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  1. 15 points

    New Role

    I was named Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) in my current university, Griffith. I convened one large program for teaching high school teachers last year, and this is the next step up that ladder - I'm now responsible for managing all the learning and teaching in all of the 29 degree programs, both undergraduate and postgraduate, offered in our School to more than 4000 students. It's daunting but exciting, and I'm already enjoying it a lot. I'm off to the University Senior Leadership Conference this coming week. Or, as my beloved puts it, "hobnobbing with the bigwigs". (of course, I'm now the newest and tiniest tadpole in that particular pond!)
  2. 12 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    What's your reason?

    I originally joined because I was just about ready to dump the church, and return to witchcraft. C/A literally pulled me back.
  3. 11 points


    “If you plant for a year, plant grain. If you plant for ten years, plant trees. If you plant for a 100 years, plant men. If you plant for eternity, plant the word. ” - Unknown?
  4. 11 points

    Joke of the Day

    A child asked his father, "How were people born?" So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on." The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now." The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!" His father replied, "No, your mom was talking about her side of the family."
  5. 10 points

    This is a MUST READ for a couple of friends on mine...

    "You carry matters to extremes and do harm to your own soul and to the truth. YOU MAKE THE TRUTH REPULSIVE AND CAUSE SOULS TO BE AFRAID OF IT. Let love soften your words and give tone to your actions, and you will find a change in those with whom you associate. There will be peace, union, and harmony, instead of strife, jealousy, and discord. Let love and tenderness be exercised, . . . and you will receive a blessing." {2T 439.1}
  6. 10 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Kudos to Stan

    Just want to extend many Kudos to Stan the Man for starting and maintaining C/A. It's been, and continues to be, a great resource for keeping track of what's going on in the church, as well as providing pro and con's on current issues. It's also a wonderful place to read inspirational stories and thoughts. C/A is truly a world-wide mission. I think we've got a good group of members, too. We don't all agree. We get frustrated with each other sometimes. And we'd like to stick a carrot in someone's mouth, so to speak, at times. But I think if it came right down to it, we'd defend each other from harm....sort of like a "family." Thanks for bringing us Club Adventist, Stan.
  7. 10 points

    Real Names and Photos

    I've made the decision to transition from my nickname - which I've had here for a very, very long time - to using my real name. In the transition I've kind of kept both. I've also uploaded an actual photo of myself rather than the cartoon version I've been using. Others who are more vulnerable for a wide variety of family or work related or other reasons may prefer to still use nicknames and other representations, and I completely honour that. When the issue has come up in the past, I've been quick to recognise that I'm in a privileged position in being able to say pretty much whatever I want to online without serious repurcusions. Others are not in that situation. For me, I think it will be a bit of a sobering influence: at least once I have been contacted by a real person about whom I had said something on this forum - and that was when I had a nickname. Now that it's all searchable with my own name, it'll lead to additional think-before-speaking, which isn't a bad thing.
  8. 10 points

    7 Urban Legends You Thought Were True

    Myths Debunked Some myths are easy to discredit. Others, not so much. Here are seven urban legends that just aren’t true. Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Galleries/7-Urban-Legends-You-Thought-Were-True.aspx#kVcFAKLbUzKTfH2H.99
  9. 10 points

    3ABN Proclaim is moving.

    AS of December 3rd, 3ABN Proclaim moved from the old transponder 12060 to 11842. THERE WILL BE NO NEED TO MOVE YOUR DISH AT ALL. Proclaim is taking the place of AON which was on transponder 06 frequency 11,842. Proclaim channel will be broadcasting on both transponders until the end of the month of December, then there will be a slide/notice for two weeks on transponder 20 informing the viewers that Proclaim has moved to transponder 06. 3ABN is planning for a smooth transition and plan to inform viewers to just perform a new scan of channels on frequency 11,842. But just in case you are using a professional receiver that needs to enter manually the PIDs, below is the list of them for the 3ABN Proclaim channel. Video PID 2075 Audio PID 3075 for MPEG layer 2 audio @ 112Kbps Audio PID 4075 for AC3 @ 128Kbps PMT 1075 PCR 2075 SDAdish will be producing videos on how to program some receivers and we will be making documents available on our website as well to help with the other receivers. As soon as we have the videos produced and published we will make the anouncement here as a thread. Keep checking 3ABN.org website for more information.
  10. 10 points

    NBA 2014/15 Season

    Tuesday, October 28 Schedule 8:00 PM EDT FSNO, FSFL Orlando @ New Orleans 8:00 PM EDT TNT, C+ D Dallas @ San Antonio 10:30 PM EDT TNT Houston @ LA Lakers
  11. 10 points

    Hello Everyone!

    Hi everyone This is my first post on this forum. I'm excited to be able to discuss things with other Adventists. A little about my self -> I'm 23 living in the USA. Currently a student working part time. I've been an Adventist all my life however I'm just now really studying what it means to be a SDA and seeking a deeper relationship with Christ. I tried to sign up at Adventistonline.com twice (was the fist SDA forum I saw with Googled) but they wouldn't approve me! They say a moderator has to review the application then approve yet I never got a response of yes or no. Anyone else have this issue? I'd like to be able to post there as well. Anyways.. Hello!
  12. 10 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Native American / First Nations home etiquette

    Many people in North America have ancestry of Native American or First Nations people. While many have adopted the culture and mannerisms of the European settlers, the etiquette for those who kept their original culture has continued. Decorum varied from tribe to tribe, but some commonalities occurred, and are still prevalent today: Host Obligations Assume guests are tired, cold, hungry and thirsty. At no time worry guests with troubles of the host. By no means sit while Elders stand. Compliment guests. Do not trouble or pester guests. Give thanks to The Creator for company. Lend help to Elders with entering or leaving the lodge. Never sit while any guests stand. Offer guests the places of honor in the lodge and the best food available. Protect guests as members of the family or clan. Repay calls of courtesy and do not delay in communication. Guest Responsibilities If the lodge door is open one may enter directly, but if the door is closed one should announce their presence and wait for the invitation to enter. Follow the customs of the lodge and not one's own. Remember to "follow the rules of the house, not necessarily the territory. Accept any food that is offered. Be grateful for any and all offers from the host. Bestow great respect to the Woman of the lodge, as she is the keeper of the flame. Compliment the host. Give thanks to The Creator for hospitality. Never worry the host with guest troubles. Present the host with a gift. Repay calls of courtesy and do not delay in communication. Rules for All Be humble and show respect to all, but grovel to none. Do not interrupt others speaking. Do the best not to walk between persons talking to each other. Keep the fire open and do not block one from the fire. Let silence be your motto, listen, and then speak. Never stare at others and as you speak keep your eyes low. Show kindness and humanity and great humility. Speak softly and with a clear voice. Talk with others but do not force conversations. Read more: http://www.powwows.com/2014/08/10/native-american-home-etiquette/#ixzz3Qvk1qN2D
  13. 10 points

