Let’s Thank God for the Rainy Days!

Let’s Thank God for the Rainy Days!

Oct 28, 2015

Willy Villalpando Maranatha Community Church, Colton, CA Today my friend and I were coming out of our biology class and we were greeted by a “lovely” heavy rain. All we could think about was how we were going to get to our next class across campus. Neither one of us had brought an umbrella and we had left our jackets in my car. We had heard a rumor that it might rain but neither of us had really believed the reports. So, needless to say, my friend and I ran out into the pouring rain to our next class attempting to shield ourselves with our binders. Of course, when we got to our next class we were both soaked from head to toe and shivering because the building’s air conditioning was on. (It had been hot earlier that day.) At the time, all my friend and I could think about was how miserable we felt. But it is November — the time of the year that we set apart to think about the blessings we have and what we can be thankful for! Since its time for thanksgiving, we are going to do a little exercise together. I want you to think of a random event that happened to you within the last few days — one, that at the time, seemed more negative than positive (as I did above). Go ahead and think about it — I’ll wait. Got one? Awesome. Now I want you to flip that event on its head. How were you blessed by the event? What are you thankful for after the event occurred? 1 Thessalonians 5:18A (ESV) says, “Give thanks in all circumstances….” So that is what we are going to do. What happened in my event that was a blessing? Well, let’s start at the basics: I thank God for the rain that we so desperately need in California right now. I thank God that when I did not have my umbrella I did have somewhere to run to in order to shelter from the rain. I thank God that, a few days after this, I have not gotten sick. I thank God that rain only lasted...

Team VESSEL 2015

by Katrina Goodrich   Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. —2 Timothy 2:21 ESV   These are excerpts from the exit testimonies of Team VESSEL The idea of participating in SCSC was briefly brought up by a friend and that was all it took for the seed to be planted. All throughout 2014 the seed grew and I couldn’t deny the calling God placed on my life. I listened to the call and submitted my application. From the very beginning the whole adventure of SCSC has been a growing experience for me. Stepping out of my comfort zone was hard for me from the start. As the weeks continued I was thrown into new roles and environments I had never experienced before. This year our theme at training was “Identity.” We learned that our identity is formed in Christ and not in our own self-perception. This was an important theme for us to study and take the time to discuss because it is something that we all can struggle with at times. Not knowing who we are in Christ is the easiest way for us to lose our way. God has been teaching me about my identity through training for leadership and learning what that really means. Expanding on my experience of learning with leadership, I learned that God may call me to do something out of my comfort zone and I will have to rely on Him even more. Learning to let go of pride, becoming a servant leader, and letting God take control in whatever I’m doing is a lifelong pursuit. I had to get it through my head that my will power was not going to cut out the sin in my life and that I had to accept God as my identity, claiming His things as my own in order to leave the others behind. The spiritual counsel I received at SCSC training and on tour will be used to keep God the main focus and not be led by the worries of THIS...

Let’s Thank God

by Gabi Osborn Boulder SDB Church, CO Contrary to popular belief, being a teenager is hard. It brings the struggles of high school, extracurricular activities, piles of homework, college searches, part-time job applications, trying to fit in, learning how to maintain relationships, and so much more. It’s easy to be consumed with these things. It seems like you’re being swallowed up by due dates, demands from coaches, and requests from parents. We take it all on thinking we’re some kind of superhuman and before we know it, we snap. Something tiny suddenly seems like the end of the world and this perfectly balanced system comes crashing down. Trust me, we’ve all been there. I know this feeling as well as anybody, and most of the time I’m too stubborn to ask for help. While I’m being absorbed by these worldly things, I often forget to look to God. When you have a constant checklist of things that need to be done, it’s easy to push God to the side, thinking, “Do I really need to have a set prayer time today?” or “It wouldn’t hurt anything if I skipped Bible study this week, would it?” These statements couldn’t be more wrong. God doesn’t want us to be so wrapped up in the things of this world that we shut Him out. In fact, He wants to help us. And if I’m being completely honest, we can’t do it without Him. The Bible is full of scripture that tells us to give everything to God rather than be in a constant state of stress. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” We see something similar to this in Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” So as the school year progresses and you find yourself being overtaken by standardized tests, college essays, sports, volunteer hours, homework, and whatever else you may be...

