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Maranatha

September 23, 2016 / Max Torkelsen

As you look out across the landscape of our country and our world, it is enough to produce the biblical description of “men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:26).

Chaos is evident everywhere. In terrorist threats and attacks, in polarized political contention, in disregard for the value of human life, and even in the increasing extremes of weather patterns.

Sword

September 23, 2016 / Steve Vistaunet

Before the age of multiblade, aloe-infused, disposable razors, there was the “safety” razor. A vast improvement over the venerable but temperamental straight-edge razor, this implement was a thing of engineering beauty to any young lad who longed to be a man.

When the Canaries Stop Singing

September 23, 2016 / Martin Weber

Before modern technology, coal miners placed canaries in cages throughout their subterranean tunnels as an early warning against the invasion of carbon monoxide. The toxic gas often seeped into mines, odorless and thus undetected — until the songbirds started dying. That meant everybody in the mines desperately needed fresh air.

Should I Go Back to Church?

September 22, 2016 / Mike Jones

I’m asked this question frequently by those who are not active in a church. In case you or someone you know is among them, my response is: "It’s probably a good idea to find a church home if you want to keep growing spiritually."

Of course, genuine spiritual growth comes as a result of having a prayer life that includes personal Bible study and daily conversations with God. But conversations with fellow Christians are important too. Perhaps this is why Christians are encouraged to “not give up meeting together … but let us encourage one another” (Heb. 10:25).

Four Things Church Members Do ... That Would Get Them Fired at Work

August 31, 2016 / Seth Pierce

I debated on placing a lot of qualifications on this article. You know, things like, “just because you do this doesn’t make you a bad person” or “this may describe you, but Jesus still loves you” or “I know you have been hurt by someone, and I understand why you do what you do” — but I could spend the entire column qualifying and kill the whole exercise. So, with that in mind, I present to you four glorious, silly things people of sound mind and body do, while claiming church membership, that would get them sacked at work.

August 30, 2016

Dear fellow members:

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) was organized 110 years ago to help members and local conferences share our Adventist message in the Northwest. That mission still binds us together toward a common purpose in preparing others for our Lord's return.

Encounter Jesus, Experience Excellence

August 30, 2016 / Dennis Plubell

I have been to many Adventist academies in recent years for school evaluation visits. The highlight of every visit is a group interview with randomly selected students. We want to know what they, as the "primary customer," like about their school and what they think could be improved. Here is what I’ve heard:

  • “I like my school because it’s like a family.”

  • “Our school is not big, so we know everyone and we look out for each other.”

  • “At our school you can be involved in lots of activities.”

Circus of Grace

August 30, 2016 / Martin Weber

Rule No. 1 for law enforcement chaplains is to never interfere with an arrest. But one time I did. It was before I knew better, predating my volunteer ministry as a chaplain.

The year was 1983. While visiting my mother in Maryland, I took my kids — ages 5 and 6 at the time — to a pharmacy. A police car straddled the curb outside the store, lights flashing. As we walked inside, there was a man being arrested.

“Daddy! Is he going to jail?”

“It seems like he will.”

Now the kids really got excited. “What did he do?”

Why You Need Church More Than Internet

August 27, 2016 / Seth Pierce

People stay “in touch” with machines more than people. Of course someone will protest this point, reminding me that people stay in touch with people by touching their machines; but that only proves my point. Our relationships have becoming increasingly mediated by the “machine that sticks closer than a brother” — matter of fact, thanks to the machine, we keep in contact with our brother, or maybe even discovered we had a brother in the first place.