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A Mission Lesson From Adventist Health

October 23, 2018 / John Freedman

Adventist Health leadership, staff and employees are ministers for Christ in our Seventh-day Adventist Church. Adventist Health, our partner in ministry, has committed and dedicated itself to be one of the best health care delivery systems in its territory. This lofty goal has pushed the organization to make many changes on its journey toward excellence.

Our Northwest Strategic Plan

September 26, 2018 / John Freedman

Nothing has the potential to change the world like the mission of the church, led by Christ, who is the head of the church, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Yet, sometimes I wonder why Jesus chose the church to accomplish His mission. The church is made up of fickle, flawed and often unreliable human beings. I think to myself, "Surely Jesus could have come up with a better strategy." But He didn’t.

Public Evangelism Is Alive and Well

August 28, 2018 / Bill McClendon

Several years ago, my wife and I had the privilege to plant a new church in Tulsa, Okla. I freely admit we had no idea what we were doing. We didn’t just want to plant another church, but a church like we read about in the book of Acts. God had put it in our hearts to start a church that would be relentlessly focused on reaching people with the gospel. We decided if we were going to live that out, evangelism would have to be the primary activity of our church. Over the next 10 years, we did a lot of traditional public evangelism — somewhere around 50 evangelistic meetings.

The Giant Must Fall

July 18, 2018 / John Freedman

We all face giant, challenging issues sometime in our life. We face them personally and as families, as individual churches and as a worldwide movement, as citizens and as a country. 

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.

Young Adults, Young Leaders

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.

Beyond the Veneer

April 28, 2018 / Steve Vistaunet

“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 … .”

Plugged Into Jesus

February 26, 2018 / John Freedman

On a recent Monday morning I awoke, excited about the prospects for the week. Jumping out of bed at an early hour, I had plenty of time to take a long, hot shower and to dress, pray, study, eat breakfast and get to the office. It was going to be a great week!

However, things went downhill quickly. Turning on the shower, I expected our brand-new, high-technology, instant hot water heater to produce all it had promised. Instead, all I got was cold water that got even colder as my patience turned quickly to impatience. Something was definitely wrong.

Our First Work

December 28, 2017 / John Freedman

“Happy New Year” greetings bring all sorts of thoughts. Out with the old and in with the new. An opportunity for new beginnings, new habits, new choices, new resolutions to be better people. All of that is good until we realize our promises and resolutions are often no more substantial than the proverbial ropes of sand. With our human propensity toward evil, we are in bondage to a power we cannot break on our own. Scripture alone reveals the remedy for our condition. Our only hope is Jesus Christ — crucified, risen and returning soon.

Story

November 30, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

Above and beyond all the warm and winsome myths of Christmas is the divine story of redemption, a Word that became flesh and dwelt among us for an eternal purpose.

I was raised on stories. Aside from daily infusions of other essential nutrients like green beans and potatoes and homemade bread, tales of miracles and missionary adventures found fertile soil in my young imagination.