Mind Your Markers

Mind Your Markers

Jan 22, 2014

Mind your markers by Kevin Butler   Elizabeth Akers Allen wrote this in 1860: “Backward, turn backward, O time in your flight, Make me a child again just for tonight. Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years! I am so weary of toil and of tears.”   It’s comforting to recall happier times of childhood. But living in the past can become troublesome when it’s simply an escape from your current work and being involved in the present. If only there were some “markers” to reflect on to give us strength for today… Moses charged the Israelites to remember such events as he was preparing to transfer his leadership, and the throngs were about to enter the Promised Land. In Deuteronomy 8:1-3, Moses carefully guided the people toward exactly what they were to remember. In fact, that command to “remember” could be translated “mark.” (Think of a chart or a map where certain facts or events are marked and riveted into your memory.) “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years” verse 2 says. Going on, the remembering or marking is for specific purposes: • “to humble you” • “to test you in order to know what was in your heart” • “to teach you that man does not live on bread alone”   Pride We need to learn the same lessons today. David Rhodes once said that “Pride is the dandelion of the soul. Its root goes deep; only a little left behind sprouts again. Its seeds lodge in the tiniest encouraging cracks. And it flourishes in good soil. The danger of pride is that it feeds on goodness.” Are we humble?   What’s in our heart? In his book Fan the Flame, Joe Stowell writes, “The ‘Heart’ is used in Scripture as the most comprehensive term for the authentic person. It is the part of our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide. It has been described as ‘the place of conscious and decisive spiritual activity,’ ‘the comprehensive term for a person as a whole; his feelings, desires, passions, thought, understanding and will.’ And it’s ‘the center of a person. The place...

Family Flux – February 2014

Family Flux – February 2014

Jan 22, 2014

New Members Central SDB, Mitchellville, MD David Taylor, pastor Joined after baptism Japheth (Jay) Sieglein Joined after testimony Laura  Alonzo Susan Sieglein Joined by letter Joel Alonzo Beatriz Velasquez Jorge Alberto Velasquez Jorge Antonio Velasquez Keila Velasquez   Daytona Beach, FL Wray Winborne, pastor Joined after testimony Court A. Thomas   Foothill Community Montrose, CA Jim Schorr, pastor Joined after testimony Jim Schorr Zorik Gevorkian Carol Montague   Little Genesee, NY Kevin Palmiter, pastor Joined after testimony Randy Peterson Joined by letter Pastor JoAnne Kandel Mark Kandel   Little Rock, AR Jeffrey Monroe, pastor Joined after testimony Brendan Patnode Kathy Patnode   Philadelphia, PA Kenroy Cruickshank, pastor Joined after testimony Marcia Bowen William Towns Zanna Towns Joined after baptism Fateem Diabate   Marriages Monroe – Westphall.  Benjamin Monroe and Brittnay Westphall were united in marriage on October 12, 2013 in Howell, AR with Ben’s father, Pastor Jeffrey Monroe, officiating.   Births Fick.—A daughter, Sarah Ann-Elizabeth, was born to Bill and Samantha (Tennyson) Fick of Battle Creek, MI on August 3, 2013. Jara.—A son, Rafael Felipe, was born to Andres and Cathy (Payne) Jara of Colorado Springs, CO on December 17, 2013.   Obituaries Thompson.—William W. “Bill” Thompson, 94, died on December 4, 2013 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, Pa., where he had lived for the past two years. He was predeceased by Kathryn, his wife of 70 years, as well as his parents and siblings. Bill was a lifelong member of the Hebron (Pa.) Seventh Day Baptist Church, the Hebron Grange, and a 70-year member of the Coudersport Consistory. Mr. Thompson worked as a farmer with his father, Alva and brother Roy; and for PennDOT on road maintenance and bridge construction. There are currently nine working bridges in Potter County that he helped build in the 1940s and 1950s. He also worked for Tennessee Gas at Compressor Station 313 for 26 years. Bill is survived by two sons, William, of Ontario, N.Y., and George of Marietta, Ga.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on December 11, at the Hebron Seventh Day Baptist Church, with Pastor Carl Greene officiating. Burial was in the Hebron Cemetery.   Stephan.—Yvonne Louise (Swanson) Stephan, 73, of...

