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Less Talk. More Action.

Posted by on 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...

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Alliance In Ministry

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017

by Rob Appel Executive Director     “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” — 1 Peter 4:10   When we think about the Great Commission, many of us feel overwhelmed. We might think to ourselves, “What can I do?” Do you ever feel like that — like giving up; like quitting before you even get started?   Maybe a better question than, “What can I do?” would be, “What can WE do?”   “We work together as partners who belong to God.” —1 Corinthians 3:9a God created each of us for a purpose. God gifted us with certain abilities, unique to us alone. And we can, and should, use these gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ. God is all sufficient and He doesn’t need us for His fulfillment— but God does want us to become His partner in ministry! God gives gifts to all Christ followers. God does not measure our success in life by our titles or positions or accomplishments, but by...

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The Pulse of a Healthy Church

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

Rev. Carl Greene Hebron SDB Church, PA   Holy Discontentment As I recall from my youth, we were getting ready for one of the biggest holidays of the year in my hometown of Berlin, NY — something like Groundhog Day, the sort of holiday when all of your 3rd and 4th cousins come to celebrate the festivities. In order to get ready for the day, my brother and I broke out a comb and scissors to get a good close haircut befitting of the chunky rodent’s day. It did not go well. This might be a surprise, but the self-trim haircuts for my brother and me were an absolute disaster. Even though we used the same tools our mom used to cut our hair, we came to realize that we were obviously missing something. In fact, the haircuts generated a feeling of discontentment with the results — especially after mom caught a glimpse of our handiwork. Bad haircuts creating discontentment is one thing. But what about when we feel discontentment with church life? Have you ever attended a worship service where...

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The Beacon

Posted by on 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....

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Real Miracles

by Cheri Appel Palm Desert, CA I joined my sister and her family for supper at her daughter’s house this past week. Afterward we shared a car ride to her home. The subject of the conversation turned to miracles as she shared with me some of the things happening at her church, where she is very involved as the Music Minister. She said if followers of Jesus are still asking why God doesn’t perform miracles today, they need to “tune in”— with the idea of seeing what God is doing. We often chalk things up to coincidence, “luck” or happenstance. But if we look and listen, believing that there are no coincidences — only “God-incidences”…as my stepfather always preached…we will see what great things God is still busy doing! REAL MIRACLES! like the following story of a couple in my sister’s congregation: A husband and father of five young children was suddenly struck with an aneurism in his brain. The family was grateful that it did not cause him to be unconscious, go into a coma, or die — but rather the event paralyzed him temporarily. After spending time in the hospital and being medically assessed, they were told he would recover. But he would need professional therapy in a rehab center for a period of weeks in order to get the full use of his appendages back. With the right treatment and therapy, he would be able to return to a new normal of function — enough that he could return to work and support his family. The family’s insurance would not pay for such rehab for many weeks with professional treatments. In addition, the nurses and doctor were recommending a very expensive, “top of the line,” “cutting edge” rehab treatment center for the best and quickest of recoveries. The family looked into other rehab clinics, including the one being recommended. There were no openings anywhere in the area. The young couple was unsure just what to do next. They were talking and praying about it in a waiting room that happened to include an older man whose wife had suffered a similar, but devastating brain injury. Due to her age, the prognosis was...

Prophecy: where the crossroads of world events and the Bible meet

by Alan K. Walker Seventh Day Baptist Milton, WI What incredible times we live in – like no previous generation. The convergence of Biblical prophetic signs affects every person alive today. We should be reading the Bible in one hand and the news in the other. Get to know Daniel 9, Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49, Ezekiel 38 and 39, Matthew 24, Luke 17, the book of Revelation, also all the Old Testament passages about the millennial reign of Jesus Christ as King. Things are not falling apart; they are falling into place. Twenty-seven percent of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written. 109 separate and distinct Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled to the detail by our Lord Jesus Christ in His First Coming. This precise fulfillment of prophecy is our assurance that all the prophecies regarding His Second Coming will also be fulfilled completely to the last detail. Jesus Christ taught prophecy. Others in the New Testament like John, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude did also. Jesus said in Matthew 16:3 “…Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot {discern} the signs of the times?” We can understand “the times in which we live” through the lens of the Bible. Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.’” Prophecy attracts us to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and gives us hope, inspires us, motivates us, and gives us comfort. Revelation 1:3 (NIV) says “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is...

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...

Depression

Barb Green, Parish Nurse Milton, WI   Abraham Lincoln, Elijah, Winston Churchill, and King David had one thing in common: they all suffered at various times from the dark cloud of depression. It is called the common cold of emotional illnesses, affects many people, and is misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and confused with lack of faith. One out of every four women and one out of every seven men become clinically depressed at some point in their lives. People of all ages and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds experience it. Depression can be simply a mood or, at the other end of the continuum, a serious disorder. It can range from feeling a little down to feeling suicidal. It is an emotional state of pain, a thinking state of confusion, and a physical state of dysregulation. Psalms 6 and 13 describe it with such expressions as: “my bones are in agony, my soul is in anguish, I am worn out from groaning, I flood my bed with weeping, and my eyes grow weak with sorrow. How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” Symptoms of depression may include: low self esteem, fatigue, unexplained headaches or backaches, loss of appetite or overeating, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, restlessness, irritability, feelings of hopelessness, difficulty making decisions, loss of interest and enjoyment in most things, loss of sexual desire and recurrent thoughts of death or dying. The precise cause of depression is unknown. Some are genetically predisposed to the chemical imbalances that bring on depression. Certain medications and physical illnesses have depression as a side effect: for example, hypothyroidism, migraine, heart disease, fibromyalgia, and others. It may be the result of trauma, loss or adjustment, or be caused by burnout, chronic unmet needs, unresolved grief, unresolved anger, pent-up emotions, bitterness, lack of forgiveness, helplessness, negative thinking patterns, stress, sleep deprivation, shame or spiritual dryness. While there is not a blood test or diagnostic test for depression, a doctor will ask about symptoms and medical history, giving special attention to: alcohol and drug use, thoughts of death or suicide, family history, and sleep patterns. A physical exam can help...