    World Cup 2014

    Are you on the guest list? February 28, 2011, 6:00 am Preparing the World Cup Guest List By ANDREW DAS Filip Singer/European Pressphoto Agency FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, faces some difficult discussions about the 2014 World Cup. FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, said Friday that his organization’s executive committee would meet this week to decide the allocation of berths for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Do not expect earth-shaking news. Soccer officials are slow to change the status quo (even in the face of scandal, technological advances, popular outcry, …). But there is at least the possibility of some intrigue. Europe has long dominated the World Cup allocations — it had 13 places in last summer’s tournament in South Africa — and for just as long has wanted more. But power shifts in recent years toward Africa and Asia — shifts that were wholeheartedly supported by Blatter — have put him in the uncomfortable position of having to disappoint somebody. • Africa’s case for retaining the sixth bid it had in South Africa was hurt by the fact that only one of its six teams (Ghana) advanced out of the group stage. The fact that several of its top officials were caught up in last year’s bribery scandal won’t help, either. • South America probably has a better case for that extra place. It sent five teams to South Africa, and four reached the quarterfinals. With Brazil already in, South American officials can make the (credible) argument that guaranteeing places for five more teams from the host continent isn’t asking for much. Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters Mohammed Bin Hammam leads the Asian Football Confederation.• Asia’s confederation has sent clear signals that it will not accept anything less than the four and a half spots it had last time. (Four are guaranteed and a fifth can get in through a playoff with an Oceania team; New Zealand won the spot last time around.) And with Asian soccer’s powerful chief, Mohammed bin Hammam of Qatar, set to challenge Blatter for the FIFA presidency this summer — perhaps with the backing of officials from Europe — Blatter may be loath to cross him. • The confederation representing North and Central America and the Caribbean, meanwhile, is also demanding an extra place, since Mexico and the United States routinely claim two of the three guaranteed berths available. “We believe that Concacaf deserves another full place at the World Cup finals due to the performances of our teams on the field and the actions of our confederation off it,” the Concacaf president Jack Warner declared. Warner, a powerful figure in FIFA, has plenty of motivation to hold firm on his demand; he felt slighted when the United States lost in the bidding for the 2022 World Cup. Here is what the continental breakdown was for last summer’s tournament (South America and Oceania both gained places not guaranteed to them, via playoffs): Europe: 13 Africa: 6 South America: 5 Asia: 4 North/Central America: 3 Oceania: 1 Without expanding the 32-team field — the tournament had only 16 teams the last time it was played in South America, in 1978 — the only way for one continent to get what it wants in Brazil is for another to lose something it surely feels it has earned. So when FIFA meets this week, is there anyone you would like to see rewarded, or demoted, if there are changes in the offing? Copyright 2011 The New York Times CompanyPrivacy PolicyNYTimes.com 620 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10018
  14. 9 points

    When Church leaders fail us...

    When persons of Spiritual integrity confronted Church leaders about errors in teaching, in the 1500s and after, we hail them as Reformation heroes. How is it, that in the Third Millenium, we are urged to abandon our conscience in favor of "church unity"? The counsel of Acts 4 is that we should obey God, rather than man. I have been a baptized member of the Adventist Church for 53 years. I was an ordained minister of the Church in three different conferences. I love the Adventist Church. I believe in the message of the Church, but, I will not sacrifice my conscience because of a majority vote. History has repeatedly shown that the majority is very often wrong! If the General Conference takes punitive actions against Unions who follow their consciences, it is time to "stand for the right though the heavens fall." My faith is in Jesus Christ and the Bible, not in humans, even if they are elected officials.
  15. 9 points

    Abortion...I would call this a theological issue

    Part of the problem is too much simplistic, black-and-white thinking. I have shared here before that my wife had an abortion. Our first child was anencephalic: she had no head above the nose line. We discovered this relatively early in the pregnancy. She would not have survived birth, or lived after birth. God was not doing any miracles to fix this. We made the incredibly difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy, rather than to risk my wife's life and make her carry through an entire pregnancy with a baby who was already for all purposes dead. I would hope others would not judge us for our decision, and I would seek to avoid judging others who are placed in similar impossible situations. I am against abortion for purely contraceptive purposes, but that does not mean I would call myself and my wife, or people like us, murderers. We live in a fallen world. Ideals are important, but sometimes the world does not fit.
  16. 9 points
    Ron Lambert

    I published a new book--a novel (parable) as an E-book

    I have published a new book, this time a novel (parable). I decided to publish it as an E-book through Amazon. You can obtain it and have it downloaded to an area reserved for you in an Internet "Cloud," then read it on a Kindle device, or on your computer (using a free downloadable app from Amazon). Here is the link for the book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q7COXT4 Angel In the End of Time: A Parable of the End Times (Kindle Edition) Ronald R. Lambert (Author) Kindle Price: $4.99 Book Description: Many people seem to have gotten the idea that the interpretation of Bible prophecy is something like a competitive sport, and vie with each other to see who can come up with the most fabulously fanciful version. But 2 Peter 1:20, 21 strictly forbids fanciful interpretations: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” This leads us to recognize what must be the one and only reasonable way to avoid a private interpretation of Bible prophecy. That is to follow these three basic rules of interpretation: (1) Allow only the Bible itself to define all its prophetic symbols. (2) Allow context to indicate when in history to apply the prophecies. (3) Use common sense literary analysis—especially noting how the phrases involved are used elsewhere in Scripture—to determine whether a given passage should be taken literally or symbolically. The fact that these simple rules do work, and provide consistent results with symbolic prophecies written many centuries apart in three different languages, is one of the strongest evidences for the divine inspiration of Scripture. It shows that all the prophecies did come from One Divine Mind. Jesus Christ did much of His preaching employing stories that helped his listeners understand what He was trying to get across. This story is told from the viewpoint of a former guardian angel, Laron. We meet him as he chooses to address the family and friends of the young lady who had been his charge, who was killed. Then he proceeds to Atlanta, Georgia, where terrorists detonate a small nuclear bomb. Next he must hasten to the White House, and try to resist the efforts of the enemy (fallen angels) to persuade the president to authorize use of a much more powerful nuclear bomb to prevent any contagious diseases that may have escaped from Level Four containment in the Centers for Disease Control from spreading throughout the countryside. After that, we follow Laron through the key events outlined in Bible prophecy for the time of the end, including the final organized conspiracy to place the whole world under the control of one religious authority, that unfortunately is not on God’s side. There is no “Secret Rapture.” All living on earth face a final judgment based on the choice they must make, whether to put their faith in the righteousness of God the Creator and Redeemer, or in the supposed righteousness of the creature--humans and human institutions. The Mark of the Beast is the Mark of creature worship. A note about E-publishing: authors typically get 70% royalties, so can afford to charge much less for books, allowing more people to be able to afford to read them. While the E-publisher does not get as large a percentage as a print publisher, the E-publisher has negligible actual publication costs. Amazon currently has about 60% of the E-book market. Next to Amazon is Barnes & Noble, with 30%. More and more public libraries are offering rental of E-books. Also, I discovered that going to the Amazon Kindle library, I find a lot of short stories available by themselves, some of them by well-known writers. For example, there are a couple of short works by Lee Child, that feature his popular character, Jack Reacher, that are available no where else, at prices of $1.99 or lower. In the past, to get a short story published, I had to get some magazine editor to like it enough to publish it in his magazine (such as Analog Science Fiction, where I have been published several times). Or someone compiling an anthology of short fiction might solicit short stories already published, and occasionally some that are new, to include in his anthology. The market for short fiction thus has always been very tight--until now. Now it is easy to get a short story or novelette published. I would hate to see the demise of printed books, but clearly E-books are the way of the future. They allow much greater freedom, and make literature much more readily available.
  17. 9 points

    Okay, guys

    My prostate cancer got worse cuz I was in denial for about 9 months after my first warning. I eventually returned to me senses and aggressivle (and successfully) treated it. Been cancer-free for 7 years now.
  18. 9 points

    Meeting people- harder than ever?

