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"A home open to free communication, discussion, and exploration of ideas and beliefs, giving children the freedom to lea...
01/29/2023

"A home open to free communication, discussion, and exploration of ideas and beliefs, giving children the freedom to learn about themselves and make appropriate choices, increases the possibility of PKs making religious and life decisions similar to those of their parents.”

Carole Brousson Anderson

Get more insights on this subject: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1996/05/pastors-kids

"He could engage in toil, bear His part in sustaining the family in their necessity, become accustomed to weariness, and...
01/27/2023

"He could engage in toil, bear His part in sustaining the family in their necessity, become accustomed to weariness, and yet show no impatience. His spirit was never so full of worldly cares as to leave no time nor thought for heavenly things." The Review and Herald, October 24, 1899.

“God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and t...
01/24/2023

“God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms.

The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creed or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority—not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith.

Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain ‘Thus saith the Lord’ in its support.”The Great Controversy, 595

Learn three more purposes of the Bible. Read or listen to the full article: https://linktr.ee/ministrymag

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“It's the content that counts, not the copyright date. The amazing thing is that, for me at least, these books continue ...
01/22/2023

“It's the content that counts, not the copyright date. The amazing thing is that, for me at least, these books continue to be valuable. With a little contextualization and updating, the ideas they offer still work.

I don't necessarily agree with everything they say, but the piece they each add to the overall quest for knowledge and pastoral application is the measure of their worth.” James W. Zackrison

James W. Zackrison was the director of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Access his list of 21 books here: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2005/12/my-personal-classics-twenty-one-books-i-wouldnt-want-to-be-without.html

He unfolded the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven through the use of figures and symbols with which His hearers were fa...
01/20/2023

He unfolded the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven through the use of figures and symbols with which His hearers were familiar;

and the common people heard Him gladly, for they could comprehend His words.

There were no high-sounding words used, to understand which it was necessary to consult a dictionary.

Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 240.

"Do you still allow the Word of God to pierce your own soul, or are you going through the motions of pastoring without a...
01/17/2023

"Do you still allow the Word of God to pierce your own soul, or are you going through the motions of pastoring without allowing it to shape your thinking and character daily?

God is waiting, wanting to draw you to Himself through His loving Word.

You cannot help others to grow unless you are abiding in the Vine" Nina Atcheson

Read or listen to the whole article: https://linktr.ee/ministrymag

“But such subjects as the sanctuary, in connection with the 2300 days, the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, a...
01/13/2023

“But such subjects as the sanctuary, in connection with the 2300 days, the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, are perfectly calculated to explain the past Advent movement and show what our present position is, establish the faith of the doubting, and give certainty to the glorious future.

These, I have frequently seen, were the principal subjects on which the messengers should dwell.”

Early Writings, 63.

"Pastors, we cannot lead others spiritually higher than where we ourselves stand." Frank M. Hasel.“The greatest victorie...
01/10/2023

"Pastors, we cannot lead others spiritually higher than where we ourselves stand." Frank M. Hasel.

“The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth or the favor of men.

They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty arm of power.” Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, 203.

Read or listen to the whole article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2023/01/The-spiritual-life-of-the-pastor

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The Northwest headquarters serves more than 102,000 members, 545 churches/companies/groups, 100 elementary and secondary...
01/08/2023

The Northwest headquarters serves more than 102,000 members, 545 churches/companies/groups, 100 elementary and secondary schools, and one university.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” Galatian 6:9

“Never should the messenger of God cease his strivings for greater light and power. He should toil on, pray on, hope on,...
01/05/2023

“Never should the messenger of God cease his strivings for greater light and power. He should toil on, pray on, hope on, amid discouragement and darkness, determined to gain a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and to come behind in no gift.” Gospel Workers, 151

Once we present the Bible, we need to trust that the Holy Spirit will open the mind, transform the heart, and give coura...
01/03/2023

Once we present the Bible, we need to trust that the Holy Spirit will open the mind, transform the heart, and give courage to each hearer or reader to respond.

