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Nature Testifies of God

Upon all created things is seen the impress of the Deity

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Christ says, "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, . . . and have the keys of hell and of death."     Revelation 1:18.

Looking upon His disciples with divine love and with the tenderest sympathy, Christ said, "Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him." Judas had left the upper chamber, and Christ was alone with the eleven.

Justification by Faith

Vatican Official Exhorts the Sunday

Sunday should be a day for worship, rest and time with family and friends, said Monsignor Miquel Delgado Galindo, under secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

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Signs of the Times

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Jesus said "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars....For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

 

 

Christian History

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In the great final conflict, Satan will employ the same policy, manifest the same spirit, and work for the same end as in all preceding ages. That which has been, will be. Satan's deceptions will be more subtle. If possible, even the very elect would be deceived.

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Nature God's Second Book

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Nature is an open book which reveals God. All who are attracted to nature may behold in it the God that created them.

Book of Nature

 

SDA School Gets Sabbath Exams Rescheduled

 

Muslim teens join Adventists in refusing Sabbath exams

11th graders at an end-of-school  [photo courtesy Euro-Asia Division]

Teachers speak of a double miracle at Adventist school in former Soviet Union

Muslim students at an Adventist school in the former Soviet Union were so confident that God would intervene to change the day of their state finals from a Sabbath that they stood in solidarity with their Adventist classmates in refusing to take the exams at a public school, even if it meant that they would not graduate.

The teens’ faith paid off.

At the last minute, the government of the predominantly Muslim country authorized the exams to be rescheduled, astonishing Adventist teachers who had spent days agonizing about the situation.

Even more remarkably, the authorization came from the office of a deputy minister who had recently forced the Adventist school to remove the word “Christian” from its name.

“The Muslim students decided to stand firm on the principles of not working and studying on the Sabbath that they had learned at the Adventist school, and this was a wonderful decision,” said Guillermo Biaggi, president of the Adventist Church’s Euro-Asia Division, whose territory includes most of the former Soviet Union.

“God inspired not only someone in the government to change the day for the exams, but He also inspired the students and awarded their trust in our Creator and Redeemer,” he said Thursday.

The story about the Sabbath exams emerged at recent year-end business meetings conducted by the Euro-Asia Division. The Adventist Review is not identifying the school or its location to avoid complicating its work.

'The Only Hope Left Was God'

The school, which teaches 280 students aged 6 to 17, experienced a difficult 2013-14 academic year as it faced various challenges from the authorities and other people unhappy with the presence of a Christian school in a Muslim country, school and Church leaders said.

But nothing prepared the teachers for a surprise Education Ministry decree saying that final exams for ninth and 11th graders nationwide would be held on Saturday.

The teachers began to pray. A few of the school’s 11th graders came from Adventist families, but the majority were Muslim. None of the ninth graders were Adventist.

Every attempt to delay the exams by a day, to Sunday, seemed to fail. No local education officials wanted to shoulder the responsibility of authorizing the change. The school principal sent a letter to an Education Ministry official who promised to help, but he didn’t reply.

“The only hope left was God,” the principal said in a statement provided by the Euro-Asia Division.

She gathered the students together to explain the situation. She said the school was still trying to reschedule the exams but could not promise success. She also said she had made arrangements with a nearby public school to offer the exams to those who wished to take them.

“This gave each student the opportunity to make his or her own decision, knowing full well the consequences of the decision,” the principal said.

Eleventh graders who failed to take the exam would not graduate. Eleventh grade is the last class before graduation from high school in the former Soviet Union.

'That's Impossible!'

Just two days before the exams, the principal suddenly received a phone call from the Education Ministry. The caller, an administrative assistant to a deputy education minister, said that her boss had written a reply to the principal’s seemingly lost letter and that the school could send someone to pick it up.

The principal said she lost all hope with the phone call because the deputy education minister was the same person who had forced the school to change its name a few weeks earlier.

And that’s not all.

“Before the phone call, we had hoped that maybe we could give the exams on a different day and not be noticed by the education officials,” she said. “But now that the government had given an official response, it would be impossible to conduct the exam unnoticed.”

The principal was in for a shock. She recalled that when she tore open the letter from the ministry, she exclaimed, "That's impossible! How the Lord is good!"

It turned out that the deputy education minister had left his office on an extended business trip, and the school’s request had been passed on to another ministry official who had authorized the exams on Sunday.

The principal eagerly shared the news with the students. But when they showed little emotion, she thought that they had misunderstood her and repeated the story. Then one of the students broke the silence with an explanation that the principal found even more incredible than the government’s last-minute permission to reschedule the exams.

The student said: "We never had any doubt that God would help resolve the situation."

