Monthly Archives: August 2013

Why Not Try This? – Teach Your Children Money Management

money managementby Dan Serns
Source: Adventist Review

Nearly 60 percent of parents provide financial support to adult children, according to a May 20, 2011, article in Forbes magazine. “The majority of parental help is housing (50%), living expenses (48%), transportation costs (41%), insurance coverage (35%), spending money (29%), and medical bills (28%).”1

What’s wrong with this picture?

There may always be times our adult children will need our help, but is there any way we can train our young children to be good money managers so that when they grow up, they can be equipped to avoid this parental dependency trap as far as possible?

As we have raised our three children to adulthood, my wife, Lois, and I have tried three things we highly recommend in preparing children to manage money in a way that is pleasing to Jesus:

1. Use allowance to teach faithful financial stewardship.
When each of our children turned 3 years old, we began giving them an allowance based on a dollar per month times their age. This was so they could learn to manage money. I remember some of those first allowance lessons.

“Jacob, you’re 3 years old, and we’re going to start giving you an allowance. When I get my paycheck each month, I’ll give you a dollar for each year old you are. Here’s three dollars,” I said as we sat together at the dining room table. There were three piles of dimes and nickels, each totaling a dollar.

“How much of this belongs to Jesus?” I asked.

“All of it!” he beamed.

“That’s right,” I said. “Now, out of each of these piles we need to give one dime, or 10 percent, for Jesus and His workers around the world. That’s called ‘tithe.’ ” I helped him slide a dime from each of the three piles off to the side, forming the “tithe” pile.

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Soul Winning – Reach Seattle

178989487Joining an overall strategy in North America to reach the largest metropolitan areas with the Adventist message, this year’s emphasis in the Northwest will be an effort called “Reach Seattle.” More than 70 evangelistic meetings throughout the city will kick off simultaneously on Oct. 4, reaching out to an area where more than 80 percent of the state’s population lives. Sabbath, Sept. 28, has been designated as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for this unique and focused outreach. Members all across the Northwest are encouraged to join together, seeking God’s powerful blessing on the upcoming effort in Seattle.


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Soul Winning – SOULS Northwest Selects New Campus

sunsetlakelogoRecently the administration of the North Pacific Union voted to expand the training offered by SOULS Northwest to a two year program. SOULS Northwest has been searching for a new facility to accommodate this expansion and recently our board voted to accept a proposal from the Washington conference to share the Sunset Lake Camp. SOULS staff are excited about this opportunity for synergy and believe that it will be an ideal location for this important training program. SOULS is anticipating a full class for the session starting September 8th, 2013. As the school begins its first year of the new two-year program that models SOULS West of the Pacific Union, SOULS Northwest will be experiencing sunset-lake-e1376663413353-620x300a lot of growing and changing. While the methods of training, the curriculum and the schedule have all been tested and proven in the Pacific Union SOULS program, there are always new and exciting challenges to face when you’re starting something new. Please pray for this new venture of the North Pacific Union, and pray for the 15 or so students that are joining us this fall.

If you are part of a church in the Northwest and would like to find out how SOULS students can impact your community, call our staff at (360) 857-7062, or email us at

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Momentum – WWU Student/Pastor Mentoring Program

3b006d59-fb78-4907-a2ac-2c67e9181c64Below are 2012-2013 year end reports and stories from theology students involved in the mentoring program at Walla Walla University.

Andrew Abbott:

This last school year at the College Place Village Church has been full of constructive activity and personal growth in ministry. My responsibilities this last year have included weekly visits to church members; preaching about twice a month at Village Church, the state penitentiary, or other churches; presenting devotionals for Blue Mountain TV, supervising the Youtube ministry for Village Church; attending weekly staff meetings; helping with the Collegiate Sabbath School; and playing music for church services and other church events. All of these duties have sharpened my public speaking, my interpersonal skills, my listening skills, my decision-making skills, and my creativity in ministry.

I have continued to hone the effectiveness of the Village Impact Youtube Channel by experimenting with different types of videos and looking into various marketing methods. We post Sabbath morning sermons each week, Gospel Outreach mission stories every other week, and promotional videos for church events about once a month. Facebook has been a very valuable asset in publicizing the videos, but I am also in the process of distributing pamphlets in the community. Through experimenting and observing, my team and I have found that short, casual video clips receive the most views. I find this insight encouraging, since it means that running a Youtube ministry is within the reach of the average, small church congregation. A church does not need thousands of dollars of equipment and a professional studio to attract people’s attention through internet videos. They can increase their web presence and spread the gospel with simple filming equipment and techniques.

