October 2015


Living Our Mission by Empowering Our Communities

God calls each of us to follow the example of Jesus Christ as loving and compassionate individuals. This means caring for ourselves and others in mind, body and spirit as He did on Earth. As Jesus...



Start a Wildfire

They're leaving the church! That’s the refrain I hear, and have shared, over and over again when the subject of youth comes up (I include the 16 to 35 age group in my use of the word "youth" in...


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Moderation in all things sounds like a reasonable goal to me. Give me a plate full of eggplant or okra, and I’ll follow that advice to a fault. But I’m liable to renege when brought face to face...



Adventist Maverick: A Celebration of George Knight’s Contribution to Adventist Thought

Earlier this year George R. Knight was presented with a Festschrift, which is “a collection of articles by the colleagues, former students, etc. of a noted scholar, published in his or her honor...


Haunting Your Own House

First, a disclaimer, acknowledging that many believers feel Christian writers shouldn’t speak of ghosts, or tell ghost stories, unless they are Holy Ghost stories — which happens be the intent of...


Appreciate the Pastor

When the elders hid my Bible with its sermon notes, I should have known this Sabbath would be different. They didn’t want me to preach that day. What was happening? Pastoral Appreciation Sabbath...



Y Ahora Boise …

“Señor, permite que el fuego que está en mi corazón, derrita el plomo de mis pies” — Anónimo. Inmediatamente después de la crucifixión,... More

Alaska Women Enjoy 'Living the Abundant Life'

Red Eagle Lodge was the setting again this August for the seventh annual Alaska Women’s Wilderness Retreat, themed "Living the Abundant Life." Located in beautiful Copper... More

Me? A Missionary to the Arctic?

Where in the world is Atqasuk, Alaska? I soon found out. It is a tiny Eskimo village in the arctic that can only be reached by a small single- or twin-engine airplane. The closest grocery store is a... More

Camp Polaris: Face-Lift Cheers Uplifted Faces

She truly loves red — red, red, red. The transitional face-lift at Camp Polaris on Lake Aleknagik made Debbie Reiswig, camp manager, cry a little when she saw the new red cabins... More

Gem State Runs to the Cross

The halls of Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell, Idaho rang with the excited voices of students, parents and staff welcoming in a new school year on Aug. 23. From the registration process and... More

Havre Church Holds Annual Campout

The Havre Church held its annual campout July 17–19 in beautiful Beaver Creek Park in the Bear Paw Mountains south of Havre. The unsettled weather Friday gave way to gorgeous sunshine and... More

Mount Ellis Academy Follows Footsteps of Lewis and Clark

This year marks the 114th school year for Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont. With enrollment up and the dorm full, students and staff began the year with adventures abounding. During the... More

Sharon Church Holds 'Destination Paradise' VBS

The mission of Sharon Church in Portland is "to welcome with love and minister to our church, our family and our community." That mission was put into action with this year’s Vacation... More

Gladstone Park Hosts 'Hometown Nazareth'

A Vacation Bible School called "Hometown Nazareth, Where Jesus Was a KID" was presented by the Gladstone Park Church for youngsters ages 6–11 every morning of June 22–26. Forty-... More

Cedar Creek Church Celebrates Baptism

A fervent love for the Lord is occasionally displayed in our youth that truly inspires and motivates more seasoned Christians. Tyrelle Miller has done this for fellow members of the Cedar Creek... More

Galactic Quest Launched in Grants Pass

Vacation Bible School launched a “Galactic Quest” the first week of August. The lower half of the Grants Pass Church converted beautifully into a giant VBS “spaceship.” The... More

Milo Welcomes New Staff

Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore. is blessed with a wonderful group of new staff this year. Photography teacher Peter Hernandez is a digital artist as well as a professional photographer... More

Fire Wrecks 'Journey' Village

A popular Christmas event in Kelso, Wash., suffered massive fire damage this summer. Journey to Bethlehem, an outdoor walk-through experience of the Christmas story, occurred at the Journey Church... More

PAA Introduces Four New Teachers

“I can’t believe I get paid to be at school all day,” says Sean Kootsey, one of four new teachers at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA). “I have a lifelong passion for... More

God Answers Two Churches' Prayers

Two churches in Hillsboro had a need. Sunset Christian Fellowship needed a pastor. Mosaic Adventist Church had a pastor but needed a permanent place to meet. For about a year, each church family had... More

Beaverton Parking Lot Sale Brings Blessings

For two years, the Beaverton Church has hosted an annual parking lot sale for the local community. On Sunday, June 14, church members and community members alike occupied spaces in the Beaverton... More

Southern Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat Celebrates 10 Years

The Southern Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat celebrated a milestone in June. This was the 10th retreat held at lovely Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek. The founding committee, headed by... More

New Member Feels 'Like Family'

One day as Gail Resser and Sue Clark were working in the basement of the church, the door opened. A woman looked in and said, “I want Bible studies.” It is not every day that someone... More

Volunteering to Heal a Village

For two brief days during the Your Best Pathway to Health mega-clinic Aug. 3 and 4, residents in Spokane, Wash., glimpsed what it might have been like as Jesus healed entire villages. Your Best... More

ACEN Grants Continuing Accreditation to WWU School of Nursing

The Walla Walla University (WWU) School of Nursing was granted continuing accreditation for the Bachelor of Science nursing program with the removal of a warning by the Accreditation Commission for... More

Walla Walla General Hospital to Provide Campus Health Services at WWU

Walla Walla General Hospital/Adventist Health began providing health services for Walla Walla University (WWU) students, faculty and staff on the university campus in College Place, Wash., as of Sept... More

Dwelling With the Lord and Giving Thanks

As Walla Walla University (WWU) holds its week of worship Oct. 5–10, two WWU faculty members share devotional thoughts inspired by some of their favorite verses in Scripture. To... More

Breath of Life Hosts Health Fair

Breath of Life Church in Seattle is located in an urban, unincorporated area of King County called White Center. This area is known for its high poverty level and crime rate. Sundria Burton,... More

Sydney Ordained to Ministry

Ron Sydney’s youth group on the beautiful island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean first helped to nurture his passion to do something great for God. On the heels of graduating from high... More

Festival of the Arts Highlights Camper Creativity

Fifty campers participated in the first-ever Festival of the Arts at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash. For the week of Aug. 9–15, the camp was filled with the sights and sounds of creativity... More

Auburn Sees God’s Answers to Prayer

Jerry Russell walked into a financial ministry prayer time on Monday, Aug. 31, and exclaimed, “I had the best meeting of my career last week!” As vice president for finance for... More

VBS Transforms Children’s Lives Through God’s Word

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Transformation Life Center (TLC) in Olympia included something special this year: a fundraiser called Operation Kid-to-Kid to raise money to send New Testament Bibles... More