The principal found out that none of the students had signed up to take the exams at the public school on Sabbath. As she spoke with them, she learned that they had seen so many manifestations of God’s power during the difficult school year that they had decided God would not abandon the school over something as simple as Sabbath exams. The Muslim students had decided to join their Adventist classmates in standing faithful to the biblical Sabbath.

"Children from non-Adventist families saw how God is leading our school and believed with all their hearts that the problem would be resolved,” the principal said. “It was only us, the Adventist teachers, who were distraught with worry.”

Church Men Build New Home

 


In Jamaica, local Adventist ministry presents senior citizen with new home

Mt. Salem Adventist Church men present Euphemia Raymond her new home. [photo: Jonathan Myrie]

A men’s group from a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica brought an early Christmas present to a local resident who lived in a dilapidated home that couldn’t keep out the rain, the Jamaica Gleaner reported.

The Men's Fellowship ministry of the Mt. Salem Adventist Church in St. James presented Euphemia Raymond, a senior citizen, the new home on December 4. Neighbors came out to watch the ceremony in which men from the Mt. Salem church presented Raymond with the keys to her new house, the Gleaner reported.

One nearby resident jokingly remarked to Raymond that “Santa had come early” for her.

Paul Stanton, president of the Men's Fellowship group and a police officer, said the new home had nothing to do with the mythical Santa Claus, but that it was the group’s gift to show that they care.

"[F]rom time to time, members of the fellowship engage themselves in missions of caring and sharing," said Stanton. "We are always looking out for persons who are in need, with a view of coming to their assistance."

Raymond, praised the group for their gift as tears flowed down her face.

"Today, I am one of the happiest [women] on earth," she said. "A God [sent] them. God bless them. I am happy, happy, oh so happy.”

Stanton told the Gleaner that fellowship members became aware of Raymond's plight earlier this year when they discovered she was living in a structure that offered no protection from rain. The group determined repairs wouldn’t be sufficient, and instead decided to build her a new house.

Stanton said the project was funded by fellowship members and through their fundraising projects. The project is spurring the group to find other service initiatives.

“With more assistance from corporate Jamaica, we can do much more for the less fortunate in our midst," Stanton said.

Glen Samuels, president of the Adventist Church’s West Jamaica Conference, attended the presentation ceremony and offered encouragement to Stanton and his group. Samuels said the building of the home was "a true reflection and testimony of what the church is doing—catering to individuals who are in need."

 

 

 

Ben Carson US President?

Dr. Ben Carson is running for president of the United States. What does this mean? Could he be elected? After Obama, anything is possible, but the stage has been set for a conservative black president to reveal that not all blacks are in support of Obama's anti-God morality. Dr. Carson's latest book "One Nation: What Can All Do to Save America's Future" reached number one on The New York Times list of nonfiction books and remained in the top  for eight months.

A one hour documentary "A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America" is being aired this week by Newsmax.com. It will air Thursday night, Dec. 11 at 9pm EST. Dr. Carson states "I would like to see the government stop trying to regulate every aspect of our lives."  Take a look and share your thoughts.  

Papua New Guinea Supporting Religious Liberty

 

 

Adventists Celebrate Religious Freedom in Papua New Guinea

Thousands marching in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. [photo: James D. Standish]

 

Thousands of people from various Christian denominations marched in the capital of Papua New Guinea on Friday in an Adventist-organized celebration of the religious freedom that they enjoy on the South Pacific island nation.

The march capped a major symposium on religious freedom hosted by the Adventist-affiliated International Religious Liberty Association on the campus of Pacific Adventist University and attended by government officials and the leaders of a number of religious faiths.

Leigh Rice, president of the Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea, said Adventists participating in the march were saying “thank you” for a freedom that they don’t take for granted.

“We know many of our members around the world live under enormous pressure,” Rice told a rally following the march in Port Moresby. “How wonderful that this nation grants freedom to us, and not just to us, but to a broad range of religious practices.”

A senior Roman Catholic clergyman, Victor Roche, compared Papua New Guinea with other countries beset with religious violence and illustrated his point by mentioning the 28 Christians, including at least eight Adventists, who were killed by Islamic extremists in Kenya last month.

“We must be thankful,” Roche, secretary-general of the PNG Catholic Bishop Conference, told the crowd. “In PNG if you want to worship on Sunday, we can. If we want to worship on Saturday, we can. If we are Muslim and want to worship on Friday, we can.”

He implored the crowd to pray that the freedom continued unabated.

The International Religious Liberty Association, or IRLA, intends to play a role in securing that freedom by opening a local chapter. The government of Papua New Guinea is giving the new chapter a grant of 10,000 kina (US$3,900) to help it get started.

“We need to expand the religious liberty movement in PNG,” Delilah Gore, Papua New Guinea’s minister for community, youth and religion, said in announcing the grant during the religious symposium on Thursday. “Even though PNG is a predominantly Christian nation, we have non-Christian religions coming here. A new chapter of the IRLA will help us peacefully and sustainably manage our growing religious diversity.”

