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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.

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Missionary Pilot Leonard Barnard Dies

 

Remembrance: Leonard Barnard was first Adventist mission pilot

                                          Barnard being greeted by people wearing traditional garb in Papua New Guinea [photo: Adventist Record]

Barnard pioneered aviation medical work on Papua New Guinea

Leonard Barnard, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s first missionary pilot and co-founder of the aviation company used by the South Pacific Division, died this week at the age of 95.

Barnard, an Australian national who began working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1933, was best known for three decades of pioneering missionary work on the South Pacific island that includes Papua New Guinea.

“A most remarkable life has ended,” said John Hammond, who flew with Barnard many times in the mission plane Andrew Stewart. “We have lost one of our finest.”

Barnard, known to many as simply “Len,” decided to become a missionary on his first visit to Papua New Guinea during World War II when he served as a medic in the Australian Infantry Forces.

One day, he was ordered to examine 50 local men who worked as carriers for the Australian military and had barely survived an arduous trek through the jungle. The men were malnourished and suffering from various tropical diseases, Barnard recalled in his book “Banish the Night,” rereleased by Pacific Press in 2013.

But the last six men, while weak, were noticeably healthier and happier than the rest of the group. After quizzing the six men, Barnard learned that they were fellow Adventists who had learned about Jesus from foreign missionaries. During the trek, they had declined to eat unclean wild animals caught by the party and had worshiped together daily.

“The striking contrast between the mission lads and the other carriers left an indelible impression upon my mind and awoke in me a desire to be a missionary,” Barnard wrote.

He returned to Papua New Guinea 16 years later as a medical missionary, building and operating a leper colony at Mt. Hagen in the island’s Western Highlands. He spent 30 years serving as a pioneer missionary on the island but said his greatest joy as a pioneer was to fly the first Adventist mission plane to go into service anywhere in the world. In the 1960s, he co-founded Adventist Aviation, a company that operates a fleet of mission planes in the church’s South Pacific Division.

Barry Oliver, president of the South Pacific Division, expressed gratitude to God for Barnard’s life and ministry on Thursday.

“We wish to pay a very special tribute to him for the vision and courage that enabled him to pioneer the ministry of Adventist Aviation in the South Pacific,” he said. “To see the sparkle in his eye as he recently spoke to the assembled thousands at the [50th anniversary] of Adventist Aviation in Goroka, was to catch a glimpse of the joy of service and determination which enabled him to do what he has done under the blessing of God.”

Last year, Barnard and Colin Winch, the other co-founder of Adventist Aviation, were honored by the South Pacific Division at an event at the aviation company’s headquarters in Goroka, Papua New Guinea.

“Len was a great pioneer. I had the privilege of starting the flying program in New Guinea with him,” Winch said this week. “Working together, Len and I became very close friends and our friendship has lasted more than 50 years.

“I pray our heavenly Father will surround his family with love and comfort. He has made a tremendous contribution to the winning of souls in PNG and left a legacy which we all admire.”

Information about survivors and funeral arrangements was not immediately available.

Stories from Barnard’s life have been told and retold, including in a 1962 film titled, “The Cry of New Guinea,” available for viewing on the Hope Channel’s website, and the book “Wings Over New Guinea: The Story of Leonard Barnard,” by Goldie M. Down.

“Pastor Len Barnard must be remembered as a missionary in the fullest sense of the word,” said Ken Vogel, a former missionary pilot who works as general secretary for the Australian Union Conference. “Whether it was in service for God in a foreign country or in his home country of Australia, Pastor Barnard was always at the vanguard of missionary action."

 

 

Dominican Republic Names Street After Ellen White

 
 

In the Dominican Republic, a street is named after Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White

                                                                                             "Eleana G. de White"           [photo: Libna Stevens]

The city of La Romana in southeast Dominican Republic yesterday declared it will rename one of its streets after Ellen G. White, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The announcement came during a special ceremony held at La Romana’s municipal building. In attendance were the mayor, Maritza Suero, city officials, and Seventh-day Adventist world church President Ted N. C. Wilson.

“Words are not enough to greet such high personalities of the Christian world here today to this city of La Romana which we have declared it as God’s city,” said Suero, as she welcomed top Adventist leaders from around the world, local leaders and Church members.

