Faith In Humanity Restored

Faith In Humanity Restored

Oct 26, 2016

by Jon Cruzan Milton SDB Church, WI On Friday 8/19, Sue and I, along with two grandsons, were returning to Milton from several days of vacation at Indiana Dunes State Park. We were in our RV, named Espresso, making our way west on I-90 through the Chicago area. We had enjoyed great fun but it was time to get home. Espresso was full of sand, dirty clothes, bicycles, odds and ends of food, and the other detritus that accumulates on such a trip. We were tired and anticipating good old Milton. Even though it was 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon — Chicago rush hour time — things were going well. Traffic was very heavy but moving reasonably well. I was in the far left lane as we approached the O’Hare area when I smelled something “hot.” A quick check of my gauges indicated no issues, so I chalked this up to three packed lanes of traffic and a hot afternoon. Then I noticed what I thought was a puff of smoke. I tried to ignore this but then saw more wafting from somewhere underneath Espresso. This was disconcerting to say the least. I needed to get off the road and shut Espresso down. Remember, I’m in the far left lane and the highway is packed. I surveyed the left shoulder (what could be called a shoulder) no room for an RV — maybe no room for anything if you wanted to stay alive. I had no choice but to immediately work right. I was able to get over nearly immediately and there was an off ramp. I think others may have seen the smoke and allowed me some leeway. I prefer to think of this as an act of God (parting of the Red Sea comes to mind). I zoomed up that off ramp having no clue where I was. I turned right and maneuvered into the first parking lot that presented itself. Another act of God. This lot was big enough for Espresso, was not busy as part of the adjacent building was under renovation, it was shaded (quite hot out), and I knew I would not have to move Espresso anywhere else. I...

It’s not always as easy as it seems

It’s not always as easy as it seems

Oct 26, 2016

by Seth Osborn Thanksgiving is just around the corner! A day to spend with family, eat good food, and be thankful for all of the blessings that the Lord has given to us. Of course, it would probably be better if we did those more often than one day out of the year. Especially that last one. And it should be easy! With all that God has done, how can we not be thankful? But it’s not always as easy as it seems, is it? Sometimes you suddenly find yourself down in the dumps. And there’s not usually an easy way out of there. Sure, maybe you can distract yourself for a bit. But once that’s over you’re still in the same place. So what do you do? To be honest, I don’t know. I haven’t run into any good “get happy quick” schemes. But I know we’re not alone in this. Plenty of Biblical figures have been in a rough spot too, and they wrote about it for us. First, let’s take a look at the Psalms. David, a man after God’s own heart, often sings of his sorrows. Psalm 22 pulls no punches with its opening couple of verses: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.” And just in case you feel a little uncomfortable about God being spoken to in such a manner, take a quick peek over at Matthew 27:46 or Mark 15:34 where we see that Jesus Himself quoted the first line of this Psalm as He died on the cross. If His example isn’t good enough for us, then whose is? We can delve into the book of Job next. After two chapters of undeserved tragedy, Job mourns. He asks why God has made him — a righteous man — suffer through all of this. His friends insist that he must have sinned in some way and that he is now facing punishment, but Job continues to assert his innocence. In fact,...

The Thankful Heart

By Levi Bond It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests. ”They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.” —Luke 17:11-19 MSG I am working on a record in my life. I have been a substitute school custodian for over 12 years. I did this job for a year while I was looking for a full-time job. Once I landed one, they kept me on the list for occasional calls. Now that I am working a 4-10 schedule at my full-time job, I am available to work most Fridays at a school. One of the ways I have managed to keep this job, continuing to work as several administrators have turned over, is because of a habit thatI have developed. At the beginning and end of each school year, I visit the maintenance office in person and deliver a thank you note. That thank you note includes a request for more work. I did this again last September as a new school year began. I started thinking as I drove home from this errand, “I am doing a pretty good job of showing my thankfulness for this job.” Then conviction hit me: “How am I doing at being thankful for other blessings in my life?” In this scripture we have ten lepers who were blessed by being healed. But only one, a lowly Samaritan, turned around, acknowledged and thanked his healer. To put...

Christmas Gift List 2016!

Christmas Gift List 2016!

Oct 26, 2016

  Over the last few years, several of our families have made it part of their year end tradition to select items from our suggested gift list to support the ministry work of our Seventh Day Baptist brothers and sisters around the world. During this season when much of the world celebrates the greatness of our Father’s love and the greatest gift of all, Christ Jesus, I hope you will consider sharing a gift, as well. International Children’s Relief Support • 1 Helping orphans transition into new Christian homes (Suggested Gift: $30) • 2 Aid for Children Distressed by War & Conflicts (Suggested Gift: $50) • 3 Dengue and Malaria prevention Mosquito Nets (Suggested Gift: $10) • 4 Buy Seeds for sustainable food gardens in Uganda (Suggested Gift: $25) Foreign Community Outreach Ministries • 5 Shoes and Clothing for the sick and poor (Suggested Gift: $25) • 6 Life saving medicine (Suggested Gift: $12) • 7 Share of an Evangelist’s motorcycle in developing world ministry (Suggested Gift: $110 / Share the Cost: $11) • 8 Bibles and Gospel tracts for developing world congregations (Suggested Gift: $20) • 9 Provide food and water in communities facing natural or manmade disasters (Suggested Gift: $45) SDB Missions Discipleship & Training Projects • 10 International TIME Program books & leadership Bibles (Suggested Gift: $25) • 11 Ship SDB Helping Hand Overseas for a year (Suggested Gift: $22) • 12 Share of Mission Lodging & Transport (Suggested Gift: $100) Support Missions and Send a Gift • 13 Make a donation of $50 or more in the name of someone else and we will send them a card and glass globe ornament on your behalf. Contributions for Gifts can be sent to: SDB Missions, P.O. Box 156, Ashaway, RI 02804 or give online at: www.sdbmissions.org SDB Missions is a 501(c) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the IRS...

No Time to Rehearse

No Time to Rehearse

Oct 26, 2016

by Kevin Butler At our annual Conference in Houghton, NY, this past August, I had some fun reminiscing and telling stories from my college days there. I shared about several experiences that took place on the stage at Wesley Chapel when I co-hosted the college’s monthly variety shows. The job of the host was to keep the show moving and to provide some entertainment and laughs between the more “serious” acts. We did that with silly skits, songs, and professor impersonations — some were rehearsed, while others were “inspired” at the moment. Lots of work, lots of life lessons, and lots of fun! Time to graduate Then I fast-forwarded to graduation time. It was one week before we got our diplomas; one week before I would start my first full-time job, working with my Dad up at GE in Utica; four months to the day before Janet and I would get married. I was up late the night before, working on a skit (of all things) for our senior retreat. But I had to get up pretty early to do my regular morning sign-on shift at the college radio station. The phone rings at Davis House. Somebody else answers it and says, “Butler, it’s for you!” I get to the phone in the living room, and it’s my Dad. Dad never called me…must’ve been about the job, or he and Mom coming down for graduation. So I say, “Hey Dad, what’s up?” “Kev, your Mom died last night.” Wh— wh— What? “We think she had a heart attack. I found her this morning in her favorite chair in front of the TV. Dusty the dog was at her feet.” Wh— wh— What? “I need you to come home and help with the arrangements.” (It was a 3-1/2 hour drive back then.) “Uh, okay… I’ll be there as soon as I can.” And I hang up the phone. There’s no “rehearsal” for something like this. Time to go home I look around my room and my head is just spinning. Mom?? Grabbing my shave kit and a bunch of clothes and dress shoes, I put them in my car. And then I remember— “Arrghh!! The...