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Pope Calls for Sunday Rest

After the Vatican has called for national Sunday laws, the pope now calls it "freedom" to rest on the sun day.

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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

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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Pacific Union Conference Confirms Rebellion

It comes as no surprise that the Pacific Union Conference at its September 9 meeting has voted to continue its rebellion against the world church and its own bylaws that do not allow for the ordination of women. In 2012 the union's constituency attempted to amend their bylaws but that vote failed.

Kept under wraps, the decision was announced through the PUC's magazine, The Recorder.  "The committee pledged its support for its female pastors and said it would continue to abide by the union constituency’s 2012 mandate to ‘approve ordinations to the gospel ministry without regard to gender.’ The committee also asked the union officers in collaboration with the union communication department, to craft a strong statement in support of women clergy and to create a comprehensive strategy for educating local church members about the practical implications of the 2012 Pacific Union and 2015 General Conference votes, as well as church structure and authority."

La Sierra University continues to be a leader in the rebellion against, God, the Bible, and His church. Its "senior pastor", Chris Oberg, a female, is worried about church members not understanding what the union has done. "The message isn't getting to the people in the pews."  Sonora pastor, Nathan Renner is concerned about the need for the leadership in the union to clearly communicate the reality that "women can be elders, pastors, etc." He expressed "the faster" this is done, "the better".

There are many church members in the PUC that do not agree with  the rebellion as indicated by the failure of the rebellious union to amend its bylaws in 2012. But, there are many church members in the union that support the  rebellion. There is a division in the church that was predicted many years ago. There is "a shaking" taking  place and it is good to understand that many will leave the organized church. It is a painful process, but the church will be purified.

Some will turn back, but many have set their feet in concrete, and that concrete is beginning to harden. La Sierra ought to have been cut loose from the church long ago. Ricardo Graham and the leaders of the PUC are responsible for allowing such an institution to degrade to where it is today. There is a great need in the church to  begin to stand with those who are standing on the gospel of grace. We must discover who it is that is teaching the truth and then let us "press together" as we near the end.


2015 Annual Council Begins


Adventist leaders prepare to reinforce the Church’s strategic mission during annual meetings


Hundreds of leaders for the Seventh-day Adventist Church are preparing to consider budgets, make appropriations, conduct official church business, and discuss ways to move the Church forward in mission during the Church’s annual meeting of its Executive Committee, the second-highest governing body of the denomination.

The 2015 Annual Council will take place October 7-13 in the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. This will be the first meeting of the Executive Committee after a General Conference Session, which is the Church’s highest governing body and largest business meeting that takes place every five years. 

Members of the Executive Committee include General Conference officers, department directors, officers from the 13 world divisions and other attached fields, union presidents, presidents of General Conference institutions, three lay members from each division, one pastor from each division, one additional pastor, teacher or evangelist for every 500,000 members or major portions thereof, and 30 members at large.

The meetings will begin with the LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) Conference, which will focus on cross-cultural ministry, followed by the Council on Evangelism and Witness. The official business meetings will begin on Sunday, October 11. 

With many elected leaders still orienting to new positions for the Church, this year’s Annual Council will serve as a way for General Conference leaders to reinforce the Church’s strategic plan, “Reach the World.” The five-year plan outlines how the denomination aims to intentionally spread the gospel, based on global research. 

Members of the Executive Committee will also elect or appoint remaining ministry leadership positions that weren’t filled during Session in July. 

Elected positions include: field secretaries, who work under the direction of the Executive Committee and the Church's president for special projects or responsibilities, treasurer of the Southern Asia Division, director and two associate directors of Planned Giving and Trust Services, director and two associate directors of Stewardship Ministries.

Appointed positions include: three honorary associate and assistant directors of Health Ministries, director of Archives, Statistics and Research, director and associate directors of the Biblical Research Institute, senior staff of the Adventist Review/Adventist World, editor and associates of Dialogue Magazine, editor and associates of Elder’s Digest Magazine, editor and associates of the Adult Bible Study Guide, editor of the Collegiate Quarterly Bible Study Guide, editor of Cornerstone Connections, editor of Powerpoints Bible Study Guide, editor of Beginners, Kindergarten, and Primary Sabbath School Bible Study Guides, editor and associates of the Journal of Adventist Education, and the editor of the Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. 

Committee members will also consider whether to reappoint members of the board of directors for the following: International Board of Education, International Board of Ministerial and Theological Education, Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, and International Health and Temperance Association Executive Council.