    I recently heard on the radio an interview where the person claimed that in the Vancouver area it is difficult to meet people (perspective mates). In our generation we are seeing our young adults pass all the way through college or university now without picking up a life partner. Is it just harder now than ever to meet others for dating or settling down with? How do you meet new friends?
  19. 9 points

    The Jewish War

    I am in the place of Josephus' writings where he renders an account of the events leading up to the Jewish war with the Romans, of which Josephus himself was a part. He was a general in Caesarea. I am reading this history and I think to myself that it was really providential that Jesus came when He did to earth! God's timing is impeccable! Insurrections were a threat when Jesus was alive, but much more so after his death. Because of the ruthless rule of the Roman Gessius Florus in Jerusalem, the young zealots rose up in protest. In those days, protest soon meant the death of thousands. Despite the warnings of Roman higher-ups which the wise elders agreed with, that to wait until Rome assigns a new ruler, the young, rash, testosterone-filled zealots couldn't wait. They rose up. Rome was quick to send troops and squash tens of thousands of Jews. I am not quite at the seige of Jerusalem but Masada has been mentioned. The retreat of the Romans from Jerusalem has taken place, I am waiting for Titus to return to finish off the city.
  20. 9 points

    How Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus

    A Movement Towards Compassion When Jesus looked upon the lost people in first-century Palestine, “He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). And then He proclaimed something remarkable: these lost souls were a “plentiful harvest” that only lacked harvesters. Therefore, it is tragic when Christians look at Muslims, not with compassion, but with a default to fear, anger, and rejection. If Christians were to be highly intentional about approaching Islam in a way that is inviting and attractive, without compromise, staying as consistently biblical as possible, here are some of the characteristics that we should expect to see: Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Christianity/How-Thousands-of-Muslims-Are-Falling-in-Love-with-Jesus.aspx#SDRqVq7HgmQf9f3R.99
  21. 9 points