I am God’s Favorite

I am God’s Favorite

Sep 25, 2017

by Clinton R. Brown Executive Director This year in June, I had the privilege to travel with Saul Alonzo, SDB pastor in the Washington, DC, area, to visit Christian brothers and sisters in Quito, Ecuador. The believers there have allied for the last several years to translate SDB Helping Hand materials from English into Spanish for their congregations in Ecuador. They publish the materials locally and export them to other Spanish- speaking SDB groups including some in the USA. The congregation in Quito was excited to have us and treated us like honored guests — caring for us, sharing with us, and giving us an opportunity to share some about our ministries and what is happening with SDB groups around the world. At one of our meals with some of the leadership, the conversation drifted to travel and they were curious as to where was my favorite place to visit in my ministry travels. As I began to explain that many of the locations have many positive attributes and were special in their own way, it reminded me of something one of the ladies in the Hopkinton SDB congregation in Ashaway shared with me. She recounted an experience where she was at a funeral of a relative and a pair of her young adult nephews came up to her. She hugged them and kissed them as she admired their sharp suits, and she told them that they were her favorites. They shrugged off the compliments with smiles and went and took their seats nearby. Soon after, two younger nephews approached her and she repeated the process including telling them that they were her “favorites.” Immediately one of the older nephews piped in, “Oh Aunt Susie, everyone is your favorite!” To that she responded, “Well, of course! All of you are my favorites!” It seemed ridiculous to the boys that their aunt would use “favorite” to identify each of them. However, she did not have a more concise way to express the feelings that she had about how she valued each of them in ways that made them uniquely prized and special to her. When she related that story to me, it made me think...

I Believe in Angels

  by Nancy Davis SDB Church of Shiloh, NJ After having a heart attack, my husband was admitted to our local hospital. Several hours later, the doctors thought it best to have him transferred to a larger and a better equipped hospital. That hospital was 40 minutes away and I was able to ride in the ambulance with him and his nurse. Being transferred to a larger hospital would mean having him go through the emergency room and starting all over with tests, paper work, etc. I wasn’t quite ready for what happened when we arrived at the hospital. We pulled up to the hospital and were flagged down by a dark-skinned man in a white nursing uniform. He had us pull up to a sidewalk, helped us enter through a side door and got all of us (my husband, his nurse and me) on the elevator, and off at the correct floor. After my husband was admitted and in his room, I realized we never went through the emergency room. Wanting to thank this nurse that helped us, I asked the head nurse where this nurse was. After describing him, she looked at me and said, “We don’t any nurse on this floor that meets this description.” Yes, I believe in angels and I know that the Lord sent an angel there to be with us that day. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! — Hebrews...

God Never Leaves You

by George C. Pettit, Jr. SDB Church of Shiloh, NJ In May 2016 I went on a weekend vacation to Lambertville, NJ. On the first night there after dinner, I became short of breath and had a hard time walking back to the hotel. We were with some friends and they suggested that I should go to the hospital to get checked out. I did not want to go because we were several hours from home, but decided to go anyway. Once there, they determined that I was having a heart attack. The doctor for my care that night was the head doctor for the heart center for the hospital. They put me in the hospital for the weekend and would do a stent procedure on Monday. I would then be able to go home the following day. Monday came and went — it was determined that the stent would not work in my situation. One week later I had open-heart surgery for two bypasses and a valve replaced. To get the veins for the surgery they had to cut both legs from groin to the ankle because my veins were not in good condition. After surgery, my back was hurting so bad I sat in a chair instead of lying down. They had put 40 pounds of fluid in my body during the surgery and this water went to my legs and feet. The incisions then broke open and began to release the fluid. The pain was more than I could handle. So in the middle of the night, I screamed out that God had left me. The door to my room opened up and a short black nurse with her arms folded in front of her came in and said, “Where is your faith?” She sat next to me on the bed, held my hand and prayed with me until I settled down and felt better. When I turned to thank her, she was gone. Later, my night nurse came in and I asked her the name of the little black nurse that helped me in my time of need. She told me that there were no black nurses on this floor...

Freedom Sabbath

Freedom Sabbath

Sep 25, 2017

We had a special service in Ashaway this weekend. We celebrated the freedom to worship that we enjoy in America. We celebrated the heritage of our church and the role of our members (like Samuel Ward) in the American Revolution. We sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic, written by Samuel Ward’s great-granddaughter. We had hot dogs and enjoyed summer fellowship. Most importantly, we read Romans 6 and reflected on our Freedom in Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin which leads to destruction! We are now subject to God, our great and loving master, through the work of Jesus....