“One of the biggest battles we will ever face is over the authority of the Word of God."
Ted N. C. Wilson.

Read or listen to the whole article: https://linktr.ee/ministrymag

“The Angel of the covenant is empowering his servants to carry the truth to all parts of the world.He has sent forth his...
12/30/2022

“The Angel of the covenant is empowering his servants to carry the truth to all parts of the world.

He has sent forth his angels with the message of mercy; but, as if they did not speed on their way fast enough to satisfy his heart of yearning love, he lays on every member of his church the responsibility of proclaiming this message.

“Let him that heareth say, Come.”

Every member of the church is to show his loyalty by inviting the thirsty to drink of the water of life.

A chain of living witnesses is to carry the invitation to the world. Will you act your part in this great work?”

Colporteur Evangelist, 41

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"Ellen White said: “One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other,—Christ our righteousness.” Revie...
12/27/2022

"Ellen White said: “One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other,—Christ our righteousness.” Review and Herald Extra, December 23, 1890, 2.

Master this one subject and incorporate it into all your preaching and relational dynamics, and your ministry will skyrocket to a whole new level of relevance and power." - Ty Gibson

Read or listen to the full article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/12/One-subject-will-swallow-up-all-others

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“We believe that the main function of pastoral care and counseling does not take place in pastoral counseling centers bu...
12/25/2022

“We believe that the main function of pastoral care and counseling does not take place in pastoral counseling centers but must be carried out in the life of the congregation by the pastor and the members of the local congregation.” Don Wismar

Read or listen to the whole article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/11/Does-anybody-care
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"When they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshiped Him: an...
12/25/2022

"When they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshiped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

The most precious things they had, the wise men brought to the Saviour. In this they set an example for us. Many give presents to their earthly friends, but have none for the heavenly Friend who has given them every blessing. We should not do this. To Christ we should bring the best of all we have—of our time, money, and our love.

We may give to Him by giving to comfort the poor, and to teach people about the Saviour. So we can help to save those for whom He died. Such gifts Jesus blesses."

Ellen G. White, Story of Jesus, 24.

“Since Jesus came to dwell with us, we know that God is acquainted with our trials, and sympathizes with our griefs. Eve...
12/23/2022

“Since Jesus came to dwell with us, we know that God is acquainted with our trials, and sympathizes with our griefs.

Every son and daughter of Adam may understand that our Creator is the friend of sinners.

For in every doctrine of grace, every promise of joy, every deed of love, every divine attraction presented in the Saviour's life on earth, we see “God with us” (Matthew 12:23)

By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold upon the throne of God.

As the Son of man, He gave us an example of obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey....

The Child of Bethlehem, the meek and lowly Saviour, is God “manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16)....

“God with us” is the surety of our deliverance from sin, the assurance of our power to obey the law of heaven....”

The Desires of Ages, 79
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“As we near the end of time, God is preparing a great harvest of people around the world. Thousands of pastors and layme...
12/20/2022

“As we near the end of time, God is preparing a great harvest of people around the world. Thousands of pastors and laymen are cooperating with God in His final work. Now is the time to focus our vision on what Christ is doing in the world. The Lord promises His Holy Spirit right now if only we seek, ask, and believe.” - Robert Costa & Mark A. Finley

Read or listen to the full article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/12/Pulpits-of-Hope
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Re“Our families are our most important treasures and God-given gifts on this earth. How sad it will be when we get to he...
12/18/2022

Re“Our families are our most important treasures and God-given gifts on this earth.

How sad it will be when we get to heaven if our family members are missing.

We must begin today to make them a priority so that we can spend eternity together.” Pamela Consuegra

Read or listen to the full article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2011/11/the-ministerial-family

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“Souls are thirsting for the waters of life. Do not be empty cisterns. If you reveal the love of Christ to them, you may...
12/15/2022

“Souls are thirsting for the waters of life. Do not be empty cisterns. If you reveal the love of Christ to them, you may lead the hungering, thirsting ones to Jesus, and He will give them the bread of life and the water of salvation.” - RH, June 2, 1903.

