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Go—Make Disciples! Pacific Press Offers a Wide Selection of Bible Lessons

There is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to Bible lessons. Bible study lessons are as unique as those who are studying them, and those giving the studies. Pacific Press offers many options for Bible lessons to meet different individual styles and needs. (Pacific Press and the Adventist Book Centers have the largest selection of Bible lessons and ancillary materials available!) Here is a handy list of Bible study guides available at your Adventist Book Center and online at www.AdventistBookCenter.com: Continue reading

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Advent Movements – Huey, North American Division

Steve Huey has stepped in as North Pacific Union Conference Native Ministries Director, replacing Monte Church, long-time director since 1987, who is stepping aside in favor of retirement. Huey, who has most recently served as pastor of the All Nations Center in Wapato, WA, has been training for the role under Church for more than a year. Church will continue to help out and assist Huey as time allows. During a welcoming reception at the NPUC office, Church (pictured left) presented Huey with a ceremonial Native canoe paddle.

We’ve moved! The North American Division Headquarters has moved to a new location. Our new address is 9705 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046. The NAD offices are open regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, at this new address.

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From Leader to Leader – Self-Deception Part V

by César De León Ph.D LMFT, Ministerial Director for the North Pacific Union Conference

This is the last in our series of thoughts on self-deception. It is evident that Paul was concerned with this human propensity when he wrote to the Corinthian church. “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written; “He catches the wise in the craftiness” and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile” I Cor. 3:18. The Corinthian church was confused, they were self-deceived in believing that their allegiance should be placed on a man. Paul warns them “do not deceive yourselves”. He reminds them their allegiance should not be rendered to any man, for men are just instruments, one plants, the other waters, but “God is the one that makes it grow” (1 Cor. 3:6).

Distorting reality is neither difficult or rare. Truth be told, we post-fall humans are highly susceptible to self-deception. We can become all wise in our own estimation and can begin to reason out anything, especially when we believe we have logical arguments in our favor. Lucifer, even while knowing he was a created being, fell under the spell of self-deception and became convinced he could be like God, sit at His throne and govern the universe more efficiently than God could. Lucifer’s case study teaches us that once the process of self-deception is activated, one cannot imagine how far it can carry you. A distorted reality is a distorted reality. There are no degrees of distortion. Once truth has been altered, it ceases to be truth. A lie is an abstraction; it can be convenient and can feed our ego. Case in point, the Laodicean church, who’s reality has been so completely distorted that they are utterly unable to perceive their true condition: “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing” Rev. 3:17.   The True Witness responds by giving them a reality check: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot” (v.15), because if you were either extreme, you wouldn’t be sitting comfortably in a state of pitiful self-deception. Being lukewarm feeds your ego. You can believe you are complete and need no Savior. “But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” Rev. 3:17.

Sister White writes about self-deception in the ministerial life:

“There is much in the conduct of ministers that they can improve. Many see and feel their lack, yet they seem to be ignorant of the influence they exert. They are conscious of their actions as they perform them, but suffer them to pass from their memory, and therefore do not reform. {GW 275.1}

Let ministers make the actions of each day a subject of careful thought and deliberate review, with the object of becoming better acquainted with their own habits of life. By a close scrutiny of every circumstance of the daily life, they would know better their own motives and the principles which govern them. This daily review of our acts, to see whether conscience approves or condemns, is necessary for all who wish to reach perfection of Christian character. Many acts which pass for good works, even deeds of benevolence, will, when closely investigated, be found to be prompted by wrong motives. Many receive applause for virtues which they do not possess. The Searcher of hearts weighs the motives, and often deeds highly applauded by men are recorded by Him as springing from selfishness and base hypocrisy. Every act of our lives, whether excellent and praiseworthy, or deserving of censure, is judged by the Searcher of hearts according to the motives which prompted it. Many neglect to look at themselves in the mirror which reveals the defects in the character; therefore deformity and sin exist, and are apparent to others, if not understood by those who are in fault. The hateful sin of selfishness exists to a great degree, even in some who profess to be devoted to the work of God. If they would compare their character with His requirements, especially with the great standard, God’s holy law, they would ascertain, if earnest, honest searchers, that they are fearfully wanting. But some are not willing to look far enough or deep enough to see the depravity of their own hearts. They are wanting in very many respects, yet they remain in willing ignorance of their guilt. Continue reading

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From Leader to Leader – Ministry’s Greatest Pitfall Part IV

by César De León Ph.D LMFT, Ministerial Director for the North Pacific Union Conference

“Ministers are in danger of losing their own souls.” This is the SOP premise that gave birth to this series of short articles. We discovered that the context to this sobering statement is the actual reality that as we ministers occupy ourselves in the never-ending tasks of ministerial duties and responsibilities, we can unconsciously harbor less than lofty motives for our altruistic service and run the risk of losing sight of God’s Holiness as we become familiar with supernatural evidence of His glory. Today, we will move into another Biblical scenario, and the story is fascinating.

