Thank you for the outstanding issue of August 14. I was inspired by the comittment of Marianne Thieme, leader of the Party for the Animals in the Netherlands. She’s like Daniel in Babylon who will not bow down to the modern statutes of liberalism. Also, the beautiful stories of Grace! God is so wonderful!
Regarding the Interview Bill Knott had with Shawn and Jean Boonstra, husband/wife team of the Voice of Prophecy: This God given ministry to H. M. S. Richards has made a difference in the world today. My father-in-law, R.M. Rabello, was 44 years old when he finished his BA at Pacific Union College in 1943. Richards called him to Glendale, California, his voice was tested, and he started the first religious program in Brazil. Braulio Perez was chosen for the Spanish language edition. The Brazilian King’s Heralds celebrated 50 years of ministry in 2012. Only in heaven we will know how many souls have come to the Lord as a result of the vision given to Richards.
Even though we live in the world of the Internet, TV, etc., I amazed how I use and listen to my radio, especially when I am driving. While in Walla Walla I listen to KLRF, 88.5 and I am amazed with the beautiful music, life stories, family and financial issues. People call from all over the nation. Radio is still viable, and millions are listening.
Shawn Boonstra says that in spite of his ministry on TV, he’s really a radio person. He’s absolutely right. Millions of people listen in their cars, or while working in their garage, yard, etc. My wife’s cousin, Ruben Garcia, has the radio on all day while working as a mechanic.
Boonstra said that he does not have the “ability to tune you, in but God does.” Let’s use all media available to reach souls for Christ!
I don’t often have the time to read Adventist Review from cover to cover. However, I was blessed with that opportunity today. Wow, what a compilation of inspiration I found in the issue “Stories of Grace” (Aug. 14, 2014). Thank you to everyone who makes the Adventist Review happen each week!
West Richland, Washington
Thank you for selecting the Ellen White passage “A Savor of Life Unto Life” (Aug. 14, 2014). Each sentence is pregnant with meaning; thoughts that, meditated on along with Scripture, could turn our lives and our upside-down-world right side up.
When I was growing up, Pathfinders was very important to me. It kept me active and involved in my local church during my teenage years. However, I never had the opportunity to attend an international camporee. I was excited to see that the Hope Channel offered a livestream of the evening meetings each night for those who wanted to follow the camporee. But I was disappointed that the Adventist Review didn’t have staff on-hand giving daily updates on your Web site/e-mail news updates. I saw a brief article about the Carolina biking group that rode to camporee, and a brief article recapping the camporee, but no daily news updates.
When the Health Summit in Geneva was taking place earlier this summer there were daily updates about the event. However, an International Pathfinder Camporee with almost 50,000 kids and adults gathered together had two brief articles. This was disappointing to me. This event involved our entire world church and 600 people gave their lives to Jesus! This is a big and exciting thing and I think it deserves more notice. These kids need to know that their church around North America and the world loves and supports them, and that church and pathfinders is more than just their local club. Maybe more coverage would inspire more young people to become Pathfinders and stay in Pathfinders, guiding other young people to Jesus.
The article “Abraham’s Other Children” (July 24, 2014) refers to the blessing promised to Ishmael. Related to the Lord’s promise, “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers” (Gen. 16:12). He will be violent and will affect everyone, all the world, with his hostile approaches. The promise of Genesis 17:20 adds, “I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers.” The promise related to Ishmael foretold many descendants; they relate to his history and even to world history but do not speak of peace nor of an alliance with God. The promises to Isaac are different.
Through Isaac’s lineage “all nations on earth will be blessed” (Gen. 18:18). The apostle Paul wrote, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ” (Gal. 3:16).
Abraham’s children today are not related to a genealogical line; nobody receives a special blessing because they are able to say, “We have Abraham as our father” (Matt. 7:9). We have to remind ourselves that it is not enough to be part of the church. Jesus insisted, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham” (John 8:39). We have the responsibility to invite all nations, including the descendants of Ishmael, Isaac, and Ketura (Gen. 25:1-4) to come “out of darkness into light” (1 Peter 2:9) and enter into the new covenant offered through Christ. Our mission is to join God’s initiative and invite them to “come out from among them” (2 Cor. 6:17) and join that separate and visible group of people that God has raised in the last days, who has determined to be loyal to everything God has revealed--the remnant church (Rev. 12:17).