Dam Mang https://www.dammang.com Life is a never ending learning process Wed, 24 Nov 2021 08:45:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.8 https://www.dammang.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Dam Mang https://www.dammang.com 32 32 149723435 Living on a Prayer: Celeste Ryan Blyden, First Female Executive Secretary of Columbia Union, On Her New Role https://www.dammang.com/living-on-a-prayer-celeste-ryan-blyden-first-female-executive-secretary-of-columbia-union-on-her-new-role/ https://www.dammang.com/living-on-a-prayer-celeste-ryan-blyden-first-female-executive-secretary-of-columbia-union-on-her-new-role/#respond Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:32:55 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=2022 Celeste Ryan Blyden is the first woman ever elected as executive secretary of the Columbia Union Conference. The Adventist Church is known for making it difficult for women to reach …

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  • Celeste Ryan Blyden is the first woman ever elected as executive secretary of the Columbia Union Conference.
  • The Adventist Church is known for making it difficult for women to reach church leadership positions.
  • “Those who helped me — many, many of whom are men — are far more in number than those who did not,” said Blyden.
  • 22 November 2021 | Celeste Ryan Blyden’s mother prayed and prayed for her daughter. She prayed earnestly. She prayed faithfully. She was a prayer warrior. She prayed for God to equip Blyden, to bless her and to use her for His glory.

    And if there’s one thing God does, it’s answer prayers.

    Blyden, 51,  was elected as the new executive secretary of the Columbia Union Conference on November 11, 2021. She starts her new job in January 2022 and will be the first woman to fill the role in the union’s 114-year history, according to an article in Visitor Magazine. 

    “People are saying how proud and appreciative they are of our Union for taking this step,” Blyden told Adventist Today in an email interview. “They say they have waited for this day to come.”

    But it hasn’t been easy getting to this moment.

    “In 29 years of ministry, I have been through a lot. Like many women I’ve been dismissed, overlooked, discouraged, stereotyped and disappointed,” said Blyden.

    The Seventh-day Adventist Church is known for making it difficult for women to reach church leadership positions. In 2015, delegates at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists session voted against allowing divisions to decide whether or not to ordain women pastors in their regions.

    Pastoral ordination is required for conference presidents, and frequently it’s also assumed to be a requirement for other leadership positions in church administrative entities. The 2015 vote has meant that women remain barred from holding certain positions, by policy or tradition.

    Sandra E. Roberts, who is the first-ever female executive secretary of a Union Conference in the North American Division, shared stories of discrimination she experienced while president of the Southeastern California Conference.

    In a 2018 Facebook video from Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church (see timestamp 31:30), Roberts said she was not allowed to speak at the microphone, did not receive a delegate badge and had to be “snuck in” to all the meetings at the 2018 General Conference Annual Council, unlike the other conference presidents — who were all male.

    But whenever Blyden is tempted to wallow in her feelings, she remembers three things: “First, I think about what our Savior [Jesus] endured when He was rejected by His own people; secondly, the unspeakable experiences of men and women of color in dark days gone by; and those two points alone are enough to refocus my thoughts. And then I think about the many, many people on my journey who have helped me in some way.”

    Blyden named in particular Columbia Union Conference President Dave Weigley and Treasurer Emmanuel Asiedu, but also acknowledged people who asked her opinion and listened to her, put her on a committee, invited her to participate at an event, or asked her to write an article or chapter in a book.

    “Those who helped me — many, many of whom are men — are far more in number than those who did not,” said Blyden. “Through this historic appointment, God used them to level mountains and cut through bars of iron (see Isa 45:2, NIV), not just for me, but for women called to ministry who have dedicated their hearts and lives to the mission and ministry of our church and stuck with it, often without recognition or titles or promotions.

    “It’s a new day, and my prayer is that our tribe will increase!”


    (Photo: Celeste Ryan Blyden is the first woman to be elected as the Columbia Union Conference’s Executive Secretary. Photo via Visitor Magazine)

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    News Briefs for November 18, 2021 https://www.dammang.com/news-briefs-for-november-18-2021/ https://www.dammang.com/news-briefs-for-november-18-2021/#respond Thu, 18 Nov 2021 08:41:36 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=2025 News reports from Adventist Health, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Southwestern Adventist University, more. Coat of Honor The Adventist School of Medicine of East-Central Africa (ASOME), held a white coat ceremony for its …

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    News reports from Adventist Health, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Southwestern Adventist University, more.

    Coat of Honor

    The Adventist School of Medicine of East-Central Africa (ASOME), held a white coat ceremony for its inaugural cohort of medical students (class of 2027) on Nov. 12, 2021, according to an article in The New Times.

    The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage for medical students, and was created by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1993. During the ceremony, a white coat is placed on each student’s shoulders and often the Hippocratic Oath is recited, signifying their entrance into the medical profession, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

    Started in 2019, with a base in Kigali, Rwanda, ASOME serves 11 countries, including Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Djibouti.

    Head Transplant

    Kerry Heinrich is stepping down as chief executive officer for Loma Linda University Health hospitals. He has accepted the position of chief executive officer of Adventist Health based in Roseville, California, United States. Heinrich has worked at Loma Linda University Health for nearly 40 years in different roles, including legal counsel in 1984 and as as CEO, starting in 2014.

    He will replace Scott Reiner, who announced his resignation in July 2021 to establish a family foundation focused on global health and well-being.
    Adventist Health noted that the leadership transition is expected to be completed by the new year.

    Multimillion Award Stems from Excellent Proposal

    Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) was recently awarded a $4 million Hispanic-Serving Institution Title III F STEM Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Excellence project proposal. This comes just a year after receiving a $2.5 million Title V grant awarded in October 2020.

