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  • Adventist church Connect New Church and School Websites Coming in 2025 Adventist Church Connect (ACC) and Adventist School Connect (ASC) will be changing

    The current platform for Adventist Church Connect (ACC) and Adventist School Connect (ASC) will be changing. In early 2025, ACC/ASC will move to a new WordPress-based platform, replacing the existing functionality and giving us a new foundation to move forward providing websites and digital tools for all churches and schools across the North American Division (NAD). SimpleUpdates, the company that has provided the software that currently powers ACC/ASC, will not be the software we use going forward. The NAD has reached an agreement to use the existing software until our new system is ready. Through the transition, all existing ACC/ASC sites will continue to receive technical support in the same way things have happened in the past. Once the new platform is ready, all existing sites will be migrated. The NAD has begun development of a new platform based primarily on WordPress which will be ready in late 2024 or early 2025. Brent Hardinge, Assistant Vice President for Digital Media, has been tasked with coordinating the development and migration. He has years of experience in website and systems development and design. This new platform will be hosted on the NAD Cloud. The NAD will continue to provide the same high level of service and support for ACC/ASC that you have been receiving, with regular software updates, template selections, instructional videos, technical support, as well as the addition of new features as we work with AdventSource, Adventist Information Ministry, and the software development company. The original version of this story was posted by Adventist Church Connect.

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  • Adventhealth Nepal Mission Trip with Dr. Raj Bolson

    Taking part in a mission trip through AdventHealth can be a worthwhile experience for everyone involved—from the patients to the volunteers providing care. It’s an experience that stays with each participant long after the journey ends. Recently Dr. Raj Bolson, an orthopedic hand surgeon from AdventHealth Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Castle Rock, jumped at the opportunity to travel to Nepal as part of her first medical mission trip with AdventHealth’s Global Mission program. When Dr. Bolson first joined AdventHealth she shared her interest in participating in a mission trip to Rwanda in central Africa. At the time, however, the group that was going needed a trauma surgeon instead, so she wasn’t able to join. That changed when she received an invitation to serve on a mission trip to Nepal where a hand surgeon was needed. “It worked out well. I was happy they remembered me and asked if I wanted to come,” said Dr. Bolson. The mission trip included stops in Bangkok, Thailand, Kathmandu, Nepal, and other locations during a week and a half approximately. The group included mostly team members from AdventHealth Littleton. From day one after arriving in Nepal, Dr. Bolson set out to help. After settling down and unpacking, she met officials from Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital, a partner hospital that is part of the Global Missions program. By that afternoon, she had surgery scheduled. For the remainder of the mission trip, Dr. Bolson participated in clinic activities and scheduled surgeries each day. She also spent time in the emergency room with patients. “The patients were so grateful and kind. They waved at me after surgery and as I was leaving on the bus. It was really special,” said Dr. Bolson. She also found time to share three presentations with the hospital team. “I was very impressed with the physicians there and everything that they do for the patients,” said Dr. Bolson. While this was her first medical mission trip with AdventHealth, she can guarantee it will not be her last, thanks to the lasting impression it left on her. “It was eye opening to me. I learned a lot and I felt grateful when I came back for the resources I have,” said Dr. Bolson. “It is an excellent opportunity to broaden horizons and gain perspective on health care in different parts of the world and it links our health care community together across the world.” To learn more about AdventHealth Global Missions, visit AdventHealth.com/GlobalMissions. Derek Kopp is a regional communications specialist at AdventHealth in the Rocky Mountain Region.

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  • Iowa-Missouri Kimberling City Church Celebrates Baby Dedication and 95th Birthday

    On March 23, pastor Robert LaCelle dedicated three month old Hazel Taylor Tun and her eight year old sister, Alice Kristen Tun. A small quilt, made by Dorothy Israel, was presented to Hazel and a devotional book for young girls was presented to Alice. Wiley Tatum, a member from the Harrison, Arkansas Church, and friend of the Kimberling City Church, sang a dedication hymn, “Lead Them My God to Thee.” On March 30, at their weekly fellowship dinner, the church presented Dorothy Israel a gift of $95 which was beautifully displayed on a Lei, decorated by Judy Shafer. An origami dollar bill, from Patricia Hanson, to “grow on” was also presented to her as well as birthday cards. April 2 was Dorothy’s actual birthday. She is pictured here holding baby Hazel – youngest and oldest at Kimberling City.  