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“Christ crucified for our sins, Christ risen from the dead, Christ ascended on high, is the science of salvation that we...
12/09/2022

“Christ crucified for our sins, Christ risen from the dead, Christ ascended on high, is the science of salvation that we are to learn and to teach.” Testimonies for the Church Vol 8, 287.
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“The broken worship altar in the Adventist Church represents the single greatest threat to Seventh-day Adventist life an...
12/06/2022

“The broken worship altar in the Adventist Church represents the single greatest threat to Seventh-day Adventist life and purpose, and every pastor should be alarmed.

A neglect of meditation and prayer will surely result in a declension in religious interests.

People who lack a consistent devotional walk with God cannot know Him, love Him, or effectively share Him with others.

Godless living is a tree filled with the poisonous fruits of selfishness, pride, idolatry, and countless other harbingers of spiritual death.

A church tasked with proclaiming the worship-centered messages of Revelation 14’s first, second, and third angels cannot do so while its members are not worshiping.

We cannot do publicly what we are not doing privately.
Ask God to rebuild the worship altars in your home and church, and He will.” Dwain N. Esmond

Read or listen to the whole article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/12/Back-to-the-Altar
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The Mid- American Union Conference provides services and resources for nearly 65,000 church members in more than 500 chu...
12/04/2022

The Mid- American Union Conference provides services and resources for nearly 65,000 church members in more than 500 churches or companies throughout our territory, as well as 75 elementary and secondary schools, one college, nine summer camps and several other youths and young adult programs.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” Philippians 2:3

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“If we can awaken an interest in men's minds that will cause them to fix their eyes on Christ, we may step aside, and as...
12/01/2022

“If we can awaken an interest in men's minds that will cause them to fix their eyes on Christ, we may step aside, and ask them only to continue to fix their eyes upon the Lamb of God.” Manuscript 49, 189.

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"Personal preferences and biases seem to guide our sense of justice in society and the church.What is needed are clear c...
11/29/2022

"Personal preferences and biases seem to guide our sense of justice in society and the church.

What is needed are clear consciences, devoid of evil thoughts and conflicting distortions of truth.

The question is, In the face of relentless bombardment by countless views and opinions, are our consciences guided by Scripture or by individual preference?

Pastoral care necessitates a well-cleansed conscience to serve as a moral guide on life’s journeys.

Allow the Holy Spirit to shape and form your conscience through daily communion with God.

Maintain a healthy conscience, and instruct those with weak consciences (1 Cor. 8:7) to renew their minds in accordance with the Word of God. A conscience honed by the Holy Spirit will hold the Christian to duty." Robert Osei-Bonsu, PhD

Read or listen to the full article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/11/Ruled-by-a-clear-conscience

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"Do you have the knowledge to create a budget? Budgeting is a planning tool that creates financial opportunity and futur...
11/27/2022

"Do you have the knowledge to create a budget?

Budgeting is a planning tool that creates financial opportunity and future flexibility.

Increasing financial knowledge results in reduction of poverty and increased wealth.

Why not make a commitment today to seek knowledge and begin the next year with a budget?" Jenipher Chitate

Learn more: https://stewardship.adventist.org/getting-out-of-debt

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"God desired that the whole life of His people should be a life of praise." Christ's Object Lessons, 299.Happy Thanksgiv...
11/24/2022

"God desired that the whole life of His people should be a life of praise." Christ's Object Lessons, 299.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The salvation of human beings is at stake; whether they have the same skin tone or not, the salvation of people that God...
11/22/2022

The salvation of human beings is at stake; whether they have the same skin tone or not, the salvation of people that God loves is at the root of the discussion.

Recognizing Gentile inclusion in the economy of God is vital.

As the church of Jesus Christ in the twenty- first century, we should approach the topic as a wonderful opportunity. The world will take note of our intentional acts of ethnic inclusion.

"Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;" Rev. 5:9

Read or listen to the full article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/11/Ethnic-diversity

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In our study of pastoral stress in the North American Division, we found that engaging in self-care was crucial to the w...
11/20/2022

In our study of pastoral stress in the North American Division, we found that engaging in self-care was crucial to the well-being of pastors.

But we also discovered that pastors experienced many barriers to engaging in self-care.

These barriers can be internal, such as pastoral expectations of themselves, or external, coming from church members or church administrators.

And this month’s Ministry Magazine has a self-care plan to help you to fulfill God’s call in your life.

Read or listen to the full article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/11/The-biblical-imperative-of-pastoral-self-care

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"It is our own character and experience that determine our influence upon others. In order to convince others of the pow...
11/17/2022

"It is our own character and experience that determine our influence upon others. In order to convince others of the power of Christ's grace, we must know its power in our own hearts and lives.

The gospel we present for the saving of souls must be the gospel by which our own souls are saved.

Only through a living faith in Christ as a personal Saviour is it possible to make our influence felt in a skeptical world.

If we would draw sinners out of the swift-running current, our own feet must be firmly set upon the Rock, Christ Jesus." Ministry of Healing, 469.

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Visitation strengthens the connections within the church family and between each family and the Lord.As you visit famili...
11/15/2022

Visitation strengthens the connections within the church family and between each family and the Lord.

As you visit families of members and interests, you and your elders will bond because of on-the-job ministry together.

In the end, you will know your elders well, along with many of our members and interests.

Read or listen to the whole article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/11/Pastoral-visitation-made-easier

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Pastors do not readily talk about abusive relationships—in the church, our homes, or our professional settings. Sometime...
11/13/2022

Pastors do not readily talk about abusive relationships—in the church, our homes, or our professional settings. Sometimes, because we are overextended, burned out, or even depressed, our family members may be the victims of unintended abuse by us.

Topics so relevant to the pastor’s life, family, and work are expertly, comprehensively, and empathetically addressed in Mending Pastors.

Access: https://www.adventsource.org/store/adult-ministries/elder/leadership/mending-ministers-41273
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"In the name of Jesus Christ, I would appeal to the church who has been made the depository of deep and precious truths....
11/11/2022

"In the name of Jesus Christ, I would appeal to the church who has been made the depository of deep and precious truths. God has given treasures to the church not to be hoarded, not to be buried in the earth, but to be imparted to others, that others may be enriched as well as ourselves.

How shall we work? Let both laymen and ministers follow the example of Christ.

Let them meet the people where they are. I would entreat you to labor in word and doctrine; do not get above the simplicity of the work.

Do not soar away above the minds of the common people so that they cannot follow you, and if they did follow you, would neither be benefited nor blessed.

Teach the simple lessons of Christ. Tell the touching story of His life of self-denial and sacrifice.

Tell of His humiliation and death.

Tell of His resurrection and ascension, of His intercession for them in the courts of God.

Tell them that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Voice in Speech and Song.
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So many similar faces filter in and out of the sanctuary. Does anybody care?Yet there are those in the congregation who ...
11/08/2022

So many similar faces filter in and out of the sanctuary. Does anybody care?

Yet there are those in the congregation who want to help, to care, in some manner.

Their dilemma is not one of “Should I do something?” but one of “How do I do it?”

After all, the staff listing in the worship bulletin has the line that reads “Ministers: Each member of the congregation.”

In the local congregation, we identify many functions of the laity: serving in Christian education, providing warm meals to a sick member, singing in the choir, leading in worship, and chairing and being on various committees.

Yet, in crisis situations, they seldom participate and assume responsibility because they have neither training nor supervision. Furthermore, they are usually not encouraged to do so.

Every single person in a church is called to do the ‘work’ of the church and be blessed in the process.

The pastor must intentionally and regularly celebrate those serving the church and preach and teach about the joys of generosity and sharing our talents and time [in ministering to others]

At times, no one is available to help those who need care, and no one is trained to be responsible for the situation.

