McDonald Manna

Vol. 11 ¨ No. 11

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

Thanks Giving
Adrian V. Boyer
I
We thank Thee, Lord, for daily Bread,
And Life's Necessities
Which You so bountifully supply,
In generous Quantities.
II
We thank Thee, too, for faithful Friends,
Who oft with us will share
Some heavy Burden we have found
Too cumbersome to bare.
III
We thank Thee, Lord, for Sun and Rain,
And Nature's sylvan Shrines,
For golden grain and verdant Plains,
And amply fruited Vines.

IV
We than Thee for the marriage Bond,
And Love of Family Ties
That blend true Hearts together in
A little Paradise.
V
We thank Thee for a Time to Laugh,
And for a Comrade's Smile,
The cooing of a newborn Babe, -
All these make Life worthwhile.
VI
We thank Thee for the Sabbath Day,
When we can lay aside
Our Cares and Labors of the Week,
And in Thy Rest abide.
VII
But most of all we thank Thee, Lord,
For Thy abundant Grace;
Thy Love and blest Assurances
Which nothing can erase.

NeXt Millennium Seminar Continues

Take a look at November's seminar titles and topics! Every evening (except Mondays and Thursdays) at 7:15 in the church sanctuary; and Sabbath afternoons at 3:30.


November 8, Sunday
"Turning Prophets into Profits:
Are All Modern Prophets a Scam?"

The God who has always offered His friendship through the prophets, will surely not leave this last generation in the dark uninformed. In the midst of the counterfeits, there must be a genuine prophetic gift.

November 10, Tuesday
"The Secret to Financial Security
  Most Wealthy People Don't Know"

Wouldn't the God who is so eager to bless our lives through His friendship offer a practical strategy to provide for our physical needs and fina ncial security? He does!

November 11, Wednesday
"How to Stalk a Dragon"
God's forever friendship offers 24-hour protection for our daily survival and can transform every facet of our lives!

November 13, Friday
"Reflections of the 'New World
Symphony': Going Home"

A friendship with God offers the most satisfying explanation for one of the most confusing apocalyptic prophecies - the Millennium.

November 14, Sabbath, 3:30 p.m.
"When Life Becomes a Lion's Den,
Dare to be a Daniel!"

No need to surrender convictions or be trapped. In one of the most thrilling stories of all, the truth about God's forever friends comes shining through, and you can be one of them!

November 14, Sabbath Evening
"A New Way to Pray: How to grow
Your Forever Friendship with God"

Last, but not least, a very practical and refreshing new way to talk to God in prayer, the most important foundation of all in growing a forever friendship with H im.

November 1, Sunday
"When the Clock Runs Out on
American and the New World Order"

Is it possible to be so Right, a person is Wrong?

November 3, Tuesday
"Showdown of the Gods:
The Final 9-1-1 Call"

God's advance warning of the ominous coalition of three global powers at the end of human history - a confederacy from which only God's protective friendship can save His friends.

November 4, Wednesday
"The Spectacular Prophecy that
Nostradamus Missed"

A breath-taking prophecy identifying the Messiah who is wrapping up history right now.

November 6, Fr iday
"The Truth of the Broken Goblet"
In a world clamoring for deliverance from violence and a return to law and order, God's forever friendship offers society an astounding formula for security and peace.

November 7, Sabbath, 3:30 p.m.
"Journeying With the Jews:
Return of the Remnant"

The consistency of God's love and friendship means that from the very beginning, He preserved and promoted the most important truths about Himself that the human race could ever know.

November 7, Sabbath Evening
"Just Another Skin on the Wall? "
With literally thousands of religions to choose from, how is the intelligent man or woman ever supposed to make the right choice? Why God will not leave His friends in the dark when it comes to this most important choice.

How to Know God's Will for You

by Kent Crutcher

So often I am asked the question, "How can I know what God wants me to do?" The Christian life is one that is lead by a faith that says, "God will guide me day by day as He lives in me." But sometimes a major decision must be made and God seems silent. At that point, how can we find God's will? The following steps can help to answer this question.
Surrender - "By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me" (John 5:30).
Pray - "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matthew 7:7,8).  "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).
Search - "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 199:105).  "And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place" (2 Peter 1:19).
Consult - "Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14).
Wait - "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord" (Psalm 27:14).  "For the revelation awaits an appointed time...Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay" (Habakkuk 2:3).
Decide - "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he as going" (Hebrews 11:8). 

Knowing God's will can be a lifestyle. These are steps that can come naturally to a person who walks with God.  Jesus counseled "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33). Christian Author Oswald Chambers writes in
Not Knowing Where: "If God has given the command, He will look after everything; your business is to get up and go and trustingly wash your hands of the consequences. If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him" (p. 132). May God bless you as you live for Him and His well is revealed to you.

Positive Lifestyle

Oh-h-h, Not Again!

by Charlene Anderson, Health/Temperance Leader

Did you realize that we need to learn how to feed our stomachs in order to be healthy? "What's so complicated about that?" you ask. "I've been doing it for years!"
The problem appears to be that we don't wait until our stomachs show "true hunger" before we eat again. This feeling is a little "burning", empty, hollow feeling. It shows up several hours after we have eaten a moderate meal. There should b e at least five hours between our meals for good digestion. Those rumblings and other noises are your digestive track doing it's job - sometimes louder than we want!