    BUC news edition 914 February 2015

    Edition #914 (20 February 2015) Email Newsletter of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the United Kingdom and Ireland For additional and updated news and a full listing of coming events visit our website:www.adventist.org.uk Contents: WANT TO BECOME A BETTER LEADER? STOP TALKING AND START LISTENING EYE-OPENING WEEKEND FOR SEC CHURCH ELDERS REVERSE THE CURSE ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL? 1,227 MEALS FOR SOUTHEND'S HOMELESS THE THREE MILE AN HOUR GOD LONDON GHANA SPIRITUALLY PREPARED FOR 2015 DIALOGUE EVENING CAFÉ KICKS OFF VALENTINE'S DAY LATEST MESSENGER ONLINE DEATH OF MR DAVID BEST FAITHTALKS ON COMPASSION COMING EVENTS ---------------------------------------- WANT TO BECOME A BETTER LEADER? STOP TALKING AND START LISTENING Europe is now a mission field. While the Adventist Church recognises the '10:40 window' as a key area of world mission ‒ to reach out to vast communities outside of Christianity, Europe could be labelled the 'Post-Christian triangle', the primary area of the world where Christianity is in retreat and secularism is the order of the day. This thought in a keynote address presented by Dr David Trim, Director of Archives, Statistics, and Research at Seventh-day Adventist World Church headquarters, set a sombre tone for a much needed, honest and open discussion on how the Adventist Church can make a positive impact in the diverse territories of Northern and Central Europe that make up the Trans-European Division (TED) of the Adventist Church. Organisations frequently talk of the need to be learning entities, consultative and open to constructive criticism and feedback, but few in reality follow through these assertions. However, that is exactly what did happen for five days, 9-13 February as the TED officers gathered 79 'front strikers' in St Albans to function as a think tank, addressing the key issues and challenges that face, and will continue to face, the TED over the next five years. Despite a rather imposing functional title, 'The TED Strategic Priority Consultation', the aim of the meetings was to be found in the catchphrase, 'Aiming Higher'. God's guidance was sought through heartfelt prayer resulting in intense and creative reflection and passionate and often profound conversation with focus on mission. Comprising an eclectic mix of lay workers, pastors, administrators and professionals from across the TED, with support from the General Conference (GC) and sister Divisions, and with a substantial number of ministers, laity and students from the UK, the five main areas addressed were: General existential considerations, Mission, Youth, Media and Family. Many of the participants were people who are involved in mission where the rubber meets the road. No topic or elephant in the room was off limits. A spirit of trust pervaded the meetings, along with an implicit permission to consider change and to think outside the box, resulting in an environment that challenged and energised participants. That trust was an important element for Helen Pearson, an experienced counsellor and mediator."From everyone individually welcomed by Raafat Kamal (TED President) and his team every morning, to the opportunity for people to be able to look each other in the eye and listen to each other, the use of first name terms – no differentiation between presidents and students, to the deep listening mode of Raafat, pacing up and down, eyes on the floor, listening intently to the discussion. All of this led to an atmosphere where honest views and desires could be shared." After four intense days of discussion, GC Vice-President, Delbert Baker, stated on Thursday afternoon, "I've never seen a group of people energised like this. Where's your energy coming from?" That energy led to the first draft of a Strategic Framework – completed in the small hours of Friday morning. This is the initial phase in producing a Strategic Plan to help guide the TED's activities over the next five years. Numerically, it consisted of 107 observations on the nature of the Church and the TED and 123 specific recommendations on how the Adventist Church in the TED can improve its ministry, mission and administration. However, not all the recommendations will or can be implemented as some are mutually incompatible, but they provide a basis for going forward. Pavle Trajkovski, from Serbia, proposed that: 'youth need to be involved in all aspects of church life', but also challenged the need for expensive and glamorous events, suggesting that all that is sometimes needed is 'a simple phone call or a meeting over a cup of tea'. Alexandra Browne, a youth representative from the St Albans church, expressed that the 'highlight' for her was the opportunity to think, pray and discuss with gospel-minded men and women in an open and honest environment, all with the shared aim and focus of making Christ known. It was not all talk! Midway through the week, the group took to the streets of St Albans to distribute roses and a card affirming the love that Jesus has for all. This very practical Valentine's initiative, gave a chance for the group to not just be mired down in theory and what-ifs, but to be missional in practice. Alex was so excitedafter the event. "It was also incredible to see this verbal mission-mindedness manifest itself into taking the roses and leaflets to our local community – and the fact that there were at least two testimonies of meeting with people, and being able to connect them with the local church, who had Adventist backgrounds but hadn't been to church for a while is a testimony to the fact that God was working powerfully in that outreach!" "I never thought I could be so excited in Europe", exclaimed Elaine Oliver, joint GC Family Ministries director. Her discussion table included both the British Alex and Danish Anders Wiik. "These young people have so inspired me", she said, noting their clear enthusiasm that "We love Jesus and we have a message." Sometimes, a week-long meeting can be a soul-sapping venture. However, for these meetings the most often used word was 'excited'. As Sophia Peart, a UK post-graduate student at Newbold put it, "the synergy during this think tank has been inspirational." Further development of the draft documents is still underway following the meetings. Emails and phone calls from around Europe are helping hone the document into a format that will help the TED develop a Strategic Plan to present this summer. As the process moves forward in a spirit of prayer and asking the Lord for His guidance and leading, we would also ask for your prayers, so that the Church in Europe will experience the renewal and regeneration we long for. The final document and plans will be published in due course. [Photos: Victor Hulbert/Tor Tjeransen/Dragana S.D.G.] [Adrian Peck / tedNEWS / BUCnews] Back to top... Email Story... EYE OPENING WEEKEND FOR SEC CHURCH ELDERS Close to 200 elders attended a retreat from 30 January to 1 February at Latimer Conference Centre, Reading, in a weekend packed with information and presentations aiming to equip local churches. Under the leadership of Pastor Emanuel Osei, Ministerial Association director for the South England Conference, the weekend programme sought to make church elders aware of the general trends in society and how churches need to respond. "The Friday evening meeting was excellent", declared Pastor Sam Davis, SEC President. Although a controversial subject for many to deal with, Pastor Osei opened the weekend with a presentation on women in ministry. He took listeners through a historic timeline, skilfully sharing what the Adventist Church officially says on the subject of women in ministry, as well as female elders and deacons involved in gospel ministry. "It was particularly surprising for some to learn what Ellen White said about the subject", Pastor Osei reflected. "One particular quote from the Review and Herald was an eye-opener and an education to many of the attendees: 'Women who are willing to consecrate some of their time to the service of the Lord should be appointed to visit the sick, look after the young, and minister to the necessities of the poor. They should be set apart to this work by prayer and laying on of hands' (RH, 9 July 1895)." Pastor Osei then looked at the current discussion, and subsequent confusion, surrounding the ordination of women to gospel ministry. The discussion, stressed Pastor Osei, is not about women in ministry, but about the ordination of female clergy. He shared the recent reports from the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC), and showed the differences of opinion that exist on this topic. Pastor Osei stated that in the South England Conference there are already seven female pastors and that the Administration holds them in high regard. He concluded that in July when we learn the World Church decision on ordination, "we will have to live with whatever the outcome is." He emphasised, "as elders we will live with whatever tension this may bring, however it will not change the fact that we will continue to have female clergy serving in our Conference." Retired pastor, Brighton Kavaloh, along with former BUC President, Pastor Cecil Perry, joined with Pastor Osei as presenters. Dr Kavaloh focused his presentation on religious liberty, explaining the concept and encouraging the elders not to go around provoking people with confrontational rhetoric. Instead, they should apply wisdom in all their various ministries, and encourage their members to do the same. With years of wisdom behind him, Pastor Perry focused on transitions in churches and the conflict that results. "People can be difficult," Pastor Perry said, "but as an elder you have to go with it. We must be flexible as we live within these tensions." There was also time for Pastor Davis to share thoughts and take questions on a variety of issues relating to the Church. The desire to get along despite differences was highlighted again when Pastor Davis, paraphrasing Matthew 5:45, stated that "God will send rain on the just and the unjust. Are we not all unjust?" In the Q&A session, Pastor Perry took to the microphone to remind attendees that "as we get worked up about the sinner out there, we should remember the sinner in here." It was clear from the anonymous feedback provided by attendees that this was an educational weekend. One attendee summed it up perfectly on their evaluation form: "This was an eye-opener! The presentations have been on par with the diverse situations we are facing in our church, and in our denomination." [Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist] Back to top... Email Story... REVERSE THE CURSE A former arthritic cripple stood tall and straight to present ten days of a very robust and balanced gospel-health training programme as part of Manchester Mission to the Cities (MTTC) programme starting on Friday, 30 January 2015. Meeting at the Manchester MTTC headquarters located at Oakland House, Talbot Road, Manchester, trainees were taken back to Eden and reminded that God created plants and vegetables for food and for healing. The trainers were Dr Thomas Jackson and his wife Dr LaVerne Jackson, founders of MEET Ministry. Thomas Jackson, in his more youthful years, was a professional basketball player and admits that basketball was his god. At the height of his basketball career he developed rheumatoid arthritis. The doctors told him that there is no known cure nor remedy and he would have to take drugs for the rest of his life. At the time Dr Jackson wasn't health conscious, and just accepted that his health would deteriorate. When all