That task of training falls, often, to the pastor of the congregation.

The “equipping of the saints” provides the opportunity to share ministry with those who are able and capable of reaching others with the healing power of Christ.

Read or listen to the whole article: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/11/Does-anybody-care

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The work in which we are engaged is a responsible and exalted work.

Those who minister in Word and doctrine should themselves be patterns of good works.

They should be examples in holiness, cleanliness, and order. The appearance of the servant of God, out of the pulpit and in, should be that of a living preacher.

He can accomplish far more by his godly example than by merely preaching in the desk, while his influence out of the desk is not worthy of imitation.

Those who labor in this cause are bearing to the world the most elevated truth that was ever committed to mortals.
Testimonies for the Church 1:446.

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What is interactive preaching?

It’s many things, but the basic idea is a dialog with church attenders.

It can be a discussion, a Q and A, hands-on experiments, a few ideas tossed on a whiteboard, and many other things.

Considering interaction can be daunting. Pastors, leaders, and congregations who are used to a monologue might fear such a drastic change.

We can, however, start with small steps.

by Jill Richardson

For more ideas click here https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/05/22-05-practical-pointers

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“Jesus demonstrated a pattern for effective ministry. His strategy included events, small groups, and training.

Jesus frequently taught in front of gatherings of people or at events: “He was teaching in their synagogues” (Luke 4:15).1And so “the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God” (Luke 5:1).

In addition to speaking to crowds, Jesus frequently met with smaller groups of seekers, talked to them, and answered their questions (Matt. 9:35; 19:16–22; Luke 10:38–42; John 1:45–51; 4:1–30).

Later, Jesus spent private time training the disciples. Jesus’ example of events, small groups, and training is what the disciples understood they were to do when He gave them the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, 20.

Jesus’ example works particularly well revolving around the felt needs of couples and parents.” Drew Cons

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It wrestles with matters directly or indirectly related to marriage, such as cohabitation and polygamy. It also examines topics not necessarily connected to marriage, such as s*xual addiction, cybers*x, robotic s*x, r**e, female ge***al mutilation, child s*xual abuse, and q***r theology and practice.

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"Though Joshua was an experienced general, and a man of approved gallantry and resolution, who had already signalized himself in many brave actions.

Yet, Moses saw cause to bid him be of good courage, now that he was entering upon a new scene of action; and Joshua was far from taking it as an affront, or as a tacit questioning of his courage, to be thus charged, as sometimes we find proud and peevish spirits invidiously taking exhortations and admonitions for reproaches and reflections.

Joshua himself is very well pleased to be admonished by Moses to be strong and of good courage. He gives him the same assurances of the divine presence, and consequently of a glorious success, that he had given the people.

God would be with him, would not forsake him, and therefore he should certainly accomplish the glorious enterprise to which he was called and commissioned:

Thou shalt cause them to inherit the land of promise. Note, Those shall speed well that have God with them; and therefore they ought to be of good courage.

Through God let us do valiantly, for through him we shall do victoriously; if we resist the devil, he shall flee, and God shall shortly tread him under our feet."
Mattew Henry

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Spending time with the Lord is key to every good thing in our ministry.

We must have the humility to see our part in many of the issues that come up or at least not act in a way that will make things worse.

Time with Jesus changes selfish hearts to be like His!
James says, “ ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. . . Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:6–10).

As Jesus humbled Himself more than any other, He is now lifted higher than any other forever! If we are vulnerable and let God keep us humble, we will be lifted up in due time, as He sees best.
Reject the temptations to seek power, position, praise, promotion, perks, or pleasing others, and watch God bless you in an unlimited way! Seek to please only God Himself.

Read the powerful article: No Limits! The Power and Joys of Unselfish Ministry

https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/05/No-Limits!-The-power-and-joys-of-unselfish-ministry

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Difficulties will arise that will try your faith and patience.

Face them bravely. Look on the bright side.

Jesus is inviting today: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Mattew 11:28

Learn about the elements and strategies essential for health and wellness.

