August 13, 2012

Give & Take

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EDITOR'S "ZIP" CODE: Adventist Review editor Bill Knott descends the zip line at the Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, ski resort on July 4.

Sound Bite
“Jesus delights in putting us in situations in which He’s the only answer.”
—Pastor Henry Wright, during his sermon “When I am Weak, Then I am Strong,” during the Potomac Conference 2012 camp meeting

Adventist Life
In 1975 I was doing my master’s degree at a reputable Catholic college in my native state. I was a new convert to the Adventist Church, and all my friends, both Catholic and Protestant, were much surprised at my conversion from Hinduism to Christianity. 

When I returned to the hostel after my baptism, to be true to my baptismal vow, I decided to stop drinking tea and coffee, the beverages served on the dining table mornings and evenings, I gave instruction to the serving crew to provide me a glass of plain water instead. 

2012 1523 page13During study leave I was staying at the college hostel while preparing for final exams. On April 1, I came to the dining hall along with my friends to have breakfast. I could see some kind of giggling and murmuring going on among the students already eating their breakfast. Ignoring it, I sat down at the table and ate. When I grabbed the glass of water and took a sip I screamed, with the water in my mouth, “Oh! It’s salty!” 

Everyone ran toward me shouting, “April fool, April fool!” After I  spat out the water, I came back and joined the fun.
—Ramani Kurian, Hosur, India

My husband and I were having a friendly discussion with a man who had been an Adventist at one time. We all knew that he didn’t have long to live. During our visit he said, “When I die, I’ll be reincarnated into a royal person.” 

I added, “When I die, I believe I’ll sleep in the grave until Jesus comes, and then I will be resurrected and go to heaven.” 
There was a moment of silence. Then he said, “One of us is going to be surprised.” 

I agreed.
—Evonne Richards, Collegedale, Tennessee

This article was published August 16, 2012.