By Tom McDonald
Janice Parker wanted to become involved with the Internet Bible study program and was able to do so when she received her first computer in 1997. She has worked with many students since that time. Currently she is giving Bible studies to seven different students who she says are wanting to hear the "good news". "The Lord has children all over the world waiting to hear the message of His love for them."
A couple of years ago the Lord impressed Janice to put up a world map so she could better see where her Email Bible students lived. She was presenting them to the Lord each morning in prayer, so she call it her "Prayer Map." It shows the 14 countries that her students come from. They range from places like Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia,Australia and New Zealand to Africa, Italy, Turkey, Pakistan and many in the USA. There is one very special student, a lady from Indonesia. She took the lessons under much duress. She had to go underground two times while taking the lessons. She finished the lessons and gave her life to the Lord in baptism in June of 1998. Since then she has married an Adventist young man and they are working for the Lord.
Janice says the Internet Bible studies are reaching people in very difficult situations. "Many of these people wouldn't go to church or be allowed to go to a church , but they can learn of the Lord by Email."
She and her husband Jack are members of Maranatha Volunteers International. The "Prayer Map" also marks everyone of the mission trips that they have taken with Maranatha.
Janice Parker keeps up with all of her Internet Bible Studies on this large map of
the world. She is able to pray for each student individually, and know just where that
student is located in the world. What a wonderful way to keep up with those for whom she
is working and praying!
Grateful Gobbler "Walk for the Homeless"
Help make a difference for the homeless this Thanksgiving
by participating in the Grateful Gobbler "Walk for the
Homeless." The walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Coolidge Park in
Chattanooga. Entrance fee is $15 for adults ($20 after November 12) and $10
for children. Proceeds benefit the Samaritan Center and other
member agencies of the Chattanooga Homeless Coalition. See the
display in the Samaritan Center's lobby for more information
and registration forms.
by Pastor Don Gettys
Have you ever thought how blessed the McDonald Road Church really is? We have an exceedingly peaceful situation. Our board meetings are actually nice. The church family are happy and growing spiritually. Jesus is being uplifted in our life. God has smiled on us.
I was in a meeting last week where it was announced that East Hamilton County is growing fast. This was no news to me. I drive all over this area and only a blind person would not notice all the new subdivisions expanding in our area. The official figure for all this growth is that in just the last four years the population of this area of the county has grown by 21 percent! That is phenomenal.
I wondered: Has our own church kept up with this wave of increase? I looked back over the membership figures and found that four years ago our membership was 650. Now it is 850. If my math is correct, this seems to be a whopping 31% increase! In just 4 years! What does this mean? God has smiled on us. Then I wondered about the tithe over that same period of time. Again checking the records I found that our tithe over the past 4 years has gone up 32.5%. Wow! Surely God has been blessing us and smiling on us.
Then I thought about the future. What if the new houses keep coming and new people keep moving into our area. Then I thought about the twin towers of the world trade center. I thought about the last days. We are told that in the last remnants of time many who once walked with us will return. They will come back into the fold. Will we be ready to help them when they return to once again sit in the pew with us?
Our building committee and our church in business session have approved plans to almost double the square footage of our current building to make room for some of this added growth. Our new addition will solve the crowded situation in our children's Sabbath School Class rooms. It will also provide more space for our adult lesson study. One other side benefit will be the final "squaring up" of the sanctuary by removing two or possibly even the rest of the small rooms on either side of our sanctuary. That would increase the seating capacity by 50 or 100. The growth is coming. But praise God, we are preparing for it.
The growth is coming! But beware...it is not just physical growth. No. The latter rain of the Holy Spirit is coming. Joel 2:23 says the latter rain will fall. We are about to see the latter rain! Are we preparing for it? Are you in a right relationship with Jesus? Is Jesus smiling on your life?
- - -Pastor Don Gettys
Since the events of September 11, we have put up a small flag out by our church sign to show
folk that we as Seventh-day Adventist Christians
are also loyal Americans. The proposal is that a nice flag pole be placed out front
in our lawn with a light on it at night.
Your comments are welcome!
The Visiting Team
by William Earnhardt
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:1,2
God hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:26
Ever feel like you are fighting life's battles all by yourself? You try to do good and no one pats you on the back. You strive to put away bad habits, and those around you scoff instead of cheer. You try to draw closer to Jesus and your friends disappear, and you ask yourself why people are not more encouraging. The reason lies in the above verses. We are the visiting team playing on the road.
