Are Adventists Happy and Grateful People?

Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks to the Holy One Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. – Lyrics by Eustace Henry Jr. Smith This chorus was sung at my church every week as a call to worship while I was growing up. While the words are simple, they reflect the…

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My Church and its Reputation in Community, Part 2

In our last blog, we examined how members around the world perceived their church’s role and reputation in the local community and if they felt their local church had the ability to communicate effectively across cultures, clans, tribes, and religions. We discussed the importance of connecting with members of the community exactly where they are…

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My Church and its Reputation in Community: Part 1

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the…

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Helping Each Other to Grow Spiritually

“When a person becomes a Christian, he doesn’t just join a local church because it’s a good habit for growing in spiritual maturity. He joins a local church because it’s the expression of what Christ has made him—a member of the body of Christ.” – Mark Dever Being a member of the Body of Christ…

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Global Perspectives on Righteousness by Faith and the State of the Dead

Throughout the New Testament, we see multiple warnings against being deceived: Hebrews 13:9a: Stop being carried away by all kinds of unusual teachings . . . Ephesians 5:6: Don’t let anyone deceive you with meaningless words.  2 Thessalonians 2:3: Don’t let anyone deceive you about this in any way. Colossians 2:8: Be careful that no…

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“The Sabbath Was Made for Man:” Global Perspectives on Sabbath-keeping

The Sabbath is central to Seventh-day Adventists; in fact, it is so important that it is part of our name! From the very beginning of time, God set the Sabbath apart as a day of rest and restoration: physical, mental, and especially, spiritual. When Jesus spoke on this topic, He emphasized what a gift the…

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What are the Objectives and Philosophy of Mission-Effectiveness Evaluation?

Did you know that it has already been more than ten years since the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has commissioned the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) to conduct and coordinate research in different areas of church life and ministry? Church leadership recognizes the need for professional research into the operations of organizations…

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Applying to Daily Life! Research Data from the East-Central Africa Division

There’s an old children’s worship song by Rob Evans (better known to many as the “Donut Man”) that goes like this: I like the Bible! I like the Bible! Cuz I read it, and I do it! I read it, and I do it! You can hear the full song here.[1] For many in their…

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