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Thanksgiving for Jesus in the Psalms

November 26, 2015 / Martin Weber

Above all the blessings for which we may praise God this Thanksgiving season is the gift of Jesus Himself. Although we can’t see Him (yet), we find Him everywhere in Scripture, including the beloved Psalms. In fact, Jesus gave a Bible study about Himself that included the Psalms (see Luke 24:44).

In Psalm 119, the longest chapter of the Bible, we see Jesus in a new way when we insert His name everywhere it fits. Consider verse 105, for example:

The End of the Story, Part 1

November 21, 2015 / Seth Pierce

It is beyond the power of the human mind to estimate the evil, which has been wrought by the heresy of eternal torment. The appalling views of God have made thousands, yes, millions, of skeptics and infidels.[1]

The teaching of hell has the potential to scare people away from God; it’s a dangerous substance to handle, and people can burn themselves or the ones to whom God wants to reveal His love.

Belong

November 07, 2015 / Steve Vistaunet

The bell rings, books slam shut, doors burst open and a flood of little feet hit the pavement. It’s recess time.

I remember it well — a release from boredom, the outdoor exuberance, team sports and the sheer joy of running. There on the ball field, long before ABC’s Wide World of Sports made it popular, we experienced the thrill of victory and agony of defeat.

Watchmen

October 17, 2015 / Seth Pierce

This past summer my friend Christian gave unto me every writer’s dream — a crazy story. Not just a crazy story: a multilayered bonanza of bizarre bonkers so delightful my typing fingers tremble at the possibilities. It’s like when you attend a good buffet (Costco) and can’t make up your mind what to taste — there’s so much to sample. However, before I reveal this masterpiece … a bit of background.

Adventist Maverick: A Celebration of George Knight’s Contribution to Adventist Thought

October 14, 2015

Earlier this year George R. Knight was presented with a Festschrift, which is “a collection of articles by the colleagues, former students, etc. of a noted scholar, published in his or her honor,” as defined by Webster. This book, Adventist Maverick, celebrates Knight’s 38 years of teaching literally from Australia to Zimbabwe and the 41 books he has written. As stated in the book’s introduction, it is “a response of gratitude and recognition for [his] significant scholarly contribution” to the church.

Antibiotics

October 10, 2015 / Steve Vistaunet

Moderation in all things sounds like a reasonable goal to me. Give me a plate full of eggplant or okra, and I’ll follow that advice to a fault. But I’m liable to renege when brought face to face with my pet weaknesses. Slide a block of cheddar cheese or a scoop or three of dark chocolate ice cream in front of my face and watch me struggle. 

Haunting Your Own House

October 10, 2015 / Seth Pierce

First, a disclaimer, acknowledging that many believers feel Christian writers shouldn’t speak of ghosts, or tell ghost stories, unless they are Holy Ghost stories — which happens be the intent of this article. Nevertheless, if this doesn’t work out, I will accept my due chastisement and write something about kittens next time; but for now, know that I have been haunting a property in the south of Bonney Lake, Wash., for several months now.

Living Our Mission by Empowering Our Communities

October 08, 2015 / Max Torkelsen

God calls each of us to follow the example of Jesus Christ as loving and compassionate individuals. This means caring for ourselves and others in mind, body and spirit as He did on Earth. As Jesus empowered those He healed with confidence in His power, so we are called to empower the communities with which we come into contact.

Appreciate the Pastor

October 07, 2015 / Martin Weber

When the elders hid my Bible with its sermon notes, I should have known this Sabbath would be different. They didn’t want me to preach that day. What was happening? Pastoral Appreciation Sabbath.

Grateful church members across America among many denominations set aside the month of October to honor their pastors. So it was for me that memorable Sabbath in 1997 with New Hope Church in Maryland. Our elders wanted my sermon time for themselves, taking turns sharing their testimony of what they had learned from my sermons that year. How affirming!