Changed Lives – A Treasure Book at a Thrift Store

It all began for Larry one day when he went to a local Seattle Thrift Store. He was browsing the books when a particular one caught his attention. It was the book The Great Controversy. Larry opened and perused the pages and what he was reading got him so interested that he purchased the book. He was fascinated by the Bible prophecy content of the book as well as their precise fulfillment.

On the last week of September 2017, Larry received a Revelation: The Final Events Seminar handbill through the mail. He was excited to attend and even invited his wife, Vicky, to go with him. The first weekend of the seminar was held at a community hall in Seattle, not very far from where they live. From the very first presentation they attended, Larry and Vicky felt convicted that what they were learning was Bible-based. They decided to keep coming night after night.

Before the seminar venue was moved to the Greater Seattle Filipino American Seventh-day Adventist Church, Larry had a chat with the seminar presenter, Pastor Eddie General. He told the pastor how much he appreciated the seminar presentations. He also mentioned to him that the seminar presentation content was very similar with what he was learning from The Great Controversy.

Larry and Vicky came and attended presentation after presentation. During the message about the Seventh-day Sabbath and Baptism they both decided to follow Jesus all the way, embracing all the Bible teachings they were learning . They were even more delighted to learn that Ellen G. White who wrote the book they had been reading, was chosen by God to receive the spirit of prophecy gift to guide and bless God’s remnant church-the very same church they would be joining.

Larry and Vicky, with 7 more individuals, were baptized on November 25,2017. They are excited, not just to learn about the Bible teachings they now have, but also to share them with others as God provides the opportunities.

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Lifelong Learning – Is Your Website Content Written Conversationally?

Source: Social Media + Big Data Services

Fancy writing doesn’t sell anymore. Simple, honest, and conversational does.

While our English teachers and professors worked hard to convince us that the art of elevated, academic writing is the key to intelligent discourse, we might have to take a more simplified approach when it comes to the basic yet crucial principle of connecting with people.

People are looking for things that help them, make them feel happy and safe, and answer their questions. They don’t want to be Continue Reading…

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Resources – Did I Lose You?

by Hubert Cisneros
Source: NAD Ministerial

Pastors and elders are responsible for the people in their parish including the 70% of our youth and young adults who end up leaving. Did I lose you with that opening line? If not – keep reading. That is why Steve Case and I have written a book (training manual) to train youth leaders and leading youth. The name of the book is, A Place To Belong[1] and it comes out of personal experience.

Our church Sabbath School leader was a busy attorney by the name of Lloyd Summers. Lloyd also coached our Continue Reading…

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Advent Movements – Dulan

Byron Dulan has accepted the invitation of the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee to become vice president for regional affairs. Dulan has served the Washington Conference in several capacities, and is currently the conference’s director of Adventist Community Services, disaster response and personal ministries. He will begin his new role with the NPUC in January 2018. Continue Reading…

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From Leader to Leader – I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel

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

Last Sabbath, my wife and I concluded a very exciting series of evangelistic meetings. These meetings did not take place in one church only, they took place in 11 churches over a period of 9 days. The event was called Caravana, just like the caravans of camels in the desert where one camel follows another. During our spiritual caravans, 1 church celebrated 1 night of evangelistic meetings filled with music, food and baptisms. This event was followed by another just like it in a different church and repeated for 9 days. It’s like a spiritual fiesta, where the church makes banquet-like dinner preparations with the idea of ending that special night with baptisms.

Our theme was grounded in the words of 1 John 3:8; “For this purpose was the son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” We addressed the fact that every one of us has a story, growing up within our family systems formed us or destroyed us. We first experienced ourselves within the eyes of our caretakers. The first experiences of love and acceptance came from the person that provided physical and emotional nourishment. Satan is fully aware that brain development takes place at enormous steps during the first years of life. A baby’s brain grows three times within the first 2 years of life, from 33 grams to 999 grams. By the time we are 3, we have formed 88% of our synaptic connections. Scientist say that we are most impressionable in our first 3 years of life. The enemy moves swiftly and smartly to disrupt our emotional, mental and spiritual development during these vulnerable years. By the time we are teenagers, we have developed strong mental, emotional and spiritual values. In the mental health area, some diagnoses are officially given at the age of 16. At this age, patterns of functioning and thinking have already hardened and are more difficult to change.