    A unique element of the STEM project proposal included mental health support for students. To address mental health needs on the SWAU campus, part of the grant money will go toward establishing a full-time counselor position, as well as purchasing software to allow students to seamlessly check-in and schedule appointments. The university also intends to provide training for all faculty and staff to allow them to better identify and serve students’ psychological needs.

    Another designated portion of the grant award will be used to remodel and enhance biology labs at the university.

    The university has plans to hire two additional biology faculty and is working on updating its curriculum, which will include a math course specifically created to intersect with the biology program. Through this grant, SWAU has also developed a transfer student program to provide peer mentors called “course navigators” to help advise new students on which courses to take, aid in tutoring upper-division courses, and simply provide any needed support.

    They Came Back

    In the Taldykorgan church located in the South Kazakhstan Mission, a blessed work was done under the “Come Back Home” program. The church prayed hard and showed special attention and care to the former members of the church, who at one time left it for various reasons. Four people have been baptized during the Come Back Home program over the past two years.

    Refuge for Refugees

    Is your church engaging with Muslim Afghans as they resettle in your community? The Global Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations is happy to present five webinars to prepare and assist pastors reaching this group. Check out: “Refugee: Who? What? Safe?” “The Church as a Healing Community,” “Islam 101: Faith, Culture, and Engagement,” “Logistics: What Is the Next Step? What Are We Expected to Do?” and “God’s Perspective on Refugees (E. G. White).”


    (Photo: The Adventist School of Medicine of East-Central Africa (ASOME), held its first white coat ceremony for its inaugural cohort of medical students (class of 2027) on Nov. 12, 2021. Photo via New Times.)

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    How are Creation and Worship Tied Together? https://www.dammang.com/how-are-creation-and-worship-tied-together/ https://www.dammang.com/how-are-creation-and-worship-tied-together/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:02:38 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=2016 President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, talks about why we recognize Creation Sabbath SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | TED N.C. WILSON, PRESIDENT, GENERAL CONFERENCE OF …

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    President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, talks about why we recognize Creation Sabbath

    SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | TED N.C. WILSON, PRESIDENT, GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS

    Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of a message, posted to YouTube on October 21, 2021, from President of the Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson. You can see past messages here

    Greetings, friends! You may remember that two weeks ago we talked about the upcoming Creation Sabbath that is scheduled for tomorrow–October 23. I hope you have taken the opportunity to look at the materials available on the Creation Sabbath website at creationsabbath.net and are looking forward to a special day this Sabbath.
    You know, friends, creation is such an important topic that it is found in numerous places throughout the Bible. In Psalm 95:1-7 we read:

    “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
    Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
    Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
    Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
    For the Lord is the great God,
    And the great King above all gods.
    In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
    The heights of the hills are His also.
    The sea is His, for He made it;
    And His hands formed the dry land.
    Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
    For He is our God,
    And we are the people of His pasture,
    And the sheep of His hand.”

    God wants us to remember that He is our Creator and that we belong to Him! Nowhere is this more apparent than in the heart of the three angels’ messages–found in Revelation 14, where we read in verses 6 and 7: “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth–to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people–saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

    Notice that here, as well as in our previous reading in Psalm 95, creation and worship are tied together very closely–we are to worship Him, our Creator. Of course, this is echoing the fourth commandment where we read in Exodus 20:11–“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”

    Yes, creation and worship are intimately related and come together in the Sabbath–God’s seal of creation and redemption. Ellen White comments: “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Man has no right nor power to substitute the first day for the seventh. He may pretend to do this; “nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure.” The customs and teachings of men will not lessen the claims of the divine law. God has sanctified the seventh day. That specified portion of time, set apart by God Himself for religious worship, continues as sacred today as when first hallowed by our Creator” (Christian Stewardship, p. 66).

    As we reflect on these thoughts, I invite you to watch this beautiful short video, titled “Finding Rest.” May God bless you in a special way this Sabbath as you find rest in Him.

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    Celebrating God’s Creation Through Nature https://www.dammang.com/celebrating-gods-creation-through-nature/ https://www.dammang.com/celebrating-gods-creation-through-nature/#respond Fri, 08 Oct 2021 11:08:02 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=2012 President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, invites everyone to celebrate Creation Sabbath! SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | TED N.C. WILSON, PRESIDENT, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST WORLD CHURCH …

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    President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, invites everyone to celebrate Creation Sabbath!

    SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | TED N.C. WILSON, PRESIDENT, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST WORLD CHURCH

    Greetings, friends! Have you ever had the experience of being out somewhere in nature—perhaps in the mountains, or desert, or some other out-of-the-way place–where there are no buildings, no street lamps, no artificial light to obscure the amazing sight of the night sky. You look up and to your amazement you see hundreds, perhaps thousands of bright stars twinkling in the clear, velvety dark sky. The more you look, the more you see, so you try counting the stars, but soon realize it is an impossible endeavor!

    Scientists tell us that in our galaxy alone, known as “The Milky Way,” there are anywhere from 100 to 400 BILLION stars! And that’s just one galaxy! Due to amazing research with space telescopes, scientists now estimate there are at least TWO TRILLION galaxies in the observable universe, which together contain at least TEN BILLION TRILLION stars!

    Amazing! No wonder the Psalmist wrote: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard” (Ps. 19:1-3).

