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....

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...

Less Talk. More Action.

Less Talk. More Action.

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 movie. They even sent me a link to watch the movie before release! It was fun, entertaining, challenging, inspiring, and generally great! There were laughs and tears, and great reminders of what is important. I’m encouraging you to support Christian movies in general and GET OUT TO A THEATER and see this one in October! Sam said I could quote her on this: “At its heart, this movie is about the transformational power of the true light. You and I know that Jesus is the light of the world, the only source of true and lasting spiritual illumination. This movie looks at man’s power struggle with his Father in heaven, and his struggle to be a father (and husband). I believe this is why it resonates so well with men. ” — Sam Sorbo Let There Be Light (Movie Synopsis) World-famous atheist Dr. Sol Harkens (Kevin Sorbo) delights in debating and defeating Christians, but is emotionally empty. Isolated from Katy (Sam Sorbo), the wife he divorced following the harrowing loss of their first son, and a lousy part-time dad to their two younger...