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Adventist Community Services Responds to Fires in Washington
Record forest fires across the State of Washington in America's northwest have resulted in more than 250,000 burned over acres of wilderness and the loss of hundreds of homes. To help people who have lost everything, Adventist Community Services (ACS), the disaster relief agency sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist denomination and registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross is operating warehouse in Okanogan to supply emergency needs....
 
Pope Francis Advocates for Sunday as a Protected Day of Rest
Pope Francis recently spoke out in defense of Sunday as the traditional day of rest and relaxation for Catholics. He hinted at current discussions in the European Union (EU) about laws restricting required work and commercial activity on Sundays....
 
Netherlands Adventists Respond to Plane Shot Down in Ukraine
The Netherlands Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination has released a public statement deploring the incident in which a Malaysian Airlines passenger flight was shot down over Ukraine last week. It expressed condolences and solidarity with the many Dutch families touched by this tragedy....
 
Retired Adventist GC Officer Speaks Out Against Corruption in Ghana
Dr. Matthew Bediako, who served as executive secretary of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church until his retirement in 2010, expressed concern about corruption in Ghana where he spoke on July 10 for the graduation ceremonies at Valley View University. Bediako called on the Ghanaian government to push ahead with investigations that have already been authorized. He asked why, after establishing several parliamentary committees to investigate corruption, no one has been prosecuted. He also asked why individuals who have committed financial misconduct are either promoted or transferred....
 
 
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Opinion

   
Rediscovering Agape Love: Why the Reformation Is Not Over - Michael Peabody
This article is based on the author’s panel presentation at the Pepperdine University School of Law Conference on Love and Law, February 2014.  Many confuse the concept of agape love with the concept of caritas, or charity, but these are two separate ideas. The concept of agape love is the love of God reaching down to save humanity through grace, while caritas is about humans reaching upward toward God through works....
   
   
A Plea for Compassion - Ernesto Espinoza
I am a 4th-generation Adventist – well, not anymore. I am no longer a member of the Adventist Church, nor am I in any way affiliated with the Church or SDA-Kinship or other Adventist organizations. I do, however, still have family and friends in the Adventist church. Some of them are hiding in plain sight and suffering in plain sight. On behalf of those the church forgot and ignores, I am writing today....
   
   
Just Following Orders - Mark Gutman
We often find it easy to let authorities and others tell us what to do and what to think. Much of what we believe we believe because someone else told us. We don’t have time to learn everything firsthand. We also don’t have time to think through everything we learn secondhand. But we can become too dependent on others’ thinking. Many a harmful financial or medical or religious decision has been made because of deciding to accept what someone else asserted or demanded or pleaded....
   
   
Pastors, Sheiks & Harems - Danny Bell
What do male Pastors and Sheiks have in common? You may be surprised - it’s a lot more than we realize. Apart from the fact that Pastors and Sheiks are responsible for a large group of women, there are other similarities that are interesting. The Harem (haram) - a Middle Eastern style of household governance - may work for Sheiks but parallels with the church are uncanny and can serve as a model of what not to do if we want healthy churches and growth. Let’s begin, shall we?...
   
   
The Great Sabbath Paradox - Tom Hughes
The Sabbath is a great paradox that is rarely talked about or understood. How could we have missed the Great Sabbath Paradox? What is it? Simply put, simply stated, it is this: Even though Seventh-day Adventists exhort the entire world to “keep the Sabbath holy,” no Seventh-day Adventist has ever kept even one Sabbath holy himself. I can hear minds whirring, and saying, “What are you talking about?”...
   
   
The Heat Is on in San Antonio for 2015 - Edwin A. Schwisow
The General Conference Session (July 2-12, 2015) is fast lining up as a case study in climate change within the Adventist Church. Internal heat is on and tides are rising. Members right, left, and center share an unprecedented level of concern regarding the Church’s future and are mystified by the strange and idiosyncratic responses by Church administrators to a number of concerns (decisions chronicled and thoughtfully analyzed by Adventist Today)....
   
   

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2014-07-26 12:37 AM

In Dan. 3 we have a legislated time of worship. In fact, Dan. 3 stresses that point by mentioning it at least three times: Everyone by law had to worship the golden image when the music played. Rev. 13 draws some of its imagery from Dan. 3, which...

2014-07-25 10:33 PM

Gregory, I prefer to let people do their own research.  If you want to know the details, just go to the state websites and search for their anti-discreimination statutes.  Those three states are part of a larger group of states that have...

GENESIS commented on Indescribable
2014-07-25 10:08 PM

God bless you, dearest Ella M.

2014-07-25 10:00 PM

       This is wonderful--another Sabbath blessing. There's a lot theology here too!  I like "the net." Thank you for your devotionals.

2014-07-25 9:54 PM

     This is so beautiful, and I take it away as my Sabbath blessing.

2014-07-25 8:55 PM

The Dutch rightly deserve most the credit.  There has been this amazing 'coalition of the grieving' formed between the countries who lost people, with major emphasis from Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia, and then supported by Germany,...

2014-07-25 8:53 PM

   Thank God for people who will speak up for the right. May there be many more all around the world.

2014-07-25 4:36 PM

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2014-07-25 2:35 PM

Prayers are going out to victims and famlies all affected by this fire...


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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