Reader Response

Reader Response

May 31, 2018

Living the Less-than-abundant-Life

We enjoyed reading “Living the Less-Than-Abundant Life”  (April 2018), by David Abbey. It just warmed our hearts and put smiles on our faces!

Gerry and Ellen Christman

Why Are We Here?

Regarding the article “Why Are We Here?” by Jonathan Burt (March 2018): he quotes 1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

And what is that light? “And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 12:17, KJV). We must never forget who we are. Holding fast to that wonderful established light.

Robert Rouillard
Lakewood, Washington

Would Love to Know More

I liked reading Adriani Rodrigues’ article ”Spiritual Change and Growing Understanding” (March 2018). I wanted to know more about the phases of Christ’s priestly ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. The article ended too abruptly.

I appreciated Eric Anderson’s view of future of possibilities, “If Time Should Last,” and his description of land heritage bringing people together.

Arlene Downing
San Luis Obispo, California

Storm Warnings

Time has flown by so quickly from reading the wonderful article “Storm Warnings” in the March 2016 Review by Jared Thurmon and Bill Knott. This article is so pertinent for today as we search for calmness amid the storms of life.

Continue printing such wonderful articles.

Edna Race
Lodi, California

Make America Rake Again

While the article “Make America Rake Again” (April 2018) had an interesting thesis, which will no doubt elicit response,  one detail troubles me. The author’s characterization of millennials as latte drinking, L. L. Bean sweater-buying selfie takers disparages a whole group of people. Surely we have learned by now the potential and real dangers of such generalizations.

Each millennial is a flesh-and-blood human being. Each one has laughed and cried. Each one has his or her own sorrows and joys. All have their own tragedies, victories, and pain. And each individual millennial has the same opportunity for salvation as anyone else. We Christians and Adventists should treat all individuals with respect.

David Ross
Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Fond Memories of Del Delker

I’m writing to respond to the article “Del Delker Passes Away at 93” with reporting by Stephen Chavez (April 2018). What a unique voice and life of this beloved contralto and her tremendous impact on the Adventist Church worldwide.

I had the privilege of graduating with her in 1958 from La Sierra College. My father-in-law, R. M. Rabello, pioneer of the Voice of Prophecy in Brazil, was recording programs and he asked me to make announcements. I was able to fellowship with the King’s Heralds and Delker for a couple years.

One day my wife and I traveled with Del from Glendale to La Sierra, and I told her my conversion story.

Del was famous for her vocal ministry, recording in 15 languages. But many people do not know that she was a talented writer and secretary as well. When I retired from the General Conference, she sent me a copy of her biography with another message. I have many notes like “I am looking forward to spending eternity with you sweet people. More than ever, I long for Jesus’ return.” After a General Conference session she wrote, “I hope that the next GC will be in heaven.”

Chavez wrote it well: “For six decades her strong contralto voice unabashedly shared Christ’s love with rapt audiences around the world.”

One of the greatest tributes to this wonderful woman is to hear my 11-year-old grandson say when we get in the car, “Please, Grandpa, can I listen to Del Delker?”

Leo Ranzolin, Sr.
Estero, Florida


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