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Less Talk. More Action.

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

Rev. David Stall, Senior Pastor First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Many of you have already heard that KEVIN SORBO will be our keynote speaker at our conference in 2018! Kevin is an actor who is well-known for his role on the Hercules TV show and the Andromeda series. He has done lots of movies, including God’s Not Dead, What If, and Soul Surfer. He also wrote a book called True Strength. Kevin is a Christian and is committed to speaking out for Godly causes and values…even in Hollywood where those ideas are not always popular. He is a “Less Talk. More Action.” kind of guy and I can’t wait for you to hear from him in WI next summer. Ready…. ACTION! New Movie release: “Let There Be Light” in theaters October 27 Starring: Kevin Sorbo and his wife, Sam Sorbo Executive Producer: Sean Hannity Directed by Kevin, co-written by Sam, and starring both — and their kids! This movie is a family effort and something the Sorbos are passionate about. I have emailed and talked with the Sorbos about this new...

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Alliance In Ministry

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017

by Rob Appel Executive Director     “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” — 1 Peter 4:10   When we think about the Great Commission, many of us feel overwhelmed. We might think to ourselves, “What can I do?” Do you ever feel like that — like giving up; like quitting before you even get started?   Maybe a better question than, “What can I do?” would be, “What can WE do?”   “We work together as partners who belong to God.” —1 Corinthians 3:9a God created each of us for a purpose. God gifted us with certain abilities, unique to us alone. And we can, and should, use these gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ. God is all sufficient and He doesn’t need us for His fulfillment— but God does want us to become His partner in ministry! God gives gifts to all Christ followers. God does not measure our success in life by our titles or positions or accomplishments, but by...

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The Pulse of a Healthy Church

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

Rev. Carl Greene Hebron SDB Church, PA   Holy Discontentment As I recall from my youth, we were getting ready for one of the biggest holidays of the year in my hometown of Berlin, NY — something like Groundhog Day, the sort of holiday when all of your 3rd and 4th cousins come to celebrate the festivities. In order to get ready for the day, my brother and I broke out a comb and scissors to get a good close haircut befitting of the chunky rodent’s day. It did not go well. This might be a surprise, but the self-trim haircuts for my brother and me were an absolute disaster. Even though we used the same tools our mom used to cut our hair, we came to realize that we were obviously missing something. In fact, the haircuts generated a feeling of discontentment with the results — especially after mom caught a glimpse of our handiwork. Bad haircuts creating discontentment is one thing. But what about when we feel discontentment with church life? Have you ever attended a worship service where...

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The Beacon

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

by Xander Post SDB Church of Shiloh, NJ I’ve learned a lot over the summer. One of those things was to have patience. I know to stop and listen to what God wants to tell me, but it’s hard sometimes.I get caught up in my own agenda. I can be selfish, rude, and close-minded, but God reminds me to be kind, generous, and empathetic. I read Galatians 5: 22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” So love your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your enemies since God loves them as well....

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The Pulse of a Healthy Church

The Pulse of a Healthy Church

Sep 26, 2017

Rev. Carl Greene Hebron SDB Church, PA   Holy Discontentment As I recall from my youth, we were getting ready for one of the biggest holidays of the year in my hometown of Berlin, NY — something like Groundhog Day, the sort of holiday when all of your 3rd and 4th cousins come to celebrate the festivities. In order to get ready for the day, my brother and I broke out a comb and scissors to get a good close haircut befitting of the chunky rodent’s day. It did not go well. This might be a surprise, but the self-trim haircuts for my brother and me were an absolute disaster. Even though we used the same tools our mom used to cut our hair, we came to realize that we were obviously missing something. In fact, the haircuts generated a feeling of discontentment with the results — especially after mom caught a glimpse of our handiwork. Bad haircuts creating discontentment is one thing. But what about when we feel discontentment with church life? Have you ever attended a worship service where all the elements were in place and things went fine, but you went home feeling like something was distinctly missing in the experience? Have you attended a church function and had fine conversations, but left feeling like there was much more that you longed to talk about than shallow, safe subjects? Have you ever engaged in prayer where it felt like you were talking with yourself, or read Scripture and felt like God was incredibly distant? The correct elements were in place, but yet something was missing. When it comes to church life, these missing pieces should leave us with holy discontentment. If we are missing an increasingly real experience with Jesus, something is woefully wrong. Yet, when it comes to church health we measure ordinary discontentment rather than holy discontentment. It is said that we often measure the success of a church based on three S’s: size, speed, and substantiability. Size —how big is the church? Speed — how fast is it growing? Substantiability — are there enough volunteers and dollars to sustain growth of ministry and program? While these metrics have...

