Columns

Read It Again For the First Time

December 01, 2006 / Jere Patzer

For the First Time

A number of years ago our family was having evening worship. We were reading my favorite devotional book, The Desire of Ages, and noticed that it wasn't being received with the same enthusiastic response from the younger generation.

Electric Giving

December 01, 2006 / Karl Haffner

For Christmas 2004, Richard and Donna Hamann found a way to make their entire town happy. Anthon, Iowa, a community of 650 people, received an unexpected present from this retired farming couple. The Hamanns paid the electric bill for every home and business in the town of Anthon. The bills, all due on Christmas day, totaled $25,000.

Where Else Would I Be?

December 01, 2006 / Susan Cherne

Christmas is a time to bring the whole family together, to share great fellowship, share great food, make heart-stirring memories all while celebrating the reason for the season. However, oftentimes, bringing the whole family together can also result in a different kind of sharing, a sharing that can run through the whole family like wildfire. The worst diagnosis and the one that can grind the festive activities to a sudden halt is the sharing of the dreaded stomach flu. It hit us hard.

Let’s Talk

December 01, 2006

Let’s Talk Since Let’s Talk has a button link right on the front page of this site, it does not appear again here. Click on the Let’s Talk button in the left panel on the home page to see Steve Vistaunet’s message and follow the discussion it sparks.

Let’s Talk

Jesus Is Coming . . . in Three Days!

November 01, 2006 / Jere Patzer

. . . in Three Days!

Ever since the gawking gang of guys from Galilee stood gazing up into heaven there has been a dilemma. They sincerely believed that Jesus would come back in their lifetime. Yet even He had preached, "Occupy till I come."

Upside Down Greatness

November 01, 2006 / Karl Haffner

Richard Daley, the eccentric mayor who served in Chicago for 21 years, had the reputation of being a bulldog boss. Once a speech writer approached him and requested a raise. Daley’s response was, “I’m not going to give you any more money. You’re getting paid more than enough. It should be enough for you to work for a great American hero like myself.”

NOV Let's Talk

November 01, 2006

Since Let’s Talk has a button link right on the front page of this site, it does not appear again here. Click on the Let’s Talk button in the left panel on the home page to see Steve Vistaunet’s message and follow the discussion it sparks.

Respect What We All Need

November 01, 2006

The media is full of pundits, comedy, sex, violence... all the things our society loves. As Christians, how can we call our world back to the core value of respect: respect for others, respect for the environment, respect for God? Can Adventists play a part in bringing respect back to its rightful place in our society?

Dedicated to Quality and Compassion

October 01, 2006 / Jere Patzer

Presently, I am experiencing a side of health care that I never have before. As vice chairman of Adventist Health’s Board of Directors, I’ve had the privilege of being on the administrative end of health care for two decades. Now, as a patient, I have an even deeper appreciation for the doctors, nurses and other clinicians who have dedicated their lives to helping others. These incredible people are the ones who, day in and day out, keep hospitals running smoothly, calm anxieties and encourage so many of us in the fight of our lives.

Love Likewise

October 01, 2006 / Karl Haffner

Maxwell Maltz tells the story of a man who’d been severely injured while attempting to rescue his parents from a fire. His heroic efforts proved to be in vain, though. His mom and dad died in the burning house.

During his rescue attempt the fire had scorched his face and disfigured it. He was so ashamed of his appearance after that he refused to allow anyone—including his wife—to see his face.