Yesterday morning (August 29), I went to a local hospital to visit a member of our church after her surgery. When I walked into the hospital, I heard a strange noise. It sounded like a fire alarm. I went to the Information Center and asked for the room number that I needed, expecting the receptionist to tell me about the alarm. I thought that she might tell me that an emergency situation existed and that I had to vacate the building. But she smiled pleasantly and gave me the room number and said nothing about the noise.
Walking to the elevator, I observed the flashing lights on all the fire alarm boxes. Should I use the elevator? Was the hospital becoming a towering inferno? The people walking around me were calm and going about their business as if the noise was a part of their every day life. (I know that it is not because I'm in those halls often.) So I rode the elevator to the proper floor and found silence. The alarms were not blaring. But after my visit, I stepped back into the hall to find that the noise and flashing lights had found their way to that floor! Nurses were looking a little confused by the commotion. One said to the other as I passed, "Is that real?" "I don't know." was the response and they kept on working. I kept on walking!
I don't know what that was all about. But I do know that if a fire was burning the building down that many would not have been ready to deal with it, including me! After all, I had gone about my business because everyone else seemed calm. I wondered if fire alarm often malfunctioned there. Had the people become callus? Did they not believe that a fire could actually happen to them?
What about us? Have we grown callus to the effects of sin. Have we seen this mess so much that we think of it as normal? Are we calmly going about our daily business as if the alarm was not sounding? I believe that the alarm is sounding very clearly that Jesus is coming soon! But many will be surprised as if He were a "thief in the night". I'm not suggesting that we become alarmists. God has provided His own alarms, or signs, of His coming. But I am suggesting that we not be lulled to sleep by the calmness of the world in the face of coming disaster. I am also suggesting that we be more ready, more alert than ever! We are to make sure that everyone else is awake too! If anyone asks the question, "Is that real?" what will be your response?
by Don Gettys
THINK ABOUT JESUS
The other day I came home and turned on our computer to get my E-mail. Over 40 messages popped up. Each one was demanding my attention. The thought came to me: Do computers really save me time or do they take up my time? More and more of my E-mail is junk E-mail. If I am on the web, screens are flashing before my eyes saying click here, Click Here!!! CLICK HERE!!!!
Every day we are involved in a battle every bit as vital as was Desert Storm. Every day there is a battle for our mind. Your daily saving relationship with Jesus is won or lost in your mind. Every day we are bombarded with over 1000 advertisements. We see them as we drive, walk, read, or do our E-mail. We hear them on the radio and on the phone when the tell-a-marketers call us at supper time. Even our videos contain advertisements.
The Bible says: Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." You are what you think. What you think about all the time is what you will become.
Especially in these last days, the battle is for the mind. Take the game of football for instance. If you are really good at scoring, but you never get the ball, then you will undoubtedly lose the game. Have you noticed that in the last minutes of the game the winning team eats up the clock by simply holding the ball. If Satan can and possess your mind in these last critical moments of time just before the end of the world, he is the winner- you are the loser. The great adversary is in an all out battle to occupy our minds.
Keep your mind fixed on Jesus. Especially in these last moments of time. Isaiah 26:3 (New Living Translation) "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you !"
Church Hires New Secretary
By Don Gettys
The church board voted August 21 to hire Linda Lechler to replace Carol Harrison as church secretary. Carol is going to work as Circulation Supervisor in the McKee Library at Southern Adventist University.
Linda, her husband, Don and their children, Melissa and Andy, have been members of McDonald Road for four years. Linda graduated from Southern College Cum Laude with a B.S. in Behavioral Science and a minor in religion.
She worked as Planning Director for the city of Loma Linda, CA and as a church secretary for the Kress Memorial SDA Church in Winter Park, FL. We welcome Linda to our church staff.
Carol expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to work with our church. She enjoyed very much both the work and the spirit of unity and support she found with all the members.
