News for November 2018

He Came, He Loved, He Conquered

November 29, 2018 / Martin Weber

Who’s afraid of a nursing infant? Herod, one of two despots in the Christmas story. The infamous ruler recognized in baby Jesus a genuine threat to his kingdom of coercion.

Foreign dignitaries had arrived from afar, inquiring the whereabouts of heaven’s royal child. Herod sensed trouble for his domain of darkness. He launched a plot mercifully thwarted: “Flee to Egypt,” God’s angels warned Joseph, so baby Jesus won’t be killed. Instead, Herod himself soon met his demise.

Enough All Ready!

November 16, 2018 / Ellie Butikofer

EDITOR'S NOTE: Student missionaries effectively answer the call each year for teachers across the globe. Dozens fill positions throughout Micronesia, including the republic of Palau, the focus of the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Partners for Palau project. Dozens may go, but more are needed. Hailing from Alaska, Ellie Butikofer is taking a break from her formal college education to serve as an Adventist Volunteer Services (AVS) first-grade teacher more than 1,000 miles to the east of Palau, on the Micronesian island of Weno in Chuuk.

NAD-Wide University Student Leaders Respond to GC Compliance Document

November 15, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following statement was jointly issued by the undersigned student leaders of Seventh-day Adventist universities, colleges and other associations throughout North America who attended the North American Division Year-End Meeting as representatives. It is their response to the document approved on Oct. 14, 2018, by the General Conference executive committee entitled: Regard For and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions​.

Brothers and Sisters,

An Appeal for Unity in Christ

November 15, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following statement represents the majority view of the North Pacific Union Conference executive committee, which voted 34-2 for approval at its regular meeting on November 14, 2018, in College Place, Washington.

Our prayerful mission is for each member within the North Pacific Union Conference to be empowered to share the distinctive Christ-centered, Seventh-day Adventist message of hope and wholeness with their communities. We embrace this mission and the scriptural truth of our Seventh-day Adventist fundamental beliefs.

Alaska Celebrates Yupik Bible Recording

November 12, 2018 / Chris Koonooka

Wycliffe Bible Translators sent two young linguists, David and Mitzi Shinen, to Gambell in 1959. There, they learned the language for a few years and started to translate the New Testament of the Bible thereafter. It wasn’t such an easy task because they had to be very careful and accurate translating from the Greek translation following Matt. 24:35. It took them all 59 years to complete the translation from the book of Matthew to Revelation.

Thanksgiving Without the Gospel

November 10, 2018 / Martin Weber

Throughout childhood, I suffered guilt and despair despite sincerity of spiritual caregivers. Church school teachers warned that only perfectly Christlike children qualify for heaven. While God also loves imperfect people, they would be lost in heaven’s investigative judgment — which any moment could determine our doom. "But if you pray every day,” pastors added hopefully, “Jesus will come into your heart and cleanse you from all sin.”

Somehow sanctification didn’t happen as advertised.