The chapter will be coordinated by Gibbs Selika, deputy chief justice of the country’s Supreme Court and a Seventh-day Adventist. He said he looked forward to learning from other IRLA chapters around the world.

“We can learn from each other, and together we will be strong,” Sir Selika said.

John Graz, president of IRLA and religious liberty director at the world headquarters of the Adventist Church, said that the promotion of religious freedom through strong national chapters was vital in responding to a growth of violent religious extremism and other restrictions on faith.

“We hope that this first chapter in the South Pacific will be the first of many in the region,” Graz said.

Bienvenido V. Tejano, Philippine ambassador to Papua New Guinea, spoke passionately to the rally on Friday about the advancement of religious freedom in his own country after Graz instigated a Philippine chapter of the IRLA. Students were barred from taking national exams on any day other than Saturday at the time, and the IRLA chapter aimed to change that.

“Today students have the opportunity to take exams on a day that does not violate their conscience,” Tejano said. “This is the practical difference religious freedom makes.”

 

 

Southern Asia Division Lay Congress

From around the region

 

The Adventist Church’s Southern Asia Division held a lay congress at Raymond Memorial High School at Falakata, West Bengal, India, on November 5 to 9. More than 1,300 delegates gathered for the event from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Andaman and Maldives. [photo: Pothen Kurian]

 

 

Seventh-day Adventist President Offers Condolences to Kenyan Families

 

On behalf of Seventh-day Adventist members around the world, we are very saddened by the terrible deaths of a number of Seventh-day Adventists that took place recently in northern Kenya. Our hearts ache for the families who have lost loved ones, including children, in the senseless and brutal killings.

My wife, Nancy, and I would like to transmit our profound sympathy and Christian condolences to the families. We cannot understand the horrible actions that have taken place. However, the Holy Spirit as the Comforter can bring encouragement and sustenance amidst such traumatic tragedy. We have prayed for these families who are suffering great loss.  

What a blessing to know that in the near future, when Jesus returns, He will wipe away all death and tears. Philippians 4:7 states, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” May the intervening action of the Holy Spirit bring these families the comfort that is so much needed.

Despite the atrocities in this present world, there is hope for the future when Christ will return. Through God's power, let us remain faithful to His Word and to Him! What an encouragement to know that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent and we can count on the Christian hope of eternal life.
 
May the Lord provide comfort and courage to everybody involved in this unexpected tragedy.

Jihadists Terrorize Kenya

Ten days after a bus attack by Al-Shabaab butchers another massacre of at least 36 people occurred at a quarry in Koromey in Mandera County, Kenya. Survivors said that Muslims who were at the site were spared. The victims were made to line up and most of them were shot in the head while others were beheaded.  source

Muslim terrorists killed 28 Kenyans onboard a bus bound for Nairobi. It is reported that 100 armed terrorists halted the bus in Mandera. “They asked how many times I pray in a day, asked me to recite a Quran verse and also greeted one in Islamic,” a survivor told Kenya’s Daily Nation. “If one failed to answer these questions, then you’d be asked to lie on a muddy patch of the road facing down.” Representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's East Central Africa Division confirmed to Adventist Record that at least eight Adventists were killed in the massacre.  source

Al-Shabaab Islamists claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for raids that Kenyan security forces carried out over the past week on mosques in the port city of Mombasa, AFP reported. Kenya has had a problem with Islamic terrorists in the failed state of Somalia which borders the area where the attack occurred. Muslims living in the Mandera area have been accused of supporting the Somali murderers entering into Kenya. Other Kenyan Muslims have denounced the Somalis saying that the mosques that harbor the terrorists ought to be burned to the ground. source

Today, Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta responded. "Our country and our people are under attack. A war has been waged against ALL Kenyans by an enemy hiding behind religion, and much innocent blood has been shed. Kenya has been subjected to a long history of murder and violence at the hand of bandits, terrorists and

For over two decades now, Kenya has endured immense vulnerability owing to the collapse of the Somalia Government in This led to civil war in that country, and provided space for bandits to roam the entire region at will.

This space became ideal for terrorists to train and plan far-reaching attacks in the region, continent and even From Somalia, they inflicted murder and mayhem with impunity everywhere they went. Kenya has, by far, borne the brunt of these terrorist attacks.

In August 1998, 200 Kenyans were murdered by terrorists when they detonated a bomb at the US Embassy in In November, 2002, terrorists struck in Kikambala, Kilifi county, claiming over a dozen lives.

Since then, a spate of attacks and abductions threatened our people and the economy, violated our territorial integrity and insulted our sovereignty.

More recently, there has been a series of terror attacks, culminating in the violence and murder at the Westgate Mall in September last year, and the murders early this morning in These terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of more than 500 civilians and 300 security officers.

