July 17, 2014
The July 10 issue of the Adventist Review was excellent! We need more of this kind of issue. It made me recall the many times Ellen G. White said we should “eat to live,” not “live to eat.” She also said we should use natural remedies. Both ideas were covered in this issue.
As Ernestine Finley said, “At Creation, God outlined good health principles. Through following the Creator’s plan we can add years to our lives and life to our years. A healthful diet improves both the length and quality of our lives.”
The few articles about mental health were good, but a few more on the subject would be helpful for those of us who are “over the hill.”
Read the Book
My dad is an avid subscriber to Adventist Review, and he often reminds me how much he misses the column by Leslie Kay, and how much he appreciates Clifford Goldstein’s insights. I enjoy Goldstein’s articles too, and have read most of the books he has published, receiving great blessing from the challenges and insights therein!
I’m writing out of disappointment that the June 26, 2014 issue contains Andrew McChesney’s final column. I have looked forward each month to his well-written, timely articles. They often spurred me on to deeper commitment to Jesus and encouraged me to surrender more fully to His ways as McChesney has shared his own personal struggles with things such as watching movies, self-surrender, and the challenges of living overseas.
I will miss McChesney’s column very much. Is there a chance his column might someday (soon?) become a book similar to The Mules Angels Ride by Clifford Goldstein? I would love to give such a book to many people I know.
Thank you for the article “Friendship Evangelism” (Jun. 19, 2014). It is wonderful confirmation for our little mountain church, as we have started doing friendship evangelism here since the first of the year. A new member had a burden to see it happen and it has!
We have tapped our congregation and friends for topics such as Christmas decorations with natural items; plant propagation; healthy soups; bread-making made easy; healthy salads, sprouting, and other topics. We are finding the community responding to these classes as attendance grow larger each month. Church members get to know those who attend, and we hope to have a Bible series at some time in the future. But even without a series, our community is getting to know us as people of God and friends.
Thank you for the encouragement.
I was surprised and disappointed to read the article “Adventist Church Encouraged by Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision” ( www.adventistreview.org/church-news/adventist-church-encouraged-by-courts-hobby-lobby-decision). I, like many other Adventists, believe this was a “political,” not a “freedom of religion” issue.
Women in Ministry
Thanks to Mark Finley for his “Reflections on the TOSC Deliberations” (Jun. 19, 2014). To ordain, or not to ordain women? Whatever policy is adopted will not change my belief and my support for my church and its God-given mission.
Finley’s final appeal, “to know [God] intimately, unreservedly commit ourselves to follow His Word, and unite in the power of His might to share His end-time message with the world,” must be the focus of our lives.
Here is a suggestion for a report on an outstanding woman minister: Logan’s Wife (Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1989). This woman became a Bible worker, a preacher, evangelist, and Home Missionary leader in two conferences. Her only aspiration was to share her faith with others. She was surprised when the Oklahoma Conference wanted to hire her.
Story of Transformation
Looking at the picture of Harry Orchard on the cover of the May 8, 2014 Adventist Review after he had killed the governor of Idaho is an amazing contrast with the picture of him while chatting with the new governor. His face shines, depicting the power of the gospel. What a transformation! The judge who sentenced him did not recognize Orchard after his conversion.
I have read the book about his life several times, and I always marvel at the experience of this man of God. I have often used his life in my sermons, and I thank Jim Nix for this excellent portrayal of Orchard’s conversion.
I was touched to read that the governor’s 21-year old son, Julian Steunenberg, came to see Orchard after he was sentenced and gave him a package with some pamphlets and a copy of Steps to Christ; another powerful message in forgiveness.
That took me to the article by Sandra Blackmer, “The Kaleo Project” (May 22, 2014). Who knows how many souls were touched by the young people who were part of this project? They were also agents to reveal how the Lord transforms lives. As Jamey Houghton said, “It makes a big difference to these kids when they realize that God can use them . . . to lead others to Christ!”
How many prisoners have been freed by faithful witnesses? We can never give up on anyone, no matter what they have done!
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