God Solves Big Problem With Big Miracle

The local pastor paced nervously up and down the small corridor of the little airport in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. It was 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in late January 2019, and the flight bringing the Vision Team Ministries group with 2,000 pairs of used glasses was due anytime. But the problem was big. Airport customs officials had warned the pastor $800 would be charged the group to bring those glasses into the country.

Hundreds Receive Free Bibles at Women’s Expo

The Oregon Convention Center in Portlandd, Ore., was filled with more than 400 vendors for the 2019 Portland Women’s Expo on March 2. The event is hosted is part of larger Portland Women’s Expo Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the ultimate goal of helping women receive training and resources to successfully sustain themselves and their families. The campaign is called “Building Hope”.

A Choice to Believe

It’s a common refrain in movie scripts: “I’ll come back for you,” says the hero. “I promise.” And in those scripts, the hero always keeps his promises.

But real life isn’t a make-believe script. God isn’t beholden to our expectations. Prayers don’t always get the answers we want. Many Christians have grown tired and frustrated waiting for God to act on their personal priorities. They are living as if God’s promises can no longer be trusted.

Clark Fork Member Offers Heavenly Music

March 14, 2019 / Beth Duffey / Church

The Clark Fork Church is tucked away in the tiny town of Clark Fork, located in the north Idaho panhandle only 6 miles from the Montana border. Members here have special treasures though and are richly blessed by the musical talent in their midst.

NPUC Executive Committee Embraces Evangelistic Vision

Evangelism was a featured highlight of the recent North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee meeting held March 13, 2019, in Ridgefield, Wash.

Evangelistic Testimonies

Committee members witnessed stirring testimonies on a collaborative evangelistic effort conducted recently in Idaho Conference. The Cloverdale Church in Boise hosted NPUC evangelist Brian McMahon for a series of meetings that were also livestreamed to additional churches throughout the conference. Several churches had multiple baptisms and rebaptisms.

The Hound Scan

March 14, 2019 / Dick Duerksen / Health, Cancer

Marcy has cancer — at least that’s what the medical gurus say. It began, most likely, as a small tumor in breast tissue and has expanded to lymph nodes, liver cells and other places identified by scans named after animals. Now her life is all about the Hound scan.

We thought about the Hound, 22 of us standing around Marcy, our hands outstretched to touch her diseased body as we celebrated her commitment to the Hound who has caught her and made her His own.

Northwest Pathfinders Revel in Bible Knowledge

Pathfinders from around the Northwest gathered for the annual union-level Pathfinder Bible Experience testing on March 9, 2019. This year's testing — held at the Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland, Ore., and hosted by the Oregon Conference youth department — included 14 teams.

The event tested the Pathfinders' knowledge of the Book of Luke along with the corrdsonding section the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary.

The Socializing Gospel

March 13, 2019 / Martin Weber / Church, social gospel

Earnest voices among us warn about a “social gospel” movement. With good reason. Some well-intentioned Adventists are so committed to good neighborliness they diminish our doctrine or even fundamentals of Christian faith.

But the golden rule is not the gospel. Doing unto others as we would have them do unto us is not how we get saved. If so, why did Christ die on the cross for us? All we would need is to be reminded that Jesus wants us to be nice.