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  • Minnesota Conference Faith Encounter at Denver Airport By Amy Bacon and Christian Valdez with Chat GPT

    While traveling back from  their transformative mission trip to LaVida Mission in New Mexico, 14 students and two sponsors from Maplewood Academy found themselves unexpectedly grounded overnight at the Denver airport due to a looming snowstorm. Little did they know this layover would become an opportunity for a divine encounter. As a small group of five tired students roamed the airport around 10:30 pm, Maplewood Academy juniors Jude Bacon and Christian Valdez noticed a single stranger reading what appeared to be a Bible. Curiosity piqued, Jude approached him, initiating a conversation that would unfold into a profound exchange of faith.  Soon, the rest of the small group joined them, prompting a call to the remaining mission trip students, who swiftly joined them in this unexpected meeting. The man, Devin, revealed himself as a Christian who had recently vowed to rekindle his relationship with scripture. Working at the airport, Devin’s break time had unexpectedly led him to this encounter with the Maplewood students. What started as a casual inquiry quickly turned into a heartfelt discussion about their respective spiritual journeys. Devin shared that he did not belong to a church, but expressed his desire to comprehend the Bible before affiliating with a denomination. Impressed by the students’ commitment to service, Devin listened as they recounted their recent mission trip experiences and the impact it had on their lives. Baptism, spiritual growth, and the importance of daily scripture reading were among the topics that bridged their conversation. Samantha, one of the students, offered Devin a Bible study guide, that she happened to have with her.  For the next 30 minutes, amidst the hustle and bustle of the airport, this unlikely congregation delved into matters of faith and fellowship. As Devin needed to return to work, the students asked if they could pray together. Carl led the prayer, sealing the bond forged in that fleeting yet profound moment. Devin expressed gratitude for the unexpected fellowship and finding joy in the company of these young people dedicated to their faith.

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  • Fathers Day Father’s Day: Embracing God’s Model of Sacrifice Happy Father's Day

    Father’s Day is a time to honor and appreciate the fathers in our lives. It’s also an opportunity for fathers to reflect on their role and the profound impact they have on their children. One of the most powerful models of fatherhood comes from our Father in Heaven, who exemplifies the ultimate form of love and sacrifice. The Bible provides us with profound insights into God’s sacrificial love. In John 3:16 (NKJV), we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This verse highlights the depth of God’s love and His willingness to give the most precious gift—His Son, Jesus Christ—to save humanity. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the epitome of love and devotion. John 15:13 (NKJV) states, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Jesus demonstrated the greatest act of love by laying down His life for us. This act of selflessness serves as a powerful example for fathers to follow. As fathers, we are called to imitate God’s sacrificial love. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV) encourages us, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” By following God’s example, fathers can lead their families with love, patience, and selflessness. Sacrifice in fatherhood means putting the needs of our children and families above our own desires. It involves being present, providing guidance, and nurturing our children’s spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. Romans 12:1 (NKJV) reminds us, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Fathers are called to offer their lives in service to God and their families, striving to live in a way that honors God. On this Father’s Day, let us also remember and honor all types of fathers. We celebrate biological fathers, adoptive fathers, foster fathers, and spiritual fathers who have taken on the role of guiding and nurturing children. Each type of father plays a vital role in shaping the lives of the next generation. We also take a moment to remember fathers who have passed away. Their legacy lives on through the love and lessons they imparted. The memories of their sacrifices and the love they shared continue to inspire and guide us. Although they are no longer with us physically, their spirit and teachings remain alive in our hearts. For those who may not have had a father present in their lives, know that our Heavenly Father provides the perfect example of love and sacrifice. God’s love is always available, offering comfort and guidance to all His children. On this Father’s Day, let us celebrate the fathers who reflect God’s love and sacrifice in their daily lives. May every father be inspired by the ultimate example set by our Heavenly Father, and may they continue to lead their families with grace, humility, and unwavering love. Happy Father’s Day! This article and images wer generated with the assistance of ChatGPT. Prompting, editing and curation by Hugh Davis

