Doing Good to All

Doing Good to All

We are living in tempestuous times. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is not immune to the tide of decreased membership, spiritual atrophy and disillusionment that is sweeping sectors of Christianity. If the church is to survive, it needs to be open, relevant, and inclusive in its presentation of the gospel to the world. The local church is key to t

The Victorious Christian Life

The Victorious Christian Life

Do you recall when you first gave your life to Christ? I mean, the kind where you found yourself walking down to the front of the church with sweaty hands, perhaps with a burning sensation in your heart, and a driving need to connect and find out more about God? Maybe you weren’t in a church at all. You may have been down at the beach, on a mountai

Hagar, Sarah, and the Two Covenants

Hagar, Sarah, and the Two Covenants

The apostle Paul discusses two important covenants in Galatians 4:21-31, the topic for this week’s Sabbath school lesson. Why does Paul choose these two covenants, represented by two women in Scripture, Hagar and Sarah, and what does he mean by this? Furthermore, what is the relevance of this to today’s Bible student? I propose that we look closely

The Plea

The Plea

Living in L.A. for 7 years, awakened me to the daily reality of people begging on the streets. People who beg are people who have lost something, perhaps everything. They are asking to be filled by passersby who may or may not have anything to share. Being a foreign student to the United States without a car meant that I walked pretty much everywhe

By Law or By Faith?

By Law or By Faith?

The lesson this week picks up in the middle of a public confrontation. Paul, apostle to the Gentiles, is confronting Peter, apostle to the Jews, over his hypocritical behavior. Paul does the right thing insofar as he confronts Peter to his face, having seen that he and others were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel. A group of men pr