Allow me to explain. A few years ago I asked a friend of mine from Tulsa, Oklahoma to come down and visit me in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a big hockey fan so I told him if he came to Fort Worth I would take him to a Tulsa Oiler/ Fort Worth Fire hockey game. He came down and we went to the game. After the second intermission I asked him if it was different watching your favorite team on the road instead of at home. He said it was a big difference! Every time Tulsa scored he got excited but of course no one else cheered! It was awkward for him because no one else in Ft.Worth shared his excitement whenever Tulsa made a goal. The reason of course was that he was the visiting team playing on the road. His team was not at home.
The reason the world tries to discourage us instead of cheering for us is because we are not at home here! Our home is in heaven, we are the "visiting team." But don't feel alone or outnumbered. Jesus has promised to never leave or forsake us and the angels in heaven are always cheering for us!
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:7.
William Earnhardt is a Lay Pastor/Bible Worker for the Breckenridge Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Texas Conference.
The Answered Prayer
(Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Matt. 10:29)
Adrian V. Boyer
He Who marks the Sparrow's fall,
And numbers every Hair.
Is mindful of our daily Needs,
And answers every Prayer.
Although He may not always grant
Each Suppliant's Request,
Our loving heavenly Father knows
What's really for our best.
Fear not when Trials oft beset,
And Wants may seem ignored,
Just pray for Patience to endure,
And wait upon the Lord.
For in good Time the Master's Will,-
Though sometimes long deferred,
Will be fulfilled in every Life
According to His Word.
Be vigilant and don't despair,
Eventually you'll see
That God has not forgotten you,
Whatever your Plight may be.
How comforting it is to know
That Jesus is aware
Of every Problem that molests,
Because He really cares.
For He who marks the Sparrow's fall,
And numbers every Hair,
Is mindful of our daily Needs,
And answers every Prayer.
Internet Ministry News
Thanksgiving is coming, and we have already seen advertisements on TV for Christmas things, so perhaps we should take the opportunity to present to you our Christmas wish list for our Web Ministry.
We could use art work in a variety of ways to enhance our website. We cannot give you money, but perhaps you would like to give some of your talents for the Lord's Work. Perhaps you would like to assist in typing things for the web. Bob Beckett spends time every week in preparing sermons for online presentation. Perhaps you even have a good used computer that you would like to give so more people can give Bible Studies.
Many people are asking us for materials. We even have requests for a paperback book on the Sabbath that we now present online which is written by Elder Stevens. I can even dream of the book as a paperback going to people around the world. Is that possible?
There are really many ways and things you could give the Lord this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Think it over, and do your best for Jesus, and I know He will reward you for your faithfulness. This year can be our best ever, and it won't be long, and we can all be going Home!
If you would like to help, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An online survey is also available at: http://mcdonaldroad.org/members
God will bless as we work for Him!
Internet Ministry coordinator
Media Clips: "Some got it. Some don't!"
I preached that sermon when back in Academy, and I believe that sermon is important even today. Each of us has different talents. We are each asked to give to the Lord the best that we have. As each of us does our part to the best of our ability, God will take our combined efforts, and make something beautiful of it.
We have lots of wonderful talent represented in the planning of our programs at church. We also have high quality talent in our Media Department, which, when combined with the program planning, can give us the best program possible.
For the most part, we have top notch equipment, but we still need our data projector setup, among other things. Nevertheless, we can be assured, that as we work together with what we have, God will really bless our presentations for His people.
- - -Dean Saunders
Campaign for Community
Join us for an Open House from 14 p.m., Sunday, November 4 to mark the beginning of Campaign for Community. Find out how the Samaritan Center is making a difference in the lives of hurting people right here at home! A live broadcast by J103 FM, clowns, tours of the Center, giveaways, a display about the Center's programs and services, and a sidewalk toy sale are planned.
Positive Lifestyle: Longer and Better
by Charlene Anderson
Do you know how to live longer and better? Do you care? Why do some live to a ripe old age and others go to that satin lined box much too early? Or worse yet, live out their years in a wheelchair or bed, needing help to walk or even move. Not a pretty picture?
We try to blame a lot of what's wrong with us on genetics. They say there's a genetic reason for just about everything. Dr. Lamont Murdock of Loma Linda University School of Medicine says, "faulty genetics loads the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger." We can't change our genetics, but we can change our lifestyle and attitudes. Our health is dependant on two factors: (1) What we put into our bodies and (2) What we do with our bodies. In other words, Lifestyle!