    And the wonders of space are just one aspect of nature revealing the glories of God’s amazing work of Creation. Those who study the incredible world of molecular biology can testify to the amazing design found within even the smallest of living organisms. When we look at ourselves, we humans have multiple TRILLIONS of cells in our bodies, and even more amazingly, an adult human body is made up of around 7 OCTILLION atoms? Some claim that these amazingly organized and integrated systems resulted from unguided interactions among the atoms!

    But the Bible reveals a far more reasonable explanation. Speaking to God, the Psalmist writes:

    “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13,14 (NKJV)

    How wonderful it is to know that we did not simply evolve out of some slime of the sea, but were instead handcrafted by the Creator God Himself!

    One way we can remember and celebrate our wonderful Creator and the beauty of His creation is through a special day, called “Creation Sabbath,” which will be held this year on October 22. This event is organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Geoscience Research Institute, also known as GRI. Let’s watch a short video that will give us just a taste of what Creation Sabbath is about.

    Friends, I encourage you to visit the website, creationsabbath.net where you will find multiple resources for planning a special and memorable Creation Sabbath event. In addition to the many videos, articles, books, and other resources, you will find a place to register your event, so people will be able to find your church and celebrate Creation Sabbath with you!

    Creation Sabbath is a special Sabbath set aside to refocus our attention on the central theme of the Bible; our Creator loves us, has earned salvation for us and offers us abundant life. This is why Creation Sabbath is a special time of celebration, a chance to rejoice at what God has done, to praise Him for the rich gifts He has provided and rest with Him as we enjoy the creation He made to sustain our lives and bring joy to those who know Him. We are invited to be like the sons of God who shouted for joy as the creation week unfolded. I encourage you to join your worldwide church family this year in celebrating Creation Sabbath.

    Let’s pray together just now. Father in heaven, thank you for creating this earth. Thank you for creating us. Thank you for creating the seventh day, this Sabbath to help us to remember you are the creator, you are the one in authority, you are to be worshiped. Thank you, for letting us proclaim this message in the first angels’ message of Revelation 14 and proclaiming the second and third angels’ messages, helping people to return to the true worship of God. Now Lord, bless each church, each area, as they focus upon creating a memorable and wonderful creation Sabbath on October 22. Thank you for hearing us in this prayer and thank you for the promise of your soon return. In Jesus’ name we ask it, amen.

     

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    Fasting and Prayer for Witnessing https://www.dammang.com/fasting-and-prayer-for-witnessing/ https://www.dammang.com/fasting-and-prayer-for-witnessing/#respond Fri, 01 Oct 2021 11:26:06 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=1993 President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, and his wife Nancy, share how prayer can help us proclaim the 3 Angels’ Messages SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES …

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    President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, and his wife Nancy, share how prayer can help us proclaim the 3 Angels’ Messages

    SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | TED N.C WILSON, PRESIDENT, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST WORLD CHURCH

    Ted Wilson: Greetings, friends. From time to time in our weekly video messages, you have heard me talk about the three angels’ messages recorded in Revelation 14. If ever there was a time in history that we should be urgently sharing God’s three final messages of love with the world, it is now. Our world is in crisis. Confusion abounds and people are searching for answers. Spiritual delusions are leading multitudes astray. Now, as never before, it’s time to study God’s Word so we can share these vital messages of hope and love found in Revelation 14!

    Ellen White writes, “In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light-bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import—the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention. The most solemn truths ever entrusted to mortals have been given us to proclaim to the world. The proclamation of these truths is to be our work” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 19).

    Nancy Wilson: As Seventh-day Adventists, we may have heard about the three angels’ messages for a long time, and yet, how well do we really know these messages? Can we explain them clearly to someone else? Have the beauty and relevancy of these angelic messages touched our lives in such a way that we are compelled to share them with others? If not, perhaps we need to see these special messages with new eyes.

    TW: If you would like to understand these vital, life-saving messages personally and more deeply, and you sense a desperate need of the Holy Spirit so you can share the good news with others, Nancy and I invite you to join our worldwide church family for a special day of prayer and fasting on Sabbath, October 2.

    The theme for the day is, “Sharing Three Final Messages of Love as We Pray for Righteousness by Faith.” Many helpful materials focusing on the three angels’ messages have been prepared by the Revival and Reformation Committee at the General Conference to help both the young and not-so-young understand and apply these vitally important messages today. I encourage you to download these very helpful materials at revivalandreformation.org.

    NW: During this special day of prayer and fasting, we will be praying to understand Bible truth in a fresh way, to grow faith for the hard times, and to gain Holy Spirit power to witness and share God’s truth in a loving, winsome way.

    You may wonder why this day of prayer also includes fasting. It’s important to recognize that we do not earn God’s love or salvation by fasting; rather, we fast because we are in earnest for His blessing. When we read the Bible, we see that fasting is not an option. It’s a given for Christians.

    TW: In Matthew 6:17 and 18 we read, “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

    Notice that the text does not say, “IF you fast,” but rather, “WHEN you fast.” If we study all the fasts in the Bible, we find that every time God’s people pray and fasted, God worked mightily on their behalf–from deliverance from enemies in battle to supernatural deliverance from prison to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This pattern has repeated itself throughout Christian history. Fasting has always been part of the believer’s lifestyle, just like prayer and Bible study. In fact, it’s interesting to note that every major character in the Bible fasted.

    NW: We are told, “Now and onward till the close of time the people of God should be more earnest, more wide-awake, not trusting in their own wisdom, but in the wisdom of their Leader. They should set aside days for fasting and prayer. Entire abstinence from food may not be required, but they should eat sparingly of the most simple food” (Counsels on Diet and Foods, pp. 188, 189).

