May 12, 2011

Give & Take

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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
—Jesus Christ, in John 10:10
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Adventist Quotes (profound or spontaneous)
Adventist Life (short anecdotes, especially from the world of adults)
Camp Meeting Memories (short, humorous, and/or profound anecdotes)
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2011 1514 page13Adventist Life
SPEEDING LESSON: My brother-in-law is well known for acquiring gas-saving autos, current of which is a popular hybrid that nearly chuckles at surging fuel prices. Not only is it unique in mileage, but it’s remarkably quiet in operation in more ways than one.
One Sabbath morning the new owner was on his way to church when suddenly he noticed a patrol car at the side of the road. Moments later flashing lights brought him to an unexpected halt.
The officer questioned if he knew he was going at 70 mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone. With his heart in his mouth, my brother-in-law explained his recent purchase of the quiet-running auto that whips up speed—he hardly notices it unless he’s watching the speedometer. He also said he was on the way to church when asked where they were going all dressed up. The compelling sincerity in the driver’s voice apparently convinced the officer. He said he would not delay church attendance, and gave my brother-in-law only a warning, with advice to be more alert.
The moral of the story? On the way to church, remember: law, seldom grace, applies. I wonder how much my brother-in-law gave for a thank offering that Sabbath!
2011 1514 page13—Herb Pritchard, Ocala, Florida

Paul Lundgrin, pastor of the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church in Riverside, California, made a comment on the Sabbath following the devastating earthquake in Japan. He mentioned that at times like these many people refer to natural disasters as “acts of God.” This is common insurance company lingo. He made a point by saying: “This was not an act of God. If you want to see an act of God, look to Calvary. That’s an act of God!” There were many “amens” from the congregation!

—Peter Peabody, Riverside, California