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The community that follows Jesus' way will be a definite kind of community that thinks about the meaning of the Sabbath.

It will be a community that reflects together on how the Sabbath can best be kept in a way that both contributes to its meaning and benefits the people to whom God has given it as a gift.

Thus, people in the community will plan together to find positive ways of actualizing the meaning of Sabbath in their lives.

It is this thinking, reflection, and planning on the part of the members of the community, always with a focus on the scriptural materials on the Sabbath, that will keep the community serious about the sanctity of the Sabbath.

And if we truly keep Jesus at the center, this will do more to preserve the true sanctity of the Sabbath than any number of rules ever could.

Access the link below to learn more about it.

https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1997/05/how-shall-we-keep-the-sabbath

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It’s Important to interact with your online audience. It’s the difference between an effective meeting that produces quality interest and an ineffective one that bears no fruit.

If you want people to make decisions, you must provide ways for them to connect with you.

It’s just like visitation in a face-to-face meeting—except that you must find a different way to do it.

Decisions do not come from the preaching. While a conviction may result from the preaching, decisions come from personal interaction.

That is why visitation is so important in a face-to-face evangelistic meeting. So, how do you “visit” in an online meeting?

Access the link in Bio to learn more about it.
https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2022/02/Making-online-evangelistic-meetings-effective

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Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

We will not fail nor become discouraged. Those who have not broken the ground in new and difficult fields do not realize the difficulties of pioneer work. If they could understand God's working they would not only rejoice because of what has been done, but they would see cause for rejoicing in the future of the work.

Nothing else in this world is so dear to God as His church. He will work with mighty power through humble, faithful men. Christ is saying to you today: “I am with you, co-operating with your faithful, trusting efforts, and giving you precious victories. I will strengthen you as you sanctify yourselves to My service. I will give you success in your efforts to arouse souls dead in trespasses and sins.”

Unswerving faith and unselfish love will overcome the difficulties that arise in the path of duty to hinder aggressive warfare. As those inspired by this faith go forward in the work of saving souls, they will run and not be weary, will walk and not faint. EGW

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This course can be taught as a seminar for local church members, as a portion of planning preceding an evangelistic crusade, in small groups, and in other venues.

Access: https://www.adventistlearningcommunity.com/courses/church-planting-boot-camp-2016
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While the westering sun was tinting and gilding the heavens, its resplendent glory lighted up the pure white marble of the temple walls, and sparkled on its gold-capped pillars. From the crest of the hill where Jesus and His followers stood, it had the appearance of a massive structure of snow, set with golden pinnacles. At the entrance to the temple was a vine of gold and silver, with green leaves and massive clusters of gr**es executed by the most skillful artists.

Jesus gazes upon the scene, and the vast multitude hush their shouts, spellbound by the sudden vision of beauty. All eyes turn upon the Saviour, expecting to see in His countenance the admiration they themselves feel. But instead of this they behold a cloud of sorrow.

They are surprised and disappointed to see His eyes fill with tears, and His body rock to and fro like a tree before the tempest, while a wail of anguish bursts from His quivering lips, as if from the depths of a broken heart.

What a sight was this for angels to behold! their loved Commander in an agony of tears! What a sight was this for the glad throng that with shouts of triumph and the waving of palm branches were escorting Him to the glorious city, where they fondly hoped He was about to reign! In the midst of a scene of rejoicing, where all were paying Him homage, Israel’s King was in tears; not silent tears of gladness, but tears and groans of insuppressible agony. Their acclamations were silenced. Many wept in sympathy with a grief they could not comprehend.

It was the sight of Jerusalem that pierced the heart of Jesus—Jerusalem that had rejected the Son of God and scorned His love, that refused to be convinced by His mighty miracles, and was about to take His life.

He saw what she was in her guilt of rejecting her Redeemer, and what she might have been had she accepted Him who alone could heal her wound. He had come to save her; how could He give her up? -The Desire of Ages https://m.egwwritings.org/en/book/130.2781#2808
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