hope was lost, he found answers in the Bible and as a last resort asked God to take control of his heath. He scoured the pages of the Bible and in there found the solution to his arthritis problem. Once he applied the solution his 10 year battle with rheumatoid arthritis disappeared within a few months. Two years later he became involved in the Adventist Church – and that in turn moved him towards mission. As God transformed his life he has spent the past 38 years transforming the lives of others. Although the 10 days of gospel-health training was originally organised for health teams in Manchester people somehow got to hear about it and travelled from as far away as Birmingham, Grantham, London and Scotland. They went back to their respective churches prepared to deliver the same training to their members. In total 70 members, Bible workers and pastors completed the training. Running daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, trainees took part in seminars and practical demonstrations of natural health remedies. From the outset the Bible and the health writings of Adventist Church co-founder, Ellen White, were linked to the whole process of prevention and natural health cure for debilitating diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, depression and heart disease. Students also completed an exam to ensure that learning was taking place. In addition, trainees were also taught how to effectively bridge from the health programme to a prophecy seminar to campaign ‒ a 10-part series call 'Daniel Resolve'. This programme uses the Book of Daniel as a natural bridge to introduce visitors to prophecy. In addition to the MEET Ministry training a four-part Health, Hope and Healing outreach gospel-health programme was also planned for the community. The venue was the Manchester Academy in Moss Side, a modern building with a theatre-style seating arrangement with a seating capacity of about 300. Meeting Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, these community seminars were well supported as the local community took part in sampling natural remedies, learning about the health message and the dangers of certain foods. The community outreach section was not only for the community. The trainees had to assist the doctors, learning to move from the classroom to delivery in the community. With the aid of the trainees, each night the Jacksons presented natural remedies for disarming diabetes, heart disease (the silent killer), cancer, and finding rest in stress. The Bible became the medical book where the physiology of humanity was explained as God the Creator formed man from the dust of the ground and gave them (Adam and Eve) their original diet. Trainees and visitors would also learn about their own health and God's method of healing, and how we are killing ourselves unknowingly by many hidden substances which we are putting into our bodies, including an in-depth study as to what those things do, and how our own emotions can cause diseases such as diabetes and cancer. The Jacksons used the acronym GODSPLAN: Godly trust, Open air, Daily exercise, Sunshine, Plenty of rest, Lots of water, Always temperate, and Nutrition, to highlight the 8 laws of health. They also called them the '8 doctors that anyone can afford'. Success is when the local community keep coming and bring their friends and families with them. This happened night after night. A Muslim lady called Helena, was invited to the seminars by Diamond, a Taskforce volunteer responsible for admin at the MTTC office. Helena attended all of the evening seminars. She could hardly walk and had a severe case of arthritis. She was in constant pain, always rubbing her knees to ease her pain; Dr Jackson suggested that she cut an onion in half and rub it over the affected area. He also made a special rub for her. By the end of the week she had experienced great relief to the point where she was able to walk to the front of the hall with far less pain. She told Dr Jackson, "coming here is the best gift God has given me, has anyone seen an angel face to face? One is Diamond and one is you." Helena is transformed. A former social worker she had to resign from work. She fostered children to help pay her mortgage but couldn't lift her leg. "Now here I am," she said, "God bless you." Now seventy church members in Manchester and beyond are enthused and ready to first train their local church members and then share with their communities the joy of GODSPLAN to those who are hurting. [sara Francis] Back to top... Email Story... ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL? Are we ashamed of the gospel? That was the challenge presented by Pastor Emmanuel Osei to the joint congregations of the Bristol churches on Sabbath, 24 January at the North Bristol church. The Mission Revival and Prayer Weekend was the first event in the year of Mission to the Cities – Bristol. It was designed to prepare members for the year ahead. The churches met at Bristol Lodge Causeway church on Friday evening for a prayer and vespers service. The message that evening, was powerful as Pastor Osei, SEC Ministerial Association and Prayer Ministries director, urged the church to consider the true purpose of the church, which was "not here to entertain ourselves, to just bask in God's love or feel good, or grow in knowledge, but rather the reason for the existence of God's church, is evangelism." He went on to say that "If we are not engaging in evangelism, then we are really just a club that meets once or twice a week. We might as well close down and go and play bingo." On Sabbath, Pastor Osei was joined by Pastor Kirk Thomas, SEC Sabbath School and Personal Ministries director. He is the main co-ordinator for Mission to the Cities ‒ Bristol. Pastor Thomas both led the church in a lively lesson study during Sabbath School, and, together with various members of the Bristol Joint Evangelism Committee, outlined the Evangelism Strategy for the year. This included an emphasis on reaching people where they are through witnessing, evangelism, health and lifestyle evangelism, reaping evangelism and long-term mission. Exciting initiatives such as the Rest Café, and a Centre of Influence were also discussed. In his morning sermon, Pastor Osei elaborated on his theme, using the illustration of Paul, who in Romans 1:16 stated that he was "not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation", and asking us whether we feel the same. He issued a rallying call to all those who were prepared to give themselves in service to God. Following the afternoon presentation and a questions and answers session, mission was put into practice as Pastor Thomas and Pastor Osei led members of the congregation to minister to the immediate community around the church through prayer walking, praying for the community's needs, and reclaiming the streets for God. It was a powerful experience, especially for those who hadn't done it before. The weekend led to a renewed sense of purpose and commitment as the church prepares itself for mission throughout 2015 and beyond. [ian Sabadin] Back to top... Email Story... 1227 MEALS FOR SOUTHEND'S HOMELESS While the nights have been cold, the SOS community church in Southend-on-Sea has been actively involved in a programme of providing a meal on Friday evenings for people who are homeless. To allow them a restful night, we then provide them with warm overnight shelter in the church hall along with clean sleeping bags and pillows. We then stay awake ourselves to ensure their safety and well-being. On Sabbath mornings, we share breakfast, then guests are invited to stay for our Sabbath services and to have lunch with us. We have had up to nine join us in any given week where Bibles, reading materials, study, advice and prayer have also been given. This is a joined-up initiative involving other churches in the area who continue with this programme on other days of the week so that every night is covered. The programme is for the four coldest months of the year and runs until the end of March 2015. The statistics for December and January indicate that over 62 nights there have been an average of 16 guests per night (the limit is 20). Eighty different guests have been given a bed over the period with 75% of them referred to us by the local homeless centre, a council-supported project. Some will just come for the meal but not stay the night but, despite a few 'awkward' guests, the members thank God that there have not been any serious incidents. In total across the churches, more than 200 volunteers have already worked almost 5,500 hours; have cooked 1,227 evening meals (+ those for volunteers) and a similar number of breakfasts. Of greater delight, the homeless centre has reported that quite a few of our guests have been 'housed' since we started the programme. Prayers for the ongoing success of this programme will be appreciated. [Colin Gordon] Back to top... Email Story... THE THREE MILE AN HOUR GOD "Sabbath locates us in the restfulness of God. It is a beautiful, slow and gentle picture of two people encountering one another; you can only do that in profound ways when you sit and look at one another. Looking and seeing properly requires a slow rhythm... Being a witness to Sabbath is transformative, rebellious and really quite disconcerting to the wider society... Learning to tell the time properly is one of the gifts we can give to a dark and difficult world." These were the words not of one of Newbold College's Seventh-day-Sabbath-keeping Adventist theologians, but of a minister of the Church of Scotland, the Revd Professor John Swinton, who gave the February Diversity lecture at Newbold College on Tuesday, 10 February. His lecture focused not on the timing of Sabbath, but on the quality of Sabbath time. He called it: Sabbath, Time and Faithfulness. As a former mental health nurse and hospital chaplain, Dr Swinton, now Professor in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen, has spent much of his life thinking about and ministering to people with disabilities of various kinds including learning difficulties, Alzheimer's disease, and physical limitations. He quoted Jeremiah 22:16 – "To defend the cause of the poor and needy is to know God." Engaging with such people, indeed any people, requires that we 'take Sabbath moments', he said. His lecture focused on the nature of God and the nature of time. God, he reminded the largest ever Diversity lecture audience, is 'timeless'. It is human beings who have created clocks and who focus on the use of time in a manner influenced by the left brain to grasp and manipulate the world. "If we only pay attention to the world in grasping ways we will end up with a society remarkably like our own", he said. He described how we think of time in financial terms as something we can buy, lose, make and save. It was in response to such a materialistic, grasping, oppressive system created by Pharaoh and described by Moses that God commanded people to take a Sabbath rest. "How much more countercultural could God be?" asked Professor Swinton. And in our own day, "When you look around it is not difficult to see that time rules over people, has become almost demonic. It needs to be redeemed and put to its proper purposes." If we keep Sabbath, if we realise that we live in God's time, in the time of a God who is timeless and unchanging, then we begin to recognise that time is a gift to be given away. Perhaps we will begin to go more slowly and pay attention to those things that the world considers trivial. "If I can find Sabbath spaces, I see the world differently because I pay attention to the world differently." In the keeping