After decades of horror, fear, outrage and frustration, we resolved as a nation to protect our sovereignty by pursuing our enemies beyond our borders into By mid-2011, it had become abundantly clear that our long border with an ungoverned territory teeming with violent criminals was a threat to our national stability.

Joining military efforts to bring peace to Somalia was the inevitable answer to our terror and security threats. In October, 2011, the Government authorized the KDF to pursue the Al Shabaab militia into Somalia. This decision was right then, and remains so today.

Following requests by regional, continental and global actors, KDF joined AMISOM in February 2012. We remain part of the African Union mission to date.

The incursion in Somalia has been largely successful. Al-Shabaab is depleted and on the retreat. However, even in its diminished state, it remains a threat to our nation. In desperation, it formally affiliated itself in 2012 to Al Qaeda, the international terrorist group.

This way, they secured resources and ability to infiltrate civilian populations and recruit, then radicalize Kenyan youths to execute attacks within our communities.

This is why we have witnessed intensified extremist rhetoric against the KDF campaign in Somalia as well as support for murder and impunity. This reprehensible rhetoric has embraced Al Qaeda's extremist ideas of setting up an Islamic Caliphate in East Africa.

Places of worship have become fertile places for recruitment and several Mosques have been taken over by radicalized terrorist sympathizers and accomplices.

Dear Kenyans,

All recent attacks bear the terrorists' signature. Last week's bus attack was accompanied by typical terrorist rhetoric. Last night, a terrorist attack that would have wrought unspeakable devastation was successfully repulsed in Today's attack in Mandera targeted a soft area, leaving 36 Kenyans dead.

These attacks follow a pattern identical to the attacks on Christians in Lamu, the sporadic attacks in Mombasa, Kwale, Garissa and Tana River. The obvious intent is to create hostility and suspicion across ethnic and religious lines and to drive non-Muslims from certain parts of this country. The ultimate aim of this atrocious campaign is to establish an extremist caliphate in our region.

He went on to express his hope that Kenyans will unite against the enemy, Muslim terrorists, and refrain from attacking the government or peaceful Muslims living in Kenya.  Entire speech

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Uganda President Commends SDA Church

 

The president of the central African nation of Uganda commended Seventh-day Adventists for their honesty and integrity during a speech last month.

 

Uganda’s president commends Adventists for honesty


Yoweri Kaguta Museveni called Adventists “honest,” during a speech to leaders and members at an Adventist center in the capital city of Kampala on November 22.
 
In his speech, Museveni also urged Adventists to continue their service to the nation. “Influence people by your example because you shall be known by your actions,” he said. “Let your light shine for others to see so they can praise to your Father in heaven.”

The president was invited by officials from the denomination’s Uganda Union Mission to join in launching a fundraising drive for a multipurpose Adventist Church Complex near the Union offices in Kampala.

The complex will be a nine-story multipurpose building with conference rooms, guest houses, office spaces, a book store, board rooms, church halls and other facilities.

John Kakembo, president of the Uganda Union, thanked the president for honoring the invitation to the Adventist Church and its representation in the country’s political cabinet through the appointment of four Church members, all of whom attended the ceremony.

Rose Namayanja, Minister for Information and National Guidance, thanked the president for granting Uganda citizens the right to worship. “Through the constitution, you granted us freedom of worship and elevated our rights,” she said, comparing his approach to previous administrations that banned many religions in the nation.

Kakembo also urged Museveni to support legislation that would make accommodation for students and employees requesting Saturdays off for religious observance.  

This is the fourth time president Museveni has attended an Adventist Church function in Uganda.

There are more than 260,000 Adventists in Uganda.

 

Food For Life

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.       2 Corinthians 3:18

Tell of His Grace

Testimonies of the power of grace to change lives......

 

I was born into a non Adventist home, well that is an understatement really. My father was and still is a heavily practicing Satanist and as such, myself being a female, made me a target for ridicule and I was most certainly placed way below my brothers in the family......Tamara's Testimony

Country Living

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Moving to the country is becoming very hard in some locations. Selling a home and financing a new one is difficult. Some government agencies want to move everyone into the cities. God's people need to take their families away from the cities, into the country, where they can raise their own provisions; for in the future the problem of buying and selling will be a very serious one. We should now begin to heed the instruction given us over and over again: Get out of the cities into rural districts, where the houses are not crowded closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of those who are opposed to the truth. Pray that God will open a way.

Religious Liberty

European Sunday Law?

The world will urge an outward compliance with the laws of the land, for the sake of peace and harmony. And there are some who will even urge such a course from the Scripture: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. . . . The powers that be are ordained of God." But what has been the course of God's servants in ages past? When the disciples preached Christ and Him crucified, after His resurrection, the authorities commanded them not to speak any more nor to teach in the name of Jesus. "But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." Today, our liberty is being threatened.

European Sunday Law

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