Saturday, August 31, 2013

Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change│Lesson 10, August 31-September 6



Read for This Week’s Study: 1 John 2:1-9, Phil. 2:12-14, Matt. 26:31-35, John 20:24-29, Luke 15:11-21, John 5:1-14.

Memory Text: “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:6, 7, NKJV).

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church│Amazing Facts
... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

“Tell ‘Em About the Dream”. By Bill Knott



(Adventist Review)  I was a six-year old White boy living in a segregated Southern state on that Wednesday 50 years ago when Martin stirred the world.

Even if the Dallas television stations had broadcast live coverage of the March on Washington and the speeches from the Lincoln Memorial, I almost certainly wouldn’t have seen it.

“It doesn’t look like something I’m supposed to watch,” I would have solemnly intoned if one of my rare non-Adventist neighbors in Keene, Texas, had invited me to watch the live television coverage that never happened.

To be six, White, and living in Texas—and Adventist—50 years ago meant to be oblivious to the issues of race and justice and national reconciliation that Martin Luther King, Jr. so memorably addressed in the one Wednesday sermon I have always regretted that I missed.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Burnout: The Disease of Our Civilization. By Arianna Huffington


(Huffington Post)  Since launching our Third Metric campaign -- to redefine success beyond the first two metrics of money and power to include well-being, wisdom, and our ability to wonder and to give back -- I've been seeing things through a Third Metric lens. And what I see is a split-screen world. On one side, we have endless examples of how the business world and the American workplace still haven't changed and continue to glorify an approach to measuring success that leads to burnout and a culture enraptured with technology to the point that tools meant to give us greater control of our lives have, instead, taken control of our lives.

On the other side of the screen, there are more and more examples of companies, large and small, prioritizing well-being. And even at companies that haven't yet learned why encouraging well-being is good for both their employees and their bottom line, there are more and more examples of individuals applying Third Metric principles in their own lives to help themselves cope with the negative effects of a retrograde workplace atmosphere.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Reformation: The Outgrowth of Revival│Lesson 9, August 24-30

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Chron. 20:17-20; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Rev. 2:1-6; Rom. 1:16-17; Rev. 14:6-7, 12

Memory Text: “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11, NKJV).

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church│Amazing Facts
... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.

I Have a Dream. By Martin Luther King Jr.

50th anniversary of the historic August 28, 1963



I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists in Egypt Crisis

updates in progress

The Adventist Church in Assiut, Egypt, was burned by extremest attackers on August 14. Adventist Church officials stressed that the attack was not part of a wider political movement. The government has pledged to pay for the repairs of the extensive damage of many Christian churches in the region.│Photos: Amgad NegahANN

• Nile Union Academy volunteers evacuated ahead of protest marches

Local Muslims lock hands and surround the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Heliopolis to protect the property on Sunday, August 18, as approximately 300 protesters march by. This photo was taken by photojournalist Mohammed Abdel Moneim and is used with the permission of the Al Akhbar newspaper│ANN

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Discernment: The Safeguard of Revival│Lesson 8, August 17-23



Read for This Week’s Study: John 17:3; 1 John 2:3-6; Matt. 23:27-28; 2 Thess. 2:9-12; 1 Cor. 12:4-7.

Memory Text: “Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness. The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:159-160, NKJV).

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church│Amazing Facts
... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Washington Riddle: What Is ‘Top Secret’? By David E. Sanger

"... secrecy and security are often not synonymous."

(The Washington Post)  LESS than 24 hours after Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted last week of handing off 250,000 State Department cables and defense documents to WikiLeaks, The Guardian published on its Web site the latest classified material from the leaker of the moment, Edward J. Snowden. That installment included the National Security Agency’s playbook for XKeyscore, a powerful surveillance program enabling the agency’s analysts to monitor and trace Internet searches around the globe.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Which countries eat the most meat? By Mona Chalabi


(The Guardian) If the UK starts producing synthetic meat to satisfy growing demands, which other countries are likely to follow suit? Is there any correlation between meat consumption and CO2 emissions? What about cancer or cardiovascular disease? We've compiled all the data into this interactive map so you can reach your own conclusions about trends

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Unity: The Bond of Revival│Lesson 7, August 10-16



Read for This Week’s Study: John 17:9-11, 20-24; 1 Cor. 12:12-18; Acts 4:32-33, 1:8, 15:1-31; Matt. 18:16-20.

Memory Text: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to have a walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3, NKJV).

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church│Amazing Facts
... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Confession and Repentance: The Conditions of Revival│Lesson 6, August 3-9



Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 5:30-32, 2 Cor. 7:9-11, Lev. 5:5, 1 John 1:9, Heb. 12:17, Ps. 32:1-8

Memory Text: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13, NKJV).

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church│Amazing Facts
... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.