Attitude in the Altitude

Attitude in the Altitude by Kevin Butler   Thomas Edison once said, “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” SDBs once again had the opportunity to gather for our annual Conference sessions. Thanks to much hard work and Spirit-led planning by President Ralph Mackintosh, we most certainly experienced a week of good fortune! God showed up in Colorado Springs! Oh, sure, we heard some complaints: –It’s a long walk between the dorm and the meeting room! –It’s a bit cramped in the cafeteria! –Isn’t it raining more than usual? –What? No Conference Crier daily newspaper? Those were tiny nuisances compared to the supreme benefits and positives of the week. For the long walk: maybe you got more exercise than normal. For the smaller eating facility: maybe it moved you along so you didn’t eat as much. For the rain: yeah, it stunk, but that one’s out of our hands. And for the Conference Crier: there were live streaming computer broadcasts and videos of the events posted soon after. How is your attitude? Do you focus on what’s missing or rejoice in what’s provided? And this goes beyond our Conference meetings. Are we nitpicking the faults our local church and pastor so much that the benefits are being missed?  Are we ignoring the great grace and love and gifts of our Lord Jesus? William Arthur Ward wrote, “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” Let’s adjust the sails of our attitudes and pray—as Rod Henry challenged us on Sabbath day at Conference—that the Lord show us His more preferable future for our churches, and then walk in it!   Rod Henry (as the Apostle Paul) prays for young “Timothy” (Dustin Mackintosh) before they both preached on Sabbath morning. Youth and young adults helped lead the Kids’ Kampfire each evening at Conference. After rehearsing during the week, the children put on a great musical on Sabbath afternoon. Looks like General Council members want your feedback! You may contact them at...

Family Flux: September 2013

New Members Alfred Station, NY Kenneth Chroniger, pastor Joined after baptism Madge Chroniger Joined after testimony Brad Morrison Colleen Morrison   Raritan Valley, NJ Melvin Stephan, pastor Joined by letter Gabriel Graffius Joined after baptism Adrienne Graffius     Obituaries Colflesh.—Georgia (Green) Colflesh, 80, of Sedalia, Mo., died on January 24, 2013 at Bothwell Regional Health Center. She was born September 27, 1932 in Albany, N.Y., daughter of J. Paul and Elizabeth (Johnson) Green. The family moved to Milton, Wis., in 1944, where she graduated from Milton Union High School and attended Milton College. In 1954, Georgia was united in marriage to Wayne E. Colflesh at the Milton SDB Church. Georgia and her husband served churches in several states, including filling the pulpit for the SDB fellowship in Kirkwood, Mo. Survivors include her husband, Wayne; four children, Terry Masters, June Moore, Mark Colflesh and Sharon Autenrieth; two brothers, Paul and Frank Green of Milton; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister, Helen Ruth Green. A memorial service was held at Epworth United Methodist Church in Sedalia on January 27, 2013....

“Walking in Love”

“Walking in Love”

Aug 26, 2013

“Walking in Love” by Rev. David Taylor              “And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.” (2 John 1:6, NASB)   God says, quite simply, that love is keeping His commandment. That brings love out of the indefinite into something explicit. But God has done even more than define love for you. He’s given you instruction so you can know how to love as He loves. By giving you His Word, God has given you His “love manual” in black and white.   Love is an action All you have to do is follow it, and you’ll be walking in love—the love of God has been born within you. Yet, unless you take action, that love will remain hidden within you. That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi saying, “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10)   How love is released The love of God is released in your life by acting on the knowledge of God’s Word. Without revelation knowledge followed by action, love lies undeveloped and selfishness continues to reign supreme in you, even though you are a new creature. As you act on God’s Word, the love of God will be perfected in you. That’s when love will begin to flow from you to others. There is nothing–absolutely nothing–that is more important than learning to love. In fact, how accurately you perfect the love walk will determine how much of the perfect will of God you accomplish. That’s because every other spiritual force derives its action from love.   If there is no love… In the beginning of the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, the Word says that tongues are just “noise” if there is no love. If a person has the gift of prophecy, understands all knowledge, and has enough faith to move mountains, without...

Ministering through Hope

Ministering through Hope by Christine Davis and Debbie Hargett   Singing, praying, laughing, learning, listening and crying. It all happened! Women from all over North America gathered to celebrate all that God is doing, spend time together, learn and encourage one another, and strengthen the threads that tie us together in fellowship. Christine Davis and Debbie Hargett were privileged to represent SDB women at the North American Baptist Women’s Union (NABWU) Assembly last October in Nashville, Tenn. NABWU is one of seven continental unions that make up the Women’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance, forming an amazing network of women circling the globe. As SDB women, we are a valuable part of this world tapestry. As we identified ourselves as Seventh Day Baptists, some were familiar with us; with others we had the opportunity to inform who we are and why. Each large group session began with praise led by an awesome, animated woman. As a musician, Chris was amazed by the way she made the piano come alive with no written music! Then we were informed and challenged by women who were on the frontlines battling human trafficking and prostitution, helping refugees, girls at risk, incarcerated women, and mobilizing women of the church. These are issues that break the heart of God and should break ours! During these meetings there were no fists raised demanding more power to women, but a call to brokenness and servant leadership as our eyes were opened and hearts stirred to the needs of women and girls for whom Christ died. “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4 NIV). Being drawn to cross-cultural experiences and friends, Chris enjoyed conversations with a Chilean couple who were missionaries to Kentucky, and with Karin refugees from Burma who faithfully shared the Word while in the refugee camp. One workshop, “Hope at the End of the Refugee Highway,” related the story of Matthew Houses—places that welcome refugees and give hospitality, housing, and resettlement assistance in several Canadian cities. Several panelists on the subject of human trafficking and...

Do It Yourself Or, “The Great Escape”

Do It Yourself Or, “The Great Escape” by Executive Director, Rob Appel          In September 2012 I took a spiritual retreat in the Rocky Mountains and was wondering how God was going to speak to me during this special time. On the morning of September 27th, in the lodge of Camp Paul Hummel, God spoke to me through an old familiar book. I picked up a copy of My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers, and opened it to one of the pages. It turns out it was one of the 12 dog-eared pages of that copy. This month is number eight in a series from this great devotional.          “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV) Here are three simple truths of the Holy Spirit-led Christian: 1) I am a child of God. 2) I am alive in Christ. 3) I am a new creation. So why do we still battle with some of the same thoughts and feelings that we had before we became a Christian? Although we are Christ-followers, we still live in this world, but now we don’t “war” as the world does. That is the conundrum; the battle for our mind cannot be won using the same thinking we had before we accepted Christ. Even knowing that, many of us still use the same tactics to win that battle in the same way we used to try to do it. Before we became Christians we all learned to respond to life’s challenges in an assortment of ways. But they all had one thing in common: We went through life without God. We were simply unaware of His presence in our lives and so we did not know His ways. Even those of us raised in a Christian home grew up learning to think independently of God until we accepted...