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Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.  Ecclesiastes 12:1  

Question and Answer Corner

Question:  Help me understand how people "sinned WITHOUT the law (Rom 2:12). Isn't that evidence that the 10 commandments didn't necessarily exist before Sinai?

AnswerFirst, please read the context of Romans 2:12.

Romans 2:6-16  "Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.

 "For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel."

The context of Romans 2:12 is dealing with judgement. It is clear that the Gentiles are those without the law and the Jews are those with the law. This is because the Jews were the ones blessed with a copy of the written law, while the Gentiles had no written record of God’s laws. The law of God existed prior to Sinai because God said Abraham kept His law, but it was not written down until the Ten Commandments were given at Sinai.

Genesis 26:5 “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

God judges according to the amount of truth a person has had access to, so the Jews who had access to a written record of God’s law were held more accountable than the Gentiles who had never seen or heard the law of God, and were relying on their own judgement of what is right and wrong.

Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”

Those that are “without law” are those without the written law because the law is binding upon all men whether they have seen it or not. Many who may have never seen the Ten Commandments still believe stealing, murder, and adultery to be wrong and don’t do these things. Those who have seen and heard the law of God and choose to break it have greater sin than those who may do the exact same sins but do not know about the law of God. In other words, God will take into consideration what men know and don’t know when He judges them. 


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 Youth Corner Video

Are you trying to quit watching Hollywood Television? Can you not find anything interesting to watch? 

Youth Corner is excited to announce that we have begun to produce short video clips, that have a point but are also interesting to watch. 

We hope to continue to add to our collection. So check back periodically for more clips.


       Sabbath  Afternoon Activities  

   Bible Memory Verse Bee- Like the old fashioned spelling bee only everyone has to repeat a memory verse and the text until some people can’t think of any more. Variation: See if you can repeat verses that start with each letter of the alphabet..            

  

Music Video - Treasures of the Messiah 

Youth's Last Written Message 

Trenton, the teen pictured at the top, that put together Treasures of the Messiah wrote the following. This was his last written message to the world and to his fellow youth, before he died at the age of 14, on June 9, 2013. Remember as you read it that the Pony Express' motto was, "the mail must go through."


                  The Mail Must Go Through

"I, ......, do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God."  

As Jack Keetley swore this oath he didn’t know that he would make history by making the longest ride on the Pony Express. Jack usually rode 40 miles from Marysville, Kansas to Big Sandy, Nebraska but one day when he got to Big Sandy the next rider was unable to take the mail to the next station so Jack took it on, when he finally stopped at Seneca, Kansas, he had ridden over 335 miles in thirty-one hours without stopping except to change horses.

We are in a similar situation to Jack Keetley. We have mail, a message straight from heaven and we don’t even have to carry it 335 miles, we may just have to carry it down the street, and yet we are sitting at home on the couch watching TV, having parties, and listening to music not even fit to listen to. What are we doing for God? Why is the mail pouch that’s worth much more than the Pony Express’s $3, 500 mail pouch, sitting on the shelf collecting dust? The time is now to carry the mail from heaven through wind, rain, sleet, and snow because, “The mail must get through.”


If you would like to read more about Trenton visit the Leukemia Lessons page.

Family Night Activities 

 The Rhyming Game 

In this game someone says a word (for example, the word clock), and the other players in order, must come up with words that rhyme, (like dock, mock, sock, shock, knock, rock, etc.). When someone can no longer think of a word, they drop out until no one can think of another word. Then the last one that was left can chose the next word and start another round. 


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