Seventh-day Adventist Martyred in Oregon

Sarena Moore, a single mother of three, was one of the Christians killed in the Umpqua Community College executions. She was baptized at the Hayfork Seventh-day Adventist Church and moved to Grants Pass where she attended the local Seventh-day Adventist Church. 




Elder Wilson on Facebook and Twitter


Ted N.C. Wilson joins Facebook and Twitter


Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, launched his own Twitter and Facebook accounts on Thursday in an effort to better communicate the church’s activities directly to members and other people.

Wilson said he would use his Twitter account — @pastortedwilson — and his Facebook page — — to share his personal prayers, favorite Bible and Spirit of Prophecy materials, information about his current outreach activities, and photos and news from his travels.

"I want to better communicate to church members some of the exciting activities of the church, such as Revival and Reformation, Mission to the Cities, Comprehensive Health Ministry, and Total Member Involvement,” Wilson told the Adventist Review.

He said church members would be directed back to their pastor, local church, and local conference for more information about those initiatives.

Revival and Reformation refers to a broad world church program that includes the Believe His Prophets online daily Bible study readings and the United in Prayer weekly e-mail readings and prayers.

Mission to the Cities is an effort to share Jesus in the biggest cities of the world, and Comprehensive Health Ministry includes projects such as community health centers that seek to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in local communities.

Total Member Involvement is one of the newest programs to emerge from the world church. Introduced at the General Conference session in San Antonio, Texas, last July, it seeks to encourage each of the more than 18.5 million Adventist believers worldwide to find ways to share Jesus actively with others.

“What a privilege to proclaim the three angels’ messages as we approach Christ’s soon coming,” Wilson said.

Wilson will have a small team of people working with him on social media. But all posts will come through his office.

Wilson, a lifelong pastor and church administrator who was elected to a second, five-year term as president in San Antonio, said he decided to join social media now because he wanted to engage with members more directly.

“It is an important way to share spiritual and outreach information in a direct manner, allowing church members to become acquainted with the many outreach and evangelistic methods available and being used,” he said.

Among other things, Wilson will use his Facebook page to answer questions about his vision for the church, his spiritual life, and his activities. People can submit questions to the e-mail:askpastorwilson(at)adventist(dot)org. Wilson will post answers to three questions every Friday.

It is unclear how many Adventists are on Twitter and Facebook. The Adventist Church’s South American Division has the largest number of likes of any church-managed Facebook page, with more than 877,000 likes. No one knows, however, how many of those likes are from Adventist members.

The Adventist Church’s official Twitter account, @AdventistChurch, has more than 50,300 followers, making it one of the most popular church-owned Twitter account.

Wilson said he sees social media as “an ever-increasing factor in shaping the outreach and interchange of church members” and an effective way to potentially reach millions of other people.

“It is important to use social media to not only share important church information, but also to reach out to the millions using social media and thus pointing them to Christ, His Word, His righteousness, His sanctuary service, His saving power in the great controversy, His three angels’ messages, His health message, His last-day mission to the world, and His soon second coming,” Wilson said.

Madagascar Holds Religious Freedom Event


Religious freedom takes center stage in Madagascar at Adventist-sponsored festival

Festival of Religious Freedom  [Photo by Laurent Brabant]

More than 17,000 people rallied last week in a sports arena in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, to pledge their support for religious liberty. The day-long “Festival of Religious Freedom,” held September 26, was the first such event to be held in the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar.

The festival drew community and national leaders, including government minister Olivier Mahafaly, who heads the Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization. The event was jointly sponsored by the Southern Indian Ocean Union of Seventh-day Adventists, and the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA). Its purpose, said organizers, was to focus national attention on an often-overlooked, yet fundamental, human right, and to say “thank you” to the national government for continuing to protect the ability of all Malagasy citizens to worship in peace and security. 

John Graz, long-time religious liberty advocate and former Secretary General of the IRLA, traveled to Madagascar on behalf of the IRLA to take part in the event. During his five days in the country, Graz spoke to journalists at an airport arrival press conference, attended three academic lectures on religious freedom, and gave the keynote address at the Festival, which was broadcast by the national media.

Graz also met with Madagascar’s Prime Minister, Jean Ravelonarivo, and commended the government for its continuing strong commitment to religious freedom and its care for religious minorities. Graz noted that although just seven percent of the population of Madagascar identifies as “Muslim,” the government recently included a Muslim festival in its national registry of public holidays. 

Also attending the meeting were regional Adventist leaders Harivololona Rajaonarison, associate treasurer for the Indian Ocean Union Conference, and Fanara Andriamparantiana, conference president. Prime Minister Ravelonarivo thanked the Adventist Church for supporting the principle of religious freedom for all people of faith, and spoke about the value Adventists add to Malagasy society through the church’s health and education work. 