We deeply appreciate Carol's faithfulness, hard work, courteous, friendly manner in dealing with all and her willingness to go the extra mile. She will continue to contribute to the church through her music and other church offices.
God's Gift of Days
The waning Moon and Morning Star
Forecast the coming Day,.
As in the East the Flush of Dawn
Expunges Night away.
The strident Strains of Chanticleer,
-- The Warblers' waking Trill,,
Resound throughout the Countryside,
And on the neighboring Hill.
The Earth with sleepy Tolerance
Concedes it's Time to rise,
And thus begins its daily Rounds
Of Commerce and Assize..
And when I wake I thank the Lord,
As every Morn I pray
That He will keep me in His Care
Throughout another Day.
For I consider every Day
A Blessing from on High,
A Foretaste of Eternal Life
In God's sweet Bye-and-Bye.
As Stewards of God's Gift of Days,
May Everyone employ
Each Mote of Time with Industry,
Thanksgiving, pride and Joy..
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adrian v. boyer
by Charlene Anderson
"The positiveness and energy, the solidity and strength of character manifested in Christ are to be developed in us, through the same discipline that He endured. The grace that He received is for us." Desire of Ages, p. 73
Do you snap back, say many things of doom and gloom? Does it seem that people are avoiding you and have one problem after another? Do people feel you are negative? Our dark moods effect those around us. Many times we paint black clouds even into our brightest skies. Does a cheery attitude escape you?
John Denollet, M.D., in the British medical journal Lancet, and Frederick Goodwin, M.D., psychiatry professor at George Washington center say, "Type D personalities are characterized by negative emotions and are apt to be temporarily pessimistic or chronically negative.
"People use pessimism as a defensive tool when evaluating the risk of a situation," says Julie Norem, Ph.D., psychology professor at Wellesley College. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., president of American Psychological Association, says, "pessimists become entrenched in a black mood easily." Optimists are apt to be more happy.
Pessimists are more likely to die after heart attacks or surgery and to suffer a second heart attack. Optimists live longer, healthier lives.
There's good news! Seligman, author of Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, says "pessimism is NOT fixed and unchangeable! People can learn to be hopeful." Dr. Goodwin says, 'personalities are only 50% genetic, - other losses, disappointments and environment make up the rest."
When people feel they repeatedly fail, they begin to "learn" what they do will fail and it makes them hopeless and helpless, then it becomes part of them. Christopher Peterson, Ph.D. says, 'Pessimists can become optimistic." What can we do?
We need vigorous daily exercise
to get oxygen into our brain and to regulate the body clock.
We need 8-9 hours of sleep. Less sleep helps a mood to be off center and adds stress. A good time to go to bed is 9:30 -10:30 p.m., even if we don't sleep well. Your body and mind rests. You'll function better the next day and your thoughts will be brighter.
Bad food habits can put us in a dark mood. Mood altering foods and beverages (like caffeine and sugar) can cause problems for the pessimists. Low blood sugar can contribute to a dark mood. This means lack of energy to produce enough mood-elevating seratonin in the brain. Drinking sugary drinks or eating food full of sugar can produce a sharp up swing in mood, but then it drops sharply.
Dr. Goodwin suggests focusing on the positive. Identify something from which you experienced great joy - a job well done. When good things happen, think on these things! Relish them, then look for other positive moments. Each good thing you do gives you an anchor on which to build self-esteem. Make a list of accomplishments to read often. Do activities which give you positive feelings. Lift your mood with good music, a good book or activity which gives you a positive outlook.
DO NOT go over past mistakes or painful experiences. Ask forgiveness if needed, then put them away. Challenge negative thoughts. There may be good reasons why a certain thing doesn't happen. You need to keep in touch with positive people who make you smile. Learn to laugh. Watch uplifting programs. Ask God for help. You are responsible for yourself - no one can make you happy. It comes from within , with God's help.
INTERNET MINISTRY NEWS
by Dean Saunders
7,000 BIBLE STUDIES COMPLETED!