Seminarian Profile: Conlief Lyons

Seminarian Profile: Conlief Lyons

Oct 28, 2015

I live and work in Toronto, Canada, attending the First Seventh Day Baptist Church pastored by Herlitz H. Condison. I am married to my sweetheart, Zelmur James Lyons, and still on our honeymoon going five years strong! I am a committed follower of Jesus Christ. I was born to an itinerant pastor, Charles S. Lyons, who planted many churches all over Jamaica and to a prayer warrior, Lucille E. Lyons, who would wage all-night prayer battles, storming Heaven with her petitions. I now find myself drawn to the ministry like a moth to a flame! By the age of 14 I had accepted Christ and was baptized during one of my dad’s fiery sermons. Sweet conviction! But it wasn’t until as a ripened 31- year-old I finally came to know Christ personally. One of our church leaders, Tom Rhoden, took my brother and me under his wings and carefully, meticulously, opened the scriptures concerning the messianic prophecies. In particular, he uncovered passages in Isaiah that detailed the birth, life, example, and death that Christ would eventually model for all His followers. I am a trainer at heart. From my earliest days, I have been involved in coaching, mentoring, or training my friends and co-workers. But it has only been in the past four years that I have come to recognize the gift that God has given me. I have known for some time that I was able to motivate and encourage others, but wasn’t able to connect the dots in terms of my own life’s goal. I had always felt God’s calling on my life and somehow knew that I was to follow in father’s footsteps but lacked the courage and confidence to really explore and discover what this would look like for me. Four years ago, I was given the opportunity to join the training team at my work on a three-year secondment. Therein I found my passion. I love designing and delivering training and get real joy in seeing others find their passion and move forward. Through this experience, God connected the dots for me, allowing me to see how He desires to connect the dots in our lives, pointing us back...

Scripture Memory Program 2014-15 Participants

As part of last year’s Scripture Memory Program, 178 individuals from 27 churches completed the program. The winner of the Mary Clare Scripture Memory bowl, given to the church with the greatest number of individuals who complete the program, is the Toronto, Ontario SDB Church with 24 individuals who successfully memorized all the verses. The program for this year, 2015-16, is available on the SDB General Conference website at: www.seventhdaybaptist.org/scripturememory. Commit yourself to learning and memorizing the Word of God this year! Alfred Station, NY Elaine Brundage Nancy Cherry Elianna Chroniger Madge Chroniger Colleen Morrison Abigail Noel Erin Sanborn Marcus Sanborn Morgan Trudell   Ashaway, RI Melissa Brown Ivan Dixon Susan Lamphere Nadine Lawton Barbara Nugent Joel Roache Matthew Roache Lorelei Stall   Battle Creek, MI Lorrie Bird Caron George Beth Jones Judy Parrish Mary Ellen Wilkey   Boulder, CO Gregory Looper Patrick Muniz Cletus Severance Keith Severance Shari Severance   Central Washington (Yakima), WA Margaret A. Fox   Colorado Springs, CO Linda Harris John Pethtel   Daytona Beach, FL Everald Kelly Leora Pinder   Fort Lauderdale, FL Verona Fuller Norma Kennedy Curletta Wright Eldon Wright   Gardena, CA (All Nations) Gwendolyn Ewen Vivian Lynch   Hebron, PA Pearl Brock Alicia Graham Nicole Graham Carl Greene Cindy Greene Elizabeth Greene Luke Greene Samuel Greene Seth Greene Jared Kenyon Josiah Kenyon Kent Kenyon Landon Reiner Sophia Reiner Alyson Thompson Elizabeth Thompson Brooke Vincent Thomas Wilson   Hungry Horse, MT Vivian Allan Christina McNeme Timothy McNeme   Lost Creek, WV Josie Amstone Sara Amstone Cate Camenga Cathy Camenga Eve Camenga Johnmark Camenga Jonah Camenga Faith Facemire Jonathan Facemire Michaela Facemire Denise Fenstermacher Rick Fenstermacher Cindy Lawrence   Marlboro, NJ Colleen Bond Scott Cruzan Sharon Davis Annelise Sweeney Sean Sweeney   Metro Atlanta, GA Joanna Lovelace Jonathan E. Lovelace Luis D. Lovelace Bettie B. Pearson   Middle Island, WV Clara Glover Cora Mae Lough Eudora Grace Lough Emily Robinson John W. Robinson   Milton, WI Kecia Thompsongordon   New York City, NY Beverly Alexander Cailin Bell Ita Cox Judith Smith-Dennis Inez Gray Dawn McLean-Bell Meggan Morrison Caroline Shorter Blanch Williams Jean Wynter-Barrett   North Loup, NE Ron Cargill Shirley Cargill Katherine Dutcher Scott Hausrath Teri Morgan  ...