a mild form of posttrauma seizure could explain both her "visions" and her personality foibles seems, therefore, attractive. Most neurologists agree that a missile-induced head injury such as the one that caused Ellen Harmon three weeks of coma followed by amnesia at age nine increases manifold the likelihood that she would develop subsequently some kind of seizure disorder. While a neurological explanation for Ellen White's vision appears to have the potential to rescue her reputation as a truthful woman, it simultaneously seems to preclude supernatural explanations. White Estate officials have repeatedly indicated their 'a priori' rejection of any naturalistic causes for Mrs. White's visions - having gone so far as to establish an Ellen G. White Health Committee from among the medical staff at Loma Linda University to pronounce the impossibility that any form of temporal lobe epilepsy could account for White's visionary experiences. It is clear that wide disagreement remains among neurologists regarding what behaviors and personality traits should indicate a diagnosis of temporal lobe epilepsy. Three reputable, non-Adventist neurologists were asked to read the manuscript in draft form. Two of the three affirmed the scientific validity of Couperus' thesis and one did not. One positive previewer refused to go on record for practical reasons. The other was not asked to go on record because his earlier published research on the topic is cited substantially in the paper. Seventy years have passed since Ellen died in 1915, and it is the purpose of his presentation to reexamine the life and work of this exceptional Christian woman in the light of current knowledge. "Both the parents possess a large degree of physical endurance, and the children inherited this blessing, as also the activity, force of character, and executive ability which were especially developed in the mother. In Ellen, both mental and physical development were rapid and vigorous. While but a child she displayed a love of study, a quick perception, and a retentive memory. She was of a buoyant, hopeful disposition, fond of society, courageous, resolute, and persevering." 1 Summarizing the essential facts of Ellen's injury from a medical standpoint, one finds the following: At age nine Ellen received a projectile-type blunt injury to the nasal area of the face and fell to the ground. She was immediately unconscious. There was severe and prolonged bleeding, and she was carried to a nearby store. After a brief interval of consciousness she becomes unconscious again; this lasted for some three weeks. When she regained consciousness she had no recollection of what had taken place. She noticed that her face was markedly deformed at that time. After regaining consciousness she was confined to bed for "many weeks" and was reduced "almost to a skeleton."
"Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable up to receive Him. Prayer does not being God down to us, but brings us up to Him". - Ellen G White
"It is prayer that unites hearts it is prayer to the Great Physician to heal the soul that will bring the blessing of God. Prayer unites us with one another and with God. Prayer brings Jesus to our side, and gives now strength and fresh grace to the fainting, perplexed soul to overcome me the world, the flesh, and the devil. Prayer turns aside the attacks of Satan."
"It is privilege to open our hearts and let the sunshine of CHrist's presence in. My brother, my sister, face the light. Come into actual personal contact with Christ, that you may exert in influence that is uplifting and reeving. Let your faith be strong and pure and steadfast. Let gratitude to God fill your heats. When you rise in the morning, kneel at your bedside, and ask God to give you strength to fulfill the duties for he day, and to meet its temptations. Ask Him to help you to bring into your Ask Him to help you to speak words that will inspire those around you with hope and courage, and draw you nearer to the Saviors!
"Church Unity and Biblical Authority, Part 2" Ellen White wrote: "The church of Christ is God's appointed agency for the salvation of men. It's mission is to carry the gospel to the world," We are to be united in this mission.
Seventh-day Adventists highly value the prophetic ministry of Ellen G. White (1827-1915). For seventy years she provided counsel, guidance, exhortation, and encouragement to the growing SDA Church and left a legacy of writings still cherished today. She was a person of great faith who loved the Lord Jesus Christ and honored the Bible as the Word of God. She exercised her prophetic gift with care and discretion, pointing all people to Christ for salvation, as beautifully exemplified in her classic work, Steps to Christ.
"Let every worker in the Master's vineyard, study, plan, devise methods, to reach the people where they are. We must do something out of the common course of things. We must arrest the attention. We must be deadly in earnest. We are on the very verge of times of trouble and perplexities that are scarcely dreamed of."
Ellen White wrote, "From Chrit's methods of labor we may learn many valuable lessons. He did not follow merely one method in various ways He sought to gain the attention of the multitude; and then He proclaimed to them the truths of the gospel."
Ellen White is often used to advance in agenda, rather them as a lesser light to lead us to the great light. "
"How the best in the world is reflected in Ellen White's counsel."
"The Christian life is a life 'of faith, of victory, and joy in God.'
Let grace transform your will and actions.
Passing by the self-righteous Jewish teachers, the Master Worker chose humble, unlearned men to procaine the truths that were to move the world, wrote Ellen White.
Ellen White observed: "It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity...... that the Spirit was poured out.. All differences had been put away.. The disciples did not ask for a blessing for themselves. They were weighted with the burden of souls. The gospel was to be carried to the ends of the earth , and they claimed the endowment of power that Christ had promised. Then it was that the Holy Spirit was poured out, and thousand were converted in a day."
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