    Fasting is more than just skipping meals–it is choosing to do without something in order to pray more intentionally and with more heart and soul focus. Many choose to skip meals, but not everyone can do without food completely, and not everyone chooses this type of fast. That’s okay. We encourage you to pray and ask God what type of fast He wants you to do.

    You might choose to eat more simply, or you might choose to fast from social media, television, or other time-consuming habits. Whatever you do, it’s important to remember that fasting isn’t about earning a heavenly reward. The main point of fasting is removing distractions so we can seek Jesus more wholeheartedly.

    TW: We invite you to be part of this special day! Whether you choose to fast or not, we believe God has a special blessing in store for you. Jesus invites His followers to pray together. In Matthew 18:19 and 20 we hear His words to us today: “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

    Friends, the Day of the Lord is fasting approaching. Now is the time to share God’s final messages of hope and salvation! We must not delay. Don’t miss the storehouse of blessings God has for you as we come together to fast and pray.

    Once again, I encourage you to download the very helpful materials for this special day at: revivalandreformation.org.

    May the Lord bless you as we come to Him in prayer just now. Father in heaven please be with each church member, each viewer, as they understand the need to focus upon your word, upon trying to illuminate distractions, and focusing upon the real truth. So Lord, guide our minds, bless us during this very special day of fasting and prayer. And Lord, help us to understand our true mission as we come to the end of time, recognizing that Jesus is coming soon very soon. Thank you for hearing us in this prayer, in Jesus’ name we ask it, amen.

     

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    Adventist Church in the Euro-Asia Division Welcomes Distinguished Guests https://www.dammang.com/adventist-church-in-the-euro-asia-division-welcomes-distinguished-guests/ https://www.dammang.com/adventist-church-in-the-euro-asia-division-welcomes-distinguished-guests/#respond Thu, 30 Sep 2021 11:32:07 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=1999 RUSSIA | PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT EAD SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 The 90th meeting of the Advisory Council of the Heads of Protestant Churches of Russia (KSGPCR) took place on September 16th …

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    RUSSIA | PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT EAD

    The 90th meeting of the Advisory Council of the Heads of Protestant Churches of Russia (KSGPCR) took place on September 16th in the Euro-Asian Division (EAD).

    The Advisory Council is a platform for dialogue between the leaders of protestant Russian churches. Meetings of the KSGPCR are held four times a year at rotating churches of the participants.The participants include: Seventh-day Adventists, Pentecostals, Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and other Protestant denominations.

    The most recent meeting was held at the headquarters of the Adventist Church in the EAD. The meeting was chaired by a representative of the EAD Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, Oleg Goncharov.

    The first issue on the agenda of the KSGPCR meeting was the preparation of the World Conference on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in May 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Alexander Terentyev, chief adviser for the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for Internal Policy (Presidential Administration), spoke about the working process of preparing the conference in his speech. According to him, the conference was initiated by the UN structures and the government of the Russian Federation. It is planned to invite all the heads of the UN member states, as well as the heads of their parliaments. The total number of participants is expected to be about 4,000-4,500 people.

    In Moscow, on the eve of the World Conference, it is planned to hold an International Youth Forum, at which the position of believing youth will be announced.

    It is expected that taking into account the level and number of participants, the themes of the World Conference on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue will be centered around issues that unite and bring together people from all the countries of the world.At the meeting of the KSGPCR, special attention was paid to the monitoring of religious freedom in Russia. This topic, important for all believers and churches, was raised in a number of speeches and discussions.

    Goncharov made a proposal to make the discussion of this issue regular in order to update information on the state of religious freedom in Russia.

    Chief Bishop of the Russian United Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith (Pentecostals) Sergei Ryakhovsky noted a serious experience in such monitoring and legal support of religious associations at the Law Office “Slavic Legal Center”, which should be used in the future.

    When discussing this issue, Anatoly Pchelintsev, an honorary lawyer of Russia and a senior partner of the Slavic Legal Center Law Office, put forward proposals for the further development of the online publication Religion and Law.

    The Institute of Religion and Politics, whose head Anton Ignatenko participated in the meeting, was also invited to join the monitoring of religious freedom in Russia, which is being conducted by the SOC and the Russian Association for the Defense of Religious Freedom (RARS).

    Sergei Chugunov, the lawyer of the Slavic Legal Center (SPC) bureau, spoke about the working process of preparing the All-Russian Forum “Pravo. Religion. State “in 2021. The forum is held annually; in 2020 it was held in a mixed intramural and extramural format.

    In 2021, there are plans to organize a forum in a mixed format, with the in-person interaction being held at the Public Chamber of Russia. The number and proportion of direct participants will be determined based on the coronavirus restrictions as of the date of the event – December 15.

    The rector of the Zaoksky University of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Chairman of the Council for Protestant Education (SPE) Boris Protasevich spoke at the meeting. He informed all that the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered the Association “Council for Protestant Education” on August 27, 2021. The work of the VET Association will contribute to the development of the Protestant education system in Russia and the creation of the Dissertation Council on Protestantism, which will strengthen the system of scientific research. At the moment, the Association “Council for Protestant Education” includes six Protestant educational institutions.

    It is planned to introduce one more specialization, “Protestantism”, in addition to the already existing “Orthodoxy”, “Islam”, “Judaism” on the basis of the General Church postgraduate and doctoral studies of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    An important stage in the development of the Protestant education system will be the creation of a master’s program (in distance and correspondence formats).

    Boris Protasevich raised the issue of mutual popularization of Protestant educational institutions, offering to establish cooperation with various Protestant churches in order to disseminate information about educational opportunities.