One aspect of ministry at Village Church that has been very meaningful for me the past school year is the prison ministry. I found my first sermon appointment at the penitentiary to be a heart-warming, spiritually enlivening experience and one of the men testified that my sermon was a decisive factor in leading him to request baptism. Since then, I have preached there once a month and have found each visit a blessing. I have also enjoyed participating in the outreach team at Village Church. By making friends at the university and in the community, I have been able to Continue reading

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Upcoming Events – European Study Tour, Virtual Festival of the Laity, DMin Facebook

european tourEuropean Study Tour offers Graduate Credit through the Seminary

March 28 – April 10, 2014

Dr. P. Gerard Damsteegt, Seminary professor of Church History

See prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive while touring Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany. Retrace your Christian heritage from the Early Church, through the Dark Ages to the Reformation.

Space is limited to one bus.

Click Here to view the Brochure


festival of the laity“What if everyone (worldwide) could be equipped for these ministries at the same time?” It’s possible for everyone with a computer with internet access to attend the NAD Virtual Adult Ministries Festival Of The Laity!

“What if one could receive this equipping for effective ministry with no travel, no registration fees, no hotel bills, and no spending for extras?” It’s possible because there are NO FEES attached to the Festival Of The Laity. Even registration is free! Click here to register now.

“What if I could ask my questions and have them answered live during the program?” We have everything set up so your questions can be delivered directly to the seminar facilitator.​

Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Seminars in Spanish and English.

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Media & Adventist Benefits – The Record Keeper Wins Geekie Award

the record keeperThe Record Keeper, a new web series being produced by the Adventist Church, won the award for the “Best Trailer” at the Geekie Awards film festival. The honor was accepted by Director Jason Satterlund and Executive Producer Garrett Caldwell. “We are excited to receive this response on a series that isn’t even out yet,” says Satterlund. The Record Keeper is being produced as a unique take on The Great Controversy theme of the struggle between good and evil. The series is expected to debut this early in 2014 along with study guides to explore the themes presented in the series. The September issue of the GLEANER includes an in-depth interview with the show’s creators. Read more coverage of the event from Adventist News Network.

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Lifelong Learning – What do Millennials Want from Denominations?

By Ircel Harrisonlogo
Source: ABP News

What do Christians, and particularly young-adult believers, want from a denomination in the 21st century?

In the 20th century, the way to influence policy very often was from the top down. If a group with an agenda could gain the favor and support of the leadership of the organization, they would be assured that the organization – a Christian denomination, for example – would use its considerable resources and influence to further their cause.

We see this exhibited in the work of some denominations to support boycotts related to apartheid in South Africa and lobbying for civil rights legislation in the United States.

We no longer live in that world. For one thing, denominations do not carry the kind of influence and authority they once did. Most are extremely fractured over both internal and external issues.

Our friends in the Alliance of Baptists may be an exception when it comes to solidarity, but they were formed out of churches that had already made decisions on the local level to pursue a progressive agenda. Their strength is in the churches and not in the judicatory.

Second, denominations like CBF don’t have a lot of resources to toss around. Churches are more focused on maintaining control over their own mission dollars, and the global missions strategy of CBF seems to reflect this concern.

Third, churches, especially those with a congregational polity, will not defer to denominational entities on “hot button” issues, and individuals should not expect the churches to give up this responsibility.

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Health & Temperance – Don’t Take Your Vitamins?

Source: The New York Times

71262363PHILADELPHIA — LAST month, Katy Perry shared her secret to good health with her 37 million followers on Twitter. “I’m all about that supplement & vitamin LYFE!” the pop star wrote, posting a snapshot of herself holding up three large bags of pills. There is one disturbing fact about vitamins, however, that Katy didn’t mention.

Derived from “vita,” meaning life in Latin, vitamins are necessary to convert food into energy. When people don’t get enough vitamins, they suffer diseases like scurvy and rickets. The question isn’t whether people need vitamins. They do. The questions are how much do they need, and do they get enough in foods?

Nutrition experts argue that people need only the recommended daily allowance — the amount of vitamins found in a routine diet. Vitamin manufacturers argue that a regular diet doesn’t contain enough vitamins, and that more is better. Most people assume that, at the very least, excess vitamins can’t do any harm. It turns out, however, that scientists have known for years that large quantities of supplemental vitamins can be quite harmful indeed.

In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1994, 29,000 Finnish men, all smokers, had been given daily vitamin E, beta carotene, both or a placebo. The study found that those who had taken beta carotene for five to eight years were more likely to die from lung cancer or heart disease.

Two years later the same journal published another study on vitamin supplements. In it, 18,000 people who were at an increased risk of lung cancer because of asbestos exposure or smoking received a combination of vitamin A and beta carotene, or a placebo. Investigators stopped the study when they found that the risk of death from lung cancer for those who took the vitamins was 46 percent higher.

Then, in 2004, a review of 14 randomized trials for the Cochrane Database found that the supplemental vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene, and a mineral, selenium, taken to prevent intestinal cancers, actually increased mortality.

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