“Little” Is Relative

“Little” is relative   Hello Kevin, We stand in awe at God’s provisions here in Little Genesee, N.Y. We remember well you standing in our midst after the church fire and asking, “What do you want your church to be?” and who we want for members. Seeking only the will of God, the remnant worked diligently to construct a new building and a new church body. Since that day 10 years ago our attendance has increased five-fold. Assistance from the Memorial Board helped institute a new outreach program that has returned our little church to a favored place in this community. The leadership and gifted people God has sent to join our resurgence are paramount in our rebirth. A new sign, along with improved parking and exterior lighting, shows God’s handiwork to anyone who passes. We have expanded program and worship to accommodate all who come in the name of the Lord. We have instituted programs to assure the safety of all who come and are diligently working at expanding possibilities in Christian Education. We have found it necessary to add four pews in the sanctuary for additional seating and are looking for more space now. We are prayerfully considering new facilities to expand our campus as we reach out to the lost and dying. God is doing for us in Little Genesee what we never could do for ourselves. He is growing the body of believers as He sees the need in this rural community. Please keep us all in prayer as we continue to grow and seek God’s wisdom and word in all that we do. Kevin Palmiter –Pastor, Little Genesee, N.Y., SDB...

SDB Researcher Gets Honor

SDB Researcher Gets Honor

Jan 22, 2014

SDB researcher gets honor Editor’s note: Here’s a special news item that seemed to slip “under the radar” for well over a year. Dr. Bernie Yurke, husband of Pastor Jeanne Yurke, received a well-deserved recognition in 2012. This is from the Boise (Ida- ho) State University website:   Editor’s note: Here’s a special news item that seemed to slip “under the radar” for well over a year. Dr. Bernie Yurke, husband of Pastor Jeanne Yurke, received a well-deserved recognition in 2012. This is from the Boise (Idaho) State University website: Bernard Yurke has been named a Distinguished Research Fellow at Boise State for his unprecedented work in nanoscale science and technology research. Yurke has made a wide range of contributions to science in multiple disciplines over the years, including the development of new technologies for fabricating devices using DNA as a nanoscale building material. The rank of Distinguished Research Fellow is the most prestigious academic appointment Boise State can bestow upon its research faculty. “Not only is Dr. Yurke an accomplished researcher, he is an inspiring role model and mentor to all levels of scientists from high school students to graduate students to faculty members,” said President Bob Kustra. “He has brought innovation and change to Idaho and is very deserving of this new title.” Considered one of the founders of the field of DNA nanotechnology, Yurke’s research accomplishments are long and distinguished. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 publications in multiple fields and holds 13 patents. He and his collaborators at Rutgers University were among the first to introduce DNA nanotechnology into polymer gels, which has created a new class of hydrogels that are now being used to examine cellular responses of spinal cord neurons, detect diseases and monitor drug release. “The joy of discovery is what motivates me most,” Yurke said. “A great education depends on great faculty and that is exactly what we have here at Boise State. I am both honored and humbled by this new designation.”   Congratulations to Dr. Bernie for this...

Old kinships renewed in Korea

Old kinships renewed in Korea

Jan 22, 2014

Old kinships renewed in Korea by Clinton R. Brown   I did not plan on going to South Korea. I wanted to go, but our contacts there had just started actively communicating with us again, so they were six months to a year on the waiting list for a visit. I was scheduled to go to the Philippines in November (with Pastor Michael Spearl from Bradenton, Fla.), and our Board of Managers had already authorized a visit to the Andhra Pradesh SDB Conference in India. Though anxious to receive us, Korea would just have to wait.     That is, until our best connection leaving India included a two-hour layover in Seoul, Korea. Extending that layover for a day would allow us to sit for a few hours with the Koreans and give us a chance to get to know each other a little bit better. To our surprise, because of a problem with the Indian embassy, we were not going to be able to go to Andhra Pradesh. This freed up our plans and allowed a last-minute flight correction putting us in Korea for nearly a week. Looking back, it seemed we were supposed to go to Korea all along.   The Korean reception was gracious, friendly, and welcoming. They shared their food, families, history and lives with us. At first, I had believed this was a new group of Sabbath keepers, just discovering us and wanting to affiliate. But soon I was introduced to Jin Sung Kim, an honored, older leader of the group. After bowing then shaking my hand, Jin Sung Kim sat down and pulled out a thick portfolio of documents and pictures. With it he took me through a history of relationships with the U.S. and Canada Conference, the World Federation, and the Missionary Society spanning 50 years. There were letters of encouragement from the then Sabbath Recorder editor, Leon Maltby, as early as 1963. Documents of a global SDB ambassadorial tour in 1974 (including Leon Lawton) were produced. Then their photographs confirmed baptisms, Korean SDB churches, and even some level of attendance at a 1996 SDB World Federation gathering. Brother Kim’s daughter was standing next to Gabriel Bejjani,...