    The head of administration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia, Pastor Viktor Weber, informed the Advisory Council about the change in the concept of the Museum of Protestantism in Russia. Based on organizational optimization, it is assumed that the Spiritual and Cultural Space “Center for the History of Protestantism ” will be opened. At the moment, issues of cooperation are being worked out; an agreement has been reached with the State Museum of the History of Religion, the Cultural Center of Russian Germans in Bavaria, as well as with the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS).

    A representative of the All-Union Commonwealth of Evangelical Christians spoke about the upcoming celebration of the 505th anniversary of the Reformation; Senior Pastor Dmitry Lavrov suggested that Russian Protestants celebrate the 505th anniversary of the Reformation in 2022. Emphasis was placed on the need for a wide coverage of this event, not only in religious but also in secular media.

    Yuri Solenov, Executive Director of the Interregional Public Organization Union of Fathers, shared with the Council of Heads of Protestant Churches the importance of establishing Father’s Day in Russia. It is proposed to set the holiday on the 3rd or last Sunday in October. This idea, he said, found support from Anna Kuznetsova, the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights. At the moment, the Mother’s Day holiday is already celebrated at the federal level. The establishment of the Father’s Day holiday is also intended to demonstrate the key role of the father in the upbringing of the child.

    Andrei Gaydamaka, head of the National Spiritual Meal Foundation, was re-elected President of the Foundation after the presentation of the new charter of the organization. In addition, the proposal was approved to include two more organizations in the founders of the Foundation, namely the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria. Amendments to the charter were announced, and a date for the National Spiritual Meal was proposed to be on November 26, 2021.

    This article was originally published on the Euro-Asia Division’s news site

     

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    The Earth Is Shaking https://www.dammang.com/the-earth-is-shaking/ https://www.dammang.com/the-earth-is-shaking/#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:28:30 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=1996 AUSTRALIA | ZANYTA WOODWARD SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 We just experienced an earthquake at our house, as many did across Victoria. It was strong and unexpected—the strongest we’ve ever felt here. …

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    AUSTRALIA | ZANYTA WOODWARD

    We just experienced an earthquake at our house, as many did across Victoria. It was strong and unexpected—the strongest we’ve ever felt here.

    Over the past few years, it feels like we have been shaken to the core… by a pandemic that has impacted the whole world. We have learned we can’t trust things in this world; we have learned we can’t rely on our plans; we have even given up making plans because it seems so futile.

    Who could have ever expected we would need to wear masks to leave home, have curfews, or be limited to traveling only 5km from our house? Who could have ever predicted we couldn’t visit each other in our own homes or enjoy simple pleasures like sitting with our friends together on a picnic rug, laughing and talking? Who would have ever thought these things could happen in Australia, the safe country?

    Our Whole World Feels Unstable

    You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking. They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.” No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire. (Hebrews 12:18–29, NLT)

    In this text, God promises He will shake the heavens and earth so only unshakable things remain. The heavens and earth will be removed and replaced with something new—something eternal that can never be shaken. We know this is one thing on which we can rely. This is one thing on which we can set our hopes and in which we can put our faith. It is solid, dependable, trustworthy, and true.

    While it is horrible seeing our world shaking and unstable, maybe it is a good thing for us to learn we can’t pin our hopes on this world. We can focus our eyes on God’s kingdom. It is made up of His people, His living stones—we are already citizens of this eternal kingdom. We have the things that remain: faith, hope, and love. And while it is only appropriate that we grieve and mourn for this world—its sickness, death, atrocities, and loss of freedom—we can live in the midst of all this in the joy God gives us and the knowledge that we have already inherited His kingdom.

    What should our response be? Hebrews tell us to “be thankful and please God by worshipping him with holy fear and awe”. While we look around at earthquakes, war, protests, death, and disease, it pleases God that we are thankful and worship Him with holy fear and awe. He has opened our eyes to something bigger and grander: our rock-solid future—a kingdom that can never be shaken. He promises to be with us through it all and will give us the courage and strength to face whatever we need to face.

    The original version of this story was posted by Women’s Ministry Lilydale.

     

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    Dealing with Mental Health Issues as a Pastor https://www.dammang.com/dealing-with-mental-health-issues-as-a-pastor/ https://www.dammang.com/dealing-with-mental-health-issues-as-a-pastor/#respond Sun, 26 Sep 2021 16:08:56 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=1940 SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | NICOLE DOMINGUEZ SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” …

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    SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | NICOLE DOMINGUEZ

    “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

    ~2 Corinthians 12:9

    Pastors are meant to be leaders for the church, they are seen as the backbone of church ministry, and a paragon of biblical truth. But what if this isn’t meant to be? Pastors are called to be leaders, champions of ministry, and uphold biblical truth, however it can be difficult to maintain the full responsibilities that we as a church demand of a pastor. Pastors are often held to standards of biblical perfection that the majority of believers cannot meet. What makes us believe that in taking on religious leadership, humanity is forfeited and grace no longer needed? The clergical calling is an emotionally demanding one, and can cause a strain on mental health. In this episode of ANN InDepth, host Sam Neves speaks with Dr. Dee Knight, a doctor of clinical neuropsychology, and Chaplain Paul Anderson, Director of Adventist Chaplain Ministries for the North American Division, to discuss how pastors can address mental health issues, and how congregants can help them in the healing.

