Life is all about timing, showing up at the right moment, being there when you’re needed, not getting things done too early or too late.
If you arrive early, people will begin to depend on you rather than discover creative solutions on their own.
If you show up too late, people will consider you undependable and turn to others for support.
I’m writing some thoughts here from the South Guatemala Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. By the time you read this, more than a month will have passed, but now, during the final few days of March, it’s hot and humid here. Amidst the humidity, though, the songs and colors of a myriad species of birds are enchanting, and the local church members are amazing — kind and gracious to our group of Northwest pastors and students. We have joined with them to bring hope and wholeness to a community of several towns and villages in a largely Roman Catholic area of southern Guatemala.
Under the direction of Fred Cornforth, president, members of the Northwest chapter of Adventist Laymen's Services and Industries (ASI) gathered at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, Wash., April 20–22, 2018, for their annual meeting. They enjoyed inspiring messages from Dick Duerksen, Oregon Conference storycatcher; John McVay, Walla Walla University president; Doug Bing, Washington Conference president; and others.
In the May 2018 Gleaner, the Montana Conference news article about Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) on page 16 included a statement regarding an MEA parent that was inadvertently edited to say, "I was given permission to share with you a letter from a UCA parent." The reference to UCA (Upper Columbia Academy) should instead have been to MEA.
Schools are getting out, graduations are happening, which means that camp meetings are soon to arrive. From Alaska to Oregon and everywhere in between, North Pacific Union conferences are preparing for spiritually rejuvenating camp meetings full of fellowship. Plan to attend a camp meeting near you this summer.
Several years ago, I preached a sermon on grace at one of our colleges. After the message a concerned student approached me and said, "I really appreciated your talk on grace. But, if time would allow, you'd share more about the law, right?"
Forty-seven years ago, a car accident almost killed me while driving to a Bible study. Last week that happened again. What lessons are there for survivors of such close calls?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … .”