"Be Not Conformed..."
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 NKJV
Being a true Christian is not always an easy or popular thing to do. It’s actually counter-cultural. The call of God on our lives is a call to stand out, to be unique, to be different, but with a particular purpose in mind. God does not call us to be different just for the sake of being different. He calls us to be different for the sake of the cross of Christ. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Fall is finally here and with it comes cooler weather, beautiful colors and festivities. As we enjoy this beautiful season, let us be wise in choosing how we participate in these festivities. One particular to this time of year is Halloween. Many Christians have questioned whether it is appropriate to participate in this celebration or not. “Should we allow our children to participate in this festivity?” In all honesty, it is clear that as Bible-believing Christians we should have no part in this celebration. 2 Corinthians 6:14 states “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
For a good article on the subject click here.
It is my prayer that the Lord grant us wisdom (James 1:5) to make sound decisions based on the Biblical truths that we profess, and grant us the strength to remain faithful to Him. May the transformation caused by the “renewing of our minds prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” in our lives, and to those around us. May the Lord find us faithful! Maranatha!
I close my eyes and take a deep breath; the smell of campfire smoke is on the air. I hear loved ones talking and laughing. I open my eyes and smile since our Fall Church Camping trip is finally here! The group is full of excitement and joy as we begin our weekend of worship and bonding. There’s something special about bringing in the Sabbath by singing praises to our Lord while sitting around a campfire surrounded by nature and friends. Getting up Sabbath morning to breakfast over an open fire, forming a circle of camp chairs as we sing praises and open The Word of God in study. Sharing a picnic style potluck, enjoying Sabbath afternoon activities, and closing Sabbath together. My soul rejoices in the knowledge of the soon coming of our Lord when every day will be like a Camping Sabbath! I pray God let us reach all so they can come and join with us before it’s too late!
December 15 will be our Christmas program at church, and we are currently looking for talent! This could be a song, instrumental or vocal, a drama, or a reading. Please contact Kevin Manestar as soon as possible at email@example.com.
The Appearing, hosted by Shawn Boonstra, began on Wednesday, October 24th, and will last through to Sunday, the 28th! Please join us every night at 7:00 PM!
Please take note that we are always looking for new submissions to the newsletter! Click here for details.
For the month of November
November 3: Negru Family
November 10: Pastor Piñero
November 17: TBA
November 24: TBA
Brian LeSage – Oct 7th
Doina Kindree – Oct 8th
Aiden Vate – Oct 16th
Arelis Davila – Oct 19th
Hannah Freeman – Oct 20th
Mileidys Pinero – Oct 21st
Liviu Ciot – Oct 23rd
Sandy Vincent – Oct 23rd
Jovani Davila – Oct 27th
Tom Vincent – Oct 27th
Silhi Diaz – Oct 29th
Judy Gudmestad – Oct 30th
John Westley & Annie Harris: Oct 11th
Michael & Dambi Kwon - Oct 17th
If we've missed someone please let us know!
We would like to add the children's birthdays as well so please send them along!
The Importance of Pure Air (Part 3)
Many times joint pains, headaches, allergic reactions such as hay fever, asthma, bronchitis or other pulmonary issues can be cured if environmental triggers such as smoke, mold, carpets, perfumes, dust, mites, closed windows and doors or dark rooms was removed or if the individual relocated to an environment where there was pure fresh circulating air. For one to live in close, ill-ventilated rooms, where the air is dead, weakens the entire system. The individual can become peculiarly sensitive to the influence of cold, and a slight exposure induces disease. It is close confinement indoors that makes many women pale and feeble. They breathe the same air over and over until it becomes laden with poisonous matter thrown off through the lungs and pores, and impurities are thus conveyed back to the blood.
Elder's Counsel - Answered Prayer
This past vacation was spent with my parents in Florida. My mother had been having severe neck pain, to the point of one little turn the wrong way would cause great pain and prevent her from getting a full night’s sleep. To make matters even worse, she was told surgery was not an option, due to her age and also because of the status of her spine. She had pursued many courses of treatment and various optional, homeopathic remedies, but none resolved her pain. She was taking pretty good doses of medicines that would knock most of us off our feet, and even so, that only took the edge off the pain. Of course, side effects from pain medicine is not always good either. She had done all she could do, now what??
None of us like to see our loved ones in pain, and, after exhausting all our human routes for a cure, there was only one option left. My father and I, both ordained Elders of the SDA Church, and our families, and my mother, agreed it was time for anointing, the laying on of hands, and the applying of oil as a symbol of the Holy Spirits power to heal her according to what we are taught in James 5:14-16 which says:
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
After each person present asked for personal forgiveness and cleansing from God, we proceeded to pray over mother for her healing. Immediately afterwards she felt a change, the next day she worked in the yard like she hadn’t in a while, and for the whole time we were there, she took no pain medicine. That was back in September, and now, very close to the end of October, I’m happy to say that she has not needed any of the heavy meds she used to need. Her neck pain which caused her to lose sleep, IS gone!! She still has some muscle aches and other pains, but the primary pain which caused her to not really be functional, is gone. God did touch her.
God does not want any of us to be in pain, if we confess our sins, and call on His name, He will hear, and He will answer. It may not always come out like we want, but we must have faith that “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
It is Written - Ministry Update
By Melania Manestar
Just a little update about our Sunday afternoon Bible studies.
It’s getting more exciting with each time we meet. We started with one person, Mrs. F, but soon after her uncle, for whom we were all praying, joined us followed by two more neighbors.
And today, Oct. 21st, we had another special surprise. When we arrived, a young man was still visiting with our host, Mrs. F. He was there with some business. Of course, we extended the invitation to him also to join our study. He told us that he would gladly stay for about half an hour longer, but then he had to leave. All of us were pleasantly surprised that he chose to stay for as long as he could. He even had a prayer request, and read a few Bible verses. Before departure, Kevin handed him an invitation for The Appearing. Lets pray for young J.
A sweet detail... our host baked peanut butter cookies for us today! Some important prayers were answered, and now... was time for cookies, how sweet is that!!!!
As always, we ask our dear members to keep praying for this loving group.