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Life on Mission: Conference Speakers

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

by Patti Wethington As you are reading this it will be April and I’m sitting here writing with March winds blowing at 60 miles an hour! The refreshing showers of April are now upon us cleansing the winter snow away. Those of us living in more extreme seasons welcome the warmth, refreshing sunshine and, of course, Spring. With that said, I am also feeling time pressing on to the approaching summer General Conference. I’d like to share a couple things in the next issues of the Sabbath Recorder about what to expect and experience during our week together.   As I’ve shared in previous writings, I have been praying for God’s divine leading and intervention in all that is planned and prepared for the coming summer gathering. One of the experiences will be with Dustin Willis, the writer of Life on Mission (co-authored by Aaron Coe). I met Dustin at a conference in Colorado and he agreed to share his story and personal mission experience with us at our event. I continue to follow his life story as he serves in...

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Alliance In Ministry

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

by Rob Appel Executive Director Last month I wrote the top ten things I learned while in my current position. I’ve been in this job now for the past twelve and a half years. So, what have I learned? Please check out 11-22. 11. We are in this world, but not a part of it. Too many of our churches are starting to behave in ways that reflect this world, the society they are in, and the culture around them. This disturbs me. Rather than reflect a God that doesn’t change and is compassionate, we are acting like our politicians, talking trash to people we love, forgetting to forgive but rather planning on how we are going to retaliate, posting pictures on social media that show us in situations that we wouldn’t want our mothers to see. This has got to stop! We are to reflect Christ! 12. Don’t compare yourself or try to be someone else. I came into this job not knowing what it entailed, or even why God would put me here. After all, I am not a...

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Splinters

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

by Donna VanHorn A few years ago I was struggling with a major crisis in my life. I found myself hanging onto whatever I could find to keep me focused on Jesus and the peace that only He could provide during that stormy time. On one particular day during that time, I stopped by my daughter’s house. Once inside, I felt a sharp pain in my hand. I looked down and was appalled to find I’d picked up a sliver. I realized it was probably the result of grasping the rustic wooden rail on her back steps. The image that popped into my mind at that moment was of Jesus’ cross. I was holding so tightly to His cross during those days that I could literally feel the splinters of the crude wood. My friends, you need to cling to the cross of Jesus so fiercely that you get splinters! “For the message of the cross…is the power of God.” — 1 Corinthians 1:18  ...

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Pastor Profile: Darwin Steele

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

Darwin Steele began serving as the Lead Pastor of SpringsLife Church in Colorado Springs, CO, in January 2016. He previously served as Associate Pastor of the Boulder SDB Church where he was ordained to the gospel ministry. He graduated from Liberty University twice with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He has been married to his wife, Cheryl, for 23 years. They have a dog, Triton. I had the opportunity to ask Pastor Darwin a few questions and capture his responses so that you can know him a little better. Q: What is something you are excited about at church and with SDBs? A: SDBs bring a history of family to the body of Christ. That history is now meeting the exciting world of local missions/evangelism. SpringsLife Church is such an example where the local church mirrors the eclectic mix of history meeting change that exemplifies the 21st Century. Q: What is the most important thing about ministering in the 21st Century? A: Accepting change; we can no longer do business as usual. Q: What is your favorite book (not the Bible)? A:...

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Pastor Profile: Darwin Steele

Pastor Profile: Darwin Steele

Mar 23, 2017

Darwin Steele began serving as the Lead Pastor of SpringsLife Church in Colorado Springs, CO, in January 2016. He previously served as Associate Pastor of the Boulder SDB Church where he was ordained to the gospel ministry. He graduated from Liberty University twice with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He has been married to his wife, Cheryl, for 23 years. They have a dog, Triton. I had the opportunity to ask Pastor Darwin a few questions and capture his responses so that you can know him a little better. Q: What is something you are excited about at church and with SDBs? A: SDBs bring a history of family to the body of Christ. That history is now meeting the exciting world of local missions/evangelism. SpringsLife Church is such an example where the local church mirrors the eclectic mix of history meeting change that exemplifies the 21st Century. Q: What is the most important thing about ministering in the 21st Century? A: Accepting change; we can no longer do business as usual. Q: What is your favorite book (not the Bible)? A: The Essential Works of Andrew Murray published by Barbour Press. Q: Who would you love to spend dinner with (dead or alive, not Jesus, not your wife)? A: My Great Grandfather, Darwin Andrews. Q: What do you love most about being a pastor? A: I love the people. I cherish their stories and their journeys. Q: Who are some mentors/role models in your life? A: Dwayne Bartley, Southern Baptist Pastor – Calgary, Canada; Dave Early, Pastor of Grace City Church, Las Vegas, NV; Pastor Steve Osborn; Pastor Rod Henry. Every so often we will feature some information on one of our currently serving pastors to help you get to know them a little...