“It is a great joy to recognize Ted Wilson as a distinguished visitor because we know he is a man who has followed the footsteps of Jesus of taking the goodness of salvation to a world which needs much of God,” added Suero, who overseas a municipal district of more than 127,000 people.

Wilson thanked municipal leaders for the gesture, their endeavors in promoting religious freedom and the efforts to commemorate the work of Ellen G. White by naming a street after her.

“This reminds us of our history and how God has led us as the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” Wilson said as he thanked the mayor on behalf of world church leaders. Wilson and other Church leaders are in the area this week to attend the President’s Executive Advisory planning meetings for the start of the year.

“We believe Ellen G. White received visions from God not to bring honor to herself but to point people to the Bible and the God of heaven,” Wilson added. “Her writings on health, family, the publishing work, relationships with people, religious subjects, biblical studies, and education are instructions for us. That’s why Seventh-day Adventist are law abiding citizens because they believe following counsel from heaven.”

Formerly 7th Street, Elena G. de White Street is located in the Villa Alacrán community and connects two neighboring communities. District Councilman Wanchy Medina was credited for the idea of renaming the street.

Medina, who grew up as a Seventh-day Adventist, was inspired to recognize Ellen G. White because she was an authority who has made a significant contribution to the world in health and many different subjects, he said.  The street is one block from the 60-member La Fe de Villa Alacran Adventist Church.

G.T. Ng, secretary of the Adventist world church and chair of the White Estate Board of Trustees, said this is the first time a street has been named after Ellen G. White. “This comes on the 100th anniversary of Mrs. White death,” he noted.

Israel Leito, president of the Church in Inter-America, thanked Mayor Suero and her council officials for upholding religious freedom laws and assured her that she will find the best citizens in Adventist members.

“Even though you have the best citizens in the city, you will find our Church members to be law-abiding people of peace, respectful of government and people who can be depended upon for any good work,” Leito said. “We are here to serve you.”

As the ceremony was ending, the chair of the Municipal Council made a surprise announcement that the city is donating a plot of land in the west part of the city for a church. The 500-square-meter property, valued at more than 100,000 US dollars, is located in an upper middle-class area. The announcement was greeted with enthusiastic applause, as there is currently no Adventist presence in that area, according to local Church leaders.

Cesario Acevedo, president of the Adventist Church in the Dominican Republic, presented a plaque to Mayor Suero on behalf of the Church and delivered a set of Ellen G. White books to her and her entire staff.

“This event means so much to our members here in the Dominican Republic,” Acevedo said. “Our membership respects and appreciates greatly the ministry of Ellen G. White. Our members continue to benefit from her instruction, and this street sign will point to the gems found in her writings.”

 

 

Church Leaders Build Dominican Republic Church

 


Top Adventist leaders build a church in the Dominican Republic

Building Sabbath School classroom                           [photo: Libna Stevens]

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 29 top leaders traded their laptops and cell phones for paintbrushes and shovels on Wednesday as they constructed a church building—some for the first time—on the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic.

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Adventist Church’s General Conference, led the group of division presidents, general vice presidents and other senior church administrators in taking a break from a weeklong business meeting to assist in the project in the town of La Romana.

“What a privilege it is to take a break from administrative duties to do something practical,” Wilson said during morning worship at the hotel where the group is staying. “This is a work of multiplication—expanding the church.”

Top church leaders gather at the start of every year for a so-called PREXAD (President’s Executive Advisory) planning meeting, but Wilson encouraged the leaders this year to also build a church. Division presidents will join Silver Spring, Maryland-based officers in looking at the initiatives established in the last four years,examining the upcoming General Conference agenda, and engaging in strategic planning for the next quinquennium, said Orville Parchment, assistant to the General Conference president.

Ahead of the meeting, the General Conference contacted Maranatha Volunteers International, an Adventist-affiliated organization known for its One-Day Church building projects, and ultimately settled on the Villa Caoba Adventist Church in La Romana.

The new church building, with a price tag topping $15,000, will provide 40 local Adventist members with a place to worship. The structure is larger than a typical One-Day project, with male and female restrooms and a freshwater well that will offer the local community of 12,000 people with drinking water.

