Editorial by Dave Weigley

This year marks 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany (Oct. 31, 1517), challenging the established religious beliefs and practices of his denomination, and launching the Protestant Reformation. Conscientiously, he could not reconcile church practices with biblical teachings as he understood them. 

Four years later, when summoned by church authorities to recant his teachings, he uttered: “I cannot and I will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; may God help me? Amen” (Merle d’Aubigne, History of the Reformation in the 16th Century, b. 7, ch. 8, cited in The Great Controversy, p. 160.2). 

1.	WGTS staffers & nurses prepare to pass out WGTS bears.

Story by Jerry Woods

The WGTS 91.9 staff got a chance to play Santa’s helpers right before Christmas. The staff visited the pediatric ward of the Shady Grove Adventist Medical Center in the suburbs of Washington D.C., to distribute teddy bears. It’s been a staff tradition for the last three years to stuff teddy bears at that party to be delivered to a local hospital.

photo by brett lohmeyer on Flickr

Story by Jacquie Bokow

Women attending the Potomac Conference's Capital Memorial church's Women's Ministries Prayer Breakfast were recently challenged to live her "BEST" life at the church in Washington, D.C. Kathleen Coleman, Faith Community Health Network coordinator for Adventist HealthCare, spoke to the room full of women after a sumptuous catered vegetarian lunch. BEST stands for:

Blog by Rob Vandeman

C. S. Lewis called Psalm 8 a “short, exquisite lyric.” Derek Kidner, in his excellent two-volume study of the Psalms, says, “This psalm is an unsurpassed example of what a hymn should be, celebrating as it does the glory and grace of God, rehearsing who He is and what He has done, and relating us and our world to Him, all with a masterly economy of words, and in a spirit of mingled joy and awe.” He adds rightly, “The range of thought takes us not only ‘above the heavens’ (v. 1) and back to the beginning (v. 3, 6-8) but, as the New Testament points out, on to the very end.” The psalms theme is the greatness of God and the place of man (mankind) within God’s universe.

The hymn has four obvious parts:

Blog by Rob Vandeman

The Psalms and the flow of human life can be roughly grouped into three themes: psalms of orientation, psalms of disorientation and psalms of new or reorientation.

Story by Debra McKinney Banks

For many years, the conference Adventist Book Center (ABC) was the place to get your “veggie meat.” Traditionally, located in the basement or backroom of a conference office building, church, or on an academy campus, and mostly geared to Adventist customers, the ABC of 20+ years ago has had to evolve to stay alive. Unfortunately, not all of them have survived.

Los líderes de la Unión de Columbia anunciaron los presentadores para “Levántate”, la 2017 Cumbre de Jóvenes Adultos de la Unión de Columbia. Steve Case (en la foto), presidente de Involve Youth en California, será el orador principal. Tiffany Brown, directora de la Escuela de Evangelismo Urbano REACH de la Unión de Columbia, Kris Eckenorth, pastor de la iglesia Grace Outlet en Reading, Pennsylvania y Marquis Johns, pastor principal de la iglesia de Filadelfia Norte, serán algunos de los presentadores. 

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