Splinters

Splinters

Mar 23, 2017

by Donna VanHorn A few years ago I was struggling with a major crisis in my life. I found myself hanging onto whatever I could find to keep me focused on Jesus and the peace that only He could provide during that stormy time. On one particular day during that time, I stopped by my daughter’s house. Once inside, I felt a sharp pain in my hand. I looked down and was appalled to find I’d picked up a sliver. I realized it was probably the result of grasping the rustic wooden rail on her back steps. The image that popped into my mind at that moment was of Jesus’ cross. I was holding so tightly to His cross during those days that I could literally feel the splinters of the crude wood. My friends, you need to cling to the cross of Jesus so fiercely that you get splinters! “For the message of the cross…is the power of God.” — 1 Corinthians 1:18  ...

Do You Believe This?

Do You Believe This?

Mar 23, 2017

By Rev. Herbert E. Saunders In C. S. Lewis’ fantasy, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the great lion, Aslan (the representation of God and his Son who has been sacrificed by the white witch) rises to life again. The first place Aslan goes after his resurrection is to the citadel of the white witch. He then breathes on the stone statues of animals and beings the white witch has cursed and they become living beings again. The idea of resurrection is scary! If God’s Son is really alive then I will have to deal with Him. I have no choice. A family was living in a caretaker’s house in a cemetery. They were able to live there provided they did some upkeep for the cemetery. They finally found a house to purchase in the town in which they were living. They told a co-worker to tell a pastor friend that they would be moving and added, “it’s not every day someone moves out of a cemetery.” That’s true…but we know Someone who did. And because He did, we shall. This is the message of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. George Matheson writes: “It is not resurrection that has made Christ; it is Christ that has made resurrection.” The biblical narrative from John eleven starts with Jesus and His disciples located in what was known as Perea. They had been to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, but returned to Perea to avoid some of Jesus’ conflict with the Jews. The narrative begins: Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary and Martha, along with their brother Lazarus, were three of Jesus’ closest friends besides the disciples. Bethany was on the opposite side of the Mount of Olives from the Holy City, just a couple of miles away. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” When Jesus heard it, He said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Jesus didn’t immediately rush to Bethany and Lazarus’...

The Lord’s Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come…

The Lord’s Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come…

Mar 23, 2017

by Phil Lawton When I think about kingdoms I get images of knights and kings and wizards. For some, you might think about our neighbor across the pond. Our earthly understanding of kingdom is geopolitical. It must be in a physical location and it must have some form of political power. The United Kingdom can be pinpointed to a specific geographical location. The kingdom of Arthur, though legend, can be characterized by a certain form of politics. Yet if I asked you to point to the Kingdom of God you could not find it on a map. If I said what are the politics of the Kingdom of Heaven, you might be able to tell me about ideals — but not any treaties that the Kingdom of God has with North Korea. The Kingdom of God does not have a seat at the UN. It does not have a navy nor an air force. No, the Kingdom of Heaven is something very different than all other kingdoms. Like all the other phrases in this series, we spend very little time actually trying to understand what it means. We simply say it and assume that it means the same thing to me as it does to you. The problem with this is that we have not truly looked at what God, through the Bible, has to say about it. We are not the first group that thought we knew what God wanted in a kingdom. Give Us a King In the early years of the nation of Israel there is no king. For 40 years they wander the desert with God as their guide. When they enter the promised land it is under the leadership of Joshua, but he is not their king. When they set up their nation there was no king. Each of the twelve tribes was given land. The book of Judges shows us that the People of God continually did what was right in their own eyes. The people would fall away and God would raise up a judge to free the people from oppression. Judge after judge take over leading the people. By the time of Samuel this position is...

The Church of Chicken Little

The Church of Chicken Little

Mar 23, 2017

by Chad Bird Here’s what will happen. Maybe you’ve already been through it. Or maybe you’re living through it right now. I don’t know what will trigger it — I’m no prophet — but I do know, sooner or later, something will. The company you’ve poured your heart and soul into goes belly up. Your spouse slips off her wedding ring, puts it on the counter, and slams the door forever behind her. The tests show that the tumor is, in fact, malignant. The details will vary. But in that moment, and in the days and weeks — maybe even years — that follow, you’re convinced that the sky is falling. Your life is basically over. Draw the curtains, turn out the lights, the party’s over. I’ve been there. As have many of you. It hurts. It’s scares the hell out of you. And it’s highly deceiving. As bad as it gets, as much pain as it inflicts, it is not the end of the world. In fact, it’s not even close. It just feels that way. But if you’re not careful — as I was not careful — you’ll become so overwhelmed with all the bad stuff going on, you’ll spend so much time staring up at the sky that you’re convinced is about to fall, that you’ll forget you’ve still got work to do, people to take care of, vocations to fulfill. Your world has changed, to be sure, but it is not over. The same applies to the church, perhaps even more so. On a recurring basis, Christians spot news headlines that signal yet one more moral collapse in society, the growing paganization of the cultures in which we live, the spread of antipathy toward the faith. And then — Lord, have mercy — it hits social media. Facebook becomes an online pity-party or preaching-party, lamenting the end of society as we know it. Twitter explodes with 140-or-less character doomsday-sounding predictions. And in pulpits across the land, pastors have plenty of fodder for their Sunday morning sermons. I get the concern. I really do. But if we’re not careful, we’ll become engrossed with all the bad news. We’ll end up sounding...

