December 20, 2013

Give & Take

Adventist Life

To end our K-2 class worship we sang two verses of “Into My Heart.” At the end of singing the verse with “out of my heart,” one of my kindergartners said, “This is so sad.”

“What’s sad, Gabrielle?” I asked.

She replied, “We just asked God to come into our heart, and now we are asking Him to get out of our heart.”

We then had a class discussion on what it means for us to ask God to “shine out of our heart.”

—Sherril Davis, Fort Pierce, Florida

New Year, good advice13 1 6 2

As 2013 draws to a close, many people start thinking about what they’d like to do differently in the new year. Here are some sage words from Ellen G. White:

“We must pray more, and talk less”
(Review and Herald, Mar. 22, 1887).

“Those who in everything make God first and last and best are the happiest people in the world”
(My Life Today, p. 161).

“The study of the Bible is superior to all other study in strengthening the intellect”
(Messages to Young People, p. 253).

Church Signs

I was driving past the Eastwood Baptist Church and noticed this message on its kiosk: “It’s time for the church of God to move out!”

Across the street? The Marietta Church of God. This unintentional slight had me chuckling.

—Julia Danforth, Marietta, Georgia

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We are looking for brief submissions in these categories:

Sound Bites (quotes, profound or spontaneous)

Adventist Life (short anecdotes, especially from the world of adults)

Camp Meeting Memories (150 words or less)

Jots and Tittles (church-related tips)

Please send your submissions to Give & Take, Adventist Review, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600; fax: 301-680-6638; e-mail: [email protected] Please include phone number, and city and state from which you are writing.