The local church conference contributed land and money to the project.

Local Adventists currently worship in a humble building with zinc metal sheets on its roof and walls, eight rundown pews, and an uneven dirt floor that gets muddy when it rains. Children meet for Sabbath school under a tree behind the church.

On Wednesday, church leaders primed and painted the two restrooms in the new church, laid brick walls, and placed the roof over the building’s frame. They also raised a One-Day structure with metal frames and a roof that will serve as the Sabbath school classroom next to the church.

In addition, the leaders held a prayer of dedication for a 200-foot (60-meter) well that can pump 22 gallons (83 liters) of water per hour.

Local residents currently rely on a truck that passes through the neighborhood daily for their water supply. The community will now be able to collect water during scheduled hours at the church.

Don Noble, president of Maranatha with a long history of coordinating projects in the Dominican Republic, welcomed the church leaders to the construction site and underscored the importance of volunteer work. He said Maranatha sorely lacks labor and has a backlog of 180,000 requests for churches and other buildings around the world.

“You’re the best-looking volunteer group we’ve ever had,” Noble told the leaders.

“I bet you say that to every group,” someone shouted back jokingly.

Evangelist Mark Finley volunteered to paint the bathroom walls, and he was joined by General Conference vice presidents Ella Simmons and Armando Miranda.

Finley, who just wrapped up a five-day evangelistic series on the island that will result in 3,000 baptisms on Jan. 17, the last day of the PREXAD meeting, said two things were going through his mind as he worked Wednesday: painting correctly and praising God for the opportunity to serve Him.

“It’s wonderful to feel the international flavor with all of us here, to work together to expand the church,” Finley said.

Simmons, who is completing her second, five-year term as the first and only female General Conference vice president, said this was her first time to participate in building a church.

“I’ve wanted to do this for many years. It’s so wonderful,” she said.

Simmons spent some time painting and then announced that she had graduated to cementing bricks.

Building a church with Maranatha was also a first for Israel Leito, president of the Inter-American Division, which includes the Dominican Republic.

“This is a very historic moment to have all the church leaders building a church for our members,” he said. “We are so happy because this assures our members that we are with them, not just sitting on our offices.”

Esteban Paredes, pastor of the Villa Caoba Adventist Church, said that the new church was the smallest of the six congregations that he leads locally but that the decision of the church leaders to work on the site had left a big impression.

“It is such a joy to see and have the leaders of the Adventist Church from around the world standing shoulder to shoulder to build this temple,” he said. “It’s a real privilege.”

After the cement and paint dries, a Maranatha group will arrive in 10 days to complete the project.

Back on the construction site, Wilson, who previously joined in building a church in Zambia, gave Blasious Ruguri, president of the East-Central Africa Division, a lesson on how use an electric screwdriver to fasten together the metal frame of the Sabbath school building.

Ruguri beamed as he spun in the first screws. “Yeah, yeah did you see that? One-minute training and look at that!” he said.

“You did a good job,” Wilson said.

“This is one of the things that we miss as leaders, getting our hands into building something like this,” Ruguri said. “This is part of the mission, and we need to do this more.”

In a few months, Maranatha is scheduled to help build union offices in Kenya and Rwanda in his division. Ruguri said he would also ask his division leaders to take a day off work to assist with the construction.

Wilson observed that the Dominican Republic church project fostered a team spirit among the leaders and helped them focus on something local that was highly mission-oriented.

“This gives us the opportunity to do something very practical in a place that could use the help,” he said. “All of us are in this mission together.”

 

Evangelistic Meetings in the Dominican Republic

Adventist Church holds massive evangelistic initiative across Dominican Republic

                                                                                    Mark Finley                                              [photo: Yamell Mateo]

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night concluded one of its largest evangelistic efforts ever held in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Thousands of people traveling in scores of buses came together at Palacio de los Deportes stadium to hear Evangelist Mark Finley present the message of hope from January 7 to 11.

The five-day evangelistic series themed “New Year New Life” drew more than 14,000 every night and gathered thousands of more participants across the island who watched the online series in local churches, in homes, or listened on their radios.

“There is a glorious tomorrow in our future, the Bible says,” Finley stated. “A world of hope, a world of joy, a world of peace, and health, where there is no sickness, nor death,” he said.