Don't eat if you have a "fullish" feeling. You may have over-eaten at your last meal and need to wait longer for your stomach to empty.
After eating, your normal blood sugar ranges from 80-120 milligrams per hundred deciliters of blood. The hypothalamus (a part of the brain) senses when your blood sugar drops to 80 milligrams. Then the brain sends a message by means of hormones and nerve pulses for the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid. This produces that empty sensation. The stomach is designed to handle this acid.
If you don't eat when you feel hungry, your body reaches out to use stored fat for fuel. It goes into the blood stream and the hungry feeling goes away. Don't ignore the hungry feeling, but make sure it's be cause of an empty stomach before adding more food.
If you feel hungry in two to three hours, it could be the type of food you eat. A bowl of cherries take as long to digest as oatmeal, but you will feel hungry sooner.
If you add more food to your stomach in a few hours from mealtime (even a very small amount), it stops the digestive process; so it has to start all over again. The first amount will have to stay in the stomach too long and starts to ferment, sending out poisons. It is healthy for the stomach to empty.
Your stomach likes plenty of water (10-12 glasses daily), but not too close to meals. Your food needs to have room to move to mix digestive juices with it. Chewing food until it becomes fluid before swallowing prepares for the next process.

We need to train ourselves to eat only until we feel comfortable full. Don't overload your plate, for it encourages overeating. Food is a tool for your body to do it's work and it should be tasty. It helps to eat slowly. Over eating can cause "bad breath" and it weakens the sphincter (muscular ring at the base of the esophagus). This allows acidic fluids to travel up to cause a burning sensation.&nb sp;
There's an interesting statement in
Counsels on Diet and Foods, page 103:1. "The digestive organs should never be burdened with a quantity or (low) quality of food which will tax the system to appropriate.  All that is taken into the stomach. Above what the system

can use to convert into good blood, clogs the machinery; for it cannot be made into either flesh or blood, and it's presence burdens the liver and produces a morbid condition of the system. The stomach is overworked in it's efforts to dispose of it, and then there is a sense of languor (hunger); and without allowing the digestive organs time to rest from their severe labor to recruit their energies, another immoderate amount is taken into the stomach to set the wary machinery again in motion. The system receive less nourishment from too great a quantity of food, even of the right quality, than from a moderate quantity taken at regular periods."
These words were written long before the medical field caught the idea. Here's to happier tummies!

Internet Outreach Report

by Dean Saunders

Wonderful growth!  Dedicated workers!  Tremendous World Wide Witnessing is alive and well at McDonald Road!  These statistics will help illustrate the volume of material we help present to the people of the world, and the increasing growth of this ministry:

  • Currently over 3,000 hits per day this week.
  • Over 250,000 hits on server in last 105 days.
  • Over 18,000 mail messages delivered in a year.
  • Over 94 confirmed countries reached.
  • Over 20,000 Hosts served in three months.
  • Over 180 Steps to Christ Delivered.
  • Over 700 Bible Study Course applications received.
  • Over 2,400 Bible Studies completed by students.
(Last year 96/97 = 1,000; this year = 1,400; total = 2,400)
  • Over 250 students completing lessons.
  • Over 33 Graduates from 30 lesson course.

Statistics only give a partial picture of how God's work is going forward. The real picture is personal, one to one contacts made possible by our dedicated workers.
Perhaps you would like to join the team! Various talents are needed. Whether you prefer  to make that personal contact, or hide behind a computer or camera, there is a place just for you in God's work!
Write to us at: 
web@mcdonaldroad.org
or look at our church website at:
http://mcdonaldroad.org/

Note of gratitude

David Maclennan, in No Coward Soul

When the late William L. Stidger was professor of Preaching at Boston University, he mentioned to a friend that he was very grateful to a high school teacher named Mrs. Wendt who had introduced him to Tennyson.
Dr. Stidger's friend then asked if the professor had ever told Mrs. Wendt how much he appreciated her contribution to his life. "I'm afraid not," he replied. "I've never taken the trouble to tell her."  "Then," challenged his friend, "why don't you write her?"
Dr. Stidger decided to do just that. Before long he had a letter from Mrs. Wendt. She had written:
Dear Willie,
I can't tell you how much your note me ant to me. I am in my 80's, living alone in a small room, cooking my own meals, lonely and like the last leaf of fall lingering behind.
You will be interested to know that I taught school for 50 years, and yours is the first note of appreciation I have ever received. It came on a blue, cold morning and it cheered me as nothing has in years.

In turn, of course Mrs. Wendt's note to Dr. Stidger lifted his spirits. The fact that she called him "Willie" made him smile. Here he was - a man of 50, fat and bald - and she called him the name she had addressed him by when he was a teenager. Beyond that, he was glad that he had taken the time to express his gratefulness and thereby cheer up the dear teacher who had given him the great gift of knowledge.

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