Monday, March 31, 2014

Seventh-day Adventists in the News│March 2014

"Former 'Two and a Half Men' star, Angus T. Jones is become a close follower of the Seventh Day Adventist Church."

'I was a paid hypocrite': Bearded former Two and a Half Men child star opens up about his embrace of Christianity and why he left the $350,000-per-week windfall for Jesus. "Angus T. Jones Jones was in Houston over the weekend where he spoke at World Harvest Outreach, a Seventh-Day Adventist congregation. He read from the Bible and also told parishioners why he embraced Christianity. 'I really want to come into the light because I know that is where the healing is and I’ve seen God do amazing things,' said Jones.  'He really considers his relationship with God and what he’s putting out in the atmosphere to be a lot more important than his reputation in Hollywood,' World Harvest Outreach Church Pastor James R. Doggett Sr., told KHOU. 'Angus, I’m not sure really cares a whole lot about being an actor or being well known in that regard.'"  Dailymail│March 17


▲ 'Two and a Half Men' Child Star Angus T. Jones Reveals Why He Left the Hit Show. "Angus T. Jones says working at odds with his faith made him a 'paid hypocrite.'" ABC News│March 19

• Two And A Half Men's Angus T. Jones Claims He Was 'A Paid Hypocrite.' People│March 19

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Laws in Christ's Day│Lesson 1, March 29-April 4



Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 2:1-5, Heb. 10:28, Deut. 17:2-6, Lev. 1:1-9, Luke 14:1-6, James 2:8-12.

Memory Text: "For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves" (Romans 2:14, NASB).

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

Christ and His Law. By Keith Augustus Burton

• Introduction: Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide│2nd. Quarter 2014

"From the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan’s purpose to overthrow the law of God.”-Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 582.

Why? Because the law, as the foundation of God’s government, expresses the moral integrity of the cosmos; and to overthrow that law would be to overthrow the moral order of the creation itself.

Think about it. If no god existed, and no life either, the universe would be amoral. Not immoral, as in having bad morals, but amoral, as in having no morals, because nothing in it-such as lifeless rocks hurling through a godless cosmos-could manifest moral qualities.

However, God exists, and humans do as well, and we have been created as moral beings with the capacity to give and to receive love. For this love to exist, however, freedom, moral freedom, must exist too, because love is a moral concept that couldn’t arise in an amoral universe (such as one composed of only rocks and cold space).

Morality, though, means the ability to choose right or wrong, good or evil-and the only way for the universe to be moral, to allow the potential for good or evil, for right or wrong, would be for it to have a law that defines right or wrong.

And, of course, it does have such a law.

Earth Hour 2014



For the past few years, Earth Hour has made a massive impact around the world thanks to the power of the crowd. But for 2014, we want to make an even greater one. Soon we'll be unleashing something different, bigger and bolder than before.We'll be unleashing Earth Hour Blue. We'll be unleashing your power.

Monday, March 24, 2014

How Many Cigarettes Make You a Smoker? By Paul Bisceglio

A surprising number of people smoke often but still don’t consider themselves smokers, according to a new study.


Quick quiz:

  1. Have you smoked more than 100 cigarettes in your life?
  2. Do you still smoke once in a while now as well, including at least one cigarette in the last 30 days?
  3. Are you a smoker? 

If your answers to the first two questions are “yes” and your third answer is “no,” well, according to Wael K. Al-Delaimy and some of his colleagues at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, you’ve just failed.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Cost of Discipleship│Lesson 13, March 22-28


Memory Text: "Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort." (2 Corinthians 1:7, ESV)

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Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris│Hope Channel ... and 5 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor; Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class, Loma Linda University; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; and Sabbath School University.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

PopPlaces: Into the Blue Zone. By Patches Magarro

Lessons for living to 100 from Loma Linda, California.



(The 2x2 Project*)  Imagine, at the age of 100, mowing the lawn and walking miles per day, with other neighbors in their nineties. If it seems impossible to live long enough to reach the triple digits, let alone arrive at the century mark in good health, simply consider life in Loma Linda.

Loma Linda, California is a small city about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. It is also home to a relatively large number of centenarians and is therefore the only recognized “blue zone” in the United States, where the average individual life span is much greater than other American cities.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Is Religion Good for Your Brain? By Sheila M. Eldred


(Discovery News)  If you live in Georgia, you’re more likely to have a healthy brain than if you live in Minnesota. That’s according to an annual state-by-state ranking released this week by a national health education campaign called Beautiful Minds.

While Georgians could use more “mental stimulation through reading and game playing,” their high level of religious activity elevated them to a No. 10 ranking. And while Minnesotans read more and are active in their communities, their low level of religious activities contributed to their No. 31 ranking.

Why the emphasis on religion? Research has linked religious activity with everything from reduced stress to better memory retention.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Unhealthy Meat Market. By Nicholas Kristof


(The New York Times) Where does our food come from? Often the answer is Tyson Foods, America’s meat factory.

Tyson, one of the nation’s 100 biggest companies, slaughters 135,000 head of cattle a week, along with 391,000 hogs and an astonishing 41 million chickens. Nearly all Americans regularly eat Tyson meat — at home, at McDonalds, at a cafeteria, at a nursing home.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Harvest and the Harvesters│Lesson 12, March 15-21


Memory Text: "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." (John 15:8)


Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris│Hope Channel ... and 5 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor; Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class, Loma Linda University; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; and Sabbath School University.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Fat Drug. By Pagan Kennedy

(New York Times)  IF you walk into a farm-supply store today, you’re likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That’s because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat.

But what if that meat is us? Recently, a group of medical investigators have begun to wonder whether antibiotics might cause the same growth promotion in humans. New evidence shows that America’s obesity epidemic may be connected to our high consumption of these drugs. But before we get to those findings, it’s helpful to start at the beginning, in 1948, when the wonder drugs were new — and big was beautiful.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Discipling Spiritual Leaders│Lesson 11, March 8-14


Memory Text:  "Now it came to pass in those days that those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles." (Luke 6:12-13, NKJV)

• Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class, Loma Linda University ... and 5 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor; Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; and Sabbath School University.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Discipling the Nations│Lesson 10, March 1-7


Memory Text:  "For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7, NKJV)

• Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class, Loma Linda University ... and 5 more videos: Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor; Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; and Sabbath School University.