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Advent Movement – Steven G Rose, Paul Johnson, Jay Louis Crider

o Steven G. Rose- To Walla Walla College VP for Finance from General Conference Undertreasurer

o Paul Johnson- To OR Conference Commission Culture Coordinator from Senior Pastor, Gladstone Park Seventh-day Adventist Church District (OR Conf)

o Jay Louis Crider- Made his grand entrance into the big, wide world on May 23, 2007 2:16 am (6 lbs 15 oz 19 ¼ in long) into the family of Jim & Jodie Crider, daughter and son-in-law of Annette Koelsch

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Media & Adventist Benefits- How to be Saved

Only believe in Jesus’ blood to be saved? “Jesus himself had a very different answer to the question of salvation” according to Baptist preacher David P. Gushee in the article “Jesus and the Sinner’s Prayer” in Christianity Today, March 2007, p. 72, one that has been clearly conveyed in Steps to Christ by Ellen White for over 100 years! (Click here to read the article.)

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WHAT WORKS FOR ME IN… Having A Strong Lobby Ministry For New Guests And/Or Returning Inactive Members

Marianne Carty (mmscarty@msn.com), Retired Pastor’s Wife, Yucaipa Seventh-day Adventist Church, (Southeastern CA Conf)

“One Sabbath the minister stressed in his sermon how the members needed to be friendlier and reach out to visitors. My sweet, conscientious mother-in-law, after church that day in the lobby, saw someone she didn’t recognize in her several-thousand-member church. Smilingly, she asked, “Are you visiting with us today?” “I am not!” the woman retorted. “I was a charter member here!” That almost put an end to her ‘outreach’. Personally, I find that reaching out to a person and saying, with a smile, “I haven’t had a chance to get acquainted with (or meet) you yet,” then giving my name, usually brings a friendly response and many times is the beginning of a great relationship.”

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Adventist Church Planting Resources on the Web

There are a number of websites related to Adventist Church Planting. Links to nine of these are currently listed on our NPUC Church Planting website (Click here to see the list.)

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Auburn Adventist Academy (WA Conf) Sends out nearly 100 on Three Mission Teams

Mission trips are so popular at the Auburn Adventist Academy, that three options were offered to students and nearly 100 students (or a third of the student body) forfeited three days of classes and their spring break-March 11 to 26-to travel to Ecuador, the Philippines, or Kenya, Africa. (Click here to read the entire story.)

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Adventist World Church leaders highlight evangelism, finances, and member retention

 Almost 100 General Conference Executive Committee members from the Adventist Church’s 13 divisions converged on the church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 10 and 11, to assess mission, vote policies, and discuss other matters of church business.

GC vice presidents Michael L. Ryan, Lowell C. Cooper, and Mark A. Finley led a two-hour presentation on the world church’s evangelistic initiative Tell the World, whose primary mission is to provide a way for every person in the world to hear the gospel message within the next five years.

Describing the Adventist Church as being “not a bureaucratic institution involved in administrative trivia but [an organization] focused on mission-its evangelistic mission,” Finley reminded attendees of the church’s continual growth since its beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. He pointed out that it took the church 107 years, from 1848-1955, to grow to 1 million members; 14.7 years, 1955-1970, to reach the 2 million mark; and 3.3 years, 1983-1986, to hit 5 million. Since 1986, the church has grown by a million members every 12 to 18 months, he said. (Click here to read the entire story.)

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Is Your Church or School Preparing for a Prayer Focus?

 As you prepare your church district or school for the next Harvest Cycle it is very important to lead as many of the members or students as possible into intercessory prayer for souls. We are in a spiritual battle that requires supernatural strength to win. Here are several resources to assist you-

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US News & World Report quotes Adventist understanding of the State of the Dead

 Here is one more evidence that God is moving key thought leaders around the world toward Bible understandings He gave the Adventist church over a hundred years ago-

“Within religion itself there is also fresh thought about the implications of the new science of the mind for core religious principles and beliefs. Malcolm Jeeves, an honorary professor of psychology at the University of St. Andrews [the oldest university in Scotland, founded in 1413], is one of many believing scientists who think the Christian concept of the soul should be relieved of its Cartesian and Platonic overlays. ‘The immortality of the soul is so often talked about that it is easy to miss that the Jewish view did not support it,’ Jeeves says. ‘Furthermore, the original Christian view was not the immortality of the soul but the resurrection of the body.’ But Platonism did creep in, Jeeves acknowledges, winning over such influential Christian theologians as Augustine and John Calvin. In Jeeves’s view, the new science of consciousness, by showing the inseparable links between mind and body, restores the original Christian conception of the unity of the person. As many Christian theologians now say, human beings do not have souls; they are souls. But Jeeves is realistic in thinking that it will take decades for many of his fellow Christians to accept this way of viewing the soul…” – US News and World Report, October 23, 2006 Cover Story “Science and the Soul” Online at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/061015/23soul.htm (p. 63 of print edition, p. 8 of online edition)

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Advent Movement – Tom Lemon, Harold Dixon, Donovan Kack, Ritchie Brower, Bill Knott

  • 1) Tom Lemon to Minnesota Conf President from Oregon Conf Ministerial Director
  • 2) Harold Dixon to Idaho Conf Treasurer from Alaska Conf Treasurer
  • 3) Donovan Kack to Anchorage Hillside O’Malley Seventh-day Adventist Church District and Member of the Alaska Conf Evangelism Team from Pastor of Libby, Montana Seventh-day Adventist Church District
  • 4) Ritchie Brower to Upper Columbia Conf Church Planting Coordinator in addition to Pastor of JoySpring Seventh-day Adventist Church District, Spokane, WA
  • 5) Bill Knott to Editor, Adventist Review from Associate Editor (and Walla Walla College Church Senior Pastor before that)

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S.K.W.S.T.A. – Cari Dominguez,

 S.K.W.S.T.A. – Cari Dominguez, (Just retired) Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a committed Seventh-day Adventist

           

“I try to let Micah 6:8 guide me- ‘He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.'”

— Cari Dominguez, (Just retired) Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a committed Seventh-day Adventist. Cari’s family were Adventists in Cuba. At age 12 Cari came to the United States with her mother and siblings. An Adventist pastor met them at the airport and provided blankets and clothes at a time when they desperately needed them. Because her father was an accountant for a foreign company, he was not permitted to join the family for six years. Believing God allowed them to have an experience like Esther and Daniel, who left home for a foreign land, the family has always tried to help the downtrodden.

Ultimately Cari had an opportunity to help literally thousands of downtrodden people receive fair treatment while serving as the chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After serving the second longest of any person in her position, with great distinction (See http://www.eeoc.gov/press/8-7-06.html), she stepped down from her position August 31, 2006.

For more information about God’s leading in her life read the story in the Adventist Review issue dated May 25, 2006 (Online at http://www.adventistreview.org/issue.php?issue=2006-1515&page=27 if you are a subscriber). 

She Knows What She’s Talking About (S.K.W.S.T.A.)

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