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From Beyond the Pulpit – Was that God’s Voice that Elsa Heard?

by Dr. Stan Hudson, who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference

Disclaimer:  If you don’t know who Elsa is, you should probably read another article, as the references here won’t make sense!

Last Thanksgiving Disney released the long-awaited sequel to their mega-hit animated movie Frozen.  And it seems that their fans have been rewarded for their patience with another chapter in this princess saga.  The continued success of this franchise is based on solid characters, edge-cutting computer animation and, of course, the amazing music of the Lopez composers.  How many places have you heard “Let it Go” sung over the last few years?  And the marketing of knockoff products has made Disney many millions (I challenge anyone today to go to the local Walmart and find less than 50 Frozen-endorsed products…like duct tape–I’m not kidding!).

But the interesting star of these movies has been the ice queen of Arendelle, Elsa.  The success of Elsa and thus Frozen might be tied to her personal fears of the apparent powers she had in producing ice.  Her “journey” came to a head when she let go of those fears,

“Let It Go” being the anthem, and ended up in a self-induced exile in her ice palace.  The movie ends up happy, of course!

In trying to recapture that moment in Frozen II with more Lopez musical magic, a couple of years later Elsa now feels uneasy about her life, feeling she was meant for more.  She is still afraid of messing things up.  But into that openness comes a distant voice, calling her to leave her world.  “Into the Unknown” is the first of two ballads meant to cover her wrestlings with this voice.  She wonders whose voice it is;  are they like her, will they show her the way to becoming what she thinks she was meant to be?  Do they have the answers to her questions?  But can she leave her current life at the invitation of this voice?  She finally gives in and leaves her comfortable world to find the voice.

The second ballad, “Show Yourself,” has Elsa arriving at the voice’s source and touchingly asking that the voice reveals themselves.  “I’m here,” she sings.  And she beckons, “you are the one I’ve been looking for all of my life.  Come to me now, open your door, don’t keep me waiting one moment more.  Oh, come to me now….”  In the powerful scene she meets the voice and successfully discovers that she (Elsa) WAS meant to be more.  She has a purpose that involves reconciling people and kingdoms that she knows.  She was meant to bring people together.  And in this climactic scene Elsa is… and I know this sounds funny coming from an Adventist, but I think you’ll get it…glorified with a brilliant new look. 

The reason THIS Frozen connects with people is an undeniable truth that all people feel at some point in their lives:  is this all that there is?  Is my life just this day to day existence, or is there a higher purpose I was meant to fill?  And if a voice were to come and invite me to discover that purpose….

Micah 2:10: “Arise and depart, for this is not your rest.”  Then where shall we go?  Is there a ‘still, small voice’ that will lead us?  “Incline your ear, and come to Me.  Hear, and your soul shall live.”  Isaiah 55:3.  “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:21.

That Voice is still calling people today, the Elsa’s of the world.  It might seem to be a scary trip “into the unknown,” but the Voice will never leave or forsake us.  And when we finally arrive, we will find waiting for us all the answers to all of our questions…and better yet, the One Who has made the journey already Himself.

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Useful Tip – Who’s Your Leader?

by Stan Hudson who has served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years

When you are being interviewed for becoming the pastor of a church by a large group (like an enhanced church board), pose this kind of question to them:  “What would this church do if a crisis should arose, say, like what if an elder was suspected of having an affair with another leader?”  Then watch where the eyes go.  Eventually they will be looking at the local leader in that church (which may or may NOT be the head elder, a useful thing to know!).

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H.K.W.H.T.A. – Sam Levenson

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.sam
For lovely eyes, look for the good in others.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.
~ Sam Levenson 

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H.K.W.H.T.A. – Top Articles of the Last 12 Months

If you missed them you might want to read them now. Here are the top 5 most viewed stories in the H.K.W.H.T.A. (He Know…) category during the past year. Please add your additional comments at the end of any of these posts–

  1. H.K.W.H.T.A. – Morris Venden, Retired Pastor, Teacher & Author
  2. H.K.W.H.T.A. – Ron Halvorsen, Sr., (Retired) Southern Union Evangelist
  3. H.K.W.H.T.A. – Bill McClendon, Pastor of South Tulsa Adventist Fellowship
  4. H.K.W.H.T.A.- Miroslav Kis, Andrews Seminary Professor
  5. H.K.W.H.T.A. – Walter Pierson, Director/Speaker for Breath of Life Telecast

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H.K.W.H.T.A. – Todd Gessele, Director of New Outreach Media

We must not neglect the power of media to expand and extend the reach of our efforts. Going forward, it is as important as handbills, to add a media capture component to our evangelistic event plans.

—Todd Gessele, Director of New Outreach Media, North Pacific Union.

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H.K.W.H.T.A – Lloyd Perrin, Pastor of Coeur d’ Alene Adventist Church

“Prayer is the most intimate thing you can do. You become vulnerable, transparent. If you learn to talk to God as a friend, then you’ve got a great relationship. It’s not about things you do. The point is, if you’re in a conversation with God at the deepest heart level, then the rest of this flows from it.”

Perrin, 59, a pastor since he was 23, has been leading Coeur d’Alene Seventh-day Adventist Church for 13 years.

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H.K.W.H.T.A. – David Asscherick, Co-Director Light Bearers

“Sometimes I make the right decision. And sometimes I make the wrong decision. When I do the latter, the options aren’t many. You can either stay down or you can get back up. This is not a difficult decision to make. By God’s grace, I’m going to keep getting up.”

 

– David Asscherick is co-director of Lightbearers and co-founder of ARISE. He has spent the last 15 years traveling the globe preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the author of God In Pain: Another Look at Evil, Suffering, and the Cross, his first book.

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H.K.W.H.T.A. – Committed

“When you have a set of beliefs, stick to them. With God, anything is possible.”

– Committed, a six man a cappella group and graduates from Oakwood University are the 2010 winners of NBC’s “The Sing Off.” You can view the complete interview and hear their story on the Call on Faith App in the App Store under the “Celebrity Stories of Faith” tab.

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H.K.W.H.T.A – John Orterg

“The great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it.” by John C. Orterg in Taking Care of Busyness-How to minister at a healthy pace.

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H.K.W.H.T.A – Dan Serns

Last year it was the Haiti earthquake. Last month it was the Japan earthquake, tsunami and continuing nuclear plant problems. Last week it was the tornados that ripped across the southern United States killing over 300. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? But we must not live in fear of the future because we know the One who holds the future. Each sign is a reminder that Jesus really is coming again soon, an opportunity to help those in need and a motivation to be bolder in letting our light shine for Jesus so others can know Him and prepare for His soon return.

-Dan Serns is the pastor of the Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church in Texas. He has wide experience pastoring churches, serving as a conference youth director, as a church ministries director, and union ministerial director. Dan has a passion for church planting, missions, evangelism and soul winning and has held evangelistic meetings around the world.

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