August 2014

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On an idyllic late spring afternoon, a friend and I cruised a curving country road in his convertible. These were the halcyon days of fuel prices, so the throaty throb of the big V-8 gulping...



I'm Offended, Part 1

My wife recently gave birth to our third child, and one of the many questions we have as we watch her grow is what her personality will be like. Both our eldest and our newly crowned middle child...


Spiritual AIDS

“Pastor!” It was Sonja. She had a homosexual twin brother who had contracted AIDS in the bowels of San Francisco. Life was fading fast, and Jim wanted to come home to his churchgoing sister’s...



Nace una Nueva Iglesia, un Trabajo en Conjunto

Plantar una iglesia es una tarea de conjunto, de unión, de aceptación, de desafíos y de trabajo. Esta tarea fue a la que se enfrentaron los hermanos y pastores, anglos e hispanos... More

Cardiologists Save Life at Heart Walk

For the past nine years, Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore., and the Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular have participated in the Greater Portland Heart and Stroke Walk as a way to... More

Bethel Believers Seize Unique Opportunity to Serve

The only way to visit Bethel is by air. A full 400 miles west of Anchorage, the cost of living there is high as food and fuel must be flown or barged in. But the company of believers in Bethel... More

Church Leadership Tours Alaskan Mission Field

Ted N.C. Wilson, world church president, and his wife, Nancy, recently paid a visit to Alaska. Williams Costa, world church vice president for communication, arranged the brief visit to the last... More

Vale Church Organizes Fun Run

The sun shone brightly on the 57 runners and walkers who got up early on Memorial Day to participate in the inaugural Vale (Ore.) Memorial Day Fun Run. Whether they participated in the 1-mile, 5K,... More

Longevity Honored in Billings

The Billings Church has living proof that a healthy lifestyle along with a trust in God provides full and long lives. On March 22, the church honored its 22 members who are in their 90s. John Bryson... More

Kalispell Small Groups Bring Members Closer

Small groups in the Kalispell Church have become a treasured time of study, prayer, fellowship and sharing. A few years ago, Casey Higgins, Kalispell Church pastor, expressed his dream to start... More

PAA Graduates a Senior Senior

Seventy-years in the waiting, a former Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) student received his diploma and was counted among the class of 2014 on graduation day. Growing up in a home without a... More

Sandy Baptisms Give Cause for Rejoicing

The Sandy Church is rejoicing with several recent baptisms. From ages 12 to 96, the baptismal candidates all had one thing in common: They love Jesus and want to follow His example. One person had... More

Medford Church Women’s Ministry Holds Annual Tea

Every year the women, teens and girls of the Medford Church and their friends gather for uplifting fellowship, beautiful music and scrumptious food. Accordingly, Medford Church women’s ministry... More

CAA Says Hello, Goodbye

The weekend of June 6 was filled with activities culminating the high school careers of 31 students at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash. Beginning with coach and alumnus Jay... More

Gateway Presents The Living Last Supper

Gateway Church in Grants Pass, Ore., was packed April 17 with 256 people attending the inaugural production of The Living Last Supper. Gateway Church plans to offer this program every year during the... More

Springfield Members Experience Seder Meal

The weekend that Christians traditionally celebrate the risen Savior is a fitting time to take a closer look at the Jewish Passover and what it means to a Christian. The Springfield Church chose to... More

Ohana Brings Miracle to Costa Rica

They prayed for a church for 25 years — 25 long years with no indication that they would ever get one. That persistence in prayer paid off. With tears in his eyes, the head elder exclaimed,... More

Is Camp Meeting Worth It?

Amid the pre-camp meeting duties, I was sitting in the new Upper Columbia Academy cafeteria enjoying the great food when a discussion started between two pastors at my table about whether or not camp... More

Spokane Linwood Celebrates Baptisms

What a wonderful way to start 2014 for four people who publicly declared their decisions to follow the Lord’s example by being baptized into the Spokane (Wash.) Linwood Church membership on Jan... More

Sherwood Trust Awards $20,000 to KGTS

A gift from Sherwood Trust caps a major initiative to improve the broadcast of KGTS, the network hub for Positive Life Radio. The Walla Walla, Wash., foundation granted $20,000 to the Walla... More

Graduate Earns Second WWU Degree 75 Years After First

Walla Walla University's oldest student ever received an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in history during the June 14 commencement ceremony. Effie Pampaian, a 1939 WWU graduate, has been... More

AAA Students Surrender All to Jesus

Three baptisms unexpectedly became the sermon for the day on May 31 at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) Church and provided a capstone for a school year that witnessed 10 student baptisms. Just as... More

Russian-Speaking Congregation Finds New Home

When the Russian-Ukrainian Parousia Church was organized in 2006, the congregation began dreaming about having its own church facility in the Auburn region. Members of this congregation came from... More

A New Church Grows in Maple Valley

Nemaia Faletogo felt God calling him to present a Bible prophecy seminar for his church in Burien last fall. God kept prompting him to do something more, in addition to his full-time job, and he... More

Port Orchard Connects With Community

Luka Pasi is one of the people in his church most faithful in sharing his faith with his community — and he is blind. When his church — Port Orchard Church  — began... More