Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween and Seventh-day Adventists. By Gerhard Pfandl

Each year on October 31, millions of people celebrate Halloween by dressing up as witches, devils, and demons. Besides parties for adults, the day has become an occasion for children to go from house to house, often in costumes, demanding “trick or treat.”

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dozens die as Buddhists, Muslims clash in Myanmar

More than 60 have been killed and thousands of houses burned as ethnic violence intensifies and the government struggles to restore order.
An injured Rakhine refugee is carried into a hospital in Rakhine state, Myanmar. At least 60 people have been killed and thousands of homes destroyed in renewed ethnic violence between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in western Myanmar. (Khin Maung Win, Associated Press / October 25, 2012)

YANGON, MyanmarMore than 60 people have been killed and thousands of houses burned as ethnic and religious violence in western Myanmar intensifies, according to news reports and community activists.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Growing in Christ│Lesson 5, October 27-November 2

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Memory Text:  "Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it" (Colossians 2:15, NKJV).

Key Thought: Christ's victory on the cross defines the scope of the victory into which the Christian may grow.

Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris at the Forest Lake Adventist in Florida / HopeTV

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Is There A Prophet of The Lord Here? By Gerhard Pfandl


Text: 1 Kings 22:1-9.  In 856 B.C., there was a war between Ahab, king of Israel, and Ben-Hadad, king of Syria. Their armies “encamped opposite each other for seven days” (1 Kings 20:29). On the eighth day the battle began, and the Israelites defeated the Syrians. Ben-Hadad fled to the city of Aphek and hid in an “inner chamber” (v. 30). Eventually, he was brought before King Ahab, who felt magnanimous after his victory and made a peace treaty with him. In this peace treaty Ben-Hadad promised to return the cities that his father had taken from Ahab’s predecessor (vs. 31-34).

However, as so often happened in history, peace treaties are made only to be broken. When Ben-Hadad got back to his palace in Damascus, he forgot all about the treaty he had made with Ahab and never returned the cities to Israel as he had promised. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Loving Our Neighbors at the Ballot Box. By Ryan Bell

As Election Day draws near in the United States, and citizens head to the polls to express themselves and their values, the question of how faithful Christians should vote is again on many people’s minds.

For the past seven and a half years I have had the joy of serving the Hollywood community in Los Angeles, the second largest city in the country. My heart is broken on a daily basis as I see the pain and suffering that my members and neighbors endure just to survive and make a decent life for themselves and their children. Young adults with college degrees and several part-time jobs can’t afford rent without two or three roommates. Working families cannot take their children to the doctor when they’re sick because they lack basic health care coverage. College students are buried under a mountain of debt with no chance of starting a career on solid footing.

As Election Day draws near, here are some principles that can guide us as we vote.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Billy Graham's lurch towards Mitt Romney risks his legacy. By Jonathan Wynne-Jones

While his son is reluctant to accept Obama as a Christian, America's pastor seems happy to stop calling Mormonism a cult

As America's pastor for the past half century, Billy Graham has earned a reputation as a wise and holy man. But the respect he has gained as a man of unflinching, unerring principles has been severely compromised by his Evangelistic Association's decision to remove a reference to Mormonism from its website.

The faith had been listed as a cult along with Scientology and Jehovah's Witnesses in a section called Billy Graham's My Answer, but the comment was taken down shortly after he and his son Franklin met with Mitt Romney, America's most famous Mormon.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Study Shows How Prayer, Meditation Affect Brain Activity. By Jahnabi Barooah

How do prayer and meditation affect brain activity? Dr. Andrew Newberg, MD, is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomson Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College, and he has studied the neuroscientific effect of religious and spiritual experiences for decades.

In a video that recently aired on "Through the Wormhole" narrated by Morgan Freeman on the TV channel Science, Dr. Newberg explains that to study the effect of meditation and prayer on the brain, he injects his subjects with a harmless radioactive dye while they are deep in prayer / meditation. The dye migrates to the parts of the brain where the blood flow is the strongest, i.e,. to the most active part of the brain.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Salvation: The Only Solution / Lesson 4, October 20-26

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Read for This Week’s Study:   John 2:25; Jer. 17:9; Titus 1:1, 2; Rom. 3:19-24; Acts 2:37; Luke 7:47; Eph. 2:1-5.

Memory Text:  ‘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’” (John 3:16, NKJV).

Key Thought: The sin problem is very big; how thankful we should be that the solution was big enough to solve it.

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church / Amazing Facts

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vegetarians Live Longer, Study Finds

Some vegetarians can be awfully superior about the health benefits of their plant-based diet. What they might not know is they have the Adventist Health Study to thank.

