Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ready for a new year?

New year's coming up, and to some it's the season for resolutions! Do you have any resolutions? Anything you'd like to redo?

God is willing to forgive you anytime, anyplace for free. Here's what to do:
-First, admit your sin to God.
-Second, ask God to forgive you for your sins.
-Third, believe that God really has forgiven you and quit feeling guilty!

There. Done. The end. New Year.

He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!
Romans 6:15.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Famous Failures

In this world of sin there's one thing we've all gone through: failure. It's part of the package deal that usually comes with learning things the hard way. Sometimes failure just seems to happen even after you've done your very best.

The good news in all of this is that the story doesn't end like that, at least not to those who choose to do something about it.

"Failure isn't falling short of achieving your goal, but failing to do something about it..." --A Sabbath Blog


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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Film Review: "Secret of the Cave"

Secret of the Cave (2006)
Southern Adventist University

Runtime: 88 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Awards: 2006 Crystal Heart Award

Sabbath Blog Rating: (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Secret of the Cave is a modern adaptation of the classic, 1951 book (also titled Secret of the Cave) by Arthur S. Maxwell. The film follows Roy Wallace (played by Kevin Novotny), an American boy whose parents have recently divorced. He's dropped off by his father (played by Patrick Bergin) at a tiny fishing village in Ireland, where his uncle and aunt live. Strange events begin to occur on the island, causing the locals to believe it's ghosts. Roy refuses to believe the rumors and takes on the mystery for himself. When, all signs point to a nearby cave, Roy faces his fears and discovers the Secret of the Cave.

The story focuses on unselfishness and kindness. Filmed on location in Doogort, on Achill Island, Ireland, this film really shows the scenic landscape of the region. Though the heavy Irish accents of some of the actors may be sometimes difficult to undestand, the DVD comes in handy with Subtitles options in English and Spanish. The DVD includes "Behind the Scenes" and "Cave Saftey" featurettes. It also comes with director and student commentary tracks. Secret of the Cave is a student film by the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist University.

Secret of the Cave is rated PG (Parental Guidance) for some brief scary mystery scenes, and for thematic elements. I'm guessing that by thematic elements, they mean the one Bible verse and the talks about doing things for others.... The film was featured at the 2006 Heartland Film Festival and won the Crystal Heart Award. It is also family approved by the Dove Foundation.



Video from and available at www.secretofthecave.com/trailer.html

Secret of the Cave trailer
Secret of the Cave movie clips

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

University running out food

Source: Adventist News Network

This past Thursday, millions of Americans gave thanks for all their blessings, yet in a few hours, these same people made mad rushes to buy on-sale items before the surrounding mob did. And while all this is happening, an Adventist-owned university is literally running out food!

So what do you do to feed the estimated 3,200 students, faculty, and staff in a country where drought and hyperinflation have brought a national food crisis? Due to low food supply, Solusi University (located near Bulawayo, in the Southern part of Zimbabwe) is on the verge of sending its students home! The university has been facing this situation since February 2007.

Kumashinda Square located in Solusi University (near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)


Adventist universities in North America such as Union College (Lincoln, Nebraska), Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, California), and Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan) are collecting funds for Solusi.

"This has to be an ongoing effort," says Larry Blackmer, vice president for Education for the church in North America. "Otherwise, Solusi will get a bunch of food in one load and none afterward." Blackmer anticipates the project will continue for six months to a year.

Jaranda Street (Zimbabwe)

The first collection of funds, Blackmer says, has already been sent to the church's regional headquarters in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where the money will be used to purchase food in Botswana, Mozambique or South Africa and trucked across the border into Zimbabwe. University officials estimate US $120,000 would buy enough food in Zimbabwe's neighboring countries to sustain Solusi for a year.

University officials say they plan to obtain an irrigation system and farming equipment in an effort to achieve food self-sufficiency within six months.

Solusi University, established in 1894, is Zimbabwe's largest private university. The campus also includes an elementary school and a high school.

Go out and help someone in need --anyone! I'll guarantee you'll have a warm and satisfying feeling, more than what any Thanksgiving dinner or shopping spree can give!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

"The Happiest Place on Earth" isn't Disney World...