Like Little Children

Like Little Children

Mar 23, 2017

by Moses Lyons Toronto SDB Church, Canada As we grow up, we realize and learn certain things about ourselves and our surroundings — certain things such as what we like and dislike, our favorite foods and colors, and what type of person we choose to be. We start to form our own opinions about life and other matters in the world. However, as children, we usually just focus on what’s right in front of us. What are we going to eat when we are hungry? How can we cure this boredom? How fast can I do my chores so that I’ll still have time to go out and play? There’s a sense of innocence we see in that as adults. We look at kids who have those mindsets as if they’ve seen nothing yet and that is true in a sense. They have yet to deal with any real consequence outside of detention time, but there is something we can learn from that type of thinking. Mark 10:13-15 talks about when the disciples rebuked the parents of those who brought their children so that they could touch Jesus. At that moment Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” That scripture is known by many people but it is often taken out of context or not fully understood. Jesus is not telling you to act like a child in the way that you never grow up or take responsibilities because the Bible also speaks about putting away childish things in 1 Corinthians 13:11. Instead, it is saying that we should focus on what is most important — and that is Jesus Christ. When we mature, we also inherit something dangerous — independence. Independence is good in one way and one way only. Be independent of the world and dependent on God. That doesn’t mean exclude yourself from all of your friends and distance yourself from any social activities. But who do you run to when you have...

Self-Worth

Self-Worth

Mar 23, 2017

by Emily France Anchor Christian Church, Anchor, NY Self-Worth Self-worth is defined as “the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person.” Not to get this confused with self-esteem. Self-esteem is based on measurements of external actions rather than based on one’s worth as a person. Everyone has a different sense of self-worth. Many people value themselves highly, and others, not so much. All my life, I’ve struggled with not feeling “worth it.” I’ve never been the girl that guys like or desire. I’ve always been too loud, or not curvy enough, or not pretty enough. I remember lying awake every night hating myself because I knew I could never live up to the standard of the “perfect woman.” Because of my insecurities, I was depressed at age 9 and only began to “cure” my depression at age 14. During my depression, I would feed into the lies that the enemy would tell me: “You’re repulsive. You mean nothing to your family or your ‘friends’. Why are you continuing to live? You’re just taking up space. You’re worthless.” I believed all of it for almost six years. I would cry myself to sleep every night, begging God to kill me in my sleep. There’s nothing pretty about that. Suicide shouldn’t be romanticized (but that’s a topic for a different day). I attempted suicide twice: once when I was 12 ,and then when I was 14. I felt that God couldn’t use me because I had ruined the body He gave me. I self-harmed from age 9 to age 15. It was a daily task that I was addicted to. All of this was because I had believed lies. I truly believed that I was worthless — but in fact, I wasn’t and I’m not. Regardless of all my mistakes, doubts, and fears, God still loved me. He called me daughter. I had never felt that kind of love until I felt God’s presence at three in the morning in my bathtub, while I was bleeding the hatred I had for myself out of my body in crimson ribbons. It took hitting rock bottom for me to realize that my worth doesn’t come...

Life on Mission: Conference Speakers

Life on Mission: Conference Speakers

Mar 23, 2017

by Patti Wethington As you are reading this it will be April and I’m sitting here writing with March winds blowing at 60 miles an hour! The refreshing showers of April are now upon us cleansing the winter snow away. Those of us living in more extreme seasons welcome the warmth, refreshing sunshine and, of course, Spring. With that said, I am also feeling time pressing on to the approaching summer General Conference. I’d like to share a couple things in the next issues of the Sabbath Recorder about what to expect and experience during our week together.   As I’ve shared in previous writings, I have been praying for God’s divine leading and intervention in all that is planned and prepared for the coming summer gathering. One of the experiences will be with Dustin Willis, the writer of Life on Mission (co-authored by Aaron Coe). I met Dustin at a conference in Colorado and he agreed to share his story and personal mission experience with us at our event. I continue to follow his life story as he serves in ministry and have read his books Life on Mission and Life in Community. I have ordered his newest book released, The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life (co-authored with Brandon Clements). I challenge you to do the same. Dustin’s desire is to see everyday people join together in the history-sweeping mission of God. Currently, he serves with the North American Mission Board and speaks across North America. Dustin earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Clemson University and his master’s degree from Liberty Theological Seminary. Dustin is a regular contributor at sendnetwork.com. Dustin lives in metro Atlanta with his wife, Renie, and their two children, Jack and Piper. He is one really great reason to come to California and join together in learning and fellowship.   Another plan for Conference includes a friend of mine in Michigan, Emily Klotz. Emily directs a dynamic women’s ministry that has evolved through prayer and intersession. She coaches and counsel’s women’s needs, lives within a rich and powerful prayer life, and speaks words of inspiration into the lives of those...