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A Spiritual Feast

Definitely a spiritual feast! The July issue arrived on a Friday. The next day at Sabbath School someone brought up the struggle some of her family members were having with the church’s stand on the Trinity. Later that day I had my first chance to look at the latest Review and was stunned to see this topic featured!

I read all the articles and was greatly blessed and will share this issue with this individual. I also found “The Apocalyptic Monsters Category” by Clifford Goldstein fascinating, and also very blessed by ”James White Finds a Way” and “Death Cleaning.”

Nothing in this issue didn’t find a way into my heart. Thank you for such an inspiring magazine.

Debra Eskildsen
Erdmore, Michigan


What Will the Mark of the Beast Really Look Like?

I read with interest the articles by Mark Finley, Lael Caesar, and Ellen White regarding end-time events and the mark of the beast (June 2018).

I appreciated Finley’s acknowledgment that our traditional understanding of the mark of the beast may have been somewhat limited. It has often occurred to me that the Sabbath, as with all commandments, must be interpreted through the words of Jesus Christ to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.” And second: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37, 39) The Sabbath commandment epitomizes this idea—we remember and keep the Sabbath holy out of love for God, and we do not force those who are within our spheres of influence to work out of love for them, and in obedience to God’s command.

Stan Martin
High Point, North Carolina

Hope for Broken People

We appreciated the article “Daddy’s Workbench” (June 2018). We are all broken people, and we can all relate to this story written so beautifully by Heather Vandenhoven. We hold services each week at a women’s prison. We felt impressed to make copies of this article for the women there. The article gave them hope, knowing that whatever bad things have happened in their lives, they can bring their brokenness to the only One who can fix them.

Corbin and Jane Pitman
Dayton, Tennessee

CORRECTION In a photograph that accompanied the article “Roland R. Hegstad, Longtim LibertyEditor, Dies at 92,” the caption misidentifed one of those pictured. The correct names are: B. L. Archbold (left), V. E. Garber, Roland Hegstad, Irene Wakeham, and Denton Rebok. We apologize for our error.—Editors

Not About Us

I have always appreciated and enjoyed Bill Knott’s editorials. With regard to “Not About Us” (May 2018), I echo all that was said with regard to the varied worship styles that seem to continually evolve. I, too, struggle with what I hear from my church’s praise team each week. The rocking, swaying of bodies; the banging, roaring, and clanging sounds that emanate from the musical instruments bring sadness and despair to my soul.

So rather than thinking resentful thoughts from my human heart, I bow my head in prayer, interceding for my own soul. I know that the God who reads hearts will reward each of us accordingly.

Vinette Hylton
Georgia


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