Monday, September 30, 2013

IPCC climate report: humans 'dominant cause' of warming. By Matt McGrath

(BBC News)  A landmark report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the "dominant cause" of global warming since the 1950s.

The report by the UN's climate panel details the physical evidence behind climate change.

On the ground, in the air, in the oceans, global warming is "unequivocal", it explained.

It adds that a pause in warming over the past 15 years is too short to reflect long-term trends.

The panel warns that continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all aspects of the climate system.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Heavenly Sanctuary│Lesson 1, September 28–October 4


Read for This Week’s Study: Jer. 23:23-24; Ps. 89:14; Revelation 4 and 5; Ps. 11:4–7; Deut. 25:1; Heb. 8:1-2.

Memory Text: “‘Then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause’” 1 Kings 8:49


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.

The Picture of Salvation. By Martin Pröbstle

• Introduction: Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide│4th. Quarter 2013

Unquestionably, the greatest revelation of the love and character of God was at the cross, where the Lord offered Himself in the person of Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for the sins of a world that never had to sin to begin with. To help us to understand better what this great sacrifice meant, God devised the earthly sanctuary, a pictorial representation of the plan of salvation. This earthly sanctuary, however, only modeled the heavenly one, which is the true center of God’s presence and of His activity in the universe.

When God established the sanctuary on earth, He used it as a teaching tool. The Israelite sanctuary and its services displayed important truths about redemption, about the character of God, and about the final disposition of sin.



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Called to Proclaim│Messages of Life. By Ted N. C. Wilson



The images are familiar—three angels flying in the midst of heaven. We see them in beautiful paintings and colorful stained-glass windows, on church signs and evangelistic presentation slides. We can even discern a stylized version on the official Seventh-day Adventist Church logo.


Yet how well do we know these heaven-sent messages found in Revelation 14, and how comfortable are we in proclaiming them? Isn’t there a more loving and more sensitive way to share our faith?

Certainly we are called to do the work of Jesus in showing compassion and providing relief for those in need. As we know, “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.’”1 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Adventist Church files lawsuit against U.S. city for ‘blatant’ religious liberty violation


The Seventh-day Adventist Church last week filed a lawsuit against the city of Las Cruces in the U.S. state of New Mexico over an ordinance church lawyers say violates religious expression and unfairly targets pastor-led faith groups, especially Latino churches.


Earlier this year, city officials threatened to take legal action if the Las Cruces Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church failed to comply with the requirements of the business registration ordinance.

Las Cruces Ordinance No. 16-131 defines a business as “any profession, trade or occupation and all and every kind of calling,” including the work of pastors, priests, rabbis, bishops, imams and other religious leaders.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Climate change: IPCC issues stark warning over global warming. By Robin McKie

Call to 'stop dithering about fossil fuel cuts' as expert panel warns entire globe is affected


(The Guardian)  Scientists will this week issue their starkest warning yet about the mounting dangers of global warming. In a report to be handed to political leaders in Stockholm on Monday, they will say that the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation have now led to a warming of the entire globe, including land surfaces, oceans and the atmosphere.

Extreme weather events, including heatwaves and storms, have increased in many regions while ice sheets are dwindling at an alarming rate. In addition, sea levels are rising while the oceans are being acidified – a development that could see the planet's coral reefs disappearing before the end of the century.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Promised Revival: God’s Mission Completed│Lesson 13, September 21-27




Memory Text: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:7-8, 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.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Washington Navy Yard: New Chapter of the U.S. Mass Shooting Epidemic


Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown ... and now Washington ... another sad chapter in a story that is seemingly never-ending and increasingly becoming more bloody ... thirteen people are dead and at least eight others were injured after a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16.

Adventist Report offers access to some items that we consider very interesting read. Reviews and disparate visions and possibly conflicting, but agree on some issues: violence, insecurity ... fundamental elements of anarchy to which this world is headed.

We know, Ellen White said, “We are living in the midst of an 'epidemic of crime,' at which thoughtful, God-fearing men everywhere stand aghast. The corruption that prevails, it is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of political strife, bribery, and fraud. Every day brings its heart-sickening record of violence and lawlessness, of indifference to human suffering, of brutal, fiendish destruction of human life. Every day testifies to the increase of insanity, murder, and suicide. Who can doubt that satanic agencies are at work among men with increasing activity to distract and corrupt the mind, and defile and destroy the body?” (The Ministry of Healing, p. 142)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sugar is 'addictive and the most dangerous drug of the times'

Soft drinks should carry tobacco-style warnings that sugar is highly addictive and dangerous, a senior Dutch health official has warned.


(The Telegraph)  Paul van der Velpen, the head of Amsterdam's health service, the Dutch capital city where the sale of cannabis is legalised, wants to see sugar tightly regulated.

"Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. There is an important role for government. The use of sugar should be discouraged. And users should be made aware of the dangers," he wrote on an official public health website.

"This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched, but sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times and can still be easily acquired everywhere."

Monday, September 16, 2013

Many Americans link U.S. military strike in Syria to End Times. By Bob Smietana


(LifeWay Research)  The threat of airstrikes against Syria has more than a few Americans thinking about the end of the world.

A recent poll from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found that almost one in three Americans see Syria’s recent conflict as part of the Bible’s plan for the end times.

One in four think that a U.S. military strike in Syria could lead to Armageddon. One in five believes the world will end in their lifetime.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For. By Tom Gjelten

Part of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston, N.Y., is seen from the air on Aug. 14, 2003, during a massive power outage that stretched from New York to Detroit and into Canada│David Duprey, AP.

(NPR)  In the 10 years since sagging power lines in Ohio sparked a blackout across much of the Northeastern United States and Canada, utility engineers say they have implemented measures to prevent another such event in the country's electric grid.

But there is one disaster scenario for which the power companies are still unprepared: a massive attack on the computer networks that underlie the U.S. electric grid.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Reformation: Healing Broken Relationships│Lesson 12, September 14-20



Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Tim. 4:11, Philem. 1:1-25, 2 Cor. 10:12-15, Rom. 5:8-11, Matt. 18:15-17.

Memory Text: “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10, 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.

Before Men and Angels│GYC 2014



How significant is my life? Does how I live really matter? Does God really need me?

Paul’s immortal words to the Corinthian church give these questions greater significance: “...we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men” (1 Corintians 4:9).

As young people, we struggle with these age-old questions in this modern information age. At this year’s conference, we’re exploring what it means to live, Before Men and Angels.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders│FASD

National Institutes of Health (NIH) statement on International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day


International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, recognized every year on Sept. 9th, is an important reminder that prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the United States. Almost 40 years have passed since we recognized that drinking during pregnancy can result in a wide range of disabilities for children, of which fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the most severe. Yet up to 30 percent of women report drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Reformation: Thinking New Thoughts│Lesson 11, September 7-13



Read for This Week’s Study: Col. 3:1-4; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; 10:3-5; Rom. 12:2-3; John 10:10; Matt. 5:13-15

Memory Text: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, 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.

Friday, September 6, 2013

God, Christianity and Meat. By Kathy Freston


(Huffington Post)  A while back, I began considering my diet as a way to practice my spiritual beliefs, and as I weighed what would be right for me, I came up against so much inner turmoil. As a southern gal, I grew up going to church and enjoying various get-togethers with other parishioners over BBQ dinners and Sunday brunches of eggs with grits. It all seemed lovely and warm at the time, so I struggled many years later with the question of how eating meat, dairy, and eggs could be ill-advised when so many (good) people do it daily and with gusto. If longstanding faith traditions hold that eating animals is acceptable, why in the world was I questioning those traditions?