In the '70s and '80s, a series of studies from Loma Linda University in California, which has tracked tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists since 1958, were the first to show that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters.

Monday, October 15, 2012

God’s People and the Testimony. By Jud Lake


Revelation 12:17 is a very important text to Seventh-day Adventists. It occurs in the context of the great controversy between Christ and Satan: “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12:7-9 NKJV). With prophetic imagery the rest of this chapter describes Christ’s first advent, the significance of His death, and His ascension to God’s throne. It carries the reader across the centuries of Satan’s crusade against the church to his final attack on the Remnant, summarized in verse 17: “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (NKJV). This text gives two characteristics of God’s people living in the last days of Earth’s history: they “keep the commandments of God” and “have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” The second characteristic will be our focus as we ponder the meaning of the prophetic gift in our midst. First, we will look at the biblical context of this phrase and then discover what it means to have the prophetic gift.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Survey: 33 millions Americans or One in Five has No Religion

The fastest growing "religious" group in America is made up of people with no religion at all, according to a Pew survey showing that one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Man: God’s Handiwork / Lesson 3, October 13-19

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Read for This Week’s Study:   Gen 1:27; 1:26; Mark 12:13-17; Gen. 2:19-25; Acts 17:26; Rom. 5:12-19.

Memory Text:  “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3).

Key Thought: God created humanity in His own image; sin defiled that image. God’s plan is to restore that image in us.

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church / Amazing Facts

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Earthquake experts see the 'Big One' getting bigger

Recent reports suggest that the major rupture predicted for the southern San Andreas fault could be longer and stronger than the last big quake, shaking from Monterey County down to the Salton Sea.

The "Big One" that has been forecast for the San Andreas fault could end up being bigger than earthquake experts previously thought.

Recent research showing that a section of the fault is long overdue for a major earthquake has some scientists saying the southern portion of the fault is capable of a magnitude 8.1 earthquake that could run 340 miles from Monterey County to the Salton Sea.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Number of Protestant Americans Is in Steep Decline, Study Finds

For the first time since researchers began tracking the religious identity of Americans, fewer than half said they were Protestants, a steep decline from 40 years ago when Protestant churches claimed the loyalty of more than two-thirds of the population.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hans Küng preaches revolution to end church's 'authoritarian' rule

Catholic theologian urges confrontation from the grassroots to unseat pope and force radical reform at Vatican

One of the world's most prominent Catholic theologians has called for a revolution from below to unseat the pope and force radical reform at the Vatican.

Hans Küng is appealing to priests and churchgoers to confront the Catholic hierarchy, which he says is corrupt, lacking credibility and apathetic to the real concerns of the church's members.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Big earthquakes can trigger temblors across globe, USGS says. By Susanne Rust

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A large earthquake in one part of the globe can trigger earthquakes elsewhere, according to new research by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and UC Berkeley.

The global aftershocks are fairly immediate, taking place within a week of the original large quake, the researchers said. And the observation might require seismologists to change their definition of an aftershock, from one that stresses quakes caused in the immediate region of an earthquake to one that can occur anywhere.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Revelation, and the God Revealed in It / Lesson 2, October 6-12

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Read for This Week’s Study:   2 Pet. 1:19-21; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 11:6; Exod. 3:1-14.

Memory Text: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1, 2, NKJV).

Key Thought: However important it is to understand the way in which biblical inspiration works, it’s more important to know the God revealed to us through that inspiration.

Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris at the Forest Lake Adventist in Florida / HopeTV

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Peacemakers. By Tony Philip Oreso

Becoming what God wants us to be

It was Sabbath morning, and I was getting ready to go to church. My wife, my daughter, and my son had already left for the Sabbath school program. Soft instrumental music hummed from my small digital radio, punctuating the silence of the room. As I finished dressing, my eyes caught a new wall hanging. I hadn’t noticed it before and quickly concluded that my wife must have placed it there the previous day.

The wall hanging contained an illustration of two white doves holding grapevines in their beaks and cooing close to each other. The following words appeared in bold under the illustration: “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Multi-Partner Marriage: The Next Logical Step After Same-Sex Marriage. By James Tonkowich

There are strange goings-on in the schools north of the border — goings-on that do not bode well for those of us south of the border.

The Toronto District School Board, with the desire to create “Safe & Positive Space” in the schools under its jurisdiction, has printed and distributed posters for the benefits of students starting in grade school.

“Love has no gender,” proclaims one against a background of hearts, on which are an assortment of male and female stick figures. Some hearts contain a male and a female, some two females or two males. We expected as much. What we probably didn’t expect is that some of the hearts have threesomes: a male with two females, a female with two males.