April Manna Highlights

Christianity for Dummies

by Pastor Kent Crutcher

Have you noticed the vast number of "For Dummies" books that are in the book stores today? I first noticed them when I was considering becoming computer literate. I fought learning about computers for a few years because they seemed too complicated and I didn't feel that I had the time to learn. I had a computer during this time but it needed all kinds of codes typed in to it to make it do anything. Many people with good intentions tried to show me how to do more than type up a Church Board Agenda and play Pit Fall (an ancient, simple computer game), but they spoke a language that was foreign to me. I didn't want to appear totally inept so I didn't ask them to explain what they were trying to show me more than five or six times. When they would leave, feeling that they had done me great service and had gotten me started in the grand adventure of computing, I went back to typing Church Board Agendas and playing Pit Fall.

Then someone with great sympathy for me created Windows 95. I saw how easy it really was and became willing to invest in a new computer. I still was not interested in the manuals on how to operate this new computer because of the big words that they used and the strange ways that they put these words together. That was when I discovered the "For Dummies" books. The first one that I purchased was Windows 95 For Dummies, which has the subtitle A Reference for the Rest of Us! This book is written in a language that I can understand. It shows me the simple ways to do what needs to be done. These books have been a real hit with the public. I don't know how many titles have been published for computers. I see a new one every time I look. Others have jumped on the bandwagon and have published their own computer books in simplistic language. Now you can find "For Dummies" books on more subjects than computers. I've seen Weddings For Dummies, Cooking For Dummies, How to Sell Your House For Dummies (I wish I had seen this one a few months ago!) and many others.

The success of these books tells me that people are interested in things they can easily understand. Things that are not far above their heads. Things that they can grasp. Things using everyday words. Jesus understood this concept two thousand years ago. This was a period of the great philosophers who used words and ideas far above the common individual. Jesus used simple language, simple stories, simple ideas; yet He has made great changes in the hearts of millions of people. As one studies the words of Jesus, he realizes that there is far more behind these words than what first meets the eye. The Gospel of John has been referred to as "The Gospel For Dummies" because of its seemingly simplistic approach, yet far more is there just under the surface (as those who have been attending Prayer Meeting have come to realize), much like my computer. I may know how to make it do what I need it to do from reading the "For Dummies" books, but there is much more to it. The more I study, the greater my understanding and ability becomes.

When we approach the non-Christian or the new Christian, let's be careful to speak in a clear, simple language about our Savior and our beliefs. This will attract them far more than an expression of our "great" knowledge using the big words we have learned. When we are too complicated, they may just nod their heads and go back to playing Pit Fall while we go away feeling we have been of great benefit to them. Let's also be careful not to use too many words that are specific to our Adventist culture. A few years ago I heard an Adventist preacher use twelve words that I did not understand during a sermon. I wish I had written Adventism For Dummies because I could have became rich selling such a book to that congregation! When the example of Jesus is followed, we will have success in our witnessing. Then the people we have met will be willing to invest in a new relationship with Jesus, whom they will grow to love more as they dig deeper into His Word.

                               by Adrian V. Boyer

Jesus is the Bread from Heaven,
And the Manna of the Soul:
He's the Wine of our Atonement
That can cleanse and make us Whole.
He's the fairest of Ten Thousand,
And the bright and Morning Star,
Full of Grace and great Compassion
He accepts us where we are.

From the templed Realms of Glory,
To this wretched World He came:
Took upon Himself our Nature,
And endured the Cross of Shame.
From the Shackles forged by Satan,
And the Curse of Death and Doom,
Christ has freed His faithful Remnant,
And those resting in the Tomb.

Hallelujah! What a Saviour
Whose Mercy is supernal,
For the Price He paid to save us
Guarantees us Life eternal.
Thru the ageless Reach of Aeons,
In the Palace of the King,
Saints will sing Redemption's Story
Till the Courts of Heaven ring.

The First Parent Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His kids.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. The first thing God said to them was: "Don't."
"Don't what?" Adam asked.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit," said God.
"Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?" Adam and Eve asked, jumping up and down excitedly.
"It's over there," said God, wondering why He hadn't stopped after making the elephants.
A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and He was very angry.
"Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" the First Parent asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you do it?" God asked in exasperation.
"I don't know," Adam answered.
God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.

Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is a reassurance in this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give your children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be so hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling His children, what makes you think it should be a piece of cake for you?

Positive Lifestyle: The Woman Who Loved the World

by Charlene Anderson, Health/Temperance Leader

Kindness - What is Kindness?

