News for 2018

Right Outside Your Door

July 11, 2018 / Darin Patzer

My residence is in Washington, but I live in the state of Cognitive Dissonance.

Webster’s defines the term as the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions. Our subconscious mind gathers facts and trends that often go unrecognized in our busy, over-planned lives. But connecting the threads, I’ve lived my entire life with the sneaking suspicion I am living in the “last generation” of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 24.

Caring Heart Award Winners for 2018

July 08, 2018

Thirteen Northwest academy students were each recipients of the $500 Caring Heart Award scholarship made possible through three-way funding from the North Pacific Union Conference, local conferences and academies. Students were selected by their schools for exemplifying the spirit of the Caring Heart — a willingness to serve others. The North American Division provided each student with a plaque and an engraved Bible. The scholarships may be used toward tuition at an Adventist school or on a short-term mission trip.

 

GYC Northwest Holds Convention

July 08, 2018 / Seth Roberts

On March 21–25, 2018, more than 150 young people from across the North Pacific Union gathered at the Village Church in College Place, Wash., for the 2018 Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) Northwest convention. The main speakers, including Dee Casper, Taj Pacleb and Chad Kreuzer, presented powerful and thoughtful messages centered around the convention’s theme: "Return. Receive. Run."

Which Church Would You Join?

July 06, 2018 / Ernie Jones

Joe and Ann (not their real names) felt both hurt and shock as the words slammed into their hearing. Sadness fell upon them as they left the meeting that Sabbath morning, never to return. He had lived there since a toddler, she since marrying him some 30 years earlier.

The church was small, always seeking helpers, and both Joe and Ann were willing to step in as teacher, deacon, pianist, elder, just where needed. They were a friendly couple, doing their part in helping the small church thrive.

Now fast forward 18 years.

Active Prayer, Personal Ministry

July 06, 2018 / John Freedman

One day, after a short absence from Jesus, the disciples found Him praying. Being totally absorbed in His communion with the Father, Jesus was unaware of their presence. He continued to pray aloud. Listening to His prayer, the hearts of the disciples were deeply moved.

As Jesus finished praying, they asked Him to teach them to pray. Jesus then gave His disciples what we call the Lord’s Prayer. It’s a beautiful model of prayer He first taught them during the Sermon on the Mount.

Then Jesus illustrated the lesson on prayer with a profound story.

Why What Happened in Guatemala Matters Here

July 02, 2018

Sixteen young Walla Walla University students and pastoral interns learned something life-changing through their evangelistic trip to Retalhuleu, Guatemala, during spring break, March 22–April 1. They all knew it in theory, but for the first time some of them directly experienced how eternal decisions are made when the Spirit moves. 

Takers and Givers

June 29, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

Yesterday’s mail brought my copy of our new Bank of America Cash Rewards Visa card. Solid metal. With a golden chip that identifies me, my age, my appearance, my passwords, the name of my dog, my mother’s maiden name and what I usually eat for breakfast.

It’s bright red. With the BofA logo splashed across the front. On the back it has my personal private number, a security code and a wonderful silver hologram of a dove rising into a bright red sky. The bottom line praises me for being a member since 1972. We’re celebrating 46 years of being together!

Soul Winning

June 25, 2018 / Seth Pierce

I like winning. I feel fairly confident that everyone does, since it is a rare thing to find someone who enjoys losing — at least in the general sense.

Losing money, losing our keys, losing our homework, losing the big game or losing our minds just don’t satisfy like sweet victory.