I seriously can't wait to get to the "Happiest the Happiest Place on Earth!" Now in case you're thinking of Disney World, let me correct myself: "The Happiest Place that will be on Earth!" Of course I'm talking about heaven! Think about it, Jesus is coming back for the second time to pick you up and take you to heaven! No more crying, no more death, no more sin…. Happiest place on earth, remember?

What will the New Jerusalem look like?
The Bible says the New Jerusalem will be laid out in the shape of a square. There are 3 gates on each side of the city, and since the city is a square, there are 12 gates in total. On the gates are written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Each gate is made of a single pearl and the gates will always be open!

The foundations of the City are decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is Jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst! Talk about colorful!

The New Jerusalem’s streets are made of pure gold! So pure, that it is like transparent glass! There is also a river, clear as crystal, flowing through the city from the throne of God. On both sides of this river is the Tree of Life! This tree gives a different kind of fruit every month, and it'll be for the "healing of the nations."

Jesus is also creating us a mansion for when we get there! Our own mansion made by the King of the entire universe, just for us!

Spending time with my Savior is going to be so amazing! I really don't want to miss out! Hope to see you there!

Video from and available at www.isheaven4real.com



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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Generation of Youth for Christ 2007

Video from and available at www.gyc.web.org


Last year, over 2,600 young people registered for the Generation of Youth for Christ meetings in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 4,000 showed up for the Sabbath events and activities. Now if you're going, "Wait, what? 4,000 young people like me, and I wasn't there? What's going on?" then allow me to explain. Generation of Youth for Christ (formerly General Youth Conference) is an Adventist movement organized and led by young adults. Since the first annual conference in 2002, more and more people are attending every year.

This year’s conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota from December 19-23, 2007. And what is this year’s theme? Simple: “Be,” as in “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Roman 12:2) With 17 seminars and their national and internationally recognized presenters along with 8 plenary speakers, this year’s conference is sure to be inspirational!



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Friday, October 26, 2007

Adventist Church on BiggyTV

Sample video from theadventistchannel.com


The Adventist Church has partnered with a video distributor's website, Biggy TV for getting professional Seventh-day Adventist-produced videos "to a vast and largely untapped Internet audience."


Content on The Adventist Channel -- ranging from health and wellness programs to music and mission videos -- can be added directly to North America's more than 5,500 individual church Web sites, says Fred Kinsey, the region's church communication director.


"We're offering incredible content a church in, say, Omaha, Nebraska, can't get by itself," says Kinsey. "Digital video of this quality would be too expensive to create and distribute. It's free for us, so it's free for them." According to Kinsey, The Adventist Channel will add a dozen new videos each week.


The Adventist Channel, he adds, is not meant to replace or meddle with other church media, such as Hope Television. We want to figure out how to 'cross-pollinate' between HopeTV and The Adventist Channel.


You can see the site at www.theadventistchannel.com/


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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Hymns and Noah


If you can't read what the picture say, here's it is:

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark.....


1.) Don't miss the boat.

2.) Remember that we're all in the same boat.

3.) Plan ahead, it wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

4.) Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

5.) Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that has to be done.

6.) Build your future on high ground.

7.) For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

8.) Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

9.) When you're stressed, float a while.

10.) Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

11.) No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting. :)

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How well do you know your hymns? Enjoy!


Dentist's Hymn:
--Crown Him with Many Crowns

Weatherman's Hymn:
--There Shall Be Showers of Blessings

Contractor's Hymn:
--The Church's One Foundation

The Tailor's Hymn:
--Holy, Holy, Holy

The Golfer's Hymn:
--There's a Green Hill Far Away

The Politician's Hymn:
--Standing on the Promises


The Florist's Hymn:
--In the Garden


Optometrist's Hymn:
--Open My Eyes That I Might See

The IRS Agent's Hymn:
--I Surrender All

The Gossip's Hymn:
--Pass It On

The Electrician's Hymn:
--Send The Light

The Shopper's Hymn:
--Sweet Bye and Bye

The Realtor's Hymn:
--I've Got a Mansion Just over the Hilltop

...and for those who speed on the highway, a few hymns:

45mph ------------ God Will Take Care of You
65mph ------------ Nearer My God To Thee
85mph ------------ This World Is Not My Home
95mph ------------ Lord, I'm Coming Home
100mph ---------- Precious Memories

Saturday, October 13, 2007

New Adventist Reality/Documentary

• "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." - Genesis 1:1

• "In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands." - Psalms 102:25

• "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1

It's pretty straightforward, yet a lot of people believe differently. In the latest documentary/reality show by director and producer Paul Kim, takes two college students, Tiffany and Matt, on 7,500-mile road trip across the U.S. They travel to different places such as the Grand Canyon, Southern California, Wyoming, Maryland, and Tennessee. They interview experts and bystanders, asking them how we got here, and compare it to what the Bible says.

I found it a lot of fun to watch on Sabbath afternoons. You can watch the series on the Hope Channel, or you can watch the individual episodes online. You can buy the entire series at AdventSource.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Adventist MySpace?

We all know what MySpace, Facebook, and Xanga are. We don't even say: "Myspace.com" 'cause we all know where to find it. The General Conference Youth department is working on a social networking website for Adventist youth. They want to make a place without bad ads or bad content. A place where you can click to find out what the church is doing for us, what volunteer project are going on, etc.., all in the same site.

The idea is still an idea, and hasn't been made into a website. The department would like to know if anyone would be interested and if they'd switch from their MySpace or Facebook to this new one... You can find out more information on the project by going to the World Youth Ministries Director's blog. Oh and you could also win a free iPod Shuffle...

Perhaps in a couple of years we'll also call this new website by its first name! ;)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

2009 Pathfinder Camporee

Ah yes! The 2009 Pathfinder Camporee loomes within the next 2 years, and already you can check out their site. The name of this camporee is Courage to Stand. So, while exploring the Internet, I've stumbled across this image:


Image from bondesign.com
It's the official logo for the camporee. The 2009 Courage to Stand Camporee camps into Oshkosh, Wisconsin, August 11-15, 2009.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

The Cracked Pot

I've heard and seen this many times going around in forwarded emails, websites, and speakers. Yet its simple story says a lot. Enjoy.

"The Cracked Pot"

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some.

But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them.

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table.

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Let's Talk

Have you ever felt left out of your church or feel like no one ever listens to your ideas? There's a series of programs called Let's Talk currently being aired on the HOPE Channel. It's specifically designed for young adults who have questions on their mind that they'd like to ask the church president, Jan Paulsen. You can ask questions straight to the president's office and a representative will try to answer your questions. if you'd like to ask a question or find out more go to http://www.letstalk.adventist.org/

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Friday, June 22, 2007

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Awesome sites

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Adventist Church Official Website
Official website for the Adventist World Church

Adventist News Network
Official news agency of the Adventist church

NAD Youth Ministries
North American Division Youth Ministries Department

Adventist Development and Relief Agency
Helping people in need, all around the world, no matter who they are.

A Sabbath Blog Videos
Christian videos hosted on YouTube

Bible Info
Bible Info's got answers to your Bible questions

Center for Youth Evangelism
Its name pretty much sums it up...

Envision Magazine
A Christian magazine run by students at Andrews University.

2014 "Forever Faithful" Intl. Pathfinder Camporee
The largest Pathfinder camporee camps again in 2014

General Conference Youth Ministries
General Conference Youth Ministries Department

Generation of Youth for Christ
Equipping young people to be ambassadors for Christ

Ground 7 News
Official news podcast for the Adventist Church

Guide Magazine Online
Guide Magazine is for kids ages 10-14

Insight Magazine
No really.... they've actually got insight

Presentruth
Sharing the Present Truth of Salvation

Screen Smart
Guide Magazine's movie reviews so you too can be screen smart!

theFlow
Insight Magazine's social networking site

What We Believe
Seventh-Day Adventist beliefs

Your Story Hour
"Hey Mom, Dad, Sis! Your Story Hour's on!"

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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Monday, June 18, 2007

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