    There is a stigma surrounding pastors with mental illness. Chaplain Anderson admits, “A lot of [pastors] will never admit to ourselves, our spouses, our children, or even the world around us that we are depressed because somehow acceding to that moniker erases our superman ‘S’ off of our chest.” According to the World Health Organization, 264 million people suffer from depression, yet somehow, we believe our pastors are exempt from such struggles. Dr. Knight confirms through her experience in counselling clergy that they are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety due to their profession, as well as the everyday burdens that plague all of us. Unfortunately, pastors are the least likely to seek help due to the fear that their ability as spiritual leaders will be called into question. Both guests acknowledge that the herculean standards not only cause the problem, but prevent them from seeking a solution.

    When those in spiritual leadership do share their struggles with mental illness, the common response is to pray more, read more scripture, and trust God, as though their mental illness is the result of a lack of faith and not a chemical imbalance. When asked if issues like depression can be prayed away, both the neuroscientist and the chaplain give a resounding “no”. Trust in God and Word are crucial foundations in overcoming mental illness, without God as the anchor we will forever drift, however we as Christ believers must also surrender our damaging stigmas surrounding how mental illness affects our leaders. Rather than seeing the need for therapy and, in some cases, medication, as a sign of spiritual failure, recognize that the LORD has allowed tools for healing to be available for those who are struggling. None of us are untouched in a sinful world, and our pastors are no different. The need for support in times of mental and emotional turmoil is human, and in fact our spiritual calling. To think our pastors should not have the same need is to ignore both their humanity, and our responsibility to extend grace and compassion.

    To be a pastor is to be available for others’ heartache; they are who we call for council, guidance and prayer. Pastorship is an empathic profession. However, to be an empath is a double edged sword. Availing yourself to the constant emotional needs of hundreds of different people, bearing the load alone, is overwhelming at the best of times, yet for those whose heart travels to the highs and lows of human experience it can have immense consequences. To experience emotional exhaustion is difficult, to experience it alone is yet another layer of difficulty, but worst of all is to experience such raw emotional baggage and then have your trials be used against you by the very people you devote your life to. As stated by Sam Neves, when called to shepherd the flock “at some point pastors realize that sheep

    have teeth.” It is a disappointing reality that the relationship with our pastors has become a one sided transaction in which we believe that pastors should have complete availability and grace for our struggles and yet condemn them for their own. To do so is to not only hold them to a standard, we ourselves cannot maintain, but fail to understand the nature of church dynamics. A pastor is not meant to ignore, neglect, or conceal their mental illness for the sake of our unbiblical standards.

    Therefore, how can we support our pastors? Knight encourages congregants to create a safe space for pastors to thrive, extending grace and support in their struggles to defuse the misconception that they must suffer alone to uphold a fragile veneer of spiritual perfection. Checking in on spiritual leaders and letting them be supported and loved for more than what they provide, but for who they are is another major step for growth. Pastors, do not be afraid to seek council and learn how and when to prioritize mental wellness. Knight recounts the advice of a pastor who spent decades in ministry

    “He said the number one indicator of longevity in ministry is a rest period. The number one thing that will let me know whether or not you are going to make it from here to being retired as a pastor is whether or not you take rest seriously, whether or not you actually take time away and replenish. If you are not replenishing what you are pouring from, that’s how you burn out, pouring from an empty cup.”

    To be a perfect christian does not mean that mental illness does not affect us, or does not need to be dealt with, it merely means that it is another dimension through which God’s strength and goodness may shine.

     

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    The Greatest Reunion https://www.dammang.com/the-greatest-reunion/ https://www.dammang.com/the-greatest-reunion/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:52:44 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=1937 President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson talks about the greatest reunion of all–the Second Coming of Jesus. SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | TED N.C. WILSON, …

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    President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson talks about the greatest reunion of all–the Second Coming of Jesus.

    SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | TED N.C. WILSON, PRESIDENT, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST WORLD CHURCH

    Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of a message, posted to YouTube on September 23, 2021, from President of the Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson. You can see past messages here

    Have you ever been to a reunion–perhaps a family reunion, or a class reunion, or a church reunion? Reunions are great times to remember, to get reacquainted with friends and loved ones, and to get acquainted with others.

    While reunions here on Earth can be wonderful, let’s talk about another type of reunion that can prepare us for that greatest of all reunions–when Jesus comes to take us home!

    After creating Adam and Eve, God created, blessed, and hallowed a weekly reunion with Him on the seventh day, the holy Sabbath day that would remind Adam and Eve and all of us of His love, creative power, and authority over the universe and our lives. Genesis 2:2 says, “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” In addition, He visited Adam and Eve every day in the cool of the evening for daily reunions.

    We’re not sure how long this idyllic setting continued but those daily and weekly reunions were so important. However, the devil tempted Adam and Eve to disbelieve God and doubt His incredible love and best intentions for them and for all of us.

    Because of that fall and the entrance of sin into this world, we have been in a great controversy between Christ and Satan ever since……but God’s great love for us made a way of escape.

    This amazing love of God is identified by the first angel of Revelation 14:6 saying, “I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel.” There is nothing more precious than the everlasting gospel which is the plan of salvation by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the Son of God, volunteered to come to this Earth to save us. He was the first one to say, I WILL GO.

    Jesus paid the price and satisfied the law because He lived a perfect life. He died and rose for us and is interceding right now as our High Priest in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.

    But not only is He ministering for us in heaven now–He also longs for a personal, daily reunion with each one of us. It is vital that we have a daily connection with God through Bible study and prayer to make sense out of the strange things happening in the world today. We need to understand where we’ve come from, why we’re here, and where we’re going. We need to be revived and reformed every day through this reunion with Him.

    You know, there are many reunions mentioned in the Bible. However, one touching reunion recounted by Jesus is of special significance to all of us—-the well-known story of the Prodigal Son.

    In Luke 15:11-14, we read, “……A certain man had two sons, and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.”