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  • The Teacher’s Notes–Earth’s Closing Events, Lesson 12 Adult Bible Study Guide, 2024 2Q, "The Great Controversy"

    Sabbath School Lesson for June 15-21, 2024 Overview of Lesson 12, Earth’s Closing Events Memory Text: “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.” Proverbs 23:23 NKJV Everything Jesus has done, is doing, and will do for people living on this earth, especially in the last days, is designed to get His righteous ones home safe with Him in heaven. Satan will do all he can, through the image of the beast, to prevent the saints from buying or selling at that time (Revelation 13:16, 17). Taking away those economic actions so necessary to survival are part of his plan to punish God’s loyal followers. Proverbs 23:23, however, reminds us that there are things that no one can prevent us from having. We are to stock up on truth, wisdom, learning, and understanding now, so we will have them to fortify our minds during the coming crisis. No one can take away these precious spiritual blessings. They will make us strong, despite Satan’s best efforts to eliminate us from the earth. Read chapters 37 and 38 of The Great Controversy for more on these closing events. Sunday: Loyalty to God and His Word–The Bible is our safeguard against Satan’s deceitful lies. Monday: Sealed for Heaven–The seal of God, the Sabbath, reveals who, when, and why we worship our Creator. Tuesday: Whom Do We Worship?–Our very unstable world demands that we choose now whom we will serve. Wednesday: The Early and Latter Rain–God’s Holy Spirit will be poured out again, making a harvest of souls ready for Jesus to come. Thursday: The Loud Cry–God’s followers will be enabled by His Spirit to spread the gospel rapidly to all the earth in those last days. Sunday: Loyalty to God and His Word The great controversy between Christ and Satan is not just about worship. It is also a battle of truth and error that affects our worship. Jesus said that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) and that Satan is the “father of lies”, the opposite of truth (John 8:44). But Satan is quite deceitful and cunning. His lies are masked in secrecy, differing from the truth in very small ways. It requires us to be attentive students of God’s word, so we can avoid Satan’s counterfeit lies. Only by focusing on the real are we able to recognize the false. The apostle Peter assured us that the prophetic word of God can be trusted. It is based on eyewitness accounts. The disciples saw His majesty on many occasions, and testified boldly about who they believed their Master was (2 Peter 1:16-21). Being faithful in spreading the Word of God became their only life mission. Bible Verses: John 14:6 and 8:44 What heavenly beings are fighting for our loyalty, and how do they differ? 2 Peter 1:16-21 Why can we trust the prophetic words written by the apostles? John 8:32, 17:17 and Psalm 119:105, 130, 160 What can the truth do for us? Monday: Sealed for Heaven We are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). But many want to know what that seal is, which is just as important as knowing what the mark of the beast is. How will we know we have been declared righteous in those final hours of earth’s history? Of course, Revelation 14:12 mentions that the saints will be keeping God’s commandments and will have the faith of Jesus (repeated in Revelation 12:17). Isaiah 8:16 hints that the seal is connected with God’s law. It says, “Seal the law among my disciples.” Ancient documents contained an actual seal that was needed to verify its authenticity. Even today, official papers are designated with the logo or seal of the one sharing it. This distinctive identification seal or sign typically contains the name of the one sending it, their title, and the territory they represent. You may have noticed that business letters end with a person’s name, his title, and the company he represents. If we look at the law of God, we will find these elements in the fourth commandment. This commandment contains a name–“the Lord thy God”, His title–“the Creator”, and His territory–the “heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is”. We, thereby, know the author of the Commandments. It was indeed written by God’s own finger (Exodus 31:18). Bible Verses: Exodus 20:8-11 and Isaiah 8:16 What elements might indicate that this commandment about the Sabbath might be considered a seal that comes from God? Revelation 7:1, 2,  14:1, and 13:6, 7 What might be the significance of where the seal or mark is placed on a person? Why the difference? Ezekiel 20:12, 20 and Romans 4:11 Although the Sabbath was called a “sign” in Ezekiel, why might it also be thought of as a “seal”? Tuesday: Whom Do We Worship? Satan’s obvious strategy has always included ways to prevent us from worshiping our Creator and Redeemer. The first murder occurred when he convinced Cain to offer a different kind of offering. This slight deviation from God’s plan led to his brother Abel becoming the first martyr for God’s cause. Today, Satan’s deception to change which day we worship seems to be very successful also, with most of the Christian world worshiping on the first day of the week, rather than the seventh. Many people today are unaware of the history and significance of this change of the Sabbath. But in those final days, the dividing line between the true Sabbath and the counterfeit will be clearly presented. There will be no middle ground to stand on. You will either be worshiping God or Satan. We live in a very unstable world. We’ve seen how quickly one tragic event can lead to total chaos and change on the world scene. There was the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, the covid-19 pandemic, wars in many places that affect people across the globe. Our security can be blown away in an instant with many The Teacher’s Notes–Earth’s Closing Events, Lesson 12 Adult Bible Study Guide, 2024 2Q, “The Great Controversy”“>Read more…