The Madagascar Religious Freedom Festival is the latest in a series of more than thirty similar events that have taken place on six continents since the very first festival was held in Lima, Peru, in 2009. According to IRLA Secretary General Dr. Ganoune Diop, these public rallies are an effective way to raise community awareness about the issue of religious freedom.

“It’s a civil liberty that, too often, we take for granted,” says Diop. “Yet recent reports show that more than two thirds of the world’s population lives in countries where religious freedom restrictions are rated ‘high’ or ‘very high.’ If we cherish religious freedom, it’s good to express our gratitude, as well as call attention to the challenges others face in places where freedom is restricted by laws or by social hostility.” 

There are some 140,000 Adventist members in Madagascar. Just over half the country’s population of 23 million people practice indigenous animist beliefs, while about 40 percent claim affiliation with a Christian denomination. 


Dr. Carson Attacked by CNN's Jake Tapper

The  world is fast approaching the condition it was in when God destroyed every living thing off of the face of the earth, except what was in the ark. The United States was a Protestant nation where there was freedom of religion. That is true Protestantism. Now, there are many in the news media such as Jake Tapper at CNN that have little respect for our religious rights. They see no danger in Islam even though the whole world  is suffering on account of the tenants of Islam.

Dr. Ben Carson was set up not long ago when asked if he thought a Muslim could be president of the  US. Yesterday, Mr. Tapper was offended that Dr. Carson would express the thought that some American Muslims might not hold the Constitution as a higher authority than the tenants  of their religion. During the discussion Jake Tapper brought into the conversation Seventh-day  Adventism.



Prophecy Fulfilled Yesterday, Abyss Crossed

Speaker of the House, John Boehner, announced his resignation this morning. It is effective at the end of October. It is apparent to all who have studied their Bibles that the Ohio Republican was born for a day such as yesterday when his purpose in life was fulfilled. He was first elected to Congress in 1990, and from that day until yesterday he had one purpose foremost in his mind, to see that America would reach across the abyss and have the Roman Pontiff stand before the Congress of the United States of America.


Roman Pope Addresses Congress of United States

What was unthinkable since the founding of the United States of America has transpired today. The Roman Pontiff stepped onto the platform of the Congress of the United States of America and the American political leaders wandered after the "infallible" man.

Prior to his address, CNN presented a very short history of the papal visits to America.  What was missing from their excitement? There was no explanation as to why there were no papal visits until 1962, after the election of a Roman Catholic to the office of President of the United States, JF Kennedy. None are talking about why the founders  of America left Europe to begin a new life of freedom, both personal and religious, free from the dictates  of popes and kings.

The argument has been voiced that the pope is not a political leader, but one that is a "moral" leader speaking to the heart.  Fox News had a Roman  Catholic priest who is their "expert". He is presenting the Roman Catholic explanation of morality to America.

The whole world is wandering after the simple man who is said to be the "Vicar of Christ" who shuns big cars and instead of feasting with the luminaries of the world, will be serving at a Catholic soup kitchen after his historic address to Congress.

Speaker of the House, John Boehner is said to be a "devout Catholic". He has spent years attempting to get the pope to address Congress. Two of the leaders in the Republican presidential race are Catholics, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.  The former Speaker of the House,  Nancy Pelosi is a Catholic. Vice President and probable Democratic candidate for President is the first Roman Catholic to be elected Vice President of the United States.  There are six Roman Catholics serving on the bench of the United States Supreme Court, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas. 31% of Congress is Roman Catholic.

When the pope addressed the Congress of the United States, two devout Roman Catholics sat right behind the "moral leader of the world."  The Vice President and the Speaker of the House reveal how far America has moved from being a Protestant nation.

Congressional members were told not to clap for the Pope during his speech, but that was set aside as the pope first began to speak. It was indeed a historic event when the  Jesuit leader of the Vatican stepped onto the platform of the United  States congress and began talking about Moses, Israel, God. There was much truth in his delivery to America as he  pleaded with America by presenting four Americans as examples of "the spirit of America". 

He spoke of defending liberty, and justice of the oppressed. And he spoke of the need to protect nature, and the needs of the family. His presentation will be looked upon as a great speech by the moral leader  of the world.

America has reached across the abyss and has joined hands  with the papal power. She has set the stage to repudiate her Protestant and republican heritage and legislate the enforcement  of a religious law that dictates whom we shall worship. The "abomination of desolation" which will lead to the  destruction of this world is looming large before us. The pope closed his message with the benediction "God bless America".

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

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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.

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