    The story goes on to say that he found a job feeding pigs. It was about the last job a Jew would want but he had no choice if he wanted to live. In fact, he got so hungry he joined the pigs in eating their food. How low could he get? Sometimes it takes a big challenge to really understand where you are in life.

    Verse 17 says, “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!” He put together a plan to return home and tell his father that he was not worthy to be his son but at least to make him one of his servants.

    Then comes verse 20 and that fantastic reunion! “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion……”

    His father never gave up looking for him…..he would scan the road every day to see if his precious son was coming back. God is always checking the highway to see if we are coming to His daily and weekly reunion. God never gives up on us.

    Verse 20 ends with the touching scene……..the father “ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” The exciting reunion took place and the father was ready! Our heavenly Father is always ready for a reunion with His children. The son confessed that he was not worthy to be called the father’s son, but the father didn’t even hear him. He ordered his servants to bring the best robe, a ring of authority for his hand, and sandals for his feet. We need the robe of Christ’s righteousness every day—His righteousness is the very core of the three angels’ messages. We need Christ to put us in a right relationship with heaven as we depend completely on Him.

    Christ speaks to us today in Revelation 3:17-20 telling us, “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—-and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door. I will come in to him and dine with God never forces His way in….He just watches, invites, and waits for us to come to the reunion. He knocks on our heart to ask for the reunion but never forces Himself on us…..He is a God of tender love.

    Luke 15 goes on to say that the father of the prodigal son initiated a huge banquet and party for his returned son. It was the grandest of reunions……..the father was constantly ready for that wonderful day. It represents our heavenly Father and His great plan of salvation—–always ready to welcome a son or daughter back home!

    In the book, Christ’s Object Lessons, we read: “Do not listen to the enemy’s suggestions to stay away from Christ until you have made yourself better……If you wait until then, you will never come……Arise and go to your Father. He will meet you a great way off. If you take even one step toward Him in repentance, He will hasten to enfold you in His arms of infinite love……Never a prayer is offered, however faltering, never a tear is shed, however secret, never a sincere desire after God is cherished, however feeble, but the Spirit of God goes forth to meet it” (pages 205-206).

    Friends, the greatest reunion is just ahead……..the second coming of Christ. I believe with all my heart that Jesus is coming soon!

    Are you ready? Have you opened the door of your heart and allowed Jesus to come in? If not, I invite you to do so right now. Then, ask Him to use you to reach others. The world is in desperate need of Christ’s love and changing power. God is counting on you to be a great witness, pointing people to the ultimate reunion when Jesus returns to take us home to heaven. Are you willing to go and invite others to this most wonderful reunion of all? If so, why not tell Him so just now.

    Let’s pray together. Father, thank you for creating, along with the Son and the Holy Spirit, the plan of salvation, the everlasting gospel, the opportunity that each of us can be saved through the grace, and merits, and blood of Jesus Christ. And now, Lord as we contemplate the future and how things are happening so rapidly, we look at the opportunity of witnessing for you as we are in connection with you. And we look to the opportunity of coming to meet with you every day, in Bible study and prayer. every week as we worship you on the holy seventh day of the week, the Sabbath day. Lord bless in these reunions. And from each of these reunions help us to take strength and courage, and a fortitude for proclaiming your wonderful messages of love, and the three angels messages, with that wonderful righteousness of Christ at the core of these messages. Thank you now for hearing us, and bless each one as they come to the foot of the cross, excepting you, and going from that foot of the cross to tell others of your soon coming. In Jesus name we ask it, amen.

     

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    Volcano Erupts on Spain’s Canary Islands, Adventist Church Prepares to Respond https://www.dammang.com/volcano-erupts-on-spains-canary-islands-adventist-church-prepares-to-respond/ https://www.dammang.com/volcano-erupts-on-spains-canary-islands-adventist-church-prepares-to-respond/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 13:29:17 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=1949 The September 19 eruption on La Palma has not affected church faculties or member homes. Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA) is poised to supply victims with non-perishable food as …

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  • The September 19 eruption on La Palma has not affected church faculties or member homes.
  • Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA) is poised to supply victims with non-perishable food as needed.
  • 23 September 2021 | An Inter-European Division news release:

    On September 19, a volcanic eruption on La Palma sent lava oozing through the streets of populated areas, setting fire to homes and destroying property. Around 10,000 people are being evacuated from the island. No casualties have so far been reported.

    According to information from the pastor in La Palma, Maicer Romero, the eruption has not affected the Adventist church. The lava route, towards the beach, has only caused the relocation of one church member and his family.

    “Our brother’s house has not been affected for the moment, and we pray that it remains so,” reported Romero. “If the lava follows the course it is taking, the danger will have passed. However, we continue to pray for the Lord’s protection, since scientists have said they need 48 hours to quantify the duration and course of the eruption. We also pray for the victims.”

    Pastor Romero commented that the eruption of La Palma is affecting areas of second homes. It is not affecting the main cities. The lava is on its way to the beach, and it is expected to follow this course, freeing the Llanos and El Paso from danger.

    “There is no material damage either [to] the church or [to] the properties of the brethren,” continued Romero. He has been constantly informing the brethren of the administration of the UAE (Spanish Adventist Union).

    The Adventist church is preparing a plan to help the affected ones

    Pastor Romero is keeping contact with the mayor of the Los Llanos City Hall, which is where most of the re-housed people are located. According to the pastor, if there is a need, ADRA’s aid device would be put into operation, but in principle it is not necessary because the government is taking care of the direct aid.

