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Home for the Holidays

December 01, 2011

Over the river and through the woods, the holiday rush is on. In the midst of frantic shopping-mall crowds, jam-packed airports and bumper-to-bumper traffic, many look forward to one thing: going home for Christmas.

The song "I'll be Home for Christmas" was first sung by popular crooner Bing Crosby and released in 1943 during the height of World War II. It captured the longing heart of the soldier to be beyond the fray, back home, warm, and safe from harm or danger.

Christmas Truce

December 01, 2011 / Cindy Chamberlin

While looking for a GLEANER story, I uncovered a most intriguing event. Historians mark a lull in World War I where enemy soldiers stopped the war in order to celebrate Christmas on the frontlines.

The Gift

December 01, 2011

Several months ago, with weather still warm and sunny, my wife and I purchased a boat. Hold your fire ... this vessel is no splurge of luxury. Our new yacht, stretched to its uttermost, is less than 13 feet long. It's flat as a pancake unless filled with air. With my abundance of hot air, a friend kindly observed, it could serve as a small dirigible. But, no, we are the proud owners of an inflatable kayak built for two.

Engaging in Our Mission

November 01, 2011 / John Freedman

Every successful organization, company or church has a mission, a calling or reason for existence.

What happens when we don't actively pursue our mission? Allow me to use the story of David and Goliath, found in 1 Samuel 17, as a backdrop to the present day story of what many call "mission-drift."

The Invited Guest

November 01, 2011 / Steve Vistaunet

The family had gathered from hither and yon. All were in fine festive fettle. The traditional "glutenous" feast had been prepared with delectable ingredients from such exotic locations as Worthington and Loma Linda. The table was exquisitely set with fall colors and autumn leaves. All that remained was the ceremonial making of the punch — a responsibility left to the alpha male of the tribe.

Ryan White Story

October 01, 2011

We were just finishing supper when the phone rang. The voice was filled with emotion. Could I come please right away and anoint the baby in the pediatric intensive care unit at Portland Adventist Medical Center?

Mindful of the James 5 promise and counsel, I thought first of Elder Mel Rees and asked him to accompany me. Knowing the grandfather of the baby was also an ordained local elder, I was aware we would have three "elders of the church." We would "pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."

ASI Convention Draws Record Numbers

October 01, 2011 / Conna Bond

Record numbers of attendees and exhibitors participated in the 2011 Adventist-laymen's Services & Industries International Convention Aug. 3–6 at the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center. They also gave approximately $2.1 million — well above the $1.5 million goal — to support 47 carefully selected ministry projects around the world, despite a volatile economy and uncertain times. Significant support and attendance from California locals seemed to drive numbers higher this year.

Blessings

October 01, 2011

It's a setting beyond the ken of an Average Joe. The 6,000-plus-square-foot home commands a hilltop view of a valley and snow-capped mountains beyond. A bright red BMW crouches in the driveway, ready for action. The Hummer, Porsche and Harley-Davidson Road King sit safely in the four-bay garage. "Wow! I've been blessed," says the athlete as he surveys his eminent domain.