Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists in the News│December 2013

Adventist Report bring some of the references to the Seventh-day Adventists in the Anglophone World Media, during December 2013
• updated 12.31.2013│updates in progress

The Ark, a new Adventist vegan cafe in Lewiston, Maine, is located inside a former Pizza Hut building. The Washington PostRNS photo by G. Jeffrey MacDonald│Dec 19

Missing Canadian Adventist missionary confirmed dead, media reports say. Brian Townsend went missing in Belize late on December 24, 2013

A Seventh-day Adventist missionary missing in Belize for a week has been confirmed deceased, media reports indicate. Brian Townsend, a missionary living in the Valley of Peace area of Belize, went missing on December 24th, 2013. A body found in neighboring Guatemala has been identified as Townsend, who was 64, according to a report by CBC Edmonton ... ► Read the entire post in Missing Adventist Missionary Murdered in Belize

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Most Powerful Photos of 2013

Best photos of the year 2013 by World Press Photo, Google, WSJ, NYT, Reuters, Time, AFP, BuzzFeed, In Focus│The Atlantic and The Roosevelts.

2013, World Press Photo of the Year, Spot News, 1st prize singles, Paul Hansen  ... ► Watch all 2013 World Press Photo of the Year Prizes
WARNING: SOME IMAGES CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT OR NUDITY In this showcase of some of 2013' most memorable photos, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.


• Google. See What People Searched For This Year ... ►  Check Out Google Zeitgeist!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Disciples and Scripture│Lesson 1, December 28-January 3



Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 4:1-12, Matt. 12:3-8, Matt. 5:17-39, Luke 24:13-32, Acts 1:16-20.

Memory Text:  "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39).


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 Master of Discipleship. By Dan Solís

• Introduction: Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide│1st. Quarter 2014

In the beginning God created a perfect, sinless world. Human beings enjoyed the privilege of honoring, worshiping, and following their Creator. Life should have continued thus for eternity.

Satan, however, seduced our first earthly parents, thus robbing humanity of ultimate meaning, purpose, and significance. Rebellion multiplied, infecting the entire planet. 

Christ’s sacrifice provided our only hope. Calvary’s redemption offers us freedom and our only escape from insignificance and meaninglessness. Sinful humans were offered liberty, forgiveness, and the opportunity for restoration to their original estate. 

God beckons believers everywhere to become heralds of this matchless grace, ambassadors who communicate this divine redemption to those enslaved by Satan, calling them to follow, worship, and praise their Maker. Christ’s example of disciple-making must become the model that believers follow in answering the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19, 20).

Friday, December 27, 2013

Record • InFocus│2013 weekly videos

Record│InFocus. From the official news service of the South Pacific Division Seventh-day Adventist Church.

► December 20, Full program. Featuring Kent Kingston

The full half-hour of Record • InFocus here. Watch the last InFocus ep of 2013 for some of the year's best interviews and a 300th episode celebration! Send us an email to tell us what you think│letters@infocus.org.au

Adventist News Network│2013 weekly videos

ANN│ The official news service of the Seventh-day Adventist world church.


► December 27
This week on ANN: This week on ANN: holiday greetings from our regular contributors, a behind-the-scenes look at ANN, and connecting a global community that shares what one of our anchors calls “the same language of faith.” ... read more│ANN

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It’s not a Merry Christmas for the persecuted church. By Mark A. Kellner

Antonio Monteiro, Bruno Amah and Sajjad Masih, three Seventh-day Adventists wrongfully in prison

Christmas is different things to different people it seems, and that’s no surprise. For most, if recent surveys are correct, it’s just a wonderful time to reconnect with family and friends, exchange presents, and, perhaps, consume too many calories. This week, the District-based Public Religion Research Institute reported “more than one-quarter (26 percent) of Americans celebrating Christmas this year will do so largely as a non-religious holiday.”

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Conservatives say Utah polygamy ruling confirms their worst fears. By Sarah Pulliam Bailey



(RNS) Fueling debates over marriage and religious freedom, a federal judge declared on Dec. 13 Utah laws criminalizing polygamy are unconstitutional, ruling on a case involving the Brown family from TLC’s reality series “Sister Wives.”

Social conservatives who have argued for marriage solely between one man and one woman have long warned that allowing gay marriage would ultimately lead to allowing polygamy — an argument that’s both feared and rejected by gay marriage proponents.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Exhortations From the Sanctuary│Lesson 13, December 21-27



Read for This Week’s Study: Heb. 10:19–25; Heb. 4:16; Exod. 24:8; James 4:7, 8; John 13:34; Heb. 10:24-25.

Memory Text:  “And since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:21-22, NASB).



... and 6 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor, 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.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Adventist Church Membership Passes 18 Million Member Mark. By Mark A. Kellner

Fast-growing church hits new milestone in 2013’s third quarter


LARGE CONGREGATION: An estimated 40,000 Seventh-day Adventists gather for the Sabbath morning service at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta, Georgia. The large congregation is representative of the rapidly growing worldwide Adventist family. Robert East│Adventist News Network photo


The Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of the fastest-growing Christian movements in the world, has recorded over 18 million baptized members. As of September 30, 2013, according to the Church’s Archives, Statistics and Research department, there were 18,028,796 Seventh-day Adventists worldwide.

An estimated 25 to 30 million men, women and children attend weekly Adventist worship services. The Church does not baptize infants or very young children, thus the gap between attendees and baptized members.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top 10 Religion News Stories of the Year

(RNA)   The selection of a reform-minded Argentinian as the new leader of the world’s largest religious institution was voted the Top Religion Story of the Year by the nation’s religion journalists.

Members of Religion Newswriters Association chose as the No. 1 Religion Story of the Year the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Pope Francis. Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, was in the No. 2 spot because of his historic resignation.

Pope Francis also was named Religion Newsmaker of the Year, beating out Pope Benedict XVI and Billy Graham, who turned 95 this year.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Adventist Church sides with Muslim woman in workplace religious freedom case

Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch shut Elauf out of a job




(ANNThe Seventh-day Adventist Church yesterday filed an amicus, or “friend of the court” brief in support of an American Muslim woman who claims she was denied a job because her head-covering violated company policy.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character│Lesson 12, December 14-20


Read for This Week’s Study: Ezek. 28:12–17, Isa. 14:12–15, Job 1:6–12, Zech. 3:1–5, 1 John 4:10, 2 Tim. 4:8, Ezek. 36:23–27.

Memory Text: “And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments” (Revelation 16:7). 



... and 6 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor, 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, December 7, 2013

Our Prophetic Message│Lesson 11, December 7-13


Memory Text:  “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water’” (Revelation 14:6, 7, NKJV). 



... and 6 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor, 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.