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Nathan Gordon Thomas

taught history at Pacific Union College for more than 40 years. He is now retired.

​Practical Seventh-day Adventism

Personal reflections

A church is a community of like-minded believers. To ensure a vibrant church life, however, belief is not enough. Its practices must also be practical.

A church body is obligated to take care of its individual members. Teaching and preaching only will not grow or even retain membership. Seventh-day Adventism embraces whole-person care. It’s a way of life, a blueprint of how to live successfully and enjoy practical Christian living.

Providing for the needs of youth, for example, is vital. Along with theoretical instruction and discussion, many local church congregations arrange for areas in the church facility in which youth can gather for social as …

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