July 2, 2020

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The Way Forward

Some call it the coronavirus, some call it COVID-19, but whatever the case, it is not likely to go away anytime soon! It has certainly changed our everyday lives, with  more than 100,000 lives lost in the United States. So yes, we have on our hands a pandemic of epic proportions. A global challenge that has the potential to affect every man, woman, and child alive today.

In the meantime, how shall we Seventh-day Adventist Christians, and Christians in general, relate? The first thing we need to know in this crisis of a lifetime is that God knows and God cares. The second imperative is a conscious acknowledgment that we are all sinners saved by the grace of God. In other words, the sin virus has invaded every human, except our Lord, since the Creation and subsequent Fall. Consequently, there is only one way, one passport, out of this sin-infected world, and that is through the love and righteousness of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Albert Manning Ellis
Apopka, Florida

Dixil, Keep Writing! 

I’m a retired pastor and fan of Dixil Rodriguez’s articles. Writing is a gift, and she is blessed with it. I hope she keeps it up, and I thank her for sharing her talents. She is touching many lives, and I am so proud of her.

John Bridges
Forsyth, Missouri

Joy

What joy! Spiritual articles and editorials, news, information. April’s issue includes Ellen White, Christopher Hitchens, Edvard Munch, William Shakespeare, Ludwig von Beethoven, coming full circle to Christ and infallible Scripture.

Continued blessings to you at the Review who put pen to paper, fingertips to keyboards, and thoughts to language while praying for guidance. You’re appreciated.

Darlene Grunke
Nordland, Washington

Comments from AdventistReview.org

Only Connection With God can Overcome Global Rise in Evil

Seventh-day Adventists cannot take a seat at the table until we take our heads out of the sand and deal with racism within our church.

Merlene Peters
via web

It’s Not Them. It’s Us.

We absolutely need to hear from those not in our demographic. Thank you, Wilona Karimabadi, for your transparency and your courage. I teach family life. I tell my students that men ought to stand up for women. Married people ought to stand up in support of singles. Seniors ought to stand up for youth. Youth ought to stand up for seniors. And yes, Whites ought to speak up, stand up, and stand with Black people. “If one part suffers, every part suffers” (1 Cor. 12:26).

Jeffrey Brown
via web

Possibly one of the best articles I’ve read. Thoughts and prayers? Sure. But action also. Stepping out of our bubbles and actually doing something to help.

Margaret Mielczarek
via Facebook

There is no way we could ever remain silent in the midst of such terrible injustice and awful actions. We are all part of the human race; when one of us hurts, we all hurt. We all must scream at the top of our voices: Enough! No More!

Joy Philip
via Facebook

12 Things Seventh-day Adventists Can Do During Quarantine

Amen. What a wonderful summary of all we should be focused on. May God help us stay focused on what is important for our salvation.

Robin Mose
via web

Two Reasons Spiritual Mentors Can Make or Break a Christian

The article is so important. So many new members are abandoned after they join the church. One mechanism worth mentioning is a new believers class that concentrates on reading the Bible and exploring basic themes. Another mechanism is to establish a formal sponsor. Twelve-step programs use this approach to thoroughly ground a recovering sinner’s personal journey into freedom from sin.

Milton Hare
via web

Cliff’s Edge—The Past Hypothesis

Where there is bread, there must be a baker. Where there is a painting, there must be a painter. Where there is a sculpture, there must be a sculptor. Where there is design, there has to be a designer. We were created for a purpose—friendship with God.

Stephen Beagles
via web

How My COVID-19 Experience Changed Me

Thank you for your testimony. Your story is an inspiration.

Bob Switak
via web

North American Church President Set to Retire in July

We thank Dan Jackson for his good service to our beloved church. We will now be fervent in prayer that his replacement will be filled with the Spirit, committed to the everlasting gospel, focused on revival and reformation, faithful to the Scriptures, exemplary in character, unapologetically Adventist, uncompromisingly humble and kind.

Wyatt Allen
via web


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