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!).
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
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
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
The Three Angels’ Messages
- Announced the trial was to begin: “The hour of his judgment has come”
- What is the topic/subject of this trial: Worship
- Announced the verdict of the trial: Babylon is guilty
- Babylon caused the nations to turn away from worshiping God
- Adultery is having a relationship with the wrong person (Satan instead of God)
- Announcement of the sentence:
- Worshipers of the beast will receive beast’s mark
- Worshipers of the beast will drink of God’s wrath
- Worshipers of the beast will be burned – eternal death
I am impressed that the worship of God or Satan has been the issue ever since Creation – and it will be seen here at the end of time with the 3 angels. Do I put my trust wholly in God or do I “do it myself”–which is Satan’s way?
Ann Atkins – Member of the Newport Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newport, WA