Finley conveyed a message of salvation to the gathering and reminded them to make use of opportunities to be joyous, live fully and prepare for heaven. His wife, Earnestine, joined the evangelistic team in offering basic health concepts.

Finley thanked government officials of the Dominican Republic for the religious and political freedom in the nation.

Cesario Acevedo, president of the Church in the Dominican Republic, said Church leaders and members spent months preparing for the massive campaign. “Our Church wanted to strengthen Dominican families and society with the presentation of the Word of God in a massive way,” Acevedo said.

Acevedo shared that preparation began last April as evangelistic initiatives began in 72 Adventist schools. The campaigns continued with children, teens and adolescents in churches from June to August. The month of December was dedicated to special prayer for the success of the large evangelistic series in Santo Domingo.

“This has been the largest attended mega evangelistic campaign we have had in more than 15 years,” Acevedo said. “The Church is growing fast and just recently, we have been able to reach 90 percent of the country with our FM station,” he added.  

The series was reported by news agencies and transmitted live through a network of 20 radio stations as well as online.

“Our members are so committed to reaching those in their communities [that] it is a blessing to watch the Lord work through them,” Acevedo added.

Dozens of new believers were baptized throughout the weekend series, and some 3,000 baptisms are expected to take place on January 17 during a special online ceremony at El Palacio de Los Deportes.

There are nearly 300,000 Adventist Church members in the Dominican Republic. The Church operates 72 primary and secondary schools, a university, a hospital and one radio station.

 

 

 

SDA Church Amicus Brief on Signage

 

Can a United States city mandate that a sign announcing a religious event must be smaller than a sign promoting a political candidate?

That’s the issue the U.S. Supreme Court will examine in oral argument today in a case addressing content-based speech restrictions of a city ordinance. Critics say the ordinance conflicts with freedom of speech protections offered by the U.S. Constitution.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in September filed an amicus brief, or “friend of the court” brief, on behalf of the petitioner in the case, “Reed v. Town of Gilbert.” Church legal counselors said local municipalities could unfairly restrict religious speech on signs or in door-to-door book sales if the Supreme Court doesn’t overrule a lower court’s decision on the matter.

The case stems from an incident in which Clyde Reed, pastor of the Good News Community Church in Gilbert, Arizona, placed temporary signs announcing worship services at an elementary school, where the congregation rented space.

Reed received notice from town officials saying his signs violated a local ordinance stating that temporary signs must be no larger than six square feet and stand no longer than 14 hours. Other types of signs, including political and ideological signs, can be up to 32 square feet in size and stand for many months.

In 2007, Reed filed a lawsuit claiming the ordinance was unconstitutional, but the ordinance was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California.

Todd McFarland, an associate general counsel for the Adventist Church, said speech on religious matters is entitled to as much constitutional protection as any other kind of speech under the U.S. Constitution.

“If a local government wants to implement speech restrictions on time, place and manner, those can be acceptable, but they need to treat all kinds of speech the same,” he said.

“We were concerned about the Ninth Circuit interpretation about what is and is not a content-based restriction,” McFarland added. “It could limit religious speech in favor of other types of speech, such as political speech and public service announcements.”

Church leaders say the legal precedent, if not challenged, could embolden more cities to limit religious speech. In some cities, religious groups, such as Adventists, are required to obtain a permit to sell religious books door-to-door, while other groups, such as the Boy Scouts of America, are under no such obligation when soliciting donations.

The Adventist Church is one of numerous organizations that filed an amicus brief noting that restricting religious speech is a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and the Equal Protection clause in the 14th Amendment.

A decision on the case is expected by the end of June.

Church Responds to Muslim Attack in Paris

 

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has sent condolences to France and praised its government for supporting religious freedom after a terrorist attack on a satirical magazine killed 12 people in Paris.

“On behalf of the Seventh-day Adventist world church and its president, allow me to convey to you our deepest sympathy in connection with the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris on Jan. 7,” the Church said Thursday in a letter sent by John Graz, director of its public affairs and religious liberty department, to French Ambassador Gérard Araud in Washington.