Can it effect our health? Ellen G. White says, "Every ray of light shed upon others will be reflected upon our own hearts. Every kind and sympathizing word spoken to the sorrowful, every act to relieve the oppressed, and every gift to supply the necessities of our fellow beings given or done with an eye to God's glory will result in blessings to the giver. Those who are thus working are obeying a law of heaven and will receive the approval of God.

The pleasure of doing good to others imparts a glow to the feelings which flashes through the nerves, quickens the circulation of the blood and induces mental and physical health."

There was a special little lady who could show us a thing or two about kindness she lived it! Her name was Mother Teresa.

On the wall of her sparsely furnished home was a simple plaque which read: "Be kind. I prefer our sisters to make mistakes through kindness either than to work miracles through harshness and unkindness." That's a sermon in itself! She renewed her relationship with God daily. He was her friend and companion.

Mother Teresa gave this advice:

  1. Don't be judgmental. You may dislike what a person is doing because it is wrong or evil, but you may not really understand the reasons for the behavior, but you still must love them.

  2. Don't wait for others to help those in need. If you wait, you haven't helped a single soul.

  3. Be kind and loving in your home, then see what you can do for your neighbors or for the sick..

  4. Return love for evil and unkindness. Don't bite back. (My words: "Kill them! Kill them with kindness and love"!)

  5. Do what you can for others using your skills, but do it for the love of God, then you will be helping the whole world. It is only pride that prevents you from being more loving and kind."

The Man of Galilee, also, gave us some advice. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." This gives us a guideline in kindness. How do you want to be treated?

Kindness really does make a difference in our lives and in our health! So let's be careful even at home and claim that mental and physical health.

Volunteers Support Samaritan Center

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church members gave 3,864 hours of volunteer service to the Samaritan center last year, according to Susan Monk, the center's volunteer coordinator.

"We couldn't help our neighbors in need, in all the ways we do, if it weren't for the faithfulness of our many volunteers, many put in long hours at routine but essential tasks," said Gail Williams, executive director.

Those volunteers from McDonald Road Church who gave of their time and talents to the center last year were: Ed Allen, Carol Barker, June Beckett, Martha Benton, Adrian Boyer, Muriel Christiansen, Lauretta Clark, Cathy Lee Corwin, Marguerite & Scotty Farwell, Lydia Fore, Alma Froman, Dorothy Giacomozzi, Laura Holmes, Kelly McFarland, Janice Parker, Jennifer Posey, Calvin & Irene Vallieres, Violet Von Endt, and Don West.

Volunteers all over the nation are recognized during National Volunteer Week each April. The Samaritan Center's 149 volunteers gave a total of 12,374 hours of service in 1997.

Volunteers are used in all aspects of the Samaritan Center's operations. Experience and special skills are always sought, but a willing heart and caring hands are especially appreciated. Training is available if you wish to pursue a particular interest or brush up skills. Call Susan Monk, volunteer coordinator, at 1-423-238-7777 for information on how you can become involved.

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One Year Anniversary of the Family Center

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March 29, 1998, marks the One Year Anniversary of the ribbon snipping that opened our family center. Do you remember? Were you there? Were you one of the nearly 300 people that snipped the ribbon to open the Family Center?

Since that day, the list of ways we use the Family Center keeps growing:

Potluck Dinners, Pathfinders, Sabbath School Meetings, Volleyball, Step Aerobic Class, Creative Memories Class, Banquets, Wedding Receptions, Home School Recreation, Eager Beavers, Numerous Private Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, Church Recreation, Earliteen Recreation, and the list continues to grow!

It is our prayer that you find your family circle stronger through the use of the Family Center.

Reflection for Parents

Children pick up attitudes just as a vacuum cleaner inhales dirt.
Howard G. Hendricks

Dear God:
(Letters from children)

Of all the people who work for You, I like Noah and David the best.

My brother told me about being born, but it doesn't sound right. They're just kidding, aren't they?

McDonald Manna Ten years ago

Volume 1 No. 1
Editor: Joan Crosby
Published: April 9, 1988
Eight pages

What Happened Ten Years Ago?
Author for this article was unknown.

True Blue

Thank you Gettys for sharing your good influence and positive Christian nature with us as a church family.

As a point of interest, during the baptism of Charlene and Robin, our Pastor wears a fisherman wetsuit up to his chest. Upon immersion of Robin, he bent over too far and took on water. He said it was a terrible feeling and he was never going to wear that outfit again! He wasn't sure he could get out of the tank with the water in his boots. After minutes of air drying his pants, he came out to finish the communion service. A positive attitude of our Pastor shows he is "True Blue".

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