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“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the enunchs that he might not defile himself” (Dan. 1:8, NKJV).

The rewards of the Bible-based diet in Daniel’s story resonated with me when I became a Seventh-day Adventist. My Christian journey up to that point had been a circuitous one. However, each path led me to be more reconciled to the Scriptures. Daniel’s example continues to influence the dietary improvements I make for better health, wisdom and discernment.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink. ... Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matt. 6:25–27, NIV).

In spring of 1976, we stood in front of our home, and nothing was left but ashes. We were able to save the orange Ford Pinto wagon and my dad’s wallet that contained the only money we had. My parents seemed calm, but I am sure they were worried about the future.

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“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7, NIV).

When the COVID-19 outbreak happened, we were stuck at home in quarantine. All we could do was stay home and work or watch the news, hoping to hear something good. During that time, I noticed people having anxiety because they did not know what the future held. So many crazy things have happened recently, and as everything looks to be worsening, it feels endless.

However, don’t lose hope. We need to continue praying, having faith and keeping our heads up, because we know that God is here with us, and things will be better soon.

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“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39, NASB).

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“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord” (Ps. 27:14, NLT).

I feel like the more I serve God, the more encounters I have in His waiting room. This is where I learn to be courageous and wait on Him even when my circumstances say otherwise. In the process of waiting, I have realized that, without faith, it is impossible to wait patiently for the Lord, especially when it seems He is tied up with someone else’s emergency.

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“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16–17, NKJV).

As a 4-year-old, I didn’t understand the concept of death and that my father would never come home again. For weeks, I stayed up at night waiting for him. By the age of 8, though, I understood that he was not returning and this new unfavorable home where I lived was my only home. I longed for the daddy that I couldn’t even remember because I longed for a daddy who cared, provided, listened, held and loved me.

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“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20, NKJV).

I was 17 and the youngest child of a big family growing up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania when this verse became special to me. That summer, I worked alone on the farm, as all my siblings had moved away. This provided me with a lot of time to think, and I examined the purpose of life and what I should do with mine. I contemplated a number of avenues, such as joining the U.S. Marines and volunteering for service in Vietnam, as one of my older brothers had done.

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Histoire de Valérie Morikone

Le 16 décembre 2020, Larry Boggess, ancien président de la Fédération de Mountain View (MVC), est décédé. Boggess a pris sa retraite en tant que président du MVC en 2017. Lui et sa femme, Jo’an, ont ensuite déménagé dans leur maison de campagne dans l'Ohio pour vivre près de leur famille.

« Frère Boggess était un ami merveilleux et un travailleur dévoué pour Jésus », raconte Mike Hewitt, président du MVC. « Mon cœur est triste maintenant, mais je sais que nous le reverrons très bientôt lorsque Jésus reviendra en puissance et en gloire. »