of Sabbath time, God encourages people to focus on relationships, on encounter with God and with other people. "Love takes time...the kind of society we have created makes it very difficult to love. You can't love on the run." He added a personal note: "Where I am in the university, there are a lot of people who know about theology but not many people who know Jesus." Professor Swinton focused on the idea of a 'Three Mile an Hour God' discussed by the Japanese theologian, Kosuke Koyama. "Love has its speed," he said, "it goes on in our lives at 3 miles an hour, it goes at the speed we walk, and therefore it's the speed the love of God walks." He asked a thought-provoking question: "If you are walking at 6 miles an hour and Jesus is walking at 3 miles an hour, who is following whom?" He commented, "If you are impatient, you are in the wrong game." Bringing his lecture right down to the everyday religious world, Swinton challenged his audience to think about slow spirituality, think about what slow care looks like. "What would it look like if we did church politics slowly and gently?" he asked. John Swinton describes his work as "to think through faith not as 'believed' but as lived." In thinking through Sabbath with a room full of many professing Sabbath keepers, there was much to provoke thought as well as to offer balm to the soul. It was indeed, moral and practical theology. The lecture is now available online on the Newbold church Vimeo account. [Helen Pearson] Back to top... Email Story... LONDON GHANA SPIRITUALLY PREPARED FOR 2015 The annual month-long prayer and fasting of the London-Ghana Adventist church ended with praises, worship and testimonies by members on Sabbath 31 January, 2015. The session, which also incorporated the General Conference initiative of '10 days of Global Prayer', provided members with the opportunity to prepare themselves well for the challenges of the year ahead. This is the sixth year that members have engaged in such spiritual exercise, not just on Sabbaths, but also during the week with some members gathering in selected homes to pray daily. Members were paired as prayer partners for the rest of the year. With 'Walking with the Lord' as its theme, the entire four-week programme was streamed live on a number of radio stations and websites around the world and viewed by approximately twenty thousand people. This year, members were taken through lessons in the Book of Judges. Pastor Owusu-Boateng catalogued events in the church and noted that "the good Lord has dealt graciously and bountifully with members." He explained why the people of Israel went through difficulties and how the Lord helped them, adding that there was the urgent need for members to totally surrender and exhibit absolute obedience to God. But prayer also has to be practical. Following the month of prayer, the church invited the South England Conference Adventist Muslim Relations (AMR) Core Team to educate members on approaches to reach the Muslim community. It was also to allay the fears of members on the perception that the Muslim communities are a no-go area. On Sabbath, 7 February, team leader, John Bishop provided statistics on populations in the UK, Ghana and the Newham area, noting that Muslims are everywhere and are ready for friendship. He also noted that Adventists and Muslims have plenty in common including areas such as health and prayer concepts. He expressed the view that the best way to evangelize to all is to emulate Christ and His approach to all communities adding, "We need to meet people at their point of need." [Nana Sifa Twum] Back to top... Email Story... DIALOGUE EVENING CAFÉ KICKS OFF VALENTINE'S DAY The Central London church's monthly Friday Dialogue Café fell on 13 February this year, and, not surprisingly, the 60+ attendees enjoyed an evening focused on the upcoming Valentine's Day. Featuring a young couple singing a love song they had composed for their wedding, the scene was set for an evening of love. It was clear, however, that Pastor Geert Tap wanted the evening to be about more than just romantic love. "Dialogue Café is about talking with one another. It's about sharing life together", says Pastor Tap. "And what better way is there to kick off Valentine's Day than by celebrating the greatest love of all – God's love for us." With beautifully decorated tables set up for small activities and discussion, as well as home-baked cakes for all, the praise team unapologetically led in praise songs fitting the theme of love. Pastor Paul King-Brown focused his message on a father's love for his children. "At home I have a box with all my daughter's cards and letters, where she expresses her love for me", he confessed. "When I'm feeling down, I open the box and read her words again. It makes me smile and lifts me up." With an honest approach, he asked what type of friend and Christian the congregation wanted to be: a friend that lifts others up, or a friend that brings others down. He shared that when we know God loves us, are we able to love one another even when people are broken or different than us. Pastor King-Brown also confessed that the first Valentine's card he ever received he had written to himself. However, he shared that his church would be giving out Valentine's cards to their community the following day, consisting of a rewritten 'Father's love letter' that invited people to connect with God. He closed with a challenge: "God tells you to love on February 15, when the world has forgotten about love." [Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist] Back to top... Email Story... LATEST MESSENGER ONLINE Ever wondered what a General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is all about? Page 5 of the 13 February Messenger, the official journal of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK and Ireland, will give you the answer. Also: Find out more about the Radio 4 worship broadcast from Croydon church, learn a moving tale of love in 'What if the baby had cried?', ponder on the Richard Branson offer of an 'out of this world' experience, be shocked by statistics on child sexual attitudes – and then ask – what is my role in providing positive role models and education, and finally, thrill in the latest megapixel nature shots sent in by you, the reader. Available online now – or pick up a print edition at your local church. [Julian Hibbert] Back to top... Email Story... DEATH OF MR DAVID BEST It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Mr David Best on Tuesday, 17 February 2015. David was born in Trinidad on 30 June 1934. Having come to the UK he met and married Kathleen Edwards from Jamaica, in 1963. After completing a teaching certificate in 1980 David commenced denominational employment at the John Loughborough School, London, in 1983 where he served until 1997, completing fourteen years of teaching. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sister Best, their three children David Anthony 'Tony', Arnold and Jacqueline, nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren and the rest of the family at this time. Details of funeral arrangements will be notified in due course. [Paul Lockham] Back to top... Email Story... FAITHTALKS ON COMPASSION Compassion and Faith is the subject for FaithTalks this week, airing Thursday, 19 February at 8:30 pm on Revelation TV, (repeated at 1:00 pm on Sunday, 22 February). On Thursday 26 February (repeated Sunday, 1 March, 1:00 pm), SEC Communication director, KirstenØster-Lundqvist, will host a programme on Fundamentalism and Faith, talking with guests, Pastors Sinisa Horvat and Douglas McCormac. To find out how to watch Revelation TV, click here. The new series will also shortly be released on the www.hopetv.org.uk website and on ROKU, the best IPTV platform for watching Hope Channel and other Adventist programmes. [Victor Hulbert] Back to top... Email Story... COMING EVENTS For a full listing of Coming Events please visithttp://adventist.org.uk/events Friday 20 - Sunday 22 February: Calling Men to Pray ‒ Coventry Men's Prayer retreat. Presenters: Dr Michael Hamilton and Pastor Lloyd Lambert. Cost: £144. For further information contact Pastor Lambert on 07855 989 140 or email: callingmentopray@gmail.com. Venue: Luther King House, Brighton Grove, Manchester M14 5JG. Sunday 22 February: Holiness to the Lord. Ilford Education department presents, 'Holiness to the Lord', taking a look at our media and health habits and reflecting on how they can help or hinder our spiritual development. Guest Speaker: Pastor Sam Davis, SEC President. Time: 17:00 - 19:00. Venue: Ilford Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14-16 Coventry Road, Ilford IG1 4QR. Thursday 26 February - Sunday 1 March: SEC GAiN/Academy. GAiN/Academy is a SEC Communication and Media training conference. GAiN/Academy is open to all those interested in using communication and media tools in local church settings. It includes a mix of technology and communication presentations by professionals in various fields. To register, and for more information, please visit:sec.adventist.org.uk/gain. Saturday 28 February: Sparkle Sings ‒ birthday fundraising event. Sheena Ross plans to go to PEACE, the evangelism training centre of the North England Conference, this year. The concert, 'Sparkle Sings', is the first step to raise funds to attend the course. Time: 19:00 - 20:00. Venue: St Marks Community Centre, St Marks Terrace, Sunderland SR4 7BN. Sunday 1 March: The Agape Wedding Fair. A unique event for the Christian bride. Time: 11:00 - 16:00. Check link for full details. Free entry. Venue: Croydon SDA Church, 95 Selhurst Road, South Norwood SE25 6LH. Friday 6 - Sunday 8 March: 13 Weeks to Peace (in a weekend). In these seminars, author and professional counsellor, Jennifer Jill Schwirzer, shares God-given secrets to psychological and spiritual wellness. For more information please contact: email abidelifecoaching@gmail.com or Anne-Marie Walker on 07535 945 102. Location: Wolverhampton Central Adventist Church, 1 Warwick Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3SA. Saturday 7 March: Nealsen Clifford in Concert. Nealsen is a ten-year-old boy who started singing at the age of 3. Halesowen Seventh-day Adventist church presents a fundraising concert where Nealsen will launch his first album. Time: 17:00 - 19:00. Venue: Carter Lane Baptist Church, Carters Lane, Lapal, Halesowen, Birmingham B62 0BX. MEF Dinner. An evening of fellowship, fine dining and romance with your spouse where you are entertained by a speaker to help enhance your marriage. Time: 19:00 - 23:00. Check link for full details. Venue: Park Inn Hotel, Bath Rd, Middlesex UB7 0DU. Sunday 8 March: InspireUrBiz 'Make it Happen' event. Further details on the speakers and the event are available via www.Insight2Marketing.com/InspireUrBiz. Access details today via the Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/InspireUrBiz. Join the mailing list to be kept informed of future InspireUrBiz events for 2015<mailto: inspireurbiz@gmail.com>. Time: 16:00 - 21:00. Venue: Jury's Inn, Wellesley Road, Croydon CR0 9XY. Monday 9 - Thursday 12 March: Abide Life Coach Training ‒ Wolverhampton. Learn from professional counsellor Jennifer Jill Schwirzer, how to help people on a heart level. To book a place follow link to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abide-life-coach-training-tickets-15454205946?aff=efblike. For more information please contact: email abidelifecoaching@gmail.com or Anne-Marie Walker on 07535 945 102. Time: 09:00 - 13:00. Check link for full details. 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    Today in Jewish History

