Matthew 28:19-20: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching
them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you
always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
command to disciple, teach and baptize we find that there is a relational
component to evangelism (discipling), intentional instruction in righteousness
(teaching), and that the end result is to bring them to the water to be
baptized and join God’s church. There is no preference towards discipling, no
high calling in teaching, and no blessing in baptism alone—each of these
elements is important, necessary and inextricably linked.
The church that goes about discipling without any intention of teaching clear
doctrine, does not fulfill this command. The same is true for the church that
only baptizes or the church whose whole focus is doctrinal teaching. In fact,
you can’t even say you’re obeying this command if you do two of these three.”
Excerpt from Jason Wolf – Director, Northwest Mission Institute.
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.
“Why should we learn about [blackface] and learn to avoid it like the plague?” McVay asked rhetorically. He provided an abridged history of blackface and its use by whites “to depict African-Americans through their own perceptions rather than allowing African Americans a sense of autonomy and self determination,” not to mention the cruelly demeaning stereotypes blackface generally included.
McVay used the biblical story of the Apostle Paul as an example of a figure who worked with theological motivations to eradicate cultural and racial barriers. He used the text of Ephesians to suggest four points: 1. All people are by nature racists and egomaniacs. 2. The races are already reconciled. 3. God has a strategic plan for the cosmos to unite all things in Jesus. 4. We [believers] have an important part to play in God’s plan.
Noting the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s emergence “within the crucible of the American Civil War,” McVay asserted that the denomination has “moral and theological commitments that reflect its origins.” Many denominational founders were ardent abolitionists, he said.
Bringing the Adventist story home to the current situation, McVay asked whether the prophetic spirit of the early Adventist pioneers could be “as strong today on the campus of Walla Walla University as it was back then.”
Using the analogy of a lingering knee issue for which McVay had been attending physical therapy, he made his closing point: “Healing takes extended time and dedicated effort.”
Changing Walla Walla University’s “deep culture,” McVay told the assembly, will take sustained effort and conversation.