    “We will see what is needed,” said Romero. “When it is known what the community needs, ADRA will respond as it has always done. Non-perishable food will probably be needed. The aid would be managed as it was during the fires, with the aid from ADRA Nacional and the management of ADRA La Palma.”

    Pastor Romero requested prayers from the entire national church.

    “It is a difficult time because what is being lost the most are banana plantations. This is terrible because they are the livelihood of many people in La Palma. Also, the areas affected by the lava are not going to be arable.”

    The Volcano

    Volcanic activity on La Palma had ceased since the eruption of Teneguía in 1971, at the southern tip of the island. But in 2017, seismic activity was reactivated. The last few years, there have been several swarms until this last, and most intense, which began on September 11.

    As for the duration of the eruption, David Calvo, geologist of the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan), has pointed out that the duration of the eruption is “totally unpredictable” as long as experts are not clear about the energies that are being released. For his part, the director of the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands, Nemedio Perez, commented that the volcanic eruption of La Palma could last several weeks, if not a few months.

    Photo: EUD News

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    Why is the Sabbath Important? https://www.dammang.com/why-is-the-sabbath-important/ https://www.dammang.com/why-is-the-sabbath-important/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 16:21:27 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=1945 Discovering the hidden depths found in the Sabbath SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | NICOLE DOMINGUEZ SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 The Sabbath is a complex blessing that we as Adventists have …

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    Discovering the hidden depths found in the Sabbath

    SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES | NICOLE DOMINGUEZ

    The Sabbath is a complex blessing that we as Adventists have been observing for over 150 years, but as the world is catching on to the benefits of the Sabbath new facets of its glory. In this episode of ANN InDepth, series hosts’ Jennifer Stymiest and Sam Neves, speak with Morgan Kochenhower, the pastor at Frederick Adventist Church, to discuss how the Sabbath’s importance is rooted in relationships.

    After six days of work, responsibilities, and stress, it can be difficult turning off that portion of our brain to focus on the Sabbath and simply rest. It can prove even more difficult when the Sabbath is seen as a restrictive list of don’ts. Don’t watch TV, don’t listen to secular music, don’t do any work, don’t spend money, etc. For those raised practicing the sabbath, or those who have observed for many years, it is easy to forget its blessing and focus on its legality. Even when we recognize that our minds are not fully focused on worship, our answer is often to “try harder” to get the most out of the Sabbath. However, we were never meant to find this perfect Sabbath rest in our own power. Kochenhower affirms, “it’s not sustainable in your own strength, but it’s abundant in mine”.

    God has never given us any gift without the tools to sustain it. Every aspect of the Sabbath: its purpose, the day chosen, how we observe it, is all given with a purpose for our benefit. When caught in our opinions and traditions of what we believe Sabbath “should” be, we run the risk of becoming like the Pharisees who, as Ellen G. White says in her book Desire of Ages, “…lost sight of the significance of the service they performed. They ceased to look beyond the symbol to the thing signified”. In light of our protection of what the Sabbath should be, we also see it as an exclusive practice. As Stymiest points out “in the past 2 to 3 years the christian church has rediscovered the sabbath and its benefits” and as Adventist, we can often shelter our knowledge and century long traditions of the Sabbath as the premier form of worship.

    It is necessary to remove our own opinions, and focus on the Sabbath given in Eden, as well as how it was observed during Christ’s time on earth. “Jesus rebalanced what the Sabbath means, that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” Neves explains. Oftentimes we forget that, as modeled in Eden, the Sabbath is a liberating time of worship, not just a hyperfixation on what we “can’t” do. This day was hallowed by God to be a time of celebration and rest. Kochenhower elaborates by speaking to how we must begin to see God as more than just a provider, but as a lover of our souls, someone who longs for a relationship with us; “Sabbath is a day of feasting, not fasting”. Because of the abundant love given by our Lord, we were never meant to keep this blessing to ourselves, but to share it.

    Here lies the heart of the Sabbath. God created it to be a day of relationship, a day of connection and vulnerability that allows us to think and act outside ourselves and give out of love and joy. Because it is so relationship focused, we learn that Sabbath is also meant to be a day of reconciliation. Rather than harboring a week or a lifetime’s worth of resentment, hurt, or pain we are called to bridge the gaps between relationships with grace and forgiveness. In this way we are liberating ourselves from the weight of guilt or shame. The Sabbath is a day of freedom, a day to enter into mental, emotional, spiritual and physical rest. Yet, just as we must depend on Christ alone to shape our minds for the Sabbath, so we must surrender to Him in order for this reconciliation to occur.

    A happy side effect of healing relationships is that we are participating in active ministry. To allow the sabbath to be a day of healing, not just for self but for relationships, is an invitation for others to see the full dimension of Sabbath and act as a form of exaltation to God. God’s grace abounds and overwhelms our differences.

    In looking at the Sabbath as more than just a structured day of activities, we learn that it is a complex and unique gift that is meant to be shared. We serve a diverse God who created us to be individuals, therefore, we must each learn for ourselves the ways in which to engage in worship. Embrace the separate dimensions of worship as long as we linger in the goodness and majesty of God. In seeing the Sabbath as a separate day of relationship, to God, to self, and to others, we are looking outside of ourselves, inviting in all of God’s goodness by living the blessings of the day. Kochenhower states “I can worship through how I am pursuing relationships and revealing the love of Jesus”.

     

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    KLAC worship zoom https://www.dammang.com/klac-worship-zoom/ https://www.dammang.com/klac-worship-zoom/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:44:37 +0000 https://www.dammang.com/?p=1982 Malaysia KLAC Online worship service

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    Malaysia KLAC Online worship service

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