“We join in the pain of victims’ families,” it said. “We pray for them and for those who were seriously injured. We also pray for the beautiful country of France, which we love; for her people; and for you, who are representing her in the United States.”

Three gunmen opened fire in the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday, killing the editor and top cartoonists. The magazine had been denounced by Muslim fundamentalists for its publication of depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama paid his respects to the victims during a meeting with Ambassador Araud at the French Embassy.

The letter noted that Adventists have long been defenders of freedom of conscience and religion, and underscored that those freedoms were the foundation of all freedoms, including the freedom of expression.

“We thank France for these fundamental freedoms and its authorities for the freedom of expression and religion that they protect,” the letter said.

One suspect in the attack has turned himself over to police, while a search operation for the other two suspects has been mounted across France.

 

 

General Conference Budget Allocations

 

 

2015 Adventist World Budget funds mission, administrative support

Juan R. Prestol-Puesán, undertreasurer Seventh-day Adventist world church.
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The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 2015 General Conference World Budget funds mission work and administrative support, as well as funding operation of the denomination’s world headquarters building.

The 2015 General Conference World Budget this year of more than $184 million allocates:

  • $47.6 million for operating costs, salaries and programs of the world headquarters building.
  • $45.1 million in appropriations to the fields outside of North America.
  • $30.2 million for missionaries and employees serving in other divisions other than their own.
  • $23.8 million in subsidies to institutions.
  • $14.5 million in headquarters administered funds for programs in divisions.
  • $10.5 million in subsidies for institutional services.
  • $12.4 million for General Conference Auditing Service.    

An Adventist Church finance officer underscored that the 2015 General Conference World Budget only includes items relating to the denomination’s world headquarters and appropriations to world fields. The World Budget does not include the reported incomes or budgets for its 13 divisions or respective local administrative units and congregations (The Adventist world church receives more than $2 billion in tithe annually). Many local administrative units may choose to report their own budget in a similar way.

Operating costs for the denomination’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, is limited to 2 percent of world tithe, and it is again expected to operate significantly under that cap.

“We have been running under that cap for decades, making more resources available for world fields,” said Juan R. Prestol-Puesán, undertreasurer for the Adventist world church.

Prestol said this year’s World Budget highlights the continuing adjustment in tithe percentages from North America, a decision that was approved by the denomination’s Executive Committee in 2012.

Until 2012, the North American Division contributed 8 percent of its tithe to the World Budget, while the other 12 divisions each contributed 2 percent. The 2012 vote reduced North America’s tithe percentage contribution down to 6 percent, which would be implemented over several years. North America’s tithe is approximately $1 billion, and the 2015 continuing adjustment means a reduction of $10 million to the World Budget from North America, Prestol said.

“We are carefully threading through the process of the time of reduction without affecting existing programs,” Prestol said.

Recipient divisions other than North America are allocated appropriations between $1.3 million and $5 million.

More than one-third of appropriations to divisions are located in the 10/40 Window, a geographical rectangle in the eastern hemisphere between the 10 and 40 northern lines of latitude. The region is home to more than 60 percent of the world's population and less than 2 percent are Christian.

This year, for the second year in a row, the North American Division will receive an appropriation—$295,000, mostly to help administrate the Guam-Micronesia Mission, which until three years ago was part of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division.

Prestol also said the Adventist Church this year will spend most of the funds allocated for the 2015 General Conference Session. Church finance officers have set aside $1.4 million each year for the past five years for the 2015 GC Session. Prestol said the GC Session fund from 2010 ended with nearly $1.5 million in unspent funds.

Other appropriations over $1 million identified in the 2015 General Conference World Budget are:

    $7.8 million for Loma Linda University
    $5.5 million for Adventist World magazine
    $5.4 million for Andrews University
    $5 million for Hope Channel
    $2.6 million for the Ellen G. White Estate
    $2.6 million for Adventist World Radio
    $1.6 million for subsidies to publications
    $1.4 million for the 2015 General Conference Session
    $1.3 million for Adventist Mission
    $1.2 million for the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
    $1.2 million for the Geoscience Research Institute
    $1.1 million for the Adventist University of Africa

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Generation of Youth for Christ Meet in Phoenix

 

Youth ‘Rattle the World’ by visiting 100,000 Phoenix homes

GYC president Natasha Nebblett         [photo: Seth Shaffer]

Scores of Adventist young people visited tens of thousands of homes across Phoenix, Arizona, United States, on Friday, January 2 as they accepted a challenge from their leader, GYC president Natasha Nebblett, to “rattle the world.”