Paul proclaims in the New Testament manuscripts: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the Salvation of everyone who believes . . .” (Romans 1:16 NIV.) When the gospel is assimilated and the person experiences Continue reading

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Why Not Try This? – 3 Ways to Use Facebook for Evangelism

by Larry Witzel, Co-Founder & President of SermonView
Source: SermonView

The key to using your evangelism marketing budget effectively is deciding who you want to reach, then finding the best ways to reach where those people are. There are many ways to reach potential interests: Road signs and banners reach people as they drive by your church neighborhood. Direct mail reaches people in their homes. Your members can take invite cards wherever they go and invite the whole neighborhood.

But, in the modern world, there is one place where people spend a lot of their time. Facebook.

With nearly 2 billion active users, it’s the largest social network in the world, and by a huge margin. Two-thirds of Americans are active on Facebook, spending an average of 50 minutes per day on the platform.

If you want to reach people where they are, Facebook has to be part of your mix. Keep reading to learn the three ways to use Facebook as part of a multi-touch evangelism marketing campaign Continue Reading…

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Reflections from Beyond the Pulpit – Coins and Theistic Evolution

by 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

Leave it to me, a Biblical numismatist (coin collector) and a born-again creationist, to see connections between those two favorite topics of mine….

In continuing the series on Biblical coins today we’ll focus on the large Roman coin called the “assarius.” These half dollar-sized bronze coins were worth ten to the denarius. These were imperial coins, meant to circulate around the Roman Empire. And they were the First Century’s way of conveying government propaganda to the farthest reaches.

The example we are showing is a commemorative piece struck by Tiberius. With it he is honoring his late adoptive father Augustus Caesar. On the obverse we see Tiberius’ bust with the following inscription: “DIVUS AUGUSTUS PATER.” That is, “Father Augustus the god.” Of course, this is another way of saying that he, Tiberius, is a “son of god,” too.

Jesus mentions the assarius as what “two sparrows are sold for.” But the text relates well to the great subject of origins and God’s image. “And I tell you that not one of them shall fall without the Father.” Matthew 10:29 ASV. Yes, the American Standard Version catches it best, as they don’t supply the word “will” as do other versions. The sparrows don’t fall with “the Father’s will.” No, they don’t fall alone! Theistic evolutionists believe that sparrows do and did fall with the Father’s will. In fact, God designed death as a part of creating sparrows. But that image of God is contrary to what Jesus said. In essence He was saying that people believe sparrows are worth two for a penny (assarius), but God feels the loss of every one of them.

“Fear not,” Jesus continued, “for you are worth more than MANY sparrows.” However, He didn’t say that we were worth more than ALL sparrows. All of God’s creation are valuable to Him.

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Changed Lives – Relation Based Evangelism

by Steve Rogers, Pastor of the Weippe Seventh-day Adventist Church

My wife and I team taught a full message relation-based series in Weippe, Idaho. In a community of 400, we had a total of 7 visitors attend the meetings. 5 of the visitors have attended church and one of them (Shirley) has requested to join our church. Shirley is still struggling with an addiction and knows she needs to quit. We believe that she will have the victory and join in the new year.

Jack was a part of our pre-work. He requested Bible studies as a result of our mailing, but never attended the meetings. A church elder has since been giving him Bible studies and Jack attended church declaring that he believes in the Sabbath, PRAISE THE LORD! We look forward to what God will do in his life.

Tressa, Mollie and David are three other individuals that attended the meetings and have expressed interest in, or are taking, Bible studies. Tressa and David both came from personal invitations and Mollie from the mailing. There are also two other ladies who responded to the mailing and have taken the first lesson, of which follow-up is in progress. One of these ladies for sure would like to study, and the status of the other we will find out when we visit next.

Our follow-up goal is to continue working with these interests and to help them make decisions that will lead to Christ and to baptism. We are trying hard to grow our little church in Weippe, Idaho.

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Upcoming Events – Using Social Media for Evangelism Marketing: a FREE Informational Webinar on November 29

Learn how social media can revitalize your marketing! Join SermonView’s Larry Witzel and Vince Williams for an exciting new webinar where you’ll learn:

  • How to use your evangelism budget more effectively and get more attendance for your investment
  • Learn the difference between internal and external social marketing
  • Discover when to use Facebook events vs. landing pages

Understand the timing on call-to-action and brand development techniques that will maximize your attendance

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Resources – Bible Study Lessons

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 Continue reading

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