Consider the words of this poem from the Australian Record and Advent World Survey – January 1, 1962
Questions for Consideration:
323 BC, at age 32, Alexander the great conquered the then-know world, and yet,
by most accounts, drank himself to death.
areas of great victory can I celebrate from
this past year?
new enemies – unknown, unseen – must I face in the new year?
If we beat back the barriers of ignorance and doubt, And triumph o’er the
enemies of peace within, without;
is a new thing I can learn, a question that I choose to answer in 2019?
in my life do the “enemies of peace” run rampant and will I confront them?
Let’s level mountains of our pride that shut men from our view, And bridge the yawning chasms of
have I shut out behind my “mountain of pride” or separated myself from across
the “chasms of misunderstanding”, and how can I restore that relationship?
son told me a joke recently. He said,
Daddy, what goes up and never comes down? I did not know the answer, so I asked
him to tell me the answer to his riddle, and he shared simply our AGE. Paul encourages us that though we can’t get
younger on the outside we can renew the inner man every single day. Don’t fall for the trap of outward transformation
alone – what Jesus termed – white-washed tombs [ Matthew 23:27] but seek also
to renew the inner man as well. After
all “A character formed according to the divine likeness is the only treasure
that we can take from this world to the next.” – Maranatha
“I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with. I’ve been brought up by my family to know Christ but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple days and read my bible. we all quote scripture and tell each other what God likes and doesn’t like but how much time do we spend as followers of Jesus to really just read and KNOW his Word. I’m definitely guilty of not devoting time to it … So don’t bother me, ill be back soon enough, with five or more books from bible read. Oh yeah and cigarette free.”
Michelle Noland, a senior La Sierra University Film and Television Production major, recently launched into the world of professional storytelling where she is using her talents to impact others’ lives. PBS affiliate KQED inked a distribution deal with Noland in August for inclusion of her award-winning short film “She Isn’t Here” in the nationwide series, “Film School Shorts.” The film, which is expected to be released in April 2019, explores the anxiety disorder agoraphobia.
Our plainfood, eaten twice a day, is enjoyed with a keen relish. We have no meat, cake, or any rich food upon our table. We use no lard, but in its place, milk, cream, and some butter. We have our food prepared with but little salt, and have dispensed with spices of all kinds. We breakfast at seven, and take our dinner at one…I have within eight months lost twenty-five pound of flesh. I am better without it. I have more strength than I have realized for years. – Ellen G. White, Spiritual Gifts, 1864, Vol. 4, p. 154.
A recent tightening of the dress code at an Adventist University in Uganda has caused an uproar on social media. Bugema University has banned women from wearing pants, sleeveless tops, miniskirts, lipstick, earrings and nail polish next semester. “No student should come back with the above mentioned next semester.
Adventist 12-year-old Earns Top-five Spot in Top Chef Junior Contest.
Atlanta resident Londyn Green, now 12 years old, is in the top five in the contest for Top Chef Junior. As a Seventh-day Adventist, she does not eat shellfish or pork. If she cooks those types of dishes, she has others taste it. Her dad Byron Green, a recruiter, went to culinary school. He encouraged her love of cooking. She has already interned at Buckhead Life restaurants, especially Amelie’s French bakery. “I have the ability to make fusion dishes,” she said. “They’re very intricate and amazing!” She could win $50,000 if she makes it to the end. Click for – Full Article
Two Adventists Charged in Separate Sexual Assaults with Minor Girls.