    24 Cheshvan Yahrtzeit of Baron Edmond de Rothschild (1845-1934). A member of the Rothschild banking dynasty, he preferred to pursue artistic interests, acquiring an important collection of drawings and engravings that he bequeathed to the Louvre. In 1882, Rothschild became a leading proponent of the Zionist movement, buying land throughout Israel and subsidizing Jewish settlements. He financed the first new Jewish town, Rishon Letzion ("the first of Zion"), as well as Zichron Yaakov, Caesarea and some 30 other settlements. He also established Israel's wine industry when he helped Russian Jews flee pogroms in the 1880s and plant vineyards in Israel. In 1954, Rothschild's remains were re-interred to Israel. To honor his memory, his son paid for the construction of the Knesset building in Jerusalem.
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    Firefighter's Prayer When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage, give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert, and hear the weakest shout, quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling, to give the best in me, to guard my friend and neighbor, and protect his property. And if according to Your will I must answer death's call, bless with your protecting hand, my family one and all.
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    When Church leaders fail us...

    It would be a huge thing to me if this was not a trivial item, and I know calling it trivial will seem insulting to some, but it is not. So a conference thinks that women should be able to organize and close Churches. that is about the only difference between a Commission Pastor and an Ordained... for that they are willing to risk splitting the Church I say leave the Unions and Conferences alone, if they grow than good, if they fail to grow the mission of the Church then they need to re evaluate. The proof will be in the pudding. Not difficult to me.
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    Samantha has arrived

    My daughter is now a mommy. She was in the delivery room as Samantha was being born, and was allowed to cut the umbilical cord. In the photo it looks as if my daughter had been crying, and she had, big tears of happiness. She and her husband were unable to conceive for many years, but made a connection in WA with an expectant mother who already had 3 children and definitely didn't want a 4th. My daughter had to suffer through a number of fertility treatments, none of which were successful. Samantha is officially adopted by my daughter and her husband, and was delivered by C-section a day or so ago. My daughter thought that she was perfect, even though Samantha howled during her first bath. She quieted down after she was wrapped up warmly and held by her new parents. The hospital gave the them a room to stay in until the baby is allowed to go home with them, just a day or two after birth. I think she has 1 month of maternity leave from the SDA conference where she works. Samantha.doc
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    Tom Wetmore

    what in Daniel connects to Obama's term as America's final president?

    Henry, at this pace, you will run out of time within Obama's term as president. Just get to the point of explaining how you see how anything in Daniel the connects to Obama's term as president. You have boldly predicted that Christ will return while Obama is president. What makes you believe that? If Daniel give a clue that leads to that specific of a prediction, it should be more than a hunch or rank speculation.
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    What's your reason?

    A bit of distraction from the chaos around me in some very remote, lonely places on the planet - oh, and curiosity and nostalgia... First post - but I've had a profile for 3 years. There are some of us (I suspect) who regularly visit this forum (for me, it is in the weekends when I travel - which is about 6-months in any given year). Ex-SDA (35 years now) - but found this forum online when I was out on a humanitarian mission in Ethiopia (that's the nostalgia and distraction reason covered) Curiosity to see if anything has changed since I got up and left my home town and church all those years ago. Seems like an eclectic group of people here, with debates ranging across a spectrum of beliefs and viewpoints. All the best Excaliba
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    What's your reason?

    I joined at the invitation of one of the moderators, who read my posts on another forum. I too was about to jump ship because of the hypocrisy I perceived at all levels of the church; and the problems I had with some of the "cultural" interpretations of the 28 Fundies. A very kind and concerned member of this forum took the time to go through each of the Fundies with me as posted on the official church website. I couldn't find any fault in the way they were actually stated, so I postponed leaving. As I started posting more, I found some wonderful, smart, open-minded people here; as well as those who believe differently than I do. The ones that have mastered the art of disagreeing without being disagreeable have inspired me to study more. I still have issues with the way some of the more traditional folks see things; but I'm sure there are those that have issues with my viewpoint. As long as the differences of opinion inspire spirited conversation and deeper study, that's a good thing IMHO. This actually has sorta become my home church. I spend more time with CA than I do my local congregation. I am blessed to be here.
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    Tom Wetmore

    Neil D

    I too was able to spend some quality time with Neil when he came to visit friends here in the DC area. With both of us possessing the gift of gab we did have a nonstop gabfest. It seemed we hit it off like long lost friends, kindred spirits really. In his last weeks he talked about wanting to be able to come back and visit again. Sadly it wasn't possible. I will miss him.
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    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Why have we allowed strange music and noise and dancing in our worship?

    even the old hymns can sometimes be inappropriate in church... Consider: A preacher was winding up his temperance sermon with great fervor: "If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river." And the congregation cried, "Amen!" "And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it in the river." And the congregation cried, "Amen!" "And if I had all the whiskey and demon rum in the world, I'd take it all and throw it in the river." And the congregation cried, "Hallelujah!" The preacher sat down. The song leader stood up very tentatively and announced: "For our closing song, let us sing hymn #365, 'Shall We Gather at the River.'"
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    MLB 2015 Season

    The 2015 season has begun with Pitchers and Catchers starting to report today!
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    To die well

    I did lose my friend, Lester Zombie, this week. He was an online friend, and that wasn't his real name, but he said he felt like the undead when he survived some major illnesses a few years ago and got a second shot at life. In the end his body just gave up, but he was surrounded by admiring friends and family, both in the room and online, and faced his end with courage and calmness.
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    Glenn Reynolds, M.D.

    Dr. Glenn Reynolds passed to his rest on February 22, 2015. He was a renowned physician and activist for the disabled. He had had polio in his youth but continued to practice medicine and conduct his activities from a wheelchair. He was honored by the American Medical Association as physician of the year. He served on the presidential commission for the disabled.
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    The How To instructions

    How to Copy Smilies from this Forum you like to your harddrive Simple are the steps to save icons to harddrive. I'll instruct you through them. 1. Just click on one of the icons in any message 2. Up comes a window with the icon picture and in the down-right-corner is word "save". 3. Click on 'save' 4. Up comes a black window with the picture in the middle 5. Right click on that picture 6. The pop-down menu comes to view 7. Click on "save image as" 8. Now comes the view of your harddrive index 9. You need now to click through the options to find the folder for your saved smilies 10. Checked for sure that the "Data Name" line is highlighted 11. Right bottom corner is 'save' and 'cancel'. Click on save and it is in. Reply Report Edit
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    I`ve Been Thinking

    Adam had to offer a lamb. Did he build an altar? The picture we see of Cain's offering is on square grey dull stones. I've been thinking, those stones we are used to are from flood results, In Eden stones were gold, silver, emierald, opal, saphire etc. I think IF they did build an altar it would have been stunning, and I doubt if they were square.
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    John C Sanders

    Is deep time really needed in genetics?

    Consider the squid. It has recently been discovered that this creature can alter its RNA on the fly to adjust to its environment (up to over 60%). Given this fact, could it be possible that all life has such an ability with timespans less than ten thousand years? Has the theory of evolution really disproved young Earth creationists opposing stance to deep time windows, as a needed cause for the genetic diversity observed within the geologic record? I would say this new discovery clearly defies the deep time motto, to the point of destroying it completely in the genetic arena. http://elifesciences.org/content/4/e05198
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    The mountains and the hills will sing

    Isaiah 55:11,12- So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing where to I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. I was imagining the peace of mind that comes with believing that God's word does what He intends; it shall not fail. Have you had that peace in your heart that when you go outside into nature then all the forest and the fields seem to break out into singing and you get a real sense of God's majesty?
  38. 8 points

    Ebola crisis in West Africa

    There is an Ebola outbreak happening in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia right now. The latest I've heard is that a patient was located in Nigeria, so now that country is involved. Ebola is VERY deadly as far as viruses go. I thought that the mortality rate is 60% but if a person does not get treatment it could be higher. The problems the foreign medical people were having is that the population suffers from lack of information. They believed that if their loved one went to hospital s/he wouldn't come out, that it was a death sentence. Others didn't want to give up the dead bodies, preferring that families handle their own dead. And that has led to the spread of the plague. My daughter-in-law through her non-profit was able to distribute 3500 * information packets through her staff, who are locals and are trusted. She is still working on this. But she has asked for prayer for her and Kevin's friends who are still in the country. Some are with Samaritan's Purse, who Kev used to work for. They are very concerned at this point. I've read that the head doctor working with the Ebola patients has now come down with the disease. Thanks for all who feel impressed to lift up petitions to God for the people of West Africa in this situation. * Note- I need to fix that number. It should be 3,025 packets. Sorry for the error- Gail
  39. 7 points

