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Leaving But Staying; Changing But Staying the Same

December 1, 2011 | Matt Parra

Matt, David, and Sherise surfing just South of Brisbaine, Australia

Moving can be dramatic. Yet change is a normal part of the human experience. Accordingly, the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus (535-475 BC) said, “all things move and nothing stays still,” indicating his belief that the only constant in our universe was change.

Interestingly, Heraclitus was the first to make philosophical use of the Greek word logos which John the apostle used to describe Christ in the opening of his gospel. “In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the Word (logos) was with God, and the Word (logos) was God” (John 1:1). For Heraclitus, logos was the principle of order and knowledge that bound the universe together. Paul agreed! He said that, “in Christ we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28) and wrote that, “in Him (Jesus Christ) all things consist” (Col. 1:17).

If Jesus Christ is the logos that binds the universe together—which I believe!—then no matter how much things …
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The Broken Nose

May 31, 2011 | Matt Parra

Matt: “Hey Sherise, paddle out. Paddle. Paddle out!

Sherise: Puzzled, frightened, and confused. Doing her best impersonation of a deer in the headlights.

Unidentified Surfer: Rides by just missing Sherise.

Matt: “Sherise, when we’re surfing, you do exactly what I say, when I say it! You do not try to make sense out of what I say, just do it!

Matt: Catches a wave. Rips, slashes, tears it up. Throws buckets of spray with every turn he does on his trusty surfboard.

Sherise: Sitting a little too close to shore with a set wave racing toward her.

Matt: Paddles toward Sherise yelling: “Paddle further out! Paddle out!

Sherise: Not listening. Decides to paddle in. That is to say, toward the shore. Thinks to herself, “if I cannot see the wave, then perhaps I’m safe.”

Matt: Waving and flailing his arms wildly trying to get her to stop paddling into the danger zone.

Sherise: Gets picked up by the cresting wave and tossed over the falls. Disappears underwater.

Matt: Exasperated. Thinking about …
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A French Counter-Revolution

May 17, 2011 | Matt Parra

The image is a depiction of Catherine de Medici, Queen of France, who approved the extermination of the Protestants, coming out to see the carnage of St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre (August 24, 1572). Painted by Édouard Debat-Ponsan in 1880.

There’s a book I’ve been reading that’s changed my life! I think it’s what the world needs and am going to do my best to implement its teachings…

…it’s called Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.

“Matt, here in France this is what people hear when you ask them to study the Bible with you.” A friend shared this with me while I was there earlier this year. It makes sense.

France is the birthplace of modern atheism. It is the womb of the modern revolution against God. The Great Controversy, ahistorical narrative by Ellen White, puts it this way:

“The atheistical power that ruled in France during the Revolution and the Reign of Terror, did wage such a war against God and His holy word as the …
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