Derek Michael Boyce, 37, of Woolwich faces 26 counts in all, and court records say he admitted having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl who was in his math class at Pine Tree Academy. Click for – Full Article
Daniel Houston Shafer, a 76-year-old Virginia pastor, has been jailed pending prosecution on a Harrison County charge alleging he molested a girl. Shafer is accused of inappropriate touching of a girl under 12 earlier this year in Harrison County. Click for – Full Article
Posner, a business ethics professor at New York University, says in
recent years there’s been “a souring and a loss of trust writ large,” in
the American public’s attitudes toward Big Tech. “This
represents an effort to address that gap in trust and begin to
demonstrate what technology companies need to do to be responsible
Here are a few key things Microsoft wants to see in a facial recognition law:
Law enforcement surveillance of people in public spaces should be limited, and usedonly if a court order has been obtained. Exceptions should be considered for emergencies that could result in death.
should review the results of facial recognition in high-stakes
scenarios, such as when it could harm a person or restrict their
Companies using facial recognition should still have to comply with anti–discrimination laws.
Companies should be required to be transparent about the limitations and capabilities of facial recognition technology.
For creator Harry Lennix, the new movie “Revival!” — a retelling of the Gospel of John with a mostly black cast — is a film whose time has come.
Neither John nor the other gospel writers describe Jesus’ skin color, but Lennix, in an interview just after the film’s world premiere Tuesday (Dec. 4) at the Museum of the Bible, said depicting him as a man of color is something black people often “don’t have the daring to delve into, and that’s a shame.”
“We can help you understand the Bible to find freedom, healing and hope in Jesus.” The Adventist Promise sets a clear expectation of what the worldwide public can expect from all Adventist entities and members.
The Adventist Promise aims to deliver a clear message about what the movement stands for, and seeks to leave a lasting impression on people in the 21st century.
“We do not have time for false alarms that divide our members” said Elder Minner Labrador, Jr., Upper Columbia Conference president. “The
true emergency we face as a church is our low growth rate. We have a
vital work to do both in sharing the gospel and in seeking to bring back
our missing members.”
document outlining the conference position on the WCAS and its
activities was shared with pastors and church leaders across the
conference. It is available here.
Here are some quotes from the most recent statements released by the Seventh-day Adventist Church regarding the “zero tolerance” policy that has was approved by the Executive Branch of the United States and implemented by the Department of Justice.
Our role as believers and as citizens is to hold our nation’s leadership accountable to a high moral and ethical standard in the interpretation of our laws… The same biblical passage that has been abused to justify this policy declares that “love does no harm to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfillment of the law… A policy that seeks to accomplish a social and political goal by tearing apart families and harming children is a stain on our national character that will be difficult to erase. Thus, we are compelled to rise up and seek to relieve the suffering of these immigrant children who are languishing in detention centers, torn from their mothers’ arms. – taken from the article entitled: “Stop Child Detentions” – A Statement from Pastor Ricardo Graham President, Pacific Union Conference.
The Church regards the nurture and protection of children as a sacred trust. – General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Executive Committee on June 23, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia
We accept our responsibility to… listen and care for those suffering from abuse and family violence, to highlight the injustices, and to speak out in defense of victims. – General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Administrative Committee (ADCOM) and was released by the Office of the President, Robert S. Folkenberg, at the General Conference session in Utrecht, the Netherlands, June 29-July 8, 1995.
“Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein” (Luke 18:16-17, KJV)… We affirm the right of our government to protect its borders and enforce the law; but it is a moral obligation of this country to protect all who cross our borders. Romans 13:10 guides us with these words: “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” – “Suffer the Little Children …”An Appeal From the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America.
“For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:17–19 … “Divide the land within these boundaries among the tribes of Israel. Distribute the land as an allotment for yourselves and for the foreigners who have joined you and are raising their families among you. They will be like native-born Israelites to you and will receive an allotment among the tribes. These foreigners are to be given land within the territory of the tribe with whom they now live. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!” Ezekiel 47:21–23 … God calls His people to take an active part in not only welcoming in the foreigner or stranger that is within our gates, but also to make provision for them—treating them as if they are members of our own families… “When the laws of men conflict with the word and law of God, we are to obey the latter, whatever the consequences may be.” Testimonies for the Church, Chapter 37 (201.2). –Statement on Child Detention & Family Separation, Michael T. Nixon, vice president for Diversity & Inclusion.
If you’d like to read more about those who are working to support and aid these immigrant families, you can find out more here.