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  • The Teacher’s Notes–The Impending Conflict, Lesson 11 Adult Bible Study Guide, 2024 2 Q, "The Great Controversy"

    Sabbath School Lesson for June 8-14, 2024 Overview of Lesson 11, The Impending Conflict Memory Text: ” ‘Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.’ ” John 17:17 NKJV When people hear thunder, they typically try to go inside, or someplace safe, from a coming storm. The thunder we hear tells us that rain, lightening, and hail is likely to happen soon. The word “impending” refers to anything dangerous or threatening that is about to happen. When we see the stormy events that occur just before Christ’s Second Coming, we would also do well to seek cover from the impending conflict between Christ and Satan. We must arm ourselves with the truth of God’s word, and flee to that safety, when the winds of strife begin to blow. That truth, found in God’s word, is what makes us sanctified, or holy. Only when we are covered with Christ’s holy righteousness and truth will we be safe from the dangerous events in the last days. Bible truth informs us that the conflict will be about whom we choose to worship. Will it be our Creator or His adversary, Satan? It’s reasonable to think that the center of the conflict will involve the Sabbath, the seventh-day of the week that God set aside for us to worship Him. After all, the Sabbath is in the center of the Ten Commandments, declaring who our Creator and Redeemer is, including how and when we are to worship Him. Read chapters 35 and 36 of The Great Controversy for more on this topic. Sunday: Revelation’s Final Conflict–Those who survive the last conflict will be obedient and faithful. Monday: The Coming Crisis–Persecution erupts when people are forced to comply with a false system of worship. Tuesday: Identifying the Beast: Part 1–The beast is a religious organization that replaces God’s truth with human tradition. Wednesday: Identifying the Beast: Part 2–The beast involves a recognized moral leader of the world, who attempts to bring people together in the end times. Thursday: The Beast From the Earth–The United States may be the power that creates an image to the beast by forming a union of church and state, like the government of medieval times. Sunday: Revelation’s Final Conflict Revelation, chapter 14, includes three angels’ messages that go out to the world during the time of the end–namely, after 1844, when the 2,300-year prophecy ended, and the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary began (Daniel 8:14). Worship is the theme of these messages, and God’s people will be identified by their obedience to the commandments of God and by the faith of Jesus that gives them strength to endure the final, severe persecution they will experience (Revelation 14:12). The first angel’s message tells us clearly that a judgment has come. This will be a time of investigating who will be saved and lost when Jesus comes (Revelation 14:7 and 22:12). It also announces that we are to worship the One “who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water”–language found in the Sabbath commandment to worship the Lord who “made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” (Exodus 20:11). The Sabbath, properly kept, is a perpetual reminder to worship our Creator, who alone is worthy of our praise. Keeping the commandments, all of them, will be increasingly important as Satan unleashes his horrific acts of persecution just before the Lord returns in the clouds to take us home with Him. It will surely carry us through the impending, worldwide conflict. Bible Verses: Revelation 14:7, 9 and 4:11 Why is it important to be reminded to worship our Creator, and how might this include the Sabbath? Revelation 14:12 and 12:17 Why is it important to have both faith and obedience? Why isn’t faith enough? Revelation 13:5, 6 and Daniel 7:25 What does the first beast, who comes out of the sea, do that shows he is not on God’s side? Monday: The Coming Crisis Persecution has been experienced by God’s people from the very beginning. Abel, Adam and Eve’s son who was murdered by his brother Cain, was the first martyr for God’s cause. And, not surprisingly, worship was at the center of the conflict that grew between them. How and why we worship God has always been important. And often those closest to us, our Christian brothers and sisters, will do us the most harm. Jesus and other New Testament writers repeatedly have warned us of persecution that we can expect just because we follow our Creator and Redeemer. Especially hard will be the final persecution that includes both economic sanctions–not being able to buy or sell– and a death penalty (Revelation 13:15, 17). The first beast that came from the sea, that caused so much trouble for believers during medieval times, will be revived in the last days. “The first beast, whose deadly wound was healed” is how Revelation 13: 12 describes it. Many signs and wonders will be performed by Satan, under the guise of this false, religious system (Revelation 13:13). When his deceptive miracles aren’t accomplishing enough, he will resort to coercive force to achieve compliance. Bible Verses: John 16:2, Matthew 10:22, 2 Timothy 3:12, and 1 Peter 4:12 What kind of treatment can we expect from the world, when we follow Jesus? Why does God allow persecution to happen in the first place? How might it affect us, positively or negatively? Revelation 12:12 and 13:13, 15, 17 What will be Satan’s strategy close to the Second Coming, when his time is running out? Tuesday: Identifying the Beast, Part 1 The beast from the sea, found in Revelation 13, is not hard to identify. Several Protestant reformers believed the papacy was the religious power called the beast, or Antichrist. The fact that it was a blasphemous power, who made war with the saints for forty-two months (or 1,260 days/years–from 538-1798 A,D.), are indicators that can’t be denied. Coming out of the sea shows that it was a power that came The Teacher’s Notes–The Impending Conflict, Lesson 11 Adult Bible Study Guide, 2024 2 Q, “The Great Controversy”“>Read more…