Teaching Bible to others is the fastest and surest way to learn Bible doctrines yourself. McDonald Road Bible School has been providing that Bible learning experience to our instructors and staff for over 5 years now. We are reaching people in over 130 countries by internet. Well over 7,000 in--depth Bible Study lessons have now been completed by our students in our email Bible Study program.
Studying the Bible by email provides several unique opportunities for gaining a richer experience in understanding the Scriptures. Each student receives each lesson directly from a Bible Instructor, and thus a wonderful friendship and confidence is gained between our instructor and one of God's people in the uttermost parts of the earth. Many of these people are out of the reach of any Adventists, and a personal connection by local means just would not normally have happened.
Each one of these Bible Study lessons requires that the student look up at least 15 to 20 texts (or more) in their own Bible in order to type the answers into the lesson. Each completed lesson is then returned to the instructor for grading. The students report that they are learning many things they never had heard before; and our instructors report that they are having to learn and research things they never had been asked before!
The Bible School requires a lot of work - on the part of the students, and the instructors, and the staff. Now that over 7,000 lessons have been completed by our students, this means that our staff of 70 are getting lots of experience! Do you know your Bible? Can you explain the 2300 day prophecy to someone? Do you want to learn? The opportunity is out there, just waiting for God's people to share their Bible knowledge with others; and the wonderful dividend is, that as you teach others, you will gain a much better understanding of God's Word yourself.
Contact Dean for details, or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit us at: http://mcdonaldroad.org/
Heavy burdens become light when we take them to the Lord in prayer. Our heavenly Father wants to hear all our concerns, no matter how small. We can never over burden Him.
When notified, the McDonald Road Prayer Chain will join you in praying for those special concerns. Please be respectful of the volunteers, however, and keep the small personal concerns between you and the Lord.
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith , and in purity."
(1 Timothy 4:12)
By Melissa Turner
This new column is not only for the young, but for the "young at heart" as well. I will be sharing with you many different devotions, texts, student opinions and news about the McDonald Road Youth Sabbath School class. It is my prayer that this new column will encourage the young people of our church to feel like they do have a special role in today's growing church.
Thought: What should be the goal of every young person today? Making sure that they have a meaningful, personal relationship with Christ. David makes it quite clear: "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word," (Psalm 119:9). If today's young people live according to God's Word, then they are living closely with Him.
Question: What am I, as a young Seventh-day Adventist Christian, doing to strengthen my relationship with Christ?
One possibility for strengthening your relationship with Christ could be reaching out to others. The McDonald Road Youth Sabbath School class met at the Regency Assisted Living Center on Sabbath, August 12th. A group of eight members participated by singing and talking with the residents. Jeremy Garlock, Youth Leader, gave the Adult Sabbath school Lesson for that week.
Get involved by helping others! By being kind to others, you're being kind to Jesus! Think it over and if you're interested, the Youth Sabbath School will be meeting at the Regency assisted Living Center on every 2nd Sabbath of the month. This could be your chance to really "set an example"!
Jennifer Wiley, Youth Sabbath School member, with one of the Regency residents.
Vallieres Celebrate 65th Anniversary
Calvin and Irene Vallieres celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 16, at McDonald Road Church in the Fireside Room.
Calvin and Irene were married July 12, 1935, in Toronto, Ontario.
Their children are Carlene Harmon of San Diego, Donna Williams of Eau Claire and Ron Vallieres of Collegedale. They have 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Stewards of His Grace
All that we have and all that we are comes from God and belongs to God. We are His stewards.
"Every act of life, however small, has its bearing fro good or evil. Faithfulness or neglect in what are apparently the smallest duties may open the door for life's richest blessings or its greatest calamities. It is little things that test the character. It is the unpretending acts of daily self-denial, performed with a cheerful, willing heart that God smiles upon."
Patriarchs & Prophets, p. 158
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