The Lord’s Prayer Our Daily Bread…

The Lord’s Prayer Our Daily Bread…

Sep 26, 2017

  Seventh in a series by Assistant Pastor Philip Lawton at the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Shiloh, NJ. Check out Phil’s blog at contemplatingkenosis.blogspot.com It has been a long summer. I was away from home for most of the summer. I spent a lot of that time thinking about how little we really trust God with everything. How we often think that we can do things ourselves. If the events in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida show us anything, it is that we really don’t have control over much. Building a flood-proof house doesn’t stop the flood, it just makes you feel safe right up to the point that it fails. Our rock in storms shouldn’t be the work of our own hands — it should be Jesus Christ the Son of God. As I said before, I spent most of the summer away from home. For most people this would not be a major problem. You pack up your clothes and what you need, and you travel to where you are going. If you forget something then you head to the nearest Walmart and you buy what you need. The problem is that I am not most people. I have sleep apnea. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea a year and a half ago. I could go into why I should have been tested long before then. But let’s just say that I should have listened to my mother and that I am thankful for friends who are not afraid to confront me. Living with sleep apnea is not really that much of a problem when you have a CPAP. I absolutely LOVE my CPAP. I didn’t really understand how bad I was sleeping until I got one. My wife has a great story about my sleep study and me being wide awake at 5 a.m. The point I am making is that with my CPAP I sleep better and no one has to worry that I won’t wake up. Which is great! When everything works. Faith Till Morning This summer I traveled back to the camp that I went to growing up: Camp Harley Sutton. The five-hour car trip wasn’t too bad....

The Beacon

The Beacon

Sep 26, 2017

by Xander Post SDB Church of Shiloh, NJ I’ve learned a lot over the summer. One of those things was to have patience. I know to stop and listen to what God wants to tell me, but it’s hard sometimes.I get caught up in my own agenda. I can be selfish, rude, and close-minded, but God reminds me to be kind, generous, and empathetic. I read Galatians 5: 22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” So love your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your enemies since God loves them as well....

Testing Your Faith

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” —James 1:2-4 (ESV) by Linda Lawton Boulder SDB Church, CO Imagine that one minute you are sitting peacefully in your chair, dozing over a book, and the next you find yourself standing in the middle of your living room in bewilderment, panic and fear, wondering what precipitated the HUGE explosion that knocked over furniture and caused the drywall over your head to fall on you. Beginning to smell smoke, you realize you need to get out, and you find yourself running out of your house without shoes or coat (or, indeed, any of those things you listed in those “what would you take with you in an emergency” quizzes). In the parking lot you see that the window of unit 7 next door has been blown out and landed on your husband’s car. There is broken glass everywhere and flames shooting from the basement in the adjoining end unit. Your neighbors in the rest of the six units in the building come running out of their homes as well, having felt the blast all the way to the end unit. Tearfully, you exchange impressions with neighbors as someone calls the fire department and the police. When they arrive, the police make sure everyone is out of the involved building and move you to the opposite side of the parking lot. The fire department gets there in record time, but the unit next door is already nearly engulfed in flames. You stand across the parking lot where the police have directed you, shivering and crying off and on. A neighbor from one of the other buildings (whom you have never met) gives you a coat and slippers to wear. Other neighbors offer chairs to sit in and hot tea to drink. One brings a blanket. You watch as the fire expands to the roof of your unit, fearing that everything you own is about to go up in smoke (literally!). The firemen are attacking...

Seven Days of Creation

by Sarina Villalpando Maranatha Community Church, Colton, CA   Sometimes it is important to reflect on the world around us. We tend to take for granted so much, but we forget how we started. Do you ever just look around and realize everything we see was made by God? God created the air we breathe, the trees, our pets, the food we eat, our friends, and everything else. Literally anything we think of — any person, object, or creature — was created by God and in His image. When we step outside, we are engrossed by His image. God loves us so much that we walk on this earth and live a life. He protects us from everything. He gives us the air to breathe, water to drink, and food to eat. We are incredibly blessed! The other day I was waiting in the doctor’s office for my mom and decided to pull out my phone and read Genesis. I thought why not? I got so entranced in the first few chapters. I realized how much I have overlooked those chapters and how much I have forgotten what those chapters contain. Think about it: off the top of your head can you name what happened every day of creation? I’ll admit the fact that I cannot. If you ask me, the first thing I can remember is that God rested on the seventh day…because that’s all I hear about. I’ve made it my goal to look around and just appreciate what God has created. In order to do that, I think it is important to understand and know every day of creation. On the first day God created night and day. Can you imagine, just both night and day are created. The night and day we live in used to not exist and suddenly they do. It’s pretty amazing. On the second day God decided to create the sky and sea. The sky we see every day and take for granted, and the sea that most of us in some way appreciate — they didn’t exist. God saw a purpose for them. Day three God created land and vegetation. God created the fruit and...