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  • Marty Thurber Grace Based Mission By a Fear Based Prophet

    Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, Salvation comes from the Lord. Jonah 2:8,9 The Ninevites were not deserving of grace in Jonah’s mind. In fact Jonah could not understand the nature of his grace based mission in the first place. These people should die, God needs to eliminate them. That is often our default position it seems. God good, bad people don’t do what God wants them to do so God punishes them. This punishment based theology is deeply ingrained in us. In the world of fear, we end up relying on a God that can instill more fear, not less. It’s like nuclear MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction. My God is bigger and badder than yours, so look out. Was Jonah the best God could find for such a mission? Perhaps God chose Jonah for this very reason, to demonstrate that God has a side that offers grace more than punishment. I would call this Consequential Theology. Your view of God has certain consequences. Were the Ninevites changed by straight up fear or did they learn a new kind of fear? Fear of a God that could love them so much that instead of killing them He could save them. Knowing how wicked they were, and how loving God was, that kind of new found fear would drive anyone to a new agreement with God. Where could you hide from, run from, or escape this God of grace? Why would you run at all with all the power He has? This new fear would drive you to your knees. A whole new perspective on God took hold in the minds of the Ninevites. He went from Punisher in Chief to Chief Shepherd. They heard His voice and listened to His guidance. At this point, I worry more about Jonah than I do the Ninevites. He is still stuck in Punishment Mode when God shows Himself to be in Grace Mode. God ups the anti with love, not fists. To be sure, there are still consequences to ignoring God, even after monumental overtures of grace. Evil can still choose to ignore God. But Jonah has yet to learn this theology. He is as much the student here as the prophet. It’s too bad that the book of Jonah does not give us more detail of how Jonah changed after this evangelistic crusade. Fortunately Jesus Himself makes mention of Jonah in a righteous context, implying that Jonah was changed as well. It’s subtle but substantial I think that Jesus would even quote or refer to Jonah. We too can benefit from learning what this mountain top fear is. The same fear Moses came to that burnished his face but did not destroy him, in fact it well may have saved all Israel. These Jonah sized lessons need not be lost on us. Our Shepherd/God still acts toward us full of grace. Thank God. Fear God. Praise God

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