Our aging process is up to us and we need to begin early in life for the best results, but we can do much to improve our lot even in old age. We have hard working membranes surrounding all normal body cells. In short lived people these cells age too soon. The power to produce healthy cells comes from inside the cells, only if we give them the best materials. In premature aging they atrophy and die off. Aging is multi-factorial. Aging involves decay, degeneration and failure of life in different areas of our bodies, but it will focus on one system or organ with others somewhat involved. This is a gradual process, then one day you are being carted off to the hospital or grave.
A study about the effects of high blood sugar was conducted by Dr. Mosaro. He has shown when blood sugar gets too high after overeating, the glucose and it's byproducts can attack normal proteins - altering the shape of their molecules, making abnormal proteins - attacking fibers then cross-linkages stiffen the body in the wrong places. Albumin gets out of shape and hemoglobin is disordered. DNA can be attacked by excess glucose. You don't have to be diabetic for this damage to happen - just eat too much!
There are a whole host of problems overeating can cause. Many processes slow down as a person ages, but that should not be at middle age.
The ability of lysosomes (digestive organelles) to eliminate fats and proteins is slowed way down and weakened. Excess amino acids are produced from splitting of proteins and can shorten the life span of cells. Of course, excess protein can damage the kidneys. Free radicals can be caused by the imbalance of our diets.
A test in California shows good health habits to produce lower mortality rates. What did this? Eating breakfast, nothing between meals, exercise regularly, 7-8 hours of sleep daily, low weight, no smoking or alcohol! Disabilities were lower also.
As we age our immune system slows down somewhat, but we can do a lot to keep it working better by changing our lifestyles. We need to keep our kidneys and liver working well. The soundness of our brains really count in the length of life. Have you lost any "marbles" lately?
Lets go back to our lifestyles again. There are many studies now proving diet, exercises, etc... are the things to be looking for a longer, healthier life. Let's eat less and exercise more. These two things will help keep the weight down and you'll function more normal. Quality of food is important. Do you have enough hydrochloric acid in your stomach to digest your foods? As you age you produce less of this important element in digestion. This can start to diminish even in the 20's-30's. The symptoms for too much and too little of this element appear to be the same.
Your social and spiritual support is so very important also. This fosters a happy, enduring life which reduces abrasive stressors and helps to lengthen life.
It has been said, "If you always do
what you have always done, you will get what you have always got"! What do you want?
It's never to late to get started!
Health Fair Success
By Charlene Anderson
Sunday, September 30, the Family Center was buzzing with activity. Everyone was learning how to be healthy and live longer.
Approximately 300 people were visiting booths presenting the ten basic principles of health. These booths were decorated according to different health related themes. Behind each booth were large posters with plenty information on each principle.
Many organizations gave literature on different aspects of health. There were many handouts indicating ways to improve you health.
Various screenings were presented by Omni Eye
Service, Asthma Immunology & Allergy Associated, Parish
Nurses, Back to Health Chiropractic, Fitzone, Fat Analysis,
Personal Health Analysis, First Place, Hydrotherapy, Stop Smoking and a group of
children from Pikeville, who could tell you a lot about diet.
What Are You Thankful For?
By Melissa Turner
I have a little book entitled, "14,000 Things to Be Happy About." It is a list created by Barbara Ann Kipfer, during her elementary years and continued into her adult years, of all the things that make her happy. It has been interesting to read through the list of objects, places, tastes, smells, and moods that the author recorded.
As a spinoff of this book, I thought that it would be appropriate to make a list of things that we can be thankful about this Thanksgiving.
Some of the big words, the broad terms that can apply to all in one way or another include: Freedom, Choice, Opportunity, Talent, Education, Health, Society. But some of the more personal things, ideas, places, and people who touch us to the core make up a greater spectrum of things for which to be thankful:
friends to laugh with
walks in the woods
crickets at night
hot oatmeal on a cold morning
Christmas time with family
birds gathering at the feeder
hiking in the mountains
Sabbath dinner with friends and family
having a warm home to live in
bananas, and other fresh fruits and vegetables to eat
books to read
having clothes to wear
being able to cook
But, most of all, having a Forever Friend whom we call Jesus! What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Take a minute to thank God for the special things in your life that we so often take for granted.
We, as Americans, have a tremendous amount of things for which to be thankful. In other countries of the world, many people do not have a warm breakfast to enjoy on a cold morning, or flowers to enjoy smelling, or pets to love, or even a warm house in which to live. Many people do not have Bibles to read. Many people do not know Jesus as their Savior!
This Thanksgiving, let's thank the
Lord for what He has provided us with while at the same time considering what we can
do to share with others what God has blessed us with.
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