Scenario # 2 Gehazi

Gehazi was Elisha’s servant. You recall the story (2 Kings 5); Naaman comes down to Israel looking for Elisha, because he needs healing. He knows he cannot fathom the degrading, gradual death of a leper. After receiving specific instruction on where and how to apply the remedy; and after getting over the ridiculous prescription, he determined he had nothing to lose and decided to obey the prophet’s mandates. As you well know, he was healed, as promised, and he returns to Elisha’s home wanting to repay the monumental life-altering favor. It’s interesting to note just how uncomfortable people have been throughout the ages with accepting gifts of grace. Most people experience an urge to repay something back for a received grace token. So Naaman was ready to make the prophet rich and send him on an early retirement. Yet, the prophet refuses to do business with God’s grace and refuses Naaman’s lavish offer. However, Gehazi’s heart is in a different place. He convinces himself that this uncircumcised man needs to pay, that at least he deserves some recognition for his ministerial labors. So he says:

“My master has let that Aramean Naaman off too lightly by not accepting from him what he offered. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something out of him” 2 Kings 5:20. What he decides to do next is unbelievable. He bolts after Naaman and catches up with him not too far from their house. When he gets there, he pronounces seven lies; all in the name of the Lord, plus one more lie to his master, for good measure. Count them out with me:

  1. “My master has sent me . . .”
  2. “He told me to say . . .”
  3. “Two members of a company of prophets . . .”
  4. “Have just come to me . . .”
  5. “From the hill country of Ephraim . . .”
  6. “Please give them . . .”
  7. “A talent of silver and two changes of clothing . . .”
  8. “Your servant has not gone anywhere at all . . .”

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Resources – Mobile Apps

Kiev, Ukraine - June 29, 2016: Popular social media, productivity, photo, video and navigation icons: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Linkedin, Tumblr, Myspace, Flickr and others, printed on white paper

10 Mobile Apps That Will Change Your Life – Here are some powerful apps that will help you save time and money, and bring better focus to your life and ministry.

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Why Not Try This? – Evangelism: Don’t Delete It, Redeem It

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by Pastor Jose Cortes Jr., is an Associate Ministerial Director and leads Evangelism, Church Planting, and Global Mission for the Adventist Church in North America
Source: NAD Ministerial

The other day a frustrated pastor called me crying and said, “my church board just voted another Evangelistic Meeting for this year, just like we did last year; $20,000.00 to pay mostly for flyers and a guest speaker to hold meetings for four weeks.” He added, “I already know the results; four weeks with a handful of people in attendance. They will complain because others are not attending every night.  The evangelist will be breathing down my neck for me to get him some baptisms. 5 people will be baptized, three of whom are church children, and two people from the community. The three we baptized last year are no longer here. There is so much to do in this city and the only thing two or three of our very powerful board members want to do is to mail out flyers and bring in someone to speak for four weeks, as if this is all there is to evangelism.”

As I travel across North America, I have asked the following questions among pastors, church leaders, and members: Continue Reading…

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Changed Lives – Transformed in Him

3The Central Valley Spanish Church had of Evangelism series lead by the local pastor, Marco A Larumbe. This campaign started on Saturday, August 27 at the city of Toppenish, WA.

We had excellent church participation, through which we could experience Jesus’ power and become transformed in Him. From it we could also recover the value people give as they start knowing Jesus and their commitment towards the blessed hope.

We can specifically speak about two guests that attended the whole week, being; two young people, Pablo and Juan, both from México, who for years have come to the U.S. to work during the harvest season and then return to their country. Alejandro, a member of the Wapato Spanish Church and Uncle to one of young men, invited them to study the Bible. 2That is how they started studying the Word of God, and became more and more interested in the Bible truths, attending the campaign meetings called “Transformed in Jesus”. Little by little they started knowing how Jesus made His disciples for a greater purpose, and what He did with His transforming love in each of His followers.

As a result of the evangelism and lay members work, they both decided to continue attending the Wapato Spanish Church, committing more with God each day.

At the next district evangelistic campaign “Knowing How to Live” held at the Granger Spanish Church the two young boys gave their lives to Jesus through baptism, making their covenant for salvation and eternal life.

1The Wapato Spanish Church was pleased to receive them as Church members and brothers in Jesus Christ. And they continue praying along with the whole Central Valley District to continue working after the souls and committed with the transformation that is in Jesus Christ.

This experience enriches me as a pastor, enriches all the brethren, and encourages us to continue dealing with our Loving Savior’s business.

May God bless us, and let us continue being transformed in Jesus.

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Advent Movements – Simpson

simpsonThe North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) nominating committee has re-elected César De León, vice president for Hispanic ministries, and Dennis Plubell, vice president for education, while choosing to seek new vision for vice president of regional affairs. Additionally, the NPUC executive committee extended an invitation to Chuck Simpson to fill the role of planned giving and trust services director for the NPUC, which he has accepted. Simpson is currently the associate director for planned giving and trust services for the world church. Simpson will begin in January 2017.

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Advent Movements – Freedman, Schroeder, Torkelsen

14448768_1200118543363947_4906191519614811102_nJohn Freedman has been elected president of the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) by delegates to the union’s regular constituency session held September 25 in Portland, Ore. Freedman replaces Max Torkelsen II whose retirement became effective at the end of the session. Delegates also re-elected John Loor Jr. and Mark Remboldt to their respective posts as executive vice president for administration and chief financial officer (CFO). Loor has been NPUC executive secretary since 2010. Remboldt has been with the NPUC since 2005, serving as treasurer/CFO since 2008. Read More…

kimKimberley Schroeder, North Pacific Union Conference planned giving director since 2011, will leave her position at the end of August to begin a new role in elder law and estate planning for a Portland, Ore., law firm. Read More…

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Advent Movements – Parris, Osorio

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The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) recently filled two vacant positions. Christiana Parris has stepped into the role of Assistant Association Treasurer. Parris takes over Allee Currier’s former position after Currier took over as Association Treasurer. Prior to joining the NPUC, Parris was an Associate Treasurer at the Pacific Union Conference in Westlake Village, Calif. Christiana is married to 419622_10200605118757092_1076143804_nSheldon, incoming principal at Portland Adventist Academy after Dan Nicola transitioned into the Oregon Conference. In addition to Parris, Sandra Osorio also joins the NPUC as Administrative Assistant to César De León, Vice President for Hispanic Ministries. Sandra and her husband, Rodrigo, have two children, Caleb and Elizabeth.

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