SCSC Team Fire

SCSC Team Fire

Sep 26, 2017

by Team Fire (The following are snippets from the exit testimonies of SCSC 2017 Team Fire) I originally did SCSC because my friends were doing it. There were four young adults from my church doing SCSC. So naturally, what do you do when all your friends leave you for the summer — you join them. I am so glad I did. Before leaving for training God was already working with me throughout my spring semester at college. This summer has been a real blessing. I am happy I was not disobedient when God told me I should participate in SCSC. He told me it was time to go further than just my home church. Nothing could have prepared me for the journey my first year of SCSC brought. From training, I learned to spend more time in reading God’s word. I also learned a lot about discipline, which really helped me to face challenges while on project. At training every emotional, physical and mental part of you is focused on God. At training, I continued to pray that God would bring me happiness and He’d light my fire for Him — every day I felt Him start to work. At first I wasn’t sure what to do, but I had a feeling that God was pushing me to ask this woman sitting next to me at the airport what was wrong. So I asked her if she was “ok.” She told me that a friend of hers had a heart attack and was in the hospital. She was afraid for his life and his family because he was the family’s foundation for faith. So I spoke with her about the power of prayer and prayed with her right there. This summer God was really trying to teach me to rely on His strength and focus on Him especially through listening and obeying. I felt Him grow in me even more while being on project. I found it a true blessing to be filled with so much love and be around God-loving people. Throughout the summer I felt this dark cloud dissipating. Through VBS, Bible studies, sermons and devotionals I have continued to feel God...

Scripture Memory Program, 2017-2018 — “Less Talk, More Action”

  This year’s Scripture Memory Program, administered by the Christian Education Council, is centered on our General Conference’s theme for the year as selected by Conference President, Rev. Dave Stall: “Less Talk, More Action.” As has been the case in recent years, those participating can begin either in the month of September or October. The material below reports the verses regardless of the month you choose to begin. Program brochures are available for download from the General Conference’s website: www.seventhdaybaptist.org/scripturememory. Individuals who complete the program receive a certificate honoring their accomplishment, and member churches of the Conference are eligible for additional recognition depending on their level of participation. Reporting is due by early July. Primary Program (ages 5-8) * Month 1 …Do what the word says. — James 1:22 * Month 2 If you don’t watch your tongue…your religion is worthless. — James 1:26 * Month 3 Do not be quick with your mouth… — Ecclesiastes 5:2 * Month 4 When you make a vow to God…fulfill your vow. — Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 * Month 5 How long will you lie there…poverty will come on you. — Proverbs 6:9-11 * Month 6 …if someone has no deeds…can such faith save them?— James 2:14 * Month 7 …If…you say…Go in peace…but do nothing…what good is it? — James 2:15-16 * Month 8 …do not love with words…but with actions. — 1 John 3:8 * Month 9 …the body without the spirit is dead, faith without deeds is dead. — James 2:26   Junior Program (ages 9-12) * Month 1 Do not merely listen to the word…Do what it says. — James 1:22 * Month 2 …Those who do not rein their tongue deceive themselves and their religion is worthless. — James 1:26 * Month 3 Do not be quick with your mouth,…God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.— Ecclesiastes 5:2 * Month 4 When you make a vow to God…fulfill your vow. It is better to not make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. — Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 * Month 5 How long will you lie there…a little sleep… a little folding of the hands...

Remembrances of the Albion Seventh Day Baptist Church in Honor of its 175th Anniversary

Remembrances of the Albion Seventh Day Baptist Church in Honor of its 175th Anniversary

Sep 26, 2017

by Carole Loveless Jaworski My remembrances of the Albion Seventh Day Baptist Church go back to World War II. I was four years old in 1943 when I came to live with my grandma and grandpa, Ruby and Robert Gaines, in Albion, WI. By that time, my father, Robert Loveless, was serving in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso, TX. My mother, Leora (Gaines) Loveless, had taken a war-time job at Borg Industries in Delevan, WI, to make home front ends meet. As part of the job, she and other war-time workers lived in a dormitory on site. At the time I came to live with my grandparents, my grandmother was the Albion SDB Church pianist — later to be the church organist when an organ was purchased for the church after the war. Ken Van Horn, the first pastor I remember, became the Albion SDB Church pastor in 1944, living in the parsonage with his wife, Doris, and son, Rodney Wayne, daughter, Arlouene, and son, Floyd, through the war until 1952. Sometime in 1944, my mother returned to Albion and she and I, and later my brother Allan, lived above Marsden’s General Store across the street from the parsonage. That same winter, Ken Van Horn began a yearly tradition of flooding the parsonage’s front lawn for an ice skating rink. I got my first pair of ice skates that year — strap-on-your-shoes, very flat, double-runner ice skates — about the same thickness as a pair of metal pie plates (with approximately the same performance) strapped to your feet. I remember each evening strapping on the skates, clunking down the second-story steps of our apartment, crossing the street to the parsonage, stepping over the low snow banks to the ice, and learning how to skate. Through the years it was awesome fun for all of us and so much better than ice skating on Saunders Creek — which was narrow and subject to patches of thin ice, often resulting in spills and wet feet. While I lived in Albion, from 1943 until I was a senior in high school in 1957 when we moved to Edgerton, the Albion...