The teens and young adults made the annual outing during a five-day conference of GYC, or “Generation. Youth. Christ,” which is themed “At the Cross” and runs through January 4 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Friday’s initiative to share religious literature in more than 30,000 homes followed a first-time effort on the eve of the annual convention that saw a smaller group of about 200 young people visit more than 70,000 homes.

Opening the conference, Nebblett said that living a Christian life encompasses more than merely claiming a Christian identity: it means living “a life that rattles the world.”

She noted that the term “Christian” was first coined in Syria in the first century but there is no known Adventist presence in the country today.

Adventist young people are caught in a spiritual warfare between Jesus and Satan, Nebblett said, adding that GYC members who participated in the home visits before the conference’s opening had encountered Phoenix residents who spoke of seeing demons.

“What will it take for the world to take notice of Jesus?” Nebblett said.

For the world to start taking notice, she said, young Adventists must allow Christ to be fully in charge of their lives. But, she said, this is not something that young people can do through their own power.

“We cannot crucify ourselves,” she said.

Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the Adventist world church, struck a similar note in a speech on the evening of January 1, urging the young people to remain faithful to Jesus.

“God is looking for faithfulness in us ‘At the Cross’ and in our daily lives for He is faithful to us,” Wilson said. “He is our role model and our Savior. Through Christ’s righteousness and grace we can be faithful because He is faithful.”

“At the Cross” is the 12th annual conference organized by GYC, which was formed in 2002 by a group of college students determined to pray, study the Bible and share Jesus more boldly. Daily attendance is expected to swell to more than 5,000 people by the time of Sabbath worship services on January 3.

Attendees range in age from 14 to the late 80s, but most are teens and college-age Adventists.

A new plank in this year’s conference was the initiative that involved 180 young people gathering in Phoenix a week before the conference started to make house-to-house contacts.

Taylor Hinkle, GYC’s vice president of evangelism and a student at Southwestern Adventist University, said the change was introduced after evangelist Mark Finley made an appeal at last year’s conference in Orlando, Florida, for GYC attendees to be handed the tools they needed to replicate the outreach in their home churches.

Hinkle also said he was personally motivated by a statement from Adventist Church co-founder Ellen White, who said: “House-to-house labor, searching for souls, hunting for the lost sheep, is the most essential work that can be done” (1MR, page 14).

For the pre-conference outreach, attendees who had never before engaged in literature evangelism were trained by experienced peers and then sent out to the streets of Phoenix. Taylor estimated that the young people knocked on 70,000 to 80,000 doors.

Hundreds of attendees hopped on dozens of buses on Friday afternoon to knock on another 30,000 to 40,000 doors, meaning GYC members visited a total of more than 100,000 homes at this year’s conference. Attendees on Friday also visited people in hospitals and nursing homes.

Friday’s program mirrored similar major outreach events organized at previous conferences.

Every GYC conference is packed with speeches and seminars aimed at inspiring the attendees and training them to share Jesus in new ways. New seminars this year include “Creation, Agriculture, and Evangelism,” presented by Paul Dysinger, owner of an organic farm in Tennessee; and Aimee Smith, manager of Good News Farm at Great Lakes Adventist Academy, and “Relentless Prayer” by Paul Ratsara, president of the Southern-Africa Indian Ocean Division. Ratsara has been a frequent participant at GYC conferences for the last five years, and his son and new daughter-in-law serve on GYC’s executive committee.

Wilson, meanwhile, called on GYC attendees to follow the lead of Nehemiah, who rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls in Old Testament times, and leave the conference wholly committed to following God’s Word and His direction.

“In your faithfulness to God in 2015, with one hand do the work of God and in the other hand hold the Word of God, your weapon of heavenly authority,” Wilson said in his speech. “Lean completely on the Lord in your faithful service saying, along with those who worked on the wall of Jerusalem, ‘Our God will fight for us.’”

 

 

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

Mar10 Demo Image Too late to move?

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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