    The comfort of an old dog

    We have three middle-aged dogs. Our one boy, CocoaRico, is aging prematurely, likely due to a chronic infection of two weight-bearing toes on his front paw. Our options with him are either to amputate those toes or to keep him on antibiotics for the rest of his life. On a good day, he will run and play (he loves to run and play with other dogs- social able to a fault) On a bad day he limps and avoids jumping and using his painful paw. Unfortunately, he only feels really good when on high doses of painkillers and antibiotics. This dog has a heart of gold. He patiently endures the bitchiness of his daughter and sister. He intuitively knows when Mummy has another migraine and kisses her in sympathy. He loves to cuddle up and watch TV with his people. A Vizsla, he loves to "stick" himself onto humans, even strangers. All while putting up with chronic pain. He is our Job. And when I am with him it makes me think of how patient and loving God is with me.
  40. 7 points

    Back to 'Bravus'

    Hi All (apologies for the indulgence of starting a thread about my own username! Wanted to explain myself because the process has been public throughout) I've decided to revert to the username that I had for about 8 of my 10 years on this board: Bravus. A while ago there was an issue in the discussions about people using their real names and, to 'show willing', I changed over to my real name, David Geelan. People will still have that information about me, and I'm happy to stand by everything I post, as myself. There are two three reasons for changing back: I feel more comfortable with my 'handle' - as I said above, it's who I have been for the great majority of my time here, and online generally. People around the world search for my name for professional reasons such as to find books and papers I've written, decide whether they want me as a doctoral supervisor, decide whether I am appropriate for a job, promotion or award and so on. This forum addresses a wide range of issues, but most of them are some distance from my professional issues, and posting here as 'David Geelan' tends to 'muddy the waters' when people search on my name. It's easier to type 'Bravus' than 'David Geelan' to log in, particularly on phones and devices. I hope people will understand and be OK with this reversion.
  41. 7 points

    When Church leaders fail us...

    When Church leaders are willing to have a Church split over the trivial differences of what a Commission Minister and an Ordained Minister can or can not do, we either need new leaders or a new Church.
  42. 7 points

    What's your reason?

    I stumbled upon CA and then didn't come back for a long time... i have no idea why at the time. I finally stepped in venturing to experience community... i found incredible diversity which i am very at home with... I have been enjoying participating in and reading if not posting. It really has helped my communication of my faith everywhere i go. God is wherever you find Him.
  43. 7 points

    What's your reason?

    I've been a denizen since fairly early on, and am coming up on 15,000 posts now. I come here to think with friends, and have learned a heap and (I hope) grown over the years. 'Iron sharpens iron', as the Book says, and we learn... perhaps most from those with whom we disagree. There are ways to disagree without being disagreeable, and I always try to and aspire to, but sometimes fall short. I hope I apologise and withdraw the comments when I fail, but even better not to have made it in the first place. Like all of us, I'm still growing up.
  44. 7 points
    Outta Here

    What's your reason?

    I am here because I needed a friend or two in the church. I needed a place where I could speak freely the things that are on my mind--without the fear of judgment. I am here because I have made friends over the years. I am here because I need Jesus.
  45. 7 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Motorcyclists, Past and Present

    there's some very cool motorcycles out there, but this would probably be about my speed:
  46. 7 points

    Real Names and Photos

    Dear Bravus, I have long appreciated your wisdom in your comments here. I admire this latest decision of yours, although I can't think of anything you've said in the past which would be offensive to anyone had it been signed by your true name. You are one of the best reasons to read Club Adventist. May your tribe increase!
  47. 7 points

    Real Names and Photos

    The name is mine, and the photo is my inner-self.
  48. 7 points

    Beauties of the New Earth

    Beauties of the New Earth. "For behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind... And the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying... And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them... And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. The glorious City of God has twelve gates, set with pearls most glorious. It also has twelve foundations of various colors. The streets of the City are of pure gold. In this city is the throne of God, and a pure, beautiful river proceeding out of it, as clear as crystal. Its sparkling purity and beauty makes glad the City of God. The saints will drink freely of the healing waters of the river of life. (YI, October 1, 1852) On either side of this beautiful river is the tree of life. And the redeemed saints, who have loved God and kept his commandments here, will enter in through the gates of the City, and have right to the tree of life. They will eat freely of it, as our first parents did before their fall. The leaves of that immortal wide-spread tree will be for the healing of the nations. All their woes will then be gone. Sickness, sorrow and death they will never again feel, for the leaves of the tree of life have healed them. Jesus will then see of the travail of his soul [isa. liii, 11] and be satisfied, when the redeemed, who have been subject to sorrow, toil and afflictions, who have groaned beneath the curse, are gathered up around that tree of life to eat of its immortal fruit, that our first parents forfeited all right to, by breaking God's commands. There will be no danger of their ever losing right to the tree of life again, for he that tempted our first parents to sin, will be destroyed by the second death. (YI, October 1, 1852) All faces will reflect the image of their Redeemer. There will then be no anxious, troubled countenances, but all will be bright, and smiling in spotless purity. The angels will be there, also the resurrected saints with the martyrs, and the best of all, and what will cause us the most joy, our lovely Saviour who suffered and died that we might enjoy that happiness and freedom, will be there.--His glorious face will shine brighter than the sun, and light up the beautiful City, and reflect glory all around. (YI, October 1, 1852) Children will be there. They will never be engaged in strife or discord. Their love will be fervent and holy. They will also have a crown of gold upon their heads, and a harp in their hands. And their little countenances, that we here see so often troubled and perplexed, will beam with holy joy, expressive of their perfect freedom and happiness. They will express in child-like purity their wonder and delight, as they behold every thing around them so new and lovely. They will look to the blessed Saviour who has given himself for them, and, with admiration and love for him who is smiling upon them, raise their voices and sing to his praise and glory, while they feel and realized the matchless depths of a Saviour's love. (YI, October 1, 1852) This earth, dear children, is to be purified with fire; then it will be much more beautiful. The grass will be living green, and will never wither. There will be roses and lilies, and all kinds of flowers there. They will never blight or fade, or lose their beauty and fragrance. (YI, October 1, 1852) The lion, we should much dread and fear here, will then lie down with the lamb, and everything in the New Earth will be peace and harmony.--The trees of the New Earth will be straight and lofty, without deformity. (YI, October 1, 1852) The saints will have crowns of glory upon their heads, and harps of gold in their hands. They will play upon the golden harp, and sing redeeming love, and make melody unto God. Their former trials and suffering in this world will be forgotten and lost amid the glories of the New Earth. And they will ever have the approving smiles of Jesus upon them, and their happiness will be complete. There will be glory, glory all around. (YI, October 1, 1852)
  49. 7 points
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    hospital for sinners?

    I'm sure most of us have heard the saying that, "A church is a hospital for sinners -- not a rest home for saints." Following along that idea, has anyone ever wondered why no one ever gets "well"?? It seems to me that a church is more like a palliative care center, rather than a "hospital." So, rather than "curing," the focus should be on alleviation of the *effects* of sin... not only offering the "Blessed Hope" in the form of sermons and evangelistic efforts, but on actively helping and providing for others in big or small ways... just being friends, visiting -- just making people feel like they *matter*....
  50. 7 points

    Something is broken...

    Something is broken, when the concern is the sex gender rather than what gets accomplished.
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